Quarter-by-quarter

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

FIRST QUARTER

Not the start the Stampeders defence wanted. From the opening kickoff, the visitors marched 55 yards on nine plays, including a key 15-yard passing play on second-and-10, but stalled in the red zone, leading to Paul McCallum's 23-yard field goal that opened the scoring.

The Stamps dodge another bullet before the quarter was out by holding McCallum to his second field goal, a 20-yarder. A six-play, 48-yard drive nearly hit paydirt, but Stampeders cornerback Brandon Browner knocked the ball loose from Leos receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen.

Offensively, the Stamps did a lot of nothing, with only 23-yards rushing, 17 yards passing and two first downs.

SECOND QUARTER

See a trend here, yet? McCallum's third field goal from 30 yards out finished off a nine play, 60-yard drive keyed by an 18-yard rush by running back Stefan Logan.

Demetris Summers' 51-yard kick-off return didn't lead to any offensive points but did put the Lions in a tough spot on their next possession. Thanks to a two-and-out, McCallum surrendered a safety touch to make it a difference of a converted TD.

McCallum was at it again, his fourth field goal coming from 32 yards out, to make it a 10-point spread. But the Stampeders pulled within three points with the game's first touchdown with only nine seconds left on the clock.

After Summers returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards, the Stamps marched 49 yards on four plays for a 22-yard TD pass to Ken-Yon Rambo. At the half, it was 12-9.

THIRD QUARTER

Turnabout is fair play. After Stamps defensive star Mike Labinjo forced a fumble near his team's goal line, QB Henry Burris threw an interception right into the hands of Lions DB Korey Banks, who returned all the way to Calgary's 1-yard line. A pair of fantastic plays by Labinjo forced another field goal, a 12-yard boot, to keep the Stamps only six points back.

Another decent kickoff return by Summers started the Stamps at their own 40, and an effective drive of 35 yards led to the first field goal of the game for Sandro DeAngelis, a 42-yarder, to make it a three-point game.

Thanks to McCallum's shanked punt, the Stamps started their next drive on the Lions' 47-yard line. Calgary couldn't punch it in, but DeAngelis hit a 27-yarder to make it a 15-15 tie.

FOURTH QUARTER

On the final play of the third quarter, Markus Howell's long punt return was nullified for holding. No problem. The Stamps took the lead thanks to a 1-yard Burris TD plunge that capped off an eight-play, 69-yard drive, thanks to a key 29-yard reception by Jeremaine Copeland.

The Lions weren't ready to die yet but again couldn't get to the end zone. Geroy Simon's 46-yard reception put them in scoring position, but they had to settle for McCallum's sixth field goal, which came from 30 yards and drew them within four points.

B.C.'s last-chance drive began with 98 seconds left on the clock and from the 13-yard-line. Grice-Mullen's 36-yard reception on the first play of the drive made it very tense, but Browner intercepted Buck Pierce's next toss to give the ball back to the Stamps and give them the game.

Next stop for the Stamps, Grey Cup.


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