WINNIPEG - Bomber fans can be peculiar. A few years ago when you asked a buddy if they were going to the game, the reply would usually be “Why bother? They’re gonna lose”. Now it seems the response to that question is “Why bother? They’re gonna win.” For the 23,750 or so that were there, win is what they did last night in impressive fashion.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers blasted the BC Lions 45-0 on a perfect fall evening last night at IG Field extending their winning streak to 8 and clinching first place in the West Division and will host the West Final for the first time since 1972 (the Bombers hosted a final in 2011 when they were in the East). The 10-1 Bombers still have 3 more regular season games to fine tune their game in preparation, but really, what can you see that needs improving?
Quarterback Zach Collaros was 16 of 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Collaros tossed 4 passes to Darvin Adams for 93 yards, hit Kenny Lawler only twice for only 19 yards, but both were touchdowns and hit Rasheed Bailey for a 17 yard touchdown as well. Running back Brady Oliveira, making his fourth start this season in place of injured Andrew Harris, scored his first career TD on a two-yard run in the third quarter finishing with 17 carries for 65 yards. The Bombers put up 434 yards of total offence compared to BC’s 222. Lions quarterback Michael Reilly completed just 15 of 31 pass attempts for 131 yards, was sacked three times, and threw a third-quarter interception to Willie Jefferson, who returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. Winnipeg’s defense was dominant once again.
The Bombers have the bye week and will return to action on November 6th at home against the Montreal Alouettes, who are tied for first place in the East Division at 6-4.