A kicking conundrum

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

Bret Anderson was given the field goal kicker's tee midway through the fourth quarter Saturday night after B.C. Lions' head coach Wally Buono gave up on Duncan O'Mahony's toe.

"I won't be surprised if I'm out of a job," O'Mahony said after the Saskatchewan Roughriders dealt the Lions' their second consecutive loss of 2005 and first at B.C. Place Stadium since July 9, 2004.

O'Mahony missed field goal attempts from 35, 36 and 43 yards in the 28-19 Saskatchewan win. He was successful on 26 of his 38 attempts before Saturday.

"I didn't expect it," O'Mahony said of the switch. "But on this team you can't expect anything so you go with what you're told."

On the final play of regulation, Buono sent untested Anderson to try a 48-yard field goal to tie the score and force overtime. However, Roughrider defensive back LaDouphyous McCalla blocked the kick and ran the ball 61 yards for a touchdown.

"I was slow off the mark," said Anderson, who has shared kickoff duties with O'Mahony. "It felt pretty good when I hit it."

The Roughriders improved to 8-6 with their fifth consecutive win. The 11-2 Lions will try to avoid a third straight loss next Monday when they play the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg.

Irish-born O'Mahony set a Western Canada college record with a 52-yard field goal during his time with the University of B.C. Thunderbirds. Buono drafted him to the Calgary Stampeders in 2001 and he joined the Lions in 2004. Anderson is a slotback who kicked and punted for Simon Fraser University before joining the Lions in 1997.

"It's not going to be easy for (O'Mahony), it's not going to be easy for us," Buono said. "Right now we have to allow him to do what he has to do and take it one day at a time."


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