CHICAGO 16 DETROIT 14
LAS VEGAS 36 DALLAS 33 OT
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#9 OLE MISS 31 MISSISSIPPI STATE 21
FRESNO STATE 40 SAN JOSE STATE 9
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ARMY AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
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DAYTON 76 MIAMI, FLORIDA 60
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PRESBYTERIAN 68 NEW ORLEANS 66
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VMI 73 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 67
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BELMONT 74 DRAKE 69
SOUTHERN MISS 56 UC SAN DIEGO 55
SYRACUSE 92 ARIZONA STATE 84
LOUISVILLE 72 MISSISSIPPI STATE 58
SAN DIEGO STATE 73 GEORGETOWN 56
SAN FRANCISCO 71 TOWSON 61
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#5 NC STATE 78 #2 MARYLAND 60
#6 BAYLOR 68 FORDHAM 45
#22 WEST VIRGINIA 65 PURDUE 57
#23 Texas A&M 57 Pittsburgh 46
MISSISSIPPI STATE 65 DAYTON 54
DEPAUL 77 RUTGERS 74
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VCU 60 WASHINGTON 47
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SANTOS’ GAME-ENDING FG ENDS BEARS’ SKID VERSUS WINLESS LIONS
DETROIT (AP) Matt Nagy still has a job and perhaps his team has a shot to salvage its season.
Cairo Santos made a 28-yard game-ending field goal to give the slumping Chicago Bears a 16-14 victory over the winless Detroit Lions on Thursday.
The Bears (4-7) ended a five-game losing streak under Nagy, who was answering questions about his job status less than 48 hours before kickoff.
Nagy said team chairman George McCaskey told the team on Wednesday the Patch.com report that the fourth-year coach was told he will no longer coach after the game in Detroit was not accurate.
“We’ve been through some stuff, some distractions, the last couple days,” Nagy acknowledged. “But it just proves who they are, what type of fighters they are, what type of winners they are.”
Meanwhile, the Lions (0-10-1) showed no one in the NFL comes up short quite as they do.
“First, you have to learn how not to lose,” said Detroit quarterback Jared Goff, who returned from a one-game absence because of an oblique injury.
Detroit made many mistakes, early and late, to extend its winless skid to 15 games since beating the Bears on the road nearly a year ago. The Lions had 10 penalties, including three in a row when they were at midfield that ended their chance to score on their last possession.
“Having second-and-25 or third-and-32 definitely shrinks your playbook,” first year coach Dan Campbell lamented.
Andy Dalton, starting in place of injured rookie Justin Fields, led the Bears on an 18-play, 69-yard drive that took the final 8:30 off the clock.
Dalton converted a third-and-5 with a 13-yard pass to Damiere Byrd to get the Bears to midfield. Detroit later helped out, giving them 5 yards on a penalty for calling consecutive timeouts without a play in between.
“I knew it was a penalty, but we had half of our guys with one call and half with another,” Campbell said. “I either could call the timeout, knowing it would be a penalty, or stand there and watch them score a touchdown.”
On the next snap, Dalton converted third-and-4 with a 7-yard pass to Byrd. With only one timeout left, Dalton was able to kneel to run the clock down to 1 second before calling a timeout to set up Santos’ third field goal.
“I don’t think I’ve been a part of a game with two timeouts in a row,” the 34-year-old Dalton said.
Dalton finished 24 of 39 for 317 yards with a go-ahead, 17-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham late in the first half and an interception.
Goff was 21 of 25 for 171 yards with two touchdowns and a fumble on a play that was reversed after Nagy challenged. Goff threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on his first drive and a 17-yard pass to T.J. Hockenson late in the third that helped Detroit take a 14-13 lead that it simply failed to keep.
Goff did not get a chance to lead the Lions on a game-winning drive in the end because they couldn’t get the ball back.
“I never thought there was a scenario when we left the field that it was the last time we’d be out there,” he said. “I figured, at worst, we’d have a four-minute drive to win the game.”
Chicago won three of its past four games last season to rally into the expanded postseason field after losing six straight games.
“This week was an important week to believe in each other,” said Santos, whose second field goal right before halftime gave the Bears a 13-7 lead. “And, hope to catch fire again.”
ALLEN THROWS FOR 4 TDS AS BILLS BEAT HOBBLED SAINTS, 31-6
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Josh Allen and the mercurial Buffalo Bills swung back to a better version of themselves against the reeling New Orleans Saints.
Allen passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns, and the Bills throttled New Orleans’ short-handed offense in a 31-6 victory Thursday night that sent the injury-ravaged Saints to their fourth straight loss.
“Coach always talks about playoff caliber and that’s the team we want to be,” Allen said. “We want to be the best versions of ourselves … every time we step on the field.”
Dawson Knox caught two touchdown passes, giving him a franchise-best seven TDs in a single season by a tight end. His second score gave the Bills (7-4) a 24-0 lead.
Stefon Diggs had seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown, and running back Matt Breida turned a short pass into a 23-yard score in a dominant victory that came just four days after a 26-point home loss to Indianapolis.
“To come up short the way we did (last weekend), sometimes it can be demoralizing,” said defensive end Mario Addison, who had one of Buffalo’s two sacks of Trevor Siemian. “You’ve just got to flush that and do it all over again. Everybody had a great mindset going into this game and we were just ready.”
The Saints (5-6), playing without dynamic running back Alvin Kamara for a third straight game, were shut out for three quarters. They finally scored on Siemian’s 11-yard pass to tight end Nick Vannett on the first play of the fourth.
Buffalo outgained New Orleans 361-190 and the Bills possessed the ball for 34:38 to the Saints’ 25:22.
The game illustrated how limited the Saints’ offense has become, in part because of injuries to Kamara and star receiver Michael Thomas, who has not played all season, and also due to significant changes at quarterback.
New Orleans went 5-2 in games started by QB Jameis Winston, who took over this season for the retired Drew Brees. But Winston went out for the season with a knee injury during New Orleans’ most recent victory on Oct. 31 and the Saints have lost every game Siemian has started.
Saints coach Sean Payton’s urgency to sustain drives against the high-powered Bills was evident in his decision to call a running play on fourth-and-2 near midfield and to later run a fake punt. Both failed, with the run losing yards and punter Blake Gillikin’s pass sailing high and wide of intended receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
“Going in, we felt like we had to be a little bit more aggressive,” because of how capable the Bills are offensively, Payton said. “We weren’t going to be able to win a game scoring 14 points or 17 points against a team like this.”
Siemian finished 17-of-29 passing for 163 yards, one TD and one interception. Taysom Hill, who is coming off a foot injury, was active as New Orleans’ backup quarterback but did not play.
Incidentally, Brees was working the game as a broadcaster and the raucous reception he received from the crowd when he was honored on the field at halftime contrasted sharply from the collective groans of frustration when one New Orleans drive after another stalled.
Most fans had filed out of the dome by early in the fourth quarter, leaving a solid traveling contingent of fans wearing Buffalo blue to close out Thanksgiving on a celebratory note.
The result left Payton foreshadowing changes as the Saints try to figure out how to end their worst losing streak in a season since 2015.
“We’ll look at everything right now. Obviously, we have to,” Payton said. “We’ve got to look closely at everything we’re doing and who we’re doing it with.”
RAIDERS BEAT COWBOYS 36-33 IN OT ON FIELD GOAL AFTER PENALTY
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders got the third-down help they needed from Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown.
Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Brown’s fourth pass-interference penalty kept the drive alive, and the Raiders ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Cowboys 36-33 on Thursday.
Carlson’s career-best fifth field goal came after Brown was called for interference on Zay Jones on third-and-18. All four of Brown’s interference penalties came on third-down incompletions.
“The penalties obviously helped,” said Carr, whose 373 yards passing included a 56-yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson for the first points. “If they weren’t holding, we probably would have hit those plays.”
The Raiders had just two third-down conversions total the previous two games and were 3 of 13 in this one. But Brown topped that total all by himself.
“Just one of them days,” Brown said. “I feel like I was in position for all of them, tried to turn my head. On some of them I did have my head turned. Just try to get better.”
Both teams had season highs in penalties and yards. Dallas, the NFL leader in penalty yards coming in, had 14 for a franchise-record 166 yards and Las Vegas 14 for 110.
A holding call on perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith in his first game back after missing three with an ankle injury negated a Dallas touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys settled for a field goal.
“Twenty-eight penalties, I don’t know what the hell you want me to say,” Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said. “Write what you want. I’m all for it.”
The Raiders (6-5) won on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1968. It was their fourth appearance on the holiday since then, with the previous two losses coming at the Cowboys.
“It kind of gave me goose bumps, I’m not going to lie,” Carr said. “When that kick went through, I had a lot of memories as a kid.”
