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(Friday, October 2nd)
Final Score: British Columbia 19, Saskatchewan 16
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Sean Whyte's fourth field goal of the game -- a 33-yarder -- broke a tie in the waning seconds, as British Columbia earned an exciting 19-16 victory over Saskatchewan.
Buck Pierce passed for 343 yards on 29-of-43 attempts, while Paris Jackson caught eight balls for 114 yards, including a touchdown pass from Travis Lulay for the Lions (6-7), who had lost three of five coming in.
Darian Durant was intercepted twice and finished with 240 yards on 18-of-29 throws in the loss. The signal-caller also threw a touchdown to Andy Fantuz, who hauled in six balls for 90 yards for the Roughriders (7-6), losers in two of their last three.
Whyte's 25-yarder with just over four minutes to play gave the hosts a 16-8 advantage. It took the Roughriders just four plays to cover 85 yards on the ensuing possession to tie the game, as Fantuz came down with a jump ball in the end zone from 24 yards out with 2:33 left to make it a two-point game.
Durant then bought enough time with his legs on the two-point try and found Gerran Walker for the game-tying conversion.
Pierce quickly moved the Lions into enemy territory -- thanks to a much-needed third-down conversion -- and Whyte knocked in his game-winner with five seconds left.
After a scoreless first quarter, BC settled for a kicks of nine and 43 yards, respectively, from Whyte. Luca Congi made it 6-3 at the break by booting a 49-yarder through the uprights.
Jackson's 38-yard touchdown grab off a play-action fake extended the Lions' margin in the third.
The Lions conceded a safety later in the frame, and Congi was true from 47 yards out to cut the Roughriders' deficit to 13-8 heading to the fourth.
BC's Geroy Simon caught six balls for 134 yards, while Martell Mallett led the Lions with 81 rushing yards on 20 carries...Wes Cates had a team-high 32 rushing yards on 10 carries for Saskatchewan.
10/03 02:15:17 ET
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