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Recap: Hamilton 40, Toronto 43

TORONTO -- A 51-yard field goal by Swayze Waters with no time remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Toronto Argonauts a dramatic 43-40 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night.

The field goal was set up by fourth-string quarterback Zack Collaros, who calmly got the Argos into field goal range with just one minute to work with following a late Tiger-Cats game-tying touchdown.

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The Boatmen received solid performances from all three of their quarterbacks, with Jarious Jackson, Trevor Harris and Collaros combining to complete 19 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns.

Starting quarterback Ricky Ray was left off the active roster for the season finale, as Head Coach Scott Milanovich did not want to risk his star pivot being injured with the playoffs looming.

But the big story of the night was Chad Owens, who set a single-season record for most combined yards, surpassing former Argo Michael 'Pinball' Clemons for the record.

With the loss, the Tiger-Cats are officially eliminated from playoff contention, meaning the Edmonton Eskimos have secured themselves a spot in the 100th Grey Cup Playoffs.

The Argos will now shift their attention towards next week's Eastern Semi-Final, where they will host either the Eskimos or Saskatchewan Roughriders on home soil.

Hamilton did receive some resounding efforts from several of their marquee players on the offensive side of the ball, most notably Henry Burris, who threw for a career-high 497 yards and four touchdowns on 55 passes.

It was also a fitting finale for Chris Williams, who hauled in four passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, also adding an additional 83 yards on six punt returns.

The Argos began the first quarter with Jackson under centre, and it didn’t take long for the 35-year-old to make his presence felt between the white lines, as he quickly found receiver Dontrelle Inman, who was making his return to action following an injury, for a 46-yard completion on the Double Blue’s first play from scrimmage.

The big play eventually set up a 36-yard field goal by Swayze Waters, giving the Argos an early 3-0 lead.

But Toronto’s early pressure didn’t stop there.

After Hamilton running back Avon Cobourne failed to reach the line of scrimmage on the Ticats’ first play of the game, QB Henry Burris threw a pass over the middle intended for receiver Andy Fantuz.

However, the route was jumped by safety Jordan Younger, who promptly returned it 36 yards to the endzone for a pick-six.

Younger would add a second interception later in the half - his fifth of the season - tying him for the team lead with Patrick Watkins.

Following another field goal by Waters – one that was set up thanks to a 61-yard rush by RB Gerald Riggs, who was filling in for Chad Kackert – the Ticats offence took to the field hoping to get themselves back into the game.
Starting from their own 35 yard line, Burris would orchestrate a lengthy 12-play, 41-yard drive that was eventually capped off with a 28-yard field goal by Luca Congi to get the Tabbies on the board.

But the energetic Argo offence simply kept coming, seemingly moving the ball at will against Hamilton’s secondary.

With less than two minutes remaining in the opening frame, the Argos reached into their bag of tricks, as Jackson tossed what appeared to be a simple out pass to Owens, who promptly heaved a pass of his own to Spencer Watt for a 49-yard gain, bringing the drive deep into Ticats territory.

One play later, Jackson connected with Inman for a 13-yard score, giving the Argonauts a 20-3 lead.

With the second quarter barely underway, Burris put together another solid drive, but once again wasn't able to get the Ticats into the endzone, as they were once again forced to settle for a field goal by Congi, this time from 33 yards out.

However, a strong series by the Hamilton defence would inject a surge of momentum into their offence.

On just their second play of the drive, Burris would find Chris Williams for a 93-yard catch-and-run touchdown, getting the Ticats back within seven points of Toronto's lead.

But the momentum shift was short-lived.

A Career Night

Ticats pivot Henry Burris has a sensational night under centre, completing 37 of his 55 passes for a career-high 497 yards and four touchdown passes, two of which found the hands of Chris Williams.
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Following an unsuccessful drive by the Toronto offence, one in which they were only able to muster up four yards on two runs by Riggs, the Ticats offence took over from their own eight-yard line, hoping to march downfield and find the endzone once again.

But Toronto's defence had other plans, as defensive end Jeremy Geathers clung on to Burris and stripped the ball to the turf, with Johnnie Dixon recovering it and returning it inside Hamilton's 15 yard line.

Three plays later, with Harris now in at quarterback, Riggs would punch it in from one-yard out to restore Toronto's 14 point lead.

Earlier in the quarter, Owens would set a new league record, as he surpassed Michael 'Pinball' Clemons for most combined yards in a single-season.

The game was put on hold momentarily, as Owens was honoured at mid-field by Commissioner Mark Cohon, Argos GM Jim Barker, as well as Pinball himself.

But before the half came to a close, Burris would engineer one last drive to keep his team within striking distance, as he drove 64 yards on nine plays, to find receiver Aaron Kelly for a three-yard major, cutting Toronto's lead to just seven.

After the fireworks cleared following a riveting first half, the third quarter saw both teams play two-and-outs, a far cry away from the high-octane action fans were treated to in the opening 30 minutes.

With 7:42 remaining in the third quarter, the two offences continued to have trouble finding their footing, as they were both forced to settle for field goals.

