Bombers collapse

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

No Kevin Glenn.

No Milt Stegall.

Still no chance.

The Toronto Argonauts scored 18 unanswered points in the second half to erase a 15-0 deficit and dump the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18-15 last night in front of 25,014 spectators at Canad Inns Stadium.

ARGONAUTS 18 BLUE BOMBERS 15

Winnipeg fell to 5-5, while Toronto improved to 5-5. Both teams are four points back of the East Division-leading Montreal Alouettes (7-3).

It was Winnipeg's third straight loss overall and fourth consecutive setback at home. Toronto, meanwhile, has won three straight after falling three games behind the Bombers only a month ago.

The good news for Winnipeg is that Glenn (knee) and Stegall (ribs) are expected to be back for their next game, the Labour Day Classic against the Saskatchewan Roughriders next Sunday in Regina.

The big play that finally sunk the Bombers last night came with 2:23 remaining in the game.

Argos quarterback Damon Allen hit Arland Bruce III with a pass deep in the Bomber end zone, and, after about 20 seconds of consultation, the officials ruled it incomplete.

Since it was in the final three minutes of the game, the replay officials in the press box called for a review. Referee Bud Steen checked the videotape and ruled that Bruce had, in fact, got one foot down before falling out of bounds.

That, combined with Allen's two-point conversion pass to Tony Miles, gave Toronto an 18-15 lead.

Winnipeg got a gift with 1:31 remaining when Toronto running back Jeff Johnson fumbled on his own 25-yard line and Bombers linebacker Ike Charlton recovered, but Argos safety Orlondo Steinauer intercepted Bombers quarterback Mike Quinn in the end zone on the next play.

The Bombers got the ball back with just under a minute remaining, and Bombers head coach Doug Berry decided to replace quarterback Quinn with Brad Banks.

It was too little too late, however, as Banks was intercepted by Mike O'Shea on his one and only pass attempt.

The Bombers jumped out to a 15-0 halftime lead, but the Argos started chipping away at the advantage early in the second half.

Noel Prefontaine booted a 30-yard field goal four minutes into the third quarter, and the Argos got to within five points early in the fourth quarter when Allen found a streaking R. Jay Soward, who had slipped past Bombers cornerback Omar Evans, with a 73-yard touchdown toss.

The Bomber offence, meanwhile, went stone cold, racking up only 67 yards of net offence in the second half.

It was a different story in the first half, as Bombers running back Charles Roberts racked up 99 rushing yards, just as it was expected he would.

Quinn, who, in his first CFL start two weeks ago, threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles in a 32-5 loss to the B.C. Lions, completed only seven of 13 passes in the first half last night, but he got help from two Toronto pass interference penalties that totalled 59 yards and got the Bombers to the Argos' 3- and 10-yard lines, respectively.

That enabled Quinn to hit Chris Brazzell from two yards out in the first quarter and Kwame Cavil, who was making his Bomber debut, from five yards out in the second.

Bombers kicker Troy Westwood added a punt single later in the second that gave the Bombers their 15-0 lead at the break.

Quinn completed 13 of 26 passes for a paltry 92 yards overall, along with the two majors and the untimely interception.

Allen, meanwhile, was good on 21 of 31 attempts for 277 yards and the two scores.

Roberts had only nine carries in the second half and finished with 120 yards on 21 attempts.


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