Dak Prescott had 209 of his 375 yards passing in the fourth quarter. His 32-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz and 2-point conversion toss to the tight end pulled the Cowboys (7-4) even at 30 with 2:54 remaining after they trailed almost from the start.
Carlson put Las Vegas ahead 33-30 with a career-long 56-yarder with 1:52 remaining. Greg Zuerlein, who missed an extra point after the first Dallas TD, answered with a 45-yarder with 19 seconds to go.
Tony Pollard had a 100-yard kickoff return for Dallas in the third quarter, but was stopped inside the 15 to start overtime. The Cowboys went three-and-out after a penalty pushed them back to the 7, and the Raiders finished off the third victory for the AFC West against the NFC East-leading Cowboys in the past four games.
Brown had his back to Jones when Carr threw the pass with Las Vegas at its 43. The penalty put the Raiders at the Dallas 24, and the winning kick came after the Cowboys were penalized twice for rushing past the line of scrimmage before the snap.
Carr was 24 of 39 without an interception, and Hunter Renfrow had career highs in catches (eight) and yards (134). Marcus Mariota scored from the 3 on a shotgun keeper.
The Dallas offense struggled early without top receivers Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and running back Ezekiel Elliott nursing a right knee injury. The NFL’s No. 1 offense bounced back to finish with 437 yards, but the Raiders had a season-high 509.
“We had some explosive plays and we gave up some explosive plays,” said interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who left after five seasons with the Cowboys to join the Raiders in 2018.
Jackson tip-toed successfully on the sideline to open the scoring and drew one of the interference penalties against Brown in the end zone to set up Josh Jacobs’ 1-yard TD.
Sean McKeon had his first career touchdown, a 10-yard catch for the Cowboys’ first points. Elliott, who was limited to nine carries for 25 yards, had a 1-yard TD.
NO. 8 MISSISSIPPI BEATS MISSISSIPPI STATE 31-21 IN EGG BOWL
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Snoop Conner ran for two touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 straight points to beat Mississippi State 31-21 on Thursday night in a windy, rainy and cold Egg Bowl.
“What a cool night. What a cool win. We’re happy and relieved,” Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin said. “It wasn’t easy. But our players found a way to win and that’s what matters. We’re at 10 wins and that sounds really cool.”
Matt Corral ran for a touchdown and passed for 229 yards to help Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) overcome an early 6-3 deficit for a 24-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Corral was 25 of 33 with an interception.
“I was with this team when we were 5-5 and we had losing records. It was in us. We just needed people to bring it out of us,” Corral said. “We bonded together and we’re stronger. And it shows.”
The Rebels had 388 yards of total offense, with Connor scoring twice on 1-yard runs during the decisive outburst. He rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries.
Dontario Drummond had 13 receptions for 133 yards, and Jerrion Ealy scored on a 15-yard run to make it 31-13 lead with 5:35 left.
Mississippi State’s Will Rogers was 38 of 58 for 336 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Walley in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs (7-5, 4-4) added an 11-yard touchdown run by Jo’quavious Marks with 2:27 remaining, but could not pull within single digits.
“The stat sheet looks pretty good,” Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “We played hard. But they made more key plays and that’s the difference.”
The Bulldogs had 420 yards of total offense, primarily in the final period in the belated rally, but had trouble translating yards into points.
Makai Polk had 10 receptions for 98 yards and added a two-point conversion. Nolan McCord had field goals of 34 and 29 yards.
THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL
• Entering Week 13, two teams in the East Division and three teams in the West Division remain in contention for berths into the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover. Ohio State clinched at least a share of the East Division title with its win over Michigan State in Week 12. Remaining scenarios for all five teams can be found below:
Clinches a share of the East Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Ohio State
Clinches the East Division title outright AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Michigan
Clinches at least a share of the West Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win
Clinches the West Division title outright AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win AND a loss by Iowa
Clinches a share of the West Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a loss, AND losses by Iowa AND Purdue
Clinches at least a share of the West Division title with a win
Clinches the West Division title outright AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win AND a loss by Wisconsin
Clinches a share of the West Division title with a loss AND a loss by Wisconsin
Clinches a share of the West Division title AND earns a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win, AND a loss by Iowa AND a win by Purdue
• Purdue has officially been eliminated from contention for a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game, but can still clinch a share of the West Division title with a win over Indiana AND losses by Iowa AND Wisconsin.
• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
• The College Football Playoff will release its next set of top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The Big Ten had five teams in the top 17 of last week’s CFP’s rankings, including three teams in the top 10: No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin, and No. 17 Iowa.
• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 17 Iowa, and No. 18 Wisconsin.
• The Big Ten’s five teams in the AP Poll are tied with the Southeastern Conference for the most by any conference in the FBS.
• Four teams in the Big Ten rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Penn State (4th, 15.5 ppg), Wisconsin (5th, 15.8), Michigan (7th, 16.3), and Iowa (9th, 16.9). In terms of total defense, Wisconsin ranks second in the nation (237.7 ypg), Minnesota is fourth (289.5), and Michigan is ninth (306.6).
• In addition to ranking second in the nation in total defense, Wisconsin boasts the No. 1 rushing defense in the country and is surrendering just 64.3 yards per game on the ground.
• Four Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (4th, 104.32), Wisconsin (5th, 106.00), Penn State (7th, 108.77), and Michigan (9th, 110.12).
• Offensively, Ohio State leads the nation with 559.9 yards per game, while also boasting the country’s highest-scoring offense (47.2 points per game). The Big Ten also has two of the top passing offenses in the country: Ohio State (6th, 362.3 ypg) and Purdue (7th, 345.9).
• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (5th, 264 at Northwestern). The Big Ten has five additional 200-plus-yard rushing performances this season: Illinois’ Chase Brown’s 257 yards vs. Charlotte, Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers, Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen’s 228 vs. Nebraska, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio.
• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS receiving-yard performances from Penn State’s Jahan Dotson (4th, 242 at Maryland), Purdue’s David Bell (t-5th, 240 at Iowa), and Ohio State’s Jaxson Smith-Njigba (t-5th, 240 vs. Michigan State).
• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell (2nd, 536 passing yards vs. Michigan State), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (5th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Northwestern’s Chris Bergin (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Minnesota), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Purdue), Iowa’s Jack Campbell (t-5th, 18 tackles vs. Colorado State), Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (t-2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss), and Illinois’ Isaiah Gay (t-2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).
• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.
CLAYTON, JOSEPH SECURE IONA’S 72-68 WIN OVER NO. 10 ALABAMA
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Nelly Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. made key free throws in the final seconds to lift Iona over No. 10 Alabama 72-68 in an opening-round game at the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday night.
Clayton got an offensive rebound and made one of two free throws to make it 70-68 with 20 seconds left. After Jahvon Quinerly missed a shot for Alabama, Joseph secured the win with two free throws with 9 seconds remaining,
Tyson Jolly had 13 points, Elijah Joiner 12 and Quinn Slazinski 11 for Iona (6-0)
Alabama (4-1) got 19 points from Jaden Shackelford. Quinerly added 15.
Joiner hit a 3 to put Iona up 69-65, but Shackelford connected from long range to make it a one-point game with 56 seconds to go.
Joseph made two free throws during an 11-3 run to give Iona a 59-57 advantage. Alabama’s Darius Miles responded with a layup, but Jolly made a 3 to put Iona back ahead 62-59 at the 4-minute mark. Shackelford’s 3 put Alabama ahead 54-48.
Iona won despite a 4 1/2 minute-stretch early in the second half without a field goal. Alabama was up 33-29 at the half, which matched the biggest lead during the opening 20 minutes.
NO. 6 BAYLOR TOPS VCU 69-61, REACHES BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS FINAL
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Matthew Mayer scored 15 points to help sixth-ranked Baylor hold off VCU 69-61 in Thursday’s semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Freshman Kendall Brown added 14 points for the reigning national champion Bears (6-0), who had to clean up a mistake-filled first half and keep the Rams at arm’s distance throughout the second half.
Baylor led 29-27 and came out of the break with nine straight points. That included a five-point possession with Brown making two free throws after being hit on a flagrant foul by Levi Stockard III, then Mayer finding Flo Thamba with a lane-to-lane pass for a score and a three-point play.
Baylor protected that margin, though the Bears struggled to put the game away as the Rams continued to use full-court defense to keep Baylor out of rhythm.
Still, Baylor’s biggest boost came from cutting down its turnovers. The Bears committed 13 in the first half – surpassing their full-game totals in four earlier games this season – but had just five after the break.
Vince Williams scored 17 points to lead VCU (3-3), while Stockard had 13 points. The Rams shot 48% after halftime to hang around, frequently within two possessions, but they couldn’t quite overtake Baylor.
