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RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

For the first time this season, the Calgary Stampeders recorded a first down on their opening drive, but the early excitement in McMahon Stadium was tempered when Nik Lewis fumbled near midfield.

The Argos failed to take advantage, which set up the Stampeders to take a lead for the first time this season.

A 10-play, 75-yard drive ended with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Joffrey Reynolds. The key play on the drive was a 22-yard reception by Ryan Thelwell on second and long.

The Argos managed to hit the scoreboard soon after, with Justin Medlock's 15-yard field goal. It finished a drive that included an incredible 38-yard reception by Arland Bruce and aided greatly by a Tom Johnson unnecessary roughness penalty and Mike Labinjo's roughing-the-passer infraction.

Second quarter

The first play of the second period was a Sandro DeAngelis 26-yard field goal, which finished a six-play, 22-yard drive. The real key to the drive was a 38-yard kickoff return by Derek Watson to give Calgary excellent scoring position.

Toronto again made it a four-point game when Medlock kicked a 28-yard field goal to end another drive.

A Stamps two-and-out combined with a wind-killed punt put the Argos at Calgary's 45 to start another drive, and the end result was Medlock's third field goal.

A bad snap on an Argos punt gave Calgary the ball on Toronto's 29-yard line. The Stamps' inability to move the ball, again, led to DeAngelis' 42-yard field goal to make it 13-9 at the half.

Third quarter

After failing to take advantage of a short field on their first possession of the second half, the Stamps offence finally awoke.

A four-play, 96-yard drive started with a 57-yard catch by Jeremaine Copeland and ended with a 32-yard TD strike to Reynolds.

The Stamps were threatening for more, but Burris fumbled on the Argos' 23-yard line late in the quarter.

On the final play, Stamps defensive star Dwaine Carpenter returned a fumble 55 yards -- a turnover created when Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph fumbled as he tried to throw off a wildcat formation -- and with the convert, the Stampeders had a 27-9 edge.

Fourth quarter

The Argonauts' next possession ended the same way as the last play of the third quarter, with a Stampeders interception off a turnover. Argos QB Kerry Joseph's pass was too high for the intended receiver, and Stampeders' Dwight Anderson returned it 52 yards for the major.

The route was now on, and the Stampeders offence figured it should contribute, too. A 26-yard passing play to Stamps WR Nik Lewis led to another 42-yard field goal by DeAngelis, which made it a 37-9 count.

Brandon Browner's 25-yard interception for a TD with 94 seconds remaining rounded out the scoring.


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