The Ticats and Argos brought the CFL’s Labour Day weekend to a close in style Monday night in Hamilton.
Zach Collaros threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Hamilton rallied from a 30-17 halftime deficit to stun Toronto 49-36 at Tim Hortons Field.
The Cats opened the scoring 4:05 into the game when Jeremiah Masoli dove across the goal line for a two yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Toronto kicker Lirim Hajrullahu trimmed Hamilton’s lead to 7-3 when he converted a 42 yard field goal with 6:59 to play in the first quarter.
With about three minutes to play in the opening frame, Argonauts linebacker Thomas Gordon sacked Zach Collaros and forced a fumble, then scooped up the loose football and returned it for a 57 yard touchdown and a 10-7 Toronto lead.
Collaros was picked off by Matt Black on Hamilton’s next drive and Argos QB Ricky Ray guided the Boatmen into field goal range where Hajrullahu connected from 30 yards out.
Chad Owens gave the ball right back to the Boatmen, fumbling on the Hamilton 23 yard line, and Ray found Tori Gurley for a 12 yard score and a 20-7 Toronto lead.
On the Cats next possession, Toronto’s Brian Jones blocked Brett Maher’s punt and the Argos turned Hamilton’s fourth turnover of the first half into another major when Ray hit Brandon Whitaker for a six yard score.
Just before the three minute warning Ticats’ running back CJ Gable rumbled for a 53 yard gain, the longest run of his career, to the Toronto six yard line.
Collaros tossed a screen pass to Brandon Banks on the next play and “Speedy B” dove into the endzone to cut Toronto’s lead to 27-14.
Brett Maher made it a 30-17 deficit when he connected on a 31 yard field goal with no time left in the first half.
Collaros and Terrence Toliver hooked up on a two yard touchdown early in the third quarter to make it 30-24.
But after a too many men penalty was called on Hamilton on a field goal attempt Ray threw a 27 yard touchdown to Gurley to extend Toronto’s advantage to 36-24.
The Cats came right back though, making it 36-31, when Collaros hurled a 39 yard TD strike to Luke Tasker with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.
Hamilton safety Courtney Stephen snuffed out another Toronto touchdown when he picked off Ricky Ray in the endzone late in the third period.
The Cats kept the pedal to the metal.
Collaros threw a 10 yard touchdown to Chad Owens and found Andy Fantuz on the two point convert to give Hamilton its first lead of the game since the first quarter, 39-36.
Emanuel Davis made it a 10 point Tiger-Cat lead when he intercepted Ray and returned it for a 55 yard TD.
Brett Maher ended the scoring with a 39 yard field goal.
The 5-5 Cats and 4-6 Argos will meet again Sunday night at BMO Field in Toronto.