CFLs' defense throws wrench into Bombers' offensive machine

November 21, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Baltimore's defense left little to chance in yesterday's 14-12 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"We did everything we said we had to," said CFLs nose tackle Jearld Baylis. "We had to score on defense, and we had to keep them out of the end zone."

Not only did Baltimore keep the CFL's No. 2 scoring offense from scoring a touchdown, but it also produced the only touchdown of the game, a first-quarter fumble recovery and 10-yard run by cornerback Karl Anthony.

The Blue Bombers averaged 36 points and 352 yards in total offense this season, but quarterback Matt Dunigan could generate only three field goals and 171 yards yesterday. Dunigan was only 15-for-25 for 187 yards passing, with one interception. That went to Anthony, sealing Winnipeg's loss with six seconds left in the game.

Dunigan's best shot at reaching the end zone came in the third quarter with Winnipeg up 9-8. On first down from the Baltimore 20, he threw for a wide-open Gerald Wilcox running behind the goal post.

But Dunigan's pass caromed off the crossbar, and after another incompletion, the Bombers settled for a field goal.

Said defensive coordinator Bob Price of the pass that hit the crossbar: "It was divine intervention."

Dunigan was only 1-for-10 in the third quarter with the wind at his back.

"I thought they were impatient with the wind at their back trying to throw deep," CFLs coach Don Matthews said. "It's difficult to be accurate in wind like that. I don't think we threw a deep pass."

His bottom line won out

The victory gave CFLs quarterback Tracy Ham a 2-4 record in division finals, and comes on the heels of criticism that he couldn't get a team to the Grey Cup.

Ham passed on the matter of vindication, though.

"I never play the game to vindicate myself," he said after completing 11 of 20 for 124 yards. "I played in games where I had better stats and we lost. For me, the bottom line is winning the game."

Miscellaneous

Linebacker Matt Goodwin had two of Baltimore's four sacks against Dunigan. Baylis and Elfrid Payton had the others. . . . Fullback Peter Tuipulotu and slotback Shawn Beals went out with knee injuries.

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