Fourth-quarter breakdowns were costly

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

After Jason Tucker rumbled 105 yards for the longest passing touchdown in Edmonton Eskimos history, Omar Evans was seen screaming at the troops.

"I was just letting everybody know that we can't have it, whether it was a bust in coverage or whether it was a bust in whatever," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback said. "It was a mixup, and we can't have that."

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray completed 28 of 40 passes for a gaudy 469 yards and two touchdowns in Edmonton's 27-8 triumph.

"It's alarming," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "For large segments of the game our defence bent, did not break. We didn't give up the long ball, and then in the fourth quarter we gave up three corner routes, which gain a lot of yards very quickly."

Bombers defensive halfback Tim Carter was victimized early and often last night, and while it appeared the secondary was playing soft, he said he and his defensive backfield teammates were actually just doing what they were told.

"It was the scheme, and we played a lot of man," Carter said. "... We can be criticized of being soft or whatever, but we don't give a damn about all that."

When it was pointed out that Ray racked up a whopping 469 passing yards, Carter had an explanation.

"How many plays did we have? You do the math," Carter said. "If their offence is ... keeping the damn (New England) Patriots defence out there 90 plays, they're gonna win.

"If you got 90 chances to make a play on this big-ass field, they're gonna make a play."

In other words, Carter alluded, it's time for Winnipeg's offence to get its act together.

"We're not frustrated, because we know it's gonna happen," Carter said. "We're a family in here, and I know those boys are going to get it together, because when we start messing up we need them to stand behind us."

STEGALL'S STATUS: Eskimos cornerback Davis Sanchez hammered Bombers slotback Milt Stegall from behind, just before the latter was about to make a catch, late in the game.

Stegall went face first into the turf, but he left under his own power.

"Milt is wobbly, but hopefully he's OK," Daley said. "He took a vicious blow there, and he certainly got his bell rung.

"I'm not upset about the hit; I'm worried about the injury. A hit is a hit. It was obviously, as you could see on the scoreboard, missed as far as the call, because it was certainly early."


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