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Recap: Calgary 31, Hamilton 20

HAMILTON -- After a sub-par performance in Week 5, Stampeders running back Jon Cornish rebounded in very impressive fashion on Thursday night, leading Calgary to a 31-20 win over the Tiger-Cats on Thursday night.

Cornish registered 217 total yards, carrying the ball 19 times for 170 yards and a touchdown, while hauling in six passes for 47 yards in the process.

Tonight’s game marked the first meeting between the Stamps and Ticats this season, meaning it was also the first encounter between Burris and Kevin Glenn, who were traded for each other during the off-season.

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Burris spent nine seasons in two different stints with the Stampeders, while Glenn donned Ticat black and gold for three years.

While both quarterbacks hoped to stick it to their former clubs early on, the defences maintained their composure, as both pivots played to two-and-outs on their opening two possessions.

On Calgary’s second drive, running back Jon Cornish registered his first carry of the night – a sweep to the weak side for no gain.

Cornish fell under some especially large criticism in the Stampeders’ last outing, a Week 5 34-8 loss to the BC Lions in which he failed to garner positive yardage on six attempts.

But Cornish, Glenn and the rest of the Calgary offence would begin to generate some traction with just over eight minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

Glenn would lead the Stamps on a five-play, 38-yard drive, but was unable to put any points on the board, as the drive stalled after backup QB Bo-Levi Mitchell was unable to earn a first down on a third-and-short play.

The defences would continue to make their marks in the first frame, as the first 15 minutes of action saw limited offensive activity, highlighted by the teams playing to a scoreless draw.

But the Ticats finally got their offence rolling in the second quarter, as Burris led a furious nine-play 64-yard drive that was capped off by Walker's sixth touchdown of the year.

Burris and the Hamilton offence took advantage of three pass interference penalties committed by the Stampeders, two of which extended the drive on second down plays.

While the Stampeders offence was busy trying to re-discover its form, the special teams unit was busy putting them in position to score.

Stampeders kick returner Larry Taylor returned a 45-yard Josh Bartell offering 42 yards to the Hamilton 21-yard line.

The return must have sparked some motivation into the Calgary offence, as Cornish galloped into the endzone on the very next play with a 21-yard rush, evening the score at seven.

But with just over two minutes remaining in the half, the Ticats attack would come alive once again. This time, Burris completed three consecutive passes to Andy Fantuz, Onrea Jones and Dave Stala for a pair of first downs. The drive would eventually stall, however, forcing kicker Luca Congie to connect on a 43-yard field goal, giving the Tiger-Cats a 10-7 lead at the half.

The second half started off with a bang, as the Calgary special teams group continued to wreak havoc over the Tiger-Cats.

Can't touch Cornish

Jon Cornish rebounded in a huge way on Thursday, registering 200 total yards and a touchdown, leading the Stamps to a win.
» WATCH: Cornish's 21-yard TD Run

After Glenn was unable to get anything going on the half’s opening drive, Ticats returner Chris Williams bobbled Rob Maver’s punt, allowing Malik Jackson to recover the ball on Hamilton’s 18-yard line.

Williams’ error proved costly for the Tabbies, as the Stampeders were able to even the score once again, thanks to a 25-yard field goal by Montreal native Rene Paredes. But Williams would atone for his mistake on Hamilton’s next possession, kicking off the drive with a 23-yard reception to bring the Ticats into Calgary territory. The sophomore’s grab was the second of four consecutive completions by Burris.

Despite seemingly being in-synch with his receivers, Burris was unable to connect with an open Stala in the endzone, forcing Congi to connect on his second field goal of the night, giving the Ticats a 13-10 lead.

However, the back-and-forth action continued, as Cornish spearheaded a lengthy seven-play drive that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown plunge by Mitchell, giving the Stamps their first lead of the game.

However, Calgary’s lead was short-lived.

With the third quarter inching closer to its end, the Ticats offence would once again look towards Walker for a boost.

