THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY -- A little redemption for Marquay McDaniel came at the right time for the Calgary Stampeders.
After dropping the ball early in the game, McDaniel hauled in a touchdown catch that lifted the Stampeders to a 26-22 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.
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Tiger-Cat quarterback Henry Burris achieved a career 50,000 passing yards in the CFL, joining Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen, Danny McManus and Ron Lancaster in that elite club.
But the Stampeders didn't let their former quarterback have all the glory. Calgary stayed unbeaten at McMahon Stadium this season at 5-0.
Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell connected with McDaniel on a 15-yard touchdown throw at 13:42 of the fourth quarter.
McDaniel was wide open steps from the end zone in the second quarter, but the ball sailed through his fingers.
"To get that one in the fourth when we really needed it, it kind of wiped that first one out,'' McDaniel said with a chuckle.
Both Charleston Hughes and Cordarro Law sacked Burris on Hamilton's final drive and Chris Randle intercepted his desperate throw to the end zone on the final play of the game in front of an announced 26,649.
"The defence has been playing like that all year,'' McDaniel said. "They kept us in the game and made big stops when we needed it.
"Offence, we just kept plugging away. We knew we were close, we didn't get down, we needed a touchdown at the end and made plays to get it.''
With the more veteran Kevin Glenn and Drew Tate not yet ready to play because of injuries, the 23-year-old Mitchell continued to prove he can win in the CFL.
The Texan won his third start and second in a row. Mitchell was 20 for 30 in passing for 252 yards and two touchdown throws. He was intercepted twice.
"Bo showed some excellent poise late in the game,'' Calgary head coach John Hufnagel said. "I did enjoy my team hanging in there because things weren't going great.''
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 26 for 39 in passing for 408 yards and made touchdown throws to Andy Fantuz and Onrea Jones on Friday.
He was intercepted twice. C.J. Gable ran for a TD and punter Josh Bartel contributed a single for Hamilton. Burris was 163 yards away from moving past Lancaster into fourth all-time in CFL passing.
"That's something that at the end of the day I'll look back and be thankful on, but right now it means nothing,'' Burris said. "Of course, if we got a victory, we would have been thinking opposite about that.''
With his team leading 22-19 with just over three minutes remaining, Hamilton kicker Luca Congi's 37-yard attempt hit an upright. Congi missed both field-goal attempts in the game.
Earlier in the week, Hufnagel had admonished receiver Maurice Price for slowing down to celebrate before the end zone during last week's victory over the Eskimos, so Price cheekily ran the ball to Calgary's dressing room door following his 80-yard touchdown catch at 5:41 of the second quarter.
"It was a little sarcasm in there,'' said Price. "I just wanted to let Huf know that I'm listening.''