- Indiana crowned Big Ten Champions
- Liberty Championship Game set: Boston College vs Northeastern
- Titans battle in Mid-South
- Crucial East Standings on the line
- Rocky Mountain end of season approaches
- Red River in full-swing
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
All Big Ten clubs traveled to Fortress Obetz in Ohio this past weekend, for the conference playoffs and Championship. #15 Indiana took on #17 Ohio State in the championship match on Saturday. The first half proved to be a defensive battle, with the first try not coming until the 27th minute, when Hoosier outside center Will Chevalier broke the line to score. The Buckeyes would answer back, as outside center Ryan Bradfield scored right before half time with flyhalf Conor Forrestal putting his side ahead with a conversion. Indiana would not let their half time deficit discourage them, as they came out firing in the second half. The Hoosier’s would carry their strong defense from the first half over, while drastically improving their attack. Indiana would go on to score 29 unanswered points, while shutting out the Buckeyes in the second half to secure the Big Ten championship.
In the 3rd place match, Illinois handily beat Michigan 45-10. Illinois was led to victory by inside center Luka Pavlakis, who scored 15 points in the game, via one try and five conversions. The 5th place match saw Wisconsin take on Michigan State, in a game that was dominated by Wisconsin who ended up with the 56-10 victory. Winger Jacob Benzing scored three tries in the match.
LIBERTY PLAYOFFS / NON-PLAYOFF
The Liberty Conference semifinals concluded as Syracuse hosted Boston College, and Northeastern hosted AIC. Despite Syracuse scoring the first points of the game by way of an early penalty kick, Boston College controlled majority of the first half. BC scored four tries in the first half to go up 24-3 at halftime. The Eagles would go on to score two more tries to pad their lead in the second half while limiting Syracuse to just one. Boston College ultimately beat Syracuse 39-10, and move on to the Liberty Conference final next week in Connecticut.
In the second semifinal of the weekend, AIC traveled to take on Northeastern. The first half proved to be a defensive battle for each side, as the first try of the game wasn’t scored until the 32nd minute, by AIC. Northeastern would score before half time, keeping the differential close at 5-7, in favor of AIC. Northeastern was able to take the lead early in the second half, as flanker Coleman Jackson scored in the 48th minute. Northeastern went on to secure their lead and a 25-19 win to send them to the conference final against Boston College.
Reigning National Champions, #1 Life, kicked off their 2019 season on the road against #5 Navy, on Saturday. The Running Eagles scored first, winning their own line out on Navy’s five meter line, before lock Daemon Torres mauled it in for the score. Outside center Conner Mooneyham would be the next to score as he broke the line off a set piece scrum, just outside of Navy’s 22 meter line. The Flying Eagles would score once more before the end of the half thanks to flanker Elijah Billips, entering half time up 19-0 over Navy. The Midshipmen would fight back in the second half, scoring three tries but ended up falling short, 24-19 in Life’s favor.
#21 Clemson hosted #9 Davenport, getting out to an early lead after scoring in the second minute. Davenport would quickly strike back, tying the score at seven a piece after winger Enrique Carmona scored his first of two tries on the day. Carmona scored his second try of the day, which put his side ahead of the Tigers 12-7. Davenport would continue to pad their lead, winning 45-29, over hosts Clemson.
#10 Penn State hosted #12 Army in a crucial match for each side. The Black Knights entered this game with a three game win streak, while the Nittany Lions were on a three game losing streak. Army took the lead in the 11th minute with the first try of the game from eight man Marco Carrabotta, but soon fell behind after two tries from Penn State in the 22nd and 31st minute, from flanker Joseph Freeman and lock Michael Jennings. The Black Knights would tie the score at 14 a piece right before the end of the half via a penalty try, which resulted in Penn State flanker Peter Jean being yellow carded. Carrabotta would score two more tries in the second half, helping his side win 31-14.
In the second week of action in the Red River Conference, #22 Texas A&M pulled off an impressive come from behind victory against Baylor. Baylor led 17-5 at half time before going scoreless in the second half, while Texas A&M would go on to score 25 points. Jeremy Brown helped lead the comeback with two tries in the second half.
#8 BYU remained undefeated this season, beating Utah Valley 85-5. Scrumhalf Dylan Parry led his team with three tries in the game. #25 Colorado beat Utah State 43-7, Wyoming lost to Air Force 17-48, and Colorado State defeated New Mexico 60-8. With only a week left in league play it looks like BYU will be facing either Colorado or Colorado State in the championship for the Rocky Mountain Conference.