Friday, July 21, 2017
LIONS HANG ON FOR 45-42 WIN OVER BLUE BOMBERS
The winning points were set up after Ronnie Yell intercepted Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols and returned the ball to the Winnipeg 35 with 1:21 left on the clock.
After two running plays, Long - the rookie kicker who the Lions kept in favour of veteran Swayze Waters - split the uprights with his third field goal of the night at a raucous B.C. Place Stadium.
Justin Medlock, who came up well short on a 61-yard field-goal attempt that would have won last November's West Division semifinal, didn't have enough leg from 50 yards with one second left on a boot that would have sent the game to overtime.
Travis Lulay passed for 404 yards and two TDs to Emmanuel Arceneaux to go along with two interceptions for B.C. (4-1). Jeremiah Johnson and Chris Rainey also scored touchdowns for the Lions.
Nichols threw for 241 yards and three TDs, and scored another on the ground for Winnipeg (2-2), but also had that costly pick late.
(The Canadian Press)