CFL Game Summary - Hamilton at Winnipeg
(Friday, September 21st)
Final Score: Winnipeg 34, Hamilton 12
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Buck Pierce threw for 288 yards and a major on
an efficient 21-of-30 passing as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers thumped the
Hamilton Tiger Cats, 34-12, on Friday.
Pierce hadn't played in the team's previous eight games due to torn ligaments
and a torn muscle in his right foot, which he suffered on July 13 against the
Chad Simpson rushed for 134 yards on 19 carries, while William Ford and Alex
Brink both recorded majors for the Blue Bombers (3-9), who snapped a four-game
Kito Poblah caught a touchdown pass and Terrance Edwards caught four balls for
88 yards, while Justin Palardy booted four field goals in the victory.
"I'm glad Buck's back," Winnipeg head coach Tim Burke said. "It was a
combination of things that led to our offensive success, and Buck is a big
part of that."
Henry Burris threw for 156 yards on just 11-of-24 passing, while Avon Cobourne
ran for 77 yards on 18 carries in the setback.
Luca Congi accounted for all of Hamilton's points with four field goals. The
Ti-Cats (4-8) have lost six of their last seven games.
With the game tied, 9-9, in the third quarter, Winnipeg got the ball on its
own 17 following a two-and-out with just over eight minutes to go in the third
Pierce led an effective 8-play, 93-yard drive -- highlighted by a 24-yard
completion to Rory Kohlert. A face mask call on the defense added 15 yards to
the end of the play, setting the Bombers up with a first down on the Hamilton
30. Brink capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown push to make it 16-7.
Congi knocked through a 46-yarder on the ensuing Ti-Cats possession, but
Winnipeg answered with another long drive on its next touch, going 74 yards in
nine plays before Palardy made it 19-12 with an 11-yard field goal early in
the fourth quarter.
The Bombers put the game away on their next possession as Pierce led an eight-
play, 71-yard march to the Hamilton seven before hooking up with Poblah for
the score and a 26-12 lead.
Ford finished the rout with a 17-yard spring to the end zone with less than
two minutes remaining.
The Bombers opened the scoring on their second possession of the game as
Pierce led the squad 57 yards in six plays down to the Hamilton eight before
Palardy connected on a chip-shot 15-yard field goal for the early lead.
Hamilton drew even late in the opening quarter when Congi knocked a 37-yarder
through the uprights.
Winnipeg grabbed the lead back early in the second quarter as Palardy capped a
nine-play, 46-yard march with a 28-yard field goal.
The Bombers' defense came up with a big play on the ensuing Ti-Cats
possession when Burris completed a pass to Andrew Fantuz, who fumbled and it
was recovered by Alex Suber on their own 54.
From there, Winnipeg went 32 yards in six plays and Palardy was good again
from 31 yards out to make it 9-3.
On the ensuing Hamilton touch, the Ti-Cats put together a six-play, 66-yard
drive and Congi finished it with a 39-yard field goal to cut the deficit to
9-6 at the break.
Hamilton got the ball to begin the third quarter and quickly tied the contest
at nine via a 16-yard field goal from Congi.
Winnipeg is 11-5 in Pierce's last 16 starts dating back to last season ...
Burke earned his first CFL win ... The Bombers have won five straight meetings
with the Tigers Cats, and lead the all-time series between the teams, 59-45.
09/21 23:44:38 ET
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