Complete Day 2 Match Recaps | 2015 Penn Mutual CRC
In the first Cup quarterfinal action of the day, LIFE took down Navy 15-5. The early moments of this game were very back and forth, before Blane McIlroy found some space out of the scrum to give LIFE an early lead. They would add another from Conor Mooneyham to grab a 10-0 lead at the end of the half. Navy couldn’t get a real attack going, as LIFE had them stifled every time. Navy had a golden opportunity to score early in the first half, but the LIFE defenses held strong, and the Midshipmen were stopped just short of the try line. LIFE kept up their attack, as McIlroy found paydirt for the second time in the game with under three minutes to go in the second half. With just seconds remaining, Navy got on the board with a try as time expired, but it wasn’t enough.
Kutztown punched their ticket to the Cup semifinal with a strong 31-12 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana opened the scoring with a try from Bryce Campbell. They held the ball in thier end for most of the early moments of this match. Kutztown finally broke through with a beautiful move from Nu’u Aaiva to cross the try line. A conversion would put them up 7-5. They added one more as the half ended thanks to a great pass from Alex Faison-Donahoe to Jonathan Sage to take a 12-5 lead at halftime. Just thirty seconds into the half, Robert Stortz burst through the Indiana lines to put Kutztown up 17-5, but just a few minutes later, Teddy Terezis went on a big run of his own to get the Hoosiers right back in it, only down 17-12. However, Kutztown would have nothing to do with a comeback, as Donahoe burst down the sideline for a try to put Kutztown up by 12. Duke Makina got in the action with a great play along that same sideline. KU never looked back from there.
The Arizona Wildcats upset the Arkansas State Red Wolves 7-5 in the quarterfinals. It was Arkansas State’s first loss in three years. Midway through the first half, Alex Goff finally found the try line for the Red Wolves to give them the early advantage. It was a back-and-forth battle. Arizona nearly found a try at the end of the half, but an errant pass cost them that opportunity. Arknsas State had a 5-0 lead at halftime. Early in the second half, Arkansas State survived two concurrent yellow-cards and maintained their fragile lead. Following some big pressure from the Wildcats, Dante Weeks made a phenomenal play to evade defenders and walk in for the tying try. A conversion put the Wildcats up by two with under two minutes to play.
The Cal Golden Bears showed why they are the defending champions and absolutely dominated the Michigan Wolverines, 31-0. Cal got their scoring started early with a slicing-and-dicing try from Anthony Salaber. Andrew Battaglia tacked on another just moments later. Two conversions put Cal up 14-0 in the first three minutes of the match. Battaglia got his second of the match with under a minute to play in the half on a gorgeous passing play near the try line. Nick Boyer waltzed past the try line as time expired in the first half to secure a big 24-0 lead at the half. But, the Cal rout was just beginning. Miles Honens sashayed through multiple defenders down the sideline for a try just over a minute into the second half. Michigan didn’t even get the ball into their end of the field until the final few minutes of the second half.
St. Joe’s tops Alabama 21-14 to reach CRC Bowl final. Alabama open the scoring as Ross Depperschmidt powers his way over the try line. St. Joe’s quickly respond as Tyler Gerber strides in untouched to equalize at 7. St. Joes weather the early efforts from Alambama and take the lead through a nifty passing move that culminates in a Greg McTiernan try to give the Hawks a 14-7 lead at half. Alabama control the early stages of the second half and are rewarded. Matt Lund swaggers his way past three defenders for a try.St. Joes break the second half deadlock as Greg McTiernan powers through two tackles and finds daylight to score his second try of the match. St. Joes advances to the CRC bowl final.St. Joes tops Alabama 21-14.
Notre Dame shutout Penn Sate 22-0 to reach CRC Bowl final. Notre Dame strike first with a sharp passing move that culminates in a Spencer Scannell try. Penn State began to settle into the game after Notre Dame opened the scoring. The Nittany Lions momentum is halted after a costly turnover deep in their own territory and Notre Dame capitalize as Tyler Plantz crosses the try line untouched to give the FIghting Irish a 12-0 lead at the half. Notre dame contnue to add to their tally as Luc Joeseph stumbles over the try line. Notre Dame continue their dominance over the Nittany lions as puts the exclamation point on a dominant Irish performance. 22-0 Irish in rout.
