COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

No. 3 Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 16

No. 7 Texas A&M 34, New Mexico 0

No. 8 Cincinnati 38, Indiana 24

West Virginia 27, No. 15 Virginia Tech 21

No. 16 Coastal Carolina 28, Buffalo 25

Michigan State 38, No. 24 Miami 17

No. 25 Michigan 63, Northern Illinois 10

Kentucky 28, Chattanooga 23

Missouri 59, Southeast Missouri State 28

Tennessee 56, Tennessee Tech 0

Western Michigan 44, Pitt 41

Syracuse 62, Albany 24

Boston College 28, Temple 3

Army 52, UConn 21

Hampton 48, Howard 32

Holy Cross 20, Yale 17

St. Francis (PA) 39, Wagner 24

Princeton 32, Lehigh 0

New Hampshire 19, Lafayette 13

Rhode Island 45, Brown 24

Harvard 44, Georgetown 9

Minnesota 30, Colorado 0

William & Mary 27, Colgate 7

Columbia 37, Marist 14

Kansas State 38, Nevada 17

VMI 31, Cornell 21

Dartmouth 28, Valparaiso 18

No. 12 Notre Dame 27, Purdue 13

Samford 42, Western Carolina 37

Montana State 52, San Diego 10

Austin Peay 59, Morehead State 35

Tennessee State 41, Kentucky State 7

No. 1 Alabama 31, No. 11 Florida 29

No. 5 Iowa 30, Kent State 7

No. 6 Clemson 14, Georgia Tech 8

No. 9 Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20

SMU 39, Louisiana Tech 37

Wake Forest 35, Florida State 14

Rutgers 45, Delaware 13

Baylor 45, Kansas 7

Miami (Ohio) 42, Long Island University 7

Akron 35, Bryant 14

Appalachian State 44, Elon 10

Oregon State 42, Idaho 0

USC 45, Washington State 14

Eastern Michigan 42, UMass 28

No. 20 Arkansas 45, Georgia Southern 10

Memphis 31, Mississippi State 29

Wyoming 45, Ball State 12

Duke 30, Northwestern 23

Colorado State 22, Toledo 6

Cal 42, Sacramento State 30

Lamar 17, Northern Colorado 10 (OT)

Eastern Washington 62, Western Illinois 56

Washington 52, Arkansas State 3

Bowling Green 27, Murray State 10

Portland State 21, Western Oregon 7

North Dakota 38, Drake 0

UNI 44, St. Thomas (Minn.) 3

UTSA 27, Middle Tennessee 13

FAU 45, Fordham 14

Liberty 45, Old Dominion 17

East Carolina 42, Marshall 38

Norfolk State 63, Elizabeth City State 26

Gardner-Webb 56, Lincoln (PA) 0

Campbell 72, Presbyterian 0

Monmouth 41, Charleston Southern 14

Kennesaw State 31, Wofford 10

North Carolina Central 20, Winston-Salem 13

Penn 30, Bucknell 6

The Citadel 45, North Greenville 13

No. 2 Georgia 40, South Carolina 13

Georgia State 20, Charlotte 9

Texas Tech 54, FIU 21

Troy 21, Southern Miss 9

Houston 45, Grambling 0

South Florida 38, Florida A&M 17

Incarnate Word 42, Texas State 34

San Diego State 33, Utah 31 (3OT)

Central Arkansas 45, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 23

Indiana State 23, Eastern Kentucky 21

Jacksonville State 27, North Alabama 24

Southern Utah 40, Tarleton State 35

Illinois State 31, Eastern Illinois 24

Southern Illinois 55, Dayton 3

UT Martin 35, Northwestern State 10

McNeese 31, Southern 24

Stephen F. Austin 58, Mississippi Valley State 13

Abilene Christian 34, UT Permian Basin 9

No. 4 Oregon 48, Stony Brook 7

No. 10 Penn State 28, No. 22 Auburn 20

No. 21 North Carolina 59, Virginia 39

LSU 49, Central Michigan 21

NC State 45, Furman 7

UAB 40, North Texas 6

Utah State 49, Air Force 45

East Tennessee State 38, Delaware State 6

No.17 Ole Miss 61 Tulane 21

Stanford 41, Vanderbilt 23

New Mexico State 43, South Carolina State 35

Texas 58, Rice 0

UL Monroe 12, Jackson State 7

#23 BYU 27 #19 Arizona State 17

Fresno State 40 #13 UCLA 37

#14 Iowa State 48 UNLV 3

South Dakota 48, Cal Poly 14

James Madison 37, Weber State 24

Oklahoma State 21, Boise State 20

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC FOOTBALL

Albion 24 Hanover 14

Bluffton 21 Kalamazoo 20

Olivet 59 Manchester 7

Wisconsin – Platteville 44 Franklin 19

Hope 27 Rose Hulman 20

Alma 51 Anderson 2

NORTH COAST ATHLETIC FOOTBALL

Denison 59 Oberlin 12

DePauw 44 Kenyon 0

Ohio Wesleyan 31 Wooster  7

Wabash 36 Allegheny 28

Wittenberg 51 Hiram 21

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Eastern Greene 28 N. White 27

Hammond Morton 20. Gary West 14

Lake Station 34 Indiana Deaf 8

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Arizona 6 Houston 4 (10)

Cleveland 11 NY Yankees 3

Boston 9 Baltimore 3

Toronto 6 Minnesota 2

Detroit 4 Tampa Bay 3

Texas 2 Chicago White Sox 1

Kansas City 8 Seattle 1

Oakland 3 LA Angels 1

LA Dodgers 5 Cincinnati 1

Colorado 6 Washington 0

Pittsburgh 6 Miami 3

Milwaukee 6 Chicago Cubs 4

Philadelphia 5 NY Mets 3

St. Louis 3 San Diego 2

San Francisco 2 Atlanta 0

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 9 St. Paul 5

Dayton 8 Fort Wayne 5

Quad Cities 4 South Bend 3

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Atlanta 3 DC 2

New England 1 Columbus 1

Toronto 2 Nashville 1

New York City 2 Cincinnati 1

Minnesota 3 Los Angeles 0

San Jose 4 Austin 3

Real Salt Lake 1 Seattle 0

Houston 3 Dallas 2

INDIANA GIRLS GOLF – SECTIONAL

AT Muncie Central

Delta 342

Winchester 365

Daleville 369

Yorktown, 376

Blue River 407

Wapahani 413

Muncie Central 414

Monroe Central 430

Wes-Del 440

Randolph Southern 443

Jay County, 449

AT FRANKLIN

Center Grove 307

Franklin 335

Perry Meridian 351

Southport 386

Franklin Central 392

Whiteland 413

Roncalli 434

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

McCutcheon 4 Richmond 0

Washington 2 Mount Vernon 1

Hamilton Heights 4 Tipton 0

Eastbrook 9 Taylor 0

Chesterton 9 Hammond Noll 0

Rock Creek Academy 6 Salem 3

Jennings County 9 Hauser 0

Western 10 Eastern 1

Greencastle 7 Sullivan 0

Tri-West 3 Wapahani 0

Washington 4 N. Posey 0

Speedway 5 Monrovia 1

Mississinewa 9 Blackford 2

Columbia City 1 Heritage 0

Merrillville 3 Lowell 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 0 Concord 0

Roncalli 10 Greenwood 1

South Bend Adams 9 LaPorte 1

Hammond Baptist 2 Mentor Christian 0

Jay County 3 Centerville 1

Westfield 5 Lebanon 0

Mount Vernon Fortville 6 Fort Wayne Luers 4

Crispus Attucks 3 Scecina 0

Lakeland Christian 2 Peru 1

South Bend Washington 3 E. Chicago Central 1

Plainfield 4 East Central 1

Park Tudor 4 Muncie Burris 0

Faith Christian 4 Frankfort 1

Evansville Mater Dei 2 Terre Haute South 0

Brebeuf 5 Ritter 1

Southport 2 Bloomington North 0

Perry Meridian 5 Franklin Central 1

Trinity 2 Elkhart Christian 1

Hamilton Southeastern 2 Cathedral 1

Lawrence Central 6 Covenant Christian 4

Crawfordsville 5 Northview 1

Jasper 1 Evansville Reitz 0

Wheeler 0 Boone Grove 0

Maconaquah 4 N. Miami 0

Madison 8 Corydon Central 2

New Palestine 2 Delta 1

North Harrison 1 NE Dubois 0

Hammond Morton 0 Kouts 0

Covenant Christian 10 HAST 0

Indianapolis Shortridge 4 University 1

Lafayette Jeff 11 Marion 2

Jeffersonville 1 Bedford North Lawrence 0

International 4 Seton Catholic 0

Logansport 2 Muncie Central 0

Bloomington South 1 New Albany 1

Peoria Notre Dame 2 Evansville Memorial 1

Washington Catholic 3 S. Spencer 1

Elkhart 3 Highland 0

Providence 1 Indianapolis Lutheran 0

Lake Central 1 N. Central 0

Scecina 4 Tipton 1

Concord 9 Fort Wayne North 0

Lawrenceburg 8 Oldenburg Academy 0

Glenn 8 New Prairie 0

South Bend St. Joseph 1 Munster 1

Plainfield 2 Mount Vernon Fortville 0

East Central 5 Fort Wayne Luers 1

Salem 9 Whitefield Academy 1

Columbus North 3 Terre Haute North 1

Whiteland 2 Batesville 0

Hammond Baptist 4 Heritage Christian 1

Faith Christian 3 Covington 1

South Ripley 3 Switzerland County 3

Illiana Christian 5 Andrean 2

Evansville Day 7 Wood Memorial 1

Bremen 2 Argos 1

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 3 Logansport 1

North Montgomery 5 Western Boone 3

Heritage Christian 11 Triton Central 2

Cathedral 3 New Palestine 0

Wabash 8 Tippecanoe Valley 0

Wheeler 6 Grove 1

Northeast Dubois 3 N. Harrison 2

Homestead 5 Penn 1

Northview 4 Crawfordsville 1

Maconaquah 4 N. Miami 0

Trinity 9 Elkhart Christian 1

Rochester 6 Bremen 1

Fort Wayne Snider 3 Lakewood Park 0

Shelbyville 8 Whiteland 1

Forest Park 1 Washington 0

Ben Davis 1 Perry Meridian 0

Madison 3 Jennings County 1

Bloomington North 3 Southport 0

Valparaiso 2 W. Lafayette 1

Lake Central 3 Concord 0

Frankfort 1 Oak Hill 0

Jeffersonville 5 Bedford North Lawrence 0

NorthWood 1 Elkhart Central 0

Columbus East 5 New Albany 0

Mishawaka Marian 2 Warsaw 1

Zionsville 4 Avon 2

East Central 9 Seymour 0

Lawrenceburg 2 Connor 1

Center Grove 2 Plainfield 0

Columbus North 1 Terre Haute North 0

South Bend Adams 9 South Bend Riley 0

Plymouth 7 Mishawaka 3

Westfield 1 Brebeuf 1

Michigan City 6 Westville 0

Chesterton 3 Highland 0

Hamilton Southeastern 3 Mount Vernon Fortville 2

Vincennes Lincoln 1 S. Knox 0

Noblesville 5 Brownsburg 1

Chatard 2 Fort Wayne Dwenger 1

Lafayette Jeff 11 Marion 0

Evansville North 5 Floyd Central 0

Hanover Central 11 Kouts 0

Westview 3 Lakeland 0

Goshen 4 Bethany Christian 0

Hobart 2 Hammond 0

Harrison 5 Kokomo 0

Greenfield Central 2 Oldenburg Academy 0

Guerin Catholic 2 Evansville Memorial 1

South Spencer 1 Washington Catholic 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Tech 0

Richmond 3 Marion 0

Wood Memorial 2 Evansville Bosse 0

NorthWood 2 New Haven 0

Wawasee 2 Culver Academies 1

Eastbrook 2 Eastern 0

South Adams 2 Leo 1

Lawrenceburg 2 Southwestern 0

Floyd Central 2 Jeffersonville 0

New Albany 2 Silver Creek 1

Eastbrook 2 N. Miami 0

Garrett 2 Wabash 0

Union County 3 Cowan 1

Eastern 2 Manchester 1

Columbia City 2 Elkhart Christian 0

Greenwood 2 Scecina 0

Hauser 2 Rising Sun 0

Charlestown 2 South-Central 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 2 Pioneer 1

Clinton Prairie 2 Lafayette Jeff 1

Southridge 2 Evansville Christian 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 2 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Union County 3 Shenandoah 0

Highland 2 South Bend Adams 0

Bluffton 2 Fort Wayne South 0

Henryville 2 Southwestern 1

Seeger 2 Delphi 0

Carroll 2 Tippecanoe Valley 1

Manchester 2 Taylor 0

Bethany Christian 2 Whitko 0

Covington 2 Lafayette Jeff 0

Benton Central 2 Madison Grant 1

Guerin Catholic 2 S. Newton 0

Highland 2 Lakeland 1

Jennings County 2 Rushville 0

Herron 2 Crispus Attucks 0

Indiana Deaf 2 Cristel House 0

Monroe Central 3 Tri 0

Lakewood Park 2 Fort Wayne Snider 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Providence 2

Wood Memorial 2 Shakamak 0

Rochester 3 Peru 0

Penn 2 Fishers 0

Columbus North 2 Central 0

Charlestown 2 Borden 0

Riverton Park 2 Elwood 1

South Adams 2 Pioneer 0

Leo 2 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Oldenburg Academy 2 Herron 1

Seymour 2 Scecina 0

Bellmont 3 Angola 2

Washington 3 Vincennes Lincoln 0

Castle 2 Brownstown Central 0

Goshen 2 Lowell 1

Mishawaka 2 Plymouth Lady Crusaders 1

Culver Academies 2 Elkhart Christian 0

Seeger 2 N. Montgomery 1

Bloomington North 2 Clinton Prairie 0

Christian Academy 2 Lanesville 1

Princeton 2 Wood Memorial 1

New Albany 2 Central 0

NorthWood 2 Fort Wayne Snider 0

Jennings County 2 Hauser 0

Carroll 2 Bremen 0

Homestead 2 S. Newton 0

Indiana Deaf Eminence 1

South Adams 2 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Oblong 2 Union Dugger 0

Floyd Central 2 Brownstown Central 0

Eastbrook 2 Manchester 0

Culver Academies 2 Columbia City 0

Mishawaka 2 Michigan City 0

Castle 2 Jeffersonville 0

Evansville North 2 Southridge 0

Lawrenceburg 2 Rock Creek Academy 0

Evansville North 2 Southridge 0

Lakewood Park 2 New Haven 0

Highlander 2 Lowell 0

Wawasee 2 Columbia City 1

Greenwood Christian 3 Warren Central 0

Bloomington North 2 Covington 1

Southwestern 2 Crothersville 0

Garrett 2 Whitko 1

Seeger 2 W. Vigo 0

Heritage 3. Fort Wayne Northrup 0

Austin 2 Lanesville 0

Princeton 2 Evansville Bosse 0

Lakewood Park 2 NorthWood 1

Benton Central 2 Parke Heritage 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 McCutcheon 0

Castle 2 Floyd Central 1

Rising Sun 2 Rushville 0

Oldenburg Academy 2 Riverton Park 0

Silver Creek 2 Columbus North 0

Manchester 2 N. Miami 1

Lowell 2 South Bend Adams 0

Traders Point Christian 2 Riverton Park 0

Evansville North 2 Evansville Christian 0

Mishawaka 2 South Bend Washington 0

Sullivan 3 N. Putnam 1

Tri 3 Anderson Prep 0

Mount Vernon Fortville 3 Angola 1

Indiana Deaf 2 Central Christian Academy 0

Yorktown 3 Shelbyville 0

Fishers 2 New Castle 0

Lapel 2 S. Newton 0

Clinton Prairie 2 Covington 1

Indianapolis Scecina 2. Lawrence Central 0

Wawasee 2 Elkhart Christian 0

Churubusco 2 Carroll 0

Garrett 2 Bethany Christian 0

Brownsburg 2 New Castle 0

Sycamore 2 Lawrenceburg 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 2 Mishawaka 0

Riverton Parke 2 Tindley 0

Highlander 2 Goshen 0

Martinsville 2 Union Dugger 0

Benton Central 2 Frankfort 0

Oldenburg Academy 2 Crispus Attucks 0

Tell City 2 Charlestown 1

Lanesville 2 Crothersville 0

Wabash 2 Whitko 0

Lowell 2 Lakeland 1

Covington 2 Lapel 1

Southwestern 2 Austin 0

Homestead 2 Clinton Prairie 0

Shakamak 2 Evansville Bosse 0

Mount Vernon Fortville 3 Bellmont 2

Jennings County 2 Rising Sun 0

Culver Academies 2 Wabash 0

Wabash 2 Bethany Christian 0

Castle 2 New Albany 0

Scecina 2 Decatur Central 0

Frankfort 2 Parke Heritage 0

Providence 3 McCutcheon 0

New Albany 2 Columbus North 1

Columbia City 2 Bethany Christian 0

South Newton 2 Lafayette Jeff 0

Union Dugger 2 Red Hill 0

Whitko  2 Elkhart Christian 0

Southridge 2 N. Knox 1

Kouts 3 Wheeler 0

Bluffton 2 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

Hutsonville 2 Union Dugger 0

Union City 2 Tri 0

Wawasee 2 Garrett 1

Seymour 2 Greenwood 0

Traders Point Christian 2 Oldenburg Academy 0

Rock Creek Academy 2 Rising Sun 1

NorthWood 2 Leo 1

Jennings County 2 Sycamore 1

Riverton Parke 2 Herron 1

Columbus North 2 Brownstown Central 0

Penn 2 New Castle 0

Seymour 2 Franklin 0

Elkhart 3 Northridge 1

Madison Grant 2 Parke Heritage 0

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Young holds up, No. 1 Alabama holds off No. 11 Florida 31-29

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Bryce Young heard all about the Swamp. He knew it would be deafening at times and difficult, if not impossible, for a visiting quarterback to communicate.

He also understood the key to handling such a raucous environment: a fast start.

Young’s first collegiate road trip was a rousing success, a three-touchdown performance that helped top-ranked Alabama beat No. 11 Florida 31-29 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday.

“Crazy atmosphere,” Young said. “Those fans were really loud. We knew it was going to be a hostile environment coming in and they lived up to it for sure.”

The defending national champion Crimson Tide led 21-3 after the first quarter but failed to sustain its momentum and had to stop a botched 2-point conversion with 3:10 left to extend its winning streak to 17. Alabama has now won 32 in a row against teams from the SEC’s Eastern Division.

“I think the offense did a great job of answering the bell in the game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “But our team needs to learn to maintain intensity throughout the game. … We’ve got a lot of good players. We’ve just got to get them to play a little better.”

Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC) has won eight straight in the series, including a wild 52-46 victory in last year’s conference title game. The Gators (2-1, 0-1) fell to 0-5 against No. 1-ranked teams at Florida Field.

This one was closer than oddsmakers and just about everyone outside of Gainesville expected, with 14 1/2-point underdog Florida having a chance to tie the game in the closing minutes despite playing without dynamic backup quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Coach Dan Mullen held Richardson out as a precaution because of a strained right hamstring and said he would only be available in case of an emergency. Mullen said doctors told him Richardson “could definitely make it worse” by playing.

So Mullen went exclusively with starter Emory Jones instead of a two-QB rotation.

“I thought Emory really kind of stepped up his game,” Mullen said.

Jones completed 17 of 27 passes for 181 yards, with an interception. He was booed at times, partly because of the slow start and surely because of the home crowd’s disappointment in not seeing Richardson.

He was at his best late, directing a 99-yard drive in the third quarter and a 75-yarder that nearly knotted the game.

“I still made too many mistakes,” said Jones, who acknowledged a mistake on the 2-point conversion.

Young, meanwhile, avoided errors that typically plague young QBs on the road. He gave Alabama an early advantage with TD passes to Jase McClellan, Jahleel Billingsley and Brian Robinson.

But Florida had all the momentum late and was in position to pull off a shocker when Dameon Pierce went around the left end from 17 yards out, making it 31-29 in the waning minutes. But fellow running back Malik Davis was stopped short on the conversion after lining up on the wrong side of Jones.

“One thing a lot of teams do is play Alabama, they sometimes don’t think they’re going to win the game maybe,” Mullen said. “Our guys certainly expected to win the game and played that way. We did last year. We did this year. I think that’s maybe a big part of it.”

Florida came up short again, and many will point to a missed extra point in the third quarter as the difference. Had Chris Howard made that one, the Gators seemingly would have needed another to tie the game down the stretch.

The Gators had one final play deep in their territory and were sacked.

Young completed 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards, showing little issues in a hostile environment. The Swamp packed in 90,887 fans, the fifth most in program history and the most since 2015. The Gators hoped it would affect Young, a redshirt freshman who had never played in that kind of atmosphere.

No. 10 Penn St holds on to white out No. 22 Auburn 28-20

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Jaquan Brisker skipped across a field littered with white pom poms and toward a row of Penn State students painted white from head to toe.

