Mexico Trounces Team Japan in World University Championship

Behind a sparkling performance by running back Fernando Mejia who scored three touchdowns, Team Mexico defeated Japan 36-3 at the Estadio Tecnologico in Monterrey, Mexico at the World University Championship with a crowd of 8,500 in attendance.

Mejia was unstoppable for Mexico gaining 223 rushing as Japan’s front seven did not have a night to remember. Pedro Magallanes added a receiving touchdown for Mexico and backup quarterback Max Villarreal scampered 67 yards for the final touchdown.

Mexico amassed 529 yards in offense, 422 of it on the ground, as Japan had no answer for the speed of the Mexicans. Japan’s leading running back Nanato Nishimura could only muster 13 yards rushing against a relentless Mexican defense.

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Fernando Mejia scoring one of his 3 TDs + Max Villarreal en route to a 67 yard TD Photos: Jorge Reyes

Mexico jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Japan managed to get in range for a field goal in the second quarter and kicker Kenichi Otsuka made good on it from 38 yards out to make the halftime score 14-3.

Mexico showed no mercy in the third quarter as quarterback Francisco Mata connected with Magallanes for a 68 yard touchdown pass extending the lead to 21-3.

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The crowd in Monterrey went home happy.

Meija scored his third major of the night in the fourth quarter before Villarreal finished off the scoring.

Mexico will face Team USA on Saturday June 11 and a huge crowd is anticipated.

Photo credit: Jorge Reyes.

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