The Hamilton Tiger Cats ended the Toronto Argos four game winning streak with a 33-19 win in Toronto’s first home game in over a month.
Hamilton scored on its first drive with a 24-yard Henry Burris touchdown pass to Luke Tasker.
After a Josh Bartel punt single, Toronto’s Swayze Waters got the Argos on the board on the first play of the second quarter with 34-yard field goal to make it 8-3 Hamilton.
C.J. Gable picked of his 10th total touchdown of the year on a 25-yard run to put the Ticats up 15-3 in the 2nd quarter.
Simoni Lawrence gave Hamilton the football back after he tipped a Zach Collaros pass at the line of scrimmage and then caught the ball for the interception at the Toronto 3-yard line.
Dan LeFevour then punched it in from the 1-yard line, extending the Tiger-Cats lead to a commanding 22-3.
Waters tacked on a 39-yard field goal before the half ended, as the Ticats headed to the locker room up 22-6.
Toronto’s special teams continued to else the home team’s cause as Waters drilled a 9-yard field goal to cut Hamilton’s lead to 22-9.
The Argonauts collected their first major of the game, thanks to a blocked Josh Bartel punt.
Curtis Steele blocked the kick and Marcus Ball pounced on the loose ball at the Hamilton 1-yard line.
Collaros would punch it into the endzone to make it 22-16 for the Cats.
Lauther missed his first field goal of the game, this one from 42 yards out, and Hamilton settled for another single point.
Toronto continued to cut into the Ticats lead as Water connected on a 42-yard tri-fecta to make it 23-19 Hamilton.
But that’s as close as the Argos would get in front of 28,457 fans who came to celebrate the 140th birthday of the franchise.
With just over seven minutes left in the game, Henry Burris and the Ticats offense made their first red zone appearance of the second half, and they would make it count.
Burris hooked up with Bakari Grant for a 15-yard TD to extend the Cats’ lead to 30-19.
Lauther converted a 29-yard field goal attempt, ending his night 1-for-2, to seal the deal as the Ticats won 33-19.
Burris passed Ron Lancaster for fourth all-time in CFL passing yards with a 35-yard pass to Dobson Collins early in the first quarter.
Burris ended the night going 19 of 31 for 274 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.
Gable ran 16 times for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Bakari Grant was Hamilton’s top receiver, hauling in 5 passes for 93 yards and a TD.
Defensively, Hamilton recorded five sacks in the game, including 2 by former Argo Brandon Isaac who was playing Toronto for the first time since the team released him.
Toronto’s Robert McCune made a game high 11 tackles.
Collaros, the CFL’s offensive player of the month for September, threw for 277 yards and an interception.
Hamilton held Argos running back Chad Kackert in check, limiting last year’s Grey Cup MVP to 43 yards on 9 carries.
With the win, the Tiger-Cats improved to 7-and-7 while the Double Blue fell to 9-and-5 and are now just 4 points ahead of the Cats for top spot in the East Division.
The two teams will collide for the final time in the regular season on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14, at Alumni Stadium.
CHML’s Pregame Show begins at 3pm, kickoff is at 4:30.