BTU Review – Week 2

D1A Rugby: BTU Review – Week 2

BOULDER, Colo. – Five sides kicked off their Big Ten play this weekend, and a few of those teams were ready to dominate. In a weekend that showcased high scoring, dominating defense, and a competitive battle for the Great Lake State, this is the BTU Review, week two.

No. 11 Indiana vs. Purdue
The Hoosiers dominated the Boilermakers last season, and they came out and did again Saturday, taking the game, 92-0. Purdue has improved since its ninety-two point loss last season, but playing an Indiana side on the road proved to be too much.

IU junior wing Jake Hidalgo scored three tries on the day, and junior fullback Teddy Terezis had two, proving why the Hoosier back line is one of the best in the nation. Seven other players scored as well, while Purdue never god close enough for a kick.

The road for Purdue will continue to be a tough one, as they take on No. 20 Ohio State next week, and then No. 17 Wisconsin the week after. Indiana will play No. 16 Michigan next weekend, a match that could be one of its toughest of the season.

Iowa vs. No. 17 Wisconsin
In another smothering victory, the Badgers took this match, 87-0. The reigning Big Ten Champions are going to be a tough side to beat this season, and proved their worth against a decent Hawkeye squad.

Badger eight-man Hunter Crass dominated in this game, matching his try total of four last year in his first game. His brother, Tyler Crass, ended the day with a try, and fellow line mate Matoko Noudehou scored a try and five conversions in the win.

Iowa will try to bounce back against a 0-2 Illinois team next weekend, while Wisconsin will host Minnesota in their first home match of the season.

No. 20 Ohio State vs. Illinois
The Buckeyes traveled to Illinois to face the Fighting Illini, and walked away with a 57-10 win.

Ohio State took a quick 21-0 lead, but multiple penalties put Illinois in position to score on a penalty kick and a short try, putting the score at 21-10. This would be the closest the score would get for Illinois, as the Buckeyes ran away with the game in the second half, scoring three tries and locking the score at 52-10.

Illinois started their season against two of the toughest teams in the conference, and though they came out of it with a 0-2 record, they played well. They will take on Iowa next weekend, while Ohio State will travel to West Lafayette for their game against Purdue.

Michigan State vs. No. 16 Michigan
In what was the most competitive game of the weekend, Michigan turned a great second half performance into a 22-14 win over Michigan State.

The game started with a Michigan penalty kick, but the Spartans responded with two tries by left wing Michael Landerlaan. The Wolverines scored a try and a conversion in the 35th minute, and the sides entered half, 14-10.

Michigan came out after the half inspired, and scored tries in the 52nd and 61st minutes, while holding the Spartans to no points, and the Wolverines took the match.

The Spartans are now 1-1 this season, and their play against Michigan showed they are an improving team in the conference. They will continue to improve, and take on Ohio State on Oct. 10. Michigan will head to Bloomington to face Indiana on Oct. 2.