CFL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Hamilton
(Saturday, July 13th)
Final Score: Hamilton 25, Winnipeg 20
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Henry Burris went 26-of-32 for 362 yards and
two touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers,
25-20, at University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium.
Burris threw two touchdown passes and also led the Tiger-Cats (1-2) with 47
rushing yards. Bakari Grant reeled in seven passes for 101 yards while Ed Gant
made a significant contribution with five receptions for 69 yards. Samuel
Giguere made an impact with three key catches for 94 yards and a major.
"We beat a very good football team," said Burris. "Defensively, you know their
coaches put them in the best position. On the last drive, I was just trying to
milk the clock and keep moving the chains. The offensive line did a great a
job getting the blocks needed to keep moving the chains. We played well in all
three phases of the game. We have to get better on offense, we settled for too
many field goals tonight.
Eric Norwood anchored the Tiger-Cats' defense with six tackles while Markeith
Knowlton made two sacks.
Buck Pierce went 15-of-26 for 186 while under center for Winnipeg (1-2). Chad
Simpson made the most of his 11 carries as he tallied 116 yards rushing
including a pair of majors. Cory Watson made six receptions for 72 yards to
lead the visitors' receiving corps. Henoc Muamba registered a game-high eight
tackles including a sack in the losing effort.
"When you give him enough room, he can make plays," said Winnipeg coach Tim
Burke. "In the second half our defense was in a tough spot. On offense there
were several two and outs. They (the defense) were out there all of the second
half. Don't forget defense also plays special teams. We put on emphasis on
Lindsey Lamar and thought we did a good job. Overall, I was happy with the
defense. We did our best to try and keep the rush lanes closed the best we
Hamilton struck first as Burris connected with Samuel Giguere for a 61-yard
touchdown pass. Luca Congi's extra point attempt following the long scoring
play was successful which gave the hosts an early 7-0 advantage.
The Tiger-Cats added a point late in the first quarter after Congi missed a
field goal-try wide right and it was downed in the end zone.
Hamilton added another single in the early stages of the second stanza as Josh
Bartel punted 55 yards into the end zone, but Winnipeg got on the board on the
next play as Simpson broke away for a 75-yard scamper for a major that made it
The Blue Bombers took their first lead of the game with just over two minutes
left in the half as backup quarterback Justin Goltz rushed seven yards into
the end zone for a score. The rushing score was set up by a 30-yard pass play
from Pierce to Jade Etienne. Justin Palardy's successful extra point try gave
the visitors a 13-9 edge.
Burris quickly moved the Hamilton offense down the field on the ensuing
possession. The drive stalled deep inside Winnipeg territory which put Congi
in position for a 24-yard chip shot that made it 13-12 with under a minute
before the break.
The game was tied up at 13 on the opening kickoff of the second half as Congi
recorded a single.
Hamilton scored a single to take back the lead at the 12:14 mark after a high,
towering punt by Bartel was downed in the end zone after a 65-yard journey.
Burris and the Ti-Cats put together another threatening scoring drive midway
through the third frame before settling for a 24-yard field goal by Congi
which extended their lead to 17-13. Neither side managed to produce any more
points before the conclusion of the third quarter.
Congi added another single in the early stages of the fourth quarter to extend
the lead to five points.
The Ti-Cats continued to their run as Burris completed a 12-yard touchdown
pass to John Delahunt with only 6:30 showing on the clock. Congi's extra point
kick pushed the lead to 25-13.
Winnipeg refused to go away as it answered on the following drive. Simpson
broke a tackle just in front of the goal line and trotted into the end zone to
conclude a 15-yard run for a major. The 62-yard scoring drive put the Blue
Bombers down, 25-20, with 2:40 left to play.
The Blue Bombers' defense made a clutch stop to return the ball back to the
offense with just over two minutes remaining. Knowlton tackled Pierce behind
the line on second down to record a critical sack and force a Winnipeg punt.
Burris then made a huge play on second down as he found Giguere on the right
side for a first down. Hamilton then ran out the clock to achieve its first
win of the year.
Burris now has 306 career touchdown passes which puts him in a tie for fourth
all-time in CFL history...Hamilton's defense tallied six sacks on Pierce in
the contest after reaching the quarterback only once in its first two
games...Winnipeg recorded 11 sacks with three of them coming courtesy of
defensive end Alex Hall...Delahunt's touchdown reception was the first of his
career...Every team in the East is now 1-2 after three games.
07/13 22:12:25 ET
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