BOULDER, Colo. – West Point’s newly appointed varsity program was successful in its return to the Rugby East pitch. After missing out on East’s fall competition last year, a younger but no less confident Army squad handed Penn State a 19-15 defeat.
No. 6-ranked Penn State would open the scoring with an unconverted try, and eventually went into the intermission leading, 8-7. But it was the Black Knights’ offense that came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. Four minutes into the second frame, speedster David Huff found the try zone and Logan Pearce connected on his second conversion on the day.
Luke Huen pushed West Point’s lead to 19-8 with a try in the 59th minute, and the Cadets would not need another point the rest of the way through.
The Nittany Lions made headlines the previous week after taking apart a good Davenport side, 30-6. The win generated buzz around Rugby East that the conference just might be the best in the country, at least amongst the top half of the league. Army’s victory over Penn State should only aid in the sentiment that the East’s top three teams – Army, Kutztown, and Penn State – stack up impressively when compared to the top three teams in any other collegiate conference.
Staying in the East, Wheeling Jesuit brought Iona back down to Earth with a 50-7 hammering of the Gaels. Iona was able to defeat St. Bonaventure last week, but Jesuit is obviously playing rugby at a higher level than the three newcomers of Rugby East.
Wheeling Jesuit, who was winless against Rugby East opponents last year, should be able to pull some much needed confidence from the complete game they played Saturday as the Cardinals now turn their attention to No. 3-ranked Kutztown.
D1A Scores – Week 2
Wheeling Jesuit 56-7 Iona
Army 19-15 Penn State
Michigan State 34-5 Purdue
Wisconsin 54-22 Iowa
Michigan 36-7 Illinois
Ohio State 32-43 Notre Dame
Air Force 59-14 New Mexico
Colorado State 57-0 Colorado
Baylor 25-15 St. Edwards
Davenport 37-26 Bowling Green