VANCOUVER — The stats say Travis Lulay has never won a CFL game as a starter, which is true.
But he was the man who guided the B.C. Lions to a crucial victory over the Bombers last October at Canad Inns Stadium.
Lulay took over for the injured Buck Pierce on his team’s second series of the contest and guided the Leos to a 24-21 upset win that basically ended up costing the Bombers a playoff spot.
Winnipeg knew little about Lulay going into that match, and it showed when he reeled off 92 rushing yards to help pull victory out of the fire.
“We prepared last year so much for Buck, so we weren’t expecting that,” Bomber safety Ian Logan said. “We didn’t prepare for a quarterback that was going to take off and run like that, and he played a heck of a game.”
The 27-year-old out of Montana State is getting the start because Casey Printers has had a heck of a time holding on to the football lately. Lions coach and GM Wally Buono also believes Winnipeg’s defence allows for a quarterback to run a little more, and Lulay can do that.
“He’s not Michael Vick,” Logan said. “We’re going to be OK. It’s not something that we’re freaking out about. He had a good game last year, and credit to him, but we’re not too worried about it.”
Lulay may not fumble the ball, but he has thrown seven interceptions and just two touchdowns this season. He said he can draw on his win over Winnipeg last year on Saturday night.
“That was a positive experience, winning there last year,” Lulay said. “It was an important game for us late in the season. That helps confidence-wise.”
IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: It took Greg Carr only one game to break a CFL record.
The rookie Bomber receiver went straight to the top of the list last week when he registered 133 yards after the catch en route to a 185-yard, two-touchdown performance.
Granted, YAC started being kept officially only this season, but it’s a record nonetheless.
“It feels good,” said Carr, who missed most of the second half last week with a bruised shin but will be good to go on Saturday. “Just to be able to have one of those accomplishments, it just gives you something to strive for, and want to go out and break your own record.”
CHANGES: The Bombers are making four roster moves for Saturday’s game.
Terence Jeffers-Harris returns after missing seven games with a high ankle sprain, while Chris Davis draws back in after missing last week’s contest following the birth of his daughter.
Adarius Bowman, who would have been benched last week if Davis had returned to Winnipeg in time, won’t play this week. He’s had several critical drops lately, but he is still second on the team in receiving yards.
Defensive back Jonathan Hefney, back after his tryout with the Detroit Lions, will replace LaVar Glover on the roster, but Brandon Stewart will play in Glover’s spot on the corner. Hefney will get on the field in a few defensive packages, and he might get to return a few kicks as well.
Meanwhile, Daryl Stephenson replaces Scott McHenry in a swap of backup Canadians.
The Lions are benching safety Tad Crawford and replacing him with import David Hyland, while Sherko Haji-Rasouli, who has been battling the injury bug all season, will make his first start of the season at right guard. Rookie Jovan Olafioye will start at left tackle.
LATE HITS: Three members of the Bombers who spent last season with the Lions — Buck Pierce, LaVar Glover and Courtney Smith — are all injured and won’t get to play against their former team. As usual, Pierce made the trip to Vancouver with the team and will assist offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi in the booth … Aaron Hargreaves, who hails from Vancouver and played his college ball just down the road from Empire Field at Simon Fraser, tracked down 25 tickets for family and friends. “And that’s still not enough,” he said.