HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Tri 21 Wes-Del 20

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL – NCC/AREA

HAGERSTOWN: The Hagerstown Varsity Volleyball team captured the Monroe Central Invitational by defeating Cambridge City (Lincoln) by the scores of 25-16 25-5; South Adams 25-17 25-17; and Monroe Central in the championship by the score of 25-10 25-11. Hallie Rogers set 60 assists on the day, Kenzie Slagle served for 28 service points with 9 aces, Carli Morris had 24 digs and 20 service points, Regan Tinkle had 25 kills and 16 service points, Jessica Swimm 20 kills, and Alexis Ellis turned in 12 total blocks on the day. The Lady-Tigers raise their overall record to 15-2 on the season. They travel to Tri-High on Monday and will host Lincoln on Thursday.  The Hagerstown Junior Varsity participated in the Monroe Central Invitational and defeated Daleville 25-15 25-12 and lost in the championship to South Adams by the score of 20-25 and 24-25. Makayla Matanich had 15 service points (5 aces) and 10 kills; Makynna Matanich had 9 digs; Allison Ayotte had 14 service points and 28 assists; Gwen Cox 13 digs; and Mackenzie Johnson had 9 kills. Their record on the season is 10-2. 

 

LINCOLN: The JV volleyball team finished 3rd at the Monroe Central Invitational. They defeated Blackford 25-16, 25-12 and Daleville 25-19, 25-13. They lost to South Adams 24-25, 25-22, 10-15. The JV is now 8-2. The varsity finished 5th at the tourney They lost to 3rd ranked Hagerstown 16-25, 5-25 and 11th ranked South Adams 4-25, 15-25. They defeated Blackford 25-19, 25-10. The varsity is now 12-7 on the season. The lady eagles host Richmond on Tuesday.

 

Kokomo 2 Marquette Catholic 0

Pioneer 2 Harrison 1

Greensburg 3 Franklin County 0

New Castle 2 Brownsburg 0

New Castle 2 Silver Creek 0

New Castle 2 Fishers 0

Union County 2 Wes-Del 0

Fort Wayne Snider 2 Union County 1

Chesterton 2 Kokomo 0

Hammond Noll 2 Kokomo 1

Kokomo 2 Hobart 0

Connersville 2 Rising Sun 0

Seymour 2 Connersville 0

Pike 2 Connersville 0

South Newton 3 Lafayette Jeff 0

Shenandoah 3 Blue River 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF

The Tri Eastern Conference held their Girls’ Conference Tournament at Liberty Country Club on Saturday.  Winchester left with the trophy as over-all conference champion and Champions of the day when they shot a 369 to outdistance the remainder of the field.  Other team scores were Hagerstown 382, Northeastern 429, Union County 447, Lincoln 453, Centerville 455, Knightstown 463, and Tri could not record a team score with only one golfer.  Becca Chamberlain shot a very fine round of 82 to easily gain medalist honors for the day.  The other nine golfers joining her on the all-conference team were team mates Maddie Lawrence, Maci Chamberlain, and Kate Riggin, along with Hagerstown’s Shay Doerstler, Stefani Burns, Morgan Rector, and Sierra Searcy, Centerville’s Erin Baker and Lincoln’s Allison Frost. The team scores and individual scores for each team were; Winchester 369  Becca Chamberlain 39/43-82; Maddie Lawrence 48/45-93; Maci Chamberlin 46/50-96; Kate Riggin 50/48-98; and Neveah Lanter 51/53-104.  Hagerstown 382  Shay Doerstler 47/46-93; Stefani Burns 48/46-94; Maddi Phelps 56/54-110; Morgan Rector 45/53-98; and Sierra Searcy 47/50-97.  Northeastern 429  McKenzie Chasteen 50/51-101; Baylee Wissler 56/56-112; Maddie Fields 55/51-106; Jasmine Schuler 58/55-113; and Becca Schneider 58/52-110.  Union County 447  Olivia Curry 54/55-109; Emma Kassens 53/51-104; Morgan Ball 60/53-113; and Kady Carmack 63/58-121.  Lincoln 453  Savanah Dungan 53/58-111; Allison Frost 45/49-94; Erin Rade 63/65-128; Shayna Morris 59/61-120; and Lindsey Schunk 69/69-138. Centerville 455  Erin Baker 44(personal best)/53-97; Emilee Engle 61/58 119; Morgan Hale 56(personal best)/64-120; Hailie Ridge 61/58-119; and Karis Koyles 66/64-130.  Knightstown 463  Kira Smith 48/51-99; Emmalee Wilderson 57/57-114; Makenzie Deweese 58/63-121; and Emma Hutson 63/66-129.  Tri No Team Score  Mercedes Raley 62/64-126.  

Winchester 369  
Hagerstown 382  
Northeastern 429  
Union County 447  
Lincoln 453  
Centerville 455  
Knightstown 463  
Tri INC  

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS

Marion 3 Richmond 2

 

LINCOLN IS RUNNER-UP AT THE RUSHVILLE INVITATIONAL.

TEAM FINISHES

RUSHVILLE                   3-0

LINCOLN                       2-1

SOUTH DEARBORN    1-2

UNION COUNTY         0-3

LINCOLN MEDALIST ARE

#1 SINGLES  MARK COX    3-0

#1 DOUBLES  JACOB LONGO & ZACH HALL  3-0

INDIVIDUAL MATCH SCORES

LINCOLN                       5

SOUTH DEARBORN    0

#1 SINGLES  MARK COX (L) DF BRANDON TANNER (SD)  6-0, 6-0

#2 SINGLES  MICHAEL DALRYMPLE (L) DF PRESTON SULLIVAN (SD)  6-0, 6-0

#3 SINGLES  BRANDAN DURAN (L) DF GRANT MCLANE (SD)  6-0, 6-0

#1  DOUBLES  ZACH HALL & JACOB LONGO (L) DF ETHAN FOGLE & LANE CUTTER (SD)  6-0, 6-0

#2 DOUBLES   JARRIN ERVIN & DILLON ASHER (L) DF TRISTAN DAILY & LUKE BROWN (SD)  6-0, 6-3

LINCOLN                       5

UNION COUNTY         0

#1 SINGLES  MARK COX (L) DF ZEB HALL (UC)  6-0, 6-0

#2 SINGLES  MIKE DALRYMPLE (L)  DF GRADY SWAFFORD (UC)  6-2, 6-0

#3 SINGLES  BRANDON DURAN (L)  DF KEAGHAN COLYE (UC)  6-0, 6-0

#1 DOUBLES  JACOB LONGO & ZACH HALL (L) DF BRENNAN GRAHAM & BRADY GRAHAM (UC)  6-0, 6-2

#2 DOUBLES  DILLON ASHER & JARRIN ERVIN (L) WON BY DEFAULT

LINCOLN                  2

RUSHVILLE              3

#1 SINGLES  MARK COX (L) DF JAKE CARROLL (R)  6-1, 6-2\

#2 SINGLES  MARLIN HERSHBERGER (R) DF MICHAEL DALRYMPLE (L)  6-4, 6-7 (7-4), (10-7)

#3 SINGLES  SAM SMITH (R)  DF BRANDON DURAN (L)  7-6 (7-4), 3-0  RETIRE

#1 DOUBLES  JACOB LONGO & ZACH HALL (L) DF BRAIDEN HUNTER & CAMERSON JACKMAN (R)  6-4, 5-7, (11-9)

#2 DOUBLES  BRYCE BECKEMIER & ALEX WAINWRIGHT (R) DF JARRIN ERVIN & DILLON ASHER (L)  6-3, 6-4

LINCOLN 6-7 HOSTS CENTERVILLE ON MONDAY

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER – NCC/AREA

Marion 6 Richmond 0

Connersville 4 Rushville 1

Indianapolis Tech 2 Anderson 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 4 Marion 2…. A brutal schedule that saw the young Red Devils defense face 5 ranked opponents in their first 9 games, finally paid dividends as the Devils (4-5-1 coming into the game) upset Marion  (5-2-1) to take control of the NCC East.  The Devils can clinch the top seed going into the conference tournament with a win at Anderson on September 24th.

The game had many storylines coming in as the Devils had won 2 of their last 7, and hadn’t won in Marion in close to 20 years.   The game featured the NCC’s top 2 scorers facing off with Nakala Bennett (18) and Taylor Kitts (17) facing off. 

Bennett lead the Devils with 3 goals (9 goals in last 3 games vs Marion), while Riley Wetzel controlled the middle of the field and added a goal.  The Devils took control of the game early getting out to a 3-0 lead.  The defense led by Hannah Trotter, Madeline Stults, and Aaiyah Porfidio-Brown shut Kitts down and controlled the NCC’s leading offense throughout the game.

The Devils play Franklin County at home, on Senior Night Thursday, September 19th.

 

COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER

Wright State 1 St. Francis PA 0

Evansville 1 North Carolina Asheville 0

IUPUI 2 Northern Kentucky 1

Memphis 3 Xavier 2 2OT

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

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Earlham 3 Principia 2

ELSAH, Ill. – Earlham College first year Jenna Hoeh notched the game-winning goal in the 87th minute to lift the Quakers to a 3-2 victory over Principia College, in a road non-conference women’s soccer game on Saturday at the Principia Soccer Field.

The win, Earlham’s fourth consecutive triumph, is the longest winning streak for the Quakers since 2012, and improves Earlham’s record to 5-1-0 – still the program’s best start since 2009.

Hoeh’s unassisted goal was her third of the season, and capped a comeback effort for an Earlham side that trailed in the first half.

Principia’s Hannah Sipe scored in the game’s fifth minute to give the Panthers the early lead, but sophomore Hannah Wallhausser answered in the 19th minute off an assist from Eva Lyon. Georgia Rather again put Principia in front in the 32nd minute, but the Panthers managed to hold the lead for barely six minutes.

Junior Yana Miller struck in the 38th minute to knot the game at 2-2, where it remained through the end of the first half. Neither side was able to pull ahead until Hoeh found the back of the Principia goal in the waning minutes to give the Quakers the “W”.

First year Micah Nicholson got the start in the Earlham goal and played all 90 minutes with one save. Principia keeper Hannah Hathaway registered 11 saves over her 90 minutes in goal. Earlham outshot Principia, 36-5.

Earlham women’s soccer is back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when it travels to Wilmington, Ohio, to face Wilmington College in a 7:00 p.m. match.

 

IUE WOMEN’S SOCCER

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Northwest Ohio 3 IU East 2

LIMA, Ohio – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team came up short in a contest against the University of Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 14.

The Red Wolves led 1-0 after the first period against the eighth-ranked Racers.

After UNOH scored three times in the second half, the Red Wolves added their final goal of the contest.

IU East is now 3-2, while the Racers are 4-0.

Jordan Prim scored at 18:23 after Ellie Guenther hammered a free kick just past midfield that hit the crossbar. Guenther did get credit for an assist.

Abbie Conway picked up her second goal of the season at 87:03 with assists from Olivia Malott and Guenther.

Kate Agyemang converted on a pair of penalty kicks in the second half that gave the Racers a 2-1 lead.

Prim’s goal was her first of this season and third overall with the Red Wolves. She scored twice in 2017.

Malott’s assist puts her at the top of the IU East scoring list with six points this season. She has two goals and two assists.

Along with Malott, the Red Wolves have three other players with two assists each this season. Malott, Guenther, Dejhanna O’Bryant and Tori Martino have all eight of the squad’s total.

IU East goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum had a career-high 10 saves.

The Red Wolves return to action at home against Thomas More College on Sept. 18. The match at Centerville High School starts at 7 p.m.

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

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Earlham 3 Marietta 1

Earlham 3 Spalding 0

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College volleyball picked up a pair of victories on Saturday to close out play in the 2019 Quaker Classic held at the Druley Performance Gym, defeating Marietta College, 3-1 (25-11, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20), in the day’s first match before cruising past Spalding University, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-19), in the closer.

Against Marietta, Earlham hit .199 for the match behind double-digit kill performances from sophomore Sarah Dickman (14), junior Julia Stewart (12), and sophomore Caroline Mulvihill (10).

Stewart and Mulvihill each had 13 digs, as did senior libero Sydney Ameluxen. Ameluxen also served up six of Earlham’s nine aces against the Pioneers.

Senior Lauren Jackson recorded 35 assists while running the Earlham offense.

Alissa Ginther (12 kills) and Sam Ritenour (11 kills) led Marietta offensively. The Pioneers were held to a .136 hitting percentage, and amassed 22 attack errors and nine service errors.

The Quakers thoroughly dominated Spalding in a three-set victory over the Golden Eagles.

Earlham hit .184 for the match behind Dickman’s 11 kills. However, the Quakers tallied 10 service aces, led by six for Ameluxen. Defensively, Earlham finished the match with 48 digs, including 12 by Jennifer Shamel, while holding Spalding to a .035 hitting percentage.

Jackson charted 19 assists in the victory.

Spalding’s Cassie Jones registered nine kills for the Golden Eagles, with Savannah Kruse tacking on six more.

The two victories give Earlham volleyball wins in each of its last five outings against NCAA Division III opponents, and five of its last six overall. The Quakers are back on the court on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when they host Central State University of Ohio. Start time to the match will be 7:00 p.m.

 

Hoosiers Take Down No. 15 Kentucky in Five Sets

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LEXINGTON, Ky.– The Indiana volleyball team beat No. 15 Kentucky for the first time since 1996 with a five set (16-25, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20, 15-11) win at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.

Key Moments

After Kentucky took a 4-0 lead in the second set, the Hoosiers used a 5-0 run to take a 5-4 lead on a block from Deyshia Lofton and Kari Zumach. Later in the set the Hoosiers used a 6-1 run to go up 18-15 and won set two, 25-22.

Ignited by a 10-0 run in the third set, Kentucky took set three, 25-12.

Leading 10-7 in the fourth set, Indiana went on a 6-0 run with two aces by Kamryn Malloy, to go up 15-7. 

With Indiana up 22-14 in the fourth set, Kentucky used a 4-0 run to get within four at 22-18.

Up 24-19, Jacqui Armer put down a kill to give the Hoosiers a 25-20 set four win and force a fifth set.

The Hoosiers scored seven of the first 10 points of the fifth set to jump out to a 7-3 lead.

Kentucky got within three at 13-10, but Indiana scored two of the next three points, including a kill from Deyshia Lofton on match point.

Notables

The Hoosiers improved to 8-2 on the season and went 3-0 on the weekend at the Bluegrass Battle.

Deyshia Lofton was named the MVP of the tournament and Hayden Huybers and Breana Edwards also earned spots on the All-Tournament Team.

Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers with 20 kills, her seventh match of the season with double-digit kills.        

Lofton posted 34 kills over the three-matches, including a career-high 19 in the win against Cleveland State.

Edwards added a career-high eight blocks.

Bayli Lebo led the Hoosiers with 17 digs.

The 15 digs by Victoria Brisack were a career-high.

The Hoosiers had a season-high 17 blocks in the match.

IU Head Coach Steve Aird

“I feel fortunate to win a big match. I have tremendous respect for Coach Skinner and his program. They are fantastic and will have a great season. I’m proud of our group, but no crazy celebration, let’s put our head down and work. The season is young.”

Up Next

Up next the Hoosiers travel to Tampa, Fla., where they will take on South Florida and Stetson at the USF Invitational.

 

Purdue Wins LUV Invite

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NASHVILLE – The No. 23 Purdue volleyball team rallied for a 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17) victory against Lipscomb to claim the LUV Invite title at Allen Arena on Saturday night.

The four-set victory was fueled by three Boilermakers with double-digit kills. Sophomore Grace Cleveland led the trio with a match-high 16 kills, followed by junior Caitlyn Newton with 15 and redshirt senior Blake Mohler with 11.

Redshirt sophomore Hayley Bush complimented the offense with a match-best 43 assists. The performance marked the setter’s third consecutive match with at least 40 assists this season.

Defensively, Purdue out-blocked Lipscomb 12.5 to six as Mohler topped the Boilermakers with four assisted blocks and one solo stop.

In the backcourt, sophomore Marissa Hornung led the way with 15 digs, followed by libero Jena Otec with 14.

Cleveland, Mohler and Newton were all named to the all-tournament team, while Newton was also honored as the invite’s MVP.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (23-25) | Purdue and Lipscomb came out of the gate evenly matched, tying the set 12 times. Knotted at 22, Lipscomb snuck by for the win on a pair of Purdue attack errors. Newton led the Boilermakers with five kills.

SET 2 (25-13) | Purdue stormed back in the second frame, jumping out to an 11-0 lead. The double-digit run was highlighted by a trio of Mohler kills. Outhitting the Bison, .455 to -.037, Purdue maintained control through the set for a 25-13 victory. The dominating Boilermaker offense was complimented with five Purdue blocks, including four assisted blocks from Mohler.
SET 3 (25-20) | Powered by six kills and two service aces from Cleveland, Purdue held of a Lipscomb comeback to take the lead with a 25-20 third-set victory. The Boilermakers opened the set with a 9-4 advantage, and maintained a five-point edge until a 5-0 Lipscomb run tied the score, 15-15. The teams tied the frame one more time at 17, before Purdue regained its advantage on a Cleveland ace. The Boilermakers closed out the set with a 3-0 run.
SET 4 (25-17) | Purdue and Lipscomb traded the first few points, until the Boilermakers sparked for a 3-0 run behind Otec’s serve. Leading 18-12, Purdue cushioned its advantage with a pair of Newton aces. The Bison battled back with a 4-0 run, but a pair of Cleveland kills snapped the Lipscomb rally, securing the victory for Purdue.

