A huge crowd filled Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa to support their hometown Rough Riders who had won their last two games. The visiting Tiger-Cats were looking to put some distance between themselves and the Rough Riders as the playoffs quickly approach. Ottawa QB David Archer got the Rough Riders moving early when he drove the team down field to score following the opening kickoff. WR Joseph Rogers capped the drive snagging a 4 yard pass from Archer for the major. K Wayne Lammle’s convert gave Ottawa an early 7-0 lead. Hamilton battled back later in the quarter with QB Anthony Calvillo at the helm after missing four weeks to injury. K Paul Osbaldiston kicked a 32 yard field goal cutting Ottawa’s lead to 4 heading into the second quarter. Similar to the first quarter, Archer moved the troops down field on Ottawa’s first possession capping the drive with an 11 yard touchdown pass to James “Duke” Ellingson. Lammle kicked the convert. Hamilton made up six points of the deficit before half-time as Osbaldiston launched field goals from 35 and 32 yards respectively. “Ozzy” gave Hamilton the lead in the third sending two more blasts through the uprights. The first came early in the quarter from 41 yards and the second late in the quarter from 48 yards (his longest of the season). Ottawa regained the lead at 3:26 of the fourth when RB Troy Mills muscled his way in from the 1-yard line. Lammle’s convert put Ottawa in front by six. Hamilton called on Osbaldiston again to bite into the Ottawa lead at 10:15. His 14 yard field goal left the Tabbies down by 3. Minutes later Hamilton capitalized on an interception by Rob Hitchcock which set up a 23 yard field goal attempt. Osbaldiston split the uprights setting a new club record for most field goals in a single game with seven. With time running out, and the game tied, Archer threw another interception. This time it was Gonzalo Floyd who put the ball into his offence’s hands. Calvillo moved the ball 15 yards on two plays setting up a Hamilton field goal attempt with 0:00 on the clock. Osbaldiston made good from 32 yards out for his eight field goal of the night. Not only did this blast win the game for the Tiger-Cats, it tied a CFL record as Osbaldiston became the fourth man in CFL history to score 8 field goals in a single game.
Paul Osbaldiston HAM (K)
Joe Montford HAM (DE)
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