INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Jay County 47, Richmond 44
Marion 89, North Side 63
Central 56, Yorktown 48
Westfield 68, Kokomo 50
Centerville 75, Seton Catholic 70, 2OT
Hagerstown 76, Cowan 48
Wapahani 61, Tri 24
Lincoln 95, Crosspointe Christian 41
Scecina 49, Lincoln 43
Shenandoah 72, Blue River 51
Wes-Del 88, Elwood 26
Scecina 51, Daleville 45
Daleville 67, Crosspointe Christian 38
NCC THIS WEEK
Monday, Dec. 2
Benton Central at Lafayette Jeff, 6 pm, Lafayette Jeff
Harrison vs. Twin Lakes, 7:30 pm, Lafayette Jeff
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Fishers at Central, 7:30 pm
Tindley at Tech, 7:30 pm
Pioneer at Logansport, 8 pm, Logansport
Central Catholic vs. McCutcheon, 6 pm, Lafayette Jeff
Friday, Dec. 6
Hagerstown at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Marion at Lawrence North, 7:30 pm
Peru at Kokomo, 7:45 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7
Anderson at New Castle, 7:30 pm
East Central at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Marion at Homestead, 7:30 pm
North Central at Tech, 7:30 pm
TEC THIS WEEK
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Union City at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm
Union County at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Delta, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 6
Lincoln at Union (Modoc), 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Knightstown at Union County, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Centerville , 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Union City, 7:30 pm
Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7
Franklin County at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) at Union City, 7:45 pm
MEC THIS WEEK
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Anderson Prep at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Tipton, 7:30 pm
Union City at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 6
Lincoln at Union (Modoc), 7:30 pm
Cowan at Tri-Central, 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Daleville , 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Union City, 7:30 pm
Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Madison-Grant, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7
Blackford at Blue River, 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Wes-Del , 7:30 pm
Elwood at Daleville, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Alexandria, 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Purdue Poly, 7 pm
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA
Saturday, Nov. 30
Anderson 75, Kokomo 38
Harrison 47, South Side 45
Marion 76, Tech 48
Penn 64, Lafayette Jeff 28
Richmond 29, Central 27
North Decatur 57, Knightstown 29
Northeastern 73, Daleville 36…. (NE Release)The Lady Knights had a well-balanced book Saturday afternoon. Every player contributed to the game. The Lady Knights played solid defense and shot well from beyond the arc. Scoring for the Lady Knights were Jenna McFarland with 17 points, Taylor Farris with 15 points, Kenzie Chasteen with 14 points, Willow Runyon with 8 points, Alizah Rankin with 6 points, Kelli Drake with 5 points, Sidney Dill with 4 points, and Emma Wright and Kelsey Cottongim with 2 points each. The Lady Knights move to 6-1 and play Jay County Tuesday, December 3rd at Home with a JV tip-off at 6pm.
Union County 59, Randolph Southern 34
Winchester 97, New Castle 32
Blackford 43, Blue River 40
Eastern Hancock 46, Wapahani 44 ©
Elwood 42, Wes-Del 36
Monroe Central 43, Cloverdale 33
Shenandoah 60, Frankton 49
NCC THIS WEEK
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Marion at Anderson , 7:30 pm
Rushville at Richmond, 7:30 pm
TBA at Logansport, TBA, Logansport
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Clinton Prairie at McCutcheon, 7:30 pm
Tech at Lawrence Central, 7:30 pm
Central Catholic at Harrison, 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo , 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 5
Central at Tech, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 6
Richmond at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7
Brebeuf at Tech, 1:30 pm
Harrison at Anderson, 2:30 pm
Kokomo at Peru, 1:30 pm
McCutcheon at Marion, 2:30 pm
TEC THIS WEEK
Monday, Dec. 2
Anderson Prep at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Lincoln at Tri, 7:30 pm
Jay County at Northeastern, 7:30 pm
Knightstown at Irvington Prep, 6 pm
Morristown at Hagerstown, 6 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Connersville at Union County, 7:30 pm
Delta at Winchester, 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 5
Lincoln at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Knightstown at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Tri, 6:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 6
Lincoln at Union, 6 pm
Centerville at Northeastern, 6 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7
Eastern Hancock at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm
Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) at Union City, 6 pm
Talawanda (Ohio) at Union County, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm
MEC THIS WEEK
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Blue River at Wapahani , 7:30 pm
Cowan at Union , 6 pm
Southwestern at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Monroe Central at Union City, 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Daleville, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 5
Lincoln at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Knightstown at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Blackford, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 6
Lincoln at Union, 6 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7
Blue River at Wes-Del, 2:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Ritter, 1:30 pm
Union at Purdue Poly, 6 pm
Winchester at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class 2A State Championship
Final | Western Boone 44, Eastbrook 7
■ Western Boone repeats as 2A state champ, wins third title overall
■ Eastbrook’s Wyatt Stephenson receives Ress Mental Attitude Award
■ Western Boone (14-1), Eastbrook (12-3)
Class 4A State Championship
Final | Evansville Memorial 21, East Noble 3
■ Evansville Memorial claims second title in three years, first in 4A (2017 3A)
■ East Noble’s Bailey Parker selected as Eskew Mental Attitude Award recipient
■ Final Records: Evansville Memorial (13-1), East Noble (14-1)
Class 6A State Championship
Final | Carmel 20, Center Grove 17
■ Greyhounds top conference rival CG to win ninth football crown
■ Center Grove’s Jalen Goines earns Eskew Mental Attitude Award
■ Final Records: Carmel (11-3), Center Grove (8-6)
#4 Georgia 52 Georgia Tech 7
#1 Ohio State 56 #13 Michigan 27
#3 Clemson 38 South Carolina 3
#15 Auburn 48 #5 Alabama 45
#9 Baylor 61 Kansas 6
#12 Wisconsin 38 #8 Minnesota 17
#10 Penn State 27 Rutgers 6
#14 Oregon 24 Oregon State 10
#16 Notre Dame 45 Stanford 24
Kansas State 27 #23 Iowa State 17
#2 LSU 50 Texas A&M 7
#11 Florida 40 Florida State 17
#6 Utah 45 Colorado 15
#7 Oklahoma 34 #21 Oklahoma State 16
Indiana 44 Purdue 41 2OT
Tulsa 49 E. Carolina 24
Northwestern 29th Illinois 10
Kentucky 45 Louisville 13
Marshall 30 Florida International 27
Syracuse 39 Wake Forest 30 OT
Air Force 20 Wyoming 6
Western Kentucky 31 Middle Tennessee 26
Liberty 49 New Mexico State 28
Charlotte 38 Old Dominion 22
Rice 30 UTEP 16
UNLV 33 Nevada 30 OT
Duke 27 Miami Florida 17
Florida Atlantic 34 Southern Miss 17
Louisiana Tech 41 Texas San Antonio 27
Michigan State 19 Maryland 16
Boston College 26 Pittsburgh 19
Temple 49 Connecticut 17
Utah State 38 New Mexico 25
Alabama Birmingham 26 N. Texas 21
SMU 37 Tulane 20
Tennessee 28 Vanderbilt 10
Georgia Southern 38 Georgia State 10
North Carolina 41 North Carolina State 10
Navy 56 Houston 41
Louisiana 31 Louisiana Monroe 30
San Diego State 13 BYU 3
Arizona State 24 Arizona 14
San Jose State 17 Fresno State 16
California 28 UCLA 18
Hawaii 52 Army 31
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#17 Tennessee 72 #20 VCU 69
#21 Colorado 59 Sacramento 45
#25 Xavier 87 Lipscomb 62
Indiana 64 South Dakota State 50
Florida State 63 Purdue 60 OT
Fort Wayne 71 Grand Canyon 60
Evansville 70 IUPUI 64
Kent State 77 Stetson 53
James Madison 99 E. Carolina 89
Charlotte 83 South Carolina Upstate 47
Southeast Missouri State 66 Denver 51
North Dakota 80 Georgia Southern 68
Central Michigan 88 Youngstown State 72
Arkansas 66 Northern Kentucky 60
Cleveland State 70 Robert Morris 59
Ohio 91 Detroit 81
Buffalo 88 William & Mary 77
Indiana State 62 Missouri – St. Louis 55
North Carolina Greensboro 65 Georgetown 61
Texas 73 McNeese State 71
Richmond 64 Boston College 44
Northern Arizona 76 South Dakota 72
BYU 98 Montana Tech 63
Bowling Green 76 Dartmouth 69
Navy 76 Brown 56
Columbia 68 Lehigh 64
Cincinnati 72 UNLV 65 OT
Army 66 Marist 64 OT
Santa Clara 70 Cal State Fullerton 55
New Orleans 79 Xavier Louisiana 62
St. Francis PA 79 St. Joseph’s 63
Toledo 65 Oakland 63
Kansas City 68 Western Illinois 67
Green Bay 98 Montana State 72
Prairie View 79 Texas San Antonio 72
Tulsa 67 Vanderbilt 58
Louisiana Tech 78 Samford 57
UC Irvine 77 Eastern Michigan 56
Seattle 74 Idaho 55
Bakersfield 87 San Diego Christian 59
SUNDAY TV SCHEDULE
Texas A&M vs. Fairfield (Orlando, FL) | 10:30 a.m. | ESPNU
No. 5 Maryland vs. Marquette (Orlando, FL) | 1 p.m. | ESPN
Central Connecticut State at UMass Lowell | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Maine vs. UConn (Hartford, CT) | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Long Beach State vs. Penn (Anaheim, CA) | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Maryland-Eastern Shore at Fordham | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Southern at Tulane | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
George Washington at South Carolina | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Vermont at Yale | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Temple vs. Davidson (Orlando, FL) | 4 p.m. | ESPN2
Southern Illinois at Saint Louis | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
College of Charleston vs. UCF (Anaheim, CA) | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Towson at Cornell | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
UNC Wilmington at Stanford | 4 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Georgia Southern at Florida Gulf Coast | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Portland State at Oregon State | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Harvard vs. Southern California (Orlando, FL) | 6 p.m. | ESPN2
Providence vs. Pepperdine (Anaheim, CA) | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Bethune-Cookman at Georgia Tech | 6 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
La Salle at No. 22 Villanova | 6:30 p.m.
San Jose State at UCLA | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 14 Arizona vs. Wake Forest (Anaheim, CA) | 9 p.m. | ESPN
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#8 Louisville 72 #1 Oregon 62
#5 South Carolina 74 #2 Baylor 59
#3 Stanford 67 #10 Mississippi State 62
#7 Oregon State 68 Liberty 55
#9 Maryland 90 Belmont 26
#11 UCLA 61 Central Florida 56
#12 North Carolina State 68 Hawaii 59
#15 Michigan State 65 Kansas State 60
#17 Indiana 78 Washington state 44
Green Bay 79 #18 Syracuse 73 OT
#19 Miami Florida 80 Miami Ohio 62
Notre Dame 67 #21 S. Florida 51
#22 Gonzaga 62 Middle Tennessee 50
#25 Arkansas 68 Wisconsin 64
Washington 70 Iowa 63
Rutgers 46 Georgia Tech 43
Penn State 92 North Carolina Central 68
Nebraska 72 Sacred Heart 49
Illinois 71 Presbyterian 52
Purdue 59 Arizona State 52
Ohio State 64 Northern Iowa 46
Wright State 66 Loyola Maryland 51
IUPUI 85 St. John 78
Monmouth 60 Fort Wayne 46
Butler 60 Ohio 55
Central Michigan 77 Marist 54
Buffalo 63 Drexel 59
Bowling Green 98 California Baptist 60
South Dakota 91 Northern Illinois 48
Western Michigan 79 New Mexico State 76
Sacramento 100 Denver 97 OT
Philadelphia 119 Indiana 116
Houston 158 Atlanta 111
Milwaukee 137 Charlotte 96
NY Rangers 4 New Jersey 0
Philadelphia 4 Montréal 3
Toronto 2 Buffalo 1
Washington 5 Detroit 2
Carolina 3 Tampa Bay 2
Florida 3 Nashville 0
Calgary 3 Ottawa 1
NY Islanders 2 Columbus 0
St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 2
San Jose 4 Arizona 2
Colorado 7 Chicago 3
Vancouver 5 Edmonton 2
Los Angeles 2 Winnipeg 1
Indiana Reclaims the Old Oaken Bucket, Beats Purdue 44-41 in Double Overtime
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Easy? Are you kidding? This was the Oaken Bucket game. Nothing comes easy except drama.
On a cold and dreary Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium, rivalry drama hit with the force of punch, and the Indiana Hoosiers took it and hit back harder.
The result — a 44-41 double-overtime victory over Purdue that delivered an 8-4 record, the Hoosiers’ best in a generation.
“This is how rivalry games are supposed to be,” receiver Whop Philyor said. “They’re supposed to come down to the wire. They’re not supposed to be blowouts.”
The Hoosiers celebrated with an end zone swarm that head coach Tom Allen wanted to join in the worst way until prudence stopped him.
“I had to tell myself I’m the head coach,” he said. “I have to shake (Purdue coach Jeff Brohm’s hand) and do media stuff.
“I’ve gotten black eyes doing that. I’ve hurt my back doing that. If I wasn’t the head coach, that’s what I would have done.”
This was a time of emotion, of tears and hugs and the taking of the Oaken Bucket, symbolic for nearly 100 years of this most intense of rivalries.
It meant fifth-year senior linebacker Raekwon Jones, clutching the Bucket as if it was gold, racing to the Ross-Ade stands to share it with fans who touched it, kissed it and embraced the moment.
And what a moment it was.
“It was super emotional,” fifth-year senior receiver Nick Westbrook said. “So much has been put into this. We’ve had it twice. We’ve had it taken away from us. We really wanted it back.”
He paused in the mist outside the visitors’ locker room.
“I love everybody on this team for doing everything they could to get this win,” he said.
Allen radiated that love. His L-E-O (Love Each Other) philosophy had fueled this program turnaround, and if it was three years in the making, if it came after Fred Glass, with the blessing of IU President Michael A. McRobbie, had promoted Allen from defensive coordinator without conducting a national search, Allen couldn’t have been more appreciative.
“I want to thank President McRobbie and Fred Glass for believing in me. They took a chance on a small-town kid from this great state of Indiana. Living the dream has been awesome.
“I wanted it so bad for this team, for our university, for everyone who has supported us, and invested in the program.”
IU controlled most of the game, building leads as large as 18 points late in the third quarter.
That lead disappeared. Hoosier resilience didn’t.
“We never blinked,” Philyor said. “We were always poised.”
