The Montreal Alouettes had the victory at the end of their foot, but a 21-yard missed field goal by David Côté in the final sequence of the game saved the Toronto Argonauts, who won 20-19.
Côté missed the target to the left of the posts, after Eugene Lewis and Hergy Mayama’s 25 and 21 yard catches (Lewis’s on a third down and 10 yards).
The defeat brings the Alouettes record to 0-2, after a three-point defeat in Calgary. The club will play for the first time at home next Thursday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Late game catches brought Trevor Harris’ air yard count to 270, one more than McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Lewis had 127 yards in reception, Reggie White 83.
For the Argos (1-0), Andrew Harris had 87 yards in the run, while Markeith Ambles and Kurleigh Gittens added 67 and 66 yards in reception.
The guests believed they had signed an interception in the sixth minute of play, Mike Jones jumping high to pick up the ball. However, he hit the ground when Jones fell backwards, officials saw at the shooting. Toronto got away with a 17-yard field goal from Boris Bede, to a 3-0 lead.
Towards the end of the first quarter, Montreal equalized the score when Côté made a 43-yard field goal. The punt came shortly after Darius Williams scored his first CFL interception in midfield. Bethel-Thompson’s pass had been deflected by the right hand of DaVaris Daniels’ target.
Penalties to the Alouettes then canceled out an excellent return by Chandler Worthy and a 39-yard capture by Eugene Lewis.
After two Argonaut singles, Côté responded with a 26-yard field goal, giving the Alouettes a 6-5 lead.
Just before half-time, a 30-yard capture by Ambles led Toronto to a 29-yard field goal from Bede, a former Montrealer.
Just when crowd favorites were thought to go to the locker room at 8-6, an interception by Tarvarus McFadden allowed Bede to add three points to the 38-yard scoreboard.
In the third quarter, veteran Brandon Banks received a 15-yard landing pass. He played with Hamilton for a long time before joining the Argonauts in February.
Towards the end of the faceoff, Côté added another precise kick, this time from 18 yards. The Alouettes were approaching 18-9. Côté hit the target again in the last quarter (32 yards), reducing Toronto’s lead to 19-12. In that kicking battle, Bede then missed on the right side by 45 yards.
Khari Jones’s group didn’t give up, crossing for 70 yards out of seven plays, including a one-yard touchdown from Dominique Davis. Montreal wanted to stall with a two-point conversion, but the score remained 20-18, with Harris making too deep a pass for Jake Wieneke.
The Alouettes fought each other