Bo Levi Mitchell throws career-worst four interceptions in loss to B.C. Lions

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Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell had arguably the worst game of his career on Thursday night in a 15-9 loss to the B.C. Lions.

The two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player completed 21-of-39 pass attempts for 290 yards and four interceptions in what was just his ninth multi-pick game since 2016. He had never previously thrown four interceptions in a CFL game.

“I ruined some drives that we had. Strictly looking at myself, there are a lot of great plays, good plays, and then there are some plays that I’m trying to give my guys some one-on-one shots, a chance to make plays,” Mitchell said.

“I didn’t feel like I did that last week and I wanted to try to do that this week, but at the same time even when I do that I gotta give them a better ball to raise that percentage of the high percentage throws.”

Mitchell’s first interception was an overthrow that ended up in the arms of safety Marcus Sayles, while the second was thrown directly to linebacker Boseko Lokombo on a bad read.

The third interception came midway through the fourth quarter when Mitchell underthrew Hergy Mayala in the end zone and it was caught by halfback KiAnte Hardin. The final interception came on Calgary’s second-last possession when cornerback Jalon Edwards-Cooper made a leaping grab along the sideline.

“I’m trying to fit some balls into windows and give our guys a chance,” Mitchell said.

“He’s trying to make plays, sometimes you’ve just gotta let it come to you,” head coach Dave Dickenson said.

Mitchell’s play this season has fallen well short of what fans have grown accustomed to seeing from him over the years — particularly at McMahon Stadium. He was outdueled in Week 1 by McLeod Bethel-Thompson and he was bested by Michael Reilly on Thursday, who completed 26-of-33 pass attempts for 342 yards.

“I’m sure every single person that’s playing is going through stuff,” Mitchell said about being limited in practice this past week. “My body is good.”

This is the first time in Mitchell’s nine-year career with Calgary that he’s opened a season 0-2. To make matters worse, both losses have come against teams that did not make the playoffs in 2019. The Stampeders still has five home dates remaining on the schedule, including two dates with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“We gotta figure stuff out real fast — put ourselves in a hole with two home losses already. I did expect us to not self-implode,” Dickenson said. “Right now we don’t have any business winning football games because we’re not playing winning football.”