Starting quarterback Zach Collaros completed 18 of 22 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns while his replacement Sean McGuire scored three touchdowns as the Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 33-9 in a CFL battle.
The game was played in front of a sold-out Banjo Bowl crowd of 33,134 fully vaccinated fans at IG Field.
Saskatchewan starting quarterback Cody Fajardo was taken out of the game midway through the third quarter due to a concussion protocol after being sacked by Willie Jefferson. Fajardo, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 169 yards at the time, was replaced by Isaac Harker.
The game was also marred by a brawl in the second quarter which resulted in two Roughriders being sent off.
With back-to-back wins over the Riders, Winnipeg improved to 5-1 over the season and remained in possession of the top spot in the West Division. Saskatchewan fell to 3-2 and remained second.
With the Bombers leading 19-9 early in the fourth quarter, Collaros completed a 30-yard touchdown to wide receiver Darvin Adams to complete a 76-yard drive in five games. Collaros followed that up with a 52-yard touchdown pass to slotback Kennny Lawler late in the game.
McGuire had scored his third touchdown of the game with his third one-yard quarterback sneaking midway through the third quarter to give Winnipeg that 19-9 lead.
The Bombers took a 12-9 lead on McGuire’s second touchdown from a yardage in the first half. It was then that a brawl broke out with thrown punches, at least one face mask grabbed, players piling on top of each other and flags fluttering all over the end zone.
As a result, Saskatchewan defensive lineman Garrett Marino and defensive back AJ Hendy were ejected from the game. No bomber was ejected.
Kicker Marc Liegghio, who missed a 48-yard field goal attempt, missed his second halftime convert.
The Roughriders had taken a 9-6 lead on a 30-yard field goal from Brett Lauther.
The Roughriders tied the score at 6-6 early in the second quarter when Lauther kicked a 24-yard field goal.
Winnipeg had taken a slim 6-3 lead over the Riders in the second quarter. McGuire capped a 13-play, 79-yard practice with a one-yard touchdown on a stealth stroke. Liegghio’s conversion attempt was broad.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring on their first possession when Lauther netted a 25-yard field goal.
Saskatchewan will then host the Toronto Argonauts on Friday while the Bombers travel to Edmonton to face the Elks on Saturday.
This report was first published by the Canadian Press on September 11.