WINNIPEG - It wasn’t the rout I predicted but a win is a win isn’t it?
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers avoided having to take a two game losing streak into Regina for the Labour Day Classic with an 18-16 win over the Calgary Stampeders Sunday night at IG Field.
Calgary’s usual clutch kicker Rene Paredes had a chance to win the game with two seconds remaining, but he missed a 52-yarder; his first miss of the season. That attempt came on the heels of Bomber rookie kicker Marc Liegghio making a 45-yarder with 37 seconds left on the clock to give Winnipeg the lead.
Andrew Harris made his season debut after missing the first three games, finishing with 17 carries for 81 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Zach Collaros completed 16-of-25 pass attempts for 243 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Calgary’s impressive rookie quarterback Jake Maier threw a Calgary club-record 17 straight completions; 16 of them in the first half. He finished 30 of 39 for 307 yards with no TDs and no picks.
The Bombers face the 3-0 Saskatchewan Roughriders next Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.