Doug Berry, Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach, decided to bench Kevin Glenn and start backup QB Ryan Dinwiddie, whose only other start in the CFL came in last year’s Grey Cup, which resulted in a 23-19 victory for the Sasktachewan Roughriders. However, Dinwiddle was not to be denied not only his first career win, but also the first win for his team this season.
In front of 26,882 fans at Canad Inns Stadium in WInnipeg, Dinwiddie would complete 24 of 39 passes for 450 yards and one touchdown en route to a 32-28 victory over the Calgary Stampeders, who fell to 3-2 on the season. The one touchdown Dinwiddie threw for came with twelve seconds left in the game; Romby Bryant was the receipient of Dinwiddie’s 35-yard winning touchdown as well as five other catches for 117 yards.
After the game, Dinwiddie said, “I’m excited, but at the same time right now I’m like, shoot, it’s over with. I’m thinking about Toronto. We’ve got to do it again next week, so it was good to get a win and get some smiles around here in the locker-room on everybody’s faces, things like that, but at the same time it’s over and done with now.” Dinwiddie is expected to start next Friday against the Toronto Argonauts.
It appeared that the Stampeders would pull off the victory after Jermaine Copeland caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Henry Burris with 48 seconds left in the game, but Dinwiddie’s last-minute drive pulled the Bombers back out in front in the last seconds of the contest.
Burris would finish the day 31-of-44 for 386 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.