Poised peaked in overtime intensity. It was just the second overtime in the series, and the first that needed two extra periods.
“It was nerve-wracking,” quarterback Peyton Ramsey said.
He never showed it with another tough-minded performance that will leave him forever remembered in Cream & Crimson lore. His 1-yard sneak in the second overtime period won it.
“Those are the things you dream about,” he said, “making big plays in big games. It was just like you draw it up.”
That came from preparation, Allen added.
“We had a good plan. You never know. Our guys executed very well. You have to play and react to the situation. You have to be a tough team to handle that. Our guys showed that.”
Ramsey led the way. He took shots that would have staggered a grizzly (he was sacked 5 times and hit countless more) and kept coming.
“He was awesome,” Westbrook said. “There was that one third down where he got spun around on the hit.
“I love that man. He shows so much grit, fight and determination. You can’t help rallying around him.”
Ramsey threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed 19 times for 40 yards and two TDs.
“Peyton is a dog,” Philyor said. “Without him, we wouldn’t be here right now. I give him all the credit.”
Added Allen: “It’s so fitting he scored the winning touchdown. He’s been tough and gritty all season long.”
True freshman Sampson James matched that grit in his first-career start. With veteran Stevie Scott III out with an injury, Sampson rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown.
“I had a good week of practice,” he said. “I studied a lot to make sure I was prepared. I felt I could do some damage.”
Philyor, who had missed last week’s Michigan loss due to concussion protocol, came back with eight catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
“He’s so dynamic,” Ramsey said. “Defenses always have to be aware of where he is. He is so passionate and such a good player.”
It wasn’t a Hoosier flawless performance. IU gave up 589 total yards, including 181 rushing yards against the Big Ten’s worst running team. Kicker Logan Justus missed his first three field goals of the season (and missed tying Austin Starr’s school record of 15 straight). That was enough for Allen, who put in backup Charles Campbell to kick a 41-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
“Logan had a tough day,” Allen said. “Charles is an excellent kicker. He was ready when called on.”
It the end, it didn’t matter. The Hoosiers got the victory.
“I’m so excited for the future of our program,” James said. “I love these guys.”
Love included a fast start. IU jumped to a 14-0 lead on Ramsey’s 8-yard pass to Philyor and his 1-yard run.
Purdue (4-8) countered with 10-straight points before James’ 3-yard TD run, in which he refused to be tackled despite being swarmed by nearly the entire Purdue defense, gave the Hoosiers a 21-10 halftime lead.
“I was pretty determined,” he said. “I was trying to make sure I got in the end zone. I had that extra effort.”
IU got a 37-yard touchdown pass play from Ramsey and Philyor to go ahead 28-10 in the third quarter. Justus’ missed field goals prevented an even bigger lead.
That created an opportunity Purdue exploited. It rallied for a 31-31 tie to force overtime.
The Hoosiers went ahead 38-31 in the first extra period on Ramsey’s 14-yard TD pass to Westbrook. Purdue tied it on a fourth-and-goal pass.
In the second overtime period, the Hoosiers held the Boilers to a field goal, then won it on Ramsey’s touchdown.
The Hoosiers must wait a week to learn their bowl fate. Coaches will use that time to recruit, prepare and, in Allen’s case, savor.
“If somebody has confidence in you, you want to make them understand they made the right decision,” he said. “You don’t know the future. (McRobbie and Glass) made the decision (to hire me). I wanted them to know they made the right decision.
“I love this place. I love this university. I love the state, my players, my team.”
As Allen has said, L-E-O.
IU Concludes Indiana Challenge with 64-50 Victory Over South Dakota State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU head coach Archie Miller has been pushing his team to turn up the intensity on the defensive end this season, imploring them to make teams work harder to find open shots.
His message seems to be getting through.
Indiana held South Dakota State to just 33.9 percent shooting and dominated on the glass in a 64-50 win over the Jackrabbits at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU moved to 7-0 on the season for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign, and the Hoosiers posted an undefeated month for the second time in two seasons.
The Hoosiers got a combined 37 points and 22 rebounds from freshman center Trayce Jackson-Davis and junior forward Justin Smith.
“Good win for our team,” Miller said. “South Dakota State, have a lot of respect for them. Looking at the stat sheet, I thought our team did a really nice job against their best two guys, and it was really the difference in the game. Our rebounding, obviously from an offensive perspective, Trayce and Justin did a great job. Trayce, in particular, was very dominant on the glass, and we were able to make enough plays to hold a lead.”
The Hoosiers built an 11-point lead by halftime by playing tight defense on the perimeter, keeping the Jackrabbits off the free-throw line, and turning 11 South Dakota State turnovers into baskets on the other end.
Indiana built a nine-point lead in the first 7:30 of the game behind 3-pointers from guards Al Durham, Devonte Green (who drained a pair), and Damezi Anderson. The Jackrabbits put together a 9-2 run to slice into the lead, and Indiana led 20-18 following a 3-pointer from South Dakota State’s Alou Dillon with 7:39 to play in the half.
That’s when the Hoosiers came alive.
Green scored on a jumper, and after a Jackrabbits miss, forward Justin Smith converted a pair of free throws to give Indiana a 24-18 lead. Jackson-Davis then wiped out a South Dakota State shot on the defensive end, and Smith scooped up the ball and took it the distance for a dunk. Smith then converted a traditional three-point play a couple minutes later to put Indiana up 11 points, and Jackson-Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback with 3:52 to play to give IU a 31-18 advantage with 3:52 to play in the half.
IU went into the break leading 37-26.
Indiana kept the Jackrabbits at arm’s length throughout the second half by making South Dakota State work harder on offense to find an open look, which has been a point of emphasis for Miller. The Jackrabbits were held to 30.0 percent shooting after halftime and scored 27 points below their season average of 77.8 points per game.
“We were better tonight defensively,” Miller said. “We were a little better defensively in transition at times, and I thought they methodically ran their offense. They tried to get good looks, but I thought we did a nice job of taking away easy ones. We didn’t get too spread out.”
Indiana allowed South Dakota State to hang around thanks to some turnovers, including 11 in the second half alone. But the Hoosiers’ defense was clicking.
“We focused a lot on defense, especially ball screen defense, knowing that they really like to do that,” Smith said. “So, we were able to key in on our schemes and get it done defensively today.”
Indiana also used a 45-29 edge on the glass to keep the Jackrabbits at bay. South Dakota State came into the game No. 1 in the country in terms of total rebounds, but IU managed to grab as many defensive rebounds (29) as South Dakota State did on both ends of the floor.
“We emphasize it a lot in practice,” Green said. “We do a bunch of rebounding drills, and fortunately, we just had a size advantage on our opponents, so I think that’s part of it.”
Jackson-Davis finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds, including nine offensive boards, and he went 9-of-17 from the field. Smith added 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and he grabbed eight rebounds. Green came off the bench to score 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including making 3-of-6 shots from 3-point range.
“It’s a good group,” Miller said. “Our team has to keep getting better. I think as we continue to evolve here, I think you’re starting to see a lot of different guys contribute, which I’m happy about, but we can make a big, big jump.”
Indiana’s next outing will come Dec. 3 vs. Florida State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
No. 17 Hoosiers Cruise To Win Over Washington State In Paradise Jam Finale
ST. THOMAS, USVI – Four players scored in double figures as No. 17 Indiana bounced back against Washington State, 78-44, in the finale of the Paradise Jam at UVI Fitness and Sports Complex on Saturday evening.
Indiana (6-1) made a push in the final five minutes of the quarter, as sophomore guard Grace Berger scored all six of her points in that time span.
They kicked it off with back-to-back buckets from Berger and freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes to tie the game at 13-all. They used an 11-5 run to pull ahead 24-18 to end the quarter.
Washington State (4-3) made it close in the second as it cut the lead to just 31-28 at the media break but the Hoosiers turned on the gas, ending the quarter on a 14-0 run to lead 45-28 at half.
Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg scored eight of her 11 first half points in the second quarter including her bucket with 3:10 play followed by back-to-back 3-pointers from redshirt freshman guard Chanel Wilson and senior forward Brenna Wise.
It was all Indiana in the second half as well as it combined for 33 points in the second half while holding the Cougars to just 16 total and five in the fourth quarter to finish out the Paradise Jam with a 2-1 record.
Four players behind 15 points each from Patberg and Wise scored 15 points in the win.
Patberg added eight rebounds, five assists and had just one turnover in 31 minutes of action as she went 5-for-8 from the floor.
Wise connected on a pair of 3-pointers and had four boards. She went 6-for-11 from the floor on the night.
Holmes made her first career start in the win, adding 14 points, 8 rebound, a block and an assist.
Junior guard Jaelynn Penn also paced Indiana with 11 points.
In the game, IU shot 50 percent from the floor (30-for-60) including a 62.5 percent clip in the first quarter.
Indiana improved to 2-0 in the series with the Cougars.
They forced Washington State in to 18 turnovers and held them to just 27.6 percent.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“We obviously got off to a slow start tonight, got down, and fought our way back, finally got the lead and I thought after we made the one change defensively with Jaelynn Penn guarding Borislava Hristova, their leading scorer, that stifled them. I thought once we saw our shots fall that our intensity went up and the energy level picked up on a night where we didn’t have Aleksa Gulbe and lost Grace Berger at halftime. I loved how our other pieces stepped up in a big way. Chanel Wilson, Keyanna Warthen, Jorie Allen, and Hannah Noveroske came off the bench and gave us great minutes. The hustle plays that they made, you had to be here to see it; but the hustle play that Jorie had the first half, the hustle play that Mackenzie Holmes had in the second half and just from everybody. I’m really pleased with our team tonight.”
The Hoosiers return back stateside to face No. 19 Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday. Tipoff in Coral Gables is set for 6 p.m. ET on ACC Network.
No. 6 Indiana Meets No. 22 UC Santa Barbara in 2004 College Cup Final Rematch
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 6-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (15-2-4) will host the No. 22 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (14-4-4) in the third round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. First kick is scheduled for noon ET on Dec. 1 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The game will stream on the BTN and live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Hoosiers reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season after taking out No. 19 Kentucky, 3-0, in the second round of action. Freshman Victor Bezerra secured his first-career hat trick in the victory.
- Indiana earned the No. 5 overall seed for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, marking the 15th time in the last 17 years since the current seeding format began in 2003 that IU earned a top-16 seed. Indiana has earned a top-8 seed 10 times since 2003.
- The berth for the Hoosiers marked the team’s 33rd-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and the 44th overall in the program’s history, the most of any team in the 2019 NCAA Tournament field.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Indiana claimed the outright Big Ten regular season championship for the second-straight season and the 16th time overall in program history after finishing the eight-game league slate with a record of 7-1-0.
- The back-to-back regular season titles mark the first time Indiana has repeated as champions since winning the 2006 and 2007 crowns.
- Indiana doubled down on the championship success after edging Michigan, 4-3, in a PK shootout to claim the 14th Big Ten Tournament championship in program history, and second in as many seasons.
- The championship double is the 10th in program history, the most in the Big Ten Conference. Indiana pulled off the double for the second-straight season for the first time since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS
- The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos enter the 2019 NCAA Tournament third round matchup with an overall record of 14-4-4 (4-1-2 Big West) and finished the regular season as the second seed in the Big West tournament.
- UC Santa Barbara earned a total of eight Big West Conference postseason honors, highlighted by senior Noah Billingsley (Big West Defensive Player of the Year), senior Thibault Candia (Big West Co-Midfielder of the Year), and freshman Finn Ballard McBride (Big West Freshman of the Year).
- Junior Rodney Michael, senior Sahid Conteh, and junior Hunter Ashworth joined Billingsley and Candia on the All-Big West first team, while sophomore Ben Roach and Ballard McBride were selected to the second team.
- Senior Will Baynham leads UCSB in total points with 26 (nine goals, eight assists), while Michael (24 points; eight goals, eight assists), Candia (21 points; seven goals, seven assists), and Ballard McBride (20 points; nine goals, two assists) all have 20-plus points this season.
- Roach posted 11 shutouts, a goals-against average of 0.91, and a save percentage of .796 in 22 starts in net.
- The Hoosiers trail the series history by a tally of 2-3-0 but the two squads have not meet on the pitch since a 3-0 Gaucho victory on Oct. 2, 2009. IU has been outscored, 8-5, in the brief series.
- The last Indiana victory in the series came on Dec. 12, 2004. The two squads played to a 1-1 tie before settling the match in penalty kicks. IU earned the 2004 NCAA National Championship by way of a 3-2 advantage from the spot.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
- The berth for the Hoosiers is the team’s 33rd-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and the 44th overall in the program’s history.
- Indiana has an NCAA-best .727 (92-33-5) winning percentage in the tournament, while the 92 victories are also tops in the NCAA.
- Stanford is second in the NCAA with a winning percentage of .663 (29-13-7), while UCLA’s 72 tournament victories ranks second.
- IU has appeared in 20 College Cups, which leads all Division I teams, and won its eighth national title in 2012.
INDIANA UNDEFEATED IN LAST 38 HOME MATCHES
- The Hoosiers are undefeated in the team’s last 38 matches at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium, posting a mark of 34-0-4.
- IU’s last loss at home came to No. 20 Virginia Tech, 2-1 in overtime, on Nov. 27, 2016 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
- The 38-match home-unbeaten streak is tied for the longest streak in program history and ranks as the fourth-longest unblemished streak in NCAA history.
- Akron (Sept. 5, 2008-Oct. 29, 2011) holds the NCAA record with an undefeated streak of 48-straight home matches. North Carolina (Sept. 5, 2010-Nov. 25, 2012) held a streak of 40 games, Tulsa (1988-1992) compiled a 39-game streak, and Indiana (Sept. 10, 1982-Sept. 6, 1985/current) sits fourth with 38 games.
BEZERRA LIFTS HOOSIERS WITH HAT TRICK
- Freshman Victor Bezerra turned in an historic three-goal performance in the second-round victory over the No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats.
- His hat trick marked the third in program history in the NCAA Tournament and first since Nikita Kotlov tallied a trio of goals against Xavier on Nov. 10, 2012.
- Scott Merritt also recorded a hat trick against Evansville on Nov. 24, 1996 in the NCAA Tournament-Regional Semifinal.
- Bezerra is the youngest player in program history to score a postseason hat trick as Kotlov was a junior and Merritt was a senior.
IMPRESSIVE RECORD VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
- In IU’s last 55 regular season matches against non-conference opponents dating back through the 2014 season, the Hoosiers have posted an impressive record of 42-5-8.
