Roberts, offence explode against Montreal

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

Charles Roberts did something last night that he wasn't supposed to do.

He took the ball and ran.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had blown an 18-point, fourth-quarter lead against the Montreal Alouettes last night at Canad Inns Stadium, and it looked like they were on their way to their fifth straight loss to start the season.

The score was tied 37-37, and Winnipeg was facing a second-and-6 situation on its own 41-yard line.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn handed the ball off to Roberts, who was supposed to swing left and follow the blockers.

The 5-foot-6, 170-pound scatback, who had just 199 yards on 50 carries in four games going into last night's contest, had other ideas.

He saw a gaping hole in the line of scrimmage and took off, roaring 69 yards for a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Bombers went on to win 51-46.

'JUST TOOK IT AND RAN'

"It's something I'm really not supposed to do a lot of the time, but I just took it and ran," Roberts said.

"It was beautiful. I'm going to remember that for the rest of my life."

Roberts went on to rush 20 times for a career-high 195 yards, almost doubling his output on the season thus far.

His spectacular running, along with the return of No. 1 quarterback Kevin Glenn, helped inject a spark in the offence that the Bombers so desperately needed.

The Bombers had 422 yards of total offence. Their previous best was 218 yards last Friday night in Edmonton.

"We had an explosion tonight," Roberts said. "We had five touchdowns on offence. You can't get no better than that in a game, especially against a Montreal team that confuses you on defence.

"It makes it real difficult to move the ball up and down the field, so I feel like we did our best against one of the best teams in the league."

Not only did Roberts run for almost 200 yards, but left guard Matt Sheridan and the rest of the Bombers offensive line didn't allow a single sack against the ferocious Alouettes defence.

"It's validation for us, for all of our efforts," Sheridan said. "You take pride in seeing a running back like Charlie get not only 100 yards, but damn near close to 200. That's quite an accomplishment."

Sheridan, however, was ready to spread the credit around the entire Bombers locker-room, which was jumping in the wake of last night's win.

"Everybody stepped up to the plate, and I do mean everybody," the Winnipeg native said. "Defence played absolutely fantastic for the third week in a row, special teams was great, and we were finally able to get some momentum on offence, and this is what happens."


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