TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Blue Bombers Chris Brazzell. The speedy receiver was brought in to be a game-breaker and that's exactly what he was last night, making four catches for 135 yards and two pivotal touchdowns to propel Winnipeg to victory in a game they needed to win to keep pace with the Calgary Stampeders in the battle for third spot in the West.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Blue Bombers Wes Lysack. The Winnipegger was making things happen right from the first series. Thanks to a deflection by Lamar McGriggs, Lysack came up with an interception and 61-yard return. Lysack would add a pass knockdown and finish with six tackles.
TOP SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER
Blue Bombers Jon Ryan. The second-year punter did an outstanding job with and against the wind, helping Winnipeg in the battle for field position. He added a 70-yard single with 14 seconds to go.
SMACK OF THE GAME
Blue Bombers corner Stanford Samuels lowered the boom on Renegades fullback Cory Hathaway with just under nine minutes to go in the second quarter. Hathaway made a 28-yard reception, but was crunched by Samuels, suffered a suspected concussion and did not return.
After the Renegades had cut the Blue Bombers lead to 13-7 with 12 seconds left in the first half, Kevin Glenn hit Brazzell for a 75-yard touchdown reception. Brazzell left his feet to haul in the pass, then paraded into the end zone for his first major since coming over from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for Kamau Peterson. With the convert, the Blue Bombers took a 20-7 advantage after 30 minutes of play.
It may have been one of the most entertaining one-yard runs in Charles Roberts' career. With the Blue Bombers driving deep in Renegades territory, the diminutive running back looked to be headed for a 10-yard loss before bobbing, weaving, spinning and breaking several tackles on his way to a short gain.