Talbot thankful fumble not costly

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Fortunately for Andre Talbot, the best game of his professional career didn't end in personal disaster.

The fourth-year Argos receiver caught five passes, one of them for a touchdown, for 122 yards in his team's 35-32 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday.

But Talbot also fumbled late in the game when hit after catching a pass, and Winnipeg used the turnover to tie the game. The Argos then came back with a drive to score the winning field goal.

"Oh man that hurt," Talbot said of the fumble, which happened when he was rocked by defensive back Brad Franklin.

Boyd Barrett, who was on the field as an extra defensive back, recovered the ball.

"That would have been real crappy to lose two games in a row (because of) a receiver fumbling the ball," Talbot added, referring to the fumble by Robert Baker in the Argos' 17-13 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos last Monday at the Rogers Centre.

Talbot hadn't been used much in recent games after being a key part of the offence in the first half of the season. He told quarterback Damon Allen earlier in the week in practice he would be there for him if called on during the game for a reception.

BIG CATCHES

Allen went to the wideout on the Argos' first play of the game. While Talbot dropped the ball, he settled down and made some big catches as the game progressed.

He scored the touchdown in the third quarter on an 11-yard catch-and-run play.

Talbot gave credit to fellow receiver Arland Bruce for catching a pass on the final series.

"Brucey had my back and was able to make a big play to let us win the game," Talbot said.


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