Back-up quarterback Travis Lulay ran in a touchdown with 2:43 left to play to snap a tie and lift the B.C. Lions to a 23-16 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night.
Jeremiah Johnson scored a pair of touchdowns and Ty Long added a field goal for the Lions (2-1), who remained east and practised in Kingston, Ont., this week with just six days because their success last Friday in Toronto.
Tyrell Sutton had a TD and Boris Bede kicked three field goals for Montreal (1-2), which has dropped their last four meetings against the Lions. The Montreal attack under quarterback Darian Durant has to put up 20 points in a game.
Hit a score and New CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie was one of the to watch the teams struggle.
B.C. started out on fire, with Jonathon Jennings directing an 11-play, 81-yard drive capped by a nine-yard touchdown pass to Johnson 5:30 into the game. The two-point convert attempt failed and the remainder of the half did not threaten.
Durant started moving the ball, although Montreal needed three possessions to get a first down. A long completion to B.J. Cunningham with a roughing the passer call put the ball on the B.C. 30. Bede was great from 29 yards at 7:42.
A conclusion to Ernest Jackson helped set up Bede field goal.
A successful Lions struggle for pass interference that wiped out a Montreal interception by Tyree Hollins appeared to ignite the B.C. assault as Jennings took the ball 73 yards on 13 plays, but they settled for Long’s 13-yard field goal at 12:26 of the third.
Montreal marched back and Bede tied it at 9-9 with a 45-yard boot 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.
A pass interference call in the end zone against Hollins gave B.C. the ball on the one and Johnson ran it in at 3:35.
The Alouettes came back into the B.C. five, but it seemed to be for naught when Tony Burnett picked off a pass and ran it all of the way back, only to have it nullified by a pass interference call supporting the drama against Ronnie Yell. Montreal got the ball where it ran in at 7:35.
B. C. answered back, helped by a 37-yard grab by Shaquille Johnson, and Lulay came in to score the winning points.
Alouettes kick returner Stefan Logan left in the first quarter with an injury.
Montreal linebacker Chip Cox played his game.