THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER -- Travis Lulay took a conversation topic away from his critics Friday night.
For the first time this season, Lulay threw for more than 300 yards in a game as the B.C. Lions beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 29-26 at B.C. Place Stadium. More importantly, he completed three touchdown passes -- including one for 80 yards to Emmanuel Arceneaux -- and ran for another TD himself.
Lulay had come under fire because he had not managed to hurdle the 300 barrier.
"Honestly, I feel much better about the win than I do about 300 yards,'' said Lulay, who completed 26-of-36 passes for 359 yards.
"The thing that's nice is that now we can stop talking about it, hopefully, a little bit.''
He excelled after facing a Montreal's blitz last week as the Alouettes pulled off a stunning comeback win. Lulay was only sacked once after he was downed five times in Montreal.
"We played much better,'' said Lulay, praising his offensive line for making him feel more comfortable. "We played much more confident, and we talked about playing more confident, playing faster, and the execution followed.
"Even early, I threw a couple balls a little high that a couple guys didn't handle, and we settled in and just kept playing. We overcame some of those little things. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's not going to be perfect. But when you're playing fast, and you're executing a little better, you're giving yourself more opportunities to make plays.''
The B.C. quarterback surpassed 300 yards for the 14th time in his career.
"We're still in position to do what we want to do into the second half of the season,'' said Lulay, adding the Lions can head into the stretch drive with some momentum.
"We just found the will,'' said WR Emmaneul Arceneaux. "We came in here with the mindset that this was a must-win, like every game is, and we just competed to the end. It shouldn't have been that close, but things happen, and we're going to ride with the victory.''
Arceneaux was glad to make the TD catch after an earlier drop. Lulay's original plan was to keep the ball himself or use the option of a pitchout or short pass. But he unloaded a deep ball on a blitz after Arceneaux waved his arm to signal his availability.
"It wasn't an all-round blitz, but they did have a guy come around,'' said Lulay. "I knew I was going to take a hit, but I just had to get it out there and give (Arceneaux) a chance.''
Shawn Gore and Marco Iannuzzi also scored touchdowns for B.C., while kicker Paul McCallum supplied their other points on four converts and a single off a missed field goal.
The Lions and Ticats conclude their home-and-home series next weekend in the Tabbies' temporary home in Guelph, Ont.
- With files from CFL.ca Staff