Sunday, September 16, 2012

Montreal beats Riders by 11

Montreal, PQ -- The Montreal Alouettes zipped to a 16 point halftime lead and settled for an 11 point, 28-17 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of 23,147 at Molson Percival Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Montreal opened the scoring by capping an 8 play, 74 yard drive with a Brandon Whitaker 3 yard scoring run. Sean Whyte converted and the Als were up 7-0 3:54 into the game. Saskatchewan responded with a 48 yard Sandro DeAngelis field goal with 6:43 left in the first, making it a 7-3 Montreal lead. The Alouettes then went 81 yards in 6 plays in 2 and a half minutes, getting a 1 yard Adrian McPherson sneak for the major. Whyte converted and Montreal was up 14-3 with 4:03 to play in the opening quarter.

In the second, Whyte's 43 yard field goal attempt was deflected by the Riders' Mick Williams, but the ball squirted through the end zone for a 56 yard single with 7:34 to play in the half, booting the Als' lead to 15-3. After another long Saskatchewan field goal by DeAngelis, this one from 46 yards away with 4:18 to play made it 15-6 Als, Brian Bratton would haul in a short pass from Anthony Calvillo and somersault into the endzone for an 8 yard touchdown reception. Whyte converted with 37 seconds left and Montreal had the 22-6 lead they would take into halftime.

The Roughriders would get some help in the third quarter as Whyte conceded a pair of safety touches with 10:58 and 8:43 remaining respectively, slicing the Montreal lead to 22-10.

In the fourth, Saskatchewan crawled within a single score, as Kory Sheets took a short pass from Drew Willy and did the rest, going 33 yards for the major. DeAngelis converted and with just 55 seconds gone in the fourth, the Riders trailed by just five, at 22-17. Penalties and the toe of Whyte would seal Saskatchewan's fate. Whyte's two field goals, a 34 yarder with 6:42 left and a 41 yarder with 1:55 to play ended the scoring, as Montreal would end the Riders' two game win streak with the 28-17 win.

For the Alouettes, Anthony Calvillo was 14-of-27 passing for 266 yards passing and 1 touchdown, an 8 yard toss to Brian Bratton. Brandon Whitaker and Adrian McPherson each rushed for a touchdown and Sean Whyte kicked two field goals, 3 converts and 1 single. Whitaker also added 4 catches for 102 yards and 45 rushing yards on1 4 carries. For Saskatchewan, Drew Willy was 22-of-34 for 225 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions, Kory Sheets rushed 12 times for 81 and caught 3 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Weston Dressler caught 6 passes for 78 yards and Sandro DeAngelis kicked 2 field goals and a convert.

The stats rundown shows Montreal with 266 yards passing, 62 yards rushing and 293 yards total offense. The Als picked up 20 first downs, allowed 2 sacks, turned the ball over twice and were flagged 6 times for 55 yards. The Roughriders had 225 yards passing, 93 rushing and 288 yards total offense. They grabbed 16 first downs, allowed 3 sacks, turned the ball over four times and were penalized a staggering 16 times for 181 yards. Time of possession went to Montreal, 30:24 to 29:36.

With the win, the Alouettes improve to 7-4, good for first in the CFL East, 2 points ahead of second place Toronto. Their next game is Sunday, September 23rd, 1:00pm EDT at home against Toronto. Saskatchewan slips to 5-6, tied with Edmonton and 6 points back of first place BC in the West. The Riders next action is next Sunday, September 23rd 4:00pm EDT against Calgary, a team they lost to 17-10 in week #9. Catch all the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The game can be viewed in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online, at

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