TOKYO (AP) -Jay Vickers ran for 139 yards, scored a touchdown and set up another Saturday to lead Lou Holtz's Notre Dame alumni team to a 19-3 win over Japan in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl.
Vickers, who played in seven games for Notre Dame in 1997 and 1998, sealed the win on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter after Michael Goolsby's interception.
Vickers' 77-yard run in the second quarter shifted the momentum in Notre Dame's favor. He was tackled at the 1, but quarterback Tony Rice punched it in to give Notre Dame a 10-3 lead.
``Coach Holtz said before the game that one play would likely be the difference and if that was it, so be it,'' said the 31-year-old Vickers, who was chosen MVP. ``I wanted to do this for Notre Dame and for my kids and I'm glad they got to see this.''
Japan went ahead late in the first quarter on a 31-yard field goal that Notre Dame quickly answered on Scott Cengia's 37-yarder early in the second.
they were quicker and I give a lot of credit to Japan.''
Japan used the game to prepare for the American football world championship in 2011. It lost the 2007 final 23-20 in double overtime against the United States.

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