OTTAWA, ON – Ottawa REDBLACKS dropped a 33-30 decision to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night at TD Place – a CFL record 7th straight game decided by five points of less to start the season.
Justin Medlock hit the winning, walk-off field goal for the Bombers, who reversed a seven-point REDBLACKS lead late in the fourth quarter.
Trevor Harris completed 27 of 39 passes for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the defeat for Ottawa (1-5-1), while Matt Nichols went 25-for-38 for 319 yards and a touchdown in the win for Winnipeg (4-2).
Ottawa opened the scoring on the first possession of Friday’s contest, as Harris polished off a methodical 12-play drive with a touchdown pass to Josh Stangby. William Powell’s two-yard run on the convert made it 8-0 REDBLACKS early.
The Bombers found the end zone on their first possession, as Matt Nichols connected with Ryan Lankford for a 79-yard touchdown connection. Andrew Harris was denied on an inside-run attempt on the two-point convert, and Ottawa retained an 8-6 lead.
A Justin Medlock single on the following kickoff made it 8-7.
Brett Maher pushed the lead to 11-7 with a 37-yard field goal, but Medlock responded with a 52-yard bomb to cut the lead to one.
The visitors took a second-quarter lead on a Taylor Loffler fumble-recovery touchdown; REDBLACKS running back William Powell was stripped, and the Winnipeg safety (Loffler) motored in for the major. Medlock’s convert made it 17-11 Bombers.
A Maher punt single sent the teams to the locker room at half time with Winnipeg in front 17-12.
Ottawa regained the lead early in the second half, as William Powell ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run; Harris found Brad Sinopoli in the end zone on the two-point convert to make it 20-17.
Maher and Medlock traded field goals later in the quarter, and Ottawa held a 23-20 lead into the fourth quarter.
Medlock then split the uprights from 21 yards out to draw the visitors level.
The REDBLACKS retook the lead on a beautiful 20-yard pass from Harris to Greg Ellingson. Maher’s convert gave Ottawa a 30-23 lead.
Winnipeg cut its deficit to four with a 35-yard Medlock field goal; the veteran kicker then followed it up with a kick-off single to get the Bombers within a field goal.
Medlock proceeded to tie the game with 61 seconds left on a 40-yard kick, then walked off the REDBLACKS with a 38-yard field goal at the death.