Des Moines Register
Canadian Football League
Hamilton 42, Edmonton 12
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, October 4, 2019
Where: Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario
Attendance: 23411

Tiger-Cats 42, Eskimos 12: Dane Evans threw for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns as host Hamilton routed Edmonton to equal a franchise record with its 12th win of the season.

Evans completed 24-of-32 passes while Brandon Banks made eight catches for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Tiger-Cats (12-3), who can clinch their first East Division title since 2014 with a loss by Montreal on Saturday. Tyrell Sutton gained 88 yards on 11 carries while Jaelon Acklin caught a scoring pass for Hamilton, which improved to 7-0 at home this season.

Logan Kilgore was 23-of-32 for 233 yards and a touchdown but threw three interceptions for the Eskimos (7-8), who missed an opportunity to lock up a playoff spot. C.J. Gable racked up 97 yards from scrimmage before suffering a knee injury in the third quarter and Natey Adjei had a TD reception for Edmonton, which fell to 3-5 on the road.

Evans fired a 5-yard touchdown pass to Banks and found Marcus Tucker for the ensuing 2-point conversion to put Hamilton on top 8-0 before Sean Whyte kicked a 9-yard field goal to cut Edmonton's deficit to five points after one quarter. Lirim Hajrullahu converted a 31-yard attempt and Evans threw a 14-yard scoring strike to Acklin before hitting Bralon Addison for the 2-point conversion to help the Tiger-Cats build a 19-3 halftime lead.

Hajrullahu kicked a pair of field goals, including a 33-yarder on the last play of the third quarter, to stretch Hamilton's advantage to 25-6 before Adjei caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Kilgore early in the fourth to pull Edmonton within 13. Backup quarterback David Watford scored on a 2-yard run to restore the Tiger-Cats' 19-point cushion and Richard Leonard returned an interception 19 yards for a TD to put an exclamation point on the convincing victory.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Banks has caught a touchdown pass in each of his last four games. … Edmonton's Calvin McCarty became the fourth running back in CFL history to reach 200 games played. … Evans improved to 7-2 as the starting quarterback since Jeremiah Masoli went down with a season-ending knee injury. … Leonard finished with six tackles and a pair of interceptions. … Gable rushed for 47 yards and needs three to reach 1,000 for the second time in as many seasons.

Top Game Performances
Edmonton   Hamilton
C.J. Gable Player Tyrell Sutton
11 Attempts 11
47 Yards 88
4.3 Avg Yards 8.0
0 Touchdowns 0
11 Long 19
Edmonton   Hamilton
Ricky Collins Jr.Player Brandon Banks
4 Receptions 8
53 Yards 81
13.2 Avg Yards 10.1
0 Touchdowns 1
17 Long 25
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Edmonton 320 87 233 1 2 0 3.0 0
Hamilton 455 178 277 4 4 3 5.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Hamilton will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Tiger-Cats have a W/L % of .727 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Edmonton will play their next game at home against BC. The Eskimos have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .625 after a loss.