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Recap: Saskatchewan 13, Winnipeg 25 Staff

WINNIPEG – Will Ford's 98-yard kickoff return touchdown sparked a Bombers squad who took the first Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field 25-13 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of a sell-out crowd.

Goltz finished a modest 8 for 17 for 129 yards but managed game well and had 56 yards on the ground along with the two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Bombers defence was simply dominant as they held Darian Durant and the potent Roughriders offence in check for most of the game, not giving up a touchdown and recording eight quarterback sacks.

After Goltz and the Bombers showed some poise in the first half of last week’s game, the Riders mounted a furious second half to take a 48-25 win on Labour Day.

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Their defence, who held Goltz in check that game, picked up where they left off in this one as Weldon Brown jumped a pass intended for Cory Watson and took it back to the Winnipeg 39 yard line.

It set up a 13-yard Chris Milo field goal and an early 3-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived however as on the ensuing kickoff, Will Ford made an already boisterous crowd even louder.

Ford was filling in for Chad Simpson at tailback after the latter suffered a foot injury this week and fielded the kickoff deep in Winnipeg territory.  He turned on the jets and with pure speed, ran 98 yards untouched to the end-zone for the touchdown.

Milo added another field goal shortly thereafter but the true story was one of the receptions that set it up.

Veteran receiver Geroy Simon made his 1,007th career reception which moved him ahead of Terry Vaughn for second place on the CFL’s All-Time Receptions list.  He sits only behind former Montreal Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon who has 1,017.

Milo added another field goal midway through the second quarter from 30 yards out to put Riders back in the lead 9-7.

A Tristan Jackson fumble off a punt led to Winnipeg’s next score as Sandro DeAngelis added a 39-yarder before Millo added a 40-yarder before the end of the half.

The Roughriders took a slim 12-10 lead to halftime.

Goltz, who had a rough first half began to find his footing as the third quarter got underway.

The Bombers started to go after the Riders defence with his arm and his legs, putting together an impressive 9-play, 69-yard touchdown drive which he finished off with a 3-yard quarterback keeper to give Winnipeg the lead.

It was all about the Blue Bombers defence for the remainder of the quarter.

Led by DL Bryant Turner, the Bombers held Saskatchewan to just a single point in the frame.  With 1:19 left in the quarter, Darian Durant scrambled out of the pocket and went on a run to find a first down.  Bombers defender Pierre-Luc Labbe popped the ball loose and cornerback Demond Washington pounced on the fumble.

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Goltz got back to work on his best march of the game.  He engineered an 8-play, 110-yard drive which he once again capped off with a 3-yard quarterback draw to give Winnipeg their biggest lead of the game, 24-13 early in the fourth.

A few possessions later, Goltz stepped up in the pocket and delivered a 45-yard pass to Aaron Kelly who made a diving grab to set up a 40-yard field goal attempt by DeAngelis.  But the veteran place-kicker sailed it wide right and the Bombers had to settle for the single point.

The previous reception was Kelly’s other biggest as the former Hamilton Tiger-Cat’s 28-yarder helped set up the previous Goltz touchdown run.

The defence, which was buzzing all night, would close it out from there.

The continued to pressure Durant and with 2:38 forced him to turn it over on downs after making him toss three incompletions in a row.

Durant was held to just 112 yards passing on 14 of 32 passing with no touchdowns and one interception.

Next week, the Bombers head to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos.  Meanwhile, the Roughriders return home to face the first-place Toronto Argonauts.

