Blue not hungry

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

Eric Carter said they "weren't hungry enough," while Kevin Glenn said they "may have let up a little bit."

If that indeed was the case, shivers going down the spines of Winnipeg Blue Bombers management and fans will have nothing to do with the brisk Manitoba weather.

The Bombers blew it big time Saturday night in Vancouver when the B.C. Lions outscored them 24-0 in the third quarter -- for the second time this season, no less -- and rolled to a 42-31 victory.

The Winnipeg defence bent in the first half but didn't break. It sure broke in the third quarter, however, when Lions quarterback Casey Printers completed six passes at an average length of 25.1 yards.

Printers finished the game 23-of-35 for 435 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a one-yard plunge for a major.

When Carter, the veteran defensive back, said Winnipeg's defence wasn't as hungry in the second half as it was in the first, the obvious question was, "Why not?"

"We have a few young guys in the secondary," Carter said. "They don't know the importance of being hungry at the end of the season. (Defensive backs) coach Less (Browne) and the defensive co-ordinator (Mike Gorton) have been on us about it ...

"You know, I don't get in the playoffs a lot, but I gotta let the young guys know we got to be more aggressive and not give up any deep balls and we just gotta keep playing. And we haven't been doing that."

Glenn, who made his fifth consecutive start at quarterback and first since the Khari Jones trade, completed nine of 14 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, but he was just 6-of-13 for 93 yards and an interception in the second.

"We gotta come out in that second half and continue to play like we did in the first half, get on a roll, don't let up," Glenn said.

"We let up off the gas on a couple plays and we can't do that as an offence."

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