It took two weeks and a new quarterback before he got his first CFL catch, but Hoffman made some big plays as the new-look Montreal Alouettes knocked off the reigning Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders 29-11 on Friday night.
Hoffman was one of the main targets of rookie quarterback Rakeem Cato, who was making the first start of his CFL career. Both players took advantage of the opportunities to help lead Montreal to its first win on the young season. Cato threw three touchdown passes, including a 15-yard strike to Hoffman midway through the third quarter that give the Alouettes a comfortable 22-0 lead.
The 15-yard grab was the first time Hoffman found the end zone in a regular season game since he scored twice in a loss to Wisconsin in 2013 while playing for BYU. He finished the game with three catches for 48 yards and the score, including catches of 10 and 23 yards.
Cato finished the night by completing 20-of-25 passes for 241 yards, including touchdown passes to Samuel Giguere, Nik Lewis and Hoffman. Lewis led the way in the receiving game with three catches for 65 yards while S.J. Green added seven catches for 60 yards. Montreal also did some nice work in the ground game led by Tyrell Sutton who finished with 134 yards on 25 carries.
Jon Cornish led the way for Calgary in the loss with 12 carries for 59 yards and the only touchdown of the night. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 19-of-31 passes for 244 yards, but didn’t have a touchdown pass. Drew Tate also got in on the action, completing 2-of-3 passes for 19 yards, but also threw the only interception of the game. Marquay McDaniel led the way for the Stampeders in the receiving game. He caught six passes for 113 yards, including a 63-yard reception.
With the win, Montreal improved to 1-1 on the season. They dropped their first game of the season at home 20-16 to the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
Up next for Hoffman and Montreal is the first road trip of the season as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers on Friday. LIke the Alouettes. the Blue Bombers are 1-1 on the young season. They won the opening game of the year 30-26 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders before getting destroyed 52-26 by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their home opener.
Former Louisville standout Brian Brohm took most of the snaps for the Blue Bombers against Hamilton after replacing starter Drew Willy who was hurt late in the first quarter. Brohm completed just 16-of-28 passes for 146 yards and two interceptions. Willy was 3-of-6 for 48 yards and an interception before he left the game.