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EDMONTON -- Quarterback Travis Lulay passed for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns as the B.C. Lions came away with a 17-3 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on a rain-soaked Saturday night.

The Lions, who trailed 3-1 at the half, won their second game in a row to improve to 2-1.

The Eskimos (1-2) sit four points behind the undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL's West Division.

There was a very slow start to the game as both teams struggled to gain any ground during a torrential downpour rivalling the intensity of the storm that plagued the Eskimos game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Guelph, Ont., last weekend.

Edmonton finally got on the board with four minutes to play in the opening quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Grant Shaw.

The Lions put together their best drive of the game in the final couple minutes of the first half, setting up a 31-yard field goal attempt by O'Neill. The wet weather would strike again, though, as the snap was bobbled and O'Neill was forced to punt it into the end zone for a single to make it seem more like a hockey score at 3-1 before both teams gratefully scurried into the dressing rooms at the half.

Edmonton had just four first downs and 71 yards in net offence in the first half, while B.C. had five first downs and 99 yards net.

Even though the downpour continued, the Lions put up the first significant points of the match just under five minutes into the third quarter as Lulay hit Emmanuel Arceneaux for a 12-yard touchdown pass to surge ahead 8-3.

B.C. continued to take control of the game with another TD drive that was capped off when Eskimo defenders T.J Hill and Joe Burnett collided, allowing Lions receiver Andrew Harris to take a Lulay pass 16 yards into the end zone.

The rain let up for the start of the fourth quarter, but the offences dried up again, too.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 14, 2013 B2

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