These two squads come into this game after losses, in the midst of trying seasons, but one of them would be able to add a glimmer of hope. Edmonton came in as losers of three straight games while the Alouettes came in at 2-4, last in the Eastern division.
While the Eskimos did not score, they did manage to force a Montreal safety on the Alouettes’ opening possession to take an early 2-0 lead.
Mike Reilly was able to lead a ten-play touchdown drive on their next possession for an 8-0 lead after running the ball in from a yard out. The kick after was missed and it remained an eight-point lead going into the second quarter of play.
Early on in the second, the Eskimos were pressing for a touchdown when Mike Reilly found Adarius Bowman for a seven-yard touchdown pass. The subsequent ruling on the field was challenged by Montreal head coach Jim Popp and Mike Miller of the Eskimos was found to have committed and illegal block which took the touchdown off the score board.
Their drive stalled and they instead got a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter from Sean Whyte to make it an 11-0 Eskimo lead.
On the next Alouettes possession, their newly signed international kicker, Anthony Fera, was good from 44 -yards out to get Montreal on the board in response and made the score 11-3.
Anthony Fera would get another field goal from 33-yards out to cut it down to a five point Eskimo lead, and make it an 11-6 score going into half-time.
These were two hungry, win starved teams hoping to add another win to the column, coming out of half-time, it still could have been anyone’s game.
The Alouettes were the first to respond in the second half; with Anthony Fera nailing a 19-yarder to make it a slim 11-9 Eskimos lead.
Mike Reilly appeared to be leading his team down the field for points again when on the 11th play of the next Eskimos possession Jon White fumbled the football on the Montreal one-yard line where Marc-Olivier Brouillette recovered it to stall any Edmonton hopes of a touchdown.
Montreal would later concede another safety to make it a 13-9 game going into the final quarter.
Anthony Fera added to the good first impression he was making with the Alouettes by booting yet another field goal, this time from 42-yards out to cut the lead down to a single point at 13-12.
The two teams battled it out on defense for much of the fourth until a 22-yard Sean Whyte field goal with under three minutes left handed the Eskimos in a slim 16-12 lead,
It was do-or-die time for the Alouettes’ offense in this game, and Kevin Glenn began the next Alouettes possession with solid completions to B.J. Cunningham and Duron Carter.
Montreal experienced extremely good fortune on their next play as what seemed like a disastrous interception by Kevin Glenn to J.C. Sheritt was fumbled, but it went out of bounds. After review it was determined that Brandon Rutley of the Alouettes had been able to get a piece of the football to keep possession in Montreal’s favour.
But when the football gods shine good fortune upon you, they can just as easily shine it against you.
Only two plays later Kevin Glenn was picked off again, this time by Deon Lacey who took the ball 19-yards to the endzone for a clutch pick-six late in the fourth quarter to seal the game for the Eskimos with a 22-12 score line.
A Sean Whyte convert kick rounded out the scoring in this game at 23-12 and the Eskimos picked up a big streak-snapping win.
For the Eskimos, it doesn’t matter how it happened, it just had to happen. This win was desperately needed by the defending champions to help keep their Grey Cup defense season on the rails and too not let this losing streak linger too much longer. Mike Reilly went 29/45 with 300-yards passing on the night and a rushing touchdown to his name.
The Alouettes now drop to a rather disappointing 2-5 record which keeps them at the bottom position in the CFL’s Eastern Division. Kevin Glenn went 22/39 with 271-yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions. Duron Carter’s streak of 100-yard receiving games came to an end in this game at three when he could only muster 28-yards on the night.
The Eskimos will head to Toronto to play the Argonauts on August 20 while the Alouettes head to Ottawa to face the Redblacks on August 19.