The 1978BC Lions finished in fourth place in the CFL West Division with a 7–7–2 record and failed to make the playoffs. A six game mid-season losing streak, primarily to western opponents, cost the Lions a playoff spot.
Quarterback Jerry Tagge had 3134 yards passing but unfortunately also had 20 interceptions. The offence was driven by rookie running back Larry Key had 1054 yards rushing, 504 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
Centre Al Wilson was selected to the CFL all-star team for the 4th consecutive season.
A new uniform was introduced which included the white helmet, orange and white colour scheme and now iconic mountain lion head logo. The traditional secondary colour of black was altered to a dark brown. The uniforms would become synonymous with the powerhouse teams of the 1980s in brand new BC Place stadium.