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HAMILTON - Montreals up-and-down season ended painfully Sunday, cut short one game shy of the Grey Cup by mistakes and poor execution.Hamilton kick-returner Brandon Banks literally left Alouette players twisting in the wind on two punt returns for touchdowns — three if you count a 78-yard romp for a score called back for holding in the first quarter.The Tiger-Cats, who scored two more touchdowns on the back of Jonathan Crompton interceptions, went on to win the CFL East Division final 40-24 on a surprisingly balmy 10-degree day at Tim Hortons Field.Losing coaches usually say how proud they are of their players. But Montreals Tom Higgins had reason to after seeing his team claw its way back up the standings as the season wore on.From where we started, to turning it around to be able to get here, its heart-wrenching to not be able to finish, Higgins said.Montreal (9-9-0) started the season at 1-7-0 but finished on an 8-2-0 run before thumping B.C. 50-17 in the Eastern semifinal.We wrote a really neat story, Higgins added. It didnt have a storybook ending but it was still a really neat story. I hope when the athletes reflect back, they look upon it as Wow, we really did something this year. This was a journey for a lot of us young guys, for sure, said linebacker Bear Woods, who had a game-high 13 tackles.There was some brave talk along the way from the Als, especially in the leadup to Sundays game. Some Montreal players talked of victory being inevitable while others disparaged some of the Hamilton players they would face.There was no such banter after the game. The Montreal dressing room was silent, full of big men giving each other hugs of disappointment.The 60-year-old Higgins, in the nicest possible way, suggested there were lessons to be learned on the subject of talking too freely.My personal opinion is you let your actions do your talking for you, he said.Because, he added, when you say something, you better back it up ... if you dont do what you say youre going to do, then you dont look very smart. Wide receiver Duron Carter, who had 75 receptions for 1,030 yards during the regular season, had just three catches for 25 yards Sunday. He did not haul in his first ball until early in the third quarter and that was negated by a penalty. He eventually beat glove-like cornerback Delvin Breaux to register a catch with two minutes left in the quarter.Carter was also flagged for both objectionable conduct and unnecessary roughness and admitted he lost control.Its a helpless feeling when you dont get the ball, he said.You live and your learn, he added. I was frustrated. Im part of the reason we lost.Montreals inability to stop Banks was particularly painful for Higgins, who doubles as special teams coach. Higgins said he hadnt planned to take on that role when hired.I chose to do it because there really wasnt anybody else. And Ive had help, he said.He said there would likely be some restructuring to come.Higgins said Banks success was the product of fine play by the diminutive Ticat returner and poor execution by his special teams.The Als were well-positioned to stop the second Banks TD return, he argued,.We had guys standing there, he said. It was almost like Casper the Ghost because it looks like we were just grasping for air and he wasnt there. Im not sure we could have put ourselves in any better position to make the play. But guys didnt make the play.Kicker Sean Whyte found himself defending his day at the office.We knew he was a threat, he said of Banks. But we have very good athletes on the punt cover squad. So Im just doing what Im told and kicking the ball where Im told to put it. Its up to the rest of the guys and me to make the tackle.Crompton, who took over as quarterback midway through the season, completed 25 of 38 passes for 314 yards (his first 300-yard plus outing) and three touchdowns. But he also threw three interceptions.The jurys still out, Higgins said of his young quarterback. But he has a winning record and going into training camp next year, he would be the No. 1 quarterback.Said Crompton: Obviously I made a few mistakes. Youve just got to learn from then. Unfortunately theres no tomorrow for us this year. But I give a lot of credit to our guys. There was no quit. Everybody busted their tails until the end on all three sides of the ball.Montreal led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter but went in at the half trailing 20-14. Mistakes cost the Als with Hamilton scoring touchdowns via a five-yard Nic Grigsby run, after a Crompton interception and a glorious 93-yard Banks punt return for touchdowns.The Tiger-Cats led 27-17 going into the fourth quarter. But Crompton pulled the Als within three with a 63-yard strike to S.J. Green at 4:54 of the final quarter.A pair of Justin Medlock field goals sandwiched around an 88-yard Banks punt return killed off the game.We just didnt make the plays when we had to, said Green, who finished with three touchdowns. We made some plays but just not enough.Injuries did not help the Montreal cause. Safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette was sidelined about getting dazed making a tackle while fullback J.C. Beauxlieu also was unable to finish the game due to a possible shoulder separation.Brouillette said after the game he felt fine but would undergo concussion test. The Als have now lost nine of their last 10 playoff meetings with Hamilton, including the last six.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . Those who impressed in each of the three events were asked to attend the main CFL Combine which begins Friday in Toronto. Wholesale Jerseys China . Nurse, the Oilers first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, had 13 goals, 37 assists, and 91 penalty minutes this season with the Ontario Hockey Leagues Sault Ste. http://www.wholesalejerseysace.us/ . Denard Span added three hits as the NL-East leading Nationals opened a 10-game homestand. Tanner Roark (12-7) gave up three runs on five hits over 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.AUBURN, Ala. -- Atlanta Falcons defensive co-ordinator Brian VanGorder has returned to the U.S. college ranks to take the same job at Auburn. Auburn announced the hiring Monday of VanGorder, who has run Atlantas defence for four years. VanGorders move continues his pattern of moving back and forth between college and NFL positions. He is the former coach at Georgia Southern and former defensive co-ordinator at Georgia, where he won the 2003 Broyles Award as the NCAAs top assistant coach. VanGorder left Georgia to become an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005 before coaching at Georgia Southern and moving back to the NFL with the Falcons. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family at this point in my career, both professionally and personally, to become the defensive co-ordinator at Auburn," he said. "Im looking forward to working at a school with the success and tradition of Auburn, and for a coach like Gene Chizik, who has led the program to a national championship. "Im very appreciative to the Atlanta Falcons and coach Mike Smith for the experience of the last four years. Its a great organization and will have continued success in the future." The Falcons finished the regular season ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing defence and 12th in total defence. Theeir season ended with Sundays 24-2 loss to the Giants in an NFC wild-card game.dddddddddddd "Brian has been an integral part of our success here over the last four years," Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. "This is a decision Brian and his family have made and I want to personally thank Brian for of his hard work and all the work he has done to make us successful here in Atlanta." Chizik said he targeted VanGorder from the outset to replace Ted Roof, who took the same position at Central Florida. "From the beginning of this process, I had one person in mind, and that was Brian," Chizik said. "He has achieved success at every level, both professionally and collegiately, which is a testament to his ability as a coach. "He has been one of the best defensive co-ordinators in the NFL, has won a Broyles Award at the college level, and understands what it takes to succeed in the Southeastern Conference." The Tigers finished the regular season ranked 78th in total defence and 79th in scoring defence a year after a NCAA title run. VanGorder had already accepted a job on Steve Spurriers staff at South Carolina when Smith hired him. Chizik is still seeking a replacement for offensive co-ordinator Gus Malzahn, who left to become head coach at Arkansas State. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '