Cahoon catches CFL record

Alouettes receiver Ben Cahoon takes a pass from quarterback Anthony Calvillo against the Stampeders...

Alouettes receiver Ben Cahoon takes a pass from quarterback Anthony Calvillo against the Stampeders in Montreal on October 11, 2010. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Among Ben Cahoon's 1,007 career CFL receptions, he certainly is going to remember this one.

It wasn't pretty, nor was it for a touchdown, and it wasn't even for a first down. But it was typical of Cahoon's wonderful career.

Late in the fourth quarter of the Montreal Alouettes' 46-19 victory over the Calgary Stampeders, Cahoon caught a nine-yard pass from Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo, nearly getting a first down and setting up second-and-short.

Once he officially broke Terry Vaughn's career mark of 1,006 receptions, the game stopped and league commissioner Mark Cohon came on the field to make a presentation.

The crowd erupted when Cahoon was honoured, and it was an exuberant celebration for everyone except the understated slotback from Utah.

"I was feeling the love out there," Cahoon said. "But I was trying to keep focused.

"It was awesome that they picked me off the ground and gave me a bunch of hugs. It's cool, but at the same time it's not my ultimate goal for this season.

"I have other personal goals, and we have team goals. It's nice, but it's not the most important thing we're trying to accomplish."

Cahoon said before the game he didn't know what the plan was if he set the record, and he expressed relief about it being over following the victory.

"It was a little crazy and maybe a bit over the top," said Cahoon about stopping the game.

"I apologized to some of the Calgary guys for the delay. The Calgary defence was very gracious, as well, and I appreciate that."

Cahoon finished with four receptions for 49 yards, including a 23-yarder in the first quarter to help the Alouettes get their first touchdown.

Anthony Calvillo was 28-of-38 for 395 yards and two touchdowns to Brian Bratton.

"Anthony was on fire," Cahoon said. "He was really in the zone. I was just a little insignificant part of his game plan.

"We had guys making big plays all over the place. Bratton had two TDs, and Jamel (Richardson) and Andrew (Hawkins) were making huge plays."

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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