Round 17 Recap: The Champs have been defeated; #1 Life loses to #7 Arkansas State

D1A Rugby: Round 17 Recap: The Champs have been defeated; #1 Life loses to #7 Arkansas State
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  • #1 Life upset by #7 Arkansas State in Jonesboro
  • #3 Lindenwood handily defeated #23 Clemson
  • St. Mary’s wins their double header matchups against #20 Grand Canyon and #8 BYU
  • #2 Cal defeats #14 Arizona in Tucson, AZ
  • Texas takes down LSU in Austin, TX
  • Baylor mounts a comeback win versus Texas Tech


#1 Life was upset by #7 Arkansas State 29-22 in a thrilling contest that came down to the wire in Arkansas. Each side started off strong defensively, before a quick scoring outburst began in the 17th minute when Arkansas hooker Patrick Meagher bashed his way over for the first try of the match. Life quickly retaliated with a score two minutes later when winger Darell Williams crossed to tie the game, before flyhalf Matthew Mairowitz put Life ahead after successfully converting the kick. Arkansas State would retake the lead after eight-man Jake Ray scored in the 24th minute of the match. Red Wolf flanker, Dale Hartmann, would convert the kick following the try, putting his side up by five points. Life would once again strike back quickly, as outside center Conner Mooneyham would score to draw his side level with the Red Wolves. The scores would remain the same until the final minute of the first half, when Arkansas State was awarded a penalty try to close out the half and put them up 19-12 over Life. Arkansas would then build on this lead in the early minutes of the second half, as outside center Jason Scheepers scored in the 3rd minute. Following a successful kick Arkansas would hold a 26-12 lead. Life would score two more unconverted tries to put them within striking distance of Arkansas 26-22. Each side would play stellar defense for the remainder of the match, with A-State scoring the final points of the match in the 80th minute via a penalty kick to seal the massive upset win for Arkansas State.

In other Mid South action #3 Lindenwood blew out Clemson 62-7. Following Life’s loss to Arkansas State, Lindenwood now have a good chance to wrestle the Mid-South championship away from Life. Lindenwood now sits in second place in the Mid-South but are undefeated this year.

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Cross Conference

#4 Saint Mary’s handed #8 BYU their first loss of the year, defeating the visitors 25-24. BYU entered the game 9-0 this year, having scored at least 42 points in each of those matches. After a tight first half the Gaels would lead 15-14, but following BYU’s outside center Jacob McKay’s second try of the match BYU would lead 21-15. Lock Chase Jones would score for the Gaels to pull his side within a point of BYU. Following a penalty kick by BYU in the 78th minute to put them up 24-20 it appeared as if BYU would remain undefeated this the season. But in the final minute of the match the Gaels were able to score off of a maul, with reserve hooker Lorenzo Richardson scoring the winning try for the Gaels.

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#4 Saint Mary’s would play their second match of the week against #20 Grand Canyon University on Monday. GCU was coming of a shutout 30-0 win over Santa Clara. The Gaels would prove to be more of a challenge than Santa Clara, as they would beat GCU 69-7. The Gaels had scored 12 tries between eight different players. Loose head prop Payton Telea, flyhalf Joe Yacoubin, winger Erich Storti, and fullback Edward King each scored two tries in the match.

Elsewhere in California UC Davis defeated San Diego State 21-3. UC Davis secured their first win of the season after a tough 0-3 start to the season while San Diego State now sits in last place in the California conference and have yet to win a game this season.

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#2 Cal defeated #14 Arizona 55-13 to move to 4-0 on the season. Fullback Max Schumacher and flyhalf Seth Purdey had a big game for the Bears as they combined to score 19 points in the game while being constant attacking threats throughout the game. Cal’s win helps their chances of reclaiming their #1 spot in the country following Life’s loss to Arkansas State.

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Red River

Texas hosted LSU for a high scoring back and forth game this past weekend. Each side would score their tries in bunches, starting with LSU. LSU scored three tries in the first 10 minutes to get out to a 17-0 lead early on. Texas would come storming back to score five tries before the end of the half, taking a 31-17 lead. LSU would tie the score 14 minutes in to the second half following two converted tries. Texas would go on to score three more tries and win 48-31. Despite the loss, LSU’s flyhalf John Webster had a great game as he scored three tries and went 3/5 on conversion kicks, scoring 21 points in the game.

Baylor mounted a late comeback against Texas Tech, winning 38-27. Despite being down 14-27 with 12 minutes left in the match, Baylor were able to score 24 points as they rallied back to beat Texas Tech. The late comeback was largely led by flyhalf Luke Davis who scored two tries and went 2/4 on conversions in the final 12 minutes of the match.