Stamps come up short

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

The CFL's last unbeaten team was getting matched in every facet when there was a tidal wave of a change.

The Calgary Stampeders got caught in a Wake.

B.C. Lions defensive lineman Cameron Wake came blazing through a gap, blocking a Sandro DeAngelis field goal attempt.

The Calgary Stampeders lost it then, early in the third quarter, as the Lions went down for a Geroy Simon touchdown and held on for a 32-27 victory last night at McMahon Stadium.

The Stamps outgained the Lions in yardage 527-292 but lost where it counted, in the point differential.

"Everything is a mute point when you turn the ball over in the score zone and we don't allow the field goal kicker to kick a field goal," said a disgusted Stamps head coach Tom Higgins. "To tie it up at halftime was great because our field position in the first quarter was terrible.

"It was nice to come back but that's not what it's about it. It's about winning."

B.C. improves to 5-0 on the season while the Stamps are stuck in last place of the West Division with a 2-3 record.

The Stamps will look to get on track next week when they head to face the Edmonton Eskimos Saturday night.

The home side manage to catch life early in the fourth quarter in trying to fight back from a 14-point deficit.

The catalyst for the comeback was receivers Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis. Copeland caught a 45-yard pass to set up a 26-yard DeAngelis field goal and then scored on a 36-yard touchdown reception himself.

Lewis helped by catching a 33-yard reception to help aid the comeback but wasn't happy, despite catching six balls for 128 yards in his return from a one-game benching.

"If we get to a point where we don't turn the ball over, we win," Lewis said. "They could have run for 700 yards and we would have still won the game."

The Stamps defence did its part early, holding the Lions to just 11 first-half points and knocking out starting quarterback Buck Pierce.

He was replaced by Jarious Jackson, who still only went 3-of-7 passing for 44 yards but was able to throw two touchdowns. But Higgins didn't care to hear his team almost gained twice as many yards as B.C. did.

"It's irrelevant," Higgins said. "We used to have an old coach here who used to look up at that scoreboard and say, 'We're doing terrible because we have no yards.'

"It's about winning and if you win the turnover battle, you don't need yards. You don't have to go that far to score a touchdown or a field goal."


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