KGU Fighters Fall to Fujitsu Frontiers at the 72nd Rice Bowl

Public Relations Office        January 3, 2019



 On January 3rd, the 72nd edition of the Rice Bowl (the American football national championship game in Japan) was held at the Tokyo Dome. The Kwansei Gakuin Fighters made it to the title game for the first time in 17 years, where they battled the Fujitsu Frontiers to decide the number one team in Japan. While they fought hard until the end, the Fighters were defeated, 17-52.



 With two minutes left in the first quarter, the Fighters gave up the game’s first touchdown. On the ensuing offensive series, the Frontiers intercepted a KGU pass and returned it for a TD, instantly giving them a 14-point lead. The Fighters fought back in the second quarter with a touchdown scored by WR Kaito Oda (4th-year student, School of Sociology) and a 43-yard field goal from kicker Kosuke Ando (3rd-year student, School of Business Administration). However, they were unable to stop Fujitsu’s counterattack, and entered halftime down 10-24.



 The Fighters’ struggles continued in the second half, as they surrendered three TDs in the third quarter. They showed heart in the game’s closing moments, when QB and team captain Koya Mitsudo (4th-year student, School of Economics) ran for a TD, but after ceding momentum to the Frontiers in the third quarter, they were unable to recover. As the game ended, the players came off the field to generous applause.

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