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With a few conferences finishing up their seasons, others are just beginning. Two conference championships highlighted Saturday as Penn State topped Army by one point in the Rugby East and Indiana tripled up Wisconsin in the Big Ten. The teams of the Mid-South are starting while colleges out west are heating up.
In a Rugby East thriller that came down to the last play, Penn State survived for a 22-21 victory against Army. The Black Knights took a late lead only to surrender it in the final two minutes as the Nittany Lions’ Keifer Kei-Boguinard scored in the corner. Army rallied to set up for a 35 meter penalty on the final play, but the kick was wide giving PSU the conference championship. In the remaining games, Kutztown and Notre Dame College notched wins versus Wheeling Jesuit and St. Bonaventure, respectively.
The Big Ten Championship was a September rematch where Indiana remained undefeated against Wisconsin, 36-12. The Hoosiers rebounded from a 12-5 halftime deficit with tries by Dacoda Worth, Connor Marsh, Jacob Ney (2), Alex Dorrier, and Tyler Sousley. Ohio State, Michigan State, and Purdue added wins to their records.
With no division games in the Mid-South, three teams engaged in non-conference tests. Lindenwood swept its opening weekend beating Texas A&M and LSU by a combined score of 105-10. Davenport blew out Bowling Green State, 46-5, and Arkansas State dominated Lindenwood-Belleville, 34-7.
Out west, Colorado outlasted Air Force, 49-41, Wyoming beat New Mexico, 36-26, and Utah trounced Utah State, 47-10.
As the Liberty Conference schedule is winding down, the wins keep coming for Fordham, UConn, Northeastern, and Iona. The Rams beat Rutgers and both Huskies squads are still undefeated in the New England Division. Iona went outside of Liberty for its opponent overpowering AIC, 44-19.
In DIAA, Mary Washington conquered James Madison, 48-7, in a battle of Chesapeake heavyweights while Mount St. Mary’s, Virginia Tech, and Georgetown also picked up victories. Dartmouth and Harvard each put up 40+ in their Ivy wins and Louisville and Cincinnati won in the MAC. South Carolina and Tennessee prevailed in the SCRC and Florida State, MTSU, and Georgia tech won in the SIRC.
Two big matches in New York showcased the elite level play of club rugby on Saturday. Life finished its ETG short season with a 45-35 win over Old Blue and NYAC blew out Mystic River, 80-17, in an Atlantic North match.
In the Midwest, Metropolis extended its winning streak to 11 with a one-point victory over the Chicago Griffins and the Lions got back on track with a 74-26 pounding of Kansas City. Mid-Atlantic club action featured Rocky Gorge staying unbeaten, Schuylkill River edging Baltimore-Chesapeake by two points, and the Washington Irish upset Pittsburgh, 29-28. In the Pacific Northwest, the Eastside Tsunami, Snake River, and ORSU each won their games.