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Feoli-Gudino gets it done

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino leaps into the arms of teammate Patrick Neufeld after scoring a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Friday. The Blue Bombers beat the Alouettes 34-33.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino flies over Montreal Alouettes' defensive back Jamaan Webb during first quarter CFL football action Friday, July 11, 2014 in Montreal.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' kicker Lirim Hajrullahu kicks a field goal as the team faces the Montreal Alouettes' during the first quarter.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Robert Marve, right celebrates a touchdown with teammates Bryant Turner Jr., and Michel-Pierre Pontbriand as the Bombers face the Montreal Alouettes during the first quarter of Friday's game.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive back Desia Dunn scores a touchdown on a pass interception in front of teammate Jason Vega and Montreal Alouettes' centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain during the second quarter of Friday's game.
Montreal Alouettes' quarterback Troy Smith lobs the ball to teammate Brandon Whitaker as they face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the second quarter.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Robert Marve is tackled by Montreal Alouettes' linebacker Chip Cox in the second quarter of Friday's game.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' running back Nic Grigsby is tackled Montreal Alouettes' cornerback Geoff Tisdale during the second quarter.
Montreal Alouettes' wide receiver Chad Johnson catches a pass in front of Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive back Matt Bucknor for a touchdown during the first quarter.
A near full moon rises over the Percival Molson Stadium as the Montreal Alouettes face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' slotback Nick Moore catches a pass in front of Montreal Alouettes' defensive back Jamaan Webb during the third quarter of Friday's game.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino leaps into the arms of teammate Patrick Neufeld after scoring a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Friday. The Blue Bombers beat the Alouettes 34-33. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino flies over Montreal Alouettes' defensive back Jamaan Webb during first quarter CFL football action Friday, July 11, 2014 in Montreal. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' kicker Lirim Hajrullahu kicks a field goal as the team faces the Montreal Alouettes' during the first quarter. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Robert Marve, right celebrates a touchdown with teammates Bryant Turner Jr., and Michel-Pierre Pontbriand as the Bombers face the Montreal Alouettes during the first quarter of Friday's game. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive back Desia Dunn scores a touchdown on a pass interception in front of teammate Jason Vega and Montreal Alouettes' centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain during the second quarter of Friday's game. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Montreal Alouettes' quarterback Troy Smith lobs the ball to teammate Brandon Whitaker as they face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the second quarter. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Robert Marve is tackled by Montreal Alouettes' linebacker Chip Cox in the second quarter of Friday's game. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' running back Nic Grigsby is tackled Montreal Alouettes' cornerback Geoff Tisdale during the second quarter. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Montreal Alouettes' wide receiver Chad Johnson catches a pass in front of Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive back Matt Bucknor for a touchdown during the first quarter. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
A near full moon rises over the Percival Molson Stadium as the Montreal Alouettes face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' slotback Nick Moore catches a pass in front of Montreal Alouettes' defensive back Jamaan Webb during the third quarter of Friday's game. - Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Thirteen plays. Seventy-five yards. One minute, 49 seconds. Two third downs.

And one perfectly thrown 18-yard touchdown pass from Drew Willy to Julian Feoli-Gudino.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino leaps into the arms of teammate Patrick Neufeld after scoring a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Friday. The Blue Bombers beat the Alouettes 34-33.

PAUL CHIASSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino leaps into the arms of teammate Patrick Neufeld after scoring a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes in the final minutes of the fourth quarter Friday. The Blue Bombers beat the Alouettes 34-33.

That was the 11th-hour recipe the Winnipeg Blue Bombers conjured up in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter Friday night to turn what was looking like it was going to be Winnipeg’s first loss of the 2014 season into its most dramatic victory instead — 34-33 over the Montreal Alouettes.

And just like that, Willy — a man who had started just four games in his entire professional career prior to this year — has now won all three of his regular-season starts since taking over as the starting QB for the Bombers this season.

And Feoli-Gudino — a Montreal native who grew up watching the Alouettes at Stade Molson and who was pressed into a starting role Friday night only because non-import slotback Cory Watson was hurt — is suddenly the most unlikely of Bombers heroes.

"It feels great — at home and on a third down. It was amazing," Feoli-Gudino said of his game-winning catch, which came in the final minute and with the Bombers down to their last gasp at third and 10.

"It was a big team effort and I had to make a play at the end like all the guys did during the whole game. It’s a big win for the team."

Down 33-28 with 2:18 to play, the Bombers took over at their own 35-yard line and were looking at a long and daunting field on a night they had mustered just 199 yards of net offence to that point

But with the game on the line, Willy used the run — a 15-yard scramble got the ball to the Bombers 50 — and then short passes to Feoli-Gudino, Rory Kohlert, Nic Grigsby and Nick Moore to get the ball to the Montreal 18.

The 11-yard pass to Moore — the big-money free agent the Bombers acquired in the off-season — was particularly big, coming as it did on a third-and-five.

But after back-to-back incomplete passes from the Montreal 18 and the Bombers the game ultimately turned on Willy finding Feoli-Gudino, who was a bit special-teamer on the Toronto Argonauts last year and signed as a free agent over the winter with the Bombers, who saw something in him as an offensive threat the Argos never recognized.

Willy said he had no hesitation in entrusting Feoli-Gudino with the biggest catch of this young Bombers season.

"That’s kind of where the read took me," Willy said. "And Julian — he’s been making plays all season. I didn’t know him before this season but he’s been very, very reliable for me. Just like the other guys have been as well.

"Everybody kind of had their moment as well. It was just one of those things — the defence kept us in it and we were able to make a play on that last drive."

The Bombers lost the net offence yardage battle decisively — 385-274. Moore led the Bombers in receiving yards with seven catches for 84 yards, including an absolute beauty in the second half that saw him go fully extended to haul in a 49-yarder.

paul.wiecek@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @PaulWiecek

 

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Updated on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM CDT: Updates with write-thru.

7:01 PM: Updates score; changes headline.

7:18 PM: Changes photo.

7:59 PM: Updates score; changes headline.

8:48 PM: Updates score; changes headline.

9:28 PM: Adds slideshow; changes headline.

9:40 PM: Updates with final score.

10:21 PM: Replaces pre-game story with Canadian Press post-gamer.

11:18 PM: Replaces Canadian Press post-game story with local post-gamer.

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