INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONAL TITLE GAMES
PARK TUDOR (12-0) AT NORTH JUDSON (8-4)
ADAMS CENTRAL (12-0) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (12-0)
NORTH DECATUR (9-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-3)
PROVIDENCE (12-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (10-0)
LAVILLE (11-1) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9-3)
BLUFFTON (10-2) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (9-3)
EASTERN HANCOCK (8-4) AT SOUTHMONT (7-5)
NORTH POSEY (11-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (11-1)
KNOX (12-0) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (9-3)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (12-0) AT DELTA (8-4)….INDIANA SRN BROADCAST
GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-2) AT TRI-WEST (11-1)
HERITAGE HILLS (11-1) AT BATESVILLE (11-1)
NEW PRAIRIE (10-2) AT NORTHWOOD (10-2)
LEO (10-2) AT MISSISSINEWA (12-0)
MOORESVILLE (7-5) AT NEW PALESTINE (10-2)
EAST CENTRAL (12-0) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (9-3)….INDIANA SRN BROADCAST
VALPARAISO (9-2) AT MERRILLVILLE (9-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (10-1) AT MISHAWAKA (9-2)
WHITELAND (7-4) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (9-2)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (8-3) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (10-1)
CROWN POINT (11-0) AT PENN (10-1)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-2) AT WESTFIELD (10-1)
BEN DAVIS (10-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (8-3)
WARREN CENTRAL (5-6) AT CENTER GROVE (10-1)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL
|ALEXANDRIA||73||FORT WAYNE SOUTH||35|
|BETHESDA CHRISTIAN||58||GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN||26|
|BOWMAN ACADEMY||48||GARY WEST||23|
|CENTER GROVE||59||WARREN CENTRAL||48|
|DECATUR CENTRAL||65||PERRY MERIDIAN||51|
|DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN||61||GARY 21ST CENTURY||3|
|EAST NOBLE||44||CENTRAL NOBLE||38|
|EASTERN GREENE||39||OWEN VALLEY||25|
|FAITH CHRISTIAN||55||LAFAYETTE JEFF||48|
|FORT WAYNE SNIDER||52||WARSAW||49|
|GIBSON SOUTHERN||61||NORTH POSEY||25|
|HAMMOND CENTRAL||78||WASHINGTON TWP.||61|
|INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD||31||MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||24|
|INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI||64||COVENANT CHRISTIAN||38|
|INDIANAPOLIS TECH||65||PHALEN ACADEMY||4|
|LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||48||SOUTH BEND CAREER||10|
|LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN||48||DUGGER UNION||21|
|NEW PRAIRIE||62||SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH||37|
|PENN||64||SOUTH BEND RILEY||4|
|SPRINGS VALLEY||55||FOREST PARK||37|
|TELL CITY||53||MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)||29|
|WEST WASHINGTON||63||SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)||62|
|WHITE RIVER VALLEY||60||WEST VIGO||29|
|BANKS OF WABASH TOURNAMENT|
|PARKE HERITAGE||53||RIVERTON PARKE||21|
|NORTH VERMILLION||53||SOUTH VERMILLION||8|
#11 LOUISVILLE 31 VIRGINIA 24
SOUTHERN MISS 34 LOUISIANA 31 OT
FRIDAY, NOV. 10
NORTH TEXAS AT SMU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
GRAMBLING AT ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF | 9 P.M. | ESPNU
WYOMING AT UNLV | 10:45 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
NO. 3 MICHIGAN AT NO. 10 PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
NO. 8 ALABAMA AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | ESPN
GEORGIA TECH AT CLEMSON| 12 P.M.| ABC
TEXAS TECH AT NO. 16 KANSAS | 12 P.M. | FS1
TULSA AT NO. 23 TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
INDIANA AT ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | BTN
HOLY CROSS AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
VANDERBILT AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
VIRGINIA TECH AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TEMPLE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
NORFOLK STATE AT DELAWARE STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MURRAY STATE AT ILLINOIS STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT ROBERT MORRIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
YALE AT PRINCETON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
FORDHAM AT LAFAYETTE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BROWN AT COLUMBIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MARYLAND AT NEBRASKA | 1 P.M. | PEACOCK
OLD DOMINION AT LIBERTY | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGETOWN AT BUCKNELL | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
LEHIGH AT COLGATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT INDIANA STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
PENN AT HARVARD | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH DAKOTA AT SOUTH DAKOTA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
DAVIDSON AT MOREHEAD STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE STATE AT EASTERN ILLINOIS | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
STETSON AT VALPARAISO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT WESTERN CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
VMI AT FURMAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
CORNELL AT DARTMOUTH | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA AT COLORADO | 2:00 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
UCONN AT JAMES MADISON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MEMPHIS AT CHARLOTTE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
APPALACHIAN STATE AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY AT UL MONROE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UTAH TECH AT AUSTIN PEAY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BRYANT AT LINDENWOOD | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
PRESBYTERIAN AT DRAKE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MORGAN STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
WOFFORD AT THE CITADEL | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 2 P.M. | CW NETWORK
GARDNER-WEBB AT TENNESSEE TECH | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BAYLOR AT NO. 25 KANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SAM HOUSTON AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT SOUTHERN | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TARLETON STATE AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN WASHINGTON AT MONTANA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
IDAHO AT WEBER STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN COLORADO AT NORTHERN ARIZONA | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UNI AT MISSOURI STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT UT MARTIN | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG AT KENNESAW STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SAMFORD AT MERCER | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
RUTGERS AT NO. 22 IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BTN
MIAMI (FLA.) AT NO. 4 FLORIDA STATE| 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 18 UTAH AT NO. 5 WASHINGTON | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
MINNESOTA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M. | NBC
NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
NO. 13 TENNESSEE AT NO. 14 MISSOURI | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE AT UCF | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NEW MEXICO STATE AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
PITT AT SYRACUSE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UAB AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TEXAS STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL AT HOWARD | 3:30 P.M. | ESPNU
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
AUBURN AT ARKANSAS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE AT CAL | 4 P.M. | ESPN2
EAST CAROLINA AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
LAMAR AT NICHOLLS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ST. THOMAS (MINN.) AT SAN DIEGO | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA AT TEX. A&M COMMERCE | 4:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN KENTUCKY AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN UTAH AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
CAL POLY AT SACRAMENTO STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT NO. 12 OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
UC DAVIS AT IDAHO STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
WEST VIRGINIA AT NO. 17 OKLAHOMA | 7 P.M. | FOX
CINCINNATI AT HOUSTON | 7 P.M. | FS1
SAN DIEGO STATE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
NO. 9 OLE MISS AT NO. 2 GEORGIA| 7 P.M. | ESPN
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFLN
NO. 7 TEXAS AT TCU | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
FLORIDA AT NO. 19 LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SECN
MICHIGAN STATE AT NO. 1 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | NBC
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
RICE AT UTSA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
HOUSTON CHRISTIAN AT MCNEESE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
DUKE AT NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACCN
ARIZONA STATE AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MONTANA AT PORTLAND STATE | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
NEW MEXICO AT BOISE STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1
IOWA STATE AT BYU | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN
USC AT NO. 6 OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | FOX
FRESNO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
AIR FORCE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
NFL WEEK 10
CHICAGO 16 CAROLINA 13
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (FRANKFURT) 3:30P (CET) 9:30A NFLN
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MST) 4:05P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#4 MICHIGAN STATE 74 SOUTHERN INDIANA 51
#20 BAYLOR 96 JOHN BROWN 70
#21 USC 85 BAKERSFIELD 59
#23 ST. MARY’S 72 NEW MEXICO 58
WOMEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 LSU 112 QUEENS 55
#3 IOWA 80 #8 VIRGINIA TECH 76
#4 UCLA 90 UC RIVERSIDE 52
#5 UTAH 108 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 48
#9 INDIANA 96 EASTERN ILLINOIS 43
#18 FLORIDA STATE 92 #11 TENNESSEE 91
OKLAHOMA 80 #12 OLE MISS 70
#24 WASHINGTON STATE 77 GONZAGA 72 OT
INDIANA 126 MILWAUKEE 124
ATLANTA 120 ORLANDO 119
BOSTON 5 NY ISLANDERS 2
MONTRÉAL 3 DETROIT 2 OT
VANCOUVER 5 OTTAWA 2
NY RANGERS 4 MINNESOTA 1
CHICAGO 5 TAMPA BAY 3
DALLAS 5 COLUMBUS 2
ST. LOUIS 2 ARIZONA 1
WINNIPEG 6 NASHVILLE 3
SEATTLE 4 COLORADO 3
PITTSBURGH 4 LOS ANGELES 3 OT
SAN JOSE 3 EDMONTON 2
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES
GUERENDO’S 73-YARD TD RUN HELPS NO. 11 LOUISVILLE RALLY PAST VIRGINIA 31-24
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) As the Louisville Cardinals took satisfaction in gutting out an important victory, a scary injury to an opposing player kept things in perspective.
Regaining focus after it happened might have been their biggest accomplishment.
Isaac Guerendo rushed for a 73-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 3:24 remaining and No. 11 Louisville rallied with 17 points in the fourth quarter to beat Virginia 31-24 on Thursday night.
Overshadowing the close outcome was a serious injury sustained by Virginia tailback Perris Jones late in the third quarter. Jones caught a 7-yard pass and fumbled after being hit on his helmet by Cardinals safety Cam’Ron Kelly and several other Cardinals. Malik Washington scooped up the ball near the right sideline and dashed down the field for the 42-yard go-ahead score to make 21-14 after trailing 14-0 at halftime.
L&N Stadium fell silent as Virginia medical personnel quickly rushed over with a flat board and a cart quickly entered the area. Players from both teams knelt and some Cavaliers prayed while Jones was treated. He was lifted onto the cart with his head area wrapped. Fans applauded as he was taken from the field to UofL Hospital for observation.
Virginia football spokesman Jim Daves said early Friday via text that Jones regained movement in all of his extremities and would remain hospitalized overnight. The player’s updated condition was also posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“We are getting some encouraging news, but I don’t want say anything until we get it officially,” Virginia coach Tony Elliott said immediately following the game. “He is going to have an MRI.”
Said Kelly, “I’m just praying for him. I said my piece to him when he was on the stretcher. I’ve got nothing but love for him. I hope he has a speedy recovery.”
The subdued atmosphere soon charged up when play resumed as the Cardinals (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Coast Conference) rallied to tie the game at 24 with Brock Travelstead’s 35-yard field goal early in the fourth, followed by Jack Plummer’s 52-yard touchdown pass to wide-open Amari Huggins-Bruce with 6:20 left.
Virginia punted on the next possession and the Cardinals needed just one play to seize the lead for good as Guerendo quickly burst through a hole up the middle and rushed into the end zone, much to the delight of 44,628.
“Proud of our guys to hang in there when things were not going our way, play to the end and find a way to make enough big plays to win the game and get some stops at the end, you know, that’s really how football works,” Louisville coach Jeff Brohm said.
Guerendo carried six times for 94 yards. Jawhar Jordan had 95 yards on 17 attempts, including 42-yard burst that set up Louisville’s first score, a 4-yard toss from Plummer to Joey Gatewood. Plummer was 19 of 28 for 243 yards passing.
Louisville made it 14-0 as Jimmy Calloway caught the deflection in the end zone after D’Angelo Hutchinson’s blocked Daniel Sparks’ punt attempt.
The victory put Louisville closer to clinching a berth in the ACC championship game against No. 4 Florida State. The Cardinals need a North Carolina loss on Saturday to assure it. But it took overcoming a Virginia squad (2-8, 1-5) that shook off turnovers and a double-digit deficit to score 21 unanswered points in the third and lead 24-17 in the fourth.
Jack Griese’s 1-yard touchdown run, Kam Robinson’s 28-yard interception for a TD and Washington’s alert scoop-and-score positioned the Cavaliers for their second ranked upset this season. They had beaten No. 10 North Carolina 31-27 last month.
For a while, Virginia seemed on track to add another big win thanks to freshman quarterback Anthony Colandrea, who started in place of injured Tony Muskett. Colandrea overcame four sacks and an interception to complete 20 of 31 passes for 314 yards and the 42-yard, go-ahead TD. He also rushed 14 times for 89 yards, helping the Cavaliers outgain the Cardinals 434-423 overall.
Louisville earned the yardage when it mattered, outgaining Virginia 187-133. Colandrea led the Cavaliers one final time and reached the Cardinals’ 45, but he was hurried by defensive end Ashton Gillotte and threw incomplete on fourth down.
The Cavaliers’ hearts and minds afterward were on Jones. Much like everybody else in the stadium.
“We wanted to do it for him,” Virginia bandit linebacker Chico Bennett said. ”… I told him, ‘We got it for you, we love you. We got this.’”
Louisville will at least stand pat in the Top 25 until the weekend games shake out.
Virginia: The Cavaliers couldn’t get out of their own way before Anthony Colandrea converted chunk plays with his arm and feet to get the Cavaliers into Louisville territory and eventually the lead. The Cavs remained fierce after Jones’ scary injury but couldn’t stop the speedy Cardinals.
Louisville: The Cardinals were ragged most of the night despite leading early and finally found their composure. Once again, they handed the ball to Guerendo, who added another big score after rushing for three last week against Virginia Tech.
Virginia: Hosts Duke on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Louisville: Visits Miami (Florida) on Saturday, Nov. 18.
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS
TEXAS TECH BRACES FOR TOUGH CHALLENGE FROM NO. 16 KANSAS
Not long ago, preparing a team to play Kansas carried a different kind of challenge.
The reasoning was opposing coaches had to work to convince their team to take the Jayhawks seriously. That was during a long stretch in which Kansas was one of the worst programs in the country.
Not anymore, and that’s the message Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire wanted to deliver. It turns out that task wasn’t that difficult, however.
The Red Raiders (4-5, 3-3 Big 12) will visit Lawrence to take on 16th-ranked Kansas (7-2, 4-2) on Saturday, and this time, no sales job was required.
“When we talk to our guys about Kansas now, you can see in their faces how much respect they have for that program and the way they’re playing right now,” said McGuire, whose team snapped a two-game skid with a 35-28 win over TCU on Nov. 2.
The way the Jayhawks have played this season already has them bowl eligible and has assured of their first winning campaign since 2008. Because their two losses are against the two remaining teams in the Big 12 with only one league loss, the odds of winning the league are a longshot.
But there is little doubt that Kansas has turned plenty of heads this season — McGuire’s included. He gushed about the Jayhawks’ offense, which has been the team’s calling card since third-year coach Lance Leipold arrived and has lived up to that reputation this season by averaging 434 yards and 35.1 points a game.
“They’re as multiple as anybody in the country,” McGuire said. “There’s never going to be a time where they just line up and snap the ball. … They find ways to create explosive plays.”
That has remained true despite the Jayhawks playing without Big 12 preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jalon Daniels most of the conference season. The dynamic quarterback has been out with a lingering back issue, thrusting backup Jason Bean into the starter’s role. Bean has responded by guiding the Jayhawks to a 3-1 record, buoyed by a 38-33 triumph against then-No. 6 Oklahoma on Oct. 28.
Bean has passed for 1,418 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, doubling Daniels’ output in both categories.
“He had to battle to become a starter, then got beat out but has stuck with it and is a big part of their success,” McGuire said of Bean, a player with whom was familiar as a longtime high school coach in Texas then an assistant at Baylor.
The Red Raiders know a little about adjustments at the quarterback position.
Behren Morton returned to the starting role last week against TCU, a position he took over on Sept. 23 when Tyler Shough sustained a season-ending leg injury. Morton was sharp against the Horned Frogs, throwing for 282 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns to go with a rushing score.
The leading man for the Texas Tech offense has been senior running back Tahj Brooks, who has rushed for 100 yards or more in five of the last six games. He also became the program’s first running back to cross the 1,000-yard threshold since 2015 after rushing for 146 yards vs. TCU.
“That’s a team that many picked to be a darkhorse contender in our league, so it’s a very talented team,” Leipold said of the Red Raiders. “They had some injuries early, including at the quarterback spot, and have gotten healthier in a lot of spots. They’re coming in with something to play for since they’re working toward bowl eligibility.
“You might think about them throwing the ball a lot because of their history, but they’re running the ball really well, too. They’re very multiple in what they do, and they can play fast, so we better get lined up, get our feet on the ground and be around the football and be ready to tackle well.”
NO. 8 ALABAMA LOOKS TO CONTINUE DOMINANCE OF RIVAL KENTUCKY
Alabama remains in the national championship picture but badly needs to post a road win against Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington.
That’s the perfect opponent for the No. 8 Crimson Tide, who have beaten the Wildcats in all seven meetings this century and stand 38-2-1 all-time against their fellow Southeastern Conference squad.
Alabama (8-1, 6-0 SEC) enters its latest matchup with Kentucky (6-3, 3-3) on a roll with seven straight victories since a September loss to then-No. 11 Texas.
After beating then-No. 14 LSU last weekend in an SEC West battle, the Crimson Tide are on track for a showdown with No. 2 Georgia in the SEC title game next month.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is thrilled with the position his team is in with three regular-season games remaining. The Crimson Tide also have momentum after back-to-back 14-point victories against then-No. 17 Tennessee and LSU.
“This team has created an opportunity where now they’ve got to make a choice,” Saban told reporters. “We’ve had two big games in a row here and still got two SEC games left and another game. So you’re going to have to make a choice about taking care of business … because we can create an opportunity for ourselves and maybe win the West and maybe get in the SEC championship game and who knows what happens from there.”
Much of Alabama’s in-season rise can be attributed to the improvement of Jalen Milroe.
Milroe set a Crimson Tide quarterback record by rushing for four touchdowns in the win over LSU. He finished with 155 yards on the ground and also completed 15 of 23 passes for 219 yards.
The player who was benched after the loss to Texas in Week 2 and didn’t play against South Florida in the team’s third game is now the team’s most indispensable player. Milroe has passed for 1,836 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding nine scores on the ground.
“I’m focused on trying to get better,” Milroe said. “There’s some things I need to improve on. … I’m not a finished product.”
Alabama leads No. 9 Ole Miss — a team it beat earlier this season — by one game in the SEC West race.
Kentucky had dropped three straight games before picking up an impressive 24-3 road win over Mississippi State last weekend.
Wildcats quarterback Devin Leary missed the fourth quarter with an eye injury but coach Mark Stoops said Monday that Leary is fine.
Leary has passed for 1,905 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. And Kentucky certainly could use a big game from Leary if it wants to keep it close with the Crimson Tide.
“Alabama is a team that, you can see, is getting better and better,” Stoops said. “A typical Nick Saban team that is very big, very physical, very talented and extremely well coached. They seem to be getting better and stronger as the year goes on. That will be a big challenge for us, just to match their physicality.”
The Wildcats’ defense tuned up for the matchup by racking up five sacks and holding the Bulldogs to 218 total yards. Linebacker D’Eryk Jackson had a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown.
On the other hand, Kentucky allowed a whopping 122 points during the three-game losing streak against then-No. 1 Georgia, Missouri and then-No. 21 Tennessee.
“I felt like we improved in certain areas,” Stoops said of the Mississippi State win. “This team, we haven’t put it all together yet but definitely improved.”
Wildcats star running back Ray Davis is 97 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. He averages 6.1 yards per carry.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN STEELED BY CRITICS, MARCHES INTO NO. 10 PENN STATE
Under siege off the field, Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh have yet to be affected on the field.
That could change Saturday when the Wolverines, ranked third in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, roll into University Park, Pa. to face No. 10 Penn State.
Michigan (9-0 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) hasn’t faced a close call all season. The lowest margin of victory was 24 points.
Harbaugh served an NCAA suspension during the first four weeks for a recruiting snafu unrelated to the active firestorm involving his staff and an alleged signal-stealing scandal.
Low level assistant Connor Stalions resigned last week and the Big Ten, under urging from opposing coaches, and NCAA informed Michigan of potential sanctions.
“Nobody wants criticism. That’s why I work so hard to do everything from both on and off the field,” Harbaugh said. “It’s been that way for a long time since I was 22 years old. If the criticism is directed to me and not towards my adolescent kids at home or the players on the football team, then I am OK with it.”
The Wolverines continued to roll along since the scandal was first reported, pounding Michigan State 49-0, then manhandled Purdue 41-13 last weekend.
The running game wasn’t efficient against the Boilermakers but quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate J.J. McCarthy threw for a season-high 335 yards and wideout Roman Wilson had nine receptions for 143 yards.
Harbaugh tossed around some big names when praising McCarthy’s 2023 performance.
“He’s this Tom Brady in his preparation, his willingness to be coached, his wanting to do anything and everything that he can for his own personal growth and also for the team,” Harbaugh said.
“He’s got this side of him in only one other quarterback, Jim McMahon, which is the love of playing and the fun the guy has playing the game of football. Yeah, I’ve never seen that personality. An ultra-competitive but empathetic, come together, football quarterback and the way it does, he’s like a blend of Tom Brady and Jim McMahon from what I’ve seen. Hard not to love that.”
The Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-1) have bounced back from their 20-12 loss to Ohio State with victories over Indiana (33-24) and Maryland (51-15). Against the Terrapins, Drew Allar passed for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
Coach James Franklin said his staff will make its own preparations for any necessary modifications related to the allegations of Michigan’s sign-stealing.
“I’m going to focus on the things that we can control,” he said. “We always have to have a plan and I think I’ve kind of covered this and talked about this in terms of what we do and how we communicate to the players and team during games.”
He doesn’t need to remind his players about Michigan’s firepower. The Wolverines won last year’s meeting 41-17 as Donovan Edwards rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Blake Corum accounted for 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Penn State will have to face the same 1-2 punch on Saturday.
Franklin believes his run defense is more prepared this time around.
“I think we have been much more disciplined and consistent in gap responsibility,” he said. “There have been times where we have tried to make plays and get out of our gap, and against good teams the ball will find the open gap. I think we’re a little bit bigger. I think the size has helped us as well.”
NO. 23 TULANE CHASING EIGHT IN A ROW, CLASHES WITH TULSA
Tulane is the highest-rated Group of Five team in the College Football Playoff rankings.
The No. 23 Green Wave (8-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) can claim a New Year’s Six bowl berth for a second consecutive season if they keep winning. They face Tulsa (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday in New Orleans.
Tulane has won seven straight games since a 37-20 loss to Ole Miss on Sept. 9, but the last few games have been a struggle.
“If we’re going to accomplish the goals we want to accomplish,” coach Willie Fritz said, “we’ve got to play better in all three phases. We’ve got to play all four quarters and that’s what we’re chasing right now.”
Fritz said “not winning by enough points” is “a good problem to have,” but also acknowledged that his team has yet to play to its potential.
Three weeks ago, Tulane saw a three-touchdown lead against North Texas go by the boards before needing a late touchdown and defensive stop to prevail 35-28. The Green Wave wrote a similar script a week later at Rice when they took a 27-7 halftime lead and held on for a 30-28 victory.
Last week, Tulane fell behind East Carolina, 10-0, before pulling out a 13-10 win.
“Our guys never wavered on the sideline or in the locker room,” Fritz said.
The Green Wave allowed 143 yards in the first quarter, but just 47 yards in the final three quarters. The offense managed 10 second-quarter points, a tie-breaking field goal early in the fourth quarter and held the ball for the final 7:17.
Michael Pratt sneaked for a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Pirates’ 5 and kneeled out the clock.
“It’s always good when your offense finishes with the ball and you’re ahead,” Fritz said.
The Hurricane has lost their last four games. After getting embarrassed at SMU 69-10 on Oct. 28, it had a 17-0 lead against visiting Charlotte before losing 33-26 in overtime last Saturday.
“We let that one get away,” coach Kevin Wilson said.
Wilson added that he has been pleased with the players’ attitude and effort amid the losing streak.
“They want to win,” Wilson said. “They want to finish the season strong. I want these guys to have success. We have a great opportunity. We’re playing a Top 25 team on the road. It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be challenging. But it’s a great opportunity and we’re going to try and max it out to see if we can perform better and get the result we want.”
Wilson said, “we’ve got throw the football better,” but that might be difficult with uncertainty at quarterback. Braylon Braxton was the starter before being injured. Cardell Williams replaced him, but Braxton returned to start the last three games.
Braxton, Williams and true freshman Kirk Francis all played against Charlotte, but Williams injured his throwing shoulder and his status for Tulane is uncertain.
Despite the losing streak, the Hurricane can still get bowl eligible. But it will take a quick and dramatic turnaround.
“We’ve got to play better,” Wilson said. “Our season has an ending point and we want to prolong that.”
NOAH FIFITA, NO. 21 ARIZONA SET TO CHALLENGE COLORADO
No. 21 Arizona, coming off three consecutive victories over ranked teams, will try to keep the momentum going when it plays a stalled Colorado team on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
The Buffaloes (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12) were the darlings of the college football world through the first three weeks of the season but have won just one game since – a three-point decision at Arizona State on Oct. 7. Coach Deion Sanders’ team has lost three in a row and is second-to-last nationally in total defense, allowing 469.0 yards per game.
“There’s a tremendous amount of positives that we must lean on with these young men because they’re playing their butts off,” Sanders said. “There’s no quit in them and that’s one thing that draws me closer and closer to them and I love it. They have not shut it down.”
The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2) are one of the new darlings of college football, bowl eligible for the first time since 2017 and appearing in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time since the initial release in 2017 (No. 22). Arizona is surging behind a much-improved defense and redshirt freshman quarterback Noah Fifita.
Fifita entered the lineup when Jayden de Laura was injured late in the fourth game against Stanford, and he’s not giving back the starting job, even though de Laura is healthy again. Fifita’s five starts have all come against ranked teams, a stretch that started with a seven-point loss to then-No. 7 Washington and a triple-overtime loss at No. 9 Southern California.
Since then, Arizona has ripped off a 44-6 win at No. 19 Washington State on Oct. 14, a 27-24 victory over No. 11 Oregon State on Oct. 28 and a 27-10 triumph over No. 19 UCLA last Saturday.
In the five starts, Fifita has completed 140 of 185 passes (75.7 percent) for 1,463 yards, with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has been selected the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after Arizona’s past four games.
“There has been a lot of dreams turning into reality,” Fifita said, before talking about his four interceptions in five starts. “It’s something I have to improve on. It’s on me. We’ve got to eliminate those to be successful.”
Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders has cooled after a red-hot start, although he’s getting no support from the running game (69.1 yards per game) and not much protection from the offensive line (5.11 sacks allowed per game). Both of those marks, as with total defense, rank second-to-last nationally.
The Buffaloes have shown progress, though, in the past two weeks, forcing six total turnovers and holding ranked teams UCLA and Oregon State to an average of 27 points.
“The defense is getting it; they’re understanding the scheme,” Sanders said. “They’re tough-nosed and tough-minded. And when we get everybody on the same page, it’s going to be extraordinary.”
Arizona coach Jedd Ari Fisch, in his third season, has been using the “It’s personal” slogan since he arrived. Sanders also started using that motivational tagline this season.
Arizona’s top pass-rusher, Taylor Upshaw (7.5 sacks), was part of the post-spring exodus from Colorado, spending only a semester in Boulder after five years at Michigan. Arizona starting wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig (20 catches, 183 yards) also transferred from the Buffaloes after spring ball.
Regarding the transfers, Fisch said it would not be personal.
“Yeah, we talked about it, and we try to not make it personal, not make it emotional,” Fisch said. “Just play football. Just go play a team.”
NO. 25 KANSAS STATE MEETS BAYLOR WITH BOTH OUT FOR REDEMPTION
An opportunity to move on from heartbreak arrives Saturday for both No. 25 Kansas State and visiting Baylor, when the Big 12 teams meet at Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State showed its quality at No. 7 Texas last week but absorbed the sting of a 33-30 overtime defeat. Baylor also went to overtime last week, falling 25-24 to host Houston.
Kansas State (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) fell out of the Associated Press poll but remained in the final spot of the College Football Playoff rankings.
“The biggest thing for us now is we’ve got to move forward,” Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said Tuesday. “We’re always talking about how you respond. This is a little bit different. We had a top five team — in my opinion — on the ropes. They made some plays down the stretch and found a way to win.
“Now we’ve got to be able to move on. We’ve got so much story to write in the season and so many more things to accomplish. I’m confident the guys are going to come back and respond.”
Entering Saturday’s game, Kansas State is fifth in total offense in the Big 12 with 452.7 yards per game, while Baylor is third from the bottom in points allowed per game at 29.4. K-State is third in total defense with 358.7 yards allowed, while Baylor (3-6, 2-4) is 11th in total offense (391.2 yards).
Baylor (3-6, 2-4 Big 12) is undefeated on the road at 2-0, while Kansas State is undefeated at home at 5-0.
Baylor tied its game against Houston with 29 seconds left in regulation when quarterback Blake Shapen hit tight end Hawkins Polley for a 1-yard score to cap an 11-play drive in 2 minutes, 22 seconds. The Bears then scored a touchdown on their first drive in overtime but yielded a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to walk away with the defeat.
Baylor owned the stat sheet, outgaining the Cougars on the ground and through the air. The Bears were more successful on third down and even converted on fourth-and-17 during the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. But in OT, they couldn’t stop Houston QB Donovan Smith from 1-yard out or on the conversion.
“I felt like that was a game we should have won,” Baylor head coach Dave Aranda said Monday. “That just hurts that much more.
“I’m looking forward to getting the blood flowing again today (at practice) and getting ready for a really good Kansas State team. It’s going to be a physical game in a great atmosphere. We welcome the challenge.”
Kansas State fell behind 17-0 in the first half at Texas and trailed 27-7 late in the third quarter. But the Wildcats scored a touchdown with less than a minute left in the third quarter and two more TDs in the fourth to tie the score. After Texas took a late 30-27 lead, Chris Tennant kicked a 45-yard field goal with one second on the clock to send the game into overtime.
The Wildcats held Texas to a field goal on its possession in overtime, setting them up to earn their first victory over the Longhorns since 2016. On the first play, the Wildcats gained 19 yards, setting up first and goal from the 6-yard line.
But the next two plays netted just 2 yards and on fourth down, with Klieman electing to to go for the win instead of a game-tying field goal. Will Howard lost his footing for a sack to end the game.
MIAMI LOOKS TO REVIVE SEASON VS. NO. 4 FLORIDA STATE
One win would change everything.
That’s the opportunity facing the Miami Hurricanes, who travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to visit the fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Saturday.
Miami’s disappointing season — including a stunning last-second loss to Georgia Tech that would’ve been a victory had the Hurricanes simply taken a knee with time winding down — can be salvaged in a sense with a triumph over the school’s biggest rival.
However, the Seminoles (9-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are favored by two touchdowns and a serious threat to win their first national title since 2013.
Worse yet for Miami (6-3, 2-3), quarterback Tyler Van Dyke seems to have lost his confidence — to the point that coach Mario Cristobal hasn’t ruled out benching him in favor of true freshman Emory Williams.
Van Dyke is a capable QB, proving that in 2021 when he averaged 293 passing yards per game and threw 25 touchdown passes with just six interceptions. Earlier this season, in a signature 48-33 win over Texas A&M, Van Dyke completed 21 of 30 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
However, in the past two games, Van Dyke averaged just 168 passing yards while tossing no TD passes and getting intercepted five times.
Cristobal this week suggested that injuries are a factor.
“(Van Dyke) has been banged up,” Cristobal said. “But the bottom line is that we have regressed in the passing game. It was our strength earlier in the year, and it hasn’t been good (lately).”
Williams, in his only career start, beat Clemson 28-20 in double overtime on Oct. 21. The Hurricanes played it conservatively in that game and Williams completed 24 of 33 passes for 151 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
As for the Florida State series, Miami leads 35-32. However, the Seminoles are looking for their third straight win in the series and 13th in the past 19 meetings with the Hurricanes.
A fascinating matchup to watch for on Saturday pits Florida State’s wide receivers against Miami’s cornerbacks.
Star Seminoles receivers Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman missed the team’s 24-7 win over Pitt last week.
Wilson, who sat out the Seminoles’ past two games, returned to practice this week — welcome news for coach Mike Norvell.
“I do see us being in a better spot,” Norvell said of his receivers’ health entering the Miami game. “What that means, we’ll see.”
Coleman (538) and Wilson (415) are Florida State’s top two players in receiving yards. They have also combined for 11 receiving TDs. No other Florida State player has more than two TD catches.
Further, Wilson is 6-foot-7, and Coleman 6-4, giving sixth-year quarterback Jordan Travis two imposing targets.
Miami could be vulnerable in the secondary due to injuries that hit two of its top three cornerbacks last week. Both Jaden Davis and Daryl Porter Jr. were hurt in Miami’s 20-6 loss at North Carolina State.
The only certainty for Miami at cornerback is that Te’Cory Couch will play. But losing Davis and/or Porter could hinder the Hurricanes’ upset hopes.
Florida State leads the ACC in points scored per game (39.6) and is third in points allowed (17.0). Miami ranks fifth in scoring offense (32.1) and fourth in scoring defense (20.0).
Miami will need to stop running back Trey Benson and Travis.
Benson ranks third in the ACC in yards per rush (6.6) and is sixth in rushing yards (641).
Travis ranks second in the league in passing yards (2,469) and has produced 190 yards and seven TDs on the ground.
IOWA LOOKS TO EXTEND NOVEMBER REIGN VS. RUTGERS
Iowa knows a thing or two about peaking at the right time.
The Hawkeyes have won 15 of their past 16 games in the month of November and will look to improve on that impressive record Saturday when they face Rutgers in Big Ten Conference action in Iowa City, Iowa.
After falling 12-10 to Minnesota in its final game of October, Iowa (7-2, 4-2) flipped a switch with the arrival of the new month to beat Northwestern 10-7 last Saturday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
“If you’re in college football, the month of November really defines you,” Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said. “You find out what’s what and who’s who, and that’s usually how you get remembered. So somehow, some way, you got to find a way in November.”
Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano called Iowa’s track record in November “astounding,” making it that much harder to escape Iowa City with a victory.
“We certainly are going into one of the toughest places to play in America against a team that’s leading the Big Ten West,” Schiano said. “We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us.”
Rutgers (6-3, 3-3) hits the road looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 35-16 loss to Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights outgained the Buckeyes 361-328 but had trouble putting up six points, settling for field goals on three drives in which they worked inside the Ohio State 5-yard line.
It won’t be any easier to find the end zone on Saturday, as the Hawkeyes allow the fourth-fewest points per game (13.7) among FBS teams.
Jay Higgins and Cooper DeJean headline Iowa’s defense, and both are among the best in the nation at their respective positions.
Higgins was named a semifinalist for the Dick Butkus Award, given to the country’s top linebacker. Meanwhile, DeJean is in the running for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to college football’s best defensive back.
Rutgers’ defense has been stout, too, ranking 20th in the nation in scoring defense (17.9 points allowed per game) and 10th in total defense (282.4 yards allowed per game).
The Scarlet Knights are 0-3 all-time vs. the Hawkeyes.
NO. 14 MIZZOU LOOKS TO PUT UP BIGGER CHALLENGE FOR NO. 13 VOLS
Tennessee routed Missouri in Josh Heupel’s first two years at the helm of the Volunteers, rolling to 62-24 and 66-24 victories.
The Tigers hope to offer a much tougher test this time around.
Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said, “Offensively we weren’t able to keep the pace and defensively we’ve got to do a consistent job of finding stops in the game. I think the pressure they put on you is that they can score so fast. That’s the challenge. You’ve got to get your cleats in the ground and be able to make routine plays routinely.”
No. 14 Missouri (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) enter their matchup with No. 13 Tennessee (7-2, 3-2) on Saturday in Columbia, Mo., following a solid showing in a 30-21 road loss to No. 2 Georgia last week.
The Volunteers are coming off a 59-3 rout of UConn. The lopsided nature of that game allowed Heupel to empty his bench and rest some of his regulars.
Tennessee expects running back Jabari Small, defensive lineman Omari Thomas and offensive lineman John Campbell Jr. to return against Missouri after sitting out against the Huskies.
“Yeah, opportunity for them, you know, to get completely healthy here,” Heupel said. “They would have been available if we felt like we needed to, but just elected not to play them in that game. It’ll be big to have all those guys back and fresh and ready to roll.”
Tennessee’s Blur Ball offense has succeeded with a pass/run balance. Quarterback Joe Milton III has passed for 2,017 yards with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
He has also rushed for 265 yards and five touchdowns. Jaylen Wright (826 yards, three TDs), Small (415 yards, two TDs) and Dylan Sampson (404 yards, seven TDs) have also run very well.
Squirrel Wright (46 catches, 557 yards, two TDs) and Ramel Keyton (24 catches, 412 yards, four TDs) are the Volunteers’ top receiving targets.
