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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

REDBLACKS OUTLAST ALOUETTES 24-19

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks finally earned a victory. Now they want to build off of it.

Ottawa ended a four-game winless streak with a 24-19 win over the Montreal Alouettes (2-3) Wednesday night at TD Place.

As usual the Redblacks (1-3-1) didn't make things easy on themselves as they allowed the Alouettes to attempt a comeback in the second half, but unlike previous games were able to hold on to the lead to pick up their first win of the season.

Trevor Harris was 29-of-41 passing for 376 yards with two TD's, while Montreal's Darian Durant was 35 for 45 for 452 yards and two TD's and two interceptions.

"It's good, but we've got to keep it in perspective, it's one win,'' said Harris.

"I really think this is a win that can kind of catapult a team as we found a way to win late as opposed to finding a way to lose.''

The play of the game came with just over one minute left when the Ottawa defence held off the Alouettes on third-and-one attempt at Ottawa's eight-yard line, sending the sellout crowd of 24,756 into a frenzy.

`"That was a huge play,'' said Redblacks DB Antoine Pruneau. "I knew when we were on the field that our guys wanted it more and every single guy pushed hard and won their individual battle and we got the job done.''

All week Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell's message had been about finding ways to make big plays, force the other team to make more mistakes and Wednesday the Redblacks were able to take advantage with fumble recoveries and interceptions. Montreal had four turnovers in the first half alone.

"That was the difference,'' said Campbell. "Our defence has been solid in long stretches, but was lacking that momentum changing play and (Wednesday) I would guess we had five turnovers, off the top of my head, and when you do that it's a big lift for the football team so I credit our guys for making those big plays.''

Looking to close a 24-18 gap Boris Bede attempted a 50-yard field goal, but settled for a single after kicking the ball out of bounds.

Trailing 17-3 the Alouettes pushed back hard in the third quarter.

Durant connected with Tiquan Underwood for a 51-yard touchdown pass and Nic Lewis for a four-yard TD, but Ottawa replied with a touchdown of its own as Brad Sinopoli took in a short pass to lead 24-18 heading into the fourth quarter.

With 14:12 left in the third quarter, Lewis got his name in the record books as he became just the fourth player in the league to record his 1,000th reception on a nine-yard gain.

"It's an awesome feeling to be able to reach that milestone and just still be here 14 years later,'' said Lewis. "I was talking to some of their players on the field and they're like 22 and 23 and I've been playing for 25 years so it's good to be able to still be here. It's a blessing from God to still be able to do it.''

The Redblacks were able to cap off a solid first half with an 18-yard field goal by Brett Maher in the final minute to take a 17-3 lead into the break.

Slow starts have been an issue for the Alouettes and this night was no different.

"We took points off the board with those (first-half) turnovers,'' said Durant. "When you get a chance to score touchdowns you have to do that and we didn't do it in the first half. We turned the ball over.''

Pruneau came up with a huge play in the second quarter with an interception in the end zone. Illegal contact on the receiver was initially called, but Ottawa challenged and the call was overturned. On the ensuing play Harris connected with Greg Ellingson for an 80-yard touchdown to take a 14-3 lead.

The Redblacks jumped out to a 6-0 lead on 20- and 38-yard field goals by Maher early in the first quarter. Montreal cut the lead in half with a 42-yard field goal to make it 6-3 after the first quarter.

This game marks the third of four in a stretch of 17 days for the Redblacks, with the last being played Monday in Toronto. CFL commissioner and former player Randy Ambrosie was in attendance Wednesday and admitted to having some concern with Ottawa's schedule.

"As a player I would have found it very difficult to play three games in 11 days, particularly in the back third of my career when just getting out of bed after one game was hard enough much less that many games in a short turn,'' Ambrosie said when he spoke to media at halftime.

"This is a very intense game, played by these very large human beings. I think it's too many games in too few nights.''

Ambrosie went on to say that next season he would do his best to make the schedule as fair and safe for all teams involved.

(Canadian Press)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Darian looked awful, even Montreal's reporter Herb tweeted it out

Anonymous said...

Why would we care about another teams quarterback?

Anonymous said...

who looked awful

Anonymous said...

Darian passed for over 450 yards, get your story straight.

@mrt_man said...

SOUNDS LIKE ANON QUIT WATCHING AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER... DD WAS SLINGIN IT OUT THERE! OVER 400 YARDS... DRIVE AFTER DRIVE TO KEEP PACE WITH OTTAWA.

TOO BAD FOR DD THEY COULDN'T FINISH OFF THE LAST DRIVE ONE WOULD THINK THAT 3RD N ONE SHOULD BE PRETTY DOABLE.

Anonymous said...

Interception Specialist puts on show against Ottawa and gets his ass kicked.

Doovy 49 said...

Great game to watch. CFL this year is so exciting. No blowouts, all close games. Ratings have got to be on the rise!!!

Anonymous said...

Great to see Montreal lose.

Anonymous said...

