BOYS TENNIS SEMI-STATE
Center Grove 5 Richmond 0
Kokomo 2 Richmond 0
Richmond 2 Logansport 0
Richmond 2 Lafayette Jeff 0
Lawrenceburg 2 Seton 0
Union County 2 Adams Central 0
Adams Central 2 Seton 0
Lawrenceburg 2 Union County 1
Union County 2 Seton 0
Seton 2 Shenandoah 0
Alexandria 2 Union County 1
Harrison 2 Marion 0
BOYS SOCCER SECTIONALS
Seton Catholic 10 Centerville 1
GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS
Union County 3 Muncie Burris 0
BOYS SECTIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
- Rushville 41
- Lincoln 55
- Hagerstown 57
- Centerville 110
- New Castle 149
- Franklin County 178
- Connersville 202
- Union County 212
- Northeastern 218
- Knightstown 284
- Richmond 285
- 11 Elijah Halcomb
- 12 Andrew Miller
17:47.7 Rushville Consolidated
- 11 Trenton Bertsch
18:20.4 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 12 Logan Tuttle
- 11 Payton McGriff
18:31.9 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 11 Dylan McCullum
18:33.6 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 9 Kyle Stanley
18:38.2 Rushville Consolidated
- 12 Parker Jaynes
- 10 Caleb Krodel
18:58.1 Rushville Consolidated
- 11 Luke Bantz
19:09.3 Union County
- 11 John King
19:11.6 Rushville Consolidated
- 12 Nick Innis
19:13.2 Rushville Consolidated
- 10 Sam Sterrett
19:17.9 Rushville Consolidated
- 11 Cole Dixon
19:18.9 Rushville Consolidated
- 9 Quentin Osborne
- 10 Daniel Stuckey
- 12 Dylan Napier
- 9 Blake Smith
19:36.2 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 12 Ben Brock
19:36.6 New Castle
- 12 Holden Robinson
- 9 Ben Maze
19:43.3 Franklin County
- 12 Caylor Fisher
- 10 Bryce Pennington
19:50.7 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 9 Jeff Baker
- 12 Hunter Brown
19:54.5 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 12 Britton Adkins
19:55.6 New Castle
- 9 Mylan Nocton
- 10 Adam Arndt
- 12 Jaycee Wilburn
19:59.0 New Castle
- 10 Drew Grant
19:59.6 Franklin County
- 12 Alexander McKee
- 10 Blake Creech
- 11 Josiah King
- 10 Quentin Hedges
20:24.4 New Castle
- 9 Bryson Hoober
- 10 Sean Brown
- 11 Tanner Lainhart
20:53.5 Franklin County
- 11 Trey Williams
- 10 Luke Paddock
21:10.7 Union County
- 10 Gannen Stockton
- 12 Russ Hensley
21:47.1 Union County
- 9 Skyler Dickey
21:52.1 New Castle
- 11 Kyle Seibert
21:59.6 Franklin County
- 9 Jackson Ramsey
- 10 Alan Napier
- 9 Austin Wenta
- 10 Aaron Limburg
- 9 Hayden Scalf
- 9 Adam Grant
22:14.1 Franklin County
- 9 Jeremy Jergensen
- 11 Luke Carter
22:24.0 New Castle
- 10 Samuel Roesch
- 9 Landon Smith
- 12 Britten West
22:51.9 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 9 Mathew Stephen
- 11 Cole Klusman
23:09.2 Franklin County
- 10 Hunter Jordan
- 12 Evan Nolen
- 9 Wade Toth
- 10 Mahlon Page
23:44.5 Union County
- 9 Isaac Nicholson
- 9 Garrett Burkhart
24:22.1 Seton Catholic
- 10 Conner Greenwell
- 9 Eric Schwab
24:56.9 Franklin County
- 11 Michael Milano
- 12 Brenton Whited
- 9 Jack Dodd
27:59.3 Union County
- 10 Owen Rogers
- 12 David Peck
- 12 Spencer Day
- 11 Will Feebeck
- 12 Raynor Eddy
SECTIONAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
- Rushville 37
- Franklin County 72
- Centerville 100
- Connersville 104
- Hagerstown 110
- Union County 117
- Knightstown 159
- Richmond 181
- 10 Lauren Kelley
21:25.2 Franklin County
- 12 Shannon Dougherty
22:27.0 Rushville Consolidated
- 11 Tylissa Beckner
- 12 Charity Griffith
22:43.8 Rushville Consolidated
- 10 Jaeda Miller
22:46.1 Rushville Consolidated
- 9 Bailey Puckett
23:06.7 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 10 Emily Tedder
- 12 Caroline Arndt
- 11 Katelyn Meyer
23:27.8 Franklin County
- 12 Natalia Meza
23:29.9 Rushville Consolidated
- 10 Vanessa West
23:39.1 Union County
- 9 Priscella Kelly
23:52.9 Union County
- 12 Elizabeth Moore
- 10 Jewelianna Warfel
- 12 Taylor Stewart
24:22.8 Franklin County
- 10 Lydia Nevels
- 10 Journey Cornett
- 11 Morgan Adkins
25:06.1 Rushville Consolidated
- 12 Sicily Bowling
- 11 Teresa Rojas
- 12 Molly West
- 11 Emma Moore
- 12 Jasmin Lykke
- 11 Kairee Hodapp
25:34.1 Franklin County
- 11 Emma Sharpe
25:44.2 Union County
- 12 Anna Shafer
- 12 Kailee Tedder
- 11 Erica Barker
26:03.5 Seton Catholic
- 12 Emma Carr
- 10 Kyley Farmer
- 9 Jill Berger
- 11 Helena Goutsis
26:41.9 Franklin County
- 9 Taylor Pass
- 10 Abby Herbert
26:56.7 Rushville Consolidated
- 10 Ella Nicholson
- 10 Lily Schamel
- 10 Amelia Ross
- 9 Laredo Martin
- 10 Genny Antrim
27:20.4 Union County
- 9 Katherine Apsley
27:28.4 Franklin County
- 9 Maleah Hewitt
- 9 Lily Saunders
28:06.6 New Castle
- 12 Maci Matanich
- 10 Josie Selm
28:22.3 Franklin County
- 9 Susan Walker
- 10 Kalin Baumbauer
28:46.9 Union County
- 12 Brendy Mendoza-gay…
- 12 Grace Lewis
29:17.5 New Castle
- 9 Paige Zettel
- 12 Nora West
29:37.8 Union County
- 12 Madeline Freeman
- 11 Josie Cudworth
29:57.4 Rushville Consolidated
- 12 Hallie Wilson
- 10 Sara Kalkhoff
- 11 Alyssa Harris
30:39.3 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 9 Maddie Bogue
31:19.0 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 10 Lili Wallace
- 9 Kaytlyn Abernathy
33:10.6 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 11 Lauren Foote
- 10 Jessica Mercer
- 12 Cheyanne Lazzell
37:06.2 New Castle
- 9 Ella Parker
- 11 Maina Stock
HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING
Richmond boys & girls bowling teams opened up the season with a pair of victories
Saturday at Richmond 40 bowl. The boys downed Knightstown 17-3 then defeated
Shenandoah 19-1. Freshman Blake Roscoe led the way against the Panthers with a nice
222 in his HS debut while Ethan Blake had high series with a 337. In the nightcap,
Ethan Blake again led the charge with a 195 game & 388 series. The girls
opened with a pair of victories, taking down Tri 19-1 then besting New Castle 17-3.
Jordan Rosser had a great 206 game & 408 series against the Titans while Hayley
Reece took top honors against the Trojans with a 188 game & 370 series.
Both teams return to the lanes next Saturday at Rose City Bowl in New Castle. The
boys take on Union & Lincoln while the ladies tackle Lincoln & Centerville.
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
#1 Alabama 65 Arkansas 31
#15 Michigan 42 Maryland 21
Northwestern 29 #20 Michigan State 19
#19 Texas 48 #7 Oklahoma 45
#9 West Virginia 38 Kansas 22
#23 North Carolina State 28 Boston College 23
#22 Florida 27 #5 LSU 19
#17 Miami Florida 28 Florida State 27
Iowa State 48 #25 Oklahoma State 42
#4 Clemson 63 Wake Forest 3
#21 Colorado 28 Arizona State 21
#3 Ohio State 49 Indiana 26
Texas A&M 20 #13 Kentucky 14 OT
#12 Central Florida 48 SMU 20
#2 Georgia 41 Vanderbilt 13
Mississippi State 41 #8 Auburn 9
#10 Washington 31 UCLA 24
#16 Wisconsin 41 Nebraska 24
#6 Notre Dame 45 #24 Virginia Tech 23
Utah 40 #14 Stanford 21
Hanover 83 Earlham 17
Northern Illinois 24 Ball State 16
Drake 36 Butler 6
Illinois 38 Rutgers 17
Iowa 48 Minnesota 31
Miami OH 41 Akron 17
Ohio 27 Kent State 26
Toledo 52 Bowling Green 36
Buffalo 34 Central Michigan 24
Cincinnati 37 Tulane 21
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Houston 3 Cleveland 1
NY Yankees 6 Boston 2
New Jersey 5 Edmonton 2
Dallas 5 Winnipeg 1
Buffalo 3 NY Rangers 1
Ottawa 5 Toronto 3
Tampa Bay 2 Florida 1
Nashville 4 NY Islanders 3
Montréal 5 Pittsburgh 1
Chicago 5 St. Louis 4
Vegas 2 Minnesota 1
Anaheim 1 Arizona 0
Colorado 5 Philadelphia 2
Calgary 7 Vancouver 4
Cleveland 113 Boston 102
Memphis 109 Indiana 104 OT
LA Clippers 103 LA Lakers 87
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Montréal 3 Columbus 0
Atlanta 2 New England 1
Vancouver 2 Toronto FC 1
Philadelphia 5 Minnesota 1
FC Dallas 2 Orlando City SC 0
Sporting KC 1 Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles FC 3 Colorado 0
Portland 4 Real Salt Lake 1
New York 3 San Jose 1
Indy Eleven played its final regular season home
match of 2018 to a 1-1 draw against Eastern Conference contenders Bethlehem Steel
FC. Indy Eleven forward Eugene Starikov scored the equalizer in the 61^st minute to
save a point in front of a crowd of 14,894.
