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Mitchell throws two touch­down passes to lead Stam­ped­ers to 43-28 vic­tory over Tiger-Cats

Cal­gary quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell shook off an ini­tial pick-six and then threw two touch­downs to his own team­mates as the Stam­ped­ers de­feated the Hamil­ton TigerCats 43-28 in CFL ac­tion Satur­day.

“I just throw such a pretty ball,” Mitchell shrugged. “I just throw touch­downs, man, it’s what I do. Ei­ther for us or for them.”

Hamil­ton line­backer Larry Dean opened the game’s scor­ing in the first quar­ter when he in­ter­cepted Mitchell mid­field and re­turned it 60 yards for the score, his first ca­reer pick-six. Mitchell, the league’s third-lead­ing passer head­ing into the game, now has 27 touch­down passes and nine in­ter­cep­tions.

“I don’t care about it ei­ther way,” Mitchell said. “Shake it off next play. I’ve thrown plenty in my ca­reer and I’ll throw plenty the rest of my ca­reer.”

A lot went wrong on the play, and Mitchell ad­mits he shouldn’t have forced the throw.

“That’s what I’m talk­ing about, de­tails. We’ve got to look at our­selves and fix our de­tails be­cause it’s just not good enough right now and we’re leav­ing a lot out there,” he said.

Cal­gary (10-2) has beaten the Tiger-Cats 14-straight times and heads into a bye week. Hamil­ton (6-6) last won beat Cal­gary was Sept. 25, 2011. The loss snaps the Ti­cats’ three-game win streak as they head to B.C.

Cal­gary re­ceivers Marken Michel and Reg­gie Begel­ton, de­fen­sive back Tunde Adeleke, run­ning back Terry Wil­liams and run­ning back Ro­mar Mor­ris scored touch­downs for the Stamps.

Hamil­ton’s Dean, rookie re­turner Shakeir Ryan and de­fen­sive back Delvin Breaux Sr. scored for the Ti­cats, who failed to record an of­fen­sive touch­down.

Cal­gary kicker Rene Pare­des was 3 for 3, hit­ting from 13 and 24 yards twice.

Hamil­ton kicker Lirim Ha­jrul­lahu missed a 43-yard at­tempt on the Ti­cats’ first drive of the game, but hit from 37, 28, and 13 yards to fin­ish 3 for 4. He also missed a con­vert.

Mitchell was good on 17 of 30 pass at­tempts for 270 yards, two TDs and one in­ter­cep­tion.

Hamil­ton quar­ter­back Jeremiah Ma­soli com­pleted 23 of 37 pass at­tempts for 210 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions and no touch­down passes.

Mor­ris had 98 yards on 16 car­ries for the Stamps and the one TD. Begel­ton had five catches for 150 yards and the TD, and Juwan Brescacin added 109 yards on five catches.

“To be hon­est it was sloppy,” said Cal­gary head coach Dave Dick­en­son about the game. “I think both teams didn’t ex­e­cute at the level they wanted to. But you could also see the big-play ca­pa­bil­ity of both teams. It was a war‚ the fight and the phys­i­cal­ity out there, big time. I thought we made some great half time ad­just­ments and found some ways to get in the end­zone.”

Cana­dian Press photo

Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers run­ning back Terry Wil­liams (38) gets past Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats long snap­per Aaron Craw­ford (47) as he runs out of the end zone fol­low­ing a missed Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats field goal at­tempt dur­ing first half CFL Foot­ball game ac­tion in Hamil­ton, Ont. on Satur­day.

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