NFL MONDAY

LA Rams 27 Tampa Bay 24

GIRLS HS BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Richmond at New Castle PPD

INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS

Friday, Nov. 27

Class 2A State Championship 
11 am ET | Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (8-6) vs. Western Boone (10-4)

Class 4A State Championship
3 pm ET | Hobart (11-2) vs. Roncalli (12-1)

Class 6A State Championship 
7 pm ET | Westfield (12-1) vs. Center Grove (13-0)

Saturday, Nov. 28

Class A State Championship
11 am ET | South Adams (13-0) vs. Covenant Christian (14-0)

Class 3A State Championship
3 pm ET | Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (12-1) vs. Danville (11-0)

Class 5A State Championship
7 pm ET | Zionsville (7-5) vs. Indianapolis Cathedral (12-1)

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Hamilton SE at Central, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Western, 7:30 pm

Logansport at Peru, 7:45 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Tech at Warren Central, 7:30 pm

Marion at Mississinewa, 7:30 pm

West Lafayette at McCutcheon, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

North Side at Marion, 7:30 pm

Metropolitan at Lafayette Jeff, 7 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Frankton at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Eastern Hancock at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Tri, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Seton Catholic at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 27

Winchester at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Union City at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Waldron at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Tri, 7:30 pm

Winchester at New Castle, 7:30 pm

MEC

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Burris at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union (Modoc) , 7:30 pm

Southwood at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Eastern Hancock at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 27

Winchester at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Horizon Christian at Daleville, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Englewood at Union (Modoc), 4:30 pm

Shenandoah at Blue River © , 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Tri, 7:30 pm

PIONEER

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Alexandria at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

IMSA at Liberty Christian, 6 pm

Burris at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Park Tudor at Guerin Catholic, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Greenwood Christian at Greenwood, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at Alexandria, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Centerville, 7:30 pm

University at Shortridge, 7:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Logansport at Plymouth, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Westfield, 7:30 pm

North Central at Anderson, 7:30 pm

Seeger at Lafayette Jeff, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Tech at Warren Central, 6 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Harrison at South Side, 2:30 pm, ccd.

Tech at Marion , noon

Kokomo at Anderson , 1:30 pm

Central at Richmond , 6 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Centerville at Lincoln , 7:30 pm

Delta at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Tipton at Union City, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Daleville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Tri , 6 pm, ppd.

Union City at New Castle, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Winchester at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

New Castle at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union County, 7:30 pm

Switzerland County at Knightstown, noon

MID-EASTERN

Monday, Nov. 23

Wes-Del at Wapahani , 7:30 pm, ppd.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Eastbrook at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Northeastern, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Burris at Blue River, 6 pm

Randolph Southern at Union, 6 pm

Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock , 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Daleville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 27

Shenandoah at Frankton, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 28

Blue River at Blackford, 1:30 pm

Daleville at Alexandria, 2 pm

Eastern Hancock at Wapahani , 1:30 pm

Englewood at Union, 4 pm

Randolph Southern at Union County, 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Elwood, 6 pm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 13

Thursday, Nov. 26

Colorado State at Air Force | 2 p.m. | CBSSN

New Mexico at Utah State | 7 p.m. | FS1

Friday, Nov. 27

No. 15 Iowa State at No. 20 Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC

UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Southern Miss at UAB | 12:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Nebraska at Iowa | 1 p.m. | FOX

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 25 North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

UCF at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan | 4 p.m. | CBSSN

Wyoming at UNLV | 4 p.m. | FS1

Stanford at Cal | 4 p.m. | FOX

No. 9 Oregon at Oregon State | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Washington at Washington State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

San Diego State at Fresno State — CANCELED

Saturday, Nov. 28

Kentucky at No. 6 Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Arkansas at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Texas Tech at No. 21 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois | 12 p.m. | FS1

Maryland at No. 12 Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Penn State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ABC

