It was far from a complete performance by any stretch of the imagination, but Kevin Glenn threw for over 400 yards and the B.C. Lions did just enough to pick up a 36-29 win over the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
With the Lions already up 3-0 early in the opening quarter thanks to a 26-yard field goal from Paul McCallum, Glenn made his opening statement with a five-play, 72-yard drive which culminated with a wide open ten-yard toss to Manny Arceneaux for the game’s first major.
Ti-Cats quarterback Dan LeFevour would respond on the next drive by getting Hamilton on the board with a field goal on the ensuing drive, but Glenn would add to his night with a 19-yard rush of his own to make it a 17-3 game after the first 15 minutes of action.
B.C. appeared to be in control in the second quarter, but one punt return from Ti-Cats receiver Brandon Banks changed all that, with Banks galloping into the end zone on a massive 97-yard run. Ti-Cats kicker Justin Medlock would tack on a trio of field goals to erase the 14-point deficit and take a 19-17 lead into halftime.
Despite the calls for Travis Lulay after another interception, Glenn showed signs of life a few minutes in first by finding Arceneaux again for a 38-yard toss which pulled the Lions into range for McCallum to split the uprights for 47 yards and give the Leos the lead again.
The score remained 20-19 in favour of B.C. for much of the third quarter until a trio of egregious penalties from Hamilton allowed the Lions to march all the way down the field for a drive ending with Andrew Harris punching in a four-yard major.
However, penalties reared their ugly head for the Lions when a handful of penalties cost them, giving Lefevour the ability to punch in a one-yard score of his own to bring it to one-point again.
Clinging to their slim lead, McCallum added another field goal just after the three-minute warning to boost it to a four-point margin.
The Lions are in Toronto to meet the Argonauts next Sunday.