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