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(Sunday, July 11th)
Final Score: Montreal 33, Edmonton 23
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Anthony Calvillo threw a pair of second-half touchdowns as his Montreal Alouettes earned a come-from-behind, 33-23 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.
Calvillo completed 19-of-30 passes for 237 yards for the Alouettes (1-1), who are the defending Grey Cup Champions.
Ricky Ray threw for 340 yards and a touchdown for Edmonton (0-2), but the signal caller tossed two costly interceptions in the second half.
Trailing 23-11 late in the third quarter, Montreal scored three unanswered touchdowns to close out the contest.
"The defense came and played and kept them out of the end zone," Calvillo said. "We weren't moving the ball that great, and they gave us a chance by creating those turnovers. We were able to capitalize and come away with a big victory."
First, the Alouettes cut their deficit to five points on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Calvillo to Brian Bratton.
The Alouettes remained hot in the fourth quarter, as Jerald Brown intercepted a pass and raced 22 yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion gave Montreal a 26-23 lead. Then, with just over eight minutes left in the game, Calvillo threw a six-yard touchdown strike to Kerry Watkins, pushing the lead to 33-23.
Edmonton never recovered.
"We came out, we played hard, we made a ton of plays. We just didn't capitalize when we needed to," Ray said. "Offensively, we kicked a lot of field goals. That just came back to bite us in the butt."
Montreal opened the scoring just three minutes into the contest on a 45-yard field goal by Damon Duval, capping a six-play, 37-yard drive.
Edmonton had a chance to tie the score at 3-3 with 9:19 remaining in that opening quarter, but Derek Schiavone missed a 37-yard field goal.
Duval added a single with 7:32 to make the score 4-0, but the Eskimos took the lead on a big play less than two minutes later. At the six-minute mark, Ray tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Fred Stamps, giving Edmonton a 7-4 advantage.
The Eskimos held that three-point lead at the end of the first quarter, as well as a 186-61 advantage in total yards over the Alouettes.
Early in the second quarter, Edmonton drove 87 yards in 12 plays, and while the Eskimos were unable to get into the end zone, they pushed their lead to 10-4 with an 11-yard field goal by Schiavone.
Montreal grabbed an 11-10 lead with 9:51 left in the first half, as backup quarterback Ricky Santos reached the end zone on a quarterback sneak from two yards out on a third-and-inches play. That touchdown was the first in the CFL career of Santos.
On the ensuing Edmonton drive, Schiavone got an opportunity to avenge the earlier 37-yard field goal misfire, and he booted the ball through the uprights from that same distance, giving his Eskimos a 13-11 edge.
After an impressive defensive series, the Eskimos again drove deep into Montreal territory. The team had to settle for a field goal once again, as Schiavone converted an 11-yard chip shot. With just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter, the score stood at 16-11 in favor of the home team.
Edmonton carried that five-point lead into intermission. Ray passed for 237 yards in the opening half, while both Stamps and Kelly Campbell had over 100 receiving yards.
Campbell dropped a touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and the Eskimos settled for a 29-yard field goal by Schiavone that pushed the lead to 19-11. Schiavone then added three more points with a 12-yarder on the team's next possession, giving Edmonton a 22-11 edge with 6:28 left in the frame. The Eskimos added a single, but things fell apart for the home team.
Montreal lost its season opener in double-overtime, 54-51, in the third- highest scoring game in CFL history...Edmonton dropped its season opener to British Columbia, 25-10...The only other regular season game between Edmonton and Montreal will take place on September 19th...Edmonton had won five of the last seven meetings between the teams heading into the contest.
07/12 00:15:21 ET
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