Stegall does it in style

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:00 AM ET

History arrived at 9:02 of the second quarter last night.

For Milt Stegall, the moment will be noted as the time he eclipsed Allen Pitts as the league's most proficient receiver in terms of yards accumulated.

Stegall's assault on the history books ended with a 92-yard TD reception that gave the Bombers a 28-3 lead over the host Argos and the 14-year veteran with his 14,983rd career receiving yard.

The sequence would represent the longest offensive play from scrimmage for Winnipeg's beleaguered offence this season.

On Winnipeg's previous offensive series, quarterback Kevin Glenn spotted Stegall over the middle of Toronto's defence for a 16-yard touchdown strike.

The reception tied Stegall with Pitts on the CFL's all-time list with 14,891 yards.

Stegall broke the stalemate by getting behind Toronto's suspect secondary and outrunning the embattled unit.

His place in history assured, the announced crowd of 28,453 stood to applaud the milestone.

"I needed 17 yards in eight games, so eventually I knew it would happen,'' Stegall said in the aftermath of Winnipeg's decisive 39-9 win. "The more relief I feel is that we won and it was a total team effort.

"I'm not going to lie. The fashion in which I broke the record is special. Someone was looking after me. It was vintage."

Glenn threw Stegall's way twice in the opening quarter, a harmless incompletion that landed on the Rogers Centre turf and an errant toss that landed in the lap of Argos free safety Kenny Wheaton.

As he crossed the goalline to punctuate his place in history, Stegall recalled his early days in the CFL.

"My thoughts went back to my first catch,'' said Stegall, who ended the night with two receptions, two touchdowns and one lasting impression. "I remember Mike Pringle telling me to enjoy the moment, a moment I'll remember with my wife and two sons."

Equally important was the much-needed win against an Argos team that beat the Bombers on two previous occasions prior to last night.

"We're back in the playoff hunt,'' Stegall said. "We're not in the driver's seat, but we're in the car. For a moment, we were running behind the car and we couldn't jump in.

"We're in the backseat now. Had we lost, we basically make plans for Nov. 2 with Nov. 1 being our last game. We got our mojo back and we're moving in the right direction."


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