Late defensive breakdowns costing Stamps

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

The opposition was 86 yards from the goal-line and had 86 seconds on the clock.

That's where the Calgary Stampeders defence is supposed to earn its money.

Instead of getting off the field with a CFL victory Friday night in the Big Smoke, the Stamps took three penalties worth 35 yards, as the host Toronto Argonauts drove 76 yards for an easy game-winning field goal.

Twice, the Stamps had forced a turnover but were flagged to give the Argos second chances in their 31-29 last-minute victory at Rogers Centre.

The second one made Stamps head coach John Hufnagel fume.

Defensive back Geoff Tisdale, who had two earlier interceptions, took an illegal contact-on-the-receiver penalty, negating a Demetrice Morley interception. Hufnagel could be seen on TSN, saying, 'You *#$^ing grabbed him,' while clutching his own shirt with both hands.

"I was just holding my ground," Tisdale said. "Coach said to make him run through me, and he ran through me. I don't know how it was (pass interference)."

Also on the drive, Stamps middle linebacker Juwan Simpson was flagged for a horse-collar tackle, when the visitors stopped Argos running back Cory Boyd on a one-yard gain.

That moved the Argos from the Stamps' 26-yard line to the 11, making Noel Prefontaine's game-winning field goal a gimme.

"I didn't even go down with him," Simpson said. "I rolled off him, and they called it a horse-collar.

"As a defence, you don't want to leave it in the official's hands. The call should have never made a difference. We shouldn't have been in that predicament. I guess they made the right calls. That's not for me to speak on."

The final drive overshadowed a decent night defensively.

Just like a week ago when the Stamps allowed a third-down gain to let the B.C. Lions get into range for a Paul McCallum winning field goal, the defence broke down when it mattered most.

The Stamps managed to hold Steven Jyles to just 118 yards passing and picked him off four times Friday night.

The Argos did have their rushing attack going, with Boyd racking up 148 yards on 18 carries while backup Chad Kackert had 35 on three attempts.

Reynolds back into action?

Although he's been out of action for four games, Stampeders veteran running back Joffrey Reynolds might be needed now.

There are question marks with the running backs now that Jon Cornish (hamstring) and backup LaMarcus Coker (shin) were both ailing after the loss Friday night.

Cornish said his injury wasn't serious, but Coker could be out for a few games.

Paredes perfect

In the three previous games, kicker Rene Paredes had missed a field goal. Friday night in Toronto, Paredes was perfect on five attempts, upping his average from 73.5% to 76.9%.

When the Stamps needed clutch kicks in the second half, Paredes hit from 40 and 28 yards to take the lead.


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