Bishop to the rescue

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Michael Bishop air-mailed a big victory for the Argonauts yesterday.

Back from a five-game hiatus after suffering a broken wrist on July 12, the Argos' No.1 quarterback demonstrated impressive form at Ivor Wynne Stadium to lead Toronto to a 32-14 victory over the hapless Tiger-Cats.

Bishop threw for 321 yards (14-for-28) and had two touchdown passes as the Argos improved to 3-6. The Ticats, who visit the Rogers Centre on Saturday for a rematch, fell to 1-8.

"It feels great to get back out on the field," Bishop said.

"It seems like I was gone forever, but I'm back now and it's time for us to get this ball rolling."

Bishop's passing numbers would have been even better if not for some dropped passes by his usually sure-handed receivers. But rookie Jamall Broussard and veteran Derrell Mitchell both pulled in three passes apiece for more than 100 yards.

For Argos coach Mike Clemons, the victory was a huge relief after his squad had dropped five straight with the strong-armed Bishop out of the lineup.

"Anytime you're trying to work your way out of the kind of muck we found ourselves into, you know it's not going to be easy," Clemons said.

"We didn't play an extremely clean game, but we played a very effective game and I guess that's what counts."

The Ticats began the game behind the 8-ball as star rookie running back Jesse Lumsden was a last-minute scratch because of a sore shoulder suffered last weekend in Montreal.

Lumsden is third in CFL rushing with 627 yards.

The Ticats started rookie QB Timmy Chang ahead of Jason Maas. Chang went 5-for-15 in the first half and was replaced by Maas to start the second half, but Maas did little to get the Ticats faithful inspired.

The Toronto defence was stellar, earning six sacks.

On Toronto's second possession, Bishop was picked off by Zeke Moreno, who ran the ball 44 yards for a 6-0 Hamilton lead. The Argonauts tied it with 3:23 left in the first quarter when receiver Obed Cetoute made a nice over-the-shoulder catch from Bishop, capping a 73-yard drive.

In the second quarter, Byron Parker intercepted a Chang pass and ran it in for a 30-yard touchdown and a 14-8 Argos lead. The play tied Parker with three other players for most career Argo touchdowns coming off an interception, with five.

The Argos went ahead 17-8 on a Noel Prefontaine field goal from 24 yards out.

Prefontaine nailed a 44-yard field goal early in the second quarter to put the Argos up 21-8. Bishop connected with Frank Murphy for an 11-yard TD and 28-8 lead early in the fourth, putting the game out of the Ticats' reach.


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