Red-hot running back has 'incredible' day

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

Karim Lowen hails from the small Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where the yearly temperature averages around 25 degrees Celsius.

He makes no (shivering) bones about it. He hates the cold.

"I have a lot of layers on," the fourth-year Bisons running back said following Manitoba's 44-29 victory over the Regina Rams in a Canada West Semifinal game at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday.

"I'm warm right now."

Try on fire. Blazing, roaring, out of control -- take your pick.

With the temperature hovering around the zero mark Lowen was the offensive story of the game for the Herd, rushing for 265 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns as the Bisons overcame a five point deficit at the half.

Lowen was instrumental in the second half awakening, lugging the ball 25 times for 194 yards in the final 30 minutes, wearing down the defence and keeping the Regina offence off the field.

"The first half, we came out, it wasn't like we normally play," the 5-foot-9, 200-pound back said. "We need big plays. In the first half they had big plays which got them up on us. In the second half we came out more determined. We went (into the room) down on ourselves because we came out and didn't play.

"Second half, everything just opened up."

Opened up or was forced open by the hard slashing running style of Lowen, who averaged a whopping 7.8 yards per carry. With his usual backfield mate Matt Henry out of the game with injury, Lowen's shining moment came in the fourth quarter.

Regina scored a touchdown to cut the score to 37-29 with just under 10 minutes left. Fearing a repeat of the final regular season match-up between the clubs, Lowen had most of the touches on a seven-play drive from the Manitoba 42 yard line -- highlighted by a arm-breaking 35-yard run up the middle.

"I don't know how many tackles he broke, I don't know how many tacklers he made miss ... it was unbelievable what he did," Bisons head coach Brian Dobie said. "I kind of want to see the film just so I can watch what Karim did."

"That was really a shining moment for our offence," the coach added. "We needed to respond to their offence with our offence."

Speaking of that unit, the Bisons put up 604 yards offence. Quarterback John Makie went 23-of-38 for 286 yards (slightly more than Lowen's ground total), with three touchdowns and three interceptions.


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