BC Lions 33 @ Montreal Alouettes 34

Game Details

  • Week 10
  • 37th Game of Regular Season (45th Overall)
  • Labour Day Weekend
  • Saturday, Aug 30, 1997 7:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 11,050
    • Capacity: 33,900
  • Broadcasters:
    • RDS
    • CBC

Game Notes

Game Summary

It was a match-up of two 6-3 teams as the Alouettes and Lions took the field on Saturday evening. Montreal opened the scoring at 4:17 of the first quarter when HB Harold Nash intercepted an errant Damon Allen pass and returned it 34 yards for the games first major score. K Terry Baker’s convert attempt was successful putting Montreal up by 7. The Lions countered at 10:54 when RB Sean Millington plunged over the goal line from 1-yard out. Giulio Caravatta’s convert attempt was good and the two teams were deadlocked at 7 after one period of play. The Lions struck early in the second quarter when Allen teamed up with WR Larry Thompson for a 4-yard TD strike. Once again Caravatta added the convert and the Lions were out in front by a 14-7 margin. Baker cut into the B.C. lead at 10:33 of the second frame when his 48-yard FG attempt sailed through the uprights. However, the lead was restored to six when Baker conceded a safety touch with just 40 seconds left in half. The teams went into the locker room with B.C. up by a 16-10 score. The Lions added to their lead at 3:29 of the third quarter as DB Maurice Kelly scooped up a Montreal fumble and scampered 84-yards for the touchdown. K Lui Passaglia added the convert making the score 23-10 in favour of the visitors. However, the Alouettes refused to lie down and at 11:10 of the third QB Tracy Ham hooked up with SB Jock Climie for a 2-yard TD. The Baker convert cut the Lions’ lead to just 6 points. The Lions countered back once again at 13:55 of the third as Millington broke through the Alouettes’ defensive line for a 54-yard TD gallop. The Passaglia convert put them up by a 30-17 score. The Alouettes continued to fight back and opened up the fourth quarter scoring at 1:56 when RB Mike Pringle took it into the end zone from 1-yard out. Bakers convert once again cut the B.C. lead to six. Passaglia bumped the lead to 9 booting a 36-yard FG at 7:15 of the final stanza, but the Alouettes offence continued to roll and on the ensuing series, Pringle scored his second major of the game, this one a 60-yard effort. Baker’s convert trimmed the Lions’ lead to just 2. The Montreal comeback continued and at 10:10 of the final frame, Baker connected on a 44-yard FG attempt putting them up by a single point. As it turned out, this was all they needed as their defence held the Lions offence in check for the rest of the night. The win upped the Montreal record to 7-3, while the Lions fell to 6-4.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Montreal and BC Matchups
1996Week 4MTL 44 @ BC 24
Week 11BC 27 @ MTL 28
1997Week 7MTL 45 @ BC 31
Week 10BC 33 @ MTL 34
Division Semi-FinalBC 35 @ MTL 45

Alouettes record vs Lions (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Montreal 2–0–0 (1.000)
  • at BC 2–0–0 (1.000)
  • Montreal Total 4–0–0 (1.000)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Montreal 12–6–0 (0.667)
  • at BC 5–12–1 (0.306)
  • Montreal Total 17–18–1 (0.486)

Streaks as of Aug. 30, 1997 (Regular Season)

Alouettes streak at home vs Lions
Alouettes streak overall vs Lions


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lions 7 9 14 3 33
Alouettes 7 3 7 17 34

Lions coach: Adam Rita (L)
Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (W)

Lions (6-4-0) Next @ Roughriders Sep 07
Alouettes (7-3-0) Next @ Tiger-Cats Sep 06

Game Time Weather in Montreal, QC

August 30th Hourly Weather Summary for Montreal
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
McTavish 7:00 PM Partly Cloudy 18.1°C NNE (240°) at 4 km/h 79% 101.40 kPa
McTavish 8:00 PM Partly Cloudy 18.4°C NNE (270°) at 6 km/h 78% 101.38 kPa
McTavish 9:00 PM Partly Cloudy 17.8°C NNE (270°) at 6 km/h 80% 101.33 kPa
McTavish 10:00 PM Clear 17.3°C NNE (300°) at 6 km/h 80% 101.35 kPa

Conditions at McTavish (6.26 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

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

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

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


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