B.C. Lions drop CFL season opener 44-32 in Calgary

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      The B.C. Lions stumbled out of the starting gate to kick off their 2013 Canadian Football League regular season.

      The Lions fell behind early and couldn't claw their way back, falling 44-32 to division rival Calgary.

      Stampeder running back Jon Cornish racked up 172 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns leading the Calgary offensive attack.

      Travis Lulay tossed three touchdown passes in a losing cause for the Lions.

      B.C. had been hoping to use a 34-29 loss to the Stamps in last November's Western Final as motivation. Instead, the Lions gave up the first 16 points of the football game and trailed 31-6 at halftime.

      One of the few bright spots for the Lions was rookie defensive back Cord Parks returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in his first CFL game.

      The Lions host the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts on Thursday (July 4) at B.C. Place in their home opener.