Things were going well to start the 102 Grey Cup for the Hamilton Tigercats after Zach Collaros completed some passes and Nic Grigsby ran for a few first downs. The drive stalled, but they were able to force a two-and-out on Calgary’s first possession.
Then this happened.
On the ensuing drive, Calgary was able to get some big plays to set up this run to the right side by short-yardage quarterback Drew Tate.
The first quarter stats didn’t help the Ticats. Most of those negative rushing yards came from the 29 yard fumble shown above.
— Terry Cooke (@TerryCookeHCF) December 1, 2014
After another strong drive by Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stampeders, Tate ran it in again for another easy score.
After a couple stalled drives, Hamilton was finally able to force a punt. But even after just the second boot from Rob Maver, a penalty for block in the back further ruined field position for the Ticats.
That’s a punt and that’s a penalty Hamilton didn’t need. The goal is to shoot for the moon, not your foot. — Slotback Waggle (@SlotbackWaggle) December 1, 2014
An attempt at injury didn’t help the insult though as Brandon Banks took a huge hit into the bench.
The drive turned out to be the strongest of the day for Hamilton as it got them in the red zone for the first time. However the world’s shortest 26-yd field goal attempt was blocked at the line.
Hamilton’s nemesis Toronto Argonauts were quick to jump on the opportunity to mock the team.
Calgary turned the blocked field goal into three points after Hamilton was able to provide a goal-to-go stand against Mitchell. Under the three-minute mark, Collaros provided a huge attempt downfield to Banks to get Hamilton on the board.
Second half will be starting soon. Calgary leads 17-7 over Hamilton.