Painful win for Argos

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Mookie Mitchell didn't break a record, but Michael Bishop might have broken his wrist .

That was enough to wipe the smile off of some Argo-nauts personnel after 48-15 laugher against the road-weary Calgary Stampeders last night at the Rogers Centre.

Bishop, having solidified his hold on the No. 1 job as quarterback by completing 18 of 23 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, ran to the sidelines in great pain in the third quarter after getting hit trying to cross the Calgary goal line.

Head coach Pinball Clemons was awaiting word on x-rays after Bishop went to hospital.

"He freaked out at first (coming off), then realized it might not be that bad," Clemons said. "We do know it's more than a mild sprain."

The Argos also lost starting running back Jamel White on a first-quarter hit that could reveal a concussion.

"He wanted to play in the second half, but we hid his pads," Clemons said.

But who wouldn't have wanted some game time to fatten stats last night?

The Argos rolled up 403 yards in total offence, had five interceptions and recovered three fumbles. Six Argos had touchdowns: Receivers Andre Talbot, Arland Bruce III, Tony Miles and Mitchell got in, while Andre Durie and Jeff Johnson rushed for their first CFL majors. Orlondo Steinauer tied his career best with three interceptions as Toronto took advantage of a Calgary team that was playing on just four days rest following a 49-8 loss to Saskatchewan.

Mitchell recorded 64 of the 91 yards needed to pass Paul Masotti for the team record for receiving yards, but that will have to wait until next week in Calgary.

Now it appears ex-NFLer Mike McMahon will be calling the shots in the huddle. He was 6-for-13 last night for 68 yards and one touchdown.

"We don't know what the result (with Bishop) is, but a full week to prepare is the ideal situation (to judge his own abilities)," McMahon said.

"I was expecting to come in late in the third quarter or in the fourth. I felt good early, then I tried to force things."

Taking advantage of six first-half turnovers, which generated 17 points alone, the Argos moved to 2-1 in the young season, a much better portent than last year's 1-3 stumble from the gate.

White had not survived his opening-night assignment against B.C. due to a shoulder injury after beating out John Avery for starting job. But Avery's knee was bruised in the win over Hamilton. Johnson finished up in the backfield last night, catching a 30-yard pass in the second quarter.

Calgary quarterback Henry Burris was replaced briefly in the second quarter after a series of errors culminated in a comical fumble. He had to hang on to big lineman Jonathan Brown's ankle for dear life to prevent the Argo from scooping up the ball for a touchdown.

Earlier, Bishop was jolted trying to find Mitchell for a short touchdown pass and wound up getting a facemask major hauling down Calvin Bannister on the interception.

That prompted a mini-brawl on the Stamps' bench with Calgary equipment manager George Hopkins allegedly throwing a water bottle at Bishop and getting knocked down in the process.

"It's not an easy thing standing on the sideline watching things fall apart the way it did," Calgary head coach Tom Higgins said.

"They won the turnover battle, the field-position battle. They were more disciplined. All we did at halftime was to see if we could play the second half even and we couldn't do that."


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