Lions vs. Roughriders Week 8 offensive & defensive game balls

B.C. Lions advance to 5-2 on the year

During the resounding 24-5 victory against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the B.C. Lions extended their streak to over 180 minutes without allowing a touchdown, and picking off Darian Durant three times.

Like the Lions defense Sunday, let’s get to it!


When the ‘Riders were up 3-0 into the second quarter, it looked like it was going to be one of ‘those days’ for both offenses, but the reigning Grey Cup MVP had other plans.  Throwing for 257 yards off of 22 competitions and a touchdown, as well as 27 yards and another score on the ground, the offensive game ball goes to Travis Lulay.

He willed the Lions offense to get going, and when it did he wouldn’t let them slow down.

So great job Travis!

Wide receiver Arland Bruce is a close second for the game ball, catching three passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, but at the end of the day the guy on the other end of the 55 yard touchdown pass gets it.


Adam Bighill has won three defensive player of the week awards this season, and deservedly so.  He’s done the tough job of making Lion fans forget about Solomon Elimimian.

Sorry Adam, you won’t be adding the week 8 game ball to your quickly expanding trophy case, this one goes to another standout of a stout defense.

Safety Cauchy Muamba picked off Durant twice, and picked up a tackle for good measure.  His first interception off of Durant was a good play yes, but more a bad decision by Durant.

The second pick, on what was Durant’s last snap of the game, was just excellent concentration by Muamba.

Travis Lulay

Great job Travis! Nice win BC!

Excellent job on keeping his eye on the ball while bobbling it, and congrats on this week’s game ball Cauchy!

Suspended defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has had to do a bit of damage control this week, after his suspension was upheld.  He got suspended for a vicious non-football play on an Eskimos offensive lineman, bending and pulling his arm during a skirmish.

I would like to help his cause, because after yesterday’s game (that I attended) he came out and said hello and signed autographs to the fans that support him, and was very respectful of me (in full Rider gear!) and thanked me for coming out.

His actions on the field do not represent the person he is off, so thank you Khalif for being a stand up guy!

Special Teams

Paul McCallum was good from 24 yards out, his only field goal attempt of the day, and the special teams unit recovered a surprise onside kick to start the game, but today’s Special Team’s game ball goes to the guy who made the biggest play.

Tim Brown ran back a Sandro DeAngelis missed field goal 65 yards (add on another 15 for unnecessary roughness) and that would set up the Lions first touchdown, the scamper by Lulay.

The Lions return game has been rough this season, but Tim Brown might’ve helped get the ball rolling.

The B.C. Lions are back in action this Friday, the 24th, in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.


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