Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The BYU Cougars ran up a tally of 10 tries against the Nittany Lions of Penn State and ran away with a 64-0 victory today at the Las Vegas Invitational.
BYU showed signs of brilliance at times with two of the ten tries being scored from over 90 meters out, but at other times the effort didn’t quite match the execution.
“It was a bit sloppy out there,” said BYU head coach David Smyth.
“Part of that was Penn State’s physicality, but some of it was our over eagerness. We just tried to force the issue. Our effort was great and it’s still early in the season, so some of that stuff will work itself out as we keep working through the season and build some continuity.”
In total the Cougars gave up a season high of 29 turn overs, but were able to keep the Nittany Lions out of the end zone and off the score board through stout scrambling defense.
Penn State had opportunities to nullify the scoreline goose-egg, with two close penalty goals missing their mark in the 20th and 22nd minutes. But the chances to get inside the Cougars 22 meter line were few and far between for PSU as the Nittany Lions knocked on the tryline’s door only 4 times and each time were repelled.
BYU’s scoring started in the 1st minute off the kick off as freshman center Jared Whippy stepped his defender to put his twin brother, and fellow freshman center Josh Whippy, away for an 80 meter try.
In total Jared and Josh would score two times each on the day along with junior flyhalf Dylan Lubbe who managed the game well with his boot and distribution skills.
At full time seven different Cougars visited the endzone and the Cougars would walk away with a confident, but “what could-have-been” 64-0 win.
BYU now will ready for the Mustangs of Cal Poly SLO Saturday at 10am local time on Field 1.
BYU Lineup vs. Penn State
Tries: Jo. Whippy 1′, 33′; Roundy 6′; Lubbe 12′, 42′; Ja. Whippy 35′, 62′; Hill 52′; Malani 65′; Nicols 68′
Conversions: Davies 7/10
Penalties: PSU 0/2