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Recap: Montreal 10, BC 43
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VANCOUVER – The Lions scored four touchdowns through the air as they took the second half of a back-to-back with the Montreal Alouettes 43-10 at BC Place Stadium on Saturday.

The two teams were meeting for the second time in eight days following a thrilling 30-25 win by the hometown Alouettes the week before in a game that needed all 60 minutes to be decided.

The contest began as most expected with the offences picking up where they left off the week before.  

The Lions opened the scoring on their first drive when Paul McCallum hit a 43-yard field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.  It was a personal milestone for the veteran placekicker as it marked the 600th field goal of his 19-year career.

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The Als took the field for their first possession looking to get off to a good start after having some games to forget at BC Place.  Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes have had well-documented challenges in Vancouver over the years and generated only a single point in their last visit in November of 2011 in a 43-1 loss.

Calvillo did just that, leading an impressive 5-play, 78-yard drive finished off by a 19-yard touchdown strike to WR Jamel Richardson.  It was Richardson's first reception since returning to the lineup after missing three games with an injury.  

The Als took a 10-3 lead but it wouldn’t last long.  Travis Lulay and the BC offence answered right back with a touchdown drive of their own when the pivot found Canadian wideout Shawn Gore with a 3-yard touchdown pass to take a 10-7 lead.

The drive was sparked by a 54-yard kickoff return by speedster Tim Brown who recorded his third 50-yard-plus return in the two-game series between the clubs.  After McCallum reached his milestone, so to did Lulay who recorded his 21st consecutive game with a touchdown pass, tying Calvillo and Doug Flutie for the CFL's all-time mark.

Lulay was working without the services of the league’s all-time leading pass-catcher, Geroy Simon, who was a scratch do to a hamstring injury sustained last week in Montreal.

The Als answered back with a 31-yard Sean Whyte field goal on their next possession to notch the game at 10 but the drive featured a bizarre play. 

With the Als in a third down situation, they lined up to attempt a 50-yard field goal.  Whyte booted it off the tee over to the visitor sideline and the ball was recovered by DB Kyries Hebert.  It was ruled a missed field goal but helped keep the ball in Montreal’s possession.  It was a calculated move by head coach Marc Trestman that aided in Montreal keeping pace with the Leos in the first quarter.

Two of the league’s most aggressive defences started to tighten up in the second quarter with the first score coming with just over seven minutes remaining when McCallum hit another field goal to give BC a 13-10 lead.

The Lions would add one more score before the half when WR Marco Iannuzzi hauled in a 5-yard touchdown strike from Lulay to complete an 11-play, 75-yard drive to open up a 10-point advantage.

The Leos were poised to add to their lead when McCallum set up for a 42-yard attempt with 12 seconds left in the half but sailed it wide left.  The Lions headed into the locker room with a 20-10 lead.

Lulay spreads the ball around


Travis Lulay didn't miss a beat with his main target out of the lineup, hitting four different receivers with touchdown passes Saturday. He finished the night with 262 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23 of 31 passing. Read more.

Lulay finished the first half with 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 of 21 passing.

The defences once again tightened up to open up the second half but Lulay and the Lions finally got on track near the end of the third quarter, engineering a 4:58 drive, covering 81 yards and ending with a 5-yard Nick Moore touchdown reception to put give the Lions a comfortable 27-10 lead.

The Lions defence was frustrating Calvillo all day, causing him to force the ball in tight spaces and throw it away when no receivers were open.  After the Leos forced a quick two-and-out, they went right back to work and effectively put the game away when Lulay matched a career-high regular season total four touchdown passes.  He found WR Ernest Jackson for a 43-yard major down the sidelines to take a commanding 34-10 lead.

With the game all but decided, both teams turned to their backup quarterbacks with Mike Reilly entering for the Lions and Adrian McPherson for the Alouettes.

Lulay finished the night with 262 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23 of 31 passing while Calvillo finished 16 of 26 for 152 yards and 1 touchdown.

Running back Andrew Harris would add a one-yard touchdown with under two minutes remaining to give the Lions a 43-10 lead.

The Lions defence won on the strength of a defence that held Calvillo off the board in the second half.

Next Week for BC: The Argos travel to BC for a duel with former defensive back Byron Parker and a stingy Lions defence.  BUY TICKETS.

Next Week for Montreal: The Als head to Regina to take on Darian Durant and the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic.  BUY TICKETS.



Fan Comments
nicolas7
The Als have a lot more talent/skill/effort in the tank than what was demonstrated in this game against the Lions!
And I expect that next week when they take on the Riders all of those ingredients will be exhibited on the field. But it will also be good test for the Riders in assessing how much their play has actually improved.
Looking forward to an exciting game!
September 09, 2012 - 7:30pm
 
gobombersgo
its nice to finally see the als on the wrong end of a butt kicking!
September 09, 2012 - 4:52pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
Lions had a feast of lark as I thought they might!
September 08, 2012 - 10:26pm
als rule
oh course you did just like the cats would beat the argos!!
September 09, 2012 - 10:31am
 
GoTi-Cats
Wow! That was a surprise. I thought the game would be close like the first one but the Als got thumped worse than the Ti-Cats did. It must be a real shock to als fans. Saskatchewan had better be expecting some pretty angry birds when they play them next week.
September 08, 2012 - 7:52pm
als rule
just might be!!
September 09, 2012 - 10:38am
 
als rule
no contest after the 1st quarter especially 2nd half!! leos proved their the top team in the league for right now!! game set match leos!! why the als can't get going out in BC is a question for the ages!! other teams from the east have the same problems but not to the degree that the als have in vancouver why do all eastern teams have this same problem?
September 08, 2012 - 7:52pm
GoTi-Cats
Frustrating isn't it, when you know your team should have and could have played better than it did? It's like they were hexed.
September 08, 2012 - 9:47pm
 
als rule
no contest after the 1st quarter especially 2nd half!! leos proved their the top team in the league for right now!! game set match leos!! why the als can't get going out in BC is a question for the ages!! other teams from the east have the same problems but not to the degree that the als have in vancouver why do all eastern teams have this same problem?
September 08, 2012 - 7:51pm
 
Tabbies4TW
Beautiful. Much luck to Winnipeg tomorrow, maybe they'll be able to get a good revenge game like this.
September 08, 2012 - 7:28pm
tabbiefanmcb
Do we want Winnipeg to win or maybe it really will not matter since the Ticats seem to be toast anyway unless they find their teeth and claws REALLY soon!
September 08, 2012 - 11:13pm
als rule
beautiful the cats swept by the argos!!
September 09, 2012 - 10:23am