Rookie Nathan Rourke threw for a mammoth 359 yards and the B.C. Lions closed out their year with a 43-10 victory over the Edmonton Elks on Friday.
It was the final game of the season for both B.C. (5-9) and Edmonton (3-11) who missed the playoffs and finished the CFL season in fourth and fifth place respectively in the West Division.
“Probably as soon as I take a shower and put on some fresh clothes, my mind will already be on next year and all the changes we need to make to get this going in the right direction and lay the foundation for what we want to be,” Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo said.
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Elks quarterback Taylor Cornelius was replaced midway through the second quarter after tossing for just 27 yards and three interceptions.
Dakota Prukop had 183 passing yards and threw one touchdown in relief, but had two passes picked off by the B.C. defence.
“Definitely a couple of balls I wish I had back,” Prukop said after game. “Put a little more juice on a couple of those balls; get them out there a little more — give a chance to the receivers to go make a play.”
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The result snapped a seven-game losing skid for the Lions, who sputtered after starting the season 4-2.
Rourke was a force for the Lions, connecting on 23 of 34 attempts. The Canadian threw one touchdown, two interceptions and ran in three TDs in his second-ever CFL start.
Nick Vogel added three field goals for B.C., including a 44-yard kick.
The Elks will clean out their lockers on Sunday, at Commonwealth Stadium.
(The Canadian Press)