The Dartmouth Big Green put themselves through to the Plate Final with a 20-5 victory over Air Force. Dartmouth got the game’s first try after Jack Braun got tackled high and immediately took the ball over the try line on the restart. Air Force got it back with under a minute to go in the first half, when Calvin Johnson made a nice move to get free near the try line. The game was tied at five headed into halftime. Cody Patch opened the second half with a try for Dartmouth to put them up by five. Then, with just under three minutes to play, John Abraham outran everybody by the sideline to pad the Big Green’s lead. Max Parker added one more to put the icing on the cake for Dartmouth.
The UCLA Bruins won a date with the Dartmouth Big Green in the Plate Final as they beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 27-10. UCLA opened things up in a big way with a coast-to-coast try from Seb Sharpe. They would add another as Cian Berry darted through the Hokie lines and in for a try. The Bruins held an early 10-0 advantage. Virginia Tech tried to respond, as they brought the ball near the try line, but couldn’t quite break through. Then, Conor Fay of Virginia Tech barreled over a defender and went in untouched past the try line to bring the Hokies back in it. At the end of the half, Race Noulder lived up to his name as he beat everybody to the try line to give UCLA a 15-5 advantage at the half. At the start of the second half, Fay intercepted a UCLA pass and dove past the try line to bring the Hokies back to within a try of the lead. UCLA responded with a beautiful pass from Ben Francis to Zach Bonte for a try to re-gain the 10-point lead. Francis then added a try of his own after he head-faked a Tech defender and moved around another to score an incredible try. Berry added a conversion on top to seal the match for UCLA.
The Cal Bears earned an opportunity to play for a third straight CRC title as they beat LIFE 33-5. Cal got things started when Harry Adolphus used his quick side-step to evade LIFE’s tacklers and score the first try of the game. Jake Anderson followed that up with a try with a little over a minute to go in the first half. He outran everybody to the edge and brought the ball over the try line. An incredible team play set up Nick Boyer for another phenomenal try to end the half for Cal. They finished the first frame with a commanding 19-0 lead. The second half looked no different. Anderson got another try and conversion to grab a 26-0 lead at the start of the half. Boyer added his second of the game to put the Bears up 33-0 with less than two minutes to play. LIFE got on the board as time expired thanks to Blane McIlroy.
It’s going to be a rematch of last year’s CRC Final, as Kutztown won their semifinal over Arizona, 19-14. The opening moments of this one were very back-and-forth, with Arizona holding a slight possessoin edge. Kutztown finally broke through when Alex Faison-Donahoe received a great feed and outran Arizona’s Kyle Rogers to open the scoring. A conversion brought the Bears to a 7-0 lead with over two minutes left in the first half. Arizona had trouble executing clean passes throughout the first half, as they found themselves knocking on and dropping many passes. Kutztown wore down tired Wildcat players and grabbed one more try before the first half ended to take a 12-0 halftime lead. Arizona got on the board with under three minutes to play with a nice try from Anthony Spencer. The conversion brought the Wildcats to within a try of the lead. Kutztown quickly crushed any hope of a comeback when Robert Stortz scored off a fantastic setup from Nu’u Aaiva. Dante Weeks, who has had a phenomenal CRC, added a try as time expired for Arizona.
The UCLA Bruins won the CRC Plate with a 33-5 domination of the Dartmouth Big Green. UCLA began this semifinal with a try from Seb Sharpe. He outran everybody to give the Bruins the early lead. Following a yellow card to Ben Francis of UCLA, Stephen Dazzo took advantage of the extra room and bolted down the field to get Dartmouth within striking distance with a few minutes left in the first half. The Bruins responded quickly when Bonte delivered a fantastic feed to Race Noelder for the try (they would add another conversion). Sharpe padded the UCLA lead at the very end of the half, making it 21-5 at the break. Early in the second half, the Bruins capitalized on a Dartmouth yellow card when Noelder scored his second of the game to bring UCLA’s lead to 26-5. George Birch added one more for the Bruins to make this one a rout with less than two minutes to go.