Game notes

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Tiger-Cats quarterback Jason Maas did a nice job taking care of the football and connecting for two touchdown passes in his return from a hip pointer, but the undisputed star of the contest was running back Josh Ranek. Ranek returned from a thigh injury and was a one-man wrecking crew. He caught a 37-yard touchdown and became the first opposing running back to eclipse the 100-yard plateau against the Blue Bomber defence this season. Ranek finished with 164 yards on the ground and added 69 yards receiver for 233 all-purpose yards.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER

This honour goes out to the entire defensive side of the Ticats, who limited the Blue Bombers three quarterbacks to 120 passing yards in the contest. The Tabbies also broke through for five quarterback sacks from five different individuals and held Charles Roberts to 79 yards on the ground after allowing him to gain 129 yards last week.

TOP SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER

Ticats punter Pat Fleming finished with an average of 46.9 yards punting and an even more impressive 42.7 net yards. He pinned the Blue Bombers deep on a couple of occasions, bombed a 65 yarder and had two singles.

SMACK OF THE GAME

Just 2:12 into the third quarter, Blue Bombers defensive end Gavin Walls broke through and laid a big lick on Maas, who stayed in the pocket and got the pass away before he was driven to the turf.

KEY PLAY

Ticats DB Wayne Shaw came on a blitz and sacked Bombers QB Kevin Glenn midway through the first quarter. Glenn, who was standing on one leg at the time of the collision, went down to the turf favouring his left knee. The Bombers led 8-0 at the time and didn't generate much offence the rest of the way.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Ranek shook off three potential tackles after catching a pass from Maas and scampered in for a 37-yard touchdown at 10:22 of the first quarter.


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