JONESBORO, Ark. – Life University is headed to its first ever D1A National Championship game after beating rivals Arkansas State 18-13 in the semifinals.
In an absolute barnburner, both teams traded penalties and it wasn’t until late in the first half that Life center Calvin Nell sliced through the Red Wolf defense for the first try of the game. Life was up 13-3 at the half.
Arkansas State had a lot of ball in the second, but Life was able to keep ahead on the scoreboard and defend their lead for the last 40 minutes.
The physicality of the match was incredible as both teams exchanged huge hits.
A try from Life’s Paris Hollis put the Running Eagles up 18-8, but Arkansas State flyhalf Pat Sullivan answered back and got his team within a five points.
A late flurry of offense by Arkansas State was ultimately halted by a penalty and the Running Eagles punched their ticket to their first ever D1A National Championship game.
Life will play the winner of St. Mary’s vs. Cal Poly in the title game on May 18 in Greensboro, N.C.