Bad night for Blue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Milt Stegall didn't score a touchdown, Kevin Glenn left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury, Doug Brown got hurt in the second, and they failed to secure a home playoff game.

All in all, it was a miserable trip west for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

LIONS 26 BOMBERS 16

The B.C. Lions turned two of Ryan Dinwiddie's three first-half interceptions into touchdowns and strolled to a 26-16 win over the Bombers in front of 33,744 raucous spectators at B.C. Place Stadium.

The Bombers finished the regular season in third place in the East Division with a 9-9 record. They must rebound quickly, because they travel to Toronto next weekend to take on the Argonauts (10-8) in the East semifinal on Sunday.

The winner will meet the Alouettes (10-8) in the East final in Montreal on Nov. 12.

Stegall needed two touchdowns to move past George Reed and Mike Pringle and become the CFL's all-time leader in the category with 138, but he had only two grabs for 17 yards.

That, however, isn't what the Bombers will be concerned about this morning.

Simply put, the severity of Glenn's injury will likely be the difference between a potential Grey Cup run and a quick playoff exit.

Glenn suffered a knee injury early in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Aug. 4, and the Bombers offence immediately went in the tank. Winnipeg lost that game and the next two without their No. 1 pivot, and its offence looked eerily similar to that again last night.

Glenn got hurt on Winnipeg's second offensive play last night when an unidentified player rolled on his left ankle.

A Vancouver radio station reported that Glenn had a severely sprained ankle and would go to the hospital for X-rays.

He remained on the Bombers' bench for most of the first half but returned in the third quarter wearing street clothes.

The Lions took a 5-0 lead on a conceded safety and Paul McCallum's 21-yard field goal, but Dinwiddie, making his CFL debut, found Chris Brazzell with a 20-yard touchdown pass three minutes into the second to give the Bombers a 7-5 edge.

Disaster struck shortly thereafter, just as it has this season for all Bomber quarterbacks not named Glenn.

The Lions needed just three plays to score touchdowns after Dinwiddie's first two interceptions, which were plucked by Mark Washington and Barron Miles.

Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson hit Ryan Thelwell (13 yards) and Geroy Simon (24) to give the Lions a 19-7 lead at half-time.

Dinwiddie completed 11 of 24 attempts for 107 yards before giving way to backup Brad Banks late in the third.

Banks completed seven of 15 passes for 75 yards, a 15-yard touchdown toss to Jamie Stoddard and an interception.

The Bombers had six turnovers last night to go along with the nine they coughed up in a 32-5 loss to the Lions on Aug. 10.

LATE HITS: Miles also blocked a Troy Westwood punt -- the ninth blocked kick of his career -- in the third quarter. That set up Jarious Jackson's 10-yard touchdown run.


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