Illinois took it to Purdue this Saturday emerging with a victory of 36-12. Taking an early lead, Illinois entered half time up 17-0 with try’s from John Huguelet, Matt Lancor and Martin Giannetti (with a conversion from flyhalf and kicker Matt Ramsey). The second half saw a bit more of a back and forth between the two contenders. Purdue placed points on the board early in the second half and squeezed a second try before the close of the match. For Illinois, Ramsey added another six points to his already large point tally.
On the eve of sensational news of a $500,000 donation to update their home pitch, Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals faced a tough loss against Davenport Panthers, 7-22. The Cardinals slammed in a try and successful conversion within the first 10 minutes of play, though the Panthers bounced back and returned the favor – and then some – for the throughout the remaining 70 minutes of play. Hooker Gabe Sochanek sparked the first of three try’s for the Panthers while outside-center Mike Houston managed the other two. J.P. Eloff returned to the Davenport ranks after a stint in China with Tiger Rugby, supporting much of the kicking endeavors. Both teams close out the Fall without advancing into post-season competition.
A highly anticipated win came for University of Michigan over Michigan State with a final score of 52-12, earning the Wolverines a bonus point. This success pushes the boys in blue into the arms of Big Ten first-rank Indiana University in next weekend’s championship match. Indiana remains undefeated, which places Michigan in a tough spot as the weekend approaches. Michigan State will also advance into the Big Ten Championships.
In the title Big Ten match of the week, Indiana dominated Ohio State 37-0. A larger and stronger Hoosier cohort took to the pitch determined to maintain their undefeated season, and first place in the Big Ten conference. Having confirmed their position, Indiana will advance into the post-season with a match against University of Michigan to settle final league rankings. Next weekend, Ohio State will likely face Wisconsin for a second time this season. Visit www.d1arugby.com to see our feature on this week’s match.
The Wisconsin Badgers overcame Iowa Hawkeyes 36-5, earning a bonus point temporally bumping Michigan out of the way of second place in the conference. Though ultimately bumping back into the third slot, the Badgers will face Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championships next weekend.