VANCOUVER — Kevin Glenn completed 20 of his 27 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns, while Emmanuel Arceneaux hauled in three passes for 79 yards and TD, as the BC Lions shoved aside the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a 26-9 home win on Saturday night.
The loss was especially tough for the Bombers, as they could be without their starting quarterback for some time.
Drew Willy was knocked out of the game in the first half with what the Bombers are calling an ‘upper body injury’. Brian Brohm came in for relief and finished the outing good on six of his 12 passes for 33 yards.
The Lions entered today’s game looking to get their offence going after registering just seven points in last week’s win over the REDBLACKS.
With Travis Lulay back on the six-game injured list, Kevin Glenn was back under centre, looking to lead the Lions through the second half of the season.
Glenn, who sat fifth in passing yards heading into Saturday night’s game, was on point early on, completing nine of his first 10 passes for 123 yards.
His counterpart, Drew Willy, was also playing well, completing nine of his 14 attempts for 84 yards, while tacking on an additional 28 yards on the ground.
But despite their strong statlines, the two QBs weren’t able to find the endzones.
With less than two minutes to play in the first half, the Lions led the Lions 8-3 thanks to a pair of field goals by Paul McCallum and a conceded safety on a botched punt attempt by the Bombers.
However, with less than a minute to go in the half, the Lions finally broke through offensively, as Glenn marched the Lions 71 yards downfield on seven plays, the last of which being a four-yard touchdown toss to Andrew Harris for a touchdown.
The score ended a streak of eight-straight quarters without scoring an offensive touchdown for the Lions.
Before the half came to a close, a worst-case scenario occurred for the Bombers, as Drew Willy went down with an apparent shoulder injury.
Brian Brohm came in to close out the half for Bombers, taking a knee on the final play of the second quarter.
Willy would not return due to what the Bombers were calling an “upper body injury”.
Having thrown just one pass heading into tonight’s action, Brohm performed admriably under centre for the Bombers. The Louisville product completed four of his first six passes for 29 yards in the third quarter. But completed none the rest of the way through.
The two teams combined for four points in the third frame. The Lions would take a 16-6 lead into the fourth.
With Brohm still behind centre, the Bombers chipped away at BC’s lead, as kicker Lirim Hajrullahu split the uprights from 49 yards out, bringing the Blue and Gold within seven.
However, that would be as close they would get, as Paul McCallum restored BC’s lead back to 10 with a 37 yard field goal.
Then, with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Glenn hooked up with Emmanuel Arceneaux for a 30-yard touchdown, giving the Lions some breathing room in the late stages of the matchup.
Next week, the Lions will welcome the Toronto Argonauts to BC Place on Friday night, while the Blue Bombers will get a much needed week off, and will rest up for their Week 14 matchup at home against Hamilton.