Quarter-By-Quarter

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

First quarter

Sandro DeAngelis didn't spend much time shivering on the sidelines before putting his foot to work.

Less than two minutes into the contest, the Calgary Stampeders called on their all-star kicker and DeAngelis didn't disappoint, splitting the uprights from 37 yards out.

His Hamilton Tiger-Cats counterpart, Nick Setta, evened the score on the next drive, nailing a 34-yarder.

The Stampeders' second offensive possession was short-lived, although it'll be a memorable one for Nik Lewis. The tough-as-nails slotback snagged a two-yard pass from star quarterback Henry Burris, becoming just the sixth player in CFL history to record at least one catch in 100 consecutive outings.

Burris' bunch was back on the field before long. Tiger-Cats quarterback Quinton Porter spotted a seam and darted upfield, but he was stripped by Stamps linebacker Malik Jackson and halfback Keon Raymond scooped up the loose ball. However, DeAngelis clanked his 37-yard field goal attempt off the right post.

The Stamps defence generated another turnover on the next possession, with middle linebacker Tim Johnson knocking the ball out of Airese Currie's mitts. Halfback John Eubanks recovered the fumble, leaving the offence in prime position, and DeAngelis made no mistake from 30 yards.

The Ticats next drive was -- surprise! -- quashed by a costly miscue, as star cornerback Brandon Browner intercepted a would-be touchdown strike to Currie, preserving the 6-3 lead.

Second quarter

The Tiger-Cats scored the first major of the turnover-filled affair, with Porter calling his own number and making a trip to the endzone from the seven-yard line, giving the visitors a 10-6 lead after the extra point.

Speedy Demetris Summers gave the Red & White enviable field position with a 56-yard kickoff return, but Burris' first pass of the possession was picked off by Hamilton's Geoff Tisdale.

A 31-yard rumble by shifty running back DeAndra Cobb put the Ticats in field-goal range again, but Setta missed from 35 yards out. The single gave the visitors an 11-6 edge.

The kicking battle continued on the next drive. A 38-yard hookup between Burris and slotback Jeremaine Copeland put the Stamps back in solid position, and DeAngelis booted his third field goal of the day from 27 yards away.

The Stamps tried to put seven more on the board before the break, but Burris served up his second interception of the game -- trying to force a deep pass to a double-teamed Brett Ralph -- and the hosts even heard a few boos as they headed to the locker-room at halftime trailing 11-9.

Third quarter

Trusty running back Joffrey Reynolds moved the yardsticks twice on the Stamps' opening drive of the second half, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth consecutive season and putting DeAngelis in position for yet another field goal attempt. Calgary's special-teams ace was bang on from 35 yards out to give the hosts a 12-11 advantage.

A successful challenge -- an acrobatic attempt by Tiger-Cats receiver Arland Bruce was ruled an incomplete pass -- seemed to give the Stamps offence a blast of life, with Burris enlisting three different receivers and handing off three times to Reynolds on a 65-yard march. However, the drive stalled in enemy territory, and DeAngelis was called on for his fifth field goal, a 29-yarder that gave the Stamps a 15-11 lead.

Fourth quarter

Setta's 46-yard field goal attempt sailed right and the visitors settled for a single point to make it a 15-12 ballgame.

The Ticats continued to chip away at the lead -- one point at a time -- with Setta recording two more singles to close the gap to 15-14. In the meantime, the Stampeders offence continued to sputter, with Burris and his cohorts getting booed off the field after one of several forgettable fourth-quarter possessions.

Returner Markus Howell gave Stamps fans a scare with less than two minutes to go, bobbling a punt near Calgary's five-yard line.


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