CFL Game Summary - Saskatchewan at Montreal
(Sunday, September 16th)
Final Score: Montreal 28, Saskatchewan 17
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Anthony Calvillo threw for 266 yards and a
touchdown as the Montreal Alouettes held off a late comeback and earned a
28-17 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Percival Molson Stadium.
Brandon Whitaker caught four balls for 102 yards and rushed for 45 yards with
a score for Montreal (7-4), which bounced back from last week's loss at
British Columbia and won for the fifth time in its last six games.
Saskatchewan quarterback Drew Willy, making his first career CFL start, went
22-of-34 for 225 yards and a touchdown, but threw a pair of interceptions in
defeat. The Roughriders (5-6) had a two-game win streak snapped.
Kory Sheets carried 12 times for 81 yards and caught the lone touchdown pass
for Saskatchewan, while Weston Dressler hauled in six balls for 78 yards.
Sheets caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Willy early in the fourth quarter
to pull Saskatchewan within 22-17, but Willy threw two interceptions from
there and the Alouettes tacked on a pair of late field goals from Sean Whyte
to seal it.
"He could have been better, but he did some positive things," Saskatchewan
head coach Corey Chamblin said about Willy. "There were a couple of times our
receivers didn't help him, but he's a young guy and he will grow."
After returning the opening kick to its own 36, Montreal struck quickly with a
3-yard Whitaker touchdown run. Whitaker touched the ball five times on the
opening drive, recording 24 yards on the ground and 33 through the air.
Saskatchewan answered on its first possession with a 48-yard field goal by
Sandro DeAngelis, but Montreal countered on its next drive with a 1-yard
scoring run by Adrian McPherson.
With 10:12 to play in the second, Montreal appeared to be marching toward
another score, but squandered the opportunity. After hooking up on a 62-yard
pass with S.J. Green, Calvillo fumbled and gave the Roughriders the ball back
at their own 26.
However, Saskatchewan gave the ball right back just two plays later when Taj
Smith fumbled after catching a 6-yard pass from Willy.
Montreal took advantage of the good field position, adding a 43-yard single by
Whyte to go up 15-3 with 7:39 left in the first half.
Although the Roughriders got three back on a 46-yard kick by DeAngelis with a
little over four minutes left in the half, the defense couldn't hold Montreal
off the board.
Two possessions later, Calvillo went 3-for-3 passing for 55 yards, leading to
an 8-yard touchdown reception by Brian Bratton for a 22-6 cushion at the half.
The only scoring of the third quarter came on a pair of Saskatchewan safeties,
as the Montreal offense struggled.
"It was two and out, two and out, but we couldn't move it in the third quarter
because of the tight coverage," said Calvillo. "There were some mental errors
on our side, and we let them get back in the game. Our defense kept us in the
game because we should have put this team away."
A missed field-goal attempt by DeAngelis from the Montreal 36 turned into
another big play for Whitaker, when he returned the miss out of the end zone
for 33 yards.
Whitaker's next touch on Montreal's ensuing possession wasn't as good,
however. After catching a 10-yard pass out of the backfield from Calvillo,
Whitaker fumbled and the ball was recovered by Craig Butler at the Montreal
Two plays later, Willy made the Alouettes pay for Whitaker's mistake, hitting
Sheets for the 33-yard TD pass that made it a one-score game early in the
Whitaker went to the locker room with an apparent injury with a little over
seven minutes left in the first half, but returned ... Montreal has won three
of the last four meetings. The teams will play in Saskatchewan on Oct. 20.
09/16 17:57:59 ET
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