Stamps done like Din-ner

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The Calgary Stampeders are the victims in Chapter 2 of the Ryan Dinwiddie story.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback, who was making his second career start and first in the regular season, hit Romby Bryant with the game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds on the clock to beat the Stamps 32-28 in front of 26,882 spectators at Canad Inns Stadium.

Dinwiddie's heroics gave the Bombers their first victory of the season and validated coach Doug Berry's decision to go with him over struggling vet Kevin Glenn.

Dinwiddie's only other career start was last year's Grey Cup loss to Saskatchewan, when he threw three interceptions. Last night, he went 24-of-39 passing for 450 yards and no picks or turnovers.

"He played awfully well and we need to put more pressure on any quarterback," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel.

The winning score came less than a minute after Henry Burris hit Jeremaine Copeland on a six-yard touchdown strike to give the visitors their first lead of the game with just 48 seconds remaining.

The loss drops the Stamps to 3-2 on the season heading into an intriguing back-to-back meeting with the unbeaten Saskatchewan Roughriders next weekend.

Burris didn't have a spectacular night but still put up numbers, going 31-of-44 passing for 386 yards and three touchdown passes, including two to Nik Lewis.

Burris went over 300 yards passing for the fourth straight outing and 15th time in his past 17 games, but the offence had just one first down in the first 20 minutes as the Bombers opened up a 12-0 lead.

"It's not that we laid an egg," Burris said. "The effort was there and we played hard. We need to make sure we move the chains and get off to a better start offensively.

"Nobody took those guys lightly. They have good players and were East Division champions last year. Look at their record.

"They were in the Grey Cup for a reason. The last few weeks, they played teams tough, and the difference was those other teams that beat them made plays at the end."

It wasn't until the final minutes that this one went from being a snoozefest to a thriller.

Thank Lewis for that.

The Stampeders slotback turned around just in time to spy a high pass from Burris but could only get a couple of fingers on the ball.

Lewis juggled the pigskin before gaining control, and darted into the endzone for a 33-yard TD, punctuating the play by leaping over a Bombers defender at the goal-line to tie the game 21-21.

"That added some flare to it. I try to put flare into everything I do," Lewis said about his leap. "I just wanted to prove we were the better team. We didn't do that.

"As an offence, we need more points. Twenty-eight is not enough. I'm not satisfied with this. We should be able to score 40 or 50 a game. Until we get to that point, we have something to work on. I'm motivated to get there."

Winnipeg fullback Graeme Bell, who missed all of last season after getting attacked with a baseball bat in Saskatoon, punched the ball in from one-yard out to give the Blue Bombers their first major.

Serna went 4-of-7 in field goals, hitting from 20, 30, 45 and 32 yards.

Sandro DeAngelis kicked field goals of 45 and 24 yards to round out the Stampeders scoring.


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