Tennessee Advances to quarterfinals; bounced by Cal
June 4-6, 2010 (Columbus, Ohio) The University of Tennessee Men's Rugby Team went 2-1 in pool play only to be defeated by California in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 USA Sevens Collegiate Championship Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
The inaugural USA Sevens Collegiate Championship Invitational featured 16 top universities competing in 38 fast-paced sevens rugby matches. Watch these elite universities face off at Columbus Crew Stadium on June 4-6, 2010. NBC Sports broadcast ed the CCI live on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, 2010. The broadcast was unprecedented in American Rugby history, as it was the first time collegiate rugby was shown live on a major national network.
#1 Matt Johnson, #2 Jonathan Brown, #3 Danny Adams, #4 Sammy Anderson, #5 Nick Evans, #6 Benji Goff, #7 Mason Howard, #8 Gabe Woodson, #9 Joe Brink, #10 Jonathan Houck, #11 Joel Fugate, #12 Lucas Herrera
Tennessee 24, Indiana 10
After fall behind early the Vols quickly found their pace and ran across four tries to secure the opening game win. Sammy Anderson got the attack going early and Jonathan Brown provided the pace late to help the Vols to the solid win.
Tennessee 32, Florida 0
UT outpaced the Gators by playing strong defense, turning the ball over and taking advantage of Florida miscues. Mason Howard provided the spark on the wing with several long runs.
Tennessee 14, San Diego State 19
The Aztecs bested the Vols with the decisive try coming late in the second half on a penalty with two Volunteers on the ground with injuries. Nick Evans had a solid game at flyhalf with some good support and running. Jonathan Houck provided one of the best weekend highlights with a kickoff reception that he turned into a 70 yard try by fighting off multiple SDSU defenders. This game was slated to be the first match televised on NBC but a lightning delay caused it to be bumped in favor of Cal / Dartmouth and Ohio State / Penn State.
Tennessee 0, California 36
The Golden Bears were in top form as they starved the Vols of possession while running across 6 tries; 3 in each half. UT had opportunities but for the most part it was all Cal as they advanced to the semifinals.
Benji Goff was named to the USA Sevens CCI All-Tournament team with three good days of work at the center position. Additionally, Goff entered the player pool following the Volunteers quarterfinal loss and was immediately picked up by Bowling Green State University. Goff started and scored for BGSU in the final of the Challenger Bracket for a decisive victory over Arizona State University.