IUMS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
- Indiana is ranked No. 6 in the country in the United Soccer Coaches poll. IU is ranked No. 6 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 7 by College Soccer News.
Purdue Falls in Emerald Coast Classic Title Game
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Trent Forrest scored 17 points to lead Florida State to a 63-60 overtime victory over Purdue in the Emerald Coast Classic championship game on Saturday night.
The Seminoles (7-1) outscored the Boilermakers 5-2 in the extra period by getting their points at the free-throw line including the final two with only one second left to play.
Purdue (4-3), trailing by only a point, took several potentially winning shots in the last minute but was unable to score against a stifling Florida State defense.
Devin Vassell was the only other Seminole scoring in double figures with 13 points. That included the final two free throws in overtime after getting fouled when he grabbed a missed Purdue shot.
Matt Haarms led the Boilermakers with 16 points followed by Jahaad Proctor with 12 and Eric Hunter Jr. with 10.
It was a back-and-forth game with 10 lead changes and 11 ties. Florida State never led by more than four points while the Boilermakers briefly went ahead by seven early in the second half after trailing 27-24 at the intermission.
Purdue won the rebounding battle 48-33 but had 24 turnovers to only 13 for Florida State.
Florida State: The Seminoles have been on a roll since opening the season with a 63-61 road loss to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Pittsburgh. They boast a seven-game winning streak that includes two victories against ranked teams, then-No. 6 Florida on Nov. 10 and No. 17 Tennessee in an Emerald Coast semifinal on Friday. That should be enough to move Florida State into the Top 25 ranking, which was just a few votes shy of making it in the current AP poll. The rest of the always tough ACC schedule, though, looms with a home game against Clemson on Dec. 8 after a trip to Indiana on Tuesday.
Purdue: The Boilermakers will have to regroup quickly as they next face No. 7 and defending national champion Virginia on the road. Their trip to the Florida Panhandle, though, did produce some positive results with a 59-56 victory over a ranked team, No. 20. VCU in the tournament’s semifinal on Friday.
Florida State: The Seminoles gets another dose of the Big Ten with a visit Tuesday to Indiana as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.
Purdue: The Boilermakers likewise get another ACC team in the two-conference challenge, traveling to seventh-ranked Virginia on Wednesday for a rematch of their NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game last season that saw the Cavaliers defeat Purdue in overtime, 80-75.
Boilermakers Bound for Gulf Coast Showcase Championship
ESTERO, Fla. – The Purdue women’s basketball team punched its ticket to the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Saturday night with a gritty 59-52 win over Arizona State. The Boilermakers outlasted the Sun Devils in a defensive clash to notch the sixth 6-0 start in program history.
Purdue never allowed Arizona State (4-2) to settle into a rhythm offensively, holding the Sun Devils to 27.9% shooing and just 3-of-16 from behind the arc. It was the third time this season the Boilermakers held an opponent under 30% shooting.
Despite an early 6-1 run out of the gates, the Boilermakers needed to regroup from an eight-point deficit after the first quarter, and they bounced back in a big way. Scoring 23 points over the next period, Purdue rolled off a 21-7 run to take a four-point lead into the break. Seniors Ae’Rianna Harris and Dominique Oden carried the load with 17 first-half points.
Purdue never relinquished the lead the rest of the night, opening the gap to as many as 10 early in the fourth quarter. Arizona State made a late charge in the final two minutes to cut the lead down to three with 1:41 to play. Tamara Farquhar grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a traditional 3-point play with 51 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.
The Boilermakers held the Sun Devils to just 2-of-10 shooting over the final five minutes of the game.
Oden paced Purdue with a game-high 16 points, including a 6-of-9 mark from the free throw line. Harris also hit double figures with 12 points and added eight rebounds. Farquhar totaled eight board, split evenly between the offensive and defensive ends.
With 3:03 to play in the second quarter, Harris blocked a layup by Kiara Russell. That rejection made Harris the first player in program history to join the 300-blocks club. Already the program’s career record holder, the Indianapolis native was the fifth player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat.
The reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year is currently second on the NCAA’s active blocked shots leaderboard, trailing Merrimack’s Denia Davis-Stewart by nine.
Head coach Sharon Versyp after the game…
“I’m really excited about this win. We got knocked down in the first quarter, and we came back and fought. We outmuscled them. I’m so proud of the physical way we played. The tenacity we played with was incredible. We matched everything they did and took it to another level. We executed our game plan well tonight and hit our free throws when we needed them.”
- Saturday was the first meeting between Purdue and Arizona State. The Boilermakers are 147-55 in inaugural meetings.
- A night after dropping nine 3-pointers against Drake, Purdue did not find the bottom of the net on any outside attempts. The last time the Boilermakers did not hit a 3-pointer was back on Feb. 28, 2015, against Michigan State.
- Purdue was held under 60 points for the first time this season, while the Sun Devils were the sixth opponent to score fewer than 60 points against the Boilermakers.
- The 23-point second quarter was the fourth time Purdue score more than 20 points in a period this season.
- The Boilermakers are averaging 18.6 points per second quarter.
- The win on Saturday night gave head coach Sharon Versyp her 399th career victory.
- Oden moved into a tie with Courtney Moses for 13th on the career double-figure scoring list with 81.
- It was the 48th in program history the Boilermakers failed to convert a 3-pointer.
- Fatou Diagne nabbed six rebounds and scored four points in 15 minutes of action.
Purdue will face No. 22/21 Gonzaga in the championship game Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. The Boilermakers are 2-0 all-time against the Bulldogs with the last meeting back on Dec. 19, 2007. The last time Purdue won a non-conference tournament was in 2017 at the Basketball Traveler’s Inc. Invitational.
Sheldon Doubles Up as Buckeyes Beat Northern Iowa 64-46
Freshman Jacy Sheldon notched her first collegiate double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Ohio State freshman Jacy Sheldon recorded a double-double and the Buckeye defense limited Northern Iowa to just 23 percent shooting in a 64-46 victory Saturday evening on the final day of the South Point Shootout.
The Buckeyes split their two games this weekend and are now 4-3 on the year.
Sheldon was 5-of-6 from the floor including 2-of-3 from long range to finish with a season-high 13 points. She also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and had a game-high four steals.
Fellow freshman Madison Greene was also 5-of-6 from the floor and finished with 12 points and three assists. Sophomore Dorka Juhasz finished with 14 points inside.
The Buckeyes didn’t have the cleanest game on the offensive end but played hard defensively which was the key in the game. On top of holding UNI to 23 percent shooting, OSU forced 20 turnovers and had 12 steals.
Janai Crooms had another good all-around night, scoring eight points, dishing out six assists, grabbing four rebounds and swatting two shots.
The Buckeyes opened the game with the first six points and led by as much as 22-6 late in the first quarter before a UNI three at the buzzer made the score 22-9 after one. OSU continued to push the lead in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-16 lead into the break.
OSU limited Northern Iowa to just 18 percent (6-34) shooting in the first half while shooting 15-of-29 for 52 percent on their end.
The teams then matched each other in the second half as both sides scored 14 points in the third quarter and 16 points in the fourth quarter. UNI climbed as close as nine points at 55-46 with 1:30 to play but a pair of threes from Sheldon and another from Rebeka Mikulasikova provided the final margin. Despite the UNI run late, the Buckeyes were never threatened in the second half.
Ohio State returns home this week to host a pair of games. The Buckeyes will take on Louisville on Thursday as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on BTN. OSU will also host Radford on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
Wisconsin Wins 2019 Big Ten Volleyball Championship
Badgers earn their sixth conference title with a 3-0 win against the Scarlet Knights
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Wisconsin volleyball team won the Big Ten Championship by virtue of its 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-21) win against Rutgers Saturday evening. With the victory, the Badgers (22-6 overall, 18-2 Big Ten) claimed their sixth Big Ten title and the first since the 2014 season.
Two Badgers finished with double-digit kills, as Molly Haggerty and Grace Loberg shared match-high honors with 11 kills apiece. As a team, Wisconsin hit .367 while holding Rutgers to a .125 hitting percentage.
With the outright Big Ten title, Wisconsin earns the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Selection Show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 1 and will air live on ESPNU.
Peoples, Walker lead Notre Dame women past No. 21 USF, 67-51
Anaya Peoples scored 18 points, Destinee Walker added 17 and the Notre Dame women broke away after halftime to defeat No. 21 South Florida 67-51 in the Cancun Challenge on Saturday.
The Bulls came into the tournament at 5-1 but suffered three straight losses.
Holding a 25-24 lead at halftime, Notre Dame scored 24 points in the third quarter to lead 49-37 heading into the final period. Peoples scored seven points in the final 4:24 of the third as the Irish closed on a 12-3 clip.
The Fighting Irish (5-4), shot 48% from the floor (25 of 52) with 13 assists and scored 23 points off 18 USF turnovers.
Katlyn Gilbert added 11 points for the Irish with eight rebounds and Sam Brunelle chipped in 10 points.
For the second consecutive game, Elena Tsineke led USF in scoring, putting in 12 points, but was 4-for-14. The Bulls shot 28%, making 20 of 72 field goals, but were perfect at the foul line in 23 tries.
IU EAST RELEASE
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team opened its weekend at The Show in Tennessee with a 75-60 loss to the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Addie Brown scored a career-high 27 points for the Red Wolves in the contest at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.
Maricela Macias led the way for the Wolverines with a season-high 23 points.
UPDATING THE RECORDS
IU East is now 1-8, while Michigan-Dearborn is 6-4.
* The Red Wolves had three players in double figures. In addition to Brown, Megan Harlow had a dozen and Reagan Hune tossed in 10.
* Brown and Harlow led IU East with seven rebounds each.
* Hune, Faith Zerby and Zikaya Wright all grabbed six rebounds.
* The Red Wolves had 24 turnovers.
* For Brown, this was the 11th time in her career she has scored over 20 points with of four them coming this season.
* Harlow has reached double digits six times this season with Hume doing it in four games.
* This was the first meeting between the two schools in women’s basketball. The IU East men’s squad has a 4-1 all-time record against the Wolverines.
The Red Wolves finish the two-day event with a contest against No. 33 Reinhardt University on Sunday, Dec. 1. The game gets underway at 4:15 p.m.
No. 16 Auburn upends No. 5 Alabama’s playoff hopes, 48-45
Another wild, triumphant Iron Bowl finish turned Auburn’s field into a teeming mass of orange and blue.
A missed Alabama field goal again had much to do with it.
Shaun Shivers scored on an 11-yard run with 8:08 left to put No. 16 Auburn ahead and another failed kick wiped away the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide’s playoff hopes in a 48-45 victory for the 16th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.
Auburn (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) survived a final, marathon Crimson Tide drive when Joseph Bulovas’ 30-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 2:00 left.
Auburn couldn’t get a first down on JaTarvious Whitlow’s three runs while Alabama (10-2, 6-2) burned its final two time outs. But the Tide was called for illegal substitution after the Tigers lined up with the punter joining the offense, setting off confusion for the Tide and a fist-pumping celebration for coach Gus Malzahn.
“That’s the craziest game I’ve ever played in,” Shivers said.
Auburn fans stormed the field to celebrate another Iron Bowl thriller, filling it from end zone to end zone as they did in the 2013 Kick-Six game, when the Tigers’ Chris Davis returned a missed Tide field goal 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Davis led pre-game cheers on the field Saturday.
“When we play at home and we play them, we get to the fourth quarter, we find a way to win – 2013, 2017,” Malzahn said. “It kind of held true to the script tonight and our crowd has a lot to do with that. Our guys believed and our crowd willed us.”
The Tide had made the first five College Football Playoffs fields, but its case was damaged with a 46-41 loss to No. 1 LSU. The team’s in-state rival delivered the final blow.
Alabama coach Nick Saban deflected questions about the playoffs.
“I think the lesson to be learned is how important it is to be accountable,” Saban said. “When you play against good teams, that’s when these things bite you.”
He wasn’t pleased with the call for having 12 players on the field at the end, though.
“I really feel that it was a pretty unfair play at the end of the game where they substituted the punter as a wide receiver,” Saban said. “So we put the punt team in. And when the quarterback was back in there, we tried to put the defense back in. I thought they should have given us a little more time to substitute and get (Jaylen) Waddle out as a returner.”
Alabama worked more than six minutes off the clock before settling for Bulovas’ attempt, the latest costly kicking mishap for Saban and the Tide.
Quarterback Mac Jones, who had replaced injured star Tua Tagovailoa, scrambled for 18 yards on fourth-and-7 to get the Tide into easier field goal range. The drive stalled at the 13 when Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown batted a third-down pass back to Jones, who threw a pair of pick-sixes.
Auburn backup linebacker Zakoby McClain returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter when the ball bounced off the back of tailback Najee Harris and into McClain’s arms, setting up a sprint down the sideline. Smoke Monday returned another one 29 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
“It’s my fault,” Jones said. “And those two turnovers ended up being pretty big, so that’s on me.”
Waddle caught three touchdown passes and scored on a 98-yard kickoff return for the Tide, helping Alabama build a 45-40 fourth-quarter lead.
The 5-foot-7, 179-pound Shivers, who was playing the role of injured wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, delivered on his only carry. Whitlow took the direct snap and handed it to him. Shivers smashed into Xavier McKinney, knocking the safety’s helmet off on the way to the end zone. Bo Nix’s two-point pass to Shedrick Jackson made it 48-45.
Nick Saban accuses Gus Malzahn of using ‘unfair’ trick on final punt
Alabama coach Nick Saban is not pleased with his Auburn counterpart for the events that led to a game-ending Crimson Tide illegal substitution penalty.
With roughly one minute left, Auburn faced a punt on a 4th and 4 while nursing a three point lead. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn admitted that his team had used something of a gambit to try to keep Alabama’s dangerous return man Jaylen Waddle from becoming a factor on the return.
This did not go over well with Saban, who felt the trick was “unfair.”
Essentially, Malzahn and his staff lined their punter up as a wide receiver, and the Crimson Tide were caught flat-footed when trying to get the right personnel on the field. The crux of Saban’s argument seems to be that he didn’t get a fair shot to make his own substitutions.
This was far from the only thing that went in Auburn’s favor and upset Saban on Saturday. Alabama’s mistakes cost them the game, and it looks like this was just clever strategy on Auburn’s part.
No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 10 Michigan 56-27 for record run
Ohio State has turned what’s known as The Game into ITS Game, making one of the greatest rivalries in sports a one-sided series with little suspense.
Chasing a national championship, not simply beating the Wolverines, is how the Buckeyes measure a successful season.
And under first-year coach Ryan Day, they have put themselves in a position to potentially win it all for the second time since the 2014 season and third time this century.
