MONTREAL -- The honeymoon is over for Montreal Alouettes quarterback Tanner Marsh.
After leading the Als to two-straight victories against BC and Toronto, the 23-year-old upstart was suddenly brought down to Earth on Sunday afternoon, suffering his first career loss to the same Argonauts he had beaten just a week earlier.
And after throwing three interceptions in that defeat, Marsh knows he has to be better.
“(My performance) was bad; I’ve got to do better. They were throwing different things at me, their defence did a great job and our defence did a great job and I just made too many mistakes,” he said.
“You just got to win that game; I just made too many mistakes.”
Leading 16-5 after two quarters, Marsh seemed primed to register his third-straight win, until the Argos’ halftime adjustments seemed to overwhelm a youthful Alouettes offensive group.
From that point on, Toronto went on to score 32 points, compared to Montreal’s 14.
Marsh, who has thrown eight interceptions in his two-and-a-half outings, knows that he and the offence let one slip through their fingers.
“It’s frustrating (to lose a lead like this) because our defence did a great job, our defence played one heck of a game,” he said.
“Offensively, we didn’t get it going enough to get that lead and crush them. We had chances to finish the game and we just didn’t take advantage of it and I take the blame, no doubt.”
Marsh gave full credit to an Argo defence that sacked him five times throughout the afternoon, saying that Chris Jones’ group came prepared.
“I don’t know if (Jones) threw more looks at me, but he did a great job of getting his defence ready to disguise everything and you got to give them credit, they did a great job, I just have to play better.”
The Alouettes, meanwhile, weren’t too bad themselves on the defensive side of the ball.
Aside from a rough third quarter that saw them give up a whopping 23 points; Noel Thorpe’s troops seemed to be in control.
Led by John Bowman, the Als collected five sacks of their own, and limited Argos pivot Zach Collaros to just 100 yards passing in the first half.
Like his quarterback, Bowman knows the Alouettes have to be better, especially against Eastern opponents.
“We just had a miserable third quarter. We didn’t get consistent pressure like we were getting in the first half,” said Bowman, whose two sacks put him in a tie for the Alouettes franchise lead in sacks with Anwar Stewart.
“A couple guys were wide open at the beginning of the third quarter they got the two touchdowns, but we just got to be consistent and play 60 minutes of football.”
However, the excuses stopped there for the veteran rush end.
“We just did what we could do, fought hard and came up short today but, c’est la vie.”
With files from MontrealAlouettes.com