2015 Penn Mutual CRC Day 1 Match Recaps
The Cal Bears started their CRC title defense off with a 33-5 win over the Boston College Eagles. Boston College got the scoring started just 48 seconds into the game when John Greeley broke through the Cal defenses and beat everybody to the try line. It was all Cal for the remainder of the half, as they held the ball for a long time in their end. Alec Gletzer tied the game at 5-5 at 4:40 of the half, and Jake Anderson put the Golden Bears on top. Nick Boyer added on another try to give Cal a 19-5 lead at half. In the second half, Cal held possession again early. Anthony Salaber for Cal went untouched past the try line early in the half. The Eagles got possesion back briefly, but Cal easily stopped them. Jesse Milne added one more try for the Bears to finish off the game.
The Virginia Tech Hokies opened tournament play with a 36-19 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Virginia Tech controlled the game early on. Following a nasty penalty to Notre Dame, Andrew Haskell got the scoring started with two back-to-back tries. The Hokies turned the ball over, and Notre Dame was able to get on the board thanks to Spencer Scannell. Kessler Richard then scored a beautiful try off a spin move, and a conversion was added to even the game at half.
A brilliant sweeping move and crisp passing from (#5) to (#1) to give the Hokies and early second half lead. After the restart the Hokies regain possession and work their way down the right wing side for their second try of the second half(#4). The Hokies push deep into ND territory again and score their third try of the second half (#1). ND score a late try to cut the deficit. 36-18 final.
The Navy Midshipmen held off a second-half attack from the Temple Owls to win 12-7. The game began with a furious pace, especially from Navy. The Midshipmen had the early possession advantage, but couldn’t break through for a try. Just under four minutes in, Gardy Lebon finally got around the Temple defense and put Navy up 5-0. Then, following a battle for possession, John Ruck found the ball and crossed the try line untouched. Jack McAuliffe added a conversion to bring Navy’s lead to 12-0. Temple finally got on the board at 7:45 with a try from Anthony Sciarra. They would add a conversion to cut the Navy lead to five at half. Temple tried to keep that momentum going, but couldn’t seem to beat the strong Navy defenses. Some sloppy plays and dropped balls did not help either. Just when Temple looked ready to break through, the final whistle blew.
Kutztown opened their tournament play with a 24-14 victory over Air Force. Air Force opened the scoring with a try from Zachary White. Card issued to (#1). Kutztown capitalized on a penalty to get on the board. Kutztown then intercepted and took it for a quick try to give them the lead just before halftime.
Kutztown controlled the play early in the second half and are rewarded with an early try from (11). Conversion is no good. Kutztown continue their second half dominance with another try(1). Air Force regains some second half momentum through a (7) try and successful conversion. 24-14 final Kutztown wins.
The Indiana Hoosiers overcame an early Alabama Crimson Tide try to win by a score of 27-12. Under a minute into the game, Alabama’s Shawn Branham went down with an apparent ankle injury going for a loose ball. The Tide rallied around him, scoring the first try of the game quickly after, but missing the conversion. Indiana responded with a long try from Jake Hidalgo. They added a conversion to go up 7-5. Just minutes later, Alabama’s Matt Schick beat the last man down the pitch for a try, and added a conversion to go up by three. Indiana added a score and a try to knot the game up at half. The Hoosiers opened the second half with a try from Bryce Campbell. The try was no good, but Indiana still increased their lead to eight points. They would add another try and conversion as time expired from Teddy Terezis.
LIFE University got their tourmanent underway with a solid 26-14 over the Clemson Tigers. 26-Clemson opened the scoring through (2) with a successful conversion from (4) giving Clemson the lead late in the first half. Life immediately answered with a move down the left wing from (10). (5) converts try. Life score another lightning quick try before the half (5) to give the Eagles a 14-7 halftime lead.
