Blue lose opener

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Kevin Glenn will have to continue to answer his critics.

Just as he did on several occasions last season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions last night that proved costly, this time against the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL season-opener for both squads.

Alouettes 27 Blue Bombers 17

Those critical picks -- both snagged by Montreal rookie defensive back Chip Cox -- helped the Alouettes bounce back from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Bombers 27-17 in front of 20,202 partying spectators at Molson Stadium.

"It's very frustrating, but you gotta keep playing," said Glenn, who was particularly miffed about the first interception. "I won't say that I won't do it (again), I won't throw it (again). You can never second-guess yourself. I think when I threw it, it kind of got caught in the wind, but you don't want excuses. The guy made a play, I didn't. I put that one on me."

The Bombers now head home for two games at Canad Inns Stadium. They will host Ricky Williams and the Toronto Argonauts in their home opener on Friday and entertain the Edmonton Eskimos on July 1.

Through three quarters last night, it looked like new Bombers head coach Doug Berry was going to get his first win in his first game as a head coach -- at any level -- against his old team.

Bombers running back Charles Roberts had four carries for 39 yards, and Glenn completed two passes for 30 yards before diving in from a yard out to make it 7-0 just six minutes into the game.

The Alouettes didn't get much going in the first half on offence, but they chipped away with Damon Duval's single on a missed 40-yard field goal and a 35-yard field goal that made it 7-4 Winnipeg.

Troy Westwood extended Winnipeg's lead to 10-4 with a 31-yard field goal with three minutes left in the opening half, but Duval responded with a 27-yarder with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Bombers a 10-7 lead at the break.

Neither offence was moving the chains to start the second half, but Stanford Samuels got the Bomber sideline fired up when he blew past Montreal's Anwar Stewart and blocked Duval's punt attempt.

Ike Charlton scooped up the ball and rumbled 54 yards -- untouched -- to paydirt.

Samuels kept Winnipeg's momentum going three drives later when he jumped up and picked off an Anthony Calvillo pass at the Bomber 41-yard line.

On Winnipeg's ensuing drive, Westwood missed a 49-yard field goal attempt, and the Alouettes returned it to their own 51-yard line. Thanks to an unnecessary roughness and two roughing the passer penalties by the Bombers, the Als were able to march down the field and finish it off with Robert Edwards' four-yard touchdown run.

On the next possession, Cox stepped in front of a Glenn pass intended for Quentin McCord in Montreal territory and returned it all the way to the Winnipeg 29. Samuels' 15-yard face mask penalty aided the Alouettes down near the goal-line, but the defence held up and forced Duval to kick a nine-yard field goal that made it a 17-17 game with 6:18 to go.

Montreal quickly got the ball back and Duval hit a 45-yard field goal to put the Alouettes up 20-17 with 2:28 to go. On the next play, Glenn tried to force a pass downfield, but Cox stepped in front of it again and returned it deep into Bomber territory again. Edwards got the glory again, bounding in from four yards out with 1:01 remaining.


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