Late Roughriders field goal leads to Alouettes loss
Saskatchewan Roughriders running back William Powell (29) breaks free from Montreal Alouettes defensive end Antonio Simmons (93) during first half CFL action against the Montreal Alouettes in Regina on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Craig Slater, The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:47PM EDT
Brett Lauther kicked a 39-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining to lift the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 27-25 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.
The game-winning kick served as redemption for Lauther, who missed a field goal and a convert earlier in game.
William Powell scored two touchdowns for the Riders, who improved to 8-4. Powell rushed for a game-high 94 yards on 15 carries. He added three receptions for 30 yards.
Cody Fajardo completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 254 yards and one touchdown.
The loss snapped Montreal's three-game winning streak and dropped the Alouettes to 6-5.
Powell's five-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave the Riders a 24-18 lead.
A major Montreal miscue set up the Saskatchewan score. Punter Boris Bede fumbled the snap on a punt attempt and was tackled at his 19-yard line.
Two plays later, Powell was in the end zone.
The Alouettes counterpunched on the ensuing possession when Vernon Adams Jr., threw a 27-yard touchdown strike to Eugene Lewis. The Alouettes led 25-24 with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Lewis led the Alouettes with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown.
Adams Jr., threw for 344 yards. He completed 22-of-35 pass attempts.
The Montreal offence sputtered in the red zone in the early going and settled for three field goals from Bede. The Alouettes led 9-0 midway through the second quarter.
Saskatchewan closed the first half with 10 straight points and took a 10-9 lead into halftime.
Fajardo connected with Powell for a 10-yard touchdown and Lauther booted a 14-yard field goal.
William Stanbeck rushed four yards for a touchdown and DeVier Posey caught the two-point convert from Adams Jr., and Montreal restored a lead at 17-10 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Riders answered when Fajardo marched the Riders on a 62-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter. Fajardo raced seven yards to the corner of the end zone and added the two-point convert to knot the score at 18-18.
Saskatchewan's Charleston Hughes, the CFL sack leader, did not play due to an undisclosed injury.
Next up for the Alouettes is a home date next Saturday afternoon with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visiting. Saskatchewan will enjoy a bye week.