Arkansas State v. BYU: By the Numbers

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The Arkansas State and BYU rugby teams have had some of the most mind-boggling statistics in college rugby through the 2012 season. For the most part, they dominated their league matchups on their way to the playoffs and throughout the playoffs have withstood difficult tests.

Through 2012 D1A season play Arkansas State has played 10 matches and BYU 9 matches, both teams having traveled all over the country on their quests. Arkansas State heads into the National Championship with an 8-2 record while BYU comes in as the likely favorite at 9-0.

These two teams met in the 2011 National Semifinals and BYU came away with a hard-fought 36-15 win on a cold and rainy night at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. That victory propelled BYU to their sixth consecutive National Championship game and put off an Arkansas State trip to the natty, until now.

The match will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, which is about 32 miles away from the BYU campus, and with traffic, a 41-minute trip. Arkansas State, on the other hand, must travel 1,194 miles to reach their destination, which is roughly a 24-hour trip by bus. It is safe to say that the match will feel like a BYU home game, but do not doubt the ability of the Arkansas State faithful to wildly fill the stands.

To better understand the dominant journey these two powers have made we compiled some impressive statistics.

BYU

**Stats credit to USA Rugby Stats Portal

Arkansas State

658

Total points scored

555

134

Total points allowed

111

73.1

Points scored per game

55.5

14.9

Points allowed per game

11.1

103 v. UCLA

Most points scored in game

99 v. Notre Dame

38 v. Utah

Least points scored in game

13 v. Life

92 v. Colorado State

Largest margin

99 v. Notre Dame

16 v. Utah

Narrowest margin

(-4) v. Life

Paul Lasike, 13

Leading try scorer

Dale Bates, 11

Shaun Davies, 71

Leading conversions

Patrick Sullivan, 25

Shaun Davies, 7

Leading penalties

Patrick Sullivan, 6

Shaun Davies, 202

Leading points scorer

Patrick Sullivan, 103

Shaun Davies, 5

Most player tries in game

Shaun Potgieter, 5


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