“They have the No. 1 rushing offense in the SEC, the No. 1 rushing defense in the SEC,” Drinkwitz said. “Josh (Heupel), much like good offensive coordinators do, always starts with trying to figure out how to run the football. If you take the run away, then he has answers vertically down the field.”
Like Tennessee, Missouri has prospered with a mobile quarterback directing the offense. Brady Cook has passed for 2,471 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding five TDs on the ground.
“We’ve got to do a great job in the pass game,” Heupel said. “We’ve got to affect him, not let him be comfortable in the pocket. While doing that, you cannot let him escape the pocket. He’ll be dynamic and make big plays with his feet and his arm as he breaks contain. And then he’s obviously a part of their run game, too, and can hurt you there.”
Cody Schrader (919 yards, 10 TDs) has been a steady producer on the ground while receivers Luther Burden III (64 catches, 958 yards, seven TDs) and Theo Wease Jr. (41 catches, 530 yards, five TDs) have been the big playmakers in the passing attack.
On defense, Missouri will have to finish the season without standout linebacker Chad Bailey, who has been shut down due to a core muscle injury.
NO. 15 OKLAHOMA ST. ATTEMPTS TO AVOID POST-BEDLAM LETDOWN
Anyone playing a drinking game in which they took a sip each time Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said “moving forward” during his Monday news conference would have been woozy within the first few minutes.
Gundy is trying to distance his team from one of the most exhilarating wins in his 19 seasons as the Cowboys coach, a 27-24 victory over then-No. 9 Oklahoma last week in the last scheduled Bedlam rivalry game between the in-state foes.
Now he wants No. 15 Oklahoma State to zero in on its Saturday game against UCF in Orlando.
Considering the wild scene after the upset of the Sooners, it may not be easy for the Cowboys (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) to shift their focus to the Knights (4-5, 1-5).
Oklahoma State’s win over Oklahoma triggered a field-storming rampage as fans toppled a goal post and hauled the wreckage to an on-campus pond.
On Monday, moments after Gundy said that he told his staff, “I don’t want to hear it anymore,” in reference to the Oklahoma game, the next question was about the film from Saturday.
“You’re not even letting me move forward,” said Gundy, joking with a reporter.
Something that might help get the Cowboys focused on UCF is their new College Football Playoff ranking. They moved up seven notches in latest ratings revealed on Tuesday, the biggest jump of any team this week.
With their three remaining games all against teams that are in their first year in the Big 12, the Cowboys are in good position to gain a berth in the conference title game.
Oklahoma State has won five straight, all in the conference, with three of the victories coming over teams that are currently ranked.
Since a 2-2 start that included a horrific 33-7 loss to South Alabama, Oklahoma State has seen significant improvement on the offensive line.
Gundy said that there weren’t any key changes. It was just a matter of the staff reassessing the strengths of the line, along with committing to Ollie Gordon II as the primary running back.
“I just went in and said, ‘Let’s talk about who we are and what’s the best thing we can do,'” Gundy said.
After averaging 57.5 yards on the ground in the Cowboys’ first four games, Gordon has averaged 165.7 yards during the winning streak to become the top rusher in the FBS.
He carried the ball 33 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma while Cowboys quarterback Alan Bowman completed 28 of 42 passes for 334 yards without a touchdown or an interception.
UCF enters on a high, as well, after capturing its first conference win since joining the Big 12 this season.
The Knights won 28-26 at Cincinnati last week to snap a five-game losing streak, their longest skid since going 0-12 in 2015.
RJ Harvey propelled UCF with 164 yards rushing and three touchdowns, both career highs. It was Harvey’s fourth straight 100-yard game as he is thriving in coach Gus Malzahn’s run-heavy offense.
The Knights lead the Big 12 in rushing, averaging 227.1 yards per game (good for fourth in the country). However, they also rank last in the conference in rushing yards allowed, surrendering 211.9 per game (fourth worst in the nation), making for a tough matchup with Gordon and the Cowboys.
“Probably the hottest team in the country right now,” Malzahn said of Oklahoma State. “They know who they are now. They’re gonna give it to that big dude. He can run it downhill. Fourth quarter, he imposes his will on people.”
NO. 5 WASHINGTON, NO. 18 UTAH READY FOR KEY PAC-12 MATCHUP
It was supposed to have been a showdown between the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Southern California’s Caleb Williams, and this year’s favorite, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr.
Until Dillon Johnson stole the show.
Johnson rushed for 256 yards — the same number that Penix threw for — and four touchdowns as the Huskies won 52-42 last week in Los Angeles.
That will give No. 18 Utah (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) one more thing to worry about when it travels to Seattle to meet No. 5 Washington (9-0, 6-0) on Saturday afternoon in a key Pacific-12 Conference game.
Penix threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another vs. the Trojans, but it was Johnson who made the difference and earned the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week award.
“It takes the heat off of Mike,” Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said of Johnson’s big game. “It allows other guys to get touches. DJ had a hot hand, and he was doing what we thought he could do when he came into our program, when we saw the film from a year ago (at Mississippi State).
“It’s just fun seeing the work he’s put in to get himself in the condition and the speed he’s at now, the physicality he’s playing with. We needed every bit of it. So I’m proud of him, proud of the offensive line, too.”
Johnson has come up big in the Huskies’ most important games of the season. He had what was then a career-high 100 yards and a touchdown on Oct. 14 in a 36-33 victory against visiting Oregon.
Against USC, Johnson had 129 of his yards before contact, according to Pro Football Focus.
“The O-line did a great job of making holes for me, so my day was really kind of easy,” Johnson said. “I just hit whatever hole was open.”
It will most likely be tougher going against a Utah defense that is ranked first in the Pac-12 in both points allowed (15.9) and yards allowed (282.3) per game.
After taking a 35-6 loss to then-No. 8 Oregon at home two weeks ago, the Utes bounced back with a 55-3 blowout of Arizona State.
Bryson Barnes threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Ja’Quinden Jackson ran 13 times for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Utes.
“You don’t want to let a team beat you twice,” said Barnes, referring to any potential letdown after the Oregon game. “We had to regain our energy and get over that loss, no matter how bad it was.”
Utah held the Sun Devils to just 83 total yards — 43 rushing and 40 passing. Arizona State converted just 1 of 15 third-down attempts.
“When the defense is clicking and in sync and not on our heels like we were (against the Ducks), we’re really good,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “The front seven was outstanding. Back end was good, too … We just played a complete game at all three levels.”
The Utes won’t shy away from a national television audience for the Saturday game. They’re 4-1 in those appearances this season.
“Anytime you can get national exposure and build your brand … our recruits have certainly taken note of that and are excited about the exposure we’ve gotten,” Whittingham said. “Now, it’s a two-edged sword. You got to be on national TV and play well, you don’t want to go ahead and just underperform every week. But we’ve performed pretty darn good this year in most weeks, and that has caught the attention of our recruits and that’s been a plus.”
NO. 12 OREGON ST., FACING STANFORD, AIMS TO STAY IN PAC-12 RACE
The addition of Clemson transfer DJ Uiagalelei at quarterback made No. 12 Oregon State a trendy pick to contend for the Pac-12 Conference title this season.
And while the Beavers are still in the hunt with three weeks remaining, the offense’s focus has shifted as the year’s progressed. Uiagalelei’s big right arm is still an important part of the game plan, but Oregon State has made more use of a power running game behind Damien Martinez.
When the Beavers welcome conference foe Stanford to Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Martinez figures to get about 20 more chances to add to an already-glowing career resume.
In a 26-19 win at Colorado last week, Martinez chewed up 115 yards for his fourth 100-yard performance of the year, putting him 122 yards away from the 18th 1,000-yard season in program history. It was also the 10th 100-yard game in his career.
“We’ll always want to be able to run the ball, make it physical,” Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said.
Martinez added, “We knew that they hadn’t played a team as physical as us.”
The difference in the teams’ running games couldn’t have been starker in Boulder. While the Beavers (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) finished with 195 yards on 46 attempts and hogged the ball for nearly 36 minutes, Colorado rushed 19 times for minus-7 yards and mostly gave up on that part of the attack.
With conference leaders Washington and Oregon remaining on the schedule, Oregon State can still climb the Pac-12 standings — and the bowl ladder. Even with a win over the Huskies on Nov. 18, however, the Beavers would need Washington to lose again for a shot at the top spot in the regular-season standings. The Beavers face the Ducks in the Civil War game in Eugene, Ore., to end the regular season on Nov. 24.
There appear to be no carrots of that size to keep motivating Stanford, but first-year coach Troy Taylor still has his team playing hard. Just ask Washington State, which ate a stunning 10-7 loss last week, a result that kept the Cardinal’s slim bowl hopes alive.
The Cardinal (3-6, 2-5) made their last trip to Pullman, Wash., — Stanford will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next year — a memorable one. They held the Cougars to 57 yards and five first downs in the second half, allowing the Cardinal to overcome their lack of firepower on a soggy day.
“It was a spectacular night for the defense,” Taylor said. “They have had some tough games, but this is one of the best defensive performances I’ve been part of.”
Stanford could be riding a 3-1 run with a 42-7 loss to UCLA on Oct. 21 the lone blemish. The Cardinal scared No. 5 Washington two weeks ago, climbing within two points in the fourth quarter before losing 42-33. Stanford erased a 29-0 halftime deficit in a 46-43 double overtime win at Colorado on Oct. 13.
It’s the continuation of a four-season trend that has seen the Cardinal go 10-10 on the road and a miserable 3-15 at home.
“You’re always turning that over and trying to figure out if there’s something you can do differently,” Taylor said.
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State 59-27-3, although the Cardinal dropped a 28-27 home decision last year.
NO. 9 OLE MISS ANGLING FOR SEC-SHIFTING UPSET AT NO. 2 GEORGIA
No. 2 Georgia can clinch the SEC East division title by defeating No. 9 Ole Miss on Saturday night in Athens, Ga.
A victory would also keep the Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0 SEC) on track to play for a third consecutive national championship.
“Every win in the SEC is critical,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “It’s critical for them. They’re in the hunt. They’re in the hunt for the West, they’re in the hunt for the playoffs, they’re in the hunt for all the goals and aspirations they have.”
The Rebels (8-1, 5-1) have won five straight since a loss to Alabama and can still win the West if they win out and someone knocks off the Crimson Tide. If they keep winning, a berth in the CFP would be possible, but there’s no time to look ahead while focusing on this week’s challenge.
“I feel like we’re a group full of week-to-week guys,” Ole Miss defensive end Jared Ivey said. “Every week is the biggest game. We try to keep that mindset and take that mindset into every single week, (and) keep the same preparation no matter who the opponent is.”
The SEC contenders cleared difficult tests last week. Georgia held off Missouri, 30-21, and Ole Miss survived against Texas A&M, 38-35.
The 21 points that Missouri scored matched the most points allowed by the Bulldogs this season. They’ll be facing a Rebels team that is third in the SEC in scoring (39 points per game) and total offense (479 yards per game).
Ole Miss features one of the top sets of skill players in the country, led by dual-threat quarterback Jaxson Dart, wide receiver Tre Harris and running backs Quinshon Judkins and Ulysses Bentley IV.
“They look for matchups,” Smart said. “(They’re) looking for every opportunity (they) can to get a high percentage match-up in (their) favor. It’s easier to do when you’ve got big, good wideouts and a quarterback that can get them the ball and you have the ability to run the ball. … It’s the package of what they do, everything together, not one thing, that complements each other.”
One of the SEC teams that is ranked ahead of Ole Miss offensively is Georgia, which is second in scoring (39) and yards (493). It’s unclear if star tight end Brock Bowers will be available because of an ankle injury.
“They have a lot of great players,” Rebels coach Lane Kiffin said of the Bulldogs. “These guys are as great as advertised. When they have to really rise up, they do. This isn’t their first rodeo of playing in big games.”
Kiffin said his team faces a “gigantic challenge” against a team that has the longest winning streak in the country (26 games) and hasn’t lost at home in its last 28 games. Kiffin and Smart are familiar with the approach of their counterpart this week. They were coordinators — Smart on defense, Kiffin on offense — under Nick Saban before taking head-coaching jobs in the conference.
“Not a lot of answers out there on how to beat these guys at home,” Kiffin said.
The Rebels coach noted that the last head coach to beat the Bulldogs in Athens isn’t going to offer any advice. Will Muschamp was South Carolina’s head coach when the visiting Gamecocks beat Georgia 20-17 in double overtime on October 12, 2019. He’s now Smart’s co-defensive coordinator.
QB UNCERTAIN NO. 17 OKLAHOMA WILL RESPOND VS WVU
With three games to play, West Virginia and Oklahoma are on the edge of the race for a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Even so, the teams are in much different places entering a matchup Saturday in Norman, Okla.
West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) has built some momentum in recent weeks, winning back-to-back games.
“I think we’re starting to hit our stride,” Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said. “I think the story of this season is far from written.”
It’s a significant turnaround from West Virginia’s two-game losing streak in October.
No. 17 Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2) dropped back-to-back, one-possession games — a 38-33 loss to Kansas on Oct. 28 and a 27-24 loss to Oklahoma State last weekend in the expected finale of the Bedlam series.
Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel said he hopes the team will respond after falling out of the College Football Playoff race.
“I don’t know yet,” Gabriel said. “I think we’ll know come Saturday. That’ll be a big deciding factor in how we respond.”
For the Sooners, the biggest recent difference has been turnovers.
During its 7-0 start, Oklahoma had five turnovers.
In the consecutive losses leading into this matchup, the Sooners have six giveaways — four fumbles and two interceptions.
“When you turn the ball over, everything else just gets highlighted all the other mistakes that are there, even through 7-0 – nobody’s seeing that,” Oklahoma coach Brent Venables said.
West Virginia comes in with the No. 7 rushing offense in the country, averaging 218 yards per game.
In their previous two games, the Mountaineers have averaged 311 rushing yards. West Virginia leading rusher CJ Donaldson has rushed for 223 yards in that span while Jaheim White has rushed for 231.
“They have good chemistry out there on the field when you watch them,” Venables said, noting his belief that the Mountaineers’ line is the strength of its offense.. “They have a lot of pre-snap communication. They don’t turn people loose. They do a great job of protecting the passer.”
Last season, West Virginia beat the Sooners for the first time in the Big 12 era, 23-20, in Morgantown on a last-second field goal. Oklahoma is 7-1 all-time against the Mountaineers in Norman.
The Mountaineers have been without starting right tackle Doug Nester and wide receiver Hudson Clement in recent weeks.
Brown said Nester was closing in on returning while Clement, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, could’ve been used against BYU had it been absolutely necessary but that he still wasn’t fully healthy.
Oklahoma has it own injury concerns.
Weakside linebacker Danny Stutsman, the Sooners’ leading tackler, missed last week’s game with an ankle injury while running back Tawee Walker played sparingly against the Cowboys. He suffered a leg injury the week before against Kansas.
Venables was hopeful both would be ready Saturday, along with cornerback Gentry Williams, who suffered a shoulder injury against Oklahoma State.
QB JAYDEN DANIELS MIGHT MISS FLORIDA GAME FOR NO. 19 LSU
LSU won’t know if star quarterback Jayden Daniels will be available to play on Saturday until later in the week.
Daniels sustained a concussion last weekend during LSU’s loss to Alabama, so the No. 19 Tigers are getting Garrett Nussmeier prepared to play in case he needs to make the start on Saturday against Florida in Baton Rouge, La.
Nussmeier has never started a college game and would have big shoes to fill with Daniels enjoying a monster campaign for LSU (6-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).
Daniels took a brutal hit from Alabama linebacker Dallas Turner in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 42-28 defeat to No. 8 Crimson Tide and missed the remainder of the game.
Tigers coach Brian Kelly said Daniels is day to day and going through the concussion protocol. The senior didn’t practice on Tuesday.
Kelly wasn’t sure if he would have Daniels on the field against the Gators (5-4, 3-3).
“This is a process that we’ll just have to see how it plays out from day to day, but I can tell you he’s made some progress,” the coach said.
Kelly was not pleased with the hit Daniels absorbed.
“We sent it into the league office because we felt like it checked all the boxes,” Kelly said. “Again, we want to protect the quarterback here, obviously.”
Daniels has passed for 2,792 yards, the fifth-highest total in the nation, and 27 touchdowns with four interceptions. He also has a team-leading 684 rushing yards and six scores on the ground. Daniels accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one running) against Alabama while throwing for 219 yards and one interception and rushing for 163 yards.
Nussmeier completed 5 of 10 passes for 53 yards after entering the contest. He has thrown for 1,325 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions in three college seasons.
Florida coach Billy Napier isn’t waiting to see what quarterback decision LSU makes.
“I think we’ll prepare for both,” Napier said. “They’re definitely different players, but they’re both very capable. And I think ultimately, they do a nice job distributing the ball to the skill they have.”
Star LSU wideout Malik Nabers had 10 receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown against Alabama, and he leads the nation with 1,152 receiving yards to go with 66 catches and 10 touchdowns. Nabers joins Josh Reed (2000, 2001) as the only LSU players to post multiple 1,000-yard receiving campaigns.
Florida has dropped two straight games, turning up the heat on Napier, who is 11-11 in two seasons.
A special teams gaffe helped lead to a 39-36 overtime home loss to Arkansas last week.
The field-goal unit ran on the field while the offense was preparing to spike the ball in the final seconds of regulation, prompting a 5-yard penalty. The ensuing 44-yard field-goal attempt by Trey Smack was wide to the right.
The critics were out in full force after the Gators lost in OT.
“It’s not my job to preach patience,” Napier said. “It’s my job to coach the team. When you lose games, there’s going to be criticism. I understand it. I’ve grown up in this profession. It comes with the territory. We knew this was going to be a challenge, and we’re right in the middle of it.”
Gators quarterback Graham Mertz passed for 282 yards and matched his season best of three touchdowns against the Razorbacks. He has thrown for 2,409 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.
LSU has won the past four meetings and 10 of the past 13.
STILL NO. 1, OHIO STATE SHOOTING FOR FAST START AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
While Ohio State finishes games strong, the No. 1 Buckeyes are still fighting to be better at the start when they host Michigan State on Saturday.
Ohio State remained atop the College Football Playoff rankings for the second straight week.
The Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) have scored 26 points (4.3 average per gane) in their past six first quarters, including being blanked twice while scoring just three touchdowns.
It hasn’t been costly — yet.
In their most recent game against Rutgers, they trailed at the half for the first time this season, 9-7, before winning 35-16.
“There were some good individual performances but you want to see overall just finishing more drives,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said of the slow first halves. “There are definitely signs that we’re moving in the right direction but it’s getting late in the season so our urgency is at an all-time high.”
Putting up points might matter when Ohio State sees the rejuvenated Spartans (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten), who ended a six-game losing streak with a 20-17 win over Wisconsin to give interim coach Harlon Barnett his first victory in six tries.
“Obviously we come in on a different note this week, as opposed to the previous multiple weeks, with a victory,” he said Monday. “It felt really good and winning does a lot. It heals a lot of the wounds and pain. The energy in the locker room was outstanding. Everybody was excited and happy and joyful. So, it was good to see those guys having fun for a change.
“I told them in (our) team meeting, we want to keep the positive energy going so that’s what we want, positive energy at all times.”
Ohio State has flipped the switch from being known for a dynamic offense that carried the defense. The Buckeyes took a 14-9 lead in the third quarter vs. Rutgers when Jordan Hancock returned an interception 93 yards. The defense had allowed 10.7 points per game, second in the NCAA to Michigan’s 6.7.
Ohio State’s national title aspirations could depend on the health of running back TreVeyon Henderson. He returned from missing three games due to injury to rush for 162 yards vs. Wisconsin on Oct. 28 and totaled 208 yards against Rutgers (22 rushes for 128 yards and a touchdown; five catches for 80 yards).
The Buckeyes have been banged up with cornerback Denzel Burke and safety Lathan Ransom missing the last game, linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and safety Josh Proctor getting injured during it.
Day on Tuesday said all but Ransom will definitely practice this week.
The Spartans have lost seven straight to the Buckeyes by a combined score of 282-74, which includes a 49-20 home loss last season. Their last win was in Columbus in 2015.
“They’re beatable guys just like anybody else so we’re going to go down there with the mindset to go attack them and get a win,” Barnett said. “That’s our mindset. It will never change.”
Day is unconcerned where the Buckeyes are ranked.
“So many guys on our team have been through all this before and they know it means absolutely nothing,” he said. “Their goal is to win the whole thing and to be the No. 1 team at the end of the year.”
CAN NO. 7 TEXAS MAINTAIN PLAYOFF PUSH AGAINST TCU?
No. 7 Texas faces another stern test in its pursuit of a conference championship and keeping its College Football Playoff chances alive when it squares off against upset-minded TCU on Saturday in a key Big 12 Conference dustup in Fort Worth, Texas.
It’s the final scheduled meeting between the longtime rivals, as Texas (8-1, 5-1) will move to the Southeastern Conference in 2024. The Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4), who played in the CFP championship game last season but have struggled to find consistency this year, would like nothing more than to damage Texas’ hopes of reaching the playoffs.
The Longhorns head north after a thrilling 33-30 overtime win at home over then-No. 23 Kansas State last Saturday to win their third consecutive game and remain tied atop the conference standings.
Bert Auburn’s final of his four field goals, a 42-yarder, produced the deciding points and Texas’ defense stopped Kansas State on fourth down from the UT 4-yard line on its possession in the extra period to clinch the victory.
Maalik Murphy passed for a career-high 248 yards and a touchdown to Adonai Mitchell in his second start but also was intercepted twice. Jonathon Brooks ran for 112 yards and a score for the Longhorns, eclipsing 1,000 yards for the season. CJ Baxter added 90 yards that included a 54-yard TD run for Texas.
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian likes where his team is at right now and will prepare the Longhorns for the challenges that will come against the Horned Frogs.
“I know it’s been a long time coming to be in this position in November,” Sarkisian explained. “You have visions of how you want your job to go and a program to go when you take over something. For us to be in this situation … that’s what it’s all about. It’s critical that we have great poise and composure when we go into these environments on the road.”
Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers could play this week after missing the past two games with a right (throwing) shoulder sprain. Sarkisian said Ewers is throwing and listed him as day to day.
TCU returns home after a 35-28 loss at Texas Tech last Thursday and gets an eight-day period to prepare for the Longhorns. The Horned Frogs have dropped two straight.
TCU’s offense came alive to help the Horned Frogs scramble back into the game after trailing the Red Raiders 20-7 at halftime. TCU led 21-20 in the third quarter before falling behind for good. Josh Hoover passed for 353 yards, most of that in the second half on three long scoring drives, and Emani Bailey ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns for TCU.
Bailey has 908 rushing yards on the season to lead the Horned Frogs.
“We’ve got to get our guys to play good,” TCU coach Sonny Dykes said. “Our best players are not playing very well and guys that are good players that have played well for us in the past are not playing particularly well.”
Hoover is set to start again for TCU but Chandler Morris, who’s been out since the third quarter of the Horned Frogs’ loss at Iowa State on Oct. 7, is closer to returning. “(Morris) is still a little banged up — none of us were really comfortable playing him (against Texas Tech),” Dykes said.
DRAKE MAYE, NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA DIAL UP TO TAKE DOWN DUKE
No. 24 North Carolina has one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the country. Duke appears in a different situation entering the annual Atlantic Coast Conference date with its neighbor.
The teams meet in the Tar Heels’ home finale Saturday night when the Blue Devils try to get back to their winning ways in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The winner of the game will stay in the mix for a spot in the ACC championship game. This is the third-to-last game of the regular season.
North Carolina (7-2, 3-2 ACC) has lost its last two conference games, while Duke (6-3, 3-2) snapped a two-game slide by topping Wake Forest last week.
This might be the final home game for Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye, who’s expected to enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
Coach Mack Brown said Maye will have the option to go through Senior Day activities.
“It’s not my place to tell him to,” Brown said. “He’s very emotional, and he just wants to win. And you all have seen him, he’s so humble that he doesn’t want attention brought to himself. I think it would be cool for him to walk out there, for everybody to say thank you.”
On Tuesday, Maye said he wouldn’t participate in those ceremonies to avoid being a distraction to the senior football players.
Three different starting quarterbacks have directed Duke victories this season. Most recently, that was freshman Grayson Loftis against the Demon Deacons.
So unless Riley Leonard and Henry Belin IV unexpectedly return from injuries, Loftis will make his second career start — and his first on the road.
“It’s trying to find the things that you know he’s going to be able to go out there and execute,” Duke coach Mike Elko said. “You just don’t want to expose him in really awkward, difficult situations and force him to try to make plays or challenge him to make plays that are difficult. That’s what you’re trying to do as a play caller.”
Duke’s defense rates tops in the ACC in some categories, while North Carolina’s offense is a high-powered unit.
“They’re certainly dangerous and they certainly can hurt us, but we also have a lot of confidence in who we are,” Elko said.
Brown is in his second stint as North Carolina’s coach. He has been in charge in 12 consecutive North Carolina victories in the series, last falling to the Blue Devils in 1989.
“And two of our games (recently with Duke) have come down to the last play of the game,” Brown said. “So this is a great game, a great rivalry. So along with Senior Day, homecoming, a packed house, night game, it should be a tremendous setting for this weekend.”
Last year, the Tar Heels scored the winning points on Maye’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Green with 16 seconds remaining. The teams combined for 1,078 yards of total offense in last year’s meeting, which had seven lead changes.
Duke and North Carolina have competed for the Victory Bell in football since 1948.
“Everybody knows what this game means and what this game is about around here,” Elko said. “It’s an opportunity for our seniors to go and compete and try to get the bell and bring the bell back here to Durham and so that’s not something that we take lightly. We understand how important that is to our fans, our alumni, and all the people associated with Duke football.”
WITH PAC-12 TITLE GAME IN SIGHT, NO. 6 OREGON WELCOMES USC
Sixth-ranked Oregon will try to move one game closer to reaching its fourth Pac-12 championship game in five seasons when it welcomes visiting Southern California to Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.
The Ducks (8-1, 5-1) held firm at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, tops among all one-loss teams. They roll into Saturday’s matchup winners of three straight, all by at least 14 points, after last week’s 63-19 blowout of Cal.
Quarterback Bo Nix enters the game a rising candidate for the Heisman Trophy with 2,723 yards on 235-of-301 passing with 25 touchdowns against just two interceptions.
Nix has also rushed for five touchdowns to pace the nation’s most prolific scoring offense at 47.4 points per game. USC is second in the nation at 45.5 ppg.
The Trojans (7-3, 5-2) have scored no fewer than 32 points in any of their conference games behind reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams.
Williams went 27 of 35 for 312 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for another score last week vs. Washington, but the USC defense surrendered a season high in points for the second time in as many weeks in a 52-42 loss.
The Trojans gave up 49 points a week prior in a one-point win at Cal and come into Oregon having allowed at least 41 points in five of their last six outings.
USC’s defensive struggles led to the dismissal of coordinator Alex Grinch on Sunday. Defensive line coach Shaun Nua and inside linebackers coach Brian Odom were promoted to co-defensive coordinators to replace Grinch.
“Any time you have a situation like this, you start to look at, OK, who would be the next man up, the same way that you would an injured player,” USC head coach Lincoln Riley said on his weekly radio show appearance on Monday. “(Nua and Odom) both have great experience coaching their positions.”
The new co-defensive coordinators face a considerable task for the Trojans’ final two games. USC has allowed 34.5 points per game, more than any other power-conference team save Cal.
In last week’s loss — which put the Trojans in a must-win position this week to salvage any hope of making the Pac-12 championship game — USC gave up 256 rushing yards and four touchdowns to Washington’s Dillon Johnson.
Oregon, meanwhile, boasts one of the conference’s top ball carriers in Bucky Irving. He averages 91.2 rushing yards per game, has scored nine touchdowns on the ground and gains an average of 6.9 yards per carry.
Saturday will not be an Oregon team’s first time seeing an Odom-coordinated defense. Ducks coach Dan Lanning noted that Odom called the defense in Oklahoma’s 47-32 Alamo Bowl win over Oregon in December 2021, prior to Lanning’s arrival. Odom took over play-calling duties for that game after Grinch left to follow Riley to Los Angeles.
“There will be a lot of similarities to some of the stuff they already do,” Lanning said during his Monday news conference. “That group will probably have some new wrinkles we potentially haven’t seen. But it all comes back to what football’s all about: tackling, blocking, breaking tackles, making catches.”
NFL PREVIEW: WEEK 10 CAPSULES SUNDAY-MONDAY
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5) VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-7)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023 GAME TIME: 9:30 AM ET
NFL Network: Rich Eisen, Jason McCourty, Sara Walsh, Stacey Dales
Westwood One: Bill Rosinski, Mike Mayock
SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) IND: 139 or 380 NE: 138 or 228 National: 137 or 227
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: NE leads series, 49-29 (won 7 of past 8)
POSTSEASON: NE leads series, 4-1
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 11/6/22: IND 3 at NE 26
POSTSEASON: 1/18/15 AFC-C: IND 7 at NE 45
COLTS will be playing 2nd reg. season international game in franchise history (2016 in London vs. Jax.). • QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 17 of 26 atts. (65.4 pct.) for 127 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Totaled 343 yards (309 pass, 34 rush) in only career international start (11/3/19 vs. Hou. in London, with Jax.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led team with 69 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 22 rec.) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 170 yards & TD in only career game vs. NE (12/18/21). • RB ZACK MOSS has 55+ scrimmage yards in 7 of 8 games this season. Has 3 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. NE. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career best 615 rush yards in 2023. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 8 catches for 64 yards in Week 9, his 2nd-straight game with 8 catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Has 593 rec. yards in 2023 & is 4th player in franchise history with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. • WR JOSH DOWNS (rookie) has 5+ catches in 4 of past 5 & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 483 rec. yards. • T BERNHARD RAIMANN is a native of Vienna, Austria & speaks German. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN has 10+ tackles in 7 games this season, most in NFL. Had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & half sack in last meeting. Leads NFL with 102 tackles in 2023. • LB SHAQUILLE LEAONRD aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles, INT & FF in 2021 meeting vs. NE. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 2 PD, 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in each of his past 2 vs. NE. • CB KENNY MOORE had 8 tackles & 2 INT-TDs last week, becoming 1st player in franchise history with 2 INT-TDs in a game. Aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles.
PATRIOTS can become 1st NFL team to win each of their 1st 4 reg. season international games (won in London in 2009 & 2012 & in Mexico City in 2017). • QB MAC JONES passed for 220 yards & TD last week. Has 200+ pass yards in 3 of past 4. Has 3 TD passes in 2 career starts vs. Ind. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with season-high 129 scrimmage yards (season-high 87 rush, 42 rec.) & had rush TD last week, 4th-career game with 125+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 60 yards & had TD catch in last meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 219 scrimmage yards (109.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Ind., with 90+ scrimmage yards in each game. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (51) last week. Has 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ind. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 77 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Ind. (10/3/21 w/ Mia.). • WR DEMARIO DOUGLAS (rookie) had career-high 55 rec. yards in Week 9 & has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • TE HUNTER HENRY had 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in each of his 4 career games vs. Ind. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY had season-high 13 tackles & career high 2 sacks in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. • DT CHRISTIAN BARMORE had 2 PD last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. • DE DEATRICH WISE had 2nd sack of season last week. • S KYLE DUGGER aims for 3rd in row with INT. • S JABRILL PEPPERS had 2 PD last week & has PD in 3 of past 4.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-3) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-2)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) CLE: 162 or 383 BAL: 82 or 229
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: BAL leads series, 36-13 (won 2 of past 3)
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 10/1/23: BAL 28 at CLE 3
BROWNS lead NFL in total defense (234.8 yards allowed per game) & pass defense (145.0 pass yards allowed per game) & are 1st team in 41 years to allow 100-or-fewer yards in 2 of 1st 8 games of season. • QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 219 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 107.5 rating last week. • RB JEROME FORD had 77 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 33 rec.) with 5 catches last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD in 2 of his 3 road games this season. • RB KAREEM HUNT aims for 5th in row with rush TD. Has rush TD in last road meeting. • WR AMARI COOPER had 5 catches for season-high 139 yards & TD last week, his 3rd game this season with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Had 74 rec. yards in last road meeting. Has 617 rec. yards in 2023 & is 1 of 2 in NFL (Stefon Diggs) with 600+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. • TE DAVID NJOKU aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had season-high 6 catches in Week 4 meeting. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack, FR & PD last week, his 57thcareer game with sack, tied with Aaron Donald for 4th-most by player in 1st 7 seasons since 1982. Aims for 4th in row overall with sack & 3rd in row on road with FF. Has sack in each of his past 5 vs. Bal. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 9.5 sacks in 2023. • DE ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 2 TFL & sack in Week 9. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 18.5 sacks in 4 seasons with Bal. (2015-18). • DT DALVIN TOMLINSON had career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Had half sack in Week 4 meeting. • CB DENZEL WARD had 2 PD & INT last week & has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with PD. • S GRANT DELPIT led team with 10 tackles & had half sack last week.
RAVENS lead NFL in rushing offense (160.3 rush yards per game). • QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 21 of 26 atts. (season-high 80.8 pct.) for 187 yards & 96.6 rating & rushed for 60 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Had 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 142.5 rating in Week 4 meeting & has 0 INTs in 6 of his past 7 vs. Cle. Leads QBs with 440 rush yards in 2023 & can become 1st QB ever with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 6 career seasons. • RB GUS EDWARDS rushed for 52 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 3rd straight game with rush TD and 2nd straight game with 2+ rush TDs. Can become 1st Bal. player ever with 2+ rush TD in 3 straight games. Had 2 rush TDs in last home meeting. • RB KEATON MITCHELL rushed for 138 yards & 1st-career TD last week, 4th-most rush yards by rookie in a game this season. • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with season-high 9 catches for 80 yards in Week 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches for 80 yards & 2 TDs in Week 4 meeting. • WR ZAY FLOWERS (rookie) had 56 rec. yards in Week 4 meeting & has 55+ rec. yards in all 3 career games vs. division. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 45 catches in 2023. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for season-high 56 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. • S GENO STONE has INT in 4 straight games & in 5 of his past 6. Can become 2nd Bal. player ever with INT in 5 straight (Eric Turner in 1996). Leads NFL with career-best 6 INTs in 2023. • LB KYLE VAN NOY had 2 sacks & 1st FF of season last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4 & 2 sacks in 2 of past 3. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE aims for 7th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 5th in row with full sack. Had sack in Week 4 meeting.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-3)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) HOU: 160 or 381 CIN: 81 or 226
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: HOU leads series, 6-5 (won 3 of past 4)
POSTSEASON: HOU leads series, 2-0
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 12/27/20: CIN 37 at HOU 31
POSTSEASON: 1/5/13 AFC-WC: CIN 13 at HOU 19
QB C.J. STROUD completed 30 of 42 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 470 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 147.8 rating last week, most pass yards ever in a single game by rookie & highest-rating ever (min. 30 attempts). Became 2nd rookie ever with 400+ pass yards & 5+ TD passes in a game (Matthew Stafford) & 6th player ever with 450+ pass yards, 5+ TD passes & 0 INTs in a game. Has 7 games with 0 INTs this season, most among starting QBs. Leads rookies with 2,270 pass yards & 14 TD passes in 2023. • RB DAMEON PIERCE has 55+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR NICO COLLINS had 54 rec. yards & TD catch last week. • WR TANK DELL had 6 catches for 114 yards & career-high 2 TDs in Week 9, his 2nd game this season with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD, most among rookies. Has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR NOAH BROWN had 6 catches for career-high 153 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 91 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cin. (9/18/22 w/ Dal.). • TE DALTON SCHULTZ set career highs in catches (10) & rec. yards (130) & had rec. TD last week. Has rec. TD in 4 of past 5. Dell, Brown & Schultz last week became 4th trio of teammates in SB era each with 5+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in same game. • LB BLAKE CASHMAN led team with 10 catches & 2 TFL last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles & 2+ TFL. • DE HENRY TO’OTO’O (rookie) had 1st-career FF in Week 9. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3 on road. • DE WILL ANDERSON (rookie) had 2nd-career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TFL. • S JALEN PITRE aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL & PD.
