In their first home game since July 7, the Tiger-Cats rocked the Saskatchewan Roughriders 53-7 Saturday night.
Zach Collaros, making his first start at home in 2016, threw for 381 yards and a career high five touchdowns in the win.
He engineered a game opening 60 yard drive that resulted in a 22 yard field goal by Brett Maher.
On Hamilton’s second drive, Collaros threw a pass to Luke Tasker at the near sideline but the ball deflected off Tasker and a Roughriders defender before landing in the hands of Andy Fantuz who ran into the endzone for a 37 yard TD and a 10-0 advantage.
It was Fantuz’s team leading fifth touchdown catch of 2016.
After a Saskatchewan interception in their own endzone was called back by a penalty the Cats settled for a 12 yard field goal by Maher.
Hamilton opened the second frame with a 58 yard touchdown strike when Collaros found a wide open Brandon Banks downfield for the major and a 20-0 Ticats lead.
Former McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna broke the shutout with 7:28 left in the first half when he drilled a 43 yard field goal.
Saskatchewan added another point with 2:59 left to go when former Cats punter Josh Bartel booted the ball in the Hamilton endzone.
Collaros threw his third TD of the game, a 5 yarder to Chad Owens, giving the Cats a 27-4 lead at the half.
The Riders answered back early in the third quarter with another Crapigna field goal, a 24 yarder, to make it 27-7.
Collaros and Terrence Toliver connected on a 47 yard touchdown, Zach’s fourth of the game, to stretch Hamilton’s lead to 34-7.
Hamilton made it 41-7 early in the fourth period when Collaros threw his career high fifth touchdown of the game to Owens from 13 yards out.
After the Riders conceded a safety, Ted Laurent scooped up a Mitchell Gale fumbled and Maher hit a 16 yard field goal.
The Cats forced six turnovers in the game, including four interceptions against Darian Durant.
Durant hadn’t thrown a pick in 323 straight passes until Saturday night.
Jeremiah Masoli rounded out the scoring with a 1 yard TD to Luke Tasker.
4-4 Hamilton travels to Calgary to take on the CFL best 6-1-1 Stampeders on Sunday, August 28.