Earlham 3 Franklin 2
Earlham 3 Kalamazoo 1
Ball State 3 Buffalo 0
Butler 3 Villanova 1
Missouri State 3 Evansville 2
Indiana State 3 Southern Illinois 0
Dayton 3 LaSalle 0
Miami Ohio 3 Kent State 0
Penn State 3 Ohio State 0
Georgetown 3 Xavier 0
IU East 3 IU Southeast 0
IU East Release
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team bounced back from a
Friday defeat and concluded its weekend road trip with a three-set River States
Conference victory at Indiana University Southeast on Oct. 6.
Final score: 25-20, 25-23, 25-23.
IU East is 16-5 overall and 6-1 in the River States Conference. IU Southeast is 17-5
overall and 4-3 in the conference.
IU East hosts Ohio Christian University on Oct. 9. First serve is at 7 p.m. on
The matchup is the “Red Wolves Wear Pink” match in support of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month for IU East. Free t-shirts will be available for the first 200 fans.
General admission for the “Pink Out” match is free, but fans are encouraged to make
a donation to Reid BRAvo! in lieu of admission. Representatives from Reid BRAvo!
will be on hand to accept donations. BRAvo! is a Reid Foundation initiative that
brings joy to the serious matter of breast cancer.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Hanover 2 Earlham 0
Central Arkansas 3 Evansville 2
Davidson 1 Dayton 0 2OT
IUPUI 1 Milwaukee 0
Notre Dame 2 Louisville 1 OT
No. 15 Notre Dame (7-3-1, 3-1-0 ACC) earned a big ACC
victory on Saturday evening at Alumni Stadium, knocking off No. 6
Louisville (6-2-2, 3-1-1 ACC) in overtime by a final score of 2-1. The
Irish have now won four straight matches.
Connecticut 3 Cincinnati 0
Wright State 1 Illinois Chicago 1 2OT
Xavier 1 Villanova 0
Midway 2 IU East 1
IU East Release
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team came up short in a
River States Conference match against Midway University on Saturday, Oct. 6.
An overtime goal Devin Underwood by gave the Eagles a 2-1 victory and kept them
unbeaten in conference action.
Indiana University East is 3-9-0 overall and 0-4-0 in conference play, while Midway
is 4-5-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the league.
Brandon Bates gave the Red Wolves a 1-0 advantage in the first half at the 21:30 mark.
The Eagles tied the match when Callum Kemp scored at 82:23 to set the stage for
The goal by Bates was his third of the season with all of them coming at home. His
other two scores came in a victory over Lincoln Christian University.
The extra session was the first overtime contest this season for the Red Wolves. It
was the third in school history as IU East had a pair of ties in 2017.
Gianluca Marchetti recorded nine saves in goal for the Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves return to action at home against the University of
Cincinnati-Clermont on Thursday, Oct. 11. The final non-conference contest of the
season begins at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Hanover 3 Earlham 0
Indiana State 1 Missouri State 1 2OT
Wright State 3 Illinois Chicago 1
IU East 4 Midway 3
IU East Release
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team earned its first
River States Conference victory by defeating Midway University 4-3 on Saturday Oct.
Olivia Malott and Evie Stepaniak led the offensive attack for IU East with each
player collecting two goals apiece.
It was the Red Wolves first match in two weeks.
Indiana University East improves to 5-3-2 overall and 1-2-0 in conference play,
while Midway falls to 5-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the league.
The Red Wolves wasted no time finding the back of the net in the first half when
they struck for three goals in the first 20 minutes. The duo of Malott and Stepaniak
led the IU East scoring attack. Malott found the net twice in the second and 19th
minutes and Stepaniak netting her goal in the 11th minute.
The Eagles finished off the first half with a scoring flurry of their own when
Taylor Harley and Alexis Little scored in the 36th and 40th minutes, respectively,
to cut the Red Wolves lead to 3-2 heading into halftime.
Both sides had one goal in the second half with Stepaniak capping off the scoring
for IU East with her second goal of the match in the 55th minute. Little scored her
second goal of the match in the 89th minute, which gave the final result of the
IU East outshot (14-8) and had more corner kicks (6-2) than the visiting Eagles.
Stepaniak and Malott continue to lead the Red Wolves this season with five goals
The Red Wolves, with the victory, are now 2-0 against Midway University and remain
undefeated at home this season with a 3-0-1 record. The Red Wolves play five of
their final six matches of the season at home.
The Red Wolves will get a week off before hosting fellow River States Conference
opponent Ohio Christian University on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Earlham 4 Wittenberg 1
WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS
Anderson 8 Earlham 1
IU East 4 Cedarville 3
IU East Release
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Bri Ayres came through with a win at No. 6 singles for the
deciding point in the Indiana University East women’s tennis victory at NCAA
Division II opponent Cedarville University on Oct. 6.
Ayres’ 6-3, 6-1 win was the final match in a 4-3 victory for the Red Wolves.
IU East fell 6-1 in the men’s match.
The IU East women are 5-1 and the men are 4-2. The Cedarville women are 3-3 and the
Yellow Jacket men are 4-0.
No. 3 Ohio State pulls away to beat pesky Indiana 49-26
A week after a gritty win at Penn State, No. 3 Ohio State had to work hard again, this time to put away pesky, unranked Indiana late in the game.
In doing so, Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns – including two in the fourth quarter – as the Buckeyes pulled away for a 49-26 victory Saturday.
With Ohio State protecting a 35-26 lead, Haskins hooked up with Terry McLaurin for a 17-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, and then added a 30-yard scoring pass to Binjimen Victor with seven minutes left to create some breathing room.
The struggle with heavy underdog Indiana a week after battling for a win at Penn State must have given some of the Buckeyes cold shivers. Last year, Ohio State was ranked No. 3 a week after an emotional win over Penn State but was inexplicably routed the next week by unranked Iowa, ruining the Buckeyes’ shot at the College Football Playoff.
“I’m not going to lie, we were probably still tired from last week,” Haskins acknowledged Saturday. “Definitely there was a little lower energy in practice during the week, but the best thing about today is we found a way to win. Even though it wasn’t pretty at times during the game, football is about overcoming adversity.”
Ohio State survived the early scare from the Hoosiers, coming from behind twice in the first half to take a 28-20 lead at the intermission and then besting them in the second half, despite the gritty play of Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who threw for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns.
Williams runs No. 6 Irish past No. 24 Hokies, 45-23
Dexter Williams burst through the line, suddenly saw nothing but green in front of him and was gone.
In a span of seconds, fans of No. 24 Virginia Tech went from roaring with certainty that the Hokies were about to make the kind of defensive play that can change a game to watching it flip in the other direction as Williams sprinted 97 yards down their sideline.
And soon, a tight game was no more, the No. 6 Fighting Irish pulling away for a 45-23 victory on Saturday night.
“I was looking at the Jumbotron the whole time,” Williams said, “to make sure I didn’t get caught.”
The Fighting Irish (6-0) had minus-5 rushing yards and were facing second-and-12 from their 3 when Williams broke into the clear early in the third quarter, putting Notre Dame ahead 24-16. Williams had just been thrown for a 2-yard loss, prompting the crowd’s excitement.
Instead, it was Williams who made the big play.
“We had a couple of plays that we felt comfortable we could run down there,” coach Brian Kelly said of Williams, who ran for 161 yards in his first action of the season last week in a victory against No. 15 Stanford. “He’s got great speed. He’s able to hit it.”
Virginia Tech responded by driving to the Notre Dame 30, but Brian Johnson missed a 47-yard field goal try.
Hook ’em: No. 19 Texas beats No. 7 Oklahoma 48-45 on late FG
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger flashed the “Hook `Em Horns” sign to the ecstatic burnt orange end of the stadium after his third rushing touchdown, and soon after that threw his second scoring pass.
A year after briefly putting the Longhorns ahead late in their Red River rivalry game against Oklahoma when he started as a freshman, Ehlinger had Texas ahead by three touchdowns going to the fourth quarter Saturday.
But Ehlinger still needed one more drive to win the game, and delivered, setting up freshman Cameron Dicker’s 40-yard field goal with nine seconds left to give 19th-ranked Texas a 48-45 victory over the No. 7 Sooners after Kyler Murray had rallied them with three touchdowns in a six-minute span.
“The first three quarters were very impressive. But maybe that last drive was the most impressive to me because when we had really given up a lot of the energy and certainly in a tie ballgame, to let them back in,” Texas coach Tom Herman said of Ehlinger. “For him to go shut the door, with his teammates, that says a lot about his grit.”
Ehlinger was 24-of-35 passing for 314 yards, and ran 19 times for 72 yards. He converted third-and-3 on Texas’ final drive with a 4-yard keeper and his 8-yard draw to the middle of the field set up the winning kick in the highest-scoring game in the 113-game series.
“I still can’t put to words how incredible this rivalry and to be able to be a part of it, I honestly can’t,” Ehlinger said.
Especially after a big victory for the Longhorns (5-1, 3-0 Big 12), who have their first five-game winning streak since 2013 after winning the annual meeting at the State Fair of Texas, where the crowd of 92,300 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium was split 50-50, burnt orange and crimson, as always.
Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1), the three-time defending Big 12 champion, lost to the Longhorns for the third time in six seasons – this was the first time in that span Texas was ranked.
Tagovailoa throws 4 TD as No. 1 Alabama beats Arkansas 65-31
Every week Alabama seemingly reaches another milestone with yet another blowout.
Tua Tagovailoa passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns as No. 1 Alabama ran its winning streak against Arkansas to 12 straight with a 65-31 win Saturday. The Crimson Tide has reached 45 points in six straight games for the first time in program history.
It took just one play for Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) to set the tone as Tagovailoa hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. on a pass across the middle that Smith took 76 yards to the end zone and a 7-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has coached the Tide to five national titles, but never has he had a team like this.
“I can’t make any comparisons. This is a different team with its own identity,” Saban said. “You’re not really competing against the other team, you are competing against yourself. Are you really playing as well as you’re capable of playing? We’re obviously playing better on offense than we are on defense.”
Tagovailoa fired four first-half touchdown passes, going 10-of-12 overall. The sophomore was a spectator for most of the second half. He has yet to throw a fourth-quarter pass as Alabama has outscored its opponents by a combined 336-96.
