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Stampeders rally to down Blue Bombers

Jul 15, 2011 - 5:03 AM Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Henry Burris hit Ken-Yon Rambo with a five- yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to complete the Calgary Stampeders' 21-20 comeback victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Burris finished with a pedestrian 183 yards on 17-of-32 passing, but converted Terence Jeffers-Harris' fumble in the final quarter into the winning points, sending Calgary (2-1) to its second straight win after a season-opening loss to Toronto.

Winnipeg's Buck Pierce tossed for 149 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions before a left quadriceps injury knocked him out of the game.

Joseph Elliott relieved Pierce and went 10-for-18 through the air for 87 yards and led the Bombers (2-1) into field goal range in the closing seconds, but Justin Palardy was short and wide left on a 44-yard try into the wind.

"We were fighting for every inch. We put ourselves in a good situation, and that's all you can ask for," Elliott said.

Jeffers-Harris had a lost fumble overturned by replay in the third quarter, and the extended possession saw short-yardage quarterback Alex Brink plunge over the goal line from a yard out to put Winnipeg on top, 20-10.

Calgary responded by rattling off 11 unanswered points in the fourth, starting with Rene Paredes' 18-yard field goal before tacking on a single.

The Bombers were driving to make it a two-possession game, but a hard hit jarred the ball loose from Jeffers-Harris. Keon Raymond, who returned an interception for a touchdown earlier in the game, picked up the loose ball and took it back to the opposing 31-yard line.

Three plays later, Burris found Rambo on a five-yard out in the end zone, and the extra point gave the Stamps their first lead of the game with 2:59 left.

After trading punts, Elliott drove the hosts down to the Calgary 37-yard line with under 30 seconds to play, and Palardy was off the mark on the game- winning attempt.

Mike Renaud's single on Winnipeg's first possession of the game was the only scoring in the opening quarter. Palardy had a field goal blocked later in the frame, but split the uprights on a 34-yard try in the second quarter.

While the Stampeders' offense sputtered, it's defense got them on the board when Raymond stepped in front of a Pierce pass and returned the interception 66 yards for a touchdown with four minutes left in the second.

Pierce atoned for the mistake before halftime, hitting Terrence Edwards in stride for a 49-yard touchdown. Edwards caught the ball at the 20 and shook off a tackle prior to going in for the TD and an 11-7 cushion at the break.

Calgary conceded a safety early in the third, then inched closer on Paredes' 37-yard field goal.

Game Notes

Calgary running back Joffrey Reynolds ran for 40 yards on seven carries and surpassed Leo Lewis for eighth place on the CFL's all-time rushing list. Lewis compiled 8,861 yards in his career...Fred Reid led Winnipeg's running attack with 87 yards on 17 rushes...Winnipeg's Cory Watson led all receivers with 98 yards on six receptions...Rambo, playing his first game of the year after being sidelined with a hamstring injury, caught six balls for 68 yards.