This week in D1A rugby had a ton to offer with conference landscapes continuing to take shape across the country.
In a top 10 rivalry showdown out of Mid-south, #2 Life University defeated #7 Arkansas State 69-5. Powered by a strong scrum and some big line breaks, Life jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, securing the first of two matches between the schools for the Huckaby Cup. Sophomore Brian Muntanga led the Running Eagles in scoring with two tries, one of eight Life players to score on the day.
Next up for Life will be a trip to Clemson while Arkansas State’s tough schedule continues with a Mid-south matchup with #5 Lindenwood. Lindenwood will be riding high into that game after their 62-10 win over Clemson this weekend, with Sam Chapman leading the way scoring three tries.
At the Stubhub Center, two big-time PAC programs faced off, as #12 Arizona took down UCLA 33-10. The Wildcats cooled off a red-hot UCLA team thanks to some points off turnovers early, exploiting mistakes to keep Arizona undefeated in conference play.
Elsewhere in the PAC, #4 Cal recorded their third straight victory with double digit tries, beating #14 San Diego State 85-10. Though the Aztecs played a strong first half, once Cal’s offense found its footing they could not be stopped, scoring 66 unanswered points. Out in Phoenix, Arizona State fell in a non-conference bout against independent Grand Canyon University 43-15.
Red River was busy as ever over the weekend, with Baylor and Texas A&M continuing to separate themselves at the top. The Aggies moved to 4-0 in conference play with a 55-6 victory over Houston while Baylor took down Arkansas 44-21 to stay undefeated since the break.
“We have our eye on repeating as conference champions and getting back to the D1A playoffs,” Baylor head coach Mason Hering said. “We have this chip on our shoulder to show everyone that last year wasn’t a fluke and we are a contender.”
In an in-state matchup, #17 Central Washington beat Washington 77-0. Will Brennan and Cole Zarcone both collected hat tricks as the Wildcats won their second game of the spring.
California Conference play continued this week, with UC Davis looking to keep up its momentum after a statement win over Cal Poly last week. Davis continued to roll with a commanding 55-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Next week will be another tough test for UC Davis in their quest to crack the rankings as they match up against San Diego State. #1 St. Mary’s was also in action out of the California Conference, defeating Olympic Club 60-7.