“I thought we did an outstanding job on offense,” Saban said. “We had a lot of explosive plays, a lot of big plays.”
Alabama built leads of 21-0 and 34-14. Tagovailoa hit Jerry Jeudy for scoring strikes of 42 and 60 yards in the second quarter.
Grier has 4 TDs, 4 turnovers, No. 9 WVU beats Kansas 38-22
One messy game didn’t diminish West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen’s confidence in Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier.
Grier’s four turnovers overshadowed a four-touchdown performance in No. 9 West Virginia’s 38-22 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
West Virginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the second time in three seasons.
“We’ll take the sloppy win and go home,” Holgorsen said.
The heavily-favored Mountaineers had no trouble moving the ball, but Grier’s efforts to throw into extra coverage near the goal line cost his team plenty of points.
Grier was intercepted three times in the first half either in the end zone or at the goal line, two of them by cornerback Hasan Defense. All three of Grier’s interceptions occurred when West Virginia had driven inside the Kansas 15-yard line.
“He has the confidence to make any throw and every throw,” Holgorsen said. “That’s why he’s a hell of a quarterback, but those windows become small. I thought their defenders did a better job of attacking the ball than our receivers did.”
Kansas (2-4, 0-3) entered the game leading the Big 12 with eight interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns.
Grier said Kansas did a good job of mixing up its defensive schemes near the goal line. West Virginia saw its streak of 15 straight scores inside the opponents’ 20-yard line snapped.
“We’ve got to be better in the red zone,” Grier said. “I got to be better on not forcing things. It will be fixed going forward.”
Grier also had a third-quarter fumble on a scramble. West Virginia had committed six total turnovers in its previous four games.
Kansas was limited to 286 yards of offense but stayed in the game until late. Peyton Bender hit Jeremiah Booker with a 35-yard pass early in the third quarter and Khalil Herbert, who had a career-high 291 yards rushing against West Virginia last season, followed with a 31-yard TD run to pull the Jayhawks within 21-14.
Thorson leads Northwestern past No. 20 Michigan State 29-19
On a day when Northwestern had little choice but to pass early and often, Clayton Thorson was up to the task.
Thorson threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, and the Wildcats recovered from another second-half slip to beat No. 20 Michigan State 29-19 on Saturday.
The Spartans (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) entered with the nation’s top-ranked run defense and held Northwestern (2-3, 2-1) to 8 yards on the ground, but it didn’t matter. The Wildcats moved the ball consistently well through the air, and Michigan State’s offense was mostly inept except for a brief stretch in the third quarter.
“I think this was one of my best games in responding when bad things happen,” Thorson said. “We don’t win a lot when I throw two picks. So really credit to our guys for staying in it.”
Thorson threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Cameron Green with 15 seconds left in the third, and a 2-point conversion gave Northwestern a 22-19 lead.
The Wildcats missed a field goal with 6:41 to play, but Michigan State went 15 yards backward on the ensuing possession and had to punt. The Spartans held again defensively, and on the next possession, they had second-and-1 from their own 11. After two near-sacks, running back Connor Heyward was stopped on fourth down. Thorson scored on a 2-yard run to make it a 10-point game with 2:51 left.
“We’ll find the answers. I feel pretty confident in that,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’ll right the ship.”
The Spartans took advantage of a first-quarter interception and led 3-0, but Thorson connected with Kyric McGowan for a 77-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left in the period. Thorson found JJ Jefferson for a 34-yard TD in the second, and Northwestern led 14-6 at halftime.
Trickery, defense help No. 22 Florida edge No. 5 LSU 27-19
Lucas Krull grew up idolizing Tim Tebow, a left-handed quarterback big enough to play tight end.
So imagine how wide-eyed Krull was when Tebow spoke in the locker room before Florida’s game against LSU. Krull was even more star-struck when Tebow congratulated him afterward.
A former Arkansas pitcher and now a seldom-used, lefty tight end, the 6-foot-6 Krull lofted a perfect pass to Feleipe Franks on a trick play that set up No. 22 Florida’s winning touchdown in a 27-19 victory against fifth-ranked LSU on Saturday.
“I was like, `Hey, can we get a picture?'” Krull said. “He was like, `Yeah, of course. Great throw. Great team win.’ So that was awesome to be able to talk to him.”
The Gators (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) scored all their points after the end of the first quarter, when Tebow became the sixth player inducted into the school’s ring of honor .
“I didn’t want him to let him down that way,” said Florida coach Dan Mullen, who was Tebow’s offensive coordinator for two national championships. “I know it’s a night he’ll never forget and the whole family will never forget. I know winning that game was kind of like a little cherry on top to make sure it was all smiles.”
With Tebow watching much of the game from the sideline, Florida looked a little like a championship contender.
Lamical Perine grinded out tough yards and scored twice, Florida’s defense was as good as it’s been all season and the difference was another perfect trick play called by Mullen.
Comeback for the ages: No. 17 Miami stuns FSU, 28-27
At Miami, this will be The Comeback.
At Florida State, this will be The Collapse.
N’Kosi Perry threw four touchdown passes, and No. 17 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback ever against Florida State by rallying from 20 points down midway through the second half to top the Seminoles 28-27 on Saturday night.
“I never doubted,” Miami safety Jaquan Johnson said.
There were few who could say that.
The game had the usual fare that comes with this rivalry: A pregame shout fest after warmups, the entire Miami roster getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for running across the field to come to the aid of injured receiver Jeff Thomas after he got pulled down by his face mask and was shaken up near a raucous Florida State sideline, and missed field goals by both teams in the final quarter.
But what Miami did in the final 20 minutes, that was most unusual.
The Hurricanes, down 27-7, scored two touchdowns in a span of 42 seconds to get right back into the game, and then Perry connected with Brevin Jordan with 11:52 left for what became the winning score – the one that would give Miami (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) its first home victory over FSU since 2004.
“No one gave in,” Miami coach Mark Richt said. “No one gave up,”
Perry’s numbers weren’t great – 13 for 32, 204 yards – but he made big throws when they mattered. The go-ahead score to Jordan came one play after Perry threaded a 32-yard throw to Thomas on third-and-10, meaning in the span of about a half-minute the Hurricanes went 73 yards for the lead.
Texas A&M outlasts No. 13 Kentucky 20-14 in OT
Jimbo Fisher has his first signature victory at Texas A&M. It took a little extra time to earn it.
Trayveon Williams twisted into the end zone on a 10-yard run in overtime to give the Aggies a wild 20-14 victory over No. 13 Kentucky on Saturday night.
Kentucky’s Miles Butler missed a 43-yard field goal to start the extra period, the ball bouncing back off the crossbar, and the Aggies capitalized with Williams’ touchdown run four plays later to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
“Heck of a football game,” said Fisher, the former Florida State coach in his first year with the Aggies. “We just kept playing and going on to the next play. And our defense was outstanding.”
The Aggies turned in one of their top plays of the night when defensive end Kingsley Keke sacked quarterback Terry Wilson on third-and-2 in overtime for a loss of eight yards. That created a field-goal attempt that was just out of Butler’s reach.
“The sack was huge in the game,” Fisher said. “Another yard (closer), and the field goal would have been good.”
The tide appeared to turn in the Wildcats’ favor early in the fourth quarter, when Kellen Mond’s pass intended for Hezekiah Jones popped off Jones’ hands and into the waiting arms of safety Darius West, who returned the ball 19 yards to the Kentucky 49. The drive ended in a punt, however, and a 43-yard punt return by Roshauud Paul to the Kentucky 48-yard line with 11:07 left in the game.
Fitzgerald leads Miss St to 23-9 win over No. 8 Auburn
Mississippi State first-year coach Joe Moorhead once had a goal to turn Nick Fitzgerald into more of a passer than a runner during his senior season.
Six games later, there’s been a shift in philosophy: Time to let the big man loose.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Fitzgerald ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns and Mississippi State’s defense had another dominant performance in a 23-9 victory over No. 8 Auburn on Saturday night. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid and re-established the Bulldogs as a force in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
Moorhead said after spending the past week identifying what the team does well, it was time for Fitzgerald to shoulder the load. He had a career-high 28 carries.
“I took my coaching pills this week,” Moorhead said with a grin. “I forgot them the past two weeks.”
Mississippi State (4-2, 1-2) came into the game among the nation’s top 10 in scoring defense, and the Bulldogs were brilliant on that side of the ball once again. The Tigers hit on a couple big plays, but once they neared the end zone the Bulldogs clamped down.
Auburn (4-2, 1-2) settled for three field goals, which wasn’t nearly enough.
Gonzalez, Bregman lift Astros over Indians for 2-0 ALDS lead
ustin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have been even more brilliant in the playoffs, keeping Cleveland’s powerful offense in check to give the Houston Astros a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.
Cole struck out 12 and walked none, combining with two relievers on Houston’s second straight three-hitter in a 3-1 victory Saturday.
“There’s no doubt we expect to be good, but this is a team effort,” Cole said. “So, we expect to keep our team in the ballgame. I don’t know about all the personal accolades or all the dominance or that kind of stuff, but we just want to put up a fight.”
Marwin Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run double and Alex Bregman homered for the second straight day.
Next up: 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel will oppose Mike Clevinger in Game 3 of this best-of-five series on Monday in Cleveland.
Francisco Lindor hit a third-inning homer for the AL Central champion Indians, who have three runs in the two games. Cleveland is batting .100 (6 for 60) following a regular season in which the Indians ranked second in the majors with a .259 average. Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson have combined to go 1 for 22.
Sanchez, Judge power Yankees past Red Sox 6-2 to even ALDS
Aaron Judge helped chase David Price early by hitting a home run to a part of Fenway Park where balls rarely travel.
Gary Sanchez did him one better.
The Yankees catcher, who tested his manager’s confidence with a sub-.200 batting average and poor defense for most of the season, hit two homers, the second a 479-foot shot clear out of the ballpark that sent New York to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and tied their AL Division Series at one game apiece.
“Just a monster night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You know he’s capable of that. We all know he’s capable of that. That’s kind of what we’ve been waiting for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense.”
One night after Chris Sale earned his first career playoff victory, Price fell to 0-9 in 10 postseason starts and was booed off the field after five outs by a Fenway crowd hoping to see the Red Sox protect the home-field advantage they earned with an AL East title and franchise-record 108 regular-season wins.
