VANCOUVER, B.C. – Travis Lulay led the British Columbia Lions to the Grey Cup title Sunday night, throwing two second-half touchdown passes in a 34-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Lulay, the former Montana State star who added the game MVP award to CFL season MVP honors, completed 21 of 37 passes for 320 yards.
The Lions won the title for the sixth time and became the first team in CFL history to win the championship after opening the season with five straight losses. They also are the first to win at home since 1994.
Lulay’s 66-yard TD strike to former University of Houston receiver Kierrie Johnson on the final play of the third quarter put B.C. ahead 24-9.
The Lions then got a huge break with 12:21 left, when Winnipeg defensive end Odell Willis dropped Lulay’s screen pass inside the B.C. 30 with a clear path to the end zone.
Lulay then drove the Lions to another touchdown, capping the 82-yard drive with a 6-year-old scoring pass to former University of Minnesota receiver Arland Bruce III to make it 31-0 with 6:50 remaining.
Winnipeg made it interesting with Buck Pierce’s two late touchdown passes. The former New Mexico State quarterback hit Greg Carr on a 45-yard scoring strike with 3:38 to go, then found Terrence Edwards on a 13-yarder with 1:37 remaining.
B.C.’s Paul McCallum put the game away with a 33-yard field goal with 58 seconds left.
Lions tailback Andrew Harris, a Winnipeg native, was selected the top Canadian in the game.
Pierce was a member of B.C.’s 2006 Grey Cup-winning team and spent his first five CFL seasons with the Lions before being released after the 2009 season and signing with Winnipeg.