WINNIPEG - In a game that only be described as a nail-biter, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Toronto Argonauts 23-22 last night at BMO Field in Toronto.
Winnipeg completely owned the Argos in the first half, taking a 17-3 lead into the dressing room. Both the offense and the defense played well; Winston Rose took an interception into the end zone and Nick Taylor’s interception set up a Drew Wolitarsky TD and the Bombers were up 14-0 before the first quarter was over. The Bombers were threatening late in the second quarter but a rare Zack Collaros interception gave the Boatmen some momentum which they capitalized on in the third.
The Argos pulled within 7 points with a third quarter TD from Brandon Banks, and the teams then exchanged 2 field goals each until McLeod Bethel-Thompson found Markeith Ambles in the end zone with 30 seconds to go in regulation time. Boris Bede missed the convert, allowing the Bombers to escape with the 1 point win.
Collaros went 25 of 31 with the 1 TD and 1 pick while Bethel-Thompson was 27 of 37 with 2 TDs and 2 picks. Former Bomber Andrew Harris rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries in the losing effort. Toronto drops to 1-2 on the season.
The 4-0 Bombers next see action on Saturday in Vancouver against Nathan Rourke and the BC Lions. Kickoff is 6pm (680 CJOB, TSN3).