Als squeak by Ticats

Als receiver Jamel Richardson hooked up with backup quarterback Adrian McPherson on a touchdown...

Als receiver Jamel Richardson hooked up with backup quarterback Adrian McPherson on a touchdown against the Ticats on Sunday in Montreal. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

MIKAEL FILION, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

MONTREAL -- After playing cat and mouse all afternoon, the Montreal Alouettes battled their way to a 41-38 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Percival Molson Stadium.

The last time these two teams played, Sept. 25, Montreal dominated the field with a final score of 42-8. This time around, Marc Trestman's outfit was up against a much tougher offensive machine, with nearly 600 yards gained by Hamilton.

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn was able to complete 29 out of 44 pass attempts for a total of 491 yards and threw touchdown passes to Marquay McDaniel and Arland Bruce.

Alouettes starter Anthony Calvillo was 14 of 18 with 232 yards and managed two touchdown passes before leaving the game with an injured calf early in the second half. He was replaced by Adrian McPherson, who went 10 for 11, making two touchdown passes along the way.

"I haven't had a calf injury in a while," said Calvillo.

"But we have good trainers here, they'll look after me, and it shouldn't be a problem."

The two teams were only a point apart, with the Alouettes holding a slim 15-14 lead at the end of first half.

The turnaround came early in second half after Jerald Brown recovered a fumble and ran it back 93 yards to set up a score, allowing the Alouettes to take the lead for good.

"I should have just covered up and put two hands on it," McDaniel said. "(The difference) was probably that turnover. I had one, they had none."

After missing the last game against Stampeders, Avon Cobourne made it 21-15 for the Alouettes with his 14th touchdown of the season. Montreal expanded their lead with a major from receiver Ben Cahoon on a nine-yard pass.

Hamilton kept up the heat and the two teams traded five touchdowns before McPherson sent a nine-yard pass to Jamel Richardson in the end zone, making it 41-31 with just over two minutes left in regulation.

The Ticats held on with a 23-yard touchdown pass to McDaniel but were unable to beat the clock with only a minute left in the game.

The victory for Montreal is yet another blow to the Cats (6-9), who are still fighting for second place in the division.

Yesterday's win means the Alouettes (13-2) are still within striking distance of Edmonton's 1989 record of 16-2.


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