CFL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Hamilton
(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: Hamilton 28, Winnipeg 18
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Henry Burris threw for a pair of touchdowns as
the Hamilton Tiger-Cats captured a 28-18 win over Winnipeg in the final
regular-season game ever at Ivor-Wynn Stadium.
Burris completed 15-of-27 passes for 171 yards in the outing, but still the
Tiger-Cats (6-11) kept their hopes alive for the postseason nonetheless.
Now with 39 passing majors this season, Burris has already surpassed his all-
time personal best and has now tied the single-season club record as well.
With the victory Hamilton snapped a three-game slide.
"The defense played very well despite the weather conditions," said Tiger-Cats
head coach George Cortez. "I thought in the first half the weather was not
that bad, but in the second half the weather conditions were just
atrocious...I told our guys after the game, I guess its good that we practice
in bad weather."
As for the Blue Bombers (5-12), receiver Terrence Edwards caught one touchdown
pass as he went over 1,000 yards receiving for the third straight year and
the fifth time in his career.
Winnipeg used all three quarterbacks on the afternoon after Buck Pierce exited
early with an injury. Joey Elliott stepped in and ran for one score and Alex
Brink tossed a late TD pass to narrow the gap but still the team settled for a
second loss in the last three outings and are now out of the playoff picture.
The Tiger-Cats were the first to break through in the first quarter as Burris
hooked up with Williams over the middle on a short screen pass and the
receiver did the rest as he out-ran the defense into the corner of the end
zone to give the hosts a 7-0 advantage.
On the ensuing possession for the Bombers, Pierce was swarmed and lost the
ball, it was recovered by Greg Peach just shy of the goal line and taken into
the end zone. The play was reviewed to see if Pierce's arm was coming forward
and in fact it was an incomplete pass instead, but the initial call was
upheld, giving Hamilton a 14-0 lead.
Pierce went to the bench with an injury, making way for Elliott to enter the
contest, while Brink was inserted primarily for short-yardage situations.
Kicker Luca Congi tried to add another three points to the Hamilton score, but
a poorly-handled snap caused his attempt to be partially blocked, but still he
was awarded a single.
Aided by a crucial penalty inside the red zone late in the second quarter,
Burris and the 'Cats were given another shot at the end zone and capitalized
with a nine-yard scoring strike to Andy Fantuz with 2:21 remaining in the
With time running out in the first half, Elliott was able to move the Blue
Bombers down the field, enough so that kicker Justin Palardy could convert a
22-yard field goal to take a small bite out of the deficit which stood at 22-3
at the break.
Burris completed only 10 passes in the first half, but two went for
touchdowns. Meanwhile, Winnipeg hurt itself with three turnovers through the
first 30 minutes of action.
The offensive attack by the Tiger-Cats continued in the third quarter when
Congi booted an 18-yard field goal to boost the lead to 25-3.
With just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Elliott finally
took the Bombers into the end zone when he faked a hand-off and slipped his
way up the middle and over the goal line from five yards out to make the score
A 36-yard field goal by Congi added to the advantage in the fourth quarter,
although the Bombers responded with a late 41-yard TD pass from Alex Brink to
Edwards, with a successful two-point conversion making the difference just 10
points at 28-18, but after that Hamilton ran out the clock.
With the victory the Tiger-Cats still have a chance to finish second in the
East Division, but they need Toronto to fall to Saskatchewan later this
afternoon and then defeat the Argonauts by at least nine points.
Williams tied club record for touchdowns in a season at 15 in the first
quarter...Edwards caught four passes for 61 yards to put him over the 1,000-
yard mark for the third straight year and fifth time since 2007...Dave Stala
had just one catch for 27 yards for the Ticats, but it was enough to put him
over 5,000 yards for his career...Ivor-Wynn, which began construction in 1928,
is set to be demolished in December and the team will play in the new Hamilton
Pan Am Soccer Stadium beginning in 2014.
10/27 17:54:10 ET
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