August 29, 2014

2014 CFL Replay: A look back at Labour Day Weekend

Rogerio Barbosa/Montreal Alouettes Staff

TORONTO — Labour Day Weekend has come and gone as the CFL reached the midway point of the season. Miss anything over the past few days? Don’t worry,’s Replay has got you covered.

Here’s how it all went down during Labour Day Weekend:

H. Burris: 21/34, 245 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT  
C. Walker: 7 att, 31 yds, 0 TD  
  W. Miles: 7 rec, 101 yds, 1 TD  
  J. Crompton: 15/25, 245 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT  
  B. Whitaker: 17 att, 100 yds, 0 TD  
  D. Carter: 5 rec, 127 yds, 0 TD 

The Montreal Alouettes played shutdown defence all night, while Jonathan Crompton provided the spark necessary to lead them to a 20-10 victory over the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Friday night in Montreal.

S.J. Green had a first-quarter receiving touchdown and James Rodgers scored in his CFL debut, as the Alouettes broke a six-game losing streak and moved into second place in the CFL East Division.

Crompton earned a win in his first career CFL start, going 15-25 for 245 yards with one interception, while second-year receiver Duron Carter had a game-high 127 yards on five catches to pace an efficient Montreal offence. Brandon Whitaker meanwhile was the workhorse on the offence, finishing with 99 yards on 17 carries.

The REDBLACKS, while getting a late surge on offence, again struggled to find consistency on that side of the ball, as they were held to just three points through the first three quarters until finally finding the end zone late in the fourth.

 » Recap: Rodgers’ late TD put Als past REDBLACKS
 » Highlights: Als Back on Track Win
 » View Game Stats
 » Images: Ottawa at Montreal
 » Video: Wallace Miles’ 27-yard TD
 » Video: James Richardson’s First CFL TD


30     35
   D. Willy: 15/23, 171 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT  
N. Grigsby: 15 att, 68 yds, 1 TD  
  N. Moore: 6 rec, 90 yds, 0 TD  
  D. Durant: 14/26, 204 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT  
  J. Messam: 6 att, 64 yds, 0 TD  
  T. Smith: 2 rec, 78 yds, 1 TD 

The Saskatchewan Roughriders mounted an impressive game-winning drive, capped off by an Anthony Allen touchdown to top the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35-30 at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Mark’s Labour Day Weekend continues in the CFL.

Allen’s touchdown with 28 seconds remaining finished a game that will go down as one of the most thrilling in this annual matchup in quite some time.

The Riders accumulated 160 yards on the ground and Darian Durant finished with 204 yards on 14 of 26 passing.

With the win, the Riders captured their 10th straight Labour Day Weekend win over the Blue Bombers who put forth a valiant effort despite the loss. 

 » Recap: Riders out-will Bombers in nail-bitter 
 » Highlights: Riders Out-Last Bombers
 » View Game Stats
 » Images: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
 » Video: Stoudemire 64 Yards to the House
 » Video: Allen Puts Riders Ahead for Good


12     13
  R. Ray: 16/29, 142 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT  
  S. Slaton: 4 att, 17 yds, 0 TD  
  N. Adjei: 3 rec, 44 yds, 0 TD  
  Z. Collaros: 27/38, 317 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT  
  M. Madu: 18 att, 50 yds, 0 TD  
  G. Ellingson: 5 rec, 75 yds, 0 TD 

A Bakari Grant touchdown stood as the difference as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats opened their new stadium, Tim Hortons Field, with a 13-12 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

Quarterback Zach Collaros finished with a impressive 317 yards on 27 of 38 passing in his return to the lineup.

Despite some nervousness leading into the game, Tim Hortons Field opened in what seemed like a dream scenario for the Tiger-Cats: On Labour Day, against their arch-rivals, wearing their new signature uniforms and welcoming back their starting quarterback in Collaros. 

 » Recap: Ticats hold off Boatmen
 » Highlights: Hamilton Opens New Field with Labour Day Win
 » View Game Stats
 » Images: Toronto at Hamilton
 » Video: Grant Hauls in First Touchdown at Tim Hortons Field
 » Video: Ricky Ray Enters the 50,000 Yard Club


13     28
  M. Nichols: 18/30, 203 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT  
  K. Lawrence: 11 att, 65 yds, 0 TD  
  A. Bowman: 8 rec, 123 yds, 0 TD 
  B. Mitchell: 18/29, 252 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT  
  J. Cornish: 17 att, 163 yds, 1 TD  
  M. Price: 4 rec, 53 yds, 0 TD 

Jon Cornish and Bo Levi Mitchell combined for a big day on offence, as the Calgary Stampeders earned a 28-13 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in the Labour Day Classic on Monday afternoon at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.

Mitchell completed 18 of 29 passing attempts for 252 yards and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Parker in the first quarter, while Cornish, the reigning Most Outstanding Player in just his second game back from injury, took over the rest of the way, leading Calgary to its 10th straight head-to-head win over heated rival Edmonton.

Cornish finished with 163 rushing yards on 17 carries and added a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown, in a game that Calgary led from start to finish despite a first-quarter special teams touchdown by the Eskimos.

The Eskimos, minus star quarterback Mike Reilly, kept it close through the majority of the contest, but failed to score an offensive touchdown while scoring just three points in the second half in a battle of the league’s stingiest defences.

  » Recap: Stamps beat Esks on Labour
  » Highlights: Stamps Clinch Season Series
  » View Game Stats
  » Images: Edmonton at Calgary
  » Video: Mitchell to PArks for 6