BROWN, SPARTANS PULL AWAY LATE TO BEAT NO. 22 UCONN 64-60
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Michigan State followed a thrilling last-second win by blowing a big lead against a worn-down opponent and finding itself trailing late in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Tom Izzo’s Spartans advanced anyway with toughness and tenacity in the game’s critical moments for the second straight day.
A.J. Hoggard hit the go-ahead free throws with 30.3 seconds left and Michigan State scored the final nine points to push past No. 22 Connecticut 64-60 in Thursday’s semifinals, earning a trip to Friday’s championship game.
“It’s something Coach has harped on us from the very beginning: just make the winning plays,” said Malik Hall, who had a big late steal and two free throws. “It’s something he’s been talking about since yesterday and the day before that.”
At the least, Izzo will have another set of examples in making that point again.
It was another tense finish for both teams after their first-round games had plenty of late-game drama – including two extra periods for the Huskies in a draining 115-109 win against No. 19 Auburn. But Michigan State did enough to take back momentum after the Huskies had gone up 60-55 with 1:41 left.
The Spartans (5-1) held the Huskies to 1-for-9 shooting in the final 3 minutes. The final stop came with the Huskies (5-1) getting a chance to tie. But after a long stretch of dribbling, Jalen Gaffney fired up a tough straightaway 3 that fell short of everything.
Tyson Walker hit a clinching free throw with 2.5 seconds left, sending the Spartans skipping into the tunnel and waving their arms along the way to their celebrating fans behind their bench.
Gabe Brown scored 16 points to lead the Spartans, who led 32-18 before halftime and shot just 32% after the break.
Adama Sonogo had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies, while Tyrese Martin added 16 points and 12 boards despite being uncertain to play because of a sprained left wrist suffered in the Auburn win. The Huskies made just 2 of 16 3-pointers after making 15 of 26 in the Auburn win.
“We made some execution mistakes down the stretch in the game,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “It wasn’t a lack of effort. It wasn’t a lack of guys giving their best. Michigan State’s really, really good and we blew it.”
AGBAJI SCORES 18 POINTS, NO. 4 KANSAS TOPS NORTH TEXAS 71-59
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Ochai Agbaji had 18 points and Christian Braun added 16 as No. 4 Kansas beat North Texas 71-59 in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Thursday.
Agbaji became the 63rd player to reach 1,000 points in Kansas history when he hit a 3 to open the scoring 2 1/2 minutes into the game. The guard entered the game just one point away from the milestone.
Kansas is looking to win its seventh in-season tournament in a row.
“These events are important,” Kansas guard Remy Martin said. “We want to go home with the championship, ultimately. That actually motivates you, wanting to win, wanting to win the championship.”
North Texas (2-2) got 23 points from Tylor Perry. All other scorers for the Mean Green were held to single digits, including Thomas Bell, who picked up his fifth foul midway through the second half and finished with nine points.
“Give Kansas all the credit, they were more aggressive than we were,” North Texas coach Grant McCasland said. “They attacked the basket better. I’m proud of the way we responded after being down early the game. Found a way to claw back in it and give ourselves a chance.”
North Texas got within 35-27 at the half after trailing by 13.
KU (4-0) went up 46-31 early in the second half thanks to Martin hitting a pair of a long-range shots and Braun making a 3-point play after a steal. Martin, who had 15 points, recently has been slowed by back discomfort.
“I’m OK,” Martin said. “We’re doing a lot of great treatment. I’m just in there consistently trying to get a little better.”
A dunk by Agbaji and another Martin 3 extended the advantage to 53-35 with 14 minutes left.
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INDIANA STATE FINALS FOOTBALL CAPSULES
ADAMS CENTRAL (13-1) vs. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)
ADAMS CENTRAL FLYING JETS (13-1) Associated Press Poll: #3 IFCA Coaches Poll: #2. Adams Central making first state finals appearance in 21 years and chasing second state title (2000). Jets lead the state in points allowed (4.7 ppg) and rank second in points scored (47.1 ppg). Team has won 12 straight games since its lone setback of the season, a 21-19 setback at Eastside on Aug. 27. Allen County Conference champions with a 6-0 record this season. Topped last year’s state runner-up and conference rival South Adams twice this season – 48-7 on Sept. 24 and 41-0 in the regional championship on Nov. 12. Topped two top 10 teams during the state tournament: def. #6 Churubusco 25-15 in sectional first round def. #5 South Adams 41-0 in regional championship.
KEY PLAYERS: Senior fullback Blake Heyerly (1,428 rushing yards, 24 TDs), senior wingback Alex Currie (921 rushing yards, 14 TDs; 183 receiving yards, three TDs) and junior quarterback Ryan Black (871 passing yards, 11 TDs; 597 rushing yards, 17 TDs). Heyerly (126 tackles, three interceptions) and sophomore linebacker Keegan Bluhm (101 tackles, 3 ½ sacks) and Currie (seven interceptions).
Season Results (13-1)
8/20 at Bellmont W 49-6
8/27 at Eastside L 19-21
9/4 Parke Heritage W 35-0
9/10 at Jay County W 54-7
9/17 Heritage W 56-0
9/24 South Adams W 48-7
10/1 at Southern Wells W 67-0
10/8 at Bluffton W 56-0
10/15 Woodlan W 62-0
10/22 at Churubusco W 25-15
10/29 Southwood W 56-0
11/5 Triton W 49-3
11/12 at South Adams W 41-0
11/19 at North Judson-San Pierre W 42-7
Adams Central /Opponents
Total Points / Points Per Game 659 / 47.1 66 / 4.7
First Downs / Per Game 243 / 17.4 129 / 9.2
Rushing Yards / Per Game 4,211 / 300.8 1,172 / 83.7
Passing Yards / Per Game 871 / 62.2 943 / 67.4
Total Yards / Per Game 5,082 / 363 2,115 / 151.1
Fumbles Recovered By 10/ 9
Intercepted By 22/ 2
Total Punts / Average 18 / 34.9 69 / 29.4
Penalties / Yards 67 / 550 56 / 435
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN SAINTS (14-0) Associated Press Poll: #1 IFCA Coaches Poll: #1. Top-ranked Indianapolis Lutheran playing in 1A state championship game for second time in three years. Saints aiming for first football title and school’s fourth overall. All three previous crowns have been won in softball. Lutheran only allowing 12.4 ppg while scoring at a 42.6 ppg rate. Champions of the Indiana Crossroads Conference with a 7-0 record this season. One of two undefeated teams competing this weekend (Center Grove in 6A). Defeated two top 10 teams this tournament: def. #10 and defending state champion Covenant Christian 34-27 for sectional championship def. #8 Parke Heritage 42-6 in regional championship.
KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Montasi Clay (2,385 passing yards, 29 TDs; 1,856 rushing yards, 32 TDs), junior running back Joe Davis (1,197 yards, 11 TDs), junior receiver Micah Mackay (37 catches, 836 yards, 11 TDs) and senior receiver Jake Pasch (28 catches, 643 yards, seven TDs). Pasch leads the Saints with 138 tackles, including 12 for a loss. Senior linebacker Ethan Hill (118 tackles) and junior linebacker Spencer Bauer (103 tackles) are also top tacklers. Junior linebacker Jaekwon Akins has seven sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Season Results (14-0)
8/20 Beech Grove W 52-29
8/27 at Indpls Cardinal Ritter W 48-20
9/3 Triton Central W 35-7
9/10 at Lapel W 34-13
9/17 Cascade W 55-0
9/24 Indpls Scecina Memorial W 31-20
10/1 at Monrovia W 36-12
10/8 Speedway W 37-0
10/15 at Traders Point Christian W 43-6
10/22 Edinburgh W 69-8
10/29 at Park Tudor W 25-13
11/5 Covenant Christian W 34-27
11/12 at Parke Heritage W 42-6
11/19 Tri W 56-13
Indpls. Lutheran/ Opponents
Total Points / Points Per Game 821 / 42.6 174 / 12.4
First Downs / Per Game 261 / 18.6 183 / 13.0
Rushing Yards / Per Game 3713 / 256.2 1367 / 97.6
Passing Yards / Per Game 2435 / 173.9 1572 / 112.3
Total Yards / Per Game 6148 / 439.1 2939 / 209.9
Fumbles Recovered By 19/ 13
Intercepted By 16/ 5
Total Punts / Average 27 / 35.3 57 / 32.6
Penalties / Yards 81 / 647 74 / 618
BREBEUF JESUIT (12-2) vs. GIBSON SOUTHERN (13-1)
BREBEUF: Associated Press Poll: #3 IFCA Coaches Poll: #2. Brebeuf Jesuit making third state championship game appearance and attempting to win first title. School looking for fourth state championship during the fall season following the boys soccer team winning the Class 2A crown at IUPUI on Oct. 29, the boys cross country team winning the title in Terre Haute on Oct. 30, and the volleyball team winning the 3A championship in Muncie on Nov. 6. They would become just the second school to win four championships in the same season (Carmel won girls cross country, girls soccer, boys tennis and football in the fall of 2011). Braves went 2-2 this season against teams who won state championships a year ago: def. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (3A) 24-19 on Aug. 20 lost to Roncalli (4A) 28-10 on Sept. 24 lost to Indianapolis Cathedral (5A) 45-21 on Oct. 8 def. Western Boone (2A) 42-17 for sectional championship. Finished second to Roncalli in this year’s Circle City Conference standings with a 2-1 record. Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #1 West Lafayette 24-14 in sectional first round def. #7 Norwell on the road 38-9 in regional championship def. #9 Mishawaka Marian on the road 17-16 in semi-state championship.
