TORONTO — Kevin Glenn completed 14 of his 20 passes for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns before being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury, as the Calgary Stampeders beat the Toronto Argonauts 35-14 in a rematch of the 100th Grey Cup.
With receiver Nik Lewis and tailback Jon Cornish sidelined with injuries, the Stampeders offence took to the field for the game’s opening possession, looking to erase any doubt that they would stumble without their two marquee players.
On the first play from scrimmage, Glenn found Marquay McDaniel, who turned the strong side corner for what looked like a sure-fire 29-yard gain. But McDaniel fumbled and the ball was recovered by Argos DE Cleyon Lain.
From there, Ray and the then red-hot Argos offence picked up right where they left off last week against the Eskimos.
On the drive, Ray completed all five of his passes, while Collaros used his legs to garner an additional 9 yards on three carries.
But disaster would strike on Toronto’s next offensive possession.
While being flushed out of the pocket, Ray heaved a pass towards the sidelines and was hit as he threw by Stamps rush end Charleston Hughes.
Ray went down on the play and was forced to the sidelines favouring his shoulder. Collaros took over under centre and Ray did not return.
Before leaving the game, Ray was good on five of his six passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.
From there, Toronto’s offence had trouble finding their legs, as they were forced to conceded a pair of safety’s on consecutive possessions, decreasing their lead to just a field goal.
While their offence was busy trying to regain their footing, Toronto’s defence was giving them as much time as they needed.
Pinned deep in their own end as a result of a Jamie Robinson pass interference penalty, the unit was able to maintain their composure and stuff Calgary’s attack twice from in close, forcing the visitors to settle for an 11-yard Rene Paredes field goal.
With Cornish sidelined, the Stamps turned to youngsters Matt Walter and Jonathan Williams to carry the load on the ground. And while it would take some time before they would get their feet wet, it would be some hard running by Williams that led the Stamps downfield to set up what would be their first touchdown of the game.
Ray Injures Shoulder
Ricky Ray was forced out of Friday’s game against Calgary after being driven into the turf by Stampeders DE Charleston Hughes, injuring his shoulder.
Toronto’s offensive slumber was only temporary, however.
Collaros – who has been solid in his limited time under centre this season, including a win over BC in his only start in Week 5 – used his diverse array of options to his advantage en-route to what would be a five-play, 70-yard scoring drive.
The Cincinnati product hooked up with Barnes for a 39-yard completion and followed that up with a 17-yard strike to upstart rookie receiver John Chiles.
After earning a first down thanks to a 7-yard run of his own and a 4-yard pass to Chad Owens, tailback Curtis Steele would cross the plane on a 2-yard run to even the score at 14 apiece.
The Stamps started their scoring drive with excellent field positon, thanks a fumble by Owens that was returned 37 yards by Jonathan Hefney.
Shortly after, the Argos tried to swing the momentum pendulum in their favour, attempting a fake punt that saw Noel Prefontaine’s pass get intercepted by Juwan Simpson.
With the game coming to a close,, the Stamps would squash an hope of an Argos comeback, as Paredes connected on a pair of field to increase their lead to 21.
In hist post-game media availability, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said that Glenn was going through concussion protocol.
Without Cornish, Calgary’s run game didn’t suffer in the slightest bit, as both Walter and Williams combined for 138 yards, with Williams earning 82 on 18 carries, while Walter ran for 56 on 10.
The Argos, meanwhile, had trouble for the second game on the defensive side of the ball. Allowing at least 30 points for the second-straight game, the Boatment didn’t have an answer for Calgary’s balanced attack.
Next week, the Stamps head home to face the Eskimos on Labour Day Sunday, while the Boatmen close out their three-game home-stand in a Tuesday night matchup with the Montreal Alouettes.