QB JOE BURROW completed 31 of 44 atts. (70.5 pct) for season high 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 108.9 rating last week, his 4th-straight game with 2+ TD passes. Has 2 TD passes in 3 of 4 home games this season. Since Week 5, leads NFL with 75.8 comp. pct. & 111.2 rating. • RB JOE MIXON has 60+ scrimmage yards in 8 games this season, most among RBs. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has TD in 7 of his past 8 vs. AFC South. • WR JA’MARR CHASE has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with 64 catches this season. • WR TEE HIGGINS led team with 8 catches for season-high 110 yards, his 11th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 99 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 career games vs. AFC South. • WR TYLER BOYD had season-best 56 rec. yards in Week 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • TEs IRV SMITH JR. & DREW SAMPLE both had 1st TD catch of season last week. Sample had 1st-career rec. TD in last meeting. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON has 0.5+ sacks in 5 of his past 6 & full sack in 3 of his past 4. Had 2 sacks in only career game vs. Hou. (9/9/19 w/ NO). Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Myles Garrett) with 8+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. • DE SAM HUBBARD has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • LB GERMAINE PRATT led team with 11 tackles & had 2nd FF of season in Week 9. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. • CB CAM TAYLOR-BRITT had INT last week & has INT in 3 of past 4. Has 6+ tackles in 2 of past 3.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-3) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (6-2)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver
SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) SF: 161 or 382 JAX: 85 or 225
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: SF leads series, 4-2 (won past 4)
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 11/21/21: SF 30 at JAX 10
QB BROCK PURDY leads NFC QBs & ranks 2nd in NFL with 105.4 rating in 2023. Had career highs in pass yards (365) & rush yards (57) in Week 8. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 6 catches, 118 scrimmage yards (64 rec., 54 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 8, his 14th-career game with both rush TD & rec. TD, 2nd-most in NFL history (HOFer Marshall Faulk – 15). Has scrimmage TD in 17 straight games, incl. postseason, longest such streak ever & joined HOFer Lenny Moore (1963-64) as only players with TD of any kind in 17 straight games, incl. postseason. Can become 3rd player ever with TD in 15 straight reg. season games. Leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (944) & rush yards (652) & ties-1st in scrimmage TDs (13) in 2023. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had season-highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (149) in Week 8, his 15th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with rec. TD. Needs 57 rec. yards to become 4th TE ever with 500+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 7 career seasons. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 109 rec. yards in Week 8, his 7thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Among players with 30+ catches in 2023, leads NFL with 17.7 yards per reception. Had 7 receptions for 85 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA has TFL in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • DL CHASE YOUNG can make SF debut. Had 5 sacks & 6 TFL in 7 games with Was. in 2023. • DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 5th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) in Week 8. • LB FRED WARNER had 10 tackles & 9th-career FF in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with 10+ tackles & 3rd in row on road with PD. Had TFL in 3 of his past 4. • S TALANOA HUFANGA had season-high 10 tackles in Week 8.
JAGUARS have NFL’s longest active win streak (5 games) & can win 6 straight games within a single season for 1st time since 1999. • QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 24 of 32 atts. (75 pct.) for 292 yards & TD vs. INT with 100 rating in Week 8, his 3rd game this season with 30+ atts. & 75+ comp. pct, tied-most in NFL. Aims for 6th in row with 90+ rating. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE led team with 149 scrimmage yards (79 rush, career-high 70 rec.) & had 1st-career TD catch in Week 8, his 3rd game this season with 125+ scrimmage yards, tied-most among RBs. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. Ranks 2nd among RBs with 849 scrimmage yards in 2023 & 3rd with 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK aims for 8th in row with 45+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 91 yards in his last game vs. SF (11/7/21 w/ Ari.) & aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 5+ catches. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 6 catches for 83 yards in Week 8, his 3rd game this season with 80+ rec. yards. • TE EVAN ENGRAM set season highs in catches (10) & rec. yards (88) in Week 8. Has 5+ catches in 7 games this season, 2nd-most among TEs. Ranks 3rd among TEs with 51 catches in 2023. • LB JOSH ALLEN had 2 sacks in Week 8, his 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks, tied with T.J. Watt for most in NFL. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 10 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 11 tackles & 1st FF of season in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 11+ tackles & has 10+ tackles in all 3 games in Jax. this season. • LB TRAVON WALKER had sack in Week 8 & has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. • S ANDREW WINGARD had 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 8.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-4) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NO: 111 or 384 MIN: 83 or 230
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: MIN leads series, 20-12 (NO won 2 of past 3)
POSTSEASON: MIN leads series, 4-1
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 10/2/22: MIN 28 at NO 25
POSTSEASON: 1/5/20 NFC-WC: MIN 26 at NO 20
QB DEREK CARR completed 25 of 34 atts. (73.5 pct.) for 211 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.8 rating in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 road starts. • RB ALVIN KAMARA leads all RBs in receptions (43) & ranks 3rd in rec. yards (272) in 2023. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had 172 scrimmage yards (155 rush, 17 rec.) & 6 rush TDs (tied-most in single game in NFL history) in his last game vs. Min. (12/25/20). • WR CHRIS OLAVE had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ receptions. Had 67 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS aims for his 5th in row vs. Min., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches. • QB TAYSOM HILL became 5th player since 2000 with 50+ rush yards (52), TD pass & rec. TD in single game last week. Became 2nd player ever (HOFer Frank Gifford) with 25+ rush TDs (26), 10+ TD passes (11) & 10+ rec. TDs (10). • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2nd sack of season last week. Has 4.5 sacks & 5 TFL in 8 career games vs. Min., incl. playoffs. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 10 tackles, 3rd sack of season & 4thcareer FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with 10+ tackles & 4th in row on road with PD. Had sack in last meeting. • DE CARL GRANDERSON has sack in 6 of his past 7 on road. Aims for his 6th in row with TFL & ranks tied-4th in NFL with career-high 10 TFL this season. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 2 PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Min. • CB PAULSON ADEBO had 1st-career game with 2 INTs & had FF & FR last week. Ranks tied-2nd in INTs (4) & 3rd in PD (11) in 2023.
QB JOSHUA DOBBS completed 20 of 30 atts. (66.7 pct) for 158 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.8 rating & had 66 rush yards & rush TD in Min. debut last week. Became 1st QB ever with 3+ combined pass & rush TDs in back-to-back weeks with different teams (3 TDs in Week 8 w/ Ari.). Among 2023 QBs, ranks 2nd in rush yards (324) & tied-4th in rush TDs (4). • RB ALEXANDER MATTISON had 93 scrimmage yards (49 rec., 44 rush) & had 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 9, tied-2nd most rec. TDs among RBs in 2023. Had TD catch in last meeting. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team with 7 catches & 69 rec. yards in Week 9. Leads all TEs in receptions (60) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (547) this season. Is 1 of 4 (A.J. Brown, Stefon Diggs & Tyreek Hill) with 8+ games (8) of 5+ catches in 2023. Had TD catch in his only career game vs. NO (10/4/20 w/ Det.). • WR JORDAN ADDISON (rookie) had 5 catches for 52 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 rookies (Puka Nacua) with 5+ games (5) of 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Leads all rookies & ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 7 rec. TDs in 2023. • LB DANIELLE HUNTER tied his career high with 9 tackles & TFL in Week 9. Leads NFL with 10 sacks & ranks tied-1st with 13 TFL in 2023. Has TFL in 8 of 9 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row at home with sack. • LB JORDAN HICKS had 11 tackles, 2 TFL, 1st sack of season & PD in Week 9 & is 1 of 4 in NFC with 5+ games (5) of 10+ tackles in 2023. Has PD in 4 of his past 5. • S CAMRYN BYNUM leads all DBs with 80 tackles. Has career high 7 PD in 2023 & aims for his 4th in row with PD. • S JOSH METELLUS had 1st-career FR last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFC with 9 games of 5+ tackles this season.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-5) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) GB: 132 or 385 PIT: 156 or 231
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: GB leads series, 19-16 (PIT won 5 of past 6)
POSTSEASON: GB leads series, 1-0
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 10/3/21: PIT 17 at GB 27
POSTSEASON: 2/6/11 SB XLV: PIT 25 vs. GB 31
HC MATT LAFLEUR had 50th reg. season win as GB HC in Week 9 & GB has most reg. season wins among NFC teams since LaFleur joined team in 2019. • QB JORDAN LOVE completed 20 of 26 atts. (career-high 76.9 pct. as starter) for 228 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 115.5 rating in Week 9, his 3rd-career start with 110+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 career road starts. • RB AARON JONES had 99 scrimmage yards (season-high 73 rush, 26 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season in Week 9, his 45th-career rush TD. Had 99 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 47 rush) in last meeting. • RB AJ DILLON had 97 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 16 rec.) in last meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 60+ scrimmage yards. • TE LUKE MUSGRAVE (rookie) had season-high 51 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 9. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack in last meeting. • LB PRESTON SMITH has sack in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with PD. • LB QUAY WALKER has 4 TFL in his past 4 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 3rd-career FR last week. Had 9 tackles & PD in last meeting. • DT KENNY CLARK has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had FR in last meeting. • DL KARL BROOKS (rookie) had 2 PD in Week 9. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 7 tackles, 2 PD & TFL last week. Has PD in 7 of his past 8 on road. • CB CARRINGTON VALENTINE(rookie) had 1st 3 career PD in Week 9. • S ANTHONY JOHNSON (rookie) had 2 PD & 1st-career INT last week.
QB KENNY PICKETT completed 19 of 30 atts. (63.3 pct.) for 160 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week, his 4th-straight game with 0 INTs. Has 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 76 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 7 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 55+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 91 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Needs 17 scrimmage yards to become 3rd Pit. RB ever with 500+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 seasons, joining Le’Veon Bell & HOFer Franco Harris. • RB JAYLEN WARREN had career-high 113 scrimmage yards (career-high 88 rush, 25 rec.) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 7 catches for season high 90 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 92 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR GEORGE PICKENS has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. • LB T.J. WATT had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 7.5 sacks in 5 home game this season, with 0.5+ sacks in each game. Had 2 sacks & FR in last meeting & has sack in each of 2 career games vs. GB. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 9.5 this season. Has 87 sacks in 95 career games & needs sack to surpass brother J.J. Watt (87.5) for 2nd-most sacks by player in 1st 100 games. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had season-high 2 sacks last week, 5thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB KWON ALEXANDER had 9th-career INT in Week 9. • CB PATRICK PETERSON had PD last week & has PD in 6 of 8 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 6+ tackles. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 8 tackles in last meeting.
TENNESSEE TITANS (3-5) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-5)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
CBS: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan, AJ Ross
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) TEN: 121 or 386 TB: 94 or 232
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: TEN leads series, 10-2 (won past 3)
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 10/27/19: TB 23 at TEN 27
QB WILL LEVIS (rookie) completed 22 of 39 atts. (56.4 pct.) for career-high 262 yards last week. Can become 1st QB in franchise history with 225+ pass yards in each of 1st 3 career starts. • RB DERRICK HENRY led team with 102 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 27 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 3rd-straight game with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th this season, tied-most among RBs (Christian McCaffrey). Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 75 yards in last meeting. Is only RB with 750+ scrimmage yards in each of past 7 seasons. • RB TYJAE SPEARS ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 340 scrimmage yards (216 rush, 124 rec.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards & has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 road games this season. Has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 career games vs. TB. Leads team with 564 rec. yards in 2023 & 4th WR since 2000 with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 11 seasons. • WR KYLE PHILLIPS had career-high 68 rec. yards in Week 9. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had season-high 7 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & TFL. • DE DENICO AUTRY aims for 3rd in row with PD. • LB HAROLD LANDRY has sack & 2 TFL in 2 of past 3. Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. • LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 10+ tackles. Had FR in his last game vs. TB (12/11/22 w/ SF). • CB KRISTIAN FULTON aims for 6th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. • CB SEAN MURPHY-BUNTING totaled 21 PD & 6 INTs in 1st 4 career seasons with TB (2019-22).
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 21 of 30 atts. (70 pct.) for 265 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 119.4 rating in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 334 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 147 rating in his last start vs. Ten. (12/6/20 w/ Cle.). • RB RACHAAD WHITE had career-high 119 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 46 rec.) & 1st-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (33) & rec. yards (279) in 2023. • WR MIKE EVANS led team with 87 rec. yards last week. Is 1 of 2 (Tyreek Hill) with 500+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 8 seasons. Had 11 catches for 198 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • WR CHRIS GODWIN needs 32 rec. yards for 7th-straight season with 500+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 16 of his past 17 at home. • TE CADE OTTON had 6 catches for career-high 70 yards & had 1st-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 11 tackles & had 2 TFL & FF last week, his 28th-career FF, tied-most among active players. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 5th in row overall with 10+ tackles & TFL. Ranks 4th among active players with 152 TFL. • LB DEVIN WHITE had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 3rd sack of season & 20th-career FF last week. Has FF in 2 of his past 3. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • NT VITA VEA has TFL in 3 of his past 4. • DL CALIJAH KANCEY had 3 TFL & 2nd-career sack last week, 1 of 2 rookie DL (Bryan Bresee) with 3 TFL in game this season. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. had 7th-career FR last week & is only player in 2023 with 3 FFs & 3 FRs.
ATLANTA FALCONS (4-5) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-8)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET
CBS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta, Amanda Renner
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) ATL: 160 or 381 ARI: 81 or 226
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: Series tied, 16-16 (ATL won 4 of past 5)
POSTSEASON: ARI leads series, 1-0
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 1/1/23: ARI 19 at ATL 20
POSTSEASON: 1/3/09 NFC-WC: ATL 24 at ARI 30
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 268 yards & TD in 1st start of season last week. Aims for his 7th start in row with TD pass. Has 5 TDs vs. INT for 104 rating in his past 3 road games. • RB BIJAN ROBINSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 8 of 9 career games & ranks 2nd among rookies with 714 srimmage yards in 2023. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (Christian McCaffrey & D’Andre Swift) with 500+ rush yards (517) & 25+ receptions (28) in 2023. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Had 95 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 12 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 catches, 84 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 42 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • WR DRAKE LONDON aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Needs 62 rec. yards for 2nd-straight 500+ rec. yard season. • TE JONNU SMITH led team with 5 catches & 100 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week, his 1st-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Smith (34 catches & 422 rec. yards) & TE KYLE PITTS (32 catches & 389 rec. yards) are only pair of TE teammates each with 30+ catches & 350+ rec. yards in 2023. • DL CALAIS CAMPBELL had 3rd sack of season & 3rd-career safety last week, 2nd-most safeties among active players. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. Had 56.5 sacks, 107 TFL, 8 FFs, 8 FRs & 3 INTs in 138 games (2008-16) with Ari. • DL DAVID ONYEMATA had career-high 10 tackles, sack & 2ndcareer FF last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TFL. • LB NATE LANDMAN had 10 tackles, career-high 2 TFL & 1stcareer sack last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 8+ tackles. • LB ARNOLD EBIKETIE had sack & 3rd-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack.
QB KYLER MURRAY can make season debut. Had 2,368 pass yards & 418 rush yards with 17 TDs (14 pass, 3 rush) in 11 starts in 2023. Completed 27 of 37 atts. (73 pct.) for 340 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.2 rating in his only career game vs. Atl. (10/13/19). • QB CLAYTON TUNE (rookie) had 86 yards (58 pass, 28 rush) in 1st-career start last week. • RB JAMES CONNER has 394 scrimmage yards (78.8 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 5 games this season. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 home games & rush TD in 6 of his past 7 at home. Has 295 scrimmage yards (147.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 110+ scrimmage yards. • RB EMARI DEMERCADO (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row overall with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 6 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 home games. • WR MICHAEL WILSON ranks 2nd among rookies with 16 yards per reception (min. 20 receptions). • LB KYZIR WHITE has career-high 9 TFL in 2023 & is 1 of 2 (Danielle Hunter) with TFL in 8+ games (8) this season. Is 1 of 3 in NFC (Josh Metellus & Bobby Okereke) with 9 games of 5+ tackles in 2023. • LB ZAVEN COLLINS had 5th TFL of season last week & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. • S BUDDA BAKER led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 11th in row at home with 5+ tackles.
DETROIT LIONS (6-2) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-4)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 4:05 PM ET
CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) DET: 162 or 383 LAC: 82 or 229
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: LAC leads series, 7-5 (Home team won past 4)
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 9/15/19: LAC 10 at DET 13
QB JARED GOFF completed 26 of 37 atts. (70.3 pct.) for 272 yards & TD pass in Week 8. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (Kirk Cousins & Sam Howell) with 270+ pass yards per game (271.8) in 2023. Completed 29 of 36 atts. (80.6 pct) for 354 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 123.8 rating in his only career start vs. LAC (9/23/18 w/ LAR). • RB JAHMYR GIBBS (rookie) had career-best 189 scrimmage yards (career-high 152 rush, 37 rec.) & 2nd-career rush TD in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 125+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 6 career games. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has rush TD in 4 of 5 games this season & is 1 of 3 (Josh Allen & Josh Jacobs) with 5+ rush TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Rushed for 135 yards & TD in his only career game vs. LAC (10/27/19 w/ Chi.). • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN has 100+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ catches. In Week 8, became 4th player ever with 250+ catches (253) in 1st 40 career games. • TE SAM LAPORTA (rookie) had 8 catches for 57 yards & 4thcareer TD catch in Week 8. Is 1 of 2 NFC TEs (T.J. Hockenson) with 40+ catches (43) & 400+ rec. yards (434) in 2023. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON is only player with 4+ INTs (4) & 4+ FRs (4) since 2022. • DL ALIM MCNEILL had 1st-career 2-sack game in Week 8 & has career-high 4 sacks in 2023. • LB ALEX ANZALONE had 7 tackles & career-highs in sacks (2) & TFL (3) in Week 8. Has 5+ tackles in 25 straight games, tied 3rd-longest active streak in NFL. • S KERBY JOSEPH had 5th-career INT in Week 8. • S TRACY WALKER had 4th-career sack in Week 8.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Has 97.3 rating in 4 home starts this season, with 2+ TD passes in each of his past 2 at home. Has 13 TDs vs. INT with 113.8 rating in his past 5 starts vs. NFC. Has 34 career games with 2+ TD passes, tied-2nd most ever by player in 1st 4 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 70 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 23 rec.) & season-high 2 rush TDs last week, his 11th game with 2+ TDs since 2021, most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 349 scrimmage yards (116.3 per game) in 3 home games this season. Had 133 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 66 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 8 catches for 77 yards last week, his 4th-straight game with 55+ rec. yards & 2nd-straight game with 8 catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 23 catches for 264 yards (132 per game) in 2 career games vs. Det. Has 10,007 career rec. yards, 1 of 6 active players with 10,000+ rec. yards. • TE GERALD EVERETT has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • LB JOEY BOSA had season-high 2.5 sacks & 1st FF & FR of season last week, his 12th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 6 tackles & TFL in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had 2 sacks, FF & PD in Week 9, his 18thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has 7 sacks in his past 3 at home. Had sack & FR in his last game vs. Det. (11/3/21 w/ Chi.). Ranks tied-5th in NFL with 9 sacks in 2023, his 6th-career season with 9+ sacks. • LB TULI TUIPULOTU had career-high 2 sacks last week, 4th rookie this season with 2 sacks in a game. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with 10 tackles & had FR in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & has FR in 2 of past 3.
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-7) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (5-3)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 4:25 PM ET
FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NYG: 161 or 382 DAL: 85 or 225
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: DAL leads series, 74-46-2 (won past 5)
POSTSEASON: NYG leads series, 1-0
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 9/10/23: DAL 40 at NYG 0
POSTSEASON: 1/13/08 NFC-DIV: NYG 21 at DAL 17
QB TOMMY DEVITO (rookie) competed 15 of 20 atts. (75 pct.) for 175 yards & had 1st-career TD pass last week. Can make 1stcareer start in Week 10 & can become 10th different rookie QB to start a game this season, surpassing 2019 (9) for most rookie QBs to start in single season since 1950 (excluding 1987). • QB MATT BARKLEY can make NYG debut. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 113 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 23 rec.) in Week 9. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 110+ scrimmage yards & 6th in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 808 scrimmage yards (89.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 9 career games vs. Dal., incl. rush TD in last road meeting. Is 1 of 4 RBs (Travis Etienne, Alvin Kamara & Christian McCaffrey) with 100+ scrimmage yards per game (102) in 2023, min. 5 games played. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON led team with 59 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row at Dal. with 50+ rec. yards. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON had 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 2nd-career TD catch. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 4+ receptions. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX is 1 of 2 in NFC (Danielle Hunter) with 8+ sacks (8.5) in 2023 & has 1.5+ sacks in 2 of his past 3. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE is 1 of 2 (Quincy Williams) with 80+ tackles (80) & 9+ TFL (career-high 9) in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with TFL. Had FF in Week 1 meeting. • LB MICAH MCFADDEN had 2 TFL last week & has career-high 7 TFL in 2023. Had 11 tackles in Week 1 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with TFL. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had career-high 10 tackles in Week 9. Had 2 PD in Week 1 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal with PD.
DALLAS has won 11 straight home games, longest active streak in NFL. • QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 29 of 44 atts. (65.9 pct.) for season-high 374 yards & 3 TDs vs 0 INTs for 115.2 rating in Week 9, his 17th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes & his 4th in row with 100+ rating. • RB TONY POLLARD is 1 of 4 NFC RBs (Christian McCaffrey, Bijan Robinson & D’Andre Swift) with 8 games of 50+ scrimmage yards in 2023. Had 2 rush TDs in Week 1 meeting. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had 11 catches for career-high 191 yards in Week 9 & has 6 games with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards since 2022, 2nd-most in NFL. Can become 1st player ever with 10+ catches & 150+ rec. yards in 3 straight games. Ranks 5th in NFL with 824 rec. yards in 2023. • TE JAKE FERGUSON had 7 catches for career-high 91 yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 9 tackles & 1.5 sacks in Week 9. Is 1 of 4 (Myles Garrett, Haason Reddick & T.J. Watt) with 10+ games (11) of 1.5+ sacks since 2021. Has TFL in 7 of 8 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had sack in Week 1 meeting & 2 sacks in last home meeting. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 11 sacks in his past 12 vs. NYG. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG & DT OSA ODIGHIZUWA each had 2 sacks in Week 1 meeting. Armstrong aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with a sack. • CB DARON BLAND had INT-TD in Week 1 meeting. Is 1 of 2 (Paulson Adebo) with 10+ PD (10) & 4+ INTs (4) in 2023 & leads NFL with 3 INT-TDs. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 3 PD & INT in Week 1 meeting.
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (4-5) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-3)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023
GAME TIME: 4:25 PM ET
FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) WAS: 139 or 380 SEA: 138 or 228
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: WAS leads series, 13-6 (won 2 of past 3)
POSTSEASON: SEA leads series, 3-0
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 11/29/21: SEA 15 at WAS 17
POSTSEASON: 1/6/13 NFC-WC: SEA 24 at WAS 14
QB SAM HOWELL completed 29 of 45 atts. (64.4 pct.) for 325 yards & TD vs. INT last week, his 3rd-career game with 325+ pass yards. Leads NFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 2,471 pass yards in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards. Has 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 5 road starts this season. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON had 5th rush TD of season last week. Has TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches for 73 yards last week & aims for his 5th in row overall with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Aims for his 11th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Needs 3 receptions for 5th-straight season with 50+ catches. • WR JAHAN DOTSON had 69 rec. yards & 3rd rec. TD of season last week, his 10th-career TD catch. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL has TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Sea. • DE CASEY TOOHILL had 3 sacks in his past 4 games. • LB JAMIN DAVIS led team with 9 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 6+ tackles. • S KAMREN CURL had 6 tackles last week & has 6+ tackles in 8 of 9 games this season. Ranks 2nd among DBs with 71 tackles in 2023 & is only DB with 70+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Had sack in last meeting. • CB KENDALL FULLER has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Had 3 PD in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with PD. • CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE had 3 PD in Week 9 & aims for his 6th in row with PD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 13 PD in 2023. • CB EMMANUEL FORBES (rookie) has 7 PD in 8 career games.
QB GENO SMITH has 21 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 93.6 rating in his past 13 home starts. Since 2022, leads all qualified passers with 68.4 comp. pct. • RB KENNETH WALKER has 50+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with 70+ scrimmage yards. Since 2022, is 1 of 4 RBs (Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs & Christian McCaffrey) with 1,500+ rush yards (1,582) & 15+ rush TDs (15). • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 96 rec. yards in last meeting. Needs 98 rec. yards for 9th-straight season with 500+ rec. yards. • WR DK METCALF has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. Needs 46 rec. yards for 5th-straight season with 500+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. • WR JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA (rookie) led team with career-high 6 catches & 63 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. • WR JAKE BOBO (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 10th-career FR last week. Ranks 5th in NFL with 85 tackles this season & has 100+ tackles in each of his 11 previous seasons. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 12+ tackles & 5th in row vs. Was. with PD. • LB JORDYN BROOKS is only player with 75+ tackles (78) & 4+ sacks (4) in 2023. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • LB BOYE MAFE had sack, 1st-career FF & 2nd-career FR last week. Has sack in 6 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. • DE LEONARD WILLIAMS had sack vs. Was. in Week 7 w/ NYG. • CB DEVON WITHERSPOON leads all rookies with 9 PD & has PD in 6 games this season, tied 2nd-most in NFL. • S QUANDRE DIGGS has 6+ tackles in 3 of his past 4.
NEW YORK JETS (4-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (4-5)
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:20 PM ET
NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark
Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Golic
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) NYJ: 81 or 226 LV: 85 or 225 National: 88
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: LV leads series, 24-18-2 (won 3 of past 4)
POSTSEASON: Series tied, 2-2
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 12/6/20: LV 31 at NYJ 28
POSTSEASON: 1/12/03 AFC-DIV: NYJ 10 at OAK 30
QB ZACH WILSON completed career-high 33 of 49 atts. (67.3 pct.) for season-high 263 yards with 0 INTs last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs & 3rd in row with 240+ pass yards. • RB BREECE HALL rushed for 50 yards last week. Aims for 6th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards & has 90+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of past 4. Has 5.49 career rush avg., 2nd-highest among all RBs since 2022 (min. 100 attempts). • RB DALVIN COOK had 143 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. Raiders (9/22/19 w/ Min.). • RB MICHAEL CARTER had season-high 6 catches last week, his 4th-career game with 6+ catches. • WR GARRETT WILSON aims for 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Leads team with 549 rec. yards in 2023 & is 2nd NYJ WR since 2000 with 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 seasons, joining Robbie Chosen. • TE TYLER CONKLIN had season-high 6 catches for 66 yards in Week 9. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 road games this season. • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS has 6+ tackles & TFL in 2 of 3 road games this season. Had sack in last meeting. • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS aims for 7th in row with TFL. Has 9+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Has PD in 2 of past 3. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 11 tackles last week, his 7thstraight game with 9+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of past 5. Has 32 tackles (8 per game) in 4 career games vs. Raiders. • LB BRYCE HUFF had 1.5 sacks in Week 9, his 4th-straight game with sack. Is 1 of 5 in AFC with 5+ sacks (5) since Week 5. • DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had career-high 3 PD & 2nd sack of season last week. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. • CB SAUCE GARDNER had 2 PD last week & has 2 PD in 2 of past 3.
QB AIDAN O’CONNELL (rookie) earned 1st-career win as starter last week, completing 16 of 25 atts. (64 pct.) for 209 yards with 0 INTs & 90.3 rating. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for season-high 98 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 12th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most in NFL since 2019 (Derrick Henry – 16). Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7 overall & in each of 4 home games this season. Has 5 rush TDs this season & can become 7th player all-time with 7+ rush TDs in each of 1st 5 seasons. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 11 catches for 71 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ (12/23/18 w/ GB). Leads team with 51 catches in 2023, his 9th-straight season with 50+ catches. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 home games this season, with rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 50+ rec. yards. • WR TRE TUCKER (rookie) had 52 rec. yards in Week 9. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 8 tackles & season-high 3 sacks last week, his 3rd-career game with 3+ sacks. Has 0.5+ sacks in 6 of past 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Had FR in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 13 TFL in 2023 & ties-2nd with 9.5 sacks. • LB ROBERT SPILLANE led team with 9 tackles & had half sack in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. • CB MARCUS PETERS aims for 4th in row with PD. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. NYJ. • CB AMIK ROBERTSON had 2nd INT & 1st FF of season last week, 1st-career game with both INT & FF. • S TRE’VON MOEHRIG had 5 tackles & 2nd sack of season in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. • P A.J. COLE set NFL record with 63.6 punt avg. last week (min. 4 punts).
DENVER BRONCOS (3-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)
DATE: Monday, November 13, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET
ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters
Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Ross Tucker
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) DEN: 81 or 226 BUF: 83 or 225 National: 88
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: BUF leads series, 22-16-1 (won past 3)
POSTSEASON: BUF leads series, 1-0
THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 12/19/20: BUF 48 at DEN 19
POSTSEASON: 1/12/92 AFC-C: DEN 7 at BUF 10
QB RUSSELL WILSON had 3 TD passes vs. 0 INTs with 119.3 rating in Week 8, his 43rd-career game with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating, tied with Tom Brady for 3rd-most such games ever by QB in 1st 12 seasons. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Tua Tagovailoa) with 3+ TD passes in 3+ games (3) this season. Has 0 INTs & 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. Has 10 TDs (5 pass, 5 rush) vs. 2 INTs with 109.4 rating in 3 career starts vs. Buf. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 100.7 rating in his past 4 starts on MNF. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS led team with season-high 98 scrimmage yards (season-high 85 rush, 13 rec.) & had 1st TD catch of season in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 108 scrimmage yards (career-high 65 rec., 43 rush) & career-high 11 catches in only career game on MNF (9/12/22 vs. Sea.). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON has TD catch in 5 of his past 6 & each of his past 3. Has rec. TD in all 3 road games this season. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games on MNF. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 50 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 8. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6 overall & in each of his 3 career games on MNF. • LB ALEX SINGLETON aims for 7th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Has 10+ tackles in all 3 road games this season. • LB JOSEY JEWELL had 5 tackles, PD & 1st FF of season in Week 8. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB BARON BROWNING had career-high 2 sacks & 1st-career FF in Week 8. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. • CB PAT SURTAIN III has PD in 4 of past 5. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had INT & FR in Week 8, his 1st-career game with both INT & FR. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Has 5+ tackles in each of 3 career games vs. Buf.
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 26 of 38 atts. (68.4 pct.) for 258 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week, his 31st-career game with both pass & rush TD, tied with Aaron Rodgers & HOFer Steve Young for 2nd-most all-time. Has 44 career rush TDs & surpassed Young (43) for 2nd-most ever by QB. Has rush TD in each of past 3 & in 6 of past 7. Has 2+ TD passes in each of 4 games in Buf. this season. Had 392 yards (359 pass, 33 rush) & 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) in last meeting. • RB JAMES COOK has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 6 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. Den. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE can make Buf. debut. Had career high 225 rush yards vs. Den. (9/29/19 w/ Jax.). • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for 86 yards & 7th TD of season last week. Joined Wes Welker (2008-09) as only players in SB era with 6+ catches in each of 1st 9 games of a season. Has 355 rec. yards (118.3 per game) in 3 career games vs. Den. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 10+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Leads NFL with 70 catches in 2023 • WR GABE DAVIS has rec. TD in 3 of 4 games in Buf. this season. • WR KHALIL SHAKIR aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. • TE DALTON KINCAID (rookie) had career highs in catches (10) & rec. yards (81) in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • S JORDAN POYER led team with season-high 11 tackles & had TFL last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. • CB DANE JACKSON had career-best 3 PD in Week 9. • LB VON MILLER will be facing Den. for 1st time in career after winning SB 50 MVP with team & becoming franchise’s all-time sack leader (110.5) over 11 seasons (2011-21).
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TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 4 MICHIGAN ST. CRUSHES SOUTHERN INDIANA
Tyson Walker scored 14 points to help No. 4 Michigan State earn a 74-51 home win over Southern Indiana on Thursday in East Lansing.
Jaden Akins had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals to help the Spartans rebound from a season-opening upset loss to James Madison on Monday. After going 1-of-20 from 3-point range against James Madison, Michigan State wasn’t much better against Southern Indiana, going 1-of-11 from 3-point territory.
But the Spartans had 10 players make a field goal in the game. Jordan Tillmon scored 10 points for Southern Indiana, which shot 31.7 percent from the field overall (19 of 60) and committed 15 turnovers.
Jordan Tillmon scored 10 points and Jack Mielke came off the bench to score nine points on three made 3-pointers for Southern Indiana, which shot 31.7 percent from the field overall (19 of 60) and committed 15 turnovers.
No. 20 Baylor 96, John Brown 70
Langston Love tied a career high with 20 points as the Bears used their depth to shrug off the fatigue from a quick turnaround and defeat the Golden Eagles in Waco, Texas.
After beginning its season Tuesday with a game in South Dakota, it took until the final five minutes for Baylor to push its lead to 20 points against John Brown, an NAIA school. RayJ Dennis scored 16 points, Jayden Nunn had 15 and Yves Missi contributed 10 for the Bears.
Drew Miller led the Golden Eagles with 19 points, while Malachi Reeves had 17 points on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the floor.
No. 21 USC 85, Cal State Bakersfield 59
Isaiah Collier put up 19 points to lead five scorers in double figures for the Trojans, who cruised past the Roadrunners in Los Angeles.
USC (2-0) never trailed and opened up a double-digit-point lead before the game’s first media timeout with a hot and balanced offensive start. Four of the five Trojans starters scored in the game’s first four minutes.
Kaleb Higgins matched Collier’s game highs with 19 points and five assists to lead Cal State Bakersfield (1-1). Cameron Wilbon added 10 points for the Roadrunners, and Ugnius Jarusevicius scored six points in the loss.
No. 23 Saint Mary’s 72, New Mexico 58
Aidan Mahaney scored a game-high 25 points and the Gaels never trailed while beating the Lobos in Moraga, Calif.
Mahaney canned 9 of 19 shots and 5 of 10 3-point attempts for Saint Mary’s (2-0), which opened up a double-figure lead just over five minutes into the game while avenging a loss to the Lobos last season. Harry Wessels came off the Saint Mary’s bench to add 12.
Donovan Dent scored 15 points for New Mexico (1-1), and Nelly Junior Joseph chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. However, Jamal Mashburn Jr., the team’s leading scorer in a Monday win over Texas Southern, converted just 3 of 16 shots from the field and finished with only seven points.
GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO SCORES 54 POINTS, BUT HALIBURTON, PACERS RALLY FOR 126-124 WIN OVER BUCKS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored an NBA season-high 54 points, but committed two turnovers after Tyrese Haliburton’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:29 left and the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 126-124 on Thursday night.
Haliburton had 29 points and 10 assists and Bennedict Mathurin added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who blew an 18-point lead and then had to rally from 10 down in the fourth quarter.
“We had to deal with a player who was extraordinarily hot and on a roll,” Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. “We executed as well as we could and created some chaos defensively. You’ve got to take some risks or else he’s going to end up with 60. Very fortunate to get the win.”
Antetokounmpo finished one point shy of his career high, but threw away a pass with 1:03 left, then was stripped by Mathurin with 30 seconds to go, both with the Bucks trailing 122-121. He was 19 for 25 from the field, 16 of 18 on free throws and grabbed 12 rebounds, but also had eight turnovers.
“Just trying to get stops,” Mathurin said. “The game’s about defense.”
Chicago’s Zach LaVine had the previous high game in the NBA this season with 51 points against Detroit on Oct. 28.
Myles Turner added 21 points for the Pacers, who shot 48% from the field, including a 20-of-48 performance from 3-point range.
Playing without All-Star Damian Lillard, sidelined by calf soreness, Milwaukee received a breathtaking performance from Antetokounmpo, who was three points shy of Michael Redd’s franchise record. Khris Middleton, who had 19 points and made a 3 at the final buzzer, missed a 3 that would have tied the game with 7 seconds left.
With 8.4 seconds to go and Indiana clinging to a one-point lead, Mathurin connected on two free throws to make it 124-121. Bruce Brown, who had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, sealed the win with two foul shots of his own in the final seconds.
The Pacers roared to an 18-point lead in the first quarter and led 38-24 at the end of the period on the strength of eight 3-point makes. Milwaukee climbed within 66-60 at halftime and pulled even at 71 on two free throws from Middleton with 9:32 left in the third.
The Bucks went ahead by as many as 10 in the final period and still led 117-108 with 5 minutes left.
Antetokounmpo scored 26 points in the first half, including 18 in the second quarter, and then 20 more in the third period. He reached 50 with 10:28 left on a layup assisted by Middleton’s over-the-top pass, prompting an Indiana timeout.
First-year Milwaukee coach Adrian Griffin was ejected with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter, the recipient of a double-technical foul immediately following Antetokounmpo’s dunk in traffic. A night earlier, after Antetokounmpo was ejected in a 120-118 win over Detroit, Griffin had promised to be more vocal with officials regarding hits on his superstar.