J.K. Dobbins ran for four touchdowns and Justin Fields threw four TD passes, providing plenty of firepower for No. 2 Ohio State to rout No. 10 Michigan 56-27 Saturday for a school-record eighth straight win in the series.
“It feels great just to continue the legacy of this great Ohio State tradition,” defensive end Chase Young said. “We’re just going to try to keep it moving and keep it rolling next week.”
The Buckeyes (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten, No. 1 CFP) will head to the Big Ten championship game to face either No. 9 Minnesota or No. 13 Wisconsin next Saturday with a spot in the College Football Playoff in sight.
Fields will likely use the limited time to rest and test out braces to protect his left knee that was injured for a second straight week.
He went down in the third quarter and gingerly walked off the field to get evaluated in a tent behind Ohio State’s sideline. He came back in the game after a few plays and on the next snap, scrambled and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson.
“It was a magical moment,” Day said. “I thought it was a Heisman moment.”
Fields has thrown 37 touchdown passes with only one interception and scored 10 more times rushing.
The sophomore quarterback said he aggravated a strained ligament, forcing him to use a bulky brace after starting the game with a smaller one, but didn’t consider staying out of the game.
“I wanted to show the team I was tough,” he said.
The Wolverines (9-3, 6-3, No. 13 CFP) will have to settle for a second- or third-tier bowl game after coach Jim Harbaugh fell to 0-5 in the rivalry, and the program lost to Ohio State for the 15th time in 16 years.
“It’s just kind of the same thing every year,” Michigan tight end Sean McKeon said. “It gets old, but you’ve just got to play better against them.
Harbaugh was asked if the difference between the teams was talent, preparation or coaching?
“I’ll answer your questions, but not your insults,” Harbaugh said to a reporter.
Michigan got off to a strong start, driving 75 yards on the opening drive and scoring on Giles Jackson’s 22-yard run.
The Wolverines, though, followed that up with the first of too many mistakes that doomed their chances of pulling off an upset as a heavy underdog. Quinn Nordin missed the extra point and less than a few minutes later, the Buckeyes took the lead for good.
Dobbins, who ran 211 yards on 31 carries, scored to put Ohio State ahead 7-6 midway through the first quarter.
Ian Book throws 4 TD passes, No. 15 Notre Dame tops Stanford
When Notre Dame needed a spark to get going late in the first half, the special teams delivered.
Isaiah Foskey’s blocked punt set up Ian Book’s second of four touchdown passes and No. 15 Notre Dame reached double-digit wins for the third straight season by beating Stanford 45-24 on Saturday.
“It started with the punt block,” coach Brian Kelly said. “From there we got some momentum and started to settle down a bit offensively.”
Book turned the blocked punt into a 6-yard TD pass to Tommy Tremble late in the second quarter and then threw his first of two TD passes to Chase Claypool with 1:20 remaining in the half as the Fighting Irish (10-2, No. 16 CFP) quickly erased a 10-point deficit and snapped a five-game losing streak at Stanford Stadium.
Notre Dame also put together three straight seasons of at least 10 wins for the second time in school history, having previously done it under Lou Holtz from 1991-93.
Book was a big reason why, throwing for 255 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Tony Jones Jr. in the first quarter.
“He’s found a stillness in him that he’s never had before,” Kelly said. “He plays the game differently now. His calmness is really about his confidence now and what he can do.”
Davis Mills threw two TD passes for the Cardinal (4-8), who have lost four straight for the first time since 2007. Stanford also finished with its first losing record since 2008, ending a streak of 10 straight bowl bids.
“At the end of the day it was on us and we weren’t up to the task,” senior linebacker Casey Toohill said. “There were a lot things in our own play that weren’t right and have to get corrected.”
Despite having nothing to play for, the Cardinal started fast and led 17-7 when Mills got stopped just short of a first down on a third-down run with about five minutes left in the half.
Foskey then blocked the punt from Ryan Sanburn, giving the Irish the ball at the Stanford 1. Three plays later, that turned into a TD.
“It was definitely a game changer,” defensive lineman Adetokunbo Ogundeji said. “Special teams was big for us this whole game. … Special teams definitely got a spark for us the first half.”
Book then capped a three-play, 76-yard drive with a 41-yard strike to Claypool with 1:20 left in the half to give the Irish the lead for good.
Book had a 26-yard scramble on fourth-and-2 to set up an 8-yard TD pass to Claypool that made it 28-17 in the third quarter, putting the Irish in control.
Burrow, No. 1 LSU dominate Texas A&M, 50-7
Joe Burrow’s intention to give LSU fans one last memorable night in Tiger Stadium was as obvious as the name on the back of his jersey.
When the crowd realized during pregame introductions that it read, “Burreaux,” a spelling evocative of Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage, roars of approval poured forth from the Death Valley stands.
And that was just the beginning.
Burrow padded his Heisman Trophy resume with 352 yards and three touchdowns passing, and No.1 LSU beat Texas A&M 50-7 on Saturday night to give the Tigers their first unbeaten regular season since 2011.
“I thought it would just be an awesome tribute to the state, to the university,” said Burrow, who’d largely grown up in Ohio and spent three seasons as a backup for Ohio State before transferring to LSU, where his football career took off. “It’s been awesome not only for me, but for my family as well. … I’m going to miss it with all my heart and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
The crowd made certain Burrow knew the feeling was mutual, cheering wildly when coach Ed Orgeron ceremoniously called his star QB to the sideline for good after his 23rd completion early in the fourth quarter. Burrow raised his arms to salute the crowd before embracing coaches and teammates.
“Joe’s meant a lot to Louisiana and Louisiana is very proud of LSU football,” Orgeron said. “The guy’s been phenomenal.”
Burrow’s highlights included a deep, pin-point accurate pass on a 78-yard touchdown to JaMarr Chase, who had 197 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.
Burrow (who wore his regular jersey during the game) also hit Justin Jefferson with a 12-yard scoring pass, while his second scoring pass to Chase covered 18 yards.
Burrow has 4,366 yards and 44 touchdowns passing this season, smashing LSU single-season records in both categories. Burrow’s yards passing total also broke the SEC record, which had stood since 1998, when former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch passed for 4,275 yards.
Burrow’s 44 TDs has tied the SEC’s single season mark set by Missouri’s Drew Lock in 2017. And LSU (12-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) has at least two games – possibly three – still to play.
Junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was similarly called by coaches to the sideline a few plays after Burrow, finishing his night with 87 yards and a touchdown.
Chase’s touchdowns gave him 17 this season, building on the school record that the Biletnikoff Award finalist broke two weeks earlier. The sophomore receiver has 1,457 yards receiving this season.
LSU’s victory raised the likelihood the Tigers would receive a berth in the College Football Playoff even if they were to lose to No. 4 Georgia in next weekend’s Southeastern Conference championship game.
Currently, LSU is one of just three remaining undefeated Division I FBS teams in the nation, along with Ohio State and Clemson. Also, the Tigers had four victories over teams – Texas, Florida, Auburn and Alabama – that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the matchup.
Kuithe’s 3 TDs lifts No. 6 Utah past Colorado 45-15
After Utah’s lone stumble this season – a 30-23 loss at Southern California in September – quarterback Tyler Huntley called a players-only meeting.
Huntley is known for his short answers with media and he didn’t need to long to get his message across that day. He told his teammates they were a team of destiny and that loss wouldn’t define the season.
“I told them we needed to focus and we would knock over any obstacle in our way,” Huntley said as he walked off the field after No. 6 Utah’s Pac-12 South clinching 45-15 victory over Colorado on Saturday night. “I told them we had it in us to accomplish what we wanted. And now here we are. We here!”
The Utes (11-1, 8-1, No 6 CFP) needed a quarter to get rolling in 25-degree temperatures, but romped to their eighth straight victory as Brant Kuithe scored three touchdowns. Huntley was 14-for-17 for 165 yards and connected with Kuithe twice for scores.
“It was a little cold outside,” Huntley said of the Utes punting on their first three possessions. “We started out slow, but we handled business.”
Huntley admitted the emotions of senior night got to their team’s 19 seniors, including the three from Hallandale High School in Florida — Huntley, Zack Moss and Demari Simpkins, who all played integral roles in the victory and the team’s best season since joining the Pac-12.
“I cried, not going to lie,” said Simpkins, who had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown to make it 31-7 with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. “But we were more relentless and we didn’t want to leave no doubt. I felt like everybody doubted us after that loss and we had something to prove.”
The Buffalo defense keyed on Moss and made it tough to run between the tackles, but the all-time Utah rushing leader tallied 88 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 1-yard run to put the game away in the fourth quarter and set up Utah’s matchup against No. 14 Oregon on Friday.
“I knew it was going to be a physical game and we were able to match that. That was not an issue for us. It was more about execution,” Colorado coach Mel Tucker said.
Auburn did the Utes a favor in the College Football Playoff race by outlasting No. 5 Alabama 48-45 on Saturday. The Utes could be sitting in fifth when the next selection committee rankings come out on Tuesday.
Steven Montez threw for 157 yards on 17-of-26 passing for Colorado (5-7, 3-6), setting two major career records as he eclipsed Sefo Liufau on the Colorado passing (9,649 yards) and total offense (10,614 yards) lists in his final game.
Brooks leads No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 21 Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was a one-man show.
Kennedy Brooks proved otherwise. He rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown to help No. 7 Oklahoma beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 34-16 on Saturday night.
“I didn’t agree a whole lot with the one-man show thing,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “However we get defined, as long as we’re winning and offensively, we’re scoring enough points to win – that’s all I care.”
In his past four games, Brooks has rushed for 534 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry.
“Kennedy is a great ballplayer, and he has done well long before I came here,” Hurts said. “I think we’ve got a lot of good players, and we ride the player who has the hot hand. Ultimately, it’s about winning games. I think everyone kind of contributes to that.”
Gundy said the Cowboys focused on Hurts, which left Brooks with room to run.
“He played pretty good,” Gundy said. “He was rushing through big holes, not getting touched for six, seven yards.”
Hurts passed for 163 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 63 yards and a score and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass for the Sooners (11-1, 8-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) in their fifth straight victory in the series.
Oklahoma has won 21 consecutive November games dating to 2014. The Sooners will play Baylor in the Big 12 championship game next Saturday.
Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher, ran for 104 yards and a touchdown for his 10th consecutive game with at least 100 yards rushing.
AP Source: Rutgers, former coach Schiano agree to reunion
A person familiar with the negotiations says Greg Schiano and Rutgers have agreed to a deal that will bring the former Scarlet Knights coach back to lead the program.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Sunday morning because contract details were still being finalized. Yahoo! Sports first reported Schiano and Rutgers had agreed in principle to a deal.
The move comes a week after both sides walked away from negotiations and declared the possibility of a reunion dead. After that news broke last Sunday, Rutgers officials faced a wave of criticism from boosters, fans and former players. Schiano was coach at Rutgers from 2001-11. He built a program that was one of the worst in major college football into a consistent winner. The Scarlet Knights went to a bowl game in six of Schiano’s final seven seasons.
Charges filed in stabbing of ex-Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
A woman was charged with attempted homicide in a Pittsburgh stabbing that critically injured former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is also facing a charge, police said.
Pryor was taken to the hospital just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday following a dispute with “mutual combatants” in an apartment on the city’s North Side, police said.
Allegheny County prosecutors and police said 24-year-old Shalaya Briston of Munhall was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault, while Pryor, 30, faces a charge of simple assault.
Gregory Diulus of Vantage Management Group, which represents Pryor, said family members had been told Pryor is expected to make a full recovery. Another call to Diulus was made seeking comment on the charge. Court documents don’t list an attorney for Briston and a listed number for her couldn’t be found Saturday. Diulus said he expects to see Pryor on Sunday.
After Pryor’s illustrious Ohio State career ended in 2011, he spent time with nine NFL teams including the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He most recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was waived in September after a hamstring injury.
Pryor, a product of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was a national star in high school – considered one of the top high school football players in the country when he signed with the Buckeyes in 2008. His recruitment drew national attention because he took the unusual step of waiting until mid-March to make his final decision. Most prospects sign in early February.
At Ohio State, Pryor started as a freshman and was the Rose Bowl MVP during his sophomore season in 2009.
Late in the 2010 season, Pryor and some of his teammates were found to have broken NCAA rules by trading their equipment, memorabilia and autographs for tattoos at a shop in the Columbus area.
That NCAA investigation led to the revelation that Ohio State coach Jim Tressel had lied to investigators seeking information on Pryor and his teammates. Tressel, who had won a national championship at Ohio State, was forced to resign on Labor Day weekend 2011.
Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers past Pacers, 119-116
Ben Simmons stole a game for the 76ers.
Simmons had three steals in the final 13.9 seconds to lead Philadelphia to a 119-116 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
“I love being able to get steals and turn guys over,” said Simmons, who finished with 15 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals. “I take pride in it and it gives us energy.”
The Pacers led 114-113 with a chance to go up more when Simmons intercepted T.J. Warren’s pass with 13.9 seconds remaining, then assisted Tobias Harris for a breakway dunk that gave Philadelphia the lead with 9.9 seconds remaining.
“I was going to steal it,” Simmons said. “If everybody on the backside does their job, it’s easier to make a play.”
After a timeout, Simmons then stole Jeremy Lamb’s inbounds pass with 7.9 seconds remaining. That led to two free throws by Harris that gave the 76ers a 117-114 advantage with 5.1 ticks left. Malcolm Brogdon then made a pair of free throws after being fouled intentionally before Joel Embiid followed with his own two foul shots for a 119-116 Philadelphia lead with 2.8 seconds to play.
Simmons clinched it for the 76ers when he stole Lamb’s three-quarter court inbounds pass.
“Those turnovers late were costly,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “That was poor execution on our part.”
Embiid had 32 points and 11 rebounds and was 15 for 15 from the free throw line. In three games since going scoreless for the first time in his career at Toronto on Nov. 25, the star center is averaging 30.7 points and 14.7 rebounds while making 40 of 44 foul shots.
“I changed my mindset,” Embiid said. “I hadn’t been as aggressive, so I’ve been more aggressive creating contact and causing other people to foul me.”
Harris scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which won its third straight while improving to 9-0 at home.
Warren had 29 points and Brogdon added 28 for the Pacers, who had won five straight. Indiana opened a grueling five-game, seven-day road trip.
Both teams were playing the second game of a back-to-back, but neither offense was sluggish.
Indiana finished 55% (42 of 76) from the field while Philadelphia shot 49% (38 of 77).
