Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Fumble Away Ball in 40-32 Overtime Loss to Blue Bombers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Redblacks Fumble Away Ball in 40-32 Overtime Loss to Blue Bombers

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Redblacks fumble away ball in OT loss to Bombers


OTTAWA - Jovan Santos-Knox recovered a fumble in overtime and held on to it as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers avoided a disastrous loss to the Ottawa Redblacks.

After the Redblacks came from 15 points down in the final five minutes to force overtime, Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols completed a touchdown pass to Weston Dressler, then made a two-point conversion before Santos-Knox's a fumble recovery to escape Ottawa with a 40-32 win on Friday night.

"It's been said a number of times, a big-time player making a big time play when his teammates need it the most. He did just that," Bombers coach Mike O'Shea said of Santos Knox.

"I thought defence didn't have the end of the fourth quarter they wanted but they battle hard in the overtime ended up winning the game for us."

Sinopoli took full responsibility for the fumble and the loss after the game.

"I should have hung onto the ball and it falls on me in the end. It shouldn't have ended that way but it did and we've got to move on past it," Sinopoli said. "Obviously we'd like to finish when we get into the red zone, but in the end it comes down to simple football."

On a positive note for the Redblacks, Lewis Ward kicked three field goals to set the CFL record for consecutive field goals made.

Ward tied Rene Paredes's record of 39 made kicks, set over the 2012-13 season with the Calgary Stampeders, at 11:41 of the third quarter with a 42-yard boot.

After Winnipeg fumbled on the next possession, Ward quickly tied the record with a 40-yard field goal at 14:17, cutting the Bombers lead to 22-17.

"It's pretty special," Ward said following the game in a sombre Redblacks locker-room.

"I expected to do well in this league," said Ward. "I'm not sure if I expected this because I didn't come here to try and break any records or anything like that. …

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