BOULDER, Colo. – Week 13 saw a couple of teams from the California Conference get back on track coming off of difficult losses. The Mid-South got underway when Arkansas State hosted Lindenwood, and there was a match that finished in a tie from the Allied Rugby Conference.
Allied Rugby Conference:
Oklahoma 27-27 Texas A&M
Any time a game ends in a tie it comes as a surprise. Texas A&M putting up the fight it did and earning three points against Oklahoma was even more shocking. Although A&M was defeated by an extremely large margin against Arkansas State the week prior, the road trip seems to have helped the team a great deal just as Head Coach Brett Mills anticipated.
Oklahoma, coming into the ARC season as the unquestioned favorite to win the conference, must have received a bit of a wake up call from A&M. Plenty of credit is due to the Sooners for mounting a comeback after falling behind 22-10, but the outcome proves Oklahoma will not stroll through their conference schedule, and that A&M has the talent to compete for an ARC title even in the midst of a rebuilding season.
Baylor 32-31 Texas Tech
Baylor evened its ARC record to 1-1 after narrowly edging Texas Tech in Waco, Texas. The match was Tech’s first opportunity to get on the pitch for a full match in 2014. The Bears’ ARC opening was rescheduled due to weather, and Sam Houston State failed to field a squad for last weekend’s scheduled match.
Baylor’s win, after dropping the previous match to Oklahoma, is vital. Oklahoma’s tie versus Texas A&M proves this spring’s ARC title is very much up for grabs.
Cal Poly 75-3 UC Santa Barbara
Back in California following a disappointed trip to the desert in which Cal Poly lost to Arizona State 24-5, the Mustangs throttled UC Santa Barbara 75-3. Poly’s blowout win could not come at a better time as the team prepares to face D1A Rugby’s no. 1-ranked Saint Mary’s this Saturday.
Tim Lewis’ young Gaucho team might be on the losing end of a few lopsided matches this spring. Santa Barbara (1-1) does not seem to have the talent on campus to keep up with the upper-echelon teams in the California Conference.
San Diego State 46-17 Sacramento State
San Diego State seems to have refocused following its loss to Santa Clara two weeks ago. The Aztecs have the talent to qualify for playoffs, and they need to continue to do what they did this past Saturday – beat the teams they are supposed to beat.
Sacramento State falls to 0-3 on the season. The effort was there against San Diego State, but after their Week 12 loss to UC Santa Barbara you wonder if there is a winnable match left on the schedule for the Hornets.
Arkansas State 25-17 Lindenwood
2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Champion Arkansas State hosted Lindenwood in the first Mid-South match of the season. Neither team played up to its standards offensively considering a lack of outdoor training opportunities for teams in that region. Lindenwood proved there are more than ready for D1A competition in the 25-17 loss to third-ranked Arkansas State. Check back to D1ARugby.com for a full match recap.
Colorado 39-19 Boulder Rugby Club
Colorado State 69-11 University of New Mexico 11
Saint Mary’s 57-19 Santa Rosa Rugby Club
Davenport 63-0 University of Louisville