WINNIPEG - Former Boise State and Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins won his first game with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night, beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 38-33.
The Alouettes - who were outscoured 20-1 in the third quarter - rallied from a 33-24 fourth-quarter deficit to steal the first game of the CFL season.
Hawkins said he was pleased with the game.
"(Quarterback Anthony Calvillo) made plays, the receivers made plays, we were able to get some momentum back," he told the media after the game.
"Whytey kicked the heck out of the ball, did a great job answering there . . . I thought it was all good except for (giving up an 80-yard) punt return.''
Sean Whyte kicked a 35-yard field goal to give Montreal a 34-33 lead. He added another field goal and capped the scoring on a punt single for the 38-33 final.
Hawkins, who lives in Boise in the offseason, took over after Marc Trestman became head coach of the Chicago Bears. Thursday's game was played on live national TV in the U.S. (NBC Sports Network).
The same two teams meet again Thursday in Hawkins' home debut (5 p.m., ESPN2).