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Nathan Rourke is a very, very special athlete.

To be able to come back, after those interceptions , this early into a career.

Set another single game  yards thrown record at 488.

His passing percentage  39/52 for 75% is his worst this year. Unbelievable.

 

Just Wow

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12 minutes ago, gurn said:

Nathan Rourke is a very, very special athlete.

To be able to come back, after those interceptions , this early into a career.

Set another single game  yards thrown record at 488.

His passing percentage  39/52 for 75% is his worst this year. Unbelievable.

 

Just Wow

Right?

 

He is unshakeable...a lot of young QB's would get rattled and unravel. He's so composed and shows such confidence and poise. 

 

488 yards tonight.

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Rourke is 451 yards ahead of the next guy, with 2 games in hand.

676 yards above the next player with the same games played.

 

                                                                                                       gp      comp      att       pass%     yards     td     int          eff

1 2022 ROURKE, Nathan BC 8 226 282 80.1 2906 23 8 127.2 2.8 10.3
2 2022 COLLAROS, Zach WPG 10 194 278 69.8 2455 18 8 106.6 2.9 8.8
3 2022 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod TOR 8 186 267 69.7 2230 10 6 98.1 2.2 8.4
4 2022 EVANS, Dane HAM 8 188 279 67.4 2229 10 10 88.5 3.6 8.0
5 2022 HARRIS, Trevor MTL 8 155 229 67.7 1940 7 7 91.2 3.1 8.5
6 2022 MITCHELL, Bo Levi CGY 8 151 245 61.6 1861 9 4 90.5 1.6 7.6
7 2022 FAJARDO, Cody SSK 7 136 198 68.7 1656 9 6 96.7 3.0 8.4
8 2022 ARBUCKLE, Nick OTT 6 92 139 66.2 1125 2 10 65.8 7.2 8.1
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4 minutes ago, PistolPete13 said:

Play of the game. Makes the huge catch in double coverage. How the heck did Rourke stick the ball in that tight window?

even more impressive was the strike to Burnham with 2 defenders draped all over him.  That ball had to be thrown on the money or it would be knocked down or picked off

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I hope there is going to be a big crowd on August 26th against the Riders. I already got my ticket last week. Rourke is a treat to watch. His poise and intelligence reminds me of Dave Dickenson except he can throw deep and can run as well. Just a total package. 

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/other/b-c-lions-chase-down-calgary-stampeders-with-41-40-comeback-win/ar-AA10Cq9F?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=54e82f842fce4b3fa1d5858a7d1a66bc

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CALGARY — B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for 488 yards and engineered a 41-40 comeback win Saturday over the Calgary Stampeders.

The 24-year-old from Victoria recovered from two early interceptions, which the Stampeders converted into touchdowns, running for a pair of short-yardage touchdowns and throwing a pair of touchdown passes in the exciting CFL contest.

Completing 39 of 52 pass attempts, Rourke broke his own single-game passing record by a Canadian following the 477 yards he posted in last week's win over Edmonton.

"There's going to come a time in my life when I'm going to look back and realize how fortunate I was to be able to play with him," Lions receiver Bryan Burnham said. "I'm just excited to be a part of it."

Sean Whyte's 25-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game capped the Lions' comeback.

The Stampeders led by nine points midway through the fourth quarter when Peyton Logan scored on an electric 99-yard kick return, but the Lions chewed through that deficit.

"It wasn't pretty by any means but we found a way to win, but I'm proud of the guys for staying together and finding a way," Rourke said. "At this point, I'm just trying to help this team win in any way possible."

Rourke threw touchdown passes to Burnham and Dominique Rhymes. Whyte also kicked field goals from 19, 38 and 23 yards.

University of Calgary alumnus Jalen Philpot scored his first CFL touchdown, as did defensive lineman Folarin Orimolade on an interception return for Calgary. 

Shawn Bane had a touchdown catch and Rene Paredes kicked field goals from 28, 53, 32 and 51 yards in front of an announced 22,229 at McMahon Stadium.

The Lions (7-1) and Stampeders (5-3) rank second and third respectively in the CFL's West Division behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-1).

Calgary and B.C. conclude their season series with a home-and-home Sept. 17 in Calgary and Sept. 24 in Vancouver.

Bo Levi Mitchell became the Stampeders' all-time leader in passing yards with an eight-yard throw on Calgary's opening drive.

He needed just six yards to vault over Henry Burris (32,191) and reach that milestone in his 10th season and 116th game with Calgary. Burris played 118 games for the Stampeders.

