The train was pulling away from the station but Ricky Ray jumped in front of it, frantically waving his ticket. The Grey Cup wasn’t going to be played without him.
In a game that literally went down to the last minute, the Toronto Argonauts have a chance to go from worst to first and are now headed for the Grey Cup after a 25-21 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
In a battle between two of the games elder statesmen, it was Ray who outduelled Kevin Glenn and Brandon Bridge to send the Argos northeast on the 401 to TD Place in Ottawa. The veteran orchestrated a dazzling final drive, hooking up with James Wilder on a third down catch that saved the season was the defining moment in the win.
From there, Cody Fajardo rushed in the game-winning touchdown and sent the fans at BMO Field home happy.
The Riders never found consistency in their offensive attack, opening up a quarterback carousel between Glenn and Bridge that involved too many changes to count under centre and not enough points on the scoreboard in the end.
It was a turnover-fest early on but the Argos settled down, ended the Riders dreams of being the first ever Crossover team to reach the Grey Cup. So much for the East being a weak division, clearly the Argos can battle with the best of them.
The Riders were looking to stay in the province after defeating the Redblacks last week but their dreams will have to wait until next year.
Entering the game as an x-factor, the Argos defence shut down Marcus Thigpen’s role in the offence and limited the damage of the deep receiving core. The loss ends another year in Glenn’s ultimate quest for a championship. At 38 years old, Glenn is running out of time to get a ring.
Kudos to Rider Nation though. As always, and no matter the distance, there were many Saskatchewanians (first time I’ve ever used that word) who made the trip to cheer on their team. They are everywhere. Even when they aren’t playing, always be on the lookout for green.