TORONTO—Jeremiah Masoli and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' offence found themselves Saturday night.
Masoli threw three TD passes and ran for another as Hamilton's offence rolled up 604 net yards in a lopsided 64-14 road win over the Toronto Argonauts. The unit mustered just 230 yards in the Ticats' 23-17 season-opening victory over Saskatchewan last week.
Tommy Condell is in his second stint as Hamilton's offensive co-ordinator but was promoted from receivers coach this time around in May after June Jones left for the XFL.
Hamilton (2-0) cemented the win by outscoring Toronto (0-1) by a whopping 44-8 margin in the second half. Masoli ignited the fireworks with three TD strikes and a two-point conversion in the third quarter to stake the Ticats to a commanding 41-6 advantage.
Masoli found Bralon Addison on a 21-yard TD strike just 1:15 into the third before hitting a wide-open Nikola Kalinic from 31 yards out at 8:10. He found Addison on the two-point convert before hitting Addison on a 10-yard touchdown pass at 13:26 to the dismay of the BMO Field gathering of 16,734.
Brandon Banks added to Toronto's misery by returning a missed field goal 115 yards for the TD just 50 seconds into the fourth. Then Ticats backup Dane Evans hit Addison on a 44-yard scoring strike, Addison's third touchdown of the game.
Fittingly, the game ended with former Argo Rico Murray returning an interception 37 yards for the touchdown. Hamilton coach Orlondo Steinauer didn't kick the convert, which if successful would've set a Ticats' record for largest margin of victory.
Maleek Irons scored Hamilton's other touchdown while Marcus Tucker added another two-point convert. Lirim Hajrullahu booted three field goals and a convert while Gabriel Amavizca had two converts.