- #6 Navy defeats #3 Arkansas State in confident fashion
- #14 Arizona and #4 Life shut-out both of their opponents
- #2 Saint Mary’s remain undefeated on the year after #15 UCLA match
- #5 Lindenwood comes away with a win against Big Ten’s #22 Illinois
- #12 Central Washington upsets #7 BYU at home
- Final weekend of Red River action had #25 Oklahoma and Baylor come away with wins
- Santa Clara and UC Davis are victorious in California conference
#6 Navy hosted #3 Arkansas State this past weekend for a Leap Day match. Arkansas State were coming off a bye week, having beaten Life two weeks ago. The Midshipmen would strike first, as outside center Frederick Bleakley would score in the second minute to give his side a 5-0 lead. Navy would score the next two tries before Arkansas State would get points on the board, via a try from inside center Daniel Raath in the 30th minute. In the final moments of the half Navy would score one more try, this time from winger Collin Argue to put his side up 24-5 following a successful conversion kick. Navy would go on to shut out Arkansas State in the second half, while inside center Joey Hobbs scored two tries for the midshipmen. After Navy’s 36-5 win they move to 9-2 on the year and 3-2 in Mid South. Arkansas State meanwhile sit at 1-2 with their lone win coming against Life.
Utah were shutout 107-0 in their first match of the year on the road vs #14 Arizona. Arizona scored 17 tries in the match, with top-scorers winger Will McCausland adding three tires, while Fullback Solomon Hutchings scored five scores on debut. In total, 11 players scored for Arizona in their shutout win over Utah. Arizona moves to 4-2 on the year and 2-1 within PAC. Utah’s schedule doesn’t get any easier going forward, as they face #15 UCLA, #1 Cal, and #7 BYU in their next three matches.
#4 Life shutout a strong #23 Texas A&M side 112-0 at home over the weekend. Life scored early and often in the match on their way to scoring 18 tries. Eight-man Chase Schor Haskin scored four tries in the game, while hooker Brian Muntanga and replacement inside center James Hoffman each scored three tries. While Texas A&M is undefeated in the Red River conference this year, they have struggled mightily against teams from outside their own conference. Texas A&M is 0-3 in crossover matches this year, having faced Clemson, BYU, and now Life.
#2 Saint Mary’s defeated #15 UCLA on the road 60-25. The Gaels move to 8-0 on the year following the win, while the Bruins move to 1-3. Saint Mary’s will face their toughest opposition of the year next weekend when they face #6 Navy at home.
In #22 Illinois’ first match of the spring season they travelled to take on #5 Lindenwood and were shutout 50-0 on the road. Lindenwood winger Jake Jacobson got out to a hot start in the match, scoring his side’s first two tries in the third and twenty second minute of the match. The Lions were issued two yellow cards, one in the 29th minute to winger Clement Quaicoe and the other in the 32nd minute to lock Jimmie LaPlant but were able to overcome this disadvantage to score twice while down two players. Lindenwood would extend their lead in the second half, as Jacobson would score his third try of the match and flyhalf Evan Williams would score his side’s final try in the 74th minute of the match.
#12 Central Washington upset #7 BYU, beating them 51-7 at home. BYU struggled offensively in the match, with the side only managing to score a single try in the match via eight-man Braden Pape. Central Washington were led to victory by strong performances from winger Cole Zarcone and outside center John Wendling, who each scored two tries in the match. This is BYU’s second loss of the season, with their previous loss coming at the hands of #2 St. Mary’s. BYU now sits at 9-2 on the year while Central Washington is now 2-0.
In the final week of the regular season for the Red River Conference, #25 Oklahoma defeated North Texas 35-17. A back and forth first half ended with Oklahoma up 15-14, before Oklahoma ran away with it in the second half. The Sooners would score three tries while limiting North Texas to a single penalty kick to take the win and finish 6-0 in Red River.
Baylor earned a hard-fought victory on the road against Texas in each side’s final match of the regular season. Baylor built up a 24-15 lead in the first half, that they then surrendered shortly in to the second half. With just 10 minutes left in the match Baylor were behind Texas 39-24 before they rallied back to score three tries in the final minutes of the match to win. Winger Logan Blum scored the game winning try in the 80th minute of the match to win it for Baylor in their final Red River game of the season.
In the California Conference, San Diego State lost to Santa Clara 30-20. The Aztecs were hurt by their inability to convert their tries, as each side scored four tries in the match, but Santa Clara was able to convert two of their kicks following tries as well as two penalty kicks. Santa Clara improve to 2-4 while San Diego State have failed to win a game this season in six matches. Elsewhere in the California Conference UC Davis defeated UC Santa Barbara 29-24.