Former St. Stanislaus star quarterback Dylan Favre and Team USA didn't pass the ball much in Wednesday's 82-0 win over France, but they didn't have to.
Favre still managed to pass for two touchdowns and 31 yards on 4-of-6 passing for the Americans in a complete thrashing of a French squad that had dominated the competition in its two previous games. The former Mississippi State and Tennessee-Martin quarterback also rushed three times for 21 yards in the Americans' third game in the International Federation of American Football World Championship in Canton, Ohio.
Favre's touchdown passes came on a 6-yard toss in the third quarter to former Army quarterback Trent Steelman, now playing receiver, and a 3-yard pass to tight end Ernst Bruhn in the fourth quarter.
The U.S. (3-0) led 54-0 at halftime and cruised in the second half to its biggest victory yet in the tournament.
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“It was gratifying to see a lot of guys play and a lot guys play well and do what they’re supposed to do,” U.S. head coach Dan Hawkins said according to USA Football. “All of that was great. Certainly that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The U.S. rushed 45 times for 334 yards compared to -26 yards on 24 carries for the French. Former Iowa State running back Aaron Wimberly led the U.S. with nine carries for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Team USA's other quarterback, Mount Union's Kevin Burke, completed 5-of-6 passes for 89 yards.
The U.S. squad has been together for three weeks now and it's obvious the team is starting to gel as it enters Saturday's 6 p.m. gold medal match with Japan at Tom Benson Stadium, which is located on the campus on the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The U.S. beat Japan, 43-18, on Sunday in the previous match between the two teams.