BYU women’s rugby falls to Penn State in national championship

BYU in a scrum against Central Washington. (Universe Archives)
BYU in a scrum against Central Washington. The Cougars fell 15-5 in the national title game on Saturday. (Universe Archives)

The BYU women’s rugby team fell 15-5 to Penn State in the national championship on Saturday afternoon.

The game started off physical with a lot of big hits from both teams. It was a stalemate for the first 19 minutes, but Penn State finally struck first by scoring a try at the 19:23 mark taking a 5-0 lead. PSU missed the conversion

After more physical play, Penn State scored their second try at the 32:58 mark, again missing the conversion.

Jessie Beck came up with a timely tackle just before the first half ended, preventing PSU from scoring their third try of the game. BYU went into halftime down 10-0.

PSU started the second half out strong and scored an early try, extending their lead to 15-0. They then missed their third conversion.

The second half remained highly contested and physical. In the seventy-ninth minute BYU scored its first and only try of the game. The Cougars missed the conversion and ultimately fell 15-5.

After the game the Cougars approached their fans and clapped for them, thanking them for their support throughout the season. It was the first national title appearance in program history for BYU.

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