Drop big part of loss: Armstrong

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

When a team gives up 20 points in the final 11 minutes to lose, you'd think the blame would fall on the defence.

It was an offensive member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, however, who said it was his fault the Saskatchewan Roughriders squeaked out a 34-31 victory yesterday.

Wide receiver Derick Armstrong dropped a Kevin Glenn pass on second-and-four from the Saskatchewan 54-yard line with about 40 seconds left. The Bombers had to punt, and the Roughriders drove for the winning score.

"I had an opportunity to keep the ball moving, and I just didn't make the catch," he said.

The pass was a little high, but Armstrong, the team's reception leader, was having none of that.

"Look, I bring the (ball) down," he said. "That's my job, and I didn't get it done. I take pride in that, and I admit my mistakes. So it's my fault. I put the game on me. I don't have too much else to say. Just put the game on me."

Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn bounced back from a terrible showing last week, completing 21 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to Terrence Edwards, who had seven grabs for 103 yards.

Bombers linebacker Ike Charlton, who missed Saskatchewan's game-winning drive with a groin injury, believes the offence should not be blamed for the loss.

"You can't put it on them, even though Armstrong dropped that one pass right there that could've kept the drive going," Charlton said. "The game was put in our hands defensively, and we stunk it up."

MAN DOWN: Bombers middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn suffered a left knee strain in the second quarter and didn't return. There were reports the rookie had blown out the knee, but he will be evaluated further today.

Sixth-round draft pick Pierre-Luc Labbe took over for Lobendhan.

Winnipeg's original middle linebacker this season, Barrin Simpson, suffered a torn pectoral muscle July 18, and head coach Doug Berry said yesterday there's no way Simpson will return this season.

STILL IN IT: No matter how bleak it looks, the Bombers are still just four points behind the second-place Toronto Argos, their opponent Friday night.

"That's just it. How quick can you recover from this and realize the Eastern Division is so inept?" defensive tackle Doug Brown asked. "It's embarrassing is what it is, to play like we have and to still be in the thick of it.

"It's going to take some mental fortitude to recover and respond from this and realize there still are opportunities, as futile as we've been over this stretch."

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