LSU crushes Tech; Texas can’t keep pace with Baylor

D1A Rugby: LSU crushes Tech; Texas can’t keep pace with Baylor

BOULDER, Colo. – A pair of blowouts made for easy wins for Baylor and LSU out of the Red River over the weekend. Baylor won its second consecutive game by easily handling Texas, 48-20, and LSU couldn’t be slowed down on its way to a 91-5 win over Texas Tech.

No. 14 LSU 91 – 5 Texas Tech
There was zero let-down from the Tigers following last week’s massive win over Oklahoma, as LSU relentlessly pounded Texas Tech, 91-5.

“We have been able to remain focused on our ultimate goal of finishing the season undefeated,” said LSU lock Zach Stratton of his team’s preparation heading into the game against the Red Raiders.

Ten Tigers found the try zone over 80 minutes, and half of them went back for seconds, including Junior All-American flanker Brennan Falcon and outside center Jeff Mauras – who has seven tries in four conference games.

LSU hasn’t been struggling to score points thus far this season, averaging 43 points per contest in its first three Red River matches. Still, putting 91 on Texas Tech was a big eye opener.

“We were able to keep to our pattern quite well,” Stratton added about his team’s performance. “An equal distribution of pressure from both our backs and our forwards opened the field up for us.”

The Tigers seek to remain unbeaten March 5 against Texas A&M. Texas Tech, on the other hand, will have plenty of time to correct its mistakes against LSU as its next contest is not until March 26 when the Red Raiders take on the Aggies.

 

Baylor 48 – 20 Texas
Two tries from lock Walter Woodruff helped Baylor take a 19-3 halftime lead against Texas, and the Bears never looked back on its way to 28-point win. The victory makes it two in a row for Baylor, which surpassed its Red River win total of just one game a season ago.

“Going into the season we knew we were a much better team than our record last season indicated,” said Baylor’s first-year Head Coach Mason Hering. “It was on us to prove that to everyone else, though. I think this season we’ve been able to show that we belong with those teams near the top of our conference.”

The Longhorns came out firing in the second half and quickly cut the Bears’ lead to just six points. However, Baylor struck back with tries from centers Stewart Morris III and Jeff Scott.

The return from injury for fly half Santiago Locamuz and his 13 points from the kicking tee also aided to the Bears’ defeat of Texas.

“Santi coming back this past week was a real boost for us,” Hering said. “He brings such a calming presence to the team. He’s also excellent at orchestrating our attack, choosing when to keep it tight with the forwards and when to attack wide.”

Locamuz was persistent and finding his forwards later in the game, helping to put prop Nathan Portz and eight man Pete Hamm away for late tries.

“Both the forwards and backs have been able to break the gain line consistency these past few weeks, which in turn has allowed us to get some quick ball out of the ruck and maintain some continuity by piecing together some nice phases,” said Hering.

Both Baylor and Texas have this weekend off. The Longhorns, still seeking their first conference win, will take on Texas A&M at home March 11, while Baylor has hopes of winning a third straight victory versus TCU March 19.