The Nittany Lions’ star safety had a big smile on his face, and it didn’t fade one bit even as he tripped over a photographer while celebrating a dramatic win on a raucous night in Happy Valley.

Brisker broke up a desperation pass toward the end zone by Auburn’s Bo Nix as time expired and No. 10 Penn State held on to beat No. 22 Auburn 28-20 on Saturday night.

Sean Clifford completed 28 of 32 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns as Penn State (3-0) welcomed back its white out crowd to Beaver Stadium for a rare visit from a Southeastern Conference teams.

“I was ready,” Brisker said. “When you come to Penn State, you expect to play in front of big crowds like this. You’ve got to take it in for 10 seconds, then it’s back to reality.”

Jahan Dotson made 10 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, tight end Brenton Strange caught a touchdown and tight end Tyler Warren and Noah Cain ran for scores to help the Nittany Lions beat an SEC opponent at home for the first time since 1985 against Alabama.

Penn State had to make two late defensive stands to hold the lead.

“I think we have a really good mentality on defense,” coach James Franklin said. “I think our leadership is really good. I think we’re a mentally tough football team. I think we’re a physically tough football team.”

First, the Nittany Lions kept Auburn (2-1) out of the end zone after a first-and-goal at the 10. An incomplete fade from the 2 on fourth down with 3:08 left gave Penn State the ball back.

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said he and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo script plays for those situations and that was the call they liked best. He said Nix had multiple options — not just the fade that really wasn’t close – but said he’d have to watch the film before knowing if it was the best decision.

“I trust what he saw out there – we’ll look at it, we’ll learn from it and we’ll go from there,” Harsin said.

The Nittany Lions could not run out the clock and punted back to Auburn with 45 seconds left.

Auburn managed to get to the Penn State 23 with 3 seconds left. Nix fired deep down the middle but Brisker cut in front of Demetris Robertson a few steps in front of the goal line and knocked it down.

Brisker also had a key late interception near the goal line in the opening win against Wisconsin.

Tank Bigsby scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Anders Carlson added two field goals for the Tigers, who lost their 10th straight road game to a top-10 team since 2014.

Penn State had no white out last year because the pandemic meant no fans. The Nittany Lions broke it out early this season for Auburn’s first trip to a Big Ten stadium since 1931 against Wisconsin.

A sea of white with specks of Auburn orange was hyped throughout, pom poms waving and singing along to “Sweet Caroline” to start the fourth quarter.

Despite the electric atmosphere with more than 109,000 fans, the Tigers never looked rattled.

The first game regular-season game on campus between Big Ten and SEC teams since 2011 must have had a lot of fans asking for more just like it.

Bisgby ran for 102 hard yards and Nix was 21 for 37 for 185 yards and no turnovers in the first real test under Harsin, who was hired away from Boise State in the offseason.

“This loss, it should burn,” Harsin said. “There a lot of guys in that locker room that are disappointed, and they should be.”

Kelly ties Rockne as No. 12 Irish hold off Purdue 27-13

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) No. 12 Notre Dame got big three big plays from two of its offensive captains and helped coach Brian Kelly match Knute Rockne for the most victories in program history.

Kyren Williams scored two long touchdowns, the second a 51-yard run with 6:05 remaining, and Avery Davis scored on a 62-yard reception as the Fighting Irish beat Purdue improved to 3-0.

Victory No. 105 for Kelly in his 12-year career at Notre Dame was also the 26th straight for the Irish at home. The Fighting Irish won their eighth straight over Purdue and first since 2014.

“It takes a lot of things to be in place for that to happen,” said Kelly, whose first victory at Notre Dame was a 23-12 victory over Purdue at Notre Dame during the 2010 season. “Father John (Jenkins, the university president) and (athletic director) Jack (Swarbrick) have been on this journey. Consistency, leadership and alignment – all those things have to come together to get to this point.”

Williams, who scored on a fourth-and-3 pass play of 39 yards from Jack Coan early in the second quarter to give the Irish their first lead 7-3, finished with 86 yards on 11 carries and two receptions for 47 yards.

Davis, who had five receptions for 120 yards in the game, had a field view of Williams’ game-clinching TD run.

“He’s insane, his ability to maneuver, his strength to stay up,” Davis said of Williams. “Just watching him for a second, I forgot I had to block for him. He’s so entertaining.”

Williams finished with 91 yards on 12 carries, 47 yards on two receptions and added 30 yards on two punt returns.

Kelly, whose team had struggled in victories over Florida State (41-38 in overtime) and Toledo (32-29), was glad the play did after an intense week of practice for coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers (2-1).

“I liked the way our guys prepared this week,” Kelly said. “Our level of preparation rose and so did our performance. It wasn’t the best by any means. But we developed some players today. They got grittier.”

Coan, who was sacked four times and struggled with his accuracy, completed 15 of 31 for 223 yards and two touchdowns. His TD pass to Davis in the third quarter put the Irish up 17-6.

“I thought we did a good job in the first half, kept them in check, got to the quarterback,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. “The second half, they made some adjustments and we gave up some big plays.”

The Boilermakers outgained the Irish 348-343 thanks to a 291-223 edge through the air and got their only touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Jack Plummer to Milton Wright in the third quarter that cut the Irish lead to 17-13.

Plummer completed 25 of 36 passes for 187 yards but left the game after being sacked by Notre Dame’s Isaiah Foskey and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. He was replaced by Aidan O’Connell, who threw for 104 yards, but with 2:32 remaining was picked off by Kyle Hamilton in the Irish end zone.

“We feel like we got two guys and multiple guys who can play for us,” Brohm said. “We’re not going to hesitate to play (multiple) guys.”

No. 9 Buckeyes struggle with Tulsa, pull away for 41-20 win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson’s big day put him amid elite company in the Ohio State record book, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for his decidedly off-kilter team.

Henderson, in his third game, broke Archie Griffin’s 49-year-old freshman rushing record, romping for 277 yards and three touchdowns as No. 9 Ohio State struggled with Tulsa and then managed to pull away late for a 41-20 win on Saturday.

Henderson ran for scores of 5, 48 and 52 yards, which managed to paper over some of the same weaknesses Ohio State showed in the 32-25 upset by Oregon last week that sent the Buckeyes tumbling in the AP Top 25 poll.

Ohio State was supposed to be getting a break in the schedule, the first of two games against lesser opponents that would allow the ironing out of some glaring issues, particularly with the defense. Instead, it got a good tussle.

The Buckeyes (2-1) were not sharp, but Tulsa (0-3) just couldn’t match them blow for blow and Henderson, who ran for 69 yards in the first two games combined, broke through with huge plays at critical times. A late interception that Cameron Martinez returned for a 61-yard touchdown made the score look worse than it was for the persistent Golden Hurricane.

Henderson broke a freshman rushing record that has stood since Griffin ran for 239 yards on Sept. 30, 1972, in an Ohio State win over North Carolina. Griffin went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and ’75, the only two-time winner in history.

“I wasn’t expecting something like this, but I have some big goals for myself,” Henderson said. “I got plenty more, so I got to keep working.”

The Ohio State defense, while holding Tulsa to 73 yards on the ground, allowed quarterback Davis Brin to throw for a career-high 428 yards and the team’s first two touchdown passes this season. Josh Johnson caught eight passes for a career-high 149 yards.

“We just went toe-to-toe with an exceptional type of team that’s explosive on both sides of the ball,” Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said.

Daniels, UGA defense lead No. 2 Dawgs past S Carolina 40-13

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) So much for any debate about Georgia’s starting quarterback.

JT Daniels has a firm grasp on the job.

Daniels returned from injury with three touchdown passes, backing up another stellar performance by Georgia’s defense that carried the No. 2 Bulldogs to a 40-13 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.

Daniels completed 23 of 31 for 303 yards, including scoring throws of 43 yards to Jermaine Burton, 38 yards to freshman Adonai Mitchell and 4 yards to James Cook.

“I definitely felt very confident,” said Daniels, who missed the previous game with an oblique injury.

Georgia (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) finally gave up a touchdown while on defense when Luke Doty, getting the ball on the Bulldogs’ side of the field after a fumble, connected with Josh Vann on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 10:55 remaining.

“Of course, that upsets us,” said Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith, who had a huge night. “When we say no one in the end zone, that’s what we mean.”

With Doty playing for the first time this season, South Carolina (2-1, 0-1) gave up three sacks and a safety, along with two turnovers that led to Georgia touchdowns.

But the offense could take some satisfaction from being the first to score a touchdown on the Bulldogs. Until then, the only TD against Georgia had come on an interception return.

Daniels sat out a 56-7 victory over UAB, watching as backup Stetson Bennett tied a school record with five touchdown passes.

Daniels wasted no time re-establishing his hold on the No. 1 spot, completing a 21-yard pass to Brock Bowers on his very first snap and guiding the Bulldogs to the end zone on their first two possessions.

“Only one of us can play, and everybody is dying to be that guy,” Daniels said. “Everybody in the room wants to play every game.”

Bennett got a shot the third time the Bulldogs had the ball. He promptly threw an interception that was returned to the Georgia 12, setting up a field goal.

Daniels returned to the game and didn’t leave until early in the fourth quarter with the outcome no longer in doubt.

“We let the coach make the decision on who’s going to play and when,” Daniels said. “I’m happy when Stetson plays great and he’s happy when I play great.”

After punting the ball away in the closing seconds of the first half and content to settle for a 21-6 lead, Georgia wound up scoring five more points.

Backed up on their own 1, the Gamecocks explicably attempted to throw out of the end zone. Doty was sacked by Jordan Davis and Smith for a safety.

Then, after receiving the free kick, Daniels completed three passes for 39 yards to set up Jack Podlesny’s 36-yard field goal as time expired, sending Georgia to the locker room up 26-6.

Georgia put it away in opening minute of the second half, again sparked by a huge defensive play.

Doty’s pass was picked off by Derion Kendrick, who returned it to the South Carolina 20 to set up Zamir White’s 5-yard touchdown run.

“They’re not doing anything special on defense. They’re just really good,” said South Carolina’s Shane Beamer, who took his first loss as a head coach. “They line up and say, `We’re better than you. Come beat us.'”

THE TAKEAWAY

South Carolina: Beamer definitely looked like a rookie head coach on that sequence near the end of the first half. With just 32 seconds left, there was no need for Doty to drop back to throw from the end zone against such a dominating defense.

Georgia: If there was any question about Daniels’ status as the No. 1 quarterback – and there really shouldn’t have been – that was put to rest by a performance that improved his record to 6-0 as the Bulldogs’ starter.

Saints enter Carolina game without 8 assistant coaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The New Orleans Saints will have a total of eight coaches unable to attend Sunday’s road game against the Panthers because of positive COVID-19 tests.

While offensive line coach Brendan Nugent has cleared COVID-19 protocols and is now set to coach, assistant head coach and defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, and defensive assistant Brian Young ,will not be able to attend the game, the club announced on Saturday.

The club said Nielsen’s and Young’s game day roles will be divided among the rest of the defensive staff.

Six other assistant coaches already had been ruled out: receivers coach Curtis Johnson, tight ends coach Dan Roushar, running backs coach Joel Thomas, offensive analyst Jim Chaney, offensive assistant Declan Doyle and special teams assistant Phil Galiano.

The initial outbreak affecting primarily the coaching staff became evident from test results on Tuesday, two days after New Orleans’ 38-3 victory over Green Bay a Saints “home game” that was moved to Jacksonville, Florida. The NFL relocated the game because officials were concerned that it was too soon after the Aug. 29 landfall of Hurricane Ida, which caused widespread damage and power outages in southeast Louisiana, for the New Orleans area to accommodate an event at the 73,000-seat Superdome.

The club, which has been practicing in the Dallas area since evacuating for Ida on Aug. 28, began operating under the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols after the outbreak this week, requiring masking inside facilities and daily testing, among other social distancing measures.

The outbreak did not affect the active roster. The only player placed on the Saints’ COVID-19 list this week was receiver Michael Thomas, who already was unavailable until Week 7 because he began the regular season on the club’s physically unable to perform list.

MLB ERA leader Scherzer dominates again, Dodgers beat Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings in another dominant performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who kept up their push in the NL West with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Scherzer (15-4) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since being traded from Washington to the Dodgers on July 30. He allowed just two hits, struck out seven and lowered his MLB-best ERA to 2.08.

The Dodgers began the day two games behind division-leading San Francisco.

It was another tough loss for the Reds, who came in one game behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Cincinnati will try Sunday to avoid losing its eighth straight series.

“I had a good feel for my curveball today,” Scherzer said. “I was able to throw it low in the zone. If I can get that going, that allows my fastball to play. That allows Barnesy (catcher Austin Barnes) to get more creative back there.”

The three-time Cy Young Award winner has an 0.78 ERA in his starts for the Dodgers.

“He’s been really good. To execute multiple pitches to multiple quadrants, it’s incredible. We’re fortunate to be seeing it,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Just about the only thing Scherzer hasn’t done for the Dodgers is deliver at the plate. A good-hitting pitcher for nearly his entire career, he is now 0 for 55 overall this season – not safely reaching base once – after going hitless in three at-bats.

But on the mound, he was almost unhittable.

“Scherzer is like we’ve seen before,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He can take over a game. He did today.”

Sonny Gray (7-8) retired the first 11 batters he faced before Trea Turner’s infield single in the fourth, but then the Reds defense let him down.

The Dodgers took advantage of two Reds errors to score three times in the fifth, breaking open a scoreless game. Gavin Lux tripled for the fourth time this season, driving in two of the runs.

That was all the run support Scherzer needed. Not even a delay due to an umpiring change in the fourth got him off track.

“I was just sitting underneath out of the sun,” Scherzer said. “I was able to get some big outs in that inning. Fortunately that inning didn’t go sideways.”

Mookie Betts added an RBI single for the Dodgers in the ninth.

“It takes a very crisp, crisp game to win against the Dodgers,” Gray said. “It didn’t go that way for us today.”

The Reds were one out away from being shut out when a throwing error by shortstop Corey Seager gave them a run. Kenley Jansen relieved and got the last out for his 34th save.

“Every thing had to go perfect when you’re facing a pitcher like Scherzer,” Bell said. “We didn’t make plays we usually make. We don’t know how much difference it would have made.”

O’Neill’s late homer rallies Cards past bickering Padres 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) With the San Diego Padres squabbling amongst themselves, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to solidify their postseason position.

Tyler O’Neill hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Cardinals came back to beat the Padres 3-2 Saturday night after San Diego stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. had a dugout dustup.

The Cardinals pulled two games ahead of Cincinnati for the second and final NL wild card, with San Diego and Philadelphia 2 1/2 games behind.

Padres starter Yu Darvish dominated the Cardinals over seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. He handed a 2-0 lead over to the bullpen, but reliever Emilio Pagan (4-2) couldn’t get through the eighth.

Tommy Edman scored Harrison Bader on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 before O’Neill drove his 28th homer of the season for a one-run lead. Giovanny Gallegos worked a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save.

“He’s had several moments like that where he’s hit a dramatic home run for us to go up late in a game,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said about O’Neill. “He’s got a good approach. He knows his strengths. That’s what’s called growing up in the clubhouse right there.”

Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis during a dugout tirade in the fifth, telling the young star “it’s not about you” and “you go play baseball” after Tatis struck out looking in the inning. Tatis reacted angrily to the call by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, and manager Jayce Tingler was ejected when he came out of the dugout to argue.

The 29-year-old Machado and 22-year-old Tatis were separated by teammates during the incident, which came at the end of the top of the fifth. They eventually made their way to their positions – Machado at third, Tatis at short.

“It’s not viewed negatively,” Tingler said. “We’re a family. We’re not going to discuss the details, but we care. There’s passion. There’s frustration. Those are all emotions that are natural, and those things happen.”

Larson wins at Bristol while Harvick and Elliott feud

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Larson won at Bristol Motor Speedway – not really a big surprise or even the most interesting part of NASCAR’s first playoff elimination race.

The post-race feud between reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick stole the show Saturday night, especially when Harvick angrily told the energized crowd: “I’m ready to freakin’ rip somebody’s head off.”

The fickle crowd struggled to pick a side before settling firmly behind Elliott, NASCAR’s most favorite driver.

Harvick took the lead from Elliott with 33 laps remaining but the hard racing for the win caused contact that cut one of Elliott’s tires. After a quick tire change, Elliott exacted his revenge by deliberately slowing in front of Harvick to give Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson a chance to catch Harvick.

Larson made the race-winning pass with four laps to go to earn his sixth win of the year. Then Harvick and Elliott parked alongside each other on pit road, bounded out their windows, and immediately began jawing at each other.

Harvick had his helmet on at first and Elliott wagged his finger in Harvick’s face. There was brief shoving, Harvick slammed his helmet in anger, and both drivers blamed the other even after the verbal sparring moved inside Elliott’s hauler for a private conversation.

“We were racing for the frickin’ win at Bristol, we’re three-wide in the middle, and he throws a temper tantrum like I was just trying to get the lead and race him hard,” Harvick fumed. “Then he pulled up in front of me and just sits there until I lose the whole lead.”

The crowd at that moment was very decidedly on Elliott’s side.

“They can boo all they want, I don’t care,” Harvick said.

Elliott, meanwhile, indicated Harvick pushes people around on the track and the pattern must stop.

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INDIANA FOOTBALL: Indiana Falls to No. 8 Cincinnati, 38-24

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It was all there for the taking against No. 8 Cincinnati on a spectacular sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at sold-out Memorial Stadium (52,656 strong) — a defining victory, validation that this would be a spectacular Cream & Crimson run, that the season-opening Iowa disappointment was an aberration.

That it didn’t happen — the 38-24 loss was fueled by four turnovers, two key defensive penalties and one botched snap — will hurt for a long time.

“This one is on us,” head coach Tom Allen said.

So is the will to rise from 1-2 adversity.

“We have some great leaders,” linebacker Cam Jones said. “We have to come together, stay together. We have to love each other regardless of what happened. Keep pushing.”

Allen is driven to ensure the Hoosiers do that.

“It’s adversity,” he said. “We have to look in the mirror, look yourself in the eye, stand up and take responsibility.

“I’m the head coach. I have to own the 1-2 start. This is not where we wanted to be, expected to be. As I said to them, Here we are. What are you going to do? How will you respond?”

Three Hoosier drives to the 10-yard-line or better resulted in zero points — an interception, a fumble, a failure to convert fourth-and-one.

“You’ve got to protect the football,” Allen said. “You can’t make those kind of mistakes. You can’t turn the ball over; you can’t be in the red zone; tight red zone, three times and get no points. That was the game right there. Three trips in there, no points.”

More self-inflicted misery — a pair of forced Cincinnati punts were negated by IU defensive penalties that became Bearcat touchdowns.

“We’re very disappointed,” Jones said. “We know we left a lot on the field. We made way too many mistakes. It’s hard to win making mistakes like that. We have to limit those.”

Added receiver D.J. Matthews Jr.: “We have to look in the mirror and ask ours, are we playing at a high standard? Are we playing at a high level?

“The mistakes were on us. They were things we could have avoided. Live and learn.”

For most of the first half, this was defense as Allen envisioned.

It was the kind no offense wants to face, even offenses that rank among the nation’s best, as Cincinnati’s did with its 45.5-point-a-game average.

Husky Marcelino McCrary-Ball had an early interception that jumpstarted the offense to its first touchdown.

Defensive end Ryder Anderson’s strip sack was recovered by linebacker Micah McFadden and led to a second TD.

Then defensive dominance vanished faster than you can say, McFadden was ejected.

The All-American was lost in the second quarter to a targeting call. The Bearcat offense, virtually non-existent to that point, caught fire and stayed hot.

“It was massive,” Allen said about losing McFadden. “It changed everything.”

The Hoosiers’ offense couldn’t keep up.

“We were dominating them,” Allen said. “Dominating them.

“He’s our leader. He’s a captain. He’s a great player. He’s part of everything we do.

“We lost that. It’s tough. Other guys have to step up. Sometimes life isn’t fair. How do you respond? It’s a great teaching moment.”

It was a point repeated by the players.

“I hated to see him get ejected,” Anderson said, “but it’s next man up. We have to keep on going as a defense. Play hard.

“We have to finish the game. It’s on us. We can’t give up things against a good offense.”

Added Jones: “Micah is a great player. I hate that he couldn’t finish. At the end of the day, we have to do our job as a defense. Regardless who is out there, we have to find a way.”

Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was 17-for-40 for 224 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions (1 in the end zone) and dropped a snap that cost IU a first down at the Cincinnati 10-yard line.

“I’m going to look at everything in terms of evaluating our team,” Allen said. “Everybody gets evaluated. You evaluate the offensive line, defensive line, safeties, corners, linebackers, quarterbacks, running backs. Every position you got to perform.

“You’ve got to make good decisions (at quarterback).

“I’m never going to act like anybody’s job is 100-percent safe. I don’t care what position you play. You’d better perform; you’d better play to a high level to do the things we know we’ve got to do to win games.”

He paused.

“You see what we can do when we’re locked in, playing to the standard we have, how good we can be.”

Matthews, a Florida State transfer, has become a favorite receiving target. He had five catches for 120 yards, with a long of 44.

