The Montreal Alouettes had the win at the end of their foot, but a missed field goal by David Côté from 21 yards in the game’s final sequence saved the Toronto Argonauts, who won 20-19.
Côté missed the target left of the post after Eugene Lewis and Hergy Mayama caught 25 and 21 yards (that of Lewis with a third error and 10 yards).
The loss puts the Alouettes 2-0 down after losing by three points in Calgary. Next Thursday the club will play the Saskatchewan Roughriders at home for the first time.
The late-game catches brought Trevor Harris’ air yardage to 270, one more than McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Lewis had 127 receiving yards while Reggie White had 83.
For the Argos (1-0), Andrew Harris had 87 rushing yards, while Markeith Ambles and Kurleigh Gittens added 67 and 66 receiving yards, respectively.
The visitors thought they signed an interception in the sixth minute, Mike Jones jumping up to collect the ball. However, he hit the ground as Jones fell back, officials saw at the resumption. Toronto got away for a 3-0 lead with a 17-yard field goal from Boris Bede.
Near the end of the first quarter, Montreal tied the score when Côté hit a 43-yard field goal. The punt came shortly after Darius Williams scored his first CFL interception in midfield. Bethel-Thompson’s pass was deflected by an aimed DaVaris Daniels right hand.
Penalties against the Alouettes then undid an excellent return by Chandler Worthy and a 39-yard catch by Eugene Lewis.
After two Argonaut singles, Côté responded with a 26-yard field goal and gave the Alouettes a 6-5 lead.
Just before halftime, a 30-yard catch by Ambles Toronto led to a 29-yard field goal from Bede, a former Montrealer.
Just as the crowd favorites were about to go into the dressing room at 8-6, an interception from Tarvarus McFadden allowed Bede to put three points on the board from 38 yards.
In the third quarter, veteran Brandon Banks caught a 15-yard touchdown pass. He played for Hamilton for a long time before joining the Argonauts in February.
Late in the argument, Côté added another precise kick, this time from 18 yards. The Alouettes closed at 18-9. Côté hit the bull’s eye again in the last quarter (32 yards) and cut Toronto’s lead to 19:12. In this kick fight, Bede then missed from 45 meters on the right side.
Khari Jones’ group didn’t give up, crossing for 70 yards in seven games, including a one-yard touchdown run by Dominique Davis. Montreal looked to deadlock with a two-point converter, but the score stayed 20-18, Harris making a pass too deep for Jake Wieneke.
The Alouettes fought with themselves