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Recap: Montreal 36, Winnipeg 26

WINNIPEG – Jamel Richardson’s two touchdown receptions along with Sean Whyte's four field goals lifted the Montreal Alouettes to a 36-26 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium Friday night. 

Richardson came into the game saying that he was not concerned with statistics and more focused on wins after being relatively limited by opposing defences that keyed in on him in the previous five weeks. He accomplished both by catching for 91 yards and two touchdowns on just 4 receptions.

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Meanwhile Anthony Calvillo finished 17 of 29 passing for 368 yards and two touchdown tosses with no interceptions.  It was also his fifth straight 300-yard game of the season.

The Bombers entered the contest trying to build off of last week’s thrilling home win over the Edmonton Eskimos while the Als were trying to head into the bye week with a road win under their belt.

Calvillo and the Alouettes got their offence rolling early on, engineering a 6-play, 81-yard touchdown drive capped off by Jamel Richardson’s first major of the year on an 11-yard grab.  The Als added a punt single on the first possession of the game and were up 8-0 early.

Both defences settled in near the end of the quarter and no better example was when a Bombers sack forced the Alouettes into a 2nd and 24 situation. But the veteran Calvillo calmly found rookie Patrick Lavoie over the middle for a first down, leading to a 17-yard Sean Whyte field goal, putting his club up 11-0.

The Bombers offence would begin to gain some positive yardage towards the beginning of the second quarter as Alex Brink leaned on Chad Simpson for two big runs, the longest of which was 33 yards, leading to a 33-yard Justin Palardy field goal.

Brink would finish with 311 yards and two touchdowns on 35 of 39 passing.  Meanwhile Simpson would finish with 65 yards on the ground off 7 carries.

Whyte would add another punt single and then kick through a 32-yard field goal with 1:48 left in the half to put the Alouettes up 15-3 at halftime.

Whitaker does it again

After a dominant performance versus the Blue Bombers in Week 2, Alouettes RB Brandon Whitaker accumulated 179 total yards on 24 touches, 115 on the ground.
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One Winnipeg's primary objectives heading into Friday night was trying to shut down RB Brandon Whitaker both in the backfield and in the flat after the Als' ball-carrier recorded 235 yards and three touchdowns in their Week 2 meeting last month.  Whitaker picked up right where he left off, generating 122 all-purpose yards, 86 on the ground, by halftime.

The defences once again dug in to start the second half with the Als virtually shutting down Brink and the Bombers offence and forcing them into two and out situations on every possession until their last of the third frame.

The Bombers defence on the other hand played bend but not break defence shutting down the Alouettes in the redzone and forcing Sean Whyte to make good on two third quarter field goals.

The first, a 19-yarder, was set up by a 33-yard catch-and-run by receiver SJ Green while forcing a Clarence Denmark fumble on a punt return set up a 27-yarder on the following possession.

By forcing field goals, the Bombers defence kept themselves in the game and Brink would build off a few more big plays by Simpson and complete a five-play drive resulting in a 10-yard touchdown pass to sophomore WR Cory Watson to cut the Alouettes lead to 21-10.

That would be as close as the Bombers would come however as Calvillo put the game out of reach with just over seven minutes left when he dropped back and fired a pass 59 yards to a wide open Richardson who trotted into the endzone for his second major of the game.

Brink would add a late touchdown, taking a one-yard plunge on his own, late in the game and would add a two point conversion to make it close but the Als scored a late major set up by a 70-yard Eric Deslauriers reception and hung onto a 36-26 victory.  The final Winnipeg score came on the last play of the game when they recorded a touchdown followed by a two-poing conversion.

Fan Comments
ar-your boys narrowly beat an inept 0-5(other than jyles gift) team with a 2nd string qb and 4th string rb and all of a sudden they r
August 07, 2012 - 7:28pm
Richardson caught a few and Green developed butter fingers most of the time. Had Bombers played he first part of the game like they did the last few minutes, they might have pulled out a win.
August 04, 2012 - 1:14pm
als rule
yes I 2 would be worried!! the beasts of the east are coming after you whiner!!
August 05, 2012 - 11:26am
Good win for the Als. Should make them feel better but what's with the unnecessary horsecollar tackle in the end zone and the headhunting on QB Brink that everyone except the refs saw???
August 04, 2012 - 12:44am
als rule
I'm not calling you a liar but I don't recall the horsecollar but LB #12 davis' hit on brink yes was a helmet to helmet hit!!
August 04, 2012 - 11:47am
GTC -I have to agree with you about the refereeing. At least they caught the horse collar but how they could miss the head shot (and a few other PI calls) is beyond me.
August 04, 2012 - 1:12pm
ar: The horsecollar happened on the 2-pt conversion late in the game and it was flagged. You can see it on the recap video.
August 04, 2012 - 3:32pm
This league continues to let me down because of its poor officiating. How all refs missed that Brink head shot is beyond me. Inconsistent refs in this league bring the CFL down to a level I'm sometimes ashamed of. Either pay refs better, put better procedures in place to educate refs on what to look for (do I really have to say this?), implement better screenings/tests for refs....something! If this league seriously wants to generate more hype and interest, or keep their current fan base for goodness sakes, they ought to get better officiating! Fast!
August 03, 2012 - 11:49pm
Disagree. Yeah the refs miss some stuff, of course. Didn't Chris Walby say, before they took him off TV (thankfully) that every player cheats every play?

The non-calls and the make-believe calls in the NHL are by far 100X worse than the CFL. Feel a stick on you, drop like you've been shot. 2 minutes. Goalies diving, running goalies, etc... what a **** show.

That said, they can always improve. And I hope they continue to. But don't ever blame a ref for a loss - the teams can do that all by themselves.
August 04, 2012 - 2:52am
als rule
more money doesn't make a bad ref a good ref!! the north american attitude of throwing money at a problem doesn't work & all it does is just make the problem richer but just as bad!! you can't compare anything about 2 different sports and expect the comparison to be legit!!
August 05, 2012 - 11:43am