NC State at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

SMU at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana Tech at FIU | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia Southern at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Ohio | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Kent State at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Ball State at Toledo | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 24 Tulsa at Houston | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Miami (Ohio) at Akron | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

UTEP at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Minnesota at No. 18 Wisconsin | 2 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee | 3 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 23 Louisiana at UL Monroe | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at UTSA | 3 p.m. | Stadium

South Alabama at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Pittsburgh at No. 4 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 11 Northwestern at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Colorado at No. 19 USC | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 7 Cincinnati at Temple | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Mississippi State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

San Jose State at Boise State | 4 p.m. | FOX

Rutgers at Purdue | 4 p.m. | FS1

Louisville at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Western Kentucky at Charlotte | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | RSN

Memphis at Navy | 7 p.m. | TBD

No. 14 Oklahoma at West Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 13 Georgia at South Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | SEC ALT

TCU at Kansas | 8 p.m. | FS1

Arizona at UCLA | 8 p.m. | FOX

Troy at Appalachian State | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

Virginia at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Nevada at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | PPV

Sunday, Nov. 29

Utah at Arizona State | TBD

NFL

Jared Goff threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, and Matt Gay kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:36 remaining to give the Los Angeles Rams a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Goff completed 39 of 51 passes, including short scoring throws to Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Cam Akers. The Rams’ defense pressured Tom Brady all night and sealed the win with its second interception of the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 145 yards and Woods finished with 10 catches for 130 yards to help the Rams climb back into first place in the NFC West. Both caught passes on the eight-play, 53-yard drive Goff led to move Los Angeles into position for Gay’s game-winning kick.

Brady was 26 of 48 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams sacked him once and safety Jordan Fuller had both of the team’s interceptions.

Gay, a 2019 Bucs draft pick who was released after a rookie season marked by inconsistency, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks.

The Bucs (7-4) fell to 1-3 in four prime-time games despite avoiding the type of slow starts that hurt them in losses to the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints and nearly cost them in a narrow victory over the New York Giants.

NFL

The Minnesota Vikings placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, the team announced.

Minnesota didn’t confirm whether Thielen has COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who recently tested positive. He’s the sixth Vikings player to be placed on the COVID-19 list this month.

The 30-year-old has racked up 49 catches for 646 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns through 10 games this season. Thielen recorded eight receptions, 123 yards, and two scores Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Vikings have one of the NFL’s best wideout duos this season in Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson. They are two of the three highest-graded wide receivers in 2020, according to PFF.

Minnesota is scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.

NFL

The Minnesota Vikings placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, the team announced.

Minnesota didn’t confirm whether Thielen has COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who recently tested positive. He’s the sixth Vikings player to be placed on the COVID-19 list this month.

The 30-year-old has racked up 49 catches for 646 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns through 10 games this season. Thielen recorded eight receptions, 123 yards, and two scores Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Vikings have one of the NFL’s best wideout duos this season in Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson. They are two of the three highest-graded wide receivers in 2020, according to PFF.

Minnesota is scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches on Monday announced the preseason watch list for the 2021 NABC Division I Player of the Year powered by ShotTracker.

Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is among 20 players up for this honor. He also is on the watch list for the Naismith Award, was a member of the Preseason All-Big Ten team and was named Preseason All-American by several outlets.

The 2021 NABC Division I Player of the Year award will be announced during the 2021 AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show, which takes place alongside the NABC Convention and Final Four. Former Dayton standout Obi Toppin won the award last season.

2021 NABC Division I Player of the Year powered by ShotTracker – Preseason Watch List

Brandon Boston Jr., Kentucky (G-Fr.)

Garrison Brooks, North Carolina (F-Sr.)

Jared Butler, Baylor (G-Jr.)

Jalen Crutcher, Dayton (G-Sr.)

Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State (G-Fr.)

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (G-Jr.)

Marcus Garrett, Kansas (G-Sr.)

Luka Garza, Iowa (C-Sr.)

Collin Gillespie, Villanova (G-Sr.)

