CFL Game Summary - Montreal at Edmonton
(Friday, August 17th)
Final Score: Montreal 38, Edmonton 25
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Anthony Calvillo completed 22-of-32 passes for
327 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions as the Montreal Alouettes
knocked off the Edmonton Eskimos, 38-25 on Friday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Calvillo, pro football's all-time leading passer, went over the 300-yard mark
for the sixth consecutive game and running back Victor Anderson had a big game
on the ground in his first career CFL start. Anderson ran for 102 yards on 18
carries for the Alouettes (4-3), who moved in sole possession of first place
in the CFL's East Division.
"The guys are doing a great job of protecting up front. I'm not getting banged
up, I'm not having to force the ball," Calvillo said. "We're balanced. We're
rushing the ball 25 times a game as well. It's good when you can do stuff like
that and not have to drop back and throw the ball the whole time."
S.J. Green caught 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, while Brian
Bratton, Anderson and Patrick LaVoie added majors through the air for the Als.
Steven Jyles threw for 173 yards on 15-of-28 passing with one touchdown and
one interception, while Fred Stamps hauled in four passes for 73 yards and
Greg Carr caught a touchdown pass for the Eskimos (4-3). who suffered their
first home defeat of the season.
"We knew Montreal was a good football team," Jyles said. "We knew coming into
the ball game we had to play our "A" game to beat these guys. Today they
brought their lunch bucket. We have to go and see the things they did to us
that gave us problems, and make corrections."
Cory Boyd made his debut in the backfield for Edmonton after being released by
the Toronto Argonauts earlier in the week. He wasn't much of a factor, running
for just two yards on two carries.
Montreal struck first on the opening possession of the game, using six plays
to go 66 yards before Calvillo connected with Lavoie for a 14-yard touchdown
The Alouettes added to their lead late in the opening frame when Calvillo
hooked up with Bratton down the left sideline for a 30-yard score, extending
the lead to 14-0.
The Als bridged the first and second quarters with a five-play, 50-yard march
that culminated in a short pass from Calvillo to Anderson which went for 21
yards and a score, good for a comfortable 21-0 lead.
The Alouttte offense got the ball again on their own 26 after a two-and-out
and marched 84 yards in seven plays before Adrian McPherson stuck the ball
across the goal line from the one, widening the Montreal advantage to 28-0
with less than eight minutes to go before halftime.
Edmonton finally got on the board with a single, then got their first major of
the night following a two-and-out on the defensive end.
After a poor punt by Sean Whyte placed the ball on the Edmonton 43, Jyles
completed a 10-yard pass to Cary Koch and 15 yards was then added to the end
of the play for a roughing-the-passer penalty.
The infraction placed the ball at the Montreal 43 and the Eskimos finished the
six-play, 67-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run from Kerry Joseph to cut
the deficit to 28-8 at the break.
On the first second-half offensive play for Montreal, Anderson galloped
through the line for 36 yards and had 15 more added to his run as a result of
a penalty. Whyte finished the quick drive with a 27-yard field goal to extend
the lead to 31-8.
Grant Shaw nailed a 40-yard field goal late in the third quarter to cut the
Eskimos deficit to 31-11, but Calvillo found Green wide open down the middle
for 62 yards on the ensuing possession and then hit Green again for a 13-yard
score and a seemingly insurmountable 38-11 lead.
Jyles hit Carr with a 19-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, and
the Edmonton defense came up with a fumble recovery for a scoop-and-score with
less then five minutes to play, cutting the deficit to 38-25, but the mountain
proved to be too large for the Eskimos to scale.
Montreal has now beaten the Eskimos five straight times and seven of the
team's last nine meetings ... Boyd was leading the CFL in rushing with 447
yards on 82 carries at the time of his release ... Friday marked the fifth
consecutive game in which Edmonton has tallied at least one interception ...
The Eskimos fell to 1-2 this season when trailing at halftime.
08/18 01:18:15 ET
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