A ball-hungry defence and Matt Nichols’ steady play at quarterback has the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a roll.
Linebacker Maurice Leggett’s 60-yard interception return touchdown gave the Bombers the lead and the defence shut out Montreal in the second half of a 32-18 victory over the Alouettes on Friday night.
The Winnipeg defence picked off four Kevin Glenn passes, recovered a fumble and forced a turnover on downs.
“It’s fun watching those guys fly around,” Nichols said of the defence. “They do the same thing in practice.
“You’re playing against a bunch of very well coached, hard working guys on that defence and they do it every week.”
The Bombers (5-4) won their fourth game in a row since Nichols replaced Drew Willy as the starting quarterback. Justin Medlock went six-for-six on field goals to run his streak to 20 in a row, a career high, while Andrew Harris sealed the win with a late TD after a long, time-eating drive.
Harris had fumbled the ball away twice earlier in the game, but made up for it with a 19-yard scoring run at 12:54 of the fourth quarter.
‘It was a dog fight’
“It was definitely frustrating,” said Harris. “It was a dog fight out there.
“I was able to redeem myself and make a good play at the end but I couldn’t have done it without the team.”
Stefan Logan and backup quarterback Vernon Adams scored touchdowns and Anthony Fara had a field goal for Montreal (3-6), which fell short in its bid to win two games in a row for the first time this season after a big win last week in Ottawa. Montreal is 1-4 at home this season, while Winnipeg improved to 4-1 on the road. The Bombers have won their last four away games.
“They had a lot of turnovers,” said Montreal coach Jim Popp.