Life took it all the way down the left wing side for a (10) try and (12) conversion to give the Eagles a 21-7 lead. Life continued their second half dominance with another try from (1). Clemson cut the defict through a late (6) and (12) conversion. 26-14 LIFE final.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves started off their CRC with a 17-5 win over the Michigan Wolverines. Arkansas State wasted no time in this one, getting on the board just 35 seconds in with a try from Alex Goff and a conversion from Tom Hausrrer. They would add another try a few minutes later from Ruann Knuppel to go up 12-0. Michigan had some opportunities to break the Arkansas State lines, but failed to do so early in the first half. They finally brought the ball to their half of the field, but couldn’t find any consistent flow. Cole Van Harn finally broke the try line at the end of the half to cut the Arkansas State lead to seven. Fantastic team play from the Red Wolves led to an early second-half try for Hausrrer and a 17-5 lead. Michigan tried to get back in the game, but turnovers cost them big-time chances.
The Bruins open the scoring early as (12) goes untouched for a try and ( 10) converts try for a 7-0 lead. UCLA score a minute later through a (6) try. The Bruins continue to dominate the first half with a (1) try. Texas have seen very little of the ball in the first half as UCLA jump out to a 24-0 lead.
UCLA continue their dominance out the gates in the second half. (8) opens the second half scoring for the Bruins and (10) converts. (10) takes stumbles in for a try and converts after his score. It remains all Bruins, (11) adds to their tally to put them up 43-0. (9) increases the Bruins lead with a late try. The Bruins win big, 50-0.
Arizona dominated the early portion of the game with a speedy try from Dante Weeks under a minute into the game. Moments later, Anthony Spencer shook off two Penn State defenders and took the ball over the line. Two conversions would bring Arizona’s lead to 14-0. Penn State responded with a try from Mikell Washington to cut the lead to 14-5. Weeks used his great speed yet again to find the try line for his second of the game. Penn State’s Rob Irimescu took a yellow card to give Arizona a man-up advantage headed into halftime.
Dartmouth opening the scoring on their first possession through (12). Dartmouth add to their first half lead through a (10) try and conversion. (12) scores a try just before the half to give Dartmouth a 12-0 lead going into halftime.
In the first game of the day at PPL Park, the Boston College Eagles drew the Virginia Tech Hokies 17-17. Boston College’s Danny Schatzman capitalized on a turnover to give the Eagles the early 5-0 lead. Minutes later, Sam Donohue took a great feed from Michael Cirbee to tie the game up. Just before halftime, Paul Caron powered over the try line and added a conversion to put Virginia Tech up by seven. To start the second half, Thomas Duggan bolted past the Virginia Tech defenses for a try. A conversion for BC tied the game at 12. They would add another three minutes into the half from Joseph D’Antonio to re-claim the lead. The Hokies knotted up the game with a speedy try from Michael Cirbee. Nicholas Savage nearly had a try at the final horn, but it was ruled no try.
The Cal Bears routed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 39-5. Cal got the scoring started with a powerful try from Andrew Battaglia. They would add another just seconds later from James Kondrat. Notre Dame’s Luc Joseph got past the try line to put the Irish on the board, but Battaglia would respond with yet another long try run to put Cal up 15-5. Jake Anderson would add a conversion on top of that. Miles Honens would add one more before halftime to take a 22-5 lead. Jesse Milne opened the second-half scoring a little under halfway through, and Miles Honens added another about a minute later. At the closing horn, Patrick Barrientes added another. Cal is now 2-0 on the day.
The Navy Midshipmen won a tightly-contested battle with Kutztown, 24-14. Kutztown started the game off with a speedy and gritty try from Trent Hensley. A conversion would put them up 7-0 a little under three minutes into the half. Navy brought the pressure back, and finally got on the board with a try from Jack McAuliffe. They added a conversion to go tie the game up at 7. Dakota Raymond broke free and burst over the try line to give Navy the 12-7 lead with just seconds to play in the first half. Kutztown tied things up with a try from Brad Frederick, and took the lead on the conversion. However, a relentless Midshipmen attack led to another McAuliffe try to put Navy back in the lead, 17-14. They kept at it, as John Ruck powered across the try line. A conversion brought Navy’s lead to 24-14.
