Toronto Argonauts 42 @ Ottawa Rough Riders 19

Game Details

  • Week 8
  • 33rd Game of Regular Season (42nd Overall)
  • Thursday, Aug 15, 1996 8:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Frank Clair Stadium at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, ON
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 15,220
    • Capacity: 30,960
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

It was a true test for the 1-6 Riders as the 6-1 Argonauts rolled into town. Winner of their last six in a row, the Argonauts were coming off a 24-21 win over the Edmonton Eskimos. The Rough Riders, on the other hand, suffered a heartbreaking 31-27 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week. Toronto drew first blood at 13:47 of the opening frame when RB Mike “Pinball” Clemons bounced into the end zone from 1 yard out. K Mike Vanderjagt added his first of five consecutive converts. This was to be the only scoring in the first quarter. Ottawa countered early in the second frame when QB Steve Taylor, who was a surprise starter in place of injured pivot David Archer, hooked up with WR Robert Gordon for a 55 yard bomb 26 seconds into the quarter. The convert attempt was no good preserving a 1 point Toronto lead. DB Tommy Henry brought the 15,220 in attendance to their feet less than a minute later when he picked off a Doug Flutie pass and ran it back 54 yards for the TD. Lammle was good on this convert attempt putting the Riders up by 6. Flutie wasted no time in regaining the Argonaut lead finding WR Tyrone Williams for a 7 yard TD at 5:34. The two kickers would trade FGs to round out the first half with the Argonauts clinging to a 17-16 lead. Whatever Argonaut head coach Don Matthews said to his club during half-time must have worked because they came out in the second half and dominated. At 4:47, RB George Nimako broke through the line and blocked a Wayne Lammle punt. DB Greg Eaglin recovered it in the end zone for the major. A Vanderjagt single increased the Toronto lead to 9, before Clemons would add another short yardage plunge into the end zone. Lammle closed out the third quarter scoring with a 38 yard FG to make the score 32-19. Clemons added to the Toronto lead 1:10 into the final frame when he hooked up with Flutie for a spectacular 21 yard TD catch, his third TD of the game. Vanderjagt would close out the scoring with just 44 seconds left when he booted a 35 yard FG to give Toronto a 42-19 victory. The Rough Riders will have an opportunity to avenge their loss as they hook up with Toronto again next Saturday at SkyDome.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 Ottawa and Toronto Matchups
1995Week 2OTT 24 @ TOR 37
1996Week BTOR 34 @ OTT 6
Week 4OTT 4 @ TOR 34
Week 8TOR 42 @ OTT 19
Week 9OTT 21 @ TOR 28

Rough Riders record vs Argonauts (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at Ottawa 4–9–0 (0.308)
  • at Toronto 2–14–0 (0.125)
  • Ottawa Total 6–23–0 (0.207)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at Ottawa 62–56–3 (0.525)
  • at Toronto 46–74–3 (0.386)
  • Ottawa Total 108–130–6 (0.455)

Streaks as of Aug. 15, 1996 (Regular Season)

Rough Riders streak at home vs Argonauts
Rough Riders streak overall vs Argonauts


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Argonauts 7 10 15 10 42
Rough Riders 0 16 3 0 19

Player of the Game Offence

Michael “Pinball” Clemons TOR (RB)

Player of the Game Defence

Donald Smith TOR (DB)

Argonauts coach: Don Matthews (W)
Rough Riders coach: John Payne (L)

Argonauts (7-1-0) Next vs Rough Riders Aug 24
Rough Riders (1-7-0) Next @ Argonauts Aug 24

Game Time Weather in Ottawa, ON

August 15th Hourly Weather Summary for Ottawa
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
MacDonald Int'l A 8:00 PM Thunderstorms 21.8°C NNE (150°) at 17 km/h 71% 27 99.82 kPa
MacDonald Int'l A 9:00 PM Cloudy 20.8°C NNE (330°) at 7 km/h 74% 25 99.96 kPa
MacDonald Int'l A 10:00 PM Cloudy 20.5°C NNE (180°) at 11 km/h 76% 25 99.93 kPa
MacDonald Int'l A 11:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 20.0°C NNE (190°) at 9 km/h 78% 25 99.93 kPa

Conditions at Ottawa MacDonald Int'l A (8.47 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

League Records Set and Approached in TOR @ OTT
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)