KEY PLAYERS: Junior quarterback Nolan Buckman (2,993 passing yards, 37 TDs) and senior receivers Max Walters (84 catches, 1,298 yards, 16 TDs) and Anthony Annee (66 catches, 1,128 yards, 20 TDs). Senior defensive end and Purdue recruit Joe Strickland (54 tackles, eight sacks), junior linebacker Cole Williams (92 tackles, seven tackles for loss), senior linebacker Jeremiah Jackson (81 tackles, 12 ½ tackles for loss) and senior lineman Jayden Childers (80 tackles, four forced fumbles).
Season Results (12-2)
8/20 at Indpls. Bishop Chatard W 24-19
8/27 New Palestine W 38-14
9/3 at Indpls. Cardinal Ritter W 40-6
9/10 Guerin Catholic W 42-14
9/17 Culver Military Academy W 41-13
9/24 Roncalli L 28-10
10/1 Terre Haute South W 33-7
10/8 Indpls. Cathedral L 45-21
10/15 Terre Haute North W 44-13
10/22 West Lafayette W 24-14
10/29 at North Montgomery W 35-8
11/5 Western Boone W 42-17
11/12 at Norwell W 38-9
11/19 at Mishawaka Marian W 17-16
Total Points / Points Per Game – / 32.1 – / 15.9
First Downs / Per Game – / 16.6 – / 13.6
Rushing Yards / Per Game – / 115.7 – / 124.2
Passing Yards / Per Game – / 243.8 – / 119.7
Total Yards / Per Game – / 359.5 – / 243.9
Fumbles Recovered By 7/ 6
Intercepted By 17/ 12
Total Punts / Average 43 / 35.6 60 / 32.6
Penalties / Yards 89 / 791 75 / 577
GIBSON SOUTHERN TITANS (13-1) Associated Press Poll: #2 IFCA Coaches Poll: #3. Gibson Southern playing in school’s first football state championship game. Titans finally broke through the semi-state round on Saturday after three previous tries in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Senior quarterback Brady Allen leads the high-scoring passing attack that ranks third in the state at 46.7 ppg. Allen leads the state with 3,855 passing yards (275.4 ypg). Senior Rory Gage Heltsley. Lone loss was a 42-7 setback at South Warren (KY) on Sept. 10. Titans have won 10 straight since that game. Won the Pocket Athletic Conference Big School championship with a 5-0 record this season. Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #10 Mt. Vernon (Posey) on the road 49-16 in sectional first round def. #5 Lawrenceburg 31-29 in regional championship def. #8 Tri-West Hendricks on the road 44-7 in semi-state championship. With a victory, Nick Hart and father John Hart, who won at Evansville Reitz and Warren Central, would become just the second father-son combo to win titles as a coach joining Bud Wright of Sheridan and Kevin Wright of Warren Central and Carmel (Mt. Vernon’s coach has chance to do same in 4A).
KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Brady Allen 3,855 yards and 53 TDs with just three interceptions. Senior receiver Rory Heltsley (86 catches, 1,533 yards, 21 TDs) and senior receiver Brayden Malone (37 catches, 638 yards, nine TDs). Sean DeLong has 826 rushing yards and nine TDs and 30 catches for 406 yards and three TDs. Senior LB Levi Dickerson 149 tackles, including 21 for a loss.
Season Results (13-1)
8/20 Columbus North W 43-20
8/27 at New Albany W 63-24
9/3 at Washington W 68-6
9/10 at South Warren (KY) L 42-7
9/17 Southridge W 63-9
9/24 Heritage Hills W 42-3
10/1 at Mt. Vernon (Posey) W 54-6
10/8 at Princeton W 55-7
10/15 Boonville W 37-6
10/22 at Mt. Vernon (Posey) W 49-16
10/29 Salem W 56-21
11/5 Heritage Hills W 42-7
11/13 Lawrenceburg W 31-29
11/20 at Tri-West Hendricks W 44-7
Total Points / Points Per Game – / 46.7 – / 14.5
First Downs / Per Game – / 21.1 – / 12.4
Rushing Yards / Per Game – / 168.6 – / 106.1
Passing Yards / Per Game – / 278.9 – / 117.1
Total Yards / Per Game – / 447.5 – / 223.2
Fumbles Recovered By 11/ 3
Intercepted By 8/ 3
Total Punts / Average 16/32 –
Penalties / Yards –
ANDREAN FIGHTING 59ERS (11-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI WILDCATS (12-2)
ANDREAN FIGHTING 59ERS (11-3) Associated Press Poll: #8 IFCA Coaches Poll: #3. Andrean competing in its seventh state championship game and first since 2014 3A runner-up season. Fighting 59ers playing for third state championship in football and school’s second in three weeks after volleyball team won the 2A crown on Nov. 6 in Muncie. Co-champions of the Northwest Crossroads Conference with a 4-1 mark this season (tied with Lowell). Held off #6 Eastside 17-14 in Saturday’s semi-state victory. Defeated conference rival and last year’s 4A state runner-up Hobart 31-28 on Sept. 24.
KEY PLAYERS: Sophomore quarterback Scott Ballentine (2,745 passing yards, 27 TDs), junior running back (Notre Dame) Drayk Bowen (794 yards, 15 TDs), senior receiver Robert Ballentine (46 catches, 863 yards, nine TDs), sophomore receiver Patrick Clacks III (45 catches, 702 yards, five TDs) and senior receiver Alonzo Paul Jr. (64 catches, 692 yards, six TDs). Bowen 99 tackles and three interceptions. Sophomore linebacker Trevon Stephens (90 tackles, 10 for loss).
Total Points / Points Per Game 436 / 31.1 193 / 13.8
First Downs / Per Game – –
Rushing Yards / Per Game 1444 / 103.1 –
Passing Yards / Per Game 2802 / 200.1 –
Total Yards / Per Game 4246 / 303.2 –
Fumbles Recovered By 8 8
Intercepted By 11 9
Total Punts / Average 29 / 32.3 –
Penalties / Yards
Season Results (11-3)
8/20 at Merrillville L 47-21
8/27 at Crown Point W 21-7
9/4 at Central Catholic (MI) L 34-14
9/10 East Chicago Central W 45-0
9/17 at Highland W 38-14
9/24 Hobart W 31-28
10/1 Munster W 42-13
10/8 Kankakee Valley W 38-3
10/15 at Lowell L 17-7
10/22 Wheeler W 44-6
10/29 Rensselaer Central W 28-2
11/5 at Whiting W 49-0
11/12 LaVille W 35-8
11/19 at Eastside W 17-14
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI WILDCATS (12-2) Associated Press Poll: #7 IFCA Coaches Poll: #7 n Evansville Mater Dei reaches sixth state championship game and gunning for second state title (2000 2A). School has finished runner-up the last three trips. n Wildcats have won nine consecutive games since suffering only two setbacks of the season to Evansville Memorial and Jasper in consecutive weeks on Sept. 10 and 17. Tied for second in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference with a 7-2 record this year. Survived a 28-27 thriller with at #4 Linton-Stockton in the sectional semifinals. Then defeated North Posey 42-13 a week later for Wildcats’ third straight sectional title. Head coach Mike Goebel has led Mater Dei teams to 13 state championships, including a state record 12 in wrestling. His total is tied for the fifth-most in IHSAA history by a coach. He was also an assistant coach with Wildcats’ 1994 runner-up team. He also ranks seventh among the winningest active coaches with 248 victories. Since retiring as wrestling coach, he’s served as a co-host every year on the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals broadcast.
KEY PLAYERS: Quarterback Mason Wunderlich (2,470 passing yards, 28 TDs), running back Joey Pierre (1,222 yards, 10 TDs) and receiver Eli McDurmon (62 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs), senior linebacker Tyler Martin (145 tackles, four sacks), senior lineman Nicholas Boots (99 tackles, six sacks) and senior lineman James Ralph (94 tackles, 32 ½ tackles for loss).
