The Cougar pro football tracker: Austin Collie, game 5

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers used a strong second-half performance as they knocked off the BC Lions 23-13 on Thursday night at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

After trailing 10-7 at halftime, Winnipeg outscored the Lions 16-3 to improve to 3-3 on the season.

Drew Willy led the way for the Bombers on the ground and through the air in the win. He completed 17-of-25 passes for 269 yards, including touchdown passes of 8 and 56 yards. He also led the rushing attack with five carries for 72 yards.

His favorite target on the night was Darvin Adams who caught four passes for 127 yards and a 56-yard touchdown. Justin Veltung added a team-high five receptions for 58 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown. Cameron Marshall made solid contributions in the running game with 10 carries for 50 yards.

The Lions moved the ball well on offense, but had three costly interceptions as they fell to 2-3. Travis Lulay completed 22-of-33 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown. His favorite weapons on the night were Courtney Taylor and Shawn Gore. Taylor had four catches for 59 yards and the only Lions touchdown of the night while Gore managed five receptions for 57 yards.

Andrew Harris also had a big night for BC in the defeat. He had 24 carries for 117 yards to go along with four catches for 50 yards.

Austin Collie had another solid night for the Lions. He had seven and nine-yard receptions on the first drive of the game with both resulting in first downs. He added a 16-yard catch late in the first half that gave the Lions another first down and put them in position for a 24-yard Richie Leone field goal for a 10-7 lead.

Collie finished the night with four catches for 34 yards. So far this season, he has 19 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns, but has just eight catches for 64 yards over the last three games.

Up next for Collie and the Lions is a matchup with the Edmonton Eskimos at home on Thursday. The Eskimos are first place in the West Division with a 3-1 record with a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday night before they square off with BC. Edmonton is on a three-game winning streak (after an opening week loss to the Toronto Argonauts), with two wins over the Ottawa REDBLACKS and a 32-3 victory over Winnipeg.

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