Bomber Defense Quenches Rookie Elks QB Cornelius for Convincing 37-22 Win – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

The powerful Blue Bomber defense held Edmonton rookie quarterback Taylor Cornelius to 243 yards with no touchdown Saturday night in the loss for a 37-22 victory.

The impressive play by the Winnipeg defenders was led by Adam Bighill, who recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter, along with DeAundre Alford, who found pay ground on a 22-yard pick-six in the second quarter.

Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros threw 19 completions for 252 yards, a touchdown and an interception.


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Cornelius threw three interceptions while going 19-of-31 in his CFL debut.

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“He extended some thrusts with his legs, which I thought would happen. He can throw it too, ”said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea.

League leader James Wilder Jr. racked up 71 yards rushing for the Elks and posted two big touchdowns.

Bombers running back Andrew Harris had 97 yards on 19 carries.

The outing brought Harris to sixth place all-time on the CFL race list.

“Definitely a bit beaten up right now, so I’m going to enjoy this bye week and spend some time with the family,” Harris said after the game.


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Winnipeg appeared to have opened the score 3:46 in the first quarter with Darvin Adams throwing a nine-yard strike from Zach Collaros.

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Soon enough, Elks head coach Jamie Elizondo threw his challenge flag for offensive pass interference on Adams and won. That set the Bombers back by 10 yards.

Just two plays later, Collaros decided to hunt down Adams in the end zone once more.


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This time the two connected for a 12-yard score. Adams’ third touchdown of the year, tying him with Kenny Lawler as the team leader in receiving TD.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros (8), Kenny Lawler (89) and Darvin Adams (1) celebrate a touchdown against the Edmonton Elks during the first half of CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., On Saturday September 18, 2021.

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A punt from Hugh O’Neill set the Bombers in great field position for their second series and they didn’t wait long to take advantage of it.

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The six-play series ended with Nic Demski fighting his way through several Elks defenders en route to the end zone from 21 yards.

Winnipeg’s second TD marked Demski’s fourth rushing touchdown of the career, plus 11 touchdowns received.

Nic Demski (10) of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrates a touchdown against the Edmonton Elks during the first half of CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

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Collaros was anything but shy in the first quarter when the veteran quarterback threw another end zone goal at Darvin Adams.

His pass was intercepted ten yards deep on paid ground by Trumaine Washington. Edmonton’s massive defensive play closed the fourth with Winnipeg leading 14-0.

Darvin Adams (1) of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers attempts to stop Trumaine Washington (8) of the Edmonton Elks as he makes the interception during the first half of CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., On Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

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Amid another ineffective drive from Cornelius and Elks, wide receiver Derel Walker fumbled on an excellent play by DeAundre Alford to fumble.

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But Winnipeg managed to return the ball at its own ninth-yard line after a Christian Rector fumble on Collaros.

On the first play of the drive, James Wilder Jr. made a trade through several potential tacklers for the first score of Edmonton’s game.

Sean Whyte nailed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds left in the second quarter, bringing his team to five points.

The Bombers marched into the locker room with a 15-10 lead at halftime.

Edmonton came out firing in the second half on a 30-yard grab from the team’s leading receiver Greg Ellingson.

The big play brought the Elks into the red zone and Wilder Jr. finished once again with a 19-yard touchdown run.

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Edmonton Elks’ James Wilder Jr. (32) celebrates a touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half of CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., On Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

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Edmonton’s second touchdown marked Wilder’s second of the night and Wilder’s third of the season.

Bombers kicker Ali Mouinada proceeded to a 51-yard field goal in his first CFL career game. The miss brought the rookie 0-for-2 on the night after missing a 28-yard miss near the end of the second quarter.

Bomber’s defense pulled a game-changing play out of their pocket with Alford intercepting Cornelius at the Elks’ 22-yard line. Alford changed gears and took it home by six points.

Collaros completed a pass to Adams in a successful two-point conversion that gave Blue and Gold a 23-16 lead.

Edmonton got another field goal courtesy of a 32-yard Sean Whyte boot.

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Mourtado had a chance to equalize him at the other end, but the 31-year-old sent in a 44-yard attempt for his third missed shot of the night.

It didn’t take long for Bomber’s defense to provide another big boost.

Jackson Jeffcoat undressed Cornelius on the front yard line and Adam Bighill picked up the ball before crossing the goal line. 30-19 bombers.

Elks backup quarterback Dakota Prukop provided a spark with a 44-yard run into the red zone.

Edmonton couldn’t turn the opportunity into a touchdown, but Whyte nailed another field goal, making it a one-possession game with less than ten minutes to go.

The Bombers responded with another series of touchdowns that ended with a pass from Sean McGuire QB, McGuire’s team-leading sixth rushing touchdown of the year.

That capped the score to give the Bombers a 37-22 victory.

Winnipeg improves to 6-1 with the victory and remains undefeated against the West Division.

The Bombers have their first week off of the season before returning to action in Vancouver against the Lions (4-2) on October 1.


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