Bo to the bench: Stampeders pull Bo Levi Mitchell late in loss to Ticats

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The Calgary Stampeders pulled star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell late in Friday’s loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Based on head coach Dave Dickenson’s postgame comments, Mitchell was benched due to poor play — not his recent leg injury.

Mitchell had a disappointing performance, completing 16-of-28 pass attempts for 170 yards and one interception at Tim Hortons Field. The pick came on a pass that was tipped by rookie receiver Luther Hakunavanhu and returned by linebacker Simoni Lawrence for a touchdown.

The Stampeders struggled to move the football consistently against the Ticats with almost half of Mitchell’s yardage coming on a 74-yard catch-and-run to Hakunavanhu.

Rookie quarterback Jake Maier took over the controls with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter and led the Stampeders to a quick scoring drive, completing nine-of-nine pass attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown pass to Richie Sindani.

Mitchell has battled through a leg injury through most of the season, missing three games due to a fracture to his fibula. His production this season has been uncharacteristically poor, passing for 988 yards, two touchdowns, and seven interceptions in four starts.

Maier leads Mitchell in every statistical passing category, including completion percentage, yardage, touchdowns, interceptions, and quarterback efficiency rating.