Rourke sparkles as Lions crush Elks 46-14


Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — Nathan Rourke dazzled with 477 yards through the air to lead the BC Lions to a resounding 46-14 win over the Edmonton Elks on Saturday.

The rookie quarterback found takers on 34 of his 37 passes, including five in the end zone. He also scored a touchdown.

Rourke also broke his own record — set earlier this season — for most yards gained by a Canadian quarterback in a game.

The Lions (6-1) opted for another quarterback, Michael O’Connor, to end the game, but only ran with the ball as soon as it came into play.

The Elks (2-6) inserted Taylor Cornelius at quarterback after Tre Ford was added to the injured list on Friday. Cornelius struggled again against the Lions, who outscored him 59-15 in the first week of action.

Cornelius had 183 yards through the air on Saturday, completing 15 of 26 passes. Despite throwing a touchdown pass, he saw one of his passes being intercepted and suffered five sacks.

Maleek Irons registered the other major of the Elks, who had just benefited from a week of rest.

Rourke completed the first half with 386 yards through the air and five touchdowns. His team led 37-7.


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