“I thought Giannis was getting hit quite a bit and voiced my opinion,” Griffin said. “Next time I’ll be a little more delicate. He’s such a great human being and doesn’t complain, has such respect for the referees. It is my responsibility to make sure he’s protected.”
Milwaukee shot 53% from the floor but made only 9 of 27 from distance.
Bucks: Visit the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Pacers: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
YOUNG SCORES 41, MURRAY HITS GO-AHEAD 3 AS THE HAWKS BEAT THE MAGIC 120-119 IN MEXICO CITY
MEXICO CITY (AP) Trae Young put on a show for nearly 20,000 fans in the NBA’s regular-season game in Mexico City.
He wouldn’t mind getting to do it every season.
Young scored 41 points, then fed Dejounte Murray for a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to give the Atlanta Hawks a 120-119 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.
“I love the energy of the arena tonight, the electricity. It was fun playing here,” Young said. “I know we’re obviously probably going to expand the league and expand it to a couple more cities. I mean, I’m going to be open to playing here. This is an unbelievable place to play.”
Jalen Suggs scored 21 points and Paolo Banchero had 17, but missed a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds remaining on Orlando’s final possession.
“We were trying to run the same play for Franz (Wagner). He scored on a possession before but he drew two defenders, kicked it out to me and I missed the shot,” Banchero said. “We had a chance to win and we didn’t win. But it was a great game, though. Great environment.”
Young had 33 points in the first half for Atlanta (4-3), which played for the first time south of the border. Jalen Johnson had 19 points, Murray added 16 and Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 15.
Although the Magic played the game as the host team, many of the sellout crowd that came to the Arena Ciudad the Mexico, a glass-clad state of the art facility, were wearing jerseys of Young, who lived in Lubbock, Texas, or Hawks gear and cheered loudly for the visiting team.
The atmosphere seemed to make the players forget about playing at an altitude of 7,350 feet above sea level, but that did not last forever.
“You can definitely feel the altitude, it affected all of us,” Young said. “There was a moment in the third quarter when I had to come out because the altitude got to me, I needed to get a breather.”
The Magic pulled ahead 111-100 after rookie Anthony Black hit a 3-pointer from the right corner, but the Hawks had a 14-2 run sealed with Johnson’s driving layup to take a 114-113 lead with 4:04 left to play.
The teams exchanged leads and Wagner scored on a hook to put Orlando ahead 119-117 with 43 seconds left to play. Young drove toward the basket and fired a pass out to Murray behind the arc for the final points.
The Hawks built an 18-7 lead early in the game after a 3 by Young, but the Magic rallied to tie it at 34 after the first 12 minutes.
The Hawks led 73-69 at the half, with Young shooting 9 for 14 from the field and 11 for 11 from the free throw line.
But the Atlanta guard cooled off in the third scoring, going just 1 for 6, and Orlando closed the quarter on an 11-5 run to take a 98-93 lead into the fourth period.
It was the league’s 32nd game in Mexico since 1992, more than any country outside the U.S. and Canada.
According to NBA metrics, there are 30 million fans in the country and it has been mentioned as a potential city when, or if the league, decides to expand.
“I can´t set a specific timeline, but a main part of my job, if not the most important part of my job, is to grow this league. So it´s something to think about a lot,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said before the game.
Mexico has an NBA G League team that had a successful first year playing at the Arena Ciudad the Mexico. Positive feedback from former NBA players who reside in Mexico City might help the city on its bid for a franchise in the future, but for now the only thing certain is more regular season games.
“We´ll definitely will be back,” Silver said when pressed by Mexican reporters for the chances of the city getting a team. “We will be back next year with at least one game, we´ll see whether it´s two games.”
Hawks: Host the Miami Heat on Saturday night after a three-game road trip
Magic: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday
NHL ROUNDUP: CONNOR BEDARD’S 4 POINTS PACE BLACKHAWKS
Chicago’s Connor Bedard authored his first sensational performance after being selected No. 1 overall in June, producing four points as the Blackhawks stormed to a 5-3 win over the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
In his first career multi-point game, Bedard produced two goals and two assists in the first 22:12. He became the youngest player in Blackhawks history to have a multi-goal game and at least three points. At 18 years and 115 days old, the top-line center is the third-youngest player in NHL history with a four-point game.
Former Lightning players Tyler Johnson and Corey Perry scored goals against their old club, and Chicago rookie defenseman Kevin Korchinski tallied for the first time in his NHL career. Nick Foligno had three assists for the Blackhawks while Philipp Kurashev managed two. Chicago goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 30 shots.
Anthony Cirelli had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, and Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos also scored. Mikhail Sergachev dished out his 200th NHL assist. Jonas Johansson stopped 24 of 29 shots as the Lightning lost for the first time in regulation at home (4-1-2).
Penguins 4, Kings 3 (OT)
Bryan Rust scored the game-winner with 1:15 left in overtime after he had a goal disallowed 19 seconds earlier, giving visiting Pittsburgh a win against Los Angeles.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Lars Eller and Jake Guentzel also scored and Magnus Hellberg made 33 saves in his first start of the season for the Penguins, who have won a season-high three in row. Pittsburgh’s Erik Karlsson recorded two assists.
Carl Grundstrom, Adrian Kempe and Kevin Fiala scored and Pheonix Copley made 16 saves for the Kings, who had their four-game winning streak end but extended their point streak to eight in a row (6-0-2).
Kraken 4, Avalanche 3
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his second goal of the night with 31.6 seconds remaining, lifting Seattle over Colorado in Denver.
Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist and Matt Beniers also scored for Seattle. Adam Larsson and Vince Dunn had two assists each, and Philipp Grubauer turned away 23 shots for the win.
Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Valeri Nichushkin and Bowen Byram had goals and Ivan Prosvetov made 20 saves for Colorado. Artturi Lehkonen was taken to a local hospital after colliding with the Kraken’s Jamie Oleksiak and going headfirst into the boards in the second period.
Rangers 4, Wild 1
Alexis Lafreniere scored the tiebreaking goal 1:41 into the third period and collected two assists as New York beat visiting Minnesota to earn a point for a ninth straight game.
Vincent Trocheck had a goal and two assists as the Rangers improved to 8-0-1 in the past nine games. Artemi Panarin had an assist on Lafreniere’s goal and scored an empty-net goal, giving him at least one point in all 13 games New York has played this season — one short of Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert for the longest streak in team history to open a season (1972-73).
Blake Wheeler added his first goal since signing with the Rangers when he scored on New York’s first power play in the third.
Bruins 5, Islanders 2
Charlie Coyle registered his first career hat trick and added an assist as Boston beat visiting New York.
David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists, Trent Frederic added a goal and an assist and James van Riemdsyk and Brad Marchand each had two helpers for Boston, which has won three of four November games and is 6-0-1 on home ice. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves.
Brock Nelson and Simon Holmstrom each lit the lamp for the Islanders, who are 0-2-1 in their last three games. Ilya Sorokin stopped 30 shots.
Canadiens 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)
Cole Caufield scored with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to give Montreal a win at Detroit.
Mike Matheson and Nick Suzuki, who each scored a goal, assisted on the winner. Matheson had two assists, giving him a point on every goal. Cayden Primeau stopped 27 shots as the Canadiens snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).
Christian Fischer scored his first goal of the season for the Red Wings. J.T. Compher had the other goal and James Reimer made 23 saves. Despite picking up a point, Detroit has lost six of the past eight games (2-4-2).
Canucks 5, Senators 2
Elias Pettersson tallied a goal and two assists and Ilya Mikheyev scored twice as visiting Vancouver beat Ottawa for its fifth straight victory.
Casey DeSmith made 28 saves for the Canucks, who prevailed despite being held to 16 shots on goal. Vancouver’s J.T. Miller added a goal and an assist, and Brock Boeser also scored. Andrei Kuzmenko and Phillip Di Giuseppe each contributed two assists.
Drake Batherson and Artem Zub scored for the Senators, who have dropped six of eight overall and five straight at home. Anton Forsberg wound up with 11 saves.
Jets 6, Predators 3
Kyle Connor scored a hat trick and Mark Scheifele collected four assists as Winnipeg beat visiting Nashville for its third straight win.
Mason Appleton, Cole Perfetti and Brenden Dillon were the other scorers for the Jets, while Dylan DeMelo and Alex Iafallo each had a pair of assists. Laurent Brossoit made 20 saves.
Filip Forsberg scored twice for the Predators, and Philip Tomasino also tallied. Tyson Barrie had two assists, while Juuse Saros made 31 saves.
Blues 2, Coyotes 1
Oskar Sundqvist and Robert Thomas scored as St. Louis edged visiting Arizona.
Joel Hofer made 19 saves for the Blues, who finished 3-1-0 on their four-game homestand. St. Louis went 0-for-7 on the power play but outshot the Coyotes 33-20.
Lawson Crouse scored and Karel Vejmelka made 31 saves for the Coyotes, who have alternated losses and wins over the past seven games.
Stars 5, Blue Jackets 2
Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists to help visiting Dallas rally past Columbus.
Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist and Jake Oettinger made 27 saves for the Stars, who had lost two straight for the first time this season and were opening a three-game road trip. Mason Marchment, Craig Smith and Jason Robertson also tallied for Dallas, and Nils Lundkvist had two assists.
Boone Jenner scored his seventh goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who blew a 2-0 lead to lose for the seventh time in the past eight games (1-4-3). Kirill Marchenko also scored, and Spencer Martin made 26 saves.
Sharks 3, Oilers 2
Mackenzie Blackwood made 39 saves as San Jose beat Edmonton for its second consecutive win.
Tomas Hertl and Fabian Zetterlund each had a goal and an assist and Filip Zadina also scored for the Sharks, who had snapped their NHL record-tying 11-game winless streak (0-10-1) to start a season with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored goals for the Oilers, who lost their fourth straight game and eighth in their past nine games (1-7-1). Stuart Skinner finished with 15 saves.
ALEX NOREN FIRES 61, TAKES LEAD AT BERMUDA CHAMPIONSHIP
Alex Noren of Sweden rolled in 11 birdies to claim the first-round lead in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship on Thursday in Southampton, Bermuda.
Noren posted a career-low, 10-under-par 61 at Port Royal Golf Course and had a two-stroke cushion with most players in the clubhouse Thursday afternoon. After starting on the back nine, he made seven birdies over an eight-hole stretch that culminated with a birdie 2 at the par-3 third hole.
He picked up his only bogey at No. 5 before finishing with three more birdies over the last four. The 41-year-old spun his approach at the par-4 ninth just a few feet from the cup for a tap-in birdie to tie the course record.
D.J. Trahan, Vince Whaley, Robert Garrigus and Dylan Wu carded rounds of 8-under 63, the latter three going bogey-free on the day.
Stewart Cink, 50, was part of a large tie at 7-under 64. Adam Scott of Australia, the highest-ranked player in the field, opened with a 6-under 65.
Adam Long broke the PGA Tour record for consecutive fairways hit, extending it to 69 in a row before he finally missed off the tee. He entered the tournament with his streak at 58 and easily cleared the previous record of 59.
The tournament is the penultimate event of the new FedEx Cup Fall series, where tour players are vying to finish in the top 125 of the points standings to retain full status for the 2024 PGA Tour season.
BROOKE HENDERSON TOPS JAM-PACKED LEADERBOARD AT THE ANNIKA
Brooke Henderson of Canada is atop the leaderboard with an 8-under 62 after the first round Thursday of The Annika at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla.
Henderson is one shot ahead of world No. 4 Jin Young Ko of South Korea, Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand, Minami Katsu of Japan and Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark, tied for second at 7-under 63.
The $3.25 million tournament purse — the largest on the LPGA Tour outside the five majors and the CME Group Tour Championship — drew a strong field. Lexi Thompson is part of a tie at 6-under 64, while U.S. Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz and South Korean veteran In Gee Chun are in a massive group at 4-under 66.
They’re all looking up at Henderson, who rolled in nine birdies against a single bogey on Thursday. She also hit all 18 greens in regulation.
“Up until this year, ball-striking has definitely been a strength of mine, and hasn’t been as sharp as I would like the last couple months,” Henderson said.
“I made an iron switch not too long ago, and as I mentioned, kind of trending in the right direction. So to hit all 18 greens is kind of more what I used to be used to a little while ago. It feels amazing not to have to get up and down and give myself a lot of birdie opportunities.”
After starting on the back nine and making three straight birdies at Nos. 12-14, she hit her lone snag with a bogey at No. 18. Not only did she recover on the next hole, she put six birdies on the card for a front-nine 29.
“Today felt really great to be making a lot of birdie putts,” the two-time major champion said. “Nice to see the ball go in the hole. And especially on my back nine today, which is actually the front nine, made a lot of birdies coming in, and bonus to get the one on No. 9. It was a long one and definitely glad to hit the hole because it was cruising.”
Ko, who has two wins on the season, made seven birdies in a bogey-free round.
“I wasn’t play well much, but I didn’t play good last year, so I, yeah, I thought my golf game is like done right now, it’s going to be,” Ko said. “Like a lot of my friends around, they said, ‘No, it’s your time for next year.’ So they keep it up to me, and I practice really hard with my coach.”
Pedersen had a more colorful card with seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle 2 at the par-4 eighth hole.
“Actually started off missing a 5-footer on the first and a 3-footer on the second,” Pedersen said. “Then I kind of got a little bit of momentum. Hit a good one on 6, birdied 7 and then kind of luckily I think it went into the pin a little bit hard on 8 for the eagle, but I’ll take it.”
Two-time defending champion Nelly Korda, who’s still searching for her first win of 2023, opened with a 3-under 67. She was tied with other notables like two-time major winner Lilia Vu, New Zealand star Lydia Ko and Ireland’s Leona Maguire.
This is the final tournament before next week’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The top 60 players in the standings after this week will qualify.
NWSL MAKES 4-YEAR, $240M RIGHTS DEAL REPORTEDLY WORTH $240M
The National Women’s Soccer League announced a four-year media rights deal on Thursday that will be a game changer for revenue and exposure for women’s professional soccer in the United States.
The country’s top women’s league made four-year deals beginning in 2024 that reportedly are valued at $240 million total, with CBS Sports, ESPN, Amazon and Scripps Sports to show content across cable, broadcast and streaming service providers.
The NWSL has a three-year, $4.5 million media rights deal with CBS that concludes with the league championship match Saturday between NJ/NY Gotham FC and OL Reign.
“These partnerships fundamentally change the game for our league and the players who take the pitch each week,” NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman said in a statement. “On behalf of the NWSL, our owners and players, I want to commend CBS Sports, ESPN, Prime Video and Scripps for investing in our league and affirmatively declaring to the marketplace that this league is exciting, valuable, and important.
“We have taken great care to ensure our games are discoverable by increasing our reach in order to expose new audiences to everything that makes our league special, without compromising the economic value of our product. This is the beginning of our future.”
There are plans for 118 matches each season to be distributed among the partners’ platforms, including 25 Friday night regular-season matches, a season-opening kickoff match and a quarterfinal playoff on Prime Video.
CBS will provide at least 21 games each season on its broadcast television network, the CBS Sports Network and the Paramount+ streaming service, including the league championship on CBS and Paramount+.
Scripps Sports will broadcast 50 games scheduled for 25 doubleheaders on Saturday nights, create a studio show and carry the 2024 NWSL Draft in January.
The league will show 20 games each season on ESPN, including three playoff matches, and include ABC, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ streaming in its coverage.
The remainder of the NWSL regular-season schedule will be part of a domestic direct-to-consumer package produced and distributed by the league.
The NWSL playoffs are expanding in 2024 with the addition of the Bay FC and Utah Royals franchises.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: THE BIGGEST GAMES
PARK TUDOR (12-0) AT NORTH JUDSON (8-4)
North Judson beat Park Tudor in last year’s regional big time 49-13. NJ ran the ball down their throat with 490 yards. OUCH!!! The Blue Jays will heavily count on RB Brock Benson (1,119 rushing yards, 15 TDs). Meanwhile Park Tudor has one of the best all-around QB’s in the state in DJ Gordon. Gordon’s numbers are impressive (2,273 passing yards, 27 TDs; 1,526 rushing yards, 27 TDs).
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: North Judson, 1-0.
PARK TUDOR IS FAVORED BY 7
MOORESVILLE (7-5) AT NEW PALESTINE (10-2)
The Dragons started 0-2. Since then they have rolled off 10 straight wins. New Palm averages nearly 39 points per game. The defense has been even more impressive allowing only 27 points since September 29. RB Grayson Thomas has rushed for 2,006 yards to go along with 26 TD’S. Mooresville beat Brebeuf last week 40-39 to advance. The Pioneers will count on QB Hogan Denny (2,103 passing yards, 21 TDs; 1,160 rushing yards, 14 TDs).
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
NEW PAL IS FAVORED BY 14
PROVIDENCE (12-0) AT LUTHERAN (10-0)
Providence got drilled by Lutheran in the regional last season 49-7. The Pioneers will need everything from QB Carter Lannan (1,253 passing yards, 22 TDs) and especially from DE Griffin Tucker (11.5 sacks). What can you say about Lutheran? The have won 40 straight after pounding Covenant Christian last week 57-14 in a game not as close as the score may indicate. The Saints have size and quickness at every position. QB Jackson Willis gets better every week. RB Braydon Hall averaged 8.8 yards per carry and the receivers average over 18 yards per reception.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Lutheran, 1-0.
LUTHERAN IS FAVORED BY 14
GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-2) AT TRI-WEST (11-1)
Gibson Southern is back in familiar territory. Just two seasons ago they won the state title and they are hoping QB Tanner Boyd (1,948 passing yards, 20 TDs; 690 rushing yards, 10 TDs) will take them back to Lucas Oil again. The running game is led by Sean DeLong (1,077 rushing yards, 14 TDs). Outside Park Tudor QB DJ Gordon the most dangerous dual threat QB left in the tournament may be Tri-West’s Malachi Walden (1,422 rushing yards and 18 TDs to go with 1,413 passing yards and 16 TDs). This game will be played on Saturday.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Gibson Southern, 1-0.
GIBSON SOUTHERN IS FAVORED BY 4
EVANSVILLE NORTH (8-3) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (10-1)
Bloomington South can score and score a lot (46.4 points per game). South is rolling avenged their lone loss to #1 Bloomington North in the opening round of the sectional.
Watch for QB Jarrin Alley who has passed for over 2,000 yards and over 30 touchdown passes. RB Gavin Adams has over 1,000 rushing yards. North rushed for over 500 yards last week in beating Castle 60-50.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Bloomington South, 2-0.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH IS FAVORED BY 14
WHITELAND (7-4) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (9-2)
This is another re-match from the regular season when Whiteland beat the Hawks 31-15. Whiteland rushed for 226 yards in that win. QB Bo Polston has passed for over 1,400 yards. The Hawks can also run the football at over 200 yards per game. The Warriors average almost 280 yards rushing per game led by Slate Valentine. Valentine had 247 rushing yards in last week’s win over TH South.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
DECATUR CENTRAL IS FAVORED BY 10
VALPARAISO (9-2) AT MERRILLVILLE (9-2)
The defending state champions have beaten the Pirates in the last two meetings, including last year’s regional 15-14. The Vikings love to run the football averaging over 230 yards per game. Justin Clark is a dual threat QB that can cause headaches for opposing defenses. QB Dontae Pope is another dual threat QB leading the Pirates with over 160 yards of total yards per game.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Valparaiso, 5-3.
VALPO IS FAVORED BY 4
NORTH POSEY (11-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (11-1)
#1 Triton Central has to feel snake bit after losing in the regional round for the past four seasons. The Tigers are balanced in their offensive attack (215 passing yards and 119 rushing yards. Watch for QB Jake Stuckey (over 2,500 passing yards, over 700 rushing yards). North Posey beat the defending champs Evansville Mater Dei two weeks ago. The Vikings love the running game at 280 yards per game.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
TRITON CENTRAL IS FAVORED BY 3
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-2) AT WESTFIELD (10-1)
The Shamrocks beat HSE in week 5 30-28. The Royals ran for a stunning 434 yards last week against Fishers. The Royals are led by Chandler Weston who throws for over 120 yards per game and RB Jalen Alexander who averages 7.0 yards per carry. WR Donovan Hamilton has over 40 receptions and averaged 19 yards per catch. Westfield QB Jackson Gilbert has a 65% pass completion rate and averages over 177 yards per game.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Hamilton SE, 2-1.
WESTFIELD IS FAVORED BY 3
BEN DAVIS (10-1) VS. CATHEDRAL (8-3)
Another classic match-up is expected between the Giants and Fighting Irish. Ben Davis had to rally to beat Brownsburg two weeks ago 28-25 and plowed through Pike last week 53-0. Thomas Gotkowski has thrown for over 2,000 yards and has 25 passing TDs. Cathedral’s defense basically shot down LN last week holding the Wildcats to only 120 yards of total offense. Colorado recruit Danny O’Neil has almost 2,00 passing yards and 30 TD throws.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Ben Davis, 1-0.
BEN DAVIS IS FAVORED BY 7
ADAMS CENTRAL (12-0) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (12-0)
The battle of #2 Adams Central and #3 Carroll
*Adams Central rolled to a 35-0 win over Carroll in last year’s regional
*Adams Central, the state runner-up the past two seasons
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Adams Central, 2-0.
ADAMS CENTRAL IS FAVORED BY 7
NORTH DECATUR (9-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-3)
North Decatur is ranked 15, Sheridan is #10
*North Decatur won last year’s matchup 29-14
*Sheridan’s last regional championship for coach Bud Wright was in 2012.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
NORTH DECATUR IS FAVORED BY 7
LAVILLE (11-1) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9-3)
Laville is ranked #4, LCC is #7
*LaVille won its only regional title in Class A in 1982.
*Lafayette Central Catholic is an eight-time state champion
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL IS FAVORED BY 7
BLUFFTON (10-2) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (9-3)
Bluffton is ranked #7 in 2A, Luers is at #5
*Bluffton won a sectional last season for the first time since 1988.
*The Tigers won their only regional title in 1988 in Class A.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Bishop Luers, 2-0.
BLUFFTON IS FAVORED BY 7
EASTERN HANCOCK (8-4) AT SOUTHMONT (7-5)
Neither team is ranked
*Eastern Hancock is in the regional for the first time since 2014
*Southmont is here for the first time in their history
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
SOUTHMONT IS FAVORED BY 11
KNOX (12-0) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (9-3)
Knox is ranked #11 in 3A, West Lafayette is #12
*Knox was crushed by West Lafayette 55-14 in last year’s regional
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: West Lafayette, 1-0.
KNOX IS FAVORED BY 3
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (12-0) AT DELTA (8-4)
Chatard is the defending champs and ranked #1. Delta unranked
*Delta hasn’t won a regional title since 2001
*The Eagles won its first sectional championship in seven years by beating Garrett 21-15
*The Trojans have beaten 3 top 5 teams in the tourney
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
CHATARD IS FAVORED BY 17
HERITAGE HILLS (11-1) AT BATESVILLE (11-1)
Heritage Hills is #5 in 3A, Batesville is #10
*The Patriots have not made it this far since reaching the state finals in 2019
*Batesville won its only regional title in 1986
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Heritage Hills, 5-0.
HERITAGE HILLS IS FAVORED BY 3
NEW PRAIRIE (10-2) AT NORTHWOOD (10-2)
New Prairie is #10 in 4A, Northwood is #16
*New Prairie reached the state finals last year
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: NorthWood, 4-1.
NORTHWOOD IS FAVORED BY 7
LEO (10-2) AT MISSISSINEWA (12-0)
Leo is #9 in 4A, Mississinewa is #5
*Mississinewa has fourth sectional titles since 2017
*The Indians have a six-game regional losing streak going back to their only regional win in 1985.
*The Lions are in the regional for the first time since 2011.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: No meetings.
LEO IS FAVORED BY 7
EAST CENTRAL (12-0) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (9-3)
The Trojans are #1 in 4A, Memorial is #16
*The Trojans knocked off Evansville Memorial 35-21 in last year’s regional
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
EAST CENTRAL IS FAVORED BY 18
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (10-1) AT MISHAWAKA (9-2)
Snider is #2 in 5A, Mishawaka is #8
*This is a regional rematch from 2022, Fort Wayne Snider won 41-27
*Cavemen are 3-11 all-time in regional games.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Snider, 3-0.
MISHAWAKA IS FAVORED BY 3
CROWN POINT (11-0) AT PENN (10-1)
Crown Point is #5 in 6A, Penn is #8
*Crown Point is coming off its first sectional championship in 5 years
*Crown Point’s only regional championship was back in 1988.
*Penn has won four state championships and appeared in seven other state finals.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Penn, 3-0.
PENN IS FAVORED BY 3
WARREN CENTRAL (5-6) AT CENTER GROVE (10-1)
The Warriors are unranked in 6A, Center Grove is #1
*Center Grove knocked off Warren Central 42-32 in last year’s regional.
*Center Grove QB Tyler Cherry has 2,376 passing yards, 27 TDs and is completing 73.3% of his passes this season.
ALL-TIME TOURNAMENT SERIES: Center Grove, 5-4.
CENTER GROVE IS FAVORED BY 14
COLTS CB JUJU BRENTS, TE DREW OGLETREE WILL NOT TRAVEL TO GERMANY FOR WEEK 10 GAME VS. PATRIOTS DUE TO INJURY
The Colts on Thursday announced cornerback JuJu Brents (quad) and tight end Drew Ogletree (foot) will not travel with the team to Germany due to injury, meaning both players will be out for Sunday’s Week 10 game against the New England Patriots at Frankfurt Stadium.
Brents sustained a quad injury in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns and has not participated in practice or played since. Ogletree exited last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers with a foot injury in the second half and did not return. Ogletree did not participate in practice Wednesday or Thursday.
Wide receiver Josh Downs (knee) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday or Thursday’s practices, but will make the trip to Frankfurt. Linebacker Zaire Franklin (knee) practiced on a limited basis Thursday after missing last week’s game and Wednesday’s practice. Right tackle Braden Smith (hip/wrist) also was listed as a full participant in practice for the second consecutive day.
Stay tuned to Colts.com and the Colts App on Friday for the final practice report of Week 10 from Frankfurt, which will include game status designations.
GAME REWIND: PACERS 126, BUCKS 124
The Pacers could have easily packed it in on Thursday against the freight train that was two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
The Blue & Gold already had secured a winning homestand, were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and saw what was once a double-digit lead disappear as Antetokounmpo got to the rim and free throw line seemingly at will, surpassing 50 points with over 10 minutes to play.
But Indiana (6-3) showed its resiliency, pulling off a fourth quarter comeback to stun Antetokounmpo and the Bucks (5-3) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 126-124.
All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton had 29 points and 10 assists and drilled the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minutes, while second-year wing Bennedict Mathurin tallied his first career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds and came up with a huge steal against Antetokounmpo late to help seal the victory.
With All-Star guard Damian Lillard sidelined by a sore right calf, Antetokounmpo did the heavy lifting for Milwaukee and was seemingly unstoppable for much of the night, amassing 54 points and 12 rebounds while going 19-for-25 from the field and 16-for-18 from the free throw line. But the Pacers managed to find a way to slow him down when it counted the most.
“The only way you really grow as a team in this league is to be battle-tested under tough circumstances,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “Tonight there were some very tough circumstances and our guys did a tremendous job of (displaying) their collective will and hanging in there. Nobody every dropped their head. They stayed positive. It was all about finding a way to get the next stop, the next score, (and) winning the game.”
The Pacers led by as many as 18 in the first quarter, but saw the lead slowly evaporate as Antetokounmpo scored 18 points in the second quarter and 20 in the third.
Milwaukee led by 10 with seven minutes remaining on Thursday before the Pacers mounted a charge.
Indiana scored on two straight possessions, with Haliburton hitting his fourth three of the night at the 6:54 mark and Mathurin converting a reverse layup 44 seconds later.
Antetokounmpo answered with two more layups, but the Pacers didn’t give in. The Blue & Gold scored on back-to-back possessions off of offensive rebounds, with Andrew Nembhard drilling a three with 4:52 to play and then Mathurin converting a dunk with 4:12 left that trimmed the deficit to 117-113.
After a timeout, the Pacers doubled Antetokounmpo in the post and forced a turnover. On the other end, Myles Turner got Brook Lopez to bite on a pump-fake and scored to cut the deficit to two with 3:35 remaining.
Mathurin tied the game at 119 a minute later, getting into the paint and converting a layup.
Cameron Payne’s runner from the baseline put the Bucks in front with 1:41 remaining, but Haliburton answered on the other end, draining the go-ahead three over Payne with 1:29 remaining.
The Pacers got stops on the next three Milwaukee possessions, the biggest one coming when Mathurin knocked the ball free from Antetokounmpo on the block with 30 seconds to play.
“It was big,” Mathurin said of coming through on the defensive end. “That’s the main thing I’ve been working on the whole summer, guarding the best player on the other team. It was great. It was great to have a couple stops.”
Milwaukee fouled Aaron Nesmith on the other end and he made both free throws with 8.4 seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Bucks ran a play to get Khris Middleton a shot to tie the game, but the All-Star forward missed a three from the right wing and the ball went out of bounds on the opposite side of the court.
Bruce Brown sealed the victory with two free throws before Middleton made a meaningless three at the buzzer.
“In the last three minutes, we did two or three things defensively that we really haven’t worked on this year,” Carlisle said. “We talked about them a little bit at halftime but (primarily) in huddles and our guys did an amazing job of executing the double-teams and the swarming.
“It just came down to whichever team wanted it a little more than the other. And our guys really wanted it.”
The Pacers surged ahead early on Thursday. Milwaukee led 5-3 following Antetokounmpo’s basket at the 10:06 mark before the Pacers promptly reeled off 17 straight points.
That run featured back-to-back threes from Mathurin followed by Haliburton connecting on a full-court pass to a streaking Obi Toppin for a breakaway layup. Toppin capped the spurt with a three of his own.
Indiana ultimately scored on nine straight possessions, with Turner’s 3-pointer pushing the lead to 25-7 midway through the opening quarter.
The Bucks got their offense going in the latter half of the frame and managed to have the margin down to 11 in the closing seconds of the quarter before Buddy Hield found Nesmith spotting up in the left corner for another 3-pointer — Indiana’s eighth of the quarter — that made it 38-24 after the opening 12 minutes.
Milwaukee continued to chip away at the margin early in the ensuing quarter, as Antetokounmpo had two three-point plays during an 11-2 run to open the frame.
Mathurin got the Indiana offense going again, hitting another three and converting a three-point play of his own to push the lead back to 12.
But Antetokounmpo and the Bucks kept coming, using a 15-5 run to get within two with 2:45 to play in the first half. That would be the closest they would get before the intermission, however, and a late three from Haliburton (after Brown won a jump ball against Antetokounmpo) pushed the margin back to six at 66-60 entering the break.
Antetokounmpo picked up where he left off after halftime, repeatedly attacking the paint at the start of the third quarter. He drew four fouls while scoring 12 of Milwaukee’s first 14 points. The final three points in that stretch — yet another three-point play — gave the Bucks a 74-73 lead with 8:26 left in the third quarter.
Antetokounmpo already had 42 points and Milwaukee led 81-77 when he subbed out with 6:37 remaining in the third quarter. Indiana took advantage of his absence, reeling off seven straight points to surge back in front. Daniel Theis — playing his first minutes of the season — started the run with a dunk off a dish from Haliburton, then Hield scored the next five on a layup and a three.
Antetokounmpo checked back in at the four-minute mark, however, and helped the visitors retake the lead with four more free throws to cap a 20-point quarter. Nembhard gave Indiana some life with a buzzer-beating three that trimmed the deficit to 94-93 entering the final frame.
But the Bucks opened the fourth quarter with a 10-3 run, with Malik Beasley knocking down two threes and Antetokounmpo converting two more layups over that stretch to hit the 50-point plateau with over 10 minutes to play.
The Bucks led 113-103 following another Beasley three with 7:08 remaining, but the Pacers outscored Milwaukee 23-11 the rest of the way to pull off the comeback.
“We just had to get stops,” Haliburton said after the victory. “We figured it out however we could down the stretch. We had to stop fouling. That guy’s tough for anybody to guard. He shot 18 free throws tonight, only missed two. When he’s doing that, it’s a tough out for anybody.
“But we dug down and figured it out defensively and then offensively that allowed us to play little more up-tempo, play a little more our game offensively and we just made timely buckets.”
Turner finished with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the victory for Indiana, going 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Brown had a strong all-around game, tallying 11 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Hield added 11 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Nembhard scored 10.
Middleton had 19 points in the loss for Milwaukee, Beasley added 13, and Bobby Portis tallied 11 points and eight boards off the bench.
The Pacers finished a busy homestand that featured five games in seven days with a 4-1 record. They will travel to Philadelphia this weekend for two straight games against the 76ers, playing them on both Sunday and Tuesday.
In a strange twist, Tuesday’s game has slightly more meaning, as it is Indiana’s second game in the NBA’s new In-Season Tournament.
Inside the Numbers
Mathurin scored a season-high 26 points and recorded his first-ever double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds for his first career game with double-digit rebounds. He had tallied nine rebounds on three occasions prior to Thursday.
Haliburton recorded his seventh double-double in eight games to start the season. Haliburton went 10-for-17 from the field and 5-for-9 from 3-point range on Thursday.
Turner surpassed 20 points for the fifth time in nine contests this year.
Veteran center Theis made his season debut for the Pacers, forced into action in the third quarter as Antetokounmpo got several Indiana frontcourt players into foul trouble. Theis played the final 8:26 of the third quarter and tallied two points and just one foul.
Indiana had a decisive advantage from 3-point range, going 20-for-28 (41.7 percent) to the Bucks’ 9-for-27 (33.3 percent).
Milwaukee outscored Indiana 60-40 in points in the paint.
Antetokounmpo’s 54 points were one shy of his career high and matched the most ever by an opposing player at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Russell Westbrook scored 54 points for Oklahoma City on April 12, 2015.
You Can Quote Me On That
“Just playing Pacers basketball. They’re tough to guard, but we’re tough to guard, too. For a minute there, it just felt like we were trading buckets for the majority of the game. And ultimately it comes down to who can get enough stops at the right time.” -Haliburton on staying resilient through Antetokounmpo’s scoring outbursts
“To take care of home in front of these fans, it was electric in there tonight.” -Brown on the atmosphere at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
“Benn Mathurin is taking significant strides each game now. He’s starting to really understand what it means to have the responsibility of being one of those guys that we rely on to score and rely on to be solid defensively and to secure possessions. I’m real proud of him because this transition (from sixth man to starter) is not easy. It involves a lot of sacrifice. It involves really having to take a different view of yourself and the game and how you fit into a group of players that you care about. He’s been tremendous these (last) two games.” -Carlisle on Mathurin’s performance
“Just being me. I had a tough start to the season and I’m going to have bad games, having such a long season. The main thing for me is just to be myself every single day. The main thing for us is to win. I’m willing to do everything in order for us to win.” -Mathurin on bouncing back after a slow start to the season offensively
“I thought he was great. He’s just playing the right way right now, figuring it out. That’s the biggest thing. 11 rebounds is big against a team like that that rebounds so well. I thought he was just letting the game come to him and playing the right way…The last couple games he just went out there and played basketball.” -Haliburton on Mathurin’s performance
“We’re playing really well right now…I feel like we’re handling things the right way. Everybody’s contributing. We probably have truthfully the best bench in the NBA right now. Everybody’s doing a good job of starting quarters, ending quarters, and just figuring out ways to win. We’re rolling right now.” -Haliburton on the team’s strong play to start the season
“There were a couple plays where he was just a sheer force of will to come up with the ball…You don’t win the game without it.” -Carlisle on Mathurin’s effort down the stretch
“We have a lot of guys on this team who can go ahead and get 20 (points). We have a lot of guys that can go ahead and get 10 rebounds. I feel like we have a lot of depth on the team and that’s really a blessing.” -Mathurin on why the Pacers have gotten off to a strong start to the season
“Theis — you can’t say enough about what a pro he is. He went into one of the most difficult situations guarding a guy that had 40 points or something like that and held his own and helped us get some things loosened up on offense, too.” -Carlisle on Theis’ minutes
Stat of the Game
Antetokounmpo had a monster night, but the Pacers held him scoreless over the final five minutes of Thursday’s contest, limiting the two-time MVP to just two shots and forcing him into two turnovers.
The Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak against Milwaukee at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. They had dropped 11 of their last 12 and 15 of their last 17 contests against their Central Division rivals entering Thursday.
Pacers backup big man Jalen Smith was active but ruled out shortly before tipoff because of a sore lower back.
Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin was ejected after picking up two technicals for arguing with the officials with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Hield’s two threes broke a tie with Carmelo Anthony for 27th place in NBA history. Hield now has 1,733 career 3-pointers. Next up is Peja Stojakovic at 1,760 career threes.
The Pacers wore their 2023-24 CITY EDITION uniforms for the second time this season and debuted a new CITY EDITION court on Thursday.
Indiana will travel to Philadelphia for the first of two straight games against the 76ers on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 PM ET.
The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5:00 PM ET.
THE FUEL HOST THE CYCLONES FOR MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
GAME DAY TIMING:
6:00 P.M.: Doors open
7:00 P.M: Puck drop
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT:
Join us for Military Appreciation Night as we honor our veterans and those who currently serve as we take on the Cincinnati Cyclones!
Stick around after the game for postgame autographs with select players and donate to receive a specialty campfire mug during the game!
PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds. Infield parking is not available at this time.
TICKETS: Tickets for tomorrow’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.
BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.
You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.
ABOUT THE HOCKEY:
INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel will play the Cincinnati Cyclones for the first time this season on Friday night at home before heading to Cincy to face off with them again on Saturday. After two preseason losses to the Cyclones, the Fuel will look to claim their first win against them this year.
LAST TIME OUT
The last time these two teams met in the regular season was April 9, in the 2022-23 season where the Cyclones defeated the Fuel 5-3 with goaltenders Beck Warm and Zach Driscoll in net. Seamus Malone, who has since been named captain of the Fuel, scored two goals in that game against Cincinnati.
HILLIS IS HITTING
Cam Hillis has had a consistent start to the season with at least one point in every game except for the November 3 matchup against Kalamazoo. On October 28, he recorded three assists against Kalamazoo. Hillis is still looking for his first goal of the season but leads the team in overall points with seven.
AROUND THE DIVISION
The Iowa Heartlanders won their first game of the season on Wednesday night over the Kalamazoo Wings. Because of their two overtime losses already, they have four points on the season which matches the Fuel’s total. The Wheeling Nailers sit atop the Central division standings with eight points and a 4-1 record.
ABOUT THE INDY FUEL:
The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs, have returned to Indiana Farmers Coliseum for their tenth season. Check out all the Fuel’s promotions, theme nights and get your tickets now HERE.
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INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. ILLINOIS
SETTING THE SCENE
• The fifth-most played opponent in program history, Indiana will play Illinois for the 74th time in program history in Champaign.
The Fighting Illini lead the all-time ledger 45-26-2, but the Hoosiers have won four straight in the series.
• Indiana led 16-10 at halftime of the 2022 season opener versus Illinois, but the Illini scored the first 10 points of the second half to
hold a 20-16 edge with just 2:16 to play in the game. The Hoosiers engineered a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to grab the win.
• Illinois has done most of its damage in the series in Champaign, with a 30-10-1 record on its home turf.
• This will be just the third meeting between the two programs since the formation of the East/West divisions, with IU winning
the previous two, including a 2017 game at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium.
NEWS & NOTES
• The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week landed in Bloomington after Aaron Casey piled up 4.0 tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks as
part of a nine-tackle effort in the win over Wisconsin in Week 10. His 4.0 TFLs are the most by a Hoosier since 2016 and rank tied for
No. 9 in a single game in 2023.
• With 78 tackles, Casey ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 34 nationally entering Week 11. His 13.5 tackles for loss lead the Big Ten
and rank No. 7 in the FBS, while his 16 tackles for loss or no gain lead the Big Ten and the Power 5 per Pro Football Focus.
• Redshirt freshman Brendan Sorsby has accounted for seven touchdowns over the last three weeks – all starts – with five passing
and two rushing scores. Against Rutgers and Wisconsin, Sorsby rushed and threw for a score in each game.
• Sorsby became the first Indiana quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple passing touchdowns of 60-plus yards in a single with
two scoring strikes over 60 yards at No. 10/10 Penn State as part of a three-touchdown day from the pocket.
• Per Pro Football Focus, redshirt senior Andre Carter ranks No. 13 in the Big Ten with 24 total pressures (sacks, QB hits or hurries).
• With 2.0 tackles for loss in each of the first two games of the season, Carter’s 4.0 TFLs were the most by a Hoosier in the first
two games of a season since 2004 when Kyle Killion posted 5.5 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt senior Josh Sanguinetti pulled in his third career interception in the fourth quarter at No. 10/10 Penn State to set up the
game tying score and end Drew Allar’s FBS record for attempts to start a career without an interception (311 attempts).
• A week later, Sanguinetti pulled in a pair of fumble recoveries – the first of the season for Indiana’s defense – to become the first
Hoosier with multiple fumble recoveries in a game since 2016.
• Senior Louis Moore grabbed his first career interception in the second quarter versus Akron and followed that with his first
defensive touchdown in the third quarter on a 22-yard interception return for a score versus the Zips.
• The Indiana special teams units blocked its first kick of the 2023 season at Maryland to move its streak to 12 straight seasons
with at least one blocked kick. Special teams coordinator Kasey Teegardin’s crew has blocked at least one kick in each of his
four seasons as the corps leader.
Illinois Hosts Indiana After B1G Win at Minnesota • Illinois is coming off a thrilling 27-26 win at Minnesota. After starting quarterback Luke Altmyer was injured, back-up John Paddock entered the game for the first time with 1:25 remaining facing a 4th-and-11 from the Illinois 15-yard line with Illinois trailing by five. He needed just 35 seconds to drive the Illini 85 yards on three straight completions, including a 46-yard game-winning touchdown throw to Isaiah Williams, who also caught the 22-yard pickup on fourth down to keep Illinois alive. Paddock finished 3-for-3 passing for 85 yards, one touchdown, and a 448.0 passer rating in one of the all-time great performances by an Illini back-up quarterback. • Bret Bielema secured his seventh Big Ten road win in his first three seasons as Illinois’ head coach with the victory at Minnesota. His seven Big Ten road wins are tied for the third-most by a head coach in Illinois history through their first three seasons. Only John Mackovic (9, 1988-90) and Lou Tepper (8, 1992-94) won more Big Ten road games in their first three seasons at Illinois than Bielema. • Bielema’s 11 Big Ten wins through his first three seasons at Illinois are the most since Lou Tepper won 13 in his first three seasons (1992-94). Bielema already has the fifth-most Big Ten wins through three seasons among the Illini’s 13 head coaches in modern history (post-1940). • Illinois is looking to avenge a 23-20 loss to Indiana in Bloomington last season. Shaun Shivers’ 1-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left sealed Indiana’s win last season. • Illinois has lost four straight games against Indiana dating back to 2012. It is tied for the longest losing streak ever for Illinois against Indiana. The Hoosiers also won four straight from 1967-70. Three Final-Minute Wins • Three of Illinois’ four wins this season have come in the final minute. Caleb Griffin has game winning field goals to beat Toledo (0:05) and Maryland (0:00) and Isaiah Williams caught a 46-yard touchdown receptions with 50 seconds left to beat Minnesota. • Illinois opened its 2023 campaign in dramatic fashion, using a 29-yard Caleb Griffin field goal with five seconds left to take down Toledo, 30-28, at Memorial Stadium during Week 1. • QB Luke Altmyer led his second game-winning drive of the season and K Caleb Griffin drilled his second last-second game-winning field goal to give Illinois a 27-24 upset victory at Maryland during Week 7. • Griffin’s 43-yard game-winner at Maryland made him the first kicker to have two game-winning field goals (final minute) in a single season in Illinois history. • Casey Washington has two game-changing catches in the final drive of wins. He had a 33-yard fourth-down catch during Illinois’ final drive to beat Toledo, then had a 29-yard catch during Illinois’ final drive at Maryland, both setting up Griffin’s game-winning field goals.
Paddock’s Improbable Drive at Minnesota • Back-up quarterback John Paddock threw for 85 yards on Illinois’ final drive at Minnesota, despite only playing 35 seconds. He completed passes of 22 yards, 17 yards, and 46 yards in succession. • Paddock averaged 28.3 yards per attempt while going 3-for-3 passing. Prior to Paddock, Big Ten quarterbacks coming off the bench had averaged 5.28 yards per attempt (111-for-205 passing for 1,082 yards) when coming off the bench in Big Ten games over 35 appearances this season.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MOREN WINS CAREER GAME NO. 400 IN SEASON OPENER VICTORY OVER EIU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Four players scored in double figures as No. 9 Indiana rolled past Eastern Illinois, 96-43, in the 2023-24 season opener inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers’ 29-14 start in the first quarter was led by graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes who put up eight points and three rebounds, assisted by sophomore guard Yarden Garzon who added seven points and two rebounds to the board.
Senior guard Sara Scalia went 3-for-3 on three-pointers in the first half, totaling 11 points and two rebounds.
Scalia and Holmes made the difference in the second quarter totaling 12 points and three rebounds, with help from sophomore forward Lily Meister adding four points.
Holmes opens the third quarter with a dominant block assisting Garzon with a basket, who led the team with eight points pushing the IU lead to 77-32
The Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run led by Meister and freshman guard Lenée Beaumont late in the third quarter. A buzzer-beater score by sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser finished out the quarter.
Bargesser leads the team to a strong 96-43 finish in the fourth quarter, matching a career-high nine points and two assists.
Moren secured her 400th career win in the victory over Eastern Illinois to kick off her 21st season as a collegiate head coach.
Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes scored 19 points in the win over Eastern Illinois, putting her in third place all-time for the Hoosiers and two points behind 2nd place. She shot 90 percent from the field in the win and recorded 4 blocks.
The Hoosiers are 36-13 in season openers and hold a 24-5 record in openers at home. IU has won 11-straight openers including all 10 under Head Coach Teri Moren. IU has also started the season at home in 10 of the last 11 seasons, its only road opener at Butler in 2021-22
Indiana leads the series 4-0, in its first meeting since 1995.
IU shot 65.2 percent from the field which is the first time at 65 percent since 1998 and third overall in a single game in school history.
Lexus Bargesser recorded her first career 3-pointer in the victory and set a career high with 15 points. The Grass Lake, Mich. native also hit buzzer beaters to end the first and third quarter.
Freshman Lenée Beaumont saw her first minutes in action against Eastern Illinois, recording nine points and two assists.
Garzon recorded six first half assists against Eastern Illinois and ended the night by tying a career-high in seven assists.
Freshman guard Julianna LaMendola saw her first minutes in action against Eastern Illinois, recording one assist and five rebounds.
Sophomore guard Henna Sandvik set a career-high in assists with 4, points with 5, and tied her career highs in 3 Pointers made, Field Goals made, and steals.
All 12 Hoosiers recording minutes in the game, with sophomore forward Sharnecce Currie-Jelks and redshirt senior Arielle Wisne each adding buckets.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
Indiana faces its first road trip of the season when it travels to No. 15/13 Stanford on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
VOLLEYBALL CENTRAL: VS. RUTGERS AND (RV) MINNESOTA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Fresh off a four-match road trip, the Indiana volleyball team (17-10, 7-7) will return home to Wilkinson Hall for the first time since Oct. 21 this weekend. The Hoosiers will begin a four-game homestand on Friday evening against Rutgers before its only matchup of the season against Minnesota on Sunday.
IU is looking to spark a late-season tournament push with just three weeks left in the regular season. Already with its most wins since 2016 (17) and a pair of quality wins (at Miami (FL.), vs. No. 15 Purdue), IU will have four of its final six matches in Bloomington before a trip to the Michigan schools over Thanksgiving.
Led by outstanding junior setter Camryn Haworth, who is making a case to be the program’s first All-American in 13 seasons, the Hoosiers have their eyes set on a strong November run. IU hasn’t won 20 games overall and 10 games in the Big Ten in the same season since 2002. IU’s last 20-win regular season came in 2010.
The Hoosiers will have the chance to finish off the season sweep of Rutgers, Maryland and Michigan in the coming weeks. Minnesota and Michigan State will be first-time opponents on the season while IU will play No. 2 Wisconsin on senior day on Nov. 19.
Friday, November 10th, 2023 | vs. Rutgers | 7:00 PM ET
Sunday, November 12th, 2023 | vs. Minnesota | 1:00 PM ET
Hoosier News and Notes
• The Hoosiers are 17-10 (7-7) on the season after beating Rutgers and falling to Ohio State in four sets last weekend. IU has wins over No. 15 Purdue and Miami (FL.)
• IU won seven-straight games to end the non-conference slate and begin Big Ten play by dominating Illinois in four sets at Wilkinson Hall.
• A victory over No. 15 Purdue (Oct. 11) was the fourth top-15 win of the Steve Aird era and the first in Wilkinson Hall (opened in 2019). IU’s 6-4 start to conference play matched the program’s best 10-game start to the Big Ten in school history.
• IU’s 17 wins are the most by the program since 2016. The Hoosiers haven’t won 10 games in the Big Ten since 2002 and haven’t won 20 overall since 2010.
• Five teams in the Big Ten are separated by just two games in the standings with three weeks to go. Michigan State, Minnesota and Illinois are all 8-6. Indiana is 7-7 and Ohio State is 6-8.
• IU opened the season with its best 20-game start to a season (14-6) since beginning 15-5 in the 2010 campaign. The Hoosiers also began conference play 6-4 for the first time since 1985.
• A perfect weekend in Miami at the end of the non-conference schedule ensured the Hoosiers 10 wins in the preseason for the first time since 2019. It is the fourth season since the turn of the century the program brought 10+ wins and at least one power five victory home out of the preseason.
• Head coach Steve Aird became the first coach in program history with multiple seasons of 10+ wins in non-conference with at least one true road win over Power Five team (2019 and 2023). IU’s nine victories by sweep in the non-conference were the most since winning nine during the 2010 preseason.
• To follow up a strong end to the preseason slate, IU beat Illinois 3-1 at Wilkinson Hall to kick off the Big Ten season. The Hoosiers blocked the Illini 18 times with a career-high 12 stuffs from senior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede. The victory was the final in a run of eight-straight wins, IU’s longest winning streak since 2017.
• As a team, the Hoosiers are 1st in the Big Ten and 39th nationally with 175 service aces. In total, IU is averaging 1.77 per set which is second in the conference. Haworth leads the Big Ten and NCAA with 61 service aces. Three Hoosiers have 20 or more on the season.
• The Hoosiers are 23rd in the NCAA and 2nd in the Big Ten in total team blocks, racking up 241.0 stuffs this season. IU averages 2.43 blocks per set which is top-50 nationally. Three different players have 60+ blocks this campaign.
• IU is hitting .239 on the season which is on pace for one of the most efficient seasons in program history. Haworth helps run a balanced offense with six athletes averaging 1.99 kills per set or better. IU is one of two teams (Wisconsin) with two athletes in the top-10 in the Big Ten in hitting percentage.
• The Hoosiers sold out matches vs. No. 2 Nebraska and No. 15 Purdue with the latter setting a new Wilkinson Hall Attendance Record of 2,725. IU is averaging 1,732 fans per game across nine home matches this season, on pace to be the best mark in program history.
What’s At Stake?
• IU’s looking for wins 18 and 19 of the season this weekend. Both would give IU its winningest season since 2010. A pair of wins would give IU 10 home wins on the season. The Hoosiers’ most home wins in a season came in 1990 and 2010 with 11.
• Steve Aird’s most wins in a season as a head coach (18) came at Maryland in 2017. He’s only ever been a head coach in the Big Ten and could pass his career-best tally this weekend.
• The Hoosiers have failed to beat Minnesota since 2014 and could snap a 12-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon. A win over Rutgers would ensure a season sweep.
#10 Haworth, Camryn
• Haworth has firmly cemented as one of the best players in the Big Ten and the country, taking the momentum of a solid sophomore year into an outstanding junior season.
• She leads the Big Ten in assists (982), aces (61), aces per set (0.62) and triple-doubles (2). Among Big Ten setters, she is also first in kills (99). She is also third in the Big Ten with 9.92 assists per set.
• The Fishers, Ind. native became the 11th player in program history to record 2,000 assists, crossing the mark in a 33-assist effort against Jacksonville on September 16th. She is now No. 10 in program history with 2,597 assists.
• She is one of just 19 players in program history with 100 career aces and broke the program’s rally-era record (in place since 2001) with aces 131 and 132 of her career against Nebraska. She is No. 4 all-time in program history and will challenge for the all-time mark of 197 in the next year.
• In her time at IU, she has three of the best five single-season aces performances in the rally-scoring era. She’s got 61 aces on the season which broke IU’s rally-era single season record of 51 set in both 2005 and 2014. She is No. 12 in Big Ten history during the rally era in service aces with 149.
• One of the most versatile players in the nation, Haworth has gone for 982 assists, 215 digs, 99 kills and 61 aces. She’s a three-time Big Ten Setter of the Week and is the only power five player with a triple-double.
• She recorded back-to-back triple-doubles at Illinois (50 assists, 13 kills, 10 digs) and Northwestern (50 assists, 10 kills, 10 digs), becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.
#18 Rammelsberg, Kaley
• The fifth-year middle blocker has blossomed into one of the league’s most efficient players this season after fully recovering from an injury last season.
• She is hitting .368 on the season, one of the top-five hitters in the Big Ten. Among players in the conference hitting .360 or better this season, she has the most kills (229) and most attempts (495). She and senior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede are top-seven in the conference in hitting percentage.
• For her IU career, she is hitting .326 despite missing 10 games in conference play with an injury in 2022. She is currently second in program history in hitting percentage among athletes with over 1,000 career attempts.
#32 Gary, Ramsey
• The freshman has been as advertised since arriving to Bloomington as the program’s starting libero. On the season, she’s up to 442 digs (4.46 per set) and 95 assists.
• Her 442 digs are most in the Big Ten and third among freshmen nationally. She is averaging 4.46 digs per set on the season which leads the Big Ten and has 4.91 digs per set through 14 conference games.
• Her 26 digs in a win over Ohio State matched the single-game freshman digs record in program history. Her seven-straight matches with 20+ digs matches were the most by a single player at IU in the last 15 years.
• She broke the single-season freshman digs record at IU against Rutgers on Nov. 3 and will challenge for the all-time single season record over the final weeks of the season. She needs 525 to tie the record and 526 to break the mark set by Bayli Lebo in 2018.
Opponent Breakdown: Rutgers
Series History: 17-1 (Indiana leads) | Last Meeting: 11/3/23 (W, 3-1)
• Rutgers owns wins over Iowa and Minnesota this year and are led by a terrific setter in Alyssa Nayar.
• IU beat Rutgers last Friday. After losing the first set, the Hoosiers got into a groove offensively to win in four.
• A native of Australia, outside hitter Alissa Kinkela leads the team with 275 kills.
• Libero Madyson Chitty had 28 digs in the win over Iowa two weeks ago and leads the team with 3.67 digs per set.
Opponent Breakdown: Minnesota
Series History: 61-16 (Minnesota leads) | Last Meeting: 11/13/22 (L, 0-3)
• The Hoosiers and Golden Gophers meet for the first time this year. This is the second-straight year the teams meet just once.
• Led by 2022 Big Ten OPOY Taylor Landfaird and DPOY Kylie Murr, Minnesota has won six of eight heading into the weekend.
• Murr and setter Melani Shaffmaster are both natives of Indiana and played in the Munciana club program.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER TRAVELS TO ST. LOUIS FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer (12-3-4, 6-2-2 B1G) will face the No. 6 seed Saint Louis in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 10 at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
ABOUT THE NO. 6 BILLIKENS
• Saint Louis (17-2-2) posted a 9-0-1 record in winning the Atlantic 10 regular-season title.
• They are currently on a 10-game winning streak while also holding a 10-game shutout streak and a 16-game (14-0-2) unbeaten streak into the national tournament.
• Junior forward Emily Gaebe leads the offense with 15 goals, seven assists and 37 points.
• The Billikens lead the nation in goal differential (+57) and rank second in goals per game (3.19) and save percentage (.900), third in shutout percentage (.667) and eighth in goals against average (0.48).
• Senior goalkeeper Emily Puricelli has played in all 21 games between the posts and holds a .895 save percentage with 85 saves on the year. She has posted 17 victories this season with 10 shutouts.
• The Hoosiers hold a 1-1-1 record all-time against the Billikens.
• Indiana defeated SLU, 1-0, in 1998 and tied 1-1 in the 1999 season.
• The last matchup between the teams came in 2003 where Saint Louis came away with a 1-0 win.
• Indiana is making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade since the 2013 season.
• This marks the program’s fifth in program history.
• In 2013, IU defeated DePaul 1-0 to advance to the second round. They fell 4-0 against North Carolina.
• If the Hoosiers should advance, they would play either Georgetown, a No. 3 seed, or Old Dominion in the second round of the 64-team tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
• Penn State found the back of the net in the 21st minute and extended the lead in the 25th minute for a quick 2-0 lead.
• Indiana saw three shots in the first half but couldn’t get one on goal through the first 45.
• The Hoosiers continued to look for their first chance on goal out of the break. Senior midfielder Sofia Black opened the second half with an opportunity in the 47th minute. Once again, the shot would go just wide of the net.
• Penn State scored another goal in the 52nd minute off a second chance opportunity in the goalie box.
• Sophomore midfielder Olivia Rush had the Hoosiers first shot on goal in the 61st minute. She fired one from the midfield straight on the goal, but Penn State’s graduate goalkeeper Katherine Asman Nittany Lions keeper would make the save.
• Graduate forward Paige Webber found an open look in the 78th minute on a pass from freshman defender Piper Coffield. Her attempt was shut down as Asman made another deflection.
• Black fired two shots on goal in the 82nd and 83rd minute but was unable to capitalize on either opportunity.
GERSTENBERG NAMED GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Junior goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenbeg is first ever Goalkeeper of the Year for the Hoosiers. The Indiana goalie was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team after her stellar performance between the posts this season. She has played in all 18 games, with a 0.63 goals against average and holds a .796 save percentage.
The Birkenwerder, Germany, native has 12 victories on the season and holds the single-season shutout record with 10. She leads the Big Ten in shutouts per game (10, .556), and holds the second-highest goals against average (11, .629). Gerstenberg also ranks fifth in saves with 43 on the year. Gerstenberg was also named to the All-Big Ten Third Team in 2022 and made the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2021.
ALL-B1G TEN TEAMS
Graduate forward Paige Webber joins Gerstenberg on the All-Big Ten First Team after leading the Hoosiers’ offense this season. She has scored 12 goals, four assists combined for 28 points. Webber holds a .426 shots on goal percentage and has netted five game winning goals this season. Gerstenberg and Webber were also named to the Big Ten women’s soccer Preseason Watch List. The two All-Big Ten First Team is the first since 2008 and the only the first time two Hoosiers have been named in the name season.
Freshman defender Piper Coffield has made a huge impact for the Hoosiers in her rookie season on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. She has collected three Big Ten Weekly Awards after aiding in the Hoosiers’ 10 shutouts this season and scoring her first two goals off penalty kicks this season.
Sophomore defender Olivia Albert was one of 14 recipients of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Albert has stepped up this season for the Hoosiers. A native of East Lansing, Mich., Albert has played in 15 matches this season helping the Hoosiers to shutout 10 opponents.
BEST B1G FINISH
• Indiana posted their best finish in the Big Ten regular season, only facing two losses.
• The Hoosiers totaled 20 points, passing the record of 19 that was set in the 2020-21 season.
• IU made their 16th Big Ten Tournament appearance and their third in the last five seasons.
• IU finished the regular season at No. 39 in the RPI standings with an overall 12-2-4 record and a 6-2-2 conference record.
• Posted the highest RPI since 2013.
INDIANA WRESTLING TO HOST RIDER FOR DUAL IN SIMON SKJODT ASSEMBLY HALL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Wrestling is set to begin their dual schedule this Friday with the team’s home-opening match vs. Rider at 6 p.m. in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
This will be the second year in a row that Indiana wrestles a dual in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Last year, Indiana defeated No. 23 Princeton, 22-13, in the first dual in the historic venue since 2010.
Friday’s match, like all home events for Indiana Wrestling, is free admission with first-come, first-served access to seating.
-Indiana Wrestling began their season last weekend at The Battle at The Citadel invitational tournament on Sunday, Nov. 5.
-With its stellar performance in Charleston, the team set itself up well for a strong season.
-The Hoosiers came away victorious with a first-place finish and scoring 118.5 team points. Indiana competed against American, Appalachian State, Drexel, George Mason and The Citadel.
-Sixteen Hoosiers competed in the event across all weight classes. Each Indiana entrant at least advanced out of the first round.
-Seven Indiana wrestlers placed with three champions. Dan Fongaro (141), Graham Rooks (149) and Gabe Sollars (197) all won their brackets.
-Tyler Lillard (165) had a second-place finish. Cayden Rooks (133), Nico Bolivar (157) and Roman Rogotzke (184) all finished in third.
-Fongaro, Anthony Bahl (149), Aidan Torres (149) and Rogotzke all made their Indiana debut over the weekend.
-Indiana put on quite a scoring display in Charleston, with a number of wins by major decision, tech fall or pin.
-Ten of Indiana’s 16 entrants had at least one win that resulted in bonus points.
-Five different Hoosier wrestlers won by fall: Blaine Frazier, Cayden Rooks, Dan Fongaro, Roman Rogotzke and Gabe Sollars.
-Sollars had two pins and Rogotzke had three on the afternoon.
-Tyler Lillard posted two tech falls.
-Indiana will open with a tough test for its first dual in Rider.
-The Broncs enter the 2023-24 campaign coming off of a 9-5 season that included dual victories at Purdue and at Princeton.
-Rider finished in fifth place at the MAC Championships and had three NCAA qualifiers in 2023.
-Of Rider’s three qualifers in 2023 –– McKenzie Bell, Quinn Kinner and Ethan Laird –– two return in Bell and Kinner.
-Laird was an All-American, taking sixth place at 197 lbs. at the 2023 NCAA Championships. He also won the MAC title at 197.
-The Broncs began this season with a second-place finish at the Princeton Open. The team had six placers iwth two second-place finishers in the tournament at their respective weight classes.
-Rider has four ranked wrestlers in the early portion of the season: No. 28 Richie Koehler (133), No. 25 McKenzie Bell (141), No. 20 Quinn Kinner (149) and No. 29 David Szuba (285).
-With Rider having that group of wrestlers ranked, it will create three matchups of ranked versus ranked wrestlers in the dual with Indiana, based on the probable starters.
-The ranked matchups will potenially occur at 141, 149 and 285:
No. 31 Dan Fongaro vs. No. 25 McKenzie Bell
No. 6 Graham Rooks vs. No. 20 Quinn Kinner
No. 33 Nick Willham vs. No. 29 David Szuba
-Koehler and Szuba both own a 3-1 record thus far while Bell and Kinner have yet to wrestle this season.
-Indiana has eight new wrestlers on the roster for this season.
-Of the newbies, five of them are freshmen while the other three are transfers.
-All five freshmen are from the state of Indiana. They include Bryce Lowery (Indianapolis), Joey Buttler (Greenwood), Cheaney Schoeff (Avon), Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) and Aidan Torres (Chesterton).
-Lowery, Buttler and Torres all won an IHSAA individual State Championship during their senior season. Bahl won a Team State Title with the Crown Point Bulldogs, the second in a row for the team, and their third in four years.
-Lowery won IndyStar’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the best senior wrestler in the state for the 2022-2023 school year.
-Indiana’s transfer class includes Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee and Roman Rogotzke.
-Lee, a known commodity around NCAA Wrestling, returns to his home state after spending five years at Minnesota.
-The two-time All-American (2020, 2021) is seeking to recapture his momentum after entering last season as the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. in the country.
-Lee’s 2022-23 season was cut short due to injury at The Big Ten Championships.
-Fongaro comes to Indiana after five years at Columbia where he competed at 141 and 149 lbs. He will wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Hoosiers.
-Fongaro owns fifth and sixth place finishes at the EIWA Championships in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
-Rogotzke, a transfer at 184 lbs., from South Dakota State, enters his redshirt sophomore season with plenty of momentum.
-Last year, Rogotzke racked up 17 wins and took first place at two open tournaments.
-Indiana’s 2023-2024 schedule features 12 dual matches and four invitational tournaments in the regular season.
-Indiana’s dual slate features eight Big Ten matches and four non-conference duals.
-Indiana will compete at Southern Scuffle for the first time this season.
-The Indiana Wrestling team had a number of wrestlers compete in offseason competiton to get better and compete on the world stage.
-Senior Jacob Moran competed for Team Puerto Rico at 57 kg in Freeestyle and took third place at the Central American and Caribbean Games while also competing at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Albania.
-Derek Gilcher took fifth place at the 2023 U.S. Open at the Senior Level at 74 kg.
-Gabe Sollars earned sixth place at the 2023 U.S. Open in the U20 divsion in Freestyle at 92 kg. He also had a sixth-place finish at the U20 World Team Trials in the same weight class and divison.
-DJ Washington finished in second at 86 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.
-Nick Willham had a fourth-place finish at 92 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.
-Tyler Lillard earned 7th place at 74 kg in the U20 World Team Trials in Freestyle.
-Cole Rhemrev took 7th place at 67 kg in Greco-Roman at the U20 World Team Trials. Magnus Kuokkanen got 7th in the same division, but at 77 kg.
-Indiana’s roster features wrestlers everywhere across the country.
-Fifteen wrestlers on the team are home grown, in-state Hoosiers, including all of the freshmen.
-Of the 30 wrestlers on the team, there are 13 different states represented.
-The states represented on Indiana’s roster include Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Kansas and Kentucky.
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY
HOOSIERS HEAD TO NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONALS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana cross country teams are back in Madison, Wis., for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet at Thomas Zimmerman Cross Country Course on Friday morning.
Men’s 10k – 12:30 a.m. ET
Women’s 6k – 1:30 p.m. ET
Location & Parking
Thomas Zimmerman Championship Cross Country Course
The course is located at 9002 County Road PD Madison, WI 53593.
Indiana will race against 15 teams in the Great Lakes region.
The women will compete against four top-ranked Big Ten teams including the Big Ten Champions Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State.
In addition, they will race a top local competitor in Notre Dame who is ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 9 in the nation.
The men’s squad will face the top competitor in the region No. 5 Wisconsin who won back-to-back Big Ten titles. They will also face in-state competitor in No. 12 Butler who is ranked second in the region.
At the Big Ten Championships, the men earned an eighth-place team finish with Abe Eckman and Austin Haskett leading the team with two top-25 finishes. The women finished 11th with freshman Lily Myers and Grace Tyson leading the way alongside senior Phoebe Bates.
This meet serves as one of nine qualifiers across the country to next week’s NCAA Cross Country Championships in Charlottesville, Va.
The top two men’s and women’s teams will advance automatically out of each region with the final 13 to be selected at-large by the NCAA committee.
Individually, the top four finishers on non-advancing teams will also earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. Two additional individuals are selected at-large by the committee.
Men’s Lineup: NCAA Regionals
Personal Best (10K) Athletes
31:32.8 Abe Eckman
— Brayden Henkle
30:43.9 Camden Marshall
30:57.6 Austin Haskett
32:22.2 Nolan Satterfield
30:40.6 Skylar Stidam
— Travis Hickner
Women’s Lineup: NCAA Regionals
Personal Best (6K) Athletes
20:14.4 Mariah Wehrle
20:42.5 Phoebe Bates
20:56.3 Claire Overfelt
21:09.2 Lily Myers
21:09.4 Tori Schmidt
21:20.6 Grace Tyson
21:45.4 Emma Everhart-Deckard
GAME NOTES VS. MINNESOTA
STORY LINES • Following back-to-back road games, Purdue Football returns home for the first time in nearly a month. The Boilermakers host Big Ten West foe Minnesota at Ross Ade Stadium, their first home game in 28 days. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. • The Boilermakers won last season’s matchup 20-10 in Minneapolis, handing the No. 21 Golden Gophers their first loss of the season. • Last week at Michigan, Purdue held the No. 3 Wolverines to a season-low 110 rushing yards and became the first team to outgain them on the ground this season (125-110). • With eight fumble recoveries on the season, including five over the past two games, the Boilermakers rank second in the Big Ten and 10th nationally. • The Boilermakers won three of their four November games in each of the past two seasons. That includes closing out the 2022 regular season with three straight victories to win the Big Ten West outright and advance to the conference championship game for the first time in school history. • Cam Allen, ranked third on Purdue’s all-time list with 12 career interceptions, recorded two INTs in last year’s win over No. 21 Minnesota. Allen went on to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. • George Karlaftis will serve as the honorary captain for Saturday’s game. The 2021 All-American and member of the Den of Defensive Ends was a first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft before going on to win the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs during his rookie season. • Dillon Thieneman, a consensus Midseason Freshman All-American, is one of 14 semifinalists up for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award. He is the only Big Ten semifinalist for college football’s best freshman. • Thieneman is a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the only defender in conference history to earn the weekly accolade three times in a season. As Purdue’s leading tackler, Thieneman ranks second nationally with 6.1 solo tackles per game. • Outside linebackers Kydran Jenkins and Nic Scourton have more sacks and TFLs than any other duo in the Big Ten. Both Boilermakers lead the conference with 7.0 sacks apiece, while Jenkins ranks second (12.5) and Scourton third (12.0) in TFLs. • Cole Brevard, Kydran Jenkins and Antonio Stevens have recovered two fumbles apiece this season, leading the conference and ranking eighth nationally. • Deion Burks has caught six of Purdue’s nine touchdown passes this season.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW After two straight home contests, Minnesota (5-4, 3-3 B1G) embarks on its final road trip of the year. The penultimate road game of the season sees the Golden Gophers visiting Purdue (2-7, 1-5 B1G) in West Lafayette, Ind. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Tyler Nubin’s interception in the fourth quarter against Illinois Saturday was his fourth of the season and the 12th of his career, the latter of which ties a Gophers program record held by Sean Lumpkin (1988-91) and Jeff Wright (1968-70). A fifth-year senior, Nubin recorded one interception as a sophomore, three as a junior and four a year ago as a senior. He has a pair of multi-interception games in his career, including earlier this year against Nebraska. His 12 career interceptions are tied with Purdue’s Cam Allen for the most by an active player in the FBS. Gopher history was made when Jordan Nubin was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his standout performance against Michigan State on Oct. 28. His win marked the ninth time this season that Minnesota had a weekly honor from the Big Ten, breaking the program record of eight set in 2018 and matched in 2019. In addition to Jordan Nubin’s honor, Tyler Nubin has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice, while Dragan Kesich can say the same for Special Teams Player of the Week. Freshman of the Week has gone to Darius Taylor three times, tying a program record, and Zach Evans has won it once. Since Freshman of the Week was introduced in 2010, the only other season that Minnesota has won all four awards came in 2014. More information on each weekly award winner can be found throughout the notes. Since 2021, Minnesota has seen seven different running backs combine for 26 100-yard rushing games: Mohamed Ibrahim (10), Ky Thomas (5), Mar’Keise Irving (3), Trey Potts (3), Darius Taylor (3), Jordan Nubin (1) and Bryce Williams (1). Ibrahim (2) and Nubin (1) have also combined for three 200-yard games. Within the Big Ten, only Michigan State and Nebraska (five each) have had more than four different 100-yard rushers since 2021. In addition, Michigan joins Minnesota as the only teams to have multiple 200-yard rushers in that same time span. The 2023 campaign is the seventh for head coach P.J. Fleck at Minnesota, where his record is 49-31. He is fifth in program history for overall wins, Big Ten wins (29) and games coached (80). Fleck’s .613 win percentage is third best among Minnesota coaches with at least 45 games under their helm behind only Henry L. Williams (.786, 1900-21) and Bernie Bierman (.716, 1932-41, ‘45-50). In his 11th season overall as a college head coach, Fleck is 79-53 (.598).
FACING PURDUE: Minnesota and Purdue meet for the 79th time on Saturday with the Golden Gophers owning a 41-34-3 edge in the all-time series. Minnesota has won four of the last five meetings and eight of the previous 10. A Purdue win last season in Minneapolis snapped the Golden Gophers’ four-game win streak in the series. Minnesota is looking to avoid its first back-to-back losses to Purdue since 2010-11. In West Lafayette, Minnesota trails 8-21 in the all-time series, but has won two in a row and three of the last four at Ross-Ade Stadium. In its history, Minnesota had never won consecutive games at Purdue prior to prevailing in 2019 and 2021. The Gophers haven’t lost there since 2017. The two-game road win streak at Purdue is tied for Minnesota’s longest against all FBS programs with two consecutive wins at Colorado State, Indiana and Nebraska. P.J. Fleck is 4-2 against Purdue as head coach of Minnesota and 4-3 against the Boilermakers overall. A win Saturday would make Purdue just the second school that Fleck has beaten at least five times in his Minnesota career. He’s also beaten Nebraska six times with the Gophers.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#3 PURDUE CLOSES OUT OPENING WEEK ON FRIDAY VS. MOREHEAD STATE
GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 02
 Purdue (1-0) vs. Morehead State (1-1)
7 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Indiana
Mackey Arena | 14,876 (SOLD OUT)
TELEVISION: B1G+ (Alex Brophy, J.J. Palmer)
RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)
THE NOTES TO KNOW
• No. 3-ranked Purdue closes out its opening week of play as another defending conference champion visits Mackey Arena when Morehead State arrives for a Friday night tilt. The Eagles won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season crown a year ago by three games, and were picked to win the title again this season. The Eagles were upset in the OVC Tournament in the quarterfinals by SE Missouri State.
