Even before the game was finished, Brandon Browner had a celebratory beer.
To toast a Dwight Anderson touchdown off an interception, the Calgary Stampeders cornerback grabbed a beer from a McMahon Stadium fan and downed it.
"I didn't think it was a beer -- I thought it was water," Browner said with a sly grin after a 42-9 victory last night over the Toronto Argonauts.
"Did you see that? I was just having some fun with the fans. I will buy her another one if she wants one."
It was that kind of night for a defence looking to get back to where it was a year ago.
The Stamps defence, which was last in rushing yards allowed heading into this game, held CFL leader Jamal Robertson to just 26 yards on five carries, while the jumbled defensive line generated a much better pass rush.
In two season-opening losses, the Stamps had just two sacks, but they had six in this one, including two each from new starter Malik Jackson and Odell Willis and one each from Dwaine Carpenter and Tom Johnson, who made his CFL debut.
The overall effort led to three defensive scores, including Browner getting his own interception for a TD in the final minutes.
Dwaine Carpenter started it off by snuffing out a wildcat reverse the Argos were trying to pull with Robertson taking the direct snap and lateralling to Kerry Joseph on an end-around. Carpenter met Joseph in the backfield and knocked his attempted pass back for a fumble. He scooped it up and went 55 yards for a TD.
The defence got more points than either team's offence.
"We're going to try (to keep outscoring our offence)," Carpenter said. "They told us to take a knee so they could score. We said, 'We're having too much fun.' "
Head coach John Hufnagel was impressed with his defence's effort.
"We forced some bad throws," Hufnagel said. "Our defence made some plays."