Once again, Jeremiah Masoli did it with the Edmonton Eskimo & # 39; s.
Masoli threw 419 yards for a high season and a touchdown on Thursday night to gather the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for an exciting 25-24 home win over Edmonton. Lirim Hajrullahu won the win with a field goal of 29 yards for the final part of the game.
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That gave Hamilton (4-6) a second victory in so many games against Edmonton (6-4) this season. Masoli pitched for 332 yards and three TD's in the Ticats' season-opening 38-21 away victory over the Eskimo's in June.
"Man, that was a big win for us emotionally for the team in general," Masoli said. "We have great men with character, who just showed us who we are.
"We have been in such games and have been down and have come back to finally fall short at the end, just to prove ourselves to a very good team."
Hajrullahu makes the miss well
The Eskimo's took a lead of 24-13 in the fourth, but the completion of Masoli with 84 meters to Mike Jones put the Ticats on the Edmonton 21. That set Hajrullahu's field goal from 28 yards to 09: 38, that Hamilton's deficit narrowed to 24-16.
Masoli hit Luke Tasker with a touchdown of 51 yards on third and second at 12:23 to get Hamilton within 24-22 because the two-point switch was not successful. It was a play after a wide-open Jones dropped a certain TD-pass and made a missed Hajrullahu field goal balance of 41 yards earlier in the quarter.
With 1:32 left, Masoli took over from Hamilton's 38-yard line and moved the Ticats to Edmonton 21, where Hajruallhu had one last chance to make up his previous miss. With the game on the line, the veteran kicker is connected.
And Masoli, who finished with 27-for-44 and adds 27 yards to five carry, could celebrate an unlikely victory, despite the two-way distribution of the goal post.
"I do not even want to talk about it," he said. "I am ready to go out and shorten the field goal posts at the moment.
"It is ridiculous."
That left Hamilton coach June Jones thinking about what could have been.
"Man, what do you think about that," he said. "Have you ever seen that twice in a game?
"Both boys were open too, we have overcome a lot of setbacks and it was not one man, it was absolutely a team effort."
Ticats shoots for Argos
Tasker had nine catches for 156 yards – both game highs – with the crucial TD. Jones finished with 117 yards on four receipts while Alex Green ran 104 yards and a touchdown on 19.
But receiver Chris Williams suffered a clear Achilles injury.
Hamilton came from a 29-23 road loss to Winnipeg on August 10 and improved to 4-9 after a day week since 2011. The Ticats are now 2-2 at home, much to the delight of the Tim Hortons Field meeting of 23,281 and is second in east, two points ahead of Toronto (3-5), which faces Friday vs. Montreal (1-8).
Edmonton remains second in the West Division, two points behind Calgary (7-1), which plays Winnipeg (5-4) on Saturday. The Eskimo & # 39; s suffered damage in the second quarter, largely thanks to three Mike Reilly TD passes.
Eskimo & # 39; s use early conversions
Reilly's strike of 17 yards to Derel Walker at 2:48 PM set the Eskimo's a 24-10 second lead and was set up by the interception of Josh Woodman. The ride was also helped by a 39-yard pass interference penalty against Hamilton's Mariel Cooper.
Hamilton made three first turnovers (two interceptions, awkward). Edmonton converted two into TDs, which led the Ticats' faithful to rob their team off the field to finish half.
Reilly used his legs and arm to put Edmonton at 17-10 for 12:33. After wrestling to dodge the pass-rush, Reilly found Dillough Williams downfield for a touchdown of 95 yards.
Williams, ranked last week for offensive behavior against Montreal for his TD celebration, sat in the end zone with teammates and played hot potato with the ball. Natey Adjei then grabbed a television microphone and began to interview Williams.
Earlier on Thursday, the CFL announced that it was easing its policy on end-zoned events and gave players the opportunity to use props in the field.
Eskimo & # 39; s wrestling in the second half
"We did not play well enough in the second half," said head coach Jason Maas of Edmonton. "We have to figure it out.
"We have to play a better 60 minutes of football, and our attack did not last long enough on the field, [we] just did not play enough to win it. "
Reilly ended 15-of-25 passing for 250 meters and the three TD's. C.J. Gable ran for 81 yards out of eight races against his former team while Williams had three catches for 116 yards.
Walker had four catches for 59 yards and two TD's. Sean Whyte started three converts and a field goal.
Hajruallhu ended with four field goals and a convert.