While the big news in D1A rugby is that Arkansas State beat Lindenwood, there was plenty of other action around the top division in men's college.
Yes, ASU did indeed hold off Lindenwood, and Life University routed Clemson. But Navy is still in first, having played more league games. Suddenly, Life University's game against Arkansas State this coming weekend is massive.
Then in March, when Navy plays ASU and Life, and Life also plays Lindenwood, those results will also carry much importance.
In the California Conference, leaders Saint Mary's Gaels were idle, but the result of note was Santa Clara edging Cal Poly by two. That put the Broncos back in the rankings discussion and hurt the Mustangs.
San Diego State beat UCSB 59-7 and got two tries each from center Peter Caggiano and No. 8 Adam Warczakowsi. In addition, the Aztecs got tries from lock Connor Bellinger, prop Jake Jorstad, center Joseph Lilley, fullback Jake Vassar and flanker Mateo Cellerino. Scrumhalf Nic Gill kicked 14 points.
It was the league start SDSU needed, but there will be tougher games ahead.
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Arkansas thrashed a struggling Texas, while North Texas forfeited to Baylor in the Red River. But all eyes were on Norman, Oklahoma, where Oklahoma could clinch a spot in the Red River Conference championship game with a win over LSU.
Down 14-8 at the end of the first half, OU got a try from No. 8 Robert Ogilvie, and, with flyhalf Richard Papenfus's conversion, took the lead. Ogilvie then scored right after the break, and center Vincent Fairbarin scored to give his side the cushion it needed.
Prop Christoper Oke also scored a try, and Papenfus contributed seven points with the boot as the Sooners held off the Tigers 27-21. It was enough. Arkansas has a game in hand, but can't catch Oklahoma, and it will be U versus Texas A&M for the conference title.
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In the PAC, Cal hammered Arizona State 109-0 in another blowout. Wing Marcus Shankland and flanker Nic Mirhashem each scored three tries. Flyhalf Sam Walsh also scored three, and added two conversions for 19 points.
UCLA recorded a very snappy 41-8 win over Utah; 26 of those points came from captain and fullback Cian Barry, who was superb. No. 8 Jax Carter scored two.
In a non-conference game, Arizona took on Grand Canyon, and the Wildcats took this all-Arizona derby 34-14. Arizona center Lucas Bartzis scored three tries in the effort.