Posted by: Jeremy | August 1, 2009

Clock runs out on Argos


Tyler Scott fumbles, accounting for one of seven Argo turnovers

Tyler Scott fumbles, accounting for one of seven Argo turnovers

In a game marred by mistakes, the Argos waited until the final minute to commit their biggest gaffe Saturday. Toronto was whistled for a time-clock violation as Justin Medlock lined up a 47-yard game-winning field goal, forcing the kicker back ten yards, and then watched as his last-ditch attempt rattled off the left upright to ensure Winnipeg’s 13-12 win.

The Argos turned the ball over seven times — four on interceptions by quarterback Kerry Joseph, including two inside Winnipeg’s five-yard line, and another three on fumbles — but were able to hang tight behind another strong defensive effort. The Argos forced a two-and-out following Jamal Robertson’s fumble with less than three minutes remaining, setting up a potential game-winning drive, which ended on Medlock’s miss following the penalty.

“We went out to kick with plenty of time on the clock,” said Argos’ head coach Bart Andrus following the game. “I didn’t think there was going to be an issue. I thought we were going to be able to get the play off. It was just an unfortunate situation.”

Andrus said linebacker Kevin Eiben, who also handles the holding duties, told him the team had tried to call timeout. Andrus said he was out of position himself to get the attention of a referee because he was going over emergency plays with his receivers should the kick have missed.

Medlock, who had made his previous 11 attempts this season, refused to let the blame fall elsewhere, even despite the added 10 yards.

“I have no idea what happened,” he said afterward of the delay of game. “It’s my job to make the kick and I didn’t make it. It doesn’t matter if it’s 62, 65 yards — I’ve got to make it.”

The Argos actually strung together a solid offensive showing, but on far too many occasions ended possessions with turnovers. In two home losses this season, Toronto has turned the ball over 12 times.

“It was an anomaly that we were in position to have a chance to win,” Andrus said. “That in itself is pretty phenomenal.”

Aside from the four interceptions, Joseph passed for 219 yards and ran for 84. Receivers Cory Rodgers and Chad Lucas, both new additions to the lineup, combined for 118 yards and Lucas scored Toronto’s only touchdown — a 25-yard connection with Joseph late in the second quarter. Jamal Robertson rushed for 86 yards for the Argos, but had a costly fumble late in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Joseph said it’s important to stay focused in order to limit turnovers and get back on track.

“We’ve just got to keep working,” said Joseph. “Be more poised, make better decisions. We’ve had some bad luck, but we’ve got to keep our heads up and keep trying.”

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  1. […] A couple times late in games he seemed to have no clue what was going on — I think back to the early-season one against Winnipeg with the senseless delay of game penalty before the potential game-winning field goal and the loss […]


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