Monday, September 5, 2016
TIGER-CATS 49 ARGONAUTS 36
Zach Collaros threw four TD passes and for a two-point convert as Hamilton overcame a 20-point deficit for a wild 49-36 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Monday night. At one point in the first half, Hamilton trailed 27-7 but outscored the Argos 32-6 in the second half to secure just its second win in five games.
"We prefer not to do that,'' Austin said. "But our guys believe they're never out of the football game.
"We try to preach that and instill that in the psyche of our players but you actually need games that demonstrate that ... so I think that (coming back) helps.''
It didn't hurt, either, that the Ticats erased a 25-point deficit July 23 en route to registering a monumental 37-31 victory over the defending Grey Cup-champion Edmonton Eskimos. But Hamilton (5-5) won Monday night despite surrendering 24 points (three TDs and a field goal) on four turnovers (two fumbles, interception, blocked punt).
Then again, that didn't matter to the record Tim Hortons Field gathering of 24,512, which broke into an "Argos Suck'' chant shortly after Collaros hit former Toronto slotback Chad Owens on a 10-yard TD pass at 5:50 of the fourth. Collaros then found Andy Fantuz on the two-point convert to put Hamilton ahead 39-36 before Emmanuel Davis cemented the win with a 55-yard interception return touchdown at 8:52.
"With this league ... and how many times you get the ball in a game you're never truly out of it,'' Collaros said. "Obviously we don't want to be digging ourselves holes the way we have been but there's no quit in that locker-room.
"We came in at halftime and even on the sidelines in the second, we said, 'Hey, they're not doing anything that is really preventing us from what we want to do. It's us making mistakes.'''
Owens, 34, had six catches for 63 yards and the TD in his first Labour Day game with Hamilton but 100th career CFL contest. He had spent the previous six years with Toronto before joining the Ticats as a free agent.
Hamilton earned its fifth win in six Labour Day encounters versus Toronto heading into Sunday's rematch at BMO Field. Overall, the Ticats earned their fifth straight victory over the Argos and are 32-12-1 on Labour Day against their arch rivals.
But the Ticats improved to 2-2 since Collaros's return from last season's serious knee injury. Collaros is now 5-2 against his former team after completing 28-of-35 passes for 359 yards with an interception.
"Yeah, I get excited, for sure (to face Argos),'' Collaros said. "Labour Day is an important day for Canada and the U.S.
"It's a big party up here and a lot of fun. It's an awesome tradition to be part of.''
Hamilton also clinched the season series and the tie-breaker should both teams finish tied in the standings. Running back C.J. Gable ran for 135 yards on 12 carries while Luke Tasker had five catches for 122 yards and a TD.