Montreal Alouettes 44 @ BC Lions 24

Game Details

  • Week 4
  • 17th Game of Regular Season (26th Overall)
  • Friday, Jul 19, 1996 10:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 21,855
    • Capacity: 40,800
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

With Tracy Ham completely recovered from an early season injury, the Montreal Alouettes were going to be a force to be reckoned with even though they were winless to this point. The Lions, on the other hand, were determined to battle hard for their first win of the year. Montreal scored first when Terry Baker capped the Als first possession with a 24 yard field goal. The Alouettes continued to move the ball well. RB Mike Saunders topped the 9 play, 74 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run. Baker’s convert pushed Montreal ahead 10 to 0 at the end of the first quarter. Lui Passaglia got the Lions on the board early in the second with a 15 yard field goal. The Alouettes countered minutes later with a 37 yard field goal to maintain their 10 point margin. B.C.’s offence started to click near the mid-point of the quarter. QB Andre Ware connected with RB Cory Philpot for an 18 yard passing touchdown. Passaglia kicked the convert. B.C.’s defence got on the score sheet on the first play following the kickoff. CB Brandon Hamilton intercepted a Ham pass and returned it 48 yards for the touchdown. The touchdowns and Passaglia’s converts gave B.C. the lead within a minute of play. Montreal battled back. Dexter Dawson took the ball in from the 1-yard line to regain the lead for the Alouettes. Baker’s convert put the Als ahead by 3 at halftime. Montreal came out looking strong in the second half. Ham scored his third passing TD of the year by hitting Jock Climie from 27 yards out for the major. Baker kicked the convert. With B.C.’s offence struggling, the special teams unit decided to get in the action. David Maeva blocked a punt attempt by Terry Baker. The loose ball was recovered by Reggie Carthon and returned 6 yards for a touchdown. Passaglia’s point after brought the Lions back to within 3 of the Alouettes. Montreal controlled the game from here on. Baker started the onslaught with a 24 yard field goal as time ran out in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Ham connected for two more passing touchdowns to solidify the Alouettes first win since their move from Baltimore in the off-season. SB Chris Armstrong was the first target catching a 10 yard pass for the major. Wide-out Nigel Williams was the other recipient of a Ham TD pass. Williams touchdown play covered 60 yards. Baker converted both fourth quarter TDs for the Als. Montreal’s first win of the year came in convincing fashion by topping the Lions by 20 points.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 BC and Montreal Matchups
1996Week 4MTL 44 @ BC 24
Week 11BC 27 @ MTL 28

Lions record vs Alouettes (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at BC 0–1–0 (0.000)
  • at Montreal 0–1–0 (0.000)
  • BC Total 0–2–0 (0.000)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at BC 12–4–1 (0.735)
  • at Montreal 6–11–0 (0.353)
  • BC Total 18–15–1 (0.544)

Streaks as of July 19, 1996 (Regular Season)

Lions streak at home vs Alouettes
Lions streak overall vs Alouettes


Scoring Summary
1st Quarter

1. MTL: Field Goal BAKER (24 yards) 3:04
2. MTL: Touchdown SAUNDERS (1 yard) 12:12
  MTL: Convert Kick BAKER

2nd Quarter

3. BC: Field Goal PASSAGLIA (15 yards) 2:40
4. MTL: Field Goal BAKER (37 yards) 5:03
5. BC: Touchdown PHILPOT (18 yard pass from WARE) 9:15
  BC: Convert Kick PASSAGLIA
6. BC: Touchdown HAMILTON (48 yard Interception return) 10:20
  BC: Convert Kick PASSAGLIA
7. MTL: Touchdown DAWSON (1 yard) 13:52
  MTL: Convert Kick BAKER 13:52

3rd Quarter

8. MTL: Touchdown CLIMIE (27 yard pass from HAM) 4:13
  MTL: Convert Kick BAKER
9. BC: Touchdown CARTHON (6 yard Blocked Punt return) 6:58
  BC: Convert Kick PASSAGLIA
10. MTL: Field Goal BAKER (24 yards) 15:00

4th Quarter

11. MTL: Touchdown ARMSTRONG (10 yard pass from HAM) 4:39
  MTL: Convert Kick BAKER
12. MTL: Touchdown WILLIAMS (60 yard pass from HAM) 12:51
  MTL: Convert Kick BAKER 12:51

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Alouettes 10 10 10 14 44
Lions 0 17 7 0 24
Yardsticks (Team Statistics)
First Downs2310
Total Offence399216
Team Losses2667
Net Offence373149
Pass Comp-Att13-2411-28
Interceptions by-yards1-02-75
Punts-Net Avg.6-48.011-45.0
Time of Possession33:5826:02

MTLHAM: 13/24, 261 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT; BCVARGAS: 5/14, 57 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT; WARE: 5/13, 54 YDS, 1 TD, 0 INT; CARAVATTA: 1/1, 21 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT;


MTLHAM: 6/42 YDS, 0 TD; SAUNDERS: 6/40 YDS, 1 TD; SOLES: 9/34 YDS, 0 TD; DAWSON: 11/22 YDS, 1 TD; BCPHILPOT: 11/79 YDS, 0 TD; VARGAS: 1/3 YDS, 0 TD; WARE: 2/2 YDS, 0 TD; MILLINGTON: 1/0 YDS, 0 TD;


MTLWILLIAMS: 4/130 YDS, 1 TD; CLIMIE: 3/51 YDS, 1 TD; ARMSTRONG: 2/29 YDS, 1 TD; SOLES: 2/26 YDS, 0 TD; DAWSON: 1/17 YDS, 0 TD; SAUNDERS: 1/8 YDS, 0 TD; BCPHILPOT: 5/72 YDS, 1 TD; QUARLES: 1/21 YDS, 0 TD; TREVATHAN: 3/18 YDS, 0 TD; FRAZIER: 1/14 YDS, 0 TD; BLACKWOOD: 1/7 YDS, 0 TD;

Player of the Game Offence

Nigel Williams MTL (WR)

Player of the Game Defence

Grant Carter MTL (DE)

Alouettes coach: Bob Price (W)
Lions coach: Joe Paopao (L)

Alouettes (1-3-0) Next vs Blue Bombers Jul 24
Lions (0-4-0) Next vs Tiger-Cats Jul 28

Game Extra

Lead Changes (Experimental)
  • Total: 3
  • Times MTL held lead: 2
  • Times tied: 1
  • Times BC held lead: 1
Lead/Trailed and Time in Lead
Largest Lead / Deficit+20 / -4+4 / -20
Time in Lead53:2403:0403:32
Consecutive Points
MTL10 3 14 17
BC 3 14 7 

Game Time Weather in Vancouver, BC

July 19th Hourly Weather Summary for Vancouver
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Vancouver Harbour CS 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 16.4°C NNE (150°) at 12 km/h NA 102.19 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 15.9°C NNE (150°) at 12 km/h NA 102.19 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 9:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 15.7°C NNE (140°) at 7 km/h NA 102.24 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 15.3°C NNE (160°) at 12 km/h NA 102.27 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 11:00 PM Partly Cloudy 15.0°C NNE (150°) at 16 km/h NA 102.24 kPa

Conditions at Vancouver Harbour CS (2.24 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Wind direction, Wind speed, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in MTL @ BC
Including known plays over 55 yards

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