Argos get black jack against Esks
By Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency
|Toronto Argonauts Jeremy Unertl, left, and Edmonton Eskimos Mathieu Bertrand (on the ground) battle for the ball during their game in Toronto on October 21, 2011. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)
The Toronto Argonauts did something no other team in the CFL has been able to do this season: score 21 points in one quarter against the Edmonton Eskimos.
After allowing just 14 points in the previous 11 quarters, the Eskimos all but surrendered against a late charge in the fourth quarter Friday in Toronto.
Three successful touchdown drives engineered by quarterback Steven Jyles with less than six minutes remaining saw the Argos come back from a 31-3 deficit.
Everything that could go wrong seemed to for the Eskimos, who watched helplessly as Toronto was granted an iffy pass-interference call that negated an interception by Chris Thompson, a razzle-dazzle of an on-side kick and a rare fumble by Jerome Messam to give the Argos four quick possessions.
It took an interception by Weldon Brown — his fourth in as many games — on the game’s last play to secure a 31-24 win for the West Division leaders.
“It’s in part credit to Toronto and a lot of it has to do with us losing our focus,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed.
Putting it in perspective, the Eskimos allowed the opposition to score less than 21 points in a game on six occasions this season, and went into Friday’s matchup averaging just 21.9 points against per game.
“I’m happy and proud of the way the guys responded to an adverse situation, but we should not have been in that situation,” Reed said. “This is the first time that I can see we didn’t finish a football game and there is some disappointment in that. I’m very proud of what they did but there is some disappointment in the way that we handled the last seven minutes.”
Following Friday’s game, the Eskimos have seven days to figure out what went wrong so it doesn’t happen again in Vancouver during a showdown for first place in the West next Saturday.