Logan, Utah – The BYU Men’s Rugby team traveled north to Logan to play Utah State University on Saturday. The long travel day did not negatively affect the Cougars’ performance as they rolled to a 71-8 victory over an improving Utah State team.
The starting XV had some notable absences (lock James Mocke and flanker and vice-captain Tosh Wilcox both sat out due to minor ankle injuries) and one notable addition in senior center and USA Eagle Calvin Whiting who made his first appearance for BYU this season. It would prove to be a great day for Whiting as he scored two tries for the Cougars. He was able to showcase his punishing running style in the 17th minute of the match as he bowled over the Utah State fullback for his first try of the year. Whiting was very excited to be able to take the field again for BYU. “It felt awesome to be back out on the field with the boys again. It has been a good month of forming a solid foundation for us to build on. I’m really happy with the performance the team put on and felt that we did really well in playing selfless rugby.”
Senior lock Josh Harden and senior flanker Tyler Sorenson made their first starts of the season in place of Mocke and Wilcox respectively. Unfortunately, Sorenson’s day was cut short with a knee injury in the 20th minute of the first half. Tyler is doing well and will get x-rays and an MRI this week to determine the extent of the injury.