UP NEXT
Purdue stays on the road for a midweek matchup at No.15 Kentucky. The Boilermakers and the Wildcats are set for a 7 p.m. ET match on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

 

Ohio State 3 Bowling Green 0

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team capped off the Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational with a 3-0 win over Bowling Green (27-25, 25-21, 25-16) Saturday evening at E.A. Diddle Arena. The victory lifts the Buckeyes to 4-5 on the year while the Falcons drop to 5-5 overall.

Mia Grunze and Vanja Bukilić combined for 25 of Ohio State’s 49 kills. Grunze hit .357 with a team-high 13 kills and Bukilić added 12 kills while converting at a .400 clip. Adria Powell chipped in nine kills while Kylie Murr and Bia Franklin tallied 17 and 10 digs, respectively. Mac Podraza notched 41 assists and six digs. Jordan Fry got in on three blocks and had four kills along with Lauren Witte.

The Buckeyes held the Falcons to a .197 attacking percentage while hitting .307. Five Ohio State players attacked above a .350 clip.

Murr, a defensive specialist, was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 5.40 digs per set over three matches.

SET 1: The teams were evenly matched to open things up. A duo of errors by the Falcons and kills from Witte and Podraza put the Buckeyes up 18-14. Ohio State kept rolling as another kill from Witte capped off a 6-0 run. Bowling Green gained some momentum late in the rally to tie the score at 22-all. The Buckeyes had the last three points of the set for a 27-25 win.

SET 2: It was all Ohio State as it scored the first eight points of the frame. A 4-0 run brought the Falcons within two, 15-13, and sent the Buckeyes to their bench. Bowling Green needed a break with OSU ahead 20-16. Back on the court, Ohio State held off its opponent for a 25-21 victory.

SET 3: The set started much like the first as the teams traded points. Franklin’s ace gave the Buckeyes an 18-14 advantage and forced a Bowling Green timeout. Ohio State outscored the Falcons, 7-2, to take the set, 25-16.

UP NEXT

Ohio State returns to the Covelli Center to host Miami (OH), Dayton and Illinois State for the Buckeye Invitational Sept. 19-21.

 

Despite Early Leads, Volleyball Suffers Pair of Saturday Losses

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – – Despite jumping out to a pair of early leads, the Ball State women’s volleyball team closed play in the NKU Invitational with a pair of tough losses Saturday at Regents Hall.

“We can take a lot of positive things from this weekend,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We competed hard and never stopped battling. Our team is gaining confidence each time we compete and are continuing to get better and better each weekend.”

In the opener, the Cardinals (4-5) took the first two sets off a talented Cincinnati squad which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Unfortunately, the Bearcats (6-2) took a page for Ball State’s Friday night playbook and rallied to win the match 3-2 (23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 15-11).

In the afternoon match, Ball State took the first set from a Notre Dame squad which handed nationally-ranked Purdue its first loss of the season last week. However, the Fighting Irish (6-2) would battle back and win the match 3-1 (19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 26-24).

Leading the Ball State offense in both matches, freshman outside Natalie Mitchem. A native of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Mitchem smashed 18 kills and hit an impressive .350 (18-4-30) against Cincinnati. She followed with 15 kills and a .160 (15-7-50) rate of success in the nightcap versus Notre Dame. She also collected eight total blocks on the day, while earning six digs.

“Natalie Mitchem took some big swings and was a physical presence today,” Phillips said. “She is getting more comfortable on the left side and really starting to understand that position.”

Senior middle Sydnee VanBeek turned in another solid day as well, registering five blocks in each match. She also finished the day with 15 total kills. For her play over the two-day event, VanBeek was named to the NKU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Another big contributor on offense for the Cardinals was freshman opposite Allison Hamaker who scored 15 kills in the opener and eight in the nightcap. She also hit .343 (15-3-35) against the Bearcats.

Defensively, senior libero Kate Avila corralled a team-high 35 digs on the day, including a match-high 21 versus the Fighting Irish. Freshman defensive specialist Maggie Huber also collected double-digit digs in both contests, including a team-high 15 versus Cincinnati. In addition, freshman defensive specialist Chloe Rickenbach was credited with a career-high 18 digs versus Notre Dame.

Freshman Esther Grussing ran the Ball State offense to a .261 (62-20-161) rate of success against Cincinnati, handing out 50 assists in the match. She was smashed five kills in each contest, while earning 14 total digs.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Friday, when it opens the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge with a 7 p.m. first serve versus Austin Peay. The Cardinals will also host Wright State and Missouri State in the four-team event, with match times of noon and 7 p.m., respectively, Saturday.

“It will be great to get back in front of the home crowd this coming weekend,” Phillips added. “We have improved a ton since opening weekend and I really think our fans will see how hard we’ve been working. It’s going to be a very high-level tournament, so lots of great volleyball for the fans.”

 

Volleyball Drops 1-3 Match to Oakland Saturday

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ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Miami University volleyball team rolled to a set one victory, but Oakland was able to squeak by in the next two sets as the RedHawks ultimately fell 1-3 (25-15, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25) on Saturday. Miami is now 4-4 on the season, while the Golden Grizzlies are 5-4.

The loss spoiled a spectacular performance from junior right side hitter Sarah Wojick. She finished with 12 kills and did not make a single attack error in 26 attempts. She finished with a .462 hitting percentage and also contributed three blocks and two digs.

Sophomore outside hitter Gaby Harper led the RedHawks with 14 kills and made it her second straight double-double with 12 digs.

“After the first set Oakland caught fire playing scrappy defense and gave us an offensive clinic,” said head coach Carolyn Condit. “We needed to serve better to take back control of the match, and our setters need to do a consistently better job for our hitters.”

Trailing 4-5 in set one, Harper had two kills and a service ace, while junior middle hitter Avarie Powell had a kill and a block as part of a 7-1 run that gave Miami an 11-6 lead. The Grizzlies closed to within three at 9-12, but sophomore right side hitter Sophie Riemersma kept the Red and White in front with three kills. Leading 17-13, Miami closed on an 8-2 run to take a decisive 25-15 victory.

Set two stayed tight throughout. Oakland built an early 8-5 advantage, but the RedHawks quickly tied the score at 10. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 12. At that point the Golden Grizzlies scored three in a row to take a 15-12 advantage and force a Miami timeout. Out of the break a kill from senior outside hitter Taylor Daignault off an assist from sophomore setter Louise Comerford got the ‘Hawks the side out, but that proved to be the pattern the rest of the way. The teams continued to trade points until Oakland finally scored two in a row to push the advantage to 23-19. Daignault and Riemersma put down kills, while Daignault and senior middle hitter Margaret Payne teamed up for a block as part of a 3-0 run that cut the deficit to one at 23-22. The comeback was not to be as the side outs resumed, allowing the Grizzlies to earn a 25-23 win.

Oakland took an 8-4 lead to begin set three. Miami fought back as Daignault put down three kills, and Wojick had a service ace to help it tie the score at 10. Tied at 16, the Golden Grizzlies scored two in a row to take control. After a bunch of side outs, a kill and a service ace by Wojick, followed by an Oakland attack error gave the RedHawks a 23-22 advantage and forced a Grizzly timeout. The break proved to be huge for OU as it scored three in a row to steal a 25-23 win and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Grizzlies used that momentum to start on a 7-3 run to begin set four. Again the teams would trade points until a kill from Wojick cut the deficit to two at 13-15. Oakland answered with a 5-2 run to take control at 20-15. Payne put down a kill off an assist from junior setter Morgan Seaman, but a 5-2 closing stretch gave the Golden Grizzlies a 25-18 victory to clinch the match.

Daignault just missed a double-double with nine kills and 13 digs for Miami. Riemersma and Payne had seven kills each. Comerford recorded a double-double with 21 assists and 11 digs, while junior libero Abigail Huser had a team-high 20 digs.

The RedHawks return to action next week when they compete in the Buckeye Invitational. On Thursday, Miami faces host Ohio State at 6 p.m. On Friday, the ‘Hawks take on Dayton at noon and close with Illinois State at 5:30 p.m.

 

Toledo 3 Indiana State 0

Indiana State 3 Western Illinois 0

Butler 3 Southeast Missouri State 1

Dayton 3 Missouri State 0

Fort Wayne 3 Middle Tennessee 2

Evansville 3 Eastern Illinois 2

Northern Kentucky 3 Cincinnati 2

 

COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY

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Rhodes 4 Earlham 3 OT

RICHMOND, Ind. – Rhodes College senior Hailey Mules completed her hat trick with 1:06 remaining in the first overtime period to lift the visiting Lynx to a 4-3 win over Earlham College, in a non-conference field hockey matchup on Saturday at Darrell Beane Stadium.

Mules scored the game winner on a shot from seven yards out, off a pass from Meghan Harmon. Mules also scored Rhodes’ first goal, at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter, and the Lynx third goal with 10:48 showing in the fourth quarter.

Earlham’s Denise Bergdolt got the Quakers on the scoreboard first with a blast from the top of the circle on a penalty corner with 11:28 remaining in the opening frame, off a pass from Guin Schalck.

Rhodes jumped ahead on scores by Mules and Ashley Neiswender, before Schalck knotted things up with a shot from 10 yards out that beat Rhodes goalie Nina Migneco with 7:51 remaining in the second quarter.

The Quakers went up 3-2 early in the third quarter with a goal from Olivia Layne, before Mules’ second goal forced the overtime period.

Rhodes outshot Earlham, 22-10, with Quakers goalie Meg Murphy charting 10 saves. Migneco finished with six stops. The Lynx also had a dominant margin in penalty corners, 15 to 3.

Earlham returns to action on Friday, Sept. 20, when it hosts Wittenberg University. Game time is slated for 5:00 p.m.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

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TIFFIN, Ohio – Earlham women’s golf had three golfers finish round one among the top 20 and were fourth out of 12 teams at the Heidelberg Women’s Fall Invitational, which began play on Saturday.

The Quakers carded a 352 (+64) over the first 18 holes on the par 72, 6,005-yard Mohawk Golf & Country Club course, just three strokes behind third-place Allegheny College. Mount St. Joseph led the field of 12 teams after day one with a 342 (+54), followed by College of Wooster (344, +56).

Hannah Toresdahl shot an 86 (+14) in the first round and was the top Earlham competitor on the leaderboard in a tie for 12th place.

Megan Garner and Emma Wilkins each shot an 88 (+16) and were tied for 15th, while Claire Waggener was tied for 31st with a round of 90 (+18). Myra Robinson was tied for 52nd with a 99 (+27).

Earlham concludes play at the Heidelberg Women’s Fall Invite on Sunday, Sept. 15., at the Mohawk Golf & Country Club.

 

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

(EARLHAM RELEASE)

JACKSON, Mich. – The Earlham College men’s golf team carded a 310 in Saturday’s second round of the Adrian College Irish Hills Intercollegiate, and finished seventh out of 13 teams in the tournament.

The Quakers’ 310 was a dramatic improvement over the 324 that Earlham shot in Friday’s first round, and gave Earlham a 634 for the 36-hole event.

Graham Sherard led Earlham with a 154 for the tournament, tied for 15th on the individual leaderboard, after firing a 76 in Saturday’s second round. Jared Stone also shot a 76 in the second round; coupled with the 84 he carded on Saturday, Stone was tied for 30th with a 160.

Kim Kang was tied for 24th on the leaderboard with a 158, after he shot an 80 in Saturday’s round.

Garrett Schuler was tied for 41st individually with a 163, after shooting a 78 on Saturday. Matt Bushik rounded out the Earlham five with an 84 on Saturday, giving him a 168 over 36 holes.

Kenyon College won the event with a 589, 11 strokes ahead of second-place Trine University. Kenyon’s Eric Lifson took medalist honors with a 142, winning by four strokes.

Earlham men’s golf will be idle next week, and will return to action on September 28-29 when it competes in the DePauw Dan Quayle Intercollegiate.

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#3 Georgia 55 Arkansas State 0

#6 Ohio State 51 Indiana 10

#13 Penn State 17 Pittsburgh 10

Temple 20 #21 Maryland 17

#7 Notre Dame 66 New Mexico 14

BYU 30 #24 USC 27 OT

#2 Alabama 47 South Carolina 23

#17 Central Florida 45 Stanford 27

#19 Iowa 18 Iowa State 17

Arizona State 10 #18 Michigan State 7

#11 Utah 31 Idaho State 0

#8 Auburn 55 Kent State 16

#9 Florida 29 Kentucky 21

#16 Texas A&M 62 Lamar 3

#4 LSU 65 Northwestern State 14

#1 Clemson 41 Syracuse 6

#25 Virginia 31 Florida State 24

#23 Washington 52 Hawaii 20

#12 Texas 48 Rice 13

#5 Oklahoma 48 UCLA 14

#22 Boise State 45 Portland State 10

#15 Oregon 35 Montana 3

ELSEWHERE

Eastern Michigan 34 Illinois 31

Minnesota 35 Georgia Southern 32

Northwestern 30 UNLV 14

TCU 34 Purdue 13

Nebraska 44 Northern Illinois 8

 

Cincinnati 35 Miami Ohio 13…..

(MIAMI RELEASE)

CINCINNATI – Miami football grabbed a 10-0 first quarter lead in its rivalry game at Cincinnati, but could not sustain that start as it fell 35-13 on Saturday afternoon.

The RedHawks drop to 1-2 with the setback.

The Bearcats forced the RedHawks to go three-and-out on their opening possession and took control with good field position at their own 40. Miami’s defense was even more stout, however, opening with an Andrew Sharp sack. A holding penalty on Cincinnati pushed it back even further and Miami forced a pair of incomplete passes for a three-and-out of its own.

Taking over at its own 40, MU’s second drive went right to work, picking up a first down on the ground in two plays before Brett Gabbert hit Jack Sorenson for 13 yards into UC territory at the 37. After the ground game grabbed another first down, MU took advantage of a pass interference penalty to get to the UC 11. After Tyre Shelton got another first down inside the one on three carries, Shelton capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give the Red & White a 7-0 lead.

Playing with a lead, the RedHawks forced the Bearcats to move backwards again, stuffing an opening run for a one-yard loss before Kameron Butler sacked Desmond Ridder on second down of an eventual three-and-out drive that gave Miami the ball at its 44.

A roughing the passer penalty moved the RedHawks into Bearcat territory and they got another first down to sniff the red zone before eventually stalling. Nevertheless, Samuel Sloman put points on the board with a 41-yard field goal to give Miami a 10-0 lead with 3:13 to go in the opening frame.

Cincinnati’s offense countered by driving the field for the first time, going 77 yards in 10 plays. The Bearcats eventually capped the drive with a Michael Warren eight-yard touchdown rush to pull to within 10-7 early in the second.

It appeared Miami was poised to answer that touchdown as Gabbert evaded pressure and hit Jalen Walker for a 23-yard completion and dropped a dime over the top to Dominique Robinson for 42 yards to get into the red zone. After MU got to the UC 13, a sack and fumble stopped the drive in its tracks as Cincinnati regained possession and kept points off the board. The RedHawks’ defense pushed the Bearcats back thanks to a holding penalty and Dean Lemon sack that recorded the unit’s third three-and-out of the first half.

The teams traded punts near midfield as some promising drives stalled around there. Miami then went three-and-out deep in its own territory as Cincinnati took over in plus territory with just over two minutes left until the break. The Bearcats went for it on 4th-and-6 at the RedHawks’ 40 and Ridder found Rashad Medaris for an 11-yard gain to keep the drive going and eventually Warren ran in his second score of the day to stake UC to a 14-10 halftime lead.

Cincinnati began the second half with possession. A Butler sack made it 3rd-and-20, but a pair of MU penalties allowed UC to escape and continue driving into plus territory. Miami forced a 4th-and-5 situation, but Ridder hit Josh Deguara for a 27-yard score to make it 21-unanswered points for UC as it took a 21-10 lead.

Miami was forced to punt again, but this time its defense came up with a big play as Travion Banks intercepted a third-down pass from Ridder at the Bearcats’ 40 to set the RedHawks up with a short field. However, MU was unable to capitalize as it could not pick up a first down in four tries. Four plays later, Ridder hit Thomas Geddis for a 51-yard touchdown to make it a 28-10 ballgame with 5:27 left in the third.

On the ensuing possession, Gabbert quickly moved the Red and White into plus territory as far as the 18-yard line, but the drive stalled there. Still, Miami stopped the scoring drought with a 36-yard field goal by Sloman to pull to within 28-13. However, the Bearcats added another score two plays from scrimmage later as Warren ran 73 yards for his third touchdown of the day to make it 35-13.

Cincinnati outgained Miami 420-207 on the day, including 234-64 on the ground. Gabbert finished the day 10-of-18 with 143 yards passing while Shelton led MU with 39 yards rushing.

Miami wraps up non-conference play at Ohio State on Sept. 21. Opening kick is slotted for 3:30 p.m.

