Alouettes Ends Blue Bombers’ Perfect Season in Overtime Thriller –

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WINNIPEG (AP) — Trevor Harris didn’t seem too surprised, or even thrilled, after the Montreal Alouettes pulled off a big upset with a 20-17 overtime victory over the previously undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.

“It’s like a CFL game,” the veteran Montreal quarterback said. “There will always be things that you don’t expect and there will always be maybe an upset that people think wasn’t going to happen. We are grateful to come out with a victory.

“Obviously, I know they’re probably kicking themselves, feeling like they should have won with that missed field goal (in the fourth quarter), but we’ve been there too, so we feel their pain.”

Montreal kicker David Cote kicked a 43-yard field goal in overtime to make it 20-17, but his Winnipeg counterpart Marc Liegghio couldn’t match it.

Liegghio’s 37-yard field goal attempt hit the right post and bounced out in front of 31,053 stunned fans at IG Field. He also went wide on a 32-yard attempt on the final play of the fourth quarter.

The Bombers’ first loss of the season gives them a 9-1 record and prevented them from tying a 1960 team record for starting a season with 10 straight wins.

The Alouettes increased their record to 3-6.

After the match, Liegghio made different analyzes of both failures.

“The one before overtime, I just didn’t give myself a chance and it didn’t look good coming off my foot,” he said. “Then the one at the end there, in extra time, I think I hit him well. The foot felt good but obviously the result was not what I wanted it to be and I just kept going.”

Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea saw Liegghio’s play as part of the second-year kicker’s progression.

“Better now than later, right? He’ll bounce back and he’ll be good,” said O’Shea, whose team heads into its bye week.

It was a rematch between the clubs, who played in Montreal last week. That game was tied 14-14 going into the fourth quarter, but Winnipeg scored three straight touchdowns and won 35-20.

Following Thursday’s end, Montreal general manager and interim head coach Danny Maciocia said he has seen some twists and turns in his 20-plus years in the league.

“That definitely sits up there with one of the wildest, craziest endings you’re going to find,” he said.

“But the good thing was that we were on the right side. They are games that, I don’t know, maybe a few weeks ago we wouldn’t have won”.

Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter, then tied 7-7 at halftime and 10-10 after the third quarter.

Bombers running back Brady Oliveira broke the tie with a 19-yard touchdown run at 12:50 of the fourth quarter, capping a 10-play, 100-yard scoring drive.

It looked like Winnipeg was headed for another touchdown, but Montreal defensive back Wesley Sutton hit Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros, forcing a fumble and turnover with just under eight minutes to go.

The Alouettes used the change of possession to get to Winnipeg’s one-yard line. The Bombers’ defense repeated the stops and looked like a turnover on the attempts, but Winnipeg was given an offside penalty and the visitors went back to the first down.

Montreal backup quarterback Dominique Davis then drove in for the one-yard touchdown with 2:21 remaining. Cote was good in converting him for the 17-17 draw.

Oliveira had another run and appeared to fumble the ball, but it was nullified for contact.

As the clock ran out, Liegghio lined up for a 32-yard field goal attempt, but missed to the left. Alouettes receiver Tyson Philpot ran the ball out of the end zone, sending the game into overtime.

After Cote made his go-ahead field goal, Sutton stopped a pass attempt to Bombers receiver Dalton Schoen, prompting Mike O’Shea to throw the challenge flag. He was unsuccessful and Liegghio stepped forward and made his failed attempt.

Davis also scored a TD on a 3-yard drive in the second quarter. Cote made two conversions, hitting the post on a 20-yard field goal attempt and hitting a 43-yard shot.

Schoen had a 27-yard touchdown reception for Winnipeg. Liegghio was good on a 44-yard field goal attempt and made two conversions.

Collaros, who was sacked five times, completed 21 of 27 passes for 251 yards and a TD.

Harris was 18 of 27 for 213 yards and a TD for Montreal.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 11, 2022.

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