Quarterback Kevin Glenn had 301 yards and threw for two of Emmanuel Arceneaux’s three touchdown catches as the Lions hammered the Montreal Alouettes 41-5 at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday.
It was a revenge game for B.C., which took a 24-9 beating in Montreal in Week 2, and moved the Grey Cup-hosting Lions to 2-2 after last week’s win in Regina.
The Als (1-3) have just one win on the season - against B.C. - and it was a tough outing for Montreal quarterback Troy Smith, who finished with a scant 45 yards passing before being replaced in the fourth.
The West Coast has once again been unkind to Montreal, which has now been outscored 163-30 in its last four games in Vancouver.
Glenn was impressive, going 23-for-31 before leaving late in the third with a strained rhomboid muscle.
He surpassed a milestone on the first play of the game. He ducked a hard tackle before throwing a 16-yard bullet down the middle to slotback Courtney Taylor that put him over 40,000 career yards.
Glenn then found Andrew Harris, who carried it for a gain of 33 yards to put B.C. at the 23 and a first down. Two incompletes later and Paul McCallum kicked a 30-yard FG for the game’s first score.
Glenn was efficient on the Lions next possession, getting his team to the 36 before heaving a 35-yard TD strike to wide receiver Arceneaux for an early 10-0 advantage. That drive took only five plays and 62 yards.
The Als got on the board soon after as Brandon Whitaker took Montreal 41 yards on two rushes before a B.C. roughing the passer call put the Alouettes at the 35. After Troy Smith’s pass was nearly picked off, Sean Whyte kicked in a 42-yarder to make it 10-3 at 4:31 of the first.
Als receiver Kenny Stafford looked to have pulled down a 39-yard pass to put Montreal at the BC 48 three minutes into the second, but Lions head coach Mike Benevides successfully challenged the call and the Alouettes, who unsuccessfully counter-challenged for pass interference, were forced to punt.
McCallum kicked B.C. to a 13-3 lead at 3:48 of the second thanks to a drive by Glenn. He slung a 25-yard pass to slotback Shawn Gore before finding both Stefan Logan and Taylor to put B.C. inside the red zone. Glenn couldn’t finish the drive, so McCallum kicked it in from 16 yards out.
It got worse for Montreal minutes later when a blocked punt by Khreem Smith was recovered by defensive tackle Eric Taylor, who huffed it 19 yards to put the Lions back in scoring position. Courtney Taylor’s 7-yard TD was called back to the one, but backup QB Travis Partridge punched it in - his first pro TD - and the Lions had a 20-3 lead at the half.
B.C. went right back to work in the third as a scampering Glenn found Arceneaux for a 35-yard gain and then again down the middle to put the Lions back in the redzone. From deep in the pocket it was once again Glenn connecting with Arceneaux as B.C. took control with a 27-3 lead at seven minutes.
Smith’s nightmare continued on the next possession when rookie DE Alex Bazzie sacked him for a quick three and out.
Lions backup John Beck came in the third and picked up where Glenn left off, hitting Arceneaux with a 27-yard touchdown pass to make it 34-3 and put the game out of reach.
The Lions added insult to injury when Ryan Phillips picked off Smith and ran it back 41 yards to set up Andrew Harris’s 13-yard TD reception from Beck. That ended Smith’s forgettable day as backup Tanner Marsh came in.
Notes: The Lions honoured the 1994 Grey Cup Champion team at halftime ... Safety Matt McGarva left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return. ... The Als and Lions have split their season series 1-1 since 2007. ... The Lions continue their home stand in Week 5 with a visit from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-1). Montreal has a bye before hosting the Argos in Week 6.
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