Argos hurt themselves

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- The Argonauts poisoned their own slim playoff hopes with undisciplined penalties.

Heck, there was even a fourth-quarter Foot-Brawl.

And the Toronto offence was woeful for all but the final moments yet again.

The Argos were flagged for roughing, ejections and objectionable conduct at the most inopportune times and the Blue Bombers took full advantage.

Former Argos quarterback Michael Bishop completed 23 of 32 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns to lead Winnipeg to a 29-24 victory over the Argos in what was billed as the "Battle of the Bottom Feeders" before 22,446 fans at Canad Inns Stadium last night.

The Bombers moved into third place in the CFL East with a 4-8 record, just two points behind B.C. in the cross-over playoff race, and within four points of the second-place Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Winnipeg also won the season series over the Boatmen 2-1. The Argos fell to 3-9 and into the Eastern basement.

The Argos made it interesting in the final quarter. First, Kyle Jones blocked a Mike Renaud punt and Andre Durie recovered in the endzone. Then, after a kickoff single, quarterback Kerry Joseph -- who replaced starter Cody Pickett in the third quarter -- ran for a three-yard major to pull the Argos to within 29-24. But it was too little too late.

The Bombers looked like they had put the game away in the third quarter when they out-scored Toronto 12-0 to take a 29-9 lead.

Bishop completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adarius Bowman. Winnipeg placekicker Alexis Serna kicked a 41-yard field goal and Toronto conceded a safety touch.

The Bombers had jumped to a 17-9 lead at the half. Bishop completed a 24-yard TD toss to tailback Fred Reid for the first major of the game for either side. Serna also booted a 13-yard field goal when the Toronto defence held the Bombers at the five.

Toronto placekicker Justin Medlock booted 45- and 44-yard field goals.

Winnipeg had taken a 7-3 lead in the first quarter as both teams exchanged field goals. Serna connected on three-pointers of 53 and 32 yards. Medlock kicked a 27-yard field goal. Renaud also kicked a 56-yard single.

Toronto plays host to the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.

Around the huddle

Toronto LB Zeke Moreno and OL Rob Murphy and Winnipeg LB Siddeeq Shabazz and DL Dorian Smith were ejected as the result of a Foot-Brawl early in the fourth quarter ... The five new inductees into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame -- Alondra Johnson, Glen Weir, Rudy Phillips, Jim Mills and Tony Anselmo (builder) were honoured at halftime.

JIM.BENDER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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