'It's my fault,' kicker suggests

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Justin Medlock blamed himself for the Argonauts' loss yesterday, but he had no business doing so.

Medlock's 57-yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds left clanked off the crossbar and fell on to the field, ensuring the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers left the Rogers Centre with a 13-12 win.

"My job is to make the kick and I did not make it," Medlock said. "We lost the game, missed a kick, it's my fault and that's what happens."

Well, had the Argos not handed the game to the Bombers with seven turn overs, Medlock probably would not have been in a position to win it. The outcome already should have been decided, and in the Argos' favour.

Medlock appeared to have nailed a 47-yarder, but the Argos were whistled for a time-count violation and Medlock had to give it another go after the 10-yard penalty. He had made all 11 of his field-goal attempts this season prior to missing from more than half a field away.

There clearly was some confusion on the part of the Argos when the clock was ticking down.

"In retrospect, I should have called a timeout," head coach Bart Andrus said. "I thought the ball was going to be snapped in time. (Holder) Kevin Eiben watches the clock and he told me he thought (Winnipeg) called time out. I did not think there was going to be an issue."

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly was asked what was going through his mind as Medlock's second attempt flew through the air.

"You can't spell any of those words," Kelly said. "I asked James Johnson (who was waiting in the end zone): 'Did you think he was going to make it?' He said, 'I couldn't believe the ball kept carrying.' "

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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