The Lions finished the regular season with an 11—7 record, including a loss at Calgary in the last regular season game. May 1, — Roster reduced to maximum of 75 players Players released: Buoyed by their Grey Cup appearance the previous season, the Lions entered the season with much optimism. In any event, the team ultimately chose to go with Dickenson, despite his having been somewhat injury prone. The mountain lion or cougar had an influence on the name of the team because it is renowned for its speed, courage and strength and is carefully respected by British Columbia’s citizens as a remarkable but dangerous predator. John Hufnagel guest-coached at training camp, having previously worked under Buono as offensive coordinator in Calgary in the s.
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The Leos got back on track with b.c.ions strong performance over Ottawaand went on to a 7—1 record, challenging the Stampeders in the North Division. Passaglia missed the field goal with b.c.ions over one minute remaining, but the Lions’ defence rose up to deny Baltimore and stop them cold within their own five-yard line.
Quarterback Kent Austin, replacing an injured Danny McManus who had started the game, mounted a Lions’ drive which ate up the clock and the field. BC Lions 94th Grey Cup champions. The Lions appeared to be driving toward a chance to kick a game-winning field goal in the last minute before Damon Allen fumbled the ball at mid-field, allowing the B.c.ions to kill off the remaining time. As well, the team opted to go with inexperienced third year pivot Travis Lulay to start at quarterback.
The defence held their own, but the offence b.c.ljons. Archived from the original on November 3, The Lions faced Winnipeg in the Western semi-finals, falling 30—3 to the Bombers. On October 31,Hamilton businessman David Braley announced his intention to buy the team.
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Despite the poor record, seven of those games were lost by less than a touchdown, which showed some indication that the team was improving. A victory over Saskatchewan at B. OL Adrian Bellard I. The Lions finished the season in 5th place in the West Division with a 7—11 record and missed the playoffs for the first time sinceending their playoff streak at 20 seasons, the second longest in CFL history.
The CFL’s competition cap forced the Lions to start the season with 22 new faces in their lineup, one of which was star quarterback Matt Duniganacquired in a trade with Edmonton. Paopao and second-year quarterback Roy Dewalt had wide-out Ty Grey as their deep-threat receiver, while rookie defensive back Larry Crawford led the CFL in interceptions. It was disappointing considering the team added rookie talents Steve Cotter, Lonnie Dennis, Jim Carphin, and Neal Beaumont to a team that had a strong core of veteran and young players from the previous season.
Denny Veitch’s first move was to fire Skrien after the Lions lost their first three games of the season.
Off the field, the decision was made to begin construction of a new indoor stadium in downtown Vancouver. Veitch named Jim Champion as head coach, but the Lions would end up finishing the season with a 3—12—1 record. OL Jas Dhillon N.
The Lions won only one of their remaining seven games of the regular season. Though a playoff appearance did not materialize, the team was still able to show signs of improvement, finishing with a 5—11—0 regular-season record. The Lions signed two notable CFL players; defensive back Tad Kornegaywho had just been released by Saskatchewanand wide receiver Arland Brucewho was acquired in a trade with Hamilton.
The Lions opened the season at B. July 26, Release from 1-Game Injured: In the Grey Cup game, star running back Willie Fleming was injured after he received a late, out-of-bounds hit by Tiger-Cat defensive tackle Angelo Mosca.
Head coach Wally Buono announced shortly after the Grey Cup that he would step down as head coach but will remain as vice president and general manager. Former Lions’ quarterback and fan favourite Joe Paopao returned to the team from the Edmonton Eskimos as the new head coach, replacing Dave Ritchie.
September 15Add to Man roster: The Lions instantly responded to new coach Larry Donovanwinning the final four games including a thrilling come-from-behind 33—32 victory over Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium that many observers called the CFL’s greatest comeback ever. FB Dakota Brush N.
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August 12Add to Man Roster: The Leos’ Cinderella season came to a close on November 26,in the Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium in Calgaryas the Lions won their fourth championship in team history with a nail biting 28—26 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.
The Lions would go on to win only two of the next seven games, sliding to a 64—27 pounding against Sacramento in the regular season finale, for a 10—8 finish. May 18Add: