The Toronto Argonauts fell 46-23 in the team’s first game during the CNE since 1988. With the loss, the Boatmen drop to an even 4-4 and 1-4 at home in 2016.
Brandon Whitaker rushed for a season-high 108 yards on 15 attempts in Saturday’s game, giving him his second 100-yard rushing game and his sixth game with 100+ yards from scrimmage since signing in Toronto as a free agent in 2015. The Argos back eclipsed 4,500 career rushing yards with his final carry of the game, becoming just the 56th player in CFL history to reach that mark.
The Argos offence rushed for a season-high 175 yards on the ground but produced a season-low 90 yards passing in the game.
Isaiah Green picked off Mike Reilly in the second quarter, giving the third-year pro his first career CFL interception.
The Argos’ two interceptions marked the first time in 2016 that Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was picked off twice in a single game.
Cody Fajardo entered the game in the third quarter in relief of Logan Kilgore. Fajardo completed 6-of-12 passes for 44 yards while adding 47 rushing yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Shawn Lemon racked up two quarterback sacks on the night, giving him his second multi-sack game of the season while moving his season total to five since joining the Argos via trade.
Llevi Noel registered two more special teams tackles in the game, moving the rookie’s season total to 11. He is currently on pace to finish the season with 25, a total that is just eight short of the team’s all-time single-season mark and would rank him fifth in special teams tackles in a single season by an Argonaut.
Diontae Spencer led the team in receiving for the second straight game, making six receptions for 37 yards in the contest.
In his first game since Week One against Hamilton, Marshall McFadden made 10 defensive tackles, a season-high for all Argonauts defensive players.
Marcus Alford made four total tackles in his CFL debut, recording three takedowns on defence and another on special teams.
The Argos defence held the Eskimos receiver tandem of Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker to 123 receiving yards in Saturday’s game, the pair’s second-lowest combined total of the season (122). It was just the second game this season that the pair was each held under 100 receiving yards in the same game.