Instead, Masahiro Tanaka helped the wild-card Yankees claim the first victory by a road team in a Division Series game this year and gave them a chance to advance to the AL Championship Series with a pair of wins at home, where they are 7-0 over the past two postseasons.
Games 3 and 4 are at Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday nights, with Game 5 back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary.
Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor
Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then climbed over the cage and set off a brawl by scuffling with another fighter in McGregor’s corner on Saturday night.
The wild scene occurred after McGregor (21-4) got caught in a choke by Nurmagomedov (27-0), who defended his lightweight belt with an impressive victory over the superstar who infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn last April.
But the Russian champion then exacerbated several months of hostilities between the fighters’ camps. Nurmagomedov stepped away from the prone McGregor and immediately pointed at the Irishman’s corner, shouting and throwing his mouthpiece.
The men in McGregor’s corner appeared to respond with taunts, and Nurmagomedov climbed over the fence and fought with Dillon Danis, a Bellator welterweight who trains with McGregor. Meanwhile, two men entered the cage and sucker-punched McGregor, who defended himself before security personnel separated everyone.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor both left the ring before the championship belt could be put around Nurmagomedov’s waist. UFC President Dana White said he feared a melee in an arena dominated by fans of McGregor.
Before the post-fight madness, Nurmagomedov firmly asserted his grappling dominance over McGregor’s striking skill in the Irish superstar’s first MMA bout in 23 months. McGregor hadn’t been in a fight since losing his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather last year, and Nurmagomedov proved an insurmountably tough opponent for his comeback.
Brandt Snedeker leads PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open
Brandt Snedeker birdied the final three holes Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open.
Snedeker finished with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions to get to 16-under 200 on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.
“I’m really proud of the way I stepped up there and hit some quality shots when I needed to,” Sneaker said. “I made some birdies and gave me a little bit of cushion for tomorrow, which will be really important because tomorrow’s supposed to be tougher than today, so every shot is really important coming down the stretch.”
He won the Wyndham Championship in August, opening with a 59 en route to his ninth PGA Tour title.
“It was a tough day, the wind kicked up the last 12 or 13 holes,” Snedeker said. “I just did a great job of staying patient knowing the last three holes were birdies holes.”
Kevin Tway was second after a 68.
“It was a tough day, the wind picked up,” said Tway, who had a bogey-free round with four birdies. “I kept the ball in play nicely. I made a nice save on 14 and that was my only real bad shot.”
Sungjae Im (69) was 12 under, and Bill Haas (67) followed at 11 under.
Bell sets Xfinity rookie record at Dover with 6th victory
Christopher Bell has a second straight NASCAR championship in sight.
Bell won his sixth Xfinity Series race this season in the playoff race Saturday at Dover International Speedway, setting the rookie record for victories in a season.
He passed three drivers for most rookie wins: Greg Biffle won five races in 2001, as did Kyle Busch in 2004 and Carl Edwards in 2005.
Bell built his record with wins at Kentucky, New Hampshire, Iowa and twice at Richmond and expected to add a few more as he chases a championship.
“We’re in really good shape,” Bell said.
The 2017 Truck Series champion, Bell won the first stage Saturday and was never in any serious trouble driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, leading 110 of 200 laps.
“It’s been a career year for me,” Bell said. “All credit to Joe Gibbs Racing. We have really fast race cars every time I go to the racetrack.”
He was the only driver headed into the race who secured a spot in the semifinal round.
Ross Chastain, Ryan Truex, Ryan Reed and Brandon Jones all failed to advance.
Bell, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Elliott Sadler, Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric and Matt Tifft are still in the running for the championship when the series picks up in two weeks at Kansas.
Amid rape case, Ronaldo asks for space to celebrate goal
Cristiano Ronaldo asked his Juventus teammates to leave him alone.
For all that he’s embroiled in – accused of rape nine years ago – the soccer superstar wanted some space so he could celebrate his goal on Saturday all by himself in front of a TV camera.
He leaped into the air with an emphatic double fist pump, as he’s often marked his goals, and then let his teammates congratulate him.
Ronaldo’s powerful, angled goal, the second of the match and his fourth of the season, was met by applause and boos in the Italian league game at the home of Udinese. Ronaldo and Juventus finished 2-0 winners.
“Ronaldo had a good game,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “He’s been training serenely and tonight he scored an extraordinary goal.”
Just over a week ago, Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in the U.S. saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have re-opened an investigation. Ronaldo has denied the accusation.
Ronaldo was not available for questions after the match, and Allegri wouldn’t speculate what has been going through Ronaldo’s mind away from the soccer field.
“Off the pitch, I don’t know, because I don’t live with him at home,” Allegri said. “I see him on the pitch and he’s serene. He trains, he plays and he scores goals – that’s the most important thing.”
Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-3)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: Tony Corrente
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 27-15
STREAKS: Titans have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 10/11/15: Bills 14 at Titans 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/21/12: Titans 35, Bills 34
- QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 344 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 99.4 rating & rushed for 46 yards with TD in Week 4. Has 6 games with pass TD & rush TD since entering league in 2015, tied for 6th-most among NFL QBs. Since 2015, is 1 of 3 NFL QBs (KIRK COUSINS & CAM NEWTON) with 60+ pass TDs (60) & 10+ rush TDs (10). • RB DION LEWIS had 153 scrimmage yards (129 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Buf. (12/24/17 with NE). Has 130+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 meetings. RB DERRICK HENRY has 454 rush yards in 4th Q since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL (KAREEM HUNT). • WR COREY DAVIS set career-highs with 9 catches & 161 rec. yards, his 1st-career 100+ yard game, & had GWTD catch last week. Is 1st Titan with 150+ rec. yards & TD catch in single game since JARED COOK (12/24/11). WR TAJAE SHARPE had TD catch in Week 4. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had 10 tackles, sack & FF in Week 4. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. Buf. (12/24/17 with NE). Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOSH NORMAN) with 200+ tackles (215) & 45+ PD (48) since 2015. DT JURRELL CASEY had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. LB WESLEY WOODYARD had 9 tackles in last meeting. LB JAYON BROWN had career-high 10 tackles, 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB LOGAN RYAN has 30 tackles & 2 TFL in his past 3 vs. Buf.
QB JOSH ALLEN (rookie) threw for 245 yards & TD in only career home start (9/16/18 vs. Chargers). Has 2 rush TDs, tied for 2nd-most among NFL QBs. • RB LE SEAN MC COY had 130 rush yards & TD in last game vs. Ten. (11/23/14 with Phi.). Aims for his 3rd meeting in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. In past 9 at home, has 1,005 scrimmage yards (111.7 per game) with 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). Since joining Bills in 2015, has 90+ scrimmage yards in 17 of his 21 home games (81 pct.). RB CHRIS IVORY has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 4 vs. Ten. • WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. TE CHARLES CLAY is 1 of 4 active TEs with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons (2013-17). Has 165 catches in 4 seasons with Buf., 4th-most by TE in franchise history. • S JORDAN POYER had INT last week. Has 39 tackles (7.8 per game), INT, FF & 2 PD in past 5 at home. S MICAH HYDE has 3 PD in past 4 at home. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER has 4 TFL & sack in past 3 at home. CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 3 PD last week. Since entering league in 2017, has 4 games with 3+ PD, tied for 2nd-most in NFL. Ranks 5th in NFL with 22 PD since 2017. Rookie LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS leads team with 30 tackles. Is only AFC player with 30+ tackles (30) & 4+ PD (4) in 2018. DE JERRY HUGHES had 3 TFL last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Rookie S SIRAN NEAL had 1st-career sack last week.
New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-1)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Bank of America Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 5-4
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/20/15: Panthers 38 at Giants 35
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Panthers 38, Giants 0
QB ELI MANNING passed for 255 yards with 1 TD last week. Has 343 career TD passes & surpassed HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for 7th-most TD passes in NFL history. Passed for 245 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.7 rating in last meeting. In 3 career games at Car., has 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 89.9 rating. Has 576 pass yards (288 per game) with 3 TDs & 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in past 2 on road. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY (rookie) had 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 44 rush) & rush TD in Week 4. Is 5th player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career road games. Has 453 scrimmage yards, most among NFL rookies in 2018. • WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 6 catches for 76 yards & TD in last meeting. In 3 career games on road vs. NFC South, has 24 receptions for 325 yards (108.3 per game) & 3 TDs. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 10 catches for 77 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. • S LANDON COLLINS tied career high with 14 tackles in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Led team with 9 tackles in last meeting. DE OLIVIER VERNON had 2 sacks in only career meeting (11/24/13 with Mia.). LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles in his last game vs. Car. (11/6/16 with LAR). Has 17 tackles & INT in past 2. Rookie DT B.J. HILL had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JANORIS JENKINS has 2 INT-TDs, 8 PD & FF in his past 7 on road.
QB CAM NEWTON aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating. Had 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) & 108 rating in Week 3. Has 3 career games with 2+ TD passes & 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most all-time. Has 57 career rush TDs, most by QB in NFL history. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 3 at home. Passed for 340 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating & added 100 rush yards in last meeting. • RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had career-high 184 rush yards in Week 3. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in all 3 games in 2018. In his past 4 at home, has 483 scrimmage yards (120.8 per game) & TD catch. RB C.J. ANDERSON had rec. TD in Week 3, his 1st TD with Car. • WR DEVIN FUNCHESS led team with 67 rec. yards & TD in Week 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home. Since entering league in 2011, WR TORREY SMITH ranks 3rd among active NFL players with 16.4 yards per reception (min. 200 catches). • LB LUKE KUECHLY had 5 tackles & INT in Week 3. Had 15 tackles in last meeting. In 3 career meetings, has 33 tackles (11 per game) & 2 PD. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL with 844 tackles. Rookie CB DONTE JACKSON had 7 tackles & 2 INTs in Week 3, his 1st-career multi-INT game. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & INT. Has 3 INTs in 2018, tied for NFL lead. DE EFE OBADA had sack & INT in Week 3 in NFL debut. DE MARIO ADDISON has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home.
