Guelph, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Henry Burris passed for 375 yards and threw four touchdowns to receivers Andy Fantuz, CJ Gable and Greg Ellingson to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats over the BC Lions 37-29 Saturday at the Alumni Stadium.
Gable also accounted for 108 receiving yards and 49 rushing yards.
Kicker Luca Congi was successful on all three field goal attempts, one from 29 and two from 39 yards.
The Tiger-Cats scored from their first possession as Gable set up a 29-yard Luca Congi field goal.
Lions defender Cord Parks intercepted Burris but the Lions settled for a 10-yard field goal against a Tiger-Cats defence that shored up inside the five yard line.
Burris found Fantuz who raced up field 37 yards for a touchdown and a 10-5 second-quarter lead, and then followed it by hitting a wide open Ellingson for another touchdown and a 17-5 lead.
Paul McCallum booted an 18 yard field goal to cut the Tiger-Cats lead to 17-8 at halftime.
In the second half, the Tiger-Cats came out on fire with Burris finding Gable for a 32-yard touchdown.
Lions quarterback Travis Lulay hit Nick Moore for 20 yards, but Moore fumbled and Hamilton defensive back Courtney Stephen recovered the ball.
Burris then completed a perfect pass to Ellingson for his second touchdown of the game and a 31-8 lead.
Congi’s 39-yarder made it 34-8.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Lulay engineered 7-play, 55-yard touchdown drive with a one-yard score by Shawn Gore and pull to 34-15.
Lulay went back to work on a five-play drive which resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nick Moore to cut the Hamilton lead to 34-22.
Ryan Phillips intercepted Burris, but the Tiger-Cats held them deep with a sack.
Lulay spotted Moore en route to a 6-play touchdown drive completed by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Taylor to cut the lead to 37-29 with 1:57 remaining in the game.
With 10 seconds left, Lulay got the ball back but the Tiger-Cats went into prevent formation and hung on for the win.
Lulay completed 26 of 43 pass attempts for 334 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, but his 21-point fourth quarter fell just short.
Shawn Gore, Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor scored for the Lions. Moore led all receivers with 159 yards.