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Johnny Manziel's first pass in his first start for the Montreal Allouettes ended up in the hands of a player on the other team.

By Khadrice Rollins
August 03, 2018

This was not the start Johnny Manziel was looking for.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy Winner got his first start in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes Friday, but saw his first drive end after just two plays.

The Alouettes ran a shuffle pass on first down against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who already held a 7-0 lead after scoring on the game's opening drive. On second down, the call was for Manziel to keep it in his hands again to make a play through the air.

Unfortunately for Montreal, Manziel's second pass of the game went right into the hands of a Tiger-Cats defender and his opening possession came to an abrupt halt.

The Tiger-Cats scored another touchdown on the ensuing possession to take a 14-0 lead in the contest.

The Alouettes went two-and-out on their second possession, and had the punt blocked and returned for a touchdown to create a 21-0 advantage for the Tiger-Cats.

The Alouettes next time with the ball also ended in blunder as Manziel threw his second interception of the game on just his third pass of the night.

The play started with Manziel making a great move to avoid a sack, but an arrant throw off his receiver's hands gave the ball right back to the Tiger-Cats.

The Tiger-Cats scored another touchdown on their next drive to build a 28-0 lead.

Manziel marched the Alouettes down the field after getting the ball back, but they had to settle for a field goal. Montreal intercepted the Tiger-Cats on the next series, but it didn't amount to anything.

Manziel tossed his third pick of the game with Montreal in Tiger-Cats territory when he looked for a deep ball down the sideline.

Manziel picked up his second tackle of the game after that pick.

Hamilton scored once again off the turnover to boost its lead to 35-3.

The night continued to stay rough for Manziel, even after he started to establish a bit more rhythm in the offense. After getting to the 14, Manziel threw his fourth interception of the game as he tried to back away from pressure.

Manziel's four interceptions in the first half is a bit reminiscent of Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman, who tossed five picks in the opening 30 minutes of his first career start.

Hamilton led 38-3 at halftime. The Tiger-Cats went on to win the game 50-11.

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