1972 BC Lions season

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1972 BC Lions season
Head coach Eagle Keys
Home field Empire Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 5th, West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
CFL BCL Jersey 1972.png

The 1972 BC Lions finished in fifth place in the West Division with a 5–11 record and failed to make the playoffs.

After Paul Brothers was traded to Ottawa late in the 1971 season and Wilkinson was released, sophomore pivot Don Moorhead became the Lions' starting quarterback. While Moorhead would throw for 2606 yards, he also throw 17 interceptions and the offence continued to struggle at only 15.9 points per game.

The lone bright spot on offence was receiver Jim Young. He would lead the league with 1362 yards receiving and would win his second Schenley as Outstanding Canadian. Young would be a CFL all-star along with rookie linebacker Ray Nettles who the Lions outbid the Miami Dolphins of the NFL in the off-season.

For the first season since the 1950s, the team wore orange jerseys at home. The new jerseys had northwestern stripes on each arm.

Offseason[edit]

CFL Draft[edit]

Rd Pick Player Position School

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 10 6 0 401 300 20
Edmonton Eskimos 16 10 6 0 380 368 20
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 8 8 0 330 283 16
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 10 0 331 394 12
BC Lions 16 5 11 0 254 380 10

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Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Record
1 Aug 1 at Edmonton Eskimos 34–22 Loss 0–1
2 Aug 8 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19–17 Win 1–1
3 Aug 14 at Calgary Stampeders 19–14 Loss 1–2
4 Aug 17 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39–7 Loss 1–3
5 Aug 25 at Edmonton Eskimos 29–7 Loss 1–4
6 Sept 7 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 42–7 Loss 1–5
7 Sept 12 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 24–13 Loss 1–6
8 Sept 17 at Montreal Alouettes 22–17 Loss 1–7
9 Sept 20 at Toronto Argonauts 23–9 Win 2–7
10 Sept 26 vs. Ottawa Rough Riders 20–17 Loss 2–8
11 Oct 3 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26–24 Win 3–8
12 Oct 8 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 24–14 Loss 3–9
13 Oct 14 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 22–16 Win 4–9
14 Oct 21 vs. Calgary Stampeders 19–17 Loss 4–10
15 Oct 28 at Calgary Stampeders 28–3 Loss 4–11
16 Nov 4 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 26–14 Win 5–11

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Offensive leaders[edit]

Player Passing yds Rush yds Receving yds TD
Don Moorhead 2606 330 0 1
Jim Young 0 1362 11
Jim Evensen 961 329 9
Monroe Eley 517 507 1
Johnny Musso 405 556 3

Awards and records[edit]

1972 CFL All-Stars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  2. ^ "British Columbia Lions All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Records". Archived from the original on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-03-08.