Winnipeg – The beat went on for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday night at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. They gave up over 400 yards of offence again, took too many penalties for the third game in a row(12) but they forced six more turnovers and through sheer grit and determination they were able to overcome a 32-22 deficit in the 4th quarter and pull out a pulsating 35-32 win over the Lions that moved them into sole possession of second place in the CFL west. Bombers are now 10-6, 2 points up on the 9-6 Lions.
It was Justin Medlock’s seventh field goal of the game with 14 seconds left that provided the winning margin as the Bombers scored 13 points in the final 3 minutes of the game to wipe out that ten point B.C. lead. Kevin Fogg’s interception with just under three minutes left set up a 10-yard Matt Nichols to Clarence Denmark touchdown pass that tied the game at 32. And then on the ensuing kickoff, as if destiny was on the Bombers side, Lions returner Chris Rainey ran into his own player and fumbled the ball at the B.C. 48. Working the clock beautifully, Nichols drove the Bombers down inside the B.C. 20 yard line, setting the stage for Medlock’s game winning chip shot. Medlock finished the night 7 for 7 and extended his club record for field goals to 55. He is just four field goals short of the CFL’s all-time single season record of 59 held by Dave Ridgway.
Bomber running back Andrew Harris had a big game in his first game back in Vancouver. Harris rushed for 73 yards and added 80 yards receiving. Taylor Loffler shared player of the game honors with Harris. The rookie Bomber safety had two interceptions and a forced fumble in the first half alone.
The Bombers will have plenty of time to bask in the glow of their latest triumph. They are entering their second bye week of the season and don’t play again until October 29th when they close out their home season with the first of a home and home season-ending series with the Ottawa RedBlacks.