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Football Kevin Glenn throws three touchdowns to lift Roughriders over Blue Bombers

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers vie for control of a loose ball during second half CFL action in Regina on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

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Kevin Glenn threw three touchdown passes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders' offensive juggernaut rolled on, downing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 38-24 on Sunday.

It was the Riders' third consecutive victory and moved the team into a tie with the idle B.C. Lions for fourth place in the West Division. The loss snapped the Bombers' five-game winning streak and dropped their record to 7-3.

The Riders (5-4) have scored 133 points over the past three games, all of which were against divisional opponents.

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Naaman Roosevelt and Rob Bagg caught touchdown passes from Glenn in the Riders' explosive 24-point first quarter. Glenn finished the game 26 of 36 for 386 yards.

A third Saskatchewan touchdown — a one-yard run from Vernon Adams — was set up by an Ed Gainey interception return to the Winnipeg four-yard line.

Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols completed 35-of-47 passes for 364 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Tyler Crapigna kicked a 50-yard field goal that opened the scoring in the first quarter for Saskatchewan. The 24 points scored in the first was a season-high for the Riders.

The Blue Bombers found some traction on offence early in the second quarter. Timothy Flanders caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Nichols to cut into the Saskatchewan lead.

After a Justin Medlock field goal that made it 24-13, the Riders responded with a 17-yard touchdown strike from Glenn to Duron Carter, who leads the Riders with seven major scores.

The Riders led 34-16 at halftime.

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Winnipeg's defence held the Riders in check in the third quarter and limited the home team to a Crapigna field goal, his third of the game.

An Andrew Harris 10-yard touchdown reception midway through the fourth quarter helped close the gap to two scores at 37-23. Harris led the Blue Bombers with 10 receptions for 72 yards.

Gainey's second interception of the game snuffed a Winnipeg drive late in the fourth quarter where a touchdown would have pulled the Blue Bombers to within six points.

The Riders had three receivers —Bakari Grant (139 yards) and Roosevelt (119 yards) and Carter (101 yards) — eclipse the 100-yard mark.

The same two teams will meet next week in Winnipeg.

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