Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Buck Helps Bombers Down Hamilton 34-12 for Third Win of the Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Buck Helps Bombers Down Hamilton 34-12 for Third Win of the Season

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Bombers beat Ticats 34-12 to end slump


WINNIPEG - Buck Pierce breathed some life into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' offence and the team's faint playoff hopes.

Pierce and the Bombers scored three touchdowns en route to a 34-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.

Pierce has been out since July with an injured foot. It was his first win since the season started and the first for interim head coach Tim Burke, who gave full credit to his starting quarterback's return.

"There's a combination of things that led to our offensive success and obviously Buck is a big part of that," said Burke, as the Bombers (3-9) now look ahead to the Toronto Argonauts next Saturday.

"You can see when he's out there he takes command of the huddle. I thought he did a great job using the clock going against the wind. He burned a bunch of time off the clock and just managed the game so well."

The wind was gusting to almost 60 kilometres per hour at the start of the game and the temperature was a chilly 8 C, falling about five degrees during the game.

It didn't seem to bother Pierce, who completed 21-of-31 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown to Kito Poblah in the third quarter.

Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris managed only 11-of-24 attempts and 156 yards as penalties either sapped the Ticats' (4-8) momentum or gave new life to stalled Bomber drives.

"Penalties killed us tonight and we just didn't make enough plays on offence," he said after the game, his voice hoarse from trying to be heard calling signals over a screaming crowd.

"It's something that we've got to figure out ASAP."

Coach George Cortez said the Bombers didn't surprise him with the effort they put in but his Ticats did.

"We had a discussion, not a discussion, a soliloquy about penalties," he said.

"I was very disappointed in how we came out tonight."

Burke said the rest of the offence stepped up, from the offensive line to the receivers and in particular running back Chad Simpson, who had the best night of his rookie season. …

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