REDBLACKS RALLY TO KNOCK OFF MANZIEL’S ALOUETTES
OTTAWA Johnny Manziel delivered a much-improved performance on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for a victory.
In his second game as starting quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes, Manziel’s team lost 24-17 to the host Ottawa Redblacks before a crowd of 25,161 at TD Place.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was 16-for-26 passing for 168 yards and nearly ran for a 17-yard touchdown, but he fumbled. It was recovered by Montreal centre Kristian Matte for the major to give the Alouettes (1-7) a 16-11 lead in the third quarter.
The Redblacks (5-3) rallied, however, and William Powell scampered into the end zone from 10 yards out with just 15 seconds remaining to put his team ahead for good.
Manziel was coming off a disastrous CFL debut the week before, in which he threw four interceptions in a loss against Hamilton. He was better against Ottawa, not throwing an interception. But the best quarterback was Redblacks pivot Trevor Harris, who was 44-of-54 passing for 487 yards, surpassing the 15,000-yard mark for his career.
Redblacks rookie Lewis Ward broke Luca Congi’s CFL record for most consecutive field goals made by a first-year player after knocking in his 22nd straight.
The 15-yard attempt in the fourth quarter tied the game at 17-17.
Ward’s record-breaking attempt came after he made a 33-yard field goal earlier in the fourth to cut Montreal’s lead to 17-14.
Montreal sits last in the CFL’s East Division, while Ottawa is on top – the only team in the division with a winning record.