CFL Game Summary - Calgary at Ottawa
(Sunday, August 24)
Final Score: Calgary 32, Ottawa 7
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Calgary Stampeders scored 21 points in a
little over four minutes in the fourth quarter, en route to a convincing 32-7
win against the Ottawa RedBlacks at TD Place.
Calgary (7-1) quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who has now won 10 of his first 11
CFL starts dating back to last season, converted 16-of-29 passing for 266
yards in the victory. The game also saw the return of running back Jon Cornish
who ran for 74 yards on 16 carries. Joe West accounted for four receptions for
129 yards on the day as well.
The RedBlacks (1-7), losers of five in a row, struggled on offense the entire
afternoon as quarterback Henry Burris connected on 12-of-23 for a mere 113
yards, was picked off once and sacked three times as he aimed to work his way
up the CFL's all-time passing list.
The Ottawa defense struck first in the meeting as Jonathan Williams
intercepted a Mitchell pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown less than
two minutes into the first quarter, but from there the game belonged to the
Calgary responded late in the period when backup quarterback Drew Tate ran
around the left side and into the end zone from seven yards out, knotting the
score at 7-7.
In a rather uneventful second quarter, the only scoring came courtesy of a 51-
yard single by Calgary kicker Rene Paredes, giving the visitors an 8-7 edge at
Burris was credited with a mere 39 passing yards, the RedBlacks 55 yards of
offense, through the first 30 minutes of action.
The Stamps put together a solid drive in the second half, moving the ball
from their own 10-yard line to inside the 10 of Ottawa, but on third-and-
inches Tate lost mishandled the snap in the pile and the RedBlacks recovered
with just over eight minutes remaining in the period.
Following an interception of Burris near midfield, Calgary had yet another
drive stall, but this time Paredes responded with a successful 32-yard field
goal at the 11:27 mark.
On the final play of the third quarter, Burris hit Dobson Collins on a slant
for 15 yards to midfield, sending the quarterback into third place on the all-
time CFL passing list with 53,266 yards. The Temple product trails only
Anthony Calvillo (79,816 yards) and Damon Allen (72,381) in CFL history.
Calgary began to assert itself in the fourth quarter, scoring majors on a 20-
yard run by Sederrick Cunningham and a punt return of 68 yards by Cunningham
as well less than two minutes later to make the score 25-7.
With the game out of reach, Burris was pulled in favor of Thomas DeMarco in
the final minutes. DeMarco ended up turning the ball over on downs and that
subsequently led to a 15-yard TD run by Hugh Charles at the 2:10 mark. Charles
finished the meeting with 29 yards on four carries.
DeMarco, who proceeded to misfire on several passes, was subjected to a low
hit to his left leg with just over a minute remaining in regulation and was
subsequently carted off. Third-string quarterback Danny O'Brien came on in
relief and was immediately sacked by Charleston Hughes on his very first CFL
Ottawa had won four of the previous six meetings between the two teams,
although the Stamps posted a convincing 38-17 victory against the RedBlacks on
Aug. 9 ... Burris entered the contest fourth on the CFL's all-time passing
list (53,160 yards), trailing Danny McManus who compiled 53,255 yards during
his career ... Burris has directed 53 drives at home so far this season and
not once have the RedBlacks scored a touchdown ... Calgary entered Week 9
action as the top-scoring team in the league with 27.3 ppg ... The RedBlacks
were last in scoring defense, permitting 28.4 ppg.
08/24 19:29:35 ET
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