While the temperature across the country slowly begins to enter the frigid side of the thermometer, the jam-packed action from Week 12 did its best to keep things heated across the CFL community.
On Friday night, the Calgary Stampeders notched their fourth-straight win in a 44-3 rout over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The first half of a Saturday afternoon double-headers saw the rejuvinated Hamilton Tiger-Cats claw their way to an impressive 51-8 win over the visiting Edmonton Eskimos, while the second half saw the Lions hold off a late surge by the Argonauts to register a narrow 28-23 at BC Place Stadium.
Finally, the weekend came to an end on Sunday, as Anthony Calvillo and the Montreal Alouette rebounded following their surprising Week 11 loss with a 28-17 win over the surging Roughriders.
Calgary 44, Winnipeg 3
Jon Cornish ran for two touchdowns, while Rob Cote scored from 26 yards out on a fake field goal as the Stamps scored early and often, routing the Bombers 44-3 on Friday night at McMahon Stadium.
Kevin Glenn finished with 298 yards and a touchdown on 17-23 passing, leading the Stamps to their fourth straight win and a temporary share for top spot in the West Division. Cornish added 53 yards on 15 carries, including touchdown runs of three yards, and 18 yards in the second quarter.
Nik Lewis, meanwhile, had seven receptions for 131 yards, moving him into 15th in all-time receiving yards, as he eclipsed the 10,000 receiving yard plateau.
» Recap: Stamps rout Bombers
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» Video: Cornish's 18-yard TD run
» Video: Cote 26-yard fake FG TD
» Video: Forzani's 35-yard TD grab
» Video: Nik Lewis highlights
Hamilton 51, Edmonton 8
Henry Burris passed for over 400 yards and three touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took care of the Edmonton Eskimos with a 51-8 win at Ivor Wynne Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The matchup placed two veteran quarterbacks up against each other, both of which were looking to get their clubs back on track. Burris did just that, spreading the ball around to eight different receivers and commanding the offence as the 'Cats put this contest away midway through the third quarter.
He finished with 418 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 of 33 passing.
» Recap: Ticats claw way to victory
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» Ticats not looking too far ahead
» Video: Grant's Blocked FG Touchdown
» Video: Stala's 87-Yard TD reception
» Video: Stamps, Messam team up for TD
BC 28, Toronto 23
Travis Lulay threw for a season-high 390 yards and two touchdowns, while the Lions defence held off a late surge by the Argonauts, as BC downed Toronto 28-23 at BC Place Stadium.
Saturday’s matchup at BC Place marked the second meeting between the two teams, with the Lions earning an 18-9 win at Rogers Centre in Week 6.
The Argos were without starting running back Chad Kackert for the outing, as the sophomore Boatman continues to suffer from a leg injury that he sustained one week ago.
As a result of Kackert’s absence, 28-year-old Gerald Riggs Jr. made his first CFL start in the Argos backfield. Riggs finished the game with five carries for 39 yards.
Montreal 28, Saskatchean 17
Brian Bratton sacrificed for an 8-yard touchdown just before halftime which was enough to lift the Montreal Alouettes over the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-17 at Percival Molson Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s matchup marked somewhat of a teacher versus student scenario as the veteran Anthony Calvillo led the Alouettes against a Roughriders squad with Drew Willy behind centre, making his first career start.
Willy got the call following two weeks where he completed 25 of 33 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in relief efforts as he filled in for Darian Durant.