Miami Dolphins (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Paul Brown Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 15-6
STREAKS: Dolphins have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/29/16: Dolphins 7 at Bengals 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/16
QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 120+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3 meetings. Is 10-2 in his past 12 starts. Ranks 2nd in AFC in comp. pct. (69.1 pct.) & 3rd in rating (106.1). • RB FRANK GORE had TD catch last week. Had 101 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 19 rec.) in his last game vs. Cin. (10/29/17 with Ind.). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career meetings. RB KENYAN DRAKE has TD in 4 of past 6 on road. • WR KENNY STILLS had 74-yard TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with TD catch. Since entering league in 2013, has 16.3 yards per catch avg., 2nd-highest among NFL players (min. 200 catches). WR ALBERT WILSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Is 1 of 4 active players with 5+ TD catches (9), rush TD (1) & pass TD (1) in career. • LB KIKO ALONSO led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 12+ tackles. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 46 tackles & is only NFL player with 40+ tackles & INT this season. Had career-high 22 tackles in 10/13/13 meeting (with Buf.). DE CAMERON WAKE has 4 sacks, 2 TFL, FF & FR in his past 3 meetings. S RESHAD JONES has 38 tackles (9.5 per game), 2 TFL & FR in his past 4 on road. CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 3 INTs & 4 PD in his past 3. CB BOBBY MC CAIN had INT last week. Had sack & PD in last meeting. DE ANDRE BRANCH had FF in last meeting.
BENGALS recorded GW-TD pass with under 10 seconds remaining in 4th Q last week for 2nd time in franchise history (10/10/99). • QB ANDY DALTON completed 29 of 41 (70.7 pct.) for 337 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 109.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 330+ pass yards. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 11 TD passes. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 96 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 104 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 25 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in 10/31/13 meeting. In his past 4 at home, has 436 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & rush TD. Since entering leauge in 2013, is 1 of 2 active players (LE’VEON BELL) with 3,000+ rush yards (3,055) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,138). • WR A.J. GREEN caught GW 13-yard TD with 7 seconds remaining in 4th Q last week. In 3 career meetings, has 30 catches (10 per game) for 366 rec. yards (122 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 10+ catches & 125+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 5 TD catches. WR TYLER BOYD had career-high 11 catches for 100 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rec. yards. • DT GENO ATKINS had sack last week. In past 3 vs. Mia., has 3.5 sacks & 4 TFL. Aims for 4th meeting in row with sack. Has 8.5 sacks in past 10 at home. DE CARLOS DUNLAP aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 5 of past 6.
Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FirstEnergy Stadium | Referee: Clay Martin
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 29-9
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 5
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Ravens 27 at Browns 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17
- QB JOE FLACCO passed for 363 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating last week. Has 350+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. Passed for 288 yards with TD & had rush TD in last meeting. Has 11 TD passes vs. 5 INTs for 90.5 rating in his past 6 vs. Cle. Aims for 4th meeting in row with 90+ rating. Has 2+ pass TDs in each of past 3 vs. division. • RB JAVORIUS ALLEN led team with 70 rush yards in last meeting. Has 262 scrimmage yards (65.5 per game) with 2 TD catches in past 4 vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. RB ALEX COLLINS had TD catch last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5. • WR JOHN BROWN had 3 catches for 116 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has 22.5 yards per catch avg. in 2018, 2nd-highest in NFL (DE SEAN JACKSON) among players with 15+ catches. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 26 TD catches since 2015, tied for 5th-most in NFL. • LB C.J. MOSLEY had 5 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 10 vs. division. S ERIC WEDDLE aims for his 5th in row vs. Cle. with INT. LB TERRELL SUGGS has sack & FF in 2 of past 3 meetings. In his past 6 on road, has 3.5 sacks, 4 TFL, FF & 5 PD. CB BRANDON CARR aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with INT. In 6 career meetings, has 3 INTs & 9 PD. LB MATTHEW JUDON had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4 vs. division. LB TIM WILLIAMS had sack last week.
- QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) passed for 295 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. His 295 pass yards were 5thmost by No.1 overall pick in his 1st-career start in SB era. • RB CARLOS HYDE had 82 rush yards & TD last week. Rushed for 55 yards in only career meeting (10/18/15 with SF). Has 160 rush yards (80 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 at home. Since 2016, is 1 of 8 with 2,000+ rush yards (2,211) & 20+ total TDs (22). Rookie RB NICK CHUBB had 3 carries for 105 yards, incl. rush TDs of 63 & 41 yards last week. Is 1st player in NFL history with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs on 3 or fewer carries. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. had rush TD in last meeting. Has 143 scrimmage yards (71.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. Bal. Since 2015, leads NFL RBs with 1,825 rec. yards & ranks 2nd among RBs with 197 catches. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had TD catch last week. Has 209 rec. yards (104.5 per game) in past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. TE DAVID NJOKU had 1st-career TD catch in 9/17/17 meeting at Bal. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 4 sacks, 3 TFL & 3 FFs in his past 4 vs. division. LB JOE SCHOBERT had careerhigh 14 tackles & sack last week. Has 49 tackles (9.8 per game), 3 PD & 2 FRs in past 5 vs. division. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI has 6 TFL in past 4. Is 1 of 5 in AFC with 6+ TFL (6) & 3+ sacks (3) in 2018. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. has 17 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in his past 2 vs. Bal.
Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) at Detroit Lions (1-3)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Ford Field | Referee: John Hussey
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 98-70-7
STREAKS: Lions have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Packers 11 at Lions 35
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17
- QB AARON RODGERS has 34 TD passes vs. 6 INTs for 109.4 rating in 16 career games vs. Det. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with 4+ TD passes & 100+ rating. In his past 9 vs. division, is 7-1-1 with 23 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 113 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 31 rec.) in last meeting. RB AARON JONES had 82 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 8 catches for 81 yards in Week 4. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6. Has 4 TD catches in his past 4 vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC North with TD. Since 2016, leads NFL with 25 rec. TDs. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch last week, his 1st-career TD with GB. Has 6 TDs in his past 6 on road. Since 2012, leads NFL TEs with 54 TD catches & ranks 2nd in receptions (442) & rec. yards (5,303). • DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 9 tackles & had sack in Week 4. Has 19 tackles, 3 TFL, sack, FF & 2 PD in past 3 vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row on road vs. NFC North with PD. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 175 tackles. Rookie CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 1st-career INT in Week 4. LB KYLER FACKRELL had career-high 3 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. DL KENNY CLARK had FF & FR in Week 4. In his past 4 vs. division, has 3 sacks & FR.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Has 1,416 pass yards (354 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 118.3 rating in his past 4 meetings. Aims for 5th in row vs. GB with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TDs & 95+ rating. Has 1,470 pass yards (294 per game), 11 TDs & INT for 118.3 rating in his past 5 vs. NFC North. • RB KERRYON JOHNSON (rookie) rushed for 1st-career TD last week. Is averaging 83 scrimmage yards per game in past 2. RB THEO RIDDICK leads NFL RBs with 207 receptions since 2015. • WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 132 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 20 catches for 294 yards (98 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. WR MARVIN JONES, JR. has 25 receptions for 507 yards (101.4 per game) & 6 TDs in 5 career meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with TD. In his past 5 vs. NFC North, has 24 receptions for 467 yards (93.4 per game) & 6 TDs. • DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4 sacks in his past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Has 6 sacks in 5 career home meetings. LB JARRAD DAVIS led team with 11 tackles & FF in Week 4. Had career-high 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in last meeting. Has 25 tackles & INT in 3 career home games vs. division. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 4 INTs & 7 PD in his past 4 at home. Since 2017, leads NFL in INTs (9) & PD (30).
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Arrowhead Stadium | Referee: Brad Allen
LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 6-5
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/6/16: Jaguars 14 at Chiefs 19
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/6/16
QB BLAKE BORTLES completed 29 of 38 (76.3 pct.) for 388 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 114.8 rating last week. Has 375+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. In last meeting, passed for 252 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & rushed for 54 yards. Since entering the league in 2014, is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (RUSSELL WILSON) with 15,000+ pass yards (16,023) & 1,500+ rush yards (1,542). • RB T.J. YELDON had 100 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 48 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 65+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3 on road. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 874 scrimmage yards (109.3 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career road games. • WR DEDE WESTBROOK set career highs with 9 catches & 130 rec. yards last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR DONTE MONCRIEF had 109 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in only career meeting (10/30/16 with Ind.). WR KEELAN COLE has 195 rec. yards (65 per game) in past 3 on road. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 3 sacks & 5 TFL in past 4. Had sack in his last game vs. KC (12/7/14 with Az.). Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TFL. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 17.5 sacks. DT MALIK JACKSON had sack in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack last week. In past 6 on road, has 7 sacks, 5 TFL & 3 FFs. CB A.J. BOUYE had 4 tackles & 2 PD in his last meeting (9/18/16 with Hou.). LB TELVIN SMITH aims for 3rd in row with TFL.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES had 304 pass yards with TD & 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Passed for 314 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.5 rating in only career home start (9/23/18 vs. SF). Leads NFL with 14 pass TDs & ranks 2nd with 126.5 rating. Ties for 2nd-most TD passes (14) in team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 175 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 7 games with 100+ rush yards since entering league in 2017, tied for 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 rush TDs in past 2. Has 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 8. Has 494 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) with 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 at home. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,616 rush yards & 3rd with 2,130 scrimmage yards. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 78 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. In his past 10 at home, has 65 catches (6.5 per game), 864 rec. yards (86.4 per game) & 5 TD catches. WR TYREEK HILL has 3 TD catches in past 4. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 350+ rec. yards (364) & 3+ TD catches (3). WR CHRIS CONLEY has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • LB DEE FORD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of past 4 at home. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack in Week 4. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. Had 3 sacks in his only career meeting (9/8/13). Has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & 2 FFs in his past 6 at home. CB ERIC MURRAY had 1st-career INT last week.