The CFL rookie would take off for a massive 47-yard run, just barely crossing the corner of the endzone, to give the Tiger-Cats a 20-17 lead as the third quarter expired.

The touchdown ended a five-play, 85-yard drive, one that also featured the first CFL catch for 2012 draft pick Simon Charbonneau-Campeau.

However, the Calgary offence would be quick to respond, as Cornish would once again burn the Tiger-Cats on the ground.

Two consecutive rushes for a combined 35 yards by the New Westminster, BC native helped set up an eight-yard touchdown run by Romby Bryant, giving the Stampeders a 24-20 lead.

Calgary would increase its lead 11 with 7:40 remaining in the fourth quarter, as Glenn hooked up with Lewis for an eight-yard touchdown. The score was Lewis' league-leading seventh touchdown grab of the season, far surpassing his total of five he recorded in 2011.

The win was the sixth-sraight win by a road team, and also marked the first win by the Stampeders in Hamilton since the 2010 season.

Fan Comments
Before we write off Henry Burris after only 1/3 of a season, we might think of Damon Allen & Doug Flutie, both of whom were traded and then won Grey Cups for other teams (and were about Hank's age or older when they did it). It's never over till it's over and none of the sarcasm & nay-saying means a thing (although it can be fun to do). So, buck up Ti-Cat fans, there's plenty of season left.
August 11, 2012 - 8:16pm
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LOL LOL LOL what? you'll were the ones building burris up during the 1st part of the season!! so look at yourselves in the writing off dept. since your the ones doing it!!
August 12, 2012 - 10:33am
play I was not that impressed with the of the Hamilton Ti-Cats QB Henry Burris once again and while I neither thought that Kevin Glenn was hot or om fire either as it was more a case of the players within the respective teams offenses that made the differences in this game. what I do however believe is that the Ti-Cats are not going to continue with Burris behind the center without the fans becoming much more displeased and boisterous about it and his inability to run the offense the way in which the teams management felt he would for them when they went out and picked him up this past off season.Yet had they truly looked much deeper into what he was accomplishing with the Calgary offense last season and how the players within his own offense were losing confidence in his ability. Then had they really realized that Calgary management and ownership were going to allow Drew Tate to takeover as their starting QB it should have raised flags with Hamilton as to why and how come this was to be and then perhaps had they sat down and reviewed a major portion of his game films they would have seen that he was clearly having major difficulties with his game. Now they are seeing for themselves that it clearly was not the rest of the players within the Calgary Offense as Henry Burris tried to make so public last season
August 10, 2012 - 2:08am
I have to disagree! Burris had a bad game - likely his worst one this season - but pinning the loss at his doorstep is very inaccurate! There were far more problems than Burris on the field, like normally reliable receivers missing good passes and the Williams uncharacteristic fumble, to say nothing of the defense which deteriorated as the game went on. One bad game will NOT have the receivers or management losing confidence in Hank!
August 10, 2012 - 12:23pm
For the stamps it apears that the early by weak is just what they needed. After losing Tate for what apears for the season they have obviously re tooled their offense to feature Jon Cornish as the star. It was all Cornish all the time at RB. With no Lemarcus Coker at all in their original plan of Coker sharing some of the running game when Tate was QB. So far so good as it apears that the plans are to make this Cornishes team. Backed up by Canadian Rookie Matt Walter on game day. The depth chart had 9 NI in the starting lineup. It apears as Cornish was a healthy stratch leaving an all NI backfield on the 42 along with 4 NI Olinemen to start.
August 09, 2012 - 10:36pm
coker was the healthy scratch not cornish my bad. The point being that it looks like all cornish all the time seems to be the strategy of the stamps as Cornish got stringer as the game went on as a great feature back will and was able to run behing the o Line in the 4th to run the clock out and preserve the lead.
Cornish is the star on offence now without Tate and you run your star plyer all the time
August 10, 2012 - 9:51am
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August 09, 2012 - 10:29pm