Cal’s rugby 7s team won its third straight Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships with a 17-12 overtime win over Kutztown in front of a record crowd of 11,023 fans at Philadelphia’s PPL Park on Sunday.
Bears co-captain Jake Anderson scored on a 55-yard sprint to the end zone to win in sudden-death overtime.
The third 7s title — the Olympic version of the sport — hikes the Bears’ total national championships in rugby to 29, including the traditional game. It is coach Jack Clark’s 25th national title.
Cal beat Kutztown 24-21 for last year’s 7s crown.
“It’s like comparing things you love,” Clark said when asked to compare the three championships. “I love all these guys, the guys that went before them and the guys that went before them.
“We work awfully hard at this and these rewards justify all that we ask of these boys, which they give so willingly for their school.”
Cal beat Michigan 31-0 in the quarterfinals in the first-ever meeting between the schools in rugby, then routed Life University 33-5 in the semifinals.