Lions inch closer to home playoff spot with upset win over Blue Bombers


A pair of decide sixes helped the B.C. Lions creep closer to a home playoff spot with a 40-32 win over the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Vancouver on Saturday.

Halfbacks T.J. Lee and Marcus Sayles every collected interceptions and made huge runs for touchdowns in a victory that gave B.C. (11-5) sole possession of second place within the CFL’s West Division.

It was a combined night time for Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who threw for 138 yards and accomplished 13-of-22 makes an attempt with one landing. He added 18 dashing yards and was sacked thrice.

There have been a number of new faces in Winnipeg’s lineup as head coach Mike O’Shea opted to relaxation a variety of his traditional starters, together with quarterback Zach Collaros.

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B.C. data a pair of decide sixes of their 40-32 victory over league-leading Winnipeg and takes sole possession of second place within the West Division.

Making his first CFL begin, Dru Brown threw 325 passing yards for the Blue Bombers (14-3), connecting on 28-of-39 makes an attempt with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The second-year QB was sacked thrice.

Winnipeg kicker Marc Liegghio struggled, lacking three lengthy field-goal makes an attempt. He was profitable on a 38-yard kick.

Sean Whyte made all 4 of his makes an attempt for B.C., together with a 41-yard strike.

Down 13 factors to begin the ultimate body, Winnipeg refused to relent.

Brown discovered Rasheed Bailey deep in B.C. territory early within the quarter with a 15-yard catch and the American receiver dashed two yards in for a landing to cap a seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive.

The Lions responded with a 25-yard area aim by Whyte.

Lee sealed the victory with simply over two minutes left on the sport clock, selecting off Brown’s cross to Nic Demski and sprinting 102 yards for a landing

A profitable single-point convert by Whyte gave the Lions a 40-24 cushion.

The Blue Bombers continued to push and added yet another TD to the scoreboard earlier than the sport was finished.

Brown delivered a crisp 11-yard cross to Bailey in the long run zone with lower than 70 seconds to go, then linked with Demski for a two-point conversion that reduce the Lions’ lead to 40-32.

Whyte’s 26-yard kick put the home aspect up 30-17 on the finish of the third quarter.

The Bombers bit into B.C.’s lead earlier within the body when the CFL’s main receiver made his first catch of the night time.

Brown despatched an arching 22-yard toss to Dalton Schoen, who made a tricky catch on the sting of the top zone. The landing, Schoen’s 14th of the season, reduce Winnipeg’s deficit to 27-17.

The Lions took a 27-10 benefit into the half, thanks partially to a profitable coach’s problem.

With time ticking down within the second quarter, Adams despatched an extended ball crusing to Alexander Hollins, solely to see the ball name incomplete. B.C. head coach Rick Campbell challenged the play for defensive cross interference and, after a evaluation, officers agreed, handing Winnipeg a 38-yard penalty.

The Lions took benefit and Adams accomplished the scoring drive with a 23-yard toss to Dominique Rhymes in the long run zone. The landing was Rhymes’ eleventh of the season.

A missed area aim helped B.C. increase its benefit to 20-10 earlier within the body.

Leigghio’s 52-yard try fell shot and Williams collected the ball, returning it for 90 yards and placing the Lions in scoring place. Adams could not discover a teammate in the long run zone however Whyte put three factors on the board with a 16-yard area aim.

B.C. bought an enormous play from its defensive unit halfway via the second. Marcus Sayles picked off Brown’s cross and ran it in 45 yards for a TD.

Winnipeg quickly tied the sport at 10-10 early within the quarter when returner Janarion Grant streaked 94 yards down the sideline and into the top zone on a punt return.

The Lions open the second with a 41-yard area aim by Whyte, giving the home aspect a 10-3 lead. Running again James Butler put B.C. in scoring place with a 36-yard run late within the first.

Big runs have been an early theme for the Lions on Saturday.

Terry Williams opened the sport with a 40-yard kick return and Adams scrambled out of the pocket for a 16-yard rush minutes later.

The QB handed off the ball to Butler on the subsequent play and he weaved 9 yards via site visitors into the top zone to cap the five-play, 50-yard scoring drive.

Winnipeg responded with a drive of its personal.

Brown confirmed his floor recreation with a stable 12-yard rush on second down to get the Bombers into Lions’ territory. But Winnipeg’s offence struggled and in the end settled for a 39-yard area aim on their first possession of the sport.

The Lions will tackle the Elks in Edmonton on Friday whereas the Blue Bombers are on their last bye of the season. B.C. will shut out the regular-season marketing campaign in Winnipeg on Oct. 28.


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