Realty One

Sunday, September 30, 2018


MONTREAL - Defensive back Nick Marshall scored two rushing touchdowns as the surging Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Montreal Alouettes 34-29 in a game where Johnny Manziel threw his first two CFL touchdown passes in a losing effort.

Zach Collaros went 29 for 41 for 394 yards, a touchdown and an interception as Saskatchewan (9-5-0) won for the sixth time in seven games.

Manziel completed 9 of 16 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns for Montreal (3-11-0), which has lost three games in a row. The former Heisman Trophy winner added 45 yards on the ground. He was sacked five times.

Running back Stefan Logan scored a touchdown on a punt return.

Down 31-23 in the fourth quarter, Manziel threw his second touchdown of the game when he found Ernest Jackson in the end zone for the 20-yard score. Montreal almost tied the game with a two-point conversion but Manziel was stopped on the one-yard line. The drive started with an interception by Henoc Muamba.

Earlier in the game, the Alouettes starting quarterback found the end zone for the first time this season on one of Montreal's nicest plays of the year.

On a carefully executed trick play early in the second quarter, Manziel handed the ball off to running back William Stanback, who reversed it to receiver B.J. Cunningham with another handoff. Cunningham flicked the ball back to Manziel, who went deep for the 47-yard score to a wide-open Adarius Bowman.

The touchdown put the Alouettes ahead 14-13 in Manziel's fourth CFL start. The 25-year-old is still looking for his first victory of the season.

The Roughriders had 505 yards of total offence to Montreal's 187.

Montreal opened the scoring 6:51 into the game with an Antonio Pipkin QB sneak to take a 7-0 lead.

The Roughriders tied the game three minutes later on a 27-yard touchdown by Tre Mason, his first of the season.

Saskatchewan went up 13-7 on a 23-yard pass from Collaros to Kyran Moore in the dying seconds of the second quarter.

Manziel's TD and a Boris Bede field goal gave the Alouettes a 17-13 lead.

Marshall punched the ball into the end zone from one yard out late in the first half and the Riders added a two-point conversion.

Saskatchewan went up 24-17 on a Brett Lauther field goal.

Marshall scored another one-yard touchdown at 4:30 of the third quarter to put the visitors up 31-17.

The Alouettes began mounting their comeback attempt, against the run of play, on a 74-yard punt return by Logan at 14:21 of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 31-23. Logan became the Alouettes' all-time franchise leader for punt return yards.

Following Manziel's second touchdown and failed two-point conversion, Lauther added a 23-yard-field goal to give Saskatchewan the 34-29 lead.

Notes: There were 18,370 fans in attendance at Percival Molson Stadium.


- Unfortunately they were very opportunistic with what we gave them in turnovers and missed coverages. That allowed them to sneak back into the game. But we played well offensively. They also returned a punt, and that kept them in the game. Coach Sherman and his staff did a nice job with their game plan.

- We talked about Manziel all week. I played a bit more 2-man than I normally would against a scrambling QB and he caught me there late. Our front knows they gotta get him on the ground.

- Mac did a great job with the 6-receivers and that package, especially in the second half. That cleared the box up for Zach to see what was coming. He felt very comfortable with it.

- St. John has been playing pretty well. We've had him on our big team and field goals. We rotated him with Bladek which allowed to get him on the field more.

- It was status quo. Nobody had any bad injuries out there today.

( Wire Services)


Heptiro said...

Poorly officiated game. There were at least TWO very obvious holds including one where the MTL player through a Rider defender to the ground right in front of the ref. No penalty and Manziel was able to scramble for a first down. Reversing an offside when the replay does show a Rider slightly jumping but a MTL wide receiver was at least 3 yards offside which of course they missed.Should have been offsetting. Many other dubious calls like the phantom pass interference call that even Forde questioned.I know every teams fans thinks the refs and command center want the other team to win but...
Yes the Riders won but why was it even close?
Why is 87 J. Stanford still ahead of Rob Bagg? He dropped a sure pass and tipped his other for an interception. Time to make a change.
Finally the first play of the game 32 Gagne hits a very obvious out of bounds MTL player. 15 yards for rough play. How dumb is that?

Albert Patenaude said...

Don't get too exited! We beat arguably the worst team in the league. It was nice to see the offence finally pull its weight. A real test will be next game against the Eskimos. Go Riders!

Anonymous said...

By far the best output all season by the offense. Zach finally looked like he was in s groove. No costly drops by the receivers, solid running game and o line play equals a win. I think the score actually flattered Montreal. Great to come out if there with another victory, sole possession of second place, go Riders!

dave spad said...

A little closer than I would of liked, but a win none the less!

Go Riders!!

Unknown said...

The call that stil has me wondering was the no yards on the Montreal punt return TD . When you look at the replay the rider player was not in the five yard zone and even more baffling was the flag wasn't thrown until the Montreal player had burst through the hole , there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the flag was a holding call on Montreal and the ref changed it to no yards .

Brian Shepherd said...

The ‘no yards’ against Montreal should have also had a 10-yard objectionable conduct on top of the 15-yarder.

John Waynes Holster said...

Get ready to say goodbye to St. John at the end of this year when his contract expires. Why waste the time, better start looking for another Cdn.