Stegall stuns Eskimos

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Got Milt?

Just when the Blue Bombers needed a desperation score, Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn completed a 100-yard touchdown pass to his favourite target, Milt Stegall, on the last play of the game.

That miracle Hail Mary gave the Bombers a 25-22 victory over Edmonton in a CFL contest witnessed by 37,611 dumbfounded fans.

Stegall caught 10 passes for 254 yards and the TD.

The Eskimos had just taken a 22-19 lead when Eskimo quarterback Ricky Ray converted a Glenn fumble into a nine-yard TD toss to slotback Jason Tucker with only 15 seconds left.

The second-place Bombers improved to 4-2 in the East, just two points behind the 5-0 Montreal Alouettes, who beat Hamilton, 1-5, earlier last night.

The Bombers had jumped to a 15-4 lead early in the third quarter. On their very first possession, Glenn needed only four plays to score the first touchdown of the game. The Bombers were helped by a pass interference call on Edmonton defensive back Shannon Garrett in the endzone while attempting to cover slotback Andre Thurman. Glenn then finished the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak. Winnipeg kicker Troy Westwood then booted a 76-yard single on the ensuing kickoff.

But Edmonton got that one back when Ray moved the ball down the field from his own five, capping it off with a 32-yard TD strike to Tucker. Westwood then punted a 51-yard single.

The first half seemed to feature more delays than actual playing time, thanks to three challenges and several official conferences.

Winnipeg took a 7-4 lead into the locker-room at the half. Westwood kicked field goals of 47 and 23 yards and booted a 60-yard single. He also angled what looked like an attempted field goal attempt perfectly to an onside Henri Childs. However, the running back/receiver who was playing his first game of the season, failed to secure the football and it bounced out of bounds off an Eskimo. Bomber head coach Doug Berry challenged the ruling but lost. Except for a 28-yard reception by slotback Andre Thurman, it was the most exciting play of the opening 30 minutes.

Both head coaches also lost challenges to iffy receptions.

Edmonton kicker Sean Fleming replied with a 33-yard field goal and opened the scoring by punting a 51-yard single.

The Eskimos had the ball inside the Winnipeg 10 in the waning seconds. Scrimmaging the ball on the Bomber five, Ray threw deep into the endzone but Kyries Hebert knocked the pass down. Time ran out before the Eskimos could even line up to attempt a tying field goal.

The Bombers play the desperate Tiger-Cats in Hamilton next Friday in the first of a home-and-home series versus the 'Cats.

S-SORRY: Both Bomber head coach Doug Berry and defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall have apparently been fined an undisclosed amount, believed to be $500-$1,000 for the one-fingered salutes directed at Alouettes coaches last week.

Marshall apologized for the incident on Wednesday.

"It was an emotional game for us -- and an emotional moment -- and if anybody was offended by what I did, I apologize to the fans on TV who may have seen it," he told reporters here.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman declined comment.


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