Nearing the mid-point of the season, six Red River teams faced off one more time before the winter break. This weekend’s excitement produced extraordinary individual performances from LSU’s Charles Mitchell and Oklahoma’s Emmanuel Soto, who scored five and seven tries, respectively, to secure their team’s success.
#20 LSU vs. TCU, 62-5.
TCU lost their season opener to clinical Oklahoma but managed to bounce back big against Houston, defeating the conference newcomers, 41-22.
The two met in Fort Worth, Tex. this past Saturday before they step away from the pitch over the winter break. LSU did most of the scoring for the two teams over the next 80 minutes. Flanker Brennan Falcon and hooker Hunter Breit helped the Tigers early on scoring two tries. Breit’s two conversions made the score 14-0 in the 16th minute.
In the 25th minutes, Charles Mitchell took control of the match and scored three tries in seven minutes. The dynamic winger added to his already impressive hat trick by scoring twice more in the 60th and 67th minute. Daniel Boudreau, Andrew Mullins and Cameron Troxler added a try each to the Tiger’s tally. By the 72nd minute, LSU had marked 62 points.
Although TCU had trouble containing Mitchell, the Horn Frogs come through in the 80th minute. Cort Marley, TCU prop, scored the home side’s only try of the day. The final score in Fort Worth, LSU 62, TCU 5.
Oklahoma vs. Arkansas, 48-25.
Oklahoma handled Baylor 37-0 when the two met a week ago. This came after their close loss to Texas Tech. As one of the conference favorites, the Sooners had to come away with a win to stay in contention.
Arkansas pulled of a huge win against Texas Tech to start the season, winning 51-22. It dropped its next match against Baylor only losing 26-25.
Arkansas fly-half Alexander Rees took advantage early to give the Razorbacks the lead. Oklahoma and Emmanuel Soto took over the next 20 minutes, though. The opportunistic Oklahoma scrum half’s tries and conversions made the score 19-3. Arkansas managed to slow the bleeding through another Rees converted penalty kick and penalty try awarded to Arkansas scrum half Jawaski Nickens narrowing the Sooner lead to 6 at the half.
Oklahoma responded by letting its scrum half loose. Soto marked another hat trick in the second half. His three more tries along with conversions from substitute Vincent Fairbarin extended the score to 38-13. The unstoppable Soto scored his seventh try of the match in the 64th minute. Sooner substitute, Philip Rice, made his impact felt and capped Oklahoma’s scoring with a try of his own.
Arkansas flanker Coby Graves made sure to have the last word and scored twice late in the match. Rees’ final conversion left the final score at 48-25. Soto’s seven tries single handedly broke the Razorbacks. Fans will have to wait until January to see how each Red River team responds to their first half of their 2016-17 season.