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Mitakihara dumps 255 on UNLV

Mitakihara dumps 255 on UNLV

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
November 23, 2052


Quarterback D.W. Hinoi passed for 1131 yards and 20 touchdowns as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi won an offensive slugfest, 255-47, over the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Halfback Beau Day ran for 190 yards and three toucheowns and halfback Michael Wilkerson rushed for 178 yards and another score, but it was the receivers that shined bright like diamonds.

Wide receiver Jon James caught 10 passes for 618 yards and 10 touchdowns, wideout Takumu Mayuzumi caught nine passes for 317 yards and seven majors and wideout Trey Lester caught four passes for 196 yards and three more scores. Tight end Joe DIxon led the blockers with 11 pancakes, while right guard Jon Espinosa and wideout Stephen Atkins added 10 pancakes.

Defensively, cornerback Tony Hubbard was on fire, with six tackles and six interceptions. Cornerback Charles Greene and free safety Larry Bernard added four picks each. However, Hinoi was visibly upset after the game, since he left for the locker room after being subbed out for backup quarterback Dylan Maxwell and elected to return to street clothes, even going so far as to return to the team bus.

"D.W. was in tears when he went to the locker room and I think it was because of all the interceptions he threw," said Coach Kaname after the game. "I don't think the 20 touchdowns mean anything to him. He has the mentality of 'oh, I'm gonna get pulled if I make this many picks.' I think he was mad that I allowed him to play on. He wanted to let Dylan carry the load after he threw his fourth interception.

"D.W. has to realize that he needs to shoulder the load and accept the fact that he will make mistakes when throwing the ball. It's all part of the game. He will need to forget about all those bad throws in two weeks, if Haruyuki [Arita] is still not healthy. We may need Ike Ike yet again."

Mitakihara improve to 12-0 and are likely to face the New Mexico Lobos in two weeks for the Mountain West Conference Championship.

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