CFL Game Summary - Toronto at Hamilton
(Monday, September 3rd)
Final Score: Toronto 33, Hamilton 30
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Swayze Waters drilled a 33-yard field goal
with less than 30 seconds remaining to lift the Toronto Argonauts to a 33-30
triumph over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their annual Labour Day clash on
Monday afternoon at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Toronto grabbed a 27-22 lead when Ahmad Carroll picked off a Henry Burris pass
and took it 37 yards the other way for the major midway through the fourth.
Waters added a 26-yard field goal to extend the lead to eight, but Burris lead
the Tiger-Cats down the field before finding Brandon Rutley for his first CFL
touchdown. Burris then hit Dave Stala in the back of the end zone to tie the
game with less than 2 1/2 minutes left.
Ricky Ray had the final say however, guiding the Argonauts into Hamilton
territory before Waters drilled the go-ahead field goal.
"Our defense has played well all year," Ray said. "We just felt that if we
could keep it close, we had a chance to come back."
Ray finished 32-of-45 for 375 yards and one touchdown, while Chad Owens hauled
in 11 catches for 176 yards and a major for the Argonauts (1-0), who won for
the first time in 16 tries when trailing at halftime.
Burris completed 13-of-30 passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of
interceptions for Hamilton (0-1), which has dropped its last three contests.
"We have to find a way to be more consistent," Burris admitted. "We have to be
able to put touchdowns up there to win."
Chris Williams made CFL history, albeit in defeat, as he returned a punt 82
yards for his sixth major return of the season to set a new CFL single-season
The Argonauts struck first as Ray withstood some heat in the pocket, staying
upright just long enough to find Owens for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Williams' record-breaking return got the Tiger-Cats on the board, but they
botched the extra-point attempt, leaving them with a 7-6 deficit.
Waters nailed a 30-yard field goal early in the second, but Luca Congi
responded with a 42-yarder of his own to restore a one-point margin.
The Hamilton offense got into the act late in the second stanza, as Burris
found Onrea Jones for a 17-yard touchdown strike to put the Tiger-Cats up
16-10 with less than a minute left until halftime.
Waters had a 42-yard field goal attempt blocked in the closing seconds of the
first half to send the Argonauts into the locker room facing a 16-10 deficit.
The Tiger-Cats settled for a 16-yard field goal from Congi to extend the lead
to 19-10 early in the third before Waters missed a 32-yard field goal on
Toronto's next possession and Hamilton conceded a single to bring the
Argonauts within 19-11.
Williams nearly broke free for another punt return late in the third, but
settled for a 63-yard return to set up a 40-yard field goal from Congi to
extend the Hamilton lead to 22-11.
Hamilton conceded a safety early in the fourth to bring the Argonauts within
22-13 before Ray led his squad down the field and Chad Kackert capped a 6-play
drive with a 1-yard major to cut the margin to 22-20.
These two teams with face off again on Saturday in Toronto ... Ray is the 6th
different quarterback Hamilton has used in its last seven Labour Day games ...
It was the last Labour Day game ever at Ivor Wynne Stadium ... Williams has
five punt return touchdowns, which ties Henry Williams of the Edmonton Eskimos
for the CFL record. His other return was on a missed field goal.
09/03 17:07:45 ET
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