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MONTREAL -- Montreal Alouettes coach Tom Higgins said this week he was waiting for his offence to explode, and they picked a playoff game to do it. With third string running back Brandon Rutley leading the way with 95 yards on 15 carries, the Alouettes piled up 215 rushing yards in a 50-17 trouncing of the B.C. Lions in the CFL East Division semifinal on Sunday afternoon. Its a great feeling to be doing this and be in this position, said Rutley, who stepped into the lineup when Tyrell Sutton hurt an ankle in the final regular season game, a 29-15 loss at Hamilton. We have so much talent and, when it comes together like this, its magic out there. The victory bought Montreal a return ticket to Hamilton to face the Tiger-Cats in the East final next Sunday. They hope to stay on the roll that started in mid-season, when they bounced back from a 1-7 start to win nine of their next 11 games. Jonathan Crompton completed 14 of 21 passes for only 155 yards, but they included touchdown tosses to S.J. Green and Duron Carter. The Alouettes tied a team record for rushing TDs in a playoff game with four, as backup quarterback Tanner Marsh ran in twice and Rutley and Chris Rainey each scored one. Defensive back Jerald Brown also scored on a team-record 103-yard fumble return. B.C. ended its season with only two wins in its last eight games. Including one-sided losses to Edmonton and Calgary to end the regular season, the Lions were outscored 120-36 in their final three games. The Lions finished fourth in the West but crossed over because they had a better record than the Easts third-place team, the Toronto Argonauts. Montreal is 4-0 all-time against crossover opponents, with three of those wins against the Lions. B.C. starting quarterback Kevin Glenn went 6 for 18 for only 64 yards with two interceptions before Travis Partridge took over in the third quarter. Star QB Travis Lulay, who missed 20 of the last 21 games, dressed but was not deemed fit enough to get into the game. Theres no way to explain it, said B.C. coach Mike Benevides, whose team trailed 50-3 before Partridge threw late TD passes to Shawn Gore and Ernest Jackson, mostly against Montreals second string defenders. The third quarter was disastrous. At halftime, it was a 12-point game. They executed at a high level. They made plays and we didnt make any. Montreal led 15-3 at the half, but broke open the game with 21 points in the third quarter on three rushing TDs. We were getting good push up front, said Montreal tackle Josh Bourke. We stuck with the run game. When playoff football occurs, its about running the ball and playing good defence. We made some nice touchdown passes in there too, but we set the tone by running the ball. Rutley had quite a season. He was invited to training camp after a tryout, but was let go. When tailback Brandon Whitaker was injured late in the season, he was called back and put on the practice roster. Then Sutton went down and he suddenly became the starter. Its an amazing journey and I want it to continue, said Rutley. Now the Alouettes need to carry the confidence gained against B.C. into Hamilton, where they lost with turnovers and weak play in the regular season finale. Thats the regular season, they won that one, said linebacker Bear Woods. Were going to win this one. Asked if that meant he was guaranteeing victory, Woods said: Im guaranteeing it and I hope theyre guaranteeing theyll beat us. Thats the mentality that both teams have. Itll make for a great football game for all the fans in the CFL. There were plenty of empty seats at Percival Molson Stadium as only 15,107 turned out to the 23,500-seat venue on a chilly day with a few snowflakes. There wasnt a lot to see until late in a slow first half marked by dropped passes on both sides, but then Montreal took apart the B.C. defence the rest of the way. The first quarter saw only Sean Whytes punt single go up on the board. The Lions thought theyd thwarted a drive when Adam Bighill intercepted near the goal-line, but an illegal contact penalty on Cord Parks instead gave Montreal the ball on the B.C. 10. On the next play, Crompton found Green behind Parks in a corner of the end zone at 9:20 of the second. Glenn answered with an eight-play drive capped by Paul McCallums 30-yard field goal. A roughing call against Ryan Phillips helped keep alive Montreals return drive and Crompton hit Carter over the middle for a TD at 13:51 for a 15-3 halftime lead. Montreal opened the second half with a nine-play 79-yard drive on which Rutley carried four times in a row to the B.C. 2. Marsh ran it in at 5:25. Woods picked off a Glenn pass and, set up by a 29-yard toss to Green, Rutley ran in from the four at 10:41 to all but put the victory in the bank. Things got strange when Partridge took over at QB for the Lions next possession. He threw a short pass to Marc Ianuzzi, who attempted to punt the ball only to see it dribble forward, giving Montreal the ball on the 3. Marsh ran it in two plays later at 13:01 As if things couldnt get worse for B.C., Tim Brown ran a kickoff back to the Montreal 12, only to see Stefan Logan fumble and Brown run it back 103 yards for a TD at 4:01 of the fourth quarter. Finally, with 2:14 left, Partridge found Gore for an eight-yard TD pass and Logan scored the two-point convert. Brown returned a punt to the Montreal eight and Partridge hit Jackson for the TD, but this time, the two-point attempt failed. It was the most points Montreal has scored this season. Their next best was a 38-31 win at home over Hamilton on Sept. 7. It was a team win,said Woods. Our offence was able to score points. Its been rare that weve had that type of support from our offence, to where our defence got some rest and was able to play at that high level the whole game. Alouettes defensive end John Bowman left with a rib ailment in the