Week 7 Recap: Conference Championship Pathways Clear Up

D1A Rugby: Week 7 Recap: Conference Championship Pathways Clear Up
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At the end of this weekend teams now have a clearer path to their conference championships. There were plenty of hard fought games, with upsets scattered through the round. With the Fall season beginning to come to a close, there are plenty of exciting races to follow before the end of the season.

#5 Penn State traveled to take on #11 Kutztown in a matchup between Rugby East powerhouses. The lead swapped throughout the match, with Penn State coming out on top, 32-27. Penn State fullback Kevin Trotter was instrumental in the win for Penn State with two tries and was an attacking threat through much of the game. Penn State remains undefeated and sits in second place in Rugby East.

Wheeling Jesuit hosted #6 Army in another Rugby East matchup. Wheeling Jesuit were able to keep pace with Army for much of the game, making this a tighter match than many anticipated. The Black Knights were able to hold off a late comeback though, and came away with a win against Wheeling Jesuit, 31-21.

Notre Dame continued a successful first year in D1A as an Independent team with a win against Arizona’s second XV. Notre Dame played a strong defensive game, limiting Arizona to two tries and restricting their movement down field for much of the game. Notre Dame came out on top with a score of 26-12.

In Red River action there were two lopsided scores. Oklahoma shutout a visiting Texas Tech 86-0 in a dominating performance. Baylor defeated Texas, 68-5, on the back of a four try performance by inside center Stewart Morris III.

Clemson and #8 Navy kicked off the Mid-South league season, Navy came away with a 78-8 win. While it was close at halftime, Navy went on to score 50 unanswered points in the second half. Scrumhalf Cole Euverard lead the way for Navy with 22 points via two ties and six conversions in the match.

Rocky Mountain action continued with #7 BYU playing at Utah State. Fullback Connor Parry ended the game with 20 points for BYU, scoring two tries and five conversions. Colorado hosted New Mexico, winning, 58-8. Colorado State travelled to play Air Force and took home a, 31-24, win to move in to second place in the Rocky Mountain Southeast division.

 In the Big Ten, Ohio State upset #16 Indiana 26-16 on the back of a two try performance from flanker Nicholas Zolikoff. #17 Wisconsin remained undefeated this year, beating Minnesota 74-17, Michigan State beat Purdue 11-8, and Illinois lost to Michigan 17-24.

In the Liberty Division, Syracuse held off a second half surge from Binghamton to win, 24-21, at home and claim sole possession of first place in the Empire Conference of the Liberty Division. Oswego had one of their best showings of the year, beating Brockport 44-7. Delaware defeated Stony Brook 32-10, Rhode Island lost to UMass 5-72, Boston College narrowly beat UConn 10-8, and Cortland continued their struggles this year losing to Colgate 12-23.