Roughies roll over Bombers

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

REGINA -- It is a familiar refrain every time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lose.

Poor start, too many turnovers, outplayed, out-schemed.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders took advantage of all of the above and emerged with a convincing 29-14 victory over the Blue Bombers in the annual Labour Day Classic before a sold-out crowd of 30,945 at Mosaic Stadium yesterday.

Saskatchewan jumped out to an 18-4 lead, held off the Bombers when they woke up in the third, then put the game away in the final quarter.

"When you want to beat a team like that, you don't spot them 18 points in their barn, a tough place to play, and you just can't make the mistakes that we made," said a frustrated Winnipeg defensive tackle Doug Brown.

Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop completed 20 of 33 passes for 329 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass and had three interceptions.

Saskatchewan improved to 5-4 and a share of first place in the CFL West with Edmonton while the Bombers drop to 3-6.

Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant completed 23 of 37 passes for 246 yards and one 13-yard touchdown to receiver Weston Dressler, with one pick.

Saskatchewan backup quarterback Steven Jyles, who is inserted in short-yardage situations, scored on a one-yard touchdown run and running back Wes Cates added another from three yards out, both in the first quarter. Saskatchewan placekicker Luca Congi connected on field goal of 21 and 29 yards. Jamie Boreham added three singles.

JIM.BENDER@SUNMEDIA


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