CFL Game Summary - British Columbia at Hamilton
(Saturday, September 7th)
Final Score: Hamilton 37, British Columbia 29
Guelph, ON (Sports Network) - Henry Burris threw for 375 yards and four
touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats held off a late comeback attempt by the
British Columbia Lions to win, 37-29, at Alumni Stadium at the University of
Burris completed 25-of-35 passes and threw a pair of interceptions for
Hamilton (5-5), which bounced back from a loss to BC on Aug. 30. Andy Fantuz
(six receptions, 112 yards), Greg Ellingson (seven receptions, 111 yards) and
C.J. Gable (six receptions, 108 yards) all topped the century mark receiving.
Ellingson hauled in two touchdown passes, while Fantuz and Gable grabbed one
If Montreal beats Toronto on Sunday, there will be a three-way tie for first
place in the East Division.
For BC (6-4), Travis Lulay was 26-of-43 for 324 yards, tossing two touchdowns
and zero interceptions. Nick Moore led all receivers with 12 catches for 149
yards. Both Moore and Courtney Taylor (seven receptions, 91 yards) caught
Hamilton took 3-0 lead on Luca Congi 29-yard field goal midway through the
opening frame. BC's first score came later in the first quarter on a safety.
The Lions took their first lead early in the second quarter on a Paul McCallum
10-yard field goal.
Hamilton retook the advantage on its next possession when Fantuz hauled in a
37-yard touchdown pass from Burris.
Burris struck again a few minutes later, connecting on a seven-yard scoring
toss to Ellingson as the Ticats went up, 17-5.
McCallum added another field goal (18 yards) just before the half to bring
BC's deficit to single digits heading into intermission.
The Ticats scored on their first drive of the second half, as Burris dumped a
screen pass off to Gable, who took it 32 yards for a touchdown.
After the Hamilton defense forced a BC turnover less than a minute later,
Burris found Ellingson in the corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown.
The Ticats continued to pile on later in the third when Congi booted through a
39-yard field goal.
After a pass interference call in the end zone, the Lions finally found the
end zone when Shawn Gore converted a one-yard touchdown rush.
BC continued the comeback trail at the 9:12 mark of the fourth quarter when
Lulay connected with Moore on a five-yard touchdown to bring it to within 12,
Congi knocked through a 39-yard field goal with 4:03 left to give Hamilton a
With 1:57 remaining, the Lions brought its deficit to one score when Lulay
hooked up with Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown.
BC got the ball back with 10 seconds to play, but a frantic lateral play fell
"I see an improvement in this team," Hamilton head coach Kent Austin said.
"Our philosophy is constant consistency. If we do that, our record will take
care of itself. As long as our players keep playing hard, everything will work
Hamilton wore retro red uniforms in honor of its 1943 Grey Cup Champion Flying
Wildcats squad ... Gable led all rushers with 49 yards on nine carries ... The
Ticats defense sacked Lulay three times ... The victory for Hamilton snapped a
three-game losing streak to BC ... Hamilton's 37 points tied a season high,
the same total that has come in each of its last three wins ... Burris is now
second in the CFL with 18 touchdown passes.
09/07 20:01:30 ET
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