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BC Lions stun Redblacks, come back from 19 points down in 4th quarter

The BC Lions welcomed the Ottawa Redblacks to BC Place this past weekend.

Ottawa has struggled this season and was sitting at 3-9 entering this game, but they took a commanding 19-point lead into the fourth quarter against BC.

But the Lions didn't quit and pulled off a miraculous comeback to win 41-37, tying a franchise record for the team's largest home comeback in history.

<who> Photo Credit: Paul Yates

Trailing by 16 points with less than three minutes to play, Justin McInnis hauled in a touchdown to make it a 10-point game, but BC would fall short on the two-point conversion.

Ottawa then went on to attempt a field goal in their next drive.

The field goal was a miss and Terry Williams then took the ball 120 yards to put the Lions within three points.

The Leos' defence then forced the Redblacks to punt the ball on downs, giving BC one more drive.

Vernon Adams Jr. connected with Lucky Whitehead in the end zone with just 16 seconds left on the clock to seal the win for the Lions.

The win ties the largest fourth-quarter comeback victory in franchise history, along with the largest home comeback ever for the Leos, and was one point shy of the team’s largest-ever comeback win.

Adams Jr. finished the night with 325 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, his fifth straight game throwing more than 300 yards.

Douglas Coleman was one of Ottawa’s defenders who managed to pick off Adams Jr., taking the ball all the way to the end zone, which most fans suspected at the time would put the game out of reach for BC.

The Leos managed to contain Devonte Williams on the ground as he only rushed 66 yards on 18 carries for the Redblacks.

Adams Jr. led the Lions’ rushing with 45 yards on five carries, while Taquan Mizzell had 13 yards, also on five carries.

Dustin Crum finished the game for Ottawa with 233 yards in the air and one interception, adding 46 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns.

The BC Lions gained some ground in the standings after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost their weekend matchup against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

BC now sits at 9-4, one game behind the 10-4 Blue Bombers.

Next up for the Lions, they head on the road to play the Edmonton Elks this Friday with a chance to clinch a playoff spot.

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