Whitaker and Calvillo lead Montreal Alouettes in 30-25 win over B.C. Lions

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MONTREAL - Brandon Whitaker scored his third touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter and Anthony Calvillo threw over 300 yards for a CFL-record eighth straight game as the Montreal Alouettes defeated the B.C. Lions 30-25 on Friday night.

Whitaker put the Alouettes ahead for good on a two-yard run at 3:57 after catching a pair of touchdown passes from Calvillo earlier in the game.

The 40-year-old Calvillo completed 19 of 31 passes for 321 yards to break the CFL record he shared with Doug Flutie.

Montreal's Billy Parker batted down B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay's third-down pass attempt from the 10-yard line as time expired after Ventrell Jenkins sacked Lulay.

Arland Bruce III caught his second touchdown pass of the game to put the Lions up 25-24 at 6:28 of the fourth quarter.

Lulay found Bruce alone in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard strike to cap a 56-yard drive that gave B.C. its first lead of the game.

Lulay finished the game with 275 yards passing and two TDs.

Victor Anderson scored on a five-yard run late in the third quarter for Montreal in the first of back-to-back games between the CFL's two division leaders.

B.C. will host the Alouettes next Saturday at BC Place.

Lions slotback Geroy Simon left the game with a hamstring injury. He did not return for the second half.

The reigning Grey Cup champions stomped Montreal 43-1 in the last meeting between the two teams. The Lions sacked Calvillo four times in the lopsided Oct. 29 contest in Vancouver.

B.C.'s Paul McCallum kicked three field goals on Friday, including a pair in the third quarter to draw the Lions even at 17-17.

Calvillo completed four passes in a row to account for all 75 yards on the Alouettes' opening scoring drive. S.J. Green helped rack up 50 of those yards when he caught Calvillo's short pass and broke downfield. Calvillo and Whitaker connected on a 12-yard passing play for the opening touchdown 2:16 in.

Bruce scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7 late in the first quarter. It was Lulay's 20th consecutive game with a touchdown pass.

Whitaker's second touchdown reception of the game 10:10 into the second quarter was his fifth as a receiver this season.

NOTES: Lions general manager Wally Buono joined three of his former Alouettes teammates during a pre-game ceremony honouring Montreal's 1977 Grey Cup champions. Gordon Judges, Glen Weir and Gabriel Gregoire were also on hand wearing throwback Alouettes jerseys.

Organizations: Montreal Alouettes, BC Place, Whitaker's

Geographic location: MONTREAL, Vancouver

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