VANCOUVER — It was closer than many thought it would be, but in the end, it will be recorded as another loss for the now 1-5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Bombers fought until the final seconds of the game but were unable to pull off a miracle and lost 27-20 to the B.C. Lions.
Winnipeg now goes on the bye week and next plays on Aug. 16th at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
B.C. improves to 4-2.
The Lions put 10 points on the board in the fourth quarter against Winnipeg’s three and that was the difference in this game.
The Bombers were hanging tough in Vancouver and sat tied with the heavily favoured Lions 17-17 after three quarters.
B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay got into a groove in the second quarter and struck twice to give his club a 17-9 lead.
A turnover gave the Bombers the ball deep in the Lions half of the field and Winnipeg quarterback Justin Goltz romped into the endzone for a major to cut the lead to one.
The Bombers got off to a quick start against the B.C. Lions and led 8-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bombers fumbled the opening kickoff but held the Lions to just three points and then answered with a Chad Simpson TD before the first 15 minutes had expired.
Winnipeg, now 1-5, gave Goltz his second career start. The team named Goltz its No. 1 quarterback in the middle of last week. His debut last week at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg yielded a 37-24 loss against the Calgary Stampeders.
"I think he’s put a little more pressure on himself but we’ve talked to him about that because really nothing’s changed from last week to this week other than probably more media scrutiny," head coach Tim Burke said in advance of today’s game. "The focus will be more on him from outside of the team."
Goltz passed for 194 yards, completing 19 of 35 throws last week.
In the week leading up to the game, Burke admonished his defence numerous times and said this week's focus will be to be "assignment-sharp."