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Alouettes recover ball in the end zone on final play, beat Argos 37-30

Oct 30, 2010 - 2:33 AM TORONTO (CP) - Dahrran Diedrick's touchdown on the game's final play earned the Montreal Alouettes a wild 37-30 victory over the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night.

The play was set up by Damon Duval's 36-yard field goal attempt to win the game that sailed wide right. Toronto's Mike Bradwell booted the ball out of the end zone but Duval kicked it back in, looking to score a single point.

Argo Grant Shaw tried to kick the bouncing ball out again, but couldn't and in a mad scramble, Diedrick managed to register the recovery, much to the disdain of the 22,427 gathered at Rogers Centre.

Even the officials seemed unsure as the play went to the replay booth for a final consultation before it was ruled the result would stand.

Duval's boot was set up by Etienne Boulay's interception off a James Robinson deflection with 1:04 remaining. And it ended an amazing fourth for the Als, who mounted two 90-plus yard scoring drives to pull into a 30-30 tie.

Duval capped a 16-play, 99-yard drive with an 11-yard field goal at 9:42 before Calvillo hit Kerry Watkins on a 54-yard TD strike with 1:42 remaining to end a six-play, 94-yard march.

With the loss, Toronto (8-9) can finish no higher than third in the East Division. So the Argos will travel to Hamilton to face the arch-rival Tiger-Cats in the conference semifinal Nov. 14.

The winner will face Montreal (12-5) in the East Division final Nov. 21. The Alouettes got back on the winning track following an embarrassing 40-3 thumping in Hamilton last week and initially looked like they were going to easily handle the Argos, surging into a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

But Toronto managed to hang around and stay close, in part due to a stellar performance by special-teams ace Chad Owens, whose brilliant returns consistently gave the Argos solid field position. However, a costly fumble in the first that led to a Montreal TD took some of the luster off Owens' night.

The exciting first-year Argo put the home team ahead 23-20 with a 14-yard TD grab at 10:17 of the third. He brought fans to their feet again with a 70-yard punt return TD but it was called back due to an illegal block with 3:06 left in the quarter.

It didn't matter, though, as CFL rushing leader Cory Boyd scored on a 33-yard run at 13:30 to give Toronto a 30-20 lead.

Toronto had a glorious chance to cement the win late in the third when Evan McCollough's 42-yard fumble return put the home team at the Montreal nine-yard line. But on second-and-goal from the five, Lemon forced a ill-advised throw to Reggie McNeal that Mark Estelle intercepted in the end zone as the quarter ended.

And that came back to haunt Toronto as Montreal countered with the 99-yard drive to pull to within a TD.

Ben Cahoon and Avon Cobourne had Montreal's touchdowns. Duval booted four converts and three field goals.

Bradwell had Toronto's other touchdown. Noel Prefontaine had three converts and three field goals.

Lemon's 10-yard TD strike to Bradwell at 13:39 of the second cut Montreal's half-time lead to 17-16. It was set up by a 63-yard return off a missed field goal by Owens, who had a hand in three of the Argos' biggest first-half plays.

It was Owens' fumble on a punt return, recovered by Montreal's Kerry Carter, that set up the Als' first TD. Calvillo hit Cahoon on a 15-yard pass on the first play after the turnover at 3:46.

Calvillo's 61-yard completion to Jamel Richardson set up his second TD strike, a four-yard toss to Cobourne at 8:41 to put Montreal ahead 14-0. Owens registered a 62-yard punt return in the second, with only a brilliant effort by Chip Cox saving the TD.

Cox's play took special significance as all Toronto could muster was Prefontaine's 27-yard field goal at 5:03 that cut Montreal's lead to 17-9.

Notes: Owens surpassed 1,000 yards in punt returns with his 62-yard effort. He's just the fifth player in CFL history to have more than 1,000 yards in both kickoff and punt returns in a season. ... Montreal's lineup was bolstered by the return of Duval and Watkins from injury and kick-returner Larry Taylor from the NFL's New York Jets, although Taylor seemed to suffer a leg injury after returning the opening kickoff. ... The Argos went with the same lineup that won in Winnipeg last week.






