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Japan X Bowl 2004 Season

Japan X Bowl

December 18 2004, Kobe, Wing Stadium
Matsushita Denko Impulse393015
Asahi Beer Silver Star03306
3-0Ota47 yard field goal
9-0Uruchida13 yard run (kick no good)
12-0Ota34 yard field goal
12-3Izumi26 yard field goal
15-3Ota26 yard field goal
15-6Izumi26 yard field goal
Attendance: 15.500

Team Statistics
MatsushitaAsahi Beer
16First Downs14
50Rushing Plays31
151Net Yards Rushing60
152Net Yards Passing170
1Fumbles Lost1
34:31Time of Possession25:29

Individual Statistics
Matsushita: Kobayashi 16-48, Uruchida 5-32, Ishino 10-30, Koi. Takahashi 6-29, Araki 4-14, Koj. Takahashi 4-6, Maruyama 1-3, Kashino 1-(-5), Team 3-(-6)
Asahi Beer: Izena 9-49, Yoshioka 3-45, Oba 1-3, Hanna 4-3, Imoto 1-1, Nomoto 9-(-8), Team 1-(-15), Kaneoka 3-(-18)
Matsushita: Koichi Takahashi 21-10-128-0-0, Koji Takahashi 3-2-24-1-0, Maruyama 1-0-0-0-0
Asahi Beer: Kaneoka 35-15-170-2-0, Higashino 1-0-0-0-0
Matsushita: Tsukazaki 3-72, Maruyama 3-19, Noguchi 2-29, Shimokawa 2-11, Kamiyama 1-16, Kashino 1-5
Asahi Beer: Hashizume 5-76, Takahashi 2-20, Imoto 2-19, Oba 2-5, Inagaki 1-21, Mayuzumi 1-16, Fujinawa 1-10, Nomoto 1-3

Impulse wins defensive battle

Matsushita Denko Impulse from Osaka won the fourth X League championship in the history of the team by defeating Asahi Beer Silver Star 15-6 at the Japan X Bowl in Kobe. The Impulse defense which allowed only 26 points in the previous six games of the season stopped the Silver Star running game, put pressure on Asahi Beer's QB Yoshitomo Kaneoka and forced three turnovers (one fumble, two interceptions). The Impulse offense meanwhile, lead by a strong running game, gained a big advantage in time of possession and gave the team enough scoring opportunities - although it reached the endzone just once. With about three and a half minutes gone in the second quarter RB Mamoru Uruchida who was also part of the team that won Matsushitas last title in 1995 finished a drive with a 13-yard touchdown run that gave Impulse a 9-0 lead.

QB Koichi Takahashi lead Matsushita Denko Impulse
to victory in the 2004 Japan X Bowl.
(Photo: X League / Makoto Sato, Text: Dieter Hoch)

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