Following a tough loss to Kutztown, Air Force beat the Temple Owls 24-12. Air Force brought the heat early, with Heath Reichenbach scoring just over a minute into the game. A conversion on top gave Air Force the 7-0 lead. Reichenbach would do it again, in the same spot underneath the goal posts, just minutes later. They would add yet another conversion to go up 14-0. The Owls finally got on the board with a try from Peter Mulville as the half ended to make the halftime score 14-5. Early in the second half, Mike Wellstein willed himself over the try line to get Temple back within striking distance. Ryan Grow’s conversion brought them to within two points. Play was very back-and-forth from there, with big hits and fast passing. Then, with under 100 seconds to play, Zachary White barreled over a Temple defenseman to give Air Force some breathing room. Benjamin Burmester added one more for Air Force at the final horn.
The Red Wolves of Arkansas State continued their hot play, beating the Texas Longhorns 22-10. The Longhorns struck first with a powerful run from Emmanuel Nwoko to go up 5-0. With just seconds remaining in the half, Conor Cook made a great play on the try line to score for Arkansas State. They would add a conversion to go up 7-5. As the horn sounded, Mike Baska broke the line again to put the Red Wolves up 12-5 at halftime. Texas nearly had a try to open the second half, but a knock-on brought it back. They recovered quickly, as Felix Olazaron burst across the try line in the corner to come within two points. However, David Snead crushed any hopes of a Texas comeback, as he burst across the line late in the second half for Arkansas State. A late Texas push was halted before the 22-meter line, and Dylan Carrion took the ball away for the final try of the game for Arkansas State.
A beautiful series of passes set up LIFE’s Jake McFadden for the first try of the match. Indiana responded quickly with a try from Tyler Graham, and a conversion put the Hoosiers up 7-5. With over a minute to play in the first half, Duncan Van Schalkwyk broke the try line to help LIFE re-gain the lead. Most of the first half was very back-and-forth. As the halftime horn sounded, Tyler Graham earned his second try of the game, as Indiana and LIFE went into halftime tied at 12. Indiana struck first in the second half as Jake Campbell scored a try following some incredible team play. With 2:45 left in the game, Jake Garwood took the ball from the ruck and burst past the try line to boost Indiana to a 24-12 lead. LIFE added one more try in the final moments.
The Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Clemson Tigers in a thrilling 14-12 match. The Tide got the scoring started with a try from Ethan Picone over the middle. A conversion put Alabama up by 7 at the end of the half. Clemson got back on the attack in the second half, as Nick Richards fed Max Simons to get on the board, and a conversion tied the game at seven. Then, with over two minutes to go, Dylan Goulding plowed over a defender and over the try line to give Clemson the 12-7 lead. On the very next play, Ross Depperschmidt made an unbelievable run down the middle of the field for a try to help Alabama re-gain the lead for good. The Crimson Tide now sits at 1-1 on the day.
The Hawks of St. Joseph’s beat the Arizona Wildcats in a 12-5 grudge match. The Wildcats held the early possession advantage. The first half was tight, with neither team giving up much space, and no one getting very close to the try line. That was until the Hawks pressured and Dan Deal crashed the try line to put St. Josephs’s on the board. A conversion put them up 7-0 at the half. Midway through the second half, Thomas Cuddihy outlasted the Arizona defense to score another St. Joe’s try. Arizona got some pressure in the final minutes, and came very close to scoring twice, before Bryce Mantell finally scored for Arizona as the final buzzer sounded.
The Dartmouth Big Green took down the Penn State Nittany Lions by a final score of 15-10, despite some high-flying play by Penn State. Dartmouth struck first with a try from Stephen Dazzo a few minutes into the first half. Penn State responded swiftly, but couldn’t find the try line. With a minute and a half to go, Cody Patch sashayed through multiple Penn State defenders for a beautiful try for Dartmouth. Early in the second half, Mike Eife scored for Penn State following two incredible passes, including one behind-the-back feed from Jeremy Latriano. However, Dartmouth would get one back with under two minutes to play, as John Abraham broke free along the sideline and reached the try line. The Nittany Lions would add one more at the final horn.
