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Provo, UT – The BYU Men's Rugby team hosted the Colorado State Rams in the final of the Rocky Mountain Rugby Conference on November 17th at South Field and came away with a 96-6 victory. With the victory, BYU receives an automatic bid in the D1A Rugby play-offs in the spring.
On the day, BYU ran in a total of 14 tries with ten Cougars crossing the try line. The scoring began two minutes into the contest with lock James Mocke scoring on a tight run off the ruck. Mocke added another try seven minutes later on an inside pass from scrumhalf Kingston Matua. The CSU defense was eager to stop the BYU forwards and over pursued leaving the channel next to the ruck open. Mocke ran a hard line, received the pass and, after a strong 20-meter run, carried two Ram defenders into the try zone.
The tough sideline conversion was pushed just to the left by center Calvin Whiting, but that would be the only blemish on Whiting’s kicking record as he and reserve back Ezias Bigelow combined to convert 13 of 14 BYU tries. Whiting also added his third try of the fall season and led all Cougar scorers with 29 points on the day.
On the ensuing kick-off, the Rams pinned the Cougars deep in the BYU end of the field. CSU threatened to score for the next five minutes and their constant pressure was rewarded as BYU was called for not rolling away in the tackle. CSU opted to go for the penalty kick. The kick was good which put the score at 19-3.