Stamps edge Lions

BC Lions QB Travis Lulay is tackled by Calgary Stampederís Charleston. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

BC Lions QB Travis Lulay is tackled by Calgary Stampederís Charleston. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:24 AM ET

VANCOUVER — Henry Burris and Joffrey Reynolds can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

So can all those Calgary Stampeders supporters fearing an 0-2 start.

With a two-point lead and clock to kill against the B.C. Lions Friday night at Empire Field, Burris and Reynolds muffed a handoff and Solomon Elimimian recovered.

The Lions had second life, but Paul McCallum came up short on a 57-yard field-goal attempt for the win.

The Stamps escape Vancouver with a 34-32 victory and improve to 1-1 after a wild night on the Wet Coast.

Burris threw three interceptions, fumbled once himself and had the bad handoff to Reynolds.

Not pretty, but it’s a win.

Right after Rene Paredes nailed a 50-yard field goal to make it a five-point lead (nice way to start a career), Keon Raymond picked off Travis Lulay to give the Stamps the ball back with a five-point lead.

Paredes hit from 25 yards out to make it an eight-point lead.

The Lions hit right back. Travis Lulay hit Dobson Collins on a 46-yard gain, got down into scoring range and ran it in for himself from five yards out. The two-point pass failed and the Lions were down by two.

Fans at Empire Field were a bit astonished in witnessing some vintage Nik Lewis. The burly slotback caught a routine short pass and took off into the Lions secondary.

Although not fast, Lewis wouldn’t be brought down by the Lions defenders. He bounced off a few, made Davis Sanchez miss on a tackle and rumbled 61 yards for the touchdown.

Down eight to start the fourth quarter, the Lions got a huge play out of punt returner Tim Brown, who weaved his way through tacklers for a 37-yard gain.

Geroy Simon, who was quiet until that point, hauled in a 30-yard pass and set up a Brown six-yard touchdown run. After a failed two-point attempt, the Lions were down by two heading into the final minutes.

After the Stamps drove down and Jon Cornish scored on a touchdown pass to start the second half, the Lions immediately took advantage of a Calgary injury.

Cornerback Greg Fassitt went down with a hand injury, forcing Milt Collins to cover for him.

First Shawn Gore beat Collins cleanly but couldn’t hold onto the ball. Akeem Foster didn’t drop the next one and it was a 54-yard touchdown bomb from Travis Lulay.

The Stamps answered right back when Juwan Simpson forced a fumble from punt-returner Tim Brown. Burris hit Landan Talley with a touchdown throw to restore the eight-point lead.

The next time Lulay had the ball, he drove 70 plays on nine plays and hit Andrew Harris on an 11-yard TD pass to make the deficit one.

The Stamps can thank Larry Taylor for their first points.

Burris and the Stamps offence had turned the ball over three times — two on interceptions and one on a Burris fumble — but the defence held the Lions to just three points off those mistakes.

With just over a minute left in the half, Taylor fielded a punt and went 48 yards up the sidelines to get the Stamps in scoring position.

Burris hit Johnny Forzani with a first-down pass — the sophomore’s eighth-time being targeted in the half — and then the QB scrambled down to the goal-line to set up a score.

Pivot Michael Bishop went into the endzone untouched for his first major play since replacing Drew Tate as the short-yardage QB.

Forzani had an eventful half. A pass tipped off his hands and right to Dante Marsh, who rumbled down to the Stampeders 15-yard line.

The defence held, forcing a field goal.

The Stamps only allowed first down in the opening half that wasn’t gained by penalty.

When they were given another short field after Andrew Harris ran for a 39-yard punt return, Raymond knocked the ball away from Steven Black to force another Lions field goal.

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