Sam Hauser, Virginia (F-R-Sr.)

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (F-So.)

Keyontae Johnson, Florida (F-Jr.)

Corey Kispert, Gonzaga (F-Sr.)

Remy Martin, Arizona State (G-Sr.)

Evan Mobley, USC (F-Fr.)

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova (F-So.)

Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia (F-So.)

Trendon Watford, LSU (F-So.)

McKinley Wright IV, Colorado (G-Sr.)

Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton (G-Jr.)

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Butler University Limits Fan Capacity at Hinkle Fieldhouse for First Two Men’s Basketball Games 

Butler University will limit capacity at Hinkle Fieldhouse for its men’s basketball season opener to 1,500 fans. The Bulldogs will host Western Michigan Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

Butler voluntarily has reduced the capacity for the season opener as it will be the first game implementing the university’s comprehensive health and safety plan regarding COVID-19 risk mitigation. Previously, the Marion County Department of Health approved a fan capacity of 25 percent for basketball games at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which equates to 2,275 fans. 

“As the first game of the season approaches, we decided that this is a prudent step to take,” said Barry Collier, Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Capping our fan capacity at roughly 15 percent for the season opener takes into account the trending COVID-19 numbers that we are seeing locally. We remain confident in our risk mitigation tactics we have in place and are ready to implement them beginning Wednesday night.” 

Following discussions over the weekend, the Marion County Department of Health continues to support the comprehensive health and safety plan Butler is implementing for a limited capacity of fans. Butler is committed to working with local officials and adjusting the plan if needed as new information or directives develop.  

Following the season opener, Butler will consider increasing the fan capacity to 2,000 for Sunday night’s game against Eastern Illinois at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

MCKAY SELECTED AS RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR (RV) IU EAST

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Senior guard Jaylen McKay had a great, all-around game for (RV) Indiana University East and thus was named River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 16-22.  

McKay, a 6-0 native of Indianapolis, Ind., totaled 24 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in the only game of the week. It was a 92-83 win over IU Northwest. 

McKay made 10 of 15 from the floor and 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. His dunk with just under seven minutes left put the Red Wolves up 19 points. The victory broke IU East out after an 18-day layoff. IU East (1-2) is next scheduled to play at “The Show” this weekend in Kingsport, Tenn.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Duke will no longer open its 2020-21 season Wednesday against Gardner-Webb due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Bulldogs’ basketball program, the Blue Devils announced Monday.

Instead, Duke’s season opener will now take place Saturday when it hosts Coppin State at 2 p.m. ET.

Arizona also won’t play its scheduled first game of the season Wednesday against Northern Arizona after the latter program registered a positive test, a source told Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

The 2020-21 college basketball season is set to tip off nationwide Wednesday, though several programs have temporarily shut down in recent days due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Florida announced Sunday that it would miss two games this week after a positive test forced the team to suspend all men’s basketball activity. On Monday, Ole Miss paused its program until Dec. 7.

The new season was originally supposed to begin Nov. 10.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

