Alouettes first team in East with victory

Montreal Alouettes Larry Taylor (L) is tackled by BC Lions Keynan Parker (20) and Jason Arakgi...

Montreal Alouettes Larry Taylor (L) is tackled by BC Lions Keynan Parker (20) and Jason Arakgi during second half CFL football action in Montreal, July 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)


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Defensive end John Bowman led the way with four sacks as host Montreal stifled B.C. to become the first East Division team with a victory.

Running back Brandon Whitaker scored the only offensive touchdown for the Alouettes (1-1), who opened the scoring with a TD off an interception. Troy Smith completed 17-of-29 passes for 187 yards and added 55 rushing yards while Tanner Marsh was effective in short-yardage situations, gaining 48 yards on seven carries.

Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn picked up where he left off after throwing four interceptions in Week 1, tossing a pair of picks and finishing 13-of-25 for 159 yards. B.C. (0-2) recorded negative total yardage on offence in the opening quarter and did not score a touchdown until 1:20 remained in the contest.

Scott Paxson picked off a pass by Glenn 7:43 into the game and sent a lateral to Chip Cox, who ran into the end zone for the game's first touchdown. Whitaker's 32-yard scoring run gave Montreal a 14-0 advantage with 1:14 left in the first quarter.

Bowman sacked Glenn twice in the first quarter and two more times in the second for a cumulative loss of 29 yards. Alouettes linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette intercepted Glenn in the end zone late in the third quarter, but Lions backup John Beck found Courtney Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bowman is Montreal's all-time sacks leader with 75. ... The Lions, who next face the Saskatchewan Roughriders, started 2011 with an 0-5 record and went on to win the Grey Cup. ... The Alouettes' defence finished with six sacks.