GUELPH, ON -- Kevin Glenn completed 17 of his 26 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while tailback Jon Cornish eclipsed the century mark for the fifth time this season, as the Stampeders cruised to a 35-11 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday night in Guelph.
Cornish finished with 114 yards on 15 carries, adding 15 more on two receptions through the air.
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With the win, the Stamps maintained sole possession of first place in the West Division, and will head into Week 15 with a two point lead over the Lions and potentially a four-point lead over the Roughriders.
Saskatchewan will play in Montreal on Sunday and can stay within a game of the Stamps with a victory.
Today’s encounter was the second meeting between the two teams in the last three weeks, with the Stamps taking game one 26-22 in Week 12.
In the game, Ticats QB Henry Burris threw for 408 yards and two touchdowns, a performance that ranks among his best for the 2013 season.
This week, however, Burris and the Ticats offence got off to a rocky start.
In front 1-0 as a result of a pair of missed field goals by kicker Brett Lauther – the second of which sailed to the back of the endzone for a single – Burris set up at his own 31 yard line, hoping to gather some momentum that was still very much up for grabs.
Instead, the veteran pivot ran into a Calgary defence that was looking accomplish a similar feat.
On first and 10, Burris was sacked by Cordarro Law for a one-yard loss, and ran into even more trouble on the very next play, as he saw his pass deflected at the line and get intercepted by Micah Johnson.
The interception proved to be a costly one for the Ticats.
Calgary’s offence – who had been quiet to that point in the game – took to the field and made quick work of their opposition.
Calgary's defence came up big on several occasions on Saturday night, forcing four interceptions, with defensive back Jamar Wall coming up with a pair.
With the second quarter barely underway, Glenn found a streaking Jabari Arthur for a 52-yard touchdown, putting the Stamps in front 7-1.
Shortly thereafter, Calgary’s defence came up big again, with Canadian DB Eric Fraser picking off a pass intended for Luke Tasker.
From there, Glenn needed just one play to make Burris pay for his errant pass, as he hit receiver Maurice Price in full stride for a 42-yard touchdown, increasing Calgary’s lead to 14-1 in the process.
Calgary would head into the locker room up 17-4, with Lauther and Rene Paredes exchanging field goals from 27 and 43 yards out respectively.
With just under 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, the Stamps would increase their lead to 16, with Paredes splitting the uprights from 44 yards out.
The Stamps would then increase their lead thanks to a 16-yard touchdown run by Drew Tate.
Tate, who continues to rehab from his nagging forearm injury, capped off an impressive 9-play, 59-yard drive that took 5:12 off the clock.
Down 27-4, Ticats head coach Kent Austin opted to remove Burris from the game and insert backup Dan LeFevour in his place under centre. The change seemed to inject some confidence into Hamilton's offence.
With 3:59 left in the third quarter, LeFevour embarked on what would be a 13-play, 54 yard drive that he would himself cap off with a one-yard plunge into the endzone, cutting Calgary's lead back to 16.
But Hamilton's momentum was short-lived, as the Stamps took over offensively and wasted little time responding with a score of their own.
One play after tailback Jon Cornish rumbled his way through some tackles for a 34-yard gain, Glenn hooked up with Arthur for a 35-yard touchdown, putting the Stamps back in front by 23.
Punter Rob Maver increased Calgary's lead by one extra point thanks to a rouge that just crossed the goal line for a single.
Next week, the Stampeders head home to face the Blue Bombers, while the Ticats head down the QEW to take on the Argonauts in a crucial East Division clash.