Game notes

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Saskatchewan quarterback Marcus Crandell somehow found a way to do just enough to beat a tougher Blue Bombers squad playing for its playoff life. Crandell completed 21 of 37 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Saskatchewan defensive lineman Scott Schultz sacked Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn in the first half alone and was often in Glenn's face on passing plays. Honourable mention to Winnipeg defensive end Tom Canada, who had several hurries and several key tackles but was nailed for roughing the passer on a Saskatchewan touchdown drive.

TOP SPECIAL TEAM PLAYER

Corey Holmes only had one kickoff return for 36 yards but the Bombers were so paranoid about punting the ball to him that it led to a late first-half touchdown by Saskatchewan. Winnipeg punter Jon Ryan was told to get the ball out of bounds and away from Holmes. That resulted in a 29-yard punt late in the second quarter. Saskatchewan started the ensuing drive at the Winnipeg 50. Seven plays later, the Roughriders scored a TD to pull within 15-11 and swing the game's momentum their way. So, Holmes, who also had a 17-yard punt return, gets the nod here just on his reputation alone.

SMACK OF THE GAME

Bombers defensive end Tom Canada simply levelled Saskatchewan quarterback Marcus Crandell on an attempted sack. Although Crandell got the ball away, it was nowhere near any possible pass receiver.

KEY PLAY

The Bombers only needed to move the ball to field goal range, although we're not sure where that would be given Troy Westwood's struggles. But Eddie Davis picked off Kevin Glenn's pass intended for Milt Stegall and that was all she wrote.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Late in the fourth quarter, Bombers punt returner Keith Stokes took Paul McCallum's missed field goal and scampered to his own 36. That gave Winnipeg some hope with 1:16 left but alas, that was snuffed out with the Davis interception.


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