- Big Notre Dame win over #13 St. Bonaventure
- #7 Kutztown over #8 Penn State
- #12 Army falls to #4 Lindenwood
- Notable games throughout conferences
Notre Dame hosted #13 St. Bonaventure this past weekend at Stinson Field. Notre Dame has had mixed results at the D1A level in the past year but notched arguably their biggest win yet, as they defeated St. Bonaventure 13-10. The Fighting Irish kept the Bonnies scoreless in the first half, while their attack was able to make the most of the few St. Bonaventure mistakes by converting a penalty kick and scoring a try late in the half. Notre Dame almost surrendered the lead in the second half, as the Bonnies scored two tries, but were unable to convert either. The Fighting Irish slotted one penalty kick in the second half, which was enough for them to secure the win over St. Bonaventure.
#7 Kutztown traveled to play #8 Penn State in an important conference matchup in Rugby East. Kutztown dominated the first half, not only keeping Penn State scoreless but also scoring 22 points in the first half. The Nittany Lions would fight back in the second half, limiting the Golden Bears to only two tries while scoring 24 points. Kutztown winger D’Montae Noble and flanker DaQuan Perry each scored two tries in the game, helping Kutztown beat Penn State 34-24.
#4 Lindenwood played their first game of the year, traveling to take on #12 Army. The Golden Knights have been unfortunately slipping recently, with a record of 1-2 against D1A opponents and have gone from being ranked #7, down to #12 nationally, prior to this game. While Army drew first blood with an early try in the eighth minute of the match, Lindenwood would go on to outscore Army in the first half 17-5. The second half told a similar story, as Army would only cross the white line once to score, while the challengers were able to add ten points to their lead. Lindenwood would finish 27-10 over Army.
#9 BYU defeated 81-7 Air Force this past weekend. BYU scored thirteen tries, with nine players scoring on the day. Winger Sam Roberts led the charge, scoring three tries on the day. Air Force’s lone score was by flyhalf Koby Hinnant at the end of the first half. BYU is now 3-0 this year and sits comfortably at the top of the Rocky Mountain conference. Elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain conference, Colorado upset #24 Utah Valley 19-18. All of Colorado’s points came via their centers Soren Heitmann and Konstantin Zagustin, with Heitmann scoring two tries and Zagustin scoring a try and successfully converting 2/3 kicks. The win moves Colorado into a tie for second with Utah State in their Conference.
#20 Ohio State defeated Michigan 57-14 at home. Michigan got out to an early lead after fullback Bryan Flowers broke the line and scored in the 5th minute, while Ohio State would go on to score four tries before the end of the half to take a 28-7 lead. The Wolverines could not contain the Buckeye’s attack in the second half either, as Ohio State would run up the score to 57-7 before Michigan scored a late consolation try near the end of the game. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, #19 Indiana prevented Wisconsin from scoring a try in their match this past weekend, beating them 44-3. Michigan State and Minnesota tied 19-19 after a strong start by Michigan State. Michigan State scored all of their points within first 25 minutes of the game, while shutting Minnesota out for the first 39 minutes. Minnesota would fight back in the second half to draw the scores level, but were unable to take the lead at any point in the second half. Illinois defeated Purdue 36-20 thanks in large part to inside center Luka Pavlakis, who scored three tries and ended the day with 22 points.
In the Liberty Conference several teams were playing in pivotal games to determine if they would be able to make a push for the playoffs this season. Buffalo demolished Cortland 76-8 to remain in second place in the Empire division. In I-95 the first place Stony Brook lost to Iona 22-69. Northeastern remained in first place in New England after their close win over UMASS 21-20. AIC beat Fordham 33-7, Oswego shutout Brockport 39-0, Boston College defeated Tufts 39-12, Albany was shutout by Binghamton 0-43, and Fairfield beat UCONN 37-15.