Lions drop ball in final minutes

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

B.C. Lions gave up two final-minute touchdowns and lost 32-24 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Canadian Football League action yesterday in Regina.

"We didn't stop them on defence when it really counted," said Lions' head coach Wally Buono.

Lions went ahead 24-18 on a Geroy Simon touchdown catch and two-point convert late in the fourth quarter. With 54 seconds to go, Jamal Richardson caught a 49-yard Kerry Joseph pass for a 'Riders touchdown. Rookie kicker Luca Congi scored the convert for the 25-24 lead.

Lions regained possession, but 'Rider Eddie Davis intercepted Lions' quarterback Dave Dickenson's pass with 37 seconds left and ran it 34 yards for a touchdown.

"This epitomizes a team loss," Dickenson said. "There were mistakes pretty much by every group."

Meanwhile, Lions lost receivers Paris Jackson and Tony Simmons to fourth-quarter injuries. Jackson left after hurting his shoulder and Simmons his right knee.

Lions host the Toronto Argonauts Friday at B.C. Place Stadium.


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