MONTREAL — Darian Durant threw landing passes to B.J. Cunningham and Ernest Jackson in his Alouettes debut as Montreal defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 17-16 on Thursday evening.
The Roughriders had an opportunity to win it on the ultimate play of the sport however Tyler Crapigna’s field-goal try from the 45 was huge to the fitting.
Boris Bede’s fourth-quarter area aim stood up because the game-winning factors for Montreal. Durant performed his first recreation since he was acquired in January after 11 seasons in Saskatchewan.
Kevin Glenn, again with the Roughriders after beginning final season with Montreal, threw a TD move to Bakari Grant. Crapigna added three area objectives.
Durant marched the ball to the Saskatchewan 37 on the opening drive, however Bede missed the 45-yard field-goal try.
Neither facet was in a position to mount a lot on assault till 10:25 of the second quarter, when Cunningham acquired behind security Mike Edem for a 65-yard landing reception.
Glenn hit proper again with a 10-play drive capped by a 19-yard TD move to Grant at 13:27, a play that stood as much as video assessment when Grant was stripped of the ball simply previous the aim line.
A shanked Bede punt gave the Roughriders one other likelihood and, aided by a 33-yard strike to Nic Demski, Crapigna was good from 35 yards for a 10-7 halftime lead.
A 27-yard run up the center by Cameron Marshall on the opening play from scrimmage within the second half helped arrange Crapigna’s 40-yard area aim at 3:27.
Montreal answered with an eight-play drive that noticed Jackson make a 12-yard TD catch ultimately zone at 7:07.
The tip of the third and begin of the fourth quarter noticed three straight possessions finish with turnovers — a fumble by Marshall, a Jonathon Mincy interception and a Nik Lewis fumble. None produced factors.
An 18-yard Crapigna boot at 8:04 put the Riders forward, solely to have Bede match it with an 18-yard kick at 12:31.
Alouettes defensive again Travis Hawkins was injured on the primary play of the second half and didn’t return.
Coach Glen Constantin and several other Laval Rouge et Or gamers had been saluted at halftime for his or her Vanier Cup win final season.
THE CANADIAN PRESS