Week 11 of the CFL season concluded with the Calgary Stampeders topping the Toronto Argonauts 22-19 in a turnover-filled battle at BMO Field. Both teams combined for seven giveaways. Bo Levi Mitchell, who contributed two turnovers of his own, was benched in the second half. McLeod Bethel-Thompson delivered his worst performance, failing to score a passing touchdown, and turning the ball over twice. Including a game-changing pick-six when Toronto was up by two scores late.
The Argonauts’ offense was stymied by Calgary’s defense, as they produced five sacks.
The Calgary Stampeders improve their record to 6-3. They will head to Winnipeg next Thursday night to face the 8-1 Blue Bombers. The Toronto Argonauts fall to 4-5. They still lead the East division by a half-game over 4-6 Montreal. The Argos will be back home at BMO Field next Friday night, meeting Hamilton (3-7) for the third time in four weeks.
CFL Week 11: Calgary @ Toronto Box Score
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CFL Week 11: Stampeders @ Argonauts Game Recap/Highlights
The Stampeders would spectacularly start the game after being backed up by a penalty on the opening kickoff. Bo Levi Mitchell would find a streaking Shawn Bane down the sideline for an 80-yard gain.
Toronto’s defense would stiffen up in the red zone and hold Calgary to a 23-yard field goal by Rene Paredes, who moved to 10th all-time in scoring.
The Argos’ offense would match the Stamps’ opening field goal with one of their own. McLeod Bethel-Thompson would complete six passes for sixty yards to four different receivers. However, the Boatmen’s drive would stall inside the Stamps’ 5-yard line. Boris Bede would put Toronto on board with a 10-yard field goal.
Calgary’s second drive would once again start with a bang. Except for this time, the result was a negative one. Bo Levi Mitchell would take another shot down the field but was intercepted by Maurice Carnell IV.
Toronto’s offense could not capitalize on the turnover as both teams would trade punts.
The Argos would finally get a drive going on their next possession. Driving deep into Calgary territory, Stamps DB Brad Muhammad would punch the football out of AJ Ouellette’s grip. The loose ball was recovered downfield by Elie Bouka.
The Stamps and Argonauts would exchange punts to start the second quarter.
Calgary would score the game’s first major on their second series of the new quarter. Thanks to their rushing attack. Derick Mills would pick up 13 yards up the middle. Two plays later, Peyton Logan would take a pitch 29 yards for the score, giving the Stamps a 10-3 lead.
Looking to respond on their next series, Toronto would face a third and one from near midfield. Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie would opt to go for it, and Chad Kelly would come on and execute a 21-yard QB sweep.
Swag Kelly would come back on for another third and one situation. Kelly would convert another first down, but a facemask penalty would be tacked on this time. One play later, Javon Leake would take a swing pass all the way down to Calgary’s one-yard line. Kelly would come back on and cap off the drive with a QB sneak for a touchdown to tie the game at 10.
With momentum back on their side, Toronto’s defense would force another turnover. This time, Chris Edwards would elbow the football out of Jalen Philpot’s grips, and Trevor Hoyte would recover at Calgary’s 48.
Toronto’s offense would get down to the 20 after a roughness call on Calgary’s defense. But a Mike Rose sack on second down would limit Toronto to a 35-yard field goal by Boris Bede.
Down 13-10, the Stamps would turn the ball over again. Tarvarus McFadden would intercept Bo Levi Mitchell on a deep shot down the field.
The Stamps defense would force a Toronto two and out despite the turnover. But Calgary’s offense would stall on their next series. A poor punt by Cody Grace would lead to Toronto adding another field goal by Boris Bede before the half to extend their lead to 16-10.
Javon Leake would start the second half with a 27-yard kick return. But the positive play to the 42-yard line wasn’t enough to kick start Toronto’s offense on their first series of the third quarter as the Argos punted the ball away after two plays. Their third two and out of the game.
Jake Maier would come on to replace a struggling Bo Levi Mitchell on Calgary’s first offensive series in the third quarter.
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Maier would complete his first pass to Jalen Philpot, but the play would be short of a first down. The Stamps would be forced to punt the ball away.
Javon Leake would return Calgary’s punt 17 yards to set up Toronto at their 44-yard line for their second drive. An 18-yard pass pickup by DaVaris Daniels would bring the Argos across midfield. But the drive would stall after McLeod Bethel-Thompson was sacked for the third time in the game.
After a John Haggerty punt would pin Calgary deep inside their 15. Toronto’s defense would force another Stamps two and out.
With field position in their favor after Calgary’s punt. A 19-yard pass completion by McLeod Bethel Thompson to DaVaris Daniels would bring the Boatmen into scoring territory. But Brent Munson’s aggressive defense would continue to harass MBT. The Argos would have to settle for a 27-yard Boris Bede field goal. His fourth of the game.
Down by nine, midway through the third period, Jake Maier would appear to throw an interception in the flat to Argos DB DaShaun Amos, but the play was overturned.
The Stampeders’ defense would make a huge play to revive their team on Toronto’s next offensive series. A rushed McLeod Bethel-Thomson would sail a pass over the middle of the field, and the rushed throw would be intercepted by Eli Bouka, who would zig-zag his way 62-yards for a touchdown. Down 19-16, Calgary would opt for two, but a Dedrick Mills run towards the goal line would fail.
With momentum shifting against them. McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Argos offense would fail to respond to Calgary’s sudden score. Toronto would punt the ball away after two incompletions.
The final quarter would begin with Calgary’s offense traveling into Toronto territory. But a dropped pass on second down would lead to Rene Parades coming on to kick a game-tying 41-yard field goal.
With the game tied at 19, Toronto’s offense would continue to stall against the Stamps’ pass rush. The Argos would have another quick two and out.
With the balance of the game entirely in their favor, Calgary’s offense would strike with a 37-yard pitch and catch between Jake Maier and Kamar Jorden.
The Stamps drive would stall at Toronto’s 28. But Calgary would call on Rene Parades to take the lead 22-19 with a 35-yard field goal.
Toronto’s offense would go to the well once too often on their next series. After converting on four different occasions with Chad Kelly on QB sweeps. Kelly would be stopped for a three-yard loss when facing a second and short.
Up three points, Calgary would get the ball back. A 29-yard pass completion by Maier to Shawn Bane would push the Stamps near midfield. Calgary would pick up another first down on a Maier completion to Reggie Begelton to get them into Toronto territory.
A 16-yard connection by Maier to Kamar Jorden would extend Calgary’s drive. Facing a first down at Toronto’s 16-yard line, DaShaun Amos would undercut and intercept the underthrown ball by Jame Maier in the end zone, and Amos would return the ball to the 25-yard line.
The Argos would face a 2nd and five at the three-minute warning down three points. Bethel-Thompson would find AJ Ouellette for a first-down pickup. Facing another crucial second down, MBT would scramble but find no open receivers. Thompson would scramble for yardage but fall way short of converting the first down.
The Argos would be forced to punt the ball away with 2:20 left in the game. Calgary would pick up one first down on a Tommy Stevens run. But the drive would stall, and the Stamps would punt the ball away with under a minute left.
A ten-yard holding penalty on Royce Metchie would set the Argos back to their 20. Down three with 53 seconds left. McLeod Bethel-Thompson would throw a near interception on first down. Shawn Lemon would seal the game three plays later with a sack/fumble recovered by Calgary’s defense.