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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.”
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.