'Rider DBs too tough for Blue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

Kevin Glenn and the Winnipeg Blue Bomber offence looked like they were on their way to another game with 300 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

Then they played the second half.

The Bombers managed a paltry 99 yards of total offence in the third and fourth quarters and collected only two points -- off kicking singles.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, meanwhile, exploded for a whopping eight points in the final 30 minutes and squeaked out a 19-17 win at Canad Inns Stadium in the second annual Banjo Bowl.

Glenn, who had 179 passing yards and a touchdown in the first half, managed just 61 and an interception in the second.

"They didn't do anything differently," Glenn said. "They're a good defence. They made plays when they had to make plays."

Veteran 'Riders defensive back Eddie Davis picked off Glenn with 42 seconds remaining to seal the deal. They hounded the Bomber receivers every other time they tried to make a catch.

"That defensive back group back there, they've been playing together for four years, so everything they do looks the same," Bomber receiver Keith Stokes said. "It's hard to read them. My hat goes off to their DBs."

'EVERYTHING WASN'T GOOD'

Bombers receiver Chris Brazzell, who had an 11-yard touchdown catch, said it wasn't just a faltering offence that led to Winnipeg's third straight loss.

"We'd been rolling on offence, and the sad thing is when the offence doesn't play the way they have played in the last month, then people are going to say we played a bad game," Brazzell said.

"I just think, as a whole, just everything wasn't good.

"... We'll be all right. Just because we didn't do good on offence doesn't mean it's going to be that way next week. We played good against them the first time in Saskatchewan, and we had a letdown today. It happens.

"It's just a bad time for it to happen. We needed to win bad, and we didn't get it done."

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