WATCH | Arbuckle-led Argos fend off Blue Bombers to take home-opener


Nick Arbuckle made a remarkable first CFL start in nearly two years, and the Argonauts were rewarded with a victory in their first home game in nearly two years.

In Toronto’s long-awaited return to BMO Field on Saturday, Arbuckle tossed one touchdown pass and ran in for another to lead the Argos to a 30-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

He picked up his 15-month-old daughter Aaliyah, who was dressed in a custom-made No. 9 Argos jersey, shortly after the win. The last time her father began a CFL game, with Calgary in 2019, Aaliyah had not yet been born. Arbuckle said My daughter has never been to a sporting event before. And we were victorious.

Arbuckle leads the Argos to a win over the Blue Bombers in their home opener.

QB In the Argos’ 30-23 win over Winnipeg, Nick Arbuckle had 310 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and one running touchdown. 1:00

For Toronto, DaVaris Daniels scored on the reception, and D.J. Foster added a rushing touchdown (2-1).

The Bombers (2-1) scored touchdown receptions from Darvin Adams and Rasheed Bailey, while Jesse Briggs recovered a fumble and ran 83 yards in Winnipeg’s first loss of the truncated season.

Demonstrate the new Argos to them.

The win was revenge for Toronto, who had lost a 20-7 decision in Winnipeg just a week before. It was also a fitting victory for the Argos, who hadn’t played at BMO Field in 665 days, since a resounding 39-9 win against Ottawa on Oct. 26, 2019. Then, in 2020, the global COVID-19 virus wiped out the CFL season.
Ryan Dinwiddie, the Argos’ rookie head coach, stated. We were glad to be able to play at home and show them the new Argos, so we were grateful.

On a hot 28 C afternoon, a smiling Argos general manager Pinball Clemons took the mike to address the 9,866 fans in attendance. COVID-Ontario The game was authorized to have 15,000 spectators due to 19 rules.

Dinwiddie stated, “Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some more guys to come to our next game and build on that.” We wish to strengthen our bonds with our fans. Players are now shaking hands and using other gestures to show how much they are appreciated.

Arbuckle made his Argonauts debut a week ago when Dinwiddie substituted him for veteran McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the second half. Dinwiddie had previously stated that there was a sense of familiarity with Arbuckle because Dinwiddie had previously served as the quarterback’s coach in Calgary, where Arbuckle had previously played.

The 27-year-old quarterback threw for 310 yards on 23 of 32 attempts, with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Early in the second half, Daniels received a big blow from Brandon Alexander that knocked his helmet off before he hit the ground, changing the tone of the game. Before being assisted off the field, Daniels lay down for many nervous minutes.

According to Arbuckle, Sadly, we weren’t able to get rolling and score as many points as we wanted after that. We were all playing with a bit of a swagger, and we got caught up in the whistle a few times, but we felt compelled to protect a player who had been injured by what we thought was a cheap shot.”

Former Argos quarterback Collaros had a pass attempt intercepted by Dexter McCoil Sr., resulting in an Argo’s field goal that summed up the Bombers’ sluggish start.

Toronto led 13-0 at the start of the second quarter after Bede kicked two field goals.