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OTTAWA, Ontario — Johnny Manziel eliminated the interceptions but couldn’t generate enough offense for the Montreal Alouettes in a 24-17 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday night.

After throwing four first-half interceptions last week in his Montreal debut, Manziel was 16-of-26 for 168 yards without an interception. He also ran three times for 36 yards, with his fumble at the goal line recovered for a third-quarter touchdown by center Kristian Matte.

Manziel characterized Saturday’s performance as “better” than his Montreal debut.

“I mean, we didn’t turn the ball over, we didn’t throw four picks in the first half,” Manziel said. “Anything is better than last week.”

“Anything is better than last week,” quarterback Johnny Manziel said following his second start for the Alouettes. Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire

Ottawa broke a tie with 15 seconds left on William Powell’s 10-yard touchdown run.

Montreal is 1-7 this season and has won just once in 19 games going back a year.

The Alouettes acquired Manziel from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats three weeks ago. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M played in two exhibition games for Hamilton, but couldn’t get on the field behind starter

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