D1A Week 9 Review

D1A Rugby: D1A Week 9 Review
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The long-awaited Big Ten Championship lived up to the hype, providing a grudge match as No. 6 Indiana defeated Ohio State in a 38-36 shootout. Despite Indiana opening up several leads, Ohio State was just as resilient as they were in the regular season, rallying each time to take a 14-12 lead at half and then tying the game 19-19 after Indiana responded.  The teams kept matching each other try for try into the second half with Ohio State chasing the Hoosiers, but never able to recapture its first half lead. Ohio State would score last, but a difficult missed conversion sealed the victory for Indiana.  The thrilling finish gave Indiana its third straight Big Ten Championship, capping off its fifth straight undefeated Big Ten conference season.

As other seeded Big Ten teams battled it out, Wisconsin won the third-place game 30-21 over Michigan State while Illinois beat out Michigan 33-12 for fifth place.

Elsewhere, Red River Conference action entered its second week with TCU playing host to Houston and bouncing back with a big win after last week’s loss.  Texas Tech kicked off its conference schedule with a dominant 53-0 shutout of Oklahoma while Texas A&M started its regular season strong by defeating Texas 45-14 in a rivalry showdown. Next up for Texas A&M is a conference clash against Oklahoma next week while TCU will take on Baylor.

Davenport faced off against Arkansas State in an early Mid-South conference game in Grand Rapids, MI. After a close first half, Arkansas State pulled away, winning 44-29 thanks to two tries from senior captain Pedro Alvarez. This matchup concluded fall conference play for the Mid-South until the spring season begins in February.

Also in action out of the Mid-South was No. 2 Life University, who swept a pair of top 10 matchups during its east coast tour. Life defeated No. 9 Penn State 51-34 on Thursday before shutting out No. 8 Navy 30-0 on Saturday.

Out west in the final game of Rocky Mountain conference fall play, No. 15 Colorado State defeated New Mexico 91-6.  With this victory, Colorado State capped off its fall securing a 5-0 conference record and now sits alone atop of the conference headed into the winter break.