Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drew Willy Rallies Bombers to Stirring Road Win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Drew Willy Rallies Bombers to Stirring Road Win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Willy rallies Bombers to win over Ticats

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HAMILTON - Drew Willy did it again.

Willy's two-yard TD pass to Nic Grigsby on the final play rallied the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a stirring 27-26 comeback win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night. Grigsby's catch capped an impressive 11-play, 95-yard drive that began with 1:40 remaining and ended with Lirim Hajrullahu's winning convert.

On July 11, Willy's 17-yard TD pass to Julian Feoli-Gudino with 28 seconds left gave the Bombers a 34-33 road win over the Montreal Alouettes. Feoli-Gudino had a hand in Thursday's victory, his clutch 22-yard catch putting Winnipeg (5-2) at the Hamilton two-yard, nice redemption after losing a fumble earlier in the quarter to end a promising drive.

"We did it before against Montreal so I was saying in the huddle, 'Hey, we've been in the same situation before. Let's just go down there and get a touchdown,' " Willy said. "I think every single guy had a piece of that drive, it was impressive to be a part of.

"That's everything a quarterback wants, you just want the ball in your hands to give your team a shot to win. Guys were just making terrific plays out there."

Willy's winning pass was hardly a thing of beauty. It was a high, fluttering throw into coverage that hung up in the air seemingly forever before falling softly into Grigsby's hands.

"I was looking at Denny (Clarence Denmark) in the corner and I knew I had Grigsby in the flat and saw both were covered," Willy said. "I just wanted to give enough air where those guys go up and make a play and luckily Grigsby came away with the ball.

"I'm not going to say it was a skillful play because it really wasn't. We practise it all the time, we just made a play and sometimes that's how it goes."

Willy finished 31-of-41 passing for 361 yards and a TD. Former Ticat Aaron Kelly had seven catches for 101 yards -- both game highs -- while Grigsby ran for 56 yards and a TD on 13 carries and added six receptions and 63 yards.

Rookie Quincy McDuffie's 66-yard punt return TD at 2:15 of the fourth earned Hamilton a 24-20 advantage, its first lead of the game. McDuffie, making his CFL debut, delighted a Ron Joyce Stadium gathering of 6,500 that was forced to endure a horrendous first half by the Ticats (1-4).

Hamilton managed just two first downs and 22 net yards in the first half after registering two TDs and 158 yards on its first five plays in a 33-23 home win over Ottawa on Saturday night. And when Grigsby put Winnipeg ahead 20-3 with a 16-yard run at 2:38 of the third, it looked like the game was over.

But quarterback Dan LeFevour -- who threw for 361 yards and a TD and ran for 109 yards and a touchdown against Ottawa -- hit C.J. Gable with a 48-yard scoring strike at 6:35. LeFevour, the CFL's offensive player of the week, scored on a two-yard run 12 seconds into the fourth to cut Hamilton's deficit to 20-17 before McDuffie's electrifying return. …

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