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Cornish injured as Stampeders beat Alouettes in season opener

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According to TSN on Saturday, the Calgary Stampeders beat the Montreal Alouettes 29-8 in their 2014 Canadian Football League regular season opener at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell led the Stampeders offensively by completing 16 of 25 passes for 313 yards, and two touchdowns.

The first touchdown was on a 102 yard play to Maurice Price on the final play of the first quarter that put the Stampeders up 11-0 at the time. The second touchdown was on a 16 yard touchdown pass to former Dino Anthony Parker that put the Stampeders up 29-1.

A major story in the game however was that the Stampeders lost running back Jon Cornish, who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter. Cornish, who is the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player and the Lou Marsh Award winner as the top Canadian athlete in 2013, received a high hit from Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert. When Cornish departed, he had 14 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown and another three catches for 41 yards.

The game was a homecoming for former Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins, who was coaching his first game as a member of the Alouettes. Higgins was the Stampeders head coach from 2005-2007 before taking a job as the CFL's Director of Officiating.

The game was shown on ESPN2 in the United States. On Friday, the CFL and ESPN reached a five year television agreement to bring CFL games to the United States. Other Stampeders games that will be broadcasted in 2014 include July 18 against Hamilton and July 24 in Edmonton.

The Stampeders are currently tied for first place in the Western Division with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos at 1-0. The Blue Bombers upset the Toronto Argonauts 45-21 on Thursday and the Eskimos upset the British Columbia Lions 27-20 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a rematch of the 2013 Grey Cup Championship, won by Saskatchewan.

The Stampeders next game will be July 12 in Toronto and their next home game will be on July 18 against Hamilton. They will have the bye during week two of the season.

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