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Mitakihara return to BCS Title Game after 84-34 rout of BYU

Mitakihara return to BCS Title Game after 84-34 rout of BYU

By Chelia Blendy
The Daily Magi
November 10, 2068

Quarterback Terry Miyanaga passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns and backup Russ Opare passed for 205 yards and three more scores as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi defeated the Brigham Young Cougars, 84-34, at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C. on Magia Day 2068, honoring the Class of 2069. With the win, the Magi qualify for the 2069 BCS National Chammpionship Game in Miami, Fla.

Halfback Clay Robinson ran for 90 yards and a touchdown, halfback Jansen Onjouji ran for 65 yards and two scores, fullback Ian McKinley ran for 63 yards and a major and Opare also scored a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver George Griffin had nine receptions for 126 yards and two majors, wideout Anthony Rucker caught four passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, wideout Shane Balogun caught three passes for 106 yards and a score and wideout Steve Takakamo caught three passes for 90 yards and another major.

Right guard Mitch Zango, a redshirt freshman from Merrydale, La., led the team in blocking with nine pancakes, while left tackle Mario Washington, a freshman from London, Ont., had eight pancakes. Cornerback Howard Skinner led the defense with 10 tackles and an interceptions. Three different players on defense each had seven tackles.

"We need to do a better job closing out games," said Coach Kaname with a sight after the game. "We did well to shut out the Cougars 42-0 in the second quarter, but we took our foot off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter. They outscored us, 20-7. It's not our calling card to be intentionally clumsy at the end. It doesn't matter what the margin; our team needs to finish strong every game. We'll address the need to close out games with authority next week. Otherwise, it was a strong victory for us and we look forward to the National Championship Game in January."

Mitakihara improve to 12-0 for the year.

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