CALGARY ó It was a better effort but the same result for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Cowtown.
The Calgary Stampeders edged the Bombers 23-20 on Saturday night in front of 30,150 spectators at McMahon Stadium.
The banged-up Bombers (2-3) have lost eight consecutive games at McMahon. The last time the Stampeders (4-1) lost at home to the Bombers was in October 2002.
Winnipeg, which plays three of its next four on the road, visits the Hamilton Tiger-Cats next Saturday.
The Bombers got down to the Calgary 30-yard line in the final minute thanks to a 44-yard catch by Terrence Edwards, but it ended there when quarterback Steven Jyles, making his second start in place of the injured Buck Pierce, overthrew Edwards in the end zone on third-and-10.
The Stampeders gave up a safety on the final play of the game.
After Rob Maverís 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter put the Stamps up 20-11, the Bombers got some hope when Edwards took advantage of a Calgary defensive blunder.
Stamps defensive backs Brandon Browner and Milt Collins both covered Adarius Bowman, allowing Edwards to get wide open behind them. Jyles got the ball to Edwards, who raced 61 yards for the score that got the visitors to within two, at 20-18.
On Calgaryís next drive it moved down the field thanks to a couple of Winnipeg penalties, but the Bomber defence held and the Stamps had to settle for Maverís 45-yard field goal.
Alexis Sernaís 33-yard field goal got the Bombers to within six, at 17-11, with 3:06 to go in the third. The drive began after Bomber defensive end Odell Willis forced Stamps quarterback Henry Burris to fumble and Phillip Hunt recovered.
That stopped a long Stamps drive that took up a big chunk of the third quarter.
Rob Maverís 45-yard field goal made it 10-0 for the Stampeders four minutes into the second quarter, but Winnipeg got on the board with Fred Reidís 46-yard touchdown run midway through the frame.
Reid hasnít had a 100-yard rushing game since last August, or a span of 14 games.
Sernaís punt single got Winnipeg to within two, at 10-8, but Henry Burris hit Deon Murphy on a four-yard touchdown toss. The major came after Winnipeg defensive end Phillip Hunt was given a questionable penalty for a horse-collar tackle on Joffrey Reynolds.
Hunt grabbed the back of Reynoldsí jersey on his left shoulder to haul him down, resulting in a first down. Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice was furious with the call, but it looks as if it was a good one. The CFL rule states that an unecessary roughness penalty should be handed out when ďtackling an opponent by grabbing the inside collar of the side or back of the shoulder pads, or jersey.Ē
Calgary had the only score of the first quarter with five minutes left. On a failed Bomber safety blitz, Nik Lewis had a 64-yard catch and run over the middle down to the Winnipeg 10-yard line.
Three plays later another Bomber safety blitz failed, and Burris hit a wide-open Ken-Yon Rambo from 20 yards out to make it 7-0 for the hosts.
The Bombers lost safety Ian Logan and special teamer Jerry-Ralph Jules to injury.