Tight end Peyton Hendershot added six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Walk-on running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter rushed once for 37 yards. Stephen Carr added 52 yards as the running game generated 152 yards.

Cincinnati (3-0) was led by quarterback Desmond Ridder. He was 20-for-36 for 210 yards and a touchdown.  He also rushed 10 times for 45 yards.

IU won the toss and deferred to the second half. The result — special teams and the defense rocked. Cincinnati went three-and-out.

The problem – the Hoosiers offense did the same thing.

Then McCrary-Ball’s interception sparked the offense. It drove for a touchdown, the last 16 yards coming on a Penix-to-Hendershot scoring pass.

By the end of the first quarter, IU had a 7-0 lead and a 110-34 total-yard edge. It had seven first downs to the Bearcats’ 0.

The Hoosiers kept up the pressure. They went for it on fourth-and-one at the Cincinnati 10-yard line and got stuffed. The Bearcats managed a first down before a key Jones’ tackle and Raheem Layne’s clutch pass coverage forced their fourth punt in five possessions (the other was McCrary-Ball’s interception).

After a Penix interception in the end zone, the defense came up big again with Anderson’s strip sack and McFadden’s fumble recovery at the Cincinnati 6-yard line. Penix hit Carr for a touchdown and the Hoosiers led 14-0.

A few minutes later, IU lost McFadden. Instead of punting, the Bearcats drove for a touchdown and a 14-7 score. Penix’s second interception led to a Cincinnati field goal and a 14-10 halftime Hoosier lead.

Early, in the third quarter, the Bearcats missed a 50-yard field goal attempt, but rebounded with a touchdown on their next possession for a 17-14 lead.

IU responded with a touchdown, this one on a 14-yard Matthews’ reverse for a 21-17 Cream & Crimson advantage. That lasted about 10 seconds when Cincinnati’s Tre Tucker returned the kickoff 99 yards for a TD. The missed extra point made it 23-21.

Charles Campbell’s 49-yard field goal pushed the Hoosiers ahead 24-23.

It would come down to the fourth quarter.

Ridder’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Alex Pierce made it 30-24 with 12 minutes left. A roughing-the-passer penalty by IU kept the drive alive.

The Hoosiers were poised to retake the lead by driving inside the Cincinnati 5-yard line. They fumbled, but got the ball back for one last chance.

It wasn’t enough.

Now comes a trip to high-scoring Western Kentucky and then a daunting Big Ten schedule.

“We have a lot of good players,” Allen said. “A lot of kids who have given a lot to this program. We’re going to fight together We’ll lock arms and find a way and keep getting better.”

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Purdue Falls at No. 12 Notre Dame 27-13

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Playing in South Bend for the first time since 2012, the Purdue football team fell to No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday 27-13. The Boilermakers (2-1) pulled within four points midway through the third quarter, only for the Fighting Irish (3-0) to score 10 unanswered in the fourth to pull away for the win.

Purdue’s defense held firm against the Fighting Irish offense, recording a season-high seven tackles-for-loss and four sacks. Cam Allen posted a career-high nine tackles, seven solo. Seven different Boilermakers recorded a tackle-for-loss, led by George Karlaftis’ 1.5, including a half-sack.

Notre Dame finished with 343 yards of total offense with 243 coming off eight plays. Remove those eight key plays, the Boilermakers limited the hosts to 100 yards on 58 plays.

Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer threw for 187 yards on 25-of-36 passing and one touchdown. Aidan O’Connell came on in the fourth quarter to go 11-of-18 for 104 yards.

The Boilermaker defense set the tone early, forcing three straight Irish punts to open the game, including two 3-and-outs. Mitchell Fineran put the Boilermakers on the board for the first time with a 34-yard field goal on Purdue’s opening drive.

Notre Dame responded with 1:05 left in the first quarter when Jack Coan hit Kyren Williams for a 39-yard touchdown pass. The Fighting Irish tacked on a 28-yard Jonathan Doerer field goal on their next drive, but the Boilermaker defense held firm to close the half down 10-3.

Plummer took the Boilermakers down the field on the opening drive of the second half to set up another 34-yard field goal from Fineran that cut the gap down to four. On Notre Dame’s ensuing possession, Avery Davis slipped behind the Purdue defense for 62-yard touchdown reception to make it a 17-6 lead for the hosts.

Purdue marched right back to make it a 17-13 game with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a two-yard scoring catch by Milton Wright.

The Fighting Irish closed the game with a 30-yard field goal with 10:50 to play in the fourth, before Williams broke a 51-yard touchdown run to open a 27-13 lead with 6:05 to play. On in relief, O’Connell attempted to spark a comeback, only for Notre Dame to intercept two passes to end the final two drives.

NOTES

• The Boilermakers are now 26-59-2 all-time against the Fighting Irish with a 11-31 mark in South Bend.

• David Bell finished with seven receptions for 64 yards. The junior is now 19 yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark for his career.

• Purdue’s defense was a nuisance in the backfield in the first half with five tackles-for-loss.

• Jackson Anthrop hauled in seven receptions for a career-high 90 yards.

• Fineran went 2-for-2 on field goals. He has now made seven in a row dating back to his time at Samford last spring. 

UP NEXT

 Purdue returns to Ross-Ade Stadium next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kick against Illinois on Big Ten Network.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Second Quarter Allows Butler Football to Secure a Road Win at Taylor

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UPLAND, Ind. – Butler outscored Taylor 35-7 in the second quarter on Saturday night at Turner Stadium to erase an early three-point deficit and move ahead to win by the final score of 77-24. A new single-game modern scoring record was set in the victory with Butler scoring a touchdown on 11 of their 16 possessions. 

How It Happened

The start of the game did not go well for the Bulldogs. The Trojans took their opening drive down the field for a touchdown and would intercept a Butler pass minutes later to set up a second score, giving the home team a quick 14-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs didn’t flinch and would quickly knot the score at 14-14. Nick Orlando entered the game at quarterback and would find Austin Schwantz deep down the middle of the field for a 43-yard TD pass. Roughly three minutes later, Bret Bushka would find Yogi Flager near the Taylor sideline for a catch and run that covered 66-yards. The final points of the opening quarter would belong to the home team however as Zane Shilts trotted onto the field to hit a 42-yard field goal.

Butler’s defense would come alive in the second quarter to set up great field position for the offense. The ‘Dawgs forced a Taylor punt on their first drive of the second quarter and four-straight turnovers would follow, helping BU take a commanding lead.

Kavon Samuels gave Butler their first lead of the game with a 22-yard TD run with 12:19 left in the first half. Daniel Obwaya would impact the game soon after with a scoop and score touchdown on a fumble recovery. Orlando and Samuels would both score rushing TD’s in the second quarter and the scoreboard would read 49-17 after a five-yard TD pass from Bushka to Johnny O’Shea.

The only points in the second half would belong to Butler. Jared Suchevits would get his feet down in the back of the end zone from six-yards out for the first score and Orlando would win a foot race past multiple Taylor defenders to give BU a 63-24 lead with 5:10 to play in the third.

14 more points were scored for BU in the fourth. Brody Reder took his lone carry seven yards to the end zone and Kellen Madison would pick up a fumble and return it 11 yards to the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown.

Stat of the Game

Butler’s defense forced five turnovers and six punts.

Inside the Box Score

– Nick Orlando carried the ball six times for 105 yards and two touchdowns

– Kavon Samuels took 12 handoffs for 57 yards and two scores

– Bret Bushka hit on 15 of his 20 pass attempts for 230 yards and three touchdowns

– Yogi Flager ended the night with six receptions for 142 yards and a TD

– Johnny O’Shea made five catches for 64 yards and a score

– Luka Zurak boomed his lone punt of the game 54 yards

– Devin Aguilar returned four kicks for 100 yards

– Jordan Caselberry had a sack, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery

– Jack Belskis and Lucas Kozlowski led BU with five tackles each

– Connor Reid had two pass break-ups, a tackle and an interception

– BU limited Taylor to 11 first downs

– The Bulldogs rushed for 317 yards on their way to 602 total yards of offense

Up Next

Butler heads into PFL action next Saturday by traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota to play St. Thomas. The first-ever meeting between the two programs will feature a 1 PM start.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Ball State Falls at Wyoming

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LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Ball State football team was never able to get into a rhythm and fell at Wyoming, 45-12, Saturday afternoon inside War Memorial Stadium.

Despite just being outscored 14-12 in the second half, the Cardinals (1-2) were in a tough 31-0 hole established by the Cowboys (3-0) in the first 30 minutes of play.

“Obviously, a tough day today,” head coach Mike Neu said. “I give Wyoming credit. They played a tough football game. We got off to a slow start on our end. Obviously, too many turnovers to have a chance to climb back into it.

“We competed in the second half, but unfortunately, by the time we competed, we had put ourselves in a big hole. I am proud of some of the guys for the way they competed down the stretch, but it’s a disappointing day and up to me to get it fixed.”

Ball State ran for 118 yards on the ground, highlighted by the running back tandem of Carson Steele and Will Jones. Steele had 13 carries for 76 yards and found the end zone for the third consecutive game to begin his career. Jones added 47 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Both players found paydirt in the second half with Jones punching it in from one yard out in the third quarter, while Steele broke off a 19-yard run and drove through a plethora of Wyoming defenders to find the end zone mid-way through the fourth quarter.

Jayshon Jackson led the receiving corps with 10 catches and 92 yards. Justin Hall extended his FBS-leading receptions streak to 46 games behind three grabs for 20 yards. Hall also added a 72-yard kickoff return just before the half.

Defensively, Brett Anderson II and Jaylin Thomas tied for a team-best seven tackles. Thomas also added 1.0 tackle-for-loss. Bryce Cosby added six tackles, while Clayton Coll and J.T. Wahee chipped in with five tackles apiece (all solo).

The Cardinals converted on 9-of-17 third-down attempts during the game, while limiting the Cowboys to just 4-of-11 while on defense.

Ball State returns to action Saturday for Family Weekend and the opener for Mid-American Conference play when it welcomes Toledo, Sept. 25. Kick time is set for 2 p.m. ET inside Scheumann Stadium.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Wilderman, McClurge’s late-game heroics pace Sycamores past Eastern Kentucky, 23-21

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Kurtis Wilderman found Phazione McClurge for the go-ahead 24-yard touchdown pass as time expired at Roy Kidd Stadium to propel Indiana State past Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night, 23-21.

Trailing 21-17 following a four-yard Da’Joun Hewitt touchdown run with 0:49 remaining on the clock, the Sycamores (2-1) took advantage of an EKU (1-2) onside kick attempt to open their final drive at the EKU 48. Wilderman found Matt Sora for 13 yards and added an 11-yard completion to Zack Larkin to move the ball down to the Colonels 24 with less than 10 seconds remaining.

After an incomplete pass down the left sideline to Rontrez Morgan, the Sycamores lined up for one final snap with :02 remaining on the clock. Wilderman was hit as he threw the ball and McClurge had the defense collapse on him as he went up at the goal line for the go-ahead score. Following an official review to confirm the game-winning touchdown, the Sycamores sideline erupted and the Indiana State Fight Song rang out signaling the Sycamores win.

The game featured clutch moments on both sides with the Sycamores taking advantage of a muffed snap on a punt to score the first points of the game, while Eastern Kentucky utilized Davion Moss’ pick-six to tie the game up at 14-14 heading into the half.

In the second half, it was a defensive battle with Alan Selzer’s 32-yard field goal in the third quarter looking like it would provide the difference until the excitement over the final minute of play.

Wilderman finished the game 11-of-17 through the air for 111 yards and one touchdown – all coming in the second half. McClurge continued his breakout season with a team-high six catches for 75 yards and added two touchdowns in the INS win.

Peterson Kerlegrand paced the Sycamores ground game with 13 carries for 45 yards. Rontrez Morgan added four catches for 75 yards to supplement the offensive attack.

Defensively, Geoffrey Brown (seven tackles, 1.5 TFL) and Inoke Moala (four tackles, 1.5 TFL) were consistently in the backfield for the Sycamores defense. Mekhi Ware added five tackles and four pass breakups in the win.

EKU quarterback Parker McKinney was 23-of-38 through the air for 205 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Bryant Johnson hauled in a team-high five catches for 38 yards, while Malik Owens posted three catches, 37 yards, and the Colonels lone score through the air.

How They Scored

The special teams came through with the first points of the game as Dwayne Thompson II knocked the ball out of the punter’s hands on a muffed snap and Hunter Lunsford scooped and scored from five yards out to put the Sycamores ahead 7-0 with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter.

Eastern Kentucky responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive capped by Parker McKinney’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Malik Owens at the 2:24 mark in the first quarter to even the score at 7-7.

A 52-yard bomb from Anthony Thompson to Rontrez Morgan led to a 10-yard touchdown pass to Phazione McClurge in the right corner of the end zone to cap an 8-play, 73-yard drive and put the Sycamores ahead 14-7 with 7:48 left in the first half.

EKU’s defense tied the game up at 14-14 with 4:33 remaining in the first half as Davion Ross returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown on a third-down play.

Zach Larkin’s 14-yard pickup on 4th-and-2 set up Alan Selzer’s 32-yard field goal to cap a 15-play, 57-yard drive that spanned 8:04 in the third quarter and put the Sycamores ahead 17-14.

Da’Joun Hewitt gave the Colonels their first lead of the game with a four-yard touchdown plunge with 49 seconds remaining in the contest to cap a 14-play, 80-yard drive and put EKU ahead 21-17.

The Sycamores stunned the EKU home crowd as Wilderman completed the game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass to Phazione McClurge as time expired to close out the 23-21 Sycamores win.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State won the total yardage battle (319-287) to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night.

The Sycamores held a 17-14 first-down edge and held onto the ball for 29:17 over the four quarters on the night.

Indiana State was 17-of-34 through the air for a season-high 213 passing yards on the day.

The Sycamores added 106 rushing yards with a 3.7 yards per carry average in the contest.

Travis Reiner was another weapon for the Sycamores on the evening with a 41.8 average over his five punts and pinned Eastern Kentucky inside their 20-yard line on three separate occasions.

Indiana State lost the turnover battle for the first time this season, but the points off turnover battle was even at 7-7 with both teams scoring directly after taking the football.

News & Notes

Saturday’s matchup featured the 11th meeting all-time between the Sycamores and the Colonels and first since the 2019 season.

Indiana State runs their winning streak over EKU to three consecutive games dating back to the 2014 season and improves to 4-7 all-time in the series.

Hunter Lunsford’s scoop-and-score on the muffed snap was Indiana State’s first fumble return for a touchdown since the 2019 season when Inoke Moala went two yards to the end zone in the Sycamores contest against Kansas (Aug. 31, 2019).

Phazione McClurge’s second quarter touchdown catch marked the first touchdown of his Sycamore career, while his two-touchdown game was the first by an Indiana State receiver in the 2021 season.

Davion Ross’ pick-six for the Colonels marked the first touchdown the Sycamores had given up on an interception return since the 2019 Kansas game.

Rontrez Morgan has surpassed his season-high in catches as the senior wide receiver has 19 catches through the first three games in 2021, passing his previous best of 15 set in the 2018 season.

Noah Ellison became the ninth Indiana State player to record a reception this season with a five-yard catch in the third quarter from Kurtis Wilderman.

McClurge and Morgan’s 75 receiving yards tied for the season-high for the Sycamores on the year.

Anthony Thompson’s 52-yard pass to Rontrez Morgan in the second quarter marked the longest offensive play of the 2021 season for Indiana State to date.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Dragons Edge Hounds in Top-15 Showdown

INDIANAPOLIS – In one of the marquee matchups in Division II this week, the No. 12 UIndy Greyhounds (2-1) fell to 15th-ranked Tiffin University, 20-17, at Key Stadium Saturday night. The visiting Dragons (3-0) earned their first lead of the game with the go-ahead touchdown with 11 minutes left before hanging on for the victory.

INS & OUTS

With the Hounds leading 17-7 late in the third, a rare interception by redshirt-senior QB Bryce Stancombe turned into a Tiffin pick-six, giving the visitors new life. The Dragons would tack on one more touchdown with a 56-yard drive early in the fourth that proved to be the decider.

The Greyhounds, meanwhile, got touchdowns from Toriano Clinton and Tory Ponder, while a 19-yard field goal from Paul Buisman’s accounted for the scoring.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Clinton finished with 90 yards rushing, with his eight-yard TD in the first quarter good for his eighth score of the young season.

– Ponder, Frank Bentley and Alonzo Derrick each finished with five receptions.

– Safety Loren Strickland led the Hounds with six total tackles, while Kyle Borske had a team-high 1.5 sacks – part of six tackles for a loss for the UIndy D.

– Michael Brown garnered the lone UIndy takeaway with a third-quarter pick and subsequent 15-yard return.

MORE NOTES

Saturday marked the first meeting between Tiffin and UIndy since 2009, with the latter now owning a 2-1 record in the all-time series … The result snapped UIndy’s program-record 14-game home winning streak, with its last loss at Key coming in the first round of the 2017 playoffs … Stancombe snapped a streak of 337 passing attempts without an interception.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds remain at home to face another G-MAC opponent next week, as Ohio Dominican visits Key Stadium Saturday, Sept. 23. Unlike most home games, the matinee event is set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Valpo Pushes Ivy League Foe Dartmouth to Brink in Home Opener

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The Valparaiso University football team gave defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth nearly everything it could handle on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, but the visiting Big Green escaped Northwest Indiana with a 28-18 victory over the Beacons. The Valpo defense recorded two safeties and forced three turnovers, while running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) accrued 117 rushing yards on 24 carries to pace the offense. The solid showing came in front of an electric audience of 3,856 including an enthusiastic Valpo student section that was filled to the brim in the first home game without capacity limitations since the end of the 2019 season.

How It Happened

The Valpo defense set the tone on the opening series, forcing the Big Green into a 3rd-and-14 from their own 11. Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) brought down the Dartmouth quarterback in the end zone for a safety, giving the hosts a 2-0 edge. 

The Beacons added to the advantage on the ensuing drive, marching 58 yards on 13 plays to set up a 29-yard field goal by Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland). Valpo was aided by a key Dartmouth holding penalty on 4th-and-7 from the Dartmouth 39. The Bartholomew field goal extended the lead to 5-0.

One big play helped Dartmouth grab the lead in the final minute of the first quarter as quarterback Derek Kyler connected with Zack Blair for a 41-yard touchdown that made it 7-5 in favor of the guests. The Big Green added another score on a Kyler to Paxton Scott connection from 6 yards out with 8:54 left in the second quarter to up the advantage to 14-5.

Later in the second stanza, Valpo cashed in on good field position following a short Dartmouth punt. Bartholomew improved to 2-for-2 on the day with a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-8.

The Big Green moved the chains once on their next drive, but the next three plays went for negative three yards as the Valpo defense forced a punt. Brett Bittner (Chicago, Ill. / St. Laurence) blocked the boot to help Valpo again receive solid field position. The game went into halftime with the Beacons down 14-8.

Dartmouth scored on a Kyler to Jonny Barrett 10-yard pass to cap its first drive of the second half and extend the lead to 21-8.

On 3rd-and-7 from the Dartmouth 18, Tre Purty (Maryville, Tenn. / Maryville [East Tennessee State]) and Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) were in on a sack for a loss of 7 to force fourth-and-long. The Big Green lined up to punt, but the snap sailed through the back of the end zone for Valpo’s second safety of the day to make it 21-10 with 6:02 left in the third.

Valpo initially appeared to have scored a touchdown on a muffed punt inside the Dartmouth 5-yard line, but the Beacons were called for fair catch interference, negating the fumble and subsequent Valpo TD.

The Beacons responded in favorable fashion as Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) forced a fumble on the first play following the fair catch interference penalty, and Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) came up with the recovery at the Dartmouth 27.

That field position set up a six-play, 27-yard TD drive that ended with a 14-yard pass from Teryn Berry (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond [Weber State]) to Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground). The play call on the ensuing 2-point conversion is known in Valpo lore as the “Ryan Clarke / Jarrett Morgan play” as the running back, Washington, took the snap and delivered a jump pass to tight end Connor Hebbeler (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Bergen Catholic [Wake Forest]) for a successful conversion to cut the Dartmouth lead to 21-18 with 1:16 to go in the third.

The Valpo defense forced another turnover as Martins recovered a fumble with 12:17 to play in the fourth to end a redzone threat for the Big Green (1-0), but the ensuing Beacons drive resulted in an interception that led to a short field and an eventual touchdown for Dartmouth. The score remained 28-18 for the game’s duration.

Inside the Game

Valpo had not recorded a safety since Sept. 2, 2006 vs. Wisconsin Lutheran, but managed to turn the rare feat twice on Saturday. Valpo was one safety away from tying the single-game national record of three, which has occurred three times in FCS history.

The Washington-to-Hebbeler two-point play was the first time Valpo passed for a two-point conversion since Nov. 23, 2019 vs. Marist (Duncan to Butler).

Washington’s 117 yards represented a season high and marked the fifth time in his Valpo career that he has eclipsed 100 rushing yards.

