1968 BC Lions season

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1968 BC Lions season
Head coach Jim Champion
Home field Empire Stadium
Results
Record 4–11–1
Division place 4th, West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
CFL BCL Jersey 1969.png

The 1968 BC Lions finished in fourth place in the West Division with a 4–11–1 record and continued to have an inept offense.

The Lions scored just 16 touchdowns all season. Finding the long-term replacement for Joe Kapp was difficult and at one point assistant coach Jackie Parker, a CFL legend who had retired in 1965, donned the pads for 8 games at quarterback. Eventually former Dallas Cowboys draft pick, Paul Brothers, won the starting quarterback job and would be the Lions pivot for the next three painful seasons.

The main brightspot was the Lions transitioning to a kicking specialist as their placekicker, Ted Gerela, accounted for 115 of the team's 217 points and hit 30 fieldgoals (at the the time it was not only a CFL record, but a professional record). Another brightspot was rookie fullback Jim Evensen who rushed for 1220 yards and had 4 TDs.

The Lions played their first ever July regular season game as the league slowly transitioned as way from two games a week which were common place in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 12 3 1 345 223 25
Calgary Stampeders 16 10 6 0 412 249 20
Edmonton Eskimos 16 8 7 1 228 288 17
BC Lions 16 4 11 1 217 318 9
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 3 13 0 210 374 6

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Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 July 30 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18–16 Win 1–0
2 Aug 6 vs. Calgary Stampeders 41–7 Loss 1–1
3 Aug 15 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 18–17 Loss 1–2
4 Aug 20 at Edmonton Eskimos 12–4 Win 2–2
5 Aug 25 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17–10 Loss 2–3
6 Sept 2 at Calgary Stampeders 26–6 Loss 2–4
7 Sept 7 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 14–8 Loss 2–5
8 Sept 14 vs. Ottawa Rough Riders 22–22 Tie 2–5–1
9 Sept 22 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 16–12 Loss 2–6–1
10 Sept 30 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16–13 Loss 2–7–1
11 Oct 5 at Edmonton Eskimos 13–5 Loss 2–8–1
12 Oct 12 at Toronto Argonauts 43–29 Loss 2–9–1
13 Oct 14 at Montreal Alouettes 13–4 Win 3–9–1
14 Oct 19 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16–14 Win 4–9–1
15 Oct 26 at Calgary Stampeders 42–23 Loss 4–10–1
16 Nov 2 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 12–6 Loss 4–11–1

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Offensive leaders[edit]

Player Passing yds Rushing yds Receving yds TD
Pete Ohler 1037 32 0 0
Paul Brothers 1001 96 0 1
Jim Evenson 1220 241 5
Jim Young 244 698 2
Lach Heron 0 452 1
Sonny Homer 0 415 4

Awards and records[edit]

1968 CFL All-Stars[edit]

None

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  2. ^ "BC Lions All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Records". Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-08.