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Recap: Toronto 33, Hamilton 30
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HAMILTON – Chad Owens and Ricky Ray teamed up for a dramatic fourth quarter comeback as the Toronto Argonauts took the Labour Day Classic with a 33-30 win over Hamilton. Owens found Ray twice over the middle on Toronto's final posession to help set up a 33-yard Swayze Waters field goal to win the game.

Monday’s matchup was the last Labour Day clash between these two teams as Ivor Wynne Stadium sets to close after this season.

Owens finished with 402 combined yards, good for the third most single-game combined yards total in CFL history behind Albert Johnson lll who set the mark in 2000 (474) and Larry Taylor who sits second after a performance earlier this year (441).

After forcing the Ticats to a two-and-out to start the game, the Argos offence got off to a great start in hostile territory as Ray hit Chad Owens in stride for a 40-yard touchdown to complete a 7-play, 81-yard opening scoring drive.

The Argos offence also had a new face in the lineup as long-time Calgary Stampeder Ken-Yon Rambo made his debut, starting at wide receiver.

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The Ticats seemed poised to put their first points on the board on the next drive after Chevon Walker’s 14-yard scamper put Hamilton in Argos’ territory but the drive came to an end when rookie Argos cornerback Patrick Watkins grabbed a tipped pass to put the Toronto offence back on the field.

The Hamilton defence would force the Argos to punt and then it was time for a sophomore Ticat to enter the record books.  Chris Williams fielded a 47-yard Waters punt and returned it down the sideline 82 yards for his sixth kick return touchdown.

The score set a new league record for most single-season kick return touchdowns, previously held by former Edmonton Eskimo Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams, and also a new mark for consecutive games with a punt return touchdown with three.

The Ticats fumbled the extra point and the Argos remained up 7-6 with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The defences would then start to tighten up, as the teams began to get after the quarterback.

The Argos would strike with 10:15 left in the first half however, as Waters made good on a 30-yard field goal set up by a 26-yard Owens punt return which put Toronto inside Hamilton territory.  The Argos took a 10-6 advantage.  

The Ticats answered back with a 42-yard field goal on their next possession to cut the lead to 10-9.

Henry Burris and the Tiger-Cats offence then began to click as he connected with WR Onrea Jones for a 17-yard touchdown reception with 44 seconds remaining in the half to put Hamilton in front 16-10.  The drive covered 76 yards on 8 plays and was aided by a 20-yard Walker run.

The Argos had one more shot to get a score, driving down the field to set up a 42-yard Waters attempt.  Former Argonauts DB Dee Webb blocked the punt though and the 'Cats headed into halftime with a 16-10 lead.

The Ticats started the second half a lot like the Argos started the first – with a major.  On Hamilton’s first play from scrimmage, Burris found Williams on a slant for a 52-yard gain, setting up a 16-yard Luca Congi field goal.

Ray and the Argos would march down the turf, covering 60 yards on 6 plays but could only muster a single point following a 38-yard missed field goal by Waters.

The Toronto special teams simply had no answer for Williams though as he took a deep punt back 63-yards before running out of gas inside the Argos 40 yard line to give Hamilton solid field position once again.  Burris went two-and-out and settled for a 40-yard Congi field goal to extend his club's lead to 22-11.

Owens racks up the yards


Chad Owens set another Argo franchise record by generating a total of 402 all-purpose yards, one yard more than the previous record-holder Rocket Ismail who had 401 in a game in 1992.  Owens finished with 176 receiving, 136 kick return and 90 punt return.  He also added a touchdown.

More unsettling for the Double Blue was the fact that one of their leading pass-catchers, Andre Durie, left the game with an injury in the first half and didn’t return.

The Ticats looked to take some time off the clock as the fourth quarter began, but fumbled inside thier own five yard line and recovered, setting up a conceded safety and making the score 22-13 Hamilton.

It seemed to spark some momentum for the Argonauts as Ray led a 6-play, 57-yard drive finished off by a 1-yard Chad Kackert touchdown plunge to pull Toronto within one point.

Momentum continued to head Toronto’s way when the Burris, pinned inside his own 40, threw up a pass which was picked off by Argos defensive back Ahmad Carroll and returned 37-yards for the touchdown and a 27-22 lead.

The Argos would extend their margin to 30-22 on their next possession when a key catch by Canadian Mike Bradwell helped set up a 26-yard Waters field goal.

Burris would shake off his earlier misfire and lead an impressive 75-yard drive, finding newcomer RB Brandon Rutley for a 10-yard major and then Dave Stala in the back of the endzone for the two-point conversion to notch the game up at 30.

The Argos would have the final say however, as Ray led a 51-yard, 7-play drive, killing the clock and setting up a 33-yard Waters field goal with 26 seconds left to seal a 33-30 win.

Next Week: The two teams complete a back-to-back when Hamilton goes down the QEW to meet the Argos at Rogers Centre.  BUY TICKETS.

Fan Comments
Tabbies4TW
Stadium was electric, a good game. Sad it's the stadiums last. Lets hope the rivalry will still be the same in the new stadium. And congrats to Chris Williams, what a powerhouse!
September 03, 2012 - 6:55pm
 
als rule
great win by the argos!! TFmcb argos by 3 and you laughed!! whose laughing now hotshot? 1/2 point of the season and whose 1st in the east and tied with BC for the best record? EXACTLY 2 OLD AND SLOW MONTREAL!! man you do know your football!! LOL LOL LOL. oh yeah burris stinks!!
September 03, 2012 - 4:28pm
GoTi-Cats
Oh, I see, it's all Burris's fault that the 'Cats lost a close game(after scoring 30 points). It couldn't possibly have anything to do with anyone else on the team, or with some bad breaks, or with the other team's play. Uh huh. Of course, savvy fans like you always blame the qb for losses.
September 03, 2012 - 6:16pm
als rule
get with the prograsm!! it was a dig at TFmcb and cflsteve not hankless!!
September 03, 2012 - 8:54pm
tabbiefanmcb
Gee thanks for the dig (NOT!) but Burris stinks sure sounds a lot like a dig at the QB who may have been in some close losing games but has more TDs than AC.
September 03, 2012 - 9:56pm
 
GoTi-Cats
Congratulations to the Argos, they showed some heart and, once again, the 'Cats' defence couldn't stop an opponent from scoring late in the 4th & the offence couldn't pull off a miracle drive with seconds left. Too bad, it was a good chance lost. Now, get ready for the next game.
September 03, 2012 - 4:20pm
tabbiefanmcb
True GTC but the offense shouldn't be putting themselves in the position of needing a miracle drive in the last seconds. A final LDC win would have been more satisfying. Thanks for taking Mr. Know-It-All to task! LOL!
September 03, 2012 - 10:02pm
als rule
"taking mr know it all to task"(?)he did? don't think so in fact I know he didn't!! NO!! mr know it all that's your tag and CFLsteve's!! you thought you talked a good storm up prior to the start of the season about your tabbies BUT now you can't walk your talk!! which to all of us is no surprise!!
September 04, 2012 - 2:22pm