CFL Game Summary - British Columbia at Montreal
(Friday, July 4)
Final Score: Montreal 24, British Columbia 9
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Smith threw for 187 yards and rushed
for another 55 as the Montreal Alouettes earned their first victory of the
season by topping the British Columbia Lions 24-9 at Percival-Molson Stadium.
Smith completed 17-of-29 pass attempts for Montreal (1-1) and Brandon
Whitaker rushed for 76 yards and a score on 12 attempts. S.J. Green collected
three receptions for 66 yards and Brandon London contributed 51 yards on a
team-high five catches.
"There was a sore feeling in our mouths after last week. You don't want to do
that two weeks in a row," Smith, who completed only 18-of-41 pass attempts
in the season opener, said. "We were good today and that was the difference."
Kevin Glenn only completed 13-of-25 pass attempts and was intercepted twice
for British Columbia (0-2). He was also sacked five times.
"I'm not worried about pressure that I'm going to get sacked," Glenn said.
"Once you start thinking about the rush as a quarterback, that's when you lose
sight of everything."
Ernest Jackson had game-highs of six receptions and 72 yards and Courtney
Taylor caught five passes for 52 yards and a score in the losing effort.
A costly mistake by Glenn led to the first score of the game. Scott Paxson
intercepted a pass from the BC quarterback and then lateraled the ball to Chip
Cox, who returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.
The Alouettes would add to their early lead with a 32-yard rushing touchdown
from Whitaker later in the first quarter.
Sean Whyte knocked in a pair of field goals near the end of the second
quarter, one from 34 yards out and the other from 27, as the Alouettes entered
halftime leading 20-0.
The Lions finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter, when Paul
McCallum connected on a 24-yard field goal with 9:19 left in the period.
Whyte was able to inch Montreal ahead a bit more in the fourth quarter when he
missed a 43-yard field goal attempt that went for a single early in the frame
and connected on a 47-yard field goal with 2:34 to play.
The Lions would cut into the lead near the end of the game, when John Beck,
who replaced Glenn during the team's final drive, threw a seven-yard touchdown
pass to Taylor with just over a minute to play.
However, the ensuing two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the
Alouettes ran out the clock to collect the victory.
Glenn has thrown six interceptions in the first two games ... Adam Bighill
recorded a game-high eight tackles for British Columbia ... John Bowman
recorded four sacks for Montreal ... The Alouettes finished with 390 yards of
total offense after managing only 175 in the season opener ... These two teams
will meet again on July 19.
07/04 23:13:55 ET
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