Season Results (12-2)
8/20 Evansville Central W 24-14
8/27 at Castle (Overtime) W 21-14
9/3 Vincennes Lincoln W 31-7
9/10 at Evansville Memorial L 15-29
9/17 Jasper L 13-31
9-24 Evansville North W 21-14
10/1 at Evansville Bosse W 42-10
10/8 at Evansville Harrison W 35-7
10/15 at Evansville Reitz W 21-17
10/22 Forest Park W 35-6
10/29 at Linton-Stockton W 28-27
11/5 North Posey W 42-13
11/12 Triton Central W 42- 7
11/19 Indpls Scecina W 23-7
Mater Dei /Opponents
Total Points / Points Per Game 394 / 28.1 202 / 14.4
First Downs / Per Game 209 / 14.9 147 / 10.5
Rushing Yards / Per Game 1912 / 136.6 1643 / 117.4
Passing Yards / Per Game 2502 / 178.7 1305 / 93.2
Total Yards / Per Game 4414 / 315.3 2948 / 210.6
Fumbles Recovered By 9/ 4
Intercepted By 11/ 9
Total Punts / Average 35 / 37.3 60 / 31.8
Penalties / Yards 72 / 613 66 / 596
NORTHRIDGE RAIDERS (10-4) vs. MT. VERNON MARAUDERS (13-1)
NORTHRIDGE RAIDERS (10-4) : Associated Press Poll: NR IFCA Coaches Poll: NR. Northridge making school’s first football state championship game appearance. Raiders hoping to land first football crown, school’s third overall and first since boys cross country team won in 2004. In the semi-state championship game, Tagg Gott intercepted a New Prairie pass with 2:17 left in the game and the score tied at 14-14. Two plays later, Gott connected with Jethro Hochstetler for a 76 yard TD pass for the winning margin, 20-14. After starting the season 4-0, Northridge closed losing four of the final five to start the tournament at 5-4. Raiders avenged a 34-point regular season loss to NorthWood winning 28-7 in the sectional opener. Raiders finished fifth in the Northern Lakes Conference with a 3-4 mark this season. Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #2 Leo 27-26 in OT in sectional championship def. #9 New Prairie on the road 20-14 in semi-state championship game. Chad Eppley is in his first year as head coach of the Raiders. With a victory, he would become just the fifth first-year head coach to win a state championship.
KEY PLAYERS: Junior quarterback Tagg Gott (1,030 rushing yards, 15 TDs; 1,018 passing yards, eight TDs) and junior receiver Jethro Hochstetler (39 catches, 630 yards, six TDs), Ridge Howard (145 tackles), Peyton Shook (100 tackles, three interceptions) and Gott (84 tackles, four sacks).
Season Results (10-4)
8/20 at South Bend Adams W 21 – 0
8/27 South Bend St. Joseph W 39 – 14
9/3 Wawasee W 42 – 0
9/10 at Plymouth W 35 – 0
9/17 at Warsaw L 3 – 36
9/24 NorthWood L 8 – 42
10/1 Goshen W 35 – 10
10/8 at Concord L 7 – 40
10/15 at Mishawaka L 14 – 58
10/22 at Northwood W 28 – 7
10/29 Columbia City W 35 – 21
11/5 at Leo W 27 – 26
11/12 Mississinewa W 25-7
11/20 New Prairie W 20-14
Total Points / Points Per Game 329 / 24 275 / 20
First Downs / Per Game 245 / 18 170 / 12
Rushing Yards / Per Game 2124 / 152 1873 / 134
Passing Yards / Per Game 1900 / 136 1444 / 103
Total Yards / Per Game 4024 / 287 3317 / 237
Fumbles Recovered By 8/ 16
Intercepted By 12/ 11
Total Punts / Average 29 / 32.1 51 / 32.1
Penalties / Yards 92 / 752 108 / 757
MT. VERNON MARAUDERS (13-1): Associated Press Poll: #4 IFCA Coaches Poll: #5. Mt. Vernon making school’s first football state championship game appearance. Marauders aiming for school’s first football title, school’s third overall and first since the girls basketball team won the 3A crown in 2013. Team leads the state in scoring at 48.4 ppg and ranks 10th in margin of victory at 29.3 ppg. After losing season opener to Noblesville on Aug. 20, Mt. Vernon has won 13 straight including four shutouts along the way. n Champions of the Hoosier Heritage Conference with a 7-0 record this season. Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #1 defending state champion Roncalli 27-21 in the regional champinship game def. #6 Evansville Memorial on the road 42-28 in the semistate championship game. Vince Lidy is in his first year as head coach of the Marauders. With a victory, he would become just the fifth first-year head coach to win a state championship. Lidy was a member of Castle’s 1994 5A state championship team coached by his late father, John Lidy. Also with a victory, he would become just the second father-son combo to win titles as a coach joining Bud Wright of Sheridan and Kevin Wright of Warren Central and Carmel (Gibson Southern’s coach in 3A has chance to do same). Lidy also was an assistant coach on Hamilton Southeastern’s 2005 5A runner-up team.
KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Gehrig Slunaker (2,793 passing yards, 31 TDs), senior running back Keagan LaBelle (1,518 yards, 24 TDs) and senior receiver Ashden Gentry (50 catches, 1,141 yards, 12 TDs). LaBelle has 100 tackles, including 9 ½ for a loss.
Mt. Vernon/ Opponents
Total Points / Points Per Game – / 48.4 – / 19.1
First Downs / Per Game – –
Rushing Yards / Per Game 3,273 / 234 – / 184
Passing Yards / Per Game 2,810 / 200 – / 95
Total Yards / Per Game 434 / 434 – / 276
Fumbles Recovered By 5/ 4
Intercepted By 9/ 5
Total Punts / Average 23 / 28.5 –
Penalties / Yards – –
Season Results (13-1)
8/20 Noblesville L 36-57
8/27 Franklin W 43-25
9/4 at Greenfi eld-Central W 42-21
9/10 at New Palestine W 49-10
9/17 Delta W 56-31
9/24 Pendleton Heights W 43-0
10/1 at New Castle W 46-0
10/8 at Shelbyville W 49-0
10/15 Yorktown W 63-13
10/22 Pendleton Heights W 63-28
10/29 at Greenfi eld-Central W 49-34
11/5 Connersville W 70-0
11/12 Roncalli W 27-21
11/19 at Evansville Memorial W 42-28
ZIONSVILLE EAGLES (9-5) vs. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL FIGHTING IRISH (13-1)
ZIONSVILLE EAGLES (9-5) Associated Press Poll: NR IFCA Coaches Poll: #10. Zionsville making fifth state championship game appearance in rematch with Indianapolis Cathedral. Eagles aiming for third football crown and first since 1996 3A title team. Scored 35 or more points in all five state tournament games including matching a season-high 52 points in its semi-state road win over Michigan City. This is the first rematch of a Class 5A state championship game since the tournament expanded to a fifth class in 1985. With a victory, team would become third five-loss state champion in the 5A tournament (Cathedral in 2013, 2014). Team finished regular season 4-5 for the second straight year but won two tournament games over top 10 teams: def. #5 Harrison (West Lafayette) 42-21 in sectional semis def. #9 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 35-14 in regional championship. Placed sixth in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference with 2-5 record this season. Lost to conference rival and 6A finalist Westfield 42-21 on Sept. 3. One of two Hoosier Crossroads Conference teams in the state finals (Class 6A Westfield).
KEY PLAYERS: Senior running backs Colin Price (1,656 rushing yards, 26 TDs) and Gage Bankert (797 yards, four TDs). Sophomore Luke Murphy (1,421 passing yards, 13 TDs), senior receiver Trey Firestone (54 catches, 803 yards, 10 TDs) and senior tight end Gunnar Hartwig (30 catches, 407 yards, two TDs). Senior linebackers Otto Kyler (75 tackles, seven for a loss) and Owen Rossell (68 tackles).