 

Florida Atlantic 41 Ball State 31….Teams combine for nearly 1,000 yards, six total turnovers in Family Weekend contest 

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State created points off early turnovers Saturday, but the Cardinals had a tough task defending a high-powered Florida Atlantic passing attack in a 41-31 setback at Scheumann Stadium. 

Jordan Williams’ fumble recoveries on back-to-back scrimmage plays, including one returned for a touchdown, gave the Family Weekend crowd something to cheer about early. But the Cardinals (1-2) finished with four turnovers of their own on a sometimes wild afternoon that featured nearly 1,000 combined yards and six total takeaways. 

FAU quarterback Chris Robison threw for 366 yards and connected with receiver John Mitchell for three of his four touchdown passes on the day. The Owls (1-2), coming off opening losses to top-20 teams Ohio State and UCF, scored late in the second quarter to take a 21-17 lead into the break and then pulled away in the second half. 

“Fixing the turnover margin is something we’ve emphasized from day one,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “We can’t have the self-inflicted wounds. Guys fought. The effort was good. But overcoming four turnovers is difficult.” 

Ball State looked primed to grab the lead back on its second possession of the third quarter after a 46-yard connection from Drew Plitt to Riley Miller and two straight 13-yard runs from Caleb Huntley. But Huntley lost the ball when he was hit at the 4-yard line on the second of those carries, and FAU recovered in the endzone for a touchback. 

The Owls moved down the field in just 1:34 and scored on a Larry McCammon touchdown run. So instead of taking the lead, the Cardinals found themselves trailing 28-17. FAU led by double digits the rest of the way. 

Ball State’s best shot to make it interesting came early in the fourth quarter when it was down, 34-24. After scoring on a Plitt-to-Malik Dunner connection and forcing an FAU punt, the Cardinals had the ball near midfield. But Plitt was stripped while attempting to pass, and the Owls recovered. James Charles scored for FAU seven plays later. 

Ball State added a late touchdown from Plitt to Antwan Davis, the third scoring connection for that duo in the past two games, but FAU recovered the Cardinals’ onside kick attempt and ran out the clock. 

Plitt, the MAC’s leading passer, threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns, while Huntley ran for 86 yards on 14 carries. 

Williams scored the first BSU defensive touchdown in five seasons, picking up a fumble forced by Chris Crumb and racing 60 yards down the sideline. Bryce Cosby forced another fumble on FAU’s next offensive snap, and Williams recovered it again. The Cardinals scored just one play later when Plitt found a wide open Yo’Heinz Tyler in the corner of the end zone for a 14-7 lead. 

“We’ve been wanting to score a defensive touchdown, that’s been on our list,” Williams said. I thought my teammates were happier than I was. The energy definitely went up.” 

 But that was Ball State’s last touchdown until the final minute of the third quarter. 

“Things can change fast during the course of a football game,” Neu said. “Our guys battled, but you can’t tun the ball over like that, no matter what team you are playing against, and expect to win.” 

The Cardinals will head on the road for the first time next week, traveling for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff at NC State on ESPNU. BSU will not play at home again for 35 days, returning Oct. 19 to host Toledo for Homecoming.

 Central Michigan 45 Akron 24

Liberty 35 Buffalo 17

Louisiana Tech 35 Bowling Green 7

Marshall 33 Ohio 31

Western Michigan 57 Georgia State 10

Toledo 45 Murray State 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston 2 Philadelphia 1

Minnesota 2 Cleveland 0

NY Yankees 13 Toronto 3

Detroit 8 Baltimore 4 (12)

Minnesota 9 Cleveland 5

Houston 6 Kansas City 1

Oakland 8 Texas 6

Tampa Bay 3 LA Angels 1

Seattle 2 Chicago White Sox 1 (10)

Chicago Cubs 14 Pittsburgh 1

Atlanta 10 Washington 1

NY Mets 3 LA Dodgers 0

Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 2

Colorado 11 San Diego 10

Arizona 1 Cincinnati 0

Miami 4 San Francisco 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York City FC 2 San Jose 1

Chicago 4 FC Dallas 0

Columbus 3 Atlanta 1

Philadelphia 1 Los Angeles FC 1

FC Cincinnati 1 Montréal 0

Orlando City SC 3 New England 3

Vancouver 2 Houston 1

 

NFL

Week 2 Games

Sunday September 15, 2019

San Francisco @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

  • Though the 49ers have an 11-4 lead in this all-time series, including two Super Bowl wins, the Bengals have won three of the past five meetings. San Francisco is 1-9 on the road against AFC opponents since 2014.
  • The Niners had lost 18 consecutive games when getting held under 300 yards of total offense before finishing with 256 in last week’s 31-17 win over Tampa Bay. It was the fewest total yards they’ve had in a victory since totalling 226 in a win at Cincinnati in 2011.
  • The Bengals had 35:50 in time of possession last week despite rushing for 29 yards — their fewest since Week 9 of 2017 at Jacksonville — and lost 21-20 at Seattle. They had entered the season with a 29-2 record in non-overtime games since 2000 when possessing the ball for at least 35 minutes.
  • George Kittle needs 54 receiving yards — his exact total in Week 1 — to become the sixth tight end in 49ers history to reach 2000. The only one to do it in the past 20 years is all-time leader Vernon Davis (5640).
  • Andy Dalton never had 400 yards passing in any NFL game until throwing for 418 in the season opener. His 28,518 passing yards since his 2011 rookie year are 10th most in the NFL, and all nine quarterbacks ahead of him had entered this season with multiple 400-yard performances.
  • Nine of John Ross III’s 28 career receptions have gone for touchdowns. No other active player with fewer than 30 catches has more than five TDs.

 

LA Chargers @ Detroit 1:00pm

  • These teams don’t meet often, but dating back to 1981, the Chargers have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Lions. This will be the Chargers’ first trip to Detroit since Week 16 of the 2011 season, a 38-10 Lions’ win. Philip Rivers (28-for-53, 299, 1 TD/2 INT) and Matthew Stafford (29-for-36, 373, 3 TD/0 INT) were the quarterbacks in that 2011 meeting.
  • The Chargers are 6-2 against the NFC since 2017, tied for the best record by any AFC team. The only two losses were to that season’s NFC participant in the Super Bowl (2017 Week 4 vs. Phi, lost 26-24 & 2018 Week 3 at LA Rams, lost 35-23).
  • The Lions’ tie last week at Arizona was their first tie since Week 10 of the 1984 season vs. Philadelphia, 23-23. Detroit is 1-4-1 in its last six September games, and of course its loan win in that stretch was last September 23 vs. New England, 26-10. The Patriots would go on to win the Super Bowl last season.
  • Philip Rivers has started 209 games in a row (this will be 210), the longest active streak in the NFL by any player at any position. Matthew Stafford’s streak of 129 straight starts is tied for the fourth longest active streak by any player at any position.
  • Austin Ekeler had 154 scrimmage yards (58 rushing, 96 receiving) and three scrimmage TD’s (1 rush, 2 rec) last week versus Indianapolis. Ekeler is one of just four Chargers’ running backs all-time to have 150+ scrimmage yards and 3+ scrimmage TD’s in a game. The other three are LaDainian Tomlinson (9 times between 2002 and 2007), Melvin Gordon III in 2018 and Clarence Williams in 1979.
  • T.J. Hockenson set the NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in his NFL debut with his 131 receiving yards. The 131 receiving yards were also the most by a Detroit tight end in any game since Charlie Sanders had 146 receiving yards vs. Green Bay in 1974.

 

Jacksonville @ Houston 1:00pm

  • Eight of the last nine season series between the Jaguars and Texans have ended in a sweep, with the Texans winning both games last year by a combined 30 points. The only other series with nine or more sweeps since 2009 are the Buccaneers vs. Panthers and the Titans vs. Colts (nine each).
  • The Jaguars lost their Week 1 game against the Chiefs, 40-26, despite amassing 350 passing yards. It was their third double-digit loss since 2017 with 350+ passing yards — no other team has more than two such losses in that span.
  • The Texans also lost their season opener to the Saints on a last-second 58-yard field goal. They piled up 180 rushing yards in the loss, second-most in a loss in franchise history (11/19/06 vs. Buffalo, 188).
  • Gardner Minshew II came off the bench for the injured Nick Foles and went 22-of-25 with 275 yards and two touchdowns. His 88.0 completion percentage is the highest in an NFL debut since the merger.
  • DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 111 yards in Week 1, his fourth straight game with 100+ receiving yards dating back to last season. That is tied for the longest streak in Texans history with Hopkins himself in 2015 and Andre Johnson in 2008.
  • J.J. Watt has recorded 16.0 sacks against the Jaguars in his career, tied for the second-most by any player against a single opponent since 2011 (Watt vs. Titans, 17.0). Watt had 16.0 sacks last season, his fourth season with at least 15.0 sacks in his career. Since individual sacks became official in 1982, only Reggie White has more 15-sack seasons (five).

 

Buffalo @ NY Giants 1:00pm

  • The Giants have won their last three games against the Bills. The regular-season series between the teams is tied 6-6, with just one point separating the teams (Bills 220, Giants 219).
  • Buffalo overcame a 16-point deficit to win its Week 1 game at the Jets, the second-largest road comeback win by any team in a season opener since 2000 (Texans overcame a 21-point deficit at San Diego in their 2013 opener).
  • Josh Allen has thrown for 200+ yards in each of his last six games. The last Bills QB to throw for 200+ yards in seven straight games was Jim Kelly in 1992 (nine straight).
  • Devin Singletary averaged 17.5 yards per rush in his NFL debut last week, the second-highest average by any player in his first career game since the merger (minimum four carries) behind Chicago’s Kahlil Bell in 2009 (20.3).
  • The Giants have allowed the opposing quarterback to throw for at least 350 yards in each of their last three games dating back to last year. No NFL team has ever allowed a 350-yard passer in four consecutive games.
  • Evan Engram had 11 receptions in the Giants’ Week 1 loss, tied with Dallas Clark (2010) for the most catches by a tight end in a season opener since the merger.

 

Indianapolis @ Tennessee 1:00pm

  • The Colts swept the Titans last season, outscoring their division rivals by 44 points (71-27) over the two contests. Since 2009, Indianapolis is 17-3 against Tennessee, which is tied for the best record by any team against a divisional opponent over that span (New England vs. Buffalo; Baltimore vs. Cleveland).
  • The Colts fell to the Chargers, 30-24, in overtime in Week 1. Indianapolis fell to 4-10 in the month of September over the past five seasons. That is tied for the third-worst September record in the NFL since 2015. A loss to the Titans would mean a fifth 0-2 start in the past six years for the Colts.
  • The Titans defeated the Browns, 43-13, in Cleveland in Week 1. It was tied for the third-largest season-opening victory in team history. Since the start of 2018, Tennessee is allowing 18.6 points per game, the third fewest in the NFL. A win over the Colts would give the Titans their first 2-0 start since 2008.
  • Marlon Mack rushed for 174 yards and a score in the loss to the Chargers, his fifth straight game with a rushing TD. The last Colts player to have a streak of five or more with a rushing score was Edgerrin James in 2005 (six). Mack’s 174 rushing yards were the third most in a Colts’ season opener all-time.
  • Derrick Henry rushed for 84 yards and a TD and had one catch for 75 yards and another score against the Browns. In the last three seasons, Henry has scored six touchdowns of 50-plus yards (all from scrimmage), second only to Tyreek Hill since 2017 (11 total, nine from scrimmage).
  • In Week 1, the Titans used a 21-0 scoring margin in the fourth quarter to blow out the Browns, while the Colts used an 8-0 scoring margin in the fourth quarter to force their game with the Chargers into OT. Since last season, Tennessee (+60) and Indianapolis (+50) are second and third in the NFL in fourth-quarter scoring margin (New Orleans: +85).

 

Arizona @ Baltimore 1:00pm

  • The Cardinals are a league-worst 15-44 (.254) on the road against AFC opponents since moving to Arizona in 1988, That includes losses in their only two trips to Baltimore since winning their initial visit in 1997, when Jake Plummer led a late game-winning drive to beat Vinny Testaverde.
  • The Ravens have rushed for 1872 yards in eight games since Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback while posting a 7-1 record. That’s the highest eight-game rushing total by any team since the Steelers ran for 1900 yards in their final eight games of 1976.
  • Kyler Murray’s 15 fourth-quarter completions last week were the most by a Cardinals quarterback since Carson Palmer in 2013. Murray also became only the fourth active QB to throw for 300 yards in his NFL debut, joining Cam Newton (422), Robert Griffin III (320) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (2005).
  • Mark Ingram is coming off his 16th career 100-yard rushing performance, and the eighth one in which he had fewer than 20 carries. Ingram’s average of 4.97 yards per carry since 2016 is the highest of any player with at least 300 attempts in that span besides former Saints teammate Alvin Kamara (5.22).
  • Besides their 644 yards from scrimmage last week being the most by any team since 2012 (Hou, 676), the Ravens became the first team to have 250+ rushing yards and 350+ passing yards in the same game since the Steelers did it against the Browns on November 25, 1979.
  • Larry Fitzgerald is coming off his 54th career game with at least eight receptions, three more than any other player in NFL history (Marvin Harrison, 51). The only other active player to have more than 35 such games is Antonio Brown (43).

 

Minnesota @ Green Bay 1:00pm

  • The Packers have gone 0-3-1 against the Vikings over the last two seasons. The last time the Packers went four straight games against the Vikings without a win came in 1992-93, and the last time they went at least five straight against the Vikings without a win came from 1975-79 (nine straight).
  • The Vikings led the Falcons at halftime, 21-0, and since 2017 the franchise has gone 19-1 when entering halftime with a lead, second best in the NFL (Rams, 19-0).
  • The Packers ran for 47 yards in Week 1, sixth fewest in the NFL, but their defense allowed only 46 rushing yards, fifth fewest in the NFL. There were no NFL games last season in which neither team managed to rush for at least 50 yards, and there was one such game in both the 2017 and 2016 seasons.
  • Dalvin Cook accounted for 44.4 percent of his team’s yards from scrimmage in Week 1 (120/270), the second-highest percentage in the NFL (Christian McCaffrey, 57.1 percent).
  • Since 2011, Aaron Rodgers has thrown 29 touchdowns and three interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings (9.67 TD-INT ratio). He himself is the only player with a better touchdown-interception ratio against any opponent in that span (11.50 vs. Lions; minimum 10 games).
  • Kirk Cousins’ 10 pass attempts and 98 passing yards in Week 1 were both his lowest marks in any start of his career. Since 2000, NFL teams are 9-1 when attempting 10 or fewer passes in a game, and the Vikings’ last game with 10 or fewer attempts came in 1977.

 

New England @ Miami 1:00pm

  • The Dolphins have gone 5-1 in their last six home games against the Patriots. Over that span, New England is 26-4 in all other divisional games.
  • The Patriots opened the season with a 33-3 win over Pittsburgh. The 30-point win was the fourth largest in a season opener by a defending Super Bowl champion — two of the three previous teams to win by 30+ (1975 Steelers and 1978 Cowboys) went back to the Super Bowl that season.
  • Miami’s 59-10 loss to Baltimore last week set franchise records for points allowed, yards allowed and margin of defeat. The Dolphins were outgained 643-200, the worst differential by any team since the Lions on November 6, 1988 at Minnesota (553-89).
  • Brian Flores will be the ninth former assistant coach under Bill Belichick to face Belichick as an NFL head coach. The other eight have combined to go 4-4 in their first meeting and 10-11 in all meetings with Belichick.
  • Julian Edelman has tallied at least 75 receiving yards in seven straight games against the Dolphins. The only players in the Super Bowl era with longer streaks against any opponent are Rod Smith (14 vs. Chiefs from 1998-2005) and Edelman’s new teammate Antonio Brown (9 vs. Browns from 2013-18).
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has now thrown a touchdown pass for eight different teams, the most in NFL history. Fitzpatrick has multiple TD passes in seven straight starts against the Patriots, the longest streak by any player against New England all-time.

 

Seattle @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm

  • The home team has won 14 of 17 matchups in the all-time series between the Seahawks and Steelers, in which Seattle owns a slight 9-8 edge. The Seahawks are just 2-7 in Pittsburgh, though, and have been shut out in each of their last two visits there in 2007 (21-0) and 2011 (24-0).
  • The Steelers will try to rebound from last week’s 33-3 defeat at New England, their most lopsided loss in a season opener since 1997 (37-7 to Dallas) and second-largest under coach Mike Tomlin, surpassed only by a 34-3 loss at Philadelphia in 2016. Pittsburgh has started 0-2 just once (2013) in Tomlin’s first 12 seasons in charge.
  • Russell Wilson will make his 114th career start for Seattle and is two touchdown passes away from becoming the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 200 (Dan Marino, 89 games; Aaron Rodgers, 99, Peyton Manning, 106; Brett Favre, 107).
  • The Steelers rushed for only 32 yards in the opener and are averaging an NFL-low 65.8 per game on the ground since Week 11 of last season. Seattle ranks second in that category over that period (155.6 ypg) and is 34-2 since 2013 when allowing 75 rushing yards or less. Only the Patriots (26-0) and Cowboys (26-1) have better records when doing so during that time frame.
  • Ben Roethlisberger had a 26-game streak with at least one touchdown pass — the second-longest of his career — end in the New England loss. Since Roethlisberger entered the NFL in 2004, the Steelers are one of two teams with a winning record (20-19) in games where its quarterback did not throw a TD pass (Ravens, 34-29).
  • DK Metcalf set a Seahawks record for receiving yards by a wide receiver in his NFL debut when the rookie had 89 against the Bengals last week, breaking Hall of Famer Steve Largent’s mark of 86 yards in 1976. Tight end Will Dissly holds the franchise record for receiving yards by a player in his NFL debut when he compiled 105 in last year’s opener at Denver.

