Answering challenge

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

It was about to get ugly in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers locker-room when the unthinkable happened.

The Bombers, who had scored only 50 points in their first four games, edged the Montreal Alouettes 51-46 Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium in the 12th highest scoring game in CFL history.

Winnipeg improved to 1-4, while Montreal fell to 2-2.

The Bombers don't practise again until Wednesday, and their next game is Monday, Aug. 1, at Rogers Centre against the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts (2-2).

Until Friday night, the Bomber offence had been as productive as Paris Hilton in a spelling bee. The defence was wondering when the point-getters were going to start pulling their weight.

FINALLY HAPPENED

It finally happened Friday night, and it couldn't have come at a better time, according to defensive tackle Doug Brown.

"Last week we were on the brink of division in terms of guys on defence and offence," Brown said.

"... I knew eventually the offence would come through for us. I didn't know it was going to be the next week and they'd put up 50 points."

The straw that almost broke the camel's back occurred the previous Friday night in Edmonton, when the offence didn't get anything going and spoiled a defensive gem in a 14-12 loss to the Eskimos.

"There was just some internal resentment," Brown said. "There was nothing spoken, but you could tell. And I'm just as guilty as anyone else. You could tell that some guys on this team were upset that that one got away from us."

Left tackle Dan Goodspeed said members of the defence were quite vocal leading up to Friday's game against the Als, urging the offence to get some touchdowns and score some points.

"I think some people were starting to get mad they said it so much," Goodspeed said. "But if that's what it takes ..."

It definitely worked.

Running back Charles Roberts rushed for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns, while No. 1 quarterback Kevin Glenn, who returned after missing three games with an ankle injury, completed 17 of 29 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns while serving up two interceptions.

The Bombers blew a 37-19 lead in the fourth quarter, but Glenn's 56-yard touchdown toss to Milt Stegall with 1:43 remaining proved to be the difference.

"It just goes to show ... at the toughest of times, when you think one group is dramatically out-performing another, you gotta stick together as a team," Brown said. "Because if you're too hard on those guys then you look like the biggest A-hole today, that's for sure."

Brown credited head coach Jim Daley with continually reminding his entire team that the offence was going to bail out the defence one of these days.

"If you doubted his mantra of 'They're gonna get your back sometime, too,' well, (Friday) night was the example, less than one week later," Brown said. "They came to our rescue. It all balances out, I guess."

Friday night's win wasn't exactly pretty, but it was a win. It also showed that both the offence and defence can get the job done.

"Hey, if we put the two together," Brown said, "we might be all right this season."


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