TORONTO (AP) – James Johnson set a Grey Cup record with three interceptions to help the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19 on Sunday night for their first Canadian Football League title in 18 years.

The former Arkansas State player, selected the MVP of the game, returned his first interception 30 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and sealed the game in the final minute with his third.

Kerry Joseph threw a 29-yard TD pass to Andy Fantuz in the fourth quarter, and Luca Congi added three field goals for the Roughriders, also CFL champions in 1966 and 1989.

The Blue Bombers, playing without star quarterback Kevin Glenn, failed in a bid to win their first title since 1990.

Ryan Dinwiddie, making his first CFL start after Glenn broke his arm last week, threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Derick Armstrong. Troy Westwood made two field goals, and Winnipeg scored six points on three conceded safeties.

“We lost the turnover battles in the biggest game of the year,” Winnipeg defensive tackle Doug Brown said. “If Kevin Glenn isn’t hurt this game isn’t even close.”

Joseph was 13-of-34 for 181 yards and an interception and ran for 101 yards on 10 carries. Dinwiddie was 15-of-33 for 225 yards.

“This game came down to the last 30 seconds,” Riders lineman Scott Schultz said. “We wouldn’t have had it any other way. You saw the heart there, the heart that’s in every player and every Roughrider fan.”

AP-ES-11-25-07 2241EST

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