"I have loved football as an almost mythic game since I was in the fourth grade. To me, the game wasn't even grounded in reality. The uniform turned you into a warrior. Being on a team, the mythology of physical combat, the struggle against the elements, the narrative of the game..." ~ Steve Sabol (NFL Films)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Global Bowl 2017

TOKYO, Japan -- The Illinois Wesleyan football team claimed a 33-6 win over the Waseda University Big Bears in the Global Bowl Tokyo 2017, played on Sunday, June 4, at Amino Field in Chofu, Japan.

Illinois Wesleyan scored 13 points in the first quarter and added 20 more in the third period to build up a 33-0 lead. The Big Bears' lone score came with 4:02 to play in the game.

Tight end Andrew Apel caught touchdown passes of 5 yards and 21 yards, both thrown by quarterback Brandon Bauer. Bauer also connected with wide receiver Jack Healy on a 17-yard TD pass and Reese Sobol had IWU's rushing TD on a 13-yard scamper.

The other Titan touchdown came when linebacker Jordan Hassan ran 3 yards into the end zone with a punt that had been blocked by defensive back Jeremy Giderof.

Illinois Wesleyan had 354 yards of total offense (159 passing, 195 rushing) compared to 279 for Waseda (206 passing, 73 rushing). Bauer completed 13 of 15 passes for 136 yards while Jack Warner was 3 for 8 for 23 yards. Morgan Alexander had 74 yards on 10 carries and Sobol added 63 yards on 11 carries. Healy led IWU with five catches for 56 yards.

Defensive back Nico Gubenko, who transferred to IWU from Winona State this spring, led the team with seven solo tackles while defensive back Chase Bandolik had four solo tackles and Hassan had three solo and one assist.

The IWU contingent will do some more sightseeing in Japan prior to returning home June 8.

This is the sixth foreign trip for IWU since 1996, but first in Asia. The others were all in Europe including Germany (1996), Italy (2001), France (2005), Austria (2009), and Finland (2013).

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