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(Friday, September 3rd)
Final Score: British Columbia 38, Montreal 17
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Casey Printers threw a pair of touchdown passes and British Columbia's defense gave Chris Leak fits in his first pro start, as the Lions snapped out of an awful funk in a big way with a 38-17 dismantling of the East Division-leading Montreal Alouettes at McGill Stadium.
Printers passed for 235 yards on 14-of-28 attempts, throwing touchdowns to Geroy Simon and Steven Black before leaving with cramping. Jamal Robertson rushed for 63 yards on just six carries, while Yonus Davis scored on the ground as the Leos (2-7) put the brakes on a seven-game losing streak.
It was the Lions' first win in Montreal since the 2006 season.
"It's a huge win. Obviously, it stopped our losing streak. It was a big win, and we won in a place where we haven't won in a long time. We're looking forward to celebrating this win, but also looking forward to Toronto next weekend," Simon said.
Leak, meanwhile, had a shaky debut at best, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble that was returned 48 yards for a touchdown by BC's Korey Banks.
The former Florida star was 15-of-27 passing for 135 yards in subbing for two- time reigning CFL Offensive Player of the Year Anthony Calvillo, who was out due to a sternum injury and bruised ribs.
"Everybody didn't bring their 'A' game tonight. We couldn't get our rhythm going, but it's kind of a wake-up call. Without Anthony Calvillo, obviously we missed him tonight because he's our leader. It's too much to ask of one player (Leak) in one week," said Montreal wide receiver Kerry Watkins. "We didn't make enough plays out there. They beat us fair and square."
It was Montreal's first home loss since October of the 2008 campaign.
The Als (6-3) got two late TD passes from Ricky Santos to S.J. Green but it wasn't enough.
A slow-to-develop first quarter saw the Lions clinging to a 4-3 lead after 15 minutes, but it was quickly 14-3, as Printers hit Simon for a 20-yard score and Paul McCallum kicked a 21-yard field goal.
It was more of the same in the third quarter, as British Columbia piled on 21 unanswered points. First came a five-yard scoring connection between Printers and Black, Davis ran it in from 10 yards out with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining and Banks corralled a wild airborne fumble from Leak and took it the other way for a sudden 35-3 lead after three quarters.
Montreal came back with 14 fourth-quarter points with Santos at the helm, hitting Green for seven and five-yard touchdowns, but it was too little too late. A McCallum field goal broke up the Als' scores.
The BC defense recorded four sacks and forced six turnovers...Simon ended with three catches for 75 yards while Paris Jackson totaled a team-high 94 yards on three receptions...Jamel Richardson led all players with nine catches and 109 yards for the Alouettes...The hosts also got 57 yards on the ground from Avon Cobourne on 13 rushes...Montreal travels to play Hamilton next week, while the Leos host the Argonauts.
09/04 00:37:28 ET
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