Austin Chilton (Windermere, Fla. / West Orange) enjoyed a big day for the Valpo defense, sharing team-high honors with Annis by recording seven stops apiece. Chilton’s seven tackles represented a career watermark. 

Martins, Orlandini and Kurt Kessen (Shelby Township, Mich. / Utica) shined for the Valpo defense as well, finishing with six tackles apiece including 0.5 tackles for loss each. In addition, Orlandini recovered a fumble and Martins recovered two.

Valpo became just the 13th team in the FCS nation with three or more fumble recoveries in a single game this year. Martins became just the ninth player to recover a pair of fumbles in a single game this season.

The fumble recoveries were the first two of Martins’ career, while Orlandini also snagged his first career fumble recovery. The forced fumble for Annis was also the first of his collegiate career.

The Psota sack that resulted in a safety lifted his career TFL count to 6.5.

Berry threw for 106 yards on 15-of-24 through the air, with Washington and Jordan Bingham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) recording four receptions apiece. Bingham had a team-high 31 receiving yards.

Reese’s TD grab was his sixth in a Valpo uniform and first since the 2019 season. That represented Berry’s first Valpo TD toss.

Bartholomew went 2-for-2 on field goals to improve to 8-for-10 in his collegiate career including 3-of-4 this season.

Punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) had six attempts for 267 yards, averaging 44.5 yards per punt. He pinned four of his six boots inside the 20 and rocketed a long of 55.

Valpo was playing its first game against a member of the Ivy League since 1999 (Yale) and fell to 0-4 all-time against the Ivy. This marked the closest the program has come to knocking off a member of the Ivy League.

The setback came to a Dartmouth team that has gone a combined 26-4 over its last three seasons.

Postgame Press Conference

Click here for postgame comments from head coach Landon Fox, running back Robert Washington and defensive lineman Austin Martins.

Up Next

After playing a challenging nonconference schedule, Valpo (0-3) will open up Pioneer Football League play on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Drake. The game will kick off at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN3. In addition, the hometown radio call will be available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, the Tune In Radio app and ValpoAthletics.com.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: KNIGHTS CLOSE STRONG DEFEATING ST. FRANCIS 40-17

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Joliet, Ill. – The Marian football team never trailed Saturday, and used a dominant 17-point fourth quarter to close their second win of the season as they defeated St. Francis (Ill.) 40-17. Marian is now 2-1 overall this season following back to back road wins.

The Knights offense picked up where it left off a week ago, wasting little time to find the end zone after the defense forced a three-and-out to start the game, scoring in three plays with Zach Bundalo connecting with CJ Young on a screen pass. Young took the 3rd and 7 pass 36 yards to the end zone, scoring his first collegiate touchdown to cap a 55 second drive. Marian’s defense forced another punt on the next Saints series, and again in three plays Bundalo put points on the board, hitting a wide open Johnny William in stride down the seam for a 68-yard score.

Marian quickly got the ball back after another forced punt, but on the ensuing series Bundalo was intercepted taking a shot for Young, as the runback put the Saints inside the Marian red zone. Sam Tumilty ended an eight-play series for the Saints with a quarterback sneak, cutting Marian’s lead in half at 14-7. Tristen Tonte set up the offense well on the next series busting a 41-yard scamper to get into Saints’ territory, but the Knights were unable to finish in the end zone, settling for a Marlon Pomili field goal. Marian would get the ball back a fifth time in the opening period, but punted away after falling short of a first down to start the second quarter leading 17-7.

St. Francis drove the ball into the red zone on their next offensive series, showing the most offense in the quarter by putting up three points on the drive, making it a touchdown game with 11:06 left in the half. The two teams exchanged punts and when the Knights got the ball back with 6:31 left they began a methodical approach to get into Saints territory, but a pair of penalties stalled the drive leading to a Taylor Soper punt with under a minute to play. Krystapher Oakley made consecutive tackles as St. Francis ran out the clock, as Marian led 17-10 at the break.

Marian dominated possession in the third quarter, holding the ball for 12 mintues on offense as the tandem of Daylen Taylor and Tonte pounded the ball on the ground. On the first series of the quarter Tonte was the workhorse gaining 50 yards on the ground, but an incomplete pass in the red zone led to a Pomili field goal. Pomili was once again called on after an Oakley sack gave the offense the ball again, with Taylor scampering for 23 yards on the series to help get points on the board.

Marian’s 23-10 lead was quickly whittled down to six, as Tumilty hit a 75-yard pass play to Ravon Johnson, beating the Marian defense on third and long to once again make it a one-possession game. Marian got the ball back with 2:02 remaining in the quarter, and marched down field with Bundalo hitting Ben Stevens for a gain of 35 before the period expired. The drive came up short of the end zone and Pomili converted his fourth field goal of the day, pushing the Knights back on top by two scores.

The two sides exchanged punts, and with 4:36 remaining Marian’s defense helped put away the game, as Ricky Kwak and Logan Blake denied a fourth down run to set Marian up on the Saints’ 32 yard line. In one play the Knights made it a three score game, with Bundalo hitting William on a post pattern, jumping the lead to 33-17. The defense forced a punt, and on their second to last offensive series Taylor put the game away, racing 50 yards to the end zone gave the Knights their commanding 40-17 lead.

“Any win is a good win in this league, and today we earned a quality road win,” said head coach Mark Henninger. “I’m disappointed we weren’t able to put the game away earlier with the opportunities we had, but our players did a great job finishing the game today in the fourth quarter, on both sides of the ball. We obviously want to turn the drives that ended in field goals with touchdowns, but we did a great job executing putting points on the board.

We will look to find improvements in the film this week and put together a complete game at home this week.”

Bundalo threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, hitting William five times for 148 yards and two scores. Marian’s ground game produced 275 yards, with Taylor rushing for a team-high 142 yards. Tonte ran for 116 moving to No. 7 on the school’s all-time rushing list, and Pomili scored 16 points making each of his eight kicks. Sir’Zion Dance led the defense with nine total tackles, while Blake had eight and Oakly had six, including two sacks. Owen Golliher made his first career interception on the defense’s final snap of the game.

Marian will return home on Saturday for their Family Weekend game, hosting Missouri Baptist at 1:05 PM.

INDIANS BASEBALL: Owen Launches Pair of Homers in 9-5 Win

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INDIANAPOLIS – A bases-clearing double off the bat of Taylor Davis and two Hunter Owen home runs lifted the Indianapolis Indians to a comeback win over the St. Paul Saints on Saturday night, 9-5.

With a 2-1 lead following Owen’s first home run of the game in the second inning, the Indians (56-62) put up four runs in back-to-back innings. Diego Castillo tied the game in the third inning on a sacrifice fly, and with two outs and the bases loaded Taylor Davis roped a single inside the third-base bag to score three more off Bryan Sammons (L, 1-3).

The Saints (61-58) scored two in the top of the fourth inning to make it a one-run game, but Pirates rehabber Michael Chavis and Owen each homered in the bottom half to highlight Indy’s second four-run frame and extend the lead past St. Paul’s reach, 9-4.

Keury Mella (W, 2-0) surrendered the fifth St. Paul run in the sixth inning following a one-out single to Jimmy Kerrigan. Cam Alldred (S, 1) entered in the seventh inning and tossed three scoreless frames.

The contest was Owen’s second two-homer game of the season, his first coming on Aug. 6 at Iowa. Chavis and Davis each led the team with three hits.

The Indians and Saints will face off for the final time this season on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET. In a rematch of Tuesday night, RHP Beau Sulser (6-7, 4.91) will face off vs. RHP Drew Strotman (9-3, 4.71).

INDY ELEVEN: RECAP: INDY ELEVEN 0 : 2 LOUISVILLE CITY FC

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven saw archrival Louisville City FC pull even in this year’s Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest rivalry series, as the Kentucky side took a 2-0 result from Indiana’s Team this evening at IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

Other key contests from around the Central Division fell mostly in Indy Eleven’s favor, keeping the squad within one win of the fourth and final playoff berth from the division. Indiana’s Team remains even with Atlanta United 2 on 29 points, with both squads sitting just two points behind fourth place OKC Energy FC – which Indy Eleven will meet twice within four days’ time in the next week and a half.

In a scrappy opening half, Indy Eleven carried the bulk of the play and chances of note, but the sledding was tough for both sides, forward Gordon Wild’s 13th minute effort that forced a save out of LouCity netminder Chris Hubbard marking the only true moment of danger through the first 40 minutes of action.

However, Louisville City woke up down the stretch, and used a counter against the run of play to go up in the 41st minute. It was a familiar Indy antagonist in Hoppenot doing the damage, as the LouCity winger ran onto Jorge Gonzalez’s through ball up the middle as well as Karl Ouimette’s sliding challenge before lunging to poke the ball past an onrushing Jordan Farr to move the scoreboard first. Hoppenot nearly created a second for the visitors in the first minute of stoppage time by flicking on a cross to the six for Cameron Lancaster, but the Englishman’s shot was blocked by Eleven defender Jared Timmer, stemming the tide and getting Indiana’s Team into the break down just one.

The Eleven fired the first shot across the bow of the second stanza in the 50th minute, midfielder Gershon Koffie’s 20-yard blast forcing Hubbard into a two-handed parry wide of his frame. However, that would be the only shot for the home side for the duration of the match, and Louisville all but sealed the result in the 69th minute through Hoppenot again. This time the pesky winger did it with service from the left flank for Cameron Lancaster, whose looping header from eight yards out beat a leaping Farr to double the Louisville’s advantage.

Outside of Brian Ownby’s rising shot from 20 yards out in the 82nd minute and Farr forcing Gonzalez to push a low shot wide of the near post in the final minute of regulation, neither side provided much danger towards goal, the Central Division leaders expertly seeing the result out as the second half expired.

The Boys in Blue will take to the road for three straight games against teams it is vying against for a postseason berth, starting with a midweek match-up at Memphis 901 FC. Kickoff from AutoZone Park in Memphis is slated for 8:00 p.m. ET for a match fans can watch live on MyINDY-TV 23 and ESPN+, as well as follow online via the >@IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

After back-to-back roadies at OKC Energy FC on Sept. 26 & 29, Indy Eleven will return to Carroll Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 2, with its fourth and final meeting of the campaign against another postseason hopeful, Atlanta United 2. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on the club’s annual Hispanic Heritage Night, presented by Financial Center First Credit Union and Morales Group, can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.

USL Championship Regular Season

Indy Eleven  0 : 2  Louisville City FC

Saturday, September 18, 2021

IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN

Indy Eleven: 8W-11L-5D, 29 pts.; 6th place in Central Division

Louisville City FC: 14W-5L-5D, 47 pts.; 1st place in Central Division

Scoring Summary

LOU – Antoine Hoppenot (unassisted) 41’

LOU – Cameron Lancaster (Antoine Hoppenot) 69’

Discipline Summary

LOU – Paolo DelPiccolo (yellow card) 32’

IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 56’

IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 60’

IND – Jared Timmer (yellow card) 65’

IND – Jordan Farr (yellow card) 69’

LOU – Niall McCabe (yellow card) 81’

LOU – Alexis Souahy (yellow card) 83’

Indy Eleven line-up (3-4-3): Jordan Farr; Neveal Hackshaw, Jared Timmer, Karl Ouimette; Ayoze (captain) (Rece Buckmaster 69’), Gershon Koffie, Jeremiah Gutjahr (Patrick Seagrist 69’), Nick Moon; Nicky Law, Manuel Arteaga, Gordon Wild

IND substitutions: Bobby Edwards (GK), Aidan Liu, Aboubacar Sissoko, Alann Torres

Louisville City FC line-up (3-4-3): Chris Hubbard; Jonathan Gomez, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch; Antoine Hoppenot (Napo Matsoso 72’), Oscar Jimenez (Akil Watts 87’), Tyler Gibson, Paolo DelPiccolo (Nial McCabe 62’); Cameron Lancaster (Kyle Grieg 73’), Brian Ownby, Jorge Gonzalez

Hoosiers Slide to Fourth With 18 Holes Remaining

CHICAGO – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team fell two spots in the standings heading into the final round of the 2021 Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club on Saturday. IU is in fourth at 571 (283-288; +11) through 36 holes.

Sophomore Drew Salyers (t-sixth) and junior Noah Gillard (t-ninth) each rank inside the top-10 of the individual standings heading into the final round of play.

The No. 4-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (561; +1) lead the field over the No. 3-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (564; +4). The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (568; +8) dropped to the third spot in the team standings to round out the field ahead of the Hoosiers.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2021 Fighting Illini Invitational • Chicago

Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course

Par 70 • 7310 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 4th/15 – 571 (283-288; +11)

Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 140 (68-72; E)

CHIP-INS

• Gillard fired an even round of 70 to lead the Hoosiers. He is tied for ninth overall after 36 holes at 141 (71-70; +1). In the second round he carded birdies on No. 3 and No. 5.

• Salyers and sophomore Clay Merchent both shot 2-over 72 on Saturday. Both holed out birdies on No. 11 and No. 13, while Salyers added a pair on birdies on the front nine (No. 1 and No. 4).

• The reigning Big Ten Golfer of the Week, Salyers, is tied for sixth through two rounds at 140 (68-72, E). Merchent is t-50th at 148 (76-72; +8).

• Senior Mitch Davis played a 4-over 74 round with birdies on No. 2 and No. 12. He is tied for 37th at 146 (72-74; +6).

• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd was 8-over (78) on the day with a birdie on No. 13. He will enter the final round in a tie for 57th at 150 (72-78; +10).

• The Hoosiers remain ahead of seven schools ranked inside the top-25 of the Bushnell/Golfweek Preseason Coaches’ Poll: Pepperdine (1), Texas (5), Illinois (10), Florida State (12), Stanford (15), Florida (17), Arizona (22).

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-6. Drew Salyers – 140 (68-72; E)

t-9. Noah Gillard – 141 (71-70; +1)

t-37. Mitch Davis – 146 (72-74; +6)

t-50. Clay Merchent – 148 (76-72; +8)

t-57. Ethan Shepherd – 150 (72-78; +10)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will close out the 2021 Fighting Illini Invitational with the final 18 holes on Sunday morning. Tee times are scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. ET.  

IUXC Completes John McNichols Invitational

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana Cross Country wrapped its second meet of the season on Saturday. Skylar Stidam and Mikaela Ramirez led all Indiana runner at the John McNichols Invitational.

Stidam crossed the finish third with a time of 24:28.6 followed by Jake Gebhardt in sixth who had a time of 24.50.4.

Keelan Grant was the next Hoosier across the line as he clocked a time of 25:04.7 to come in 11th. Ben Miller saw a time of 25:27.8 and placed 19th before Aaron Bennett crossed 30th in a time of 26:07.6.

Nick Couyoumjian and Tristan Forsythe finished back-to-back in 31st and 32nd for Indiana. Couyoumjian grabbed a time of 26:09.2 while Forsythe secured a time of 26:18.0. Paul Rushton placed 43rd with a time of 26:37.5.

On the women’s side, they were led by Ramirez with a seventh place finish and a time of 17:56.3.

Lauryn Mick, Mariah Wehrle, and Ana Barrott finished in ninth, 10th, and 11th, respectively. Mick recorded a time of 18:02.6, Wehrle nabbed a time of 18:06.2, and Barrott saw a time of 18:091. Alyssa Skorge finished 16th in a time of 18:28.3 and Gracie Sprankle clocked a time of 18:33.0 to place 19th. Kelly Mindak was the next Indiana runner to finish as she placed 27th and saw a time of 19:08.8. Jenna Barker rounded out the field of Hoosier runners and took 30th and a time 19.11.7.

Indiana heads north for their next meet at Notre Dame. The Joe Piane Invite is scheduled for Friday, October 1 in Notre Dame, Ind

Women’s Golf Travels to Madison for the 2021 Badger Invitational

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s golf team will participate in the first Badger Invitational since the 2011-12 season from Sept. 19-21 at the University Ridge course in Madison, Wis.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2021 Badger Invitational • Madison, Wis.

University Ridge Golf Course

Par 72 • 6302 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

TEAMS COMPETING (12)

Colorado State, Grand Canyon, INDIANA, Iowa, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Pepperdine, Rutgers, SMU, UC-Davis, Washington State, Wisconsin

INDIANA LINEUP

1. Áine Donegan

2. Valerie Clancy

3. Hanna Tanaka

4. Margaret Fernandez

5. Beatriz Junqueira

*Maddie Dittoe

*Competing as individuals

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• Indiana will open the first round (Sunday) with a 10:00 a.m. ET tee time on the 10th hole and paired with Notre Dame and Old Dominion.

• The tournament will be re-paired after each round depending on the team results. The second round will begin with tee times at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, while the final round will be a 10:00 a.m. ET shotgun start on Tuesday.

• Indiana has won the Badger Invitational two times. The Hoosiers left Madison as champions of the event in 1986 and 2006.

PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

Indiana started the season earlier this week with a 14th place finish in the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. Freshman Áine Donegan had a strong collegiate debut, finishing in a tie for 11th place overall.

Boilermakers Slip in Second Round at Olympia Fields

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The Purdue men’s golf team managed just six birdies and fell seven spots to 12th after 36 holes at the Olympia Fields Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.

The Boilermakers totaled an 11-over par 291 for a 36-hole total of 19-over par 579 (288-291). Purdue trails leader North Carolina  by 18 shots, but is just eight shots behind fourth-place Indiana and four shots behind seventh place. A total of nine teams are within eight shots between fourth and 12th place.

A pair of Boilermakers sit in the top 20 as Joe Weiler is tied for ninth and Herman Sekne is tied for 17th.

Weiler is tied for ninth at 1-over par 141 (69-72). Weiler was 4-over par through 14 holes today, but managed birdies on 15 and 18 to move back to 2-over par for the round and back into the top 10. Weiler had three of Purdue’s six birdies on the day.

Sekne is tied for 17th at 2-over par 142 (70-72). Sekne had 14 pars, one birdie and three bogeys on his round.

Luke Prall is tied for 43rd at 7-over par 147 (74-73), Cole Bradley is tied for 57th at 10-over par 150 (76-74) and Nick Dentino is tied for 67th at 12-over par 152 (75-77).

Purdue will tee off at 8:45 to 9:21 a.m. ET, off hole No. 10 in Sunday’s final round and will be paired with Illinois and Baylor.

Saturday Singles at Purdue Fall Invite

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s tennis team returned to the Schwartz Tennis Center for the second day of the Purdue Fall Invite. The Boilermakers competed in two sessions of singles play against IUPUI and DePaul.

In the morning session, Purdue rolled off six singles victories without dropping a set against IUPUI. Gabriele Brancatelli downed Alex Jochim 6-5, 7-5. Athell Bennett cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win against Sean Bailey. Rohan Sachdev ousted Blessing Benibo 6-4, 6-2, while fellow rookie Julen Morgan beat Kamil Kozerski 7-6(4), 6-3. Polish duo Tomasz Dudek and Michal Wozniak topped Noah Viste and Nicholas Moody, respectively.

In the afternoon session, the Boilermakers went 3-1 against DePaul. Sachdev topped Tripp Tuff 6-2, 6-3. Dudek took down Leon Huck 7-6(5), 6-3, before Morgan capped the day with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2 victory against Jona Gitschel.

The Boilermakers will close out the Purdue Fall Invite on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with a singles round against Ball State.

RESULTS

Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR) def. Alex Jochim (IUPUI) – 6-5, 7-5

Athell Bennett (PUR) def. Sean Bailey (IUPUI) – 6-3, 6-4

Rohan Sachdev (PUR) def. Blessing Benibo (IUPUI) – 6-4, 6-2

Julen Morgan (PUR) def. Kamil Kozerski (IUPUI) – 7-6(4), 6-3

Tomasz Dudek (PUR) def. Noah Viste (IUPUI) – 6-2, 6-2

Michal Wozniak (PUR) def. Nicholas Moody (IUPUI) – 6-4, 6-3

Rohan Sachdev (PUR) def. Tripp Tuff (DEP) – 6-2, 6-3

Lars Minsaas (DEP) def. Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR) – 6-0, 6-1

Tomasz Dudek (PUR) def. Leon Huck (DEP) – 7-6 (5), 6-3

Julen Morgan (PUR) def. Jona Gitschel (DEP) – 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2

Volleyball Stays Perfect in Stacey Clark Classic

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the Stacey Clark Classic title on the line, No. 9 Purdue volleyball (8-1) swept No. 22 Tennessee (8-2) 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 to earn the title of tournament champions. Not only did the win mark the second victory over a top-25 opponent, but the final match of the non-conference season.

The Boilermakers, who just regained the lead in the first set with a 22-19 score, were forced to pause play, when the fire alarm went off in Holloway Gymnasium. The firefighters were quick to arrive on the scene and clear the facility for fans to reenter. Purdue took the next three points to win the set and never looked back.

Three Boilermakers hit for double-digit kills. Grace Cleveland had a stellar performance, finishing the afternoon with a .357 hitting clip (12-2-28) after going errorless with 11 kills through the first two sets. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Newton and Maddy Chinn tallied 11 kills apiece, setting a career-high for Chinn. Chinn also added five digs, another career-best. Taylor Trammell had a notable performance as well, going errorless with seven kills on 11 attacks for a team-high .636 hitting %.

