Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bombers capped off their most successful regular season in thirteen years Friday night with a 33-20 win over the RedBlacks in Ottawa. The victory left the Bombers with an 11-7 record, the first time since 2003 they have won that many games in a season. Bombers got off to a bad start when a Matt Nichols passed deflected off the arm of Rory Kohlert and into the hands of Ottawa’s Nick Taylor, who returned it for a touchdown just 90 seconds into the game. But, against an Ottawa team missing at least 10 starters who were being rested for the playoffs, the Bombers eventually took over the game, an 85-yard Quincy McDuffie kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter a key component in the win. Justin Medlock put an exclamation point on his fabulous season kicking four field goals to finish the season with 60, one more than Dave Ridgways single season record of 59 set in 1990. They were four of the shortest field goals Medlock has kicked all season, coming from 11, 12, 16 and 20 yards. Nichols threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns while Weston Dressler topped the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the 6th time in his career. Running back Andrew Harris fell just short of 1,000 yards rushing, Harris wound up with 974 yards after rushing for 60 against the RedBlacks.
The Bombers didn’t appear to suffer any major injuries although defensive back and kick returner Kevin Fogg left the game with a leg injury and his status is uncertain.
Any way you choose to look at it, it was a dramatic turnaround in Mike O’Shea’s third year as head coach. The Bombers were 5-13 last year and stumbled to a 1-4 start this year before putting together a 7-game win streak that propelled them to the 11-7 finish. Now, they wait to see whether they finish second and host B.C. in the West semi-final or wind up third and visit the Lions on November 20th. Lions host Saskatchewan Saturday evening and the Bombers need a Roughrider upset to get home field.