Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Quarterback Jonathon Jennings Leads Lions over Roughriders 46-20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookie Quarterback Jonathon Jennings Leads Lions over Roughriders 46-20

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Jennings leads Lions over Roughriders 46-20


VANCOUVER - With the B.C. Lions up 33-5 in the third quarter, running back Andrew Harris jokingly asked Jonathon Jennings if he wanted to borrow his gloves for the next sequence.

The Lions ran a play twice in practice earlier in the week where Harris takes a direct snap and pitches it to receiver Austin Collie, who in turn throws a pass to a streaking Jennings out of backfield.

The rookie quarterback dropped it both times, but Saturday was different.

Jennings tossed four touchdowns and caught another between two defenders for a 21-yard TD in his second career start as B.C. hammered the Saskatchewan Roughriders 46-20 to snap a three-game losing streak in the club's most complete performance of the season.

"I couldn't be more humbled in this experience," said Jennings.

The 23-year-old showed the poise of a veteran, finishing 19-of-25 passing for 364 yards, while adding 40 yards on five carries.

"I said earlier in the week he's going to make plays with his feet and stretch the field with his arm," said Harris, before adding with a smile: "I wish it was like hockey where you can get assists for my flip to Collie."

Jennings, who was No. 3 on the depth chart before Travis Lulay (knee) and John Beck (pectoral muscle) went down with injuries, threw two touchdowns in last weekend's 29-23 road loss against the Edmonton Eskimos and took another big step in this one.

"The team has a lot of confidence in Jon because of the guy he is, the work ethic he has, the way he prepares," said Lions head coach Jeff Tedford. "He comes to work each day and works his hardest to do what he can do to help this team win."

The Lions (5-8) are now two points up on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-10) for third in the West Division with game in hand ahead of next weekend's meeting between the clubs at B.C. Place Stadium.

B.C. came in having lost five of six, but picked up its third win over the Roughriders in 2015 to complete the season sweep. Saskatchewan (2-12), meanwhile, fell to 2-3 under interim head coach Bob Dyce. …

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