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Argonauts hand Lions first loss

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VANCOUVER—The patience of Ricky Ray and the kicking of Lirim Hajrullahu proved to be a winning combination on the road again for the Toronto Argonauts.

Toronto knocked off the previously-unbeaten B.C. Lions 25-14 yesterday for its second road win in a row.

Ray only generated one touchdown drive, but his scoring strike in the fourth quarter to Tori Gurley from 15 yards out provided the Argos what they needed.

Hajrullahu did the rest, connecting on six-of-seven field goals and making the most of a game in which the Argos running game led by tailback Brandon Whitaker came alive.

Toronto only had one rushing yard in its season opener and 67 through two games.

“We had to stay patient all night long,” said Ray after he went over the 53,000-yard mark in career passing and within 18 yards of Danny McManus in fourth on the all-time list.

“Putting together that drive in the fourth was big for us.”

It was a game which featured the future Canadian Hall of Fame quarterback against Lions sophomore Jon Jennings and experience showed in the end.

Jennings was intercepted by Toronto’s Keon Raymond in the second half.

Raymond has picked off four of the 12 interceptions thrown by the B.C. quarterback in his young career.

The throw was the last of the game for Jennings, who was replaced behind centre by Travis Lulay.

B.C. (2-1) committed four turnovers, while the Argos were flawless.

Gurley and Ray capped off the fourth-quarter drive with 9:32 left, which was aided by a roughing the passer penalty call assessed against Lions linebacker Bo Lokombo that angered the announced crowd of 18,921 fans.

The first half was dominated by both defences and the Argos led 9-6 at intermission.

B.C. was first to establish a ground game. Anthony Allen, making his first B.C. start with regular tailback Jeremiah Johnson out with an ankle injury, had a pair of long runs to set up the only touchdown in the first two quarters.

The Lions next play on the road against Saskatchewan July 16. The Argos return home to play host to Ottawa on Wednesday.

In other CFL action yesterday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-24.

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