Harden scores 60 in 31 minutes, Rockets rout Hawks 158-111
James Harden’s performance on Saturday night was enough to make even those who see him put up gaudy numbers night after night step back and marvel at his work.
Harden scored a season-high 60 points in 31 minutes and the Houston Rockets sent the struggling Atlanta Hawks to their 10th straight loss with a 158-111 romp.
“It’s like everything else he does – unbelievable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.
Harden came one point shy of matching his career high and franchise record on a night he made eight 3-pointers and 20 free throws. He watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench with Houston up 127-73 at the end of three.
“What he’s doing has not been seen,” teammate Austin Rivers said. “My man had 60 and didn’t play the fourth quarter. Name another player who could do that right now.”
It was Harden’s fourth career 60-point game, tying him with Michael Jordan for third-most in NBA history, trailing only Kobe Bryant (six) and Wilt Chamberlain (32). Harden is the only active player who has scored 60 points more than once.
But as usual he wasn’t interested in talking about reaching 60 points while spending an entire quarter on the bench.
“Nope,” he said before walking off and repeating the word two more times.
The Rockets were missing starters Clint Capela and Danuel House because of illnesses, but still had no trouble handling an Atlanta team that hasn’t won since Nov. 12 thanks to Harden’s huge night.
“We try to do what we have to do against James, which is throw a lot of bodies at him,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “Try and put him under duress. He just didn’t feel us.”
Bucks rout Hornets, 137-96; Giannis’ double-double run ends
Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t keep his double-double streak going, though it’s hard even for the NBA’s MVP to put up big numbers in only 20 minutes.
Antetokounmpo scored 26 points but his streak ended at 19 games when he grabbed nine rebounds in his shortest outing of the season, and the Milwaukee Bucks coasted to a 137-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.
Milwaukee (17-3) won its 11th straight and matched its highest point total of the season. The Bucks held a 17-point halftime lead and extended it to 101-75 entering the fourth quarter, allowing Antetokounmpo to sit out the final period.
His streak of double-doubles to open a season left him short of Bill Walton’s record of 34 with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1976-77. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 29 for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975-76.
“I should have left him in,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said with a wry smile. “He’s doing amazing things and there’s more to come. “We’re trying to have conversations with him about being healthy and fresh and how important that is. Pretty incredible if you’re being mentioned with the greats of our game.
“Pat Connaughton (team-high 10 rebounds) probably stole it. He steals all the rebounds.”
Antetokounmpo wasn’t worried about the end of his run.
“That is not how I am built,” Antetokounmpo said. “I am not built around stats. Obviously, I am just here to win.”
The Bucks put nine players in double figures and finished November with a franchise-best 15-1 record, losing only on a buzzer-beating shot in Utah on Nov. 8. The 41-point margin was the team’s largest of the season.
Milwaukee has the league’s second-best record, behind the Los Angeles Lakers (17-2).
San Francisco 49ers (10-1) at Baltimore Ravens (9-2)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 3-2
STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/18/15: Ravens 20 at 49ers 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/11: Ravens 16, 49ers 6
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.8 rating in Week 12. Is 5-0 with 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 100.9 rating on road in 2019. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 road games with SF in 2019. RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 2nd rush TD of season last week. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 129 yards, incl. 61-yard TD catch, last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 4th in row with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Since 2018, is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 2,000+ rec. yards (2,047). WR EMMANUEL SANDERS aims for his 4th in row at Bal. with 5+ receptions. Has 8 rec. TDs in his past 8 on road vs. AFC North. Rookie WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 42-yard rec. TD in Week 12, his 2nd-career TD catch. Has 40 receptions in 2019, tied-most among rookies (TERRY MCLAURIN). • DL NICK BOSA (rookie) had sack & 2nd career FR last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 14 TFL in 2019. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 2 sacks in Week 12, his 2nd career 2-sack game. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 3 games vs. AFC North in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with sack. LB FRED WARNER led team with 11 tackles & had sack & FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles & TFL. DB JIMMIE WARD had 2 PD last week & aims for his 4th in row with PD. CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 3 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Bal.
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 15 of 20 passes (75 pct.) for 169 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.4 rating & rushed for 95 yards last week. Became 1st player in NFL history with 3,000+ pass yards & 1,500+ rush yards in 1st 2 seasons. Has passed for 13 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 143.7 rating & rushed for 300 yards (75 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.9 rating in 3 career games vs. NFC West. • RB MARK INGRAM had 111 rush yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Has 5 TDs in past 3. Had 171 scrimmage yards (158 rush, 13 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. SF (11/6/16 with NO). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 120+ rush yards. Is only player in AFC with 5+ rush TDs (9) & 3+ rec. TDs (3). RB GUS EDWARDS had 55 rush yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) had 5 catches for 42 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads all rookies with 6 TD catches & is only AFC rookie with 2+ rec. TDs in multiple games this season. WR WILLIE SNEAD had 2 TD catches last week, 3rd-career game with multiple rec. TDs. TE MARK ANDREWS has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Ties for NFL lead among TEs with 6 rec. TDs. • CB MARCUS PETERS had team-high 8 tackles & INT last week. Aims for 9th in row at home with PD & 7th overall. Had INT vs. SF in Week 6 with LAR. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC West with INT. CB JIMMY SMITH had sack & INT last week. LB MATTHEW JUDON aims for 3rd in row with sack & FF.
Washington Redskins (2-9) at Carolina Panthers (5-6)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 8-6
STREAKS: Panthers have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Panthers 17 at Redskins 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/15: Panthers 44, Redskins 16
QB DWAYNE HASKINS (rookie) earned 1st career win last week & had career-high 28 rush yards. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 369 scrimmage yards (123 per game) in his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games at Car. Ranks 5th in NFL history with 107 rushing touchdowns & 6th with 13,861 rush yards. Needs 4 scrimmage yards to surpass HOFer TERRELL OWENS (16,185) for 13th-most in NFL history. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN (rookie) led team with 5 catches & 72 rec. yards last week. Has 4+ catches in each of his 1st 4 career road games. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (638), ties for 1st with 40 receptions & ties for 2nd in rec. TDs (5) in 2019. Rookie WR STEVEN SIMS had 91-yard KR-TD in Week 12, 5th Was. rookie since 1970 & 1st since BRANDON BANKS (10/31/10) with KR-TD. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack in last road meeting. Has sack in 7 of his past 8 on road vs. NFC South. Rookie LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 13 tackles & had 1st career sack in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. DL MATT IOANNIDIS aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South & 4th in row on road with sack. CB FABIAN MOREAU had 1st career game with 2 INTs last week. CB QUINTON DUNBAR had 9th career INT in Week 12. S LANDON COLLINS had 10 tackles & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 9+ tackles.
QB KYLE ALLEN passed for 256 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating in Week 12, his 2nd career game with 3+ TDs. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 133 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 64 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 12. Joined CHUCK FOREMAN as only players with 20+ rush TDs (21) & 15+ rec. TDs (15) in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 home games in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 160+ scrimmage yards. Leads NFL with 1,709 scrimmage yards & is 1st player with 1,700+ scrimmage yards in 1st 11 games since PRIEST HOLMES (2002). • WR D.J. MOORE had 6 catches for 126 yards & 2 TDs in Week 12, his 1st career game with 2 rec. TDs. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with 95+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC East. TE GREG OLSEN had rec. TD in last home meeting. • LB LUKE KUECHLY had 2 PD last week. Had 10 tackles & 2 TFL in last meeting. Had FF & FR in last home meeting. Has 96 tackles & needs 4 tackles for 8th consecutive 100-tackle season. LB/DE MARIO ADDISON aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & FF. Has 2.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Was. DT GERALD MCCOY has 2.5 sacks in his past 3 vs. Was. Has 4 sacks in his past 4 vs. NFC East. Rookie LB/DE BRIAN BURNS had sack last week & ranks 4th among rookies with 5.5 sacks in 2019. S ERIC REID had career-high 15 tackles in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 8+ tackles.
New York Jets (4-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-11)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 15-9
STREAKS: Bengals have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/11/16: Bengals 23 at Jets 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/13: Bengals 49, Jets 9
QB SAM DARNOLD completed 20 of 29 passes (69 pct.) for 315 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 127.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 108 scrimmage yards (59 rec., 49 rush) last week, his 44th career game with 100+ scrimmage yards, tied 2nd-most since entering league in 2013. Has 1,005 scrimmage yards (143.6 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 7 career games vs. Cin. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC North with 125+ scrimmage yards. RB BILAL POWELL has 70+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 4 catches for team-high 86 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 9 catches for 107 yards & TD in only career game vs. Cin. (10/30/16 with Was.). WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with rec. TD. Has 292 rec. yards (97.3 per game) & TD in 3 career games at Cin. TE RYAN GRIFFIN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 5 rec. TDs in 2019. • S JAMAL ADAMS has 6.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 FFs & PD in his past 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. Leads all DBs with 6.5 sacks in 2019. CB BRIAN POOLE had 1st INT of season last week. LB JAMES BURGESS led team with 9 tackles, FR & PD in Week 12. LB JORDAN JENKINS has PD in 2 of past 3. Has 3 sacks in his past 4.
QB ANDY DALTON makes 1st start since Week 8. Has 691 pass yards (345.5 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 127.8 rating in 2 career starts vs. NYJ. • RB JOE MIXON had 79 rush yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 75 scrimmage yards. Has 230 scrimmage yards (115 per game) in his past 2 vs. division. • WR TYLER BOYD had 5 catches for 101 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 5 at home. Is 1 of 4 AFC WRs with 60+ catches in each of past 2 seasons. TE C.J. UZOMAH had 59 rec. yards in last meeting. • DT GENO ATKINS leads team with 4.5 sacks in 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with sack. Has 5 TFL & 4 sacks in his past 3 vs. AFC East. Needs TFL to become 10th active player with 100+ career TFL & 75+ (75.5) career sacks. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 6 tackles, PD & 75th-career sack last week. Had 5 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. AFC East with FF. Atkins & Dunlap are only pair of active teammates each with 75+ career sacks. DE SAM HUBBARD had sack & PD in Week 12. DT ANDREW BILLINGS had sack last week. S SHAWN WILLIAMS had 1st INT of season last week, his 5th consecutive season with INT. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. S JESSIE BATES has PD in 3 of past 4 & INT in 2 of past 3. Rookie LB GERMAINE PRATT had team-high 8 tackles in Week 12. LB NICK VIGIL had 6 tackles last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East.
Tennessee Titans (6-5) at Indianapolis Colts (6-5)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 34-15
STREAKS: Colts have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Colts 19 at Titans 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18: Colts 33, Titans 17
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 14 of 18 passes (77.8 pct.) for 259 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 155.8 rating & rushed for 40 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 130+ rating. Has 813 pass yards (271 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104 rating in 3 career games on road vs. IND. Is 1 of 3 AFC QBs (LAMAR JACKSON, PATRICK MAHOMES) with 110+ rating in 2019. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 175 scrimmage yards (159 rush, 16 rec.) with 2 rush TDs last week, his 4th career game with 150+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs, most in NFL since entering league in 2016. Only player in leauge with 150+ rush yards in consec. games this season. Aims for 4th in row with 95+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. Rushed for 82 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. • WR A.J. BROWN (rookie) had 4 catches for career-high 135 yards & TD last week. Leads all AFC rookies with 581 rec. yards. Only AFC WR with 100+ rec. yards in multiple games in 2019. OL DENNIS KELLY had 1st-career TD catch in Week 12. • CB LOGAN RYAN had 4 tackles & PD last week. Has 10 PD in past 5. Had INT in Week 2 meeting. Leads NFL with 16 PD in 2019. S KENNY VACCARO had 5 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Only safety in NFL with sack in each of past 7 seasons. Has PD in 3 of past 4. LB HAROLD LANDRY aims for 5th in row with sack. Had 6 tackles & sack in Week 2 meeting. LB RASHAAN EVANS aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JAYON BROWN led team with career-high 15 tackles in Week 12.
QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 16 of 25 passes (64 pct.) for 129 yards & had rush TD last week. Passed for 146 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 95.2 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 5 TDs vs. INT in his past 3 vs. division. • RB JONATHAN WILLIAMS rushed for 104 yards & 2ndcareer TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. RB NYHEIM HINES had season-high 51 rush yards in Week 12. RB JORDAN WILKINS had career-high 82 rush yards in Week 2 meeting. • WR T.Y. HILTON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had rec. TD in Week 2 meeting. Had 9 catches for 155 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Has 7 seasons with 5+ rec. TDs since entering league in 2012, tied-most in NFL during that span (ANTONIO BROWN, DEMARYIUS THOMAS). TE ERIC EBRON had team-high 4 catches for 44 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ten. with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. division. TE JACK DOYLE has rec. TD in 2 of past 4.. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 6 tackles & FF last week. Had sack in Week 2 meeting & has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten. Is only LB in NFL with 2+ INTs & 2+ FFs in each of past 2 seasons. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had 5 tackles & TFL in Week 12. Aims for 5th in row at home with sack. Has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. Ten. CB KENNY MOORE had 8 tackles & INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with PD.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: WALT ANDERSON
LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 4-2
STREAKS: Jaguars have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 10/11/15: Jaguars 31 at Buccaneers 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/11/11: Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 313 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.2 rating last week. Has 300+ pass yards in 6 straight games, longest active streak & longest in franchise history. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 122.5 rating in last meeting. • RB RONALD JONES had rush TD last week. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 7 catches for career-high 184 yards & 2 TDs in Week 12, his 4th career 2-TD game. Has 7 rec. TDs in 6 road games in 2019. Godwin & WR MIKE EVANS are 1st pair of teammates each with 3 games of 150+ rec. yards in single season in NFL history. Godwin (1,071 rec. yards) & Evans (1,043) are 5th pair of teammates with 1,000+ rec. yards in 1st 11 games of season in NFL history. Evans joined HOFer RANDY MOSS (1998-2003) as only players in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 6 seasons. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack & FF last week & ties for 1st in NFL (CHANDLER JONES) with 12.5 sacks in 2019. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had 8 tackles & 1st career game with 2 sacks in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. DT VITA VEA had sack & 1st career rec. TD in Week 12, 1st player since J.J. WATT (11/30/14) with sack & TD catch in same game. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had 6-yard FR-TD in Week 12, his 2nd TD in 2019. Has 4 sacks in his past 5 vs. AFC South. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 2 career games vs. Jax. Rookie CB JAMEL DEAN has 4+ PD in 3 of his past 4.
