Logan Kilgore (10), Bryan Hall (4), Ricky Foley (95), Keon Raymond (2) and Devin Smith (19) celebrate in the locker room after a win against the Ottawa REDBLACKS at TD Place stadium in Ottawa, ON. Sunday, July 31, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)
The Toronto Argonauts improved to 4-2 on the season with a road win at TD Place in Ottawa, Ontario, downing the Ottawa Redblacks by a score of 23-20 on the strength of five field goals from Lirim Hajrullahu and the team’s first 400-yard offensive game of the season.
Argonuats rookie quarterback Logan Kilgore made his first career CFL start on Sunday night in Ottawa, leading the team to its third consecutive win at TD Place. Kilgore completed 24-of-41 passes (58.5%) for 308 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the contest.
AJ Jefferson sealed the win in the fourth quarter with his second interception of the game, giving the Argos three interceptions in a single game for the first time since September 28, 2013 against the Edmonton Eskimos. The Argos’ four takeaways moved them into a tie with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for first in the league.
The Argonauts are now on a three-game road winning streak to kick off the year and hold a six-game road winning streak dating back to September 26, 2015 in Ottawa. Their third straight win in Ottawa improves the overall road record across the league to 16-7-1.The win also gives the Double Blue a 5-2 record vs. the Redblacks since 2012.
Sunday’s game was the first Argos game in 2016 to be decided by fewer than 10 points. The team’s previous five games had been decided by an average of 14 points.
Logan Kilgore became the Argos’ first 300-yard passer this season, throwing for 308 yards on the night.
Since being named the Argonauts head coach in 2012, Scott Milanovich is now 18-12 when starting a backup quarterback.
Lirim Hajrullahu connected on 5-of-5 field goal attempts in Sunday’s game, improving to 16-of-19 and moving him into third in the league with an 83.3% success rate in 2016.
The Argonauts defence allowed a total of 17 yards on 22 second down attempts by the Ottawa Redblacks offence. The Redblacks averaged less than one-yard per play on second down, converting just 3-of-22 attempts (14% conversion rate).
Llevi Noel made another special teams tackle on Sunday night –his ninth of the season—moving into a tie with Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Frederic Plesius for the CFL lead.
TJ Heath picked off Henry Burris in the first quarter, giving the rookie defensive back a league-leading three interceptions through six weeks. Heath has now recorded an interception in three of the team’s last four games.
AJ Jefferson thwarted a fake field goal attempt by the Redblacks, picking off a pass in the end zone for his first interception of 2016. It was Jefferson’s first interception since October 30, 2015 against the BC Lions.
Cory Greenwood notched a team-high seven tackles in the game, tying a career-high, previously recorded on August 28, 2015 against the Edmonton Eskimos. Greenwood leads the team and ranks third in the CFL with 34 defensive tackles this season.
Kenny Shaw caught his second touchdown in two games and led the team in receiving for the fourth time in six games. Shaw finished the game with six receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown.
Kenny Shaw is the only player on the Argos who has gone over 100 yards receiving in a single game, doing so twice (109 vs. HAM in Week 1). Shaw leads the team with 32 receptions and 430 receiving yards through six weeks.