Lions edge Stampeders
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Tim Brown returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score and Andrew Harris finished with 117 total yards as the British Columbia Lions held on to defeat the Calgary Stampeders, 26-22, at BC Place on Saturday.
Harris had 56 rushing yards and also caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown for British Columbia (5-2), which has won back-to-back contests. Travis Lulay struggled under center as he completed 16-of-28 pass attempts for 223 yards and a touchdown but also three interceptions.
For Calgary (5-2), Kevin Glenn completed 22-of-38 pass attempts for 199 yards and a touchdown. Marquay McDaniel had seven receptions for 75 yards, both game-highs, for the Stampeders while Jon Cornish rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. The loss was the first for the Stampeders since a 36-21 setback to Saskatchewan on July 5.
Calgary lost more than just the game on Saturday as slotback Nik Lewis was sidelined after suffering a fractured fibula.
British Columbia jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game as Lulay hooked up with Harris for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Near the end of the first frame Cornish was able to score a two-yard rushing touchdown to even the score at 7-7.
The Lions wasted no time in answering as Brown took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown as the Lions claimed a 14-7 advantage.
Calgary was able to cut into the deficit with a safety midway through the second quarter and then claim its first lead of the game with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Glenn to McDaniel on the ensuing possession.
The Lions wouldn't be behind long though as Thomas DeMarco scored on a one- yard run with 2:43 to play in the first half to push British Columbia ahead 21-16.
Both offenses were quiet for the majority of the third quarter, with a 32-yard field goal from Calgary's Rene Paredes the only score in the period.
Paul McCallum would connected on a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to push the Lions to a 24-19 lead.
Paredes would bring the Stampeders to within two points with just under four minutes to play with a 30-yard field goal.
Lulay was then intercepted on the Lions' next possession but the Stampeders squandered the opportunity and took a safety to fall behind, 26-22.
Calgary would get another chance however, as it took over possession with 1:37 left in regulation. After a 15-yard pass on the first play of the drive, the Stampeders' stalled and the Lions were able to hold on for the victory.
The Lions scored a touchdown on their first possession for the first time this season ... Emmanuel Arceneaux collected three receptions for 56 yards for British Columbia ... British Columbia defensive back Korey Banks recorded five tackles and also forced a fumble ... Maurice Price had six receptions for 55 yards for Calgary ... British Columbia wore new all-black uniforms to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the team.
08/18 02:20:28 ET