The Argonautes claim 1st place in the East Division with a wild victory over the Alouettes
A single point from a missed field goal was enough to give the Toronto Argonauts a 24-23 win over the Alouettes on Saturday in a CFL game at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal.
The result means the Argonauts clinched first place in the East Division and home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Toronto’s Mcleod Bethel-Thompson (11-6) threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns and had one interception.
Trevor Harris led Montreal (8-9), passing for 413 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
The Alouettes had great success in the air on their first practice, gaining 52 yards in just three plays and finding themselves on the Toronto 15-yard line.
All progress would be reversed when Montreal gave it a go on third down. They returned the ball when Harris’ pass was intercepted by Jonathan Jones.
From their own one-yard line, the Argonauts roared the field, covering 109 yards in just seven plays.
They would cap it all off by scoring the first touchdown of the game with just over four minutes left in the first quarter. Bethel-Thompson found Markeith Ambles two yards away, drawing first blood.
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With just under four minutes to go at halftime, Montreal finally got its first points on the board. A catch and 50-yard run from Jake Wieneke set up a 42-yard field goal from David Cote, making it 7-3 at halftime.
Toronto started the second half by returning the opening kickoff from 59 yards, then taking advantage of weak coverage in Montreal’s secondary to score its second touchdown of the game.
Kurleigh Gittens Jr. lost his marker after receiving a pass at the 13-yard line and wandering into the end zone. Montreal responded right away with another field goal from Cote at 26 yards.
Just one game later, Bethel-Thompson’s misguided bombshell found the waiting arms of Marc-Antoine Dequoy, breathing new life into the Alouettes.
The possession would give Cote his third field goal of the game, tying the game 16-16 after a 47-yard conversion.
In the ensuing practice, a series of penalties brought Toronto to the Montreal one-yard line. Chad Kelly was right when the quarterback snuck in the ball, allowing the Alouettes to tie the game.
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As Montreal descended, the Harris field came alive, finding receivers every time it fell back. They completed the comeback when Eugene Lewis’ diving catch tied things up again.
With 34 seconds on the clock, Toronto roamed the field and prepared a field goal attempt for Boris Bede. As Bede missed the kick, the single point was enough to give the Argonauts the win with no time left on the clock.