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Friday, July 21, 2006
Bombs away: Blue Bombers win on 100-yard TD pass


EDMONTON, Alberta -- With one play remaining, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers turned to Milt Stegall to save the day.

Stegall caught a 100-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Blue Bombers ended a five-game road losing streak against the Edmonton Eskimos with a 25-22 victory on Thursday night.

A 13-year veteran, Stegall made his 10th reception of the game by splitting a pair of defensive backs at the Winnipeg 40 and raced to the end zone, stunning the crowd at Commonwealth Stadium.

Stegall finished with 254 receiving yards for Winnipeg (4-2) and scored his 133rd touchdown, four shy of the all-time record shared by George Reed and Mike Pringle. In two games against the Eskimos this year, Stegall has 17 receptions for 407 yards.

With less than a minute to play and Winnipeg clinging to a 19-14 lead, the Blue Bombers tried to clinch the win by gambling on third-and-inches from their own 31. Kevin Glenn gained six yards on the quarterback sneak before fumbling, and defensive back Jonte Buhl recovered for the Eskimos.

Three plays later, Ricky Ray tossed his second touchdown pass of the night to Jason Tucker and hit Richard Alston on the conversion for a 22-19 edge.

Glenn completed 20-of-35 passes for 374 yards for the Blue Bombers, who defeated Edmonton for the second time in as many meetings this season.

Ray set a career high with his fifth consecutive 300-yard passing effort, going 26-of-38 for 342 yards for the defending Grey Cup champion Eskimos (2-3).