Two captains of two very highly-regarded D1-A teams were guardedly optimistic after easy victories Saturday.
St. Mary's ran through UCLA to the tune of 76-19, while BYU defeated Arizona State 54-13.
"It was OK," said BYU captain Ryan Roundy. "We took a while to get into the game, but it was OK. We had some work to do but we got there under tough conditions."
The game was played on a relatively narrow field, which the Cougars had to get used to.
Meanwhile St. Mary's put in a solid team performance to win big in LA.
"I did feel that the backs were clicking on all cylinders," said Gaels captain and hooker Andrew Cook. "Overall it was a good game, I guess."
The big play for St. Mary's came when blindside flanker Anthony Suzio ran down a UCLA back and tackled him just as the Bruin made the tryline. Suzio held the ball up in-goal, forcing a scrum at the five-meter-line. The Gaels won the scrum against the put-in, and ran a 95-meter movement that results in a try that stung the UCLA confidence.