College rugby: BYU advances to final, Utah Utes lose to Cal

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Published: Saturday, May 14 2011 11:34 p.m. MDT

BYU plays rugby against Arkansas State. The Cougars won 36-15 and advanced to the College Premier Division championship.

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GLENDALE, Colo. — The BYU Cougars advanced in the College Premier Division championship by beating Arkansas State 36-15 on Saturday night.

BYU will play Cal in title game on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The upcoming championship appearance will be BYU's sixth consecutive since 2006, with a lone victory coming in 2009 for the program's first national championship. Last year, the Cougars lost a heated championship bout 19-7 to Cal Berkeley.

BYU's sixth straight championship game is no small accomplishment, as only the historically vaunted Cal Berkeley team can claim such a stat with 12 straight coming from 1991-2002 and a current streak of eight straight since 2004.

But the Cougars' sixth championship appearance will take on added significance since it will be the first to be held in the state of Utah.

In Saturday's other semifinal game, Cal Berkeley dominated the University of Utah 62-14.

Utah finished its season with a 13-3 record, while undefeated Cal Berkeley is now 25-0.

The championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and tape-delayed broadcast on ESPNU on May 22, at 8 a.m.

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