The Calgary Stampeders defence had an amazing run -- five games with just six TDs allowed -- but it came to an abrupt end in a 32-11 loss last night.
Despite the D's best efforts, the visiting Montreal Alouettes scored four touchdowns -- including two on drives that started after turnovers inside Calgary's 30 -- while the Als and QB Anthony Calvillo posted 17 points off Stamps miscues.
With a rookie at the controls of the Stampeders offence, defensive lineman Sheldon Napastuk said the unit needed a perfect night.
Starter Danny Wimprine fumbled the second snap of the game at his own 20. While the defence held forcing a 28-yard Damon Duval field goal, it was one of the few times the Alouettes offence stalled.
"They maybe had one or two sustained drives for touchdowns but it was one of those nights when there were a lot of turnovers and they had a lot of opportunities starting off in the red zone and we just didn't get it done," Napastuk said.
"We like to think we can hold them to field goal attempts like we did early but this game they were breaking through for touchdowns. Montreal's a great team with Calvillo, cool under pressure, finds targets."
Defensive lineman Rahim Abdullah said the defence expected to win the game on its own.
"As a defence we don't expect any help, we expect to go out and win the game every week," Abdullah said.