Viva Italia! The Calgary Stampeders offence can thank Sandro DeAngelis, passionate fan of Italy's squad at the World Cup, for saving the game last night with his right toe.
The second-year Stamps placekicker, who often warms up at practice kicking a soccer ball, booted a 45-yard field goal on the last play of the game as Calgary beat the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23-22.
The winless Tiger-Cats not only came to Calgary looking for a victory, they were looking for help.
They found it in the Stampeders offence, which was in an unusually generous mood last night, coughing up the ball four times leading to 20 Hamilton points.
Stamps pivot Henry Burris passed for nearly 400 yards, including orchestrating a last-minute drive from his own 35 to set up the winning kick.
Calgary's record improves to 2-1.
The Ticats defence recovered three fumbles, including one for a touchdown, and collected a 109-yard TD interception as they fought to stay in the game.
Burris piled up 225 yards passing in the first half but enjoyed a slim 17-15 lead after 30 minutes.
Nik Lewis led the Stampeders with 140 yards in receptions in the opening 30 minutes but dropped a touchdown catch at Hamilton's goal-line in the second quarter.
Next play, Tabbies cornerback Jason Goss stepped in front of a Burris pass and sprinted 109 yards for a TD.
With seven minutes remaining in the game, Burris fumbled at his own 43 while scrambling out of the pocket, setting up a Jamie Boreham field goal, as the Tabbies took a 21-20 lead.
The night started with a bang for Burris, who completed four consecutive passes on the team's first series, capped with a 25-yard TD toss to Elijah Thurmon.
The Ticats defence answered on the Stamps' next offensive series.
With Calgary scrimmaging at its own 10, a handoff to Joffrey Reynolds was punched loose by Andriano Belli and scooped up by linebacker Bobby Brooks, who rambled eight yards to the endzone to tie the game 7-7.
Stamps halfback Tony Tiller's interception of a Jason Maas pass in the second quarter put the Stamps at Hamilton's 49 where Burris started an eight-play drive, capped with his own three-yard TD run for a 17-7 lead.
In the final minute of the opening half, Goss stepped in front of Copeland at the Hamilton goal-line and sprinted the length of the field for the Ticats' second major.
DeAngelis also kicked field goals from 20 and 27 yards.
Hamilton's Jamie Boreham was good on field goals from 38 and 44 yards.
He also punted a 55-yard single.