Setter Hayley Bush dished out a double-double with 36 assists and 16 digs for her second of the season. The performance went alongside tied a career-high three total blocks, which included a massive solo block in the second set.

Three Boilermakers made All-Tournament Team honors with Grace Cleveland, Raven Colvin and Jena Otec (MVP) earning the nods. Over the weekend, Cleveland totaled a team-best 28 kills with just four errors on 68 hits for .353. Meanwhile, Colvin recorded the second-highest hitting % in program history with her .900 hitting clip vs. Purdue Fort Wayne and a pair of errorless performances Friday. Colvin concluded with 14 kills on 15 attempts with no errors (.933) and four block assists. Otec, awarded Most Valuable Player, was a stabilizer for the Boilermakers after registering 43 digs over the three matches, including 15 vs. No. 22 Tennessee.

Purdue will open the Big Ten season next Friday, September 24 vs. No. 3  Ohio State. The match will air on Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET.

Butler MSoccer Wins First BIG EAST Match Over Connecticut

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team defeated Connecticut in the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Bulldogs (2-3-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) used a first-half goal to secure the 1-0, BIG EAST win, as the Huskies (3-2-0, 0-1-0 BIG EAST) were unable to equalize in the second period.

Key Moment

·   21′ | Tommy Visser sent a ball up the middle, collected by Wilmer Cabrera, Jr, who was able to direct it into the left side of the goal. Butler jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.

ASSISTS: Tommy Visser

Bulldog Bits

·   The goal from Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was his second of the season and 14th of his career.

·   Tommy Visser’s assist was his first of the season and the third of his career.

·   Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji’s second shutout of the season was the seventh of his career.

·   Butler created 4 shots in the match, compared to 8 for Connecticut. Each team was able to put only one shot on target.

·   Hemi Nasser had two of the Butler’s four total shots.

·   Cabrera, Jr. (4) and Visser (3) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.

Up Next

Butler will host non-conference opponent Lipscomb in Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 21, at 7 pm. Then, the Bulldogs will hit the road to face Villanova on Saturday, September 25.

Butler VB Falls to Broncos in Final Match of Bulldog Brawl

Indianapolis – The Butler volleyball team fell to Western Michigan (13-25, 23-25, 15-25) in the final match of the Bulldog Brawl Saturday night. The Bulldogs conclude nonconference play with a 6-7 record before starting BIG EAST play on Friday. The Broncos improved to 7-4 after splitting their two matches this weekend.

Set 1: Western Michigan 25-13

Western Michigan started the set with a 5-0 run thanks to two kills from Meredith Phillips. A later 4-0 run punctuated with back-to-back kills by Madison Merz gave the Broncos an 11-3 lead, and they would lead by at least seven the rest of the opening frame. Mariah Grunze led the Bulldogs with four kills while adding two digs in the first set, and Marissa McKelvey contributed an ace.

Set 2: Western Michigan 25-23

A kill from Melody Davidson followed by a Jillian Ziemba ace put Butler out in front 5-4. A later 5-0 run for the Bulldogs highlighted by two aces and a kill by Grunze extended their lead to 14-9. The Broncos responded with two separate 3-0 runs, the last of which pulled the set even at 19-all. After another Grunze kill, Western Michigan won 6 of 9 points to clinch it. Davidson led Butler with four kills in the second frame.

Set 3: Western Michigan 25-15

A 3-0 Butler run including kills from Davidson and Brittany Robinson tied it at 5-5 early. The Broncos methodically built a lead from there and cruised to win the clinching set. Davidson contributed four kills in the final frame for the Bulldogs.

Stat of the Match

The close second set included 11 ties and six lead changes.

Inside the Box Score

-Davidson tallied 11 kills, two block assists and a dig.

-Grunze recorded eight kills, nine digs, two aces and a block assist.

-Amina Shackelford added seven kills and two digs.

-McKelvey provided a spark off the bench with four assists, four digs and an ace.

Up Next

Butler begins BIG EAST Conference play this Friday at 6 p.m. when it will host nationally-ranked Creighton at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Volleyball Completes Weekend Sweep of Northern Kentucky

MUNCIE, Ind. – – While it may have started similar, with a 25-19 opening-set win, the Ball State women’s volleyball team was tested much of Saturday afternoon in a hard-fought 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13) victory over Northern Kentucky.

“This weekend provided the unique challenge of playing the same team back-to-back, which is what we’re going to have to be prepared to do in MAC play,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “It’s interesting, because you have to learn from the night before, but also start fresh. That is a different way of approaching matches, and we are going to have to learn how to do that a little bit better.”

In its final tune-up before Mid-American Conference play, which starts with a pair of matches at Kent State next weekend, the Cardinals (10-2) were once again able to effectively spread out the offense Saturday. Four different players smashed double-digit kills in the win over the Norse (4-5), led by graduate transfer outside Jaclyn Bulmahn with 14 kills.

Sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland was not far behind, blasting a career-high 13 kills and hitting a match-best .444 (13-1-27). It is the third time this season Gilliland has reached double figures. She also paced the Ball State defense with five total blocks, including two solo and three assists.

Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers were junior opposite Natalie Mitchem with 12 kills and junior middle Marie Plitt with 11.

Freshman setter Megan Wielonski guided the Cardinals to a .221 (58-22-163) attack percentage in the match, marking the 11th time in 12 tries BSU has hit at least .200 this season. She also collected 18 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.

Joining Wielonski in double figures in the backcourt were junior libero Natalie Risi with a season-high 20 digs, junior transfer defensive specialist Havyn Gates with 12 and sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson with 10.

Anna Brinkmann led the Norse with 25 kills, while adding 11 digs for her second double-double of the weekend. NKU libero Anna Burke led all players with 29 digs, while Reilly Briggs joined Brinkmann in double figures with 17 kills.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team will now turn its attention to MAC play, with Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.) matches at Kent State.

“To be MAC Champions and to be able to compete for the tournament title, we have to get better and better every week,” Phillips added. “We’ve taken small steps and we have to continue to do that, because the MAC season is a grind.”

IRISH FEAST ON ORANGE, 4-0

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 24 Notre Dame women’s soccer team continued its hot start to the 2021 season on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (7-1-1) feasted on the Syracuse Orange (4-3-1) via a 4-0 shutout inside Alumni Stadium.

With today’s victory, Notre Dame moved to 17-0-1 all-time against Syracuse, with a 10-0-0 mark at home. In fact, over the aforementioned 10 home games, the Irish own a 29-0 goal differential.

Freshman Katie Coyle shone bright under the Saturday night lights by recording her first career assist and goal.

How It Happened

It was all Notre Dame in tonight’s ACC opener as the Irish outshot the Orange 27-1.

It was none other than Notre Dame’s leading goal scorer Sammi Fisher who drew first blood in just the seventh minute. Freshman Korbin Albert started the play by working the ball through a couple of defenders in the right corner. Albert back passed to Coyle who then sent a cross to Fisher near the penalty marker. Fisher hit a volley off the post and in.

Goal No. 2 came in the 34th minute. It started with a beautiful ball into the box from defender Waniya Hudson. Audrey Weiss then sent a header straight to Kiki Van Zanten who put it past the keeper for her second goal of the season.

Coyle then earned her first career goal the hard way in the 60th minute. After taking out a Syracuse defender on a 50-50 ball, Coyle then sprinted past another and pushed it past the keeper for the goal.

Another freshman by the name of Sophia Fisher also got in the scoring action tonight. The Arizona native took advantage of a failed Syracuse clearance and volleyed the ball past a diving keeper. 

Up Next

The Irish fly to South Beach in search of ACC win No. 2. Notre Dame challenges Miami on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. ET on RSN.

Indiana State Drops Conference Opener to Loyola as Ramblers Score in 89th Minute

CHICAGO – The Indiana State women’s soccer team fell to Loyola 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Loyola Soccer Park. The win moved the Ramblers to 5-2-1 on the season and drops Indiana State to 2-6-1.

CeCe Wahlberg scored her second goal of the season to put the Sycamores up 1-0 in the 12th minute. Maddie Alexander made five saves in the first half for Indiana State.

Loyola recorded 11 shots on goal in the first half with goalkeeper Maddie Hausmann tallying one save out of two shots she faced.

Megan Nemec scored her fourth goal of the season to tie the match in the 54th minute on an assist from Katharine Stephens.

The Ramblers took a 2-1 lead in the 89th minute on a header goal from Nemec who found the net on a corner from Bailey Faulkner.

Loyola recorded 28 shots on the match and held the Sycamores to two shot attempts.

The Sycamores return to action on Friday when the team plays host to Valparaiso at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus.

JAGUARS FOILED BY SECOND HALF PK IN 1-0 LOSS AT UIC

CHICAGO – The IUPUI men’s soccer team allowed a second half penalty kick that proved to be the difference as the Jaguars fell on the road at UIC on Saturday (Sept. 18), 1-0.

IUPUI (2-2-1, 1-1 HL) was called for pulling Josh Torres down in the penalty area in the game’s 61st minute, resulting in a PK opportunity. On the ensuing chance, Younes Dayekh drove a shot off the inside of the post and past Lucas Morefield for the game’s only goal.

“This result is going to be a tough pill to swallow. I felt like our team defended one of the most prolific attacks in the league quite well and we did a good job to earn possession and get forward to generate some chances for ourselves,” head coach Brian Barnett said. “Frankly, we didn’t execute well enough in those moments to create a ton of truly dangerous chances.

“Credit to UIC for getting the goal and defending restarts well to close out the game.”

IUPUI was heavy in the attack, particularly late in the first half and throughout the second half. In the 41st minute, Tommy Patacca blasted a free kick through the UIC defensive wall, but had it deflected away by UIC keeper Andres Vasquez. That was shortly after Rayan Choukri had put a shot on frame in the run of play moments earlier.

In the second half, IUPUI came out on the attack, getting two early attempts from Patacca and an attempt from Carson Shrader that was blocked for a corner kick.

UIC closed with an 18-14 differential on shot attempts and 5-4 edge on corner kicks, although all five Flames’ corners came in the first half. Patacca attempted a team-high five shots for the Jaguars and Chris Workman had three attempts. Dayekh paced the UIC attack with five shot attempts, including the winner.

Morefield continued his strong play in goal, registering four saves in his fourth start of the season.

McWILLIAMS, TOURNEMIRE LEAD JAGS ON FINAL DAY OF EARL YESTINGSMEIER INVITE

MUNCIE, Ind. – Freshmen Sam McWilliams and Morgan Tournemire both carded an even par 70 and the IUPUI men’s golf team put up a score of 293 as the Jaguars concluded play at Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational at Delaware Country Club on Saturday (Sept. 18). The Jaguars climbed one spot in the standings, clearing Horizon League foe Northern Kentucky to finish 12th overall at 888 (292-303-293).

McWilliams was a par machine on Saturday, making 16, including 11 straight to round out his round. Tournemire made four birdies and four bogeys on the day and never fluctuated from more than one over or one under par. Sophomore Kevin Tillery notched a 5-over 75 and freshman Colten Girgis was countable at 77.

Matthew Baxter had his final round 78 discarded in the team scoring.

“The team showed some heart today to fight back after a tough finish yesterday. We are close to playing some really good golf,” head coach Jamie Broce said. “It was be good to get (Gardner) back in the lineup for next week as he has been our toughest competitor so far this fall.

“We’re looking forward to a great week of practice and we have another great opportunity this next weekend at Drake. This team is very young and talented and we hope to see some real growth each week.”

Sophomore Taylor Gardner posted a final round 72 while playing as an individual. He started hot, getting to 3-under early in the round and playing his first nine in 32. However, his final nine was another story as he ultimately closed at 2-under.

Tournemire ultimately led IUPUI for the week, tying for 31st among the 81-player field at 217 (70-77-70) and Girgis tied for 42nd at 222 (73-72-77). McWilliams closed tied for 50th at 225 (75-80-70) and Baxter shot 230 (78-74-78) for the week.

Tillery was one shot back of Baxter at 231 (74-82-75). Gardner carded rounds of 71 and 72 after missing the tournament’s opening round.

Wright State cruised to the team title by a whopping 38 strokes, carding a team score of 818. WSU’s Cole Corder earned medalist honors by shooting 10-under 200 for the week.

IUPUI will return to action on Sept. 27-28 when the Jaguars compete in the Zach Johnson Invitational, hosted by Drake.

OFFENSE STRUGGLES AS JAGUARS DROP TWO AT GREEN & WHITE CLASSIC

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The IUPUI volleyball team’s offense struggled to find footing as the Jaguars dropped a pair of matches at the Green & White Volleyball Classic, hosted by Michigan State on Saturday (Sept. 18). The Jags dropped the opener to host Michigan State, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17, in the morning before then falling to Central Michigan in game two, 25-13, 25-21, 29-27.

Freshman Briana Brown paced the IUPUI attack with 11 kills on the day.

Michigan State 3, IUPUI 0

In game one, Michigan State (6-2) held the IUPUI attack at bay while hitting an efficient .239 overall. Three different IUPUI players finished with a team-high four kills while Rhiannon Schuenemann had a team-high 10 digs. Darragh Dixon delivered 12 assists while Brooke Phillips had eight as the pair split setter duties. The Spartans controlled the opening set early, building a 9-5 lead and never letting up.

A Corrissa Remter kill helped IUPUI sneak within a point at 10-9, but Michigan State countered with the next two points to maintain the lead. Brown had a service ace to cut the lead back to two at 16-14, but the hosts got a much needed sideout and never looked back.

Michigan State was in control of the second set from the outset, building an early 8-5 lead that prompted head coach Lindsey Froehlich to call timeout. Her team responded with a kill from Millai Madison, but was unable to string together any scoring runs. A late flurry with Schuenemann at the service line made things respectable before IUPUI fell 25-21.

Michigan State hit .333 in the third set and kept the Jags at arm’s length for the duration. An Atlantis Clendenin kill got the Jags back within four at 16-12, but the hosts rattled off three straight from there and never looked back.

Rebecka Poljan had 10 kills and hit .667 for the match to pace the Spartans offense.

Central Michigan 3, IUPUI 0

Brown had a team-high nine kills and hit .280 in game two, but it wasn’t enough as the Chippewas rolled in straight sets. CMU shared the wealth as six different players had at least five kills, led by Sierra Gray’s nine.

Schuenemann led the IUPUI defense with 12 digs and Emily Alan had a team-high four blocks.

The first set was tied at 5-5 early before CMU tallied seven straight points to seize control. IUPUI got within six on a Madison kill, but ultimately the Chippewas cruised as they hit .333 for the set and forced 11 IUPUI attack errors.

Like the first set, CMU used a lengthy run to take control as an 8-8 tie went to 15-8 before Allie Pogue stopped the bleeding with a kill. IUPUI repeatedly got within three points late in the set, but got no closer as Central Michigan had the answer each time. IUPUI hit .200 in the second set, largely behind Brown and Pogue, but saw CMU hit .282 offensively.

IUPUI controlled the third set from the opening serve, building a lead midway through the set behind Alli Cook’s work at the service line. The Jags got to the precipice with a 24-17 lead, but was unable to seal the deal. CMU fought off seven straight set points to pull even at 24 all before a Pogue kill made it 25-24. The Jags also led at 27-26, but was unable to close as CMU ultimately won the set, 29-27. Brown and Alan combined on seven kills in the set and Phillips delivered four service aces and eight assists. However, it wasn’t enough as CMU improved to 6-5 on the year.

IUPUI will now open Horizon League play on Thursday, Sept. 23 when the Jaguars host UIC at 6:00 p.m. inside the Jungle.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Falls to NKU 1-0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A second-half goal by Northern Kentucky was the difference in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 1-0 Horizon League men’s soccer loss to the Norse on Saturday (Sept. 18) evening.

The ‘Dons finished with a 17-9 advantage in shots and a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. Vukasin Bulatovic led the Mastodons with a game-high four shots.

Ayrton Redmore had one of several good looks the Mastodons earned in the contest. His header hit off the post in the fifth minute.

The Mastodons’ best chance of the game came in the 21st minute. An NKU yellow card in the box gave the ‘Dons a penalty kick. Keith Larson’s attempt was saved but the rebound went to Alejandro Lopez, however, Lopez’ rebound attempt was also stopped by NKU goalkeeper Daniel Bermingham.

With about 16 minutes left in the first half, Keith Larson weaved through the Norse defense to give himself a good look that ultimately was saved.

It stayed a scoreless game until the 52nd minute when NKU’s Jesse Randall scored off a free kick. The set-piece tally would be the only goal of the game.

Northern Kentucky improves to 3-3-0 (1-1-0 Horizon). Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-4-1 (0-2-0 Horizon). The ‘Dons are back in action next Saturday (Sept. 25) when Robert Morris comes to Fort Wayne.

Lilly Breaks 54-Hole Record Again, Finishes Runner-Up

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf 54-hole record stood for all of 14 days before Kasey Lilly broke it again.

Lilly, who holds the best scoring average in Mastodon history, shot a 204 (-6) at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational, with a final round of 69 on Saturday, September 18. His 204 broke his own previous record of 208, which he shot at the EKU Fall Intercollegiate two weeks ago.

Lilly was the runner-up at Ball State’s event, only finishing behind Cole Corder of Wright State, who turned in a 200 (-10). This is the second runner-up of Lilly’s career, the other coming at the Horizon League Championship last spring. This is also his third top-five and sixth top-10. He started his day by going 1-under through four holes with birdies on holes three and four. After a double-bogey on six, he rattled off nine straight pars. He then birdied 16 to go back to even for the day.

As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne finished in a tie for fourth at the tournament with fellow Horizon League member Oakland with a score of 858. Wright State won the event with a 818 (-22) team score. The ‘Dons’ 858 tied the fourth-best 54-hole team score in program history.

With just one bogey on the front nine, Tyler Green shot a 73 for a two-day total of 215. Green parred holes three through 12, finishing with 15 pars in his final round. He tied for 24th.

Hunter Mefford carded a 77 to finish 35th in the 81-player field. He dropped a birdie on the par-3 16th to go with his nine pars. His 219 for the week is a career-best.

Turning in three birdies on the front nine, Reece Compton recorded a 74. He got birdies to fall on four, five and nine. He turned in five straight pars from 13 through 17 to place 39th with a weekend score of 221.

Brett Seward finished in 60th after a final round of 77 to total 227. He started his day with two pars and a birdie on the 264-yard, par-4 third. He parred six and seven, then had five consecutive pars on the back nine.

Burke Pitz competed as an individual, turning in a 1-under 69. He registered a 226 for the weekend, tying for 56th.

The Mastodons will take the course again on October 4 when they will play in Cleveland State’s Tom Tontimonia Invitational.

Two Doubles Victories, Four Singles Triumphs Create Winning Day for Valpo Tennis

 The Valparaiso University tennis team enjoyed a victorious Saturday at the Redbird Invitational in Normal, Ill., as the Beacons came away winners in two of their three doubles matches and four of their seven singles showdowns. In addition, a pair of Beacons will play in championship matches on Sunday.  

How It Happened

  • Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) punched her ticket to the Flight 2 singles championship round by earning a victory for the second straight day. Her path to the finals featured a lopsided 6-1, 6-1 victory over Marquette’s Giulia Turconi.
  • Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) also improved to 2-0 on the weekend in Flight 7 singles, topping Lizzie Barlow of Saint Louis 10-7 on a third-set tiebreak. Bertino won the opening set 6-3 before dropping the middle set 4-6. Her Set 3 win secured her place in the Flight 7 singles championship match, which is slated for Sunday.
  • Two of Valpo’s doubles teams prevailed on Saturday. Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) and Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) whitewashed Stefan/Barlow of Saint Louis 8-0 to advance to the consolation final of the Flight 3 doubles draw.
  • In Flight 4 doubles, Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) and Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) collected an 8-4 victory over Saint Louis’ Cheema/Sexton to advance to Sunday’s consolation final.
  • In Flight 4 singles, Tabanera was a straight-set winner over Chicago State’s Sofia Sedovich 6-3, 6-1. Valpo also earned a straight-set triumph in Flight 9 singles, where McConnell moved on to the consolation finals by downing Danina Hughes of Chicago State 6-0, 6-1.

Inside the Match

  • Olivia increased her career singles win total to 27, while Bertino grabbed her ninth career singles victory. Both players are a flawless 3-0 in singles action this fall.
  • All three Valpo doubles teams have notched at least one victory this weekend.
  • Tabanera is up to 22 career singles wins, while McConnell picked up her first of the season and the fourth of her young career.

Up Next 

The tournament will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Normal, Ill. Play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. Multiple Beacons will be in action including Bertino and Olivia competing for championships in their respective draws.

INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL TOPS NO. 6 OLIVET NAZARENE BY 24 POINTS

MARION, Ind. – Newly acquainted to the NAIA Top-25 polls, No. 25 Indiana Wesleyan football made a program statement win Saturday, taking down No. 6 Olivet Nazarene, 52-28 handing the Tigers their largest loss since 2016. It’s the Wildcat’s third Top-25 win in program history, but their first NAIA Top-10 win.

