Kevin Glenn’s 53-yard TD strike to Emmanuel Arceneaux with under seven minutes remaining led the B.C. Lions to a 33-17 milestone win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday night.
Arceneaux broke two tackles en route to the end zone at 8:33 of the fourth quarter to anchor the Lions’ 500th all-time victory. B.C. (5-3) outscored Toronto (3-5) 20-7 in the fourth to register its third straight victory.
Ronnie Yell’s 31-yard interception for the TD with 1:56 remaining cemented B.C.’s 17th win in its last 19 meetings with Toronto, to the dismay of an announced season-high Rogers Centre gathering of 18,283. That boosted the Argos average attendance to 17,562 through four home dates.
Toronto was playing its second game in five nights after downing Winnipeg 38-21 at Rogers Centre on Tuesday. The Lions did precious little offensively after going ahead 10-0 in the first and Ricky Ray made them pay, his 18-yard TD strike to Terrell Sinkfield just 16 seconds into the fourth putting the Argos ahead 17-13.
But B.C. countered with Paul McCallum’s 32-yard field goal at 2:51 before going ahead 19-17 on his 27-yard boot at 5:30, set up by Tim Brown’s second 70-yard punt return. Arceneaux and Yell then clinched the win with their touchdowns.
B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay also saw his first action of the season, appearing in three series. Lulay spent the first six weeks of 2014 on the injured list following off-season shoulder surgery and came on the roster last week, but Glenn has started every game so far for the Lions.
The Lions got a break early in the third when Toronto’s Dwight Anderson recovered a Shawn Gore fumble following a six-yard catch and returned it to the B.C. 20-yard line. But Gore was ruled down by contact and the visitors maintained possession.
McCallum booted three converts and four field goals.
Toronto’s Swayze Waters kicked three field goals, a convert and single.
Waters’ 47-yard field goal to end the second quarter cut B.C.’s half-time lead to 13-9. It came after Lulay’s second appearance of the half, another two-and-out for the Lions’ offence.
After McCallum’s 30-yard field goal at 11:08 of the first put B.C. ahead 10-0, Lulay made his first appearance in the game. He had a four-yard run on the first play before being sacked on the second, forcing the Lions to punt.
Logan had the lone TD of the half, scoring on a three-yard run at 6:29 of the first. It was set up by Brown’s 70-yard punt return that with a horse-collar penalty, put the ball at the Toronto eight-yard line.
Toronto outgained B.C. in the first half 143 yards to 137 but managed just three Waters field goals.
NOTES — Phoenix Suns rookie Tyler Ennis, a native of Brampton, Ont., participated in the pre-game coin flip . . . Toronto wore its white-and-blue signature jerseys while B.C. donned its black-and-orange uniforms . . . Glenn moved past Doug Flutie (41,355) into eighth in all-time passing yards . . . Running back Andrew Harris (foot) didn’t play, a huge blow for the Lions considering he accounted for 31 per cent of the club’s offence to this point . . . It was a somewhat eventful afternoon for B.C. offensive linemen Jovan Oliafoye and Dean Valli. A CFL source said both had to spend an hour in an elevator at the team hotel after it got stuck between floors. Fortunately the problem was fixed . . . Lions defensive back Ryan Phillips appeared in his 170th straight game. The 10-year veteran has never missed a game in his CFL career . . . Veteran punter Noel Prefontaine retired as an Argo on Sunday. Prefontaine played 14 of his 16 CFL seasons with Toronto and was part of two Grey Cup-winning squads (’04, ‘12).