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Stampeders top Tiger-Cats to earn first home win

Aug 7, 2011 - 5:05 AM Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jon Cornish made sure Calgary claimed its first home win of the season with a late three-yard touchdown run, as the Stampeders held off the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 32-20, at McMahon Stadium.

Henry Burris completed 27-of-39 passes for 341 yards and a touchdown for the Stampeders (4-2), who had lost their first two home games of the season.

Joffrey Reynolds carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 47 yards.

Nikolas Lewis caught seven passes for 87 yards, including two key catches on Calgary's game-clinching drive.

Kevin Glenn connected on 20-of-34 passes for 211 yards, a touchdowns and an interception for the Tiger-Cats (3-3), who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.

Avon Cobourne led the way on the ground with 67 yards on a score on 15 carries. Aaron Kelly hauled in five passes for 92 yards.

Calgary, which trailed 20-13 at the half, used a dominant second half to claim victory. Reynolds tied the game with a one-yard TD run with under nine minutes to play in the third quarter.

After Hamilton went two-and-out, Burke Dales recorded a single to give the Stampeders a 21-20 edge.

The Tiger-Cats went two-and-out again, leading to Rene Paredes' 35-yard field goal. Paredes added a single early in the fourth to make it a 25-20 game.

With 6:48 to play, Dales pinned Hamilton at its own one-yard with a great punt. The Tiger-Cats didn't go too far and were forced to punt, which gave Calgary great field position.

Burris led the Stampeders onto the field with 4:20 to go and quickly completed a short pass to Jabari Arthur. Lewis followed with a nine-yard catch and 15- yard grab. A few plays later, Burris faked a handoff and scrambled up the middle for 13 yards. Cornish then put the game away with a three-yard run with 1:01 remaining.

The only turn over of the game came with 22 seconds left, when Eric Fraser picked off Glenn.

Calgary's first possession of the game resulted in a touchdown. Burris' 25- yard TD pass to Larry Taylor capped a five-play, 75-yard drive.

Hamilton responded with a 52-yard field goal from Justin Medlock to make it 7-3.

It seemed like the Stampeders had another touchdown, but Jabari Arthur's catch in the end zone was overturned. The refs determined that the ball touched the ground in the process of being caught.

Instead, Paredes made a 35-yard field goal to give the home team a 10-3 edge. But near the end of the first, Glenn and Dave Stala connected on a seven-yard score to make it 10-10.

Cobourne put the Tiger-Cats ahead on a six-yard TD run midway through the second frame.

Calgary came back with a nine-play, 65-yard drive, which Paredes capped with a 21-yarder to cut the gap to 17-13. But Medlock made a 42-yarder before the half to make it a seven-point game.

Game Notes

Calgary won both meetings a season ago. The teams will meet once more this season in late September when the Tiger-Cats host on their turf...Stampeders cornerback Geoff Tisdale played three years with Hamilton before signing with Calgary in the offseason...All of Calgary's first five games were decided by five points or less.