Four teams are set for the semifinals of the USA Rugby Men's College Championships.
Arkansas State, Dartmouth, Central Washington, and St. Mary's have all punched their tickets.
Arkansas State looked unstoppable in the opening quarterfinal, rumbling over Air Force in the first half.
Robert Elan-Putick continued his outstanding run of form with an early try, and then Tom Haussrer ran in to extend ASU's lead. Haussrer's second made it 19-7 and the young New Zealander completed his hat-trick at the end of the first half to make it a commanding 24-7.
But Air Force doesn't give up, as they showed the evening before as they almost overhauled Lindenwood. But this time there was too much to do. Huston Harrison's try made it 24-12, but that was it.
In the second quarterfinal, Dartmouth played their classic game early, kicking deep and pressuring on defense. Eventually the Big Green turned the ball over and Madison Hughes galloped through a gap. Moments later, Hughes finished off a lovely interchange with Kevin Clark, who put his finisher away with a perfect pass.
Down 14-0 Dartmouth mounted a comeback. Jean-Pierre Eloff did well to corral Hughes and Mason Baum capped off a long period of pressure with a try under the posts. But in the cold air players started falling off tackles, and Hughes was able to slip rough and send the ball wide for another Dartmouth try. Davenport scored at the end, but they didn't have enough time. 21-12 Dartmouth.
Then came the most dramatic and exciting quarterfinal of the day. Central Washingon looked so together in the early moments against Life, with Tanner Barnes committing defenders and all Wildcats getting involved.
Tyler Coffman helped set up Scott Dean for an excellent try. And then some more good teamwork got CWU to the line, and then it was a matter of passing to the wing, where Jacob Bates went over.
But Life got new life when the kickoff landed in newcomer Harley Davidson's hands, and the Pacific Northwesterner sliced through the CWU defense to score from 60 meters. Bolstered by that, Life did well t retain possession, challenge CWU, and put able Cowley over to make it 12-10.
In the second half, Life caught a break on a dubious penalty call that could have gone either way. No matter, as Paris Hollis asked all sorts of questions of the CWU tacklers, and Glen Maricelli finished it off. With the conversion, Life led 17-12.
But we weren't done. CWU got back to what they do well, and worked two smart team tries. Max Narewski raced over on a big overlap for one to tie it. And then, with no time left, Central turned the ball over and sent it out to Barnes, who committed two tacklers and sent it out where Candler Jenkins still had some work to do. Jenkins made it over, and Central were through 22-17.
The final quarterfinal of the day was almost anticlimactic. St. Mary's were at their adventurous best. despite giving up an early try, the Gaels relished the biting cold and flung the ball around as they love to do. Cooper Maloney cut against the grain for a try, and then Garrett Brewer picked up a ball off his bootlaces and zipped in on the wing. Brewer was away again after some superb work by the Gaels team. But he ended up passing off to Maloney to finish the try. 19-5 the final score.
Two teams that were imperfect on Day One, Central Washington and St. Mary's looked strong on Day Two, and they will join Arkansas State and Dartmouth starting 1pm.