Als snap losing skid with win over Roughriders

Shea Emry sacks Darian Durant during the first half of the game between the Montreal Alouettes and...

Shea Emry sacks Darian Durant during the first half of the game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Percival Molson Stadium September 29, 2013. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN / LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL / QMI AGENCY)

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Rookie wide receiver Duron Carter caught six passes for 152 yards and one touchdown as host Montreal Alouettes snapped a three-game losing skid in a defensive battle against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, emerging victorious 17-12.

Quarterback Josh Neiswander completed 21-of-36 passes and kicker Sean Whyte made 3-of-4 field goals for the Alouettes (5-8), who moved within two points of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for second place in the East Division. Cornerback Geoff Tisdale, defensive back Jerald Brown and linebacker Chip Cox made interceptions, while defensive tackle Scott Paxson had two of the team's four sacks.

Quarterback Darian Durant was 24-for-45 for 339 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Roughriders (8-5), who dropped their fourth straight game. Saskatchewan was limited to 15 rushing yards without league-leading running back Kory Sheets, who missed his second game with a knee injury.

Neiswander found Carter for a 45-yard touchdown toss late in the third quarter to give the Alouettes an 11-4 lead. Durant connected with slotback Weston Dressler for a 24-yard score to tie the contest 3:05 into the fourth quarter, but Whyte made a 40-yard field goal 3:13 later and added a 19-yard field goal with 2:28 remaining to seal the victory.

Montreal held a 4-3 lead at halftime. Saskatchewan had a chance to take an early lead on a 72-yard pass from Durant to slotback Chris Getzlaf, who was tackled at the Alouettes' 3-yard line with 1:42 left in the first quarter, but the Roughriders were unable to convert on three rushing attempts and turned the ball over on downs.

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Saskatchewan SB Geroy Simon set the CFL all-time receptions record. He caught three passes and has 1,020 receptions in his career. ... Montreal QB Troy Smith entered the game briefly in the third quarter, throwing a 54-yard pass to running back Jerome Messam, who fumbled. ... Messam finished with 98 yards from scrimmage.


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