Molson's golden for Stamps

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Something about playing at Molson Stadium brings out the best in the Calgary Stampeders.

They became the first team to hand the Montreal Alouettes a loss on their home turf this season, breaking a string of victories that dated back to Aug. 18, 2005 when Calgary beat them.

Just like that night last year, the Stamps played a complete game in almost every facet as they manhandled Montreal 41-23 to improve to 6-4 on the season.

Montreal lost its third straight but still has a 7-3 record and leads the East Division.

Calgary QB Henry Burris threw two touchdown passes to Ken-Yon Rambo and one to Jeremaine Copeland, Joffrey Reynolds ran in a one-yard score and Calgary attempted three fakes on specials teams.

The Stamps are now one of the hottest teams in the CFL with a three-game winning streak, plus they've knocked off the best team in the CFL in two straight tilts.

"When you come into this atmosphere, you have to bring it," Burris said. "We brought it tonight.

"We seem to get them at the right time of year when we're hitting our stride."

The Stamps had the Als on the ropes at the end of the first half when a poor decision by Burris let the listless home side back into the game.

With no one open short, the quarterback tried to find Copeland deep but his pass fell well short and was easily picked off by safety Richard Karikari.

"It was a miscommunication and I should have seen where Copeland was going," Burris said of the pick, his only real mistake.

"We knew we could move the ball. They have a great defence but once we put them on their heels we had a pretty good idea of what we could do."

The turnover rejuvenated Als pivot Anthony Calvillo, who was wobbling passes until that point, and he completed the drive with a four-yard pass to Thyron Anderson that tied the game.

Damon Duval added a 12-yard field goal shortly afterwards -- he also hit from 49, 25, 44 and 50 plus a 75-yard single in the contest -- as the Als took a three-point halftime lead.

But Burris quickly rebounded in the second half as the Stamps were more creative with their play-calling.

An onside kick to start the second half set the tone for the rest of the game.

The Stamps used Rambo as a runner on a double-reverse to set up a three-yard TD pass from Burris to Copeland.

"At halftime, we had people calm, cool, collected and smiling," said head coach Tom Higgins. "We knew we could come out and take control of the football game. That's what the team did."

Burris then put the finishing touch on the Als with a 60-yard bomb to Rambo as the receiver waltzed into the endzone backwards.

It was the longest TD of Rambo's CFL career as he finished with four catches for 95 yards. He also had 42 rushing yards.

"It was pretty," Rambo said about the Stamps' performance. "You don't see that many reverses in the game. The coaches had great schemes and we just had to go out there and do it."

The defence did its part as well, holding the Als to one touchdown while Coby Rhinehart had a pair of late picks to seal the win.

Sandro DeAngelis hit a pair of 19-yard field goals, plus hit from 30 and 28, while Burke Dales had a single to round out the Stampeders' scoring. DeAngelis raised his efficiency to 85% on the season.

The Als defence took a blow as linebacker Tim Strickland went down with an injury in the third quarter and didn't return.


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