Blue going Grey

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

TORONTO -- Take all the Labour Day Classics, not to mention the four Banjo Bowls, and multiply them by a million.

Better get ready, Toronto, because the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders will clash in the 95th Grey Cup this Sunday at Rogers Centre.

It's the first Grey Cup meeting between the prairie rivals.

The Bombers, however, will be without their starting quarterback, as Kevin Glenn broke his non-throwing arm in yesterday's 19-9 win over the Toronto Argonauts in the East Division final, also at Rogers Centre.

Bombers backup Ryan Dinwiddie, who played the fourth quarter yesterday and completed all four of his pass attempts for 88 yards, will make his first CFL start on Sunday.

FIRST START

"The first start, to be in the Grey Cup, that's crazy," Dinwiddie said. "I guess you wouldn't want it any other way. That's the Super Bowl. That's the Grey Cup. That's the big dance, and we got a ticket to it. And we gotta win it."

Glenn, the East Division's most outstanding player, broke his left humerus -- the bone between his shoulder and elbow -- on the first play of the fourth quarter after a botched handoff to Charles Roberts at Toronto's five-yard line.

Argos linebacker Kevin Eiben, who eventually recovered the fumble, landed hard on Glenn's arm while pursuing the pigskin.

"Losing your MVP, that's a bittersweet victory for us," Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson said. "But it's definitely going to have us practising hard and focusing to try to win one for him, because he's been great all year.

"For him to get injured was definitely unfortunate, so we're going to try to win it for Kevin -- and Milt (Stegall)."

The CFL's touchdown king, who had four catches for 37 yards yesterday, including Winnipeg's only offensive touchdown, will get what is likely to be his final crack at that elusive Grey Cup ring after 12 fruitless campaigns.

"This is the reason why I came back, right here," Stegall said. "Anything less than winning the Grey Cup is a letdown. I knew we had a good opportunity to get in this position. We've just gotta take advantage of it."

The Bombers built a 12-1 half-time lead and extended it to 19-1 in the third quarter when Keith Stokes returned a Noel Prefontaine punt 81 yards for a touchdown.

Glenn's botched handoff to Roberts was one of three fumbles the Bombers lost inside Toronto's 21-yard line yesterday. Roberts also had one at the Argos 21, and Dinwiddie and Roberts also fumbled a handoff on the Argos three.

"I've never seen that before," Stegall said. "We left, what, 21 points (on the field)? Worst-case scenario, nine points."

Even though the Argos hung around, and gained momentum after Bishop's one-yard plunge for a score early in the fourth quarter, the Bomber defence and special teams saved the day.

Bishop completed 21 of 45 attempts for a season-high 376 yards, but he was booed routinely throughout the afternoon when his long passes hit the turf instead of his receivers.

"They live and die by the big play, and once you take that away, they're not a drive-oriented team, so we did what we had to do there," Bombers defensive back Kelly Malveaux said.

And don't think the Bombers didn't notice that the Argos scored just nine points, since Eiben declared earlier in the week that the Bombers wouldn't score more than 10.

Not only that, but they prevented the Argos from playing in their own Grey Cup.

"I think we just crapped on the party," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said. "And we're loving it."

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BOMBERS REPLAY

GAME NOTES

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER

The Bombers needed Charles Roberts to have a big game, and he did just that. Despite fumbling once and being a part of two bumbled handoffs, Blink dashed a whopping 25 times for 105 yards.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Bombers cornerback Robert Bean earns the nod for his three pass knockdowns, at least one of which should have been an interception, and his two tackles. Honourable mention to safety Kyries Hebert and defensive tackle Jerome Haywood.

TOP SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER

Troy Westwood's punting was spectacular, but you can't ignore Winnipeg's first return touchdown in more than two years. Keith Stokes took a Noel Prefontaine punt 81 yards for a score in the third quarter that put the Bombers up 19-1.

KEY PLAY

The Argos had just made it 19-9 midway through the fourth quarter and the crowd was in it. Ryan Dinwiddie, in just his second series, was facing second-and-seven from his own 38-yard line when he found Derick Armstrong for a 36-yard completion. The Bombers went on to fumble the ball away at the end of the drive, but that pass seemed to stem the tide.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Armstrong's aforementioned catch wasn't your average CFL reception. After stretching the field past one of the league's premier cornerbacks, Byron Parker, Armstrong desperately stuck his fingertips out, bobbled the ball a couple times and made the grab.


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