Lulay leads Lions past Tiger-Cats
Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - Travis Lulay completed 27-of-34 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns, and the British Columbia Lions rolled over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-17, Friday at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Andrew Harris rushed for 68 yards and a score and also caught a touchdown pass, while Courtney Taylor hauled in six passes for 93 yards and a major.
Shawn Gore had a team-high eight catches for 85 yards, and backup quarterback Mike Reilly, who entered for Lulay when BC had a big enough cushion in the fourth, added a rushing touchdown.
Kicker Paul McCallum was 3-for-3 on his field goals for the Lions (11-4), who have won their last two and own the best record in the CFL.
"We talked all week about finding a way to get into a rhythm," said Lulay. "When you do that in a football game, it can carry you through the whole game. Our offensive line did a great job of protection and let us move the ball downfield all night."
Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris finished the night 22-of-31 for 228 yards and a touchdown pass, and receiver Bakari Grant caught three passes, including a TD catch late in the fourth quarter.
Avon Cobourne ran for a team-high 56 yards and a score for the Tiger-Cats (5-10), who have now lost two in a row and are hanging on by a thread for a playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
"I told our team after the game, that next week we could be in the same situation as we were tonight," said Tiger-Cats head coach George Cortez. "And I'm not giving up on the season, and I hope they don't either."
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Lions struck first when Lulay hit Harris in the left flat for an 8-yard touchdown, capping an 11-play, 73-yard scoring drive.
The Tiger-Cats moved the ball downfield on their ensuing possession and got three back on a 35-yard field goal by Luca Congi.
The Lions came right back to score again, however, after a pass interference call on defensive back Marcell Young set BC up for a 1st-and-10 from the 1- yard line. Harris got the ball on the ground on second down, punching it into the endzone to make it a 14-3 game early in the second.
The teams traded punts late in the second quarter, and Burris completed 6-of-7 passes on a drive to move the Tiger-Cats to the BC 44-yard line with 2:31 to play in the half. But Congi missed his field goal attempt on 3rd-and-14, and the Lions returned the ball out to their own 21.
Lulay was able to use the short time remaining to get his team another seven before the half, hooking up with Taylor on a 17-yard TD pass. The play ended a six-play, 89-yard drive, and put BC up 21-3 at the half.
McCallum extended the Lions' lead further to 27-3, hitting a 32-yard field goal in the third and another 25-yarder about a minute into the fourth.
The Tiger-Cats took advantage of good field position to get their first touchdown, set up by a 62-yard kickoff return by Onrea Jones that gave Hamilton a 1st-and-10 at the BC 31 yard line. Cobourne reeled off a 15-yard touchdown run, and a two-point conversion made it a 27-11 game.
The Lions' Tim Brown came back with a big kick return of his own, however, taking the ball back 77 yards to the Hamilton 14-yard line, allowing Reilly to capitalize with a one-yard touchdown run.
Another field goal by McCallum with 3:10 left made it a 37-11 game, although the Tiger-Cats got another six when Burris marched his team downfield in 11 plays and hit Grant for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds left.
Lulay now has 26 straight games with a TD pass dating back to last year, second in CFL history behind only Sam Etcheverry (34 games) ... Lulay finished the first half 18-of-20 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns ... BC starting wide receiver Marco Iannuzzi was escorted to the locker room with 54 seconds left in the first half after colliding with a Hamilton defender while attempting to catch a pass and did not return ... Congi missed a field goal in the second quarter that ended a streak of 24 consecutive, tied for third- longest in league history.
10/13 15:31:59 ET