Anthony Coombs, the University of Manitoba Bison football team running back, was named the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Team MVP on Wednesday at the USA Football’s third annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas.
Coombs, 19, scored two touchdowns and rushed for 147 yards on 14 carries for Team World which defeated Team USA 35-29. Bisons defensive lineman Evan Gill, 19, also participated in the game.
Coombs, a Sturgeon Heights graduate who played his rookie season with the Bisons in 2011, rushed for touchdowns of 19 yards and 62 yards.
"We’ve been working so hard for this all week, and it paid off with the victory," Coombs said in a statement to USA Football. "People don’t think anyone can play outside of the United States. This is going to make the U.S. take this event more seriously, and it’s also going to inspire tons of little kids around the world. It feels great that we did this."
It was the first loss for Team USA in an international competition at the senior or junior level including the 2007 and 2011 IFAF Senior World championships, the 2009 U-19 IFAF World Championship and two previous International Bowls.
The IFAF World Team roster included players from Canada and eight other IFAF member federations including American Samoa, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Sweden.