OFFENCE: Ottawa RB Jonathan Williams racked up 229 yards total offence in his first CFL start and just his second overall game. The Redblacks have started a different tailback in four consecutive games, but Williams could stick for awhile.
DEFENCE: Jerrell Gavins led the Redblacks with eight tackles and picked off a pass as part of a dominant performance by the Ottawa defence.
SPECIAL TEAMS: One of the few bright spots for the Bombers was Moe Leggett’s 114-yard return for a TD on a missed field goal.
REDBLACKS 42 BOMBERS 20
134 — Ottawa eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time this season and the 134 they had along the ground by the intermission was a franchise high.
114 — Yards travelled by Moe Leggett on a missed field-goal return TD in the first quarter. Albert Johnson III holds the club record, at 122, set in 2000.
12-72 — The Bomber penalty total against the Redblacks.
THE RUN ‘D’ WOES: The Bombers entered the game eighth in the CFL in yards rushing against at 122.8 yards surrendered per game. And that number spiked upwards after Friday night.
“Guys are in the right spots,” said head coach Mike O’Shea. “We had them in the backfield... there were a couple really big gains where we had them dead to rights in the backfield and we just missed several tackles. It wasn’t one guy and when they get big chunks like that it’s because one or two or three guys miss. We had a hard time tackling tonight.”
TERRIBLE TWOS: The Bombers were out-scored 21-7 in the second quarter Friday, continuing an ugly trend that has been problematic all season. Winnipeg has been pummelled 135-66 in second quarters this year.
OUCH REPORT: SB Cory Watson was out of the game before halftime with a shoulder injury. LB E.J. Kuale was on crutches afterward after suffering a suspected knee injury and that status DB Demond Washington is unknown.
WHY THE RISK? The Bombers opted to leave Drew Willy in for the entire game, despite the pounding he took. Asked afterward why he didn’t yank his starter — who has been nursing a bum shoulder — O’Shea said;
“I don’t think of it like that. Maybe it’s just because I’m new at this, I don’t know, but I’m not wired to pull guys out. I’m really not. I’ll have to inspect that and I’ll have to talk about it more with (offensive coordinator) Marcel (Bellefeuille) and other people. I just don’t see it that way.”
NEXT: The Bombers are off for a few days and return to action on Thanksgiving Monday in Edmonton against the Eskimos, 3:30 p.m. (TSN, CJOB).