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BYU Rolls, Cal Survives in Varsity Cup Semis

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BYU Rolls, Cal Survives in Varsity Cup Semis

It will be BYU and Cal once again in the Varsity Cup final, but it almost wasn't.

BYU was once again formidable, with the Whippy brothers right in the middle of the action. Josh Whippy scored two early tries and Jared Whippy converted them and added a penalty which, along with tries from Zane Mendenhall and Josh Anderson, staked BYU to a 27-8 halftime lead over Arkansas State.

Within ten minutes of the second half beginning it was 44-8 as BYU cruised to a 68-20 win. Anderson and Matt Jensen also scored two tries in the game.

But Cal needed some breath from the Witter Field gods to get through. In a game that was on a knife edge throughout, the Bears held off Central Washington 14-13. Twice in the dying minutes CWU had penalty kick attempts to win the game, and twice the kicks sailed wide. 

Ian Wright scored the first try of the game, which, with Reuben Ludick's conversion put CWU up 7-0. But Patrick Barrientes replied for Cal. Russell Webb converted that try to tie the game, and then burst onto a Nick Boyer pass to go over himself. The flyhalf kicked the conversion for a 14-7 lead.

CWU crossed the line just before halftime, but the Wildcats were held up in-goal. 

The second half was about who would survive, and both sides missed penalty attempts before Ludick slotted one to make it 14-10. Webb missed again before Ludick hit a chip shot to bring his side within a point. But Cal survived, playing a man down for most of the final ten minutes, to make the final in Provo in two weeks.