The Stampeders kicked off October football in the CFL by putting the boots to the Tiger-Cats, blasting Hamilton 36-17 at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday.
Cats QB Zach Collaros left the game late in the second quarter after taking a hard hit and didn’t return.
Word is that he suffered a right shoulder injury, the extent of which is unknown at this time.
Collaros went 16-22 for 120 yards and an interception.
Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stamps offence put on a clinical opening drive that resulted in a 16 yard touchdown toss to DaVaris Daniels 3:59 into the game.
12-1-1 Calgary converted the two point conversion for an early 8-0 lead.
Mitchell threw for 293 yards, two TDs and two picks.
The Stamps had a chance to put more points on the board after a Ja’Gared Davis interception at the Hamilton 14 yard line, but the Stamps were stopped on a fake field goal attempt when Drew Tate fell short of a first down on a running play.
Calgary took a 10-0 lead when Cats kicker Brett Maher conceded a safety with 6:30 to go in the opening frame.
Calgary’s Rene Paredes and Hamilton’s Maher traded field goals before the end of the first quarter.
Maher hit field goals of 43 and 58 yards for Hamilton’s only points of the second quarter, the 58 yarder breaking a franchise record shared by Bernie Ruoff, Paul Osbaldiston (twice) and Justin Medlock of 57 yards.
Mitchell threw a 59 yard touchdown to Daniels but failed on the ensuing two point conversion.
Paredes closed out the scoring in the second period with a 44 yard field goal to give the Stamps a 22-9 lead at the half.
Calgary extended its lead early in the third frame when Jerome Messam ran for a one yard touchdown to make it 29-9.
Jeremiah Masoli cut Calgary’s lead to 29-17 after a four yard TD run and a two point convert pass to Andy Fantuz with just over three minutes to play.
Masoli completed 16 of his 28 attempts for 151 yards and rushed a team high four times for 26 yards.
But on the ensuing onside kick, taken by Fantuz, Calgary’s Simon Charbonneau-Campeau sealed the victory by returning the kick for a 50 yard touchdown and a 36-17 lead.
Hamilton head coach Kent Austin was in the coach’s box after being banned from the sideline after contacting an official last weekend in Regina.
The game came six days after Stamps defensive back Mylan Hicks was shot and killed outside a Calgary nightclub.
6-8 Hamilton has the bye week during Week 16 of the CFL season before hosting Ottawa in the first of a home-and-home series starting October 14.