Oxford beat Cambridge 28-10 in the schools' 130th varsity meeting, giving the Dark Blues consecutive victories for the first time since they won three straight in 2000-02.
Will Kane, Karl Outen and Tom Mitchell touched down as Oxford outscored Cambridge three tries to one at Twickenham. Cassian Bramham-Law kicked 11 points.
“I think it’s pretty hard to discount every effort from one to 15 today,” Outen, who was named the Man of the Match, told Sky Sports. “Today was easily our best effort of the year.”
Oxford led 13-10 at halftime, but held Cambridge scoreless in the second stanza.
“I’m exhausted, but elated,” Oxford captain John Carter, his left eye almost closed by a large welt after being punched by Cambridge’s Dave Allen in the first half, told Sky Sports. “It’s a team spirit. Cambridge were aggressive but you just have to want it more. It’s awesome.”
Today’s match marked the return of the series tradition of former captains serving as assistant referees.
Ross Blake, who captained Cambridge to victory in 2007, and his Oxford counterpart in that game Joe Roff, who won the Rugby World Cup with Australia in 1999, assisted referee Dave Pearson. It was the first time since the 1997 game that ex-captains ran the touchline, with a professional referee and assistants handling the duties since.
Former Cal All American Derek Asbun started for the winning side.