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Purifoy interception TD the game-breaker as Lions top Alouettes

B.C. Lions wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes during second quarter CFL football action Thursday, August 4, 2016 in Montreal.


Jeremiah Johnson, Emmanuel Arceneaux and defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy scored touchdowns as the B.C. Lions downed the Montreal Alouettes 38-18 on a steamy Thursday night at Percival Molson Stadium.

Richie Leone booted five field goals for B.C. (4-2), which rebounded from an overtime loss last week in Calgary. The Lions also forced a safety.

B.J. Cunningham and quarterback Kevin Glenn scored TDs for Montreal (2-4), while Boris Bede kicked a field goal.

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A close game turned on the first play from scrimmage of the fourth quarter when Corbin Louks caught a six-yard pass from Glenn but fumbled to Purifoy, who ran it 47 yards for a TD to give B.C. a 30-18 lead.

Montreal had moved to within five points of the Lions at 13:14 of the third when Glenn started a drive with a 47-yard pass to Duran Carter and ended it with his own five-yard run up the middle for the TD. After the convert, B.C, conceded a single on Bede's 82-yard kickoff.

The Lions led 19-10 at the intermission despite a missed field goal by each side and two-point convert attempts missed on all three touchdowns in the first half.

Leone was good from 46 yards on B.C.'s first drive but Bede, who entered the game only 6-of-14 on placekicks, missed from 38 as Montreal marched back.

Jonathan Jennings answered with a drive capped by Johnson's four-yard TD run up the middle only for Glenn to lead a nine-play drive that saw Cunningham catch a 15-yard TD pass on the first play of the first quarter.

A Bear Woods interception gave Montreal the ball on the B.C. 26 but they managed only Bede's 17-yard field goal. The Lions drove back but Leone missed a 46-yard attempt for a single.

Jennings completed 7-of-8 passes on a drive capped by Arceneaux's nine-yard TD catch at 13:13.

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Bede shanked a punt that went only 12 yards and, with two penalties, it gave B.C. the ball on the Montreal 12. The defence held, forcing Leone to kick a 12-yard field goal at 14:36.

Brandon Rutley fumbled and Alex Bazzie recovered on the 31 on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, setting up Leone's 31-yard field goal.

Leone added a nine-yard boot with 3:08 left in the game and a 27-yarder with 29 seconds left.

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