Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea hoped quarterback Matt Nichols would give the offense a spark when he announced Nichols would start this week against Edmonton.
Nichols did just that Thursday night, leading the Blue Bombers to a 30-23 victory over the Eskimos.
It’s Winnipeg’s first win at Commonwealth Stadium since Milt Stegall’s miracle catch on the final play of a game in 2006.
Nichols threw for 304 yards, including a touchdown pass to receiver Darvin Adams.
“Winning a game like this against the Grey Cup champions in their house I think can do a lot for our team’s confidence moving forward,” Nichols said after the game.
Bomber kicker Justin Medlock converted on five field goal attempts, while running back Andrew Harris ran for 127 yards. Both Adams and receiver Weston Dressler had over 100 yards receiving on the night. However, Dressler left the game with an apparent leg injury in the first half and did not return.
O’Shea was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Really proud of the guys,” he said. “We were down three receivers near the end and guys just keep filling in and knowing what they’re supposed to do. It’s a great job by the coaching staff to make sure guys are prepared.”
With the win the Bombers improve to 2-4 on the season, while Edmonton falls to 2-3.
Winnipeg hosts Hamilton next Wednesday night at Investors Group Field.