Victory trumps record

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

Record. What record?

The only record Milt Stegall was worried about was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won-loss record at the end of the game with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

But the star slotback was able to enjoy a perfect evening as he broke the CFL's all-time touchdown record and helped the Blue Bombers earn a 36-18 victory over the Tabbies last night before another sold-out crowd of 29,533 at Canad Inns Stadium.

Winnipeg continues to lead the East with a record of 3-1-1, while Hamilton falls to 0-5.

The teams meet again next Friday at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Exactly five years to the day he became the Blue Bombers all-time touchdown leader, Stegall finally put the chase to rest when he came out of the backfield and caught a one-yard shovel pass from Kevin Glenn for the monumental major at 8:17 of the second quarter, sending the capacity crowd to its feet for a rousing standing ovation.

"I'm just trying to win games," said Stegall. "I'm not going to say I didn't want the touchown record, but my only goal is to win the Grey Cup. We're a long way from that and we've got a long way to go. We're building character every single week."

There was a potential turning point early in the third quarter as the Blue Bombers chose to gamble on third and one at Hamilton's 40-yard line.

Glenn kept the ball on a quarterback keeper and appeared to get enough yardage for the first down before he was a victim of a bad spot.

Blue Bomber head coach Doug Berry quickly threw down the challenge flag, but after reviewing the video, referee Bud Steen ruled the evidence was inconclusive and Winnipeg turned the ball over on downs.

Hamilton seemed to gain momentum from the stop and managed to take the lead for the first time of the game (at 15-14) on a field goal by Nick Setta.

Troy Westwood and Setta traded field goals before the Blue Bombers went on top for good with 7:23 to play in the fourth quarter as Charles Roberts scored on a one-yard plunge that was set up by a 39-yard completion to Derick Armstrong.

Winnipeg opted to go for two points and Glenn found Jamie Stoddard at the back of the endzone.

Westwood added an 85-yard single to put Winnipeg up by eight points and then put the game out of reach with a 14-yard field goal.

Stegall, who finished the game with eight catches for 140 yards, added the 139th TD of his career with 1:38 to go in the game.

It was another efficient outing for Glenn, who was 21-of-27 for 289 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Glenn was proud to be part of Stegall's magic moment.

"It may not ever get broken again," said Glenn. "It's something he can tell his kids and tell his grandkids when he gets older. It's a great accomplishment for Milt. He's worked hard to get it and he's very deserving of it."

Tiger-Cats pivot Jason Maas threw for 341 yards but had two late picks as his club was forced to settle for six field goals from Setta.

"Defensively, we do a lot of bending out there," said Berry. "I know we're stopping them with field goals, but there's a lot of time of possession, a lot of yardage, a lot of change of field. It's something we've got to address and find out how can we slow them down, stop them and get off the field sooner."

Roberts rushed for 72 yards and had two touchdown runs for the Blue Bombers.


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