INSIDE THE GAME

IWU smothered the Tigers running game, holding them to just 66 net yards, their fewest in a game since 2017.

Xander Stokes tossed for 218 yards and Devodney Alford picked up 143 in the run game, while as a squad IWU collected 480 yards from the scrimmage.

IWU in all four meetings against ONU has posted at least 325 total yards, including 506 in their first meeting in 2018.

Alford’s 143 rushing yards are the most in a game for the senior since Lawrence Tech in 2018, when he racked up 168. His touchdown pass tonight and his three rushing touchdowns are all career firsts.

Josh Davidson collected his 10th career game with at least 10 tackles, having collected a team-best 11 tonight.

Tonight marked the fourth time in Braydon Smith’s career he went for at least 100 yards, collecting 109 tonight.

LANGS PERSPECTIVE

In reference to the team and how they played tonight….We did not handle ourselves coming out of halftime a week ago, and two weeks later we had a chance to do it again and they did. Our kids never had a dip tonight and they showed what our potential is as a football team, and now the test is doing it week in and week out.

In reference to how the team can get better…We have to get better at alot of small things. We had to play alot of snaps at the end of the half but our defense did well. It’s about controlling who we are, controlling our demeanor, controlling our assignment and I believe our guys will get better in those areas.

In reference to what’s ahead….Concordia is a Top-5 program, they are a great team and it’s going to be tough to travel up to Ann Arbor. It just keeps coming but I know our guys will be excited for it.

NEXT TIME OUT

The road doesn’t get any easier as IWU takes a week off before heading on the road to No. 5 Concordia (Mich.).

The Cardinals haven’t lost a game at home since 2016 when they hosted #4 Saint Francis out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

RHIT Football Rally Falls Short 27-20 at Hope

HOLLAND, Mich. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology had a furious fourth quarter rally fall just short as Hope College defeated the Fightin’ Engineers 27-20 in NCAA Division III football action on Saturday.

Hope led 27-6 early in the late in the fourth quarter, before Rose-Hulman scored two touchdowns in 13 seconds to close within one score in the final seconds.

The Fightin’ Engineers completed a 13-play, 89-yard drive with an 8-yard pass from Andrew Dion to Adam Tice-Saliu to move within 27-13.

After recovering an onside kick, Rose-Hulman scored again on the next play.  Dion connected with Jailen Hobbs on a 56-yard touchdown pass to bring the margin within 27-20.

Rose-Hulman once again recovered the ensuing onside kick, but an offsides penalty negated the recovery and Hope took over possession with 55 seconds remaining. The Flying Dutchmen ran out the remaining time to secure the win.

Dion finished 24-of-41 for 343 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.  Noah Thomas led the receivers with nine receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown, and Jailen Hobbs crossed the century mark in yards with 114 yards on five catches with one score.

Shane Welshans paced the Rose-Hulman ground attack with 59 yards on 15 carries.  Defensively, Michael Stevens had 11 tackles, Kyzer Bowen added nine stops, and Rashard Brown had eight tackles and an interception to pace the Rose-Hulman defense.

Chase Brown led the Hope offense with a 10-of-14 performance for 124 yards and one touchdown.  Kenyea Houston rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns to balance the Hope attack.

Hope improved to 2-1 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 1-2.  The Fightin’ Engineers have their in-season bye next week, before opening the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule at Defiance on Oct. 2.

RHIT Volleyball Splits Saturday Doubleheader at Wittenberg

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team defeated Marietta in four sets and fell to Heidelberg in three sets on the final day of the Wittenberg Invitational.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman relied on balanced hitting to defeat Marietta 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20.  Elizabeth Canon led four players with double figures in kills by recording a team-high 15. Sophia Koop and Kate Wood had 14 kills each, and Jillian Gregg added 11 kills.

Gregg led the team with 31 assists, and Sophia Harrison contributed 20 assists to the effort.  Koop also had a team-high four service aces.

Defensively, Kylie Rathbun led Rose-Hulman with 22 digs.  Allie Fulks and Emily Buchta had a team-high three block assists each.

In the nightcap, Heidelberg improved to 8-3 on the season with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 victory.

Canon had a team-high 12 kills, and the duo of Wood and Koop had seven kills each.  Gregg contributed 21 assists.

Rathbun (22) and Koop (20) each crossed the 20-dig mark in the final match of the day.

Rose-Hulman stands 5-6 on the season.  The Fightin’ Engineers open the 2021 regular season home schedule against Webster University on Tuesday at 7 pm.

RHIT Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Millikin 5-0

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team scored four times in the second half to break open a close match and pick up a 5-0 victory over Millikin University on Saturday at the Engineer Soccer Field.

Lane Lawrence led the Rose-Hulman offense with two second half goals and also one assist.  Sarah Shoemaker added one goal and two assists.

Other goal scorers included Megan Foder and Elle Vuotto.  Both players recorded one goal and one assist on the day.  Kyra Hicks added a pair of assists for the Rose-Hulman offense.

Shoemaker scored in the third minute on a pass from Lawrence to give Rose-Hulman a 1-0 lead at the half.

The Fightin’ Engineers scored four goals in the six minutes to take control of the game in the second half.  Lawrence scored on a pass from Shoemaker in the 59th minute.  Foder scored on a double assist from Hicks and Shoemaker in the 61st minute. 

Lawrence added her second goal in the 63rd minute on a double assist from Foder and Vuotto.  Finally, Vuotto wrapped up the scoring in the 65th minute on a pass from Hicks.

Natalie Dillon recorded the shutout defensively with two saves to keep the Big Blue off the scoreboard.

Rose-Hulman improved to 4-0-1 on the season, while Millikin dropped to 3-3.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Wednesday at home against DePauw University.

RHIT Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Millikin 5-0

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team scored four times in the second half to break open a close match and pick up a 5-0 victory over Millikin University on Saturday at the Engineer Soccer Field.

Lane Lawrence led the Rose-Hulman offense with two second half goals and also one assist.  Sarah Shoemaker added one goal and two assists.

Other goal scorers included Megan Foder and Elle Vuotto.  Both players recorded one goal and one assist on the day.  Kyra Hicks added a pair of assists for the Rose-Hulman offense.

Shoemaker scored in the third minute on a pass from Lawrence to give Rose-Hulman a 1-0 lead at the half.

The Fightin’ Engineers scored four goals in the six minutes to take control of the game in the second half.  Lawrence scored on a pass from Shoemaker in the 59th minute.  Foder scored on a double assist from Hicks and Shoemaker in the 61st minute. 

Lawrence added her second goal in the 63rd minute on a double assist from Foder and Vuotto.  Finally, Vuotto wrapped up the scoring in the 65th minute on a pass from Hicks.

Natalie Dillon recorded the shutout defensively with two saves to keep the Big Blue off the scoreboard.

Rose-Hulman improved to 4-0-1 on the season, while Millikin dropped to 3-3.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Wednesday at home against DePauw University.

Anderson Claims 12th in Ray Bullock Invitational

The Anderson men’s cross country team secured 12th place during the Ray Bullock Invitational on Friday in Upland.

Anderson competed against the top two teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and four of the top 10 teams, which include No. 1 Taylor University, No. 2 Huntington University, No. 8 St. Francis University (Ill.) and No. 9 Cornerstone University.

Ayden Humbles (New Castle, Ind./New Castle) took 110th to lead the Ravens with an 8K time of 31 minutes, 8.1 seconds. Gage Guenin (Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield-Central) secured 119th with a time of 31:27.9. Kaleb Gucinski (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) crossed the finish line 134th (32:33.3), Zachary Davenport (Frankton, Ind./Frankton) claimed 136th (32:44.6), Josh Soden (Anderson, Ind./Shenandoah) earned 139th (32:47.0), Micah Stacy (Covington, Ohio/Franklin Monroe) finished 146th (33:27.2) and Cameron Wihebrink (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian School) placed 169th (42:55.6).

The Ravens return to action in the JennaStrong Classic on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilmington, Ohio.

Anderson Takes Down Undefeated (RV) Mount Union

The Anderson University volleyball team split its volleyball matches during Day 2 of the Bishop Invitational on Saturday in Delaware, Ohio.

Otterbein University (10-2) put together a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 win against the Ravens (5-7) to open the day. Anderson then took down the University of Mount Union (11-1), which entered the contest undefeated, by a score of 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21 victory. Otterbein and Mount Union are each receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III poll. The Ravens went 2-2 on the weekend. Anderson fell to Ohio Wesleyan University (6-7) before capturing a victory against Kenyon College (2-8).

“We showed what we are truly capable of doing as a team,” Coach Tami Miller said. “We battled against a great Otterbein program and we competed with an undefeated Mount Union team to bring home the victory. Felicity Bontrager and Shaylen Perry continued the weekend with outstanding performances in the middle for us. The trio of Hannah Rady, Kaycie Gates and Kate Todd shared in the responsibility of running the offense. Coming out of this tournament 2-2 with the strength of the teams participating shows our true potential.”

(RV) OTTERBEIN 3, ANDERSON 0

Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind./Fairfield) provided six kills and three blocks for the Ravens. Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) contributed 11 assists and eight digs. Jimena Montano (Algonquin, Ill./Harvest Christian Academy) also turned in three blocks.

The Cardinals racked up a .330 attack percentage while the Ravens finished with a .128 hitting percentage.

ANDERSON 3, (RV) MOUNT UNION 1

Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) led the Ravens with 26 digs, including some critical digs that led to set wins. Bontrager racked up 14 kills and a .333 attack percentage. Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) powered to 10 kills, three blocks and a .320 hitting percentage. Gates notched 25 assists and 14 digs. Hannah Rady (Cloverdale, Ind./Cloverdale) dished out 24 assists while Erin Roach (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) collected 13 digs. Sydney McClain (Urbana, Ohio/Emmanuel Christian Academy) smashed 11 kills while Montano contributed 10 kills. Transier put together seven kills and three blocks.

Anderson turned in a .202 attack percentage while the Purple Raiders finished with a .150 hitting percentage.

UP NEXT

The Ravens are scheduled to compete in three matches next week in the Franklin College Tournament in Franklin. Anderson clashes with Baldwin Wallace University (9-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Ravens face off with Bethany College (W. Va.) (3-5) at 10 a.m. and battle with Fontbonne University (0-4) at 12 p.m.

Ravens Battle Past Lords

The Anderson University volleyball team split its first pair of matches during the Bishop Invitational on Friday in Delaware, Ohio.

Ohio Wesleyan University (5-6) put together a 25-16, 13-25, 25-11, 25-19 win against the Ravens (4-6) to start the day. Anderson then locked up a 25-21, 28-30, 25-22, 25-20 win against Kenyon College (2-6).

OHIO WESLEYAN 3, ANDERSON 1

“We played well against a very-disciplined Ohio Wesleyan team,” Coach Tami Miller said. “I was pleased to see some improvement in our blocking as well as some solid play from our backcourt. We had aggressive offensive play from Shaylen Perry and Ashlyn Transier who put up great numbers in the first match.”

Ashlyn Transier (Cicero, Ind./Oak Hill) recorded nine kills, four blocks and a .316 attack percentage. Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) collected 19 digs. Tess Perdue (Lexington, Ky./West Jessamine) contributed eight kills and Sydney McClain (Urbana, Ohio/Emmanuel Christian Academy) smashed seven kills. Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind./Fairfield) provided six kills and four blocks. Kate Todd (Festus, Mo./Festus) and Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) dished out 21 assists and 16 assists, respectively. Ally Hall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) tallied 11 digs. Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) produced five kills, three blocks and a .364 hitting percentage. Jimena Montano (Algonquin, Ill./Harvest Christian Academy) put together five kills and three blocks.

Ohio Wesleyan posted a .165 attack percentage while Anderson finished with a .134 hitting percentage.

ANDERSON 3, KENYON 1

“We came out strong against Kenyon, but got sloppy to let the second set get away from us. We had two strong performances out of our sophomores Shaylen Perry and Ally Hall, as well as freshman Olivia Ricica.”

Perry powered to 11 kills and a .474 attack percentage. Todd provided 26 assists while Hannah Rady (Cloverdale, Ind./Cloverdale) contributed 20 assists. Hall collected 17 digs and Troyer tallied 12 digs. Olivia Ricica (Bryan, Ohio/Fairview) produced seven kills and 11 digs. Bontrager notched six kills and three blocks. Transier turned in four blocks while Montano recorded six kills.

The Ravens finished with a .073 attack percentage while the Lords put together a .041 hitting percentage.

UP NEXT

The Ravens wrap up the Bishop Invitational with two matches on Saturday. Anderson takes on Otterbein University (8-2) at 10 a.m. The Ravens then face off with the University of Mount Union (10-0) at 2 p.m. Otterbein and Mount Union are both receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III poll.

Football: Scots Secure Win against Ravens

Scots Secure Win against Ravens

Alma College secured a 51-2 win against the Anderson University football team on Saturday in Alma, Mich.

The Scots (3-0) totaled 335 yards in total offense while the Ravens (0-3) contributed 117 yards of total offense.

Anderson scored two points in the third quarter as a result of a safety recorded by Austin Weiland (La Porte, Ind./New Prairie).

Zac Tallent (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) tallied eight receptions and 53 receiving yards.

On defense, Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind./Monroe Central), Da’Marion Walker (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central), Ross Watson (Wabash, Ind./Northfield) and Weiland each recorded a team-high five tackles. Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind./Morton) posted two sacks. Javonte Malone (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) broke up two passes. Jacen Beckman (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) and Tristan Chambers (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) also provided sacks. Cayden Sotelo (Charlottesville, Ind./Eastern Hancock) picked off a pass and returned it 40 yards. Jayden Allen (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) forced a fumble and Jose Olivo (Knightstown, Ind./Knightstown) broke up a pass.

Anderson returns to action on Oct. 2 to clash with Hanover College (1-2) at 1:30 p.m. in Hanover.

Wabash Wins Road Match At Hanover

A pair of first-half goals proved to be enough to lift the Wabash soccer team to a 3-1 victory at Hanover Saturday afternoon.

Austin Hughes and Jackson Hoover tallied first-half scores to provide the winning margin for the Little Giants (5-2). Adam Berg scored a second-half goal for the winning cushion.

Hughes notched his second goal of the season in the 15th minute of the match after collecting a pass from Coledon Johnson for the assist. Hoover picked up his first goal of the season in the 39th minute to extend the Wabash lead to 2-0 at halftime.

Berg picked up his first goal of the year in the 71st minutes off a pass from Alexis Delgado to stretch the lead to 3-0. Hanover (3-3-1) picked up its only goal of the game in the 78th minute from Fillipe Busato.

Michael Bertram earned the win as the starting goalkeeper for the Little Giants. He recorded nine saves and faced a total of 22 shot attempts. The Little Giants were efficient, putting five of their six total shot attempts.

“We got another great performance on the road from our team, particularly against a very tough Hanover team,” Wabash head coach Chris Keller said. “We scored some good goals early by Hughes and Hoover and a really good goal from Berg late. Hanover’s a veteran team with 13 seniors and eight juniors. They provided a good road test for us. We defended well and took advantage of our chances when we had them.”

Wabash completes the weekend doubleheader on Sunday at 2 p.m. at home against Grinnell College. The eight members of the senior class will be honored before the start of the match.

Sinovic’s Return Highlights A Wabash Home Win Over Allegheny

A two-point defensive extra point highlighted a 23-point third quarter for the Wabash football team and sent the Little Giants to a 36-28 Homecoming and North Coast Athletic Conference victory over Allegheny College.

The game was the first played in the $13 million Little Giant Stadium. A crowd of 3,650 cheered Wabash (3-0, 2-0 NCAC) to a home victory over Allegheny (1-2, 0-2 NCAC).

Wabash trailed 7-6 at halftime before scoring a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to move in front of the Gators 20-14. Allegheny tied the game at 20-20 with 4:48 remaining in the third on a touchdown but the extra point attempt was blocked by Wabash’s Kamron Ferguson. Sean Sinovic grabbed the football in the end zone and raced to the other end of the field to score a two-point defensive conversion to put Wabash back in front 22-20.

The defensive conversion was the first by a Wabash player since 2011 and only the third in school history since the rule change allowed defenses to score on an extra-point attempt.

Wabash scored a final touchdown in the third on a quarterback sneak by Liam Thompson and added another score in the opening minutes of the fourth period to jump in front 36-20. The Gators scored a late touchdown before Wabash ran out the final minutes of the clock.

Heisman Skeens put Wabash in front in the second period when he caught a pass near midfield and raced into the end zone for a 70-yard score to put the Little Giants in front 6-0. The Gators moved in front 7-6 late in the second on a 10-yard TD pass. Cade Campbell put Wabash back in front with a two-yard run to open the third quarter. Allegheny responded with a seven-play, 66-yard drive to regain the lead at 14-13.

Quarterback Liam Thompson connected with Jacob Riddle for his second touchdown pass of the game. Thompson finished with 291 yards passing, completing 15-of-29 passes with three touchdowns. Riddle’s TD reception put Wabash in front 20-14 but Allegheny scored again to tie the game and set up Sinovic’s heroics.

Thompson added a one-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds of the third period and connected with Derek Allen on a 66-yard TD pass in the fourth.

Wabash accounted for 519 yards of total offense by adding 228 rushing yards to the 291 passing effort. Donovan Snyder carried the ball 23 times for a career-best 155 yards, giving him back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time in his career. Cooper Sullivan caught four passes for 45 yards for the Little Giants. Allen led the team with 89 receiving yards and one TD on two total catches.

Allegheny attempted 73 passes in the game for 348 yards and two TDs. The Gators ran only 19 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Vaughn Taylor led the Wabash defense with 12 tackles, including one tackle for a loss. Ferguson made 10 tackles to go with his blocked kick attempt. Will Netting added nine stops. Seth Buresh recorded two sacks for three yards.

Wabash is off next weekend before traveling to Granville, Ohio, October 2 for a 3 p.m. contest at Denison University.

Taylor Rallies Past No. 16 IWU in Five-Set Thriller

UPLAND, Ind. – A pair of top-30 NAIA programs hooked up for a classic inside Odle Arena on Saturday afternoon, with RV Taylor scoring a 25-9, 18-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-10 victory over No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan in a key midseason Crossroads League clash.

Taylor came out swinging against its cross-county rivals, blitzing the Wildcats with a 12-1 start to the afternoon and rolling up a 25-9 win in the opening set. TU slammed 14 kills in the frame, with just one swing going off-target in 33 tries. Amanda Adams set the tone early, finishing the first set with six kills in nine looks.

Indiana Wesleyan (8-2, 5-2 CL) got its footing early into the second set and closed the game on an 8-2 spurt to even the match. Another strong effort from the guests in the third put TU in a must-win situation heading into the fourth.

The Trojans responded, jumping to a 10-3 lead and never looking back, using a Ryan Czerniak termination to seal the win and set the table for the decisive fifth set.

In the fifth, Taylor grabbed the early lead once more, this time getting kills from Jaylynn Dunsmore and Grace Isaacs, combined with a service ace from Nikki Parrett and a pair of IWU miscues to move up 5-2.

The Wildcats battled back to draw even at 6-6, 7-7 and 8-8, before a Czerniak slam gave the Trojans the lead for good at 9-8. TU continued feeding Czerniak down the stretch and the senior lefty delivered with Taylor’s final four kills of the match to finish off Taylor’s second win over a Top-25 foe in its last four outings.

Czerniak finished the day with 19 kills and just one error, with Isaacs adding 10 kills and eight blocks. Adams closed at 15 kills to move into second place on Taylor’s all-time kills chart in the rally-scoring era and ninth overall in TU history.

Kacy Bragg stuffed the box score with 49 assists, 15 digs, four blocks and four kills, Nikki Parrett posted a career-high 25 digs to go with three aces and Stephaney Fifield collected 33 digs, seven assists and one ace.

The win moved RV Taylor to 16-2 overall and pushed the Purple and Gold to 6-1 in league play for the first time since opening CL action at 8-1 in 2013.

The Trojans will face another tough test in their next outing, as a 7:00 pm tilt at Mount Vernon Nazarene (17-2, 6-1 CL) awaits on Wednesday, September 22.

Turnovers Sour TU’s Home Opener with Butler 

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor jumped all over visiting NCAA Division I FCS Butler inside Turner Stadium on Saturday night for a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the affair, but a rash of costly turnovers turned the game into a lopsided victory for the Bulldogs.

TU moved the ball at will on its opening drive of the contest, picking up 74 yards on nine plays and capping the scoring drive with a 19-yard touchdown sprint from Brendan Lamb.

The lead doubled to 14-0 after Josh Saltzgaber intercepted a Butler pass on its third play from scrimmage and ran it back 27 yards to the three-yard line, where Lamb punched it in on the next snap for a two-score lead just 4:54 into the game.

Butler (2-1) hit back with touchdowns on its next two possessions and a Zane Shilts field goal from 42 yards out gave the Trojans a 17-14 lead with 5:23 to play in the first quarter.

