Jarious Jackson proved to be just the tonic the B.C. Lions needed to snap out of their early-season slumber.
When starting quarterback Buck Pierce was injured with six minutes to go in the opening quarter, Jackson stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park.
Jackson, 13-5 as a starter for the Lions over the past four seasons, proved to be a more than effective reliever.
He completed 19 of 28 attempts for 362 yards and tossed four TD passes as the Lions crushed the Eskimos 40-22.
Jackson energized the Lions offence with three big plays to receiver Geroy Simon that gave the Lions their first win of the year and a 2-1 record.
Simon had TD catches of 45 and 40 yards, but his first catch of the game and Jackson's first pass went for 33 yards, setting up a one-yard run by Martell Mallett that got the rout going.
"That's how I am," said Jackson. "If I get a big hit or a big play and complete a pass or two, I can get into some kind of rhythm."
Jackson also threw TD passes to Paris Jackson (15 yards) and Emmanuel Arceneaux (26).
"We've got the guys who can do that," said Jackson. "Whether it's Geroy or Emmanuel Arceneaux or Paris or any of those guys. We can stretch the field. We definitely wanted to come out and attack them. We knew they were a little dinged up in the secondary, so that's the best way to attack them."
His four TD passes was one short of his personal best July 11 last year, less than a week after long-time Lions Bobby Ackles died.
"Buck throws a good deep ball, but he's more an intermediate, check-down guy," said Simon. "We know when Jarious comes in, you have an opportunity to have a big play. He came in and we took advantage of it.
"We knew they were going to sit on a lot of routes. They showed a lot of blitz looks and made it looked like they were going to sit. If they want to sit, we took advantage of it. We have confidence in the guy to know when he comes in, we're not going to miss a beat. We're still dangerous. A lot of teams don't have the depth we do."