BATON ROUGE, AR (RugbyMag.com) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves showed themselves to be a team to watch with an impressive 58-0 defeat of LSU in Baton Rouge.
Wing David Caswell scored three tries and add 13 points with the boot for a total of 23.
But Arkansas State Head Coach Matt Huckaby didn't look on the game as a dominating performance by any means.
"It was actually closer than the score makes it look," Huckaby told RUGBYMag.com. "In the first half they were giving us hell and we were under some pressure."
Both teams tried to make ground by using the boot, and LSU did a better job in their kicking game.
"We ended up having to change tactics, and we decided all kicking was doing was making us play a lot of defense, so, OK, we'll start running with it and get into a rhythm," Huckaby said. "That's a tough team, LSU is. Everyone on the team comes low, hits right. They made it tough."
With the ball in hand the Red Wolves started to find gaps, and perhaps the biggest difference between ASU and LSU, when they had scoring opportunities, they came away with points.
"A lot of the devleopmental guys have been working their butts off and came in and did a good job," said Huckaby. "Overall it was a complete team effort."
Dean Gericke opened the scoring for Arkansas State with a try, and then Caswell got his first, capping off an impressive team movement.
Caswell then capped off the first half with a try to make it 21-0 going into the break.
In the second half, Patrick Sullivan, Paul Rauth scored tries around a Caswell penalty, giving ASU a 36-0 lead. Then Shaun Patterson showed off some impressive skills with a chip kick that he gathered himself to make it 41-0.
Gericke, Caswell and Colby Pasholk capped off a successful opening day for Arkansas State.
Arkansas State 58
Tries: Caswell 3, Gericke 2, Sullivan, Rauth, Patterson, Pasholk
Convs: Caswell 5
Louisiana State 0