Saturday night's CFL clash between the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers wasn't the greatest display of Canadian football, but it was memorable nonetheless. The Lions were sitting at 4-8 heading into this one and the Bombers were 3-9, so there were huge playoff implications on the line regardless of the result; B.C. was fighting to hang on to the third and final postseason berth in the West, while Winnipeg was trying to get ahead of them to take the crossover slot. That didn't guarantee a stellar on-field product, though; B.C. had the league's worst home record (1-5) heading in, while Winnipeg had the league's worst road record. As Vancouver Sun columnist Cam Colewrote before the game, it seemed appropriate that the Lions chose to designate Saturday as "Minor League Football Night".
Even minor leaguers might have been ashamed of the first-half performance by both teams, though. B.C. couldn't generate any offence despite a few spectacular punt returns from Yonus Davis, and Winnipeg completely failed to take advantage of most of their opportunities, putting up just 10 points. It was probably the worst half of CFL football this year in terms of aesthetic quality, and it wasn't great from an excitement standpoint either; despite the reasonably even score, Winnipeg's domination seemed likely to ensure their victory.
Football is often a game of two halves, though, and that was the case Saturday night. The Bombers seemed to fall asleep in their dressing room, perhaps thanks to the late start (10 p.m. Eastern), while the Lions must have had a few Red Bulls, as they came out with plenty of wings after the break. Quarterback Travis Lulay (pictured above), who got the start in place of Casey Printers, showed next to nothing in the first half, but he started to use his legs in the third quarter and showed flashes of the form that saw him lead Montana State in rushing in his senior year. The MSU Bobcats displayed much more offence than the Lions did Saturday, as they won 64-61 in overtime against Sacramento State, but Lulay did them proud in the second half of this one, marching B.C. all the way down the field with a good mix of passing and scrambling. However, the Lions looked like they might come away with just a field goal on the drive; facing second and goal from near the 10-yard line, all their receivers were covered downfield and the pocket was collapsing in on Lulay. Then, this happened: