Crushing defeat for Lions

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

The B.C. Lions record season came to a crashing halt, following a 26-17 defeat at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The story of the first half for the Lions was turnovers, as Ian Smart gave up a fumble on a punt return and quarterback Jarious Jackson threw two interceptions.

Smart's fumble set up a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kerry Joseph to Andy Fantuz, while each of Jackson's interceptions led to field goals by Luca Congi.

B.C.'s only touchdown of the first half came on a one-yard run by Joe Smith, capping off a five-play, 71-yard drive.

The Lions exited the field at half time down by a field goal and with QB Dave Dickenson at the helm, replacing Jackson, who overthrew several receivers during his outing.

Despite the change in QBs, the Lions turnover troubles continued in the third quarter, when Dickenson was forced to fumble and Saskatchewan added another field goal as a result.

The Lions seemed to regain some life when Smart ran back a 78-yard kickoff return and on the ensuing play Geroy Simon caught an 11-yard TD pass, but it was too little, too late for the Leos.

A final field goal to end the third quarter iced the game for the green and white, as the Lions failed to generate anything of substance in the fourth.

The loss came in front of a raucous, mostly orange and black clad - save for a band of loyal Saskatchewan fans - crowd of 54,712.

Lions' offensive linemen Sherko Haji-Rasouli and Dean Valli both left the game with injuries, for Haji-Rasouli, a left leg injury and for Valli, a possible concussion.

The 'Riders will now make their first Grey Cup appearance in 10 years, while the Lions are left to empty out their lockers and think of what could have been. 


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