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Christian's 110-yard kickoff return helps Argonauts stun Alouettes

Aug 15, 2010 - 3:52 AM
TORONTO (CP) - Chad Owens caught two TD passes while Ryan Christian returned a kickoff a club-record 110 yards for another as the surprising Toronto Argonauts stunned the Montreal Alouettes 37-22 at Rogers Centre on Saturday night.

Christian, a first-year player from Texas Christian, electrified the season-high Rogers Centre gathering of 22,311 at 2:08 of the second quarter, a play after Montreal had pulled to within 14-7. Christian broke the Argos' record of 109 yards set by Terry Greer in 1981 and capped the play by summersaulting into the end zone.

But it was Owens, who was acquired from Montreal before the season, who cemented the victory. He hauled in a 40-yard TD toss from Cleo Lemon at 8:00 of the fourth to put Toronto ahead 38-22 when Montreal seemed to be gaining some momentum.

Owens finished with six catches for 163 yards and the two TDs, the Argos first 100-yard receiver of the season.

Lemon recorded his first three-TD game for Toronto, which wore dark blue retro 1970s jerseys and the A symbol on their helmets.

Toronto (5-2) moved into a first-place tie with Montreal (5-2) atop the East Division standings. And after having to rally for their first four wins of the year, the Argos - who had only three wins all of last year - had to hold on for this one after storming out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

Montreal made it interesting in the third after Lemon's 18-yard TD strike to Andre Durie at 3:32 put Toronto ahead 31-14. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo, playing after dislocating a finger on his passing hand last week, found a wide-open S.J. Green on a 49-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 31-21 at 7:42.

Calvillo also took Montreal on a 70-yard, 11-play drive to the Toronto 31-yard line but the Als could only muster a single on Duval's errant 39-yard field goal attempt to pull to within 31-22 at 5:25 of the fourth.

Calvillo finished 37-of-50 passing for 443 yards and three TDs for the defending Grey Cup champions, who also had three turnovers.

Kerry Watkins and Jamel Richardson scored Montreal's other touchdowns. Damon Duval booted the converts, a field goal and single.

Cory Boyd also scored a touchdown for Toronto. Shaw added the converts and a field goal.

Calvillo's six-yard TD strike to Richardson at 14:52 of the second capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive that not only cut Toronto's half-time lead to 24-14 but also helped take away some of the sting of being victimized by the big play.

Christian delivered the opening half's biggest play right after Calvillo had pulled Montreal to within 14-7 with a pinpoint 17-yard TD strike to Watkins in the corner of the end zone.

Toronto's special teams came up huge again later the second when Bryan Crawford surprised Montreal with a 42-yard run on a fake third-down punt. That set up Shaw's 20-yard field goal at 11:57 for the 24-7 advantage.

Owens' opened the scoring with an exciting 63-yard TD pass from Lemon at 6:55 of the first. Then Boyd bulldozed his way into the endzone on a one-yard scoring run at 10:05, two plays after he surprised the Alouettes defence by hitting Lemon on a cross-field halfback option pass that went for 13 yards and put Toronto on Montreal's eight-yard line.

However, Lemon hit just one receiver in the opening half, finding Owens on three tosses for 77 yards. His other completion was to Jeremaine Copeland, who fumbled after a 50-yard completion and promptly left the game with an unspecified injury.

Calvillo, by comparison, was 16-of-22 passing for 205 yards and the two TDs, with an interception but spread his completions between five receivers and tailback Avon Cobourne. Calvillo also lost a fumble.

NOTES - Montreal slotback Ben Cahoon moved past Darren Flutie (972) into second in all-time receptions with an 11-yard catch in the second quarter . . . This is the first of three straight games versus East Division rivals for Toronto, which will now play two consecutive contests versus arch-rival Hamilton . . . Receivers Eric Deslaurier and Marc Olivier Broullette as well as tackles Skip Seagaves and Dylan Steenbergen didn't dress for Montreal. Linebacker Jeremy Unertil, tackles Joe Eppele and Shannon Boatman and receiver Spencer Watt were Toronto's scratches.








  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 14 7 1 22
    TORONTO 14 10 7 6 37 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, CHAD OWENS 63 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK), 6:35. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - TD, CORY BOYD 1 YD RUN (JAMIE BOREHAM
    KICK), 10:22. TORONTO 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: MON - TD, KERRY WATKINS

    Aug 14 10:25 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    CHAD OWENS 40 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (PAT FAILED)
    MONTREAL 22
    TORONTO 37 6:19 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Alouettes 22, Argonauts 37  4th - 6:19Aug 14 10:15 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE MON
    DAMON DUVAL 51 YD OFF A MISSED FIELD GOAL
    MONTREAL 22
    TORONTO 31 9:56 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Alouettes 22, Argonauts 31  4th - 9:56Aug 14 10:05 PM


  • CFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 14 7 21
    TORONTO 14 10 7 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, CHAD OWENS 63 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK), 6:35. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - TD, CORY BOYD 1 YD RUN (JAMIE BOREHAM
    KICK), 10:22. TORONTO 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: MON - TD, KERRY

    Aug 14 9:55 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    S.J. GREEN 49 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY CALVILLO
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 21
    TORONTO 31 7:26 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Alouettes 21, Argonauts 31  3rd - 7:26Aug 14 9:40 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    ANDRE DURIE 17 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK)
    MONTREAL 14
    TORONTO 31 11:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Alouettes 14, Argonauts 31  3rd - 11:20Aug 14 9:30 PM


  • CFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 14 14
    TORONTO 14 10 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, CHAD OWENS 63 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK), 6:35. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - TD, CORY BOYD 1 YD RUN (JAMIE BOREHAM
    KICK), 10:22. TORONTO 14-0
    2ND QUARTER: MON - TD, KERRY WATK

    Aug 14 9:15 PM
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    Alouettes 14, Argonauts 24  HalfAug 14 9:15 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    JAMEL RICHARDSON 7 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY CALVILLO
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 14
    TORONTO 24 0:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 14, Argonauts 24  2nd - 0:08Aug 14 9:00 PM


  • CFL
    FG TOR
    GRANT SHAW 20 YD
    MONTREAL 7
    TORONTO 24 3:15 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 7, Argonauts 24  2nd - 3:15Aug 14 8:50 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    RYAN CHRISTIAN 110 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (GRANT SHAW KICK)
    MONTREAL 7
    TORONTO 21 12:52 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 7, Argonauts 21  2nd - 12:52Aug 14 8:30 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    KERRY WATKINS 17 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY CALVILLO
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 7
    TORONTO 14 13:23 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 7, Argonauts 14  2nd - 13:23Aug 14 8:30 PM


  • CFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 0
    TORONTO 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, CHAD OWENS 63 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK), 6:35. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - TD, CORY BOYD 1 YD RUN (JAMIE BOREHAM
    KICK), 10:22. TORONTO 14-0

    Aug 14 8:20 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    CORY BOYD 1 YD RUN
    (JAMIE BOREHAM KICK)
    MONTREAL 0
    TORONTO 14 4:36 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Alouettes 0, Argonauts 14  1st - 4:36Aug 14 8:10 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    CHAD OWENS 63 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK)
    MONTREAL 0
    TORONTO 7 8:05 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Alouettes 0, Argonauts 7  1st - 8:05Aug 14 8:00 PM