It's amazing what a little offence will do.
Quarterback Kevin Glenn, who returned to the lineup after missing three games with an ankle injury, hooked up with Milt Stegall on the 56-yard, go-ahead touchdown toss with 1:43 remaining in the game, and Charles Roberts rushed for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns as the Bombers held on to stun the Montreal Alouettes 51-46 for their first win of the CFL season last night.
BOMBERS 51 ALOUETTES 46
"It feels great," Roberts said. "... I wanted to get that five more yards for the 200, but we came out with the win.
"It would have been devastating to pick up (195) yards and lose the game."
Winnipeg defensive back Justin Coleman helped end Montreal's hopes with 34 seconds left when he intercepted Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo on third-and-12 deep in Bomber territory.
"We went out and played like champions against a perennial powerhouse like Montreal," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said.
Winnipeg improved to 1-4, while Montreal fell to 2-2 at Canad Inns Stadium in front of 24,550 spectators, who were treated to one of the wildest fourth quarters in recent memory.
Winnipeg led 37-19 going into the final frame, but its trouble began when head coach Jim Daley decided to gamble on third-and-1 from its own 44-yard line with a 37-22 lead.
It failed, and Calvillo proceeded to hit Ben Cahoon with a 17-yard touchdown toss -- Cahoon's second major of the game -- that cut Winnipeg's lead to 37-29.
Two plays later Glenn was intercepted by Reggie Durden, who returned it to Winnipeg's five-yard line. After a Montreal holding penalty, Calvillo hit Kerry Watkins from 15 yards out and Cahoon caught the two-point conversion that tied the game at 37-37.
Roberts, however, burst through a gaping hole on the line of scrimmage and scampered 69 yards for a touchdown with 5:38 remaining to put Winnipeg up 43-37, but the Bombers blew the convert.
Montreal regained the lead when Eric Lapointe scored from a yard out with 2:51 remaining.
Winnipeg was facing second-and-25 from its own 54-yard line when Glenn hit a streaking Stegall. Wane McGarity caught the two-point conversion from Glenn to put the Bombers up by seven.
After Coleman's pick, Winnipeg punter Jon Ryan conceded a safety and Montreal took over on its own 35 with 12 seconds left, but William Fields ended it with his second interception of the night and fourth in two games.
"That's humungous," said Stegall, who had three catches for 60 yards. "We came back and fought, because when they went up, I looked around, and I didn't see any heads go down.
"We knew offensively we could move the ball."
Glenn completed 17 of 29 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bomber offence, which had struggled mightily under Tee Martin, was almost unstoppable under Glenn's guidance in the opening half, as the hosts took a 24-10 lead to the locker-room.
Winnipeg fullback Scott Regimbald scored on a 26-yard run and a 21-yard reception, linebacker Wille Fells scored on a six-yard fumble return that he forced Montreal kick returner Ezra Landry to commit on a missed field goal, and Troy Westwood had a 29-yard field goal.
Calvillo, who completed 29 of 42 passes for 439 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, had a 10-yard touchdown run in the first half, and Damon Duval booted a 26-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Winnipeg extended its lead to 37-19 thanks to a Roberts' two-yard touchdown run and Westwood's 39- and 22-yard field goals. Cahoon, who had seven catches for 148 yards, added a 38-yard touchdown catch for the Als, and the Bombers conceded a safety.