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    Alouettes 37, Argonauts 30  FinalOct 31 12:18 AM


  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 17 3 3 14 37
    TORONTO 3 13 14 0 30 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MON - TD, BEN CAHOON 15 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 3:30. MONTREAL 7-0
    MON - TD, AVON COBOURNE 4 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 8:19. MONTREAL 14-0
    MON

    Oct 29 10:12 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    0 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 37
    TORONTO 30 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Alouettes 37, Argonauts 30  End of Reg.Oct 29 10:12 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    KERRY WATKINS 54 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY CALVILLO
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 30
    TORONTO 30 1:42 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Alouettes 30, Argonauts 30  4th - 1:42Oct 29 9:57 PM
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    Alouettes 30, Argonauts 30  4th - 1:42Oct 29 9:57 PM


  • CFL
    FG MON
    DAMON DUVAL 11 YD
    MONTREAL 23
    TORONTO 30 5:37 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Alouettes 23, Argonauts 30  1st - 5:37Oct 29 9:47 PM


  • CFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 14 3 3 20
    TORONTO 3 13 14 30 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MON - TD, BEN CAHOON 15 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 3:30. MONTREAL 7-0
    MON - TD, AVON COBOURNE 4 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 8:19. MONTREAL 1

    Oct 29 9:27 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    CORY BOYD 33 YD RUN
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    MONTREAL 20
    TORONTO 30 1:30 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Alouettes 20, Argonauts 30  3rd - 1:30Oct 29 9:22 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    CHAD OWENS 14 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    MONTREAL 20
    TORONTO 23 4:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Alouettes 20, Argonauts 23  3rd - 4:43Oct 29 9:12 PM


  • CFL
    FG MON
    DAMON DUVAL 19 YD
    MONTREAL 20
    TORONTO 16 7:23 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Alouettes 20, Argonauts 16  3rd - 7:23Oct 29 9:02 PM


  • CFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 14 3 17
    TORONTO 3 13 16 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MON - TD, BEN CAHOON 15 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 3:30. MONTREAL 7-0
    MON - TD, AVON COBOURNE 4 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 8:19. MONTREAL 14-0


    Oct 29 8:52 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    MIKE BRADWELL 10 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (NOEL PREFONTAINE KICK)
    MONTREAL 17
    TORONTO 16 1:31 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 17, Argonauts 16  2nd - 1:31Oct 29 8:22 PM


  • CFL
    FG TOR
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 28 YD
    MONTREAL 17
    TORONTO 9 10:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 17, Argonauts 9  2nd - 10:09Oct 29 8:02 PM


  • CFL
    FG TOR
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 32 YD
    MONTREAL 17
    TORONTO 6 12:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 17, Argonauts 6  2nd - 12:25Oct 29 7:57 PM


  • CFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 14 14
    TORONTO 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MON - TD, BEN CAHOON 15 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 3:30. MONTREAL 7-0
    MON - TD, AVON COBOURNE 4 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY
    CALVILLO (DAMON DUVAL KICK), 8:19. MONTREAL 1

    Alouettes 14, Argonauts 3  End of 1stOct 29 7:52 PM


  • CFL
    FG MON
    DAMON DUVAL 18 YD
    MONTREAL 17
    TORONTO 3 14:42 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Alouettes 17, Argonauts 3  2nd - 14:42Oct 29 7:52 PM


  • CFL
    FG TOR
    NOEL PREFONTAINE 48 YD
    MONTREAL 14
    TORONTO 3 4:45 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Alouettes 14, Argonauts 3  1st - 4:45Oct 29 7:37 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    AVON COBOURNE 4 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY CALVILLO
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 14
    TORONTO 0 6:15 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Alouettes 14, Argonauts 0  1st - 6:15Oct 29 7:32 PM


  • CFL
    TD MON
    BEN CAHOON 15 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY CALVILLO
    (DAMON DUVAL KICK)
    MONTREAL 7
    TORONTO 0 11:14 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Alouettes 7, Argonauts 0  1st - 11:14Oct 29 7:22 PM