Round 14 Recap: BYU Texas Tour, PAC/CA crossovers, and Red River action

D1A Rugby: Round 14 Recap: BYU Texas Tour, PAC/CA crossovers, and Red River action
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  • #8 BYU leaves a trail of scorched earth in the Lonestar State as they heavily defeat both #24 Texas A&M and Texas of Austin Universities, totaling 168 points in the two matches.
  • PAC conference Sweep on the weekend as #2 California, #14 Arizona and #19 UCLA all finish with smiles as they handily defeat their California crossover opponents.
  • Red River conference leaders, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, are now tied in the point standings after a Baylor and Texas A&M defeats.

BYU Texas Tour

#8 BYU started their weekend tour to Texas with a bang, as they defeated #23 Texas A&M 73-8 in College Station, Texas. Brigham Young had entered the match undefeated in their fall season, looking to carry that success through the spring. Three BYU players scored two tries in the match, as winger Coleman Meier, lock James Mocke, and reserve scumhalf Alma Schoenfeld found their way over the white line. The first half could not have gone any worse for Texas A&M as they allowed BYU to score 39 points and saw flanker Michael Kilpatrick issued a red card for dangerous play. The Aggies lone try came from hooker Thomas Batterson in the 62nd minute of the match.

BYU would also go on to shutout Texas in Austin, during the local men’s club hosted event named ‘Australia Day‘, 95-0 the following afternoon. With a large portion of the day’s donations going directly to Red Cross Australia in helping first responders in the tragic bush fires.

PAC/California Crossovers

#2 Cal traveled to take on UC Davis in their first D1A regular-season game of the year. The Golden Bears reminded everyone why they are one of the best teams in the nation, as they scored 21 tries in the match while shutting UC Davis out 137-0. Cal’s A-side scored 73 points in the first half, before giving way to a frosh/soph team to finish the game in the second half. This is the second week in a row that unranked UC Davis has played a top four team in D1A, last week hosting, and lost to, #4 St. Mary’s 97-0. Over these past two games UC Davis has given up 234 points but will look to turn it around next weekend in a favorable matchup vs Santa Clara.

#14 Arizona hosted San Diego State for another PAC and CA crossover match, defeating the visitors 83-5. Tighthead prop Theodore Smith and fullback Jon Rogers each scored two tries for the Wildcats, while flyhalf Robert Figley scored 24 points; scoring a try and going 9/10 on conversions, including a lone penalty kick. San Diego State’s lone try came off the back of a 50 meter run by lock Jason Cornell.

In the final crossover match of the week #19 UCLA defeated hosts Cal Poly 65-7.

Red River

In the lone divisional matchup of the weekend, Baylor fell to Oklahoma 48-8 in each side’s third match of the season. Oklahoma 8-man Robert Ogilive scored two first half tries to help lead his side to their third win of season. Oklahoma, now 3-0 on the year, shares the conference’s first place standings with, On the Bubble, #24 Texas A&M.

ALL SCORES ACROSS THE WEEKEND

DATEHOMESCOREAWAY
Friday, January 24th#23 Texas A&M8 – 73#8 BYU
Saturday, January 25thBaylor8 – 48Oklahoma
Texas0 – 95#8 BYU
#14 Arizona83 – 5San Diego State
Cal Poly7 – 65#19 UCLA
UC Davis0 – 137#2 California