The University of Arizona ended their D1-A season with a big road win against Colorado State this weekend.
At Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., a warm day turned cold and breezy by kickoff at 5:00 pm. But a large crowd showed up anyway in the nation's only dedicated rugby stadium, including plenty of Arizona alumni.
Arizona took momentum early as flyhalf Trent Fischer opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal five minutes into the contest. This gave the Wildcats the early 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats then proceeded to score the first try of the game as Jacob Haebe scampered in for the first try of the contest. After the Fischer conversion, the Wildcats had the early 10-0 over Colorado.
Although CSU scored 24 points, Arizona's led was never in doubt as the ‘Cats went on to win their season finale 47-29.
Haebe and senior wing Nick Sarris each had two tries. Nick Svob, Jack Arnold and Matt Polowski rounded out Arizona’s scoring. The Wildcats had seven tries in the contest. Fischer led all scorers with two field goals and three conversions for 12 points.
Arizona finishes the 2012 campaign with a 6-6 overall mark and a 3-4 record in league play, it’s only the program’s first losing league record in more than a decade. Four of Arizona's six losses came to teams ranked in the top five at one time or another this season.
"We played today as we did much of the season,” said Arizona head coach Dave Sitton. “We hit highs and lows during the eighty minutes. Still, it was great that our seniors left with a win. Most of them were part of the elite eight team two years ago."
Arizona now prepares for the USA N7s Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, Pa. June 2nd and 3rd. All games will be televised on NBC Sports.