• The Boilermakers have won 25 straight regular-season, non-conference games, dating to a Dec. 8, 2020, setback at Miami, Fla. The streak is the longest in the country by nine games (New Mexico – 16). A win over Morehead State would set the school record for the longest non-conference, regular-season winning streak in school history (25 — Jan. 2, 1992 to Nov. 27, 1994).
• Purdue has won 21 straight non-conference home games, tied for the third-longest streak in Mackey Arena history. Its last loss came on Nov. 9, 2019, against Texas. The Boilermakers are 116-13 (.899) at home since the start of the 2015-16 season — the sixth-best record nationally.
• Purdue had seven players make 3-pointers and 10 players scored at least five points in the win over Samford. The Boilermakers also had 10 players log at least 14 minutes of playing time and no player saw more than 22:26 (Braden Smith) of action.
• Purdue recorded 29 assists on its 34 made field goals against Samford. The 29 assists were the were the second most in a season opener in school history and the most since having 37 against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 14, 1997.
• Meanwhile, Purdue’s defense held Samford to just 25.0 percent shooting from the field, including 20.0 percent in the opening half. Purdue won the battle of the glass by 21 rebounds and the 53-point margin was the 11th-largest win in school history.
• In two season openers against Samford (2014-15 opener), the Bulldogs combined for 85 points and shot 32-of-134 (.239) from the field.
• The Boilermakers currently rank No. 1 nationally in offensive efficiency (117.8) and ninth in defensive efficiency (89.7). Early on, Purdue is one of four teams to rank in the top 10 in both categories (Purdue, Houston, Connecticut, Kansas).
• Purdue is also in the top 10 nationally in blocked shots per game (1st), 3-point percentage (4th), assists per game (6th), 3-pointers per game (6th) and field goal percentage defense (6th). Purdue recorded at least 10 blocks and nine steals in the same game for fifth time in school history (note later in packet).
• Purdue’s No. 3 ranking marks its highest preseason ranking since the 1987-88 season (No. 2). Purdue has been ranked in the preseason top 10 for the second time in the last three years (2021-22 –> No. 7). It marks the eighth time in school history that Purdue has been ranked in the top 10 of the AP preseason poll. The last five times that Purdue has been ranked top 10, it has posted a 140-31 (.819) record.
• A year ago, Purdue became the first team since Wisconsin in 2015 to win an outright Big Ten regular-season title and the Big Ten Tournament title in the same season. Purdue became the first team in Big Ten history to win the regular-season title by at least three games and win the Big Ten Tournament in the same season. No team since Michigan State (1999, 2000) has won consecutive Big Ten Tournament and outright regular-season championships.
• Purdue’s 59 wins since the start of the 2021-22 season are the sixth most in the country (Houston, Kansas, Arizona, Gonzaga, Duke). Among Big Ten teams, Wisconsin (46) and Iowa (46) are next on the list.
• Purdue is in search for its 26th Big Ten Championship, already owning the most Big Ten titles in league history. Should Purdue win the Big Ten title in 2024, it will mark its fourth title in the last eight seasons and back-to-back titles for the first time since 1994-95-96.
• Matt Painter ranks fifth on the Big Ten’s list for career wins with 414, needing just seven victories to tie Illinois legend Lou Henson for fourth (421). On the Big Ten games-only chart, Painter is seventh (209 wins), needing one win to tie Indiana’s Branch McCracken (210).
#16 PURDUE TO FACE MINNESOTA, MICHIGAN STATE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Fresh off a series sweep vs. Penn State, the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers are set for a pair of matches this weekend at Minnesota and vs. Michigan State.
The Boilermakers, currently third in the Big Ten standings at 15-8 (9-5 Big Ten) will begin the weekend with a Friday night showdown at Minnesota, a team receiving votes in the AVCA/Taraflex poll. The matchup, set for a 7 p.m. ET first serve, will be streamed on B1G+. Then, Purdue returns home on Sunday as they take on Michigan State at 1 p.m. ET on B1G+ in Purdue’s Military Appreciation match.
PURDUE AT A GLANCE
Only three weeks remain with six regular-season matches on Purdue’s slate, with an even 50% split between home and road.
The last six of the team’s seven matches came vs. an opponent ranked or receiving votes. The Boilermakers went 5-1 in those matches.
The Boilermakers are 7-3 over the last 10 matches.
Purdue is third in the Big Ten standings and rank as high as third in the Big Ten statistical rankings in hitting % (.248) and opponent blocks (1.96).
Two Boilermakers rank first or second in the league: Raven Colvin (#1 with 130total blocks) and Maddie Schermerhorn (#2 with 4.37 digs per set). Meanwhile, Eva Hudson and Chloe Chicoine are among the top offensive players in the conference, ranking 4th and 7th, respectively in kills per set and 4th and 5th in total points.
LAST WEEK’S RECAP
Purdue split the week with a loss at #2 Wisconsin (0-3) and a five-set winner vs. #16 Penn State (3-2).
The win vs. Penn State marked the second series sweep in program history over the Nittany Lions (last: 1982) and gave Purdue the edge over Penn State for third place in the Big Ten standings.
The team’s 69 kills are the most in a Big Ten match in five years (last: 74 vs. Iowa on 11/17/18), besting the previous season-high of 66, set at Ohio State last month.
Lourdès Myers recorded an errorless 9 kills on 11 attacks for an .818 hitting % vs. #16 Penn State, the fourth-highest hitting % in Purdue history and the record in a 5-set match (10-14 attempts).
Maddie Schermerhorn totaled 27 digs vs. #16 Penn State and entered the Purdue record book once again, this time in career digs, securing 10th place with 1,297.
PURDUE VS. TOP-25 OPPONENTS
The Boilermakers won matches against two teams ranked directly above them in the latest AVCA poll: #13 Kentucky (W, 3-2), and #14 Kansas (W, 3-2 on the road).
This year, Purdue is 5-3 vs. top-25 teams and 9-4 vs. teams ranked or receiving votes.
The Boilermakers have two matches remaining this season vs. top-25 opponents, plus one more vs. teams receiving votes.
LAST TIME OUT VS MINNESOTA (PURDUE 3, MINNESOTA 0)
Purdue hit .390% in the match, a season-best and the highest since the team’s .422 attack % last year vs. Xavier (9/10/22). Meanwhile, it was the best attack % by the program against a Big Ten team in two years (last: .405 vs. Rutgers, 10/2/21).
Eva Hudson totaled a team-leading 17 kills with just three errors on 36 swings for a .389 attack %, just shy of her season-high (.394 set vs. Illinois).
In Chloe Chicoine’s 30 attempts, the freshman committed just one error, a season-best. Chicoine recorded 11 kills with a .333 hitting clip for the second straight match hitting above .300.
Purdue out-blocked Minnesota, 8-1 in the match, the fewest allowed against a Big Ten opponent in more than four years (last: 1 allowed at Indiana, 9/30/17).
Junior Ali Hornung reached 500 career digs in the match.
IN RECENT MATCHES VS. MINNESOTA
The Boilermakers are 3-1 over the last two seasons vs. Minnesota, with Purdue’s lone loss coming in Minneapolis.
The last time Purdue swept Minnesota on the road was in 1995.
Purdue will be looking to secure the series sweep vs. Minnesota, which would mark the first time in head coach Dave Shondell’s tenure and the first for the program in 24 years (last: 1998).
SCOUTING THE MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
This match marks the Gopher’s 11th ranked match of the season, although it will only be the fifth played at Maturi Pavilion.
Phoebe Awoleye leads the Minnesota defense at the net with 1.24 blocks per set, good for 6th in the Big Ten, while Kylie Murr leads the team in digs with 4.05 per set, ranking 6th in the Big Ten.
Minnesota has two players in the top ten in the league in service aces: Taylor Landfair ranks 8th with 0.34 and Lydia Grote ranks 10th with 0.32.
Landfair has only improved during Big Ten play, currently ranking 10th in the conference with 3.49 kills per set including 5 matches with over 15 kills.
SCOUTING THE MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Michigan State is 3-1 over its last four matches, a stretch that includes wins vs. #13 Penn State in five sets (set 5 score: 18-16), Maryland and Iowa.
Taylah Holdem leads the offensive effort for the Spartans, averaging 3.87 points per set (9th in the Big Ten) and 3.43 kills per set.
Although four setters have reached triple digits in assists this season, Julia Bishop (5.78 per set) and Cameron Berger (6.61 per set) lead the way. Bishop played in the last three matches, while Berger saw playing time most recently vs. Ohio State.
As a team, Michigan State is averaging a .223 attack % while holding opponents to the third-lowest opponent hitting % in the Big Ten at .181. The Spartans check in at seventh in the Big Ten standings.
Amani McArthur ranks 6th in the league with a .362 hitting % and Nalani Iosia is 4th in the league with 4.21 digs per set.
PURDUE CROSS COUNTRY
POSTSEASON CONTINUES AT NCAA REGIONAL
MADISON, Wis. – The Purdue cross country team is set to race at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Friday, November 10, in Madison, Wisconsin.
The regional meet will begin with the women’s 6k at 12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT, and the men’s 10k will follow at 1:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. CT. The meet will be held at Wisconsin’s Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
Live results are available at PTTiming.com, and additional NCAA Regional information can be found at UWBadgers.com. Direct links to follow along are on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/CrossCountry, and updates from Madison also are available by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Fifteen Boilermakers, eight men and seven women, will don the Old Gold and Black on Friday in Madison. All 15 will return to the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course after UW hosted the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.
The regional field features 34 women’s teams and 31 men’s programs. That includes four ranked squads in the men’s race – No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 12 Butler, No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 25 Michigan – and three top-25 women’s teams – No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 23 Wisconsin. Two programs also are receiving votes in the latest polls, the Michigan State men and the Michigan women.
The NCAA Great Lakes Regional is hosted by Wisconsin for the first time since 2019 and for the seventh time since the Zimmer Championship Course debuted in 2009.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2022 NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONAL
At last year’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional, the Purdue men placed eighth and the women were ninth on November 11, 2022, in Terre Haute, Indiana. Then-sophomore Nathan Walker paced the men’s squad in the 10k race and then-senior Emma Tate earned the women’s team’s best finish in the 6k event on a cool, overcast day.
Six of Purdue’s 14 runners notched personal-best times on Friday, and another three ran their respective distances for the first time.
Recap the meet at PurdueSports.com/CrossCountry.
LAST TIME OUT: BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Boilermaker men finished fourth and the women were 12th at the 2023 Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Madison on October 27.
Walker led the team with a 12th-place finish to earn All-Big Ten Second Team honors, Purdue’s best individual Big Ten finish since the 2020-21 championships. Junior Emma Squires led the women with a 34th place finish, her best career Big Ten Cross Country placement.
The men were fourth overall for their best finish in three years and their sixth top-five finish in the last seven years. That top-five streak, which began in 2017, was preceded by five total top-five finishes from 1951-2016. The only other time in program history where the Boilermakers finished in the top five more often than the current stretch was when they recorded 14 top-five finishes in 15 seasons from 1931-1950.
Squires and Walker were two of eight Boilermakers – five men and three women – who notched their best career Big Ten Cross Country finishes. Additionally, 13 runners competed at their first Big Ten Championships of any kind, either cross country or track & field.
A complete recap is available at PurdueSports.com/CrossCountry.
NEXT UP: NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Qualifying teams and individual runners will race at the 2023 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 18, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL
BULLDOGS HOST 2023 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM SEMO FRIDAY NIGHT AT HINKLE
Butler (1-0) vs. Southest Missouri St. (0-1)
Friday, Nov. 10; 8:30PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: FS2 & FOX Sports App – Bob Brainerd & Dickey Simpkins
Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App & SiriusXM 381, SiriusXM App 971 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
SERIES: First Meeting
• Butler is 71-2 over its last 73 non-conference home games.
• Butler has won nine straight non-conference home games.
• Including Butler’s 94-55 win over Eastern Michigan Monday night, the Bulldogs have won their home opener in 25 consecutive seasons; that dates back to 1998 when Southwest Missouri State (now referred to as Missouri State) won a 72-57 decision at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.
• The Bulldogs had six players in double figures against Eastern Michigan, the first game since the Nov. 14, 2015 win over The Citadel that six players scored 10 or more points (seven players hit that threshold against The Citadel).
• Pierre Brooks II (16) and Connor Turnbull (13) both posted career-high scoring outputs Monday night; for Turnbull, it was his first career game scoring in double figures.
• After committing nine turnovers in the first half against Eastern Michigan, Butler had only one miscue in the second half.
• Jahmyl Telfort led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points, while Jalen Thomas had a team-best seven rebounds. Posh Alexander posted team-highs in both assists (eight) and steals (three) along with his 13 points.
• Forty-eight (48) of Butler’s 94 points came in the paint Monday night; Andre Screen made all six of his attempts from the field, mostly from close range.
• Butler is without freshman Augusto Cassia, who sustained a strain to a muscle in his right leg in late October. He is out indefinitely, and his status will be updated in the coming weeks.
• Only two players on the 2023-24 roster played in games for Butler last season (Jalen Thomas and Connor Turnbull). John-Michael Mulloy was also on the Butler roster a season ago, but didn’t play due to injury.
• Butler returns only 9% of scoring (191 of 2,088 points) and 9% of minutes played (563 of 6,400) from the 2022-23 season.
• Thomas and Turnbull combined for 32 of the team’s 74 blocked shots in BIG EAST play despite combining to play only 493 of the team’s 4,000 minutes played in conference action.
• The nine scholarship players on Butler’s 2023-24 roster who bring collegiate experience have combined for 237 double-figure scoring games entering the season; only eight of those games have come in a Butler uniform (all by Thomas during the 2022-23 season).
• Five of Butler’s incoming transfers averaged double figures during the 2022-23 season for their respective former teams.
• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.
• Matta is 24-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).
• Alex Barlow, most recently the head coach of the Boston Celtics’ G-League affiliate in Maine, returns to Butler as an assistant coach for the upcoming season; as a player, Barlow helped the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2015. Barlow filled the staff vacancy that was created when Kevin Kuwik was named the head coach at Army.
• SEMO won the 2023 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, which earned the team an NCAA Tournament berth. The Redhawks lost in the NCAA First Four in Dayton, falling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
In a message to the Butler University community Nov. 8, Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2024. Collier, who led Butler’s men’s basketball team to prominence as head coach, has served at the helm of the Butler University athletic department since August of 2006. More information.
Evan Haywood Signs with Butler
Local standout Evan Haywood has signed a national letter of intent to join the Butler men’s basketball program. He will suit up for the Bulldogs beginning with the 2024-25 season. Haywood, a 6-4 guard from Carmel, Ind., is beginning his senior season at Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis. He has played on the summer circuit with both the Progeny 2024 and EG10 17U programs. More information.
Milestones Within Reach
• Jahmyl Telfort scored 1,000 points in just three seasons at Northeastern, currently standing at 1,113 career points. Four Bulldogs have the opportunity to join him above the 1,000-point threshold during the season: Posh Alexander (992), DJ Davis (961), Jalen Thomas (735), and Andre Screen (733).
• Jalen Thomas pulled down his 500th career rebound in the final game of the 2022-23 season; he now has 507 career boards. Andre Screen has 415 career rebounds.
• Posh Alexander handed out 391 assists in his three seasons at St. John’s and has 399 for his career.
BUTLERVB SET TO HOST UCONN AND PROVIDENCE FOR FINAL HOME MATCHES IN 2023
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team will play their final matches inside Hinkle Fieldhouse this season against UConn and Providence. The Bulldogs will welcome the Huskies on Friday, at noon followed by another match on Sunday against the Friars with the first serve slated for noon.
-Butler dropped to ninth in the BIG EAST standings with a conference record of 4-10 and an overall record of 10-14
-In their last five matches, the Bulldogs have gone to five sets but lost their last four games, including losses last week to Villanova and Georgetown
-Mariah Grunze cracked 1,000 career kills in Sunday’s match against Georgetown
-Grunze collected the most kills by any Bulldog this season with a new career-high 23 kills in Friday’s match against Villanova
-Jaymeson Kinley is the lone graduating senior on the team and is set to play her final match at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday against Providence
-Kinley combined for 47 digs (4.70 per set) and 15 assists in both matches last weekend
-Cora Taylor has racked up six double-doubles in the last seven matches totaling 93 assists and 23 digs in both matches last weekend
-Taylor is seven assists away from 1,000 assists this season and 15 away from 2,000 career assists
-Grace Boggess has hit over .400 in her last four matches moving her season total to .343, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST
-Elise Ward hit for .379 with 15 kills (3.00 per set) in the match against Georgetown.
-The Bulldogs tied their season-high of 64 assists while hosting the Hoyas on Sunday afternoon
-UConn leads the all-time series against Butler with a record of 3-2 after they beat the Bulldogs at home 3-1 earlier this season
-BU carries an undefeated record of 18-0 against Providence this weekend. Butler swept the Friars in Rhode Island last month.
SCOUTING UCONN: The Huskies still dwell at the bottom of the BIG EAST standings with a 2-12 conference record and a 7-19 overall record. UConn began the season with a 5-7 record with challenges against Michigan State and Florida State losing both matches 3-0. Since they’ve hit conference play, their success began to dwindle dropping their first seven matches. The Huskies then flipped the script knocking off Butler and Providence 3-1 before going back to only winning one set in their last five matches.
UConn has struggled with accuracy on offense holding the worst hitting percentage in the conference at .177. The Huskies run their offense through Emma Werkmeister, who has been set the ball 200 more times than any other UConn hitter.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE: Similar to the Huskies, the Friars have also struggled in the BIG EAST this year ranking 10th with a conference record of 2-12 and 8-18 overall. Providence started with a 6-6 non-conference record that included a five-match winning streak. However, they hit a wall once BIG EAST action kicked off being swept in their first four matches. The roller coaster ride picked up after the Friars rattled off back-to-back wins on the road over Georgetown and Villanova. This was their peak as Providence have since lost their last eight matches.
Providence has struggled on defense allowing the most kills and assists this season. Junior outside hitter Shaliyah Rhoden has been the lone bright spot on the team after being named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 4.47 kills per set.
BUTLER AT PROVIDENCE (Oct. 13): The Bulldogs swept the Friars on the road (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) to earn their third win of the season. Butler played outstanding defense, collecting a season-high for a three-set match with 55 digs while limiting Providence to just a .185 hitting percentage.
Mariah Grunze led the match with 13 kills while freshman Laiya Ebo stepped up in the absence of Abby Maesch to hit for a team-high .412 with 10 kills during her first career conference match.
BUTLER AT UCONN (Oct. 14): Butler gave UConn their first conference win of the season after the Huskies won 3-1. All four sets came down to the wire with neither team winning each set by more than four points.
Despite the outcome of the match, Laiya Ebo shined even brighter on Saturday, topping her performance from Friday’s match after hitting a career-high .522 while racking up 14 kills and two blocks.
FIVE-SET STREAK: The Bulldogs have played in 25 sets throughout their last five matches, which is the most in a five-match span in program history. No Butler team has played more than three five-set matches in a row let alone five matches. During the span of matches, the Bulldogs won their first match in a reverse sweep against DePaul, but have since lost their last four matches.
Butler has a chance to increase the streak to six or even seven matches this weekend against UConn and Providence.
GRUNZE REACHES 1K: Mariah Grunze cracked 1,000 career kills last weekend against Georgetown. Her total now sits at 1008 kills and her average of 3.43 kills is currently at the highest of her career. The Waterford, Wis. native also became one of only 41 student-athletes in the NCAA to reach 1,000 attempts this season after she reached 1066 total attacks.
Grunze capped off an incredible weekend setting a new career-high at 23 kills in the match against Villanova Friday night. She earned double-doubles in both matches last week totaling 41 kills and 28 digs.
KINLEY’S LAST DANCE: Jaymeson Kinley is set to play her final matches at home of her collegiate career. The two-time BIG EAST Libero of the Year has racked up plenty of accolades while in a Bulldog uniform including the top two season marks in total digs and digs per set in program history. Her total of career digs sits at 1930, which is 79 digs away from becoming Butler’s all-time leader in digs.
Kinley is the lone graduating senior on the team and will be recognized by the Bulldogs after Sunday’s match against Providence.
ALL EYES ON TAYLOR: Cora Taylor is set to reach two achievements this weekend. The former BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection is seven assists away from 1,000 assists this season and 15 away from 2,000 career assists. Her average of 10.13 assists also still leads the conference this season.
Taylor registered double-doubles in both matches this weekend after totaling 93 assists and 23 digs. She has now earned six double-doubles in her last seven matches
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will hit the road for their final conference matches of the season next weekend at Xavier and Creighton.
The Bulldogs will face Xavier on Wed. Nov. 15 at noon followed by a match against Creighton on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER
JAGUARS FALL SHORT IN COMEBACK ATTEMPT AGAINST GREEN BAY IN #HLMSOC SEMIS
ROCHESTER, Mich. – In the second match between the sides in just over two weeks, No. 3 seed IUPUI gave up two first half goals to No. 2 seed Green Bay in the #HLMSOC tournament semifinal Thursday evening (Nov. 9). Despite getting a goal back halfway through the second stanza, the Jaguars were unable to find an equalizer, falling 2-1.
“It was a game of two halves. I think Green Bay was better on the ball in the first half, and even though we wanted to compete from the start, I felt like we didn’t really do that,” said head coach Sid van Druenen following the match. “In the second half we changed some things and I think the guys showed good spirit and fight, and I think it’s been like that all year, but unfortunately we weren’t able to put together a complete 90 minute performance.”
Green Bay (9-3-5, 5-2-2 HL) came into the match riding high, having won four straight and five of its last seven. The Phoenix offense had been humming, averaging over two goals per game, including a 3-1 victory over Horizon League regular season champ Oakland.
On the other side, IUPUI (7-7-5, 4-2-3 HL) struggled to find results in the back half of the season, but leaned on its defense that only gave up more than one goal once in its past seven contests—coming against Green Bay on Oct. 21.
Both goalkeepers came up huge for their squads early, with Tobias Jahn and Lucas Morefield each making difficult saves in the opening 15 minutes of play. Morefield made the match’s first big stop, denying a shot from Christoph Schurz inside the box. A few minutes later, Jahn, the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, did well to keep the Jaguars off the board, turning away a powerful effort from Josemir Gomez.
In the best scoring chance of the first half, the Phoenix capitalized on the counterattack, with Keegan Walker calmly passing the ball into the back of the net after Jaden Prado played him in behind the Jaguar back line. Less than ten minutes later, the advantage would be stretched to two following a brilliant individual effort by Andrew Paolucci. After splitting two defenders, the junior used the outside of his left boot to beat Morefield just before the half.
Needing two goals, van Druenen switched to three at the back to begin the second half to get more players forward. One of the subs who came in at the break was freshman Baela Brucker, who proved crucial in the second 45.
After an opening 15 minutes without much success moving forward, IUPUI reached another gear with 30 minutes remaining. Following a clearance by the Green Bay defense, Dominic Breidenbach received the ball in the defensive half and made a lengthy run through the defense. The ball eventually found its way to the feet of Gomez who sent it out wide to Brucker. The Albuquerque, New Mexico native lofted a ball over all the defenders inside the six to the back post where a leaping Logan Finnegan headed it into the back of the net to pull the team within a goal. The tally was Finnegan’s fifth of the campaign and Brucker’s first career assist.
With just under five minutes remaining, Gomez received a cross from Edgar Correia and connected with the ball cleanly but sent it just over the bar. The attempt proved to be the final scoring chance for the Jags, with the Phoenix defense holding strong to secure the 2-1 triumph and a spot in the final on Saturday.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY
HOCKEY PREPARES FOR B1G HOME-OPENER AGAINST BUCKEYES
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey team returns to Compton Family Ice Arena to host Big Ten Conference foe the Ohio State Buckeyes for a Friday and Saturday series, Nov. 10-11.
Puck drop for game one is set for 7:35 p.m. before a 6:05 p.m. start to close out the weekend series Saturday.
Saturday will serve as the team’s annual Military Appreciation Night, aligning with Veteran’s Day. Prior to puck drop, members of the Notre Dame Army ROTC program will rappel from the rafters to deliver the ceremonial game puck before a crowd sung national anthem begins.
New this season, fans can view line charts for home games online at fightingirish.com/HKYLineCharts. Lines will be posted online approximately 90 minutes before puck drop (timing subject to change).
Opponent: Ohio State Buckeyes
Location: South Bend, Ind.| Compton Family Ice Arena
Schedule: 7:35 p.m. (Fri.) | 6:05 p.m. (Sat.)
Live Stats: FightingIrish.com
Game Notes: Notre Dame | Ohio State
Notre Dame opened Big Ten Conference play at Penn State last weekend, earning three points on the weekend between a pair of shootouts inside Pegula Ice Arena.
Maddox Fleming net his first career goal against the Nittany Lions, scoring the equalizer late in the third period night one to force overtime and the eventual shootout.
Trevor Janicke led the team in goals over the two-game series, scoring once each night. Drew Bavaro, Danny Nelson and Michael Mastrodomenico also had two points a piece over the weekend series.
The Irish came back from a 3-2 deficit Saturday night to win the shootout before scoring the first two goals of the night Sunday before heading to a second consecutive shootout.
Ryan Bischel stopped 76 of 81 shots faced over the two-game stretch for a .938 save percentage, including a season-best 48 stops in Sunday’s 2-2 tie. Over the course of two shootouts, the graduate netminder stopped five of six attempts by the Nittany Lions.
The Irish closed out their first month of contests with a weekend sweep over Mercyhurst, Oct. 26-27.
Despite trailing to start the third period against the Lakers, the Irish came back to notch the overtime game winner off the stick of Landon Slaggert night one before storming off to a 5-0 win the following night.
Ryan Bischel made 33 saves between the pipes in his ninth career shutout in game two against the Lakers, and second of the 2023-24 season.
With four goals against Mercyhurst, including two each night and the game-winner night one, Landon Slaggert led the nation in goal scoring last weekend and was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his performance.
Two Irish rookies recorded first career goals when Paul Fischer and Brennan Ali helped lift the Irish to their 5-0 victory Friday night against the Lakers.
Carter Slaggert also recorded his first career point over the weekend series with Mercyhurst, tallying an assist each night to embark on a two-game point-streak.
The Irish opened their season with a split against Clarkson inside Compton Family Ice Arena.
The first line chart of the season featured nine new faces while all 10 appeared on the ice at some point last weekend.
The new talent made an immediate impact on the Irish team with five 2023-24 additions recording their first points in an Irish sweater over the weekend.
Two Irish rookies net their first collegite goals on the weekend with Jayden Davis and Danny Nelson each finding the back of the net in Sunday night’s win.
Davis’ goal came off his first shot on goal in his NCAA debut. The goal in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner.
With his first win of the season, Ryan Bischel picked up his eighth career shutout behind the 3-0 victory. He stopped all 22 shots faced in the contest to improve his season save percentage to .957 through two games played.
The Irish return 19 letterwinners from the 2022-23 season this year, including 2023 Big Ten Conference Goaltender of the Year, Ryan Bischel.
Classmate Trevor Janicke also returned for his fifth season with the Irish, serving as alternate captain for the second time in 2023-24.
Of those letterwinners returning, 17 saw game action last season while five appeared in all 37 games played for the Irish a season ago.
The veteran leadership consists of four graduate seniors, including new additions to the team in Patrick Moynihan (forward; Providence) and Ryan Siedem (defenseman; Harvard), and eight seniors.
Ten new faces join the team this season, including eight freshmen. The new contributors consist of seven forwards and three defensemen.
The Irish are set to play nine of their 10 non-conference games inside Compton Family Ice Arena, while hosting an additional 12 conference games for a total of 21 home games this season.
The Irish concluded the 2022-23 season with a 16-16-5 record, and a fourth place finish in the Big Ten Conference regular season.
Notre Dame hosted a conference playoffs series for the third consecutive season when they hosted Michigan State in the Big Ten quarterfinals for a best-of-three series.
NOTRE DAME vs. OHIO STATE
In 98 all-time meetings between the Irish and the Buckeyes, Notre Dame holds the narrow 44-42-12 edge over Ohio State.
On home ice, the Irish hold a 23-18-5 record over the Buckeyes, including going 1-0-1 last season at home to cap off their regular season home slate.
In 2022-23, Notre Dame went 2-1-1 against their Big Ten foe, most recently settling for a tie and shootout win on senior night. The Irish faced a 2-0 deficit before storming back with a pair of goals from two then-graduate students in the second period to force the eventual overtime and shootout. The senior night shootout went nine rounds before Irish alumni Chase Blackmun called game.
In four games between the two teams last season, eight current Irish skaters highlighted the box scores.
Landon Slaggert led the team in points with two goals and an assist, including both goals in game one of the home series to give the Irish the 2-1 win. He also had the primary assist on Nick Leivermann’s game-tying goal to close out the regular season home slate.
Fin Williams scored his first career goal against the Buckeyes in game one of the regular season series.
IRISH HEADED HOME
The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.
The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.
The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.
The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.
Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.
Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.
The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season.
Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.
Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason.
Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.
Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.
The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.
Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.
With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.
Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.
Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.
Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.
The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.
Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.
Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.
Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.
Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.
Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.
Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.
Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.
Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.
Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.
CURRENT IRISH AND THE NHL DRAFT
The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).
The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.
The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.
When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).
BALL STATE CROSS COUNTRY
CARDINALS READY FOR NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONALS
MUNCIE, Ind. — Cross country prepares to compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet on Friday morning in Madison, Wisconsin. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, the meet is set to start at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Spectator parking will be located at Blackhawk Church in Middleton, Wisconsin. Shuttles will be available to take spectators to and from the course.
Ball State will meet 33 teams on Friday, including Wright State, Dayton, Milwaukee, Indiana State, Kent State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Detroit Mercy, Michigan State, Akron, Youngstown State, Toledo, Xavier (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, Wis.-Green Bay, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Butler, Purdue Fort Wayne, Notre Dame, IUPUI, Valparaiso, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Ohio State, Ohio, Bowling Green, Evansville, Purdue, Marquette and Oakland.
Most recently the Cardinal competed at the MAC Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio where they finished 10th.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
BEARDEN AND HILL SIGN WITH MEN’S BASKETBALL
The Ball State men’s basketball team and head coach Michael Lewis have announced the signings of Jai Anthoni Bearden and Jermahri “Fatt” Hill to their 2024 class.
Bearden and Hill will join a young Cardinals crew that features the majority of the roster having at least one more year of eligibility after the 2023-24 season.
More details about the duo can be found below.
Jermahri “Fatt” Hill
Bessemer, Ala. | South Plains JC (Levelland, Texas)
Hill averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 34 percent on 3-pointers during his freshman season. The second-year guard hails from right outside of Birmingham. Hill and the South Plains Texans are off to a 3-0 start to their year after being voted the No. 2 team in the preseason NJCAA Division I poll.
Coach Lewis on Hill
“I’m super excited about Jermahri joining our program. I think he gives us some good size and length and athleticism on the perimeter as we continue to develop our program into one that can compete for championships at this level. I think he’s a dynamic playmaker; he can play with the ball in his hands and he can play off the ball. He plays for a great junior college program at South Plains that is currently ranked No. 2 in the country.”
Hayden Sowers (South Plains JC head coach) on Hill
“Jermahri is one of the more dynamic guards that I have coached in my eight years at the junior college level. He was one of the best freshmen in the country last year and has made a seamless transition to playing here at South Plains and has been one of the top JUCO guards this year. He is a true three-level scorer and has really high skill level with a great basketball IQ. He works on his craft daily and I look forward to watching him impacting winning for Coach Lewis and Coach Gudino at Ball State!”
Jai Anthoni Bearden
Phoenix, Ariz. | Sunnyslope HS
Bearden put up 14 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior, leading Sunnyslope to a run to the state championship game. The forward has played for the Compton Magic AAU team and been a highly-touted prospect.
Coach Lewis on Bearden
“Jai Anthoni comes from an outstanding high school program in Phoenix and plays for one of the premier AAU programs in the country. He competed for a state title as a junior, and his high school team should be right back in the mix for a state championship this year. At 6-foot-7, with his athleticism and length, I truly believe he’s one of the premier defensive players in the 2024 class. While a good offensive player now, he will continue to get better and blossom on the offensive end as he gains more experience, but the thing that’s going to translate to the college game from Day 1 is his ability to defend high level players.”
Ray Portela (Sunnyslope HS head coach) on Bearden
“Ball State is getting a steal with Jai Anthoni Bearden. On the court, he might be one of the best defenders in the country. He is long, tenacious, lightning quick, and attacks every possession like it’s his last. He is the consummate teammate, driving and motivating his teammates with his words and actions. Off the court, he has been a great representative for our school and basketball program. He is the perfect gentleman, a hard-working student, and is a model for every student on our campus. We are excited about his future working with Coach Lewis and his staff in Muncie.”
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS KINGERY AND RANSOM TO CLASS OF 2024
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State women’s basketball 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent during the early signing period, which opened Nov. 8.
Grace Kingery (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) and Zuri Ransom (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) are set to join the Cardinals for the 2024-25 season.
“We targeted big guard play with this class and I think we absolutely hit a bullseye with Grace and Zuri,” said Sallee. “Their skill level is real and the fit they both have with our program from top to bottom is exciting! We are counting on big things from these two and I cannot wait for everyone to see Grace and Zuri on the floor in Ball State uniforms.”
Kingery comes to Ball State with a hot shooting hand as she currently sits as the all-time leading scorer for both the girls and the boys’ basketball programs at North Ridgeville High School with 1,305 points.
This 3-point shooter holds the record for the most 3-pointers in a season with 67 and for the most 3’s in a single-game with nine.
A three- time First Team All-Southwestern Conference, All-Lorain County and All-District recipient, Kingery also was named special mention All-Ohio, All-Ohio Second Team and All-Ohio Third Team so far during her career with the Rangers.
Kingery not only is strong on the court but also off the court earning the certificate of excellence three times for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher throughout the school year while also receiving scholar athlete all three years.
Brady Sallee on Kingery:
“We believe we are signing one of the best, if not the best, shooter in the Midwest. Grace is so skilled offensively and it is scary to think about how good she can be in our system. She will add some real length to our crasher positions, and we cannot wait to see Grace Kingery lighting it up from deep in the coming years.”
A force to be reckoned with on defense, Ransom has earned Defensive Player of the Year along with being tabbed to the Most Valuable Player in tournaments and has been named to the All-Tournament team at Evanston High School.
As a sophomore she led the Wildkits in points (12.9), assists (2.6) and steals (3.5) per game. Her 7.5 rebounds per game was the teams second-best.
She received All-Central Suburban League honors and was a special mention on the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s 4A All-State team.
Ransom comes from a wealth of basketball in Evanston both her father and grandfather were coaches while her brother Kamau is currently a wide receiver for the University of Indianapolis.
Brady Sallee on Ransom:
“I absolutely love the addition of Zuri to our program. We believe she can play anywhere in our offense and has the ability to be a major league three-level scorer here. She competes at a high level on both ends of the court and I believe will develop into an extremely high-level player here in Muncie. Cardinal Nation will love Zuri.”
BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
VOLLEYBALL CLOSES HOME SLATE THIS WEEKEND VERSUS NORTHERN ILLINOIS
THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes the home portion of its 2023 regular season slate with a pair of matches versus Northern Illinois this weekend … The teams will battle at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday inside Worthen Arena.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Fans unable to make their way to Worthen Arena can still watch the action live, as both contests will be broadcast on ESPN+ … In addition, live stats will be provided by Ball State Athletics … Updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s X feed and Instagram story: @BallStateWVB.
WHERE THINGS STAND: With three matches remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals have locked up one of six bids into the 2023 MAC Women’s Volleyball Championship which will be hosted by Western Michigan in University Arena Nov. 18-20 … Ball State (11-4 MAC) is currently the No. 3 seed, trailing both No. 1 Western Michigan (15-0 MAC), who locked up hosting rights and at least a share of the MAC regular season championships last weekend, and No. 2 Buffalo (12-3 MAC) … Ohio (10-5 MAC) is currently the No. 4 seed by virtue of its head-to-head win over No. 5 Toledo (10-5) … Central Michigan (8-7 MAC) is currently the last team in thanks to its head-to-head win over Bowling Green (8-7 MAC) … Akron (6-9 MAC) and Northern Illinois (6-9 MAC) are battling to stay alive in the hunt for a tournament berth.
