WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had played with fire too many times this season, and they finally got burned on Thursday night.
The Blue and Gold turned the ball over six times, and the arch-rival Saskatchewan Roughriders converted them into 87% of their point total — 20 of 23 — in front of the sellout crowd of 33,234 at Investors Group Field. The Riders scored two defensive touchdowns and emerged with a 23-17 triumph to move to within two points of the first-place Bombers in the West Division.
The Riders are 4-2, while the Bombers are 5-2 and have lost two straight at home to West Division opponents. Winnipeg will visit the Toronto Argonauts (2-4) on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
Going into Thursday’s clash, which lived up to its advanced billing, the Bombers had won three games when losing the turnover battle.