Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – A late touchdown pass from Bo Levi Mitchell to Marquay McDaniel bailed the Calgary Stampeders over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26-22 win Friday night at McMahon Stadium.
Mitchell finished with 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns while overcoming two interceptions while Maurice Price and McDaniel each caught a touchdown pass for the Stampeders.
The Tiger-Cats opened with a 7-0 lead after Henry Burris delivered in a lightning-fast four-play, 79-yard scoring drive.
It was not until Mitchell found Price behind coverage for an 80-yard touchdown pass that the Stampeders tasted their first lead at 13-8.
Burris fired back with a passing attack that eventually led to a 7-yard touchdown pass down at the goal line to Onrea Jones, giving the Ticats a 15-13 lead just in time for the end of the first half.
C.J. Gable finished the Tiger-Cats drive by charging through defenders for a 5-yard touchdown run to push their lead to 22-13 midway through the third quarter.
A 43-yard Rene Paredes field goal brought the Stampeders to within six points, but they failed to convert for seven on a red zone opportunity. Paredes added a chip shot from 24 yards out, moving the Stampeders to within three points to start the fourth quarter.
The Stampeders were still down three points when they took possession at their own 25 just ahead of the three-minute warning. Mitchell didn’t take long to strike from the 15-yard-line in the Tiger-Cats terrritory, going straight to McDaniel, who shook a defender for a 15-yard touchdown catch.
Then Burris was sacked by Cordarro Law to foil the Tiger-Cats’ last chance to pull ahead.
With the win the Stampeders earned their fourth straight victory, improving to 9-2 on the season and taking temporary control of top spot in the West Division.
Meanwhile, Burris became just the fifth player in CFL history to eclipse 50,000 passing yards in the loss, while throwing for 408 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.