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Toronto beats Hamilton in regular season finale

Nov 4, 2011 - 2:56 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andre Durie had eight catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Toronto Argonauts past the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-16 in regular season finale for both teams.

Hamilton has the third playoff spot in the Eastern Division despite an 8-10 record and will face either Winnipeg or Montreal in the division semifinals next Sunday.

Dalton Bell completed 12-of-22 pass attempts for 216 yards, two scores and two interceptions, and Cory Boyd added 105 yards and a TD on 18 carries for Toronto (6-12), which won three of its last four games.

"It's the last game so you want to play well," Bell said. "I want to keep it fresh in the coach's mind because it's long time for the coach's to think [in the offseason]."

Kevin Glenn started the game for Hamilton and completed 14-of-19 passes for 150 yards before being replaced by Quinton Porter at the half. Porter went 8- for-14 for a touchdown and an interception in the Tiger-Cats' fourth loss in five games.

Dave Stala led all Hamilton receivers with nine grabs for 84 yards.

"I wanted to make sure Kevin had enough time to stay sharp going into the playoffs," Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said about why he pulled Glenn after the second quarter.

A Markeith Knowlton interception early in the first quarter set up Justin Medlock's 34-yard field goal to give Hamilton the early lead.

But Toronto quickly answered when Bell found Durie in the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to cap a six-play drive.

Medlock connected on a 32-yard field goal late in the second and Noel Prefontaine split the uprights from 46 yards out within the final minute to make it a 10-6 game at the half.

Hamilton marched down the field on the opening possession of the third quarter, but the drive stalled at the Toronto 15 and Medlock was good from 22 yards to close the gap.

Prefontaine nailed a couple of field goals -- from 51 and a 49 yards -- on the Argonauts next two possessions, but Porter ended a seven-play drive by hitting Aaron Kelly for a five-yard score to tie the game at 16 early in the fourth quarter.

Toronto, however, needed just two plays to take its lead back when Durie hauled in a short pass and ran 43 yards down the left sideline for a score.

Porter was then picked off by Jasper Simmons deep inside the Tiger-Cats' territory and Boyd rumbled into the end zone from six yards out to put Toronto ahead 30-16.

Prefontaine's 31-yard field goal late in the fourth accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

Toronto's Jermaine Copeland had two receptions for 38 yards, giving him 10,015 receiving yards for his career...Hamilton leads the all-time series between the teams 122-87-2...Prefontaine's 51-yard field goal was his longest of the year...It was Durie's first career game with over 100-yards receiving.