Replay presents extra challenge

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Mike Labinjo had a great view, but instant replays told a different story.

Midway through the fourth quarter of last night's 32-28 loss to the host Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Calgary Stampeders thought they had forced a fumble on star running back Charles Roberts.

The ruling on the field was a fumble and recovery by Stamps defensive lineman Funtaine Hunter.

But Bombers coach Doug Berry challenged the call and it was overturned. The Stamps finished the night without forcing a turnover.

"I thought we had it. I saw it loose and Funtaine was all over it," Labinjo said. "I knew we hit it pretty hard.

"It's frustrating ... We did a good job getting the ball loose. That gave them some life, but we have to pick our heads back up and shut them down."

Because of an injury to JoJuan Armour, Labinjo moved from defensive end to middle linebacker and Marcus Parker started on the line.

The move seemed to work in shutting down the Bombers running game. Roberts had just 36 yards on 14 carries for a 2.6-yard average.

But the Bombers instead went to the air more often, with Ryan Dinwiddie throwing for 450 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Romby Bryant to win it.

"Unfortunately, Dinwiddie stepped it up and their receivers made some big plays," Labinjo said.

"What can you do? We need to shut down those big plays, and we didn't do that."


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