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With every team in the top six of D1A Rugby and 13 of the top 25 in action, it was a busy weekend in the college ranks. In addition, the Houston Sabercats held on for a 39-38 win against NYAC; OMBAC, SFGG, and Belmont Shore were victorious in the PRP; and Dallas, Austin, and Glendale enjoyed comfortable wins in the DI Red River.
The weekend was highlighted by three marquee matchups in D1A. First up was #1 versus #4. After a contentious first half, top-ranked Saint Mary’s pulled away in the second to win 37-17 over BYU. Next was the highly anticipated Mid-South clash between #3 Life and #5 Lindenwood. The battle did not disappoint and ended with the closest result of the weekend as the Running Eagles won, 22-18. Lastly, Cal beat a surging Arizona squad on the road, 48-17.
Other results include UCLA’s try at the buzzer to force a 23-23 tie at San Diego State, Navy’s 88-8 rout of Dartmouth, Arkansas State 14-10 edging Clemson, and Grand Canyon outscoring Utah, 48-34. In the Red River, Baylor leads the conference despite yesterday’s loss to Oklahoma, but Texas and LSU are close behind with wins on Saturday.
In D1AA, San Diego stomped Cal State Northridge, 87-10, in the Gold Coast and Missouri surpassed the century mark beating Washington in the Heart of America. With two cancelations in the NCRC, the only reported score in the division was Western Washington’s 34-21 victory over Oregon. In the Pac West, Nevada, Chico State, and Sacramento State picked up wins and Florida Atlantic and Florida International won in the SIRC.
The Houston Sabercats held court at Constellation Field and survived a furious comeback attempt by NYAC to win by one-point at 39-38. Houston will get its first look at the MLR competition this Saturday when it hosts NOLA Gold.
In the PRP, OMBAC and Belmont Shore pushed their records to 2-0 with victories against Life West and Olympic Club, respectively. After its opening weekend loss against Belmont, SFGG rebounded to beat Santa Monica at home, 21-5. Meanwhile, the DI Red River featured three blowouts as the Dallas Reds, Austin Blacks, and Glendale Merlins each notched 40+ point wins.