 

Dallas @ Washington 1:00pm

  • The Cowboys have won five straight meetings with NFC East teams, their longest streak since they won their first five division games of the 2013 season. Dallas, which had a five-game winning streak at FedExField snapped with last season’s 20-17 loss to the Redskins, last won six straight division games during a 10-game run from 1998-99.
  • Washington, on the other hand, has lost five consecutive times to NFC East foes for the first time since an eight-game skid from 2013-14. The Redskins will also attempt to avoid their first five-game losing streak in home openers since 1954-58.
  • In last week’s win over the Giants, Dak Prescott became the first quarterback in Cowboys history to throw for over 400 yards in a season opener and the first Dallas player with four touchdown passes in an opener since Tony Romo in 2007. Prescott has not thrown an interception in 164 pass attempts in six lifetime meetings with Washington.
  • Terry McLaurin became the first Redskins rookie in franchise history to eclipse 100 receiving yards in his NFL debut during last week’s loss at Philadelphia. McLaurin needs six yards to pass Charlie Brown (125, 1982) for the most receiving yards by a Washington rookie through his first two games.
  • Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper became the first Dallas duo to surpass 100 receiving yards in a season opener since Antonio Bryant and Keshawn Johnson did so against the Vikings in 2004. Gallup’s 158 receiving yards were the most by a Cowboys player in a season’s first game since Bob Hayes had 195 in 1966.
  • Case Keenum’s 380 passing yards against the Eagles were two shy of a Redskins record in a season opener (Joe Theismann, 1982; Brad Johnson, 1999). Keenum is the first Washington quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first start with the team since Mark Rypien on Sept. 25, 1988.

 

Kansas City @ Oakland 4:05pm

  • The Chiefs are 10-2 against the Raiders in Andy Reid’s tenure as Kansas City head coach, outscoring Oakland by 12.4 points per game. In the team’s Week 17 meeting at KC last year, the Chiefs won, 35-3; the 32-point margin was the largest for either team in the series since 1975.
  • KC’s 40-26 victory at Jacksonville in Week 1 stretched the Chiefs’ September winning streak to eight games; the team has scored at least 24 points in all eight games. Overall, Kansas City has a streak of 22 consecutive games scoring 24 or more points, the longest such string in NFL history.
  • Following Monday night’s win over Denver, the Raiders seek their second 2-0 start in the last three seasons — prior to 2017, Oakland had not opened a season with consecutive victories since 2002, Against the Broncos, Oakland converted 10 of 14 third downs, allowed no sacks, and did not commit a giveaway.
  • Patrick Mahomes has thrown multiple TD passes in each of his last 12 starts; in his last six games — two of them against the Raiders — Mahomes has 16 touchdown passes and two interceptions. In four career games in the month of September, Mahomes has 16 TD passes and no interceptions in 126 pass attempts, averaging 318.5 yards per game.
  • Derek Carr has been intercepted only twice in his last 12 games; both of those picks came in last year’s season finale at KC. In his last two home games versus the Chiefs, Carr has passed for 702 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. Carr’s 417 passing yards against KC in the 2017 game in Oakland are his career high for a non-overtime game.
  • The players on Kansas City’s active roster have combined for 211 career offensive touchdowns and more than 31,000 scrimmage yards. Oakland’s active players have 67 scrimmage touchdowns between them and just over 11,000 yards from scrimmage.

 

Chicago @ Denver 4:25pm

  • Former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio faces his ex-team for the first time since leaving Chicago in January to become the Broncos’ head coach. Fangio will attempt to extend the longest active streak of any team to win at least one of their first two games in a season. Denver hasn’t started 0-2 since 1999.
  • The Broncos hold an 8-7 edge in the all-time series with the Bears and have won the last two matchups, most recently a 17-15 victory in Chicago in 2015. Each of the last three meetings have been decided by three points or less with two of those games going to overtime, including a 13-10 Broncos win in Chicago’s last visit to Denver in 2011.
  • First and second-year players accounted for 276 of Denver’s 363 scrimmage yards (76.0 percent) in its Week 1 loss at Oakland, which comes after the Broncos’ foursome of running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman and receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton set an NFL season record by a rookie quartet with a combined 2,817 yards from scrimmage in 2018.
  • With seven catches for 102 yards in Chicago’s Week 1 loss to Green Bay, Allen Robinson became the first Bears player to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a season opener since Alshon Jeffery in 2016. Robinson now has at least one reception in each of his first 57 NFL games, which trails only DeAndre Hopkins (96) and Odell Beckham Jr. (60) for the longest active streak to begin a career.
  • The Bears recorded five sacks in the season opener and are tied for second in the NFL in that category since the start of the 2017 season (97). Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sacked three times by the Raiders, is 71-37 (.657) in his career as a starter when sacked two times or fewer and 1-5 since 2017 in starts where he’s been taken down three times or more.
  • Denver failed to record a sack against the Raiders, a rarity since star pass rusher Von Miller entered the NFL in 2011. The Broncos have had at least one sack in 122 of 129 games since 2011, a total surpassed only by Arizona (124) and Carolina (123).

 

New Orleans @ LA Rams 4:25pm

  • The Rams beat the Saints in overtime, 26-23, in the NFC Championship last season, which was the Saints’ first home playoff loss since 1993 in the Wild Card round to the Eagles. The Rams held Drew Brews to 249 passing yards in the loss, Brees’ fewest in the postseason since January 24, 2010 (197 vs. Vikings).
  • The Saints’ 510 yards of offense were the most for the franchise in the first game of a season since 2009 (515 yards) and trail only the Ravens (643) for most in the NFL. New Orleans went 7-for-11 on third down (63.6 percent), tied for the third highest percentage in Week 1, while the LA Rams converted nine times on third down, which also tied for third in the NFL.
  • The Rams went 7-1 at home last season, tied for second in the NFL (Patriots, 8-0), while the Rams’ 37.1 points per game at home in 2018 were most in the NFL and most by any team at home in a season since the 2014 Packers scored 39.8 points per game.
  • Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey were the only two players with 90+ rushing yards and 70+ receiving yards in Week 1. Kamara ran for 3.2 yards per carry in the first half (five for 16 yards), but ran for 10.1 yards per carry in the second half (eight for 81 yards).
  • Jared Goff’s 186 passing yards in Week 1 were fewer than he had in all but one game last season (180 in Week 14). He has a career 4-7 record when throwing for under 200 yards and a 21-7 record when throwing for 200+ yards.
  • Michael Thomas (123) and Ted Ginn Jr. (101) are one of four sets of teammates to each have 100+ receiving yards last week (Ravens, Cowboys, Lions). This was Ginn’s sixth career game with 100+ receiving yards, only one more than Michael Thomas has since the beginning of last season.

 

Philadelphia @ Atlanta 8:20pm

  • The Falcons have lost each of the last three meetings, including a Divisional Round matchup in the 2017 postseason, but those were all in Philadelphia. The Eagles blew fourth-quarter leads in their last two trips to Atlanta and lost both, last winning there in 2009 in Mike Vick’s return.
  • The Eagles did not commit a turnover in Week 1 and improved to 10-1 under Doug Pederson when not having one, the NFL’s fourth-best record since 2016. The Falcons have forced only 57 turnovers in that span, tied for third fewest in the league, after failing to cause one last week.
  • Carson Wentz’s 313 yards passing in the season-opening win over Washington was the seventh-best total of his career; the Eagles are 0-6 when he throws for more. If Wentz throws for two touchdowns on Sunday in what would be his 42nd NFL game, he’ll be the second-fastest active player to reach 75 TD passes – Matthew Stafford did it in 41 games.
  • Matt Ryan is three touchdown passes shy of becoming the 12th player all-time with 300 and has thrown one in 16 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind Kirk Cousins (17). The last time Ryan didn’t have a TD pass was against the Eagles in the 2018 season opener, an 18-12 Falcons loss.
  • Julio Jones became the 47th player in NFL history to reach 700 career receptions last week in his 112th game. The only player to reach that mark in fewer games was Antonio Brown (111).
  • Jones has had 99 catches of 25+ yards in his career, third most of any active player behind DeSean Jackson (127) and Larry Fitzgerald (121). Two of Jackson’s receptions last week went for 25+ yards and a TD in his Eagles return after having none of either in his final five games with the Bucs last season.

 

Monday September 16, 2019

Cleveland @ Jets 8:15pm

  • The Jets had won five consecutive meetings over the Browns from 2010-17 before losing last season in Cleveland. This was the first career game for Baker Mayfield, when he came off the bench and rallied the Browns from a 14-3 halftime deficit to a 21-17 victory.
  • The Browns converted 10.0 percent of third-down opportunities in Week 1 (1/10), worst in the NFL. The team lost by at least 30 points in its first game of the season for the first time since 1999, which was the franchise’s first game back after missing the 1996-98 seasons.
  • The New York Jets gained 3.38 yards per play in Week 1, worst in the NFL. However, their +3 turnover differential is tied for best in the NFL and the Jets were one of two teams to force four turnovers last week (also San Francisco).
  • Sam Darnold’s 28 completions against the Bills were his most in any game of his career, but his 4.27 yards per attempt were his fewest in any game. Darnold went 25-for-31 when throwing 10 yards or fewer downfield, but 3-for-10 when throwing at least 10 yards downfield.
  • Baker Mayfield was one of two quarterbacks to throw three interceptions in Week 1 (Jameis Winston) and since December 2018, Mayfield has had three games with at least three interceptions — no other quarterback has more than one such game.
  • Jamison Crowder’s 14 receptions against the Bills were five more than any he’s had in any other game of his career and three more than any other player in Week 1 (Evan Engram, 11). The last Jet to make even 10 receptions in the team’s first game was George Sauer in 1970.

All game times Eastern

 

Dobbins, Fields help No. 6 Ohio St. knock out Indiana 51-10

Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins keep finding holes in opposing defenses.

Their ability to take advantage of them quickly is turning Ohio State’s dynamic duo into an unbeatable combination.

Dobbins ran for 193 yards and one touchdown, caught one of Fields’ three touchdown passes and then watched most of the second half from the bench as the sixth-ranked Buckeyes blew out Indiana 51-10 on Saturday.

“I just told the offensive line I was going to meet them in the end zone and I think that gets them excited,” Dobbins said. “I love those guys. I love them like they’re my own brother. I think that helps us. We have a great bond.”

It shows.

The Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have won each game this season by at least 24 points, and they’ve won nine straight overall and 24 in a row against the Hoosiers. Their 41-point victory margin Saturday was the largest in the series since 2006, and it was the most lopsided road win for the Buckeyes in a series that dates to 1901.

Dobbins perfectly played the role of setup man by repeatedly crashing through the middle, breaking tackles and leaving Indiana defenders on the ground . He only needed 22 carries to eclipse the 181-yard game he had in his only other trip to Bloomington in 2017.

Fields took care of the rest, going 14 of 24 for 199 yards while starting the scoring with a 3-yard TD run. Since transferring from Georgia, Fields has logged nine TD passes and four touchdown runs.

Just four plays after Chris Olave caught a 37-yard TD pass to give Ohio State a 14-3 lead, he blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety. On Ohio State’s next offensive play, Dobbins sprinted up the middle for 56 yards and, four plays after that, K.J. Hill Jr. caught a 9-yard TD pass to put the Hoosiers on their heels and the game out of reach.

“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” Dobbins said. “You’ve got to watch out for us.”

Indiana’s hopes seemed doomed even before kickoff.

Peyton Ramsey replaced the injured Michael Penix Jr. as the starting quarterback and about the only thing that went right after that was a trick play in which Ramsey threw the ball to Donovan Hale, who turned and threw a 49-yard TD pass to a wide open Peyton Hendershot.

That cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 30-10 just before halftime.

Otherwise, it was pure misery for the Hoosiers (2-1, 0-1).

They ran 31 times for 42 yards, the offensive line allowed five sacks, Damon Arnette Jr. picked off Ramsey and ran it back 96 yards for a touchdown, and the defense gave up 528 yards – 314 of it on the ground, including a 40-yard TD run by Master Teague III, who had 10 carries for 106 yards.

“Rough day for the Hoosiers. Very disappointed with how we performed,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “But I stand before you, take responsibility for how our team takes the field and plays each and every week, and it wasn’t good enough.”

 

Tagovailoa has career day in No. 2 Alabama’s 47-23 victory

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa focused on what his team needs to work on instead of his career performance.

Sounds familiar, huh?

Tagovailoa threw for a career-best 444 yards – the third most in history for No. 2 Alabama – and tied his high with five touchdown passes in a 47-23 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

But there was no gushing or celebrations for Tagovailoa, who seemed to channel his coach Nick Saban in a single-minded focus on what the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) must do to improve.

“When we start drives, we’ve got to finish them,” he said. “We were able to move the ball really well, but we got stuck.”

It seemed like Tagovailoa, the All-American and Heisman Trophy contender, unstuck the Tide much of the game against South Carolina (1-2, 0-1).

He had TD throws of 24 yards to Najee Harris and 81 yards to Henry Ruggs III in the opening quarter. When the Gamecocks closed to 17-10, Tagovailoa hit Harris who finished a nifty run where he broke through one tackler, leaped over another and dragged a third over the goal line with him.

“I always tell him not to do that. I think it could be dangerous,” Saban said about Harris’ jump. “But he’s got a good feel for it.”

Tagovailoa finished 28 of 36. He surpassed his previous best of 387 yards set against Texas A&M last year. Tagovailoa matched his career high of five TDs on an 11-yard toss to DeVonta Smith in the final quarter.

“As a quarterback, you have to expect to throw the ball a lot whether you want to or not,” Tagovailoa said.

Saban improved to 12-1 at Alabama in SEC openers and wiped away some bad memories of his last visit to Williams-Brice Stadium nine years ago.

The passing numbers are gaudy and great, but Saban said his team must show more balance offensively. “It’s great that we’re a great passing team,” he said. “I also think from a team standpoint, we need to be able to run the ball well.”

The Crimson Tide finished with 76 yards rushing against 495 passing.

Saban reminded his players, about all who were in middle or elementary school in 2010, of the Tides’ previous game here when the top-ranked Tide were soundly beaten 35-21.

And the Gamecocks tried anything they could to pull off another miracle, but little worked – especially with Tagovailoa in complete control.

Parker White‘s fake field goal run to the end zone was called back because of holding. Alabama snuffed out a fake punt to stop the Gamecocks well short of a first down. And when South Carolina drove to Alabama’s 1 on the final play of the half, freshman Ryan Hilinski’s pass to the back of the end zone was off target.

Tagovailoa’s passing yards were the third most in school history. He bettered his previous mark of 387 yards against Texas A&M and tied his personal best for touchdowns set against Auburn, both of those coming in 2018.

Smith and Ruggs both surpassed 100 yards receiving. Smith had 136 yards on eight catches, including two TDs. Ruggs had six catches for 122 yards.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said his team’s errors near the goal line – Hilinski threw high on one fourth-and-goal and threw an interception into the end zone – cost them the chance to keep things closer.

“I thought we made some nice drives today, but we didn’t get what we wanted and that’s to win the game,” he said.

 

Arizona State edges No. 18 Spartans 10-7 in wild last minute

Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday after the Spartans had a tying field goal negated for having too many men on the field.

Matt Coghlin‘s 42-yard kick appeared to have tied it with 6 seconds remaining, but a replay showed too many men on the field for Michigan State, which had rushed the field goal team on in a disorganized fashion.

Coghlin had to try again from farther back, and he hooked the kick left for his third miss of the day.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio missed a chance to take over sole possession of first place on the school’s career victories list. He remains tied with Duffy Daugherty at 109.

Arizona State (3-0) drove 75 yards in 11 plays at the end, against a Michigan State defense that had been stifling all day. Quarterback Jayden Daniels ran 15 yards for a first down on fourth-and-13 from the Michigan State 28, and Benjamin’s touchdown put the Sun Devils ahead. That play also was reviewed, and Benjamin had just barely extended the ball far enough to score.

“We’re still young. We’ve got a lot of improving to do,” Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards said. “You’re not going to win many games 10-7.”

The Spartans drove back to the Arizona State 24 and, after spiking the ball to stop the clock with 11 seconds left, they appeared to have enough time for one more throw. But with no timeouts remaining, Michigan State (2-1) seemed indecisive, and eventually the field goal team rushed on. The Spartans barely snapped the ball in time to beat the play clock, and although Coghlin’s kick went through, there were too many players on the field.