In a dominating display of speed and grit, the Michigan Wolverines took down the Sequoyah Burke-Combs opened things up for the Wolverines with a try in the corner to give Michigan the early 5-0 lead. With three minutes to go, Michigan’s Zach Burns perfectly feigned a pass before bursting between two defenders and in for a try. A conversion afterwards put the Wolverines in front 12-0. Burke-Combs added another try right with under 30 seconds to go in the half. However, the Longhorns got on the board right before the half thanks to Emmanuel Nwoko. The Wolverines got the second half scoring underway, as Burns scored his second of the match. Will Gaul answered right back for Texas with a nice run of his own. With less than a minute and a half left, Matt Kasten found an extra gear and burst in for a try. The conversion put the score at 29-10 Michigan. They’ll move to 2-1 on the day.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves shut out the UCLA Bruins 19-0. The opening moments of this match were very back-and-forth, with both teams having many chances to find some space. A great play downfield followed by quick passing led to a Dylan Carrion try for Arkansas State to open scoring. By the end of the half, the Red Wolves were in the driver’s seat, and Glenn Erikson added one more try for Arkansas State as the horn sounded. Midway through the second half, David Snead brought the ball out of the ruck and went in for a try to put the Red Wolves up 19-0.
In the first game of the day on NBC, the Cal Bears beat a tired Virginia Tech squad, 12-7. Cal put most of the pressure on in the early moments of the game, and they were rewarded with a try to Andrew Battaglia. Right before halftime, Paul Bosco finessed his way past the line for a nice try. A conversion gave them a 12-0 lead at the half. A brilliant play by Michael Cirbee led to the first Virginia Tech try of the game early in the second half. Cirbee nearly knocked-on, but picked it up, booted the ball downfield, and wrestled with a Cal defender at the try line before finally slamming the ball down. They would convert to bring the Hokies within five points. Cal tried to respond, but a knock-on stopped their run. The Hokies tried to respond, but ran out of gas and couldn’t find any more points.
Notre Dame struck first with a solid run between multiple Boston College defenders. The Irish broke through again, this time with some tough play from Pat McMahon around the try line following a line-out. They converted on top of both tries to make the score 14-0 midway through the first half. Boston College followed it up with some pressure of their own, and finally went in for a try from Thomas Duggan. With just seconds remaining in the half, Luc Joseph brought the Irish to a 19-5 lead with a great try run. Midway through the second half, Danny Schatzman caught the Irish sleeping and went in untouched for a try to make it 19-10 Irish. A last-ditch effort for more points at the end proved succsessful for the Eagles, as William Hock added one more try for Boston College as time expired.
In an all-military battle, Navy took down Air Force by a score of 27-5. Navy broke through just under a minute into the match as Jack McAuliffe got the game’s first try. Garrett Smith added another for the Midshipmen just a few minutes later to give Navy a 10-0 lead. But, they didn’t stop there. Dakota Raymond piled on another try to put Navy in front by 15. As the halftime horn sounded, Calvin Johnson got Air Force on the board with a big run through the middle of the field. The score was 15-5 Navy at the half. Raymond notched his second try on the game early in the second half after a lot of pressure deep near the try line. From there, Navy ran away even further, with a try to John Ruck to finish off a dominant game for the Midshipmen.
The Nittany Lions of Penn State squeaked out a win over the St. Joseph’s Hawks by a score of 24-21 in probably the most thrilling match of the day thus far. Neither team could gain much of an edge in the early minutes. Penn State held the ball for longer, but could never break the try line. That was all before Dan Deal broke free for St. Joe’s and fed James Wolfer for the first try of the game, plus a conversion. Thomas Cuddihy tacked on another try late in the frame, plus another conversion, to go up 14-0. Penn State pressed hard to end the half, and they eventually found paydirt as Ryan McNulty got across the try line to get on the board. The score was 14-5 in favor of the Hawks at the half. They didn’t stop there, as Mike Eife worked his way through most of the St. Joe’s players for a beautiful try (plus conversion) to pull within two points in the second half. However, St. Joe’s had their own crafty play up their sleeve. Greg McTiernan knifed through multiple defenders, and despite being tackled, made a beautiful pass to Deal who waltzed in for his second try of the game. Eife responded again with his second try of the game, once again careening through multiple defenders to pull within two with 20 seconds to play. The Nittany Lions desperately pressed with no time left on the clock, and Mikell Washington scored the match-winning try to the left of the goalpost.