MONTREAL -- With the composure expected of a 10-year veteran, Ben Cahoon booted his first CFL field-goal to win a game last week.
But he hid his true feelings well.
"I wasn't nervous at all in my head or in my stomach, but when I put the tee down, my hand was shaking," said the Montreal Alouettes slotback, who kicked what turned out to be the overtime winner last week against the Toronto Argonauts.
"I said, 'Oh geez, I must be nervous.' I'm not a real good kicker, but I knew if I missed it, no one would be mad because no one expected me to make it."
He did, and now the play has become part of CFL lore.
Cahoon was in for the attempt because the Alouettes' everyday kicker, Damon Duval, was booted for scrapping with Byron Parker on a missed field-goal and subsequent touchdown return by Dominique Dorsey earlier in the game.
But Cahoon is back to his usual position as the leading receiver for the Alouettes when they face the Calgary Stampeders tonight at McGill Stadium (5:30 p.m., TSN).
The Alouettes' opponent also has a player coming off a game-winning field goal, as Sandro DeAngelis was Saturday's hero when the Stamps beat the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.
Although Cahoon was clutch on his 22-yarder, DeAngelis was expected to boot his 34-yarder to beat the Eskimos because that's his job.
However, DeAngelis doesn't believe there was anything on the line for Cahoon, even though the slotback says he understands kickers have tough jobs in the game.
"It's a nationally televised game, you are playing your arch-rival, he's a receiver who ran a few miles that game, he made a few tough catches ...so he's being pretty modest," DeAngelis said. "I saw the hold, and he had nothing but laces. For him to come in and stroke it as calmly as he did, that was tremendous."
The Canadian receiver actually tried to convince coach Jim Popp to let him try a 39-yard field at the end of regulation, but even when he did get the chance in OT, he wasn't quite sure what to do.
"We were on the sidelines and the equipment guys asked me if I kicked off a tee or on the ground," said Cahoon, who only boots the ball for fun in practice.
"I didn't know what to say. Usually I'm out here with Damon on the grass. I was really nervous about getting blocked because I would be so slow getting to the ball. Then we couldn't find the tee.
"This all helped calm me down. They found Damon's kickoff tee, and it's a two-piece thing, so we popped the top off."
The reason Cahoon's kick was a winner was because Argos kicker Noel Prefontaine just missed from 42 yards away on their OT possession.
Another reason it was so spectacular was holder Marcus Brady, doing the job for the first time, put the laces in to face Cahoon, which would drive a normal kicker crazy.
"It was a minor miracle," Cahoon said. "I don't know where my eyes were going because I didn't even see the laces.
"I'm getting far too much attention from this. It was a heck of a lot of luck."