No. 1 Cal beat No. 4 Army, 42-17 in Friday night's national rugby semifinal at Stanford to set up a final between the Bears (30-1) and No. 2 Brigham Young (17-1) for the national championship today at 7 p.m. The Bears are one win away from their sixth straight collegiate crown and 25th title in program history.

BYU advanced to its fourth straight national championship matchup against the Bears with its 31-13 win over No. 3 San Diego State (12-1) earlier in the afternoon.

Keegan Engelbrecht got Cal going in the fourth minute with a 40-meter penalty kick. The Bears took care of the ball and kept going forward en route to a 25-0 halftime lead.

The Black Knights (12-2-1) finished strong with 17 points in the second half.

Women's rugby

D-I national championships: Top-ranked Stanford will face second-seeded Penn State in another repeat of last year's national final after defeating Brown 31-12 in one semifinal, with the host Cardinal scoring 14 points in the final 12 minutes. Penn State defeated Navy 33-0 in the other semifinal.

Football

BCS: Tackling an issue sure to rouse sports fans, lawmakers pressed college football officials Friday on switching the Bowl Championship Series to a playoff, with one Texas Republican likening the current system to communism and joking it should be labeled "BS," not "BCS." John Swofford, the coordinator of the BCS, rejected the idea of switching to a playoff, arguing it would threaten the existence of celebrated bowl games. Sponsorships and TV revenue that now go to bowl games would instead be spent on playoff games, "meaning that it will be very difficult for any bowl, including the current BCS bowls, which are among the oldest and most established in the game's history, to survive," Swofford said.

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, who has introduced legislation that would prevent the NCAA from labeling a game a national championship unless it is the outcome of a playoff, bluntly warned Swofford: "If we don't see some action in the next two months, on a voluntary switch to a playoff system, then you will see this bill move."

Baseball

Arizona 13, Cal 4: The visiting Bears (19-24, 6-13 Pac-10) gave up 10 runs in the first three innings and were hurt by four errors against the Wildcats (20-21, 6-13). Catcher Dylan Tonneson provided Cal with the majority of its offense, driving in a run in the second inning and hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Gonzaga 5, Saint Mary's 0: The Gaels (26-22, 7-9 WCC) managed just five hits against Matt Fields, who recorded a shutout for the host Bulldogs (29-13, 11-5).

Washington State 3, Stanford 1: Second baseman Michael Weber hit a sacrifice fly, homered and made the game-saving defensive play with two outs in the ninth inning for the host Cougars (22-18, 11-5 Pac-10). The Cardinal (20-19, 8-11) has now lost six of its past seven conference games.

San Diego State 5, Santa Clara 0: Top pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 in eight innings for the visiting Aztecs, giving up three hits.

Swimming

Washington: The University of Washington is cutting its men's and women's swimming programs. The cuts announced Friday are the athletic department's reaction to the economic downturn.

The school said the swimming programs are the sixth-highest expense among its sports programs, and the decision should save about $1.2 million a year.

"I have enormous empathy and sadness for our student athletes. It's very painful and I hope I never have to do it again," athletic director Scott Woodward said. "But it was imperative to help fix the long-term financial picture of our department. We're still fourth in number of sports we offer in the Pac-10. This is something we had to do in the short term."

Women's basketball

USC: Former Los Angeles Laker Michael Cooper will leave the Los Angeles Sparks after this season to coach Southern California's women's basketball team, athletic director Mike Garrett said. Newly hired assistant Ervin Monier will oversee USC's program until Cooper arrives. He replaces Mark Trakh, who resigned last month after five seasons.