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Sports Blue Bombers become first CFL team to earn playoff spot with 26-16 victory over Elks

11:02  16 october  2021
11:02  16 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers trounce B.C. Lions 30-9

  Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers trounce B.C. Lions 30-9 VANCOUVER — Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Kenny Lawler felt he had something to prove as he lined up against the B.C. Lions Friday night. He responded to the internal pressure with 12 receptions for 205 yards, helping his team to a dominant 30-9 victory. “When I come here its personal," Lawler said, adding that he played for the Lions in 2018 and when he tore his hamstring, he didn't appeciate the way the club dealt with him. "I just try toHe responded to the internal pressure with 12 receptions for 205 yards, helping his team to a dominant 30-9 victory.

EDMONTON — Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the first CFL team to secure a playoff berth. The Blue Bombers (9- 1 ) captured their seventh straight victory and improved to 7-0 within the West Division. Collaros finished 15-of-24 passing for 210 yards with an interception to remain the CFL ’s passing leader (2,565 yards). He’s also tops in TD passes with 15. This marks the fifth straight season that Winnipeg, the defending Grey Cup champion, has made the playoffs .

They've been the class of the CFL this season and so it's fitting that Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the chance to become the first team to cement a playoff berth. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Winnipeg (8- 1 ) can punch its post-season ticket Friday night with a road win over the Edmonton Elks ( 2 - 6 ). The Bombers , who won the '19 Grey Cup title, are looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season and reach the 10-win plateau also for the fifth consecutive year. Load Error. The Bombers are coming off a dominant 30-3 home victory last week over Edmonton.

EDMONTON — Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the first CFL team to secure a playoff berth.

  Blue Bombers become first CFL team to earn playoff spot with 26-16 victory over Elks © Provided by The Canadian Press

Collaros threw two touchdown passes Winnipeg defeated the Edmonton Elks 26-16 on Friday night. The Blue Bombers (9-1) captured their seventh straight victory and improved to 7-0 within the West Division.

Collaros finished 15-of-24 passing for 210 yards with an interception to remain the CFL's passing leader (2,565 yards). He's also tops in TD passes with 15.

This marks the fifth straight season that Winnipeg, the defending Grey Cup champion, has made the playoffs.

“You think back to 2019 and that feeling of just going to the playoffs and now to clinch it at this point in the season, it feels good,” said Winnipeg receiver Rasheed Bailey, who hauled in Collaros's second TD pass in the fourth quarter. "But we are not satisfied.

Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers trounce B.C. Lions 30-9

  Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers trounce B.C. Lions 30-9 VANCOUVER — Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Kenny Lawler felt he had something to prove as he lined up against the B.C. Lions Friday night. He responded to the internal pressure with 12 receptions for 205 yards, helping his team to a dominant 30-9 victory. “When I come here its personal," Lawler said, adding that he played for the Lions in 2018 and when he tore his hamstring, he didn't appeciate the way the club dealt with him. "I just try toHe responded to the internal pressure with 12 receptions for 205 yards, helping his team to a dominant 30-9 victory.

They've been the class of the CFL this season and so it's fitting that Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the chance to become the first team to cement a playoff berth. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Winnipeg (8- 1 ) can punch its post-season ticket Friday night with a road win over the Edmonton Elks ( 2 - 6 ). The Bombers , who won the '19 Grey Cup title, are looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season and reach the 10-win plateau also for the fifth consecutive year. The Bombers are coming off a dominant 30-3 home victory last week over Edmonton.

They've been the class of the CFL this season and so it's fitting that Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the chance to become the first team to cement a playoff berth. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Winnipeg (8- 1 ) can punch its post-season ticket Friday night with a road win over the Edmonton Elks ( 2 - 6 ). The Bombers , who won the '19 Grey Cup title, are looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season and reach the 10-win plateau also for the fifth consecutive year. The Bombers are coming off a dominant 30-3 home victory last week over Edmonton.

