The play was setup after Montreal was called for pass interference, which allowed the Redblacks to setup from the one-yard line. They only needed one try to punch it in and improve their record to 4-2.
It was Ottawa’s second win of the season over the Alouettes, who fell to 2-4. Should the teams be tied at the end of the regular season, the Redblacks will own the tiebreak based on the season series win.
The drive covered 78 yards over 10 plays and gave the sell-out crowd the impression their team might have a good first quarter. The Redblacks had just one first-quarter touchdown all season heading into the game.
“Whether you have the highs or the lows you have to put it together when it counts.”
Montreal’s Boris Bede kicked a 42-yard field goal 30 seconds into the fourth quarter and an 81-yard single on the kickoff following a nine-yard touchdown pass from Rakeem Cato to Samuel Giguere five minutes later.
The Alouettes conceded a safety at 11:37 of the fourth quarter cutting their lead to 23-19.
The Redblacks won the season opener in Montreal 20-16 and limited Montreal to a total of just 188 yards of offence the entire game. The Alouettes nearly matched that total early with 132 yards in the first quarter alone. They were over 200 in the first half.
On their second possession, Bede made good on an 18-yard field goal just 69 seconds into the second quarter and then Cato scampered 19 yards for the Alouettes only touchdown of the half and their first lead of the game at 11-7 five minutes in.
“I’ve been waiting for that for a long time,” Pruneau said of the interception.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player, made his professional debut Friday — playing his first game with the Alouettes. The former SEC co-defensive player of the year in his senior year of college was used sparingly in the game taking part in only a handful of plays.