Turnovers kill Bombers

B.C. Lions running back Joe Smith jumps for extra yardage during first quarter action against the...

B.C. Lions running back Joe Smith jumps for extra yardage during first quarter action against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at CanadInns Stadium Thursday night. (Winnipeg Sun/Chris Procaylo)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

Memo to Kevin Glenn: Get better soon.

Real soon. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers need you to get that knee healthy if they have any hope of salvaging all that promise they were showing in the early part of the season.

LIONS 32 BOMBERS 5

In his first start since 1998, backup quarterback Mike Quinn was simply awful. He completed only 13 of 26 passes for 147 yards with four interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice.

Sure, Quinn was playing with a sore sternum and was missing injured slotback Milt Stegall (ribs) but he did not look like a passer who was deemed good enough to bounce around the NFL for eight years or so.

On the other side of the ball, backup B.C. quarterback Buck Pierce looked solid as he led the Lions to a 32-5 victory over the Bombers in a CFL game before 25,033 frustrated fans at Canad Inns Stadium last night.

"It just went from bad to worse," Quinn said. "It was a tough game. This was the worst I've ever played. I played like a rookie even though I've had 10 years of professional football. No one feels worse about it than I do. I've got to look at these guys in the eye and say, 'It's on me, I didn't play well enough for us to win.'

"They say it's a team game, but I didn't give us a chance to win out there."

Pierce completed 26 of 41 passes for 282 yards, with three picks, and scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown.

"We're not going to go out there and ever play like this again," vowed Bomber head coach Doug Berry.

It was the third straight loss for Winnipeg in its own backyard.

"It definitely is frustrating, man," said Bomber cornerback Stanford Samuels, who had two interceptions. "Moreso because it's at home. You want to protect your own backyard and if you can't protect your own backyard, you're not a man. For them to come in and take a game like that in our own backyard is real degrading."

The Bombers dropped to 5-4 and remain in second spot in the East while B.C. improved to 6-3, the best in the West.

"Yeah, it was frustrating," said Bomber middle linebacker Barrin Simpson. "We turned the ball over way too much and we missed way too many tackles and that will cause you to lose a football game. We played well on defence but we gave up some crucial first downs that allowed them to get into field goal range. At those points in the game, you've got to stop them in order to allow the offence to get into some sort of rhythm. We gave them some field position at times that we shouldn't have given them."

MISSED GLENN AND STEGALL

The Bombers obviously missed both Glenn and Stegall.

"Yeah, but it's a team game and you've got to step up," Simpson said. "We had two of our big guns out but we've got to step up and make plays to win and we didn't do that."

The game was marred by 13 turnovers -- nine by the Bombers -- as both sides featured their ineptitude with the ball. B.C. defensive lineman Nautyn McKay-Loescher returned a Quinn fumble 69 yards for a late touchdown.

B.C. placekicker Paul McCallum kicked six field goals and two converts.

Winnipeg kicker Troy Westwood connected on a 41-yard field goal into a stiff wind and McCallum conceded a safety touch.

The Bombers return from next week's bye to host the Toronto Argonauts on Aug. 25.

NOTE: Bomber linebacker Adrian Baird was ejected for hitting B.C. punter Paul McCallum after he had gone out of bounds to concede a safety touch late in the fourth quarter.


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