Vancouver (CFL.ca) - A pair of rookie running backs helped punch some big holes in the Toronto Argonaut defence as the B.C. Lions erased an early deficit and rolled to a 37-16 CFL victory Saturday afternoon.
Big Jerome Messam demonstrated his power by bullying his way to a pair of touchdowns as the Lions won for the first time this season at Empire Field, in front of 22,703 fans.
Little Yonus Davis showed he has some sure hands to go with his fleet feet. He caught a four-yard pass for a major, then set up another touchdown with a brilliant 10-yard run where several Argos were left grabbing air.
Quarterback Casey Printers also threw a two-yard touchdown to wide-receiver Steve Black. He finished the game completing 25 of 39 passes for 302 yards.
Former ASU QB Cleo Lemon was 20 of 31 for 277 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT in the loss.
Receiver Geroy Simon didn't let the youngsters have all the fun. The veteran slotback celebrated his 35th birthday by making seven catches for 133 yards. He moves into fifth place on the CFL's all-time receiving list.
Paul McCallum added field goals of 43, 35 and 34 yards.
A swarming B.C. defence didn't give the Argos much to work with. Defensive end Jonathan Brown, a former Argo, had three of the Lions' six sacks and made a key goal-line tackle to save a touchdown.
Toronto scored just one point in the second half.
The Lions improved their record to 3-7 and moved into third place in the CFL West, ahead of the 2-8 Edmonton Eskimos. The victory, coming on the heels of last week's win in Montreal, also gives B.C. its first two-game win streak of the season.
A bad day got worse for the Argonauts when running back Corey Boyd, the CFL's rushing leader, left the game in the third quarter after a vicious hit by linebacker Solomon Elimimian. Boyd was helped off the field and looked dazed as he walked near the Argo bench.
Toronto squandered a chance for a touchdown on a bizarre play in the third quarter.
Defensive end Ron Flemons recovered a Printers fumble and ran untouched toward the end zone. He fumbled the ball just as he crossed the goal line and the Lions recovered.
The Argos drop to 5-5 after suffering their third consecutive loss. Toronto hasn't won a game in Vancouver since 2002.