QB NICK FOLES passed for 272 yards for 81.2 rating & rushed for 20 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 120+ rating. Has 1,011 pass yards (337 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.9 rating in 3 career starts vs. TB. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 159 scrimmage yards (97 rush, season-high 62 rec.) with 2 rush TDs last week. Has 115+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 255 scrimmage yards (127.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC South. Is 1 of 3 AFC RBs (NICK CHUBB & DERRICK HENRY) with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2+ games in 2019. • WR DJ CHARK had 5 catches last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 5 at home. Has 11 catches for 207 yards (103.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. NFC South. Leads AFC with 8 rec. TDs this season. WR DEDE WESTBROOK had season-high 8 catches for 69 yards in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 50+ rec. yards. TE NICK O’LEARY had 58 rec. yards in only career game vs. TB (10/22/17 with Buf). • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL had FF last week. Has 5.5 sacks in his past 4 at home. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack, FF, FR & PD in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & FF. Rookie DE/LB JOSH ALLEN has 5 sacks in his past 4 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with sack. Ties for lead among rookies with 8 sacks. Allen, Campbell & Ngakoue are only trio of teammates in AFC each with 5+ sacks & 2+ FFs this season. LB MYLES JACK had team-high 7 tackles last week.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) at Miami Dolphins (2-9)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 8-6
STREAKS: Eagles have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/15/15: Dolphins 20 at Eagles 19
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/11/11: Eagles 26, Dolphins 10
QB CARSON WENTZ had 33 completions in Week 12, tied-2nd most in single game in career. Has 7 TDs vs. INT & 102.9 rating in his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with TD pass vs. 0 INTs. • RB JORDAN HOWARD has 6 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC East & aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Rookie RB MILES SANDERS had 86 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Is only rookie with 400+ rush yards (437) & 300+ rec. yards (337) in 2019. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 12 catches for 91 yards & TD last week. Has 11 career games with 10+ receptions, tied-2nd most (JASON WITTEN) among TEs in NFL history. Reached 500 career catches in 102 games, 2nd-fastest TE in NFL history (HOFer KELLEN WINSLOW SR. – 101 games). TE DALLAS GOEDERT tied career high with 7 catches last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 1.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 4 sacks, FF & FR in 3 games vs. AFC East in 2019. S MALCOLM JENKINS had career-high 2 sacks in Week 12. In 5 career road games vs. AFC East, has 5 TFL, 3 FFs, FR & 99-yard INT-TD. S RODNEY MCLEOD had 2nd career sack, 10th career FF & 13th career INT last week. LB NATHAN GERRY had 0.5 sacks & 1st career FR in Week 12. CB JALEN MILLS aims for his 4th in row with PD.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 214 yards & 2 TDs & rushed for season-high 45 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 90+ rating. Completed 27 of 33 passes (career-high 81.8 pct.) for 402 yards with 4 TDs vs. INT for 144.4 rating in his last game vs. Phi. (9/16/18 with TB). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 105+ rating. • RB KALEN BALLAGE has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 6 cathes for 91 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR ALLEN HURNS had 4 catches for 42 yards & 2nd TD of season last week. TE MIKE GESICKI had 1st TD catch of career in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 4+ catches. • LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles last week. Aims for 6th in row with 7+ tackles. Leads team with 80 tackles in 2019. DE TACO CHARLTON has sack in 2 of his past 3. Leads team with 4 sacks. DT JOHN JENKINS had season-high 7 tackles last week. Rookie DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had career-high 6 tackles last week. Has 10 tackles, 2 TFL, PD & sack in his past 3 at home. DT DAVON GODCHAUX had career-high 7 tackles last week. CB RYAN LEWIS had 4 tackles, career-high 3 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 12. Rookie CB NIK NEEDHAM had 4 tackles last week. Has 3 PD, sack & FF in 3 career home games. Ranks tied for 3rd among rookies with 6 PD in 2019. CB JOMAL WILTZ has 23 tackles, 5 PD, 2 TFL & INT in past 5.
Green Bay Packers (8-3) at New York Giants (2-9)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 28-23-2
STREAKS: Giants have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/9/16: Giants 16 at Packers 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Giants 27, Packers 13
QB AARON RODGERS has 1,251 pass yards (312.8 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.2 rating in 4 career games vs. NYG. Had 362 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.2 rating in his last game vs. NYG (1/8/17 – NFC-W). Has 2+ TD passes vs. 0 INTs in 4 of his past 5 on road vs. NFC East. • RB AARON JONES has 421 scrimmage yards (105.3 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC East. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4 on road. Needs 19 scrimmage yards for 1st career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 80 scrimmage yards & tied his career high with 7 catches last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Ranks 2nd among RBs with 5 rec. TDs in 2019. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches & rec. TD last week. Has 13 catches for 210 yards (105 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. NYG, incl. postseason. Aims for his 3rd in row, incl. postseason, vs. NYG with TD catch. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC East. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (10/22/17 with Sea.). • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 1.5 sacks & 2 TFL last week. Has career-high 10 sacks & with LB PRESTON SMITH (10.5), are only pair of teammates each with 10+ sacks in 2019. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had 9th career sack in Week 12. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 108 tackles in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. NFC East with 8+ tackles. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had PD last week & ties for 2nd in NFL with 13 PD in 2019.
QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 86.6 rating last week. Leads all rookie QBs with 17 TD passes. Has TD pass in 9 consecutive starts, 4th-longest active streak in NFL. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 349 scrimmage yards (116.3 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career games vs. NFC North. Had rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 80+ scrimmage yards. Since 2018, is 1 of 2 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 1,700+ rush yards (1,768) & 900+ rec. yards (980). • WR GOLDEN TATE had rec. TD in Week 12 & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 25 catches for 336 rec. yards (84 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 4 vs. GB. Rookie WR DARIUS SLAYTON led team with 67 rec. yards last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 5 catches last week & aims for his 6th in row with 5+ receptions. Rookie TE KADEN SMITH had 1st career TD catch in Week 12. • LB ALEC OGLETREE had INT last week. Has 3 INTs in his past 3 vs. NFC North. Since 2014, is 1 of 2 LBs (LUKE KUECHLY) with 10+ INTs (11) & 45+ PD (46). LB MARKUS GOLDEN had sack in Week 12 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 5 TFL in 3 games vs. NFC North in 2019. LB LORENZO CARTER had sack in Week 12 & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with sack. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 2 PD last week. Had 3 PD & 2 INTs in last meeting. Has 6 PD & INT in his past
Cleveland Browns (5-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 73-59-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won 7 of past 9
LAST GAME: 11/14/19: Steelers 7 at Browns 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/28/18: Steelers 33, Browns 18
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 24 of 34 passes (seasonhigh 70.6 pct.) for 327 yards with season-high 3 TDs vs. INT for season-high 118.1 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 90+ rating. Passed for 2 TDs & 92.3 rating in Week 11 meeting. • RB NICK CHUBB had 164 scrimmage yards (106 rush, careerhigh 58 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is only player in NFL with 85+ scrimmage yards in 11 games this season. Had 92 rush yards in Week 11 meeting. Has 2+ TDs in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. division. RB KAREEM HUNT had 1st rush TD of season in Week 12. Had rec. TD in only career game at Pit. (9/16/18 with KC). Has 7 TDs in his past 4 vs. AFC North. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had season-high 10 catches for 148 yards & 2 TDs last week, 9th career game with 10+ catches, tied 5th-most since 2015. Aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 6 catches for 84 yards & 2nd TD catch of season in Week 12. Had 10 catches for 100 yards in only career game at Pit. (12/4/16 with NYG). • LB JOE SCHOBERT had 5 tackles, 4 PD & 2 INTs last week & became 4th LB in SB era with 2+ INTs in consecutive games. Has 15 tackles, 8 PD, 4 INTs & sack in past 2. Aims for 4th in row vs. Pit. with PD. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 5 tackles, 2 sacks, PD & FF in Week 12. Has FF in 2 of past 3. CB T.J. CARRIE had sack last week. Is 1 of 3 AFC CBs with sack & INT in each of past 2 seasons. S JUSTON BURRIS had 2 PD last week. Had sack, INT, PD & FF in Week 11 meeting.
QB DEVLIN HODGES (rookie) makes 1st start since Week 6. Passed for 118 yards & TD for 115 rating last week. Completed 7 of 9 passes (77.8 pct.) for 98.1 rating in only career home game in Week 5. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 5th in row at home with TD. Has 420 scrimmage yards (140 per game) in his past 3 vs. Cle. Rookie RB BENNY SNELL JR. had career-high 98 rush yards last week. Ranks 3rd among AFC rookie RBs with 216 rush yards. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had TD catch in Week 11 meeting. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. division. Has 176 rec. yards (88 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career home games vs. Cle. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had 3 catches for career-high 98 yards & TD last week. Has 90+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Rookie WR DIONTAE JOHNSON ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 35 catches. • LB T.J. WATT had sack, FF & PD last week. Has 7.5 sacks, 4 FFs & 2 PD in his past 5. Is tied for NFL lead with 5 FFs in 2019 & tied for most (12) since entering league in 2017. Had sack & PD in Week 11 meeting. LB DEVIN BUSH had FF last week. Leads all rookies in tackles (79) & FRs (4). LB BUD DUPREE had sack, FF & FR last week. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had sack last week. Has sack in 4 of past 5 at home. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had FR last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with INT. Is only player in NFL with 5+ INTs & 2+ FFs in 2019.
Los Angeles Rams (6-5) at Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 40-38-2
STREAKS: Rams have won past 4
LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Rams 31 at Cardinals 9
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/23/18
QB JARED GOFF had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 118.1 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with 100+ rating. Has 10 TDs vs. INT for 104.0 in his last 6 vs. NFC West. • RB TODD GURLEY had 3 rush TDs in his last game vs. Ari. (9/16/18). Has 401 scrimmage yards (133.7 per game) in 3 career games at Ari. In his past 6 on road vs. division, has 743 scrimmage yards (123.8 per game) & 15 TDs (12 rush, 3 rec.). Aims for his 5th in row on road vs. NFC West with 2+ TDs. • WR COOPER KUPP has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC West with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR BRANDIN COOKS has 380 rec. yards (126.7 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. Ari. WR ROBERT WOODS had 6 catches & led team with 97 rec. yards in Week 12. Had 89 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Ari. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • DT AARON DONALD had 3 sacks in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at Ari. with 1.5+ sacks. Has 12.5 sacks, 18 TFL & 2 FFs in his past 6 vs. NFC West. Leads NFL with 16 TFL in 2019. LB CORY LITTLETON led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road vs. division with 7+ tackles. Is 1 of 2 LBs (ERIC KENDRICKS) with 250+ tackles (250) & 25+ PD (25) since 2017. LB CLAY MATTHEWS aims for his 5th in row on road with sack. LB SAMSON EBUKAM had career-high 1.5 sacks in Week 12.
QB KYLER MURRAY (rookie) passed for 150 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.8 rating & had 67 rush yards & rush TD in Week 11. Leads all rookies in pass yards (2,703) & ranks 2nd among all QBs in rush yards (418). Needs 82 rush yards to become 3rd rookie QB with 2,500+ pass yards & 500+ rush yards in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB DAVID JOHNSON has 100+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 at home vs. division. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ catches. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 80 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 13 rec.) in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 5 catches & rec. TD in Week 11. Aims for his 7th in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 6 catches in Week 11 & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack & 2 TFL in Week 11. Ties for NFL lead with 12.5 sacks in 2019. Has sack & FF in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. LAR. Has 4.5 sacks, 3 FF & 2 FR in his past 5 at home. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. LB JORDAN HICKS had 12 tackles, sack, INT & 2 TFL in Week 11. Is only player with 100+ tackles (111) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2019. Aims for his 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 5 TFL, 4 sacks & 3 FFs in 5 home games in 2019. S BUDDA BAKER had 13 tackles & TFL in Week 11. Has 13+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 7th in row with 8+ tackles.
Los Angeles Chargers (4-7) at Denver Broncos (3-8)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 66-52-1
STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/6/19: Broncos 20 at Chargers 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18: Chargers 23, Broncos 9
QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 353 yards & TD in Week 11, 27th career game with 350+ pass yards, tied 5th-most alltime. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 at Den. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 90 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 21 rec.) in Week 11. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TD. Has 683 scrimmage yards (136.6 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 on road vs. division. RB AUSTIN EKELER had 8 catches for team-high 108 yards in Week 11. Is only RB in NFL with 100+ rec. yards in multiple games this season. Aims for his 7th in row on road with TD. Had career-high 15 catches for 86 yards in Week 5 meeting. Leads RBs in rec. yards (667) & rec. TDs (6) in 2019 & ranks 2nd in catches (65). • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 8 catches for 71 yards & TD in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches. Has TD catch in 3 of 4 career games at Den. Is 1 of 3 (DEANDRE HOPKINS, MICHAEL THOMAS) with 70+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 76 rec. yards in Week 11. Had 6 catches for 74 yards in Week 5 meeting & had TD catch in last road meeting. TE HUNTER HENRY had 6 catches for 69 yards in Week 11. • DE MELVIN INGRAM had 2 PD & sack in Week 11. Has 5 TFL, 4.5 sacks & 3 PD in past 3. DE JOEY BOSA has 4 sacks in his past 3 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Den. with sack. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS had 3rd INT of season in Week 11.
QB BRANDON ALLEN completed 12 of 20 passes (60 pct.) for 193 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.6 rating in only career home start in Week 9. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 68 scrimmage yards last week (57 rush, 11 rec.). Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 253 scrimmage yards (126.5 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. LAC, incl. season-high 147 scrimmage yards in Week 5 meeting. RB ROYCE FREEMAN had career-high 103 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 43 rec.) in last home meeting. Lindsay (887) & Freeman (629) are only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 625+ scrimmage yards in 2019. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 4 catches for 92 yards & TD catch in Week 5 meeting. Has 299 rec. yards (99.7 per game) & TD in 3 games vs. division this season. TE NOAH FANT leads all rookie TEs in catches (30) & rec. yards (374) & ties for 2nd in rec. TDs (2). Has most catches & rec. yards by rookie TE in franchise history. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 16 career sacks vs. LAC, most vs. any opponent. LB ALEXANDER JOHNSON led team with career-high 15 tackles in Week 12. Had PD & INT in Week 5 meeting. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 3rd INT of season last week, tying carer high for single season. Had INT in Week 5 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with PD. S KAREEM JACKSON had 10 tackels & FF in Week 5 meeting. Has PD in 5 of his past 6 at home.
