Defeat riles up Blue D

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

Gavin Walls wants the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence to start scoring some points.

For now, though, it should probably go back to stopping opposing offences.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who were on a 13-game road losing streak, lit up the Bomber front seven for 169 rushing yards in their 26-11 win Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

Prior to the game, the most rushing yards the Bombers had allowed was 73, against the Montreal Alouettes in the season-opener on June 16.

The Bomber offence was ravaged by injuries Friday night, but the defence was as healthy as a horse. Therefore, there were no excuses for its uncharacteristic play.

"We gotta do something different," Walls said. "We knew that they weren't going to come with the same game plan. It's impossible. They got shut out (29-0 by the Bombers on July 28), and you think they're going to come with the same game plan? I don't think so. So that's on us.

"We gotta make some adjustments. They outplayed us. They played hard. We shouldn't have lost this game at home. We had plenty of time for preparation, and we didn't get it done."

Ticats tailback Josh Ranek, also known as The Little Ball of Hate, carried the ball 27 times for 164 of Hamilton's 169 rushing yards. The last time an opposing running back topped the 100-yard plateau against the Blue and Gold was 12 games ago, on Sept. 25, 2005, when Alouettes tailback Robert Edwards had 121.

"It's not going to sit well with me," defensive tackle Ron Warner said. "It's not going to sit well with my defence, either."

"It was unacceptable, unacceptable for us," added defensive end Tom Canada. "You gotta give full credit to them. You could say that we didn't come out ready or prepared or all that crap, but basically they pounded the ball on us. They moved it, and you can't make any excuses."

BEAM HIM UP: The Bombers added WR Scotty Anderson to their practice roster yesterday to shore up their depth at receiver.

The Calgary Stampeders cut the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Grambling State product on Tuesday. He had two catches for 20 yards.

Anderson spent four years with the Detroit Lions, from 2001 to 2004, and caught 54 passes for 858 yards and four touchdowns in 34 games, which included eight starts.

He spent 2005 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but didn't see any action.

QUOTABLE: "I'm disappointed. We made major mistakes there. We didn't account for people properly."

-- Berry, discussing Winnipeg's O-line performance on Friday night.

BY THE NUMBERS: Since the start of the 2000 season, the Bombers are 2-8 when SB Milt Stegall doesn't play.


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