Duval pounces on second chance to seal Montreal's Cup win

Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:13am EST
 
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By Steve Keating

CALGARY (Reuters) - Damon Duval booted a 33-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give the Montreal Alouettes a heart-stopping 28-27 comeback win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders to claim the 97th Grey Cup on Sunday.

Trailing 27-11 in the fourth quarter, the Alouettes registered 17 unanswered points in the final 11 minutes to leave the Riders and their green clad supporters packed into Calgary's McMahon Stadium in stunned silence.

"We didn't quit. We came back and the guys fought, what a joyful event," Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo told reporters.

Adding to the agony, the Roughriders thought they had clinched their second Canadian Football League championship in three years and stampeded on the field in wild celebrations when Duval initially missed a 42-yard attempt.

However, the party was cut short when Saskatchewan was penalized for having too many men on the field and the Montreal kicker made no mistake a second time, drilling the winning field goal through the uprights.

"The fact that we missed that field goal and they had too many guys, to me it's just part of destiny," Calvillo added.

"We could have lost it right there but we didn't."

Duval also felt divine intervention had played a role in the team's last-gasp victory.   Continued...

 
<p>Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Jim Popp (R) carry the Grey Cup after winning the 97th CFL Grey Cup football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Calgary, Alberta, November 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger</p>