Collaros powers Blue Bombers over Stampeders to keep perfect season alive

Winnipeg quarterback tosses 4 touchdowns in 35-28 victory

Zach Collaros kept his composure in a back-and-forth game to keep his Winnipeg Blue Bombers undefeated.

Although Winnipeg trailed at four different times during Saturday's CFL game

the star quarterback found a way to lead the Blue Bombers (8-0) to a 35-28 victory over the Calgary Stampeders (4-2) at McMahon Stadium.

"That's Zach Collaros for you," said receiver Nic Demski, who returned to action after missing the past four games with an ankle injury and caught a pair of touchdown passes from Collaros.

"He was MOP [Most Outstanding Player] last year for a reason and he's making a great case for himself this year as well.

"When he [Zach] looks you in the eyes and you know it's your time, that just means the world. I love him leading this team and he does a great job of doing it."

"When he [Zach] looks you in the eyes and you know it's your time, that just means the world. I love him leading this team and he does a great job of doing it."

Collaros completed 22 of 30 passes for 270 yards and also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Dalton Schoen.

"He's so smart and you couple that with his athleticism and his vision," said Winnipeg coach Mike O'Shea,

who commended Collaros for staying calm under pressure to keep drives alive. "He's got unreal vision that allows him to do those things, for sure."

With Winnipeg trailing 28-25 in the fourth quarter, Collaros engineered a seven-play, 70-yard drive that he finished by throwing a 25-yard pass to Schoen in the end zone.

"We were kind of scrambling to get up and get set," said Collaros when asked to describe his game-winning TD. "Dalton was telling me all game,

`Hey, I think I can slip this guy.' I threw it and I was kind of worried a little bit... that the safety was going to make a play. I didn't really see the catch, but I'm sure he made a great fundamental catch."

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. They were the first two rushing scores that the Bombers' defence had allowed this season.

"Unfortunately, they made more plays," said Calgary coach Dave Dickenson. "It was back and forth. We had our chances, but we didn't get any stops. We didn't make the plays.

"I'm not down at all on our players. I know they love to play the game. We've got to play better, but I'm not down on the team at all. I just feel like our group will rise up and get better and that's what we need to do."