GRAND RAPIDS (RugbyMag.com) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves clinched a playoff spot with a 60-27 win over Davenport Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich. For the Panthers, it was the first home loss in the program's four-season history.
ASU came out of the gates quickly, putting in two converted tries in the opening minutes. Center Zinzan Elan-Putick ran one in and wing Dale Bates the other. Flyhalf Pat Sullivan slotted the conversions.
While it seemed as though the Red Wolves were going to run away with the game, Davenport clawed back into the contest with a 13-point run started by back-to-back penalties kicked by JP Eloff. The Panthers then caught a break – they put the ball deep in Arkansas State's end, applied pressure, charged down a kick and jumped on it in the try zone. Eloff converted, cutting the deficit to one at 14-13.