- 2004 -
10 Wins 7 Losses 1 Tie - 2nd Place East Division
Allen, Bishop: Double Threat
Ken Fidlin - Toronto Sun - October 20, 2004
The Canadian Football League playoff feast is still a couple of weeks away but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts are planning to pass around a tasty plate of pigskin hors d'oeuvres tomorrow night.
Frank Zicarelli - Toronto Sun - November 6, 2004
Kenny Wheaton literally had a hand in the
Argos taking a step toward a Grey Cup berth. Wheaton, who has been
battling discomfort in his right hand for about two months, used his
body to pick off a Danny McManus pass in last night's 24-6 Argos win.
2004 Team Statistics
TORONTO ARGONAUTS 26
B.C. LIONS 19
Quarterbacks are always in the spotlight during the Grey Cup, but in 2004 it took on greater meaning when the Toronto Argonauts challenged the B.C. Lions. Toronto was led by the CFL’s all-time leading passer Damon Allen who was traded by B.C. to the Argos the previous season when the Lions signed free agent Dave Dickenson. It was an opportunity at redemption for the 41-year old Allen on the grandest stage. For Lions head coach Wally Buono, he was faced with a quarterbacking quandary. Casey Printers, the upstart sophomore quarterback who replaced an injured Dickenson early in the regular season, went on to become the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2004. But Printers injured his throwing shoulder in the West Final, forcing Buono to start Dickenson in the Grey Cup. At first, it looked like a moot point, as Dickenson was a perfect 6-for-6 for 65 yards on B.C.’s opening drive. Dickenson hit Jason Clermont on a 12-yard pass to give the Lions a 7-0 lead. It remained that way until the second quarter, when the Argos rallied to take the lead. Following a 27-yard field goal by Noel Prefontaine, the Argos recorded their first major. Allen hit Robert Baker for two long passes before taking it in himself from the one-yard line. The Lions tied the game on a 42-yard field goal by Duncan O’Mahony, but Allen led another drive capped by a 23-yard touchdown toss to Baker. Toronto led 17-10 at the half. Toronto continued the pressure in the second half. The Argos marched downfield and scored on an Allen plunge on their opening possession for a 24-10 lead. Following a 36-yard field goal by O’Mahony, the Argos received a scare when Allen went down with a leg cramp. Backup quarterback Michael Bishop manned the controls of Toronto’s offence until Allen returned six minutes into the fourth quarter. Dickenson engineered a 100-yard scoring drive, ending on his five-yard touchdown run into the end zone. But the Lions were penalized twice on time-count violations while attempting a two-point convert. As a result Buono opted for a single-point attempt, and O’Mahony’s kick went wide. The Argos pushed down to the B.C. 10-yard line with less than three minutes remaining, resulting in Prefontaine’s 16-yard field goal. The Lions narrowly missed gaining a lot of real estate when Dickenson missed the outstretched hands of Geroy Simon on a long bomb attempt. Toronto ultimately ran out the clock as they celebrated another championship.
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Week 1 v. Saskatchewan
The Roughriders not only lost the opener but
QB Nealon Greene with a broken leg. Argos Bashir Levingston ran back
Paul McCallum's missed FG 105 yards for the game's first TD.
Week 2 @ Ottawa
The Renegades took advantage of an
undisciplined Toronto team which took 21 penalties for 192 yards,
snuffing its own drives, as Ottawa improved to 2-0 for the first time.
Week 3 v Montreal
Rookie Ezra Landry returned a missed FG 110
yards for the TD to give Montreal a hard-fought win. Landry took Noel
Prefontaine's short 49-yarder the other way to break a 9-9 tie in the
Week 4 @ Hamilton
Damon Allen threw two TD passes and ran for
another while Toronto's defence forced six turnovers as the Argos handed
the upstart Tiger-Cats their first loss of the season.
Week 5 @ Saskatchewan
Robert Baker had a pair of TDs, but it was Toronto's defence that shone brightest, as it held the opposition without a touchdown for the third straight game.
Week 6 v Ottawa
Damon Allen threw a pair of TD passes, including a spectacular 39-yarder to Andre Talbot that decided the game. He was 30 of 42 for 392 yards. Ottawa was penalized 16 times for 114 yards.
Week 7 - Bye
Week 8 v. Edmonton
John Avery scored two TDs and QB Damon Allen threw three TD passes as the Argos extended their winning streak to four. The loss snapped Edmonton's three-game win streak.
Week 9 @ Montreal
The win gave Montreal a six-point lead over Toronto who lost QB Damon Allen to a knee injury. Als WR Jeremaine Copeland caught a nine-yard TD pass and Matt Kellett kicked four FGs.
Week 10 v Winnipeg
Argos QB Michael Bishop, replacing the
injured Damon Allen, threw a TD pass and ran for one. Bishop completed
16-of-26 passes for 300 yards, including a 67-yard TD to R.J. Soward.
Week 11 @ BC
Antonio Warren rushed for 120 yards and
helped Casey Printers get into position to toss three TD passes and run
in another as B.C. extended its winning streak to six games.
Week 12 @ Hamilton
Michael Bishop's one-yard TD run in OT earned the Argos the tie, tarnishing Troy Davis' Hamilton-record 233-yard rushing performance. The game featured four ejections and 37 penalties.
Week 13 - Bye
Week 14 @ Winnipeg
Toronto led for most of the game, and led by 17 points in the second quarter, 20-3, before the Bombers rallied behind RB Charles Roberts who ran for 154 yards and three TDs.
Week 15 @ Edmonton
With Toronto leading 11-8 in the fourth, after trailing 9-0 at the half, Arland Bruce ran back an 81-yard punt return for a TD to break open a tightly-fought defensive struggle.
Week 16 v Calgary
Michael Bishop threw three TD passes to lead the Argos, while Bashir Levingston's 85-yard punt return TD in the fourth was his ninth of his career, breaking Pinball Clemons's club record.
Week 17 v BC
Noel Prefontaine kicked six FGs to lead the
Argonauts over B.C. and spoiled an impressive comeback bid by Dave
Dickenson, who played in his first game with the Lions since July.
Week 18 @ Calgary
Khari Jones paid immediate dividends for the
Stampeders. He threw his first two completed passes for first downs and
his third for a TD in his first start for Calgary, which upset the
Week 19 v Hamilton
Bashir Levingston thrilled Toronto's largest crowd since 1992 with two kick returns that staked the home team to an early 28-0 lead, and Chris Hardy's three FGs late clinched second place.
Week 20 v Montreal
Montreal's Anthony Calvillo threw three TD
passes and surpassed the 6,000-yard plateau, with a club-record 6,041
yards to become the fourth player in CFL history to pass the mark.
Sun Nov 5
Kenny Wheaton returned an interception a playoff-record 116 yards for a TD with 2:24 to go, to clinch the win. Toronto lost its bid for its first playoff shutout since 1947 when Mike Morreale scored on a three-yard TD pass as time expired.
Sun Nov 12
The Argonauts knocked QB Anthony Calvillo out of the game early in the second half and picked off back-up Ted White three times in the upset and reached the championship game for the first time since 1997. Toronto's Arland Bruce returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD and caught a TD pass from Damon Allen.