Season Results (9-5)
8/20 Pike W 28-10
8/27 at Lebanon W 30-2
10/3 Westfi eld L 21-42
10/10 at Franklin Central L 21-24
10/17 at Noblesville W 41-26
10/24 Hamilton Southeastern L 21-41
10/1 at Brownsburg L 6-19
10/8 Avon W 52-49
10/15 at Fishers (2 Overtimes) L 46-49
10/22 McCutcheon W 45-0
10/29 Harrison (West Lafayette) W 42-21
11/5 Kokomo W 42-17
11/12 Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger W 35-14
11/19 at Michigan City W 52-21
Total Points / Points Per Game 470 / 34 335 / 23
First Downs / Per Game 218 / 16 193 / 14
Rushing Yards / Per Game 2,820 / 202 1,400 / 100
Passing Yards / Per Game 2,384 / 171 2,100 / 150
Total Yards / Per Game 5,204 / 372 250 / 350
Fumbles Recovered By 10 5
Intercepted By 7 7
Total Punts / Average 38 / 41.0 51 / 37.0
Penalties / Yards 61 / 582 –
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL FIGHTING IRISH (13-1) Associated Press Poll: #1 IFCA Coaches Poll: #1. Top-ranked Cathedral making state record 17th appearance in the football state finals. Irish looking to repeat as Class 5A state champions and win 14th football crown (second-most in state history). School is 13-3 in football championship games. This is the first rematch of a Class 5A state championship game since the tournament expanded to a fifth class in 1985. Defeated 6A state finalist Westfield 14-0 on the road in Week 1 (Aug. 20). Only setback of the season (for second straight year) was to 6A state finalist Center Grove 21-6 in Week 9 (Oct. 15). Ranked opponents beaten this tournament: def. #2 Decatur Central on the road 31-7 in sectional championship. This season, the Irish have played three other state finalists: def. 6A Westfield 14-0 on Aug. 20 def. 3A Brebeuf Jesuit 45-21 on Oct. 8 lost to 6A Center Grove 21-6 on Oct. 15 Also beat last year’s 3A champion Chatard 38-14 on Sept. 10 in their annual meeting.
KEY PLAYERS: Sophomore quarterback Danny O’Neil (2,601 passing yards, 29 TDs), senior running back Seth Mencer (968 rushing yards, 11 TDs) and junior receiver Jaron Tibbs (56 catches, 880 yards, seven TDs), seniors Bryce Llewellyn (65 tackles, eight interceptions), Jeff Utzinger (61 tackles, 12 ½ for a loss) and Hudson Miller (63 tackles, nine sacks) and junior lineman Kendrick Gilbert (42 tackles, five sacks).
Season Results (13-1)
8/20 at Westfi eld W 14-0
8/27 at Brownsburg W 20-7
9/3 Penn W 37-0
9/10 Indpls. Bishop Chatard W 38-14
9/17 at Columbus North W 37-13
9/24 Hammond Morton W 51-0
10/1 at Cincinnati LaSalle (OH) W 35-7
10/8 at Brebeuf Jesuit W 45-21
10/15 Center Grove L 6-21
10/22 Terre Haute South W 56-0
10/29 Plainfield W 54-7
11/5 at Decatur Central W 31-7
11/12 New Palestine W 23-7
11/29 New Albany W 52-13
Total Points / Points Per Game 499 / 35.6 117 / 8.4
First Downs / Per Game 255 / 18.2 155 / 11.1
Rushing Yards / Per Game 2,254 / 161 656 / 47
Passing Yards / Per Game 2,769 / 198 1,850 / 132
Total Yards / Per Game 5,023 / 359 2,506 / 179
Fumbles Recovered By 6/7
Intercepted By 24/ 2
Total Punts / Average 45 / 35.8 77 / 32.8
Penalties / Yards 100 / 815 74 / 582
WESTFIELD SHAMROCKS (12-1) vs. CENTER GROVE TROJANS (13-0)
WESTFIELD SHAMROCKS (12-1) Associated Press Poll: #2 IFCA Coaches Poll: #2. Second-ranked Westfield making third appearance in six years in the football state finals and fourth trip in last nine. Shamrocks aiming for school’s second football state championship and first in Class 6A. Westfield and Center Grove will meet again in the first rematch of a 6A state championship game. Team has won 12 straight games since its season-opening loss to 5A state finalist Indianapolis Cathedral on Aug. 20. Repeat champions of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference with a 7-0 record this season. Ranked teams beaten this state tournament: def. #5 Hamilton Southeastern 24-22 in sectional championship def. #8 Carroll (Fort Wayne). 37-14 in regional championship def. #4 Merrillville 48-19 in semi-state championship n Beat Class 5A state finalist and conference foe Zionsville 42- 21 back in Week 3 (Sept. 3).
KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback and Ball State recruit Maximus Webster (2,123 passing yards, 16 TDs; 498 rushing yards, seven TDs), senior running back Micah Hauser (1,252 rushing yards, 23 TDs). Receivers Gabe Aramboles, Ian Bruch, Nic Depasquale and Jackson Wasserstrom all have more than 400 receiving yards, Louisville commit Popeye Williams (85 tackles, 20 for loss), junior linebacker Tyler Dikos (138 tackles), Hauser (116 tackles, three interceptions) and junior Dillon Thieneman (99 tackles, eight tackles for loss).
Season Results (12-1)
8/20 Indianapolis Cathedral L 0-14
8/27 at West Lafayette Harrison W 33-11
9/3 at Zionsville W 42-21
9/10 Noblesville W 42-15
9/17 at Hamilton Southeastern W 34-21
9/24 Brownsburg W 24-21
10/1 at Avon W 45-24
10/8 Fishers W 34-14
10/15 at Franklin Central W 42-28
10/29 at Noblesville W 49-6
11/5 Hamilton Southeastern W 24-22
11/12 at Carroll (Fort Wayne) W 37-14
11/19 Merrillville W 48-19
Total Points / Points Per Game 454 / 34.9 230 / 17.7
First Downs / Per Game 224 / 17.2 226 / 17.4
Rushing Yards / Per Game 2,401 / 184.7 2,498 / 192.1
Passing Yards / Per Game 2,352 / 180.9 1,320 / 101.5
Total Yards / Per Game 4,753 / 365.6 3,818 / 293.7
Fumbles Recovered By 1/ 2
Intercepted By 6/ 10
Total Punts / Average 28 / 31.1 44 / 27.7
Penalties / Yards 77 / 629 74 / 685
CENTER GROVE TROJANS (13-0) Associated Press Poll: #1 IFCA Coaches Poll: #1. Top-ranked, undefeated Center Grove making third straight 6A championship game appearance and fifth in the last seven seasons. Trojans looking to repeat as undefeated 6A champions, chasing fourth football crown overall and third in seven years. Team has won 27 straight games. Beat Class 5A state finalist Indianapolis Cathedral 21-6 in Week 9 (Oct. 15). Center Grove scoring at a 41.8 ppg clip while only allowing 10.2 ppg. Have held eight opponents to a TD or less this season. Repeat champions of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference with a 7-0 record this season. Ranked teams beaten this state tournament: def. #7 Lawrence North on the road 29-19 in the regional championship def. 10 Ben Davis 45-6 in the semi-state championship n Head coach Eric Moore is making his seventh championship game appearance in charge of Center Grove and looking for his fourth title. He is 223-72 in 23 years at the school and 271-77 in 27 years overall. He is sixth among Indiana’s active coaches with 271 wins.
KEY PLAYERS: Senior quarterback (Tennessee) Tayven Jackson (1,616 passing yards, 20 TDs), junior running back Drew Wheat (987 yards, 13 TDs), senior running back Daniel Weems (666 yards, nine TDs) and junior running back Micah Coyle (557 yards, nine TDs). Harrison Stomps (27 catches, 335 yards, two TDs), senior linemen Caden Curry, (Michigan State) James Schott, who have a combined 33 tackles for loss.
Season Results (13-0)
8/20 at Warren Central W 38-14
8/27 Decatur Central W 56-7
9/3 at Carmel W 41-14
9/10 Ben Davis W 45-21
9/17 at North Central (Indpls.) W 53-7
9/24 at Lawrence Central W 48-0
10/1 Pike W 49-6
10/8 Lawrence North W 43-19
10/15 at Indpls. Cathedral W 21-6
10/29 at Franklin Central W 35-7
11/5 Columbus North W 41-7
11/12 at Lawrence North W 29-19
11/19 Ben Davis W 45-6
Center Grove Opponents
Total Points / Points Per Game 544 / 41.8 133 / 10.2
First Downs / Per Game 242 / 18.6 146 / 11.2
Rushing Yards / Per Game 2,775 / 213.5 794 / 61.1
Passing Yards / Per Game 1,721 / 132.4 1,851 / 142.4
Total Yards / Per Game 4,496 / 345.8 2,645 / 203.5
Fumbles Recovered By 10/ 8
Intercepted By 15/ 3
Total Punts / Average 28 / 31.6 64 / 27.9
Penalties / Yards 73 / 635 62 / 500
GAME 12 PREP: OLD OAKEN BUCKET GAME RETURNS TO SOLD OUT ROSS-ADE STADIUM SATURDAY
WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Football (7-4, 5-3 B1G) returns home for Senior Day at Ross-Ade Stadium, hosting in-state foe Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G) on Saturday, Nov. 27, for the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.
