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.