Blue Bomber Report Record: 6–6–0

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Offence

Justin Goltz's passing totals are horrid -- 8 of 17 for 129 yards with no TDs and an interception -- but he did something no other quarterback has done for this team since Week 2: win. He ran for two TDs and 56 yards and did just enough to earn his first win as a pro.

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Defence

Where do you start? The Bombers got eight sacks from seven different players and played inspired football. We liked the work of Demond Washington, who had seven tackles, two special-teams tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. but there were any number of candidates who jumped off the page.

Special Teams

Will Ford's contributions out of the backfield were measly -- 12 carries for 42 yards -- but his 98-yard kickoff return in the first quarter brought some real life to Investors Group Field and sparked the Bombers.

FAN O METER

This remains a special game on the Bombers schedule and the fans, all 33,500 of them, were alive from before the kickoff to the final gun. Banjos everywhere, signs, faces and bodies painted and the work of the Bombers defence had this place the loudest it has been since opening night.

CRITICAL NUMBERS

1-4 -- The Bombers' home record after picking up, finally, their first win in their new building.

23 -- The net offence for the Bombers in the first half... in which Saskatchen led 12-10.

66 -- Days since the last win for the Bombers, way back on July 4th in Montreal.

5-5 -- The Bombers record in the 10 Banjo Bowls to date.

DOMINANT 'D': The Bombers intercepted Darian Durant for the second straight week and limited him to just 129 yards passing as he completed only 15 of 33 passes. Winnipeg's pressure came from everywhere as they registered eight sacks while holding Kory Sheets to under 100 yards for the second straight game (14 carries for 65 yards) and limiting go-to targets Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf to only one catch each for a combined 30 yards.

"I've got give a lot of credit to (defensive coordinator) Casey (Creehan)," said Bomber head coach Tim Burke. "He came up with a real good blitz plan against these guys. We had a lot of guys come free off of blitzes. The blitzing helped with everything else. Darian probably was a little uncertain about what was going on. I've got to give a lot of credit to the secondary which I am usually bashing. THey did a real good job playing man coverage and did a really good job of blitzing. D-line did a great job, I don't know how many sacks we had, but we were in the backfield a lot. The defence really played tough, they were out there a lot in the first half."

OUCH REPORT: OL Paul Swiston (knee, shoulder) did not finish the game and Burke said he wasn't sure the extent of the injury.

QUOTABLE: "It was a really our defence. The defence was lights-out the whole game. We probably give the defence the offensive game ball. I mean, they played so hard and kept us in the game. We just had to do something to keep us in the game. We made a few plays and they shut the door." -- Bomber receiver Aaron Kelly.

BUSY TURNSTILES: For all their failures on the field this season the Bombers continue to cram fannies into Investors Group Field. With a sellout crowd of 33,500 the Bombers have averaged an eye-popping 32,446 spectators through their first five regular-season home dates at IGF.

The previous franchise attendance record was set in 2011 when an average of 29,556 fans turned up at slightly smaller Canad Inns Stadium in a season in which the Bombers went to the Grey Cup game.

WHERE THEY STAND

The Bombers will wake up Monday morning in the same place they were Sunday -- and for much of the summer -- staring up at the rest of the teams in the East Division. The win stops a seven-game losing skid and improves them to 2-8, four points behind the Montreal Alouettes at 4-6 after they fell to the Toronto Argonauts.

NEXT UP: The Bombers now head into their third consecutive home-and-home series, beginning this Saturday in Edmonton with the Eskimos here the following Friday, Sept. 20th.

--Ed Tait/Paul Wiecek

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 9, 2013 ??65534

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Updated on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM CDT: Saskatchewan lead at the half.

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