A total of 16 Boilermakers will be recognized on Senior Day on Saturday in a pregame ceremony. Head coach Jeff Brohm allows Purdue student-athletes to have the option of participating in Senior Day ahead of any decision-making process related to eligibility that may occur following the completion of the season.
Saturday’s Purdue-Indiana game is sold out, the second official sellout at Ross-Ade Stadium this season alongside the Wisconsin game (Oct. 23).
With the Indiana game (Nov. 27) sellout, Purdue will finish the 2021 season with an average home attendance of 56,333, which is the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since the 2008 season.
ABOUT THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET
• While Saturday’s game will be the 123rd meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 96th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.
• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 60-32-3, including 15 wins in the last 23 showdowns.
• Purdue has won two of the three matchups under head coach Jeff Brohm. This year’s game returns following the cancellation of the 2020 game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.
• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.
• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.
• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.
ON THE LINE
• The Boilermakers have the opportunity against Indiana to win their eighth game of the regular season, an accomplishment that has not occurred for the Old Gold & Black since 2006.
• In 2006, former head coach Joe Tiller’s Purdue squad went 8-5 during its regular season schedule before dropping its final game to Maryland in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006).
• Dating back to 2000, Purdue has won eight games in an overall season four times, all during the Tiller era (2000, 2003, 2006, 2007).
• Purdue is also seeking a sixth victory in Big Ten play, which would be the most since Joe Tiller’s 2003 Boilermakers went 6-2 to tie for second in the conference standings.
• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers claimed their fifth league victory with the 32-14 win against Northwestern (Nov. 20), getting to the five-win mark in Big Ten action for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.
• The Boilermakers won their fourth away game of the season with the win at Northwestern, a home game for the Wildcats at Wrigley Field. To find a Purdue squad with more road wins, one must search back to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.
BELL TABBED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST
• Junior WR David Bell was named a finalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday, Nov. 23, an honor annually “received” by college football’s outstanding FBS receiver.
• Any player, regardless of position (WR, TE, SB and RB) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. With the season that Bell is having (87 receptions, 1,207 yards, five touchdowns), he is certainly eligible.
• Bell joins former Purdue standout WR Taylor Stubblefield (2004) as the only Boilermakers to be a tabbed a finalist for the award.
• Among the fellow Biletnikoff finalists, Bell leads the group in receiving yards vs. Top 25 competitions at 624 yards.
• Bell currently leads the Big Ten in both receiving yards and receptions (120.7 yards and 8.7 catches per game).
• Bell ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game and third in receptions per game.
NUMBERS TO KNOW DOWN THE STRETCH
• The Boilermakers have made their presence known all across the college football landscape this season.
• The following numbers are the most important to remember:
1: QB Aidan O’Connell is No. 1 in Big Ten in comp. pct. at 72.7.
2: Purdue has two Top-5 wins for the first time since 1960.
3: Bowl-eligible for third time under head coach Jeff Brohm.
3: Three, again, #3 WR David Bell is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
5: DE George Karlaftis, #5, is a Bednarik semifinalist.
6: O’Connell with 74.0+ pct. comp. in six-straight games.
10: S Cam Allen, #10, tied for third in Big Ten for INTs (4).
13: Past 6 games: 13 takeaways. Two total in first 5 games.
40: Bell has 40 catches against Top-25 teams this season.
624: Bell has 624 receiving yards in those games, as well.
1,207: Bell has 1,207 rec. yards in 2021, 5th in Purdue history.
BEST RIVALRY PERFORMANCES
• When a rivalry game has been played 122 times since 1891, there is bound to be some big games by Purdue as a team and by individual Boilermakers. Here are some of the top Purdue performances throughout the history of the rivalry with Indiana.
• Most Points (68 – 1892): In just the second meeting between the programs, Purdue rolled to a 68-0 victory which still stands as the largest margin of victory in the rivalry.
• Most Rushing Yards (272 – Otis Armstrong): Seven Boilermakers have rushed for more than 200 yards against the Hoosiers, and Otis Armstrong leads the way. The Purdue running back chalked up 272 yards on the ground in 1972, leading the team to a 42-7 victory.
• Most Passing Yards (522 – Kyle Orton): Heisman Trophy candidate Kyle Orton made his final game at Ross-Ade Stadium a memorable one, throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-24 victory over the Hoosiers in 2004. He tallied 401 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, leading the Boilermakers to an easy win.
• Most Receiving Yards (209 – Kyle Ingraham): One of Orton’s favorite targets in the 2004 version of the Old Oaken Bucket Game was Kyle Ingraham, who hauled in 11 catches for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not to be forgotten that day was Taylor Stubblefield’s record-setting performance. His 14 catches for 138 yards gave him 309 career receptions, an NCAA record at the time.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORD WATCH
• The Boilermakers have completed 354 passes on the season, just 23 shy of the school record (377) set in 1998.
• Purdue is 403 yards away from the school record of passing yards in a single season (4,208-1998)
• Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell is currently on pace to destroy the school record for completion percentage by a Purdue quarterback; the fifth-year senior has completed 72.7 percent of his passes (263-362), well above David Blough’s record of 66.0 percent (305-462) in 2018.
• Junior WR David Bell (1,207) needs 101 yards to set a new Purdue record for receving yards in a single season; John Standeford’s 2002 season (1,307) remains the top mark for now.
• With its sixth win of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue became bowl eligible for first time since 2018.
• The Boilermakers will be bowl bound for the third time in five seasons under Jeff Brohm.
AIR IT OUT, AIDAN
• The most accurate passer, currently, in the Big Ten Conference is Purdue signal caller Aidan O’Connell. The fifth-year senior QB is completing 72.7 percent of his throws (263-362), while averaging 26.3 completions per game. Both marks rank fifth nationally.
• Over his last six games, O’Connell is completing more than 75.0 percent of his pass attempts (.752, 197-262). Since the 2000 season, O’Connell is the only Purdue quarterback to string together three consecutive games above the 74.0-percent mark, let alone the current six-game span.
• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell has thrown for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell has a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.
• O’Connell passed for 423 yards in the win over Northwestern, Nov. 20, becoming just sixth Purdue quarterback to have multiple 400-yard games in a single season. He joined Drew Brees, who accomplished the feat three times in his historic career (1998-2000), as well as Boilermaker quarterbacks Jim Everett (1985), Curtis Painter (2006), David Blough (2016) and Elijah Sindelar (2019). O’Connell became the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to produce at least five 300-yard games in a season and the first since David Blough (2016). It was the eighth 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Purdue career, moving into a tie with Mark Herrmann for fifth on the all-time list.
• The effort by O’Connell at Northwestern (Nov. 20) was the 24th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers.
THE PRICE IS WRIGHT
• Junior wide receiver Milton Wright had a career day against Northwestern at Wrigley Field (Nov. 20), hauling in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns to earn career highs in all three categories.
• The performance was Wright’s first multi-touchdown game of his career, and he joined David Bell as Boilermaker wide receivers recording a trio of receiving touchdowns in a game this season. In fact, only four other Big Ten receivers have scored at least three touchdowns in a game during the 2021 campaign.
• Wright’s performance also marked the sixth time a Big Ten receiver put together a 200-yard game this season. Three of those were by Boilermakers (Bell-2, Wright-1), the first time in school history that Purdue had three 200-yard games from receivers in a single season.
• Wright eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in the first half (five catches, 101 yards), securing his second 100-yard game as a Boilermaker.
INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. PURDUE
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) – West Lafayette, Ind. TV: FS1: Chris Vosters (p-b-p) & Devin Gardner (analyst) Radio: IU Radio Network; XM 382, SXM App 972: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.
SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G East) closes out the season at Purdue (7-4, 5-3 B1G West) on Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) on FS1. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 96th Bucket game and the 123rd overall meeting. (more on page 2) • IU won 44-41 in double overtime the last time the two teams met on Nov. 30, 2019, in West Lafayette. • Last year’s game was canceled due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools. • The Hoosiers have faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 49-9. • Linebacker Micah McFadden shares second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 15 of the last 16 games. • Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.
THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-31 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16) • Jeff Brohm is 26-29 in his fifth season as Purdue head coach. Brohm guided Western Kentucky (2014-16) to a 30-10 mark and carries an overall record of 56-39.
NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
NO. 4/6 HOOSIERS FALL SHORT AGAINST NO. 7/5 STANFORD
NASSAU, Bahamas – Senior guard Ali Patberg scored 15 of her 19 points in the second quarter but No. 4/6 Indiana fell short in a 69-66 loss to defending national champion No. 7/5 Stanford on Thursday at the Pink Flamingo Championship.
Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary got things started on a drive to the rim and back-to-back layups from Patberg pushed Indiana to a 8-4 lead.