Denver Broncos (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | MetLife Stadium | Referee: Pete Morelli
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 19-15-1
STREAKS: Broncos have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Jets 0 at Broncos 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/12/14: Broncos 31, Jets 17
- QB CASE KEENUM passed for 245 yards last week. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 6 road starts. Since 2017, is 1 of 4 NFL QBs with 4,500+ pass yards (4,535), 25+ TD passes (25) & 66+ comp. pct (66.2). • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY (rookie) rushed for 69 yards & TD last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Is only NFL rookie with 300+ scrimmage yards (312), rush TD (1) & rec. TD (1). Rookie RB ROYCE FREEMAN had 8 carries for 67 yards (8.4 avg.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Freeman (219 rush yards, 3 rush TDs) & Lindsay (267, 1) are only pair of RB teammates with 200+ rush yards & TD run each in 2018. • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 18 catches (9 per game) for 217 yards (108.5 per game) with 2 TDs in past 2 meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS is 1 of 2 NFL players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 300+ rec. yards (314) & 50+ rush yards (53). TE JEFF HEUERMAN (57 rec. yards) & rookie WR COURTLAND SUTTON (51) set career-highs in rec. yards last week. • LB VON MILLER had sack in last meeting. In 3 career games vs. NYJ, had 4.5 sacks & 7 TFL. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 87.5 sacks. LB BRANDON MARSHALL had 7 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & FF in last meeting. LB TODD DAVIS had sack last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. S DARIAN STEWART had INT in last meeting. DE ADAM GOTSIS had sack & FR in last game vs. NYJ.
- QB SAM DARNOLD (rookie) threw for TD last week. Passed for 334 yards in only career home start (9/16/18 vs. Mia.). Leads rookie QBs with 868 pass yards. • RB ISAIAH CROWELL ties for third in NFL with 4 rush TDs. Since entering league in 2014, is 1 of 8 active RBs with 3,000+ rush yards (3,289), 25+ rush TDs (25) & 100+ catches (101). RB BILAL POWELL has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Since 2016, ranks 3rd among NFL RBs with 4.77 yards per carry avg. (min. 200 carries). Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 at home. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD. • WR QUINCY ENUNWA led team with 66 rec. yards last week. Has 173 rec. yards (86.5 per game) in his past 2 at home. Has 16 catches for 1st downs, tied for 6th-most in AFC. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 483 rec. yards (80.5 per game) & 4 TD catches in his past 6 at home. TE JORDAN LEGGETT had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB AVERY WILLIAMSON had 9 tackles, FF & PD last week. Has 23 tackles & 2 sacks in past 2. Had FF in only career meeting (12/11/16 with Ten.). S JAMAL ADAMS had career-high 12 tackles last week. Had TFL in last meeting. Has 31 tackles, tied for 2nd-most among NFL safeties. LB DARRON LEE has 4 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4 at home. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had INT & 2 PD in last game vs. Den. (11/16/14 with Rams). DE LEONARD WILLIAMS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of past 3.
Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Heinz Field | Referee: John Parry
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 13-2-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/14/14: Steelers 27 at Falcons 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/12/10: Steelers 15, Falcons 9
- QB MATT RYAN has 1,065 pass yards (355 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 137.9 rating in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 100+ rating. Passed for 310 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.3 rating in last meeting. In his past 4 on road vs. AFC, has 1,150 pass yards (287.5 per game), 7 TDs & 1 INT for 111.3 rating. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 300 scrimmage yards (100 per game) & rush TD in his past 3 on road. Has 598 scrimmage yards (99.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 6 on road vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 249 scrimmage yards (83 per game) & TD catch in past 3. Rookie RB ITO SMITH had 1st-career rush TD last week. • WR JULIO JONES led team with 9 receptions for 173 yards in Week 4. Has 13 games with 150+ rec. yards since entering league in 2011, most in NFL over span. Has 17 catches for 318 yards (159 per game) is his past 2 road games. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. WR CALVIN RIDLEY leads NFL rookies with 264 rec. yards & 6 TDs in 2018. His 6 rec. TDs are most by rookie in his team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. • DE TAKKARIST MC KINLEY had 3 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 2 vs. AFC. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with PD. Since 2015, leads NFL with 59 PD.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has completed 43 of 57 (75.4 pct.) for 598 yards (299 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in two career meetings. In his past 5 at home vs. NFC, has 1,660 pas yards (332 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 117.6 rating. Has 98+ rating in 12 of his past 14 games at home. Leads NFL with 1,414 pass yards (353.5 per game) & ranks 5th with 119 comp. • RB JAMES CONNER is 1 of 2 in AFC (MELVIN GORDON) with 200+ rush yards (232) & 150+ rec. yards (164) in 2018. • WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch in Week 4. Had 10 catches for 123 yards in last meeting. In his past 9 vs. NFC, has 76 catches (8.4 per game) for 935 yards (103.9 per game) & 8 TDs. In his past 6 at home, has 679 rec. yards (113.2 per game) with 6 TDs. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Since entering league in 2017, ranks 7th in AFC with 1,333 rec. yards. TE VANCE MC DONALD has 2 TD catches of 75+ yards since 2016, tied for most in NFL. • LB JON BOSTIC tied for team lead with 9 tackles last week. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 vs. NFC. LB BUD DUPREE has 4 TFL, 2 sacks & INT-TD in his past 5 vs. NFC. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JOE HADEN had INT in his last game vs. Atl. (11/23/14 with Cle.). LB VINCE WILLIAMS had 9 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with TFL.
Oakland Raiders (1-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | StubHub Center | Referee: Alex Kemp
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 62-52-2
STREAKS: Chargers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Raiders 10 at Chargers 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17
- QB DEREK CARR completed 35 of 58 (60.3 pct.) for 437 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 92.4 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 340+ pass yards. In his past 5 vs. division, has 1,412 pass yards (282.4 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 99.4 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 90+ rating. Ranks 4th in NFL with 120 completions & 71.0 comp. pct. • RB MARSHAWN LYNCH had 119 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 18 rec.) in last meeting. Has 337 scrimmage yards (84.3 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Chargers. Aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Has 492 scrimmage yards (82 per game) & 5 rush TDs in past 6 on road. RB DOUG MARTIN has 187 scrimmage yards (93.5 per game) with rush TD in 2 career meetings. • WR AMARI COOPER had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD last week. Has 8+ catches & 110+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 3 catches for 115 yards, incl. 87-yard TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 110+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 8 catches for 110 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL TEs with 370 rec. yards & ties for 3rd with 2 TD catches. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 105 rec. yards & TD in only career meeting (11/6/11 with GB). • LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD led team with 12 tackles last week. S REGGIE NELSON had INT last week. Leads all active players with 37 INTs. LB BRUCE IRVIN had sack last week. Has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3 meetings. CB GAREON CONLEY had 36-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career INT.
- QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 250 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.2 rating in Week 4. Has 3+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 97+ rating. In last meeting, passed for 387 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating. Has 51,504 career pass yards & surpased HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 8th-most in NFL history. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 159 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 55 rec.) & TD catch last week. Has 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. In 4 career meetings, has 390 scrimmage yards (97.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush). Leads AFC with 475 scrimmage yards. RB AUSTIN EKELER had rec. TD in Week 4. Has 351 scrimmage yards this season & joins Gordon (475) as only pair of RB teammates with 350+ scrimmage yards each in 2018. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 9 catches for 133 yards & TD & had 27-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD. TE ANTONIO GATES had TD catch last week. Has 115 career rec. TDs, most among TEs in NFL history. • S DERWIN JAMES (rookie) had 7 tackles, 2 PD & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of 4 career games. Is 1 of 2 players in NFL (CARLOS DUNLAP) with 3+ sacks (3) & 5+ PD (6) this season. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 PD in his past 4 vs. division. DE MELVIN INGRAM has 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2 home meetings.
Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Lincoln Financial Field | Referee: Walt Coleman
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 13-10
STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/23/16: Vikings 10 at Eagles 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/23/16
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 422 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week. Has 4 games with 400+ pass yards since 2016, most in NFL. Had 303 pass yards, 3 TDs & INT for 110.7 rating in his last game vs. Phi. (10/23/17 with Was.). In 4 career meetings at Phi., has 1,329 pass yards (332.3 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112 rating. Aims for 5th in row at Phi. with 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 649 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 7 career games. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 catches for 135 yards & TD in Week 4. Joined HOFer RANDY MOSS (2007) & ISAAC BRUCE (2004) as only players with 100+ rec. yards in each of team’s 1st 4 games since 1970. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 100+ yards & TD. WR STEFON DIGGS had 11 receptions for 123 yards last week. Has 6 TDs in his past 7. WR ALDRICK ROBINSON had 2 TD catches in Week 4, his 1st-career multi-TD game. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 6 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 5th in row with sack. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 6+ tackles & sack. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT & FF in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH has 14 tackles & FR in 2 career meetings. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL safeties with 11 sacks. Rookie CB MIKE HUGHES tied for team lead with career-high 7 tackles & had 1st-career FF in Week 4. Is 1 of 3 NFL rookies with INT (1) & FF (1) in 2018. S ANDREW SENDEJO had INT in last meeting.
REMATCH of 2017 NFC Champ. Game, which Phi. won 38-7. • QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 348 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.4 rating last week. Is 9-0 in his past 9 home starts. In his past 6 at home, has 1,464 pass yards (244 per game) with 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.9 rating. • RB JAY AJAYI had 99 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 26 rec.) in 2017 NFC Champ. Game vs. Min. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 8 catches for 105 yards & TD in Week 4. Had 85 rec. yards & 2 TDs in 2017 NFC Champ. Game. In his past 8 vs. Min. (incl. playoffs), has 46 catches for 702 yards (87.8 per game) & 8 TDs. TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 10 catches for 112 yards last week. Has 10+ receptions in 2 games in 2018, most by NFL TE. Ranks 2nd among NFL TEs in catches (183) & rec. yards (1,967) since 2016. WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 56-yard TD catch last week in his 1st game with Phi. since 2016. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FF in last meeting. DE DEREK BARNETT aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JORDAN HICKS had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks & 3 PD in his past 2 at home. DT FLETCHER COX has 3 sacks in his past 4. LB NIGEL BRADHAM had sack & PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ tackles. S COREY GRAHAM led team with 9 tackles in Week 4. Had INT in 2017 NFC Champ. Game. Rookie CB AVONTE MADDOX had 1stcareer INT last week.
