The Varsity Cup has delivered another upset. Central Washington entered the tournament with a first round bye and favorite status to make the final in Santa Clara on May 6th. No one told Navy that as they beat the Wildcats 27-24 in extra time. Central Washington jumped out early 7-0 thanks to an Alex Mackenzie try. However, Navy showed their intentions with two tries, one from Jake Martin and one from Ben Johnston. Central Washington didn't help themselves with numerous penalties.
Trailing 14-7 at halftime two tries from Larry Peneueta in the 45th and 62nd minutes put Central Washington in front 21-14. That's how it look liked it was going to stay but late in the match Navy showed great fitness to pull back with a penalty and a try from Pat Moore. Each team also had a penalty to tie the match at 24-24. Navy then kicked a penalty to win the match in extra time.
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The win means Navy will play Arkansas State for a place in the final. The Red Wolves faced Utah Valley who upset UCLA last week. In the end the travel two weekends in a row impacted Utah Valley as Arkansas State won 29-12. The Red Wolves have shown once agains that they are a team to reckon with and are the new favorites to advance to the final on that side of the bracket.
On the other side of the bracket Cal beat Clemson 71-7. Like Central Washington, Cal had to travel across the country following a bye week. However, it didn't really seem to impact Cal as they were up early and often.
Cal will play Penn State after they beat Army 47-34. Army jumped out to a lead with a penalty before Penn State had two uncovered tries. Army had another try to tie the match at 10-10. That's when Penn State went on a 24-10 run that would give them the cushion they would need to survive the rest of the match. The teams would exchange scores before Army would go on another run to make it 37-34. That would be as close as it would get as Penn State would score two more times.
Penn State at Cal
Navy at Arkansas State