November 19, 2017

Argos advance to 105th Grey Cup with home win over Riders

Toronto Argonauts head coach Marc Trestman and James Wilder Jr. (32) after the CFL Eastern Final game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BMO Field in Toronto, ON, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo: Johany Jutras)


The Toronto Argonauts have clinched a berth in the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa with a 25-21 home win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday afternoon.

The announced crowd at the first-ever home playoff game at BMO Field was 24,929, the largest for an Argos game since making the move to the venue. The home crowd helped propel the team to a 1-0 home playoff record at BMO and improved the team’s all-time home playoff record to 31-15 in 46 games.

The Argos defensive unit was the driving force against the Riders on Sunday, forcing four turnovers and recording four sacks in the game. 17 of Toronto’s 25 points came as a direct result of forced turnovers, including a pick-six by first-year linebacker Terrance Plummer.

After Ricky Ray led the offence on a 10-play, 68-yard scoring drive to take the lead late in the fourth, defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah sealed the deal with a forced and recovered fumble.

Head Coach Marc Trestman has now advanced to the Grey Cup in four of six seasons (MTL 2008-12, TOR 2017) as a CFL head coach, winning back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

Next Sunday’s Grey Cup will be the team’s first since winning the 100th Grey Cup on home turf in 2012 and the 23rd all-time appearance in the big game. The last time the team played a Grey Cup in Ottawa was in 2004, resulting in a 27-19 win over the BC Lions. In 22 previous Grey Cup games, Toronto owns a 16-6 record.

The Argos will face the winner of the West Division Final between the Calgary Stampeders (13-4-1) and Edmonton Eskimos (12-6-0) in next Sunday’s championship game.