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Sunday, October 30, 2016

ALOUETTES 17 STAMPEDERS 8

MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes stunned the league-best Stampeders 17-8 at Stade Percival Molson on Sunday, snapping Calgary's 14-game winning streak in the process. Cato came into the game in the third quarter after starter Vernon Adams went down with a left-thigh injury. He threw for 113 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 75 yards in relief.

"Our job is on the line,'' said Cato, who did not start for the Als last week in Saskatchewan. "Every game we go out there we understand that, even if we're not in the playoffs, there's something up for grabs. We're playing for our jobs for next season and we're trying to showcase our talent across the league.

"We have to give everything we got.''

Adams got hurt two plays into the third quarter after being tackled by Calgary defensive back Brandon Smith. Adams, who made his CFL debut last week against the Roughriders, was writhing on the field and could not continue.

Head coach Jacques Chapdelaine said Adams' injury was not serious, but he could not guarantee the young QB would be available for Montreal's season finale in Hamilton next week.

Cato came into the game and scored a touchdown on his first drive to make it 14-5. He found Tiquan Underwood in extremely tight coverage in the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown _ Underwood's first TD of the season.

"Hats off to the offensive line,'' said Underwood, who finished with 77 receiving yards. "They did a great job giving Cato time and he threw a perfect pass. I didn't have to do much. He put it in a perfect pass where they couldn't make a play.''

The Alouettes (6-11-0), which were eliminated from playoff contention last week, got back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The Stampeders (15-2-1), meanwhile, who hadn't lost since June 25, failed to tie the single-season CFL wins record. QB Drew Tate started in relief of Bo Levi Mitchell and went 22 for 37 for 218 yards and two interceptions for Calgary.

Tate blamed himself for his team's loss.

"I wish I could have done better,'' he said. "There were a lot of throws I wish I had back. I get the ball every play, so I make the throws and have to make the decisions. And it just didn't work out today.''

The start was Tate's first since the final game of the 2015 CFL season. Mitchell got the day off with the Stamps having already clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the West Division final.

"We play for rings, not records,'' said Tate of the failed attempt to tie the 1989 Edmonton Eskimos' 16-win season. "We don't get paid off records, we get paid when we win.''

With 94 receiving yards on Sunday, Montreal receiver Nik Lewis reached 13,000 career yards. He also recorded his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.

"I put a lot of work in this,'' said the 34-year-old Lewis. "Personally it feels really good. I'm so motivated by these young guys. Until I'm done, I want to be better.''

Notes: Attendance at Stade Percival Molson was 20,562. ... Calgary has a bye week next week. ... The Stamps lead the CFL in both points for (586) and points against (369).

(Canadian Press)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is good news for our Riders. It should ensure that they pick first in the 2017 draft!

Anonymous said...

To quote Nelson, "HaHa"

Anonymous said...


Grey Cup 2017 -- Ottawa beats BC. BOOK IT!

Anonymous said...

The Tiger Cats of Hamilton will do more than stun the league's best Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger Cats will annihilate them in this year's Grey Cup held in Toronto! You read that here first on, RODPEDERSEN.COM

Anonymous said...

Ha ha... ha ha hah.

Krusty the Clown

Anonymous said...

Who is the drunk Hamilton fan...they aren't going to win the crossover game yet anything else...way to injured and even when healthy they are still not that good lol.

Anonymous said...

The only drunks are the toque/John Deere cap wearing people of riderville who continue to support their loser team, so gullible.

George Porge said...

Was a big Tate fan, but I gotta say, not playing in any meaningful games in the past couple of years has definitely killed his skill. Was kindof hoping to see the Tate we knew in 2012, but I don't think that Tate is ever going to be back.

Still great to see Nik Lewis racking up the yards again this year - even if it is against my Stamps. Still my favorite CFL player by far. Hope he's still in the league in the next couple of years and can pass Geroy for catches in a career. If anyone can do it, Thick Nik can.

Cato was definitely the better of the two Als QBs in that game - Stamps defense had no answer for him. Hope Adams is okay and we'll see more of him though. He showed some talent in that game as well.

I see lots of other teams hoping for a classic Stampeders West Final choke. I'm not sure it's going to happen this year, but you never know in the one-and-done playoffs. The team that took the field yesterday isn't the same team that will be taking the field come playoff time - you can book that.

As for the Ti-Cats, I'm wondering what the record is for visits to the final without actually winning. I'm sure the Cats have to be up there.

Anonymous said...

Keep wondering. Or Google it.

Anonymous said...

Truths and fact;

The answer is obvious, Saskatchewan Roughriders front and center at 15 Grey Cup losses, followed by Winnipeg Blue Bombers 14 losses.