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Lions down Eskimos, clinch Grey Cup berth

Nov 21, 2011 - 7:09 AM
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Travis Lulay passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and British Columbia moved into the Grey Cup with a 40-23 victory over Edmonton in the West Division championship game.

Lulay completed 20-of-27 passes for 293 yards for the Lions, who will face Winnipeg in the CFL title game next Sunday. The Blue Bombers won the East Division earlier Sunday with a 19-3 defeat of Hamilton.

British Columbia earned its first Grey Cup berth since 2006, when it beat Montreal in Winnipeg. The Lions will have home field advantage this time, with the contest set to be played at BC Place.

Paul McCallum made 4-of-4 field goals in the victory, while Andrew Harris ran for a score.

Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray passed for 260 yards and two scores, but was intercepted three times. The Eskimos, who defeated Calgary in last weekend's division semifinals, haven't appeared in a Grey Cup since 2005.

McCallum kicked field goals of 31 and 42 yards to give BC a 6-0 edge after the first quarter. While Edmonton's Derek Schiavone booted a 41-yarder on the first play of the second quarter, the Lions started to pour on the points later in the period.

Lulay hooked up with Geroy Simon for a 53-yard touchdown with a little more than five minutes remaining, and Korey Banks intercepted Ray two plays into Edmonton's next drive.

That set the Lions up at the Eskimos' 10-yard line, and after Tim Brown was dropped for a four-yard loss, Lulay hit Harris with a TD pass.

McCallum kicked two more field goals -- of 44 and 17 yards -- inside the final minute to put BC ahead 26-3 at the break.

Edmonton, held out of the end zone until the fourth, never caught up. It got two field goals from Schiavone in the third, but Harris' 13-yard run had BC up 33-9 moving into the final quarter.

Lulay followed Ray's 31-yard TD pass to Jason Barnes with a 61-yard scoring run. Ray then found Fred Stamps for a 19-yard touchdown, but it came with four minutes to go.

Game Notes

Lulay's 61-yard run set a team record for longest rush in a playoff game...Ray completed 20-of-39 passes, while Hugh Charles led the Esks with 53 rushing yards.






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  • EDMONTON: 23
    BC: 40
    Final

    Nov 20 7:33 PM


  • EDMONTON: 23
    BC: 40
    End of Regulation

    Nov 20 7:33 PM


  • Derek Schiavone extra point is good.

    Eskimos 23, Lions 40  4th - 3:51Nov 20 7:18 PM


  • Edmonton Touchdown - Ricky Ray pass to Fred Stamps for 19 yards.

    Eskimos 22, Lions 40  4th - 3:55Nov 20 7:18 PM


  • Paul McCallum extra point is good.

    Eskimos 16, Lions 40  4th - 5:40Nov 20 7:13 PM
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    Eskimos 16, Lions 40  4th - 5:40Nov 20 7:13 PM


  • Brt Columbia Touchdown - Travis Lulay rushed left for 61 yards.

    Eskimos 16, Lions 39  4th - 6:01Nov 20 7:12 PM


  • Derek Schiavone extra point is good.

    Eskimos 16, Lions 33  4th - 9:20Nov 20 6:57 PM


  • Edmonton Touchdown - Ricky Ray pass to Jason Barnes for 32 yards.

    Eskimos 15, Lions 33  4th - 9:25Nov 20 6:57 PM


  • EDMONTON: 9
    BC: 33
    End of 3rd

    Nov 20 6:43 PM


  • Edmonton Field Goal - 21-yarder by Derek Schiavone.

    Eskimos 9, Lions 33  3rd - 2:45Nov 20 6:38 PM


  • Paul McCallum extra point is good.

    Eskimos 6, Lions 33  3rd - 8:02Nov 20 6:31 PM


  • Brt Columbia Touchdown - Andrew Harris rushed right for 13 yards.

    Eskimos 6, Lions 32  3rd - 8:18Nov 20 6:31 PM
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    Eskimos 6, Lions 32  3rd - 8:18Nov 20 6:31 PM


  • Edmonton Field Goal - 31-yarder by Derek Schiavone.

    Eskimos 6, Lions 26  3rd - 11:23Nov 20 6:18 PM


  • EDMONTON: 3
    BC: 26
    Halftime

    Nov 20 5:57 PM


  • Brt Columbia Field Goal - 43-yarder by Paul McCallum.

    Eskimos 3, Lions 23  2nd - 0:49Nov 20 5:50 PM


  • Paul McCallum extra point is good.

    Eskimos 3, Lions 20  2nd - 2:43Nov 20 5:40 PM
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    Eskimos 3, Lions 20  2nd - 2:43Nov 20 5:40 PM


  • Brt Columbia Touchdown - Travis Lulay pass to Andrew Harris for 13 yards.

    Eskimos 3, Lions 19  2nd - 3:01Nov 20 5:40 PM


  • Paul McCallum extra point is good.

    Eskimos 3, Lions 13  2nd - 5:09Nov 20 5:35 PM


  • Brt Columbia Touchdown - Travis Lulay pass to Geroy Simon for 53 yards.

    Eskimos 3, Lions 12  2nd - 5:28Nov 20 5:34 PM
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    Eskimos 3, Lions 12  2nd - 5:28Nov 20 5:34 PM


  • Edmonton Field Goal - 42-yarder by Derek Schiavone.

    Eskimos 3, Lions 6  2nd - 14:42Nov 20 5:15 PM


  • EDMONTON: 0
    BC: 6
    End of 1st

    Nov 20 5:12 PM


  • Brt Columbia Field Goal - 42-yarder by Paul McCallum.

    Eskimos 0, Lions 6  1st - 1:43Nov 20 5:08 PM


  • Brt Columbia Field Goal - 31-yarder by Paul McCallum.

    Eskimos 0, Lions 3  1st - 10:31Nov 20 4:49 PM


  • EDMONTON: 0
    BC: 0
    1st Quarter - 15:00

    Nov 20 4:41 PM