NEWS
11/20/2011 05:21 EST | Updated 01/20/2012 05:12 EST

Hamilton frustrated by Bomber defence, held to 3 points in CFL East final Sunday

WINNIPEG - A dejected Kevin Glenn nursed an injured knee Sunday and mourned the Tiger-Cats 19-3 loss in the CFL East final that could have taken Hamilton to the Grey Cup in Vancouver.

He thinks the aching knee likely isn't that bad but that the 19-3 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hurts a lot more.

Glenn couldn't move his offence all day against a wall of Blue Bombers that compounded an already tough day for any quarterback — cold and with a stiff wind.

"(Winnipeg) put us in some tough situations you know, second and long," said Glenn. "When they do that, we're playing right into their hands and that's what we knew we couldn't do. Second and long and they sit and drop everybody back and wait for you to just dump the ball . . . cause there's nothing open up field and they rally up to make the tackle.

"We knew that we couldn't do it and we did it. We didn't take advantage of opportunities and they did."

Glenn, who played with the Blue Bombers and insists he's used to the cold, was replaced in the second half by Quinton Porter.

Porter was sacked twice and intercepted once. With a kickoff temperature of -22 C degrees including wind chill, passing and catching were a challenge.

Coach Marcel Bellefeuille gave Winnipeg credit.

"They just played really well . . . nothing new, what they've been doing all year," said Bellefeuille.

At the same time, he said the Ticats can look back on what they did accomplish this season, including knocking off the Montreal Alouettes — last year's Grey Cup champions — in the East semifinal.

"I do feel like we turned a corner," said Bellefeuille. "We handled the adversity today very well. We found a lot more answers than questions this year."

Bellefeuille said they decided to stick with the run to take the pressure off the pass rush. There weren't a lot of sacks but there was a lot of pressure.

Neither Hamilton's ground game or its air attack proved to be that successful, who last won a Grey Cup in 1999.

Avon Cobourne was Hamilton's leading rusher Sunday but still managed only 28 yards.

Hamilton's net offence was 176 yards, compared with Winnipeg's 449.