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Fall finally has arrived and there is plenty to get excited about as colder weather approaches. The highlights of Saturday include Ohio State’s upset of Indiana, a pair of intense fights in the Rugby East, an offensive explosion between Old Blue and Life, a three-way dogfight in the WPL, and multiple blowouts.

The downward spiral continues for Indiana as the Hoosiers dropped their second straight loss to Ohio State. The Buckeyes led from the start with Nick Zolikoff (2), Roman Forrestal, and Andrew Baldado scoring in the 26-16 victory. Wisconsin backed up its defeat of Indiana last week by crushing Minnesota, 74-17. Additionally, Michigan and Michigan State improved their records with wins.

The frontrunners in the Rugby East were tested as Penn State clashed with Kutztown and Army took on Wheeling Jesuit. The Nittany Lions had their hands full with the Bears as Kutztown cut the lead to two points late in the match. PSU’s Leo Van Buskirk hit a penalty with three minutes left to give his squad some breathing room and the eventual 32-27 win. With the Army versus WJU match, the Black Knights picked up a 33-21 road victory behind tries from Jordan Jurosic, Sam Sutera, James Mbony, and Bailey Abercrombie.

Big blowouts littered D1A as Iona, SUNY-Oswego, and UMass enjoyed massive wins in the Liberty; Navy crushed Clemson in its Mid-South opener; Davenport and BYU won by huge margins in the Independents; Oklahoma and Baylor won by a combined score of 154-5 in the Red River; and Colorado blasted New Mexico by 50 points.

In D1AA land, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Salisbury won in the Chesapeake; Brown, Dartmouth, and Princeton all put up over 50 in the Ivy; Louisville came back to beat Ohio, 36-35, in the Mid-American; Rowan, West Chester, and St. Joe’s won in the Mid-Atlantic; Oregon State, Washington, and Western Washington gave the opposition a loss in the NCRC; Alabama, Georgia, MTSU, and Tennessee won in the SCRC; and Lindenwood-Belleville beat a tough Kentucky team, 33-5.

The ninth week of the WPL saw two of the top teams battle it out as the Glendale Merlins defeated Berkeley All Blues, 24-14. With San Diego beating Chicago North Shore, Glendale and San Diego are tied at 5-1-1 and Glendale is at 5-3. In the Red Conference, Beantown improved to 4-2-1 with a 39-12 win over the DC Furies and Twin Cities and New York were locked in a tight test as of the writing of this report.

Lastly in DI Club, the rematch between Old Blue and Life resulted in the knockdown, drag-out, slobber-knocker where the New Yorkers came out on top, 48-40. Elsewhere, Mystic River beat NYAC 41-26 in the ARP; NOVA and Pittsburgh won squeakers in the Mid-Atlantic; Detroit, Chicago Lions, Kansas City, and Metropolis prevailed in the Midwest; and NOVA and Boston won in Women’s DI.

HOMESCOREAWAYSCORECONFERENCE
Indiana16Ohio State26D1A - Big Ten
Michigan24Illinois17D1A - Big Ten
Purdue8Michigan State11D1A - Big Ten
Wisconsin74Minnesota17D1A - Big Ten
American International College18Iona50D1A - Liberty
Delaware32Stony Brook10D1A - Liberty
SUNY-Oswego39Brockport5D1A - Liberty
Syracuse24Binghamton21D1A - Liberty
UConn8Boston College10D1A - Liberty
UMass70Rhode Island5D1A - Liberty
Colgate23Cortland12D1A - Liberty
Navy78Clemson14D1A - Mid-South
Notre Dame26Arizona 2nd12D1A - Non-Conference
Bowling Green State5Davenport43D1A - Non-Conference
Arkansas State38Iowa Central Community College11D1A - Non-Conference
Utah State8BYU71D1A - Non-Conference
Oklahoma86Texas Tech0D1A - Red River
Texas5Baylor68D1A - Red River
Air Force24Colorado State31D1A - Rocky Mountain
Colorado58New Mexico8D1A - Rocky Mountain
Wheeling Jesuit21Army33D1A - Rugby East
Kutztown27Penn State32D1A - Rugby East
Virginia Tech26Georgetown21D1AA - Chesapeake
James Madison33Maryland49D1AA - Chesapeake
Salisbury40Towson22D1AA - Chesapeake
Penn5Brown56D1AA - Ivy
Dartmouth59Yale0D1AA - Ivy
Cornell14Princeton53D1AA - Ivy
Western MichiganDaytonD1AA - Mid-American
Ohio35Louisville36D1AA - Mid-American
Pittsburgh12Rowan47D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Indiana (PA)22West Chester49D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
St. Joseph's61Temple19D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Western Washington53Boise State27D1AA - NCRC
Washington7Oregon State83D1AA - NCRC
Washington State24Gonzaga5D1AA - NCRC
Kentucky5Lindenwood-Belleville33D1AA - Non-Conference
Alabama73Auburn12D1AA - SCRC
Kennesaw State17Georgia27D1AA - SCRC
Middle Tennessee State26Ole Miss16D1AA - SCRC
Tennessee67Mississippi State0D1AA - SCRC
Old Blue48Life40Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Mystic River41NYAC26Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Pittsburgh Harlequins36Potomac Exiles29Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies24Northern Virginia Rugby26Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Detroit Tradesmen36Columbus Rugby17Men's DI Club - Midwest
Chicago Lions88Cincinnati Wolfhounds0Men's DI Club - Midwest
St. Louis Bombers10Kansas City Blues17Men's DI Club - Midwest
Milwaukee Barbarians10Metropolis Rugby55Men's DI Club - Midwest
Albany Sirens5Northern Virginia Rugby48Women's DI Club - Eastern
Raleigh Venom27Boston Rugby33Women's DI Club - Eastern
D.C. Furies12Beantown Rugby39Women's Premier League
San Diego Surfers64Chicago North Shore10Women's Premier League
Berkeley All Blues14Glendale Merlins24Women's Premier League
New York RugbyTwin Cities AmazonsWomen's Premier League