Esks drop tiebreaker

Edmonton Eskimos Younger tries to stop  B.C. Lions Grice-Mullen during second half action on Oct....

Edmonton Eskimos Younger tries to stop B.C. Lions Grice-Mullen during second half action on Oct. 17. (Jason Franson/Sun Media)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Advantage, Lions.

The B.C. Lions made the Edmonton Eskimos pay for a late-game miscue to steal a 43-28 verdict last night at Commonwealth Stadium.

Geroy Simon, a non-factor in last week's Eskimos win at B.C. Place, grabbed a pair of late touchdowns to move the Lions into a first-place tie with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL's Wild West.

"We were being productive without me getting the ball," said Simon, who caught TD passes of 31 and 36 yards. "In those tough situations, I always want my number called. Paris Jackson had a great game. Buck (quarterback Pierce) was throwing the ball well. Our young guys stepped up and that's the sign of a true champion.

"I don't think we'd ever played that bad a game (last week) on offence in the six years that Wally's (head coach Buono) been here. We came into this game confident we could do a lot of thing and make things happen."

Simon caught seven passes for 126 yards while Jackson chipped in eight catches for 127 yards and a TD.

The win not only moved the Lions two points up on the Eskimos, but the margin of victory gives B.C. the advantage in case of a tiebreaker. B.C. needed to win the game by at least 13 points to give them a tiebreaker advantage.

That margin was preserved when Cameron Wake blocked a Noel Prefontaine field goal with no time let.

"When you're playing the game, you're not thinking about the point difference or anything like that," said Wake. "A couple of guys said 'we can't let them score.'

"A couple of plays and they were in field goal range. Coach made a good call. It's something we worked on before and the big guys in front gave a push.

"I had the easy job. All I had to do was jump. By the grace of God and all the ability you have, jump as high as you can and hope."

The winning drive was set up when Aaron Hunt recovered a fumble on a botched handoff attempt by Esks quarterback Ricky Ray.

Pierce withstood several punishing hits by the Esks defensive line, including two roughing-the-quarterback calls on Eskimos defensive back Siddeeq Shabazz.

After what he called the worst offensive performance of the year last week, Pierce bounced back last night.

"It's satisfying for now," said Pierce, who completed 25 of 40 attempts for 378 yards and three TD passes. "Last week was uncharacteristic. Honestly, I couldn't wait for this one to get going. It's a good feeling right now. The great thing about football is you always have another game. You're judged by the last game you play and I'm just glad to get this tough win."

Buono liked the way Pierce bounced back.

"Sometimes you have to take a hit to make the play," said Buono. "Tonight, he did a tremendous job. The win was important, getting the point differential was secondary, but I'm glad we got it resolved. At the end of the day, we did our jobs."


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