The Hawkeyes earned the victory they desperately sought in a 36-31 outcome against Michigan. The five-point win was due in large part to hard-charging outside center David Ryberg. The senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, saved his best performance of the season for the last match with a hat trick against the Wolverines.
The main attraction at the Nov. 21-22 ACRC Bowl Series is the match between No. 2 Life and No. 3 Army. The two squads enter Saturday’s big game at different points of their 2014-15 seasons. Army has already completed its conference schedule and is looking to tie a bow on a remarkable fall season. Meanwhile, Life does not get into the teeth of its schedule until after the New Year.
The California and Mid-South Conferences are the two D1A Rugby leagues that play their entire conference schedule during the spring semester. However, the two conferences take vastly different approaches to its fall preparation and training. D1A Rugby takes a look at what the squads in the Golden State have been up to this fall.
The top half of the Canterbury D1A Top 20 remains intact, but the rest of the rankings saw plenty of movement. Wisconsin’s Big Ten Universities Championship win over Ohio State bumped the Badgers up three spots to No. 13. Even in defeat, Ohio State jumped to No. 16 in this week’s rankings.
Frigid temperatures prevented the two sides from breaking an early sweat, and may have played a part in the limited scoring opportunities over the first forty minutes. Ohio State would eventually initiate the scoring and earn its one and only lead on the day when a successful penalty kick made it 3-0.
The fall semester of the D1A season is beginning to wind down as the West has already completed the fall portion of its schedule, and the Big Ten Universities and Rugby East concluding their conference schedules this week. With limited college rugby matches slated from now to the New Year, rugby fans will want to relish this week’s action.
With the BTU Championship out of the realm of possibility, Indiana was out to prove they were the best team in their conference, and that type of determination and focus came from a small but proud senior class.
Army’s recent victory over Wheeling Jesuit completed an undefeated mark in Rugby East for the Brothers. With three top-10 wins already to their credit, the Brothers remain stuck behind Saint Mary’s and Life in the D1A rankings. Army will get a chance to move into the top two now that a Nov. 22 match against Life is in the works.