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A game of games. A match for the ages. A result not decided until injury time. The final score; Stanford 15-12 over Penn State. A repeat title for the Cardinal as Women’s D1 College 2006 Championship.
Stanford, ranked 1 in the tournament, rolled from the Round of 16, first beating West Chester (16) 50-11. In the quarters, they routed North Carolina (9) 79-7 and easily defeated Navy (4) 45-12 in the semis.
Penn State (3) began with a first-round win 37-8 against Northern Iowa (14). The Nittany Lions continued with 37-8 victory against Army (11), followed by a big win 54-5 against Ohio State (7).
These fifteens met in the 2005 final when Stanford prevailed via 53-6 thrashing, The Cardinal anticipated that a home game in Palo Alto would provide an advantage.
The first half proceeded nip and tuck with Stanford scoring first on a long run from Men Ryan to make the score 5-0. Penn State assumed the lead in the 33rd minute to go ahead 7-5. At the end of the first half, Ryan scored her second try to vault Stanford into a 10-7 lead at halftime.
The game see-sawed back and forth with neither side finding the try line until Penn State scored with 11-minutes remaining to make it 12-10.
With second remaining, Stanford’s All-American Joycelyn Tseng surged around the defense from 15-meters out to score the game winning try.
The victory represented the Cardinal’s third since the championship's start in 1991. For perennial powerhouse Penn State, the loss brought them to 3-7 in the finals.