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In the final round of Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference 15s play in the fall semester, three matches were played: Texas walloped Houston, Baylor pulled away from Oklahoma convincingly at home and Arkansas edged Texas Tech by a slight margin.

LSU, TCU and Texas A&M did not play this weekend.

Arkansas 40, Texas Tech 36
Arkansas was led by three tries from flyhalf Jack Casey and two from Alex Rees to edge the Red Raiders in Lubbock. Bobby Flinn scored twice for Texas Tech and Sadiq Sule, playing his final game for Texas Tech, also scored a try.

Arkansas coach Warren Fyfe: “It was a tight, hard fought and physical game and I was very relieved to come away with a close win. It was a much improved performance overall from the LSU game and I was very impressed with how our forwards were able to neutralize Tech’s physicality. Moments of creative brilliance from our standout backs Alex Rees and Jack Casey gave us the edge. I thought lock Mitch Foley had an outstanding game on debut and was able to win us good ball and put a lot of pressure on Tech’s lineout as well.”

Texas Tech coach Phil Terrigno: “There is no artificial substitute for playing under pressure in games that mean a lot and as much as we try to replicate it in training, matches like this have to happen for a young team (with one senior). We were down 21-5 and scored 19 straight points to take the lead at half, which looked promising. In the final minute, we moved the ball into Arkansas’ half with a chance to win, but couldn’t punch it over. It’s a tough result, but we’re trending upward.”

Texas 71, Houston 12
The Longhorns, which rebounded from a blowout loss to Texas A&M, were led by 26 combined points (eight conversions, two tries) from fullback Corin Wakefield.  Texas will host Texas Tech on Jan. 27 in its next Red River match.

Enrique Montano and Abraham Blanco scored tries for Houston, which will host Baylor on Jan. 27 to start the spring season.

Baylor 31, Oklahoma 10
Baylor, which improves to 2-0 in Red River play, got tries from Michael Haynes, Griffin Maat, Taylor McGehee, Benjamin Erste and Stewart Morris.

Oklahoma coach Doug Neubauer: “OU dominated scrums but couldn’t turn that into points. Baylor exploited OU turnovers and converted them into points. OU’s openside flanker Logan Ronan had an outstanding performance and flyhalf Richard Papenfus was able to find open runners. No. 8 Luiz Nunez once again found the try zone.”

Editor’s note: Phil Terrigno is the head coach of Texas Tech men’s and women’s rugby.

Red River Collegiate Rugby Conference XVs results
Round One — Nov. 3-4

Texas 67, TCU 11
LSU 76, Houston 12

Round Two — Nov. 11
TCU 20, Houston 0
Texas Tech 53, Oklahoma 0
Texas A&M 45, Texas 14

Round Three — Nov. 18
LSU 51, Arkansas 15
Texas A&M 64, Oklahoma 15
Baylor 50, TCU 8

Round Four — Dec. 2 (final matches of the Fall 2017 semester)
Baylor 31, Oklahoma 10
Texas 71, Houston 12
Arkansas 40, Texas Tech 36  

First matches of the Spring 2018 semester
Jan. 20

Texas Tech at Baylor

Jan. 27
Baylor at Houston
Texas Tech at Texas
Texas A&M at TCU