The 2nd American Tackle Football All India Inter University Championship at Punjabi University, under the aegis of Elite Football League of India University (EFLIU) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU), is witnessing the second day of knockout action.
Bangalore & MD Rohtak Univs. Post Wins
Day 2 of the 2nd American Tackle Football All India Inter University Championship started with the exciting matchup between Bangalore University (BU) and Poornima University, Jaipur (PU). Having already won their first match, Bangalore University had the momentum on their side. BU’s team kicked off, but in a rare event recovered the ball immediately to gain possession. The teams looked evenly matched in the early going but Bangalore University broke the game open with a 50 yard touchdown off a punt kick by Poornima University. It was smooth sailing for team BU from that point onwards since the offensive linemen of PU looked overmatched against the defensive brilliance of BU. BU scored a total of 2 touchdowns which could have been extended to 3 if not for a premature celebration by their running back Frank. Even though Poornima University scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter, the game never really looked close despite what the score indicated.
The 1st quarter final of the tournament featured MD University, Rohtak (MDU) vs. JECRC University, Jaipur. MDU stunned their opponent by starting off with a brilliant 30 yard pass by their quarterback which was capped off by a great catch leading to a 50 yard touchdown on the opening play. MDU was playing like an offensive juggernaut, making accurate passes and easily gaining yards while JECRC seemed out of their depth both defensively and offensively. MDU seemed in control for the first 3 quarters jumping to a 2 touchdown lead. It was in the 4th quarter however, that things got exciting. JECRC started playing with a sense of urgency and renewed energy.This led to an incredible 50 yard touchdown to start the quarter. Just when it started seeming like a comeback was on the cards, MDU put all such thoughts to rest with another touchdown capped off by a brilliant play –a fake field goal attempt and a 2 point conversion, which put the nail in the coffin.
Day 2 Results
- Bangalore University (Frank 1 TD, Jean 1 TD) bt Poornima University, Jaipur (Kartik 1 TD) 13-6
- MD University, Rohtak (Lakshay1 TD, Prashant 1 TD, Sonu 1 TD) bt JECRC University, Jaipur (Sibby 1 TD) 20-7
Day 2 Remaining Schedule
- Quarter Final 2 – Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar vs. Chandigarh University, Mohali
- Quarter Final 3 – Bangalore University vs. Osmania University, Hyderabad
About the Elite Football League of India University (EFLIU)
Now in its 2nd edition of American Tackle Football, select universities are competing in an All India Inter University American Football Championship. Going by the name of the ‘Elite Bowl 2015’, the tournament is being organized by the Elite Football League of India and Association of Indian Universities, along with hosts, Punjabi University, Patiala.
The tournament is being played on grounds specially designed for American Football, complete with line-marking and goal posts. Unlike the inaugural edition, which witnessed both flag football and tackle football, in this second edition only Tackle football will be played in full American Football protective gear.
List of Participating Teams
- Jain University, Bangalore
- Bangalore University
- Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
- Jaipur National University
- Kolkata University
- Poornima University, Jaipur
- MD University, Rohtak
- JECRC University, Jaipur
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
- Chandigarh University
- Osmania University, Hyderabad
- Punjabi University, Patiala
About Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.