Toronto Argonauts' Chad Owens sets pro football all-purpose yards mark

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TORONTO - Chad Owens has set pro football's record for all-purpose yards in a season.

The Toronto Argonaut speedster came into Thursday's game needing 73 combined yards to break Michael (Pinball) Clemons' 1997 mark of 3,840.

The Flyin' Hawaiian did it with a 29-yard kickoff return against Hamilton midway through the second quarter of the Argos' final game of the regular season.

It appeared Owens had caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Harris with his next touch.

The game was stopped and Owens was presented with a ceremonial plaque at centre field, with his wife and three kids, commissioner Mark Cohon, Toronto GM Jim Barker and Clemons on hand to mark the moment.

The festivities done, the on-field officials ruled that Owens in fact had been stopped at the two-yard-line. Gerald Riggs subsequently ran in for the touchdown in a somewhat confusing turn of events.

Owens also started the day leading the league in receiving yards (1,289) and kickoff return yards (1,524).

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