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BC Lions overcome Montreal Alouettes to win CFL Grey Cup


Paul McCallum kicked a Grey Cup record-tying six field goals and the British Columbia Lions defeated the Montreal Alouettes 25-14 to win the Canadian Football League championship on Sunday.

Ian Smart scored a touchdown for the Lions, who had the best regular-season record and won their fifth Grey Cup. It is their first title since beating Montreal in 2000.

"I can't even describe it, it just feels so good," said Lions receiver Geroy Simon, the CFL's most outstanding player. "They did a great job of covering me, but we knew our big guys were going to step up and make some plays."

Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson was chosen as the game's outstanding player after throwing 18 passes for 184 yards. He also ran for 53.

"We just feel we deserved it," he said. "We were the best team all year. In my opinion, the best team won."

McCallum tied the mark that three other kickers share.

"The guys did really well. They got me in position, I just did my job," McCallum said. "I don't know what to say, it hasn't really sunk in yet."

Robert Edwards ran in a touchdown for the Alouettes, but fumbled on the 1 to kill a late comeback attempt with 4:06 left.

Damon Duval kicked a field goal, and the defense forced two safeties for Montreal, which was in its fifth Grey Cup in seven years. The Alouettes have only a title in 2002 to show for it.

Montreal's Anthony Calvillo was 20-of-41 for 234 yards, pushing his career yardage total in the championship game to 1,468 yards. That broke Doug Flutie's record of 1,421.

Cahoon made 11 receptions, giving him 31 in his Grey Cup career, surpassing the previous record of 29 held by former Montreal player Hal Patterson.

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