June 23, 2007
FRANKFURT, Germany -
Quarterback Casey Bramlet led the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europa to a 37-28 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy on Saturday in World Bowl XV. Not only did Bramlet guide his team to the 2007 NFL Europa Championship, but he was named the game's MVP. Bramlet is a former University of Wyoming quarterback. The Wheatland, Wyo., native is currently under contract with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.
Bramlet completed 74.1 percent of his passes on the day (20 of 27) for 347 yards and four touchdowns. The four TD passes set a new World Bowl record.
"We made some big plays, and once we got going, we felt like we couldn't be stopped," Bramlet said.
Hamburg captured its first World Bowl title with the victory, and did so on Frankfurt's home field. Bramlet's Sea Devils set the early tone by driving 70 yards in 12 plays to score a touchdown on their first possession of the game, culminating in a three-yard TD pass from Bramlet to wide receiver Justin Jenkins. Hamburg went on to take a 23-14 halftime lead.
Frankfurt scored first in the second half to pull to within two points at 23-21. Bramlet struck back later in the third quarter, firing a 51-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Davis to extend Hamburg's lead to 30-21. On the final play of the third quarter, Frankfurt again drew to within two points, scoring on an eight-play, 46-yard TD drive that began with a 40-yard kickoff return by the Galaxy. The third quarter ended with the score Hamburg 30, Frankfurt 28.
The Sea Devils sealed the win with their final touchdown of the day at the 10:59 mark of the fourth quarter. Bramlet connected with wide receiver Marcus Maxwell on the tandem's second TD of the day -- a 10-yarder -- to post a 37-28 win.
Bramlet led Hamburg to a 7-3 regular season record, tying the Sea Devils for the best record in NFL Europa with Frankfurt. A three-year starter from 2001-03, he still holds the UW all-time records for career passing yards (9,684) and career total offense (9,575 yards).
More information on this year's NFL Europa season and World Bowl XV can be found at www.nfleurope.com.