Rookie Nathan Rourke threw for 359 yards and the BC Lions closed their year with a 43-10 victory over the Edmonton Elks on Friday.
It was the last game of the season for BC (5-9) and Edmonton (3-11) who missed the playoffs and finished the CFL season fourth and fifth respectively in the Western Division.
“Probably as soon as I take a shower and put on clean clothes, my mind will already be on the next year and all the changes we need to make for this to go in the right direction and lay the foundation for who we want to be. ”Said Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo.
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Elks quarterback Taylor Cornelius was replaced midway through the second quarter after throwing just 27 yards and three interceptions.
Dakota Prukop had 183 passing yards and threw a touchdown in relief, but had two passes intercepted by the BC defense.
“Definitely a couple of balls that I wish I had back,” Prukop said after the game. “Put a little more juice in a couple of those balls; Get them out a little more, give the receivers a chance to make a play. “
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The result snapped a seven-game losing streak 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 a touchdown, two interceptions and ran on three touchdowns in his second CFL start.
Nick Vogel added three field goals for BC, including a 44-yard kick.
The Elks will clean their lockers Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium.