Ottawa Redblacks rally to knock off Johnny Manziel's Montreal Alouettes


Ottawa Redblacks rally to knock off Johnny Manziel's Montreal Alouettes

Johnny Manziel much improved as Alouettes fall late to Redblacks

Johnny Manziel much improved as Alouettes fall late to Redblacks

Johnny Manziel delivered a much-improved performance on Saturday, but it wasn't enough for a victory. But the best quarterback was Redblacks counterpart Trevor Harris, who was 44-of-54 passing for 487 yards, surpassing the 15,000-yard mark for his career.

The fleet-footed quarterback, now wearing Alouette colours following his trade from Hamilton, rushed for 18 yards to the edge of the Redblacks goal line midway through the third quarter in Ottawa, where the ball was fumbled after a heavy hit but recovered by Kristian Matte for Montreal to take a 17-11 lead. William Powell's 10-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds left broke the tie. The former National Football League first-round pick threw four interceptions during his first competitive taste of the CFL last weekend. "Anything is better than last week".

Montreal sits last in the CFL's East Division, while Ottawa is on top - the only team in the division with a winning record.

"It's a big win", said Head Coach Rick Campbell, "It was good that we were able to step up even though it was one of those games that was going back and forth".

A pass intended for Greg Ellingson was picked off by Montreal linebacker Chris Ackie and returned 37 yards for a touchdown to give the Alouettes an 8-2 lead in the second quarter. It was his first receiving touchdown of the season and put Ottawa ahead 11-5 - its first lead of the game.

Ward's record-breaking attempt came after he made a 33-yarder earlier in the fourth to cut Montreal's lead to 17-14.

The lone point scored by either team in a turnover-filled first quarter came after Montreal's Boris Bede booted a 57-yard punt into the Ottawa end zone for a single. The Alouettes were up 9-5 at the half.