Stamps drop the ball in Hamilton

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:14 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders offence caught a movie yesterday morning, and it was basically a horror film about dropped passes.

In reviewing Friday night's 24-17 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the passing game stood out as a sore point in an otherwise OK outing.

The final drop was running back Jon Cornish, who got his hands on the ball on a second-and-one from the Hamilton 35-yard line with eight minutes remaining.

Instead of converting, the Stamps tried a 43-yard field goal and missed, the score stuck tied at 17-17.

"There were multiple offenders," Cornish said.

"I was one of them. If I make one of those catches (three passes were intended for him), it might have been the difference.

"A first down might have led to a touchdown. We put ourselves in bad positions a bunch of times. It wasn't a good game all around."

The entire receiving corps didn't have a good outing.

Each player dressed contributed to quarterback Henry Burris going just 10-of-25 passing for 114 yards. That included a whopping 14 yards in the first half.

"Nobody could pinpoint the reason we didn't play as well as we've been playing lately," said receiver Brett Ralph.

"It's a game we will put behind us and see what kind of team we are next week. One of the true tests of a team is have some adversity and how you bounce back. We have guys who will do their part."

Jeremaine Copeland, who led the team with four catches for 70 yards, was a bit more blunt.

"The drops were ridiculous," Copeland said. "Those are plays we usually make. If we make some of those plays, the game would be out of reach.

"We know we pretty much handed it over. That's why we're down. We watched the film today, put it out of our minds and now we get ready for B.C."

Burris is more upbeat about looking forward, but he took his share of the blame for a bad outing.

"I've never been a part of a night like that in passing with this team," Burris said. "Some were tough plays, but those are throws I'm capable of making. Some of them I could have made better.

"I'm confident in my guys. I told them I would continue to come back to them, just believe in me because I believe in them. We have to show exactly who we are against B.C. (Friday at McMahon Stadium)."


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