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(Thursday, August 4th)
Final Score: Montreal 36, Toronto 23
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Anthony Calvillo set the all-time CFL record for completions and threw for 349 yards and a touchdown, as Montreal beat Toronto, 36-23, at Rogers Centre.
Calvillo's ninth completion of the game, which came late in the opening quarter, allowed him to pass Damon Allen for most in league history. The 18- year veteran, who is in his 14th season with the Alouettes, completed his first eight passes of the night with his ninth falling incomplete in the end zone.
Calvillo then threw over the middle to Brandon London for 18 yards to the Toronto 10 for the record, giving him 5,159 completions to set the record.
It was part of a 30-of-36 night passing for Calvillo, who accomplished his second major passing record in the last three weeks, with both coming against the Argos. On July 15, he became the league's all-time leader in touchdown passes, topping the 394 from Allen. The Alouettes won that game, 40-17.
Dahrran Diedrick ran for three touchdowns for the Alouettes (4-2), who avoided their first three-game losing streak since July 2008. Brandon Whitaker ran for 150 yards.
"I'm very proud of the guys. It was a challenge for us to go on the road on a short week," Calvillo said. "Offense, defense, special teams put in the hard work and the dedication it's what we need to go forward."
Calvillo entered Thursday's game with 397 TD passes, and got another one in the opening quarter, a 16-yard connection to S.J. Green.
Cleo Lemon finished 25-of-41 for 314 yards with a pair of TDs and an interception for the Argonauts (1-5), who lost their fifth in a row.
The record pursuit doesn't stop here for Calvillo. He is five yards shy of 70,000 passing for his career and is on track to top Allen (72,381) in that category, most likely later this season. Calvillo threw for 4,839 yards last year.
Allen also holds the record for most pass attempts with 9,138. Calvillo has 8,237 after Thursday's game.
Leading by seven points at the half, the Alouettes broke the game open in the third thanks to a 95-yard drive. Whitaker rumbled 58 yards and Diedrick capped the march with a one-yard run, just after Calvillo connected with Kerry Carter on a 14-yard gain. The score gave the Argos a 27-13 advantage, and a short time later Toronto's Grant Shaw conceded in the end zone for a safety.
Diedrick scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth before Shaw connected on a 43-yard field goal. Lemon threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mike Bradwell with eight seconds left in the game.
"We came out on fire then we came out of the locker room and just did not put it together," Lemon said. "The first half we played with energy. No excuses, we just didn't play well."
Shaw and Montreal's Sean Whyte traded short field goals late in the opening quarter. Whyte's 12-yard kick came on the drive Calvillo set his record.
The Argos tied the game at 10-10 on a 20-yard over-the-shoulder TD grab by Spencer Watt early in the second, but Lemon was picked off by Billy Parker near midfield later in the stanza. Diedrick powered into the end zone from two yards out to complete a 47-yard march.
Shaw was true from 42 yards out, but Whyte's 48-yard field goal provided the Alouettes with a 20-13 lead at the half.
Green had seven catches for 96 yards, while Toronto's Jeremaine Copeland had six grabs for 78 yards...Montreal has only lost three games in a row once since September 2006 with Calvillo as their starting quarterback...This is the fifth straight home loss for the Argos going back to last season...This is the first time since 2002 Toronto hasn't had at least two wins at this point of the season...Diedrick has the most TDs in one game for the Als since Jamel Richardson had three on October 12, 2009 against Calgary.
08/04 23:09:59 ET
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