Bashing Bashir

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Return specialist Bashir Levingston shouldered the blame himself.

Of the six turnovers the Argos' committed in yesterday's 33-17 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division final at the Rogers Centre, Levingston fumbled twice on returns.

"I'll take the blame for this one completely," he said. "No matter what else happened in the game, I'll take it. That ain't me. You'll never see me turn over in (any) games, let alone a big like this."

Levingston's first fumble happened on a punt return in the second quarter with the Argos leading 14-4. The Als turned it into a field goal.

The second fumble came off a kickoff with the Als ahead 26-17. They scored a touchdown on the following series.

"On the first one I cut back and they hit me from both sides, but I should have held on to the ball tighter," he said.

"On the last one, I jumped over a guy and a guy came from the side and hit it out. It was just carelessness. I should have held on to the ball a little better.

"It was a bad day, probably the worst day I've had since I've been playing football as far as turning the ball over. There will be better days. It's tough knowing we're a better team than them and they're going to be going (to the Grey Cup this Sunday in B.C.)."

Levingston wasn't the only one feeling responsible for the outcome.

Punter/kicker Noel Prefontaine shouldered the blame for missing a 21-yard field-goal attempt that went wide left near the end of the first half.

"It was completely my fault," he said.


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