High Powered Offenses Set the Tone in Week 8

D1A Rugby: High Powered Offenses Set the Tone in Week 8
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The second month of spring play came to a close this weekend featuring another exciting lineup of games with teams at the tops of their conferences picking up wins.

PAC conference play resumed with a few key matchups, the biggest of those being #9 Arizona vs. Arizona State. The rivalry game went the Wildcats way, as Arizona got past some early mistakes to win convincingly, 69-20. After taking a 26-13 lead into half, the Wildcats offensive adjustments helped create scoring opportunities wide. Top scorers on the day were Dante Weeks, who needed only the first half to collect a hat trick, and Bronson Teles.

Elsewhere in the conference, UCLA matched up with #18 Utah and found themselves tied after regulation for the second straight week. The back-and-forth match was tight the whole way, ending in a 27-27 draw. This means UCLA will remain firmly in third place in the PAC behind #4 Cal and Arizona. Cal continued its dominant spring on Saturday disposing of USC with ease, 145-0.

In Mid-South, #5 Lindenwood looked to bounce back after last week’s loss to #2 Life, and did just that with a 39-0 shutout of Clemson. Clemson’s defense held strong early, but Lindenwood’s size and powerful scrum began to open up the Lions’ scoring opportunities at the midpoint of the first half.

Next up for Lindenwood will be an all-important Mid-South rematch against #10 Arkansas State. Lindenwood won the first meeting between the two teams 24-5.

Life had little trouble staying undefeated this week, scoring early and often to defeat Davenport 69-24. Daemon Torres led the way with four tries, while in total six different Running Eagles touched down.

Two ranked teams took home victories in California Conference action, with #13 San Diego State taking down Santa Barbara 50-15 while #19 UC Davis beat Santa Clara 43-10. Next week, UC Davis prepares to take on #1 St. Mary’s while San Diego State enters its bye week.

The race to the top in Red River continued to build interest, with LSU delivering a statement win over Texas 63-29. Though Texas A&M still remains ahead of the Tigers in the standings after beating Houston 44-10, LSU has more games left on its schedule and has its sights set on the top spot in Red River South. With the Baylor Arkansas game cancelled and rescheduled for next week, the Bears will look to lengthen their lead in Red River North.