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(Friday, October 29th)
Final Score: Montreal 37, Toronto 30
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Damon Duval missed a 36-yard field goal as time expired, but Montreal's Dahrran Diedrick recovered the ball in the end zone for a bizarre 37-30 Alouettes victory over the Toronto Argonauts.
With the game tied at 30-30, Etienne Boulay picked off Cleo Lemon's pass that deflected off the hands of James Robinson. Boulay's 14-yard return set up Montreal at Toronto's 36 with 1:04 to play.
"You're never going to beat the defending Grey Cup champions when you turn the ball over like that," Toronto head coach Jim Barker said.
The Alouettes ran the ball to run time off the clock. Duval came onto the field with nine seconds remaining, but his kick went wide right. Toronto's Mike Bradwell booted the ball out of the end zone, which led to an insane finish.
Duval then kicked the football back into the end zone, looking to score a single. Grant Shaw of the Argonauts tried to kick the ball back out of the end zone. He failed to accomplish that feat, though, and Diedrick managed to fall on the ball in a mad scramble.
The officials seemed unsure of what was going on. After review, it was confirmed that Diedrick recovered the ball in the end zone for a game-winning touchdown. Duval kicked the extra point to seal the wild victory.
"It was just crazy. I didn't know I scored a touchdown," Diedrick said. "I thought the game was over. It was just a crazy finish."
Anthony Calvillo completed 30-of-44 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns for the Alouettes (12-5), who bounced back from an embarrassing 40-3 road loss to Hamilton last week.
Kerry Watkins hauled in five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Ben Cahoon caught three passes for 47 yards a score. Avon Cobourne hauled in five passes for 31 yards and a score and also carried the ball 15 times for 81 yards for Montreal, which already has the top spot in the East Division locked up.
Lemon connected on 13-of-23 passes for the Argonauts (8-9), who are locked in as the third seed in the East playoffs. They will travel to Hamilton on November 14 following their regular-season finale on November 7 versus these same Alouettes.
Cory Boyd carried the ball eight times for 68 yards and a score and also caught four passes for 79 yards.
Cahoon and Cobourne each caught TD passes early in the first quarter to give Montreal a 14-0 lead. Noel Prefontaine made a field goal to make it a 14-3 game after one period.
Duval and Prefontaine exchanged field goals to start the second stanza. Prefontaine added a 28-yarder before Bradwell caught a 10-yard TD pass get Toronto within one, 17-16, at the half.
The second half started with Duval making a short field goal for a 20-16 Montreal lead. Chad Owens and Boyd scored touchdowns for the Argonauts to give them a 30-20 margin heading to the fourth.
Duval made another short field goal to make it a seven-point contest. Watkins then tied the game with a 54-yard TD catch with 1:42 to play.
Toronto took over at its own 25. On the second play, Lemon faked a handoff and rolled to his right. His pass deflected off Robinson and into Boulay's hands with just over a minute left.
The Alouettes will host Toronto or Hamilton in the East final on November 21...Jamel Richardson caught four passes for 92 yards for Montreal...Owens became just the fifth player in CFL history to have more than 1,000 yards in both kickoff and punt returns in a season.
10/30 00:11:57 ET
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