Birmingham travelled to McMahon Stadium in Calgary this week to take on the Stampeders who had been unbeaten at home in their last 27 games. ’Cuda QB Matt Dunigan entered the game needing 210 passing yards to overtake Hall of Famer Tom Clements amongst the All-time CFL Leaders. Stampeder QB Doug Flutie was gunning for a milestone of his own needing just 128 yards passing to put him over the 30,000 yard mark. These two CFL stars battling head-to-head builds up to an exciting game. Birmingham opened the scoring on their second possession of the game. Kicker Luis Zendejas sent a 27 yard field goal attempt through the uprights to give the ’Cudas the early lead. Calgary came right back on the next possession with Flutie running the ball in from the 38-yard line. Mark McLoughlin kicked the extra point. Dunigan led his Barracudas back into the lead engineering a 61 yard drive culminating in an 11 yard pass to WR Jason Phillips for the touchdown. Birmingham’s offence slowed in the second quarter. They were only able to put 4 points on the board via a 32 yard field goal and a 43 yard missed field goal. Calgary fought back to tie the game going into the half when Flutie connected with slot back David Sapunjis for a 5 yard touchdown pass. Birmingham dominated the third quarter scoring 10 points. Zendejas made a 23 yard field goal attempt and Dunigan hit Maclin Cody with a 35 yard TD pass. Zendejas’ convert rounded out the quarters scoring. Calgary mounted a huge comeback in the fourth quarter scoring 14 points to take the lead into the final minutes of play. McLoughlin missed a 39 yard field goal seconds into the quarter but scored the single. McLoughlin made his next two field goal attempts hitting from 30 and 13 yards out. Calgary back up QB Jeff Garcia, who entered the game to start the third quarter, hooked up with Sapunjis for a 3 yard passing touchdown with 1:29 remaining in the game. McLoughlin’s convert gave the Stamps a 28 to 24 lead. With time running out, Dunigan led an outstanding drive completing 6 of 7 passes and covering 80 yards for a TD. Britton capped the drive with a 1 yard reception. Zendejas kicked the convert to regain the lead for the victory. Flutie was able to break the 30,000 yard mark before leaving the game. Dunigan was brilliant, more than doubling the 210 yards needed to move into second for All-time Passing Yards.
|COP Upper||7:00 PM||Partly Cloudy||12.2°C||NNE (270°) at 19 km/h||45%||101.54 kPa|
|COP Upper||8:00 PM||Partly Cloudy||11.9°C||NNE (260°) at 20 km/h||45%||101.53 kPa|
|COP Upper||9:00 PM||Breezy and Partly Cloudy||11.4°C||NNE (260°) at 19 km/h||45%||101.54 kPa|
|COP Upper||10:00 PM||Breezy and Partly Cloudy||11.5°C||NNE (260°) at 24 km/h||45%||101.56 kPa|
|COP Upper||11:00 PM||Breezy and Mostly Cloudy||10.3°C||NNE (250°) at 22 km/h||48%||101.56 kPa|
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