BC Lions 14 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26

Game Details

  • Week 13
  • 49th Game of Regular Season (57th Overall)
  • Friday, Sep 19, 1997 8:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, MB
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 21,732
    • Capacity: 33,675
  • Broadcaster:
    • TSN

Game Notes

Game Summary

The BC Lions, fresh off their win over the division leading Edmonton Eskimos last week visited Winnipeg stadium to tangle with the Blue Bombers in game that welcomed the CFL’s 1,000,000th fan to the ballpark this season. The Bombers opened the scoring when K Troy Westwood’s 43‐yard FG attempt sailed wide and the BC receiver conceded a single point 3:09 into play. Westwood, however, was successful on his second FG attempt of the night from 20 yards out giving Winnipeg a 4‐point lead at 11:43 of the opening quarter. Four plays later, Winnipeg also conceded a single off BC K Lui Passaglia’s 71-yard punt making the score 4-1 for the home team entering the second quarter. On the first play of the second stanza, Westwood nailed a 46-yard FG giving Winnipeg a 6-point cushion. Westwood then added his third FG of the game, a 25-yard attempt, midway through the second quarter widening the Winnipeg lead to 10-1. It was The Lions, however, that scored the first major of the match when G Cory Mantyka recovered Lion FB Sean Millington’s fumble in the Winnipeg end zone at 11:49. Passaglia’s convert was good and the Bombers’ lead was cut to 2. Westwood closed out the first half scoring striking a FG from 14 yards out sending Winnipeg to the dressing room with a 13-8 halftime lead. Westwood picked up where he left off in the first half proving to be Winnipeg’s most potent weapon on this night as he nailed his fifth FG of the game, a 44-yarder just 2:23 into play. Passaglia countered however, with a FG of his own from 10 yards out cutting the Bomber lead to 5 points. Westwood’s kicking prowess continued as he connected for his sixth FG of the evening, a 15-yarder at 10:11 increasing Winnipeg’s lead to 19-11. The Bombers then added their first TD of the match at 13:20 of the third period when QB Chris Vargas connected with wide-out Milt Stegall for a 70-yard major. The only scoring in the final stanza play came off the foot of wily veteran Lui Passaglia, who hit a 28-yard FG at 2:33 cutting the Winnipeg lead to 12 points. This would round off the evening’s scoring as the final from Winnipeg Stadium read, Winnipeg 26 and BC 14. The win marked the Bombers’ first home victory of the ’97 season.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Winnipeg and BC Matchups
1996Week ABC 35 @ WPG 29
Week 2BC 22 @ WPG 25
Week 8WPG 38 @ BC 13
Week 9BC 22 @ WPG 20
1997Week 4WPG 17 @ BC 21
Week 13BC 14 @ WPG 26

Blue Bombers record vs Lions (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Winnipeg 10–2–0 (0.833)
  • at BC 3–7–0 (0.300)
  • Winnipeg Total 13–9–0 (0.591)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Winnipeg 40–21–2 (0.651)
  • at BC 30–33–0 (0.476)
  • Winnipeg Total 70–54–2 (0.563)

Streaks as of Sept. 19, 1997 (Regular Season)

Blue Bombers streak at home vs Lions
Blue Bombers streak overall vs Lions


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lions 1 7 3 3 14
Blue Bombers 4 9 13 0 26

Lions coach: Adam Rita (L)
Blue Bombers coach: Jeff Reinebold (W)

Lions (7-6-0) Next vs Tiger-Cats Sep 27
Blue Bombers (3-10-0) Next vs Argonauts Sep 28

Game Time Weather in Winnipeg, MB

September 19th Hourly Weather Summary for Winnipeg
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Richardson Int'l A 7:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 7.2°C NNE (320°) at 9 km/h 84% 99.31 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 8:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 5.7°C NNE (320°) at 9 km/h 91% 99.38 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 9:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 5.5°C NNE (300°) at 9 km/h 91% 99.45 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 4.5°C NNE (280°) at 9 km/h 93% 99.55 kPa
Richardson Int'l A 11:00 PM Mainly Clear 2.8°C NNE (300°) at 11 km/h 93% 99.58 kPa

Conditions at Winnipeg Richardson Int'l A (4.27 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

League Records Set and Approached in BC @ WPG
Including known plays over 55 yards

Regular Season
ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR
Receiving Yards – Game 8th 8th 266 yards Alfred Jackson, Jr.


  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)