third quarter and did not return. Higgins said Bowman could have come back but they decided to keep him out as a precaution. As for the weak attendance, Alouettes president Mark Weightman said it was tough selling an outdoor game in November when the team only found out it would be in the semifinal last week. Weve had a great sequence to end the season, but weve had a couple of years now where we havent had as much success, he said. I dont think a good second half is necessarily going to re-convince 100 per cent of your fans, you need to show you can win consistently over a longer period of time. There were probably still some skeptical fans who werent sure about this game and thinking what would happen. Hopefully, 50-17 will convince them. Notes -- The last time Montreal scored 50 points in game was the opening week of 2010, a 54-51 loss in overtime to Saskatchewan. . . The loss ends the run of three straight years in which a team playing at home won the Grey Cup. The championship game is slated for Nov. 30 in Vancouver.. . B.C.s Logan had 13 carries for 94 yards, but the Lions had only 102 passing yards. Jimmy Hayes Jersey .ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. Brian Boyle Jersey . Thats the feeling that eight Canadian Football League teams are experiencing right now in advance of the expansion draft to stock the Ottawa Redblacks. ... rd-jersey/. The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to arrive in Boston in time for a workout on Tuesday afternoon. Much of Mondays discussion focused on Bostons lineup considerations as the series progresses, specifically when the venue shifts to St. Ryane Clowe Jersey . - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to meet with Richie Incognito to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal can help their struggling offensive line. Adam Henrique Jersey . Make that, almost always subjective. Saturday at Carrow Road, the spirit of fair play trumped the rulebook, costing Norwich City three points.TORONTO - First things first: Episode 3 of The Baseball Podcast is up for your listening pleasure. Toronto Star baseball columnist and TSN contributor Richard Griffin joins me for a half-hour of talk on manager John Gibbons strategy when it comes to his starting pitching and struggling bullpen, whether Brett Lawrie will see increased action at second base and Jose Bautistas great start to the season. Give it a listen here. GIBBONS LIKES HIS OFFENCE The Blue Jays entered Thursdays action with 166 runs scored in 34 games. Thats an average of almost 4.9 runs per game, good for fourth in the majors. Manager John Gibbons is in his seventh season, over two tenures skipping the Blue Jays. He believes this is the strongest offence hes had. "I would think this is probably the top," said Gibbons. "My last go around here we were really strong in the pitching department. We had some good offences but I dont think it equaled what we have here now. You need that in the American League. You need to be able to slug it out." Toronto boasts the league leader in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) and walks. Hes Jose Bautista. Bautista and Colby Rasmus, with nine home runs each, are amongst the league leaders. Melky Cabreras 48 hits are the most in the sport this season. As a team, the Blue Jays rank second in home runs (44); second in slugging percentage (.432) and third in on-base plus slugging percentage (.761). ENCARNACION DISCUSSES FRANCISCO General manager Alex Anthopoulos has credited Edwin Encarnacion with helping to lure Juan Francisco to the Blue Jays. "Ive known Juan from a long time ago, he was playing with me in Cincinnati," said Encarnacion. "When he was young, I was older in here and hes one of my best friends. He had a couple of more (options) to go so I called him and asked him to come here because they can give him the opportunity to play here at this level.dddddddddddd" Francisco, 26, hit 18 home runs last season while playing with the Braves and Brewers but was cut by Milwaukee late in spring training. He signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on April 2 and began the year at Triple-A Buffalo. His contract was selected on April 20 to replace Adam Lind, who went on the disabled list with a back injury. Aside from the opportunity the Blue Jays could afford him, Encarnacion was pressed Francisco to come to Toronto out of fear he would sign with another American League East team. The division, specifically the ballparks in the division, are friendly to power-hitting left-handed bats. "Thats why I dont want him to go to another team, like Tampa or another team," said Encarnacion. SANTOS STARTING FROM SCRATCH Sergio Santos pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Wednesdays 10-0 win over the Phillies. Thanks to the big lead it was a pressure-free inning. After two-straight outings featuring blown saves and three on the season, Santos is in the process of rebuilding his confidence. "It was nice to execute on the things that I wanted to do as far as locating my fastball, moving it in and out," said Santos. "It was nice. Its a nice first step, hopefully in the right direction." His stuff is good. Santos has struck out 18 hitters in 10 1/3 innings. The problem is hes walked nine and of the 12 hits hes allowed, three have been home runs. Santos expects more of himself. "Hopefully I can build off what happened (Wednesday) night and never look back again," he said. LAWRIE UPDATE Brett Lawrie took part in batting practice and fielded ground balls before Thursdays game. He left the fourth inning of Monday nights game in Philadelphia with lingering tightness in his right hamstring. Fridays game against the Angels may be more hopeful than reality. Lawries more likely to return on the weekend. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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