BALL STATE ALL-TIME: The Ball State enters Friday’s match versus Northern Illinois with a 1,009-645-2 (.610) all-time record in women’s volleyball … Thanks to its 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan on Sept. 22, Ball State became just the 44th program in NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball history to reach 1,000 wins … All-time, the Cardinals have captured 12 MAC West Division Championships, 10 MAC Regular Season Championships and eight MAC Volleyball Championship titles … Ball State has made 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three of the last four seasons … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
IN #MACTION: With an 11-4 MAC record so far this season, Ball State maintains its status as the winningest program in league play with a 444-219 (.670) all-time Mid-American Conference mark … Western Michigan is second on the list, three matches behind the Cardinals at 441-222 (.665) … Northern Illinois is third based on winning percentage at 308-205 (.600).
THE WORTHEN FACTOR: The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 316-96 (.767) all-time mark inside Worthen Arena … Looking at just opponents from the MAC, Ball State is 233-58 (.801) when battling in Worthen Arena … Overall, no MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .650 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor.
MORE FROM THE HOME FRONT: With its home wins over Kent State (Oct. 27) and Ohio (Oct. 28), Ball State improved to 35-3 in Worthen Arena over the past three seasons (Fall 2021-2023) … BSU has won its last 25 MAC regular season home matches, with its last regular season MAC home loss coming to Central Michigan on March 20, 2021.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS NORTHERN ILLINOIS: With wins in each of the last four meetings, Ball State has battled back to tie the all-time series versus Northern Illinois at 38-38 … Last season, the Cardinals claimed a pair of road wins over the Huskies with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15) victory Oct. 14 and a 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-22) win Oct. 15 … BSU also won both meetings on its home court during the 2021 fall campaign … Ball State is 20-12 all-time versus NIU at home, including an 18-9 edge in Worthen Arena, despite the Huskies topping the Cardinals in both home matches during the 2021 COVID Spring season.
SCOUTING BALL STATE:
• Ball State enters the week with a 14-12 (11-4 MAC) record after suffering a pair of road losses to league-leading Western Michigan last weekend … BSU’s only four MAC losses have come to first-place WMU and second-place Buffalo … Prior to league play, the Cardinals played one of the league’s toughest non-conference slates, including three programs (No. 15 Creighton, No. 18 Dayton and No. 23 Western Kentucky) currently ranked inside the Top 25 of the AVCA/Taraflex Coaches Poll.
• Ball State enters the weekend as one of the nation’s top blocking programs, ranking first in the MAC and 79th nationally with a 2.33 blocks-per-set average … Freshman middle Camryn Wise has played a large role in those numbers over the last eight weeks, averaging a league-best 1.22 blocks per set … Wise, who has played in 62.8% (59 of 94) of Ball State’s sets this season, would rank 53rd nationally were she to reach the 66.7% of sets played threshold required to be included in the NCAA rankings.
• On the attacking front, redshirt freshman outside Aniya Kennedy leads the league and ranks 29th nationally with a 4.11 kills-per-set average … Fifth-year middle Marie Plitt is BSU’s top attacker by percentage, boasting a .400 hitting percentage which is second in the league and 22nd nationally.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS:
• The Huskies enter the weekend with an 8-19 (6-9 MAC) record, having lost its last seven matches … Last weekend, NIU suffered a pair of 3-1 home losses to Toledo … Prior to the current losing streak, the Huskies won six of its first eight MAC matches.
• Northern Illinois is right behind the Cardinals in net play, ranking second in the league and 110th nationally at 2.22 blocks per set … Charli Atiemo currently leads the MAC and is 127th nationally at 1.09 blocks per set … The Huskies’ 229 total blocks are first in the MAC and 56th nationally, with 112 including Atiemo.
• The NIU defense also features one of the nation’s top liberos with Crew Hoffmeier ranking third in the MAC and 55th nationally with a 4.48 digs-per-set average.
• On the offensive front, Northern Illinois enters the weekend ranked sixth in the league an 127th nationally with a .220 hitting percentage … Nikolette Nedic paces the squad with a 2.66 kills-per-set average, while four Huskies average at least 2.10 kills per set.
BALL STATE QUICK HITS:
• Marie Plitt currently leads the squad and ranks 22nd nationally with a .400 (246-32-535) attack percentage … Her best effort came in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne (Aug. 26) when she smashed 10 kills on 12 swings with one error for a .750 attacking mark … Plitt also hit .722 (13-0-18) in the win over Kent State (Oct. 27) and .688 (11-0-16) in the victory over Central Michigan (Sept. 21) … Overall, she has hit .500-or-better in 35 career matches … In BSU’s first 15 MAC matches this season, Plitt is hitting a league-best .455 (163-16-323) and averaging 3.02 kills per set.
• Marie Plitt enters Friday’s match versus NIU atop Ball State’s all-time list with a .362 career hitting percentage, just ahead Julie Zilka’s (1998-2001) .360 mark … Plitt has steadily improved each year, hitting .295 as a freshman, .316 as a sophomore, .360 as a junior and a Ball State single season record .404 last year … She is the first player in program history to hit .400-or-above in a single season.
• Marie Plitt, who became Ball State’s all-time leader in sets played at Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30), became the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills with her first of 10 markers in last season’s NCAA Tournament opening round match at No. 16 Marquette … With 1255 career kills, Plitt currently ranks seventh in program history and needs 13 more to pass Susie Meshberger’s (1999-2001) total of 1,267 for sixth.
• Marie Plitt has also made her presence felt at the net over her career, ranking fifth in program history with 411 career blocks … She is fifth on Ball State’s all-time charts with 331 career block assists, while ranking ninth with 80 solo blocks.
• Fifth-year defensive specialist Havyn Gates has served as starting libero in 25 of Ball State’s 26 matches this season, and has now started in the off-colored jersey 30 times in her Ball State career … She was credited with a season-high 26 digs in the near upset at then-No. 20 Creighton (Sept. 1) and followed with 22 versus UNI (Sept. 2) … Add 20 digs at Buffalo (Oct. 21) and 20 at Western Michigan (Nov. 3) and Gates has 28 career matches with 20-or-more digs … Gates earned a Ball State career-high 33 digs in the five-set thriller at Central Michigan (Sept. 24, 2022), while registering 42 digs in a match as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan in 2019 … She has 2,122 career digs including 998 in her three seasons at BSU and 1,124 over her two-year career at IWU.
• Megan Wielonski, who currently ranks sixth in program history with 3,735 career assists, has proven to be one of the nation’s elite setters … In fact, her 3,735 career assists currently rank 16th among all active NCAA Division I players … As a freshman, she finished the 2021 season ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Her sophomore campaign ended with her ranked fourth nationally with 1,358 total assists in 2022 … 26 matches into the 2023 season and Wielonski is 26th nationally with 982 total assists.
• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski is one of the country’s top servers with 132 career aces … The total currently ranks seventh in program history … As a freshman, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30, 2021) … Her 58 aces in 2021 tied as the sixth most in a single season in Ball State history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping Amber Seaman’s total of 51 in 2018 … Last season, she ranked 55th nationally with 46 service aces, while she has a team-leading 28 aces so far this season.
• Aniya Kennedy enters Friday’s match versus Northern Illinois leading the league and ranked 29th nationally with a 4.11 kills-per-set average … She’s even better in league play, with a 4.70 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in 20 matches, while leading the team in kills in 18 outings … In BSU’s four-set win over Akron (Oct. 13), Kennedy was credited with a career-high 25 kills, a mark she would later tie at Western Michigan (Nov. 3).
• In fact, Aniya Kennedy’s 25 kills versus Akron (Oct. 13) and at WMU (Nov. 3) are the most for a Ball State player in a match since Kia Holder (2017-20) logged 27 at Eastern Michigan on March 27, 2021 … In addition, the 25 kills tie as the fifth-most by a MAC player in a match this season and is the second-best total by a league attacker in a four-set match … Kennedy also owns the sixth-best total in a four-set match with her 21 kills at Bowling Green (Oct. 7) … Kennedy is the first Ball State player to register multiple 20+ kill matches in the same season since Natalie Risi (2019-22) had two as a freshman in 2019.
• Madison Buckley has also made a big impact from the attack line, ranking third on the squad at 2.46 kills per set … Her biggest match came at then-No. 20 Creighton (Sept. 1) when she smashed a career-high 14 kills, a mark she tied versus UIC (Sept. 9) and at Buffalo (Oct. 20) … Buckley has also made her presence felt at the net, ranking seventh in the MAC with a 0.89 blocks-per-set average … She has a team-best 84 total blocks this season, including five solo blocks and 79 block assists.
• Freshman Camryn Wise has found a home in the middle of the court over the last eight weeks, boasting a team and MAC-leading 1.22 blocks-per-set average … She has registered at least two blocks in 15 of the 17 matches she has played, while tallying a career-high nine total blocks in four-set wins over Akron (Oct. 14) and Ohio (Oct. 28) … Wise has also aided from the attack line, with 65 kills and a .341 hitting percentage, boasting a career-high 11 kills at Buffalo (Oct. 21).
• Ball State currently ranks fourth in the MAC and 71st nationally with a 15.40 digs-per-set average … Havyn Gates leads the squad and is seventh in the MAC with her 4.01 digs-per-set average … Megan Wielonski is not far behind, ranking second on the team at 2.53 digs per set.
• Also aiding in Ball State’s backcourt play has been sophomore defensive specialist Paige Busick who registered a career-high 21 digs in the four-set win over Akron (Oct. 13) … She currently ranks third on the team with 169 total digs and became the third Cardinal to register 20+ digs in a match this season, joining Havyn Gates and Megan Wielonski.
• Both Megan Wielonski and Havyn Gates are approaching 1,000 career digs as Cardinals, with Gates entering the weekend at 998 and Wielonski at 963 … Only 19 players have reached 1,000 career digs at BSU, with the record being 2,273 by Stephanie Keller (2001-04).
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL
SYCAMORES HOST WESTERN ILLINOIS ON SENIOR DAY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State welcomes Western Illinois to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores host the Leathernecks for 2023 Senior Day on Saturday, November 11. Kickoff between the Sycamores and WIU is set for 1 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
Game Day Information and Activities
Salute to Service/First Responders Day
Indiana State Football looks forward to welcoming all veterans, active military members and first responders. Sycamores appreciate everything they do and we want to show our appreciation by offering free admission to the game. Family and friends will receive tickets if they show up with them for just $5.
Indiana State football will honor the 2023 Senior Class in a pregame on-field ceremony prior to kickoff. The 18-member class will be recognized in a pregame ceremony set to begin at 12:35 p.m. on the field at Memorial Stadium.
Fan Appreciation Day
The Sycamores will have free hot chocolate for all fans at the stadium while supplies last.
Pacesetter Sports Sale
Pacesetter Sports will have a 20% off sale on Indiana State apparent in their tent outside Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Sycamores enter the contest boasting the No. 2 overall strength of schedule in the NCAA according to the FCS Massey Rankings. Indiana State’s schedule featured seven teams ranked at least once in the polls this season. Indiana State is looking to keep its longest Valley winning streak alive as the Sycamores have won each of their last four contests against Western Illinois dating back to the 2018 season.
Safety Maddix Blackwell enters the weekend with a team-high 89 tackles on the season and is coming off a career-high 15 stops against Youngstown State. Indiana State’s last MVFC win came on the road in Macomb last season as the Sycamores topped Western Illinois, 21-0, against the Leathernecks. Indiana State running back Justin Dinka posted a season-high 56 yard touchdown reception this past Saturday against YSU, marking the longest play from scrimmage for Indiana State this season.
Western Illinois at a Glance
Western Illinois enters the weekend with an 0-9 mark, 0-6 record in Missouri Valley Football play in the 2023 season. The Leathernecks have lost 22 consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2021 season when WIU last topped Illinois State on Oct. 30, 2021 (38-31). Western Illinois received 65 total points in finishing getting picked 12th overall in the MVFC preseason poll.
The Leathernecks have two running backs splitting carries in the backfield this season with Ludovick Choquette (60 carries, 234 yards) and Seth Glatz (66 carries, 217 yards) headlining the efforts. Quarterback Matt Morrissey has carried the load offensively for WIU this season posting a 61.4% completion percentage averaging 190.8 yards per game. The Leathernecks have struggled in the pass rush game this season with WIU recording 5.0 sacks over the nine games on the season.
On This Date
Indiana State has played nine games all-time on November 11 dating back to their first contest at Ball State back in 1950.
The Sycamores are 2-7 overall on the date according to current records on hand with their wins coming in 1961 and 1989.
ISU has lined up three times against western Illinois on the date, winning on the road in 1989, while falling at home in both 1967 and 2017.
1950 – at Ball State – L, 20-0
1961 – vs. St. Joseph’s – W, 13-9
1967 – vs. Western Illinois – L, 26-7
1978 – at Illinois State – L, 27-14
1989 – at Western Illinois – W, 13-7
1995 – at Illinois State – L, 25-0
2000 – at Western Kentucky – L, 28-3
2006 – vs. Illinois State – L, 42-20
2017 – vs. Western Illinois – L, 45-0
Last Time Against Western Illinois
The Sycamores scored two touchdowns in the final 2:50 of the first half to take control of the contest, while the ISU defense limited the Western Illinois offense in the 21-0 win in Macomb last season..
Justin Dinka and Tee Hodge both picked up rushing touchdowns in Saturday’s win, while Evan Olaes added a touchdown pass to Dante Hendrix as the Sycamore offense moved up and down the field throughout the game. ISU recorded 350 total offensive yards and held onto the ball for 38:25 in picking up their fourth consecutive win over the Leathernecks.
Kaleal Davis and Ethan Hoover both recorded interceptions to lead the Indiana State defensive effort against Western Illinois, while Gianini Belizaier (2.5 TFL) and Kris Reid (2 TFL) combined for 4.5 of ISU’s nine tackles-for-loss in the game. The Sycamores limited Western Illinois to just 2-of-11 on third downs in controlling the game.
Dinka led the Sycamore rushing attack with 22 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Hodge added 81 yards on 17 carries including a 39-yard score in the third quarter as the Sycamores pounded the ball with 51 rushing attempts for 163 yards in the game.
Shutting Out the Leathernecks
Indiana State posted its first shutout in the series history against the Leathernecks last season as the Sycamores held Western Illinois scoreless, 21-0.
It marked the first time the Sycamores posted a shutout since 2018 and second overall shutout in the Mallory coaching era. ISU previously topped Quincy in the 2018 home opener by a score of 49-0.
Trends in ISU’s Wins over Western Illinois
Indiana State has won four consecutive games against Western Illinois dating back to the 2018 season when ISU topped the Leathernecks, 15-13. Key to Indiana State’s success in the series has been the Sycamores’ ability to shut down the Western Illinois run game.
Indiana State has limited Western Illinois to a combined 37 rushing yards over the last two seasons including holding WIU to just nine yards on 21 carries in 2022. The Sycamores held possession 38:25 last season including converting 10-of-18 third downs.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
SYCAMORES FALL TO MIZZOU TO CLOSE SEASON-OPENING ROAD TRIP
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Asia Donald led Indiana State with 15 points Thursday night, but the Sycamores closed their two-game season opening road trip with a 98-57 loss to Missouri inside Mizzou Arena.
Donald also added four rebounds and two assists, while Bella Finnegan was in double-figures for the second straight game with 12 points. Mya Glanton and Chloe Williams led the Sycamores with five rebounds each.
Indiana State held its own in the first quarter, using a 9-2 run to get within three points of its opponent from the SEC. The Sycamores remained within two possessions early in the second quarter thanks to baskets from Donald and Finnegan, but a 17-2 run for the home side midway through broke open the game. Indiana State opened the third quarter strong with early baskets from Kiley Bess and Finnegan, while makes in quick succession from Chelsea Cain and Donald got the Trees closer, but a 21-2 run in the third quaeter for Mizzou ensued, putting the game out of reach.
Cain and Finnegan opened the Sycamores’ scoring with early baskets, but a 10-0 Missouri run saw the Sycamores trailing 15-4 less than five minutes into the game. Donald provided a spark for the Blue and White off the bench, knocking down a 3-pointer as part of a 7-2 Indiana State run to inch the Sycamores to within three at 17-14. The late surge for the Trees kept Indiana State within reach of Missouri, as the Tigers’ lead after a quarter was just 21-16.
Donald and Finnegan connected on baskets early in the second quarter, the latter’s being a 3-pointer, as the Sycamores remained within two possessions of Mizzou in the opening stages of the period. Missouri went on a 17-0 run, though, and by the time Williams ended the run with a layup, the Sycamores found themselves down 43-23. Donald cut the deficit back under 20 with four straight points, but a late 3-pointer saw Missouri take a 49-28 lead into halftime.
Indiana State took advantage of early turnovers in the third quarter, as Bess and Finnegan hit baskets on consecutive possessions to get the Trees within 49-32. Cain and Donald kept the Sycamore deficit under 20 with makes, but a 21-2 Missouri run followed as the Sycamores went down 75-38. Savannah White and Deja Jones got on the scoreboard late in the quarter for the Blue and White, but the Sycamores trailed 77-44 with 10 minutes to go.
Jones connected on a midrange jumper on Indiana State’s opening possession of the fourth quarter, but an 8-0 Mizzou run followed. Keslyn Secrist and Jones both hit baskets to cut into the Tigers’ lead midway through, while Saige Stahl added a pair of free throws just past the media timeout. Secrist and Donald added to their point totals late, but the game was out of reach for the Sycamores by then. Mizzou caught the ire of the Sycamores late, though, hitting a needless 3-pointer as time expired to make it 98-57.
Inside The Numbers
More than 40 percent of Indiana State’s scoring came from its freshman class (Asia Donald 15, Keslyn Secrist 6, Saige Stahl 2)
Despite the loss, Indiana State forced Missouri into 25 turnovers, which the Sycamores turned into 30 points on the other end.
Indiana State went 18-for-24 from the charity stripe Thursday, marking the second straight game that the Sycamores shot 75 percent or better from the free throw line.
Inside The Numbers
Indiana State got 35 points from its bench Thursday night, marking the first time since last year’s MVC opener against Missouri State that the Sycamores had 30-plus bench points in a game.
All 14 active players on Indiana State’s roster have played in at least one game this season.
Deja Jones, Jailah Pelly, Keslyn Secrist and Leah Yarbrough all made their Indiana State debuts in Monday’s game.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
SYCAMORES HEAD SOUTH TO BATTLE #24/24 ALABAMA
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Indiana State men’s basketball heads south to battle the #24/24 University of Alabama Crimson Tide. The matchup is scheduled for Friday, November 10 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The contest will be aired on SEC Network+ and 105.5 The Legend.
Single Game and Season Tickets Still on Sale
Those seeking more information on single game and season tickets can call 877-ISU-TIXS or email ISU-Tickets@indstate.edu. Fans can also buy season tickets online by clicking HERE.
About the Series
It marks the first all-time meeting between the two programs in their respective histories as the Sycamores travel to face the resigning SEC tournament champion.
Alabama competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and was picked to finish third in the conference, behind Tennessee (1) and Texas A&M (2). At the national level, the Crimson Tide holds the No. 24 spot in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Polls.
In the 2022-23 season, Alabama atop the SEC with a 29-5 regular season record and 16-2 in conference play. Alabama defeated Texas A&M in the SEC title game 82-63. They earned a #1 seeding in March Madness play, taking down Texas A&M CC by 21, Maryland by 22, then falling to San Diego St. in the Sweet Sixteen, 71-64.
Alabama head coach Nate Oats in his four seasons has two SEC regular season titles, two SEC tournament championships titles, and two trips to the Sweet 16.
Last Time Out – Indiana State
Indiana State opened the 2023-24 season with a win against NAIA St. Mary-of-the- Woods, 90-60. Three players finished in double-digit scoring: Isaiah Swope (26), Ryan Conwell (25), and Jayson Kent (14).
Last Time Out – Alabama
Alabama tipped off their season with a 105-73 win at home against Morehead State. The Crimson Tide was led by 6-11 Grant Nelson with 24 points, including an 8-for-8 effort from the foul stripe, and eight rebounds.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL
SENIOR WEEKEND IN STORE FOR SYCAMORE VOLLEYBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State begins a three-match homestand to close the season Friday when it takes on Murray State at 6 p.m. The Sycamores will also face Belmont Saturday at 7 p.m.
Friday’s match will be streamed on ESPN+, while Indiana State’s Senior Night festivities will take place following Saturday’s match.
Last Time Out
Indiana State is looking to get back in the win column after a pair of tough losses on the road to league leaders Drake and Northern Iowa. The Sycamores became just the second MVC team to go on the road and win a set in the McLeod Center against undefeated UNI, before falling in four to the Panthers. Drake defeated Indiana State in three sets.
Indiana State will recognize its senior class, consisting of outside hitters Karinna Gall, Mallory Keller and Kaitlyn Hamilton, middle blocker Jamie Brown and defensive specialist Asia Povlin, following Saturday’s match against Belmont.
The five seniors played an instrumental role in Indiana State’s 2021 team that earned a spot in the NIVC, which was the first-ever postseason tournament of the Division I era for the Sycamores.
Indiana State’s freshman class has made a significant impact on the program in the 2023 season. The Sycamores boast the conference’s freshman leader in kills per set (Kira Holland), assists per set (Avery Hales) and hitting percentage (Ella Scott), while also having two of the top three freshmen in digs per set (Holland and Macy Lengacher).
All five freshmen who have been active play a role in the Sycamore rotation, with four of them being regulars in the starting lineup.
Strong Second Set
Indiana State’s second set against Northern Iowa was one of the most complete sets the Sycamores have played this season. ISU hit .293 with 15 kills compared to just three errors, while also limiting the league leaders to a .159 hitting percentage in the set on their home floor.
The 25-18 set win for Indiana State was the largest margin of defeat for UNI in any set in conference play and also marked the fewest points in a set for the Panthers inside McLeod Center this season.
This weekend’s matches begin Indiana State’s final homestand which sees the Sycamores close the 2023 season with three straight matches inside the confines of ISU Arena.
The three-match homestand, which closes Wednesday evening with a match against in-state foe Evansville, represents Indiana State’s largest stretch of home matches during the 2023 season.
Opponents At A Glance
Murray State enters the weekend at 13-11 overall and 7-8 in MVC play. The Racers are looking to get back on track after dropping four-set matches at home to Missouri State and Southern Illinois last weekend. Darci Metzger leads the Racers with 417 kills, while Ella Vogel has 300 kills on the season. Bailey DeMier averages more than 11 assists per set, while Dahlia Miller is among the conference leaders with 5.56 digs per set. Haidi Miliou leads Murray State with 65 blocks.
Belmont enters the weekend at 12-17 overall and 6-9 in MVC play. The Bruins snapped a five-match losing streak in their last outing with a five-set win over Missouri State. Seven different Bruins have more than 100 kills this season, with Ally Peterson’s 247 leading the way. Kamryn Olson is nearing 1,000 assists for the season, while Rachel McBride is nearing 500 digs for the year. Sydney Willis has a team-high 88 blocks.
Murray State has won all five previous meetings between the team, including all three since the Racers joined the MVC. The Racers won the previous match between the teams this season in four sets.
Belmont has a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings. Indiana State’s lone win in the series came in 2021, while Belmont won the previous meeting this season in three sets.
Indiana State closes the regular season Wednesday night at home against Evansville, with first serve set for 6 p.m.
INDIANA STATE CROSS COUNTRY
SYCAMORES TO FACE TOP TALENT AT NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONAL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State cross country will face the best talent in the area Friday afternoon, as the Sycamores take part in the 2023 NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wisconsin.
Friday’s women’s 6k race from Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course will take place at 12:30 p.m., while the men’s 10k race will take place at 1:30 p.m.
Who’s in the Field?
The Sycamores will be joined by every Division I team in the Great Lakes region, which spans the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Last Time Out
Cael Light, Layton Hall and Emma Gresham all earned top-25 finishes Friday at the MVC Cross Country Championships, leading Indiana State to a fifth-place finish on the men’s side and a seventh-place finish on the women’s side at Vaughn’s Gap at Percy Warner Park.
Light was the top finisher in either race for the Sycamores, his 8k time of 25:20.2 placing him 22nd in the field. Hall was 24th with a time of 25:31.1, while Logan Pietrzak finished 32nd with a time of 25:43.2. Jackson Krieg (25:49.0) and Tommy Claxton (25:51.3) rounded out the Sycamores’ top five in the men’s race, while Ethan Breen also ran a sub-26 time for the Trees at 25:59.1.
Gresham led the way for the Sycamore women in her MVC Championships debut, her 6k time of 22:01.6 placing her 24th. Morgan Dyer also earned a top-30 finish in 28th at 22:10.0, while Halle Miller was not far behind in 32nd after crossing the line in 22:12.3. Rachel Conhoff (22:29.8) and Kyra Young (22:43.0) rounded out the Sycamores’ top five, with both of them placing in the top 50 in their final cross country conference championship.
Teams To Watch
Wisconsin enters as the top-ranked team on the men’s side, with the Badgers coming into Friday’s race ranked fifth in the nation. In addition to being this year’s regional host, Wisconsin is also the defending regional champion on the men’s side. Butler (12th), Notre Dame (17th) and Michigan (25th) all rank in the top 25 in the nation among region schools, while Michigan State is receiving votes.
Notre Dame enters as the top-ranked women’s side, with the Fighting Irish coming in ranked ninth in the nation. Notre Dame was the regional champion a year ago. Michigan State (14th) and Wisconsin (23rd) also rank in the top 25 among region schools, while Michigan is receiving votes.
Who To Watch
Cael Light has the top 10k time among Indiana State’s current roster, with his mark of 31:33 at last year’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional ranking 19th in program history. In addition, three of Indiana State’s top 20 on the all-time men’s 8k performance list are slated to compete in Friday’s championship in Jackson Krieg (sixth), Logan Pietrzak (ninth) and Jason Dworak (15th), with the trio all running times of 24:35 or better last year at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic. Krieg (24:48), Pietrzak (24:49) and Dworak (24:54) all ran times this season at the John McNichols Invitational that rank among the top 20 on ISU’s LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course performance list.
Five of the top 22 marks in the all-time women’s 6k performance list in program history have come during this season, with Emma Gresham’s time of 22:01.6 at the MVC Championship being the best among the group in 16th. Gresham also owns a top-five time in program history in the 5k at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. Rachel Conhoff (17th, 22:03) and Morgan Dyer (19th, 22:10) rank among the top 20 6k times, while freshmen Halle Miller (22:12) and Hadley Gradolf (22:14) are just outside the top 20 in program history.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MASTODONS DEFEAT ANDREWS IN 2023-24 HOME OPENER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne set program records in points, field goals, and steals on Thursday (Nov. 9) night as the Mastodons defeated Andrews 130-34 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The ‘Dons started the game on a 9-0 run that was capped off by an emphatic dunk from Anthony Roberts. This run ballooned to 27-8 when Corey Hadnot II threw down a dunk of his own. Three ‘Dons finished the first half in double figures as Jalen Jackson led the team with 18 and Anthony Roberts and Rasheed Bello added 17 and 14, respectively.
The Mastodons took a 68-25 lead into halftime. Purdue Fort Wayne went on a 28-5 run in the second half to open up a 41-point lead. The ‘Dons hit the century mark on a 3-pointer from Keaton Dukes.
The ‘Dons finished with a school record 23 steals, shattering the previous record of 17. Quinton Morton-Robertson led the way with six steals which ties him for the fourth-most steals in a game in school history. The ‘Dons also snagged 53 rebounds, including 41 on the defensive end, to total the school’s fifth-best rebound total.
Eight Mastodons finished in double-figures: Jalen Jackson (21), Bello (17), Roberts (17), Maximus Nelson (15), Hadnot II (12), Johnathan DeJurnett (12), Eric Mulder (10), and Khoi Thurmon (10). The ‘Dons shared the ball well and finished with 30 assists, the third-highest single-game total in program history.
130 points for the Mastodons is the most in program history as is their 53 field goals. Purdue Fort Wayne’s 96-point win is the largest margin of victory in program history. It tops the 80-point margin the ‘Dons won by on Nov. 14, 2022 against Manchester (111-31).
The Mastodons improve to 2-0 while Andrews falls to 0-3. The ‘Dons host Texas A&M Commerce Sunday (Nov. 12).
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
MASTODONS FALL AT TOP-SEED OAKLAND IN #HLMSOC SEMIFINALS 1-0
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team saw their 2023 season come to an end on Thursday (Nov. 9) afternoon in a 1-0 loss at top seed Oakland in the Horizon League Championship Semifinals.
It was the first time the Mastodons have ever advanced to the Horizon League Semifinals.
Max Collingwood was a key reason the fifth-seeded ‘Dons went to halftime down just a goal. He saved a penalty kick and then made an impressive save far from the mouth of the goal in the first half.
Oakland’s goal came in the 25th minute by Seth Owen on a strike from 20 yards out. It was assisted by Ville Ahola
Marco Valencia had two shots and Christian Leon had one shot for the ‘Dons. The Mastodons had a 4-1 edge in corners and gave up only three shots on goal in the game.
The Golden Grizzlies improve to 8-8-2. The ‘Dons finish the 2023 campaign 7-6-4. Oakland advances to Saturday’s championship match.
EVANSVILLE CROSS COUNTRY
UE CROSS COUNTRY HEADS TO THE NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONAL
MADISON, Wisc. — The University of Evansville cross country teams will round out the 2023 season with one last meet in the Badger State.
The Purple Aces will end 2023 with their final 6K and 10K races in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. UE will bring eight women and two men to race midday on Friday, Nov. 10 on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. Evansville hopes to end its season with multiple PRs racing against one of its most competitive fields of the season.
There will be a few familiar faces for the Aces on Friday in conference teams Indiana State and Valparaiso along with local Indiana teams in Purdue, IUPUI, and Indiana. It will be a field of over 30 teams including Wright State, Dayton, Milwaukee, Kent State, Detroit Mercy, Michigan State, Akron, Youngstown State, Toledo, Ball State, Xavier (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, Green Bay, Cinncinati, Western Michigan, Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Butler, Purdue Fort Wayne, Notre Dame, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Ohio State, Ohio, Bowling Green, Marquette, Oakland (Mich.), and hosts Wisconsin.
UE last ran two weeks ago in Nashville at the MVC Championships hosted by Belmont. Evansville’s women’s team outperformed their pre-championship poll selection finishing 11th out of 12 teams with four runners setting PRs while the men’s team finished 11 of 11 teams. The women’s side was led by freshman runner Sonja Inzinger (Mautern an der Donau, Austria) with a 38th-place finish while the men’s side was led by freshman Samuel Lea (Wooster, England) with a 59th-place finish.
While not having raced at Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in 2023, the Aces are familiar with the Great Lakes Regional site from previous years. UE ran the course in 2019 as part of the Great Lakes Regional and hope to be back in 2024 for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Zimmer Championship Course offers challenging and exciting terrain for runners and elevated viewing for spectators. UW’s cross country course has an exterior loop of approximately 2,500 meters and an interior loop of 1,000 meters that cover the area’s rolling hills and valleys, while the outside loop also runs through a section of dense woods, which are aflame with color in the fall. The course is built to accommodate race distances of 4K, 5K, 6K, 8K and 10K.
The women’s 6K will begin at 11:30 a.m. while the men’s 10K will follow at 12:30 p.m. Aces fans can follow along with Friday’s meet through PT Timing.
VOLLEYBALL SET FOR FINAL WEEK OF ACTION
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Three matches over the next six days comprise the final week of the season for the University of Evansville volleyball team who opens at home this weekend with matches against Belmont and Murray State. UE welcomes the Bruins on Friday at 6 p.m. with the Racers coming to Meeks Family Fieldhouse on Saturday at 5 p.m.; the regular season wraps up on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. CT match at Indiana State. All three matches will be carried on ESPN+.
– One of the best to wear an Aces uniform will be completing her career this weekend as Melanie Feliciano will be wrapping up her fifth year with the program
– She has etched her name into the UE record books and enters the weekend second in program history in attempts and third in career kills
– Over the course of the 2023 season, Feliciano has averaged 3.48 kills per frame, which is 8th in the league
Top of the Charts
– Three of the most important offensive statistics in the sport of volleyball see Giulia Cardona’s name at the top
– Evansville’s junior continues to lead the nation in kills (5.17/set), points (5.94/set) and attacks (14.87/set)
– One of the top servers in the nation is on one of the most impressive streaks of her career as Cardona is averaging 0.70 aces per set over the last four matches
– Her season average of 0.52 per game paces the MVC and is 17th nationally
Holding the Record
– Last weekend, Madisyn Steele surpassed 1,000 attempts in her career and officially became eligible for the program’s career hitting mark
– With a percentage of .327, Steele is 50 points ahead of the current Aces career mark of .277
– Steele set the single-season hitting record for Evansville last season, finishing at .346 (25 points higher than the previous record)
Scouting the Opposition
– Belmont comes into the weekend with a 7-21 mark while sitting at 3-12 in conference matches
– Kamryn Olson is one of the league’s top setters, ranking 5th with 8.94 assists per set
– Murray State is 13-11 to start the week while posting a 7-8 MVC mark
– Darci Metzger paces the team with 4.34 kills per set
– Wednesday will mark the final game of the regular season as the Aces face Indiana State in Terre Haute; the Sycamores are currently 3-22 overall and 1-14 in the Valley
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL
ACES TIE FORD CENTER SCORING RECORD IN WIN OVER UHSP
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Fifteen University of Evansville men’s basketball players saw floor time and made their way into the scorebook as the Purple Aces tied the program Ford Center scoring record in a 116-46 win over UHSP on Thursday evening.
UE improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2019 with the victory. Six players reached double figures with the team doing an admirable job of spreading the ball around. Making his collegiate debut, Braylon Jackson led the squad with 14 points. Yacine Toumi totaled 13 while Chuck Bailey III added 12. Sekou Kalle and Ben Humrichous tallied 11 apiece and Tanner Cuff scored 10.
With a total of 65 rebounds, UE put forth its best-ever effort at the Ford Center, breaking the previous mark of 58 caroms against Mississippi Valley State in 2015. It marked the first time the Purple Aces had 60+ boards since totaling 61 versus SIU Edwardsville in 2008. Kalle had a game-high 9 rebounds.
“Going into this game, we talked about our discipline, emotion and maturity,” UE head coach David Ragland said. “We have worked to get better every day in every category. Those things are important; I was proud of our focus, attention to detail and preparation.”
In the second half, Evansville’s walk-ons received added playing time and Ragland was proud of the effort from those guys.
“They work extremely hard and show up every single day in practice and do their job. We love having them as part of the program. Getting them into the game and showcasing what they have been working on is exciting.”
Gage Bobe and Cam Haffner knocked down early 3-pointerss to help the team score the first 12 points of the game. The Aces connected on five of their opening eight attempts while the Eutectics were 0-for-6 to begin the game before hitting their seventh attempt.
Braylon Jackson made his first appearance in an Aces uniform and quickly found the scoreboard as he completed the first half with eight points. His first collegiate basket gave UE a 24-6 lead before Cam Haffner hit a layup to make it a 20-point game with 12:05 remaining in the period.
Evansville would push the lead to as many as 33 in the opening period before taking a 61-29 lead into the halftime break. Ben Humrichous led the way with nine points as all 10 players to see the floor in the half found their way into the scorebook. UE’s first-half tally was the first time the program recorded 60 points in a half since posting 62 against Earlham on Nov. 15, 2014.
Things continued to go Evansville’s way in the second half as the team reached triple digits for the first time since Nov. 22, 2021 when the team scored 104 against Rice. It was the first time the Aces reached the century mark at the Ford Center since dropping 101 on Miami Ohio on Dec. 7, 2019.
Multiple players made their first appearances this season in the latter stanza as Tyler Myers, Cameron Gehlhausen, Dakota Candler, Michael Day and Weston Aigner all saw extended playing time. Evansville pulled away to finish the night with a 116-46 victory.
Jas Suvalija and Brady Bowers led the Eutectics with 17 points each.
For the first time this season, the Aces take to the road when they head to Cape Girardeau on Wednesday to face Southeast Missouri State.
