Rourke makes history with his victory over Argos


VANCOUVER — Quarterback Nathan Rourke made CFL history when the BC Lions defeated the Toronto Argonauts 44-3 on Saturday night.

The sophomore quarterback broke the CFL passing yards record for most yards in a single game by a Canadian quarterback when he threw for 436 yards in the Week 3 win over Toronto.

As significant as the milestone is, Rourke was more impressed by the win and the efforts of his teammates than by his own performance.

“Yeah, I didn’t know the number, I think it’s pretty cool,” Rourke said in a TSN interview after the game. “But I think the biggest thing is that we won today and I’m so proud of these guys.”

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Rourke completed 39 of his 45 pass attempts and distributed the ball to seven different receivers in the game’s first two series.

Dominique Rhymes and Bryan Burnham each averaged 17 yards per catch, while Jevon Cottoy, Lucky Whitehead and Keon Hatcher averaged nearly 10 yards per catch.

The Lions quarterback said the ability to spread the ball around the field and use multiple receivers is something they’ve been working on this offseason.

“That’s going to make it difficult for defensive coordinators to bet on a player,” Rourke said. “I think that’s been a focus of ours going into the off-season and we really want to get the word out that we have some guys out there.

“Really proud of these guys, they did a really dirty job today. They weren’t big chunks. There were small chunks there and they deserved every single meter.”


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