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There's No Getting Over Mitakihara for Utah State

There's No Getting Over Mitakihara for Utah State

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
December 9, 2051

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi have been a roadblock for those who are in the way, and this unstoppable force pulverized the immovable object that was the Utah State Aggies into dust in the 2051 Mountain West Championship Game, 170-0, on another snowy night at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara Town. B.C. Quarterback Haruyuki Arita passed for 215 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for another short score.

Backup quarterback Nic Johnson passed for 471 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 120 yards and two more scores. However, halfback Marques Murray may put himself in the driver's seat to be the next Heisman Trophy winner. Murray ran for 217 yards and five touchdowns while catching four passes for 48 yards and a score. It will be interesting to see who the voters end up siding with in next week's Heisman voting.

Wide receiver Reggie McFadden caught 12 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns, wideout Timothy Fernando caught seven passes for 191 yards and a score and wideout Takumu Mayuzumi set a new record for most career receiving touchdowns with two catches for 78 yards and a pair of major. Mayuzumi now has 61 career touchdown catches, breaking an old record that had stood for five decades. Two other players also received passes for scores.

It might be too little, too late in terms of his Outland Trophy aspirations, but left guard D.J. Briggs led the team in pancake blocks with 25, breaking a long streak where the leading Magi pancake blocker on offense was a receiver. Not to be outdone, center Jamil Sanders added 16 pancakes.

On defense, left end Ryan Morris is expected to be NCAA Player of the Week for his seven tackles and six sacks. Kicker Chris Lawson had a 53-yard field goal in this one, and both halfback DeMarcus Washington and tight end Travis Murphy ran rings around Utah State's gunners. Washington returned six punts for 182 yards and three touchdowns, sealing his fate as the next Mosi Tatupu Award winner from M-Town. Murphy had two punt returns for 70 yards and a score.

"I think we had a bash in the snow," said Coach Kaname after the game. "We had a lot of fun out there against a team that knew what they were in for before we kicked off. I do hope they are picked to go to a bowl game and that the NCAA allows them to be bowl eligible after winning the Mountain Division. You can blame those guys if Utah State don't go bowling. It's not our fault, really.

"Our focus now turns to the BCS Championship and I think we're going to be facing someone pretty familiar."

Mitakihara improve to 13-0 on the year. 

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