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PSU's Malcolm May on the attack. Mimi Goodman Photo.

Close tests, big upsets. With teams jockeying for positions within their conferences, there were plenty of exciting matches this weekend in D1A, D1AA, and DI Club.

With Indiana on a bye, Michigan State and Wisconsin shined in the Big Ten. The Spartans nipped Purdue, 17-14, to remain undefeated and Wisconsin blew out Iowa, 105-0, to improve to 3-1. Ohio State got back on the winning track with a 50-0 win over Illinois and Michigan beat Minnesota, 21-17.

There were only two Rugby East matches on the slate, but three other teams were in action in non-conference affairs. Penn State put up 75 points on Wheeling Jesuit on its way to extend its undefeated streak to three games and the Bonnies scored their second conference victory with a 24-13 win over Buffalo.

Revisiting their old Rugby East stomping grounds, Iona almost pulled off the upset against Army. The Black Knights scored the lone second-half try to win 17-13. For its New England road trip, Notre Dame College swept AIC, 36-22, and New England College, 58-5. Lastly, Kutztown crushed Delaware, 110-12.

In the Liberty, Cortland and Northeastern are still unbeaten with impressive victories. Cortland blanked Colgate, 26-0, and the Huskies of Northeastern clobbered Fairfield, 40-5. In the remaining games, Albany, UMass, and Stony Brook each picked up wins.

The Rocky Mountain Conference saw Air Force rock Wyoming, 71-21, while Utah State and Colorado State won in blowouts. All three winning teams are undefeated in the conference and the Air Force plays CSU next Saturday to dwindle that number down to two.

In the D1AA, Georgetown was the big winner with a surprising 35-26 upset of Towson. James Madison and Virginia Tech recorded victories in the Chesapeake while Brown, Princeton, and Penn ruled in the Ivy. The Hawks of St. Joe’s, Golden Rams of West Chester, and Mountaineers of West Virginia collected wins in the MARC and Kentucky and South Carolina crushed in the SCRC. Finally, Florida International and Florida State won in the SIRC.

In one of the most anticipated tests on the club rugby calendar, Life pushed the Glendale Merlins to the brink in the Merlins’ closest match of the season. On the road in Marietta, Ga., Glendale survived for the 22-15 win.

In DI action, all of the road teams won in the Mid-Atlantic as Rocky Gorge, Potomac, and Norfolk lengthened their winning streaks. The battle of top teams in the Midwest saw a 37-29 win for Metropolis over the Chicago Lions as Palmer, Columbus, and Cincinnati also prevailed in the division. Lastly, after a week break, Snake River and the Valley Kangaroos won in the Pacific Northwest.

HOMESCOREAWAYSCORECONFERENCE
Michigan15Minnesota22D1A - Big Ten
Ohio State31Purdue24D1A - Big Ten
Stony Brook5Fordham31D1A - Liberty
Colgate14Binghamton32D1A - Liberty
American International College71Rutgers0D1A - Liberty
Brockport17Albany48D1A - Liberty
Oswego State5Syracuse43D1A - Liberty
Rhode Island0Northeastern69D1A - Liberty
Tufts0UConn30D1A - Liberty
UMass49Fairfield14D1A - Liberty
Delaware15West Chester24D1A - Non-Conference
Notre Dame7Davenport48D1A - Non-Conference
KutztownCancelledVirginia TechCancelledD1A - Non-Conference
Western Michigan12Indiana35D1A - Non-Conference
Iona7Navy25D1A - Non-Conference
Arkansas State63Mississippi State0D1A - Non-Conference
Colorado College17Air Force21D1A - Non-Conference
Saint Bonaventure10Army28D1A - Rugby East
Buffalo3Army86D1A - Rugby East
Penn State29Notre Dame College14D1A - Rugby East
New Mexico26Colorado49D1A -Rocky Mountain
Towson39Georgetown14D1AA - Chesapeake
Mary WashingtonPostponedJames MadisonPostponedD1AA - Chesapeake
Salisbury17Maryland12D1AA - Chesapeake
Indiana (PA)33Pittsburgh26D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
St. Joseph's24Rowan19D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
West Virginia11Temple32D1AA - Mid-Atlantic
Cincinnatti10Kentucky50D1AA - Non-Conference
Dartmouth45New England College12D1AA - Non-Conference
Kennesaw StateCancelledAlabamaCancelledD1AA - SCRC
Tennessee68Middle Tennessee State0D1AA - SCRC
NYAC26Life31Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Old Blue52Mystic River14Men's DI Club - Atlantic North/ARP
Schuylkill River Exiles36Baltimore-Chesapeake22Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Rocky Gorge Rugby38Pittsburgh Harlequins14Men's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Northern Virginia RugbyPostponedNorfolk BluesPostponedMen's DI Club - Mid-Atlantic
Detroit Tradesmen45Chicago Griffins29Men's DI Club - Midwest
Chicago Lions75Columbus Rugby21Men's DI Club - Midwest
St. Louis Bombers0Metropolis Rugby59Men's DI Club - Midwest
Milwaukee Barbarians14Palmer College Dragons48Men's DI Club - Midwest
Ontario Arrows40Glendale Raptors18MLR - Exhibition
Albany Sirens5Philadelphia Rugby31Women's DI Club - Eastern
D.C. Furies12Atlanta Harlequins51Women's Premier League
Oregon Sports Union26San Diego Surfers29Women's Premier League
Chicago North Shore0Glendale Merlins45Women's Premier League
New York Rugby30Beantown Rugby33Women's Premier League