The rebuilding Winnipeg Blue Bombers put up a sturdy frame and a few beams last week in a 44-14 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Last night at Canad Inns Stadium, the Bombers added a little drywall and slapped on some siding against the Ottawa Renegades.
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And the project is starting to pick up some serious steam for the first time this CFL season.
Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn tossed three touchdown passes -- two of them to Chris Brazzell -- as the Bombers blasted the East Division-leading Renegades 38-17 in front of a raucous, season-high crowd of 26,595.
It was Winnipeg's third straight home win and its second straight overall, which represents its first winning streak since last September.
"That's big," said Bombers slotback Milt Stegall, who had a 25-yard touchdown reception that moved him past Calgary Stampeders great Allen Pitts and into third place on the CFL's all-time touchdown list with 118. "A lot of folks said after we beat Hamilton, 'That's Hamilton.'
"But we beat a good team today. We beat a real good team."
The Bombers are now 3-6 at the season's midway point, and they're tied for fourth in the West Division with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-5), just two points behind the third-place Calgary Stampeders (4-4).
The Bombers play in Hamilton on Friday night.
The Renegades fell to 5-4 and now have a bye week to think about last night's setback.
Bombers head coach Jim Daley called it "a huge step. That's two pretty significant wins at home in a week. That was really good to see.
"For about five games now we've played pretty good football and we've won three of them."
The Bombers made two key plays -- one from both the offence and defence -- which made a big difference last night.
With 12 seconds remaining in the first half and the Bombers up 13-7 after Ottawa's Mark Irvin booted a 15-yard field goal, Winnipeg took the ball at their own 35-yard line.
Instead of taking a knee, however, Glenn decided to go big or go home. He hit a streaking Brazzell down the sideline that resulted in a 75-yard score and a 20-7 half-time lead.
"I took a shot," Glenn said. "With a guy like that running down the field, all you can do going into half time is take a shot.
"(Brazzell) made a great play. It wasn't me, it was him. It was all him. That was his play. I give him all the glory on that one."
The other crucial play was Bomber defensive back Justin Coleman's interception and 14-yard return of Renegades quarterback Kerry Joseph on the third play of the fourth quarter.
The Bombers had only a 20-10 lead at the time, but Glenn hit Brazzell with a five-yard touchdown pass just two plays later to give Winnipeg an insurmountable lead.
"Any time you give the offence an opportunity to put points on the board, it's going to be a plus," said Coleman, who has three interceptions this season.
Glenn completed 20 of 27 passes for 357 yards, three TDs and an interception.
Joseph was 30 of 42 for 311 yards, a 16-yard touchdown to Yo Murphy late in the fourth, and three picks.
Joseph's final pick came on the second-last play of the game, and Bombers cornerback Omar Evans returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
"Everybody knew it was a big game," Evans said. "And I can't speak enough volumes of how this team has come together when everybody counted us out basically."
HASHMARKS: Bombers RB Charles Roberts had 15 carries for only 39 rushing yards, but it was enough for him to pass Gerry James and move into fourth on the Bombers all-time list ... Winnipeg's Troy Westwood booted field goals from 30, 28 and 21 yards. Irvin was also good from 17 and 15 yards, but he missed from 41 ... Winnipeg's Jon Ryan and Ottawa's Pat Fleming both had punt singles.