Bryant's a bear

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

It didn't take Ryan Dinwiddie long to find a favourite target.

Although Dinwiddie did a great job of spreading the ball around in his first regular season start with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Romby Bryant continued to excel as Milt Stegall's replacement.

Bryant was a force in the first half, making five catches for 117 yards, then delivered the game-winning score with just 12 seconds on the clock as the Blue Bombers rallied for a 32-28 victory over the Calgary Stampeders before a crowd of 26,882 at Canad Inns Stadium.

Bryant finished with six catches for 152 yards as Dinwiddie ended up 24 of 39 for 450 yards through the air.

SPECIAL MOMENT FOR KHAN: This was a roar Obby Khan will never forget and one some thought might never take place.

Khan, who suffers from colitis and had his large intestine removed five months ago, received a thunderous round of applause from the crowd when his name was announced as the 13th man with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' starting offence yesterday.

"That was awesome," said Khan, who saw spot duty at centre in a 32-28 victory over the Calgary Stampeders last night at Canad Inns Stadium. "That was a pretty big roar. I thought no one would even notice. The crowd was on their feet and it was the best feeling I've every had as a football player, without a doubt the best feeling I've had in my professional career."

To say the past year has been tough on Khan is a wild understatement.

Aside from an injury-plagued 2007 season, Khan also lost his father before getting his own life back on track.

Khan's weight dropped down near 200 pounds before getting back up around his playing weight of 290 pounds.

"People had been writing me off, saying I couldn't do it or to not do it because it wasn't worth it," said Khan. "Here I am, standing here after a win and it's the best feeling I've had in my life. Look at me now. All the work and all the pain I went through, it's well worth it."

LONG ROAD BACK: Call it another step in the long road to recovery for Blue Bombers fullback Graeme Bell.

Much has been written about his return from the concussion sustained from a bat-wielding assailant in Saskatoon that prevented Bell from playing football last season.

Bell is known for his boisterous special teams play, but yesterday he was rewarded by getting an important touch in the red zone and delivered the Blue Bombers first touchdown of the game with a one-yard run at 12:16 of the first quarter.

"It was nice the coaches put in a little package for me -- they did it to change it up so defences don't always know who's carrying the ball," said Bell, who was in the backfield with Brian Guebert for the score. "It was great, I appreciate it and hopefully, there's a few more."

Bell, who has two career touchdowns, found the end zone for the first time since July 28 of 2006, when he hauled in a four-yard grab from Kevin Glenn in a 29-0 thrashing of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I don't think about it that way," said Bell, who was asked if it felt like a long time since his last score. "I have my life back on track again and I'm back to where I want to be."

DEFENCE STIFF: The Blue Bombers did a fantastic job shutting down CFL rushing leader Joffrey Reynolds, who managed only 35 yards on the ground on eight carries.

"It's funny, we didn't do anything special," said Blue Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown. "We were just accountable and disciplined in our gaps, the way we're supposed to. We played our run defence to a T, the way it's designed and drawn up and the way it's supposed to look.

"When we take care of our responsibilities out there, we're pretty effective against the run."


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