GRR: Penn State
NCR’s D1 playoffs ended the way much of it had progressed, with the game on a knife edge.
St. Bonaventure had come into the game the highest ranked team, having already beaten Penn State and Kutztown in the Rugby East, and then beat Kutztown again in the semifinals. Penn State had escaped two one-point games—would it be another tight contest? Yes, yes it would.
Two Rugby East teams will face off in the NCR D1 final December 11 in Houston after Penn State and St. Bonaventure both won semifinals on Saturday.
One of the great links about playoffs and tours and non-conference games is that you get matchups you'd never plan for.
NCR's D1 semifinal between Penn State and Queens University Charlotte is one of those games.
"Penn State is a storied program with 60 years of history, whereas Queens has not hit the five-year mark," said Queens Head Coach Frank McKinney.
Army West Point held off Penn State in a Rugby East clash, taking down the Nittany Lions 43-29.
Paced by three tries from Koikoi Nelligan, the Black Knights are now 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.
The Rugby East saw plenty of drama this weekend as Penn State had to claw back to beat Kutztown 33-30.
Penn State started strong but then Kutztown stormed past. The Penn State players didn't panic, however, stuck to their pattern and started to score tries.