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16 - 37 Final
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BC erases early deficit , rips Toronto 37-16

Sep 11, 2010 - 11:51 PM VANCOUVER (CP) - A pair of rookie running backs helped punch some big holes in the Toronto Argonaut defence as the B.C. Lions erased an early deficit and rolled to a 37-16 CFL victory Saturday afternoon.

Big Jerome Messam demonstrated his power by bullying his way to a pair of touchdowns as the Lions won for the first time this season at Empire Field, in front of 22,703 fans.

Little Yonus Davis showed he has some sure hands to go with his fleet feet. He caught a four-yard pass for a major, then set up another touchdown with a brilliant 10-yard run where several Argos were left grabbing air.

Quarterback Casey Printers also threw a two-yard touchdown to wide-receiver Steve Black. He finished the game completing 25 of 39 passes for 302 yards.

Receiver Geroy Simon didn't let the youngsters have all the fun. The veteran slotback celebrated his 35th birthday by making seven catches for 133 yards. He moves into fifth place on the CFL's all-time receiving list.

Paul McCallum added field goals of 43, 35 and 34 yards.

A swarming B.C. defence didn't give the Argos much to work with. Defensive end Jonathan Brown, a former Argo, had three of the Lions' six sacks and made a key goal-line tackle to save a touchdown.

Toronto scored just one point in the second half.

The Lions improved their record to 3-7 and moved into third place in the CFL West, ahead of the 2-8 Edmonton Eskimos. The victory, coming on the heels of last week's win in Montreal, also gives B.C. its first two-game win streak of the season.

A bad day got worse for the Argonauts when running back Corey Boyd, the CFL's rushing leader, left the game in the third quarter after a vicious hit by linebacker Solomon Elimimian. Boyd was helped off the field and looked dazed as he walked near the Argo bench.

Toronto squandered a chance for a touchdown on a bizarre play in the third quarter.

Defensive end Ron Flemons recovered a Printers fumble and ran untouched toward the end zone. He fumbled the ball just as he crossed the goal line and the Lions recovered.

The Argos drop to 5-5 after suffering their third consecutive loss. Toronto hasn't won a game in Vancouver since 2002.

Toronto quarterback Cleo Lemon threw a pair of long touchdown throws to James Robinson, who hauled in scoring passes of 41 and 39 yards.

B.C. erased a 8-0 deficit with 21 points in the second quarter and led 21-15 at half time.

After a slow start the Lions found their stride by taking advantage of a Lemon turnover to score touchdowns 1:28 apart.

Printers showed some of his old magic on the Lions' first touchdown. He stepped out of the pocket to elude tacklers and threw a 32-yard pass to Simon. That drive ended when a scrambling Printers found Davis alone in the end zone.

On the next series Lemon had the ball squirt out of his hand as he prepared to throw. Defensive back Korey Banks pounced on the ball on the Toronto 18. That set up Messam's first touchdown.

Messam demonstrated his versatility on the next Lions possession. He bowled over a couple of Argo defenders on a 16-yard run, then showed his good hands by hauling in a 14-yard pass.

He ended the drive with a four-yard run.

Toronto had a chance to score early in the first quarter on a third-down gamble from the one. The play was blown up when Brown stopped Boyd two yards behind the line of scrimmage, giving B.C. the ball.

The Argo did score a few plays later when Lemon found Robinson wide open in the middle the field. Lion defenders Ryan Phillips and Banks could only watch as Robinson loped into the end zone on the 41-yard play.

LIONS PAWS - B.C.'s contest at home next Saturday against Hamilton will be the 1,000th game in franchise history. ...During their 56-year history the Lions have finished in second place just twice. ...Injuries to the offensive line have resulted in the Lions using six different five-man combinations. ...B.C. started the 1996 season 1-8 and finished at 5-13.








  • CFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 8 7 1 0 16
    BC 0 21 10 6 37 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO
    LEMON (GRANT SHAW KICK), 7:05. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - SINGLE, GRANT SHAW 49 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL, 13:28. TORONTO 8-0
    2ND QUARTER: BCL - TD, YONUS

    Sep 11 7:17 PM


  • CFL
    FG BCL
    PAUL MCCALLUM 28 YD
    TORONTO 16
    BC 37 2:12 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Argonauts 16, Lions 37  4th - 2:12Sep 11 7:07 PM


  • CFL
    FG BCL
    PAUL MCCALLUM 43 YD
    TORONTO 16
    BC 34 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Argonauts 16, Lions 34  4th - 15:00Sep 11 6:37 PM


  • CFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 8 7 1 16
    BC 0 21 10 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO
    LEMON (GRANT SHAW KICK), 7:05. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - SINGLE, GRANT SHAW 49 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL, 13:28. TORONTO 8-0
    2ND QUARTER: BCL - TD

    Argonauts 16, Lions 31  End of 3rdSep 11 6:32 PM


  • CFL
    FG BCL
    PAUL MCCALLUM 34 YD
    TORONTO 16
    BC 34 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Argonauts 16, Lions 34  4th - 15:00Sep 11 6:32 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE TOR
    GRANT SHAW 39 YD OFF A MISSED FIELD GOAL
    TORONTO 16
    BC 31 7:34 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Argonauts 16, Lions 31  3rd - 7:34Sep 11 6:17 PM


  • CFL
    FG BCL
    PAUL MCCALLUM 34 YD
    TORONTO 15
    BC 31 9:44 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Argonauts 15, Lions 31  3rd - 9:44Sep 11 6:07 PM


  • CFL
    TD BCL
    STEVEN BLACK 6 YD PASS FROM CASEY PRINTERS
    (PAUL MCCALLUM KICK)
    TORONTO 15
    BC 28 14:19 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Argonauts 15, Lions 28  3rd - 14:19Sep 11 5:57 PM


  • CFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 8 7 15
    BC 0 21 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO
    LEMON (GRANT SHAW KICK), 7:05. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - SINGLE, GRANT SHAW 49 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL, 13:28. TORONTO 8-0
    2ND QUARTER: BCL - TD, YO

    Sep 11 5:52 PM
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    Argonauts 15, Lions 21  HalfSep 11 5:52 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    JAMES ROBINSON 39 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK)
    TORONTO 15
    BC 21 2:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Argonauts 15, Lions 21  2nd - 2:18Sep 11 5:27 PM


  • CFL
    TD BCL
    JEROME MESSAM 4 YD RUN
    (PAUL MCCALLUM KICK)
    TORONTO 8
    BC 21 2:39 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Argonauts 8, Lions 21  2nd - 2:39Sep 11 5:22 PM


  • CFL
    TD BCL
    JEROME MESSAM 1 YD RUN
    (PAUL MCCALLUM KICK)
    TORONTO 8
    BC 14 11:49 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Argonauts 8, Lions 14  2nd - 11:49Sep 11 4:57 PM


  • CFL
    TD BCL
    YONUS DAVIS 4 YD PASS FROM CASEY PRINTERS
    (PAUL MCCALLUM KICK)
    TORONTO 8
    BC 7 13:31 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Argonauts 8, Lions 7  2nd - 13:31Sep 11 4:52 PM


  • CFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TORONTO 8 8
    BC 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TOR - TD, JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO
    LEMON (GRANT SHAW KICK), 7:05. TORONTO 7-0
    TOR - SINGLE, GRANT SHAW 49 YD OFF A MISSED
    FIELD GOAL, 13:28. TORONTO 8-0

    Sep 11 4:47 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE TOR
    GRANT SHAW 49 YD OFF A MISSED FIELD GOAL
    TORONTO 8
    BC 0 1:32 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Argonauts 8, Lions 0  1st - 1:32Sep 11 4:47 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK)
    TORONTO 7
    BC 0 7:39 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Argonauts 7, Lions 0  1st - 7:39Sep 11 4:47 PM


  • CFL
    SINGLE TOR
    GRANT SHAW 38 YD OFF A MISSED FIELD GOAL
    TORONTO 1
    BC 0 0:59 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Argonauts 1, Lions 0  1st - 0:59Sep 11 4:42 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (GRANT SHAW KICK)
    TORONTO 8
    BC 0 7:39 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Argonauts 8, Lions 0  1st - 7:39Sep 11 4:42 PM


  • CFL
    TD TOR
    JAMES ROBINSON 41 YD PASS FROM CLEO LEMON
    (JAMIE BOREHAM KICK)
    TORONTO 7
    BC 0 7:24 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Argonauts 7, Lions 0  1st - 7:24Sep 11 4:32 PM