Dunigan's err sick

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

TORONTO -- Calgary's 24 points represented an offensive explosion of sorts.

But it wasn't nearly enough as the Toronto Argonauts lit up the SkyDome scoreboard in a 49-24 blowout win last night.

With rookie quarterback Mike Souza at the controls, the Stampeders offence piled up 399 yards -- 110 more than the hometown Argos.

But the Boatmen were the beneficiaries of seven Calgary turnovers, which led directly to 21 points, and this one was in the bag by halftime.

"We just kept hurting ourselves time and time again," said head coach Matt Dunigan.

The turning point came late in the first half when Souza threw two picks that transformed a 14-10 game into a laugher.

"That was one (turning point)," Dunigan said.

"Those two hurt us but there were many plays that made this a lopsided loss. We gave them how many (turnovers)?"

And the Stamps' defence, backed up deep in its own territory, was unable to do much to stop the bleeding as Calgary dropped to 3-12 on the season.

Toronto improved to 8-5-1.

The Argos grabbed a 14-0 first-quarter lead as Toronto quarterback Michael Bishop -- a former Stamp -- completed his first half-dozen passes.

Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds fumbled on Calgary's first offensive play and, four plays later, Argos rusher John Avery walked into the endzone from four yards out.

The Stamps were nearly victimized by another turnover when punter Clinton Greathouse was forced to pull the ball down with Clifford Ivory all over him.

Ivory picked up the loose ball but was stripped and Scott Coe recovered for the visitors.

The Boatmen scored again midway through the first quarter when Robert Baker hauled in a 44-yard pass deep in Calgary territory and, on the ensuing play, Arland Bruce caught an 11-yard major.

Greathouse got the Stamps on the board in the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal, then a little razzle-dazzle put the Red and White into the endzone.

Stamps receiver Wane McGarity took a short pass in the backfield from Souza and then pulled up to make a pass. The Argos defenders weren't fooled on the play and McGarity had to make a perfect throw, which he did, firing a left-handed 27-yard rope to Mike Juhasz for the touchdown, making it 14-10.

But two interceptions late in the first half proved costly for the Stamps.

Throwing into tight coverage, Souza's pass was deflected by Mike O'Shea and caught by Antonious Bonner.

Former NFLer Andre Rison nearly made a great one-handed grab. Replays showed the ball hit the turf but Rison was credited with his first CFL TD.

Inexplicably trying to run a hurry-up offence in the shadows of his own goal-line in the final minute of the half, Souza was picked for the third time and Adrion Smith took it back to the Calgary four-yard line with 33 seconds on the clock. Avery waltzed in untouched for the second time in the game and the Argos took a 28-10 lead to the dressing room.

The Argonauts continued to pour it on early in the third quarter as Bishop hit R. Jay Soward for a 26-yard score.

The Stamps answered with a 73-yard drive of their own, culminating with a Reynolds plunge.

In the fourth quarter, Bashir Levingston returned a Calgary punt 85 yards for a major and Reynolds scored his second TD of the night on a one-yard run in the fourth.

Argo John Williams put the finishing touches on the blowout on a 12-yard TD run with 22 seconds left.


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