MONTREAL -- With 5.4 seconds left in the half, the Calgary Stampeders thought they would cut a 12-point lead to nine.
So, they lined up for a 10-yard field goal on second down -- but for the first time since Randy Chevrier became the team's long-snapper and Brett Ralph the holder, the ball didn't make it on the tee for kicker Sandro DeAngelis.
Ralph mishandled the ball, ran around with it looking for an open target, but was short on a pass to Trey Young, which left the Montreal Alouettes up a dozen a halftime.
They held on for a 30-18 victory last night at Molson Stadium.
"I wish I could have it back," Ralph said. "It was a catchable ball. I should have put the ball on the tee.
"We should have had three points.
"You don't really know exactly what to do when it happens. Looking back, I could have easily punted it through for a point.
"The ball was stuck to my hand when I threw it to Trey. I couldn't get it there."
The play was one of two times the Stamps offence got within the five-yard line but didn't come away with a major.
Late in the third quarter, quarterback Henry Burris appeared to score on a one-yard plunge, but the Stamps were flagged for a time-count violation and had to settle for a field goal.
"I went to snap the ball and there were three seconds to go," Burris said. "I said 'hut.' Everyone on our side was surprised it was a time count.
"If it was, it was. I can't let that happen. We have to call the play before it happens. Those are plays that happen, but the whole entire game, they made the plays and they didn't. We made changes and they played the same defence."
Head coach Tom Higgins didn't regret the decision to try a field goal at the end of a half instead of trying to punch the ball in on second down.
"There was no chance to have two plays in five seconds," Higgins said.
"You would only get one single play and we didn't want to come away with nothing."