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Calvillo hurt, but Als beat Eskimos anyway

Sep 24, 2011 - 6:21 AM Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Brandon Whitaker rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and caught two scoring passes, and the Montreal Alouettes overcame an injury to Anthony Calvillo to beat Edmonton, 34-21, sending the Eskimos to their third straight home loss.

Calvillo was knocked out of the game in the closing seconds of the third quarter after taking a hit from defensive lineman Marcus Howard.

"I've never been knocked out like that before," Calvillo said. "Now I'm going to recover and see what happens during the week."

Adrian McPherson came on in relief for the Alouettes (7-5), who bounced back from a 25-23 home loss to Winnipeg. Calvillo finished 21-of-29 for 270 yards with a pair of TDs to Whitaker.

Jamel Richardson caught eight passes for 112 yards for the Alouettes.

Jason Armstead scored on a 72-yard punt return for the Eskimos (7-5), who lost for the fifth time in seven contests.

"We didn't execute very well or do the things we needed to stay in the game," Eskimos coach Kavis Reed said.

Ricky Ray connected on 14-of-26 passes for 213 yards and a TD, but was also picked off once for Edmonton. Adarius Bowman caught five passes for 132 yards.

Calvillo's 23-yard TD pass to Whitaker gave the Als an 11-1 lead early in the second. The two connected a short time later, this time with Whitaker catching the ball on the left side of the field for another 23-yard TD.

Derek Schiavone kicked a 41-yard field goal for Edmonton, and Armstead broke free in the closing minute of the second for his score, getting the Eskimos within 18-11 at the half.

Montreal's Sean Whyte and Schiavone exchanged field goals in the third quarter, and the Als put the game away in the fourth when Whitaker scored on a three-yard run and Whyte booted a 25-yard field goal.

Ray hit Fred Stamps with a late one-yard TD pass.

Game Notes

Stamps caught five balls for 37 yards...Jerome Messam rushed for 58 yards for Eskimos...McPherson connected on all six of his passes for 92 yards...Montreal has won six of the last eight meetings.