After winning the final score of 25 to 24 against Rouge-et-Noires, Saturday night in Ottawa, Caleb Evans and the Alouettes could breathe a sigh of relief.
After experiencing a very difficult first half, with three turnovers, the quarterback took advantage of coach Jason Maas’ confidence to redeem himself. It was Evans himself who scored the game-winning goal with 14 seconds left when he reached the end zone.
A stunning end to the match that capped off a two-run performance for Evans, capable of making the best of the worst. In doing so, the Alouettes recorded their fourth consecutive win.
Watch Evans’ game-winning touchdown in the main video.
After an inspired 47-yard pass to Austin Mack, Evans and the Alouettes got their first touchdowns of the game early in the third quarter. Tyler Snead was the one to catch the ball in the end zone, after a seven-yard throw from Evans. Snead had his second touchdown of the game, his fifth of the season, with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
With a 6-3 record, the Montreal club finds itself in a very good position in the standings as the next few weeks prove quite challenging. Since the start of the season, the Alouettes have now won three of their four road games, after losing only in Vancouver against the BC Lions in early July.
Speaking of the coming weeks, the Alouettes will initially only have a few days to prepare for their next game since head coach Jason Masse has scheduled the Blue Bombers (8-2), Thursday in Winnipeg. A tough stint against the Mighty Lions (7-2) will follow, Saturday, September 2 at Percival Molson Stadium, and then a home-and-away trip against the Toronto Argonauts (7-1).
In the event of a loss in Ottawa, it would have been difficult for the Alouettes to stay above the respect threshold, a . 500 record, by mid-September. Montreal has been pleasantly surprised since the start of the season, and as we saw in Ottawa, they should never be counted as pre-beaten, even against CFL heavyweights. The next few weeks will be exciting.
- Alouettes rookie Austin Mack, who gained 116 yards in this game, is the most productive receiver in the Canadian Football League since the start of the season. He now has 773 yards after nine games.
- Quebec linebacker Frédéric Chagnon performed well against his former team, making five defensive tackles.
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