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(Saturday, August 7th)
Final Score: Calgary 27, British Columbia 22
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Henry Burris threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 27-22 victory over the British Columbia Lions at Empire Field.
Ken-Yon Rambo finished with three receptions for 77 yards and one score for Calgary (5-1), which has won three straight games and now sits alone atop the West Division. Joffrey Reynolds led the ground game for Calgary, rushing for 67 yards on just 10 carries.
"We took too many penalties," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel, who watched his side get 11 flags thrown against them, "but we found a way to win a football game on the road. It was a good team effort. It was a tough battle tonight, as we knew it would be."
The Lions (1-5) were led by Jamal Robertson, who scored two touchdowns despite only rushing for 24 yards on nine carries. Travis Lulay started the game under center for British Columbia, but was ineffective, throwing for just 159 yards, while also tossing an interception.
Jarious Jackson took over for Lulay, but he wasn't much better, completing just 8-of-17 passes for 99 yards and was also intercepted once. Emmanuel Arceneaux finished with 104 yards on seven receptions for British Columbia, which has dropped five straight contests.
The Stampeders wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Burris connected with Rambo for a 48-yard touchdown pass on the team's third play from scrimmage.
The Lions answered back at the 5:18 mark of the first quarter when Paul McCallum nailed a 27-yard field goal.
BC capped off an eight-play, 83-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run by Robertson in the final seconds of the opening frame.
A 19-yard field goal by Calgary's Rob Maver at the 10:10 mark of the second stanza evened the score at 10 apiece.
The Stampeders regained the lead late in the first half when Drew Tate connected with Rob Cote for a one-yard score.
However, McCallum was successful on a 38-yard field goal for the Lions in the final seconds of the second stanza, sending BC in the break down just 17-13.
Midway through the third frame Calgary went back up by seven points when Maver chipped a 17-yard kick through the uprights.
BC responded with a field goal of its own at the 3:19 mark, as McCallum connected on his third field goal try, this one going for 15 yards.
On Calgary's next possession Burris made his only mistake of the game, throwing an errant pass that was intercepted by Stanley Franks.
However, Lulay returned the favor two plays later as his was picked off by Dwight Anderson, who returned the ball 48 yards deep into British Columbia territory.
The Stamps did not waste time capitalizing on Lulay's mistake, as Burris hit Ryan Thelwell with a 10-yard touchdown pass just two plays later, extending Calgary's lead to 27-16.
Lulay was unable to find consistency throughout the contest and after British Columbia's first drive of the fourth quarter stalled, Lulay was replace by Jackson.
Jackson was not much better under center, but the Notre Dame alum was able to drive the Lions down the field late in the final stanza, and after a pass interference call put BC on the one-yard line, Robertson was able to plunge into the end zone for a touchdown. British Columbia's attempt at a two-point conversion was unsuccessful, but that would not matter, as the Stampeders were able to hold on for the five-point win.
"I felt good about getting in to play but as far as some of the things I did tonight, there's probably three or four plays that I definitely wish I had back," said Jackson. "But all in all, it felt good to get in and get my feet wet again."
It was the eighth straight victory for Calgary against the Lions, and that includes the Stamps win over British Columbia in the 2008 West Final.
08/08 02:38:13 ET
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