Stellar effort spoiled

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

It should have been one of the greatest nights of Kevin Glenn's life.

Instead, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback ended up being so mad at the world that he refused to speak with the media.

Glenn completed 22 of 37 passes for a career-high 416 yards and three touchdowns against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in front of more than 20 family and friends at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

However, two late interceptions, a beef with the officials, a poor showing by his defensive teammates and a 41-39 loss to an 0-8 team not only took the shine off the night, it slapped a layer of mud on it.

"It hurts just to know that you do something like that and you don't come away with the win," a much calmer Glenn said yesterday back in Winnipeg. "All that individual stuff, it comes and goes. But the wins, you have to get them when you can.

"... If I do what I'm supposed to do, then we'll get the wins. That's more important than statistics any day."

TORCHED

Every time Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus torched the Bomber defence Friday night, Glenn usually responded in kind. He and the offence kept Winnipeg in striking distance all night long, only to watch it all fall apart in the final three minutes.

Glenn was picked off by Antwoine Sanders with 2:04 left and then by Airabin Justin with 1:10 to go.

On the first pick, the 26-year-old threw the ball away carelessly because he saw his receiver, Milt Stegall, getting mauled by a Ticats defensive back. He figured the flag he saw out of the corner of his eye was going to be for pass interference.

Instead, it was offside against Winnipeg. Penalty declined. First down Hamilton.

BLEW HIS TOP

Glenn then blew his top at the end of the game when he felt the timekeeper had let five seconds tick off the clock during two stoppages in play.

It was a forgettable ending to another memorable night for the offence, which is absolutely humming under Glenn's guidance. Winnipeg's 533 yards of total offence were the most for the franchise since Aug. 23, 2002.

"He's showing all the signs of just being a great quarterback, and (Friday) night was no exception," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said.

Glenn's numbers back up his coach's comment. After throwing three touchdowns in a game just once prior to this season, he has now done it in three straight games.

His previous best outing, in terms of yardage, also occurred at Ivor Wynne. He had 377 yards against the Ticats on Aug. 1, 2002, when he was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Glenn will be playing the best football of his career when he returns to his old stomping grounds next Sunday for the annual Labour Day Classic against the Roughies.

It won't matter one bit to Glenn, however, if the Bombers don't come away with a win.

"It's a positive thing the way the offence played, to know where we came from to where we are now," he said. "... But at the same time, a win's more important."


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