QB Kevin Glenn ends Lions TD drought in 26-9 win over Blue Bombers
Glenn ended the B.C. Lions touchdown drought in fine fashion.
Glenn threw for 261 yards and two TDs as the Lions downed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26-9 on Saturday night at B.C. Place Stadium.
It feels a lot better coming out of the game scoring touchdowns than not scoring touchdowns, said Glenn.
The Lions failed to score a touchdown in their previous two contests as well as an Aug. 25 loss to the Blue Bombers. This marks the first time in 60 years, since the clubs inaugural 1954 season, that B.C. has not scored a touchdown in three games during a season.
Glenn delivered a solid, albeit unspectacular, effort as he completed 20 of 27 passes without tossing an interception in his game back as B.C.s starter following Travis Lulays second serious shoulder injury in two seasons. Lulay was hurt in a 7-5 victory in Ottawa on Sept. 6, which also happened to be the lowest scoring CFL game in 35 years.
The Lions (7-4) posted their second consecutive win and took sole possession of fourth place in the West Division. The Bombers (6-6) were relegated to last place following their third straight loss.
The Lions evened their home record at 3-3. They prevailed before a crowd of 27,754 in their first game at B.C. Place since club president Dennis Skulskys guaranteed win was spoiled in a loss to Saskatchewan last month, resulting in fans getting free tickets to another game.
Despite the Lions using Jermarcus Hardrick, their fifth different starter at left offensive guard this season, Glenn went 14-of-15 in the first half and was only sacked twice. The Lions finished with 398 yards in net offence while never trailing and only being tied once, 3-3, in the early going.
The guys up front, I'm really impressed, said Glenn. They were challenged at the beginning of the week, and they took the challenge and they pursued it, and they came up on top.
Andrew Harris and Emmanuel Arceneaux caught Glenns touchdown passes while Paul McCallum had two field goals and a pair of converts. B.C.s remaining points came off a safety conceded by Winnipeg and a punt single as the hosts led from start to finish, avenging a home loss to the Bombers in July.
Harris also had a strong night on the ground, rushing for 101 yards thanks to a late surge. He had produced only 55 yards in his previous two games combined.
The Lions produced 163 rushing yards, which fell short of the 250-yard goal that Harris set for his squad during the week. But the Winnipeg native felt his public airing of the intention made a difference, because, he claimed, it resulted in steady trash talk from the Bombers.
The Blue Bombers could only manage three field goals from rookie Lirim Hajrullahu. They lost starting quarterback Drew Willy to an undisclosed injury late in the first half.
At the end of the day, it's a big loss, because hes our leader, said Bombers offensive lineman Glenn January.
Willy was replaced by rarely used Brian Brohm, who struggled amidst constant pressure from the B.C. defence and completed just six of 13 passes for 33 yards. January said the Bombers committed too many little mistakes that cost them.
B.C.s a very good team, he said. They're a team that you don't want to play from behind on. Defensively, they're like a pack of rabid dogs when they've got the lead on you. We had the good start and we should have continued that the whole game.
The Lions entered the game having failed to score a touchdown in their previous two contests as well as an Aug. 25 loss to the Blue Bombers. This marks the first time in 60 years, since clubs inaugural 1954 season, that B.C. has not scored a touchdown in three games during a season.
The guys up front, I'm really impressed, said Glenn. They were challenged at the beginning of the week, and they took the challenge and they pursued it, and they came up on top. They did a hell of a job blocking (on) the pass and runs.
Winnipeg had only allowed a total of four first-quarter points in its previous seven games combined and had never trailed after the opening 15 minutes. The Blue Bombers remained true to form as the first quarter ended with the clubs tied 3-3.
Just when it looked like they would have to continue a trend of settling for field goals, the Lions caught a break with an offside call on Winnipeg. Three plays later, Glenn connected on a four-yard touchdown with a wide-open Harris, who walked leisurely into the end zone untouched with only 45 seconds left before halftime. It was B.C.s first touchdown since an Aug. 17 win in Toronto, leading to a 15-3 half-time lead that erased any doubt about the outcome.
The Bombers lost Willy as he was injured while being sacked by Alex Bazzie. B.C. defensive lineman Khreem Smith also got his arms on Willy as he helped bring him down.
Notes: B.C. lost receiver Courtney Taylor to a foot injury in the first half. He said it resulted after a Winnipeg defender stepped on him one play before he went out. The Lions posted their 502nd franchise win and put their all-time record above .500 for the first time ever. Willys injury means that starting QBs from all five West Division teams have been injured this season. Calgarys Bo Levi Mitchell was hurt earlier Saturday. Lions general manager Wally Buono made the opening coin toss in recognition of his entry into the CFL Hall of Fame later this year. ... Jason Arakgi recorded his 150th career special-teams tackle on B.C.s first punt. He became the 12th CFLer to reach the milestone. ... Arceneaux stood out after he was questionable earlier in the week due to a finger injury suffered in practice.
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