Fan Comments
110 yards
The two provincial premiers poking fun at each other is GREAT FUN, its a game folks, it is suppose to be fun. As to a comment earlier in this thread, "this game and the CFL sure knows how to humble the Sask fans" I am thinking that is a GOOD thing, the Sask fans over the years have been humbled into learning how to put 45,000 fans in the stands for a regular season game, looks to me like its good to be humbled.
September 09, 2013 - 3:23pm
Yes .... nearly '190,000 fans' in total, attending the 'five games' played in Saskatchewan to this date (average 38,000 per game!).
I'm not sure what the fan support (in numbers) has been at other teams' games?? It might be interesting to have someone provide those numbers.
I do know that the Bombers have had an average loyal fan turnout of nearly 32,000 per game ... in spite of the Bomber problems - good on those fans and their loyality!
September 09, 2013 - 8:00pm
110 yards
Nicolas...look at the "schedule" on this site, all games that have been completed have the attendance listed.
My point was not really so much as to Sask only but no matter win or loose it is far more "FUN" to have a big crowd screaming and cheering at all games, like Winnipeg, Sask, Calgary, Edmonton, and fairly good in BC and Hamilton ( with proper stadium). If that's the result of being humbled, good !! To not cheer all the time and expect the best from your favourite is just "SAD", so what if they don
September 09, 2013 - 11:30pm
110yards - totally agree ...and much of the fun comes from opposing fans (often from the same family) sitting side by side, cheering for their respective teams, bantering in good nature, and just enjoying the fun of the event.
There is no reason for those fans to ever feel personally humbled if their team loses .... (that is always a possibility and a part of the game) and certainly never a reason to stop cheering, bantering, having fun ... and coming to the games!!
September 10, 2013 - 10:53am
GC Bound
Unbelievable! Not that Winnipeg beat the Riders but that The 'supposed' Great Rider O-line could be so humiliated. Totally Dominated.
The O-line just got a Reality Check!!!!!!
Go Riders Go
September 09, 2013 - 1:25pm
als rule
didn't see the game BUT congrats winnipeg on defeating regina who's fans thought you would never win against their mighty green!!
September 09, 2013 - 10:18am
Wall was not the reason the Riders lost.Desperate teams sometimes win a game or two.The Bombers win because they owned the offensive line period.
September 09, 2013 - 9:39am
This was a very disappointing loss for the riders, they almost forgot to show up, better this game rather in the GC final. Congrats to the bombers defense.
September 09, 2013 - 9:17am
Putting the horse a bit before the cart aren't you - The Grey Cup final? Lots of football to get through and NO team is a lock to be in the GC halfway through the season!
September 09, 2013 - 12:31pm
The only winning streak Rider fans want is the last 3 games of the season.
September 09, 2013 - 2:05pm
WOW! Talk about a major upset. If the Blue Bombers can finally jump start their offence to go along with their outstanding defense on consistent basis then they could be hard to handle
September 09, 2013 - 12:51am
For all you fans out there that weren't amused by Brad Wall today, let me remind you that wasn't it the Bomber kicker Troy Westwood that called Sask fans backwards banjo players and started this whole thing. Instead of being offended, they went with it, and have made it good natured fun like the premier of Sask. did today. The premiers of both teams have been poking fun at each other ever since the 2007 Grey Cup when the loser had to wear the opposing team's jersey on one of the main streets of the winning team's city. The league needs more of this. The riders lost the game but Brad Wall won the day.
September 08, 2013 - 11:59pm
I don't think Troy Westwood was referring to all Sask fans as backwards - I think he was just referring to you. Just poking fun.
September 09, 2013 - 12:56am
See, even you can get into the spirit, LOL
September 09, 2013 - 9:40am
The Bombers defense wasn't that spectacular, they just stuck to what was working - send the house. The roughriders, and specifically Cortez the OC, made no adjustments at the half, hell they made no adjustments from the last game. They had nothing for short plays to combat the blitz - again and again. Losing to the worst team in the league that played the same way they have all season says less about the Bombers and more about the Riders. Riders will slip badly in the power rankings and the Bombers should remain in the basement as Edmonton is still a better team.
And yes, Brad Wall needs to keep quiet about all sorts of things (national, international, football) that don't pertain to provincial governance. His video calling out the Bombers as not very good was in bad taste and really did back fire.
Congratulations to the Bombers for a at home win - the fans deserve it.
September 08, 2013 - 10:30pm
I totally agree the riders couldn't handle the pressure, but disagree the Bombers D wasn't great, they were awesome, especially since they were on the field so much with their offence not doing much. As for Brad Wall, what he did was hilarious, you have to chill alittle and not take everything so serious. The Manitoba premier gave it back just as good. We need more of this sort of thing to keep our league fresh and interesting. Would you sooner have the disinterest the Argos have in Toronto, I think not.
September 08, 2013 - 11:46pm
saskfan - agree - good comment ..... but it is less that some 'take everything so seriously' and more that some have little sense of humour!!
September 09, 2013 - 10:27am
That Bomber D was just plain scary -- and it lasted for all 4 quarters even though it was on the field a lot. Goltz had some pretty good long passes and a couple of good runs. Also a couple of poor decisions but it's all part of the learning process the Bombers are hoping.
September 08, 2013 - 9:36pm
As much as I hate to say it, way to Go Bombers, you needed that for the fans. As well it is not good for any league to have teams lose every game. When you are the weak sister, as has happened many times in the past, fans lose interest. This happened to Ottawa twice. Parity is a good thing for the whole league, and it is too bad the league refuses to address this issue.
September 08, 2013 - 9:17pm
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