The Lions stumbled again as they fell 23-13 to the Montreal Alouettes at BC Place Stadium on Thursday night.
The Alouettes dominated the time of possession and yards, including an impressive ground attack for their third win on the season. They had a nearly 14-minute advantage in time of possession, a 411-249 margin in total offense and outgained the Lions 251-33 in the running game.
BC got on the board first when Ryan Phillips picked off a Rakeem Cato pass and returned it 49 yards for the touchdown. Montreal answered with the next 12 points on a touchdown pass from Cato to Nik Lewis and a pair of field goals from Boris Bede.
The Lions regained the lead at the end of the third quarter when they capped off a 75-yard drive when Travis Lulay found Emmanuel Arceneaux from 12 yards out for a touchdown.
The game changed on the next BC possession when Lulay was intercepted deep in Lions territory. Montreal took advantage of the great field position when the offense marched 30 yards for the game winning score. Tanner Marsh capped of the drive with a one-yard touchdown run on second down. The Alouettes pushed the lead to seven when Marsh found Tyrell Sutton for the two-point conversion.
Cato and Sutton did most of the damage on offense for Montreal. Cato completed 16 of 19 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown while Sutton had 14 carries for 111 yards while catching four passes for 43 yards and the two-point conversion.
Nik Lewis added four catches for 52 yards while Stefan Logan managed 54 yards on five carries.
Lulay had another difficult outing in the Lions loss. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown with an interception. His favorite targets on the night were A.C. Leonard and Arceneaux. Leonard had five receptions for 68 yards while Arceneaux chipped in with three catches for 51 yards and the Lions lone offensive touchdown.
Austin Collie finished the night with two receptions for 24 yards. His first reception was good for an 18-yard gain for a first down in the second quarter. His only other catch came in the third quarter when he gained six yards for another Lions first down.
On the season, Collie had 26 catches for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Up next is a bye week before the Lions and the Alouettes have a rematch in Montreal.