Bashir's burst best

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Bashir Levingston had been running for approximately 100 yards and decided enough was enough.

But the Argos kick returner still had about 30 yards to go to the end zone last night, and when he cooled his jets and coasted for the final stretch, had a CFL record to himself.

Late in the second quarter of a 24-22 loss to the B.C. Lions in the 2007 regular-season opener for both clubs, Lions kicker Paul McCallum missed a 33-yard field goal. Levingston caught the ball deep in the Argos end zone and started to run. He picked up steam with a block by Michael Fletcher near the goal line and had an open route the rest of the way down the field.

Levingston's 129-yard run, which set a CFL mark as the longest return for a touchdown on a missed field goal, was one of a few storylines in a sloppy opener for the Argos.

Another positive was the two fumble recoveries by cornerback Leron Mitchell, as both helped lead to Argos touchdowns.

But one negative was the loss of kicker/punter Noel Prefontaine, who left the game in the second quarter after he hit his head on the turf in the opening 15 minutes when the Lions blocked a punt.

"My dudes did a good job of blocking and they know what the deal is," Levingston said. "They worked their asses off, and I kept my promise and got them one.

"Records are good, but I wish we could have had a win. Right now it is not a big deal, maybe I'll think about it more in a couple of years from now."

Coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons had a few words for Levingston when the latter returned to the sideline after his long run.

"Any time we are in that situation, it is almost an expectation from us of him," Clemons said. "But I did give him a little grief. The way he carried the ball. The slowdown part, trying to take a couple of seconds off the clock, I would have preferred he play those seconds out. He was not taunting the other team, I don't think he meant it that way."

Clemons said he was unsure of the status of Prefontaine, who was replaced ably by Chris Hardy.

"He got dinged a bit," Clemons said. "He got his leg a little bit, but I don't think it was as big a deal as his head. He was a little woozy."


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