#17 LSU clinches South Division in lopsided Red River weekend

D1A Rugby: #17 LSU clinches South Division in lopsided Red River weekend
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The Red River Conference had its fair share in one-sided matches over the weekend, but among the victors was #17 LSU, whose 33-10 win over Texas A&M clinched the South Division title. It sets the stage for a date with Baylor April 1st in the inaugural Red River Championship. Elsewhere in the conference, Oklahoma rolled Texas 64-4, Texas tech shut out Houston 139-0, and Arkansas thumped TCU 105-9

#17 LSU 33-10 Texas A&M

LSU continues to turn heads in D1A, and while advancing in the D1A playoffs is a major goal for the program this year, the Tigers have the added conference championship appearance to now focus on in three weeks time. The squad also remained perfect in the conference with their latest win against the Aggies.

Using their 27-17 loss to #8 Arkansas State as motivation, the Tigers’ new found confidence showed on the scoreboard. They were led by freshman hooker Hunter Breit, who recorded two tries and four conversions. Alec Miller was close behind with two tries of his own, and scored first for LSU in the 5th minute.

For A&M, a try in the 15th minute kept the game close for most of the first half, but the one-two punch of Breit and Miller gave LSU a comfortable 21-5 lead at the half. The Aggies responded in the opening minutes of the second half to make it 21-10, but it was all Tigers after. Two more scores in the 65th and 69th minute sealed it for LSU.    

While the Louisiana State hopefuls shift to championship mode, Texas A&M’s regular season comes to a close with the loss.

Oklahoma 64-6 Texas

Longhorn Steven Taylor gave his team an early 3-0 lead in the 3rd minute, and an additional penalty kick in the 33rd minute were all the points Texas could muster against the Sooners. On the other side, Zackary Raines helped highlight Oklahoma’s offense with four tries on the day. In addition, Vincent Fairbarin had a try, as well as five conversions en route to the team’s regular season finale win.

In the second half alone, Oklahoma tallied seven tries while shutting out the Longhorns. The team’s finishes the season with 29 points and a 5-3 record in the conference.

Texas Tech 139-0 Houston

The final score speaks for itself as the Red Raiders scored from the first minute to the final horn. Abubakar Sule scored eight tries in the contest, including scores in the opening and closing seconds. Meanwhile 8-Man Steven Collins registered 17 conversions in addition to one try. The win is the second for Texas Tech in the Red River this season, and now shift to this week when they travel to face TCU.

Arkansas 105-6 TCU

Arkansas wrapped up their regular season with the Horned Frogs, bursting out of the gate early and never looked back on Parents Weekend. TCU managed two penalty kicks, one in each half, in the game. The loss puts them at 1-4 on the year in the conference. For the Razorbacks, they improve to 4-3 in a spring season that has looked to be a stellar turnaround from the fall.