Tiger-Cats steal one in B.C.

BC Lions Solomon Elimimian (left) misses a tackle on Hamilton Tiger Cats Maurice Mann during their...

BC Lions Solomon Elimimian (left) misses a tackle on Hamilton Tiger Cats Maurice Mann during their CFL match in Vancouver on Saturday, September 18. (REUTERS/Lyle Stafford)

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- A trio of ex-B.C. Lions linebackers returned to haunt Wally Buono on Saturday when they led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a 35-31 win at Empire Field in Vancouver.

Markeith Knowlton, Otis Floyd and Jamall Johnson helped the Ticats deny the Lions their third consecutive win in B.C.'s historic 1,000th game. Knowlton, who joined Hamilton in 2008, had a sack, interception and fumble recovery. Floyd forced a fumble and Johnson led his team with five tackles and a sack.

Lions quarterback Casey Printers and his offence couldn't hold onto the ball in the rainy fourth quarter. Printers had a trio of touchdowns and completed 22 of 40 passes for 312 yards, but he fumbled three times and was intercepted twice.

Floyd forced running back Jerome Messam's fumble on B.C.'s 22-yard line with 2:31 to go. Knowlton recovered, setting up quarterback Kevin Glenn's touchdown pass to Chris Bauman for the 32-31 lead.

The Lions foiled Hamilton's two-point convert attempt, but Knowlton sacked Printers on B.C.'s first-and-10 at 2:19. Sandro DeAngelis' fifth field goal completed the scoring.

Printers had yet another chance, but failed to lead B.C. out of its end, finally surrendering to Jeremy Gibbs who recorded a sack and fumble with 31 seconds left on the B.C. 49.

B.C. held an 18-13 halftime lead after a first half marked by missed opportunities and pass interference calls. Slotback Geroy Simon drew a pass interference at the Tiger-Cats' 11-yard line and caught a Printers touchdown pass on the next play. The Lions were cited twice in the same series for pass interference, eventually allowing the Ticats their first converted touchdown for a 13-11 lead.

Printers responded when he found Black for a 40-yard touchdown and Tad Crawford preserved the advantage with an interception deep in his own zone with 13 seconds until intermission.

After 1,000 games, the Lions are now 474-502-24 all-time -- including five Grey Cup victories. The 1994 Lions, the only B.C. team to win the Grey Cup in Vancouver, was saluted at halftime for their Thursday night induction to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

The Lions, whose playoff hopes are fading, visit the Calgary Stampeders next Saturday and return to Empire on Oct. 2 to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


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