Super Dave

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Dave Dickenson proved again last night he's the CFL's master of suspense.

Despite falling behind 14-3 to the Stampeders, the B.C. Lions quarterback calmly pieced together another outstanding performance while dismantling the Calgary defence in a 40-27 win at B.C. Place.

Dickenson completed 35 of 46 throws for 463 yards, using seven pass catchers to get the job done including Ryan Thelwell, who grabbed 10 balls for 145 yards.

"They were making huge plays on us and we were going to a ball control offence," Dickenson said.

"They just kind of wore down at the end."

Thelwell caught a 35-yard TD pass from Dickenson with 11 minutes left for a 37-27 lead.

The Stampeders also took a number of undisciplined penalties. Calgary was flagged 11 times for 131 yards compared to just four for 25 by the Lions.

Dickenson also dominated time of possession, 43 minutes to just 18 for the Stampeders, impressing Calgary defensive back Joey Boese.

"He makes great decisions with the ball, he's elusive, he doesn't force throws, keeps drives alive," Boese said.

"He's definitely a top-ranked quarterback in this league."

Stampeders punter Burke Dales, with the game tied at 27-27 early in the fourth quarter, surrendered the winning points by conceding a safety.

Stampeders rookie placekicker Sandro DeAngelis also missed for the first time this season -- from 46 yards on his first attempt of the night -- after connecting on his first 11 boots of the year.

The Stamps fall to 2-3, while the first-place Lions remain unbeaten at 5-0.

Stamps QB Henry Burris completed 16 of 23 passes 309 yards, one touchdown and one interception but his defence had trouble getting him back onto the field.

"They kept our defence on the field a lot and tried not to let that happen," Burris said. "They did a good job of keeping our offence off the field and even though we made some big plays, we didn't make enough."

Stamps coach Tom Higgins said Dickenson's night was just another remarkable outing from the man he's dubbed 'The Little General,' stealing the moniker from legendary CFL pivot Ron Lancaster.

"When you have somebody who's a very good quarterback -- a field general -- it doesn't matter who he has, he put on a clinic."

Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds was again outstanding, collecting 84 yards on eight carries.

On the Stamps' second possession of the night, Burris found Jeremaine Copeland behind coverage for a 40-yard touchdown strike to open a 7-0 lead.

Burris pieced together a 93-yard touchdown drive over seven plays on the Stamps' next possession to open a 14-3 lead as Reynolds plunged into the endzone from three yards out.

Jenkins had three carries for 31 yards on that drive while Reynolds had 71 yards rushing on just four carries in the opening quarter alone.

The Lions had first-half TDs from Antonio Warren, on a 12-yard run, and Geroy Simon, who caught an 11-yard pass.

Thelwell opened the second half with a 12-yard TD catch as the Lions had a 24-17 lead four minutes into the third quarter.

Burris again found Copeland with a 66-yard pass moving the ball to the Lions two-yard-line where Burris took over with a two-yard TD run.

DeAngelis connected on field goals from 25 and 44.O'Mahony split the uprights from 35, 42.

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B.C. LIONS: 40

CALGARY STAMPEDERS: 27


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