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In May of 1999, U. Cal Berkeley won its 16th national D1 Men’s championship, defeating Penn State 36-5 in the final. The championship match was played in San Francisco’s Balboa Stadium.
The win represented the Golden Bears’ ninth consecutive title and reaffirmed the University’s dominance over USA college rugby.
Sixteen teams started out, playing in the opening round in three venues; Berkeley, California, Columbus, Ohio, and Colorado Springs. Moving into the Elite Eight quarterfinals were Cal-Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Truman State, Navy, Oregon State, Penn State, BYU, and Army. The semifinal featured well-known teams that participated in many past Final Four contests: Cal, Army, Navy and Penn State.
Cal rolled over Navy 50-17 while Penn State beat eastern rival West Point 57-22 to set up the finale. For Cal, the San Francisco championship venue was a short ride away over the bridge.
The title match witnessed Cal dominate play from the opening whistle. Coach Jack Clark’s squad numbered six All Americans, including two of those with Eagle caps. Defense marked the difference as Cal continually squashed the Nittany Lions’ movement upfield. With two tries to one, the Bears led 12-5 at the half.
In the second period, Cal unleashed wave after wave of attacking moves, resulting in three more tries, and 24 additional points without conceding any to Penn State.
Navy beat arch rival Army 44-22 for third place.