Calgary fumbles way to loss against Alouettes
MONTREAL — Turnovers killed the Calgary Stampeders.
It’s really that simple: Take better care of the football, and the Stampeders don’t end up on the losing end of a 21-17 scoreline against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday evening.
They rolled into Montreal, a city that always seems to bring out the worst in them, and put together a dominant first half.
They were moving the ball at will and putting points on the board offensively, while the defence seemed to be completely comfortable with whatever the Montreal Alouettes threw at them.
The Stampeders (9-5) were rolling and there was very little to suggest that the Alouettes (8-6) were going to find a way back into the game.
Then, the turnovers started. And kept going. And going. In a stretch of roughly 10 minutes of gametime, the Stampeders turned the ball over four times.
Bo Levi Mitchell had an otherwise huge night, but threw and interception late in the first half.
Then, his receivers just couldn’t seem to hold on to the ball, fumbling it away three times and giving the Alouettes the breathing room they needed to come all the way back and secure the 21-17 victory.
“That’s exactly what happened,” Mitchell said. “We were playing really well in everything outside of taking care of the football. I had the pick, I had missed throws and things I can be better on and critique myself on in the game. As the leader of this offence I expect more and it starts with me.
“At the same time, we turned the ball over on easy things.”
There have been a lot of terrible games played between the Stampeders and Alouettes in Montreal over the years, but right from the start it was clear that this wasn’t going to be one of them.
The Alouettes came out looking sharp — maybe the sharpest their offence looked all night — and confidently moved the ball downfield. After nearly five minutes with the ball in their hands, QB Vernon Adams Jr. ran it into the Stampeders endzone for a one-yard touchdown to give his team the lead.
The Stampeders responded immediately, and Bo Levi Mitchell got started on an exceptional afternoon in which he completed 31-of-43 passes for 464 yards and one touchdown, as well as one interception.
On the opening drive, Mitchell spread the ball among his receivers and got running back Don Jackson involved, as well. They confidently marched downfield on the sevenminute drive, and it was Jackson who tied things up for the Stampeders with a nice spin move as he danced into the endzone.
While the Alouettes offence had looked great on its opening drive, the Stampeders defence didn’t let it happen again. They allowed the Alouettes only one first down on their next four drives, while the Stampeders got a field goal from Rene Paredes and a touchdown from Josh Huff to make the score 17-7.
Als’ Vernon Adams Jr. is all smiles after defeating the Stampeders in Montreal yesterday. With the win, the Alouettes improved to 8-6 on the season.