CALGARY -- Henry Burris surpassed a major CFL milestone on Friday night, but couldn't find a way to lead his Hamilton Tiger-Cats to victory over the Calgary Stampeders.
With a six-yard touchdown pass to Onrea Jones at the end of the first half, Burris became just the fifth quarterback in CFL history to pass for more than 50,000 career yards.
"We're all about winning," said Burris, who completed 26-of-39 passes for 408 yards to go with two touchdowns and two interceptions. "That's something that at the end of the day I'll look back and be thankful on, but right now it means nothing. Of course if we got a victory, we would have been thinking opposite about that."
The Ticats (5-6) led 15-13 at the half and 22-16 after the third before the Stamps (9-2) rallied for 10 unanswered points in the final quarter to emerge with a 26-22 win in front of 26,649 fans at McMahon Stadium.
"We had so many opportunities," Burris said. "We were definitely in control, but when you give a good team like Calgary enough opportunities they're going to find a way to succeed. That's on us. We have to be able to close games out to be able to beat the good teams in the league."
After the game, Hamilton running back C.J. Gable said he was disappointed the Ticats couldn't do more to get the win for Burris to make it even more of a special occasion.
"We wanted that bad for him," said Gable, who ran for 53 yards on nine carries and added 108 yards through the air on six catches. "For all that, we should have come away with the win. We thought we should have had the win."
Hamilton actually had a great chance to extend their lead in the fourth quarter before linebacker Alvin Bowen picked off an errant Burris pass at the Calgary nine-yard line to end a lengthy drive by the Ticats.
"We were in control there especially in the third going into the fourth," Burris said. "We can't get the ball down into the scoring zone there twice and not come away with any points. They got the turnover and weren't able to put points on the board there. Ultimately that's what defeated us."
Ticats coach Kent Austin credited the Stamps for capitalizing on Hamilton's mistakes and ultimately winning the game thanks to a 15-yard touchdown pass by Bo Levi Mitchell to Marquay McDaniel late in the fourth quarter.
"They're a good football team," Austin said. "You give them an opportunity like that, they're going to find a way to win football games. That's why their record is where it is."
Ultimately, Austin wasn't pleased with his offence, despite Burris's personal milestone.
"I didn't think we showed up in the passing game," Austin said. "We had plenty of other plays we could have completed. It's not Henry. I'm talking about just execution on offence period. We had plenty of opportunities."
Austin said he hopes that his players learn from the setback leading up to their next game against the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 21 in Moncton.
"If we can take this as a learning process especially as it relates to mistakes, like penalties at inopportune times, like missed assignments, then we've got a chance," Austin said. "We'll see how we respond. It's my job to get these guys up the curve from a maturity standpoint faster than we are right now."
Despite the setback, Burris still has high expectations from the Ticats heading down the stretch run and leading up to the playoffs.
"We've got to get back to work and make sure we're better," Burris said. "We've got a special thing going here with this team.
"We can win a Grey Cup with this team. That's all I'm focusing on. I could care less about myself. As long as we get victories that's all my focus is on."