The night turned against TU from there, as its next possession ended with a punt, before four-straight turnovers deep in its own territory led directly to four touchdowns for the guests. When the smoke had settled, Taylor’s 17-14 lead had turned into a 49-17 deficit in just over 15 minutes of game action.

A Grant Gerig 71-yard rush, followed by Lamb’s sixth touchdown run of the season gave Taylor one final highlight, but Butler never looked back in the 77-24 onslaught.

Gerig and Lamb provided the offensive high notes for Taylor, with Gerig ending at 85 rushing yards on four carries and Lamb going for three more scores and 64 yards on 17 touches. Shilts also provided six points, going a perfect three-of-three in point-after tries and adding the career-long 42-yard field goal.

On the defensive side of the trenches, Saltzgaber and Sam Bolin led the way with nine stops each, with Saltzgaber also providing the interception and Sam Bartu turning in Taylor’s lone sack.

Taylor (1-1) will look to bounce back on October 2, when it plays at No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (1-1) in another 7:00 pm start.

TROJANS TAKE THIRD AT EY INVITATIONAL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Taylor men’s golf team used a final round surge to climb the leaderboard, finishing in third place as the only non-NCAA Division I team in the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational on Saturday.

Junior Noah Ross carded a 2-under par 68 to lead the Trojans in the final round at the 6,501-yard, par-70 Delaware Country Club.

The Trojans entered the final round squarely in the middle of the 13-team field, tied for sixth place. Taylor utilized steady play and sound strategy to navigate the extremely tricky greens at DCC on Saturday en route to a team score of 285 (+5) that propelled the Trojans to a third place finish.

Taylor’s sophomore duo of Austin Davis and Adam Kasitz added a pair of 72’s for the Trojans on Saturday while redshirt junior All-American Javan Johnson grinded out a 73 and junior Drew Pickering added a 75. Junior Erik Fahlen added a 76 in the final round competing as an individual.

The Trojans finished the 54-hole event with a team score of 857 (+17) with team scores each round of 283, 289, and 285. Wright State ran away with the team title, firing a blistering 22-under par 818 while Bowling Green State edged TU for the runner-up finish by one stroke at 856. Taylor managed to defeat ten other NCAA Division I schools, including in-state foes Purdue Fort Wayne, Ball State, Butler, and IUPUI.

Pickering and Davis each earned top-20 finishes, recording a tie for 19th place at 214. Pickering fired rounds of 67, 72, 75 while Davis added rounds of 69, 73, 72. Johnson was next on the leaderboard, finishing in 34th place at 218 (77, 67, 73). Ross finished one shot back in a tie for 35th place at 219 (72, 79, 68) while Kasitz earned a tie for 45th place at 223 (75, 76, 72). Fahlen added a tie for 60th place at 227 (78, 73, 76).

Taylor returns to action next weekend when the Trojans travel to Blackthorn Golf Club for the Battle at Blackthorn in South Bend, Indiana on September 24-25.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Lose Inside Turner

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s soccer team dropped its second game in a row, this time against Missouri Baptist inside Turner Stadium. While the final score reads 4-0, the Trojans fought hard and controlled the ball in stretches throughout the match.

Missouri Baptist’s first goal came in the 26th-minute of the opening half, after capitalizing on a seemingly minor foul inside the Trojan defense. Spartan freshman, Emilio Hernandez, lined up the foul shot, wrapped it around the TU defense line and found the top-left pocket of the net for the match’s first goal.

Before the half was over, Missouri Baptist tacked another goal on the board. After another TU foul, the Spartans attacked the net, stirring a scramble within the Taylor defense and culminating in an opportune goal scored by Spartan defenseman, Ross Wilson. It was 2-0 Spartans heading into the half.

The Trojans came out of the half with energy, though, placing themselves in position to take two shots within the first six minutes, both of which, however, were blocked by Spartan defenders. Missouri Baptist worked a corner kick in response to Taylor’s attack, and they made it count. Off of a short pass from the corner, a second Spartan dished an assist to a third, who re-oriented the ball to the back of the net via his head.

Now down 3-0, TU maintained its effort and took three more shots, yet none found its way on frame. Missouri Baptist made one final run before the match’s completion. Ignited in the team’s defense, set up in the mid-field and scored inside the Trojan box, the Spartans’ fourth and final goal unfolded in a matter of seconds.

The Trojans responded to Missouri Baptist’s (2-5-0) fourth goal by firing off four shots of their own. Still, the Spartan net remained clean throughout. TU finished the match with 15 total shots, in contrast to the Spartans’ seven, yet only three of Taylor’s shots landed on frame.

Taylor (4-2-0) remains at home next week, when the Trojans compete against Aquinas (0-2-1) on Tuesday, September 21, and Mount Vernon Nazarene (4-1-0) on Saturday, September 25.

Streak Stays Steady as Trojans Win on the Road

 UPLAND, Ind. – TU women’s soccer won yet again, boasting its seventh-straight win to start the 2021 season. Even more, each win has now come in the form of a shutout with Taylor’s 2-0 win over IU-Tech, marking a program-record seventh-consecutive shutout.

The Trojans fired off four shots in the opening 10 minutes of the match, but the score remained tied at zero for the majority of the half. That is, until freshman, Sarah Mullins, subbed in the game. Mullins capitalized off of a defensive miscue by the Warriors, igniting a give-and-go with teammate, Chloe Sena. Mullins, after receiving the dish from Sena, sent a strike on goal that was deflected by the goalie. The freshman followed her shot, however, and sent the rebound to the back of the net, earning both an assist and a goal, while crediting Sena with an assist of her own.

The match went into the half 1-0, with the Trojans out-shooting the Warriors 14 to five. TU’s offensive attack remained steady into the second half, ripping seven more shots before AC Hardy made it a 2-0 game. Hardy’s goal was unassisted, granting the junior her second goal of the season.

Now safely up 2-0 with 25 minutes left to play, it was up to the Trojan defense to maintain the team’s streak of shutouts to start the season. Taylor’s offense proved to be the best defense, however, as the Trojans closed the game by taking four more shots while preventing IU-Tech from taking even one.

TU finished the match with 27 shots while holding the Warriors (4-3-0) to merely seven, only two of which landed on frame, both being saved by Trojan goalie, Hannah Brackenbury.

Brackenbury now has 19 saves on the season, maintaining a perfect 0.0 goals-against-average.

As a team, Taylor leads the nation in three statistical categories: shutouts, with seven; shots, with 206; and shots-on-goal, with 111. Furthermore, the Trojans rank third in the nation with 29.4 shots per game and fifth in the nation with 32 goals.

TU women’s soccer is off to its best start since beginning the 2016 season 9-0 and has now achieved a program-record seventh-consecutive shutout.

Taylor (7-0-0) opens league play next Saturday, September 25, on the road against Mount Vernon Nazarene (3-3-0) at 7:00 pm.

KNIGHTS LOCK IN NO. 2 SEED WITH 6-1 WIN OVER GRACE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team completed regular season play in their portion of the fall schedule, downing Grace College 6-1 on the final day of the Crossroads League season. The win pushes Marian’s league record to 7-1 this fall, locking in the No. 2 overall seed for the Crossroads League Tournament.

The Knights breezed through doubles play as they began the morning with a clean sweep of the three matches. Teodora Simion and Laura Kuebler won their sixth match of the season at No. 1 doubles, as the pair rolled past Anna Graves and Lauryn Riegsecker 6-1. Betija Dusele and Dana Savarino quickly followed off the court with a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles over Kiersten Martin and Jenna Lewis, and shortly after Josie Yarbrough and Katelyn Conley wrapped up doubles with a win at No. 3 with a 6-2 victory.

Rolling into singles play, Kuebler and Simion picked up quick wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, with Kuebler defeating Mast 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 while Simion won 6-0, 6-3 against Riegsecker at No. 3. Savarino clinched the match with a strong win at No. 4 singles, taking the first set 7-5 before walking off the court with a 6-0 set two win over Lewis. The Knights did suffer a loss in singles as Dusele lost a battle against Graves at No. 1 6-4, 7-6 (1), but rebounded scoring the fifth point of the day when Katharina Bopst blew past Martin 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5. Rounding out competition was Yarbrough at No. 6, as she defeated Addy Jarvis 6-3, 6-1 to close Marian’s win.

With the win, Marian has secured the No. 2 seed for the Crossroads League Tournament, which begins on Tuesday afternoon. Marian will host Bethel University, and the time for the match will be announced over the weekend.

HOFFA’S 12 KILLS LEAD NO. 8 MARIAN PAST HUNTINGTON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team continued their hot start to the 2021 season Saturday afternoon, sweeping Huntington 3-0 to record their 15th win of the year. The Knights’ overall record at the halfway point of the year stands at 15-0, as they improve to 7-0 in Crossroads League play.

Marian and Huntington went back and forth in the first set, with neither side able to establish a rhythm. Sarah Spangler helped Marian build a small run nailing a kill to put the Knights in front by three, with an attack error on the next rally giving Marian a four-point lead, but the Foresters quickly chopped back into the set tying things up 15-15. Marian would re-control the lead at 17-15 with Skyler Van Note getting her team back in system, but the lead was brief as Huntington took advantage of three straight errors to take an 18-17 lead. The Knights used a timeout, and came back to life using a 3-0 run to capture a 20-17 lead that forced a Huntington timeout. With momentum on their side, Marian finished the set with a 5-2 run to take the 25-19 win.

Huntington responded to the loss in set one by owning the start of the second game, amassing an early 6-2 lead. A pair of errors helped Marian back into the game, and started a 8-2 run as the Knights pushed ahead 10-8. An Alison Dreves service ace and kill from Michaela Hoffa helped fuel the run that forced a timeout, as Marian kept their foot on the pedal. Hoffa and Spangler went back and forth recording kills for the Knights, gradually building a 17-12 lead forcing the Foresters to use a second timeout. Marian’s lead by five or more for the remainder of the set, getting a push kill from Serena Dodson to take a 2-0 lead with the 25-19 victory.

The third set belonged to the Knights, as Hoffa hammered a pair of kills helping Marian get out to an early 7-1 lead. The points kept coming for Marian, as Hoffa, Jai-Lyn Norwood, and Emma Hirchak helped put their team up by nine, forcing the final Huntington timeout of the match with the scoreboard showing 15-6. The dominant start allowed Marian to coast to their 25-14 third set win, with Van Note and Norwood winning the match on back to back kills improving Marian to a 15-0 record.

“I am really proud of what our team was able to accomplish this week,” said head coach Ashlee Pritchard after the win. “We were able to fight through some adversity and I could not be more impressed with our composure and maturity this early in the season. We had some people step up in key situations and I am excited how we continue to build on that this season. “

As a team Marian hit .299 and recorded 45 kills, committing just 10 attack errors to Huntington’s 20. Lexi Spence notched a double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs, while Van Note led Marian’s defense with a match-high 19 digs. Hoffa turned in a match-high 12 kills hitting .391, while Spangler and Norwood each had nine. Averi Lanman had six kills and three block assists, and Maggie Meyer had 14 digs from her libero position.

Marian will stay at home for their next match, hosting a top-25 battle against No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan. Wednesday’s game will be aired on the ISC Sports Network, and will begin at 7 PM from the PE Center.

VUVB picks up pair of wins in Saturday tri-match, extends winning streak to four

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers picked up a pair of wins Saturday afternoon over East Central College 25-15, 25-22, 25-15 and Henry Ford Community College 25-14, 25-15, 25-9.

VU extends their winning streak to four matches and have won 12-straight sets.

The Trailblazers found themselves in a battle early against East Central, with the score set at 15-12 midway through the opening set.

Vincennes would rally late however to take the first set of the day 25-15 over the Falcons.

East Central bounced back in the second set and opened a sizable lead over VU, holding an 18-10 advantage at one point.

The Blazers would again rally to finish the set on a 15-4 scoring run to take set two 25-22 and hold a commanding 2-0 match lead.

VU continued their scoring run into set three, jumping out to a 10-3 lead early, before East Central closed the margin to 11-8.

Vincennes answered back to take the set and the match over East Central 25-15.

“We really put ourselves in a hole in the second set, we really just stopped playing for a bit,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “But in that moment I was just really impressed with how we rebounded. That was a great effort by the entire team to play together.”

VU was led offensively by freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland), who finished with a team-high 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.

The Blazers got seven kills from Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) and six kills each from sophomores Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada), Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) and Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.).

Freshman Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) ran the Vincennes offense on her way to 35 set assists in the match.

“We had to adjust our lineups around a little and rally together because we were playing without Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.),” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We have run a five-one offense before but other than in practice, we’ve never run it with Josephine.”

“She did a really nice job overall,” Sien added. “She set the ball extremely well and made good choices with the ball. She also had some crucial digs in the match.”

“I think our liberos played really well, Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) led us in digs while only playing in two sets. Then Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) came in and played well on the serve receive and defensively.”

Vincennes started the second match of the day strong against Henry Ford Community College, opening the first set on a 10-1 scoring run.

Henry Ford traded scoring runs with the Blazers before VU finished off the first set, winning 25-14.

The Hawks were the ones to start the second set off, scoring four of the first five points.

The two teams would trade points, before VU went on an 11-1 scoring run to take a 22-12 lead late in the set.

VU closed out the second set to take a 2-0 match lead, winning 25-15.

Similar to the first set, VUVB opened the third set on a 10-1 scoring run.

Vincennes continued to play tough and finished off the set 25-9 to get their third sweep in two days.

The Blazers controlled the match against Henry Ford in two front, serving and blocking. Vincennes finished their second match of the day with 13 aces and 17 blocks.

Josephine Mulligan led the Blazers with four aces for the game, with Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) and Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) ending with three each.

“We obviously served extremely well,” Sien said. “Not just with the aces, but we really took them out of their offense. I felt at times we got a little too comfortable with that and started expecting to not have to play and we didn’t really respond to that until the third set.”

“Even though Henry Ford doesn’t have a win this season, they are still a pretty athletic group. If you’re not on task, they can beat you and they came after us pretty hard today,” Sien added.

Addison Ainscough added two and Jamie Russell came away with one ace on the day.

Emilie Cornelson led the Blazers front row defensively, finishing with seven blocks. Mulligan, Ainscough, Szybinska, Metzger and Russell all finished with two blocks each.

“We really place a lot on our blockers and Emilie has always been one who can get up,” Sien added. “When we add Banasiak and Metzger up there with her, those are two athletic, tall outsides and with all three of them together, we should be able to block every ball.”

The Trailblazers have a busy road week ahead of them, starting Monday, Sept. 20 when they take on Region 24 opponent Kaskaskia in Centralia, Ill. at 7 p.m. eastern.

VU will then travel to Fairfield, Ill. to take on Frontier Community College Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. eastern, before finishing up the week by playing in the Parkland College Classic in Champaign, Ill. Friday Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25.

“Thankfully we were able to get some matches played this weekend, because it would have been tough to play Kaskaskia right after coming back. We have to use these past two days, these three matches as experience, to regroup and see what type of team we have,” Sien said. “It’s not going to be easy. Kaskaskia has played twice as many matches as we have, they are going to be very confident and it’s at their place. It’s definitely going to be the match of the week for Region 24.”

Vincennes Cross Country continues to improve at John McNichols Invitational

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Trailblazer Cross Country teams hit the course again this weekend as VU took part in the John McNichols Invitational at Lavern Gibson in Terre Haute Saturday morning.

Vincennes was again one of only two-year schools competing in the event, facing off with many NCAA Division I teams such as Indiana University, Purdue University, Ball State, Western Michigan and host Indiana State University.

“I thought we ran well today,” VU Interim Cross Country head coach Marty Rogier said. “It is a very challenging course but really amazing to have that venue so close.”

The VU men’s team placed 12th with an average time of 29 minutes and 23 seconds.

Ernest Momodu took the top spot for the Blazers, finishing with a time of 28:29.

Manamanya Opiew and Ian Boit followed close behind, finishing with times of 28:38 for Opiew and 29:03 for Boit.

The Vincennes top five was rounded out by Austin Nigh, who finished at 30:08 and Trey Browne at 30:38.

The VU women’s team also faced some tough competition on the course this morning, finishing in 13th out of 14 teams.

Kyra Young led the pack for the Blue and Gold, finishing with a time of 21:01.

Brittany Page and Kaitlyn Koenig ran a tight race, with Page edging out Koenig by a single second, 22:07 for Page and 22:08 for Koenig.

Daisie Kinnett and Hope Laughlin finished out the VU runners with Kinnett ending with a time of 22:56 and Laughlin coming in at 23:56.

“This was a great opportunity for us to run against such high-level competition,” Rogier added. “We are getting better every week and with the addition of Assistant Coach Tyler Steigenga and getting Walter Tanui back next week we are going to keep getting better.”

The Trailblazer runners will be in action next at the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The first race of the day is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. eastern.

TEAM RESULTS

Men’s 8k

Purdue – 36, 24:54

Indiana – 55, 25:11

Eastern Illinois – 55, 25:09

Huntington – 126, 26:10

Indiana State – 143, 26:34

DePauw – 171, 26:54

Lansing CC – 223, 27:35

Maryville (MO) – 243, 27:51

Madonna – 282, 28:20

Rose-Hulman – 300, 28:35

Evansville – 300, 28:56

VINCENNES – 335, 29:23

Individual RESULTS

Ernest Momodu – 28:29

Manamanya Opiew – 28:38

Ian Boit – 29:03

Austin Nigh – 30:08

Trey Browne – 30:38

Reed Lawless – 30:46

Tate Hall – 30:47

Ethan Goebel – 33:04

Kyle Baugh – 34:12

WOMEN’S 5K

TEAM RESULTS

Purdue – 24, 17:49

Indiana – 49, 18:05

Ball State – 87, 18:36

Eastern Illinois – 116, 18:55

Western Michigan – 152, 19:23

Indiana State – 169, 19:29

Indiana Wesleyan – 179, 19:42

DePauw – 244, 20:10

Lansing CC – 276, 20:37

Madonna – 288, 20:52

Evansville – 294, 20:59

Rose-Hulman – 346, 21:45

VINCENNES – 378, 22:25

Maryville (MO) – 390, 24:26

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Kyra Young – 21:01

Brittany Page – 22:07

Kaitlyn Koenig – 22:08

Daisie Kinnett – 22:56

Hope Laughlin – 23:56

Volleyball finishes 2-1 at Wittenberg Fall Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – A five-set battle ended in a loss for the Earlham College volleyball team on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The Quakers won the opener of the day in the Wittenberg University Fall Classic by defeating Alma College 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.

After winning their fifth straight match, the Quakers took on the host Tigers as Wittenberg had to come back to post a 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-10 victory.

Earlham is now 8-4, while Alma was 0-5 after falling to the Quakers. Wittenberg is 7-4.

Maria Young topped the Quakers with 18 kills against Wittenberg, while Sarah Dickman added 15 and Giselle Mora finished with 14.

Erin Wagner had 50 assists. It is the fourth time this season that the Earlham setter has reached at least 50 assists in a match.

Young and Mora both had three service aces.

Jennifer Shamel was just ahead of several Earlham teammates with 17 digs as Caroline Mulvihill (14), Akiki Tajima (14), Wagner (12) and Mallory Cox (12) also reached double digits in the category.

Olivia Kyrk led the Quakers with three blocks as she added nine kills.

Against Alma, the Quakers scored nine straight points in the first set on the way to a 16-2 advantage to establish the tone for the affair.

Dickman led the Quakers with 11 kills, while Kyrk finished with 10 and Young contributed nine.

Wagner had 23 assists with three service aces.

Shamel had 14 digs with Tajima finishing with 11 as matched Wagner with three aces.

Skyler Murray added a dozen assists and Mulvihill had three blocks.

Earlham visits DePauw University on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The non-conference contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Earlham offense shines as field hockey defeats Transylvania 5-0

RICHMOND, Ind. – With three goals in the second period, the Earlham College field hockey squad took control on the way to a 5-0 victory over Transylvania University in Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18.

With the win, the Quakers remain unbeaten at 6-0, while Transylvania is 0-6.

After Olivia Layne scored the initial goal of the contest in the opening period for Earlham at 4:07, Guin Schalck, Sydney Schmitt and Regan Seeman each added a goal within eight minutes during the second quarter as the Quakers expanded their margin to 4-0 by the intermission.

Schmitt added her second goal of the affair at the 36:15 mark of the third period for the final tally of the match. Layne and Denise Bergdolt assisted on the play.

Bergdolt also assisted on the goal by Layne and on the first score by Schmitt. Reilly Swislosky was credited with an assist on Schalck’s goal.

Earlham goalkeeper Meg Murphy had a save as the Quakers led 28-1 in shots and 14-2 in penalty corners.

The Quakers continue their weekend with a trip to Kentucky to face 17th ranked Centre College on Sunday, Sept. 19. The non-conference match starts at noon.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 4, MIDWAY 0

MIDWAY, Ky. – Kimberly Trapp scored three goals the Indiana University East women’s soccer team defeated Midway University 4-0 on Saturday, Sept. 18.

With a victory in their River States Conference opener, the Red Wolves are 3-4 and 1-0 in the league. Midway is 1-4 and 0-2.

Trapp scored in the first half at 4:23 with an assist from Kayla Amidon.

