CFL Game Summary - Edmonton at Montreal
(Sunday, October 28th)
Final Score: Montreal 27, Edmonton 25
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Anthony Calvillo threw for 321 yards and a
pair of scores as the Montreal Alouettes held off a late charge from the
Edmonton Eskimos to take a 27-25 victory on Sunday.
Calvillo finished 21-of-35 with two interceptions, while Chris Jennings
carried the ball 16 times for 90 yards for the Alouettes (11-6), who already
have the East Division title locked up.
"I give credit to the Eskimos," said Montreal coach Mark Trestman, who tied
Doug Walker's franchise record for most wins with 59. "They made stops on
second down, so we had to punt often. Obviously, we could have used more of
the clock, but we found a different way to win the game on the last play."
Matt Nichols led Edmonton's second-half charge in place of an ineffective
Kerry Joseph, as he completed 9-of-15 passes for 230 yards, three touchdowns
and one interception.
"Their different defenses gave us some big holes so I was able to throw it
down the middle on several occasions," Nichols said of his team's second half
resurgence. "Our team competed hard, but we turned it on a little bit too
Joseph managed just 10-of-19 passing for 116 yards and an interception as the
starter for Edmonton (7-10), which must win its final game against the Calgary
Stampeders on Friday to secure a playoff berth.
"We have a better team than our record shows, but we'll be prepared for
Calgary and get that win," Nichols said.
Fred Stamps hauled in four passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the
Montreal struck first, as Calvillo hit Noel Devine for 31 yards on the first
play from scrimmage to set up Sean Whyte's 18-yard field goal.
After an Edmonton punt, Calvillo led the Alouettes on a 10-play, 68-yard
drive, culminating in a 6-yard TD strike to Bo Bowling to extend the margin to
10-0 with around four minutes left in the opening stanza.
An safety midway through the second pressed the margin to 12-0, and Montreal
quickly extended its lead on the ensuing possession.
Calvillo hit Eric Deslauriers for 55 yards on the next play from scrimmage and
five plays later, Adrian McPherson punched it from one yard out to make it a
19-0 contest with just over three minutes left until halftime.
Edmonton finally cracked the scoreboard on Grant Shaw's 70-yard single just
Early in the third, Calvillo was picked off by Donovan Alexander, who returned
it 30 yards to set up Shaw's 13-yard field goal as the Eskimos pulled within
Whyte's unsuccessful attempt at a 36-yard field goal resulted in a 40-yard
single late in the third to give the Als a 16-point lead before the Eskimos
mounted their comeback.
Nichols sparked the charge with a quick strike, as he hit Stamps for a 95-yard
touchdown catch and then found Marcus Henry for the two-point conversion to
bring the Eskimos within eight.
Nichols was intercepted by Dwight Anderson on Edmonton's next touch, however,
and Calvillo capitalized on the turnover by hitting Ryan Bomben for a 5-yard
touchdown to press the lead to 27-12.
The Eskimos answered with a 5-play, 41-yard scoring march, as Nichols capped
the series with a 6-yard TD pass to Shamawd Chambers to make it a one-score
After a quick punt from the Als, Nichols led the Eskimos deep into Montreal
territory before hitting Stamps for a 13-yard touchdown with less than five
The potential game-tying, two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete in the
end zone, however, as Montreal escaped with the victory.
Montreal has won six straight against Edmonton ... The Alouettes lead the all-
time, regular-season series by a count of 37-26-2 ... Edmonton running back
Hugh Charles missed the game with a right knee injury ... Eskimo middle
linebacker JC Sherritt set a new team record for defensive tackles in a season
10/28 17:40:11 ET
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