CFL Game Summary - Edmonton at Hamilton|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Hamilton 51, Edmonton 8
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - After getting down 8-0 early in the game, the
Hamilton Tiger-Cats ripped off 51 unanswered points to rout the Edmonton
Eskimos, 51-8, at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Henry Burris completed 23-of-33 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns for
the Tiger-Cats (4-7), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Chris Williams
was Burris's favorite target, hauling in eight catches for 125 yards and a
touchdown. Avon Cobourne helped control the clock late in the game, carrying
the ball 18 times for 121 yards and a score.
For Edmonton (5-6), Kerry Joseph went 21-of-33 for 290 yards with an
interception. Jerome Messam had just eight yards on five rushes, but scored
the lone touchdown for the Eskimos.
"It was embarrassing," Joseph said of his team's performance. "We started off
well in a tough environment against a good football team. The momentum changed
at halftime when they blocked the field goal and we couldn't get it back. They
wanted it more than we did."
After a Grant Shaw missed field goal landed in the end zone, Edmonton got off
to a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
The Eskimos extended their lead to 8-0 following a one-yard touchdown run from
Jerome Messam later in the first. A 59-yard pass from Joseph to Fred Stamps
set up the short score.
The Ticats drove inside Edmonton's five-yard line early in the second quarter,
but they had to settle for a 10-yard field goal from Luca Congi to make it
Congi added another field goal with eight minutes to play in the first half to
bring Hamilton to within two, 8-6.
Congi's impressive first half continued with just under two minutes left in
the half, adding a 45-yard field goal to give the Ticats the lead, 9-8.
Brody McKnight lined up for a long field goal attempt in the waning seconds of
the half for the Eskimos, but the kick was blocked by the Ticats and
returned by Bakari Grant 57 yards for a touchdown, extending Hamilton's lead
to 16-8 before intermission.
The Ticats opened up the second half with Burris connecting on an 87-yard
touchdown pass to Dave Stala to go up 23-8.
Deep in their own territory, the Eskimos went for it on 3rd-and-1, but they
were stood up by the Ticats defense. On the very next play, Burris tossed a
touchdown pass to Andy Fantuz to give Hamilton a 30-8 advantage.
Hamilton continued its scoring onslaught late in the third quarter when
Williams reeled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Burris.
The score ballooned to 44-8 midway through the fourth quarter following a 12-
yard touchdown run by Cobourne.
To add insult to injury, Demetrice Webb picked off a Steven Jyles pass late in
the game and returned it 98 yards for the final score of the game.
"We started off slow in the first couple of drives, but in the second half we
got our rhythm and put points on the board," Burris said. "(The win) is
something that can snowball. We have to be able to keep this going."
Hamilton had been outscored 103-50 in the third quarter this year prior to
this game when it outscored Edmonton, 21-0...With two more interceptions
today, Edmonton leads the CFL with 20 and Joe Burnett leads the league with
five picks...The Eskimos are 2-7 in their last nine games in Hamilton...Congi
is now 24-of-26 on field goal attempts this year and he has hit 16 in a row.
09/15 19:04:16 ET