BYU rugby: Champion Cougars cap perfect season with win over Arkansas State


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  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    Otis the jealous one

    "...the Cougars celebrated the win in front of a blue-clad crowd of 8,733."
    - actual attendance for a BYU RUGBY match!

    reported average 2011-12 men's basketball attendance in the HC - 8,394

    (but, we all know that thousands of runnin' Ute season ticket holders spent most of the season coming to the HC disguised as empty red chairs)

    - actual average attendance in the HC - less than 6,000



    Remind us again, Otis, how many national championships the Utah men have won without the help of the Utah women


  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    May 21, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    Congratulations, Cougars.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    May 21, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    @Otis, those three fans represent the avg attendance at the HC in hoops. Nice try though...looks like your natl chamionship envy is showing again.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    May 21, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    In other news, BYU also won the pinochle and bezique World Championships!

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    May 21, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    I'm really pleased with the performance of the BYU Rugby team. I do wonder though what would've been the outcome if Cal had not pulled out of Rugby USA Division 1A competition. What a horrible loss for collegiate rugby to lose a team like Cal that has such a long tradition of rugby play.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    May 21, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    Congrats, byu! It looks like byu put on a great show for the three fans in attendance.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    May 21, 2012 6:32 a.m.

    Props to BYU and Brian Nicholson of the DesNews - nice gallery. We don't see a lot of good rugby photos here in the states, and this was a good shoot :)

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    May 20, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    Congrats! Great win. I would have loved for it to be Cal rather than somebody else, just to exact some revenge. But if they aren't willing, then so be it. BYU is the best this year. Hopefully we can carry some of this to the football and bball seasons.

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    May 20, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    Perfect ending to a perfect season. Thank you BYU Rugby! It was fun to be there.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    Great work, Cougs. 17-0 and NC make for an incredible season.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    May 20, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    re:Wer, nice try to take a cheap shot at a national championship. You're red with envy. With 10 minutes left BYU had the game won, with two minutes left BYU emptied the benches. I watched the cougs all year, they've matched every condition, scheme, game plan thrown at them. They are the National Champions and you, for at least one day should resist raining on their well deserved parade.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    May 20, 2012 12:02 p.m.


    You know there will be. Cal wasn't in the premier division this year so they weren't eligible for the title game. I watched Utah play to a one point loss earlier this year, but I'm still convinced BYU would have beaten Cal. BYU was just too good this year.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    May 20, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    I hope this game puts to rest the fallacy perpetuated by the media that the altitude in Utah is some sort of an advantage to home teams. If the game had lasted five minutes more, ASU would have won. BYU was staggering on defense the last part of the game.

  • Kamele ,
    May 20, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougars!! We've had a blast all season long (wheather it be going on the road with you guys or driving to Provo) watching you guys pound it game after game and to end the season the way that you did, we were so happy for you guys. Well deserved! Rise and Shout!

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    May 20, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    What a match ! The Cougs had a very tough opponent with Arkansa State. They scored twice before BYU got on the board. That set the tempo, from here on I knew it was going to be a fun match. I was not disapointed, BYU pounded away on the red wolves leaving no doubt they controled the match and the title.

  • far north Providence, UT
    May 20, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougs! Playing hard and playing with sportsmanship is carrying BYU's colors with class. Thank you.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    May 20, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    Way to go Cougs! ! ! Another NC for the Rugby team. It is so very nice to cheer for a school that is so competitive in so many, many sports. While in many parts of the Nation there are fans that have to wait for a certain time of year to come out of hibernation to cheer for their teams, we get to follow so many different sports and witness so many athletes compete for BYU.

    Last nights game was hard fought and we came out on top. Congrats to all the team members and especially the Seniors for a fun season. Let's make another run at it next season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 20, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    Congratulations to the Cougars and BYU! Great game and a well deserved victory!

    Wonder if there will be any dispute about this NC!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 20, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Congratulations Cougars!!!!

  • Red Headed Stranger Billy Bobs, TX
    May 20, 2012 6:23 a.m.

    Congratulations to my alma mater! Wonderful job guys!

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    May 20, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    Glad to hear Kofe will be OK -- though I always cringe when sports commentators and newspapers make light of concussions. No traumatic brain injury should be taken lightly.