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Cal Poly bounced back from back-to-back out-of-conference losses to pound UCSB 75-3 in a game where not much went wrong for the Mustangs.
"The past several weeks have been tough. We had a good fight back against
UCLA but left it too late and let them get too many points on the board
early," said Cal Poly coach Dave Burnett.
"And the Arizona State was a disappointment – they got two intercept tries in the first half and the other tries came from the ball spinning out of the scrum, so it was a bit of a scrappy game down there. It's good to be scoring some good tries today and putting it all together."
Freshman wing Matt Long led Cal Poly in tries on the day, running in a hat trick. His fellow outside backs chipped in four more, accounting for seven of the Mustangs' 11 against the Gauchos.
"I want to see team tries, and when your outside backs score tries, it means the whole team is doing their job, and that was very pleasing for us today," said Burnett.
"Those guys were scoring tries because everybody inside them was doing their job – we're winning quick ball at the breakdowns, the ball skill by the backs were very good, a lot of good draw and pass and getting the ball to space, so very pleasing to see those guys score tries out wide. Champagne rugby, as we call it."
Elsewhere in California, San Diego State overcame a sluggish start to beat Sacramento State 46-17. The Aztecs didn't separate from Sac State until the second half.
"I think Sac State did a good job of starving us of possession in the first half and they maintained that possession pretty well, so without having the ball very much and making some small mistakes when we had the ball really hurt us," said SDSU coach Alex Lichtig.
"The second half we tended to execute better, especially when we had some line breaks we crossed the try line and put some points on the board."
The Aztecs were also on the rebound this week, having been upset by Santa Clara just two weeks ago.
"We're getting better every week, and we had a little letdown against Santa Clara, but the boys were ready to go back to work," said Lichtig. "And if we keep improving, then hopefully we can compete when that time comes."
Captain and inside center Frank Ramos and flanker Johnathan Raby had exceptional performances for SDSU on the day.
"Ramos had just some great hard running lines and his defense was spectacular," said Lichtig. "Raby, he was just all over the field, just a total workhorse today."
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