The BC Lions completed a crazy comeback with a touchdown pass from Travis Lulay to Emmanuel Arceneaux in overtime to knock off the Saskatchewan Roughriders 35-32 in BC place on Friday night.
Trailing 29-18 after a Roughriders touchdown with just 2:21 remaining, BC scored 11 points in the final two minutes to push the game to overtime. Austin Collie was a huge part of the comeback with a 46-yard touchdown reception with just 1:38 remaining to cut the lead to five. He followed that up with the two-point conversation from Lulay to cut the lead to three.
Kicker Richie Leone came up with the biggest play of the game only moments later when he hit his fifth field goal of the night from 56 yards out with 15 seconds left to tie the game at 29.
The Roughriders bounced back in overtime with a 33-yard field goal from Paul McCallum to take the three-point advantage before Lulay and the Lions closed the game out for their first win of the season.
The Lions did most of their offensive damage in the passing game. Lulay really spread the football around as he completed 34-of-44 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. Five players for the Lions had at least five catches while six receivers had at least 49 yards. Andrew Harris also had a solid performance with 12 carries for 70 yards on the ground to go along with six receptions for 74 yards. Arceneaux added seven catches for 49 yards and the game-winning four-yard touchdown while Rolly Lumbala had a seven-yard score.
The Roughriders put up some big numbers in the loss. Kevin Glenn completed 23-of-29 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. His main weapon on the night was Weston Dressler who caught nine passes for 122 yards, including touchdowns of 45 and 10 yards and a two-point conversation.
Jerome Messam and Anthony Allen did a nice job in the running game. Messam was the game’s leading rusher with eight carries for 85 yards while Allen chipped in with 10 carries for 69 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Collie had another big game for BC in the win. He finished with six catches for a team-high 84 yards and a touchdown. It is his second straight game with a touchdown reception. So far on the season, he has 11 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns as well as the two-point conversation.
Up next for Collie and BC is a rematch with Saskatchewan next Friday night.