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(Thursday, July 16th)
Final Score: British Columbia 40, Edmonton 22
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jarious Jackson threw for 362 yards with four touchdowns to lead the British Columbia Lions to a 40-22 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.
Geroy Simon caught four passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions (1-2), who lost their first two games of the season but rebounded in this comfortable victory. Paris Jackson added nine receptions for 126 yards with a touchdown in the win.
Ricky Ray completed 17-of-27 passes for 166 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Eskimos (1-2), who have dropped two straight games by a combined score of 90-38 following their season-opening win over Winnipeg on July 2. Calvin McCarty scored two touchdowns in the losing effort.
Holding a 9-0 lead, the Lions increased their advantage to 16 points with a touchdown pass from Jackson to Simon less than four minutes into the second quarter. Simon ran a simple post pattern and Jackson threaded the needle perfectly into the middle of the end zone for the 33-yard scoring strike.
On the next British Columbia drive, Jackson, who finished the game 19-of-28, fumbled the ball while scrambling deep in his own territory and the Eskimos recovered. Several plays later, Ray connected with Maurice Mann for a 12-yard TD. Mann out-jumped BC defender Darren Toney and came down with control of the ball in the left corner of the end zone as the hosts drew within 16-7.
With under two minutes remaining in the first half, Edmonton scored again to close within two points. Ray led the hosts down the field and keyed the drive with passes of 15 and 16 yards to Jamaica Rector and Fred Stamps, respectively. Ray then passed to McCarty in the right flat on a screen pass. McCarthy darted for the near pylon and barely put the ball over the goal line for a 23-yard touchdown.
In the third quarter, over seven minutes into the frame, Jackson and Rufus Skillern connected on a 46-yard pass that gave the Lions a first down on the Edmonton 15-yard line. Moments later, a touchdown pass to Paris Jackson on the right side of the end zone gave BC a 23-14 advantage.
The quarterback Jackson struck again on BC's next offensive series. He took the snap, slipped on the turf, got up and threw off his back foot 40 yards into the end zone to Simon for 30-14 lead with 4:34 to go in the third quarter.
Two fourth-quarter scoring plays for the Lions -- a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Emmanuel Arceneaux and a 23-yard field goal -- put BC ahead 40-14.
Ray threw interceptions on the next two Edmonton drives and essentially ended any threat the rest of the way. A one-yard TD plunge by McCarty -- plus a two- point conversion -- inside the final minute of play capped the scoring.
A conceded safety by the Eskimos and a one-yard touchdown run by Martell Mallet gave the Lions a 9-0 lead after the first quarter.
BC starting quarterback Buck Pierce left the game in the first quarter with an apparent head injury...Since the start of the 2004 season, BC now owns an 11-6 record overall against the Eskimos...The leading rusher for Edmonton was Arkee Whitlock, who gained 39 yards on six carries.
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