The BC Lions travelled west this week to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a cloudy day in Manitoba. K Lui Passaglia accounted for first score of the match when he nailed a 17-yard FG for the Lions at 1:52 of the initial quarter. Winnipeg K Troy Westwood answered back for the Blue Bombers with a 31-yard FG at 7:55 tying the game at three. At 11:29, RB Eric Blount found the end zone from 10-yards out giving Winnipeg a 10-3 lead after Westwood’s convert. Passaglia rounded out the scoring in the quarter, hoofing a 18-yard FG cutting Winnipeg’s lead to four. Special teams accounted for the first score in the second quarter when SB Rod Harris fumbled a punt return in the end zone, the ball was recovered by S John Kalin, putting 6 points on the board for the home team at 5:53. Westwood’s convert was successful, as was his 21-yard FG at 11:35 extending Winnipeg’s lead to 14 points. BC responded to the pressure before the end of the half, however, when Passaglia’s 43-yard FG at 12:56 was followed by 9-yard TD reception from QB Damon Allen to veteran wide-out Jim Sandusky 14:41. The ensuing two-point convert attempt failed leaving the score 20-15 for the Blue Bombers heading into the second half. P Bob Cameron’s 68-yard punting single at 7:33 opened the scoring in the third quarter, but Passaglia’s 24-yard FG at 12:45 cut the Blue Bomber lead to 3 points as the Lions continued to claw their way back into the game. Cameron’s second punting single of the night rounded out the scoring in the quarter. Passaglia’s fourth FG of the match was a 30-yard attempt at 6:18 of the final quarter bringing the Lions to within 1-point of Winnipeg. Then with 17 seconds remaining in the game Passaglia nailed a 23-yard FG, giving the Lions the their first lead in the match and the win. The exciting come from behind victory vaults the Lions into third place in the West Division while keeping the Blue Bombers winless in the 1998 season.
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