Men’s rugby earns first D-I victory at home

This past weekend Utah State visited the Cats in MSU’s last Division-I conference game of the season. The Cats controlled the tempo of the game early and kept the pressure on throughout. Despite this, Utah State struck first, scoring a try on the edge and converting the kick. MSU bounced right back with a kick from freshman Floyd Armenta closing the gap to 7-3 at the half.

The Cats were attacking for most of the second half but Utah State’s defense held strong. Another penalty kick from Armenta narrowed the lead to 7-6. The forward pack led by Drew Dyson, Kyle Toole and Adam Rooker brought the physical edge, which Utah State was unable to match down the stretch. Driving down the field Josu Etxaniz put down the try to give the Cats an 11-7 lead. This lead endured the final minutes of the game as the Cats gained their first Division-I victory at home. The young side, starting eight freshman, has come a long way in just one short month.

The Bobcats next scheduled game is at home against Western State College of Colorado on Oct. 31.