MEN SECOND, WOMEN FOURTH AFTER FIRST DAY AT A3 PERFORMANCE INVITE
CARBONDALE, Ill.—The University of Evansville men’s swimming & diving team currently sits in second place, while the women sit in fourth, after day one of competition at the A3 Performance Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Evansville owns a 32-point lead on Omaha for second-place on the men’s side going into Friday’s second day of competition. The UE women, meanwhile, are just three points back of Eastern Illinois for third place out of seven schools after Thursday’s opening day in Carbondale.
On the day, Evansville had someone qualify for the ‘A Final’ as a top-eight qualifier in all but one race. Junior Patrik Vilbergsson (Kopavogur, Iceland) had UE’s best individual finish of the day, placing fourth overall in the men’s 500-Yard Freestyle event with a time of 4:34.28. Freshman Joseph Capo (Luling, La./Jesuit) was right behind him with a time of 4:36.38 to not only place fifth overall, but also crack UE’s career top 10 with a mark that makes him the tenth-fastest UE male swimmer in school history. Senior Jackson Caudill (Mt. Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County) also placed seventh in the ‘A Final’ of the 500 Free, while fellow senior Grant Kay (Ellicott City, Md./Hebron) placed 15th overall with a time of 4:45.46 in the ‘B Final.’
In the women’s 500 Free, freshman Luana Carrotta (Ercolano, Italy) posted UE’s best finish with a 12th-place finish overall with a ‘B Finals’ time of 5:10.59, while fellow freshman Hannah Krings (Madison, Ala./Westminster Christian Academy) advanced to Thursday’s night’s finals and posted a time of 5:24.48 to place 24th.
In the 50-Yard Freestyle, freshman Rebecca Lago (Tezze sul Brenta, Italy) placed sixth overall with an ‘A Finals’ time of 23.81 to move into tenth-place on UE’s career top 10 chart. Fellow freshmen Ane Madina Garate (Onati, Spain) and Rafaela Makariewicz (Porto Alegre, Brazil) also advanced to Thursday night’s finals, placing 22nd (24.81) and 25th (24.77) overall respectively.
On the men’s side, junior Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) and sophomore Daniil Goncharuk (Kyiv, Ukraine) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 50 Free with times of 20.72 and 20.94. Junior Benjamin Hasanovic (Innsbruck, Austria) and freshman Boris Tavrovsky (Jerusalem, Israel) placed 17th and 19th overall with finals times of 21.22 and 21.38.
Freshman Omar Ashraf Hassan (Doha, Qatar) nearly cracked UE’s career top 10 in the 200-Yard IM with times of 1:54.67 and 1:54.95 on the day to place sixth overall. Junior Carlos Souto (A Coruna, Spain) was not far behind with a time of 1:55.07 to place 12th overall in a tightly-contested field. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, junior Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and sophomore Mari Mueller (Zurich, Switzerland) posted finals times of 2:08.15 and 2:08.65 to place seventh and tenth overall in the 200 IM.
In Thursday night’s relays, the UE men placed second in both the 200-Yard Freestyle and 400-Yard Medley Relay events with times of 1:22.20 and 3:18.38, respectively. Vilbergsson also lowered his own personal-best time 100-Yard Backstroke as the lead leg of the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 49.00, which is third-fastest all-time at UE. On the women’s side, the UE women placed third in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:51.02, while placing fourth overall in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:36.47.
Competition was also held Thursday in both the men’s one-meter and women’s three-meter diving events, but final results were not available as of 11 p.m. central on Thursday.
The A3 Performance Invitational will continue on Friday, with preliminary swims at 10 a.m. and finals slated to begin at 5 p.m. Friday’s events include the 400 IM, the 100 Fly, the 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, and the 800-Yard Freestyle Relay and 200-Yard Medley Relay events. Women’s one-meter diving and three-meter diving is also scheduled for Friday.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS FOUR TO 2024 CLASS ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball program has announced the signing of four new players for the 2024-25 season on National Signing Day.
The Purple Aces welcome players from across the Midwest as part of their 2024 class. UE’s latest group of signees includes two point guards and two shooting guards from Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.
“We hit a home run with this recruiting class!” says Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “This group compliments our current freshmen class and helps us ensure we are building the right way for the future. These four players are all very skilled guards who can shoot, score at the rim, and play in our press and up-tempo offense. They all share qualities of being intense competitors, being in great shape, being high character individuals, and being excellent students,”.
The Aces first player to verbally commit in the spring was 5’10” shooting guard Kylee Norkus. “Kylee has a non-stop motor and will be a great asset in our press and transition offense,” says Scherr-Wells. “When Kylee committed to UE in the spring, I was already so excited about what she would bring to our program. And then I watched her game get better and better over the summer.
“She does the obvious things well like scoring in transition and getting to the rim and making shots, but it’s all the little things that I get excited about. Her court vision and her ability to find her teammates grew so much in the past year. Her ability to rebound defensively and then lead the break fits perfectly for what we do. Her competitive drive and work ethic are phenomenal. She has gained great experience playing on the EYBL circuit and in a very competitive high school conference. Kylee will make an immediate impact at the wing for us!”
Norkus comes to Evansville from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville Ill. Over her past three as a starter for the Wildcats, Norkus has been named All-Conference and All-Area in back-to-back years. She was also named to the IBCA All-State team last winter for her help in leading Neuqua Valley to a Regional Championship. Last season, Norkus averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists per game.
“I chose UE because of the phenomenal coaching staff to help me continue to grow and develop to my fullest potential athletically,” says Norkus. “Evansville’s community is extremely welcoming and supportive of their student-athletes. I’m looking forward to adding my contributions on and off the court for UE. I’m escstatic to be an ACE!”
UE welcomes a local recruit to its 2024 class in point guard Avery Kelley. Playing just down the street at Reitz Memorial High School, Kelley is staying home following three successful seasons with the Tigers. “The first time I saw Avery play as a sophomore at Memorial, I knew she was a player we needed to keep home at UE,” says Scherr-Wells. “The pace and tenacity at which she played as a young high schooler stood out to me. Avery has toughness and grit to go along with skill.
“She shoots the ball really well and has a good feel for how to create opportunities for her teammates as a point guard. She is a gym rat and comes from a family of athletes. She will set the tone of what it looks like to put the time into the gym. I am so excited she has chosen to stay home in Evansville!”
Along with playing basketball, Kelley is a multi sport athlete having spent two years on the Tiger’s softball team and one year on the track team. Over the past three years on the court, Kelley has been named an Indiana Jr. All-Star, a First Team selection for both All-Conference and All-Region and an All-State honorable mention. Last season, Kelley averaged 15 points per game with 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Kelley comes from a family with a strong collegiate athletic background as both her parents’ played basketball at Murray State in the late 1990s.
“I chose to play for UE because of the people,” says Kelley. “The coaching staff and players all have enthusiastic personalities and a love for the game. I know I’m going to a great school with the ability to teach me new skills on and off the court. Being able to have my friends and family come to all my games and support me is another great factor. I’m super excited to be able to wear Evansville on my chest and play for the team I grew up watching and wanting to be part of!”
Evansville’s third signee comes from the Bluegrass State in guard Logan Palmer. Palmer hails from Union, Ky. where she has been a four-year starter at Randall K. Cooper High School. “We had the opportunity to watch Logan grow as a player over 2 full years of recruitment,” says Scherr-Wells. “It has been a joy to see her game improve and her confidence in herself grow.
“She is such a good athlete and watching her go from being a forward as a young player in high school to developing into her college position as a wing with her AAU team over the last year has been really fun. Her shooting range has grown so much and has made her a threat from all spots on the floor. She is just scratching the surface of what she can be as a basketball player. I think Logan was really underrated in the recruiting process and we are pumped that she has chosen to be an Ace!”
Last season, Palmer averaged nine points, three rebounds, 45% shooting from the floor, and 80.5% shooting from the free throw line. Palmer helped the Jaguars make a run to the Kentucky State Tournament Final Four in 2023 where they fell at Rupp Arena to Mercy High School. Along with making the Final Four in 2023, Palmer was a consistent starter in back-to-back region titles for Cooper where she was named to the District All-Tournament Team and an All-State Honorable Mention.
“I chose UE because it felt like family,” says Palmer. “The coaching staff is backed up by an amazing team of loving girls who all have the same goal. Basketball is more than just a sport and UE displays just that. I truly believe UE will push, stretch, and mold me into the best version of myself on and off the court. I’m so excited to see all we have in store! Go Aces!!”
The Aces final 2024 signee on National Signing Day is shooting guard Camryn Runner. Runner will join UE from Hamilton Heights where she is a four-year starter for the Huskies. “The more I watched Camryn this summer, the more I fell in love with her game,” says Scherr-Wells. “Her Indiana Elite team on the Adidas circuit won a ton of games this summer, and she was a very important piece.
“I love that Camryn can play both the point and shooting guard. She plays with so much joy and toughness. She makes everyone around her better. I would sit courtside at her games and I could hear how well she communicates on the court, and the confidence she gives her teammates. She shoots the 3 really well. She is a player who can score when you need her to but also has no problem creating for and feeding her teammates. She is a natural leader and I cannot wait to see the impact she will have on our campus!”
Runner is a three-time All-State, All-Sectional, and All-Conference honoree as the Huskies have made three runs to regionals in class 3A. After three years, Runner is already a 1,000 point scorer having averaged almost 19 points a game while being 5th in the state in free throws with 157. Runner is also active on the club basketball circuit with Indiana Flight, a team that was a National Runner Up in the Adidas circuit over the summer. Along with playing basketball, Runner spends time on the Huskies golf and track and field teams.
“I chose UE because of the welcoming environment I experienced on my visit,” says Runner. “I could immediately tell the coaching staff and university had nothing but the best intentions for me. Another reason why I chose UE would be the education that I will receive for the next 4 years to set me up for my future career,”.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
EAGLES START COLD, FALL TO #4 MICHIGAN STATE
EAST LANSING, Mich. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball could not get the offense into gear in the first half and lost to fourth-ranked Michigan State University, 74-51, Thursday evening at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. The Screaming Eagles start the year 0-2, while Michigan State begins 2023-24, 1-1.
The first half saw the Eagles’ offense stuck in neutral, while USI defensive effort held the Spartans to under 40 percent from the field for the first 12 minutes of the contest. Michigan State also took good advantage of 11 trips to the line for nine of their 19 points.
The Spartans took command and used an 18-0 run to lead, 29-6 with 5:25 left in the opening half. Eagles had a small run that broke an 11-minute scoreless drought before the Spartans closed out the half with a 37-14 lead.
In the second half, USI was able to get the offense running, outscoring Michigan State, 14-6, during the opening minutes of the final stanza by shooting 60 percent from the field (6-10). Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downer’s Grove, Illinois) led the way with a pair of three pointers and six of the 14 points.
Michigan State re-established control with a 10-3 run of its own to push the score back to 22, 53-31, with over 12 minutes to play. USI closed the gap to 19 points, 62-43, but that would be as close as the Eagles would come the rest of the way despite battling the Spartans
The second half saw USI shoot drastically better, shooting 48.1 percent from the field (13-27), compared to 14.8 percent in the opening stanza (4-27).
For the game, junior guard Jordan Tillmon (Pine Bluff, Arkansas) led the Eagles with 10 points and tied for second on the team with five rebounds. Mielke followed in the scoring column with nine points, while senior forward Nolan Causwell (Duluth, Georgia) led the squad with seven rebounds.
Next Up For USI:
USI will host Chicago State University Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for the 2023-24 home opener at Screaming Eagles Arena. The game will start a two-game homestand for the Eagles.
The Eagles, who are slated to host 14 home games this year at Screaming Eagles Arena, has single-game tickets on sale now on USIScreamingEagles.com.
Chicago State fell to 0-2 after losing its home opener to Mercer University, 66-61, tonight in Chicago. The Cougars who lost their season-opener to Bowling Green State University, 70-41, was led by junior guard Jahsean Corbett, who had 10 points.
USI lost the first-ever meeting with Chicago State last year on the road, 78-61.
SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL
ANDERSON’S 24 KILLS PUSH EAGLES PAST LIONS
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Senior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) posted a season-high 24 kills as University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (11-15, 7-8 OVC) picked up a big win on the road against Lindenwood University (13-13, 9-6 OVC) at Hyland Arena on Thursday night, 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22). The Screaming Eagles’ magic number to get into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament is now two after the win and a loss from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
USI put up a relentless effort in the opening frame and took down Lindenwood, 25-23. The Lions started off strong with a 5-3 lead until the Eagles returned the favor by scoring six of the next seven points. The run began with kills from senior outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and junior middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) before Leah Anderson earned an ace. Bednar continued to surge with another kill before sophomore middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) closed out the stint with her first kill to make it 9-6. USI led by as many as four until Lindenwood shot out with a 5-1 run to knot it up at 18 apiece then later took a 21-20 lead. The Eagles quickly retaliated and scored five of the final seven points to secure the win. Leah Anderson was dynamic in the final push to the finish, scoring four kills. USI and Lindenwood put up 16 and 17 kills, respectively, with the Eagles producing a 0.424 hitting percentage.
A 5-0 USI run closed out the set and handed the Eagles the 25-21 victory. USI jumped out to a strong 5-2 advantage after Downing racked up a trio of kills. Lindenwood was able to tie it up and keep it close until the Lions went up, 13-11, after a 4-0 run off a pair of kills and aces. Both sides continued to trade punches until Lindenwood ultimately had a 21-20 advantage. The Eagles clutched up and scored five straight points off three kills all from Leah Anderson. USI’s defense forced seven Lindenwood errors that proved costly.
The Eagles were able to force extra rallies, but it was Lindenwood who came away with the 26-24 win in the third frame. Leah Anderson dropped in a kill to begin the frame with USI carrying past Lindenwood, 4-1. Leading 7-6, the Eagles extended their lead to four before the Lions hit the throttle and scored eight of the next 10 points to make it a 14-12 game. Lindenwood continued to thrash USI and led by as many as five until the Eagles retaliated with a 5-2 surge off a couple of kills from junior outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) and an ace from Bednar. With the Lions on the verge of closing out the set, the Eagles continued to stay close and tie the match at 24 after three crucial errors from Lindenwood. Despite the late effort, USI could not make the comeback as Lindenwood captured their first win of the match. The Lions posted a match-high 18 points in the frame while the Eagles had a match-low 10 kills.
An early lead for USI lifts the Eagles past the Lions and steals the road win, 25-22. USI jumped out to an early 10-4 advantage with the help of three kills from Bednar and one kill from junior setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana). The Eagles continued to roll past the Lions and led by as many as seven late into the set. Trailing 20-14, Lindenwood lit up and put up four straight points to close the gap. Leah Anderson tacked on a pair of kills to extend the lead until the Lions once again cut the deficit, 24-22. Even after the scare from Lindenwood, Bednar threw down the game-sealing kill to secure USI’s seventh conference win. The Eagles put up 17 kills and held the Lions to just 10 kills in the set.
Leah Anderson recorded a season-high 24 kills for her sixth-straight double-digit kills match and also produced nine digs and a team-high four aces. Downing added three blocks while Sobieralski tallied a match-high 37 assists to pair with 14 digs for her 14th double-double. Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) nabbed 16 digs for her sixth straight double-digit digs match and 22nd this season. Senior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana) had a solid night with a season-high nine digs in the win.
As a team, the Eagles had 56 kills, 47 assists, and eight aces to pair with 60 digs and five blocks. The Lions produced 56 kills, 53 assists, and five aces with 64 digs and 10 blocks.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles close out the road schedule tomorrow afternoon against the Lions with the first serve set for 5 p.m. USI has a chance to drop their magic number down to one if the Eagles win and/or a UT Martin loss tomorrow. Other teams that can play a part include Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville which are teams USI holds the conference tiebreaker over.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL
MCNAIR INKS NLI TO JOIN VALPO BASKETBALL PROGRAM
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has announced that Justus McNair (Joliet, Ill. / Joliet West) has signed his National Letter of Intent to join head coach Roger Powell Jr.’s program for the 2024-25 season.
A two-time all-conference honoree, McNair averages approximately 17 points per game on the AAU circuit and 11 points, five rebounds and three assists over two varsity seasons on a loaded Joliet West team.
“I’m extremely excited about this young man from Joliet, Ill., my hometown,” Powell said. “He’s a tough, physical and athletic guard who will add even more athleticism and ability to shoot the ball to our team next year. I’m fired up and can’t wait to get him here and help us continue to build a winning tradition.”
Powell and McNair have a deep connection that goes beyond their shared Joliet roots, a factor that proved pivotal for the 6-foot-3 guard in the recruiting process.
“The first thing that attracted me to Valpo was the coaching staff, and specifically Roger Powell,” McNair said. “My parents grew up with him in Joliet. He’s amazing; that’s my guy. I talk to him all the time. I talk to him about basketball and about faith in God. We talk about basketball for hours, about the team and about the fit.”
McNair lists going to state in eighth grade as a favorite basketball memory. He also highlighted last season’s Joliet West sectional championship appearance, fueled by a late-season, 14-game winning streak and a 29-6 record.
“I feel like I’ve really grown by playing with great players,” McNair said. “I’ve played with All-Americans and five-star recruits. I’ve grown by watching and learning; I’ve matured physically and mentally. I’m a hard worker day in and day out. When my shot isn’t falling, I continue to play defense. I’m a leader on the court. I’m working on getting my body bigger and stronger to be more physical.”
In his spare time, McNair enjoys bowling and going to church with his friends. He and his coaches and teammates bowl competitively during Christmas break, coaches vs. players. He describes himself as a funny, kind and calm person who is willing to be anyone’s friend.
“Growing up, my dream was to play Division-I basketball,” McNair said. “It’s a blessing and it’s crazy. When I went on my visit back in May, Valpo really felt like home. The coaching staff was amazing. I like the way they played. It is a great fit for me. The campus is only an hour and 15 minutes away from home, and I can bring a lot of family members and friends to watch me play.”
UINDY MEN’S SOCCER
MEN’S SOCCER FACES LEWIS ON FRIDAY IN GLVC SEMIFINALS
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s soccer team prepares to face Lewis in the semifinals of the GLVC Championship Tournament on Friday. The No. 3 seeded Greyhounds will battle the No. 2 seeded Flyers at 6 p.m. EST at Corwin Clatt Stadium in East Peoria, Ill.
UIndy finished the season 11-1-5 (9-1-4 GLVC) while Lewis ended with a 10-3-4 (9-2-2 GLVC) record. The last time these teams met each other was on Oct. 8th in Key Stadium. The Greyhounds defeated the Flyers 2-0.
If the Hounds advance they will face the one-seeded Illinios-Springfield or four-seeded McKendree in the finals on Sunday.
TSELIOS, GAFAR TOP UINDY IN GLVC POSTSEASON HONORS
EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The UIndy men’s soccer team has collected five post season honors from the GLVC for the 2023 season, announced Thursday. Michael Tselios and Pierre Lurot headline the honors for UIndy with a spot on the All-GLVC first team.
Tselios leads the Greyhounds in points with 17. The Greece transplant has four goals and seven assists to his name. Named the captain for the 2023 season, Tselios has started in all 17 matches for the Hounds and has remained on the pitch for a total of 1346 minutes. He has also attempted 44 shots, 17 on goal this season.
Lurot is a key part of the UIndy defensive front. The French native has started in all 17 games and has 1521 minutes for the season. Lurot was also named the GLVC Defensive Player of the week on Sept. 9th. Besides his efforts on defense, Lurot has completed one goal and two assists during the 2023 season. He also has 16 shot attempts, six on goal, this season.
UIndy also appears on the second team with Kabiru Gafar. Owen Atkison and Bobby Turner earned a spot on the third team.
The league also recognized 13 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees and one team award winner. Atkison was selected from UIndy for the second year in a row. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced at the end of the academic year.
GREYHOUNDS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON WITH CRITICAL TRIP TO SBU
at Southwest Baptist (4-6, 3-3 GLVC)
Saturday | November 11 | 1 p.m. ET
The No. 22 Greyhounds head to Bolivar, Mo., this weekend to face a hot Southwest Baptist team. A lot is riding on the Saturday’s outcome. as a win would seal an outright GLVC title and most likely secure an NCAA DII playoff berth. A loss would still earn a share of the conference crown, but it would in all probability knock the Hounds out of playoff contention. SBU is coming off of back-to-back wins, including a victory over then-nationally-ranked Truman two weeks ago and a 71-point outburst versus Jewell last Saturday.
GAMEDAY GUIDE: NO. 7 MARIAN HOSTS SIENA HEIGHTS FOR 2023 SENIOR DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team is looking to get back on track this Saturday afternoon at St. Vincent Field, as the seventh-ranked Knights host Siena Heights for a senior day matchup. Saturday’s senior day kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. Below is a guide for fans to find information relating to this week’s action.
THE GAME AND THE SERIES
Marian has owned the series against Siena Heights, carrying a perfect 10-0 record against the Saints into Saturday afternoon. For the second consecutive year the Knights will host Siena Heights, with Marian winning last year on senior day against the Saints by a 24-2 score. The Knights have allowed seven points or less in each of their previous three meetings with Siena Heights.
Defense dominated last year’s windy and wet matchup, as the Knights won 24-2. A blocked punt by David Badescu and a pick-six from Jake Paris highlighted Marian’s win last season, while the offense found touchdowns via a CJ Young receiving score and Drew Byerly wildcat run. The Saints were held to just 141 yards last season against Marian.
The Knights enter the 2023 contest with an 8-1 overall record, while the Saints are 6-3 and winners of their last four games. Siena Heights enters the week coming off of a record-setting 77-point outing in a win over Madonna University.
Marian enters the week ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, dropping three spots in the national ratings following their loss to Indiana Wesleyan. Marian is a current candidate to make the NAIA Football Championship Series as an at-large team, and is in a position where they can earn a first round bye and host in the second round. The Knights control their own destiny, and with a win could potentially have a chance to climb back up in the rankings with help from around the NAIA.
WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG
Those fans unable to attend Saturday night’s game can watch live on the ISC Sports Network. This season, all Marian home games on the ISC Sports Network will be pay per view, and single game and season passes can be purchased now. The pay per view cost for Saturday’s game on the ISC Sports Network is $9.99, and revenue generated from the live stream will go directly back into the athletics department. Fans can also find live statistics at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics X and Instagram pages @MUKnights.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now, with general admission ticket pricing starting at $10. Parking for Saturday’s game starts at $10 and is cash only. Parking for Saturday’s game will not be available online and can only be purchased day-of on campus.
Tailgate spots are filling fast for this weekend. For more information on tailgating, rules, and policies, click here. Tailgate lots will open at 10 a.m., and fans can join the picnic lunch on the quad, which begins at 11 a.m.
Senior day is this Saturday for all involved with the Marian football program, as the Knights will recognize 25 members of their 2023 senior class. The Knights will honor their seniors pregame, and all family members involved with the ceremony are asked to be in the stadium early. Senior day festivities will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m.
Senior activities for the members of the gameday cheerleading, dance, and pep band will take place during halftime.
Throughout the game, Marian will recognize and honor other team success on campus from the last year. In the spring, the Marian women’s track and field team finished fourth in the NAIA, marking their best finish in program history. The Knights had multiple All-Americans in the group led by seniors Jai-Lyn Norwood and Erin Oleksak, and they will be honored at the end of the first quarter.
Additionally, both the men’s and women’s golf teams won their respective Crossroads League Championships, and each qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. The golf programs will have a chance to be honored during halftime of Saturday’s game.
Lastly, at the end of the third quarter the Marian cycling team will be honored, as earlier this fall the track group won the USA Collegiate National Championship.
Marian and Siena Heights will square off on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. from St. Vincent Field in the final home game of the regular season.
MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL
KNIGHTS RUN AWAY WITH 96-64 VICTORY OVER CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team breezed to their second victory of the week and third of the season, as the Knights defeated Cumberland University 96-64 in their opening game of the Marian Classic.
The Knights poured on the points early Thursday night, going inside with Maximus Gizzi and Jackson Ames dropping the first four of the evening. Marian ran their lead out to nine by the media timeout following seven combined points between the backcourt tandem Gus Etchison and Brody Whitaker, claiming an early 11-2 lead. The Phoenix were able to get out of their slump and develop offense to run their total to eight, however they failed to get stops as Josh Bryan and Etchison pushed Marian’s advantage to double figures.
Leading 18-8 as the clock hit the 10 minute mark, Marian’s offense found another gear as Whitaker, Gizzi, and Gavin Foe helped combine on a 13-3 run to rocket the lead to 20. The four minute burst gave the home team their largest lead of the half, as Marian withstood a late 6-2 push from Cumberland to carry a 40-27 lead at the intermission.
Marian wiped away any chance of a comeback attempt by Cumberland in the opening four minutes of the second half, as strong play inside from Foe and Ames and a deep three from Etchison pushed the lead near 20 points once more. Whitaker and Gizzi helped Marian break over the 20-point barrier for the remainder of the game with back to back scores around the under-15 media timeout, while the freshman duo of Dylan Moles and Ben Henderson’s efforts from outside helped hold the game in favor of the Knights.
A fastbreak layup from Etchison at the 9:08 mark gave Marian a commanding 70-43 lead, allowing the guard to turn into the floor general as he dished assists to Whitaker and Foe. Back to back possessions with dunks by Nolan Foster gave the home team their first 30-point lead of the night with 6:27 to play in the game, as the second hammer put an 81-51 score on the board.
Marian added 15 points to their total over the final six minutes as they were able to rotate in the entirety of the roster, getting the first collegiate points from Aidan Franks and an Elhadj Diallo bucket in the closing run. Diallo put the final points on the board for Marian while a late Cumberland three ended the scoring, as Marian comfortably completed their wire-to-wire 96-64 victory.
The Knights ended the game shooting a blistering 62.1 percent from the floor, while knocking down 8-of-17 shots from downtown. Gus Etchison led the Knights in scoring with 18 points while adding eight assists, and Gavin Foe recorded his second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Whitaker finished the game with 16 points, and Moles scored a season-best 15 points off the bench. Each of Marian’s 11 active players on Thursday night scored two or more points in the win.
Marian will finish the week with the final game of their home classic on Friday night, hosting East-West at 7:30 p.m.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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|Oklahoma City||5||3||.625||2.5||3-3||2-0||0-1||0-3||5-3||2 W|
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|LA Clippers||3||4||.429||2.0||3-0||0-4||0-1||2-2||3-4||3 L|
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|San Antonio||3||5||.375||3.0||1-2||2-3||1-1||3-2||3-5||3 L|
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|New York Jets||4||4||0||.500||1.5||132||156||2-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|New England Patriots||2||7||0||.222||4.0||135||228||1-4-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||2-2-0||2 L|
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|Los Angeles Chargers||4||4||0||.500||2.5||201||174||2-2-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||4||5||0||.444||3.0||156||193||3-1-0||1-4-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||5||0||.375||3.5||172||226||2-3-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-2-0||2 W|
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|Pittsburgh Steelers||5||3||0||.625||1.5||133||163||3-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||5||3||0||.625||1.5||181||139||4-1-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||5||3||0||.625||1.5||155||162||3-1-0||2-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||4 W|
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|Jacksonville Jaguars||6||2||0||.750||0.0||193||156||2-2-0||4-0-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||5 W|
|Houston Texans||4||4||0||.500||2.0||187||165||3-1-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||5||0||.444||2.5||232||242||1-4-0||3-1-0||3-3-0||2-2-0||1 W|
|Tennessee Titans||3||5||0||.375||3.0||148||160||3-1-0||0-4-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||1 L|
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|Seattle Seahawks||5||3||0||.625||0.0||171||175||3-1-0||2-2-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||6||0||.333||2.5||178||204||1-3-0||2-3-0||2-4-0||2-1-0||3 L|
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|Green Bay Packers||3||5||0||.375||3.0||160||159||2-2-0||1-3-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
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No Flags in an NFL game
November 10, 1940 – In a story from the profootballhof.com site, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 7-3 in a penalty free game at Forbes Field. Philadelphia’s George Somers booted a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Steelers score came on a one yard scoring dive by Coley McDonough in the third quarter. As we have discussed before this was one of four contests in NFL history without yellow laundry hitting the field. The others occurred on October 28, 1934’s Brooklyn vs. Pittsburgh, September 27, 1936 when the Boston Redskins played Brooklyn’s Dodgers and on October 9, 1938 as the Cleveland Rams hosted the Chicago Bears. There seems to be a common theme to these games as they all occurred within 6 years of each other. The same guy, Will Halloran was the Referee of the 1936 and 1940 contests. Talk about an era of the officials letting them play!
Irish Blanked by Army in Number 1 versus Number 2 matchup
November 10, 1945 – Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York – Top-ranked Army shuts out No. 2 Notre Dame 48-0 in an extremely lopsided contest. Per the americanfootballdatabase.com the Black Knights Glenn Davis scored three touchdowns and Doc Blanchard crossed the goal-line stripe twice, as the Cadets rolled up 441 yards to the Irish’s 184.
Record NFL Crowd
November 10, 1957 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, LA, California – An NFL record crowd of 102,368 crammed into the stadium to watch LA come away with a 37-24 victory of the San Francisco 49ers. Check out the full story here from pro-football-refernce.com. And they say LA fans don’t turn out for games!
Longest Fumble Return
November 10, 1957 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio – Cleveland Browns’ Don Paul sets club record for longest scoop and score per onthisday.com website with a 89-yard touchdown that helped the Browns to blank the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-0.
Merdith’s 460 yards Not Enough
November 10, 1963 – Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California – Dandy Don Meredith of the Dallas Cowboys passed for 460 yards and three scores but his Cowboys team fell short on the scoreboard in a 31-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers per the pro-football-reference.com. Niners quarterback Lamar McHan went 15 of 25 passing for 248 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Redhawks win MAC Showdown
November 10, 1973 – Kent, Ohio – According to footballfoundation.org in 2015 post, a matchup that pitted the Number 17 ranked Miami of Ohio Redhawks and Kent State Golden Flashes in 1973 marked the first-ever meeting of ranked MAC teams, putting the MAC title on the line. Redhawks fullback Chuck Varner fueled the offense with a two-yard touchdown plunge and a nine-yard touchdown reception to help Miami establish a 17-10 lead. Kicker David Draudt finished off the defending MAC champion Golden Flashes with a school-record 52-yard field goal in the final quarter. Final score Redhawks 20, Golden Flashes 10. Miami finished the season with an 11-0 record, their first perfect season since 1955 and a No. 15 ranking at the end of the season. Kent State finished up their season with a 9-2 record.
Tide Rolls with a Single Field Goal
November 10, 1979 – Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge,Louisiana – The Crimson Tide rolled away with a 3-0 victory over LSU on a rain soaked field. According to AL.com, Alan McElroy’s 27-yard field goal midway through the third quarter accounted for the game’s only points. Paul Bear Bryant’s Alabama team had won the national championship the previous season, and came into the 1979 LSU game 8-0 and riding a 17-game winning streak.
Wyoming and SDSU set record
November 10, 1984 – Per a post on the website gowyo.com, University of Wyoming’s Kevin Lowe rushed for 302 yards, and Rick Wegher of South Dakota State put up 231 yards on the ground to set an NCAA record for most yards gained by two opposing players. The Wyoming Cowboys were too much for the SDSU Jackrabbits that day though as it showed in a 45-29 final score of the contest.
Reich leads a Big College comeback
November 10, 1984 – Maryland completes the biggest comeback in NCAA history, overcoming a 31-0 halftime deficit to find victory over the University of Miami 42-40 in the Orange Bowl. A great NCAA.com story tells us that the Terrapins outscored Jimmy Johnson’s Hurricane team 42-9 in the second half to win the game. It was the largest comeback in NCAA history at the time. Led by back-up quarterback Frank Reich, the Terrapins score on six consecutive drives in the second half. One of the biggest plays of the game was when the Terp’s defense stuffed the Hurricane’s running back Melvin Bratton’s two-point conversion attempt on the goal line late in the fourth quarter that would have led to a tie score. Frank Reich was masterful at coming off of the bench in leading his teams out deep holes, just look at his NFL career.
Kosar’s Long streak
November 10, 1991 – Cleveland Browns QB Bernie Kosar ends NFL record of 308 passes without an interception per the onthisday.com website.
Marino really is Dan the Man
November 10, 1996 – Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida – The alamy.com reports that the Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino surpassed the 50,000 career yards passing mark in a 37-13 win over Indianapolis. The toss that hit the milestone was a 36 yarder to O.J. McDuffie during the second quarter of the contest. Marino also reached 4,000 completions, another NFL first, with his 10th completion of the game.
Deacons Big Comeback
November 10, 2001 – James MacPherson scored with 1:17 to play in the game and Quintin Williams made the defensive play of the game seconds later as Wake Forest rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to stun North Carolina 32-31 in front of 53,000 fans at Kenan Stadium. Wake Forest, outgained 338 yards to 118 in the first half, staged one of the greatest comebacks in ACC history. Special thanks from the Wake Forest Athletic Department for this great story.
D-1 Scoring record
November 10, 2007 – Denton, Texas – Navy and North Texas set a major-college record by combining for 136 points in the Midshipmen’s 74-62 win per an ESPN.com post. The previous record for college football’s top tier of competition was 133 points in San Jose State’s 70-63 win over Rice on Oct. 2, 2004. North Texas Mean Green quarterback Giovanni Vizza tossed for 478 yards and 8 touchdowns in the loss.
Falcons Fly over Irish
November 10, 2007 – South Bend, Indiana – The armed forces academies were performing well on this day as the Air Force Falcons defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Per the goairforcefalcons.com website, this occurred one week after the Navy Midshipmen eked out a triple overtime victory against the Fighting Irish for the first time since 1963. The loss marked Notre Dame’s for the ninth L of that season, a school-record. The last time the Irish lost to two military academies in the same season was 1944.
Carey sets record 366 rushing yards
November 10, 2012 – Tucson, Arizona – Thanks to an sbnation.com post we learn that Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona pounded the ground hard for a Pac-12 single game record of 366 yards on 25 carries and tied the Pac-12 conference record with five TDs in the Wildcats’ 56-31 rout of the Colorado Buffaloes.
Neil Snow – Michigan
November 10, 1897 – Detroit, Michigan – The fabulous fullback/defensive end of the University of Michigan Wolverines, Neil Snow played football at Michigan from 1898 to 1902. Snow was selected as a first-team All-American football in 1901 and when he scored he scored five touchdowns against Stanford in the very first Rose Bowl game in 1902 and he earned the first Rose Bowl MVP award. What makes this all the more interesting according to the footballfoundation.org website is that he still holds the record for the most points scored in the annual Grand Daddy of them All with 25 points but in that day touchdowns only counted as five points. The National Football Foundation voted Neil Snow into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960.
WR – Isaac Bruce
November 10, 1972 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida -The outstanding wide receiver out of the University of Memphis, Isaac Bruce was born. Isaac was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1994 NFL draft and he played with the team in St. Louis too as well as a short stint with the San Francisco 49ers in his 16 year career in the NFL. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio on Bruce tells us that in his second season, the Rams first in St. Louis, Bruce caught 119 balls for over 1700 yards on the season. He retired as the Rams All-Time leader in receptions, receiving yards and yards from scrimmage. In 1999 he was an All- Pro and he played in 4 Pro Bowl games. He was the first player in NFL history to have three games over 170 yards. As a member of the Greatest Show on Turf offenses he set a Super Bowl record in SB XXXIV when he caught 6 receptions for 162 yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Isaac Bruce to join their Gold Jacket Club in 2020.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
20 – 9 – 35 – 3 – 40 – 55 – 19
November 10, 1934 – The First NHL penalty shot was awarded to the Montreal Canadiens forward Armand Mondou. Remarkably it did not find its mark as it was stopped by Toronto goaltender George Hainsworth in Maple Leafs 2-1 win.
November 10, 1957 – Cleveland Browns’ Don Paul, Number 20 set a club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run, in a scoop and score fashion, beating Pittsburgh 24-0
November 10, 1963 – Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe, Number 9 surpassed Number 9, Maurice Richard as the leading NHL all-time goal scorer with 545th career goal in a 3-0 Red Wings victory over Montreal Canadiens in Detroit
November 10, 1971 – St Louis Cardinals Number 9, Joe Torre won the National League MVP, while pitcher Number 35, Vida Blue won American League MVP
November 10, 1975 – The Kansas City Royals organization released slugger Number 3, Harmon Killebrew, ending his 22-year career
November 10, 1987 – Phillies Number 40, Steve Bedrosian edged out Rick Sutcliffe, also a Number 40 only for the Chicago Cubs, in votes, 57-55 to win the National League Cy Young Award
November 10, 1988 – Orel Hershiser, Number 55 for the LA Dodgers (23-8) was a unanimous choice as National League Cy Young Award winner
November 10, 1991 – Cleveland Browns QB, Number 19, Bernie Kosar had his NFL record of 308 passes without an interception end
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