HAMILTON — It was an evening of milestones for quarterback Travis Lulay as he powered the BC Lions to a 41-26 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field.
Not only did he set a career high with 436 passing yards, he also broke a 30-year CFL record for most passing yards off the bench.
Lions’ head coach Wally Buono expected nothing less from his veteran pivot.
“We preach team all along, whether its Jonathon or Travis,” Buono said after the game. “They’re both very accomplished quarterbacks. Travis has been playing the second role but yet he does a lot to help the football club… For us to have an experienced guy like that who relishes his role even though he’s not satisfied; he wants to be a starter and he wants to play, but he doesn’t let that interfere with the way he handles himself.”
Lulay was tapped to enter the game on Lions second drive of the night after Jennings took a hard hit on his very first throw.
The 33-year-old quarterback tossed three touchdown passes and made a one-yard dash for a major of his own.
Lulay wanted nothing more than to step up for his team after his fellow quarterback went down early.
“It’s funny we were talking right before the game,” said Lulay. “Jon was like, ‘Do you still get butterflies?’ I told him that it’s different only because I know I’m not playing on the first snap. But what are the odds that you’re playing on the second, right? You just never know. That’s what you prepare for all the time and tonight was the time the team needed me to step up and play.
“I’m just proud to be a part of this win.”
The victory also brings an end to the Lions’ three-game Eastern road trip. BC emerged a perfect 3-0 during the road swing and head back to the Vancouver with a 3-1 record.