Kentucky Rolls To SCRC Title, D1AA #1 Ranking

Cassie Redden kentuckyvtennessee-2017-cassie-redden-1.jpg

Kentucky is the new No. 1 team in FloRugby's D1AA Rankings.

The reason for this, despite Mary Washington's strong finish and Dartmouth doing what Dartmouth usually does, is that UK won two playoff games in fine fashion over strong opposition.

The Wildcats took down Alabama 40-22 on Saturday in the SCRC semis and then toppled Tennessee 26-22 in the final later that day.

"Alabama gave us a real physical game on Saturday, forcing us to play a fair amount of defense and take a lot of contact," Wildcats head coach Gary Anderson said. "Fortunately, we were able to come out of the game with the win and healthy."

That set up the final on Sunday with Tennessee, playing at the Vols' home ground in Knoxville. Tennessee had upended South Carolina (touted somewhat heavily by FloRugby last week) 27-17 to make the championship game.

"On Sunday, we had expected Tennessee to kick a fair amount for field position hoping to force us into errors and take advantage of the field position, and that's what they did," Anderson said. "In the first half I felt we were able to control the game and keep our offense running, which put Tennessee on their back foot and gave us the lead at half. The second half was a different story. Tennessee controlled The possession almost entirely and really pressured us hard when we did have the ball."

That pressure and Kentucky's inability to stay composed kept the Wildcats pinned in their own end.

But, with 12 minutes left, Kentucky fly-hacked a loose back down the field and from there scored the game-winner.

"(UT coach) Marty Bradley and his coaching staff put together a brilliant game plan that made us earn every inch and was by far our toughest challenge of the season," Anderson said. "It took us six years to build the program from last to first."

Bowling Green also moved up to No. 7 in the rankings after righting the ship well enough to win the MAC. Louisville bumped up a spot to No. 12, and 18th-ranked Central Florida continues to impress, quietly, in the SIRC. Harvard, ranked 29th, took a shot after losing to Yale, which now comes in at No. 39. Also nudging up is No. 26 Oregon as the NCRC gets started.

For more on the D1AA rankings, go here.

D1 College Games: Our Picks, Our Live Coverage

Adam Smith stonybrookvuconn-adam-smith.jpeg

The fall D1AA playoffs happen this weekend, and while the two brackets play in two regional quarters and semis, those regions are both in Ohio, go figure.

Northeastern, Cortland, Rumble In Liberty Challenge

David Barpal northeastern170302-LVI-CRC-Barpal-767.jpg

If there’s a championship clash in the Liberty Conference Challenge, you might argue it's Cortland v Northeastern.

UConn, Binghamton Can Prove Much In Challenge Match

Jim Maclean uconn-austin-toback-try-Jim-Maclean.jpg

The University of Connecticut rugby players take a lot of pride in how far they’ve come as a team. In a year's time, the Huskies followed up a 1-6 record in 2016 with a 6-1 mark this season — and they're not done yet.

AIC vs. Fordham Matchup Is One Of Many Highlights At Liberty Challenge

Steven Zomberg AIC HOA 7s 2017

It's tough to identify the top matchup at this weekend's Liberty Conference Challenge, but American International College vs. Fordham seems to have that kind of cache.

Eagles Named To Face Germany

David Barpal Scully v Russia 2016

The starting lineup for the USA in Saturday's test match against Germany has been named.

Are Challenge Matches A Better Format For College Postseason?


By John Broker

Pic Of The Week: He's OK, Folks

Colleen McCloskey Navy_Life-5455.jpg

Every now and then a photographer captures a special moment on the field. 

After Challenge Of D1A, Tufts Faces Liberty Challenge

Griffin Andersen Tufts Rugby 2017 -2-Griffin Andersen.jpg

Moving up from National Small College rugby to D1A was supposed to be a massive jump for Tufts, but for the Jumbos, it wasn’t so big.

RLWC: Two QFs On Facebook Live

NRLPhotos New Zealand v Scotland RLWC

Two of the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals will be shown live on FloRugby's Facebook Page.

Red River Turbulent As A&M Looks To OU

Red River Conference texasa-m-rrrc-7s-2017-2.jpg

FloRugby’s live coverage of Red River Conference games begins this weekend, just as the conference is trying to figure itself out.