“Initially, we were going to try to take a shot to the end zone,” Dantonio said. “Then I said, `Hey listen, we need to kick it, because if we catch the ball the game’s probably over- if we catch the ball and we’re not in the end zone, the game’s probably over. Line up and kick it.’ Our field goal kicker was a little late, sort of watching, so he runs out, the clock’s ticking down. He still makes the field goal, but I’m not sure how – we had injuries on the offensive line – I think maybe one guy stayed in. I’m not sure.”

Elijah Collins had a 9-yard touchdown run with 8:37 remaining for Michigan State, but the Spartans blew a fourth-quarter lead against Arizona State for a second straight year. The Sun Devils won 16-13 last season.

Arizona State has scored more than seven points in 137 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the FBS.

Coghlin was 40 of 48 on field goals for his career before Saturday. He missed from 47 yards in the second quarter, and Arizona State drove the other way for a 41-yard field goal by Cristian Zendejas. The Spartans appeared poised to tie the game late in the half, but Coghlin missed from 31 yards after a delay of game penalty had pushed that kick back.

Michigan State’s first drive of the third quarter reached the Arizona State 34, but Connor Heyward was stopped on fourth-and-1.

 

No. 9 Florida rallies past Kentucky 29-21 in SEC opener

Initially stunned by seeing Feleipe Franks lying in pain on the turf, Florida players soon swarmed the cart carrying him to uplift him – and then each other.

The No. 9 Gators then regrouped behind backup Kyle Trask to overwhelm Kentucky for an emotional victory.

Trask relieved the injured Franks and rallied Florida with three fourth-quarter touchdown drives, including his go-ahead, 4-yard scoring run with 4:11 remaining that lifted the Gators to a 29-21 victory Saturday night.

Franks, the Gators’ third-year starter, was carted off with a right leg injury late in the third quarter with his team trailing 21-10. Stopped for no gain by Calvin Taylor on fourth-and-1 at the Kentucky 38, Franks appeared to bend backward on the tackle. Medical personnel came on the field and placed an inflatable cast under his right leg and he was taken off to applause from the sellout crowd of 63,076.

“When he went down, you could see something wrong with the leg,” Trask said. “At the end of the day, I’m proud of the resiliency of the team. He (Franks) was really emotional at that moment. I let him know, `I had your back.'”

Gators coach Dan Mullen had no immediate update on Franks’ condition but said afterward, “They feel pretty certain there was a break or dislocation, so he will be out for the year. That will be a huge loss for us.”

Trask’s gutsy leadership in a pinch offered an upside.

He entered and led Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) on a 62-yard drive, ending with Lamical Perine‘s 8-yard TD run to get the Gators within 21-16. Shawn Davis‘s interception with 6:05 to go gave the Gators another opportunity, and Trask capitalized with his go-ahead touchdown.

The two-point conversion failed, though, and Kentucky (2-1, 0-1) had a final chance to regain the lead. But Chance Poore’s 35-yard field-goal attempt with 54 seconds left was wide right, and Josh Hammond‘s 76-yard TD run three plays later helped Florida avenge last year’s loss in Gainesville.

The happy Gators then gathered in a corner Kroger Field to celebrate the hard-fought win with their fans before running and jumping on their way to a happy locker room.

“Still have a long way to go,” Mullen added. “Came on the road and in a very tough environment and got a big win. We found ways to win.”

Kentucky, on the other hand, was left wondering what could have been despite a strong beginning from its newly-minted starting QB.

Sawyer Smith accounted for all three Kentucky touchdowns with scoring passes of 26 and 13 yards sandwiched around his 2-yard run. Making his first Kentucky start a week after Terry Wilson was lost for the season with a torn left patellar tendon, the junior completed his first nine passes for 119 yards. He finished 23 of 35 passing for 267 yards, but also threw three interceptions including one as the game ended.

“We had an opportunity with a couple of plays, but we fell short,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “We’ll come back and continue to work.”

 

No. 13 Penn State uses late stand to hold off Pitt 17-10

The 126-year rivalry between No. 13 Penn State and Pittsburgh is going on indefinite hiatus for the second time in a generation. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi gave both sides something to chew on until they meet again, no matter how long the break lasts.

Down a touchdown with the ball at the Penn State 1 and less than 5 minutes on the clock Saturday, Narduzzi opted to attempt a field goal on fourth down instead of going for it. Alex Kessman‘s 19-yard kick clanged off the left upright, helping give the Nittany Lions the breathing room they needed to escape with a 17-10 victory.

“You need two scores to win the football game, unless you guys are playing for overtime,” Narduzzi said. “We’re trying to win the football game.”

The 53-year-old Narduzzi joked before the 100th clash between the schools separated by 139 miles that the next time they face off, he’ll either be retired or “in a coffin.” He was kidding at the time. The smile was gone as he tried to explain the rationale for taking the ball out of quarterback Kenny Pickett‘s hands three feet from tying it.

“Again, we can look back at all the calls, guys,” Narduzzi said. “All the armchair quarterbacks, you guys got those armchair desks there. It’s easy to make those decisions. We were throwing the ball. We threw for over 300 yards.”

Yet needing just one to even it on the road late, the Panthers (1-2) came up short thanks in part to Penn State’s defense. Pickett rolled out on first-and-goal at the 1 and threw the ball away while getting chased by linebacker Cam Brown. A read-option on second down went nowhere, with Pickett unable to churn past Garrett Taylor and Jesse Luketa. Brown harassed Pickett into an incompletion on third down and out trotted Kessman.

“Players, we’re all in there saying `Let’s go for it,'” said Pickett, who threw for career-high 372 yards. “We all have confidence in (each other). I know my guys. I love them. They played so hard. It’s tough. A loss like this is tough.”

The Panthers had one more chance to draw even, moving from the Pitt 16 to the Penn State 26. But Pickett’s heave to Taysir Mack on the final snap was broken up by Brown and fell to the turf to give the Nittany Lions bragging rights for now and possibly forever. Penn State improved to 53-43-4 all-time against Pitt, including a 3-1 mark during a four-game renewal that began in 2016.

“We’re happy to be 3-1 in the series, we’re happy to be 1-0 (this week),” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said.

Leaving Pitt 0-1, something Narduzzi insisted won’t linger even after instituting a media blackout for his players leading up to the game and admitting it would feel like “winning the Super Bowl” to beat the Lions for a second time in four years.

“A loss is a loss,” Narduzzi said. “It doesn’t matter who it’s to, when it is. It’s a nonconference game. All our goals are still ahead of us. We’ve got a resilient football team that I love. We’ll be fine. We’ll be just fine.”

 

Burrow clinical, No. 4 LSU downs Northwestern State, 65-14

LSU coach Ed Orgeron had to play starting quarterback Joe Burrow longer than planned after a more competitive first half than expected against Northwestern State.

So Burrow seized the opportunity to post another impressive statistical line that will only help his cause if he winds up in the running for the Heisman Trophy.

Burrow completed 21 of 24 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns, and fourth-ranked LSU pulled away in the second half for a 65-14 victory Saturday night.

“This is who we are as an offense,” Burrow said. “We are going to take our quick passes and our deep shots and that is going to continue to work well for us.”

For the second time in LSU’s first three games, Burrow was subbed out in the third quarter because of a lopsided score. He is now 75 of 90 (83.3 percent) passing for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Burrow also ran for 30 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern State (0-3), an FCS team that surprisingly kept the game close until the Tigers (3-0) dominated the third quarter.

“I felt confident that we were going to go out there and just keep chopping away,” Orgeron said. “I didn’t raise my voice that much at halftime.

“When you win like that … I’m not going to complain at all,” Orgeron added.

In leading LSU to the 800th victory in the program’s 126-year history, Burrow also became just the school’s sixth quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in consecutive games. Only Rohan Davey did it in three straight games, a mark Burrow can match next weekend.

Both of Burrow’s TD tosses went to sophomore Terrace Marshall Jr., who has six touchdown catches this season after none last season. Marshall’s first touchdown was an opportunistic, diving grab of a ball that missed its intended target when tight end Stephen Sullivan stumbled.

The Tigers’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Tyrion Davis-Price each ran for two TDs and John Emery had one, while Justin Jefferson caught five passes for 124 yards. LSU’s Trey Palmer added a 54-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“I’m happy with the point output, but I still feel like we could have done better,” Burrow said.

Northwestern State QB Shelton Eppler connected on 21 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Quan Shorts had eight catches for 66 yards and a TD, and David Fitzwater had 68 yards receiving and a score on three catches.

 

Lawrence leads No. 1 Clemson past Syracuse 41-6

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was forced to be a spectator a year ago when a hard hit to the helmet knocked him out in the second quarter of his first college start. This time he left in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

Lawrence threw for a career-high 395 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another, and top-ranked Clemson smothered nemesis Syracuse 41-6 on Saturday night.

“It felt good. It felt good to be able to finish,” said Lawrence, who scored untouched from a yard out after a nifty fake to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Anytime you win a game like that, convincingly, it’s just awesome.”

Clemson (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 18 straight games, a school record and the longest streak in the nation. It’s the second-longest winning streak by an ACC member in conference history, trailing a 29-game run by Florida State from 2012-14.

Syracuse (1-2, 0-1), the last team to defeat Clemson in the regular season, was unbeaten at home last fall. The Orange were coming off a 43-point loss at Maryland that dropped them out of the rankings.

“We didn’t score enough points to really make it a game, and that’s always something we’ve been able to do against them,” Orange coach Dino Babers said. “When you’re playing somebody that hasn’t lost a bunch of games, you’ve got to have a clean game. I thought the defense played well enough to make it a game.”

The offense didn’t. Clemson limited Syracuse to 187 yards and sacked Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito eight times. Clemson finished with 15 tackles for losses of 71 yards as it won its eighth straight true road game and avenged a 27-24 loss to Syracuse two years ago.

“This is a big, big win for us,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “The defense tonight I thought was amazing. It all starts up front. We lost a lot of players but we’ve just got some guys around here that can play.”

Lawrence, who threw on the run when he had to, finished 22 of 39 with two interceptions. Clemson finished with 612 yards offensively.

“We’ve got a good group,” Swinney said. “They’re just going to get better. They’ve accepted the challenge. We’ve got three wins. That’s where we wanted to be. We’re a hungry team.”

Clemson took a 7-0 lead on its second possession with Lawrence methodically driving the Tigers 79 yards in just seven plays. He completed four passes for 54 yards, mixing in a 9-yard gain on a keeper and finishing it with a 16-yard strike into the end zone to Amari Rodgers with standout Orange safety Andre Cisco out of position.

The Tigers boosted the lead to 14-0 on Lawrence’s 1-yard keeper after a 35-yard completion on the run to Tee Higgins in double coverage and a personal foul against the Orange put the Tigers deep in Syracuse territory.

Unlike his predecessor, dual-threat Eric Dungey, Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito likes to set up in the pocket but didn’t have time as the Clemson defense repeatedly pressured him in his third college start. The Orange were held without a first down in the opening quarter.

“We just hurt ourselves,” said DeVito, who was 15 of 27 for 172 yards with one interception. “We didn’t put points on the board. That’s unacceptable.”

DeVito was sacked six times in the first half and had to throw on the run all night. He did duck low to avoid the pass rush and hit tight end Luke Benson for 24 yards to set up Andre Szmyt’s 29-yard field goal early in the second to get the Orange on the board.

The Carrier Dome was sold out for the first time in 21 years, but the homecoming crowd of 50,248, the third-largest since the building opened in 1980, wasn’t much of a factor as the Orange fell behind. When DeVito hit Moe Neal out of the backfield for a 50-yard catch-and-run down the right side and connected with Neal again on the next play for 17 more to move the ball inside the Clemson 10-yard line, the Dome came alive. But the Orange couldn’t solve that defense, had to settle for Szmyt’s 23-yard field goal, and trailed 17-6 at the half.

Syracuse had two terrific chances to get back in the game in the third and failed both times, prompting many fans to head for the exits.

Chris Fredrick intercepted Lawrence and returned the ball 20 yards to the Clemson 9, but DeVito was forced out of the pocket on the next play and his pass on the run was intercepted by Mario Goodrich at the 4. Three plays later, Rodgers caught a swing pass out to the right, averted two tackles, and went 87 yards for a score. The play was reviewed as Rodgers appeared to be barely out of bounds on the replay but it was allowed to stand.

Trill Williams intercepted Lawrence late in the period and returned it 53 yards to the Clemson 3, but the Orange were unable to punch it in and turned the ball over on downs when DeVito was stopped on fourth down.

 

No. 19 Iowa rallies to beat Iowa State, 18-17

In a rivalry as tight and as heated as Iowa and Iowa State, it’s usually the little things that make the difference.

The No. 19 Hawkeyes yet again made three or four more plays than the Cyclones, and their winning streak over Iowa State now sits at five because of it.

Nate Stanley threw for 201 yards and ran for a score, and Iowa made a big fourth-down stop late in the game that allowed the Hawkeyes to beat Iowa State 18-17 on Saturday night.

Keith Duncan kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who improved to 4-0 against Iowa State coach Matt Campbell in a game twice delayed nearly 3 hours because of lightning.

“It’s hard to script and prepare for (the weather),” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Games like this come down to mental toughness, physical toughness. Nobody got discouraged. We kept swinging the bat, kept playing.”

Six hours after the game started, the Hawkeyes kept their composure in two crucial sequences.

Trailing 18-17 in the closing minutes, Iowa State drove to the Iowa 34 before a false start, a slip by quarterback Brock Purdy and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-13. The Cyclones went for it and, after offsetting penalties led to a do-over, Purdy overthrew Deshaunte Jones near the end zone with 2:00 left to turn the ball over on downs.

The Cyclones got another chance when they forced a quick punt. But the ball hit Datrone Young in the back and Iowa’s Devonte Young recovered it, sealing the closest win in the 67-game history of the series for the Hawkeyes.

“The game obviously, in a lot of ways was frustrating. And frustrating because it was our detail that really earned us what happened at the end,” Campbell said.

Iowa State (1-1) opened the scoring on a 51-yard double pass from Purdy to Jones – a converted prep quarterback – to La’Michael Pettway midway through the first quarter. The Cyclones then moved ahead 14-6 just 57 seconds into the second half on a 73-yard strike from Purdy to Tarique Milton, who breezed past Iowa’s banged-up secondary.

Iowa’s defense stiffened, though, and Stanley’s 1-yard touchdown plunge gave the Hawkeyes a 15-14 lead with 12:10 left. Connor Assalley’s 26-yard field goal gave Iowa State the lead with 7:46 to go but Duncan answered from 39 yards with 4:51 left with what proved to be the game-winning kick.

“I missed some throws,” said Stanley, who was 22 of 35 passing, “but we won, and that’s what matters to me.”

Purdy finished with 276 yards passing and a touchdown for the Cyclones, whose home winning streak ended after seven games.

 

Hurts has 439 scrimmage yards, No. 5 Oklahoma’s routs UCLA

Lincoln Reilly and Jalen Hurts sent the Big 12 a message in fifth-ranked Oklahoma’s 48-14 victory over UCLA on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

Despite 611 yards of offense – including 439 coming courtesy of Hurts – the Oklahoma coach and quarterback are far from satisfied going into an off week before opening conference play.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction,” said Hurts, who became the first Oklahoma quarterback to pass for 200 yards and rush for 100 in the first half. “The intent for us is coming out and playing a complete game. I don’t think we did it tonight. We can improve.”

The graduate transfer from Alabama led the Sooners to six touchdowns and a pair of field goals in 10 drives. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran 14 times for 150 yards and a score.

“He played pretty good. He made the majority of plays that he was supposed to make and then a few where he made a couple off script that were important plays,” Reilly said of Hurts. “He took some steps from the last couple of weeks. It’s a laundry list of things to get better at, and that is how I will approach it with him.”

CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo each had two touchdowns to help the Sooners (3-0) win their 21st straight true road game. That is tied with Alabama (1970-75) the second-longest away streak after World War II.

UCLA drops to 0-3 for the second straight year. Dorian Thompson-Robinson passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

Hurts rushed for 99 yards on four carries during the opening drive. The Sooners started on their own 11 after a short kick return, but it didn’t matter as Hurts went around left end on the opening play for a 52-yard gain . He then completed the five-play drive with a 30-yard run up the middle for a touchdown. He gained 103 rushing yards in the first quarter, topping Jamelle Holieway’s 98 in a 1985 game vs. Missouri.

Hurts added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Lamb with 3:31 remaining in the quarter to extend the Sooners’ lead to 17-0. Oklahoma had 258 yards of offense in the first quarter, which was the second-most in an opening quarter in school history.

“We’ve played good team football early in games. I thought tonight we were able to sustain our momentum longer,” Reilly said.

Midway through the second quarter Hurts connected with Charleston Rambo for a 49-yard score to extend the lead to 27-7. On both TDs, Hurts rolled to the right of the pocket to give the receivers more time to get open. The Sooners gained 15 or more yards on 13 of their first 31 plays.

“Everything isn’t going to go how you draw it up but how do you respond to that adversity. I thought some positive steps were taken,” Hurts said.

Rambo, who had five receptions for 116 yards, also had a 39-yard TD reception late in the third quarter.

Kyle Philips put UCLA on the board early in the second quarter with a 13-yard TD catch to bring the Bruins within 17-7. UCLA would not score again until the opening drive of the third quarter when Jaylen Erwin capped a 14-play possession with an 8-yard reception.

