Stampeders ripped by Lions

Calgary Stampeders Arjei Franklin is pulled down by BC LionsAdam Bighill in CFL action at McMahon...

Calgary Stampeders Arjei Franklin is pulled down by BC LionsAdam Bighill in CFL action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, on July 28, 2012. The Lions beat the Stamps 34-8. (MIKE DREW/QMI AGENCY)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:28 AM ET

CALGARY - At least the Calgary Stampeders have a week off to regroup.

Maybe running back Jon Cornish will cool down by the time the team comes off the bye-week break.

After taking six carries for minus-1 yard in a 34-8 drubbing at the hands of the B.C. Lions, Cornish couldn't contain his frustration about the lacklustre Stampeders rushing attack.

He looked for the nearest bus and then threw five large gentlemen underneath it.

"It's particularly annoying from a running back position to get the ball and get smacked in the face," Cornish said. "That's how it goes.

"Is it not readily apparent? It's not hard to see watching (LaMarcus) Coker run vs. watching Andrew Harris run. Either you have holes or you don't. Either you have push or you don't."

Backup running back Coker managed 26 yards on four carries for the Stamps, but a 13-yarder came on the second-to-last play of the game and the Lions in deep-protect mode.

Harris managed 55 yards on nine carries for the Lions, and he scored two touchdowns on receptions as the visitors broke open a close affair in the third quarter after the Stamps failed on a fake punt attempt at their own 44-yard line.

The Lions chewed up 38:50 of clock as reigning CFL most outstanding player Travis Lulay put together several long drives for points.

The Stamps couldn't counter, although Kevin Glenn did go 19-of-28 passing for 245 yards with one interception to Adam Bighill.

When the Stamps did get something positive, they made mistakes to negate it.

Johnny Forzani caught a 36-yard pass on a third-and-two gamble but he fumbled the ball away.

Cornish managed to break off an 18-yard run, but left tackle Na'Shan Goddard was flagged for holding.

"If I had that single one, I would have boosted my average to a much more respectable standard," said Cornish, who had his season average drop from 4.2 to 3.8. "I'm not even worried about it.

"It's something that needs to be dealt with. I'm trying to do my job. I'm focused on doing my job. That's all I can do. It's a team effort. The offensive line, me, Coke "¶ we all have to work together on this.

"Obviousl,y it's not working right now. If something isn't working, you fix it. Hopefully we can do something to get this thing going."

The Stamps have a bye week before heading to Hamilton to face the red-hot Tiger-Cats and former quarterback Henry Burris.

They drop to 2-3 with Saturday's loss, while every other team in the West Division is 3-2.

The Lions, however, look every bit the team that won the 2011 Grey Cup and they halt a two-game losing streak with their first road victory of the season.

Lulay went 30-of-37 passing for 315 yards with three TDs, the first of which was a beauty to Akeem Foster.

Despite collecting two passes for 24 yards, Cornish had his worst game as the member of the Stampeders, finishing in negative rushing yardage for the second time.

The first time was a two-carry, minus-one performance back in 2010, also against the Lions, but he was the backup at that point.

"In all honesty, I was very satisfied with my own performance," Cornish said. "In light of everything that happened, I dealt with it. We had a 25-yard run called back (it was 18 actually). I dealt with it.

"If things don't go the way you like them to, that's football. Teams will outscheme you and outplay you. Today, we got outplayed in every facet of the game."

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