TORONTO -- Chad Kackert ran through, around and over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.
The sophomore running back rushed for a career-best 172 yards and three touchdowns to power the Toronto Argonauts past the Tiger-Cats 45-31 at Rogers Centre to sweep their Labour Day series.
It was quite a coming-out party for the five-foot-nine, 192-pound Kackert, making just his fourth start of the season since starter Cory Boyd was released last month. His 43-yard TD run opened the scoring in the first but it was Kackert's acrobatic 11-yard touchdown scamper at 2:36 of the fourth that cemented the win for the Argos (6-4).
Kackert, playing with sore legs from continually being hit, launched himself into the air at about the three-yard line before landing out of bounds. He was credited with the TD following the Argos' successful challenge that put them ahead 35-17.
Kackert brought the generously announced gathering of 23,061 with the roof closed to its feet with a 39-yard touchdown run with just over nine minutes remaining in a game that, while sloppy at times, featured a little bit of everything.
"Statistically it was a good performance but the offensive line opened everything up and the gameplan we had as far as the run game went had a lot to do with it," said Kackert. "I didn't have to do a lot of work to get extra yards.
"It's not a comfortable position to be working hard all off-season ... but people get their opportunities and I was blessed to have mine and am thankful to prove myself each week."
Kackert was a one-man show with 239 total yards. He even outgained receiver/kick-returner Chad Owens, who had a combined 220 yards after registering a club-record 402 yards in Toronto's 33-30 win over the slumping Ticats on Monday at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
"He played tough, he was banged up a little bit and was able to continue to come back in the game and help us finish it off," said Argos head coach Scott Milanovich. "He was impressive ... I think that (239 total yards) speaks for itself.
"On a short week it's tough to beat the same team twice. I felt I should've called more runs in Hamilton but the wind played a factor. We felt good about our run package, it wasn't different from what we did a week ago but we just utilized it better and Chad did a great job."
The score flattered Hamilton (3-7), which has lost five straight and scored two late touchdowns to make it close. The Ticats were often their own worst enemy with 13 penalties for 151 yards, including two roughing-the-passer calls that kept Toronto drives going.
Toronto was worse with 18 penalties for 257 yards but still managed to outgain Hamilton (500 yards offensively to 396). The Argos also held Ticats' star Chris Williams, who has a CFL-record six return TDs this year, out of the end zone.
"It was embarrassing to come off last weekend, just not acceptable," said Ticats quarterback Henry Burris.
-- The Canadian Press