The Bruins have lost 12 of 15 games under second-year coach Chip Kelly, who is already facing plenty of heat for the poor start to his tenure.

“It’s times like this when you’re facing adversity that you have to stick together as a group. You can’t certainly fray as a group because it just gets worse,” he said. “But I’m confident that that group will stick together. They’re just young, so this is all a new experience for them, but we have to grow from that experience.”

 

No. 3 Georgia romps to another win, 55-0 over Arkansas State

Now, the real season begins for No. 3 Georgia.

Finishing off a dominating run through their first three games, the Bulldogs romped to a 55-0 win over Arkansas State on Saturday. Jake Fromm threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns before taking the rest of the day off, while Georgia’s defense turned in a dominating performance.

Bring on Notre Dame.

The No. 7 Fighting Irish will make their first trip ever to Athens next Saturday night, a game that has been eagerly anticipated by Georgia fans ever since the home-and-home series was announced.

“We’ve played in a lot of big games,” coach Kirby Smart said. “They’re not going to be intimidated by that.”

The Bulldogs (3-0) have yet to be tested, blowing through a stretch that felt more like an NFL preseason by a cumulative margin of 148-23.

“The physical conditioning of playing a four-quarter game, there’s only one way to simulate that – play it. And we haven’t,” Smart said. “But I can’t rightfully keep guys out there and not play other players. That’s the toughest thing. We’ve got to be in shape and ready for a four-quarter game the rest of the season.”

With thousands of Georgia fans wearing pink instead of red to honor Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson’s wife, Wendy, who died last month from breast cancer, the Bulldogs (3-0) took control as soon as they got their hands on the ball. They scored on six of seven possessions in the first half, building a 34-0 lead.

The Georgia defense was equally stout, posting its first shutout since the 2018 opener. The Red Wolves (1-2) went three-and-out four times in the first half and crossed midfield only once, settling for a 50-yard field goal try that faded wide right.

The Bulldogs went to the locker room with a 382-81 edge in total yards, and many of the fans didn’t bother coming back to watch the final two quarters.

Brian Herrien got Georgia rolling with a 3-yard scoring run, and Rodrigo Blankenship booted a couple of field goals to make it 13-0 at the end of the first period.

Fromm took it from there.

He connected with Dominick Blaylock on a 60-yard touchdown pass, went to D’Andre Swift out of the backfield for a 48-yard score, and finished it off by zipping a 5-yard TD throw to Lawrence Cager just inside the pylon with less than a minute to go in the half.

Anderson, coaching his second game since returning from a leave of absence, was moved by the support of the Georgia fans. A group of shirtless students sitting in the first row behind the Arkansas State bench painted their upper bodies pink and wrote “Remember Wendy” across their backs.

“One of the classiest moves I’ve ever seen,” Anderson said, choking up. “I would say thank you to all those who showed up today wearing pink or thinking pink. They don’t know my wife, they don’t know me, and they didn’t have to do it. I’m just very grateful and honored and obviously overwhelmed.”

The Red Wolves were thoroughly overmatched on the field. Georgia finished with 656 yards total while holding the visitors to 220.

Arkansas State’s only decent drive came midway through the fourth quarter, reaching the Georgia 13. But on fourth-and-5, backup quarterback Layne Hatcher’s pass was picked off in the end zone to preserve the shutout.

“We needed Georgia to be thinking ahead and looking ahead,” Anderson said. “We needed them to make some mistakes. They didn’t.”

 

Wilson, BYU beats No. 24 USC 30-27 in overtime

BYU should be getting accustomed to coming from behind to beat traditional powers.

Dayan Ghanwoloku intercepted a tipped pass in overtime after Jake Oldroyd kicked a 43-yard field to give the Cougars the lead, and BYU held on to beat No. 24 Southern California 30-27 on Saturday – one week after a similar fourth-quarter rally to knock off Tennessee.

Zach Wilson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown while running for another score, Ty’Son Williams had 99 yards rushing, and the Cougars (2-1) capitalized on three crucial turnovers.

“No matter the score, no matter the time that’s left on the clock, this team keeps fighting and keeps fighting,” Williams said.

It took the Cougars a few minutes to digest that they had beaten a ranked opponent at home since defeating then-No. 20 Boise State in 2015. Fans stormed the field immediately after the interception Saturday, then stormed a second time when a review confirmed the call on the field.

“You’re still in that game mode,” Wilson said. “Even when you see the pick, you’re thinking, `Is that it? Is that game?’ You don’t start celebrating yet. You see everyone come on the field. They always got to review it, so there’s always that split second of, `Is the game over yet?'”

The Trojans’ Chase McGrath tied the game 27-all when he connected on a 52-yard field goal with 1:43 left in regulation. But those were the only points they scored over the final 10:44 of regulation and overtime, their offense going stale when they needed it the most.

Kedon Slovis threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans (2-1). But he also was picked off three times, including on the final play of the game, as USC lost its fourth consecutive game in the state of Utah.

After a week in which USC athletic director Lynn Swann stepped down, coach Clay Helton absorbed a loss that will certainly raise the heat on him going into a crucial stretch. The Trojans play No. 11 Utah on Friday, then have road games against No. 23 Washington and No. 7 Notre Dame.

“We don’t worry about noise,” Helton said. “We live in Los Angeles, California. There’s a ton of damn noise. It’s every day. What we have to focus on is doing our job, winning the next game.”

Ghanwoloku, a defensive back who moonlights as a running back, scored the first touchdown for BYU on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. But that wound up being merely a footnote after the clutch play he would make on the other side of the ball in overtime.

The Trojans took the lead early in the fourth quarter, when they stopped Ghanwoloku a yard short of the first down on fourth-and-2 and proceeded to march 92 yards the other way. Michael Pittman Jr. hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass to give USC a 24-17 advantage.

Wilson gave the Cougars the lead back with 5:41 left in regulation when he ran 16 yards for a touchdown. The score was set up by Wilson evading a sack and hitting Gunner Romney for 35 yards.

“He’s a great football player,” Trojan defensive tackle Jay Tufele said of the Cougars’ second-year quarterback, who has been dynamic ever since becoming the starter. “He’s versatile.”

 

Diamondbacks snap 6-game skid with 1-0 win over Reds

Nick Ahmed smacked the ball down the left-field line and was running hard from the moment he left the batter’s box. When Cincinnati’s Josh VanMeter slightly misplayed the ball in the corner, the Arizona shortstop accelerated around second and slid into third with a triple.

He would be the Diamondbacks’ only baserunner of the game.

His hustle would be enough for the team to get a much-needed win.

Jarrod Dyson drove home Ahmed with a sacrifice fly , Merrill Kelly threw seven scoreless innings and the Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Reds in a strange game on Saturday night.

“You never know if it’s the first inning or last inning or anywhere in between, where something little like that can make a huge difference in the game,” Ahmed said. “That’s what everyone does in here. We play the game hard every single out, every single pitch.”

The right-handed Kelly (11-14) had a third straight solid start. He gave up three hits, two walks and struck out five.

His spot in the rotation was in jeopardy just a few weeks ago after a rough string of outings in July and August. The 30-year-old has been much better of late, giving up three earned runs over his last 20 innings spanning three starts.

“Honestly, I think it’s just a mentality,” Kelly said. “Going through that little skid, I was trying to feel different things, find different things, instead of just going out and competing. That’s the biggest difference.”

The win was crucial for the Diamondbacks, who are trying to stay in a crowded National League wild-card race. They’re still 4 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the final playoff spot with 13 games remaining.

Kevin Ginkel pitched the eighth and Archie Bradley earned his 14th save to finish the shutout. The Diamondbacks won despite sending just 25 batters to the plate, one over the minimum through eight innings.

“We scratched across the one run,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “Nick with a hustle triple out of the box. That’s one of those little things we do very, very well.”

It’s only the second time in franchise history that the Diamondbacks have won a game with just one hit. The other was in 2011.

Cincinnati’s Anthony DeSclafani (9-9) was the tough luck loser, giving up just one hit and no walks over seven innings. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Aristides Aquino all had one hit.

“One baserunner, you can’t do any more than what (DeSclafani) did tonight,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “It is very encouraging for him and for us. He continues to pitch very well.”

The game was played in just 2 hours, 16 minutes.

 

Cubs set team HR record, clobber Pirates 14-1

 All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again.

Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-1 on Saturday.

Bryant hit a two-run shot in the fourth and had four RBIs. Hoerner’s second homer in two days, a three-run drive in the sixth, broke the Cubs’ old mark of 235, established in 2004.

“It’s pretty cool to set records,” Bryant said. “We love it. Home runs are fun and it’s exciting.”

Ben Zobrist and Victor Caratini added solo shots as the Cubs used a second straight big day at the plate to strengthen their bid for a fifth straight postseason berth. Chicago has outscored Pittsburgh 31-9 in the first two games of the series and won three straight overall.

Chicago holds the second NL wild card spot, one game ahead of Milwaukee and three games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis, which lost to the Brewers on Saturday night.

“It’s nice to kind of get those non-stressful wins,” Bryant said. “Our offense is doing great, scoring runs. Let’s keep this up and right now I think we should feel pretty good about what we’ve been able to do.”

Manager Joe Maddon doesn’t expect double-digit production, but he’s been impressed by his hitters’ approaches.

“We hit the ball extremely well again and when it counted,” Maddon said. “We’ve been pretty good at not swinging at bad pitches the last two days. We’ve not been chasing so much. When you see your pitch, you’re not missing it.”

Kyle Hendricks (11-9) allowed a run on seven hits in six innings while walking none for his third straight solid outing. He has a 1.52 ERA in the span.

“I felt really good, locked in,” Hendricks said. “The fastball command kind of got better as the game went, but my changeup was a lot better today.”

Nicholas Castellanos doubled twice to take over the major league lead with 52 and drove in three runs. Anthony Rizzo had two RBIs and was one of four Chicago batters hit by pitches.

Bryant’s two-run shot to the left-center basket in the fourth inning was his 29th homer this season. It was the 136th of his career, tying him with Ernie Banks for the most by a Cubs player in his first five seasons.

Playing in his sixth game since joining the Cubs on Monday, Hoerner improved his batting average to .417.

James Marvel (0-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings in his second major league start. Kevin Newman had a single, double and triple.

Marvel was impressed by the Cubs.

“They’re veteran guys who put together good at-bats and I wasn’t very sharp today, didn’t really do my job,” Marvel said. “I just need to find a way to get better from this.”

Both benches cleared briefly in the sixth after pinch-hitter David Bote ducked into a high pitch from reliever Clay Holmes and was hit on the shoulder. Bote, the fourth Cubs batter plunked, shouted at Holmes before going to first and the teams returned to their dugouts without an altercation.

Cubs reliever Dillon Maples hit Elias Diaz and Erik Gonzalez with pitches in the ninth before Derek Holland finished.

Maddon said Holmes has been struggling with his command and conceded Maples wasn’t sharp.

“(Holmes) didn’t try to hit our guys,” Maddon said. “We didn’t try to hit their guys. Today, there was no reason to escalate any of that.”

Castellanos lined a double to the left-field corner with the bases loaded in the second to give Chicago a 3-0 lead. Bryant followed with an RBI single.

Zobrist hit his first homer in the third to make it 5-0. The 2016 World Series MVP didn’t play in the majors from May 6 until Sept. 3 while he was on the restricted list to deal with a divorce.

The Cubs scored three times in the fifth to reach double digits for the second straight day, following a 17-8 win on Friday.

After Rizzo singled in two runs, Holmes entered and grazed Castellanos with an inside pitch to load the bases. Holmes plunked Bryant on the shoulder with his first pitch to the slugger to force in a run.

Hoerner went deep in the sixth and Caratini homered in the seventh.

 

Braves clinch playoff spot behind Acuña Jr.

The Atlanta Braves celebrated another playoff berth with heavy hearts.

Ronald Acuna Jr. ignited the decisive four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, as the NL East leading Braves wrapped up a playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The victory also eliminated the Phillies from winning the NL East.

But there was no celebrating in the postgame clubhouse, as the team remained concerned about utility man Charlie Culberson, who was struck directly on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball in the seventh on the first pitch by Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney.

“He was good when he went to the hospital. I mean, he was alert and all of that stuff,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Culberson, who was pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz with two on and no out in the seventh of a 1-1 game.

“We just don’t any of the extent of what’s going on yet. We are just praying for him and his family. That’s scary.”

Culberson was helped to his feet with a towel pressed to his face and taken off the field on the back of a cart on his way to a hospital.

Snitker then launched into a tirade against crew chief Tim Timmons that got the manager thrown out of the game for the 13th time, including four this season.

Timmons assessed Culberson a strike since he squared up to bunt. The ball never made contact with the bat.

“You can’t bunt when the ball is coming at your face,” Snitker said. “That just sounds like … My God. I am not going to even get into that. I am sitting there looking at this guys, pooling blood on the ground. And I am like, `Come on.'”

Snitker was much more subdued after the game, at one point becoming choked up and nearly shedding a tear while talking about Culberson.

His players shared the sentiment.

“It was very tough to see that. He’s a phenomenal human being. One of the best teammates you could have,” Foltynewicz said. “I look up to him as a father. He actually has three kids. It his kid’s birthday today, one of them. I want to be just like him as a father.”

The Braves (93-57) did not miss a beat after Culberson was taken off the field and seemed to rally behind their fallen teammate.

Acura and Ozzie Albies hit back-to-back doubles that drove in runs and ignited another bullpen meltdown for the Nationals.

Wander Suero (5-8) was charged with the loss, as the Washington bullpen gave up nine runs over the final four innings.

Foltynewicz (7-5) earned the win after tossing six solid innings, allowing an earned run on four hits and striking out five. The Braves have won the last 11 games he has started dating to June 11.

Atlanta will be making consecutive postseason appearances for the first time since 2012-13. The Braves reduced their magic number to clinch their 19th NL East title to four.

 

Niemann takes 2-shot lead into final round at The Greenbrier

Joaquin Niemann was an 18-year-old amateur when he arrived in West Virginia two years ago and tied for 29th in the only PGA Tour event he played outside of the U.S. Open.

In 2018, he improved to a tie for fifth at the tournament.

Now he has a chance to become the first player from Chile to win on tour.

Niemann shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.

The 20-year-old Niemann was 15 under with a round left in the season-opening event at the Old White TPC.

“I just feel like I’m almost a member here,” Niemann said. “I just like being out here. Always when you play on a course that you know already it helps a lot. I think this is the course I have played more on tour.”

Niemann had a bogey and three birdies, including a 4-foot putt on the par-5 17th.

“I’m just really happy the way I’ve been playing,” Niemann said. “This course is really good for me.”

No third-round leader has gone on to win the tournament.

Nate Lashley, Richy Werenski and Robby Shelton were tied for second at 13 under. Lashley and Werenski shot 65, and Shelton had a 70.

Adam Long and Scotty Scheffler were 12 under. Long shot 70, and Scheffler had a 71.

Lashley’s story is well known by now. In 2004 his parents and girlfriend were killed in a plane crash in Wyoming. After resuming his career in the PGA Tour’s minor leagues, he won his first tour title at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit in June after slipping into the field as an alternate.

“My mentality is I’m definitely a lot more relaxed,” Lashley said. “I’m just playing, just trying to take that as experience, the way I played in Detroit. You know, I really just kind of kept to myself that week and really just focused and tried to block everything else out. I feel like I’ve done a good job of that so far.”

Lashley made bogeys after finding the rough on the par-4 11th and the greenside bunker on the par-3 15th. He chipped in for eagle from 36 feet at No. 17.

His tee shot on the 179-yard 18th came as thunderstorms arrived in the area and play was suspended for about 50 minutes. Upon returning, Lashley three-putted from 70 feet.

Werensky finished No. 126 in the FedEx Cup standings last season, one spot from qualifying for the playoffs. He got his PGA Tour card back for this season in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

Werensky said that he didn’t get discouraged after missing the playoffs. Heading into the Korn Ferry Finals, “I had like a, I don’t want to say an epiphany, but just like, `Hey, man just chill out. Relax. I know I’m good enough.”

Shelton was tied for the lead with Niemann and Scheffler after the second round. Shelton was 2 over for the day until making birdies at the par-5 12th and par-4 14th.

He hopes to use his two wins on the Korn Ferry Tour last season to help stay calm Sunday.

“You got to be super patient,” he said. “I mean, it’s hard to do, but hopefully I can manage my nerves tomorrow.”

Kevin Chappell couldn’t capitalize on the 11-under 59 he shot Friday, the 11th sub-60 round in tour history. He had a 73 on Saturday and was eight strokes behind Niemann.

 

Joe Gibbs has a heavyweight lineup in NASCAR’s playoffs

Joe Gibbs has a powerhouse lineup leading the NASCAR playoffs, with four drivers laser-focused on winning the overall title. If there is a favorite in this 10-race tournament, it would be one of Gibbs’ guys.

Only the championship isn’t decided on regular-season strength, and is instead a calculated series of three-race segments in which a driver need only advance. The goal is to qualify for one of the four slots in the Nov. 17 finale, where the winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway will claim the Cup.

