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Winnipeg 48, Toronto 21
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, July 12, 2019
Where: IG Field, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Attendance: 24187

Blue Bombers 48, Argonauts 21: Matt Nichols threw three touchdown passes as Winnipeg trounced visiting Toronto to remain the only unbeaten team in the CFL.

Nichols completed 18-of-24 passes for 209 yards while Andrew Harris rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries and added a touchdown reception for the Blue Bombers, who improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003. Nic Demski caught two passes for 75 yards and a TD while Darvin Adams finished with five receptions for 71 yards and a score for Winnipeg, which took sole possession of first place in the West Division.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson was 22-of-39 for a career-high 388 yards and three touchdowns for the Argonauts, who fell to 0-4 for the first time in 26 years. Derel Walker hauled in nine passes for 188 yards and a pair of scores while Armanti Edwards added a TD reception for Toronto, which has dropped 11 straight road games.

Lucky Whitehead returned the opening kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and Nichols fired scoring strikes to Harris (4 yards) and Adams (38) to put Winnipeg on top 21-0 after one quarter. Demski hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass before Bethel-Thompson found a wide-open Walker for a 31-yard TD, but Justin Medlock converted a pair of field goals, including a 13-yarder as the first half expired, to give the Blue Bombers a commanding 37-6 lead.

Bethel-Thompson threw a 55-yard scoring pass to Edwards and then hit Walker for a 44-yard touchdown on the last play of the third quarter as Toronto pulled within 40-19. Winnipeg snuffed out any hopes of a comeback by making a goal-line stand with 2:56 remaining and backup quarterback Chris Streveler turned the corner for a 23-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left to cap an impressive performance.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Harris became the 12th player in CFL history to reach 8,000 career rushing yards. … The Blue Bombers' streak of not allowing an offensive touchdown was snapped at 10 quarters. … Nichols improved to 6-1 as a starter against Toronto while Bethel-Thompson has lost eight of his 10 overall starts. … Streveler rushed for 37 yards on four carries to go along with 30 passing yards and an interception.

Top Game Performances
Toronto   Winnipeg
Brandon Burks Player Andrew Harris
5 Attempts 14
36 Yards 116
7.2 Avg Yards 8.3
0 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 52
Toronto   Winnipeg
Derel WalkerPlayer Nic Demski
9 Receptions 2
188 Yards 75
20.9 Avg Yards 37.5
2 Touchdowns 1
44 Long 67
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Toronto 453 65 388 3 0 1 2.0 2
Winnipeg 428 189 239 5 4 2 2.0 3
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Blue Bombers have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Argonauts have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.