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Stampeders knock off Lions to set up Grey Cup matchup
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Kevin Glenn threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-24 passing as the Calgary Stampeders advanced to the 100th Grey Cup Final with a 34-29 victory over the defending champion British Columbia Lions in the West Division Final Sunday at BC Place.
Glenn will get his chance to play in a Grey Cup Final after an injury in the 2007 East Final while with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers cost him the start that season.
Jon Cornish ran for 112 yards on 18 carries, while Bo Levi Mitchell added a rushing touchdown for the Stampeders, who will be looking for their seventh Grey Cup title when they face the East champion Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre next Sunday.
Maurice Price caught seven passes for 117 yards and a major for Calgary, while Marquay McDaniel hauled in three balls for 104 yards and a score. Romby Bryant, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in last week's win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, also contributed a touchdown catch in the victory.
Travis Lulay completed 33-of-46 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown, while Nick Moore added eight catches for 79 yards and a score for the Lions, who were looking to go to back-to-back Grey Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Paul McCallum booted five field goals in the setback.
Calgary got the ball to begin the contest and wasted no time taking the lead. Just two plays into the game, Glenn hooked up with a wide-open McDaniel for a 68-yard touchdown, putting the visitors up 7-0 early.
Calgary began its third possession of the contest on the 30 and moved the ball into BC territory to the 41. The Stamps appeared poised to score, but Glenn fired one over the middle that was picked off by Kory Banks, who returned it 77 yards for a major, tying the game.
The Stamps bounced back on their next touch as Glenn led a 7-play, 75-yard drive before capping the march with a 29-yard touchdown strike to Price for a 14-7 lead late in the opening frame.
The Lions answered with a 12-play, 48-yard drive which was capped by a 35- yarder off the leg of McCallum, pulling the Lions within 14-10.
Rene Paredes and McCallum exchanged field goals of 16 and 18 yards, respectively, on the next two drives and McCallum banged his third field of the day through the uprights from 41 yards with four seconds on the clock, pulling BC within 17-16 at halftime.
The Stampeders extended their lead to 24-16 on their second possession of the third quarter as Glenn connected with a streaking Bryant down the right sideline for a 57-yard TD strike.
Facing third down on the next Calgary touch, Mitchell hit a wide-open Anthony Parker for 42 yards down to the BC goal line. After two unsuccessful runs from the goal line, Mitchell finally extended the ball across the goal line for the touchdown, putting the Stamps up 31-16 late in the third quarter.
Two more McCallum field goals made it a 31-22 game with less than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Following McCallum's 45-yarder with 7:47 left, the Stamps took precious time off the clock with a 7-play, 62-yard drive that ate up 4:14 of the clock. Paredes capped the trek with a 20-yarder to make it 34-22 at the three-minute warning.
The Lions finally got their only offensive touchdown of the game with 59 seconds left when Lulay hit Moore inside the left pylon for the score.
The Lions went for an onside kick, but it was recovered by Calgary and Cornish iced it with a 16-yard run on 2nd-and-13 for Calgary, which advanced to its 13th Grey Cup Final in franchise history.
Glenn got the start because Drew Tate suffered a broken arm in the team's win over Saskatchewan ... BC won two of the three regular-season meetings between the teams ... BC was looking to advance to its 11th Grey Cup Final in team history ... Calgary last appeared in the Grey Cup in 2008, a 22-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes ... Banks set a Lions team record for the longest interception return in a postseason game ... Calgary improved to 9-0 when leading at halftime this season.
11/18 20:29:08 ET
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