Canadian Football League

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Montreal moves into first place in Canadian Football League East

Damon Duval's 48-yard field goal as time expired lifted Montreal over Edmonton, 32-29, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Anthony Calvillo finished 24-of-39 for 232 yards for the Alouettes (2-1), who are coming off a 39-36 loss to Ottawa. Ezra Landry finished with 240 return yards and two touchdowns, including a 125-yard missed field goal return in the second quarter.
Ricky Ray completed 25-of-43 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns for the Eskimos (2-1), who faced Montreal for the first time since the 2003 Grey Cup in Regina.
Edmonton jumped out to an early 14-0 advantage, but saw that lead evaporate to just seven on Landry's return in the second quarter.
The Alouettes trailed by the same margin early in the second quarter before a single by Duval trimmed the deficit to six. Mike Villimek tied the game moments later on his one-yard plunge before Duval put Montreal ahead 15-14 with the extra-point.
Landry put the Alouettes up by eight midway through the third on his 75-yard punt return, but Ray found Derrell Mitchell for a two-yard strike to make it a one point game just before the fourth quarter.
The game continued to see-saw back and forth throughout the final quarter until Duval's kick sealed the win for Montreal.NOTES:Landry's 125-yard missed field goal return is the longest in Montreal team history and the fourth longest in CFL history...Calvillo surpassed 40,000 yards passing for his career in the third quarter.


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