- New Top-Dog in Mid-South
- Huge upset in the Rocky Mountains
- Red River conference back in session
- Crossover match dominance
- Big Ten & Liberty seasons finish
#5 Lindenwood kicked off their first game in the Mid-South Conference this season at home, against the undefeated powerhouse #4 Navy. This was a defensive battle from the start, as each side were held scoreless for most of the first half. Lindenwood would score the first try of the game via flanker Cian Darling. Darling’s try would be successfully converted by inside center and kicker Reece Botha. The Lions would enter halftime up 7-0 after a hard fought first half.
Early in the second half, Lindenwood would score another try as winger Cael Hodgson was able to squeeze through the Navy defense, putting his side up 12-0. Navy would rebuttal in scoring their lone try of the game in the 55th minute, as they were awarded a penalty try. The Midshipmen were unable to score later in the game despite two Lindenwood players being sent off with yellow cards, with loose head prop Liam Smith being carded in the 59th minute and flanker Ayden Hurst being carded in the 76th minute. Lindenwood held on to win 12-7, and would end Navy’s unbeaten streak at seven games.
In one of the biggest upsets of the year, Colorado beat #19 Colorado State 36-5. Colorado took an early lead thanks to a try from outside center Charlie Quinn in the 11th minute. Colorado’s attack was relentless, as they played much of the game in their opponent’s half. Loose head prop Ellis Carroll would go on to score two of his sides tries on the day. Reserve Ethan Waite would score Colorado State’s lone try in the 80th minute. The win moves Colorado to 4-1, with their only loss coming to #8 BYU this season.
Utah Valley blew out New Mexico this past weekend, beating them 115-26. UVU lock, Lincoln Draper, lead his team with four tries in the match, while reserve back, Bringham Rush, scored three tries in the second half. Scrumhalf Celcius Tarawhiti had an impressive game, scoring 35 points by way of one try and 15 successful conversions.
The Red River Conference season kicked off this past weekend with six of the seven teams in the conference in action. #25 Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 76-7 in their home opener. Outside center Zackary Raines would get his team’s season started with a bang, as he scored two tries for his side within the first six minutes of the season. Eight-man Robert Ogilvie would lead his team with three tries in the win.
Baylor traveled to take on LSU in a tight match to open each team’s season. The first half saw each side play stellar defense, with the score reflecting it at half time as Baylor were only up 12-7. The Bears would pull away in the second half, scoring 24 points while limiting the Tigers to just 14. Baylor would win by a final score of 36-21. In the final Red River game this past weekend #23 Texas A&M beat Texas 34-12.
#12 Army shut out Air Force 39-0. Army’s first try of the match came from tight head prop Marco Carrabotta, who barged through Air Force defenders to score in the first minute of the match. This set the tone for the rest of the match, as the Golden Knight forwards scored five of the team’s seven tries in the game.
#21 St. Bonaventure won their second match in Rugby East this year, as they narrowly defeated Mary Washington 29-27. Mary Washington took an early lead off the backs of two tries in the 4th and 13th minutes of the game. St. Bonaventure would fight back to take the lead, heading in to halftime up 15-10. Bonnie flyhalf Joshua Smith helped keep his side in the game after falling behind early by scoring a try and then successfully converting it along with a penalty kick minutes later. St. Bonaventure would hold on to the lead to win 29-27, despite a late comeback attempt from Mary Washington.
Four teams finished their regular seasons in the Big Ten this past weekend. #16 Indiana defeated Michigan 68-5, with #8 Russell Lemaster scoring four of his team’s tries in the lopsided win. #18 Ohio State beat Michigan State 73-5, as winger Vince Carso ran in three tries for the Buckeyes in the match. In the final Big Ten matchup of the weekend Wisconsin defeated Purdue 49-14. Fullback Christian Overman scored three tries for his side in the win.
In the final week of league play in Liberty teams made their final push towards securing their standings place in playoffs. Northeastern secured their spot at the top of New England after beating Uconn 89-10. Northeastern finishes 6-0 in New England and will move on to the Liberty Conference playoffs. Elsewhere in Liberty, Binghamton beat Colgate 38-19, Umass beat Tufts 45-20, and Fairfield shutout Rhode Island 51-0.