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Alouettes ruins Bombers' perfect season start with unlikely OT win

Winnipeg kicker Marc Rieggio missed two late field goals to end Winnipeg's nine-game winning streak with a 20-17 victory for Montreal.

Alouettes quarterback Dominique Davis reaches across the goal line for a short-yardage touchdown during the first half against the Blue Bombers Thursday night at IG Field.
Alouettes quarterback Dominique Davis crosses his line Achieved a short yard touchdown in the first half against the Blue Bombers at IG Field on Thursday night. Photo by John Woods /THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG — once Lady Luck liked her Alouettes I was.

Marc Rieggio's 37-yard field goal attempt on him hit the uprights in the first overtime, and the Als played in Winnipeg in front of a crowd of 31,053 on Thursday night. His 20-17 victory over the Blue Bombers. IG field.

Lieggio also flabbed his 32-yard attempt on the final play of the fourth quarter, sending the team into overtime. David Côte kicked his goal down his 43-yard field on the first possession to give Als the lead. of extra time.

Montreal became the first team to defeat two-time defending Gray his cup champions this season. The Bombers' record is currently 9-1. The Als ended his two-game losing streak and improved to 3-6. With his backup quarterback Dominic Davis scoring his two touchdowns, both short runs, Côté added his 43-yarder.

Zach Corralos passed his 27 yards to Dalton Shane and in Winnipeg he had one touchdown before Canadian tailback Brady Oliveira scored. Scored on his 19-yard run. Lieggio added his goal on the 44-yard field.

The Als defense was on the play tonight and wasted no time showing this, as the Bombers were forced to two outs in the first series.

Both offenses had briefly superior moments in the first quarter, but the score made him 0-0 in the first 15 minutes.

Montreal opened the scoring early in the second quarter, producing a seven-play, 59-yard drive that included his 13-yard pass to Reggie White Jr. 3:00 on the 3-yard run.

Late in the quarter, however, the Als were pinned deep in their own territory and forced to punt. The Bombers started their drive from the Montreal 48. From there, Winnipeg tied the tie in just five plays. The

series included Greg, returning from a hip injury, his 9-yard pass to Ellinson and a 10-yard pitch to Oliveira. The final blow came when a scrambled Corralos passed Shane for 27 yards at 8:32.

Als should have regained the lead on the next possession after rookie Tyson his Philpott made his return on his 49-yard kickoff. Trevor Harris completed passes to Jake Wieneke and White. Then after Tavien Feaster's impressive 15-yard run, breaking several tackles, Montreal had the ball at the Winnipeg 12. Yard field goal attempt.

Harris completed 8 of 12 first-half innings for 67 yards.

The veteran quarterback connected with Julian Grant on his play passing 42 yards early in the second half, with Als scrimmage from 15 yards. That drive eventually saw him off a 43-yard field in Côté at 7:18 and he ended up with a goal to the visitors, giving him a 10–7 lead.

But the bombers answered immediately. Corralos passed to Drew Wolitarski for 18 yards, Ellinson for 21 yards, and Oliveira for 26 yards. That led to Lieggio's 44-yard field goal at 10:49. The

team entered the fourth quarter with a 10-10 draw. At Molson Stadium last week, the team stalled him 14-14 heading into the final period before the Bombers won him 35-20.

Montreal's defense, which played admirably that night, collapsed near the end of the third quarter. Winnipeg produced an incredible 10-play, 100-yard drive, with Oliveira's 19-yard touchdown running down the middle at 2:10 of the final quarter. Oliveira broke his four tackles on this play, giving the Bombers their first lead of the game.

However, Coralus failed, being beaten by Wes his Sutton. The ball was recovered by Avery Ellis, eventually leading to Davis' second touchdown run, a 1-yard plunge at 12:39, making the score 17–17.

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