Joey Logano was the dark horse spoiler a year ago, when he snatched away the title Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. had set their sights on as the strongest drivers of the regular season. The so-called “Big 3” walked away empty-handed, shocked that a season’s worth of work meant nothing in the final run of the year.

The domination this year has been at Joe Gibbs Racing, which combined for 13 wins in 26 races. Busch is the regular-season champion, Denny Hamlin the Daytona 500 winner and Truex is trying to win a second title in three years. Erik Jones, meanwhile, is fresh off a Southern 500 victory and a contract extension with Toyota’s flagship organization.

All four expect to be racing for the title at Homestead, and the organization will undoubtedly have fallen short if it doesn’t advance at least two drivers to the final four.

“If you don’t win a championship, it’s disappointing,” Busch said. “I’ve been to the Homestead race four years in a row and I’ve only won it once. I don’t know if that is a little LeBron James-esque (three NBA titles in eight chances), but it feels like I can get there and just can’t seal the deal.”

The playoffs begin Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 16-driver field that is cut by four after every third race. The JGR group has some early breathing room based on bonus points earned in the regular season. For example, Busch opens the playoffs with a 45-point lead over Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman, the lowest-seeded drivers in the field.

The strongest challenger to Gibbs is likely Kevin Harvick, who was fast all season but couldn’t get to victory lane until late July. Harvick has since won three of the last seven races, including a Brickyard 400 victory last Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

But Stewart-Haas Racing, despite qualifying three of its four drivers for the playoffs, isn’t as strong as it was a year ago in part because it took the organization longer than expected to adapt to the 2019 rules package. Harvick, on a wave of momentum, believes his team is ready to race for a title.

“We want to just hammer away, race by race,” he said. “I think the backup plan is to survive and advance. But we want to win. We want to be racing for the lead and trying to win stages and be aggressive. You have to adapt and adjust as the weeks go by but it is definitely an aggressive, one week at a time approach.”

The Team Penske trio of reigning champion Logano, former series champion Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney is formidable; only Keselowski and Logano could keep pace with the Gibbs group early this season. Logano believes he is among the favorites this year.

“I feel better about this year than I did last year, for sure,” Logano said. “It almost doesn’t matter who the favorite is because it can change in the matter of a week.”

Hendrick Motorsports, led by Chase Elliott, got three of its four drivers into the playoffs. The exception is glaring: Jimmie Johnson didn’t make the field and won’t race for a record eighth championship. It’s the first time in 15 years of this format that Johnson did not qualify.

Elliott is consistently the strongest of the Hendrick group – challenged consistently in the Chevrolet camp by Chip Ganassi Racing playoff qualifiers Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson – but this year is joined by longshot title contenders Alex Bowman and William Byron.

Byron made it into the playoff field with crew chief Chad Knaus, the architect of Johnson’s seven titles who was moved this year to run that program. It’s helped the second-year driver find consistency as Hendrick continues with a rebuild of its organization.

“I think he’s given me that platform to be organized and be direct and really tell him what’s on my mind,” Byron said. “He’s given me that ability to not take feelings into account and just kind of say whatever is on our minds. He made that barrier come down really quick.”

Notes: The playoff field is comprised of drivers from six organizations, with Newman of Roush Fenway Racing the only driver without a team in the field. … Ford has seven drivers in the playoffs, while Chevrolet has five and Toyota the four Gibbs entrants. … After the oval in Las Vegas, the first round of the playoffs moves to the short track at Richmond, Virginia, and then an elimination race on the hybrid road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Indy Eleven Clinches Playoff Berth with 2-1 Win Over Bethlehem Steel FC

Goals from Indy Eleven forwards Dane Kelly and Ilija Ilic secured the club’s 23rd undefeated match in a row at Lucas Oil Stadium and a spot in the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs in a 2-1 win over Bethlehem Steel FC.

With the win – the sixth in Indy’s last eight games – Indiana’s Team again shares the top of the Eastern Conference table with New York Red Bulls II, tied on points (56) and overall league wins (17). While New York technically holds the goal differential tiebreaker, Indy Eleven still has one game in hand on the Empire State squad.

The 80th minute game-winner by Kelly was his third for the Boys in Blue in less than a month, and all have come at home after the 80th minute of play. The goal allowed is the first on home turf since Charlotte Independence snuck one past ‘keeper Evan Newton on August 25, and just the fifth all season for the USL Championship’s top defense.

“The character to come back was excellent. Obviously there are a bunch of really good players on this team. Most teams have that, but there is a connection between the players,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “They fight for each other and care about each other. They have a good culture in the locker room. It’s a unique group of players and that’s what I think makes the difference on a night when players are tired.”

The Boys in Blue nearly opened the scoring seven minutes into the game via leading goal scorer and midfielder Tyler Pasher. After defender Ayoze played a lofted ball into the box that freed Pasher on the right, the Canadian took a touch into space and placed a shot that nearly forced through the legs of Bethlehem goalkeeper Matt Freese.

Indiana’s Team continued to press and nearly broke the deadlock 10 minutes later. Forward Cristian Novoa, receiving his second consecutive start, played a back-heel pass to Ilic inside the left side of Bethlehem’s penalty area. The Serbian took a touch onto his right foot and attempted a curling shot that ultimately struck the crossbar and edged over the goal.

Ilic nearly found his place on the scoreboard again in the 23rd minute of play. Multiple give-and-goes between Pasher and Ayoze eventually led to a cross from the Canadian that connected with the head of Ilic at the back post. Ilic’s header bounced off the ground and nearly crossed the line, if not for a goalline clearance from Freese, who continued to have an impressive first half of play.

Bethlehem Steel created their best chance of the first half in the 25th minute after forcing Indy defender Neveal Hackshaw into a turnover near the center line, Bethlehem forward Michee Ngalina stealing the ball before bursting down the right flank. After making an impressive run into the Indy box, Ngalina unleashed a driven shot in a one-on-one attempt with Indy ‘keeper Evan Newton. The 31-year-old goaltender denied the first effort before a quick second came his way, which he again denied for a quick double-save.

Indy continued to dominate possession and generate chances the rest of the half, but remained unable to convert as the sides entered the locker rooms even at nil-nil.

Ilic finally broke the deadlock eleven minutes after the start of the second half, scoring the goal he looked certain to get in the first half. Indiana’s Team earned a corner after an extremely impressive point-blank reaction save from Freese, the ensuing set piece finding midfielder Macauley King, who played a lofted pass into the box that connected with Ilic. The Serbian displayed remarkable control taking the ball down in the six-yard box with a head-high touch before smashing home a first-time shot for his second goal the of season.

“I’ll tell you something – the strikers win you the game, but defenders win you the championships,” said Ilic, who was quick to credit the other side of the ball after the match. “So if you have a good defense throughout the season, that’s how you get to the top. I would say that this year the defenders are actually much better than the strikers for us. We have the best defense across the league and I’m really happy for the guys. They just keep providing clean sheets.”

Bethlehem nearly answered in the 59th minute through a corner kick. Steel FC defender Nathan Harriel nearly nodded a corner over Indy’s goal line, but the crossbar came to Newton’s rescue, deflecting the ball back into play. Harriel returned fire as the redirected ball fell back to his feet,  but a goalline clearance by defender Paddy Barrett kept Indy’s sheet clean for the time being. 

Despite Indy’s best efforts to retain the lead, Steel FC equalized from a short corner in the 76th minute. The ball would be pushed off to Bethlehem’s Ngalina, who played in a cross to the back post that found teammate Ben Ofeimu lurking in Indy’s six-yard box. The center back caught Indy’s Newton off his line and tapped into an open goal, bringing the scores even at 1-1.

Bethlehem’s equalizer wouldn’t last long, as four minutes after scoring Indy would surge back into the lead. A long ball by Indy midfielder Drew Conner found Pasher at the top of Bethlehem’s 18-yard box, and Pasher played a square pass with his head just prior to being fouled by Freese, who rushed off his line to attempt to clear. Kelly played on and took full advantage of Bethlehem’s open net with a half-volleyed strike to regain the lead at 2-1.

Hungry for more, Kelly nearly doubled the lead twice in the final 10 minutes, but Indy would eventually settle to possess quite comfortably through the end of regulation and six minutes of stoppage time – and then some – to secure yet another home win and a second consecutive berth in the USL Championship’s postseason.

“We made the playoffs tonight with five weeks to go. That’s a huge achievement. Every club looks to make the playoffs and we’ve done that,” Rennie said. “We have much higher aspirations than that. We want to be at the top and give ourselves the best chance to win when the playoffs come. But that’s quite a while away. We’ve still got a lot to play for, but we’ve got playoffs to look forward to in the future. Finish first would be our goal.” 

Indiana’s Team will hit the road its next match, as the Boys in Blue travel to Alabama to take on Birmingham Legion FC next Friday, September 20. 

 

Purdue Basketball: Breaking down Boilermakers 2019-20 rotation

As we start to look at the lineups for Matt Painter this year we have to look and see how many minutes this roster is missing from last year. Purdue Basketball lost two very big minutes players last year in Ryan Cline and of course Carsen Edwards. Both of them saw right around 35 minutes per game. Another big issue for Coach Painter will be the youth of the team. Even with another key graduate transfer in Jahaad Proctor the team only has four upperclassmen, only two of which have Big Ten basketball experience. The last issue that Matt Painter will have to figure out is how to rotate his guard-heavy roster. With eight guards on the roster, I am sure that Purdue will be playing a small lineup for most games.

With all of this being said, Coach Painter knows how to get the right guys in the game during certain situations. It will be very interesting to see how he deals with such a young and small team going into the season.

Let’s take a look at how I believe the rotation will be at the beginning of the year.

Point Guard

Minutes Breakdown: Nojel Eastern (30), Eric Hunter Jr (5), Isaiah Thompson (5)

The point guard position in West Lafayette is a very weird situation. Purdue has a very unorthodox point guard in Nojel Eastern.  Eastern is easily the most experienced guard on the team as well as one of the best defensive players in the Big Ten as a whole. He will be very vital to the Boilermakers success throughout the tough Big Ten schedule. The issue at hand for the Boilermakers will be the depth they have at the guard position and who will come off the bench.

At the beginning of the season, I would look to see Eric Hunter Jr step into that role to an extent. He played an average of 12 minutes last year but I would not expect him to see the floor that much this year. Even though he was a proven scorer in high school, his production on the court last year was very minimal. He will have a battle for his job with incoming freshman Isaiah Thompson.

Isaiah Thompson is a guard out of Zionsville Indiana. He showed his scoring ability in high school by averaging 22 points per game as well as averaging three assists per game according to maxpreps.com. I expect Coach Painter to give the young guard a chance to prove himself in this upcoming season.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1884       Meriden, ahead 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning, wins the Connecticut State League contest when Hartford forfeits because the team refuses to use a new ball, needed to replace the one that was hit foul into a marsh behind home plate, citing the sphere did not come from a box sealed by the league secretary. The suddenly shortened game also featured the only home run hit that season at the Meriden ballpark, a round-tripper stroked by its captain, future Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack.

1902       The trio of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance completes their first twin killing in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati at Chicago’s West Side Grounds. The 1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon immortalizes the Cubs’ legendary double-play combination.

1904       Giant hurler George Wiltse runs his career record to 12-0 when he beats Boston at the Polo Grounds, 3-2. ‘Hooks’ dozen consecutive victories establish the record for the most wins at the start of a career for a starter.

1928       The Braves play their ninth consecutive doubleheader, splitting the home twin bill with the Cubs, 5-2 and 1-6. The streak, which began on the fourth of September, sees the team drop 14 of 18 decisions, including losing eight consecutive games to the Giants.

1929       Between games of a twin bill, the Reds entertain the fans by sponsoring a base-circling contest with the winning player receiving $75 in prize money. Cincinnati outfielder Evar Swanson breaks Hans Lobart’s record of 13.8 seconds set earlier in the year as he completes the 360-foot dash in 13.3 seconds, according to official AAU timers who officiated the race.

1938       For the fifth time in a major league game, brothers homer in the same contest when Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner both go deep off Cliff Melton in the fifth inning in the fifth inning of the Bucs’ 7-2 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds. Although ‘Big and Little Poison’ have completed the deed twice before, they are the first siblings in history to hit the home runs in consecutive at-bats, a feat which will not be duplicated again until the Upton Brothers go back-to-back for the Braves in 2013.

1946       In Brooklyn, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field at the end of the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader. The nightcap is called due to the bothersome insects and the impending darkness, resulting in a 2-0 Dodger victory over the Cubs.

1950       At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.

1950       Johnny Mize hits three home runs in one game for the sixth time in his career, establishing a major league record. The first baseman’s offensive output, which makes him the second player to accomplish a three-homer game in both leagues along with Babe Ruth, isn’t enough when the Yankees lose at Detroit, 9-7.

1958       Snuffy Stirnweiss is killed when the New Jersey commuter train in which he is a passenger plunges off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne. The 39 year-old former All-Star infielder, who played with the Yankees, Browns, and Indians, led the American League in hitting with a .309 average playing for New York in 1945.

1960       Willie Mays, who collects five hits in six at-bats, ties a major league mark by hitting three triples in the Giants’ 8-6 victory over Philadelphia. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s eleventh inning three-bagger leads to the eventual go-ahead run in the Connie Mack Stadium contest.

1963       Inspired by their fans, the Mets hold the first of many Banner Days. The Polo Grounds event allows the ‘New Breed’ to display their creative ideas with signs, including some with a negative tone, with a parade on the field between games of a doubleheader against the Colt .45s.

1964       At Wrigley Field, Larry Jackson fires a six-hitter, beating the Reds, 6-1, to become the season’s first 20-game winner. The 33 year-old right-handed workhorse will finish the campaign with a 24-11 record for the eighth-place Cubs.

1968       The Cardinals clinch their twelfth National League pennant when the team beats Houston at the Astrodome, 7-4. The contest, which features Curt Flood collecting five hits, marks the final home run by Roger Maris, who will finish his 12-year major league career with 275 round-trippers.

1969       Cardinal hurler Steve Carlton fans nineteen batters, including three in the final frame, to establish a new major league mark for strikeouts for a nine-inning game. Lefty’s performance is spoiled when Ron Swoboda’s pair of two-run homers proves to be the difference in the Redbirds’ 4-3 loss to the Mets at Busch Stadium.

1971       Astros rookie Larry Yount, making his major league debut, injuries his right shoulder in the ninth inning throwing his very first warm-up pitch of the game. The 21 year-old right-hander, Robin’s older brother, will never get another chance to pitch in the bigs with his only major league experience consisting of that one ill-fated toss to home plate.

1971       In just his second major-league start, Cubs rookie Burt Hooton ties a franchise record for a nine-inning game when he strikes out 15 batters, going the distance in the team’s 3-2 victory over New York at Shea Stadium. The 21 year-old right-hander matches the mark established by Dick Drott against Milwaukee in 1957.

1971       The Oakland A’s win the American League West Division with their 3-2 victory over Chicago and the Royals’ 6-2 loss to California. The franchise hadn’t won a title since 1931 when Connie Mack managed the team in Philadelphia.

1974       On a bright, sunny day at Fenway Park, Rico Petrocelli is struck behind the left ear, below the helmet, when he loses Jim Slaton’s pitch due to the blinding glare of the outfield bleachers. The beaning, which causes inner ear damage, results in the third baseman missing the rest of the season and will hasten his early retirement before the start of the 1977 season at the age of 33.

1974       Gaylord Perry goes the distance for his 20th victory when he beats Baltimore and Ross Grimsley at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a 21-13 record, will be the last Indian pitcher in the twentieth century to win twenty games.

1975       Mike Vail ties the National League rookie record as the outfielder hits in his twenty-third consecutive game. The Mets’ late-season call up’s streak matches the 1948 freshman performances of Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves).

1977       The Royals, en route to finishing with a 102-60 record and winning the American League West, set a club record of 16 straight victories when they defeat the A’s in ten innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader, 5-4. Kansas City also had a 10-game win streak in July.

1977       Fearing for the safety of his left fielder, Orioles manager Earl Weaver, trailing 4-0, pulls his team off the field when third base ump Marty Springstead declines his request to remove the tarp covering the Blue Jays’ bullpen area. After waiting for 15 minutes in light rain for the O’s to return, the Exhibition Stadium contest is forfeited to the home team by the umpires.

1978       Don Sutton, in front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. Los Angeles, with tonight’s attendance, becomes the major league first team in history to draw three million fans at home.

1979       After hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and a triple in the eighth, Bob Watson completes a natural cycle with a home run in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 10-2 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. The Boston first baseman becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues, having accomplished the feat with Houston in 1977.

1990       Bobby Thigpen, who played in the outfield in college, saves his 50th game of the season when the White Sox beat Boston, 7-4. The Chicago closer strikes out pinch-hitter Danny Heep looking for the final out in the Comiskey Park contest.

1990       Brothers Billy and Cal Ripken, in the first of the two times they will accomplish the feat, both homer in the same game. The siblings’ home runs are overshadowed by Kelly Gruber’s three-run round-tripper in the ninth inning that gives the Blue Jays a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Orioles at the Skydome.

1995       Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.

1996       In a 16-6 rout of the Tigers, the Orioles break the major league record for team home runs in a season, passing the 1961 Yankees mark of 240.

