Beasley comes up big in OT

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Blue Bombers had just scored a touchdown in the second session of overtime, but the defence still needed to stop B.C. on its last possession.

Winnipeg cornerback Deon Beasley, who had been picked on earlier in the game, then picked off a pass by Lions quarterback

Casey Printers and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown that salted the game away 47-35 Monday.

"What's funny is (defensive) coach Kavis (Reed) said on the bench to Beasley, 'You're going to make the play to win this game.' That's no joke," revealed Bomber safety Ian Logan.

"You know, they ran that play on him a couple of times and this time he believed in himself," said Winnipeg cornerback Jovon Johnson. "The second one, he almost got and the third one, he made the play."

Beasley admitted he made amends for getting beaten earlier.

"They got me a couple of times," he said. "My feet got caught a couple of times, you know what I mean? But I went out there with the game on the line, I did what I had to do to make plays. Big-time players -- and I'm a little guy -- make big-time plays in big games."

CLUTCH KICKS: Just one week after missing a short field goal in a game that the Bombers lost by two, rookie placekicker Justin Palardy came through in the clutch for Winnipeg on Monday.

Palardy, who missed a 31-yarder in the first quarter, booted a 42-yard field goal to send the game into overtime on the last play of the fourth quarter, then connected on a 32-yard three-pointer to knot the score at 35-35 in the first OT session.

"He missed the easy one but he made the ones over 40 and at the end of the game," LaPolice said.

NO FAKE: That fake punt by Mike Renaud that looked so comical during Mon-day's match was not what it seemed.

"It wasn't a fake punt," said Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice. "We tried a rugby punt after (Yonus Davis) returned one (punt) for a (73- yard) touchdown."

A rugby punt is where the punter starts to run, then punts it. In this case, Renaud ran, punted, the punt was blocked and he recovered it. But the Lions took over on downs at the Winnipeg 25 and scored two plays later to take a 22-11 lead in the third quarter.

Renaud, however, does have the option to run for a first down if he believes he can make it.

WINNER: In his first game of the season, sophomore RB Yvenson Bernard scored the winning TD on a two-yard plunge in the second session of OT.

"It felt good, it felt real good," Bernard said. "Oh man, it was just amazing ... I mean, we were down and to come back like that, that's world class out there."

HASHMARKS: Whispers are that the Bombers are still seeking a Canadian receiver as the CFL trade deadline is Wednesday and they are still offering import WR Adarius Bowman ... Backup LB Merrill Johnson will miss at least a week of action with an MCL injury ... Backup S Brady Browne also suffered an undisclosed injury ... With a QB sack Monday, DL Doug Brown moved into third place on the club's career list with 48.

CHOKING: Here are a couple of headlines in the Vancouver newspapers on Tuesday: "Monumental collapse" ( Vancouver Sun) and "Leos perform a textbook choke job" ( Vancouver Province).

"They (Bombers) were ready to quit," B.C. LB Korey Banks told the Province. "But we got too cute."


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