Lions deliver Tiger-Cats heartbreaking loss on Zach Collaros' return
Hamilton QB takes field for 1st time in 329 days following torn ACL
Jon Jennings' third touchdown pass of the game with 1:23 left enabled the B.C. Lions to escape with a 45-38 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday after nearly blowing a 20-point halftime lead.
Jennings found Emmanuel Arceneaux from 30 yards out for the second touchdown grab of the game by the B.C. receiver. Tailback Jeremiah Johnson ran in two rushing scores for the Lions but the Ticats made a game out it led by quarterback Zach Collaros.
Collaros had not played in 329 days after he suffered a torn ACL last September but rallied his team in the fourth quarter before the Lions restored order in their first game at B.C. Place Stadium after a 37-day hiatus.
Jennings completed nine of his first 11 passes in the game and as a result the Lions threatened to blow out Hamilton, sprinting to a 25-6 lead before 20 minutes had been played.
The B.C. quarterback completed his first throw of the contest for a 38-yard touchdown to Bryan Burnham. The throw came just after Lions defender Loucheiz Purifoy forced a Hamilton fumble and put B.C. in superior field position.
Hamilton kicker Brett Maher hit a pair of field goals, giving him a streak of 12 straight, but the Lions responded. Johnson scored on a five-yard run. B.C.'s Chris Rainey had a punt return touchdown called back but the Lions converted the ensuing drive nonetheless.