Copeland seals the deal for Stamps

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

TORONTO -- This time, Jeremaine Copeland's last-minute, go-ahead touchdown reception was a winner.

Two weeks ago, the veteran Calgary Stampeders slotback had a go-ahead major against the Edmonton Eskimos, but Ricky Ray engineered the winning score for a 38-35 win at Commonwealth Stadium.

Cody Pickett couldn't do the same thing, and the Toronto Argonauts opted to try a long pass instead of attempting about a 58-yard tying field goal and a tie at the gun.

Instead, Copeland's second TD with 46 seconds remaining stood up as the winner as the Stamps knocked off the Argos 23-20 in front of 25,329 spectators at Rogers Centre.

"This was a must-win and it's big for us," Copeland said.

"We needed a game like this. This is the kind of game that can jumpstart you for the second half. We needed to win a close one. We couldn't have picked a better finish.

"What is great is our defence going out there and making the stop. After losing that game in Edmonton, our defence stepped up to make plays to win the game."

In losing a franchise-record 10th straight at home, the Argos found another way to lose a close one at Rogers Centre.

It was the Stamps who almost looked to be losers after running back Joffrey Reynolds fumbled with his team down four and in scoring range, but the Calgary defence forced a quick two-and-out from the Argos.

Kicker Justin Medlock, who said afterwards that 58 yards was within his range, could only get a 30-yard punt and gave the Stamps the ball at midfield to get the winning drive going.

Reynolds ran for 114 yards on 18 carries and didn't deserve the goat horns for the fumble.

"Joffrey had a great game," said quarterback Henry Burris, who went 19-of-29 passing for 260 yards, two TDs and one interception.

"As a team, we believe in one another. Nobody is perfect and those things happen.

"It's all about how you bounce back through adverse situations. That's how we played tonight.

"When there was time left, I just thought our defence would go get that W."

It was a listless first half by both offences as the score was 3-3 after 30 minutes, but both teams were happy about their defence.

The Argos got going in the third quarter when Titus Ryan fumbled a punt return at his own 15-yard line and the Argos quickly got the first of two P.K. Sam majors.

The Stamps defence performed well, despite the loss of defensive back Brandon Browner to a knee injury just before halftime.

"If it was going to be a close game, I wanted our defence on the field at the end to protect the lead," Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said.

"I'm really impressed with the defence and the 60 minutes they played.

"I'm pleased with the way the offence played in the second half. They had to answer points and they did."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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