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UCSB Onto Round of 16
UC Santa Barbara punched their ticket to the Division I Round of 16 with a 13 try performance to beat USC 78-10.
Santa Barbara used a balanced attack that resulted in tries scored by 11 different players. USC’s lone try was scored as a result of a charge down kick 21 minutes into the first half.
“We are happy with our result, but will need to be more accurate going forward,” lamented coach Kevin Battle.
“We were a bit careless with the ball at times, and that will come back to haunt us if we don’t get it sorted out. Our goal kicking is probably not where it should be either,” said Battle referring to the fact that the Gauchos only converted on 6 of 13 conversions, many of which were makable attempts.
Next weekend, UCSB travels to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount and then gears up to host the Round of 16 where they will face the Pacific Northwest Champion on April 30th.
BYU Runs Roughshot Over Cowboys
In front of a packed house at South Field the BYU Cougars blasted and made easy work of the University of Wyoming Cowboys by the score of 123-3.
The big win moves the Cougars to 5-0 in the CPD Western Conference and 10-0 overall. With just three games to go before the post season BYU carries an average winning margin of 73 points.
The Cowboys came into Friday night’s match with an 0-2 CPD Western Conference record while only producing 15 points in short CPD season and allowing 105.
BYU notched 19 tries and 11 conversions in the win where the Cougars seemingly scored at will in the second half; 11 of the Cougars’ tries came in the latter stanza of the match.
The Cougars were led by sophomore Prop Ray Forrester who tallied five tries, with a pair of his tries coming in unfamiliar sprinting distances of over 30 meters for the prop.
Captain Ryan Roundy started the scoring in the 2nd minute from the base of scrum with a simple 8-man pick and run. Roundy scored twice more in 50 minutes of performance.
Fullback Andrew Harrison and flyhalf Josh Webber would also score twice each to support the Cougars’ scoring effort.
In total 10 different Cougars would score on the evening.
Wyoming’s lone points came on the final play of the game with a late penalty which negated the Cougars’ shut out. The Cowboys had tried another penalty attempt earlier in the first half at the 36th minute, but the kick was pushed right.
The Cougars hit the road next week as they travel to the Tucson and take on the University of Arizona Wildcats. BYU and Arizona met last year in the Division I Quarterfinals with BYU coming away victorious 46-10. Kick off is set for 3pm MT at Murphy Stadium on the Arizona campus.