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Winnipeg Blue Bombers Tom Canada (right) tries to bring down Calgary Stampeders Joffrey Reynolds...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Tom Canada (right) tries to bring down Calgary Stampeders Joffrey Reynolds during quarter CFL action in Calgary, Saturday, August 6, 2005.(CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh)

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders weren't about to get beat by a hot quarterback two weeks in a row.

In fact, with the Blue Bombers problems at the pivotal position, coupled with Calgary's star, Henry Burris, playing with his usual efficiency, the Stamps had no problem beating Winnipeg 30-21 last night at McMahon Stadium.

A week after getting burned by B.C.'s Dave Dickenson, the Stamps are back at .500 with a 3-3 record. Lowly Winnipeg is in the West Division basement at 1-6 with a whole new mess of problems.

Burris threw touchdowns to Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland and left before the fourth quarter to give backup Jason Gesser some work. Burris finished 15-of-25 passing for 323 yards as the Stamps capitalized on three interceptions from its defence to convert each for a touchdown.

For Calgary, which was last in the league with four takeaways before the game, scoring those points were the difference in the game for head coach Tom Higgins.

"In order for us to be a good football team, we have to create turnovers, so this a good performance for us," Higgins said.

Winnipeg wasn't able to mount much of an attack at all and the final score wasn't indicative of the game.

Anthony Malbrough picked off Kevin Glenn in the first quarter, then replacement Tee Martin in the second for his first interceptions of the season. Lawrence Deck later intercepted Martin as well.

All three of the picks put Burris in good field position and each led to a major.

But the receivers also shone for Calgary in this game. Jeremaine Copeland led the way with six catches for 173 yards, including two big plays over the middle.

In the first quarter, Copeland got behind the defence for a 54-yard reception.

In the second, Copeland was left alone down the centre and Burris hit him for a 61-yard touchdown score.

The Bombers were giving Burris that zone, so he took it.

"A lot of times they start the safety down deep," said Burris.

"They wanted to take care of our crossing patterns. That's part of our game plan but we try to take that away.

"I scrambled around to make something happen but was able to hit the deep passes."

The ground game wasn't working for the Stamps but that didn't matter to Copeland. He came out with by far his best game in a Stamps uniform but warned it won't be his last.

"I really think it was a big play night," Copeland said. "Big plays are what we are about and we finally made some. And we had some killer instinct from the get-go."

The revolving door at quarterback for the Bombers also meant Russ Michna saw his first action of the season. Glenn left in the first quarter after getting pounded to the turf by Stampeders linebacker John Grace, hurting his hand on Grace's helmet.

Martin was largely ineffective, going 5-of-14 passing for 79 yards. But Michna, a rookie who beat out Spergon Wynn for the third-string job with Winnipeg, showed some promise, hitting Milt Stegall and Keith Stokes for late touchdowns when the game was out of reach.

Joffrey Reynolds had a four-yard TD run, while Calgary placekicker Sandro DeAngelis kicked field goals of 45 and 44 and a single to round out the scoring.

Troy Westwood hit on field goals of 40 and 21 yards and added single for the 'Peg, while punter Jon Ryan booted a 70-yard single.

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CALGARY SAMPEDERS: 30

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS: 21


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