Arizona Cardinals (0-4) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Levi’s Stadium | Referee: Shawn Smith
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 29-24
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Cardinals 20 at 49ers 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17
- QB JOSH ROSEN (rookie) had TD pass & 88.5 rating in 1st-career start last week. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 112 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 41 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has 356 scrimmage yards (89 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 2+ TDs. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road vs. division. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 119 scrimmage yards per game (min. 20 games). • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 meetings. Has 2,169 rec. yards & 17 TD catches vs. SF, both most vs. any opponent in his career. Ranks 3rd in NFL history in rec. yards (15,686) & receptions (1,249). TE JERMAINE GRESHAM had TD catch in last meeting. WR CHAD WILLIAMS had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 sacks in his past 3 vs. SF. Aims for 5th in row vs. SF with TFL. Since 2015, leads NFL with 43.5 sacks & ties for 1st with 56 TFL. DT OLSEN PIERRE has 1.5 sacks & PD in 2 career meetings. In 6 career games vs. NFC West, has 3.5 sacks, FF & PD. S ANTOINE BETHEA has 7+ tackles in 4 of past 5 on road vs. NFC West. CB PATRICK PETERSON has 2 INTs & 5 PD in past 4 on road. Had FR in last meeting. Has INT, 2 PD & FR in his past 3 on road vs. division. S TRE BOSTON led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. Aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles.
QB C.J. BEATHARD had career-high 298 pass yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 4. Passed for 294 yards & had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th start in row with 200+ pass yards. • RB MATT BRIEDA ranks 3rd in NFL with 313 rush yards in 2018. Has 347 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & rush TD in his past 3. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN has 18 catches for 312 yards (78 per game) & TD in his past 4 at home. TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 6 receptions for career-high 125 yards & TD in Week 4. Ranks 3rd among NFL TEs with 316 rec. yards & leads TEs with 218 YAC this season. Has 416 rec. yards & TD in his past 5. WR PIERRE GARÇON has 2 TDs in 4 career meetings. Has 11 receptions for 178 yards (89 per game) in his past 2 vs. division. WR KENDRICK BOURNE has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE DE FOREST BUCKNER has 2 sacks, 3 TFL, FR & PD in 3 career meetings. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 4. LB REUBEN FOSTER had career-high 14 tackles in last meeting. Has 20 tackles (10 per game) in 2 career home games vs. division. LB MALCOLM SMITH has sack, FR & INT in his past 5 vs. Az. DB ANTONE EXUM, JR. had 32-yard INT-TD & 3 PD in Week 4, his 1st-career TD. Has 12 tackles, sack, FF & INT-TD in his past 2. DL SHELDON DAY had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. Rookie LB FRED WARNER is 1st rookie since 2000 with 10+ tackles in 4 consecutive games to begin career. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 43 tackles.
Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Clete Blakeman
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 23-16
STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Rams 42 at Seahawks 7
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17
RAMS are 4-0 for 1st time since 2001 (started 6-0). • QB JARED GOFF completed 26 of 33 (78.8 pct.) for career-high 465 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for perfect 158.3 rating last week. Is 5th player in NFL history with 450+ pass yards, 5+ TDs & 0 INTs in single game. Became 1st QB in NFL history with 350+ pass yards & 75+ completion pct. in 3 consecutive games. Ranks 1st in rating (127.3), 2nd in pass yards (1,406) & ties for 2nd in TD passes (11) in 2018. • RB TODD GURLEY aims for 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 338 rush yards, 532 scrimmage yards & 6 TDs. Had 180 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 28 rec.) & career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 receptions for 116 yards & TD last week. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (10/30/16 with NO). WR COOPER KUPP set career-highs with 9 receptions, 162 rec. yards & 2 TDs in Week 4. Has 5 TDs in his past 5. WR ROBERT WOODS aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD. Has 22 receptions for 315 yards (105 per game) & TD in his past 3 on road vs. NFC West. • DT AARON DONALD had 2 sacks last week. Has 6 games with 2+ sacks since 2015, 2nd-most among NFL DTs (KAWANN SHORT, 8). Tied career-high with 3 sacks & FF in last meeting. Rookie DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 1st-career sack & FF last week. S JOHN JOHNSON has 22 tackles, FF & 3 PD in his past 3.
- QB RUSSELL WILSON has 8 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102 rating in his past 4 at home. Has 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 95.4 rating in his past 11 vs. Rams. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. division with 0 INTs. Since 2017, ties for NFL lead with 41 TD passes (TOM BRADY). • RB MIKE DAVIS set career-highs in rush yards (101) & TD rushes (2) in Week 4. Has 188 scrimmage yards (94 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2 vs. division. • WR DOUG BALDWIN has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Rams. In his past 7 at home vs. NFC West, has 45 catches for 628 yards (89.7 per game) & 6 TDs. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Since 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 29 TD catches. WR TYLER LOCKETT has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Had career-high 130 rec. yards & TD in 12/15/16 meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for 9th in row vs. Rams with 7+ tackles. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Since entering league in 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 795 tackles. DE DION JORDAN had 7 tackles & sack in last meeting. DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 7 sacks, 8 TFL & FF in his past 9. Has 3 sacks in his past 4. DT JARRAN REED has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. Rookie CB TRE FLOWERS had 6 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. CB
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Houston Texans (1-3)
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | NRG Stadium | Referee: Bill Vinovich
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 3-1
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/5/14: Texans 17 at Cowboys 20 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/26/10: Cowboys 27, Texans 13
- QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 255 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating last week. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) & 93.9 rating in 4 career road games vs. AFC. Since entering league in 2016, ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 12 rush TDs. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch last week. Is 3rd player in team history with 150+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards in single game. Has 719 scrimmage yards (119.8 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. AFC. In his past 6 road games, has 832 scrimmage yards (138.7 per game) & 7 TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 on road. Since 2016, leads NFL in rush yards (3,040) & rush TDs (24). • TE GEOFF SWAIM had 1st-career TD catch last week. WR COLE BEASLEY has 5 rec. TDs in his past 8 vs. AFC. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had 71 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3 TD catches in his past 2 vs. AFC South. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had career-high 8 tackles & 3 sacks last week. Has 2 games with 3+ sacks since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 on road vs. AFC. In his past 10 road games, has 9.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 3 FRs. S JEFF HEATH aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with FF & PD. Has 2 FFs, INT & 3 PD in his past 4 vs. AFC. LB JAYLON SMITH aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE tied career-high with 8 tackles in Week 4.
- QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 375 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.8 rating & rushed for 41 yards with TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. In his past 4 at home, has 1,154 pass yards (288.5 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.5 rating. Ranks 4th in AFC with 1,246 pass yards & is only NFL QB with 1,200+ pass yards & 150+ rush yards (161) in 2018. • RB LAMAR MILLER has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 7 of past 10 at home. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among active RBs with 5,398 scrimmage yards. • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 169 yards & TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards since 2015, tied for 4th-most in NFL. Has 11 TD catches in past 9 at home. Since 2017, has 695 rec. yards (77.2 per game) & 11 TD catches in 9 games at home. WR WILL FULLER V had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in his past 7 at home. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie WR KEKE COUTEE had 11 catches for 109 yards in NFL debut last week, 2nd-most catches by player in 1st-career game in NFL history. • DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 14 sacks, 16 TFL, 3 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 11 at home. In his past 4 vs. NFC, has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & FF. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks & FR-TD in Week 4. Has 12 TFL, 5 sacks & FF in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 8 TFL in his past 5 at home. S TYRANN MATHIEU had INT in 11/2/14 meeting (with Az.).
Washington Redskins (2-1) at New Orleans Saints (3-1)
Monday, October 8, 2018 | 8:15 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Referee: Carl Cheffers
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 17-9
STREAKS: Redskins have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Redskins 31 at Saints 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/17
QB ALEX SMITH passed for 214 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126 rating in his last game vs. NO (10/23/16 with KC). In 3 games with Was., has 767 pass yards (255.7 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.2 rating. In his past 10 on road, has 2,837 pass yards (283.7 per game), 23 TDs & 4 INTs for 118.6 rating. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 120 rush yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Has 102 career rushing TDs & moved into sole possession of 7th place on all-time rush TD list. Has 281 rush yards (93.7 per game) & TD in his past 3 on road. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 8 TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) in his past 8 on road. Has 10 TD catches since 2014, 3rdmost among NFL RBs. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had TD catch in Week 3. TE JORDAN REED had 8 receptions for 64 yards & 2 TDs in his last Monday game (10/23/17 vs. Phi.). Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. NO (11/15/15). WR PAUL RICHARDSON, JR. had rec. TD in Week 3, his 1st TD with Was. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has sack in 2 of 3 career meetings. Has 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 Monday games. DL JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks in Week 3, his 1stcareer multi-sack game. Rookie DL DARON PAYNE had 1st-career sack in Week 3. LB ZACH BROWN has 9+ tackles in 8 of his past 11 on road. Has 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks & FR in 4 career Monday games.
QB DREW BREES aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Was. with 300+ pass yards. In his past 8 at home, is 7-1 with 2,418 pass yards (302.3 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.3 rating. Has 71,740 career pass yards & needs 201 yards to surpass HOFer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) & PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for most in NFL history. • RB ALVIN KAMARA leads NFL with 611 scrimmage yards in 2018. Had career-high 134 rush yards & 3 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 175+ scrimmage yards. In his past 7 at home, has 813 scrimmage yards (116.1 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.). Had 116 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 42 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 46 catches for 498 yards (99.6 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 10+ receptions & TD. WR TED GINN, JR. has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in last meeting. Has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3. Has 9 sacks, INT-TD & 8 PD in his past 9 at home. S VONN BELL led team with career-high 13 tackles & had sack & FF in last meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 4, his 2nd-career 2-sack game. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DARIUS LEONARD) with 35+ tackles (37) & 2+ sacks (2) in 2018. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 1st-career FR last week. Has 2 INTs, 8 PD & FF in his past 4 at home. DT TYELER DAVISON had sack & FF in Week 4.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
- 1916 – In Lebanon, Tennessee, Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222-0 in the most lopsided victory in American college football.
- 1927 – New York Yankees’ Herb Pennock retires first 22 Pittsburgh Pirates in World Series game (World Series #24).
- 1933 – New York Giants beat Washington Senators, four games to one in 30th World Series.
- 1935 – Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, four games to two in 32nd World Series.
- 1950 – New York Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series.
- 1952 – New York Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 3 in 49th World Series; New York Yankees tie their own record of four consecutive World Series wins.
- 1964 – New York Yankees make 14th appearance in last 16 and 29th in 61st World Series.
