Collaros leads Argos to big win over Stampeders
CALGARY — After tossing the eventual game-winning touchdown pass to Mike Bradwell in the fourth quarter, Zach Collaros suffered through a few nervous moments.
“It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through,” said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium.
Late in the fourth quarter with Toronto clinging to a 32-26 lead, Brad Sinopli caught a pass from Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn and appeared to run for a 57-yard touchdown, but the play was called back after Arthur was flagged for offensive pass interference.
“It’s just kind of unfortunate that we were on the wrong side of the call,” said Arthur, who finished with seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. “It’s definitely a little bit frustrating. It’s a play that’s called 100 times a game. I thought it was good.”
In the game’s final seconds with the Argos leading 33-26 and Bo Levi Mitchell in at quarterback for the Stamps, Calgary receiver Anthony Parker hauled in a pass that was tipped at the goal line, but officials deemed that he fell out of bounds as time expired.
The Argos were assessed an offside penalty on the play, so Calgary was given one more shot to tie up the game with no time left on the clock. Mitchell completed a pass to Arthur, who booted the ball into the end zone. A chase for the ball ensued, but Toronto’s Alonzo Lawrence got to it first and smothered it to preserve the victory.
“I was wishing I was still in college so we could just take a couple knees and run the clock out,” said Collaros, who completed 24-of 36 passes for 330 yards. “That doesn’t happen up here.”
Toronto coach Scott Milanovich praised his team for finding a way to win their third straight road game with Collaros in at quarterback for Ricky Ray, who’s out with a shoulder injury.
“We showed a lot of character,” Milanovich said. “You don’t just win these games. Teams don’t just — on the road with back-up players — win them without character and resolve and belief in the guys next to them. We’re proud of them.”
Collaros also threw TD passes to John Chiles, Andre Durie and Dontrelle Inman as Toronto halted Calgary’s four-game winning streak overall and 10-game streak at home.
“We take care of each other and we want to play for each other,” Collaros said. “That in itself is special and we believe in each other. We’re going to have to continue to do that down the stretch here.”
Swayze Waters added a field goal and a pair of singles for the Argos.
After watching Calgary’s previous two games from the sidelines with a knee injury, Glenn returned to throw a pair of touchdown passes to Arthur and Marquay McDaniel.
“As a team we can’t get complacent and just keep riding the wave,” Glenn said. “We’ve got to make sure that we come out every week and get better and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Back-up quarterback Drew Tate also ran for a one-yard TD, Rene Parades kicked a field goal and a single, and Rob Maver booted a single. Arthur was also credited with a single for kicking the ball into the end zone on the final play.