Indiana starts right where it left off, beats Michigan St. 73-0

D1A Rugby: Indiana starts right where it left off, beats Michigan St. 73-0
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LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The 2015 Big Ten Champions traveled to East Lansing, MI and started its 2016 campaign in a dominant fashion, beating the Spartans 73-0 and continuing its two-year winning streak in the Big Ten. Despite their long 5-hour trip north to East Lansing, the Hoosiers got ahead early thanks to Indiana No. 8 Dacoda Worth’s try in the ninth minute. Jake Hidalgo, Teddy Terezis and Arizona transfer student Tyler Sousley continued the scoring with a try each to end the half, 26-0.

Indiana continued to control the game early in the second half when Teddy Terezis scored his second try in the 43rd minute. After an early substitution in the 45th minute, Casey Smith had a direct impact on the game, scoring Indiana’s sixth try. Fullback Alexander Dorrier scored back-to-back tries in the 57th and 67th minutes. Jake Hidalgo scored his second in the 72nd minute before the All-American center Bryce Campbell scored his first try of the season just a few minutes later. The Hoosiers showed they can play a complete match, scoring in the 81st minute through the hands of experienced lock Travis Katona. Teddy Terezis’s last conversion made him 9 for 11 from the tee, hauling in a huge personal 28 points to contribute to Indiana’s 73-0 win.

The Spartans didn’t seem to have an answer for Indiana allowing eight different Hoosiers to score and will be disappointed that they could not improve on last season’s 64-3 loss.

Michigan St. will have to take what they can from the loss and begin preparing for another tough matchup against Wisconsin in East Lansing next Saturday.

After their great run in D1A Playoffs with two wins against Davenport and Kutztown, Indiana must be seen as the favorites to win the Big Ten for a second year in a row. The Hoosiers will take on Illinois next week and hope to continue their success.