Montreal Alouettes 31 @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats 31 OT

Game Details

  • Week 12
  • 48th Game of Regular Season (56th Overall)
  • Hall of Fame Game
  • Sunday, Sep 20, 1998 1:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, ON
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 18,509
    • Capacity: 29,183
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

It was a rematch of the two top teams in the East Division as the Montreal Alouettes travelled west to play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL’s annual Hall of Fame game. Hamilton had won the front-end of this home and home series last week by a 30-9 score and where looking to continue their winning ways in front of their hometown crowd. Hamilton scored first in the match as speedy RB Archie Amerson scampered into the end zone from 32 yards out at 3:25 of the first quarter. K Paul Osbaldiston’s convert was successful. Montreal tied the score at 7:50 when QB Tracy Ham teamed up with FB Michael Soles for a 17-yard scoring play that was followed by K Terry Baker’s convert. Hamilton retook the lead at 14:46 when SB Darren Flutie and QB Danny McManus connected for a 73-yard scoring play to make the score 14-7 after the first quarter. In the second stanza, Osbaldiston added to Hamilton’s lead by striking a 21-yard FG at 13:33. A 64-yard punting single by Baker at 14:22 completed the scoring in the first half with Hamilton leading by a 17-8 score. In the third period Baker cut into Hamilton’s lead when his 14-yard FG split the uprights at 6:10. However, a 48-yard TD interception return by Hamilton CB Eric Carter at 8:12 made the score 24-11 for the Tabbies after Osbaldiston’s convert. Baker added a 70-yard punting single and a 22-yard FG to cut Hamilton’s lead to 9 points before the end of the quarter. Hamilton scored first in the final stanza of play when RB Ronald Williams powered into the end zone from the 2-yard line at 2:09. Osbaldiston’s convert was good. At 5:27 Osbaldiston attempted to punt from the Hamilton end zone but was forced to concede a two-point safety by the Montreal defence. QB Anthony Calvillo, who replaced an injured Tracy Ham midway through the third quarter, found WR Ben Cahoon for a late pair of TD receptions from 30 and 36 yards respectively. Baker was good on both converts to complete Montreal’s comeback and drive the game into overtime. In the overtime period no scoring occurred. Montreal had the best chance to take home the victory but Baker’s 38-yard FG with no time remaining in the second and final overtime quarter sailed wide to make the score from Ivor Wynne Stadium Hamilton 31, Montreal 31. The game marked the first tie in the CFL this season. It also marked RB Mike Pringle’s eighth consecutive 100+ yard rushing game this season which ties the all-time CFL mark held by past greats Johnny Bright and Willard Reaves.

Source: Game Review, 1998 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1997 and 1998 Hamilton and Montreal Matchups
1997Week AMTL 30 @ HAM 14
Week 1HAM 17 @ MTL 27
Week 8HAM 26 @ MTL 36
Week 11MTL 38 @ HAM 18
1998Week 4HAM 23 @ MTL 21
Week 11HAM 30 @ MTL 9
Week 12MTL 31 @ HAM 31 OT
Week 18MTL 22 @ HAM 11
Division FinalMTL 20 @ HAM 22

Tiger-Cats record vs Alouettes (Regular Season)

Last decade (1988 to 1997)
  • at Hamilton 1–2–1 (0.375)
  • at Montreal 2–4–0 (0.333)
  • Hamilton Total 3–6–1 (0.350)
All-time (through 1998)
  • at Hamilton 42–23–3 (0.640)
  • at Montreal 24–43–4 (0.366)
  • Hamilton Total 66–66–7 (0.500)

Streaks as of Sept. 20, 1998 (Regular Season)

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


1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT1 OT2 Final
Alouettes 7 1 7 16 0 0 31
Tiger-Cats 14 3 7 7 0 0 31

Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (T)
Tiger-Cats coach: Ron Lancaster (T)

Alouettes (8-3-1) Next @ Blue Bombers Sep 26
Tiger-Cats (9-2-1) Next @ Lions Sep 27

Game Time Weather in Hamilton, ON

September 20th Hourly Weather Summary for Hamilton
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
Burlington Piers (AUT) 1:00 PM Partly Cloudy 26.2°C NNE (150°) at 19 km/h 67% 33 101.26 kPa
Burlington Piers (AUT) 2:00 PM Partly Cloudy 27.1°C NNE (180°) at 13 km/h 63% 34 101.23 kPa
Burlington Piers (AUT) 3:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 28.1°C NNE (160°) at 13 km/h 59% 35 101.18 kPa
Burlington Piers (AUT) 4:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 28.0°C NNE (170°) at 15 km/h 59% 35 101.17 kPa

Conditions at Burlington Piers (AUT) (5.75 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

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

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

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


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