Dickenson given rough Ride

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- With little action from Jarious Jackson, the B.C. Lions turned to a familiar face for a flicker of hope.

But veteran quarterback Dave Dickenson couldn't get the Lions offence going against a strong Saskatchewan Roughriders defence yesterday.

The former Calgary Stampeders QB came in just before halftime of the 26-17 West final loss but could only go 14-of-19 passing for 128 yards.

Jackson threw two interceptions and was 3-of-12 for 51 yards when Dickenson came in facing a 13-10 deficit and only 1:23 remaining in the opening half.

"Early in the game, we were doing everything wrong," Dickenson said. "I felt like I let the guys down because I could be a spark. I just didn't have a consistent enough effort."

The Riders defensive line smelled blood as starting right guard Sherko Haji-Rasouli went down with a leg injury and was replaced first by Dean Valli and then by Lorne Plante.

Dickenson and Jackson were sacked a total of seven times, and Dickenson lost a fumble in the second half on a hit from Reggie Hunt.

Although Dickenson played in only five games this season due to a concussion, he wasn't going to blame the time off or the shuffling of lineman for any struggles.

"For the most part, we all took turns making mistakes," Dickenson said. "When you are playing your sixth and seventh o-lineman against this group, you need to make it simple. We needed to run the ball, throw shorter routes to get better deep shots. (Riders defensive co-ordinator) Richie Hall did a nice job, and I have a lot of respect for him.

"I was disappointed I didn't provide as much leadership for the guys."

The Lions did win the battle of rookie defensive ends, as Cameron Wake outsacked John Chick 5-2.

That mattered little to Wake, who will be headed to Toronto to likely pick up both defensive and rookie-of-the-year awards.

"I would trade all 20 sacks I had this season for the Grey Cup," Wake said. "It didn't really matter if I had 20 sacks in this game. There are guys on Saskatchewan with no sacks going to the Grey Cup."


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