Due to a robust second half on Thursday night time, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers completed the primary half of their 2022 CFL season unbeaten.
Winnipeg scored 28 factors within the second half, en path to a 35-20 win over the Montreal Alouettes to maneuver to 9-0 on the season.
Regardless of throwing three interceptions, Bombers QB Zach Collaros did sufficient to get his crew the win throwing for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The sport was tied at 14 heading into the ultimate quarter earlier than the Bombers pulled away.
“Simply digging deep and believing in one another and trusting our preparation,” Collaros mentioned of the crew’s massive fourth quarter. “We mentioned to one another earlier than the sport we’re not going to let something be an excuse, so actually pleased we had been capable of pull this one out.”
It was a tough begin for the Bombers offence as Collaros was intercepted on the sport’s first drive by Als DB Wesley Sutton, giving Montreal nice area place. However the dwelling crew could be held to a 24-yard David Côté area objective.
With just below a minute to play within the first quarter, Collaros was sacked and fumbled the soccer and Montreal recovered in Winnipeg territory. As the sport moved into the second quarter, Montreal would drive it all the way down to the Winnipeg 5, however the Bombers defence held robust and compelled a turnover on downs.
Winnipeg would then go the size of the sector and the drive was capped off with a 9-yard landing move from Collaros to Dalton Schoen, who recorded his league-leading seventh receiving landing. Each defences held regular for the remainder of the quarter to maintain it 7-3 at halftime.
Côté would get the Als nearer early within the third quarter after drilling a 49-yard area objective, however the Bombers would drive the sector once more and Collaros discovered Rasheed Bailey for a five-yard landing.
Montreal responded shortly thanks largely to massive performs from receiver Tyson Philpot, a 60-yard kickoff return and a 15-yard receiving landing. The Als would money within the two-point conversion to tie the sport at 14.
A 49-yard area objective try to put the Als forward early within the fourth failed as Côté hit the upright, preserving the sport tied.
On the subsequent Winnipeg drive, a 41-yard reception by Drew Wolitarsky helped the Bombers get contained in the Montreal 5 and QB Dakota Prukop would sneak it in from the one-yard-line and the profitable convert made it 21-14.
After which the Bombers iced it later within the fourth as Janarion Grant returned a punt 57 yards for a landing.
Operating again Brady Oliveira scored on a 6-yard run late within the sport, capping off a second straight robust sport for him by which he rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries.
Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea known as it a gritty win because the defence got here to the rescue throughout a tricky offensive first half.
“The defence shrugs it off, runs out onto the sector and says we obtained your again.,” O’Shea mentioned. “Whenever you obtained the defence bailing out the offence like that, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the crew will get rolling once more.”
The Bombers and the Alouettes (2-6) will battle in a rematch subsequent Thursday, August 11 in Winnipeg at IG Subject with kickoff set for shortly after 7:30 p.m.
DT on the Bombers – August 3
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