CFL hero nearing a zero

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

Ben Cahoon has one record all his own, and if he's not careful, he will chase down another.

Although the Montreal Alouettes future Hall-of- Fame slotback caught his CFL record-breaking 1,007th pass Monday, he is still without a touchdown this season.

With 597 yards, Cahoon would need just 183 in the final four outings to top the record for most receiving yardage in a season without a major.

That mark was set just last year by Calgary Stampeders receiver Romby Bryant, who only took it over when teammate Nik Lewis scored in the second-to-last game of the season.

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Chris DeFrance held the record from 1985 until last season with 696 yards and no major.

On an Alouettes receiving corps that is loaded with weapons, the 38-year-old Cahoon is not getting targeted much in the scoring zone.

But it's not like his lack of scores has hurt the Alouettes this season. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo & Co. still have the second-most points in the CFL, thanks to the likes of S.J. Green (10 TDs), Kerry Watkins (7), Jamel Richardson (6) and Brian Bratton (5).

"It's a mystery," Cahoon said about the lack of TDs. "I feel like I'm getting open. It's not luck. I've had opportunities.

"When we get down there, we're looking for the big guys, and they've done a good job."

Unless Cahoon has a massive breakout in the final month, which seems unlikely since his season-long gain is just 29 yards, he will finish this season with his lowest yardage total since his rookie year. The two-time Most Outstanding Canadian will undoubtedly end an eight-year run of 1,000-yard seasons, as well.

OPENING DRIVE

As stunning at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' 21-point, fourth-quarter comeback was, it was preceded by a the odd move to have Alex Brink start at quarterback. He gets the no-decision and avoids adding to these numbers -- since 2007, 17 QBs have made their first career start and only three have won. Those players were Ryan Dinwiddie with the Bombers in 2008 and Darian Durant and Steven Jyles with the Riders that same year ... It's so uncharacteristic of a Wally Buono team to unravel the way the Lions did Monday. Maybe it starts with newcomer DT Khalif Mitchell punching a foe in the groin. How would he think that would ever be acceptable?

ENDZONE TOSS

Noel Prefontaine is kicking the Edmonton Eskimos on his way out the door, much as he did when he left the Toronto Argonauts a few years ago. He's lucky in the CFL, regimes change so quickly that any burned bridges get repaired over time, and now Prefontaine -- after being traded by the Esks to the Argos Tuesday -- gets reunited with Jim Barker and Mike O'Shea. What will come out of the bag of tricks now with an ex-QB lining up as a kicker? ... Als K Damon Duval hopes to return this week from a hamstring injury. The Als might want to wait. Replacement Colt David proved he could kick in this league, hitting on all six field-goals and ably doing all three jobs Monday ... With just 21 yards, Stamps RB Joffrey Reynolds' drought of 100-yard tilts against the Als is now at 11 games.

EXTRA POINTS

The best revenge for devastating hits is winning. Both Hamilton Tiger-Cats WR Dave Stala and Als CB Mark Estelle get the last laugh after taking huge blows the previous week from Esks S Elliott Richardson and Stamps SB Nik Lewis ... The praise for the Argos executing a fake conceded safety is coming from across the league. "It was a great play," said Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel. "They had it if he didn't have green in front of him, then just take a safety. It was really ingenious" ... The Argos have rarely ever been a rushing team, but RB Cory Boyd has changed that thinking. His six 100-yard games so far is second-most for a single season, and, with four games remaining, he has a chance at the franchise-best eight set by Michael Jenkins in 2001 ... The Bombers' high-e st point-total away from home is 23. The fewest they have scored at home is 28. Not surprisingly, they are still chasing their first road win.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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