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By defeating the Alouettes 35-20, the Bombers move to 9-0

Bombers move to 9-0 with a 35-20 victory over the Alouettes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a strong second half on Thursday night, which allowed them to remain unbeaten through half of the 2022 CFL season.
  • With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Collaros was sacked, dropped the ball, and Montreal later recovered it in Winnipeg territory.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were undefeated through half of the 2022 CFL season thanks to a solid second half on Thursday night.

To defeat the Montreal Alouettes 35-20 and improve to 9-0 on the year, Winnipeg scored 28 points in the second half.

Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros did enough to help his club win despite tossing three interceptions while passing for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Before the Bombers took control of the game in the fourth quarter, it was knotted at 14.

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According to Collaros, the team’s crucial fourth quarter was the result of “just digging deep, believing in each other, and trusting our preparation.” We agreed before the game that nothing would serve as a justification. Therefore we are quite happy that we were capable of succeeding in this one.

The Bombers offense had a difficult start as Collaros was picked off by Als DB Wesley Sutton on the game’s opening possession, giving Montreal excellent field position. But David Côté’s 24-yard field goal would be the most the home club could provide.

Collaros was sacked with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, lost the ball, and Montreal recovered it in Winnipeg territory. Montreal would advance to the Winnipeg 5 as the second quarter of the game began, but the Bombers defense held firm and forced a turnover on downs.

When Winnipeg reached the end of the field, Collaros completed a 9-yard touchdown ball to Dalton Schoen, giving him a league-leading seven receiving touchdowns. Both defenses played solidly for the remainder of the quarter to preserve the score at 7-3 at the break.

After making a 49-yard field goal to start the third quarter, Côté would get the Als closer, but the Bombers would regain possession of the ball, and Collaros would find Rasheed Bailey for a five-yard touchdown.

Bombers move to 9-0 with a 35-20 victory over the Alouettes.
Bombers move to 9-0 with a 35-20 victory over the Alouettes. Image from Winnipeg Free press

Tyson Philpot’s big plays, including a 60-yard kickoff return and a 15-yard receiving touchdown, helped Montreal come back swiftly. The two-point conversion would be successful by the Als, tying the score at 14.

Early in the fourth, Côté attempted a 49-yard field goal, but it was blocked, and the score remained tied.

On the following Winnipeg drive, Drew Wolitarsky’s 41-yard reception assisted the Bombers in moving inside the Montreal 5-yard line. QB Dakota Prukop then snuck the ball in from the one-yard line, and the successful conversion put the score 21-14.

Later in the fourth, Janarion Grant returned a punt 57 yards for a score, giving the Bombers the victory.

Late in the game, running back Brady Oliveira scored on a 6-yard run to cap off his second straight productive game, during which he gained 92 yards on 17 carries.

Despite a challenging offensive first half, Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea referred to the victory as a tough one.

Source: Global News

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