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Mitchell leads Stampeders past Tiger-Cats to extend unbeaten streak to record 13 games

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) passes as Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Larry Dean defends during the first-half of CFL football action in Hamilton on Saturday, October 1, 2016.


Bo Levi Mitchell threw two TD strikes as the Calgary Stampeders beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36-17 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to a CFL-record 13 games.

The Stampeders (12-1-1) earned their 11th straight win and played for the first time since the tragic death of defensive back Mylan Hicks. The 23-year-old practice-roster rookie died early Sunday morning in a shooting outside a Calgary nightclub.

There was a moment of silence prior to kickoff in Hicks's memory. Safety Jamal Wall wore Hicks's No. 31 and will for remainder of season while the Stampeders donned a No. 31 sticker on the back of their helmets.

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Calgary receiver DaVaris Daniels earmarked the ball he used to score his second TD of the game for Hicks's mother, Renee Hill.

Calgary hasn't lost since dropping a season-opening 20-18 decision in B.C. on June 25. The Stampeders also hold the CFL record for most consecutive wins, 22, registered over the 1948-49 seasons.

Calgary's tie was a 26-26 decision in Ottawa on July 8. Rookie head coach Dave Dickenson earned his 12th win, one short of the league single-season record held jointly by Adam Rita (1991 with Toronto), Calgary president John Hufnagel (2008) and Mike Benevides (2012 with B.C.).

Mitchell was 21-of-30 passing for 299 yards with the two TDs and two interceptions and improved to a stellar 40-7-1 as a CFL starter.

Hamilton (6-8) dropped its 10th straight game and 14th in 15 contests against Calgary before a Tim Hortons Field gathering of 23,741. The Ticats suffered their second consecutive loss with head coach Kent Austin watching from the spotter's booth.

The CFL fined Austin $10,000 last week and banned him from the sidelines for this game after contacting an official in last weekend's 20-18 road loss to Saskatchewan. Defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinuaer handled Hamilton's sideline but Austin was allowed to be with his team before the game, at halftime and afterwards while being permitted to wear a headset to speak with his coaches and key offensive and defensive players.

Hamilton played a man short after Canadian defensive lineman Michael Atkinson was injured in the pre-game warmup. And quarterback Zach Collaros (upper body) missed the second half after taking a hard Charleston Hughes hit late in the second quarter.

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Collaros finished 16-of-22 passing for 120 yards and an interception. Jeremiah Masoli took the second-half starter's snaps.

Jerome Messam's one-yard TD run at 6:27 of the third earned Calgary a commanding 29-9 advantage to cap an impressive 10-play, 87-yard drive.

Masoli's four-yard run and two-point conversion toss to Andy Fantuz pulled Hamilton to within 29-17 with 3:08 remaining but Simon Charbonneau returned Fantuz's kickoff 50 yards for a TD just eight seconds later.

Rene Paredes hit two field goals and two converts for Calgary while Kamar Jorden had a two-point convert. The other points came on a safety.

Hamilton's Brett Maher kicked three field goals, including a club-record 58-yard boot.

Paredes' 44-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining staked its half-time lead to 22-9 and it followed Maher's club-record field goal at 13:58. Mitchell's 59-yard TD strike to Daniels at 12:24 was the quarter's biggest play at 12:24 and although the two-point convert was unsuccessful, the drive countered Maher's 43-yard field goal at 10:42 that cut Calgary's lead to 13-6.

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Mitchell was 14-of-21 passing in the half for 221 yards with two TDs and an interception. Daniels had four catches for 114 yard and the two touchdowns.

Mitchell capped a six-play, 84-yard scoring march on the game's first possession with a 16-yard scoring strike to Daniels at 3:39 before finding Jorden on the two-point convert. Calgary took over at the Hamilton 14-yard line on Ja'Gared Davis's interception but came away with no points after Drew Tate was stopped short on the fake field-goal try.

Calgary appeared to go ahead 14-0 when Ciante Evans returned a Spencer Watt fumble 10 yards for the TD but after review it was ruled an incompletion. After Hamilton surrendered the safety, Paredes connected from 41 yards out at 10:31 to put the Stamps ahead 13-0.

Maher's 48-yard field goal at 14:12 cut Calgary's lead to 13-3.

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