VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It was a roller coaster 2011 season for the BC Lions.

Despite two lopsided wins in preseason play, the Lions started the regular season with five straight losses and ended the campaign with their sixth Grey Cup Championship title.

Coach and General Manager Wally Buono was under tremendous pressure from media and fans because of the 0-5 start. But the team’s first win came on August 5th in Regina and after that, the Lions never looked back.

BC finished the regular season with a 12-1 record in its final 13 games and then the team hammered the Eskimos 40-23 in the Western Final at BC Place under the new retractable roof. On November 27th, in front of their hometown fans, the Lions won the 99th Grey Cup game 34-23 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The accolades rolled in for quarterback Travis Lulay. He was named the CFL’s All-Star Quarterback and the league’s Most Outstanding Player.

“If we didn’t believe that we could get here, we wouldn’t have. But we took it one week at a time and didn’t take anything for granted,” says Lulay.

Just eight days after winning the Grey Cup, Buono announced he was resigning as coach but would remain as Vice President and General Manager of Football Operations. “It’s time that somebody else be the voice — the main figure — when it comes to coaching this football team.”

Buono announced on December 13th defensive coordinator Mike Benevides will take over as the new head coach of the Grey Cup Champion Lions.