WINNIPEG - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats outscored the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-4 in the second quarter and went on to defeat the West Division leaders 48-31 yesterday afternoon at Tim Hortons Field. It was the first time since August 17, 2018 that the Bombers gave up at least 40 points in a game.
The two-time defending champion Bombers, who entered the game with a 12-1 record, looked nothing like the team that rolled through the first 13 games of the 2022 season and lost to a Ti-Cats team that started the day at 3-9.
Hamilton built up a 34-14 lead in the first half, scoring on their first five possessions (three touchdowns, two field goals) and getting an 18-yard fumble return touchdown by Malik Carney, who strip-sacked Zack Collaros, recovered the ball and scored. Collaros finished the day 23 of 34 with touchdown passes to Nic Demski and Rasheed Bailey. He also tossed 2 interceptions. Hamilton QB Dane Evans went 25 of 32 with 5 touchdown passes and no picks.
Hamilton (4-9) snapped a three-game losing streak to take sole possession of third in the East Division, two points behind the Montreal Alouettes (5-7).
The 12-2 Bombers have the week off and next face the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday, September 30th at 7pm.