With files from the Canadian Press
WINNIPEG -- It only took about 50 minutes for the 27,039 on hand at Canad Inns Stadium to begin chanting Joey Elliott's name.
Elliott, making his first start since Week 19 of the 2010 season, completed 33 passes for 406 yards and one touchdown, en-route to leading the Blue Bombers to a 32-25 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The crowd began yelling "Joey! Joey! Joey!" following Elliott's touchdown pass to Chris Matthews to give the Bombers a late-game lead.
"I was glad to get the ball,'' Elliott said of his noticeably stronger second-half performance. "As a quarterback, in the second half, once you kind of figure what they're doing, you kind of what to get down the field and get in the groove.''
It was only Elliott's third start at quarterback since he put on a Bomber uniform three seasons ago.
"He made great decisions,'' said Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice.
"He didn't throw a turnover. He didn't have an interception or a fumble.''
He said the win is important in many ways for the Bombers, who now sit at 2-5.
"It allows us to keep pace with everybody else in the league ... More than anything, it's a lift for our guys.''
Rookie running back Will Ford, a recent addition to the Bombers roster, scored the winning touchdown with less than two minutes left the game. Ford was inserted into the game in the fourth quarter after starting tailback Chad Simpson left the field with an apparent foot injury.
A couple of veterans in the secondary were happy they helped create game-winning turnovers but not as happy they allowed some big plays as well.
"If you can create turnovers more than likely you can win the game,'' said Jovon Johnson, who recovered one of the Burris fumbles on Hamilton's last play of the third quarter.
"We also gave up some big ones so we're going back to the drawing board,'' said Jonathan Hefney.