2020-21 BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 5, 2020       

Wisconsin at Iowa

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 

Michigan State at Minnesota

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Illinois at Nebraska

Friday, December 11, 2020

Rutgers at Wisconsin

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Iowa at Michigan State

Monday, December 14, 2020     

Maryland at Rutgers

Minnesota at Northwestern

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Northwestern at Purdue

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Iowa at Ohio State

Michigan at Illinois

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Nebraska at Indiana

Purdue at Penn State

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Indiana at Minnesota

Nebraska at Purdue

Ohio State at Maryland

Penn State at Michigan

Thursday, December 31, 2020    

Illinois at Indiana

Maryland at Penn State

Michigan State at Ohio State

Northwestern at Nebraska

Rutgers at Iowa

Wisconsin at Michigan

Sunday, January 3, 2021               

Iowa at Illinois

Michigan at Northwestern

Michigan State at Purdue

Minnesota at Wisconsin

Rutgers at Nebraska

Monday, January 4, 2021             

Indiana at Maryland

Penn State at Ohio State

Wednesday, January 6, 2021      

Minnesota at Iowa

Northwestern at Wisconsin

Thursday, January 7, 2021           

Indiana at Penn State

Maryland at Michigan State

Nebraska at Michigan

Ohio State at Illinois

Purdue at Rutgers

Saturday, January 9, 2021            

Iowa at Northwestern

Sunday, January 10, 2021             

Illinois at Michigan

Nebraska at Michigan State

Penn State at Minnesota

Purdue at Maryland

Rutgers at Ohio State

Wisconsin at Indiana

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Ohio State at Iowa

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Indiana at Purdue

Maryland at Minnesota

Michigan at Wisconsin

Michigan State at Illinois

Northwestern at Rutgers

Saturday, January 16, 2021         

Ohio State at Nebraska

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Maryland at Wisconsin

Northwestern at Penn State

Monday, January 18, 2021

Michigan State at Michigan

Purdue at Iowa

Rutgers at Indiana

Tuesday, January 19, 2021           

Minnesota at Nebraska

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Illinois at Northwestern

Indiana at Michigan State

Iowa at Maryland

Michigan at Ohio State

Penn State at Rutgers

Wisconsin at Purdue

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Indiana at Northwestern

Iowa at Rutgers

Michigan State at Wisconsin

Purdue at Michigan

Monday, January 25, 2021

Maryland at Ohio State

Minnesota at Penn State

Nebraska at Illinois

Thursday, January 28, 2021         

Michigan at Michigan State

Northwestern at Iowa

Penn State at Illinois

Purdue at Minnesota

Rutgers at Maryland

Wisconsin at Nebraska

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Illinois at Wisconsin

Iowa at Minnesota

Michigan State at Indiana

Penn State at Purdue

Monday, February 1, 2021

Michigan at Rutgers

Ohio State at Northwestern

Thursday, February 4, 2021         

Illinois at Michigan State

Minnesota at Michigan

Nebraska at Penn State  

Ohio State at Indiana

Wisconsin at Maryland

Sunday, February 7, 2021             

Indiana at Iowa

Maryland at Michigan

Minnesota at Ohio State

Nebraska at Rutgers

Northwestern at Michigan State

Purdue at Illinois

Wisconsin at Penn State

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 

Illinois at Minnesota

Iowa at Nebraska

Michigan State at Maryland

Ohio State at Wisconsin

Penn State at Indiana

Thursday, February 11, 2021      

Michigan at Purdue

Rutgers at Northwestern

Saturday, February 13, 2021       

Michigan State at Penn State

Sunday, February 14, 2021          

Indiana at Illinois

Maryland at Nebraska

Northwestern at Ohio State

Rutgers at Purdue

Wisconsin at Minnesota

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 

Illinois at Maryland

Minnesota at Rutgers

Nebraska at Northwestern

Thursday, February 18, 2021      

Michigan at Indiana

Penn State at Iowa

Purdue at Ohio State

Saturday, February 20, 2021       

Illinois at Rutgers

Minnesota at Maryland

Wisconsin at Northwestern

Sunday, February 21, 2021          

Iowa at Indiana

Ohio State at Michigan

Penn State at Nebraska

Purdue at Michigan State

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 

Indiana at Wisconsin

Nebraska at Minnesota

Ohio State at Penn State

Rutgers at Michigan State

Thursday, February 25, 2021      

Maryland at Purdue

Michigan at Iowa              

Northwestern at Illinois

Saturday, February 27, 2021       

Indiana at Ohio State

Michigan State at Nebraska

Sunday, February 28, 2021          

Illinois at Purdue

Iowa at Wisconsin

Maryland at Northwestern

Michigan at Minnesota

Rutgers at Penn State

Friday, March 5 or Saturday, March 6, 2021        

Minnesota at Illinois

Nebraska at Iowa

Northwestern at Michigan

Ohio State at Rutgers

Penn State at Maryland

Purdue at Indiana

Wisconsin at Michigan State

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The Connecticut women’s basketball team announced Monday that they temporarily suspended team activities after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19.

