Nichols cemented a third straight win for Winnipeg (4-4) with a 79-yard TD pass to Denmark just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter that gave the Bombers a commanding 27-10 lead. All three victories have come since Nichols replaced Drew Wily as the starter.
Nichols was a workmanlike 17-of-28 passing for 246 yards and allowed his first interception since going under centre. But that was easily countered by a tenacious Winnipeg defence that forced six turnovers (five interceptions, one fumble recovery).
Maurice Leggett had two interceptions, including a sparkling 98-yard interception return TD _ his second this year _ with 6:04 left in the game. Defensive back Kevin Fogg was also solid with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Winnipeg's defence has forced a staggering 12 turnovers in its three wins.
Denmark finished with seven catches for 195 yards and the two touchdowns. Andrew Harris's four-yard TD run at 9:57 of the third put Winnipeg ahead 20-10 and pretty much silenced the BMO Field gathering 15,063 on a night when both the Toronto Blue Jays and Tragically Hip were playing nearby.
Harris finished with 123 yards rushing on 19 carries.
(The Canadian Press)