Tabbies trounced

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

You can forget about the dismal play of the offence, and you can throw away the piles of yards given up by the defence.

Believe it or not, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are just two points out of a playoff spot.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn threw for three touchdowns, and running back Charles Roberts rushed for three more as the Bombers crushed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 44-14 last night in the clash of the CFL's division basement dwellers before 24,326 spectators at Canad Inns Stadium.

BOMBERS 44 TIGER-CATS 14

Sure, the Tiger-Cats fell to 0-7 and are now officially the worst team in the league, but the Bombers will be riding high after improving to 2-6 with their second straight home win.

The Bombers, who trail the Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-5) and Calgary Stampeders (3-4) by two points for third place in the West Division, host the Ottawa Renegades (5-3) on Friday.

Despite almost getting picked off three times in the first half, Glenn showed no real signs of a sore right thumb last night. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 374 yards -- his most since joining the team last season -- three touchdowns and one interception before giving way to backup Russ Michna in the fourth.

Winnipeg wracked up the most passing yards in a game since its season-opener last year against Ottawa, when Khari Jones, who played last night for the Ticats, wracked up 430.

Bomber head coach Jim Daley's shiny new receiving corps played very well, too, despite a slow start in which Milt Stegall and newcomer Chris Brazzell had first-quarter drops.

Brazzell, who was acquired from Hamilton on Monday for Kamau Peterson, had two catches for 37 yards, including a slick 27-yarder down the sideline early in the third quarter that set up a two-yard touchdown run by Roberts.

Gilles Colon, making his first start of the season and just the third of his career in place of Peterson, had a 10-yard reception in the second quarter for the first touchdown of his career.

Keith Stokes, who started at slotback for the first time in his two-year Bomber career, had a 68-yard touchdown catch on the last play of the third that gave Winnipeg a commanding 35-7 advantage.

It was aided by fifth receiver Jamie Stoddard, who pushed Stokes and his gang of tacklers the last five yards.

Stokes finished with five catches for a game-high 139 yards.

Stegall, meanwhile, overcame his early drop and scored on a 35-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the third. It was the 117th major of his career, tying him with Allen Pitts for third on the CFL's all-time list.

Winnipeg took a 14-0 lead into the second half thank to Colon's touchdown and a one-yard scamper by Roberts.

REPLACED BY JONES

Ticats starting quarterback Marcus Brady completed eight of 12 passes for 76 yards and an interception -- on a diving grab by Winnipeg's Stanford Samuels -- but was replaced late in the second quarter by former Bomber Khari Jones.

Jones, who was making his 2005 debut after getting cut by Edmonton in training camp, scored on a one-yard plunge in the third and hit Peterson with a 12-yard touchdown strike in the fourth.

Jones, who was 17-of-24 for 181 yards and the touchdown, received a warm welcome from the Bomber faithful, but Peterson, who also had two drops, got mostly boos. He finished with four catches for 30 yards and the major.

Roberts, who added a 14-yard touchdown run in the final minute, had 15 carries for 99 yards.

Winnipeg's Troy Westwood missed 48- and 54-yard field goals, while Hamilton's Jamie Boreham failed on a 45-yarder.

Hamilton conceded a safety in the fourth.


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