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Inside the CFL: A historic night

Ted Michaels, CFL Editor

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - You might want to file this one away for future trivia contests.

Anthony Calvillo to Eric Deslauriers.

That's the combination that made history Friday night at Molson Stadium in Montreal.

At the 11:11 mark of the first quarter, Calvillo hit Deslauriers with an eight-yard touchdown pass, which made Calvillo, the CFL's all-time passing touchdown leader.

The major gave Calvillo 395 TD passes, one more than Damon Allen, who threw 394 touchdown passes in a 23-year CFL career.

It also gave the Als a 7-0 lead en route to an easy 40-17 win over the Toronto Argos.

After the touchdown pass, he told the TSN broadcast, "It was a relief, it's out of the way now. It was a big score for us, in the first quarter. As much as you try to block it out, it's tough sometimes. I did a pretty good job of not worrying about it. I got out there, performed and did what we had to do to win."

Deslauriers also spoke with TSN.

"It's always good to have your name in the record books, but all I was trying to do was make a catch and make it happen for him. We always talk about starting fast, and that was a key point in starting fast. It was good to get it out of the way, and start worrying about the game."

The Als clearly didn't have much to worry about in the game. At halftime, Calvillo was 20-of-25 for 250 yards and two touchdowns, eventually finishing 29-of-43 for 307 yards.

In a conference call last week, Allen gave Calvillo all the respect he deserves.

"He's a true passer," Allen said. "I'm looking at a craftsman at work. It's a guy who has presence. He walks on the field and the opponents and everyone else looks at him and admires, like, 'I can't believe he's 38 and he's doing what he's doing.'"

Calvillo, who had his cancerous thyroid removed last winter, clearly shows no ill effects of the surgery, or age.

After the game, he told the media he definitely wasn't done.

He indicated he'd like to even up his Grey Cup record, currently sitting at 3-5.

The native of Los Angeles, who turns 39 next month, is also in pursuit of several other league records held by Allen, including career passing yards, completions and pass attempts. He went into Friday night's game needing 3,490 passing yards, 68 completed passes and 1,033 attempts to surpass Allen's remaining records.

What made the night even more special, was the fact that Ben Cahoon was in attendance.

Cahoon, the CFL record-holder for most receptions (1,017), hauled in 61 TD passes from Calvillo over his 13-year CFL career.

Cahoon, who announced his retirement earlier this year, is the new receivers coach at his alma mater, BYU. He was honored at halftime, and was presented with his 2010 Grey Cup ring by team owner Robert Wettenhall and GM Jim Popp.

Calvillo, in his 18th CFL season, started off his career in 1994, with the Las Vegas Posse, then played three seasons in Hamilton before going to Montreal as a free agent in 1998.

Since he turned 35, Calvillo has won two Grey Cups, and, in the last three regular seasons, has thrown for 5,633, 4,639 and 4,839 yards, respectively.

In the last three seasons, the Als are 11-2 in the month of July and are 24-1 when scoring 30 points or more.

It's obvious that as Calvillo goes, so go the Alouettes.

It doesn't appear anything, or anybody, can stop this machine.

For the rest of the CFL, that's scary... very scary.

Ted Michaels is the host of the Fifth Quarter, on AM 900 CHML.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? ted@900chml.com.

Ted Michaels is the host of the Fifth Quarter, on AM 900 CHML.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Ted Michaels at ted@900chml.com.

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