Activities will remain on hold for at least 14 days, per university protocol. That will lead to the Huskies’ first four games of the season being suspended.

Earlier this month, UConn’s men’s team shut down in the same manner after a positive test.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week
Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
Sr., WR, Lucedale, Miss./George County

  • Hauled in seven passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State to become the first receiver in Big Ten history to record back-to-back 200-yard games
  • His 218 yards were the third-highest total ever by a Buckeyes’ opponent and the most by a Hoosier in the history of the series, which dates back to 1901
  • Scored from 63, 56 and 33 yards out to become the first Hoosier since James Hardy in 2007 to record a pair of 50-yard touchdowns in a single game
  • Has 25 catches for 560 yards and six touchdowns over the last three weeks
  • Collects his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and second in as many weeks
  • Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Ty Fryfogle (Nov. 16, 2020)

 
Defensive Player of the Week
Blake Gallagher, Northwestern
Sr., LB, Raynham, Mass./Saint Sebastian’s

  • Recorded a team-high 14 tackles in a victory against Wisconsin, his second 14-tackle effort in the last three weeks
  • Added a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the contest
  • Anchored a defense that held the Badgers to seven points and zero snaps in the red zone, while turning the Badgers over five times
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Bergin (Nov. 9, 2020)

 
Special Teams Player of the Week
Giles Jackson, Michigan
So., WR, Antioch, Calif./Freedom

  • Returned four kickoffs for 159 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown to open the second half in a victory at Rutgers
  • His 95-yard return is tied for seventh-longest in program history and gives him two of the seven longest return touchdowns in school history, joining his 97-yard touchdown in 2019
  • Added four catches for 50 yards on offense
  • Earns his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season
  • Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Giles Jackson (Nov. 4, 2019)

 
Freshman of the Week
Brandon Joseph, Northwestern
S, College Station, Texas/College Station

  • Added to his Big Ten-leading total with another two-interception effort in Saturday’s victory against Wisconsin
  • Led the secondary with seven tackles, including four solo stops
  • His five interceptions are two more than anyone else in the Big Ten and he leads the nation in interceptions per game (1.0)
  • Collects his second career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Brandon Joseph (Nov. 2, 2020)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BIG 10 FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE

Northwestern leads the West Division with a 5-0 Big Ten record, followed by Wisconsin at 2-1, Iowa at 3-2 and Purdue at 2-2. The Wildcats can clinch at least a share of the West Division title and a Big Ten Football Championship Game berth this weekend with a win against Michigan State and a Wisconsin loss to Minnesota.

• Ohio State stands atop the East Division standings with a 4-0 record, with Indiana close behind at 4-1 and Maryland in third at 2-1 in conference play. The Buckeyes visit Illinois this weekend, while the Hoosiers host the Terrapins.

• Northwestern is 5-0 overall for the first time since 2015 and 5-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1996. Freshman safety Brandon Joseph added to his Big Ten-leading total with another two-interception effort in Saturday’s victory against Wisconsin. Joseph led the secondary with seven tackles, including four solo stops. His five interceptions are two more than anyone else in the Big Ten and he leads the nation in interceptions per game (1.0).

• Ohio State ran for 307 yards and threw for 300 in a 42-35 victory against Indiana on Saturday. This marks just the second time since 2000 that Ohio State had at least 300 yards in each category in a conference game. Master Teague had a career-high 169 yards and his second multi-touchdown game of the season, scoring in all four games in 2020.

• The Buckeyes’ Garrett Wilson reached the end zone twice for the first time in his career and became the second Ohio State player to have 100 receiving yards in four straight games, joining Cris Carter. It is the third time since 2000 that Ohio State had over 600 yards against a ranked team.

• The Buckeyes beat Indiana for the 26th straight time on Saturday, extending the longest win streak by one Big Ten team versus another in conference history. They also extended their overall home win streak to 23 games and their 21-game conference home win streak is the second-longest in Big Ten history.

• Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle hauled in seven passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State to become the first receiver in Big Ten history to record back-to-back 200-yard games. His 218 yards were the third-highest total ever by a Buckeyes’ opponent and the most by a Hoosier in the history of the series, which dates back to 1901. The senior wide receiver scored from 63, 56 and 33 yards out to become the first Hoosier since James Hardy in 2007 to record a pair of 50-yard touchdowns in a single game.

• Illinois racked up 490 yards of total offense in a 41-23 win over Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday, while the defense forced five turnovers in the win. The Illini victory marks the first in Lincoln since 1924.

• Illinois ran for 285 yards in the win while scoring four touchdowns on the ground. Illini running backs Mike Epstein and Chase Brown both surpassed 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive week. Epstein tied his career high, rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown and marking his fourth consecutive game with a score.

• Iowa’s 41-21 victory over Penn State in Beaver Stadium on Saturday marked head coach Kirk Ferentz’s 100th Big Ten win, making him the fourth coach to achieve the milestone along with Ohio State’s Woody Hayes (153 wins), Michigan’s Bo Schembechler (143) and Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (115).

• On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.

• The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MAC East Division Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, RB 

Junior, Glendale, MD (Saint Vincent Pallotti)          

Patterson rushed for a school-record 301 yards and added four touchdowns in Buffalo’s 42-17 win at Bowling Green. Patterson carried the ball 31 times, averaging 9.7 yards per carry. He scored on touchdown runs of 17, 4, 15 and 57 yards. He added a season-long 67-yard run against the Falcons.

Dustin Crum, Kent State, QB

Senior, Grafton, Ohio (Midview)      

Crum was magnificent against Akron, securing the Wagon Wheel for the second-straight year. He started the game 17-17 for 300 yards in the first half. He finished 22-25 for 348 and three touchdowns. He added another 104 yards on the ground on 13 carries and two more scores. His 452 yards of total offense is second-most in program history.

MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week

D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan, Wide Receiver       

R-Senior, Bluffton, Ind. (Bluffton)    

Eskridge put on a show last Wednesday in the Broncos’ 52-44 win over in-state rival Central Michigan. Eskridge recorded four receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. It was the second time in his career Eskridge has eclipsed the 200-yard receiving mark with his three receiving touchdowns setting a new career-high. Eskridge also had two kick returns for 41 yards to increase his MAC leading total to 253 all-purpose yards against CMU. Eskridge earned two of his three touchdowns in the third quarter with both being over 70 yards. It’s the second and third time this season Eskridge has scored a receiving touchdown of at least 70 yards. It was the third time under head coach Tim Lester the Broncos have had two receivers with 100 yards or more in a game, with all three times involving Eskridge.

MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week

James Patterson, Buffalo, LB

Junior, Glendale, MD (Saint Vincent Pallotti)          

Patterson recorded a career-high 13 tackles and added a pass breakup in Buffalo’s 42-17 win over Bowling Green. Patterson had eight solo tackles – a game high.

MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week

Jamal Hines, Toledo, Defensive end

Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio – Princeton 

Hines was disruptive all night, tallying five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and scoring Toledo’s final touchdown on the night with a 20-yard pick six.

MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week

Matthew Trickett, Kent State, PK     

Junior  Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)                                               

Trickett hit all nine of his extra points in the wagon wheel victory. That pushes his extra points streak to 73 straight, dating back to 2018. Additionally, Trickett also executed an inadvertent on-side kick, skying a ball that was recovered by Dean Clark.

MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week

Thiago Kapps, Western Michigan, Kicker     

Senior, Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Jac-Cen-Del [Ind.])         

