D1A Week 10 Recap

D1A Rugby: D1A Week 10 Recap
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This weekend’s D1A action featured a trio of Red River matchups with big implications, as well as Liberty Conference bowls.

Looking to improve to 2-0 and make an early conference statement, Texas A&M hosted Oklahoma in College Station. For the Aggies, usual scrum half Justin Brown moved to center to start the game, but had no trouble adjusting to the position to find holes for breakaways. Brown notched three tries on the day and also created tries for others as Texas A&M rolled to a 64-15 win. Also in on the Aggie rout was freshman Kade Ball, who scored two tries of his own and impressed in the A&M fall home debut.

Aggies head coach James Lowrey is feeling good about his young team as conference play kicks into gear.

“I knew our young class of men were talented. The ceiling is pretty high for all of them,” Lowrey said. “These young men are coming along well and it is proving to be a headache come Saturday for selecting teams. Not a bad problem to have.”

Reigning conference champions Baylor kicked off their season against conference foe TCU. Though 30 mph winds affected play on both sides, Baylor jumped out to an early lead, going up 22-3. The Bears’ dominant set pieces continued into the second half, helping them maintain and control possession on their way to a 50-8 victory.

Also in action out of Red River was LSU, who finished off their fall season on a high note, defeating Arkansas 51-15. LSU improved to 2-0 in fall conference play and will head into their winter offseason with their eyes on recapturing the Red River title once their schedule resumes in February.

In the Liberty Conference  a cross-divisional bowl between the top teams in the New England and Empire divisions,  saw Northeastern knock off Cortland 42-10 thanks to a commanding forward push. The other divisional winner from Liberty, Iona, travelled across the country to face off against the #1 ranked St Mary’s Gaels. In a game that served as a strong preseason hit out for St Mary’s, the Gaels were able to triumph 74-0.