HAMILTON, Ont. -- Drew Willy did it again. Willys two-yard T

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HAMILTON, Ont. -- Drew Willy did it again. Willys two-yard T

Postby carrie567 » August 14th, 2019, 2:53 am

HAMILTON, Ont. -- Drew Willy did it again. Willys two-yard TD pass to Nic Grigsby on the final play rallied the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a stirring 27-26 comeback win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night. Grigsbys catch capped an impressive 11-play, 95-yard drive that began with 1:40 remaining and ended with Lirim Hajrullahus winning convert. On July 11, Willys 17-yard TD pass to Julian Feoli-Gudino with 28 seconds left gave the Bombers a 34-33 road win over the Montreal Alouettes. Feoli-Gudino had a hand in Thursdays victory, his clutch 22-yard catch putting Winnipeg (5-2) at the Hamilton two-yard, nice redemption after losing a fumble earlier in the quarter to end a promising drive. "We did it before against Montreal so I was saying in the huddle, Hey, weve been in the same situation before. Lets just go down there and get a touchdown, " Willy said. "I think every single guy had a piece of that drive, it was impressive to be a part of. "Thats everything a quarterback wants, you just want the ball in your hands to give your team a shot to win. Guys were just making terrific plays out there." Willys winning pass was hardly a thing of beauty. It was a high, fluttering throw into coverage that hung up in the air seemingly forever before falling softly into Grigsbys hands. "I was looking at Denny (Clarence Denmark) in the corner and I knew I had Grigsby in the flat and saw both were covered," Willy said. "I just wanted to give enough air where those guys go up and make a play and luckily Grigsby came away with the ball. "Im not going to say it was a skillful play because it really wasnt. We practise it all the time, we just made a play and sometimes thats how it goes." Willy finished 31-of-41 passing for 361 yards and a TD. Former Ticat Aaron Kelly had seven catches for 101 yards -- both game highs -- while Grigsby ran for 56 yards and a TD on 13 carries and added six receptions and 63 yards. Rookie Quincy McDuffies 66-yard punt return TD at 2:15 of the fourth earned Hamilton a 24-20 advantage, its first lead of the game. McDuffie, making his CFL debut, delighted a Ron Joyce Stadium gathering of 6,500 that was forced to endure a horrendous first half by the Ticats (1-4). Hamilton managed just two first downs and 22 net yards in the first half after registering two TDs and 158 yards on its first five plays in a 33-23 home win over Ottawa on Saturday night. And when Grigsby put Winnipeg ahead 20-3 with a 16-yard run at 2:38 of the third, it looked like the game was over. But quarterback Dan LeFevour -- who threw for 361 yards and a TD and ran for 109 yards and a touchdown against Ottawa -- hit C.J. Gable with a 48-yard scoring strike at 6:35. LeFevour, the CFLs offensive player of the week, scored on a two-yard run 12 seconds into the fourth to cut Hamiltons deficit to 20-17 before McDuffies electrifying return. Hamilton went ahead 26-20 after Hajrullahu was forced to boot the ball out of the end zone for a safety following a high snap at 3:53. Feoli-Gudino then fumbled after a nine-yard catch that Rico Murray recovered at the Hamilton 31-yard line with under six minutes remaining. "Its a good win for us but we dont want to keep having to do it that way, thats for sure," Bombers head coach Mike OShea said. "We recognize we made some mistakes . . . it looked like Hamilton was ready to take it but these guys just believe in each other and no one gave up. "When you get guys who are going to stick with their teammates, who are going to stick together, its a great thing." Hamiltons offence, which had over 550 yards against Ottawa, mustered just 218 net yards against Winnipeg. Willy and Co. rolled up 396 net yards offensively. LeFevour was impressive in his CFL debut as a starter against Ottawa but wasnt nearly so prolific against Winnipeg. He finished 19-of-33 passing for 189 yards with a TD and interception while running for just 15 yards on five carries. LeFevour was a dismal 4-of-12 passing for a paltry 17 yards in the first half but head coach/GM Kent Austin didnt blame his quarterback for the offences early struggles. "It wasnt Dan in the first half," Austin said. "No quarterback is going to be consistently in second and long against a defence like that and string first downs together." Instead, Austin blamed much of the loss on penalties as Hamilton was flagged 19 times for 114 yards. "Were not a good enough football team to overcome penalties," Austin said. "Were not that football team and I told the guys we play with great effort, were very resilient, we play hard, we play for 60 minutes but we cant get penalized like that." Robert Marve had Winnipegs other touchdown. Hajrullahu booted two field goals and the converts. Hamiltons Justin Medlock added a field goal and the converts. NOTES -- OShea began his CFL career with Hamilton in 93, being traded to the Ticats shortly after being drafted fourth overall by the Edmonton Eskimos. He was the leagues top rookie that year and spent three seasons in Steeltown before signing with Toronto as a free agent in 96 after being released by the NFLs Detroit Lions. The Argos dealt OShea back to Hamilton in 01 but returned to the Argos as a free agent in 02 and finished his playing career there through the 08 season . . . LeFevour is the first Ticats quarterback to make consecutive starts this season. . . . Winnipeg had just five penalties in last weekends 23-6 win over B.C., only one on offence. The Bombers had 10 penalties for 79 yards versus Hamilton. Steven Matz Jersey . Manager Ryan Nelsen has confirmed Brazilian No. 1 Julio Cesar will be rested for Wednesdays first leg of the semifinal. That opens the door for Bendik, who started 33 games for Toronto last season. Brandon Nimmo Jersey . 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Gary Carter Mets Jersey .C. -- Jackson Whistle made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Kelowna Rockets blanked the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-0 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.NEW YORK -- The NBA fined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George $25,000 on Tuesday for his public criticism of the officiating in the Eastern Conference finals Game 4 loss to Miami. Rod Thorn, the leagues president of basketball operations, said George made his comments in the postgame news conference following the 102-90 loss to the Heat on Monday night. Miami was 30 oof 34 from the foul line in the game.ddddddddddddIndiana was 11 of 17. George said his team couldnt overcome a "20-point differential" that came through foul calls. He said Miami won the game at the free-throw line. Miami leads the series 3-1 and can advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year with a win in Indiana on Wednesday night. ' ' '
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