- 1965 – 50-mph gust carries 165-pound Robert Mitera’s tee shot 447 yards to score the world’s longest straight hole-in-one at Miracle Hills in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
- 1972 – First season game at Nassau Coliseum, Calgary Flames-3, New York Islanders-2.
- 1977 – With two outs in top of 9th, Los Angeles Dodgers trailing Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 in playoffs, score three runs and win 6-5. Dodgers hold 2-1 game lead.
- 1978 – The Los Angeles Dodgers win their second straight National League pennant.
- 1981 – In first Eastern Division championship New York Yankees beat Milwaukee Brewers 5-3.
- 1984 – The San Diego Padres win the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
- 1984 – Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL’s career rushing leader.
- 1989 – Rickey Henderson steals a record 8 bases in a play off (5 games).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1904 Jack Chesbro gets his 41st win of the season when the Highlanders beat Boston in New York, 3-2. Happy Jack’s win-total is considered to be the modern era major league mark for the most victories in a season.
1905 Fred Odwell hits his ninth and final home run of the season, making the Reds’ outfielder the National League’s home run champion. ‘Fritz’ hit just one last year as a rookie, and after leading the majors this season, will not hit another round-tripper for the remainder of career.
1925 Prior to Game 1 of the World Series at Forbes Field, Commissioner Landis orders the Pirates and the Senators to wear black arm bands in memory of former Giants legend Christy Matthewson, who died this morning at Saranac Lake, NY, of tuberculosis. Although the practice will become a common occurrence, this is believed to be the first time in major league history that teams have altered their uniform to acknowledged the passing of a fellow ballplayer.
1935 In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6, the Tigers win their first World Series in franchise history when Goose Goslin singles home Mickey Cochrane to give the team a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory over the Cubs. Tommy Bridges goes the distance, giving up 12 hits, to get the Navin Field victory.
1939 In Game 3 at Crosley Field, Charlie Keller becomes the first rookie to hit two home runs in the same World Series game. The 22 year-old outfielder’s first and fifth inning homers, both off starter Junior Thompson, help the Yankees beat the Reds, 7-3.
1950 Rookie hurler Whitey Ford, with ninth inning help from Allie Reynolds, beats the Phillies, 5-2, as the Yankees complete the World Series sweep of Philadelphia’s ‘Whiz Kids’. Jerry Coleman wins the Babe Ruth Award as the series MVP.
1952 In the decisive Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 4-2, to win their fourth consecutive World Championship. Gil Hodges finishes the Fall Classic hitless in twenty-one at-bats, which had prompted some Brooklyn fans to gather at local churches asking for divine help for their beloved first baseman.
1961 The Yankees win Game 3 of the World Series, beating the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 3-2. The decisive blow is Roger Maris’ home run leading off in the top of the ninth inning off Cincinnati starter Bob Purkey.
1964 Bob Uecker, who had been shagging out in left field, tries his hand at catching batting practice balls with a tuba when a unsuspecting member of a Dixieland band leaves it unattended. Much to the delight of the crowd, the comedic Cardinals backup catcher is successful in two of his six attempts to snag a fly ball in the mouth of the instrument, but the owner, who is not amused, asks the team for $250 to cover the cost of repairing the dented brass.
1969 The Cardinals trade Curt Flood along with Byron Browne, Joe Hoerner, and Tim McCarver to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson, and Cookie Rojas. When Flood refuses to report to Philadelphia, St. Louis will send Willie Montanez and a minor leaguer to complete the trade, but the outfielder’s courageous challenge to the reserve clause will have a dramatic impact on the game.
1977 In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Dodgers rally for three runs with none on and two outs in the top of the ninth inning to take a one-run lead in their eventual 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The game appeared to be over when LA’s Davey Lopes is picked off first base for the final out, but a throwing error by Gene Garber advances him to second base, from where he will score the decisive run on Bill Russell’s single.
1978 In Game 4 of the NLCS, Ron Cey scores in the 10th inning on Bill Russell’s two-out game winning single, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Phillies and their second consecutive National League pennant. Cey, who walked after the first two batters were retired, advanced into scoring position when Garry Maddox misplayed Dusty Baker’s fly ball in center field.
1984 In a game that will be best remembered for Cubs first baseman Leon Durham’s seventh-inning error on an easy ground ball, the Padres win the NLCS when Tony Gwynn’s seventh inning two-run double breaks a 3-3 tie en route to a 6-3 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium. Chicago had a 2-0 game advantage as well as 3-0 lead in the decisive Game 5, but were unable to end their thirty-nine year World Series appearance drought.
1988 The Yankees replace manager Billy Martin with Dallas Green. ‘Billy the Kid’ will compile a 1253-1013 (.553) record piloting the Tigers, Twins, Yankees, A’s, and Rangers during his 19-year managerial career.
1995 In Game 4 of the ALDS, Edgar Martinez’s eighth-inning grand slam breaks a 6-6 tie with the Yankees at the Kingdome. The Mariner DH’s round-tripper, considered by many the biggest in franchise history, is the difference in Seattle’s eventual 11-10 victory, forcing a decisive Game 5.
1995 With a 10-4 victory over Colorado, the Braves win their Division Series behind the solid pitching of Greg Maddux and the power provided by Fred McGriff’s two home runs. The eventual World champs will sweep Cincinnati in the NLCS before beating Cleveland in the Fall Classic
1996 Vince Naimoli, the founding owner of the Devil Rays, and St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer preside over the official groundbreaking ceremony for the planned renovations to be done at Tropicana Field, the home of the new American League franchise. The $63 million facelift of the eight year-old facility, originally known as the Florida Suncoast Dome, will take fifteen months to complete.
2000 Benny Agbayani’s 13th inning home run ends the longest LDS game ever played, 5 hours and 22 minutes. The dramatic round-tripper by the Mets outfielder, who was voted the 36th greatest athlete from Hawaii by Sports Illustrated, gives New York a 3-2 victory and 2-1 series advantage over the Giants.
2001 On the last day of the season, Rickey Henderson bloops a double down the right field line off Rockies’ hurler John Thomson to become the 25th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. Tony Gwynn, who is playing in his last major league game and is also a member of the 3000 hit club, meets the Padre outfielder at home plate in front of a sellout crowd Qualcomm Park.
2001 Barry Bonds extends his major league record for home runs in a season to 73 as he drives a 3-2 first inning knuckleball off Dodger Dennis Spriner over the right field fence. The blast also secures two more major league records for the Giants’ left fielder when he surpasses Babe Ruth (1920 – .847) with a .863 season slugging percentage and bests Mark McGwire (1998 – one HR every 7.27 AB) by homering in every 6.52 at-bats.
2005 The White Sox complete a three-game postseason sweep of the Red Sox, defeating the defending World Series champion in Game 3 of the ALDS, 5-3. The Fenway Park victory marks the first time the Pale Hose have won a postseason series since 1917.
2006 Three years after enduring a 119-loss season, the wild-card Tigers upset the much-favored Yankees to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 1987. After beating New York 8-3 to take the ALDS 3 games to 1, the Detroit players start spraying champagne on fans at Comerica Park, who have suffered through 12 consecutive losing seasons and a tough month of September before the team wins their first postseason series in 19 years.
2006 The Mets defeat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, to complete a three-game sweep in the NLDS. The Dodgers have won only one postseason game in 13 attempts since beating the A’s in the 1988 World Series.
2007 George Steinbrenner makes it clear if the Yankees do not get past the first round of playoffs against the Indians, Joe Torre’s job, the longest tenured manager under the Boss’s ownership, will be in jeopardy. Trailing the ALDS 2-0, the team responds for their popular skipper with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Tribe at the Stadium.
2010 With only 17 instances of a manager being tossed in the history of the postseason, two occurrences happen on the same day when the Rays’ Joe Maddon and Twins’ Ron Gardenhire are both ejected from different ALCS games. The Tampa Bay skipper gets the heave-ho in the fifth frame in a game against Texas for arguing a check swing with home plate umpire Jim Wolf, and the Minnesota pilot suffers the same fate with Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh inning in the contest against the Yankees.
ON THIS DAY IN SPORT HISTORY-OCTOBER 7, 1984
CHICAGO-The moment finally came on the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter today. Jim McMahon, the Chicago Bears’ quarterback, called “Toss 28 Weak,” a pitchout for Walter Payton and a play the Bears have run countless times before. Only this time there was something special about it. This time Payton ran the pitchout to his left behind the fullback Matt Suhey and the left guard Mark Bortz for a 6-yard gain and a place in history. The yards moved him past Jim Brown to become the National Football League’s career leading rusher.
Brown, who gained 12,312 yards from 1957 through 1965 with the Cleveland Browns, had led Payton by 66 before today. Payton’s run lifted him past Brown by 5 yards, and he finished the game, a 20‚7 victory over the New Orleans Saints, with 154, for a career total of 12,400 and 775 this season, the best of his career. Payton’s performance set another record. He ran for 100 yards or more for the 59th time; until today, he and Brown had shared the record at 58.
Because of the inconsistent nature of the Bears’ recent play and the fact that they were leading the Saints by only 13‚7, Payton wanted to minimize the disruption when the historic moment came. Although in recent weeks he had discussed with Bears’ officials what sort of ceremony might be held the moment after he broke the record, very little was done when it actually happened. The game was stopped so that the officials could give Payton the ball. He was immediately engulfed by his teammates and many of the Saints, offering congratulations. Then he walked over and shaked the hand of Bum Phillips, the Saints coach. Finally, he walked the ball off the field to the Bears’ sideline before play resumed.
“We didn’t have enough points to stop the game for longer,” said Payton, who had scored on a 1-yard run with three seconds remaining in the first half. “I wanted to get everybody off the field so we could score some more.” Payton said he felt “relieved” that the chase was finally over. After speaking by telephone for several minutes to President Reagan, who offered his congratulations from aboard Air Force One, Payton described how the chase had begun to bother him.
“For the past three weeks, I have tried to conceal it, but there has been a lot of pressure,” he said. “It’s been really hard to deal with; I’m glad I don’t have to do this every week. There was a lot of pressure, and if you don’t know how to deal with it, you can go astray.”
Walter Payton retired after the 1987 season with 16,726 yards. He died of bile duct cancer at age 45 in November 1999. Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys broke Payton’s record in October 2002.