October 24, 2009

Lions fall short to ‘Riders in wild West showdown

Casey Printers completed 19 of 31 passes for 339 yards and two TDs in his 2009 Lions debut

REGINA — James Patrick intercepted Casey Printers in the end zone in overtime Saturday as the Saskatchewan Roughriders held on to win a wild one, 33-30 over the BC Lions.

Luca Congi’s 29-yard field goal proved to be the difference as the Roughriders (9-6-1) clinched a playoff spot and moved into a tie with Calgary for first place in the West Division.

The Roughriders held a 22-16 lead in the fourth quarter before Printers and the Lions (8-8) stormed back.

The Lions quarterback, making his first start since his return to BC, hit Michael Bumpus for a 20-yard touchdown, before Barron Miles returned an interception for a touchdown to give Lions a 30-22 lead.

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But Saskatchewan fought back with quarterback Darian Durant finding Johnny Quinn in the end zone and Chris Getzlaf for the two-point convert to tie the game 30-30 with under two minutes to go.
Congi had a chance to win the game on the last play with two seconds left in regulation, but his 50-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright.

The ‘Riders offence got off to a slow start, but woke up when Durant hit Rob Bagg for 60 yards to the Lions’ 30-yard line.

Steven Jyles scored from one yard out seven plays later for a 7-3 lead early in the second.

Safety Barron Miles returned his 65th career interception for a TD in the fourth quarter

Durant, who finished 27-of-46 for 319 yards and two touchdowns, found Bagg on Saskatchewan’s next series for a 32-yard touchdown and a 14-3 lead. Bagg finished the game with eight receptions for 124 yards.

Printers finished 19-of-31 for 339 yards.

The Lions were unable to hit the end zone in the first half, settling for three Paul McCallum field goals.

They finally hit pay dirt when Printers found a wide-open Emmanuel Arceneaux for a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Saskatchewan then took advantage of solid field position provided by returner Jason Armstead for a 35-yard Congi field goal. Congi also recorded singles on a punt and missed field goal in the quarter for the 22-16 scoreline late in the third.

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NOTES: Geroy Simon passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the seventh time in his career. Gene Makowsky played in his 247 game for Saskatchewan, surpassing Ron Lancaster for second most games played in franchise history. Eddie Davis left the game in the first quarter after sacking Printers and did not return.