Kapps was used early and often last Wednesday in WMU’s 52-44 win over Central Michigan. Kapps was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT’s and was 1-of-2 on field goals, connecting on a 24-yard field goal. His perfect 7-for-7 performance against the Chippewas marked the 10th time in his career Kapps has been perfect on PATs. In three games Kapps has connected on 19 extra-point attempts, tying his for most in the Mid-American Conference. Against CMU, Kapps also had one kick-off for 65 yards, resulting in a touchback.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NOTRE DAME VS. NORTH CAROLINA GAME NOTES

LAST MEETING WITH NORTH CAROLINA

October 7, 2017- Notre Dame 33, North Carolina 10: QB Ian Book made his first-career start in the 33-10 win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The sophomore, who had thrown just eight passes this season, was 17 of 31 for 146 yards and a touchdown while running for 45 yards. • Josh Adams ran for 118 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. Adams, ranked among the national rushing leaders, carried the ball just 13 times before leaving the game. Deon McIntosh added 124 yards rushing and two scores for the Irish (5-1), who won a third-straight road game against a power conference opponent despite not having starting QB Brandon Wimbush due to a right foot injury. • “I had some nerves when I first got out there,” Book said after the game. “But the 10 guys on that offense with me make my job a lot easier, so I had all the confidence in the world.” • Still, the Fighting Irish had no trouble earning their fourth-straight win by at least 20 points since a 20- 19 loss to Georgia on Sept. 9, the first time they had accomplished that feat since 2005.

BY THE NUMBERS

.903 QB Ian Book is 28-3 (.903) as a starter, making him one of only two FBS quarterbacks to boast a .900 or above win rate (min. 20 wins), even as Book ranks 14th overall in total QB career starts (31). His 28 wins are fourth among all FBS quarterbacks. 2 Saturday’s matchup marks the first meeting between Brian Kelly and Mack Brown, the top two winningest active coaches in the FBS by number of wins (Kelly, 271ˆ; Brown, 257). They have also coached the most games (Kelly, 367; Brown, 388) and are the two   among active FBS coaches (Kelly, 30th year; Brown, 32nd year). 3 Of the five longest regular-season winning streaks in college football history, Notre Dame has single-handedly ended three of those streaks: Oklahoma’s 45 (1953-57), Miami’s 36 (1985-88) and Clemson’s 36 (2017-20). 3 QB Ian Book became the first quarterback in program history (modern era) to rush for three touchdowns in a half in the first vs. South Florida. It marked the second time in his career in which he has rushed for three TDs in a game. The last time he rushed for three touchdowns in a single game was against Wake Forest in 2018. 4 Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 31-3 (.912). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014. Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled three or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) since the start of 2018. 4 With the 52-0 shutout of South Florida, Brian Kelly became the first Irish coach to post four or more shutouts in his Notre Dame career since Lou Holtz. The last Irish shutout took place in 2019 vs. Bowling Green (52-0), and Kelly’s first shutout as the Notre Dame head coach came vs. Wake Forest in 2012 (38-0).ˆ 7 With the 45-31 win over Boston College, the Irish have won seven-straight ACC road games. 9 Notre Dame’s victory over No. 1 Clemson was Notre Dame’s ninth win over an AP No. 1 opponent, which ties for second-most all-time (Miami). Only Alabama has more (10). 14 The Irish boast a current win streak of 14 games, the longest among all FBS teams. 16.6 The defense has yielded just 16.6 points/game through the first eight games of the season. That figure ranks fourth among all Power 5 teams. 17 In the win vs. No. 1 Clemson, K/P Jonathan Doerer matched the Notre Dame record for kicking points in a game, accounting for 17 kicking points vs. Clemson. His 17 points tie for the most kicking points in a single game by any FBS player this season, and were the most by any FBS player that weekend. He made four field goals on the day, matching his previous career high in the 2019 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa State. 23 Notre Dame has won 23-consecutive games at home, setting the modern-era record for longest home win streak. Only two Power 5 programs have a longer streak. 30:29 The Irish have only trailed for 30:29 minutes out of a total 480:00 minutes of regulation. 31 Notre Dame has held 31-of-34 opponents during Clark Lea’s tenure as defensive coordinator to 30 points or less. That includes ranked opponents LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia and Navy. 36:15 Notre Dame is one of three Power 5 teams to post three performances of 36:15 or more possession time this season. No other FBS teams have produced more than three games this season with at least 36:15 in possession time (Wisconsin, Louisville, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina and Liberty have also marked three such performances). The Irish held control of the ball for 40:59 minutes of possession time at Pitt, the second-most by an ACC team in a single game this season. Notre Dame has won time of possession in seven of eight games.