1996       Thanks to Andres Galarraga’s three-run homer the Rockies establish a big league record for runs scored at home. Colorado, which will amass 658 tallies at Coors Field, scores its 626th, 627th, and 628th runs of the season when the ‘Big Cat’ goes deep to surpass the 1950 Red Sox, who crossed the plate 625 times.

1996       The Rangers retire their first number in franchise history when they honor Nolan Ryan. The future owner of the team, who wore uniform jersey #34, pitched two no-hitters and won his 300th career game during his five years on the mound for Texas.

1996       Frank Thomas slams his 215th career home run in a White Sox uniform to surpass Carlton Fisk as the all-time franchise leader. The Big Hurt’s historic homer is the first of three round-trippers he hits in a 9-8 loss to the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.

1997       The newly renovated Anaheim Stadium will now be known as Edison International Field. The 30 year-old Angels’ ballpark will once again be a baseball-only facility with the NFL Rams, who shared the facility from 1980-1994, having shifted their franchise from LA to St. Louis two years ago.

1998       In a 12-7 win over the Twins, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the fourth-youngest (28 years and ten months) player to reach 1,000 RBIs. Junior got to the 1,000 mark younger than anyone except Mel Ott (27 years, three months), Jimmie Foxx (27 years, eight months), and Lou Gehrig (28 years, 9 1/2 months).

1998       Ending a six-game drought without a homer, Mark McGwire, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, hits his 63rd homer. The solo shot off Jason Christiansen in the Cardinals’ 8-6 loss to the Pirates allows ‘Big Mac’ to regain the home-run lead over Sammy Sosa.

1998       Working the ninth for his 40th save in the Rangers’ 6-5 win over the Orioles, John Wetteland joins three other pitchers in major league history to have three or more 40-save seasons. Dennis Eckersley, Jeff Reardon, and Lee Smith have also accomplished the same feat.

1998       Rolando Arrojo (14-12) sets a record for wins by an expansion pitcher when the Devil Rays defeat the Angels, 8-1.

1999       The owners unanimously approved a resolution to redraft the Major League Agreement, allowing the American League and National League to merge in all aspects except on the field, where the leagues and divisions will remain the same.

2000       On the day same day he and teammate brother Jeremy homer in the same game for the second time in their careers, the A’s first baseman Jason Giambi sets a team record by hitting his fourth grand slam of the season as Oakland drubs the Devil Rays, 17-3. The base-loaded shot also ties a major league record for the most grand slams by a team in a single season, 12.

2000       Passing both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Mariner Rickey Henderson scores two runs to take over second place on the career list for runs scored. Henderson, with a total of 2,175, will need to tally 71 runs to pass the all-time leader, Ty Cobb (2,245).

2000       In a 5-4 victory over the Giants, Padres’ closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the third player in baseball history to have four 40-save seasons.

2002       Defeating the Indians after a 67-minute rain delay, 5-0, the Twins clinch the American League Central Division flag. Minnesota, which will be making its first playoff appearance since 1991, was almost eliminated during the offseason due to contraction.

2003       With his 2,063rd career base on balls, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the all-time walks list. The Giant left fielder now trails only Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190 free passes.

2003       Rafael Palmeiro joins Jimmie Foxx as the only players to hit 35 homers and drive in 100 runs in nine consecutive seasons. The Hall of Famer Foxx accomplished the feat playing for the A’s and Red Sox from 1932 to 1940.

2003       Thousands of Hanshin Tigers fans jump off the Ebisubashi Bridge into the Dotonbori River in celebration when their hometown heroes clinch the Central League title for the first time in 18 years. The plunge into the murky river when the team wins has become a local ritual for its fans.

2004       With the bases loaded in the fourth inning during an eventual 6-2 Expos victory at Dolphin Stadium, Mike Lowell tags Brian Schneider, taking a lead off third base. The Expos catcher becomes the victim of the hidden ball trick, not realizing the Marlins third baseman had not given the pitcher the ball after visiting the mound.

2006       For the ninth consecutive season, the Devil Rays lose 90-plus games. The 1936-45 Phillies are the only other team in big league history to accomplish the infamous feat.

2007       Prince Fielder’s NL-leading 46th home run establishes a Brewers franchise record. The Milwaukee first baseman’s third inning round-tripper off Reds’ hurler Kirk Saarloos breaks the team’s home-run mark set by Gorman Thomas (1979) and Richie Sexson (2001, 2003).

2007       Although the amount is nowhere near the money that the 1998’s Mark McGwire’s single season home run record ball commanded, Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ career No. 756 home run baseball sells for more than experts predicted. The ball thrown by Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik on August 7, which was auctioned by Matt Murphy, the fan who caught the historic homer, is won by an unidentified bidder for $752,467.

2008       The day after dropping a doubleheader to the Phillies, the Brewers fire Ned Yost (457-502), ending the manager’s six-year tenure which saw Milwaukee develop from cellar dwellers into a contender in the National League Central Division. New skipper Dale Sveum, formerly the team’s third base coach, will try to stop the recent skid of 11 losses in 14 games and keep the 83-67 club in contention for the wild card.

2010       Derek Jeter, giving an Oscar-worthy performance, is awarded first base when the umpires determine the New York shortstop was hit by a pitch thrown by Chad Qualls. Video replay of the at-bat, that clearly shows the fastball hit the knob of the bat, prompts a national debate about the ethics demonstrated by the usually squeaky-clean Yankees captain, who admitted after the 4-3 loss to Tampa that he pretended to get hit by the pitch to get on base.

2010       The Cubs beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 7-3, to complete their first three-game sweep in St. Louis in more than twenty years. The victory marks the first time since June 12, 1988 that the visiting Chicago fans can break out the brooms in the Gateway City.

2010       At Fenway Park, Jose Bautista establishes a new Blue Jay record for home runs in a season when he hit his 48th, a two-run blast on a 3-2 fastball thrown by Michael Bowden. The 29 year-old outfielder, who has never gone deep more than 16 times in a year, breaks the mark established by George Bell in 1987.

2011       After hitting a first-inning two-run homer, singling in the second, and stroking a leadoff double in the fifth, Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle when he drives a pitch that sails just beyond the outstretched glove of Colorado’s right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for a triple. ‘Panda,’ a third baseman not known for speed, becomes the 25th Giant player to accomplish the feat, and the first since Fred Lewis did the deed in 2007, also at Coors Field.

2012       During the Marlins’ 6-4 victory over Cincinnati in Miami, Jose Reyes is charged with baseball’s unofficial 500,000th error. The All-Star shortstop earns the dubious distinction when he flubs Drew Stubbs’ ground ball in the seventh inning.

2012       In a thirty-minute pregame ceremony, four U.S. Marine pilots unveiled a bronze statue of Jerry Coleman at Petco Park honoring the longtime Padres broadcaster for his 70 years of major league service in the booth and as a player, and for his distinguished career in the Marine Corps, where he flew 120 combat missions during WWII and the Korean conflict. The 7-foot, 5-inch sculpture, which sits on a granite base, is in front of three 4-foot by 8-foot panels that capture the 88 year-old’s roles in baseball, the military, and as a broadcaster.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1969

ST. LOUIS-Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record tonight by striking out 19 New York Mets. But the Mets still won the game, 4‚3, on a pair of two-run home runs by Ron Swoboda and extended their lead to 41/2 games with 15 to play. Carlton, a 24-year-old lefthander, struck out the side in four of the nine innings as he surpassed the record of 18 strike-outs set by Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller and Don Wilson. He even fanned Swoboda twice-on his first and third times at bat. But on his second and fourth trips to the plate, the Maryland muscleman drove home runs into the left-field seats-both times with a man on base, both times with the Mets trailing by one run.

As a result, the Mets swung even higher on their high-flying trapeze with two and a half weeks to play. They put 41/2 games between themselves and the Chicago Cubs, who lost to the Montreal Expos and continued one of the stunning tailspins of the baseball season. The Mets’ victory -despite Carlton’s virtuoso performance-was No. 27 in their last 34 games. They trailed Chicago by 91/2 games on Aug. 13, but since then have soared to the top of the Eastern Division of the National League, and tonight marked the 20th straight game in which their pitchers did not allow an enemy home run.

Carlton, though, suffered a bittersweet evening precisely because he threw the homerun pitch twice to the right-handed Swoboda. The 6-foot-4-inch 200-pounder from Miami pitched his way into the baseball record books by striking out half of the 38 batters he faced. He got 27 outs-19 on third strikes-but allowed nine hits and two walks, and took his 10th defeat against 16 victories.

Going into the ninth inning tonight, Carlton had 16 strikeouts, meaning he had to fan the side to establish the record. He had already struck out three Mets in the first, second and fourth innings. He had struck out Amos Otis three times and four other Mets twice apiece. Then in the final inning, he struck out Tug McGraw, who had relieved Gary Gentry in the seventh inning of a game that had been delayed twice by rain for a total of 81 minutes. That was No. 17. Next came Bud Harrelson, and he looked at strike three for No. 18. And finally, Otis-just recalled from the minor leagues-swung and missed a third strike for No. 19 and the record.

“It was the best stuff I ever had,” said Carlton, like a sculptor who has just created a masterpiece and then accidentally chipped it. “When I had nine strike-outs, I decided to go all the way. But it cost me the game because I started to challenge every batter.”

Steve Carlton was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972 for Rick Wise in one of the worst deals in baseball history. Carlton pitched as well that season as any pitcher ever has, winning 27 games for an inept team that won just 59 with 310 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.97. In all, he won 241 games and four Cy Young awards with the Phillies.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 17 16 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
New England Patriots 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 33 3 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Miami Dolphins 0 1 0 .000 1.0 10 59 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
New York Jets 0 1 0 .000 1.0 16 17 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Oakland Raiders 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 24 16 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Kansas City Chiefs 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 40 26 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Los Angeles Chargers 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 30 24 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Denver Broncos 0 1 0 .000 1.0 16 24 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 59 10 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 1 0 .000 1.0 20 21 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
Cleveland Browns 0 1 0 .000 1.0 13 43 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Pittsburgh Steelers 0 1 0 .000 1.0 3 33 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 43 13 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Houston Texans 0 1 0 .000 1.0 28 30 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
Indianapolis Colts 0 1 0 .000 1.0 24 30 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 1 0 .000 1.0 26 40 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 35 17 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 32 27 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Washington Redskins 0 1 0 .000 1.0 27 32 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
New York Giants 0 1 0 .000 1.0 17 35 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
San Francisco 49ers 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 31 17 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Los Angeles Rams 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 30 27 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Seattle Seahawks 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 21 20 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Arizona Cardinals 0 0 1 .500 0.5 27 27 0-0-1 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 T
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 10 3 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Minnesota Vikings 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 28 12 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Detroit Lions 0 0 1 .500 0.5 27 27 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-1 0-0-0 1 T
Chicago Bears 0 1 0 .000 1.0 3 10 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
New Orleans Saints 1 0 0 1.000 0.0 30 28 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1 0 .500 0.5 37 45 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 1 0 .000 1.0 12 28 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0 .000 1.5 41 50 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 2 L

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 98 52 .653 53 – 22 45 – 30 52 – 18 18 – 15 16 – 11 7 – 3 W 1
Tampa Bay 89 61 .593 9 43 – 32 46 – 29 38 – 29 20 – 13 18 – 14 8 – 2 W 2
Boston 78 70 .527 19 36 – 39 42 – 31 33 – 36 21 – 11 16 – 15 4 – 6 W 2
Toronto 58 91 .389 39.5 30 – 44 28 – 47 24 – 39 17 – 18 14 – 17 3 – 7 L 1
Baltimore 48 100 .324 49 23 – 52 25 – 48 21 – 46 11 – 19 9 – 22 2 – 8 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 91 57 .615 41 – 33 50 – 24 20 – 12 40 – 22 23 – 11 5 – 5 W 2
Cleveland 86 63 .577 5.5 43 – 31 43 – 32 18 – 16 43 – 26 19 – 13 6 – 4 L 2
Chi White Sox 65 83 .439 26 35 – 39 30 – 44 15 – 18 31 – 32 13 – 19 4 – 6 L 1
Kansas City 55 94 .369 36.5 29 – 46 26 – 48 10 – 23 29 – 40 8 – 21 5 – 5 L 2
Detroit 44 103 .299 46.5 20 – 53 24 – 50 13 – 18 20 – 43 6 – 27 4 – 6 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 97 53 .647 56 – 20 41 – 33 19 – 13 20 – 13 47 – 18 7 – 3 W 2
Oakland 89 60 .597 7.5 48 – 27 41 – 33 17 – 16 23 – 7 38 – 28 8 – 2 W 5
Texas 74 76 .493 23 42 – 32 32 – 44 15 – 11 18 – 16 32 – 38 6 – 4 L 2
LA Angels 67 82 .450 29.5 35 – 39 32 – 43 15 – 16 13 – 18 27 – 40 2 – 8 L 6
Seattle 61 88 .409 35.5 32 – 42 29 – 46 13 – 17 17 – 15 25 – 45 3 – 7 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Atlanta 93 57 .620 47 – 28 46 – 29 45 – 24 20 – 13 16 – 14 7 – 3 W 2
Washington 81 66 .551 10.5 41 – 31 40 – 35 36 – 31 16 – 13 18 – 16 3 – 7 L 2
NY Mets 77 71 .520 15 43 – 30 34 – 41 35 – 34 12 – 18 15 – 14 7 – 3 W 1
Philadelphia 76 71 .517 15.5 43 – 34 33 – 37 32 – 33 20 – 13 14 – 19 4 – 6 L 1
Miami 52 96 .351 40 29 – 49 23 – 47 20 – 46 10 – 24 13 – 15 3 – 7 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
St. Louis 83 65 .561 47 – 27 36 – 38 16 – 14 41 – 27 17 – 13 5 – 5 L 1
Chi Cubs 80 68 .541 3 49 – 24 31 – 44 17 – 17 33 – 29 18 – 14 5 – 5 W 3
Milwaukee 79 69 .534 4 43 – 31 36 – 38 21 – 11 38 – 31 12 – 15 8 – 2 W 1
Cincinnati 69 80 .463 14.5 40 – 35 29 – 45 16 – 15 29 – 38 15 – 16 5 – 5 L 1
Pittsburgh 65 84 .436 18.5 31 – 41 34 – 43 11 – 21 25 – 41 17 – 17 4 – 6 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
X-LA Dodgers 96 54 .640 56 – 20 40 – 34 22 – 10 22 – 11 43 – 24 6 – 4 L 1
Arizona 76 73 .510 19.5 37 – 34 39 – 39 15 – 16 14 – 14 33 – 37 4 – 6 W 1
San Francisco 71 78 .477 24.5 32 – 42 39 – 36 12 – 17 14 – 19 36 – 34 4 – 6 L 1
San Diego 68 80 .459 27 35 – 40 33 – 40 14 – 18 13 – 17 30 – 36 4 – 6 L 3
Colorado 64 85 .430 31.5 38 – 36 26 – 49 15 – 15 12 – 18 29 – 40 5 – 5 W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – New York City FC 30 16 9 5 56 37 19 10-5-1 6-4-4 57
x – Philadelphia 30 15 7 8 55 43 12 10-4-2 5-3-6 52
Atlanta 29 15 3 11 48 36 12 10-3-2 5-0-9 48
Toronto FC 30 11 9 10 50 47 3 7-4-4 4-5-6 42
D.C. 30 11 9 10 39 38 1 6-5-4 5-4-6 42
New York 29 12 5 12 47 44 3 8-2-5 4-3-7 41
New England 30 10 10 10 45 52 -7 7-3-5 3-7-5 40
Montreal 31 11 4 16 42 57 -15 7-2-6 4-2-10 37
Chicago 31 9 10 12 48 43 5 8-6-2 1-4-10 37
Orlando City SC 31 9 9 13 40 44 -4 6-3-7 3-6-6 36
Columbus 31 9 7 15 36 45 -9 5-5-6 4-2-9 34
FC Cincinnati 30 6 3 21 30 72 -42 3-1-10 3-2-11 21

 

Western
Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
x – Los Angeles FC 30 19 7 4 77 33 44 11-2-1 8-5-3 64
Real Salt Lake 29 14 4 11 41 35 6 11-1-3 3-3-8 46
Seattle 29 13 7 9 46 45 1 9-3-2 4-4-7 46
Minnesota 29 13 6 10 46 39 7 8-5-1 5-1-9 45
San Jose 30 13 5 12 49 46 3 10-2-3 3-3-9 44
Portland 28 13 4 11 45 41 4 7-2-3 6-2-8 43
FC Dallas 30 12 7 11 47 42 5 9-5-1 3-2-10 43
Los Angeles 29 13 3 13 42 47 -5 9-1-4 4-2-9 42
Sporting KC 29 10 7 12 42 47 -5 7-3-5 3-4-7 37
Colorado 30 10 6 14 49 55 -6 8-2-6 2-4-8 36
Houston 30 10 4 16 41 51 -10 8-4-3 2-0-13 34
Vancouver 31 7 9 15 32 54 -22 5-4-6 2-5-9 30

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

 

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GP Games Played
W Wins
D Draws
L Losses
PTS Points
GF Goals For
GA Goals Against
GD Goal Differential