Kwansei Gakuin routs Nihon University to win college title
It’s been a while since western Japan was regarded as having better American football schools than eastern Japan.
The Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters, based in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Pref., proved that is now the case by clinching their fourth consecutive collegiate football championship by defeating Tokyo’s Nihon University Phoenix 55-10 on Sunday in the annual Koshien Bowl.
The Fighters extended the winning streak of Kansai representatives in the Koshien Bowl to seven. Kansai schools have won the national collegiate title 23 times over the last three decades.
Playing before 32,000 fans at Koshien Stadium, the Fighters overpowered the Kanto champion Phoenix, outgaining their archrival 516-246 on offense to score seven touchdowns. The 45-point margin was the third highest in their 28 meetings at the Koshien Bowl and Sunday’s outcome was the most lopsided 1144 victory by the Fighters since a 51-20 win in 1977.
“We didn’t expect this much of a one-sided game,” Fighters head coach Hideaki Toriuchi said. “We scored on our first drive and we got some turnovers. That was big for us.”