HAMILTON, Ont. -- Facing the CFL's worst defence proved to be just the right tonic for Kevin Glenn and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Glenn threw two TD strikes as Hamilton rolled past Saskatchewan 33-3 for its first win of the season while leaving Roughriders' rookie head coach Greg Marshall still winless.
Marshall's plight doesn't get any easier as the West Division champions the last two years -- 0-3 to start a season for the first time since 2000 -- visit the defending Grey Cup-champion Montreal Alouettes (3-0) next weekend.
Hamilton scored just 26 points in its first two games but had 23 in the first half alone, delighting the sun-drenched Ivor Wynne Stadium gathering of 22,245.
Glenn and Co. dominated a Riders defence that's surrendered 114 points and 13 touchdowns in three games and came in ranked last overall in yards allowed (433) and passing yards (356.5).
And Hamilton (1-2) did so without injured star receivers Arland Bruce III (lower body) and Maurice Mann (foot).
Chris Williams, with two, and Marcus Thigpen had the Hamilton touchdowns. Justin Medlock booted four field goals and three converts.
Eddie Johnson's 50-yard field goal thwarted Hamilton's bid for its first shutout since 1974.
Glenn came in with just two touchdown passes in Hamilton's first two games but hit Williams on two second-quarter TD strikes to stake the Ticats to a 23-0 half-time lead. The score flattered a terrible Riders' offence that mustered just 16 offensive plays for 34 net yards and two first downs.
Glenn found Williams on a five-yard pass at 1:43 to put Hamilton ahead 16-0 before the two combined on a 13-yard scoring play at 7:38.
But Hamilton should've led by much more.
The Ticats had the ball at the Saskatchewan six-yard line in the first following Renaud Williams' 30-yard interception return, but settled for a field goal. Later in the quarter, Marquay McDaniels couldn't hold on to a long toss from backup Quinton Porter, resulting in another field goal.
Ticats' coach Marcel Bellefeuille made a great challenge late in the first half to keep Saskatchewan off the scoreboard. Riders quarterback Darian Durant appeared to lose a fumble on second-down run at the Hamilton 12 but was ruled down by contact.
Bellefeuille challenged the call, which was over-ruled giving Hamilton possession.
Durant had a miserable half, completing just 2-of-11 passes for 21 yards.
NOTES: Williams replaced Mann, who was a game-time scratch. Mann suffered a cut on his foot this week that required stitches and tried running on it in the pre-game warmup but found he couldn't go. Then in the first, the Ticats lost starting offensive lineman Jason Jimenez (knee) . . . Hamilton defensive end Stevie Baggs spent the 2008 and '09 seasons with Saskatchewan before joining the Ticats as a free agent shortly after being released by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals . . . Offensive lineman George Hudson, a former Ticat, was among Saskatchewan's scratches.