The Ticats pulled within 2-points of first place in the CFL’s East Division after 24-18 win over the Toronto Argonauts.
Toronto got on the scoreboard first after a missed field goal from Swayze Waters on a drive that was set up by a fumbled Henry Burris snap.
Hamilton answered on the very next drive in one of the weirdest ways, getting a safety, after Luke Tasker fumbled the ball which was then kicked out the back of the endzone, giving Hamilton a 2-1 lead.
Toronto’s defense ran into some penalty problems helping the Ticats march down the field, ending with a 1-yard Dan LeFevour rushing touchdown to extend the Cats’ lead to 9-1.
LeFevour struck again with another 1-yard rushing touchdown, his seventh touchdown of the season to make it 16-1 Tiger-Cats.
Late in the second quarter, after a Henry Burris interception, Ricky Ray in his first game since August 23rd, hooked up with Spencer Watt for a 32-yard touchdown that cut into the Ticats lead, making it 16-8 for Hamilton.
C.J Gable padded the Ticats’ advantage midway through the third quarter with a 2-yard rushing touchdown as the Cats led 23-8.
Waters hit an 18-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter to make it 24-11 Ticats.
Toronto marched down the field midway through the 4th quarter and Ray found Jason Barnes for a 13-yard touchdown.
But that’s as close as Toronto would get, as Arthur Hobbs intercepted Ray in the endzone, the Toronto QB’s first interception of the season.
Henry Burris finished the game with 350 passing yards and an interception, a tipped pass that was picked off by former Ticat Ricardo Colclough.
Gable had 118 rushing yards on 17 carries and a touchdown while fellow rookie Luke Tasker hauled in a career high 7 catches for 113 yards.
Ray ended up throwing for 303 yards and two scores.
The 8-and-7 Ticats play Sunday at 1pm in Montreal against the 6-and-9 Alouettes, and you can hear the game on AM900 CHML.
NOTES: Hamilton has the best inter-division record in the CFL at 6-and-1 versus the East. The loss broke Toronto’s franchise record tying six game winning streak on the road. Henry Burris threw passes to eight different receivers while Ray connected with seven different receivers. Burris ran twice for 18 yards and is now 9 yards away from 5,000 career rushing yards in the CFL.