"We are going to keep getting better and learn from our mistakes and keep winning.”

Edmonton (2-7) suffered its fifth straight loss and dropped to 0-5 at home this season.

“Guys are still wanting to play and ready to go and wanting to win every game,” said Elks quarterback Taylor Cornelius. "It is a little unfortunate we didn't come away with this one, but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Edmonton's defence forced a safety at 9:31 of the first quarter, then came up big five minutes later as Trumaine Washington intercepted Collaros in the end zone. The Bombers closed out the opening quarter with a 37-yard Ali Mourtada field goal.

The Elks responded with Sean Whyte's 34-yard field goal at 11:22 of the second.

Winnipeg took the lead with three minutes left in the first half as a 47-yard completion to Kenny Lawler set up Collaros's five-yard TD strike to Andrew Harris. But Harris appeared to suffer an injury to his right knee and did not return as Brady Oliveira finished up with 105 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Harris's two TDs power Bombers past Elks 30-3; Winnipeg wins sixth straight

  Harris's two TDs power Bombers past Elks 30-3; Winnipeg wins sixth straight WINNIPEG — Andrew Harris ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers extended their win streak to six games with a 30-3 rout of the Edmonton Elks on Friday. It was the 27th time in his 11-year career that the Winnipeg-born Harris has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. He scored both his TDs in the fourth quarter. The Bombers boosted their CFL-leading record to 8-1, while the Elks suffered their fourth straight loss and fell to 2-6. Winnipeg has now won 16 of its past 17 games at IG Field, with 27,388 fans taking in Friday's game.

They've been the class of the CFL this season and so it's fitting that Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the chance to become the first team to cement a playoff berth. © Provided by The Canadian Press. Winnipeg (8- 1 ) can punch its post-season ticket Friday night with a road win over the Edmonton Elks ( 2 - 6 ). The Bombers , who won the '19 Grey Cup title, are looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season and reach the 10-win plateau also for the fifth consecutive year. Load Error. The Bombers are coming off a dominant 30-3 home victory last week over Edmonton.

They’ve been the class of the CFL this season and so it’s fitting that Zach Collaros and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have the chance to become the first team to cement a playoff berth. The Bombers , who won the ’19 Grey Cup title, are looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season and reach the 10-win plateau also for the fifth consecutive year. The Bombers are coming off a dominant 30-3 home victory last week over Edmonton. Winnipeg accumulated 401 total offensive yards and held the ball for over 36 minutes despite being minus Kenny Lawler (suspended), the CFL ’s receiving leader.

Whyte kicked a 25-yard field cut Winnipeg's half-time lead to 10-8.

Mourtada converted from 27 and a career-high 43 yards to start the third. Edmonton tied it 16-16 on Cornelius's 11-yard TD toss to Shai Ross. Backup quarterback Dakota Prukop added the two-point convert.

Rookie Cornelius got the start as incumbent Trevor Harris was a healthy scratch. Cornelius finished 17-of-29 passing for 187 yards with a TD while rushing four times for 19 yards.

Moments after Elks defender Aaron Grymes couldn’t hang on to an easy interception opportunity, Collaros hit Bailey on a 48-yard completion before finding him on a five-yard scoring strike six minutes into the fourth.

“You've got to love Zach,” said Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea. “Grymes drops that ball and he comes right back and gets Bailey.

"He is just unfazed and stands in there and delivers. It's fantastic.”

Mourtada cemented the win with a 23-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining.

Winnipeg hosts the B.C. Lions next Saturday while Edmonton has a bye week before returning home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Oct. 29.

NOTES: Harris being sidelined while healthy has led to speculation the Elks are actively shopping their veteran quarterback on the trade front… Lawler returned to the lineup after being suspended by Winnipeg for its last game for an impaired driving arrest… The actual attendance appeared to be far beneath the announced 24,276 fans.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2021.

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