Oakland Raiders (6-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 64-52-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 4
LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Chiefs 28 at Raiders 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18: Chiefs 35, Raiders 3
QB DEREK CARR has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 on road. Has 95+ rating in 8 of past 9. Aims for 4th in row on road vs. division with 70+ comp. pct. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 70.9 comp. pct. in 2019. • RB JOSH JACOBS (rookie) has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Leads all rookies in rush yards (957), rush TDs (7) & scrimmage yards (1,103). Needs 43 rush yards to become 1st rookie in franchise history with 1,000 rush yards. RB JALEN RICHARD had team-high 6 catches for 47 yards in Week 12. • TE DARREN WALLER had 41 rec. yards last week. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road. Had 6 catches for 63 yards in Week 2 meeting. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (59) & rec. yards (707). WR TYRELL WILLIAMS has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had TD catch in Week 2 meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. Rookie TE FOSTER MOREAU has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Leads all rookie TEs with 4 rec. TDs. Moreau (4) & Waller (3) are 1 of 2 pairs of AFC TE teammates (JACK DOYLE, ERIC EBRON) each with 3+ TD catches in 2019. • DE MAXX CROSBY (rookie) has 5 sacks, 5 TFL & FF in past 2. Leads all rookies with 3 FFs & ranks 3rd with 7.5 sacks. Crosby & DE CLELIN FERRELL (3.5) are only pair of rookie teammates each with 3+ sacks in 2019. LB NICHOLAS MORROW had career-high 10 tackles last week. S ERIK HARRIS has 6 PD, 2 INTs & INT-TD in past 5. Is 1 of 2 (MARCUS PETERS) with 2 INT-TDs this season.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 182 yards with TD vs. INT & had career-high 59 rush yards in Week 11. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 90+ rating. Passed for 443 yards with season-high 4 TDs for 131.2 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 105+ rating in 6 of 7 career games vs. division. Has 10 TDs vs. INT for 122.3 rating in 3 career games vs. Oak. • RB LESEAN MCCOY had 57 scrimmage yards (29 rec., 28 rush) & rush TD in Week 11. Has 175+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Oak. RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had rush TD in last home meeting. RB DARREL WILLIAMS had rush TD in Week 11. • WR TYREEK HILL has 4 TD cathes in his past 4 at home. Had 5 catches for 101 yards & TD in his last game vs. Oak. (12/30/18). Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. TE TRAVIS KELCE had team-high 7 catches for 92 yards & TD in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 7 catches for season-high 107 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Rookie WR MECOLE HARDMAN had TD catch in Week 2 meeting. • DE FRANK CLARK had sack, PD & FF in Week 11. Has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 PD in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with sack & FF. S TYRANN MATHIEU had 8 tackles & 15th career INT in Week 11. Only safety in NFL with 2+ INTs & sack in each of past 3 seasons. S DANIEL SORENSEN had 1st INT of season in Week 11. Had INT in last meeting & aims for 3rd in row vs. Oak. with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. division.
New England Patriots (10-1) at Houston Texans (7-4)
WEEK 13 // SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 8-1
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 6
LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Texans 20 at Patriots 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/15: Patriots 27, Texans 6
PATRIOTS have 10+ wins in 17 consec. seasons, most all-time. • QB TOM BRADY passed for 190 yards & TD last week. Has 1,548 pass yards (309.6 per game) with 16 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 119.9 rating in his past 5 vs. Hou. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 vs. AFC South. Needs 58 pass yards for 17th season with 3,000+ pass yards, 2nd-most all-time. • RB SONY MICHEL led team with 85 rush yards last week. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 6 primetime games. RB JAMES WHITE had TD catch in last meeting. Since 2015, leads all RBs in catches (292), rec. yards (2,555) & rec. TDs (20). • WR JULIAN EDELMAN had team-high 8 catches for 93 yards in Week 12. Had 8 catches for 137 yards in 2016 Divisional playoff game vs. Hou (1/14/17). Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Hou. (incl. postseason). Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC South with 75+ rec. yards. WR PHILLIP DORSETT had TD catch in last meeting. WR MOHAMED SANU had rec. TD vs. Hou. in Week 5 with Atl. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Hou. Rookie WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 4 catches for career-high 74 yards last week. Rookie WR N’KEAL HARRY had 1st-career TD catch in Week 12. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 2 PD & INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with INT. CB DEVIN MCCOURTY had FF in Week 12. Tied for NFL lead with 5 INTs in 2019. LB JAMIE COLLINS had team-high 10 tackles & FF last week. Is only player in NFL with 6 sacks, 3 FFs & 3 INTs in 2019.
QB DESHAUN WATSON had 298 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 104.6 rating last week. Has 1,003 pass yards (334.3 per game), 10 TDs vs. INT for 132.1 rating in his past 3 at home. Has 18 pass TDs vs. 3 INTs for 118.6 rating in 7 career primetime games. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating. • RB CARLOS HYDE had 67 rush yards in Week 12. Had 110 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 24 rec.) in only career game vs. NE (11/20/16 with SF). Aims for his 5th in row with 65+ rush yards. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 6 catches for 94 yards & 2 TDs in Week 12, his 10th career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Ties for 3rd-longest streak of seasons with 800+ rec. yards (7) to begin career in NFL history. Had 8 catches for 78 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 7+ catches & 8th in row overall with 6+ catches. WR WILL FULLER had 7 catches for 140 yards last week. Has 21 catches, 357 rec. yards (178.5 per game) & 3 TD catches in his past 2 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 140+ rec. yards. WR KENNY STILLS had 8 catches for 135 yards & TD catch in his last game vs. NE (12/9/18 with Mia.). • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had career-high 16 tackles in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB BENARDRICK MCKINNEY had 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 2+ PD. LB BRENNAN SCARLETT had 6 tackles & TFL in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. DL D.J. READER had career-high 2 sacks in last meeting.
Minnesota Vikings (8-3) at Seattle Seahawks (9-2)
WEEK 13 // MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // CENTURYLINK FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 10-5
STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 4
LAST GAME: 12/10/18: Vikings 7 at Seahawks 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/18
QB KIRK COUSINS completed 29 of 35 passes (82.9 pct.) for 319 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.2 rating in Week 11. Has 110+ rating in 6 of his past 7. Has 12 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.8 rating in his past 5. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. • RB DALVIN COOK had 83 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 28 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Has 927 scrimmage yards (154.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 6 road games in 2019. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards. • WR STEFON DIGGS had team-high 121 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 11. Is 1 of 4 WRs (MIKE EVANS, DEANDRE HOPKINS & MICHAEL THOMAS) with 800+ rec. yards & 5+ TD catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR ADAM THIELEN has 4 TD catches in his past 4. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 67 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 11. Aims for his 4th in row with rec. TD. Rookie TE IRV SMITH had 1st career TD catch in Week 11. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack in last meeting. Has 9 sacks in his past 7 vs. NFC West & aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC West with sack. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in Week 11. Has 3.5 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 4 on road. LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 9 PD in his past 7 & leads all LBs with 12 PD in 2019. Had INT in last meeting. S ANDREW SENDEJO had 7 tackles & 8th career INT in Week 11. Had 10 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Sea. (11/17/13). S HARRISON SMITH has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. Sea.
QB RUSSELL WILSON is 1st QB in NFL history to lead team to winning record in each of his 1st 8 seasons. Has 2+ TD passes & 125+ rating in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Min. Has 1,488 pass yards (297.6 per game) & 16 TDs (14 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 113.9 rating in 5 home games in 2019. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 90 rush yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with rush TD. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB RASHAAD PENNY had career-high 129 rush yards last week, incl. career-long 58-yard TD run. • WR TYLER LOCKETT has 7 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home & aims for his 7th in row at home with TD catch. Rookie WR DK METCALF had rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Among rookies in 2019, ties for 2nd in rec. TDs (5), ranks 2nd in rec. yards (630) & 3rd in receptions (38). WR MALIK TURNER had 1st career rec. TD in Week 12. • LB BOBBY WAGNER has 27 tackles (9 per game), 2 sacks & INT in 3 career home games vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 11+ tackles. Since 2012, is 1 of 2 LBs (LUKE KUECHLY) with 1,000+ tackles (1,017). LB K.J. WRIGHT led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 8+ tackles. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with sack. S BRADLEY MCDOUGALD had INT last week. Is 1 of 2 (JOE SCHOBERT) with 5+ INTs (5) & 4+ FFs (4) since 2018.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1945
PHILADELPHIA-Army closed the book on one of the unforgettable chapters in football history today as the West Point cadets defeated Navy, 32‚13, for their eighteenth victory in succession, marking the first time they have ever gone through two perfect seasons in a row. The most distinguished gathering that has attended a sports event in this country in many years assembled in the Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, filled to its capacity of 100,000 for the forty-sixth meeting between the service academy rivals.
This was the first time since the 1941 contest, played a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor, that the climactic spectacle of intercollegiate football returned to its prewar setting, invested with all of its old glamour and glitter and the huge crowd able to enjoy the show unreservedly in the return to peacetime pursuits of pleasure. In honor of the happy occasion, President Truman furnished an official note with his attendance as Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, and a host of war leaders from both branches of the military whose names have become world-wide by-words during the past four years, as well as the members of the President’s Cabinet, were present.
Such glamorous figures as Generals George C. Marshall, Omar Bradley, Henry H. (Hap) Arnold, James Doolittle, Jacob L. Devers and Carl Spaatz, Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, William F. (Bull) Halsey and Ernest J. King and British Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder and Fleet Admiral Sir James F. Somerville, all of them famous artisans in the winning of the second World War, vied with the play on the field for the crowd’s interest.
As a matter of fact, the outcome of the game was decided before the President changed his seat from the Army to the Navy side during the intermission between the halves. Indeed, the result was foregone by the time that the renowned Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, who scored all five Army touchdowns, had gone across three times for a 20‚0 lead in the opening quarter. Everyone knew that the midshipmen were a hopelessly beaten team, that their line was not quite good enough to match the powerful forwards of Colonel Earl Blaik and, above all, that they had no lasting, consistent answer to the depredations of the twin football scourges of modern times, Blanchard and Davis, who raced forty-six and forty-eight yards, respectively, for two of the cadets’ touchdowns.
Navy did things to Blanchard and Davis today that no other team had done. Time and again it stopped the two terrors of the gridiron or threw them for losses. But Blanchard and Davis might be checked again and again and still it was not enough. They had to be stopped every time. To miss them once was to invite disaster, for, with their power, speed and elusiveness, they are backs who are likely to go all the way if given the chance to get started or allowed the slightest loophole.
It was beyond Navy’s strength and capacity to meet so exacting a requirement. The Middies used few reserves, as did Army, and they made mistakes for which Blanchard and Davis made them pay dearly. The crowd would rub its eyes at the sight of the twin engines of destruction being manhandled like ordinary flesh-and- blood backs. It would rub them again and again, and then, suddenly, there was Doc or Junior streaking across the goal line. In the dressing room Colonel Blaik finally broke down and admitted that Army is the greatest West Point team of all time-at least of all he has seen. He hasn’t seen them all, but no one will probably challenge his statement.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1953 The Senators trade Jackie Jensen to the Red Sox for 18-game-winner Maury McDermott and outfielder Tom Umphlett. The Californian “Golden Boy” will win the American League Most Valuable Player award playing for Boston in 1958, but his promising career will end a few years later due to his fear of flying.
1954 The Yankees and Orioles complete the largest trade in major league history when 17 players, including Don Larsen, Gene Woodling, and Bob Turley, change teams. The first phase of the transaction began November 18th and will conclude today after the major league draft.
1955 Virgil Trucks returns to the Tigers in a trade for White Sox third baseman Bubba Phillips. The 38 year-old right-handed ‘Fire’s fastball has lost its blaze, and the right-hander will post a 6-5 record in his one-year return engagement with Detroit.
1956 Reds outfielder Frank Robinson, who was not on the team’s roster in spring training, is unanimously elected by the BBWAA as the National League Rookie of the Year. The 21 year-old freshman, the circuit’s starting All-Star left fielder, hit 38 home runs, tying Wally Berger’s 1930 record for the most trippers by a first-year player.
1956 Future Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio is selected as the American League Rookie of the Year, beating out Indian right fielder Rocky Colavito and Oriole outfielder/first baseman Tito Francona. The 22 year-old White Sox shortstop led the American League with 21 stolen bases.
1961 Red Sox freshman hurler Don Schwall is selected as the American League Rookie of the Year. The 25 year-old right-hander, who managed to get on the All-Star team despite making his big league debut on May 21, compiled a 15-7 record for a sixth-place team which finished ten games under .500.
1964 The Colt .45’s become officially known as the Astros, an appropriate name given the team’s proximity to Houston’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Due to a dispute with the firearm company, three year-old expansion franchise needed to change the club’s name.
1965 The Pirates trade catcher Ozzie Virgil and pitcher Joe Gibbon to the Giants for outfielder Matty Alou. The flycatcher, who hit a meager .231 with San Francisco last year, will capture the National League batting crown next season with a .342 batting average.
1965 After the Indians selected Joe Rudi as a first-year waiver pick in May, the A’s get the outfielder back from Cleveland when the team trades Jim Landis and Jim Rittwage to the Tribe for the return of their 19 year-old highly-touted prospect, along with backup catcher Phil Roof. The future Gold Glove left fielder will play a key role for the world championship teams during the early ’70s in Oakland.
1970 The White Sox trade Luis Aparicio to the Red Sox in exchange for infielders Mike Andrews and Luis Alvarado. Boston’s acquisition of the future Hall of Fame shortstop shifts All-Star Rico Petrocelli, with his consent, from short to third base.
1971 The Cubs announce Ernie Banks will serve as a coach with the club next season, ending the infielder’s 19-year major league Hall of Fame career. ‘Mr. Cub’, the team’s first black player, won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958-59, and in 1999 was named to Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team
1987 Former Indian outfielder Brett Butler signs a two-year, $1.8 million free-agent deal with the Giants. The 31 year-old leadoff hitter, who will play a vital role when San Francisco captures the NL pennant in 1989, replaces Chili Davis, who signed with the Angels, as the team’s center fielder.
1989 Mark Langston reaches an agreement with the Angels on a five-year contract worth $16 million, making the left-handed pitcher the latest highest-paid player in baseball history. The 29 year-old free agent, who had a combined 16-14 record with the Mariners and Expos last season, rejected Montreal’s three-year, $9 million offer last summer that would have made him the first major leaguer to have averaged $3 million a season.
