Johnny Manziel shows improvement in second CFL start after four-interception debut

Rex Christensen
August 13, 2018

Ottawa Redblacks' Greg Ellingson (82) tries to keep the ball away from Montreal Alouettes' Chip Cox (11) during first half CFL action in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. The former Heisman Trophy victor had an improved outing after his disastrous first start last weekend.

In his second game as starting quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes, Manziel's team lost 24-17 to the host Ottawa Redblacks before 25,161 at TD Place.

Manziel's finished the game 16-for-26 for 168 yards, no touchdowns and perhaps most importantly, zero interceptions.

Manziel also rushed for 36 yards and almost scored a touchdown on the ground, but he took a brutal hit at the goal line and fumbled.

He admitted that it was better than his previous performance, but it didn't take much for that to be the case.

The former National Football League first-round pick threw four interceptions during his first competitive taste of the CFL last weekend.

With a smile, Manziel was quick to admit "anything" was better than his last outing. "But like I told these guys, you're not going to take me out like that", Manziel said. It was tough to watch.

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This time, Johnny Manziel went down fighting.

Yikes. Thankfully, he appeared to come out of the game feeling OK.

"It's a big win", said Redblacks coach Rick Campbell, whose team is the only squad in the East with a winning record.

Ward's record-breaking attempt came after he made a 33-yarder earlier in the fourth to cut Montreal's lead to 17-14. He threw a second-quarter interception Chris Ackie returned for a touchdown.

The Alouettes added a single just before halftime to make it 9-5.

The Alouettes dropped to 1-7 on the season and are scheduled to visit the Edmonton Eskimos at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

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