Congi would connect from 34 yards out to cut the Argos’ lead to just four, but Waters would answer with a 32-yarder of his own to restore the Double Blue’s one-touchdown lead.

The chess match would continue on Hamilton’s next possession, as Congi would tack on his fourth field goal of the evening, this time splitting the uprights from 44 yards out.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter, when the Argos inserted Collaros into the game that the Argos offence would finally begin to rediscover their groove.

Collaros, making his first career on-field appearance, put together an impressive 11-play, 96-yard drive in which he utilized all facets of his offence like an established veteran, only to find receiver Sammy Tranks for a 13-yard score, giving the Argos a 37-26 lead.

Shortly after, the Boatmen would add to their lead, as Waters booted a 41-yard field goal, his fourth of the game.

But with their season on the line, the Tiger-Cats refused to go down without a fight, as Burris orchestrated a 17-play, 83-yard possession, that was punctuated with a three-yard strike to Avon Cobourne, cutting the Double Blue's lead to just seven.

Then Burris, with less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, showed his veteran savvy, completing four passes, the last of which found Williams in the endzone to tie the game up at 40.

However, the touchdown strike arrived with 1:11 remaining on the clock, giving the Argos ample time to register the game's winning score.

With Collaros still under centre, the Argos would get the ball into Hamilton territory, ultimately setting up a dramatic finish, with Waters connecting on a 51-yard field goal with no time remaining to win the game.

Fan Comments
als rule
well well all you excited cat fans hoping AC retires after winning the 100th GC in toronto later this month and montreal is left with no QB for next season!! funny little boys!! go watch TSN live right now and tell me that the fellow wearing #3 for the alouettes right now won't be the next #1 QB for montreal!! no wonder you guys missed the p/offs and waste quinton porter sitting on the bench!! LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
November 03, 2012 - 3:48pm
Did you WATCH the whole game??? Even the commentator stopped extolling McPherson's virtues after the first series when he saw his ineffective play. Eleven points won't win many games.
November 04, 2012 - 11:20am
Everyone talks about Frank Burris leading the league in touchdowns/yardage. No one mentions that he also leads the league in fumbles, interceptions, and (probably) pick sixes.
November 03, 2012 - 12:35am
They manage to be only consistent in being inconsistent, and even thats inconsistent
November 02, 2012 - 11:45am
Story of the season - defense can't get a stop when they desperately need it even while the offense piles up the points and players have record-breaking performances! (and I'm not referring to Owens!) After the excitement of the last game @IWS - WHAT A LETDOWN!!
November 02, 2012 - 10:53am
A sick and twisted roller coaster. 21st century has been a cruel one for the cats in terms of the grey cup...
November 02, 2012 - 3:42pm
Even with the early fumble which led to an Argo major, I'd have to say the Ti-Cats' had a creditable effort with 40 points on the board and a tie game with seconds to go. However, once again the D lagged a bit (and not even against Ricky Ray & other 1st teamers). It's been that kind of a season. A good win for the resurgent Argos. If they can finally find a way to down the Als again they'll go on to the GC for the first time in years.
November 01, 2012 - 11:46pm
Go Ti-Cats - I will not, WILL NOT cheer for the Argos to get to the Grey Cup! No self-respecting Ticat fan would!
November 02, 2012 - 10:55am
I'LL decide who to cheer for and who not. I admit to divided loyalties. I've lived in Hamilton but I'm also a general CFL fan (vs NFL) and a big Doug Flutie fan all the way back to his college days. The 'Cats will have their day. All they need is a couple more good D players and some O line seasoning. The O is already a scoring machine.
November 02, 2012 - 5:46pm
als rule
I don't care if francis the talking mule kicked the winning FG THE HAMILTON TICATS LOST RIGHT TFmcb? LOL LOL LOL
November 01, 2012 - 11:46pm
tabbies rule
This must game must have spared you birds a heart attack. Remember last year when the kittens snuck by? CALVILLO RETIRES 2013!! LOL LOL LOL
November 02, 2012 - 9:33am
als rule
a typical cat fan always talking about last year!! I'm talking about this year!! both you and TFmcb just can't accept the fact that right out of TC you'll were just NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! TFmcb had the cats finishing 1st in the east and montreal in last place in the east because #13 and the rest were 2 old!! so 2 no ones surprise you are wrong and still refusing to admit you were wrong!! poor sportsmanship there buddy boy!! so what #13 retires big deal your cats still lose and miss the p/offs!! with or without #13!! now my season is complete and done right here this w/end!! my team finished 1st and your's finished last!! now that better then winning the GC!! LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
November 02, 2012 - 2:41pm
AR I believe that he is just trolling. Hence "tabbies rule." Not that I know him or anything. We are completely unrelated. No connection what-so-ever. Stop asking if I know him because I don't.
November 02, 2012 - 5:23pm
als rule
nothing could be finer then to watch TFmcb's team going down the drain while I sing bye bye TFmcb baby!! LOL LOL LOL
November 01, 2012 - 11:06pm