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A controversial call cost the Lixil Deers a Pearl Bowl victory and gave the IBM BigBlue a first X League title.

Kevin Craft threw three touchdown passes as the BigBlue survived a late comeback by the Deers to wrap up a 21-20 victory in the Pearl Bowl Final on Monday night at Tokyo Dome. It was the first-ever title for the BigBlue in any season or tournaments in the X League.

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