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Unbeaten Blue Bombers win a thriller over Stampeders

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CALGARY — Nic Demski and Dalton Schoen caught two touchdown passes each from quarterback Zach Collaros as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-28 in CFL action Saturday night to stay undefeated.

Collaros had a superb game for Winnipeg (8-0) as he completed 22-of-30 passes for 270 yards.

Marc Liegghio kicked two field goals and a single for the Bombers, who will look to keep their winning streak alive when they travel to Montreal to face the Alouettes next Thursday.

Ka’Deem Carey ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Stampeders (4-2), who have lost two straight games — both to the defending Grey Cup champion Blue Bombers. They were the first two rushing scores that the Bombers’ defence has allowed this season.

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Rene Paredes kicked five field goals for the Stamps, including one from 53 yards out, which was the longest of his career.

The Stamps jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of field goals — from 25 and 38 yards — by Paredes.

Led by Collaros, the Bombers responded with a 10-play, 70-yard scoring drive that Demski capped off by catching a four-yard touchdown pass in the end zone with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

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After Paredes opened the second quarter with his record-setting field goal, Demski responded with a 10-yard touchdown catch to cap off a six-play, 70-yard drive by the Bombers.

Paredes then booted his fourth field goal of the game, this time from 38 yards out, before Liegghio responded with a 12-yarder of his own with just 37 seconds remaining in the first half.

The see-saw battle continued as Carey ran for a two-yard score at 6:43 of the second quarter to cap off a five-play, 67-yard drive.

Undeterred, Collaros drove the Bombers 81 yards downfield over eight plays and capped things off by tossing a 26-yard strike to Schoen in the back of the end zone.

Carey responded with another two-yard run across the goal line that punctuated a seven-play, 64-yard drive to give the Stamps a 25-24 lead.

Following a 59-yard single by Liegghio early in the fourth quarter, the Stamps went on another lengthy drive, but had to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Paredes.

The Bombers didn’t settle for three points on their next drive as Collaros tossed a 25-yard TD pass to Schoen to give Winnipeg a 32-28 point lead with 4:10 remaining in the game.

Liegghio added a 40-yard field goal to secure the victory for the Bombers.

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