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Beck relieves injured Lulay, leads Lions over Cato-less Alouettes 25-16

MONTREAL — John Beck came off the bench in relief of injured Travis Lulay to throw touchdown passes to Lavelle Hawkins and Austin Collie as the B.C. Lions downed the Montreal Alouettes 25-16 on Thursday night.

Eric Fraser scored on an interception return and Richie Leone had a field goal and a single on a missed 50-yard attempt for the Lions (4-5), who were coming a 23-13 loss to Montreal two weeks ago in Vancouver.

Jonathan Hefney returned an interception for a TD and Boris Bede had three field goals for Montreal (4-6).

Lulay went off with a left knee injury midway through the first quarter.

Montreal's Tanner Marsh got his first start of the season at pivot with Rakeem Cato seeing to a family emergency. It didn't go well, as he threw five interceptions, fumbled once and didn't generate an offensive touchdown.

Jabar Westerman stripped the ball free from Marsh and Michael Brooks recovered to set up a Leone 46-yard boot at 9:19. Then, Alex Hoffman-Ellis picked off a pass, leading to Beck's 10-yard TD pass to Hawkins at the 15:00 mark. Hawkins scored in his first CFL game.

Montreal marched back thanks to a 47-yard Tyrell Sutton run for Bede's 24-yard field goal to start the second quarter. The Lions gave up the ball on downs and Bede punched another through from 46 yards at 8:33.

The Lions picked up 51 yards on two Montreal penalties on the same play to put the ball on the 11, where Beck found Collie with the TD pass for a 17-6 half time lead.

Fraser grabbed a Marsh pass and romped 56 yards for the score 4:19 into the second half. Ryan Phillips picked off another pass on Montreal's next drive but the Lions couldn't make it count.

Then, Hefney had an easy 20-yard trot into the end zone after picking off a Beck pass at 9:51 and Bede added a field goal early in the fourth quarter.

But after Montreal's Dominique Ellis interception late in the game, Marsh gave it back on a pick by T.J. Lee. Steven Clarke also had a pick.

Nik Lewis got the 12 yards he needed to pass Arland Bruce (11,614) for 10th all-time in receiving yards.

Anthony Boone dressed as Montreal's third quarterback.

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

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