MONTREAL -- For the first time this season, the Calgary Stampeders dipped into their magic bag and pulled out a trick.
The first time it worked to great success. The second one killed their chances of a miraculous comeback during a 32-11 beating from the Montreal Alouettes.
With nothing going on offence in the first half and forced to punt again, Wes Lysack instead took the direct snap and went 12 yards for a first down, the team's first of the game.
Early in the fourth quarter, head coach John Hufnagel called the same fake on third-and-three, but Lysack was dropped for a turnover on downs.
The Alouettes made them pay with a touchdown a few plays later.
"We had the right look," Lysack said. "Huf made a great call. We should be able to execute. If anybody questions the call, they shouldn't because it's the right one. We didn't execute it on the field."
"The first one was a key play in the first half. We needed a spark to get things going. Why not try it again? Until I see the film, I'm not exactly sure why it didn't succeed."
What made the sequence worse was Lysack was flagged for unnecessary roughness to put the Alouettes on the Calgary 14-yard line.
The Stamps took two objectionable conduct penalties in the second half and imploded.
"It was a situation where we have to keep our composure a bit better but I'm not saying it was one-sided," said Hufnagel, who defended his decision to try a second fake.
"There was a certain look. They presented the certain look. If they didn't give us that look, then we would have punted the football. But they made a play anyway."