Relieved Roberts revs it up again

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

Charles Roberts was back in unfamiliar territory, and he didn't like it one bit.

The CFL's two-time defending rushing champ ran six times for seven yards in last week's loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

Just a blip, right?

It almost wasn't.

Four minutes into the fourth quarter of last night's 21-19 win over the Tiger-Cats, the Blue Bombers tailback had carried the ball just seven times for 16 yards. He then exploded for 44 yards on two carries that led to Winnipeg's winning points.

Roberts finished with 11 carries for 68 yards, and he couldn't be happier to be out of his funk.

"I prayed about it," Roberts said. "I'm not going to lie to you. I prayed real hard about it."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry said Roberts was running like a man "possessed" on the go-ahead drive. Roberts agreed -- sort of.

"I wasn't running mad, but I was running with a sense of purpose, a sense of urgency," he said. "That late in the game, when they choose to come to you ... we passed the ball 54 times last week, so we're no strangers to passing the ball. They could've opted to do that again tonight.

"They trusted in me and trusted in the offensive line to be able to get it done, and we did that."

TURTLE MAN'S WOES: Slotback Milt Stegall struggled in his return to the lineup after missing last week's game with a bruised shoulder.

He had three drops, including one in the end zone, and he also went offside. He had only one catch for six yards.

"If we wouldn't have won, I'd have really been mad," Stegall said. "But the fact that we won? That cures all that."

Stegall said his sore shoulder is something he'll have to deal with for the rest of the season.

"Something's bothering everybody," he said. "It'll be all right."

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