The Hamilton Tiger-Cats lost 29-26 to the BC Lions at BC Place Stadium Friday night.
BC led 14-9 at the half, on two touchdown passes from Travis Lulay to Shawn Gore for 5 yards and an 80 yarder on a broken coverage to Emmanuel Arceneaux.
The Tiger-Cats scoring came on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Henry Burris to Bakari Grant and a conceded safety.
In the third quarter, Lulay hit Marco Ianuzzi with his third touchdown pass, then the Tiger-Cats responded when Dan Lefevour scored from one yard out.
Paul McCallum missed a 45 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make the score 22-16, then Luca Congi nailed a 44 yard field goal to cut the Lions lead to 3.
Lulay then scored on a two yard run to give the Lions a 29-19 lead with under 3 minutes to play.
Henry Burris rallied the offense, connecting with Greg Ellingson for a short touchdown pass with 25 seconds left, to make the score 29-26.
Burris ended the game 29-of-26 for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception, while Lulay went 26-for-36 for 359 yards and 3 TDs.
It was the first time this year that Lulay has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game.
The ground attack did not figure prominently in this game, with Hamilton’s CJ Gable rushing just 5 times for 45 yards and BC’s Andrew Harris collecting 38 yards on 9 carries.
Ticats slotback Greg Ellingson led all receivers with 8 catches and recorded 94 receiving yards.
Emmanuel Arceneaux was Lulay’s main weapon, hauling in 4 passes for 113 yards.
BC sacked Burris 5 times while Brandon Boudreaux picked up Hamilton’s lone QB takedown,
The Tiger-Cats are now 4-5 on the season and their three game winning streak is over.
The Lions are 6-3 and remain perfect at home this season at 5-and-0.
The two teams meet again Saturday, September 7 at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
CHML’s coverage begins with the Pre-Game Show at 3pm, kickoff is at 4 o’clock.