NORTH CAROLINA NOTES

TAR HEELS AND FIGHTING IRISH • North Carolina and Notre Dame meet for the 21st time in a series that began in 1949. • Notre Dame leads the series 18-2-0. Both Carolina victories occurred in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels scored a 12-7 decision in 1960 and beat the Fighting Irish, 29-24, in 2008. • This will be just the  second game in the series when both teams are ranked. In the only previous time in 1950, No. 1 Notre Dame won 14-7 over No. 20 UNC in South Bend. • In the previous 20 meetings, Notre Dame has been ranked in 13 of those. The Irish was ranked No. 1 in the country in three of the previous meetings and in the top 10 on eight occasions. • North Carolina faced Notre Dame every season from 1949 to 1956 and 12 times between 1949 and 1962. This season will be the fourth meeting since 2006. LAST TIME OUT • Sam Howell set school records for passing yards (550), total touchdowns (7) and passing touchdowns (6) in leading Carolina to a 59-53 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 14. • Notre Dame extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games following a 45-31 win at Boston College on Nov. 14. Brian Kelly recorded his 100th career win at Notre Dame, tying Lou Holtz for the second most all-time wins in program history. BROWN VS. NOTRE DAME • Mack Brown has never faced Notre Dame in his head coaching career that spans 32 seasons. UP NEXT • Carolina hosts Western Carolina on Dec. 5.

• UNC is second in the ACC to Clemson in scoring offense with 43.1 points per game. That figure is 7th nationally among teams playing at least four games. • Carolina ranks fourth nationally and leads the ACC with 563.4 yards per game of total offense. • UNC is on pace to shatter the school record of 486.9 yards per game set in 2015. • The Heels are 10th in the country with 233.5 rushing yards per game among teams that have played at least four games. • UNC set the school record with 742 total yards of offense against Wake Forest, breaking the previous record of 721 vs. ODU in 2013. • UNC has gained 500 or more yards in six straight games. That’s the first time it’s happened in at least 50 years, dating back to  records that begin in 1971. • Carolina has more than 400 yards of total offense in each of its last 16 games. • UNC has scored 40 or more points in four straight games and seven times in the last 11 games dating back to 2019. That’s the most consecutive games with 40 or more points since 1914 when Carolina did that in 6 straight. • This is the second season in Carolina history the Tar Heels have scored 50 or more points against three ACC opponents. 2015 was the other.

COLLEGE

The Ivy League has canceled all winter sports for the 2020-21 campaign, including the upcoming college basketball season, the conference announced Thursday.

Fall sports also won’t take place in the spring semester, and spring sports are postponed until at least March.

Winter- and fall-sport student-athletes won’t lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility.

“Throughout the last nine months, we have asked our campus communities to make extraordinary adjustments in order to do our part in combating the global pandemic … Regrettably, the current trends regarding transmission of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent protocols that must be put in place are impeding our strong desire to return to intercollegiate athletics competition in a safe manner,” the Ivy League council of presidents said in a joint statement.

The Ivy League is the nation’s first Division I conference to cancel its winter sports season. The conference was also the first to cancel its postseason basketball tournament and its fall sports season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBA

Free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets, he told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

The contract is non-guaranteed, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Cousins, 30, missed all of last season after tearing his left ACL in the summer of 2019 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Once the preeminent center in the NBA, Cousins’ career was derailed somewhat after rupturing his left Achilles in 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games for the Golden State Warriors in 2018-19.