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Ottawa Redblacks CFL debut a close one but fall 36-28 to Blue Bombers

WINNIPEG - Running back Nic Grigsby's three touchdowns gave the Winnipeg Blue Bombers a come-from-behind 36-28 win over the Ottawa Redblacks Thursday, spoiling the expansion team's CFL debut.

Demond Washington's 96-yard kick return for a third-quarter touchdown was also huge for the Bombers, who trailed for most of the game.

With three first-quarter touchdowns, the Redblacks jumped into an early lead. But after that, the Bomber defence pretty well shut them down for most of the game.

Quarterback Drew Willy and Winnipeg's offence had trouble cashing in on their chances until Grigsby gave them their first lead at 12:28 of the final quarter with his third touchdown.

The game marked the return of Ottawa to the league it left in 2006 due to money troubles.

That, plus Winnipeg's win in its season opener, put a few more fans in the seats with a count of 27,553 and they were deafening when the Redblacks had the ball.

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