'Riders hold off Argos

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

REGINA -- This time the Argos couldn't come back against the Roughriders.

Unlike in the third game of the season when the Argos scored two touchdowns inside the final three minutes to beat Saskatchewan 27-26 at the Rogers Centre, the Argos couldn't stage a comeback last night at Taylor Field.

The Argos lost 24-13 in front of announced crowd of 22,779.

The Argos record dropped to 7-5, but Toronto still leads the East Division with a four-point lead over Montreal and Ottawa. Saskatchewan, which recorded its fourth consecutive win, improved to 7-6.

The Argos had some costly turnovers, all by quarterback Damon Allen, who threw two interceptions, both in the fourth quarter, and one fumble.

"It's amazing what those situations can do," Allen said. "It changed the whole ... the game. If it's anything that's been killing us, it's turnovers. We've been turning it over too many times."

Allen served up his first interception early in the fourth quarter on an attempted pass to receiver R. Jay Soward in the end zone. Eddie Davis recorded the interception, which was somewhat fitting because he missed an easy interception in the game in Toronto that kept the Argos' comeback alive.

It appeared as if there was confusion on the interception because Soward didn't react as if he was expecting the ball.

Saskatchewan scored three points off the turnover on a field goal to go up 17-13.

The second interception came inside the final three minutes when cornerback LaDouphyous McCalla stepped in front of receiver Tony Miles. The Roughriders scored a touchdown on their ensuing possession.

Saskatchewan led 11-10 after the first half, in which Toronto should have led by a considerable margin.

The Argos led 3-0 on an 11-yard field goal by Noel Prefontaine with 1:58 to go in the first quarter. Toronto padded its lead to 10-0 after defensive back Clifford Ivory picked off a Marcus Crandell pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds to go in the quarter and Prefontaine added the one-point convert.

Early in the second, Holmes fumbled when hit by Ivory. Linebacker Kevin Eiben returned it 34 yards to Saskatchewan's 23. After running back John Avery ran 22 yards, the Argos had three shots to score and wasted the opportunity. Allen ran three times, slipping on the second run and fumbling the exchange from centre on the third attempt. Head coach Pinball Clemons said there was miscommunication between Allen and centre Chad Folk that led to the fumble.

Saskatchewan scored late in the second half on a one-yard run by Crandell. Saskatchewan added a two-point convert.

The Riders took the lead with a 46-yard field by Paul McCallum with 17 seconds to go in the half after the Argos were assessed three penalties totalling 30 yards.


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