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Backup QB helps lift B.C. Lions to 19-9 win over Saskatchewan

Leos move to an impressive 5-1 to start CFL season
B.C. Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., left, reacts as he’s sacked by Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Pete Robertson during the first half of a CFL football game, in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Adams Jr. left the game with an injury on the play. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The B.C. Lions beat the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders 19-9 on Saturday night with both teams committing a number of fouls in a lacklustre night for offences at B.C. Place.

Lions backup quarterback Dane Evans threw for one touchdown and an interception going 16-for-25, while Saskatchewan’s Mason Fine finished 32-for-41 with two interceptions.

Evans entered the game after Vernon Adams Jr. left the game after being sacked by Riders (3-3) defensive tackle Micah Johnson in the first quarter.

Neither team dominated on offence with the Riders finishing with 283 yards, while the Lions (5-1) had 231 as penalties and interceptions derailed many attempts to move the ball forward.

The Lions had seven penalties for 66 yards, while the Riders had six for 56.

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The Lions led 7-3 at halftime and took a 10-6 lead into the final quarter.


Saskatchewan travels to Toronto to take on the unbeaten Argonauts (5-0) on July 29, while B.C. takes on the winless Edmonton Elks (0-7) on the same day.

Nick Wells, The Canadian Press

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