CFL Game Summary - Montreal at Winnipeg
(Thursday, June 27th)
Final Score: Montreal 38, Winnipeg 33
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Sean Whyte connected on all five of his field
goal attempts, including a pair during a fourth quarter rally that sent the
Montreal Alouettes to a 38-33 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the
CFL 2013 season opener.
Montreal trailed by nine entering the fourth, but veteran Anthony Calvillo
threw a 42-yard pass for his only touchdown and Whyte's 34-yard kick sent
the Alouettes (1-0) in front for good. He added a 36-yarder late for extra
Calvillo threw for 264 yards and an interception on 20-for-35 efficiency for
the Alouettes, who came one win short of a Grey Cup appearance last year and
helped first-year head coach Dan Hawkins to his first career win on Thursday.
S.J. Green hauled in a touchdown on five catches for 119 yards, Chris Jennings
added a rushing score and Montreal picked off Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce
three times in the victory.
Pierce threw for two scores and 258 yards, but Winnipeg (0-1) was held
scoreless in the fourth quarter. He was 19-for-34 and was picked off on his
team's last possession.
The Blue Bombers started slow and trailed 23-13 at the break, but scored two
quick touchdowns in the third to surge ahead.
Jade Etienne's 65-yard reception led to Pierce's 8-yard touchdown throw to
Clarence Denmark, and after Montreal went nowhere on its ensuing possession,
Demond Washington returned a punt 80 yards to give Winnipeg its first lead.
The Alouettes managed just a single in the period and Justin Palardy added 23
and 48-yard field goals to open up a 33-24 Winnipeg lead and conclude a 19-
point third quarter swing. The Bombers, though, failed to score again.
Montreal needed three plays to set up its first score after Geoff Tisdale
picked off Pierce at his team's own 40-yard line.
An 11-yard run by Noel Devine preceded Calvillo's 26-yard pass to Green.
Jennings then high stepped for a 3-yard touchdown and the Alouettes quickly
doubled their advantage on a 78-yard punt return by Tyron Carrier.
Palardy kicked a 35-yard field goal and Washington's 49-yard interception
return of Calvillo led to Winnipeg's first touchdown, a 3-yard pass from
Pierce to Chris Matthews to make 14-10.
The Blue Bombers, though, picked up just a single and a forfeited an Alouettes
safety in the second quarter, and Montreal extended its lead to 23-13 at the
half after Whyte's third field goal of the quarter. He connected on 36 and 35-
yarders before his 9-yard boot opened up a 10-point lead.
Calvillo is beginning his 20th season ... It was the first regular season game
ever played at Winnipeg's new home, Investors Group Field ... Bombers head
coach Tim Burke is entering his first full season as head coach ... Devine ran
for 58 yards on 12 carries ... Etienne had three catches for 79 yards.
06/28 00:56:55 ET
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