Bombers clocked Rogers

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

Losing a game that TV forgot by three converted touchdowns to a 2-6 team would suggest to non-witnesses that the Renegades stunk Friday in Winnipeg.

That's not exactly the case.

What they did do was choke on four touchdown chances in the second quarter, making it as far as the Blue Bombers' 8, 34, 24 and 10 yard lines and -- because of either erratic throws, dropped balls or poor decisions -- come away with just two field goals and a single to show for it.

Even still, they looked to be headed into the locker-room at the half trailing by only six when an inexcusable error was committed.

Instructed to line up in "prevent" formation on the last play before the intermission, cornerback Bo Rogers let Winnipeg receiver Chris Brazzell get too close to him. In no time flat, Brazzell went from too close to behind and snaring a Kevin Glenn pass that he carried 75 yards into the end zone.

"I jumped, and it felt like (Brazzell) was pushing me," Rogers explained after the game. "I think the ref was looking to see if he caught the ball and he didn't see if there should have been a penalty.

"But I should have really stayed deeper. I wasn't paying attention. If I would have noticed there was a eight seconds left, I would have stayed deep."

It probably should be noted that, at the time, the Ottawa defence was facing the end zone at Canad Inns Stadium where the big, beautiful video board and scoreclock sit.

The Renegades did a lot of good against a team that -- with Glenn back from the injured list -- could very well turn a bad start into a second-place finish.

They had 26 first downs to Winnipeg's 17. They had 437 net yards to Winnipeg's 399. They led in time of possession, 33:38 to 26:22. They produced a strong running game, with Josh Ranek carrying the ball 14 times for 82 yards and Kerry Joseph chipping in with 42 yards.

Joseph's passing numbers also look good. He completed 30-of-42 passes for 311 yards, including 11 (for 78 yards) to Ranek and seven (for 116 yards) to Yo Murphy. And of his season-high three interceptions, one was first touched by Murphy and the other went right through the hands of Pat Woodcock.

But it was his struggles in the red zone that stood out, as he missed both Jason Armstead and Frank Cutolo with throws to the paint and he under threw a flea-flicker that, had it been better directed, would have gone for an easy six.

"We just weren't sharp," Paopao said.

Defensively, the Renegades did a great job on the scintillating Charles Roberts, who was held to 39 yards on 15 carries (including the longest one-yard run of the CFL season).

But they did have trouble with Glenn, who completed 20-of-27 for 357 yards. Particularly when he was throwing to Brazzell, the receiver that blatantly snubbed the Renegades' free-agent contract offer last February.

Working primarily against Rogers, Brazzell showed why he was a wanted man. He wound up with four catches for 135 yards, including two TDs.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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