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OTTAWA — Henry Burris ran for two touchdowns, threw for another two and completed a record-setting night with 45 completions as the Ottawa Redblacks embarrassed the Montreal Alouettes 39-17 on Thursday night. 

In the most lopsided win in their two-year history, the Redblacks were led by their 40-year old quarterback, who had 43 completions after three quarters, broke the record of most completions in a game as he finished with 45.

The old record of 44 was set back in 2008 by Anthony Calvillo of the Alouettes.

His 45th completion was a 13-yard pass to Patrick Lavoie early in the fourth quarter. Burris left shortly after giving way to Danny O’Brien, but not before raking up 504 yards through the air on 53 attempts.

All this just after being named one of the three CFL Top Performers for September.

Leading 23-3 at the half, Burris threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brad Sinopoli and then ran one in himself from a yard out in the third quarter upping that lead to 37-3

The Redblacks drive stalled on the Montreal one-yard line to open the fourth quarter, but the Alouettes were unable to gain any ground and conceded a safety rather than punting from their own end zone.

Anthony Boone came on in relief of Rakeem Cato at quarterback for Montreal and led a short drive that ended in a 14-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Giguere but the two-point conversion failed. Cato then threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Fred Stamps with 1.4 seconds remaining and the two-point conversion was good.

The Alouettes can consider themselves lucky things didn’t go much worse in the first half, both on the scoreboard and with their personnel.

They did trail 23-3 at the break, but the Redblacks twice had first downs in the red zone and were only able to come away with a pair of Chris Milo field goals.

More importantly, the injury suffered by defensive back Jonathan Hefney didn’t turn out to badly nearly as serious as it first appeared.

Hefney collided head-to-head with Lavoie early in the game and immediately hunched forward and fell head first to the turf.

He was knocked unconscious and stayed down for several minutes before being removed on a stretcher. Hefney was alert and walking around in the Alouettes’ locker room shortly after the incident. He did not return to the game.

The Redblacks eventually turned that drive, their first of the game that included two third-down conversions, into a one-yard touchdown run from Burris.

The Alouettes responded with a 38-yard field goal from Boris Bede before the end of the quarter, but the Redblacks came back in the second quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Burris to Chris Williams and field goals of 17, 34 and 16-yards from Milo. The final one came on the final play of the half.

Darren Desaulniers, The Canadian Press

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