After two straight games without a touchdown pass, Mitchell threw two Saturday. The Stampeders quarterback completed 18 of 32 pass attempts for 206 yards and was interception-free, but he was unhappy with Calgary's inability to finish the Lions off.

"Bad penalties, bad decisions. Everybody, from sidelines to the guys on the field, everybody was terrible," Mitchell said. "It was a bad second half. You score 40 points, you can't lose a game."

Calgary led 40-31 with just over six minutes to play following Logan's kickoff return for a major.

The Lions would not go quietly, however, with Burnham's 33-yard catch under double coverage taking B.C. to Calgary's 10-yard line with just under three minutes to play.

Rourke collected his seventh rushing touchdown this season on a one-yard carry for B.C. to trail by just two points.

Calgary opted to punt instead of insert Paredes for a 55-yard field goal attempt with a minute-and-a-half to play.

"I get nervous anything 50-plus especially with their returner back there," Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson explained. "We had in our mind around 51, 52 maxed out. He did hit one because the wind kind of switched.

"I just felt we had a good plan. We just didn't get them stopped."

The Lions still faced a long field for a winning field goal starting from their own six-yard line, but Cameron Judge's roughing-the-passer penalty shortened it for the visitors.

Rourke engineered a nine-play, 86-yard drive to put Whyte in field-goal range.

The Lions trailed by 12 points when B.C. linebacker Ben Hladik recovered Dedrick Mills' fumble on Calgary's 34-yard line in the final minute of the third quarter. 

Rourke overthrew Lucky Whitehead in the end zone leaving Whyte a 23-yard field goal to make. 

But Rourke's 54-yard touchdown pass to Burnham behind coverage with seven minutes left in the game pulled the Lions within two points of the lead.

Calgary parlayed a pair of Rourke interceptions into a 20-3 lead by the first minute of the second quarter, when Orimolade ran his first career pick back 28 yards to score.

Rourke rallied with a pair of scoring drives — sandwiched around a Paredes 32-yard field — but the Stampeders would score again before the half.

B.C.'s David Menard's roughing-the-passer penalty moved Calgary to the Lions' 24-yard line, where Mitchell promptly threw to Bane dashing into the end zone for a 30-18 lead at halftime.

Paredes was wide from 51 yards in the final minute of the half, but split the uprights from the same distance early in the third quarter for Calgary's 33-18 lead. Whyte was good from 38 yards midway through the quarter to cut the deficit.

Rourke scored his first rushing touchdown of the night with a one-yard plunge in the second quarter.

After Orimolade's pick-six, Rourke quickly marched the Lions downfield and threw a 30-yard pass to Rhymes in the end zone to score.

Paredes' 53-yard field goal, which matched his season's longest, gave the hosts a 13-3 lead with four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

After Nick Statz picked off Rourke on B.C.'s second drive of the game, Mitchell's second pass was a 19-yard throw to Philpot in the end zone to score. 

The clubs traded field goals on early drives in the first quarter.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2022.

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Rourke is averaging 363.25 yards per game this season, in 8 games.

averaging  2.87 tds per game

Anthony Calvillo leads the league in total yards with 79,816 which took him 329 games- Rourke is on pace to do that in 219 games

Calvillo also leads in Tds with 455, good for 1.38 tds per game.

 

Most td in one season

Doug Flutie at 48   Rourke on pace for 51.

 

If Nathan keeps going, and stays in Canada;  he will be the best there ever was.

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On 6/11/2022 at 8:59 PM, -DLC- said:

Our team's looking really good! Love this young qb...he's super poised and I love his quick decision making. Also...nice to be able to have a variety of options, keeps 'em guessing.

 

After last year's debacle, this is fun.

Wasn't sure if this was going to be a flash in the pan or hold up over time.

 

This team's giving us good reason to show up and cheer them on.

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1 hour ago, -DLC- said:

Wasn't sure if this was going to be a flash in the pan or hold up over time.

 

This team's giving us good reason to show up and cheer them on.

i had written them off after the first quarter. they are exciting. still miss louie pascaglia and his daring to turn punts into first downs.

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Talk about a burn. We PVR'd the game, lo and behold it quits recording in the last minute of the game. This just after the Stamps got called for roughing NR. Unbelievable, we sat there and wondered what to do. Within seconds we were all on our gadgets looking for the score of the game. We actually refreshed to see if we were reading the damn thing correctly. 7-1 baby, This was another of those learning experiences for our QB, with a bit of adversity thrown in.

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