He snuffed a B.C. threat in the first
quarter when he intercepted a pass in the end zone that deflected
off receiver Ray Alexander's hands.
The razzle-dazzle came in the second
quarter, moments after Baltimore took a 7-3 lead on a 1-yard
touchdown run by Ham.
On B.C.'s first play from scrimmage
after the TD, linebacker Alvin Walton, a veteran of two Super Bowls,
stepped in front of an errant Austin pass for an interception.
As he was about to be tackled, he
lateraled to his left to a sprinting Anthony, who went 36 yards down
the sideline to a touchdown.
In 35 seconds, the CFLs went from a 3-0
deficit to a 14-3 lead.
Baltimore was unable to capitalize on
the third interception of the half, though. Watson slipped in front
of Alexander along the B.C. bench to make the interception,
returning it to the Lions' 34.
But after two plays lost yardage to the
40, Igwebuike's 47-yard field goal was wide left.
B.C.'s return man, Spencer McLennan,
made a nifty move at the goal line to elude Charles Anthony and
avoid a one-point single.
Baltimore's offense was almost as
charitable as B.C.'s through the first half.
Ham threw two interceptions, and had
two more picks dropped by B.C. defenders.
He gave the Lions their only touchdown
of the half with a poor second-down pass from his end zone.
Halfback Charles Gordon intercepted Ham
at the 17 and raced to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown
with 2:12 left in the half.
Ham completed seven of 16 passes for
128 yards in the first half, but his first completion didn't come
until the final seconds of the first quarter.
Baltimore had only two first downs in
the opening quarter, when Passaglia's 47-yard field goal produced
the only scoring.
Ham operated from a quasi-huddle in the
first half, shouting out plays before the team went to the line of
scrimmage to beat the high decibel level in the domed stadium.