October 17th, 2017

Jeremiah Masoli throws two TDs to lead Tiger-Cats past Blue Bombers

By Scott Billeck, The Canadian Press on October 6, 2017.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Jeremiah Masoli runs for the first down against Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Jovan Santos-Knox (45) during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, October 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

WINNIPEG – Jeremiah Masoli threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-13 on Friday night.

The Tiger-Cats improved to 4-10 on the season and 4-2 under June Jones, who replaced Kent Austin as head coach on Aug. 2 after Hamilton began the season 0-8.

Masoli completed 27-of-33 passes with no interceptions. He also added 48 yards on eight rushes.

Hamilton is three points behind the Ottawa Redblacks for second place in the CFL’s East Division.

The Bombers fall to 10-4 on the season, and had their five-game winning streak at Investors Group Field snapped. Winnipeg is second in the West Division.

Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols, who entered the game as the CFL’s top-rated quarterback, left at halftime with a suspected upper-body injury and didn’t return.

Nichols was 14 of 18 for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception prior to his departure.

Tiger-Cats kicker Sergio Castillo had to be carried off the field after trying to make a tackle on a return following a missed 38-yard field-goal close to halftime and didn’t return.

Hamilton held a 10-0 lead after the first quarter.

Masoli found receiver Brandon Banks behind Winnipeg’s defence for a 60-yard touchdown 70 seconds after the opening kickoff for a 7-0 lead.

Banks paced Hamilton with six catches for 104 yards and the TD.

Castillo made his first of three field goals to extend the lead to 10-0 on a 38-yard attempt. He made his second on a 50-yard kick on the first play of the second quarter to put Hamilton up 13-0.

A five-yard pass from Nichols to running back Timothy Flanders got Winnipeg on the scoreboard later in the second, cutting the deficit to 13-7.

After Castillo made it 16-7, his counterpart in Bombers kicker Justin Medlock, who missed three field goal attempts in Week 16, converted on a 48-yard attempt to Hamilton’s lead to 16-10.

Hamilton scored on their first drive of the third quarter. With Castillo out, Masoli punted the ball on a third-down gamble. Banks was onside and recovered the ball and Hamilton running back Alex Green scored on a one-yard rush three plays later, giving the Tiger-Cats a 22-10 advantage.

Green finished with 96 yards on 19 carries.

Medlock added a 38-yard field to make it 22-13.

Masoli’s second touchdown pass of the game went to receiver Luke Tasker on a three-yard throw. Masoli found Tasker on the ensuing two-point convert attempt to make it 30-13.

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