In the second half, Morgan Grudich had an unassisted goal with 50:53 on the clock. Trapp added her other goals after that at 69:05 and 83:56. Abbie Watson assisted on Trapp’s second of her three scores.

For the Red Wolves, goalkeepers Gabby Mitchum (two saves) and Ashlynn Black (one save) combined to blank the Eagles as IU East led 21-5 in shots.

IU East is back in action at new RSC member St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Thursday, Sept. 23. The contest gets underway at 5 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, OHIO CHRISTIAN 1

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – The Indiana University East volleyball team wrapped up a perfect River States Conference weekend road trip with a four-set win at Ohio Christian University on Sept. 18.

Final score before a boisterous crowd at OCU’s Maxwell Center: 25-15, 26-28, 25-17, 25-12.

IU East (8-6, 3-0) has won three in a row and is tied with Point Park atop the RSC East Division. Ohio Christian is 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.

The Red Wolves kept multiple winning streaks alive. IU East has won 14 consecutive RSC regular-season matches dating back to 2019. The Red Wolves improved to 12-0 all-time against Ohio Christian.

IU East returns home Sept. 21 for an RSC East Division match against WVU Tech. Match time is 5:30 p.m. on Lingle Court.

“This weekend was good for us as a team to see some areas of weakness that we need to continue to fine-tune this upcoming practice week,” said IU East coach Kim McConaha. “Our passing has been solid along with our attacking this weekend.”We have a battle coming this Tuesday, and I’m excited to see how this competitive group of 15 will respond to the challenge.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       John Reilly completes his second cycle in eight days when the National Association’s Red Stockings beat Philadelphia, 12-3, at the Bank Street Grounds. Last week, the 24 year-old Cincinnati first baseman collected three singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in the 27-5 rout of Pittsburgh.

1925       In the nightcap of a twin bill at Griffith Stadium, White Sox right-hander Ted Lyons loses his no-hit bid when Bobby Veach hits safely with two outs in the ninth in the team’s 17-0 rout of the Senators. ‘Sunday Ted’ gem halts Washington’s outfielder Sam Rice’s streak of nine consecutive hits.

1929       Joe Sewell sets a major league record by playing in his 115th consecutive game without striking out, dating back to May 16th. The diminutive third baseman, wielding a 40-ounce bat in 578 at-bats, fans only four times while playing in every game for the Indians this season.

1931       A’s southpaw Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher since 1920 to win 30 games when he beats the White Sox, 2-1. Only two more pitchers this century will win as many games, with Dizzy Dean winning 30 for the Cardinals in 1934 and Denny McLain earning 31 victories thirty-four years later for the Tigers.

1935       The Cubs win their 16th consecutive game as they beat Carl Hubbell, completing a four-game sweep of the Giants. The mark is the most since the 1924 Dodgers won 15 straight games.

1937       Tigers’ first baseman Hank Greenberg becomes the first player to hit a homer into the center field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. The area will become known as ‘the black’ when seats are covered in the dark color to serve as a batting eye.

1939       September call-up Elmer Gedeon collects all three of his major league hits of his five-game career in the Senators’ 10-9 victory over the Indians at Griffith Stadium. The Washington starting center fielder is the first of two major leaguers killed in World War II when the enemy shot down his plane over France in 1944.

1949       With their 77th victory of the year, a 4-3 win in St. Louis, the Phillies will not have a losing season for the first time since 1932. Philadelphia’s record 16-year skid of playing under .500 will be surpassed by the Pirates in 2009, who haven’t won more than they’ve lost since 1993.

1949       Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits his 50th home run of the year, taking Kirby Higbe deep in a 6-4 loss to the Giants at Forbes Field. The 26 year-old All-Star outfielder, having hit 54 round-trippers in his sophomore season of 1947, becomes the first National League player to accomplish the feat in two different seasons.

1951       Indian Larry Doby walks five times in a 15-2 drubbing of the Red Sox when Early Wynn picks up his 20th victory. The intimidating right-hander, who will win exactly 300 games in a 23-year big league career, will post 20 or more wins in five of those seasons.

1955       Ernie Banks, in a 6-5 Cubs’ extra-inning loss to the Cardinals, hits his fifth grand slam of the season to establish a new major league mark, previously shared with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, among the others who also connected four times with bases full. The Chicago infielder hits his historic four-run homer off 19 year-old flamethrower Lindy McDaniel, making his first major league first start after receiving a $50,000 bonus.

1955       After sitting on a flagpole since June 23rd, Bill Sherman leaves his perch after deciding he couldn’t keep his promise to sit there until the Braves won seven consecutive games. Milwaukee will win six games in a row on three different occasions, but can’t get the elusive seventh victory during the 89 days.

1956       Orioles catcher Tom Gastall dies as the plane he is piloting crashes into the Chesapeake Bay. The 24 year-old backup backstop, who signed a $40,000 contract as a “bonus baby” with Baltimore after being drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, was the captain of the Boston University’s basketball and baseball teams in his senior year and played quarterback for the Terriers’ football team.

1959       Richie Ashburn becomes the all-time franchise leader, collecting his 2,212th hit wearing a Phillies uniform. The historic knock is a ball which caroms off first base for a single in Philadelphia’s 9-3 loss to the Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.

1962       Dick Donovan becomes the Indians’ first 20-game winner since Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, and Herb Score each hit the total in 1956. The memorable contest features a pair of back-to-back home runs hit in the first and seventh innings hit by Tribe teammates Walter Bond and Johnny Romano, who also both had doubles, in the team’s 10-9 victory at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

1964       After singling, swiping second, and advancing to third on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 16th inning, Willie Davis steals home, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia. The fleet outfielder’s theft of the plate occurs in the latest frame of a National League game and ties Hal Trosky’s major league mark set in 1944.

1968       Denny McLain posts his 31st victory, the most the American League since 1931 when Lefty Grove finished the season with a 31-4 with the Philadelphia A’s. The Tiger Stadium game is best remembered for Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer run to surpass Jimmie Foxx on the all-time home-run list on a pitch allegedly ‘grooved’ by the Detroit starter.

1970       In an 11-3 rout of Washington at Fenway Park, the Conigliaro bothers each homer in the same game for the second time this season. Teammates Billy and Tony, who also accomplished the feat on July 4th, go deep with solo shots in the fourth and seventh inning.

1971       In just their third year of existence, the Royals are assured of their first winning season when they beat Minnesota, 5-2, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Metropolitan Stadium for the team’s 82 victory this year. Kansas City, ending the campaign with an 85-76 record, finishes in second place, 16 games behind Oakland.

1973       In the fourth inning of the Braves’ 4-1 loss at Dodger Stadium, Davey Johnson hits a solo shot off Andy Messersmith for his 43rd home run of the season, the 42nd as a second baseman. The round-tripper ties the record for the most home runs by a second baseman established 1922 by Cardinal infielder Rogers Hornsby.

1973       Astros’ infielder Dave Campbell hits a first-inning two-run double against San Diego right-hander Clay Kirby to snap a 0-for-45 drought, tying a major league record set in 1909 by Bill Bergen, a catcher who played with Brooklyn. ‘Soup,’ who will become a respected national baseball broadcaster, endured the futility while playing for three teams, combining a 17 at-bat hitless streak with the Padres and another 21 at-bats hitless streak for the Cardinals before hitting the two-bagger in his eighth at-bat with Houston.

1976       Braves owner Ted Turner promotes Bill Lucas to vice president of player personnel, which assumes all the general manager’s responsibilities, with the owner keeping the official title. The former minor leaguer player becomes the first black to run a major league franchise, nearly three decades after Jackie Robinson broke the color line.

1977       With two singles in his first two at-bats, Ted Cox ties and then breaks Senators’ Cecil Travis’ 1933 record of five consecutive hits at the start of a career. The Red Sox rookie designated hitter had gone 4-for-4 in Baltimore yesterday and is 6-for-6 in his first six major league plate appearances.

1980       In the Royals’ 13-3 victory over the visiting A’s, George Brett goes 2-for-4. The third baseman’s two singles keep his batting average at .400, marking the latest date in the season since Ted Williams accomplished the feat in 1941.

1981       The Red Sox snap the Yankees’ nine-game winning streak at Fenway Park, finally beating the Bronx Bombers at home, 8-5. Trailing for most of the game, Boston explodes for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, including Rick Miller’s three-run homer off New York reliever Dave LaRoche.

1982       Mariner rookie Orlando Mercado becomes the third player to hit a grand slam for his first major league hit. Bill Duggelby (1898 – first at-bat) and Bobby Bonds (1968 – third at-bat) were the other two players to accomplish the feat.

1986       Joe Cowley walks seven batters and gives up a run, but the White Sox right-hander no-hits the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, 7-1. The 28 year-old Kentuckian will become the first pitcher in major league history never to win another game after tossing a no-hitter when he is released by the Phillies next season.

1987       The Pirates retire the number 4 worn by Ralph Kiner, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975. The slugging outfielder, the owner of the single-season club record with 54 home runs, won or shared the NL home run title in each of his seven full seasons with Pittsburgh, going deep 301 times overall for the team.

1993       Tom Glavine notches his 20th victory of the season as the Braves beat the Mets at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 11-2. The southpaw becomes the first National League hurler since Ferguson Jenkins (1973) to win 20 games in three consecutive seasons.

1995       Ken Caminiti, in the Padres’ 15-4 rout of the Rockies at Jack Murphy Stadium, becomes the first major leaguer to hit homers from both sides of the plate in the same game three times in one season, accomplishing the feat in just four contests. The San Diego third baseman also went yard facing a Cub right-hander and southpaw on September 16 and 17.

1997       In the first inning of the nightcap of a twin bill at Royals Stadium, Matt Williams tricks Jed Hansen with the rarely used hidden ball trick. The Kansas City rookie, deceived about the ball’s location, is tagged out by the Indians’ veteran infielder after taking a lead off third base in an eventual 6-2 Cleveland victory.

1997       Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit twenty home runs for two different teams in the same season when he goes deep off in the Cardinals’ 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. ‘Big Mac’ had hit 34 with the A’s before being traded on July 31st to St. Louis for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein.

1998       In the Indians’ 7-6 loss to the Royals at Jacobs Field, Manny Ramirez belts two homers, becoming only the second player in history to hit eight home runs in five games. Frank Howard, known as the Capital Punisher, accomplished the feat twice in 1968, en route to collecting a major league-leading 44 round-trippers for the Senators.

1998       Mariner shortstop Alex Rodriguez, in a 5-3 loss to the Angels at Edison International Field, hits his 40th home run of the season off Jack McDowell, becoming the first infielder and third player in major league history to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco (A’s – 1988) and Barry Bonds (Giants – 1996) are the other members of the 40-40 club.

2000       A Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The angry patron threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York’s catcher Todd Pratt.

2001       In the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over Milwaukee at Busch Stadium, Albert Pujols drives in three runs in his first two at-bats with a first-inning groundout and a two-run double in the fourth, breaking the National League rookie record with his 120th run batted in this season. The 21-year-old first baseman, who will finish the year with 130 RBIs, surpasses the mark established in 1930 by Wally Berger, who played for the Boston Braves.

2001       Roger Clemens becomes the first major league pitcher to start a season with a 20-1 record when he goes 6.1 innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. The eventual Cy Young Award winner, who has previously copped the award five times, has won his last 16 decisions for the Bronx Bombers but will drop the next two decisions, finishing the season, 20-3 (.870).

2001       Major League Baseball and the Players Association announce the creation of the MLB-MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund. The organizations will each donate $10 million to aid the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

2002       In his major league debut, Twins’ rookie Mike Ryan strokes two singles, scores two runs, and drives in two runs in the nine-run first inning against the Tigers. Unfortunately, the game is rained out in the second inning, meaning none of the statistics will be official.

2006       In a game against Florida, Julio Franco starts at third base for the Mets, who clinched the NL East flag yesterday. The 48 year-old infielder has not played the hot corner since his rookie year in 1982, marking 24 years between starts at the position.

2006       Heritage Toronto commemorates the spot where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run with a plaque at Canada’s Hanlan’s Point. The historic home run, the only one the Bambino would hit as a minor leaguer, came on September 5th, 1914, when the visiting Providence Grays’ hurler goes deep against the Maple Leafs in the International League contest.

2007       For the tenth consecutive season, the Devil Rays lose their 90th game. Tampa Bay is the only team in big-league history to lose as many as 90 games each year over a decade.

2007       Driving in Jose Reyes with a third-inning single, David Wright becomes the first Mets player in franchise history to collect 100 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. The 24 year-old third baseman will finish the season with 107 ribbies.

2008       In only his second appearance in the Marlins’ starting lineup, Cameron Maybin equals a franchise record by getting on base in 10 consecutive plate appearances, matching the accomplishments of Derrek Lee and Juan Encarnacion. The 21-year-old outfielder’s streak includes hits in eight straight at-bats, which also ties a team record shared by Preston Wilson and Gary Sheffield.

2008       The first reversal determined by baseball’s new instant replay system occurs when Carlos Pena’s two-run double is changed to a three-run homer during the fourth inning in the Rays’ 11-1 rout of the Twins at Tropicana Field. Umpire Mike DiMuro initially signaled fan interference but changes the call after reviewing the video of the Tampa Bay’s first baseman’s line drive.

2009       In the Brewers’ 7-2 victory over Houston, Prince Fielder sets the team’s RBI mark with his eighth-inning sacrifice fly. The Milwaukee first baseman’s league-leading 127 RBI total surpasses the 1983 club record established by Cecil Cooper, the Astros’ manager who watches his record eclipsed from the opposing bench.

2010       Nationals Park hosts a simulcast of the Washington National Opera’s production of Verdi’s dramatic musical play, ‘The Masked Ball,’ being performed at the Kennedy Center. The annual free program, called Opera in the Outfield, features special events, kids’ activities, and prizes to introduce the genre to a broader audience, especially children.

2010       A piece of wood from Wellington Castillo’s shattered maple bat punctures the chest of Tyler Colvin, who is the runner on third base. The Cubs’ rookie outfielder, who will not play another game this season, scores on his teammate’s double, but leaves the game in the bottom half of the inning to be taken to a hospital.

2011       In front of the smallest crowd in the three-year history of the new Yankee Stadium, Mariano Rivera retires Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chris Parmelee to finish New York’s 6-4 win over Minnesota. The save, the 602nd in the closer’s career, breaks Trevor Hoffman’s major league mark.

2014       LA’s Clayton Kershaw becomes the season’s first 20-game winner when the team routs Chicago at a windy Wrigley Field, 14-5. The 26 year-old southpaw, who has compiled a 20-3 (.870) record along with an ERA of 1.80, is the first Dodger hurler to reach the 20-win plateau twice since Claude Osteen accomplished the feat in 1969 and 1972.

2016       At Camden Yards, 40-year-old David Ortiz becomes the oldest player to hit 35 home runs in a season when he takes Dylan Bundy deep in the fifth inning of the Red Sox’s 5-2 victory over Orioles. The Boston DH ties Dave Kingman for the most round-trippers hit in a player’s final year, a mark he’ll surpass when he finishes the campaign with 37.

2017       Alex Gordon goes deep off Ryan Tepera in the Royals’ 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Kansas City left fielder’s eighth round-tripper of the year proves to be the 5,696 home run hit by major leaguers this season, breaking the mark previously established in the steroid-fueled 2000 campaign.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay9257.61747 – 2745 – 3047 – 2319 – 1214 – 174 – 6L 1
Boston8565.5677.546 – 2939 – 3639 – 3020 – 1315 – 186 – 4W 4
Toronto8365.5618.542 – 3141 – 3437 – 3016 – 1316 – 167 – 3W 1
NY Yankees8366.557942 – 3241 – 3430 – 3722 – 919 – 125 – 5L 1
Baltimore47101.31844.523 – 5124 – 5018 – 5110 – 2413 – 152 – 8L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox8464.56849 – 2735 – 3719 – 1438 – 2715 – 174 – 6L 1
Cleveland7274.4931136 – 3636 – 3812 – 2138 – 2613 – 164 – 6W 1
Detroit7178.47713.539 – 3632 – 4217 – 1425 – 3918 – 166 – 4W 1
Kansas City6781.4531736 – 3831 – 4312 – 2129 – 3414 – 185 – 5W 1
Minnesota6584.43619.534 – 4031 – 4411 – 1733 – 3713 – 203 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8761.58846 – 2841 – 3316 – 1219 – 1644 – 226 – 4L 1
Oakland8167.547640 – 3441 – 3315 – 1823 – 1032 – 307 – 3W 4
Seattle7969.534842 – 3337 – 3619 – 1514 – 1737 – 264 – 6L 1
LA Angels7276.4861538 – 3634 – 4016 – 1721 – 1224 – 384 – 6L 2
Texas5593.3723233 – 4122 – 5212 – 1510 – 1826 – 475 – 5W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7670.52137 – 3639 – 3440 – 3022 – 128 – 144 – 6L 4
Philadelphia7672.514142 – 3234 – 4040 – 2917 – 1313 – 195 – 5W 4
NY Mets7277.4835.543 – 3329 – 4434 – 3413 – 1716 – 172 – 8L 5
Miami6286.4191538 – 3624 – 5031 – 3511 – 2017 – 175 – 5L 2
Washington6088.4051734 – 4326 – 4528 – 4513 – 159 – 213 – 7L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Milwaukee9157.61542 – 3149 – 2614 – 1446 – 2223 – 97 – 3W 2
St. Louis7869.53112.541 – 3337 – 3617 – 1631 – 3119 – 139 – 1W 7
Cincinnati7772.51714.539 – 3438 – 3817 – 1240 – 3011 – 214 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs6683.44325.539 – 3627 – 4713 – 2130 – 3517 – 152 – 8L 4
Pittsburgh5692.3783534 – 4122 – 5116 – 1319 – 4811 – 217 – 3W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco9752.65149 – 2548 – 2721 – 1020 – 1443 – 218 – 2W 2
Y-LA Dodgers9554.638252 – 2343 – 3124 – 916 – 1343 – 247 – 3W 1
San Diego7672.51420.544 – 3132 – 4114 – 1516 – 1632 – 353 – 7L 2
Colorado7078.47326.545 – 2725 – 5117 – 1114 – 1929 – 387 – 3W 5
Arizona48100.32448.528 – 4320 – 5712 – 1813 – 1919 – 483 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.017160-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.014190-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Buffalo Bills010.0001.016230-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.016170-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders1001.0000.033271-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs1001.0000.033291-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers1001.0000.020160-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Denver Broncos1001.0000.027130-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023160-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals1001.0000.027241-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns010.0001.029330-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens010.0001.027330-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans1001.0000.037211-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts010.0001.016280-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Tennessee Titans010.0001.013380-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0001.021370-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.03260-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Football Team110.5000.546491-1-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.029310-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
New York Giants020.0001.542570-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams1001.0000.034141-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
San Francisco 49ers1001.0000.041330-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals1001.0000.038130-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Seattle Seahawks1001.0000.028160-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings010.0000.024270-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions010.0000.033410-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Chicago Bears010.0000.014340-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0000.03380-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.03831-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.031291-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers1001.0000.019141-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.06320-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England26175448301810-2-17-3-356
Nashville SC24101133923168-6-02-5-341
New York City FC2411584328158-2-23-3-638
Orlando City SC241086353327-4-23-4-438
Atlanta25997353057-3-32-6-436
D.C.2510411413658-0-32-4-834
CF Montreal24978343046-3-23-4-634
Inter Miami CF2495102435-115-2-64-3-432
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
Columbus2687113035-56-3-32-4-831
New York237511292815-3-32-2-826
Chicago2465132438-145-4-41-1-923
FC Cincinnati2448122444-201-5-53-3-720
Toronto FC2546152851-232-5-42-1-1118
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2413653620166-4-37-2-245
Colorado2312743423116-4-16-3-343
Los Angeles2511593740-37-2-44-3-538
Real Salt Lake251069413567-4-23-2-736
Portland24104103441-76-2-34-2-734
Minnesota249782729-27-2-32-5-534
Los Angeles FC24969373436-5-23-1-733
San Jose257993238-63-3-64-6-330
Vancouver237882933-46-2-41-6-429
FC Dallas2669113843-54-6-22-3-927
Houston26511103139-85-5-30-6-726
Austin2554162540-153-2-72-2-919

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Connecticut Sun256.80614-111-511-310-013 W
x-Chicago Sky1516.48410.05-1010-69-54-62 L
Washington Mystics1219.38713.08-74-127-84-61 L
New York Liberty1220.37513.57-95-116-92-81 W
Atlanta Dream823.25817.04-124-116-82-81 L
Indiana Fever625.19419.04-122-134-102-86 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Las Vegas Aces238.74213-310-510-48-23 W
x-Minnesota Lynx2110.6772.013-38-710-58-23 W
x-Seattle Storm2111.6562.511-510-69-65-51 W
x-Phoenix Mercury1912.6134.07-812-46-88-22 L
x-Dallas Wings1318.41910.06-97-96-84-61 L
Los Angeles Sparks1219.38711.08-84-112-124-62 W