CFL Game Summary - Ottawa at Hamilton
(Saturday, July 26)
Final Score: Hamilton 33, Ottawa 23
Hamilton, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - In his first career start, quarterback Dan
LeFevour passed for 361 yards and ran for another 109 as he guided the
Hamilton Tiger-Cats to their first win of the season, a 33-23 final against
the Ottawa RedBlacks at McMaster University's Ron Joyce Stadium.
The only player in NCAA history with at least 12,000 career passing yards and
2,500 rushing yards, LeFevour put his best foot forward on Saturday as he
helped the Tiger-Cats (1-3), playing their first game in Hamilton in 637 days,
snap a three-game slide to start off the campaign. The quarterback carried the
ball 13 times and converted 21-of-30 passing, leading to one touchdown and an
"It's a relief, because 1-3 sounds a lot better than 0-4," LeFevour said of
his first experience as a starter. "When I started the game I was going
through my progressions way too fast, so I slowed them down and that helped."
Running back Chris Gable ran for 62 yards and also caught three passes for
another 105 for the Tiger-Cats. Kicker Justin Medlock converted all four of
his field goal attempts for the hosts.
Henry Burris, the quarterback for Hamilton the two previous years before being
picked up by Ottawa (1-3), threw touchdowns to Matt Carter and Marcus Henry in
the first half, but was ineffective the rest of the way as the RedBlacks bowed
for the third time in four games. Burris connected on 27 of his 44 passes for
290 yards and an interception. Henry finished with a game-high 10 receptions
for 138 yards.
"I was just happy to get this game over with," Burris said of his return to
Hamilton. "We had more than enough opportunities to put the game away, and we
let them hang around and they were able to put points on the board. We could
have had two wins against an Eastern (Division) opponent and that would have
really given us our mojo for next week when we play Saskatchewan."
Hamilton opened the game's scoring almost immediately when LeFevour tossed a
shovel pass to Brandon Banks who streaked 53 yards to the end zone less than a
minute into the contest.
Burris and the RedBlacks countered with a 10-yard scoring pass to Carter,
capping a 13-play, 96-yard drive that consumed more than six minutes off the
Gable had just one carry for the Ticats in the first quarter, but it was good
for a 47-yard major, moving the hosts out to a 14-7 advantage after 15 minutes
Once more Ottawa responded, this time with a 19-yard TD strike from Burris to
Henry, finishing off yet another lengthy drive of 11 plays. Following a fake
punt, the RedBlacks managed to move the ball within the shadows of the goal
post, but had to settle for a 10-yard field goal by Brett Maher.
Like Ottawa, the Tiger-Cats were able to move the ball deep into enemy
territory with the second quarter winding down, but they too had to settle for
a short field goal, a 12-yard conversion by Medlock.
On the ensuing possession, Burris pressed his luck down the field and ended up
tossing his first interception of the season to defensive back Craig Butler.
Hamilton capitalized with a 36-yard Medlock field goal to give the hosts a
three-point edge at intermission, 20-17.
Both defenses dug in their heels in the third quarter, allowing just a single
field goal on each side. Maher's 38-yard effort tied the meeting at 20-20,
while an 18-yard conversion by Medlock again gave Hamilton the three-point
edge heading into the final frame.
With 10:20 remaining in the contest, the RedBlacks had a positive drive
stalled and had to settle for a 24-yard Maher field goal to lock the score at
With just over six minutes remaining in regulation, Gable took a short screen
pass and turned it into a huge 82-yard play, with added yards tacked on for a
horse-collar tackle inside the five-yard line. On first down LeFevour was
taken down short of the end zone, but he was able to lean over the goal line
on the next play to give the 'Cats a 30-23 advantage, following a successful
After turning the ball over on downs, Ottawa's defense headed back out onto
the field and, while the RedBlacks kept the hosts out of the end zone, they
could not prevent Medlock from knocking through a 32-yard field goal to give
Hamilton a double-digit cushion.
Burris played the previous two seasons with Hamilton, throwing for more than
10,000 yards and 67 TDs, along with 37 interceptions ... Henry entered the
meeting with just eight receptions for a combined 115 yards over the first
three games ... These teams will again meet in Week 17 in Hamilton, and two
weeks later Ottawa will host on Halloween ... Hamilton won the last meeting
against a team based in Ottawa back in 2005 by a score of 40-32 at home ...
The Tiger-Cats started out 2013 with a record of only 1-4 yet still played in
the Grey Cup against Saskatchewan.
07/26 23:32:20 ET
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