CFL Game Summary - Montreal at Hamilton
(Sunday, November 10th)
Final Score: Hamilton 19, Montreal 16 (OT)
Guelph, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Dan LeFevour's 2-yard touchdown run lifted
the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a 19-16 overtime win over the Montreal Alouettes
in the East Division semifinal of the 101st Grey Cup playoffs.
Trailing 10-6 with just over 5 1/2 minutes left, the Tiger-Cats took over on
their own 3-yard line. Henry Burris and running specialist LeFevour
methodically drove down to the Alouettes' 46.
Burris' pass on 1st-and-10 fell incomplete, but he was able to find Andy
Fantuz on 2nd-and-long for a 12-yard gain.
After a 10-yard completion got Hamilton inside the Montreal 25, LeFevour
picked up two yards on a run. Burris came back into the game and hit Fantuz
for a five-yard gain, leaving the Tiger-Cats with a 3rd-and-3 situation.
Burris turned to C.J. Gable, who was able to run it in for the 17-yard score.
" Henry has a lot of experience in that position. We told him we were going to
empty it out and he'd have to find his receivers. We trusted him and he came
through for us," said Tiger-Cats head coach George Cortez.
The Alouettes benefited from a short kickoff and six plays later Sean Whyte
split the uprights from 32 yards out as time expired to force overtime.
Montreal couldn't pick up a first down on the opening drive of overtime and
settled for a 34-yard Whyte field goal.
After converting on 3rd-and-inches twice, LeFevour ran through a hole on the
left side and broke a tackle before he was dragged down at the two. LeFevour
then followed his center into the end zone for the win.
"We played to win. I trust our short yardage offense. We played a really good
football team today. They played well, you have to give credit to them," said
Hamilton will face the 2012 Grey Cup winner Toronto Argonauts next week in the
East Division Final.
Burris finished 23-for-36 passing for 204 yards, one touchdown and an
interception while LeFevour finished with 61 yards on 18 rushes for the Ti-
Former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, who took over at quarterback for
the Alouettes just four weeks ago, struggled with the windy conditions,
completing just 14-of-26 passes for 142 yards, one touchdown and an
"It is very difficult, losing is not very good. You work hard to achieve your
goals, and we didn't do that. It is a lousy way to end the season," Smith
Tyrell Sutton rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries and Duron Carter caught two
passes for 32 yards and a score in the setback.
The Alouettes used a pair of singles in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead.
After driving down to the Tiger-Cats' 33, Smith's pass fell incomplete and
Montreal settled for a Whyte field goal attempt. Whyte, though, pushed the
field goal wide right, but Montreal kept Hamilton from returning it for the
Burke Dales' booming 62-yard punt got the Alouettes another single moments
The Tiger-Cats got down to the Alouettes' 41 on the opening drive of the
second half, but Luca Congi missed a 56-yard try.
Hamilton's Emanuel Davis, though, forced a fumble on the next play, and after
failing to convert on 2nd-and-long, Congi connected from 29-yards out to give
the Tiger-Cats a 3-2 lead 3:15 into the third quarter.
Brandon Banks returned a punt to the Montreal 31 and three plays later Congi
drilled a 35-yarder for a 6-2 Tiger-Cats edge.
Smith's 29-yard touchdown pass to Carter put Montreal back on top 9-6 with
just over four minutes to go in the third.
Dales' punt early in the fourth was good for a 55-yard single.
The Ti-Cats went 2-1 against Montreal in the regular season .. Wide receivers
Luke Tasker and Simon Charbonneau-Campeau, running back Chevon Walker and
linebacker Erik Harris were all inactive for Hamilton ... Montreal lost to
Toronto in the East Division Final last season ... The Alouettes outgained the
Ti-Cats 305-291 in total yards.
11/10 17:14:23 ET
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