Mauled!

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

First, Calgary Stampeders touchdown horse Quick Six finished his inaugural romp of the night.

Soon after, the Stamps were finished themselves.

Backup Calgary QB Danny McManus, relieving an ineffective Henry Burris to start the fourth quarter, engineered the team's first touchdown against the B.C. Lions last night at McMahon and appeared to get the Red and White back into the game.

Alas, the defence fell apart, allowing Lions running back Joe Smith to break through the defensive line and scamper 66 yards for a touchdown en route to a 43-20 win before 31,210 spectators at McMahon Stadium.

Aside from McManus' touchdown drive, it was a lacklustre effort by the Stamps offence.

Burris seemed intent on forcing deep passes and made several poor decisions before Tom Higgins finally had enough.

The final toss Burris attempted in the game was a touchdown -- just it was Lions defensive back Dante Marsh celebrating after a 63-yard interception return.

The move to bring in the 41-year-old McManus appeared to spark some life into the Stamps, albeit briefly.

On his second throw, McManus threaded the needle through coverage to find Markus Howell zipping at full speed down the sidelines.

That 81-yard touchdown is the longest of the season for Stamps but the momentum was shortlived.

The smoke from the firewords hadn't cleared before Aaron Lockett brought the ensuing kickoff return out to midfield. Then Smith's long run made the score 32-17 and sucked the life out the home side.

McManus wasn't effective the rest of the way, throwing a pair of interceptions to Barron Miles, in allowing the Lions to run up the score.

The Stamps defence, playing without veteran middle linebacker Brian Clark, allowed Smith to rush for 138 yards, twice as many as any other back has ran for this season against Calgary.

Clark's replacement, Cornelius Anthony, couldn't be blamed for all of it but he did miss a tackle on Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson that allowed him to scramble for 15 yards and set up a touchdown.

Once again, the red-zone offence struggled for the Stampeders.

In the first half, two chances inside the 20 ended in disappointment, one on a Ken-Yon Rambo fumble and the other on stifled running game inside the 10.

On the second play, the Stamps settled for a chip shot field goal from Sandro DeAngelis' 10-yard field goal, one of four the diminutive Canadian put through.

DeAngelis was a little lucky on a 50-yarder as the ball bounced off the crossbar and through.

He also added a 33 yarder and now leads the CFL with in average at 91.7%, one of the few bright spots for the Stamps at the moment.

The only major the first half was on a great blitz read from Dickenson as he spotted Paris Jackson in between defenders for a 29-yard scoring play.

Outside of two interceptions, by Calgary DBs Coby Rhinehart and J.R. Ruffin, Dickenson was again mostly sharp.

He hit Smith with a four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter as the Lions took control of the game.

Paul McCallum booted field goals of 39, 28, 14 yards to round out the scoring the Lions, while Smith added a late three-yard plunge as well.


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