Hope fades for Geroy's record

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Geroy Simon's bid to break Allen Pitts' 1994 single-season receiving yardage record of 2,036 yards came to a grinding halt Saturday.

Simon, who needed 301 yards to break the record before Saturday's 23-17 win over Hamilton, collected a paltry 20 yards.

He caught quarterback Buck Pierce's first two passes for a combined 20 yards, breaking his own 2004 club record for single-season receiving yardage.

Simon's 55-yard touchdown was called back when centre Angus Reid was cited for holding.

Simon would need a Herculean effort in the final game Saturday against the defensive-minded Winnipeg Blue Bombers to reach Pitts' plateau.

Meanwhile, Dave Dickenson returned to action for the B.C. Lions but wasn't beaming after the team's ugly win over the CFL's last-place team.

"It's kinda weird how sometimes wins don't feel that good," said Dickenson, who completed 11 of 15 second half passes for 152 yards.

Lions came back from a 10-3 halftime deficit to beat Hamilton before 31,294 fans. B.C.'s 20-point third quarter included Mark Washington's 40-yard interception-return touchdown and a one-yard rushing major by Joe Smith.

Dickenson missed three games to a concussion and replaced starter Buck Pierce, who was eight of 12 for 91 yards and one interception.

- Lions suffered injuries to offensive tackle Rob Murphy (right meniscus) and defensive tackle Aaron Hunt (right calf).

- Lions begin training tomorrow for Saturday's regular season finale against the 9-8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Tickets are on sale for the Nov. 12 Scotiabank West Championship at B.C. Place.


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