Hamilton 31, Winnipeg 17
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, June 29, 2018
Tiger-Cats 31, Blue Bombers 17:
Where: Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario
Jeremiah Masoli threw for 369 yards and a touchdown as Hamilton rolled past visiting Winnipeg in its home opener.
Masoli completed 31-of-41 attempts and finished with at least 300 yards passing for the eighth straight game to pull within one of the CFL record, while Mercer Timmis rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats (2-1). Brandon Banks made 11 catches for 111 yards, Jalen Saunders pulled in seven passes for 97 yards and Terrence Toliver registered six receptions for 84 yards and a TD for Hamilton.
Rookie Chris Streveler completed 17-of-30 passes for 146 yards and ran for a touchdown to lead the Blue Bombers (1-2), who totaled 86 points in their first two games this season. Andrew Harris rushed for 66 yards and a score for Winnipeg while Streveler was held without a TD pass after recording six in his first two contests.
Harris bulled his way into the end zone from 1 yard out to open the scoring for the Blue Bombers before the Tiger-Cats fought back to tie on Timmis' 1-yard TD run late in the first quarter. Justin Medlock converted a 38-yard kick 3:48 into the second quarter to give Winnipeg a 10-7 lead, but Lirim Hajrullahu answered with field goals of 50, 17 and 42 yards - the last as time expired in the first half - as Hamilton owned a 16-10 advantage at intermission.
While the Blue Bombers sputtered on offence, the Tiger-Cats increased their lead in the third quarter as Timmis ran 4 yards for a TD and Masoli connected with a wide-open Toliver for a 25-yard scoring strike for a 31-10 advantage heading into the fourth. Streveler gave Winnipeg some hope with a 15-yard touchdown run with 10:22 to go, but the Blue Bombers failed on their next two possessions - the second ending inside the Hamilton 10-yard line in the final minute.GAME NOTEBOOK:
Masoli can match the CFL record shared by Sam Etcheverry (1956) and Kent Austin (1991) of nine straight games with at least 300 yards passing when Hamilton visits Saskatchewan on July 5. … Blue Bombers rookie DB Marcus Sayles made his first interception in the CFL to help set up Harris' first-quarter TD run. … Winnipeg DB Anthony Gaitor (lower body) was placed on the six-game injured list before the contest. … The Tiger-Cats own their first winning record after three games since 2009. … Medlock missed a 59-yard field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter to end his streak of 16 straight conversions. ... Hamilton had the ball for 37 minutes, 30 seconds while the Blue Bombers managed just 22:30 of possession time.
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Hamilton will play their next game on the road against Saskatchewan. The Tiger-Cats have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
Winnipeg will play their next game at home against BC. The Blue Bombers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.