Hamilton Tiger-Cats 38 @ Toronto Argonauts 36

Game Details

  • Week 2
  • 7th Game of Regular Season (16th Overall)
  • Thursday, Jul 4, 1996 7:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at The SkyDome in Toronto, ON
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Roof state unknown
    • Attendance: 26,333
    • Capacity: 52,595

Game Notes

Game Summary

More than 26,000 fans packed Toronto’s SkyDome to watch arguably the two best quarterbacks in the CFL today. They were not disappointed as the game was not decided until time had run out on the fourth quarter. Matt Dunigan and Doug Flutie threw for 795 yards combined. Toronto opened the scoring at the mid-point of the first quarter when Flutie threw a 30 yard pass to Jeff Fairholm. Mike Vanderjagt kicked the convert. Hamilton fought right back moving down field and scoring less than 2 minutes after Toronto’s TD. Dunigan connected with Mac Cody on an 11 yard play for the major. Paul Osbaldiston converted the play. The Argos took the lead once again early in the second quarter. Flutie hooked up with Tyrone Williams for a 22 yard passing touchdown. Vanderjagt’s convert put the Argos up by a TD. Hamilton’s next possession brought them a little closer to Toronto. Osbaldiston kicked a 47 yard field goal for the Tabbies. The Tiger-Cats took their first lead of the game minutes later. Dunigan threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Grant to move ahead of the Argos. Osbaldiston kicked the convert. Toronto and Hamilton exchanged TDs before the end of the half. The Argos scoring on a 20 yard pass from Flutie to Williams and the Ti-Cats on a 22 yard pass from Dunigan to Earl Winfield. Hamilton led by 3 at half-time. The air show did not stop for Hamilton in the third quarter. Dunigan opened the second half scoring with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Cody. Osbaldiston kicked the convert. Hamilton’s defence stumped the Argos in the third. Toronto scored a single on a 45 yard Vanderjagt missed field goal attempt and scored three when Vanderjagt hit a field goal from 33 yards out. With Hamilton up by six heading into the third Toronto had to get something going. Flutie answered the call leading a drive that resulted in a 5 yard Robert Drummond receiving touchdown. Vanderjagt’s convert gave the Argos a slim lead. Minutes later, Vanderjagt hit a 24 yard field goal to put Toronto up by 4. With about 5:00 to play in the game, Osbaldiston took advantage of a Toronto mental mistake. Osbaldiston was allowed to run for a first down on a punt attempt when all of the return team headed down field to set up for the return. A few plays later Dunigan threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game. The receiver this time was Earl Winfield, scoring his second TD of the game. Osbaldiston’s convert attempt was good. Toronto had a chance to tie the game with no time left on the clock but the Hamilton defence forced Vanderjagt to attempt a 50 yard field goal. The ball went wide giving the win the visiting Tiger-Cats. This age old rivalry again presented a classic football game.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 Toronto and Hamilton Matchups
1995Week ATOR 17 @ HAM 33
Week 6HAM 20 @ TOR 16 OT
Week 11TOR 27 @ HAM 33
1996Week AHAM 37 @ TOR 27 OT
Week 2HAM 38 @ TOR 36
Week 10TOR 38 @ HAM 7
Week 19TOR 47 @ HAM 14

Argonauts record vs Tiger-Cats (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at Toronto 7–8–0 (0.467)
  • at Hamilton 8–9–0 (0.471)
  • Toronto Total 15–17–0 (0.469)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at Toronto 59–61–5 (0.492)
  • at Hamilton 40–80–2 (0.336)
  • Toronto Total 99–141–7 (0.415)

Streaks as of July 4, 1996 (Regular Season)

Argonauts streak at home vs Tiger-Cats
Argonauts streak overall vs Tiger-Cats


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tiger-Cats 7 17 7 7 38
Argonauts 7 14 4 11 36

Player of the Game Offence

Matt Dunigan HAM (QB)

Player of the Game Defence

Calvin Tiggle HAM (LB)

Tiger-Cats coach: Don Sutherin (W)
Argonauts coach: Don Matthews (L)

Tiger-Cats (2-0-0) Next vs Roughriders Jul 14
Argonauts (1-1-0) Next @ Blue Bombers Jul 12

Game Time Weather in Toronto, ON

July 4th Hourly Weather Summary for Toronto
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Toronto Island A 7:00 PM Partly Cloudy 21.9°C NNE (320°) at 26 km/h 42% 100.10 kPa
Toronto Island A 8:00 PM Breezy and Partly Cloudy 20.5°C NNE (300°) at 20 km/h 45% 100.14 kPa
Toronto Island A 9:00 PM Breezy and Partly Cloudy 17.2°C NNE (270°) at 13 km/h 61% 100.24 kPa
Toronto Island A 10:00 PM Partly Cloudy 17.2°C NNE (280°) at 9 km/h 64% 100.27 kPa
Toronto Island A 11:00 PM Partly Cloudy 13.0°C NNE (260°) at 13 km/h 79% 100.30 kPa

Conditions at Toronto Island A (1.52 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in HAM @ TOR
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


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