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It was a big weekend in rugby as the college conferences got their first full work of the season and club action heated up. In addition, the Collegiate All-Americans lost a close match, 20-18, against Oxford University at Talen Energy Stadium outside of Philadelphia, Pa.
Three divisions within D1A saw intense play in the Rugby East, Big Ten, and Liberty Conferences. Each winning team in the Rugby East at least doubled up their opponent as Army beat Wheeling Jesuit, 57-20, Penn State welcomed Notre Dame College to the East with a 43-17 loss, and Kutztown began their season with a 62-17 victory over St. Bonaventure.
The opening Saturday of the Big Ten saw two tests in Indiana and Iowa. The Hoosiers' power attack blew out Purdue, 82-20, and the Fighting Illini of the Illinois stomped the Hawkeyes, 37-15.
With eight games on the slate for Liberty, multiple teams impressed. Four squads scored over 40 points as Iona, Binghamton, UConn, and Cortland put up big numbers. Syracuse, Fordham, and Fairfield picked up notches in the win column and Northeastern and Rhode Island are scheduled to play Sunday night.
In non-conference play, Davenport bounced back with a 44-22 win against Buffalo, AIC dominated New England College, 51-17, the Buckeyes of Ohio State remained undefeated with a one point victory over Notre Dame, and Lindenwood-Belleville beat Wisconsin, 38-14.
The Chesapeake, Ivy, and SCRC of the D1AA were busy on Saturday. Mary Washington, Maryland, Towson, and Virginia Tech were victorious in the Chesapeake while Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale won in the Ivy League. Down South, Kentucky beat Tennessee, 44-24, and Florida dispatched Alabama, 39-13.
Eight games were played in the three conferences of DI Club. In a much anticipated match of the American Rugby Premiership in the Atlantic North, NYAC recovered from its loss to Old Blue last Saturday to beat Mystic River, 33-15. In the Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Gorge dug deep to survive a scare from Baltimore-Chesapeake, 24-9, the Norfolk Blues won a hard fought match in Philadelphia against Schuylkill River, 29-28, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins held ground at home to beat the Washington Irish, 30-17.
In the marathon Midwest, Metropolis remained unbeaten with a 54-10 win over Cincinnati and the Chicago Lions kept pace by beating Palmer, 34-13. Columbus grabbed its third win over Milwaukee and the Kansas City Blues crushed the Chicago Griffins, 76-5.