December 11, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
GUELPH, Ont. -- Hamilton running back C.J. Gable came into Saturday's game with last week's close loss in Vancouver fresh on his mind.
For the 25-year-old rookie, the Tiger-Cats' rematch against the B.C. Lions wasn't so much about revenge as it was a chance to make things right.
Gable scored a 32-yard TD reception and had 108 yards receiving yards and 49 rushing yards as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Lions 37-29 in front of 13,101 at the University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium.
"I felt real good," said Gable, who also had a fumble. "The line was blocking excellent today. The holes were there. The receivers were blocking perfect. Today it all worked."
Hamilton improves to 5-5, while the Lions fall to 6-4.
"I want to see what they say about us now," said Gable.
Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris threw four touchdown passes and two interceptions as his team got off to a great start, pulling to a 34-8 lead. But the wheels began to fall off in the fourth quarter as Hamilton allowed a B.C. comeback that just fell short.
"We can't have those lulls that we had," Burris said. "To have three turnovers like we had and give B.C. a chance to get back in the game, and leave our defence on the field, that's uncalled for from us.
"They really didn't do anything different from what they did in the first half. We've just got to be better in our execution part. I'm a part of that. We did enough early on to get enough points... but we can't have those lulls and put our defence in those situations."
Burris completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 375 yards to go with his four TDs and two picks.
Greg Ellingson scored two touchdowns for the Ticats and had 111 passing yards while Andy Fantuz caught one TD and totalled 112 yards in the air.
Shawn Gore, Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor scored for the Lions. Moore led all receivers with 159 yards.
Hamilton kicker Luca Congi was good on all three field goal attempts, from 29 and two from 39 yards. His final 39-yarder with 4:03 left in the game quieted a late B.C. comeback. B.C. kicker Paul McCallum hit two of three attempts, making kicks from 10 and 18 yards and missing from 44.
B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay completed 26 of 43 pass attempts for 334 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, but his 21-point fourth quarter fell just short. The Lions were down 34-8 heading into the final quarter.
"We have to find a way to be better in the first half," Lulay said. "We had a couple opportunities in the first half down tight."
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 8, 2013 B5