MONTREAL - It is a feat very few, if any, CFL quarterbacks can brag about, and it’s something that should be at the top of Buck Pierce’s football resume.
He has never lost to the Montreal Alouettes.
Impossible, you might be saying right now, but it’s true. Pierce, going back to his days with the B.C. Lions, has never been the quarterback of record in a loss to the Alouettes. He’s a dandy 3-0 against the big, bad Als, who have been the most dominant CFL squad since the turn of the century.
So what’s your secret, Mr. Pierce? Voodoo? Mind control? Other quarterbacks are dying to know.
“I don’t know what it is. A lot of players will say it’s the atmosphere or the field or whatever,” Pierce said Thursday at the team’s downtown Montreal hotel. “I’ve always enjoyed coming and playing here, and knowing that this has always been a team that you measure yourself by. That’s always kind of fired me up.”
The kicker is most of Pierce’s damage against the Alouettes has been done right here in Montreal.
In his first career appearance against them in 2006, Pierce replaced an injured Dave Dickenson in the second quarter and proceeded to complete 13 of 16 attempts for 221 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The following week, back at home in Vancouver, he completed seven of eight attempts after replacing an injured Dickenson once again.
The games were in doubt when he entered the contest, but Pierce picked up the save both times with some stellar play.
Then in 2008, in his first career start against the Als, Pierce completed a whopping 38 of 48 attempts for 406 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 25-20 triumph for the Lions.
His second career start versus the Alouettes was last season with the Bombers, once again at Molson Stadium, and Pierce was good on 20 of 29 attempts for 312 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Winnipeg’s 25-23 triumph.
He improved to 3-0 against Montreal last October when he competed 21 of 33 passes for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 26-25 triumph at Canad Inns Stadium.
It’s not like Pierce’s defence has been winning the games for him, either. He has completed 74% of his career pass attempts against the Alouettes, and his average yardage total in his three starts is 318 yards.
“I want to keep that going (Friday), for sure,” Pierce said.
What’s more, the Alouettes are the only CFL team that has never taken Pierce out of a game with an injury. That in itself might be the most surprising stat, because every team knocks Pierce out of games.
If Pierce can pull off another victory this time around, he will officially be an Alouette killer. The Bombers are coming off a dismal offensive showing against the Lions last weekend during which Pierce had to leave late in the second quarter with a knee injury.