Benoit Marion returned a blocked punt 24 yards for the go-ahead landing to rally the Toronto Argonauts to a wild 34-20 dwelling win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday night time.
After Trevor Hoyte blocked Michael Domagala’s punt, Marion picked up the unfastened ball and ran it in 2:37 into the fourth quarter to interrupt a 17-17 tie. Toronto appeared poised to take the lead at 1:14 however Boris Bede’s 44-yard discipline aim was vast, because of a horrible snap, with the only tying the sport.
Seth Small’s 17-yard discipline aim at 8:53 pulled Hamilton to inside 24-20. It was aided by Hamilton’s profitable problem of a 38-yard go interference name on Toronto’s Royce Metchie on Ticats’ receiver Tim White.
Nevertheless, Toronto countered with a 59-yard, eight-play march that Bede capped with an 18-yard discipline aim at 12:35. That delighted the BMO Area gathering of 11,623 on a night the place each Woman Gaga and Drake have been additionally acting at Rogers Centre and Budweiser Stage, respectively.
Chris Edwards cemented the victory, returning a Dane Evans interception 40 yards for a landing at 13:12.
Evans was 28 of 42 passing for 302 yards with a TD and interception. Toronto starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson accomplished 17 of 27 makes an attempt for 230 yards and a landing.
Toronto (4-3) remained atop the East Division with the win. Hamilton (2-6) is tied for second with the Montreal Alouettes (2-6). The Argos erased a 14-6 halftime deficit by outscoring the Ticats 28-6 within the second half, together with 18-3 within the fourth.
It marked the seventh time in eight video games this season that Hamilton had been outscored within the second half. The Ticats have particularly struggled within the fourth quarter, having been outscored 95-29 within the ultimate body to this point.
Saturday’s sport was the primary of 4 between the longtime rivals over the subsequent 5 weeks. The 2 groups sq. off once more in Hamilton on Friday night time earlier than the Ticats revisit the Argos on Aug. 26.
The four-game sequence culminates with the annual Labour Day showdown Sept. 5 at Tim Hortons Area.
Cam Phillips scored Toronto’s different landing whereas Andrew Harris had a two-point convert. Bede kicked three discipline objectives and a convert with the rest of the factors approaching a security.
Don Jackson had Hamilton’s landing. Small booted 4 discipline objectives and a convert whereas Domagala added a single.
Toronto pulled to inside 17-16 after Domagala gave up a security at 13:16 of the third. It got here after Lawrence Woods III elected to return John Haggerty’s booming 65-yard punt on the Hamilton aim line and was tackled after only a three-yard return.
Bethel-Thompson capped a three-play, 70-yard march with a 13-yard TD strike to Phillips at 7:45. Then he discovered Harris on the two-point convert to chop Hamilton’s result in 17-14. Small’s 22-yard discipline aim at 6:07 gave the Ticats a 17-6 benefit.
Bede reduce Hamilton’s halftime result in 14-6 with a 30-yard discipline aim at 14:03 of the second. It adopted Domagala’s 50-yard punt single at 12:57.
However the rating flattered Toronto as Hamilton had 219 internet offensive yards within the opening half, in comparison with simply 88 for the Argos. The Ticats additionally had the ball for 17 minutes 9 seconds.
Bede’s 44-yard discipline aim at 5:14 of the second reduce Hamilton’s result in 13-3 after Small linked from 28 yards out at 1:43.
Evans capped a wise 87-yard, 10-play drive with a nine-yard TD strike to Jackson at 11:43 of the primary to place Hamilton forward 10-0. It got here after Small opened the scoring with a 28-yard discipline aim at 3:56.