Hamilton, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Zach Collaros threw for 207 yards and a
touchdown, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats clinched their first Eastern Division
title since 1998 by defeating the Montreal Alouettes, 29-15, at Tim Hortons
Collaros completed 20-of-28 passes with an interception and added 35 yards
rushing for Hamilton (9-9), which will receive an all-important first-round
bye in the playoffs. Nic Grigsby rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 19
carries, and Brandon Banks caught five passes for 65 yards and a score.
For Montreal (9-9), Jonathan Crompton was 18-of-35 passing for 284 yards and a
touchdown, with S.J. Green (four receptions, 103 yards) and Brandon London
(four receptions, 87 yards) acting as his top receivers. The Alouettes are
still playoff bound and will play either BC or Saskatchewan on Nov. 16.
Hamilton got on the board on the first drive of the game on a 19-yard field
goal by Justin Medlock. The only other score of the opening quarter came on a
The Ticats extended their lead less than six minutes into the second quarter
when Brandon Stewart recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, as
the hosts went ahead, 11-0.
Montreal chipped into its deficit with a pair of Sean Whyte field goals, a 23-
yarder and a 30-yarder, before the half was out.
Hamilton extended its lead to 14-6 early in the third quarter following a 23-
yard field goal by Medlock.
The Ticats pulled away early in the fourth quarter when Collaros tossed a 15-
yard touchdown pass to Banks.
Whyte knocked through a 12-yard field goal for the Alouettes with just over
seven minutes to play.
Hamilton sealed the victory with just over three minutes left when Grigsby
rushed in a 6-yard score.
In the final few minutes of action, Hamilton added a single and Montreal
scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Crompton to Duron Carter.
Hamilton, which needed an eight-point margin of victory to win the division,
will host the Eastern Final on Nov. 23 … With the Ticats’ win, Toronto was
eliminated from playoff contention.