CFL Game Summary - Edmonton at Montreal
(Thursday, July 25th)
Final Score: Montreal 32, Edmonton 27
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sean Whyte made six field goals and John White
was stopped an inch short of the goal line in the final seconds as the
Montreal Alouettes held on to upend the Edmonton Eskimos, 32-27, at Percival-
Whyte's final field goal gave Montreal a five-point lead with one minute
remaining, but Mike Reilly brought the Eskimos right down the field.
Following four straight long completions, White looked like he was on his way
into the end zone with 10 seconds to go before Ejiro Kuale stopped the running
back just short. There was no review of the play, and with time ticking away,
White was swallowed up behind the line of scrimmage on the final snap.
"Montreal made a very good play on the last sequence, and we did not execute
that play," Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said.
Brandon Whitaker carried the load offensively for the Alouettes, amassing 202
yards from scrimmage, including 162 and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Anthony Calvillo threw for 202 yards and a score on 19-of-29 throws for
Montreal (2-3), which ended a three-game skid heading into its bye week.
Reilly, despite being benched in the first half, finished with 262 yards with
two touchdowns and an interception in the Eskimos' (1-4) third straight loss.
Cary Koch caught Reilly's go-ahead TD pass early in the fourth and had
scintillating punt return for a score a earlier.
The Alouettes squandered a 24-point lead against Calgary last week and were
ahead 26-13 early in the fourth Thursday before the Eskimos rallied to take
Reilly scrambled for 21 yards and hit Calvin McCarty in the right flat on the
next play. McCarty broke a tackle along the sideline and side-stepped his way
to a 19-yard score with 12 1/2 minutes remaining.
On the next play of the ensuing drive, Whitaker lost a fumble at his own 24-
yard line, and Reilly found Koch on a fade down the right sideline for a
touchdown two plays after the turnover.
Whyte, after pinning Edmonton deep in its own end, put Montreal back on top,
29-27, with a 14-yard chip shot with 4:12 on the clock.
Edmonton went two-and-out on its next possession, and stopped Whitaker short
of a touchdown to bring on Whyte yet again for a 9-yard field goal.
"It was a hard-fought game," Montreal head coach Dan Hawkins said. "They
battled back hard, but we had a good rhythm going with Whitaker running and we
stayed in that rhythm."
Reilly threw an early interception that led to a Montreal touchdown. He was
pulled in the second quarter for Jonathan Crompton, who was promptly picked
off on his second attempt.
Linebacker Shea Emry was on the opposite end of both interceptions, the first
setting up S.J. Green's 6-yard grab in the right corner of the end zone late
in the opening quarter to give Montreal a 10-3 lead.
Whyte, who hit a 32-year field goal to open the scoring, added a 31-yarder 5
1/2 minutes into the second quarter, and Grant Shaw followed up his 26-yard
kick in the first frame with an 18-yarder with 6:09 remaining in the half.
Whitaker capped an 8-play, 61-yard drive with a 13-yard TD run to give the Als
a 20-6 lead at halftime, and the only touchdown of the third quarter came less
than five minutes in when Koch went untouched for an 81-yard punt return.
Whyte answered with a pair of 24-yard field goals, the second coming 1:18 into
the fourth quarter.
Montreal has won seven straight meetings against Edmonton ... Calvillo has
thrown a touchdown in a career-high 22 straight games ... Fred Stamps led
Edmonton with six catches for 103 yards ... Edmonton hosts the only team it
has defeated this year, Hamilton, next week.
07/25 23:23:24 ET
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