The Ticats could not complete a season sweep of the Argos Sunday night at BMO Field.
Former Cat QB Dan LeFevour threw for 329 yards and a touchdown as Toronto dumped Hamilton 33-21.
LeFevour started with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Tori Gurley less than four minutes into the game to give Toronto a 7-0 lead.
LeFevour got the start in place of injured starter Ricky Ray who suffered a broken rib and deflated lung in the Argos’ 49-36 loss against the Tiger-Cats on Labour Day.
Lirim Hajrullahu extended Toronto’s lead to 10-0 by kicking a 36 yard field goal with just over 3 minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Argonauts defensive back T.J. Heath intercepted Ticats pivot Zach Collaros on the last play of the first quarter and Hajrullahu kicked a 24 yard field goal to stretch Toronto’s lead to 13-0.
Hamilton snapped out of its offensive funk early in the second quarter when Collaros heaved a 59 yard touchdown to Terrence Toliver to make it 13-7.
Adrian Tracy intercepted LeFevour at midfield, his second INT of the year, but the Cats went two and out and settled for a 51 yard field goal from Brett Maher.
Ticats middle linebacker Larry Dean picked off LeFevour’s next pass and three plays later Jeremiah Masoli rumbled into the Toronto endzone for a one yard touchdown and a 17-13 Hamilton lead.
With 1:24 to play in the first half Maher drilled his second field goal of the game, a 23 yard yard boot, to make it a six point game, 20-13.
Just before halftime, receiver Kenny Shaw dropped a would be touchdown for the Argos, who settled for a 16 yard field goal by Hajrullahu to cut Hamilton’s lead to 20-16.
Toronto continued their positive momentum in the second half when Brandon Whitaker raced to the endzone for a 36 yard major and a 23-20 Argos lead just 56 seconds into the third period.
Defensive end Justin Hickman then blocked a Maher punt and the Double Blue took over on the Hamilton 26 yard line and turned their second turnover of the game into a 6 yard touchdown run by Whitaker and a 10 point advantage.
Hajrullahu made it 33-20 with his fourth field goal of the game towards the end of the third quarter.
Maher’s streak of 21 consecutive field goals came to an end at 9:35 of the fourth quarter when he was wide left on a 49 yard attempt, making it 33-21 for Toronto.
Heath intercepted Collaros for a second time in the game, this time in the endzone, to preserve Toronto’s 12 point lead.
Argos defensive lineman Daryl Waud intercepted Collaros with just over a minute to play to snuff out any chance of a comeback.
The 5-and-6 Cats return home Friday night to host the 3-and-8 Montreal Alouettes.