Discipline meltdown lets Argos take over

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

TORONTO — With his team in control holding an 11-point second-half lead, Tearrius George couldn’t help himself from knocking heads with agitator Rob Murphy.

It was a play indicative of the Calgary Stampeders lack of discipline in a 27-24 loss to the Toronto Argonauts Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

At the end of a second-down incompletion, George and Murphy were doing the usual pushing and shoving after the whistle.

But George lost his cool and head-butted the noted pest of a left tackle.

“Regardless of what he did, I should have never lost my cool,” said George. “I apologized to my team for that one.

“Even though we got the ball back, it was one extra shot for them to make something happen.”

It seemed helmets rolled all night in a physical contest, but the Stamps defence took things too far, too often.

They were slapped with three unnecessary roughness penalties and one facemask.

The Argos actually won the time of possession battle with only 187 yards passing, although running back Cory Boyd did rumble for 142 yards on 20 carries. Overall, the Stamps had nine penalties for 69 yards, while the Argos only took five for 25.

“It’s tough defensively when you play your heart out and there are situations when things get missed and guys get frustrated and retaliate,” said defensive lineman Mike Labinjo.

“It looks like a dumb penalty at the time, but there is a lot of stuff that doesn’t get seen. We have to more disciplined. We knew they would try to get under our skin.”


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