Tanner Marsh leads Alouettes to 39-38 win over Lions
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:06PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 23, 2013 7:11PM EDT
The smaller-than-usual crowd of Alouette fans who braved a rainy Thursday evening were rewarded for their loyalty with an electrifying 39-38 last-minute win over the visiting B.C. Lions.
The Alouettes, who fell behind quickly under starter Josh Neiswander, were never ahead in the game until Sean Whyte kicked a 14-yard game winning field goal with 1.9 seconds remaining after Eric Deslauriers pulled in a miraculous 57-yard-pass with almost no time left on the clock.
Marsh, 23, was in his first serious CFL action after replacing Neiswander, who was pulled from the game after completing only one pass out of three attempts.
Marsh finished the game with 14 completions in 32 tries, 61 yards rushed on nine carries, 329 yards in completions, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and a somewhat less-impressive four interceptions.
The Lions looked to be comfortably in the lead until halftime when Alouette retuner Tyrone Carrier made one of several impressive returns, going 65 yards before being tackled by Kyle Jones.
Marsh then scrambled for 11 yards and Jerome Messam then made a 16-yard run, and the Als narrowed the gap on a mere three plays, as the rejuvenated Als played impressively in the third quarter.
The joy was spoiled soon after, however, when Sean Whyte’s 53-yard field goal attempt missed and was run back 109 yards by Tim Brown for a touchdown.
Marsh then grabbed into his bag of tricks for an 86-yard pass to Arland Bruce - who hauled in seven passes for 167 yards on the evening - which was followed by a Jerome Messam touchdown run. Messam was impressive all night in carrying the ball 60 yards on 11 tries, although he also failed to hold onto the ball on a couple of pass attempts.
The Als defence, led by Chip Cox, managed to quell Travis Lulay, keeping the Lions from cashing in on the many generous turnovers offered by the young Alouette QB.
Lulay recently signed a contract extension but leads the league in interceptions with 11 and has failed to toss 300 yards in a game. He finished the game with 15 completions on 28 tries for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Alouettes appeared to be about to come up just short once again until March's last-ditch long bomb pass was hauled in by Deslauriers, which led to Sean Whyte's easy chip shot field goal to give the Alouettes an unlikely one point victory.
The Alouettes now have 12 days off, as they play their next encounter on Tuesday September 3 in Toronto.