That's old school! Labinjo pastes pivot

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

It wasn't a sack, but you could say Mike Labinjo's hit on Jarious Jackson was even better.

And it felt familiar to the Calgary Stampeders defensive end.

Labinjo drilled the B.C. Lions quarterback midway through the third quarter of a 36-29 win in Vancouver, sending Jackson to the sidelines with a dislocated finger.

Back in college, when Labinjo was at Michigan State and Jackson was with Notre Dame, the two players met on a similar hit and the pivot had to leave with a shoulder injury.

"There's a bit of deja vu with me knocking him out of the game again," Labinjo said.

The Stamps defence created problems for Jackson and then Buck Pierce by getting constant pressure with their four-man rush.

Both Labinjo and Charleston Hughes recorded sacks, but it was more important that Jackson was hurried and couldn't wait out his deep passing game.

Jackson left with only 78 passing yards, and his longest completion was only 13 yards.

"Jackson has that big arm and he has Geroy (Simon) and Paris (Jackson) down there, so he likes throwing the deep ball," Labinjo said.

"We knew we needed pressure to help the DBs out. It worked. We allowed less than 200 yards passing and we did a good job in that aspect."

Labinjo said the Stamps defensive line was tired of hearing about how they hadn't recorded a sack in 17 quarters.

"The front four took more onus on causing havoc," he said. "A lot of people were coming down on us for not creating pressure or recording sacks.

"We did extra work this week in preparation for B.C. because they have a great offensive line.

"We wanted to go into B.C. Place and perform well to show the rest of the league we are a good defensive line and that we can pressure the quarterback."


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