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Mitakihara win 45th National Championship

Mitakihara win 45th National Championship

By Chinami Oka
The Daily Magi
January 8, 2058

In an offensive shootout at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi outgunned Dick Valentine and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 237-98 in the 2058 BCS National Championship Game to win their 45th national championship in football. Despite passing for 1191 yards and 10 touchdowns, Valentine, once coveted by the mighty Magi, also three 13 interceptions and was sacked 15 times by one of the most ferocious defenses to grace the field.

His counterpart and would-be backup Dean Amakusa, the 2057 Heisman Trophy winner, passed for 697 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 177 yards and two more scores. A number of other running backs did the job on the ground. Halfback Tony Kalmar ran for 237 yards and four majors, backup quarterback Justin Powers ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns, halfback Chaz Thomas ran for 175 yards and two majors, fullback Mark Moore ran for 125 yards and two scores and halfback Tukul Abdul Rahman ran for 98 yards and two more touchdowns.

Wide receiver Patrick Cox had five catches for 256 yards and four touchdowns, wideout Ethan Brink caught four passes for 148 yards and four majors and tight end Will Mensah caught four passes for 121 yards and three scores. Cox also led the blockers with 17 pancakes while wide receiver Mike White and center Tom Green added seven pancakes.

On defense, freshman corner Kellen Hudson had a breakthrough game with 12 tackles. Right outside linebacker Paul Allen had four sacks, cornerback Darren Kujou had five interceptions, right end Jason Richwalski had three sacks, and both quarterback Sam Brown and strong safety Matt Bates each had two interceptions each. In the end, it was more about the duel between Amakusa and Valentine, and based on the scoreline, Amakusa won the duel thanks to a balanced attack.

"Dick's a wonderful guy and we always keep in touch every now and then," Amakusa said after the game. "He knows how to throw the ball and he's a proven competitor. He doesn't like to lose a game this badly but if you want to beat us, you're going to need more than just a world-class quarterback like Dick.

"You need a world-class team, and that's what we are. Credit to Notre Dame for putting up a good fight and never giving up on hope until the final whistle. We had to leave everything out on the field, and we took the game right to them. This was a great performance by the Best College Football Team in All of College Football. We were only trying to live up to our reputation, and we did that."

Mitakihara end the season with another perfect 14-0 record.

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