RED­BLACKS RALLY TO KNOCK OFF MANZIEL’S ALOU­ETTES

The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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