STAMPEDERS 26, TIGER-CATS 22
CALGARY – Bo Levi Mitchell’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Marquay McDaniel late in the fourth quarter lifted the Calgary Stampeders to a 26-22 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.
Tiger-Cat quarterback Henry Burris achieved a career 50,000 passing yards, joining Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen, Danny McManus and Ron Lancaster in that club.
But the Stampeders (9-2) didn’t let their former quarterback have all the glory and came from behind to stay unbeaten at McMahon Stadium this season. Calgary extended its regular-season winning streak at home to nine straight games.
Mitchell connected with McDaniel at 13:42 of the fourth quarter and also threw a touchdown catch to Maurice Price in front of an announced 26,649.
Rene Paredes made all four field goals he attempted, making him 9 for 9 in his last two games. With 72 rushing yards, running back Jon Cornish surpassed 1,000 for a second straight season.
Burris earned the majority of his career yards while a Stampeder. The 38-year-old was Calgary’s quarterback for nine seasons, including seven as a starter, until he was traded to Hamilton in January 2012.
Burris also spent three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
He was 24 for 35 in passing for 384 yards and a pair of touchdown passes with two interceptions.
With the more veteran Kevin Glenn and Drew Tate sidelined with injuries, the 23-year-old Mitchell continued to show he can be a starting quarterback in the CFL.
Mitchell was 20 for 30 in passing for 252 yards and two touchdown throws.
With his team leading 22-19 with just over three minutes remaining, Hamilton kicker Luca Congi’s 37-yard attempt hit an upright. Congi was 0 for 2 in the game.
Paredes pulled Calgary within three points to start the fourth quarter on a 24-yard field goal. The drive started with Rob Maver faking the punt and throwing the ball to Matt Walter to keep the Stampeders on the march.
Paredes was good from 43 yards at 10:27 of the third after Gable’s four-yard rushing TD for Hamilton at 6:57.
Burris reached CFL quarterback elite status with a six-yard touchdown throw to Onrea Jones at 14:37 of the second quarter, which gave the Ticats a 15-13 lead heading into the second half.
Calgary led 13-8 at 5:41 on Mitchell’s 80-yard touchdown throw to Price. Stampeder head coach John Hufnagel had admonished Price in a previous game for slowing down to celebrate before the end zone, so Price cheekily ran the ball to Calgary’s dressing room door.
Calgary mustered just one field goal in the first half off a pair of long returns for 173 yards by Larry Taylor.
He ran a punt back 70 yards to open the second quarter, but Calgary couldn’t punch the ball in from the 10. McDaniel dropped a Mitchell pass and then Calgary quarterback fumbled and turned over the ball over.
Paredes made his second of a pair of first-quarter field goals from 29 yards at 13:52 after Hamilton’s Josh Bartel 69-yard punt single at 8:47.
Congi was wide on a 47-yard attempt in the first quarter and Taylor race the ball 103 yards back to Hamilton’s 17-yard-line. The Stamps settled for a 15-yard field goal at 6:32.
A spectacular one-handed catch by Fantuz capped a 79-yard, four play scoring drive on the visitors’ first possession off the kickoff.
The Stampeders host the Toronto Argonauts and the Tiger-Cats are in Moncton, N.B., versus Montreal for the Atlantic Bowl next Saturday.
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