What’s the best way to travel nearly 55 kilometers in Canada? Would you walk it? What about cycle or drive? How about Henry Burris it.
With his first throw of the game, the CFL’s top quarterback surpassed 60,000 yards passing in his career. Not only is Burris leading the league in passing yards, but his 72.2 per cent completion rating is best in the top ten, and he has the second fewest picks of the top five QBs.
Of the top dozen receivers in the league, four of them belong to Ottawa: Chris William (1044 yards), Brad Sinopoli (886 yards), Ernest Jackson (868 yards) and Greg Ellingson (807 yards).
Despite putting up some big numbers in completions and yards, the Ottawa offensive machine has been relatively quelled by the Bomber defense. The score at the half was 16–10 for the Redblacks, but a quick look at the numbers shows that it could be much worse for the Bombers.
Ottawa has well over 300 yards of offense compared to just over 150 for the Bombers, and led in time of possession by over ten minutes. Burris put up 314 yards with key receptions from Williams (86 yards and five catches and one TD), and Sinopoli (87 yards and also five catches), while the Redblacks run game out performed the Bombers’ running backs by 55 yards and a major.
Lin-J Shell intercepted a pass from Burris on the fourth play of the game and returned it 33 yards to give the Bombers their first possession at the Redblacks’ 54-yard-line. From there, Nichols strung together a couple first downs with receptions from Darvin Adams and Clarence Denmark. But the drive fell apart after a Cameron Marshall three-yard run on first down. After that, Nichols threw an incompletion to Rory Kohlert, and Castillo missed a 42-yarder.
Ottawa opened the scoring with 4:22 remaining in the half on a one-yard run in by Powell to take the lead 10–0 after a field goal and a single.
With 2:40 remaining, Nichols found Adams 36 yards downfield to score a TD, and later, Castillo added a field goal to tie it up.
But Burris went back to work with under a minute remaining in the half by throwing a deep strike to Williams from midfield for a major with nine seconds on the board. After missing their two-point conversion, the score at the half was 16–10.
Absent again is the Blue and Gold’s run game, with Marshall unable to break for any real estate worth noting. However, Marshall did break some major ground on a big reception from Nichols with less than two minutes in the half, resulting in a field goal from Castillo to tie things up with 38 seconds left.