When the chips were down, Kevin Glenn drove the ball down the field and led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a dramatic victory.
After watching the highly-touted Tee Martin struggle to generate much offensively during the past three games, Glenn was back behind centre yesterday and delivered a clutch performance that helped the Blue Bombers avoid an 0-5 start to the Canadian Football League season.
LEVEL OF POISE
In his first action since suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener, Glenn was steady and provided a level of poise and confidence that propelled the Blue and Gold to a 51-46 victory over the Montreal Alouettes last night before a rowdy and relieved crowd of 24,550 at Canad Inns Stadium.
"It showed a lot of character, especially on offence, the way we've been struggling the past couple of games," said Glenn, who finished the night 17 of 29 for 212 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.
"We needed to get down the field and we did it. Everybody was working as one. We can't stop here, with this kind of outing we can't take a step backward. It was a good test against a great team. There are going to be some teams now that say 'whoa, Winnipeg may be on the hunt.'"
Although Glenn was picked off twice in the second half, he delivered in the final three minutes and capped the game-winning drive with a 56-yard bomb to Milt Stegall.
"It was 1-on-1 (coverage), so I just put it up over the top and let Milt run underneath it and make the play," said Glenn, noting he heard the defensive call being made by Als linebacker Timothy Strickland. "It was a blitz adjustment."
The ability to maintain their composure was important for the Blue Bombers after coughing up an 18-point lead in the final quarter.
"I don't care if it was 1-0," said Stegall. "We're happy to come away with the victory, no matter how it happened. The thing about it was that we knew we could score on offence. We did it early in the game and we sputtered a little bit, but nobody's heads went down. We knew were going to go out there and score. Everybody knew it and that's what we did."
A 21-yard strike to fullback Scott Regimbald late in the second quarter accounted for Glenn's other touchdown reception.
The Blue Bombers revamped offensive line also deserves plenty of credit as they gave Glenn ample protection (Montreal had no sacks) and allowed him to get into a rhythm in his first game action since June 25 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.