1998 The Mets sign 31 year-old Gold Glove third baseman Robin Ventura (.263, 21, 91) to a four-year, 32 million dollar free-agent deal. The former White Sox infielder will join two-time Gold Glove shortstop Rey Ordonez, Edgardo Alfonzo, who will shift from the hot corner to second base, and first baseman John Olerud to make up one of the best fielding infields in history, according to Sports Illustrated.
1998 Due to the acquisition of All-Star backstop Mike Piazza, the Mets deal fan favorite Todd Hundley along with right-hander Arnold Gooch to the Dodgers for outfielder Roger Cedeno and catcher Charles Johnson. New York then sends Johnson to Baltimore to obtain closer Armando Benitez.
1998 Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, bypassing his agent and making the deal himself, signs a $45 million, five-year contract with the Rangers. The 33 year-old All-Star corner infielder, who turned down a more substantial offer from Baltimore, returns to Texas, the team he left five seasons ago to join the Birds.
2000 Turk Wendell, who wears uniform number 99, agrees to a three-year deal worth $9,999,999.99 with the Mets. The New York reliever had asked that his pact include an option year in which he would play for free, but that plan was unworkable because baseball’s collective bargaining agreement sets a $200,000 minimum salary.
2011 At a news conference covered by approximately 100 members of the media, many of them from the New York papers and broadcast outlets, the Red Sox introduce Bobby Valentine as the team’s new manager. Boston announces that the 61 year-old skipper, who hasn’t managed in the big leagues since being fired by the Mets in 2002, has agreed to a two-year deal with the club, having options for 2014 and 2015.
2015 The Dodgers, the first club to break the color barrier when Jackie Robinson made his major league debut in 1947, hire their first minority manager in franchise history. Dave Roberts, the team’s former center fielder and most recently the Padres’ bench coach for the past two seasons, takes over the reins from the new Marlins skipper Don Mattingly, who left Los Angeles after guiding the club to three consecutive NL West titles.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1938 World Series
After a six-year hiatus, the Chicago Cubs managed to top the National League, despite making it there by the slimmest of margins. After a ninth-inning, 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (who had led the National League for 2½ months) on September 28th, the Cubs managed to hold onto first place while winning the pennant by a mere two games. Rip Collins led the team in homers with thirteen, and outfielder Augie Galan topped the Cubs in runs batted in with sixty-nine. Stan Hack batted .320 and led the National League with sixteen stolen bases, and Carl Reynolds hit .302. Bill Lee and Clay Bryant were the staff pitching aces with twenty-two and nineteen victories. Dizzy Dean, who tried to come back too soon after his All-Star Game toe injury of 1937 and hurt his arm, had been obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals in April and won 7-of-8 decisions.
Their opponents, the 2x-defending champion Yankees were still dominating things on the American League side. This time five New Yorkers compiled RBI totals over ninety, and those five; Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, rookie Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had home run totals ranging from thirty-two to twenty-two. Red Ruffing led the American League in victories with twenty-one, followed in the rotation by Lefty Gomez (eighteen wins), Monte Pearson (sixteen wins) and Spud Chandler (fourteen wins). The result was a 9½ game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant.
Bill Lee got the call for the Cubs in the Series opener and while the big right-hander pitched well, he did not pitch well enough to win. Bill Dickey went four-for-four against him; scoring a run and driving home another as the Yankees pulled ahead with a “predictable” 3-1 triumph. Nothing changed for Game 2 although the Cubs’ Dizzy Dean appeared in control almost till the end. He contained the Yankees for seven innings at Wrigley Field and had given up only three hits while leading the contest, 3-2. George Selkirk added the Yankees’ fourth hit as the leadoff man in the eighth, but two force-outs left Dean in a position to escape with one more out. Frankie Crosetti (who was on the bottom of the Yank’s home-run list with nine) stepped up with Myril Hoag leading off of first base. Swinging at the first pitch, the unlikely hero sent a shockwave through the stands with a bomb over the left-field wall. Dean and his teammates stood in disbelief and were unable to answer the call in the ninth as the Yankees held on for the 6-3 victory.
Ahead two-games-to-none with the Series shifting to Yankee Stadium, the New Yorkers seemed to be a lock. Game 3 and 4 were quick (and painful) as the home team’s momentum carried them to 5-2 and 8-3 finales that featured solid hitting by Crosetti who added a double, triple and four runs batted in to his stats. On a somber note, the ailing Lou Gehrig, went four-for-fourteen (all singles) for his last Series appearance. The Yankees had completed their fourth Series sweep in their last six appearances and became the first team to win the World Series in three consecutive years. The American Leaguers appeared unstoppable and most felt that the Cubs never had a chance.
NFL’S GREATEST GAMES
Date: Dec. 31, 1988
Teams: Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Chicago Bears
Lore: This divisional playoff game got off to a relatively normal start, but late in the second quarter, a dense fog rolled in over Soldier Field. The fog was so thick teams pretty much abandoned the passing game as visibility shrunk to 10-15 yards.
Randall Cunningham still had 407 yards passing despite the adverse conditions, but the Eagles were unable to get the ball in the end zone as the Bears relentless defense held up. The Bears won the game 20-12.
This game would’ve been lost in time if it weren’t for the broadcast, which is still being talked about as the announcers couldn’t see what was going on as the fog created a unique viewing experience. There was suspense on every snap because you just had the feeling anything could happen.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S GREATEST GAMES
- No. 2 USC 31, at No. 6 UCLA 22
Nov. 19, 1988
Measles-stricken QB Rodney Peete led USC to the win over the Bruins and QB Troy Aikman to earn the Rose Bowl bid. Aikman threw for 317 yards and two TDs, but Peete’s 189 passing yards and RB Aaron Emanuel’s 133 yards and two scores were enough for the Trojans.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|New England Patriots||10||1||0||.909||0.0||300||117||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||6 – 1 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||9||2||0||.818||0.0||386||202||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||7 W|
|Houston Texans||7||4||0||.636||0.0||265||249||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||4||0||.636||0.0||308||256||2 – 3 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|Buffalo Bills||9||3||0||.750||0.0||257||188||4 – 2 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||6||5||0||.545||0.0||216||212||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Oakland Raiders||6||5||0||.545||0.0||228||284||5 – 1 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||6||5||0||.545||0.0||244||226||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Tennessee Titans||6||5||0||.545||0.0||245||217||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||5||6||0||.455||1.0||233||252||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||3 W|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||4||7||0||.364||2.0||209||264||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 4 – 0||4 – 5 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||7||0||.364||2.0||224||218||2 – 4 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|New York Jets||4||7||0||.364||2.0||198||258||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||3 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||8||0||.273||3.0||175||217||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|Miami Dolphins||2||9||0||.182||4.0||163||346||1 – 5 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 7 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||0||11||0||.000||6.0||157||292||0 – 5 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 7 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||11 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||10||1||0||.909||0.0||332||163||5 – 1 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||7 – 1 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|xy-New Orleans Saints||10||2||0||.833||0.0||298||248||5 – 1 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||8 – 2 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Green Bay Packers||8||3||0||.727||0.0||258||242||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||6||0||.500||0.0||310||236||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||2 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||9||2||0||.818||0.0||292||263||3 – 2 – 0||6 – 0 – 0||6 – 1 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||4 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||8||3||0||.727||0.0||289||205||5 – 0 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||5||0||.545||2.0||249||243||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||6||6||0||.500||2.5||212||208||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|Philadelphia Eagles||5||6||0||.455||3.0||243||247||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||1 – 1 – 0||2 L|
|Carolina Panthers||5||6||0||.455||3.0||259||291||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||7||0||.364||4.0||312||335||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||4 – 6 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||7||1||.318||4.5||248||317||1 – 3 – 1||2 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 1||0 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|Detroit Lions||3||8||1||.292||5.0||280||315||2 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 1||2 – 6 – 1||0 – 4 – 0||5 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||9||0||.250||5.5||260||323||1 – 5 – 0||2 – 4 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|New York Giants||2||9||0||.182||6.0||217||308||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||7 L|
|Washington Redskins||2||9||0||.182||6.0||144||269||1 – 5 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Milwaukee||17||3||.850||—||8-1||9-2||6-0||11-2||10-0||11 W|
|2 Toronto||14||4||.778||2.0||8-0||6-4||2-1||9-2||8-2||6 W|
|3 Miami||13||5||.722||3.0||8-0||5-5||3-0||8-1||7-3||1 W|
|4 Boston||13||5||.722||3.0||7-0||6-5||4-2||8-2||6-4||1 L|
|5 Philadelphia||14||6||.700||3.0||9-0||5-6||3-1||10-2||7-3||3 W|
|6 Indiana||12||7||.632||4.5||9-2||3-5||3-4||9-6||7-3||1 L|
|7 Brooklyn||10||9||.526||6.5||6-3||4-6||3-1||6-4||6-4||1 W|
|8 Orlando||7||11||.389||9.0||6-4||1-7||1-1||5-8||5-5||1 L|
|9 Charlotte||8||13||.381||9.5||4-5||4-8||0-2||6-8||4-6||1 L|
|10 Washington||6||11||.353||9.5||3-4||3-7||1-1||2-4||4-6||1 L|
|11 Detroit||6||13||.316||10.5||5-4||1-9||2-4||6-12||2-8||2 L|
|12 Chicago||6||14||.300||11.0||3-7||3-7||2-4||5-9||3-7||3 L|
|13 Cleveland||5||14||.263||11.5||3-7||2-7||2-3||4-12||1-9||3 L|
|14 New York||4||15||.211||12.5||3-7||1-8||0-7||2-12||2-8||5 L|
|15 Atlanta||4||16||.200||13.0||2-7||2-9||1-2||2-9||0-10||10 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 LA Lakers||17||2||.895||—||9-1||8-1||3-1||12-1||10-0||10 W|
|2 Denver||13||4||.765||3.0||8-2||5-2||2-0||7-3||8-2||1 L|
|3 LA Clippers||14||6||.700||3.5||11-1||3-5||2-1||10-5||7-3||1 L|
|4 Houston||13||6||.684||4.0||8-2||5-4||3-1||8-3||7-3||2 W|
|5 Dallas||12||6||.667||4.5||6-4||6-2||4-0||7-3||7-3||1 W|
|6 Utah||12||7||.632||5.0||8-1||4-6||2-1||9-5||6-4||1 W|
|7 Minnesota||10||8||.556||6.5||3-6||7-2||1-2||4-5||5-5||2 W|
|8 Phoenix||8||10||.444||8.5||5-7||3-3||3-2||5-7||3-7||3 L|
|9 Sacramento||8||10||.444||8.5||5-3||3-7||1-2||4-5||6-4||1 W|
|10 Portland||8||12||.400||9.5||3-4||5-8||2-1||5-7||4-6||3 W|
|11 Oklahoma City||7||11||.389||9.5||6-4||1-7||0-3||5-8||4-6||1 W|
|12 San Antonio||7||13||.350||10.5||5-6||2-7||0-2||4-8||2-8||1 W|
|13 New Orleans||6||13||.316||11.0||4-5||2-8||0-3||5-9||4-6||4 L|
|14 Memphis||5||13||.278||11.5||3-9||2-4||1-2||3-9||3-7||6 L|
|15 Golden State||4||16||.200||13.5||2-7||2-9||0-3||3-13||2-8||1 L|
|1 Washington Capitals||28||19||4||5||43||16||104||83||8-2-4||11-2-1||6-2-2|
|2 Boston Bruins||26||18||3||5||41||18||96||64||10-0-4||8-3-1||7-0-3|
|3 New York Islanders||24||17||5||2||36||15||71||58||11-2-1||6-3-1||6-2-2|
|4 Philadelphia Flyers||27||15||7||5||35||12||85||78||8-1-4||7-6-1||5-2-3|
|5 Florida Panthers||26||13||8||5||31||10||94||93||7-3-2||6-5-3||6-4-0|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||28||13||11||4||30||12||93||92||7-3-4||6-8-0||4-6-0|
|7 Carolina Hurricanes||27||16||10||1||33||15||88||76||8-5-0||8-5-1||7-3-0|
|8 Pittsburgh Penguins||27||14||9||4||32||13||93||78||10-3-2||4-6-2||4-3-3|
|9 New York Rangers||25||13||9||3||29||13||83||83||8-4-2||5-5-1||6-3-1|
|10 Buffalo Sabres||27||12||10||5||29||11||78||82||7-3-3||5-7-2||3-4-3|
|11 Montreal Canadiens||26||11||9||6||28||9||88||93||6-6-3||5-3-3||3-4-3|
|12 Tampa Bay Lightning||24||12||9||3||27||11||88||79||6-4-1||6-5-2||5-4-1|
|13 Columbus Blue Jackets||26||11||11||4||26||11||66||80||8-6-1||3-5-3||5-4-1|
|14 Ottawa Senators||27||11||15||1||23||11||69||84||7-5-0||4-10-1||5-5-0|
|15 New Jersey Devils||25||9||12||4||22||8||65||90||4-6-4||5-6-0||5-5-0|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||29||7||19||3||17||7||62||115||4-9-1||3-10-2||1-7-2|
|1 St. Louis Blues||28||17||5||6||40||17||86||75||8-3-3||9-2-3||5-2-3|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||28||16||9||3||35||14||88||82||7-3-2||9-6-1||5-4-1|
|3 Colorado Avalanche||26||16||8||2||34||16||97||75||8-3-1||8-5-1||7-3-0|
|4 Arizona Coyotes||28||15||9||4||34||11||78||67||7-6-1||8-3-3||5-3-2|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||27||16||10||1||33||14||77||76||6-5-1||10-5-0||7-3-0|
|6 San Jose Sharks||28||15||12||1||31||13||82||91||9-6-0||6-6-1||8-2-0|
|7 Dallas Stars||27||15||10||2||32||14||73||65||9-4-1||6-6-1||7-2-1|
|8 Vancouver Canucks||27||13||10||4||30||10||90||81||5-2-3||8-8-1||4-5-1|
|9 Vegas Golden Knights||28||13||11||4||30||10||83||81||7-5-3||6-6-1||4-5-1|
|10 Calgary Flames||29||13||12||4||30||10||73||86||7-3-2||6-9-2||3-5-2|
|11 Nashville Predators||26||12||10||4||28||11||87||85||7-5-3||5-5-1||3-5-2|
|12 Minnesota Wild||26||11||11||4||26||11||76||84||6-1-2||5-10-2||6-1-3|
|13 Anaheim Ducks||27||11||12||4||26||11||71||82||7-5-2||4-7-2||2-5-3|
|14 Chicago Blackhawks||26||10||11||5||25||10||74||81||7-6-2||3-5-3||5-4-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||27||11||14||2||24||11||70||89||9-5-1||2-9-1||6-3-1|