Saskatchewan Roughriders 24 @ BC Lions 23

Game Details

  • Week 1
  • 2nd Game of Regular Season (10th Overall)
  • Thursday, Jun 26, 1997 10:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 18,881
    • Capacity: 40,800
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

The Saskatchewan Roughriders opened their season at B.C. Place in Vancouver taking on the Lions. Most agree that all teams in the West Division will be very close and this match proved that point. The ’Riders got on the board first when Paul McCallum made a 47 yard field goal. The Lions tied the game before the end of the quarter on a 35-yard Lui Passaglia field goal. B.C. managed their first lead of the game at the 5:20 mark of the second as Passaglia’s 18-yard field goal split the uprights. Saskatchewan battled back a few plays later sending Robert Mimbs in from the 12 yard line for the major. McCallum kicked the convert. B.C. regained their lead at 12:59 when Damon Allen found Al Shipman open for a 29 yard passing touchdown. B.C. extended their lead before half-time capitalizing on an interception by David Maeva. Three plays later Cory Philpot scampered in from the 1-yard line to score. Passaglia’s punt put the Lions on top by 10 at the half. Saskatchewan cut the B.C. lead in the third when Curtis Mayfield got hold of a 60-yard pass from Kevin Mason and took it in for a touchdown. McCallum’s convert cut the B.C. lead to 3. Most of the second half was played scoreless with B.C. managing only 3 points. Passaglia hit a 12-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to give the Lions a slim 6-point lead. With only 24 second left on the clock, Saskatchewan QB Mason connected with Dan Farthing for a 7 yard passing TD tying the game. McCallum’s convert proved to be the winning score as the Roughriders held on for the win.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 BC and Saskatchewan Matchups
1996Week 13SSK 10 @ BC 22
Week 17BC 19 @ SSK 27
1997Week 1SSK 24 @ BC 23
Week 8BC 39 @ SSK 26
Week 11BC 12 @ SSK 46
Week 16SSK 26 @ BC 19

Lions record vs Roughriders (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at BC 5–8–0 (0.385)
  • at Saskatchewan 8–7–0 (0.533)
  • BC Total 13–15–0 (0.464)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at BC 28–35–2 (0.446)
  • at Saskatchewan 28–36–2 (0.439)
  • BC Total 56–71–4 (0.443)

Streaks as of June 26, 1997 (Regular Season)

Lions streak at home vs Roughriders
Lions streak overall vs Roughriders


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Roughriders 3 7 7 7 24
Lions 3 17 0 3 23

Roughriders coach: Jim Daley (W)
Lions coach: Adam Rita (L)

Roughriders (1-0-0) Next vs Eskimos Jul 05
Lions (0-1-0) Next vs Stampeders Jul 04

Game Time Weather in Vancouver, BC

June 26th Hourly Weather Summary for Vancouver
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Vancouver Harbour CS 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 14.0°C NNE (140°) at 20 km/h NA 101.69 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 13.2°C NNE (140°) at 14 km/h NA 101.67 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 9:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 13.0°C NNE (140°) at 16 km/h NA 101.67 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 12.6°C NNE (140°) at 16 km/h NA 101.66 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 11:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 12.3°C NNE (140°) at 20 km/h NA 101.61 kPa

Conditions at Vancouver Harbour CS (2.24 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Wind direction, Wind speed, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in SSK @ BC
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)