Big win for Blue

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Quarterback Kevin Glenn (5) hands  to Charles Roberts (1) in  first half CFL...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Quarterback Kevin Glenn (5) hands to Charles Roberts (1) in first half CFL football action against the Edmonton Eskimos in Winnipeg, on Saturday, July 1 2006.(CP PHOTO/John Woods)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

There were more than a few folks looking for Kevin Glenn to step it up a notch or three against the Edmonton Eskimos.

He did just that -- and then some.

BLUE BOMBERS 46 ESKIMOS 10

Glenn completed 15 of 24 passes for 368 yards and three touchdowns last night to lead his Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 46-10 thrashing of the Edmonton Eskimos at Canad Inns Stadium.

The victory, in front of a sparse Canada Day gathering of 23,521 sun-baked spectators, pushed the Bombers' record to 2-1 and over .500 for the first time since they finished the 2003 season with an 11-7 record.

Winnipeg's next action is Saturday in Toronto against the Argos (1-2). Winnipeg beat Toronto 16-9 last week at the Stadium.

The Bomber locker-room was still rocking more than 10 minutes after the final gun sounded last night, with at least a dozen players dancing to the music blaring throughout the room.

"It means these guys like winning," said Bombers head coach Doug Berry of his team's joy. "It's a feeling that you get, and we don't want to forget about it.

"... They like this feeling. Maybe this is what Manitobans call Spirited Energy."

Glenn hadn't thrown for a touchdown and had mustered only 314 passing yards in the first two games of the season, but he -- and the rest of the Bomber offence -- broke out last night in a big way.

Winnipeg finished with 601 yards of total offence, cracking the 600-yard mark for the first time since Sept. 8, 2001.

Meanwhile, it had been almost 12 years since Edmonton allowed more than 600 yards. That last time that happened was on July 14, 1994, when Winnipeg quarterback Matt Dunigan threw for a CFL-record 713 yards.

Glenn threw 79- and 30-yard touchdown passes to Chris Brazzell and hit Milt Stegall with a 54-yarder to help give Winnipeg a 29-10 lead at the break.

Stegall also hauled in a 29-yard touchdown toss from backup Mike Quinn in the fourth quarter, giving him 131 career touchdowns. That leaves him six shy of the CFL record, shared by George Reed and Mike Pringle.

Brazzell had four catches for 181 yards, while Stegall had seven grabs for 153 yards.

"It felt good," said Glenn. "You can see the offence growing from week to week, and we were expecting that.

"This week we knew that we were going to have to throw the ball a little more ... and our receivers tonight did an excellent job of beating one-on-one coverage."

Meanwhile, despite giving up a touchdown to the Eskimos on the opening drive, the Bomber defence continued its impressive play, forcing four of Edmonton's five turnovers.

Esks quarterback Ricky Ray, whose one-yard touchdown plunge gave his team a 7-0 lead, completed 25 of 33 passes for 352 yards but had an interception. Edmonton turned over the ball twice inside Winnipeg's 20-yard line.

"When they got in the red zone, we put the clamps on," said Bombers linebacker Barrin Simpson. "They couldn't get in."

Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts had 20 carries for 95 yards and a one-yard touchdown, while Troy Westwood booted field goals from 30, 27 and 19 yards.

The Eskimos also gave up a safety on a botched punt snap in the first.


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