Als perfect record spoiled

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

They were big ... and they fell hard.

The Montreal Alouettes left town this morning with less of a swagger after being dumped 33-19 by the Edmonton Eskimos.

After outscoring their opposition 154-64 and building a 4-0 record out of the gate, Montreal got a taste of its own medicine.

Anthony Calvillo's high-powered offence was kept out of the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter and could not handle a fired-up offence led by Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray.

Calvillo credited the Eskimos defence, which anticipated everything the 2008 CFL Most Outstanding Player could throw at them.

"You have to give them credit defensively," said Calvillo. "They did a good job of just staying back, letting us catch the ball underneath, then making the tackle and forcing us to go mistake-free.

"It worked for them. You have to start by giving them the credit."

While the Esks offence struggled in the first quarter, Montreal could only punch through two of David Duvall's four field goals on the night.

"When you look back at it, we could have made a major dent early in the game and taken the crowd out of it," said Calvillo. "It just wasn't there.

"It's never fun losing, period, whether it's at home or on the road."

Veteran offensive lineman Brian Chiu never believed the hype that this team could go 18-0.

"As a team, we never said we'd go 18-0," said Chiu. "That's something the media put on us. We knew we had a tough road ahead, especially coming into Commonwealth. We knew we were going to get the best effort from the Edmonton Eskimos and we did.

"You knew they were going to play better than they did in Montreal. They brought their A game and we didn't meet the challenge."


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