Streak 'Dome like dinner

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Calgary Stampeders have put their dome losing streak on ice.

Stamps quarterback Henry Burris hit Brett Ralph with a five-yard touchdown pass with 2:46 left as Calgary beat the Lions 36-29 to end a seven-game losing skid at B.C. Place Stadium dating back to 2002.

It's their first dome victory in 14 outings and has them heading into their annual Labour Day Classic with Edmonton tied with the Eskimos at identical 5-3 records.

"B.C. has had our number, whether it was here or in Calgary," Burris said. "We showed maturity in Game 1 (a 28-18 win over the Lions at McMahon Stadium) and tonight.

"To win back-to-back on the road shows where this team is going and how much better we are when we do what we're supposed to.

"We've shown we can bounce back from tough times."

The Lions drop to 4-4 on the season and into last place in the West Division.

The winning drive was aided by a pass interference penalty on Korey Banks, who was also burned for a 26-yard reception by Ken-Yon Rambo as the two went toe-to-toe all night.

It all started with a Joffrey Reynolds 44-yard kickoff return to give them great field position for the tying touchdown from Lions receiver Jason Clermont.

Reynolds took over for returner Markus Howell, who left in the third quarter with a groin injury.

But it was Banks who got the Lions kick-started to start the second half, picking off Burris for a 40-yard touchdown by stepping in front of a pass intended for Rambo.

"He made a great play on that out route," Burris said.

"They said they would make a play during this game.

"The biggest part was how we bounced back from it."

Burris had a solid night despite the costly mistake.

He hit Nik Lewis on a 18-yard touchdown pass at the end of the third quarter to give the Stamps an eight-point led early in the final frame.

Burris finished 18-of-30 passing for 282 yards with two TDs and one pick.

The Stampeders defence finally were able to mount a solid pass rush as Mike Labinjo and Charleston Hughes recorded third-quarter sacks and forced punts.

Soon after that, the Lions pulled starting quarterback Jarious Jackson and replaced him with Buck Pierce.

Jackson engineered a 14-play, 78-yard touchdown drive using his feet and rushing for 35 yards, while fullback Rolly Lumbala capped it off with a one-yard run.

But Jackson didn't do much of anything after that, leaving after going 8-of-18 passing for 75 yards to be pulled for the second straight outing.

Pierce did much better, going 8-of-13 passing for 103 yards, but he threw an interception to Wes Lysack to end the threat at the end of the game.

The visitors wasted no time getting their offence going in this one.

Burris hit former Lions receiver Ryan Thelwell on a 31-yard gain to open the contest, then Reynolds found a huge hole and before safety Barron Miles could move the Stamps running back was on his way to a 45-yard touchdown.

It was the first time this season the Stamps have scored on their opening drive, and it took just two plays and 1:12 off the clock.

Lions kicker Paul McCallum had field goals of 44 and 40 yards plus had a punt single to round out the home-side scoring.

Sandro DeAngelis kicked field goals of 34, 27, 27, 15 and 36 to round out the scoring to move his average to 84.6% on the season.


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