Canadian Football League
Hamilton 34, Toronto 20
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, October 12, 2018
Where: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 14184

Tiger-Cats 34, Argonauts 20: Jeremiah Masoli threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns as visiting Hamilton cruised past Toronto to grab a share of first place in the East Division.

Masoli went 21-of-30 through the air and John White rushed for 52 yards as the Tiger-Cats (8-7) notched back-to-back wins to catch the Ottawa Redblacks at the top of the division. Brandon Banks hauled in eight passes for 178 yards and a touchdown while Luke Tasker added four receptions for 63 yards and three TDs for Hamilton, which swept the season series with Toronto.

James Franklin completed 22-of-37 passes for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first start since July 21 for the Argonauts (3-12), who have dropped seven straight games. S.J. Green made seven catches for 127 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Burks accounted for 94 yards from scrimmage with a TD for Toronto, which was eliminated from the playoffs last week.

Lirim Hajrullahu drilled a 45-yard field goal and Tasker caught a 4-yard touchdown pass to help Hamilton jump out to a 10-3 lead before Burks turned a short pass into a 17-yard TD to even the score. Masoli fired a 17-yard touchdown pass to Banks to put the Tiger-Cats back on top by seven and Frankie Williams had a long punt-return TD negated by an illegal block as Hamilton was forced to settle for an 18-10 edge at halftime.

Masoli found a wide-open Tasker in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown and the duo connected again on 48-yard scoring strike to put the Tiger-Cats in total control 31-10. Drew Brown delivered a 21-yard field goal before Hajrullahu answered by converting a 27-yard attempt to restore Hamilton's 21-point advantage and the Tiger-Cats cruised the rest of the way to set up a pivotal home-and-home set with Ottawa.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Banks registered his league-leading ninth 100-yard receiving game. … Tasker needs 21 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the third time in four years. … Franklin fell to 1-4 as a starter in 2018. … Banks and Tasker have combined to make 42 catches for 763 yards and 10 touchdowns in three games against Toronto this season.
Top Game Performances
Hamilton   Toronto
John White IV Player James Franklin
13 Attempts 7
52 Yards 44
4.0 Avg Yards 6.3
0 Touchdowns 0
11 Long 26
Hamilton   Toronto
Brandon Banks Player S.J. Green
8 Receptions 7
178 Yards 127
22.2 Avg Yards 18.1
1 Touchdowns 1
39 Long 43
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Hamilton 423 85 338 4 2 1 3.0 1
Toronto 379 87 292 2 2 2 2.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Montreal. The Argonauts have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .167 after a loss.
  • Hamilton will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Tiger-Cats have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .571 after a loss.