Ray was in groove before being squashed by Hughes

Calgary's special teams did a good job of containing Toronto's ace returner Chad Owens during last...

Calgary's special teams did a good job of containing Toronto's ace returner Chad Owens during last night's game. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

The answer to how you stop a red-hot Ricky Ray came exactly 8:41 into the game.

Ray had just marched the Argos down the field in surgeon-like precision cut the Stampeders defence apart on an eight-play 65-yard touchdown drive to open the game.

In the drive Ray was a perfect 5-for-5 passing, finishing the drive off with a perfect 19-yard toss to Jason Barnes that landed so softly in his hands you would have sworn your neighbour’s 10-year-old son could have hauled it in.

But on the first play of the very next drive all of that was immediately forgotten.

Ray, chased out of the pocket and rolling to his right held on to the ball just a little too long. Maybe it was that sky-high confidence that only a run like Ray was on could create, but by holding on just a little too long, Ray opened himself up to a charging bull in the form of rush end Charleston Hughes.


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