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Azusa Pacific wins the NCCAA national championship

You've heard of the NCAA, but have you heard of the NCCAA? The National Christian College Athletic Association has existed since 1968, and it has held the Victory Bowl to crown a national champion every year since 1997.

The 2013 Victory Bowl was held recently in Rome, Ga., and Azusa Pacific defeated Greenville (Ill.) in resounding fashion. 67-0 to be exact. Terrell Watson led the way with 14 rushes for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and Dasmen Stewart completed 11-of-13 passes for 129 yards and three more scores. APU got points on 11 of its first 12 possessions.

“It’s outstanding to cap this whole season with a near-perfect game against a defending bowl champion,” said Azusa Pacific head coach Victor Santa Cruz. “Being able to play the kind of football we did with defense and special teams was a huge advantage for our offense. We came together in all three phases today.”

The win gives Azusa Pacific, a private, Division II school in Azusa, Calif., its first NCCAA title and provides a cap to a season that also brought the program's first Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. After starting last season 0-7 but winning four straight to close the year, Azusa Pacific is now 14-2 in its last 16 games. A remarkable turnaround by Coach Santa Cruz and his staff.

AZUSA PACIFIC 2013 from Brand Cure on Vimeo.