Winnipeg 29, Calgary 28
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, October 25, 2019
Where: IG Field, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Blue Bombers 29, Stampeders 28: Justin Medlock kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired as Winnipeg edged visiting Calgary to win the season series for the first time since 2012.
Zach Collaros completed 22-of-28 passes for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first start for the Blue Bombers (11-7), who can host a playoff game if the Stampeders fall to BC in the final week of the regular season. Kenny Lawler Jr. caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown while Darvin Adams made a TD catch for Winnipeg, which was without quarterback Chris Streveler due to an ankle injury.
Bo Levi Mitchell was 31-of-43 for 350 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair to Eric Rogers (seven catches, 78 yards) for the Stampeders (11-6), who had won six of their previous seven games. Reggie Begelton hauled in five passes for 98 yards while Hergy Mayala had seven receptions for 83 yards and a pair of scores for Calgary, which missed a chance to clinch a home playoff date.
Mitchell scrambled to his left and fired a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mayala to put the Stampeders on top 7-0 before Medlock kicked a 29-yard field goal to get Winnipeg on the board. Janarion Grant returned a missed field goal 61 yards, which led to Nic Demski's 3-yard TD run that gave the Blue Bombers their first lead, before Mitchell answered with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Rogers with one second left in the second quarter to jump back in front 14-10 at intermission.
Lawler caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to give Winnipeg a 17-14 advantage before Mitchell threw a pair of scoring strikes to Rogers (10 yards) and Mayala (11) to vault ahead 28-19 following a successful two-point conversion on the last play of the third quarter. Collaros spun away from two defenders before finding Adams in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown to close the gap to two points midway through the fourth quarter and Medlock kept his nerve on the final play to help the Blue Bombers, who have a bye in the final week, improve to 8-1 at home.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Winnipeg RB Andrew Harris gained 64 yards on 15 carries to become the ninth player in CFL history to surpass 9,000 rushing yards while overtaking Normie Kwong (9,022) for eighth place on the all-time list. … Mitchell has thrown a touchdown pass in 13 straight regular-season games. … Grant returned a missed extra point 122 yards for a defensive two-point conversion in the third quarter. … Mitchell has thrown for over 300 yards in five of his last six starts. ... Collaros' touchdown pass in the third quarter was his first since Sept, 30, 2018.
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Calgary will play their next game on the road against BC. The Stampeders have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .667 after a loss.