Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mitakihara crush Minnesota, 227-47 in BCS National Championship

Mitakihara crush Minnesota, 227-47 in BCS National Championship

By Wendy Marvell
The Daily Magi
January 7, 2069

The Kings of College Football rule again.

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi steamrolled past the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 227-47, in the 2069 BCS National Championship Game at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Fla. Quarterback Terry Miyanaga led the way, passing for 638 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for another, and his backup, Russ Opare, threw for 306 yards and three more scores, spearheading an aerial assualt which saw the Magi finish +17 in takeaway difference for the game.

Opare ran for 59 yards and a touchdown, Miyanaga ran for 69 yards and a major, halfback Clay Robinson ran for 120 yards and two scores, halfback Jansen Onjouji ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns and halfback Jonathan White Cross ran for 100 yards and two scores.

Wide receiver George Griffin caught nine passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns, wideout Anthony Rucker caught four passes for 99 yards and three scores, wideout Steve Takakamo caught four passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns and wideout Shane Balogun caught three passes for 84 yards and two scores. Rucker and Griffin also led the team in blocking. Rucker had 22 pancakes, while Griffin had 21. Backup center Andy Benson also had six pancakes.

Cornerback Brian Pitts was a ballhawk on defense with five interceptions. Cornerback Marlon Boakye had 11 tackles and a pick, cornerback Victor Ejide had three picks, free safety Jeff Edwards had 10 tackles, left end Lex Hasegawa had three sacks, free safety Haku Ichijou had two interceptions including one returned 66 yards for a score, right outside linebacker Sonny Miyanaga had four sacks, and both left end Lex Hasegawa and cornerback Howard Skinner had three sack each.

"As soon as Minnesota picked off one of our passes I knew that we needed to go ahead and get going defensively and the boys really reacted very well to the turnovers they forced," Coach Kaname said after the game. "In addition, we let it rip with the passing, and although it was off a few times, for the most part, Terry got the job done. He needs to stop throwing floaters that hang in the air for too long. Otherwise, it's anyone's ball. I'm sure he'll fix that in the offseason.

"In any case, our team played a solid game and we returned to what we do best: run it up and never relent. That's our style of play and we will continue to keep going at it, so long as I am the coach here. This was a great season for everyone involved and to defend our Pentagram the way we did is what you expect from these boys. A job well done."

Mitakihara finish the season 13-0.

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