Als hand Stamps first loss of the season
It was the first time this season that the Calgary Stampeders looked human.
Heading into Friday night's game against the Montreal Alouettes, the Stamps might as well have worn a big 'S' on their uniforms, because that's what they've looked like the past seven weeks -- like Supermen.
And, with the Als nursing numerous injuries to their receiving corps, it looked like the Stamps were in for easy pickings.
They were wrong.
Unknown rookie Kevin Alexander was the star of the game, catching two touchdown passes as the Als trounced the Stamps 48-13 at the Molson Stadium Friday night.
With Montreal receivers Jock Climie, Alfonzo Browning and Mercury Hayes all on the sidelines nursing various injuries, the Calgary defence concentrated on stopping running back Mike Pringle.
But quarterback Anthony Calvillo showed that he has a few tricks up his sleeve, throwing TD receptions of 10 and 18 yards to his former Utah State teammate.
"Anthony threw my first TD in college and now he threw my first TD in the CFL," said Alexander.
"I feel really good. I knew I could do it if I got the chance. I'm not here to steal anybody's job. I just want to help out however I can."
For the first time all season, the Stamps failed to score an offensive touchdown, relying on Marc Boerigter's blocked punt return from 10 yards out as their only major of the night. The TD, which was scored at 4:25 of the second quarter, made it 10-7 Calgary.
The Stamps received some bad news when star quarterback Dave Dickenson left the game at the start of the fourth quarter due to an injured right knee. He will have an MRI on Saturday.
"I don't think it's season-ending, but it's sore," said Dickenson, who was plagued by injury last year. "I'll have something done to it and I'll be back.
"I've been fortunate not to have had knee trouble, so this is new to me."
The loss gives the Stamps their only blemish (6-1-1) on what was a near-perfect record. Thanks to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats loss on Friday night, the Als (6-2) jump back into first place in the CFL East.
After kicker Terry Baker tied it in the second quarter, Winston October got the sellout crowd all riled up when he ran back a Tony Martino punt 76 yards for his third kickoff return touchdown of the season.
October had a great night, adding another lengthy return of 64 yards for more than 250 return yards in the game.
Alexander and Ben Cahoon would hook with Calvillo after October's major. By the half, the Als had a 31-10 lead.
Mark Washington put an exclamation mark on the win when he picked off backup quarterback Troy Kopp's pass in the fourth quarter and ran it back 40 yards for six points.
Although he only made it through three full quarters, it wasn't a great night for Dickenson. The quarterback failed to complete a TD reception for the first time all season, making 14 of 19 pass attempts for 139 yards.
"They outplayed us in every aspect of the game," said Dickenson, who was sacked five times.
"You have off-weeks, but you should put out better effort than we did. I'm disapppointed."
After two sub-par games, Calvillo bounced back, leading an injury-depleted offence to victory. Calvillo passed for three touchdowns, making 19 for 30 for 366 yards.
"We're surprised, but you've got to give us credit, too," Calvillo said. "We had a little slide there, but we're a solid football team, too.
"And playing at home makes a huge difference. It's just the excitement of the home crowd. It's a totaly different atmosphere."