Gets his ass kicked...it was a loss less then a touchdown in difference...guess the riders really get smacked every game on the most part then bud. Montreal has been playing competetive all season against good teams even...they didn't need to pick on a team like Hamilton, they did it to Calgary...when is the last time you guys beat Calgary. How did you guys do against Montreal this season at this point? Let's hear the excuses.

CM said...

DD looked good. Watch the whole game before you comment. And bottom line, when its money time (i.e. playoffs) he always plays big. He has the track record to prove it. 3 Cups, should have won2 but still won 1. Hes not as good a fit as Glenn in a McAdoo short passing offence, but overall hes still a better player than Glenn. Again track record proves that. Regular season stats are for losers.

Anonymous said...

Montreal better be competitive, they are the oldest team in the league. Kavis built them to win now, not in a couple of years

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh... Roughriders won the 2013 GC, in the process of doing so, kicking dirt turf and horse manure in the face of all Stampeders like the little whiny be'otches they are to this very day. By the way, Riders did just fine against the Alouettes early this year, no problem, moved on. Stampeders, now that's different story as they got spanked by the Alouettes, hmm... problems in Calgary as teammates start tuning out big mouth BLM. By the way, the Alouettes have a losing record 2-3 on a downward trend as a 1-3-1team (REDBLACKS) handed them a beat down last night leading the game wire to wire in Ottawa. Go Roughriders!

Slam said...

Rider fan in Ottawa - Was at the game last night - towards end of 2nd quarter DD got it going and was throwing as well as I've seen him. All QBs are much better if they're allowed time. Chris Jones just made that comment about KG.

It's water under the bridge - but would've been nice to see DD get that opportunity again in SK. I assume it's financial - but would've been a great to have DD and KG as combo.

My fear is KG going down and then Riders are left with a whole bunch of inexperience...

Anonymous said...

To lose the game by failing on a 3rd and one is so 2016 Riderish!!

Anonymous said...

Darian Durant ...

Inevitable slow start - check✔
Throw in the dirt - check✔
Roll him eyes at on field teammates - check✔
Interception - check✔
Fumble - check✔
Interception - check✔
Can't finish in the red zone - check✔
Another loss - check✔
More excuses - check✔
Glad he's no longer a Rider - check✔

Anonymous said...

By year-end the Als will have a much better record than the Riders. But that being said our offensive line has played much better this year

Green is the color. said...

Every game Riders get smacked!!! REALLY??!!

Anonymous said...

Why any player would come here is beyond me. Even if they do well with the Riders, win a Grey Cup and spend several years here, as soon as they are gone, the wrath of the vocal part of "Rider Nation" comes down on them and they are ridiculed, and insulted. Some of these so called fans want nothing more than to see them injured and losing. Incredibly vengeful. I have never been so embarrassed to have been a Rider fan.

Anonymous said...

Man, love watchin DD when he's on like that. Slow start for sure, but looked awesome in the second half and had MTL not got stuffed pn 3rd and 1, you could just feel he was gonna get them into the end zone for the win. That MTL offence is starting to come tohether.

3RD and 1 said...

Your comment that 3RD and 1 should be doable.
Well I'm here to say that 3RD and 1 is absolutely doable.
Just ask the pretty ladies in my circle. ahahahaha

3RD and 1 said...

I like Darian as much as the next guy. Montreals offence looks shaky. What excuses are needed. Montreal is not a good team and Darian will not take you to the promised land. The Riders played well in Montreal 1st game this year and because a young SK kicker couldn't put through a 45 yard field goal at the end of the game. Montreal won but they didn't beat the Riders. The kicker let his team down. They say stats are for losers and they may be right. Because the Riders beat Montreal in all the important stats except the one that counted.
So don't be given Montreal this we beat Calgary so we are better BS. Calgary isn't the same team this year that they were the past couple years. Edmonton beat them and Ottawa tied and almost beat them in Calgary

Anonymous said...

Crunch time performance to put his team in position to win - Check.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like alot of excuses to me! ALS 1 - Riders 0, bottom line bud.

Anonymous said...

Dear Crunch time,

Seee above;
Another loss - check✔
Can't finish in the red zone - check✔
More excuses - check✔
Glad he's no longer a Rider - check✔

Anonymous said...

3rd and 1 you blame your kicker for the loss but truthfully your team never played well enough to keep it away from depending on one kick to win...the riders lost as a team to Montreal straight up. Your all saying Durant won't take Montreal to the promise land but yet you all are fine with a Qb at 38 with no Grey Cups...Durant will take Montreal to the Grey Cup before Glenn will take the riders to the Grey Cup any day of the week. Glenn threw a late interception in the game against Montreal but that had nothing to do with them losing...all on the kicker. Really need to realize a lot of mistakes were made by the riders that costed them the game well before the missed field goal bud, watch the game again

Anonymous said...

3RD and 1: what a ridiculous comment in a football conversation. That told us much about you.

Anonymous said...

Dear checkmark...you're sure paying him alot of mind for someone whose glad he's no longer a rider. If you watched that whole game,then you know the truth and saw DD starting to take that game over and it sticks in your craw. MTL's offence is turning a corner. They will be in the playoffs - the Riders will not.