BY HUGH BROWN
The Utes started strong in the Pacific Athletic Conference held its Sevens qualifying tournament as they defeated Oregon 40-5 and Washington 24-5 before falling to a strong Colorado side 12-7.
Advancing into the quarterfinals with Utah were UCLA (38-0 over Stanford, 38-0 over Washington State, 19-12 over Arizona), California (43-0 over USC, 33-7 over Oregon State, and a 19-17 loss to ASU), and Arizona State (10-24 loss to Oregon State, 31-12 over USC, and 19-17 over California).
In the quarterfinals Utah gained revenge by dispatching Colorado 38-0; California blanked Arizona 36-0; UCLA stayed undefeated with a 29-5 win over Oregon State; and Arizona State beat Oregon 24-0.
In the semifinals Utah took down Arizona State 26-12 and California edged UCLA 17-5.
The championship match was closely contested, but the Golden Bears pulled away to defeat the Utes 21-12.
OTHER SEVENS QUALIFIERS
On Nov. 10 Wisconsin was the surprise winner of the Big Ten 7s Qualifier; San Diego State took the California College Sevens Qualifier; and Dartmouth won the Ivy League Sevens.
Wisconsin upset Penn State in the final 33-14 of the Big Ten after first beating Michigan State 38-0, Nebraska 29-5, Iowa 31-12, and Purdue 17-0. San Diego State defeated Cal Poly 36-12 in the finals of the California Sevens after Cal Poly had upset St. Mary’s 24-22 in the semi-finals. The Aztecs also beat Santa Clara 43-0, Santa Barbara CC 36-7, UC Santa Barbara 38-7, and Long Beach 29-0. Dartmouth downed Columbia 38-0, Harvard 36-0, Princeton 19-5, Brown 31-0, and Penn 15-5 to win an Ivy League Sevens tournament
In non-qualifying tournaments, Texas A&M defeated Texas Tech 26-5, Texas 19-12, Sam Houston 48-0, and Texas Tech again 42-12 to win an ARC Sevens tournament.
ARKANSAS STATE WINS NATIONAL SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP
The College National Sevens Championship Tournament held earlier this month featured 28 teams, who were divided into seven pools to start the competition.
Eight teams emerged from the pool play to move on to the championship semi-finals: Life, St. Mary’s, Arkansas State, Delaware, Navy, Texas A&M, Kutztown, and Central Washington.
Of these, four were undefeated: Life (31-7 Northeastern, 50-0 Colorado State, 22-10 Wisconsin); St. Mary’s (19-17 Western Washington, 19-12 Bowling Green, 17-5 Texas A&M); Arkansas State (29-5 North Carolina State, 38-0 Middlebury, 12-10 California); and Navy (21-10 Dartmouth, 26-19 Cal Poly, 12-7 Air Force).
In the quarters Life swamped Texas A&M 31-0, St. Mary’s beat Navy 20-10, Arkansas State downed Kutztown 31-12, and Delaware defeated Central Washington 21-12.
In the semis Life crushed St. Mary’s 33-0 and Arkansas State demolished Delaware 45-0.
Arkansas State then beat Life 21-7 for the collegiate Sevens championship. Delaware took third, Kutztown fifth.
Dartmouth won the consolation Bowl beating San Diego State 21-15 in the finals. The Big Green had defeated California 7-0 in the Bowl semis while San Diego State had downed Cal Poly 24-0. Davenport won the consolation Shield 29-14 over Western Washington.