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BYU beat Navy 60-0
Saturday at South Field in Provo, Utah to advance to a second-straight
Varsity Cup final. Navy was simply outpaced, out-kicked and out-chased on
the day, with BYU's relentless pressure breaking the Midshipmen after about
BYU outside center Jared Whippy opened scoring with a try after just four
minutes of play, and flyhalf Jonny Linehan converted, giving BYU a 7-0
The Cougars and Midshipmen then exchanged a series of kicks, both trying to find field position advantage in the rainy conditions. BYU charged down a Navy box kick, leading to a Chris Wernli try.
Two minutes later Linehan added to BYU's tally with a penalty kick when
Navy lock John Tornton didn't roll away after making a massive tackle -
Paul Lasike, who subbed on for the injured Jared Whippy, extended the lead
on a give-and-go. He gave up the ball while drawing in a few defenders,
dished off and supported, and then caught the ball on the wing before
plowing over the last Navy defender en route to a try. Linehan slotted the
conversion, making it 22-0 to BYU.
Hooker Zane Mendenhall piled on one more try before the half. He stepped
inside a Navy defender and scooted right under the posts. Linehan easily
converted, putting the Cougars up 29-0 going into the half.
BYU started the second stanza just as dominant, with fullback Josh Whippy
scoring off an impressive individual effort. He powered through Navy's
initial defensive line, outpaced a few Midshipmen to the edge, and fending
off another before dotting down.
With the game well in hand, Wernli, Joe Pikula, Steve Saia and Josh
Anderson all added tries to push BYU's final tally up to 60.
The Cougars will likely meet Cal in the Varsity Cup final for the second year in a row. If Cal holds serve against Central Washington in the other semifinal, the Bears and Cougars will meet in a National Championship game for the eighth time since 2006.