A 6-0 Stanford (4-1) run was stopped by a Berger jumper in the paint with 3:05 to play. Indiana (4-1) came within one on a Holmes lay-in but Stanford’s Cameron Brink got the last bucket with 1:39 to play in the opening quarter for her team to take a 17-14 lead.
Holmes scores on a nifty move down low to cut it 17-16 on the first bucket of the second but foul trouble sent her to the bench just 15 second later. The Cardinal went on a 7-0 run to force an IU timeout and push its lead to as many as 10 with 6:10 to play.
Cardaño-Hillary got to the free throw line for bonus shots as she missed the back end and grabbed the defensive rebound. Dishing out to Berger, she made her way to the right corner and knocked down her first of back-to-back 3-pointers to help her team come back within three at the break, 37-34.
Stanford pushed its lead back to eight with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter as Patberg’s drive took over late in the third as she hit a pair at the line with 2:29 on the clock and hitting a 3-pointer and a jumper to close the quarter out with 11 points and her team down by three, 55-52.
An 8-1 run for the Cardinal stretched their lead out to eight with 2:19 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers rallied once again, cashing in at the line late in the frame and a 3-pointer from senior forward Aleksa Gulbe with 38 seconds to go in the third making it a two-point game.
Indiana had chances to tie the game including a missed pair of free throws from Berger with nine second remaining and after one in the bonus for Stanford, a good look from Patberg on a left wing triple rimmed in and out.
Patberg’s 19 points was one of three Hoosier performances in double figures. Cardaño-Hillary added 19 on 3-for-5 from the arc and Berger had 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
Holmes led on the glass for IU with 10 boards. Cardaño-Hillary added eight while Berger added six.
Berger had a game-high four steals and Gulbe and Cardaño-Hillary each added three as IU also set a season-high 12 swipes in the game, the most for the program in a single game since it picked up 13 steals against Illinois on Dec. 31, 2020.
The Hoosiers had a season-low seven turnovers.
Indiana shot a season-lows of 32.4 percent from the floor and 70 percent at the line. It was also outrebounded 59-38.
Stanford takes the lead in the all-time series, 2-1.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“We are disappointed. Ali got a good look there at the end, it just didn’t go down for her. A great learning for Mackenzie (Holmes) realizing that we were down three and she should have kicked that thing back out and give us another shot outside the arc. It’s a great opportunity for her to learn and our entire group to learn, I suppose we will find other things inside the game that we are going to learn from. As I said to them, this will serve us well down the stretch and once Big Ten starts. Disappointed, I feel for my kids today I thought they competed on a day we didn’t shoot it great. If you look at three of our starters with Aleksa (Gulbe), Mackenzie (Holmes) and Grace (Berger) they struggled today and we still have a chance of winning the game. I guess if there’s a silver lining there, it’s that, that we can compete with anybody in the country and on a day that we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well as we wanted to, to beat a team like Stanford.”
The Hoosiers wrap up play at the Pink Flamingo Championship on Saturday against Miami (FL). Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
NO. 3 PURDUE HOSTS OMAHA IN BLACK FRIDAY MATINEE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 3-ranked Boilermakers return home to begin a three-game homestand as Omaha visits Mackey Arena for a 2 p.m. Black Friday tipoff. The Boilermakers are coming off a Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament title and begin a homestand that features contests against Omaha, Florida State in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge and Iowa in the Big Ten opener.
The Boilermakers are 5-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season, while Omaha enters the contest with a 1-4 record.
The contest will be televised on B1G+ (final time this season) with Matt Menzl and Jay Wilson on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).
THE NOTES TO KNOW
1) Purdue is 5-0 for the sixth time under head coach Matt Painter. A win over Omaha would give Purdue just its third 6-0 start under Painter, joining the 2009-10 team (14-0) and 2015-16 squad (11-0).
2) The Boilermakers will play its first game before Christmas as a top-3 ranked team since the 1987-88 season. All other seasons that Purdue reached the top 3, it did so after the holidays.
3) Purdue has won 10 straight non-conference home games by a combined 300 points (30.0 PPG). Just two games decided by less than 25 points.
4) Purdue ranks No. 2 nationally in offensive efficiency behind Gonzaga. In addition, Purdue ranks in the top 10 in scoring offense (4th), field goal percentage (8th) and rebound margin (8th).
5) Purdue and Gonzaga each have two players ranked in the top 10 of the KenPom POY standings. Zach Edey ranks sixth, while Trevion Williams is 9th, owning two of the five Big Ten players ranked (Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell, Iowa’s Keegan Murray, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson).
6) Sasha Stefanovic (157) needs four 3-pointers to tie P.J. Thompson (161) for 15th on Purdue’s career 3-pointers made list.
7) Purdue is one-of-four teams nationally to shoot at least 52.0 percent from the field, 42.0 percent from 3-point range and 74.0 percent from the free throw line (Santa Clara, Lipscomb, Colorado State).
8) Matt Painter (360) needs four wins to tie Branch McCracken for seventh on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (364). Since 1980, just two Purdue coaches have won 872 games (Gene Keady – 512; Matt Painter – 360).
LATE EFFORT FALLS SHORT AGAINST NO. 22/23 WEST VIRGINIA
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A furious effort in the second was not enough for the Purdue women’s basketball team to knock off its first ranked opponent this season, falling 65-57 to No. 22/23 West Virginia on Thursday night to tip off the St. Pete Showcase.
The Boilermakers were led Brooke Moore’s season-high 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. The Atlanta native was 6-of-15 on the night, grabbed a trio of offense rebounds and set a career high with two blocks.
Cassidy Hardin hit four 3-pointers on the night, as Purdue knocked down a season-high 10 triples. The Boilermakers hit 34.5% from the field and won the rebounding battle 38-36, with Jeanae Terry hauling down a game-high eight.
West Virginia (4-0) took advantage of 24 Purdue turnovers to flip them into 22 points, while the Boilermakers managed just seven on 16 Mountaineer giveaways.
The Mountaineers opened with an 8-0 run, before Hardin countered with her first 3-point effort of the night. The gap grew to as many as nine in the opening quarter, but Purdue never allowed it to hit double figures in the opening half. The Boilermakers struggled to find their offensive rhythm in the first half with just a 30.8% clip shooting and 15 turnovers.
Hardin unleashed back-to-back triples to cut the deficit to four at the break, as Purdue went 6-of-14 from outside before the break.
Both sides picked up the pace to start the third quarter. After West Virginia extended the gap to seven points, Purdue trimmed it down to three with four straight free throws. The Boilermakers were 7-of-10 at the line on the night. On four separate occasions in the third, the Boilermakers closed within four but could not tie the game.
Into the fourth, West Virginia kept its advantage to a two-possession lead. Madison Layden and Moore both hit 3-pointers under five minutes to play, but the Mountaineers pull away with a 7-0 run that lasted until the final five seconds of the game.
Purdue grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the final 20 minutes but only managed 10 second-chance points.
Head coach Katie Gearlds …
I thought we competed. I thought we executed for the most part what we were trying to do. We understand that we weren’t supposed to be in this game. We’re not supposed to come to this tournament, and I thought we played with a little bit of a chip on our shoulders. I loved the fight. I loved the toughness. I loved the togetherness we played with tonight. But this one hurts tonight. It should hurt. We have a locker room full of kids who are hurt. It’s because we expected to win.
• Purdue is now 1-1 all-time against West Virginia.
• Ra Shaya Kyle played just 4:50, after picking up two early fouls in the first quarter and a third early in the third.
• Purdue dropped its 19th straight game to a ranked opponent but fell by 10 points or less for just the third time in the streak.
• West Virginia outscored Purdue in the pain 42-16.
• Purdue notched 16 second-chance points on 17 offensive rebounds.
• Rickie Woltman set new career highs with nine points and 33 minutes.
• Purdue made 10 3-pointers for the first time this season and the first since Feb. 28 of last season against Illinois.
• Jayla Smith was the lone Boilermaker to finish with a positive plus-minus. The rookie tallied six points on two 3-pointers.
The Boilermakers will play in the third-place game of the St. Pete Showcase on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the loser of No. 17/23 Florida State and BYU.
IRISH CAN’T HOLD OFF TEXAS A&M RALLY
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (3-2) lost its final game of the 2021 Maui Jim Maui Invitational 73-67 to Texas A&M (6-1) late Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The Irish held a 10-point lead at halftime, but the Aggie defense forced 12 Notre Dame turnovers to rally for the victory. Dane Goodwin led the Irish with 18 points and eight rebounds.
It was a feeling-out process early with the two teams entering the first media timeout even at 5-5. The Irish were able to take a six point lead, but Texas A&M answered with back-to-back three pointers to tie the game again at 11-11.
Notre Dame then utilized a 12-2 run to earn a 29-17 lead with two minutes left in the half and eventually entered the locker room with a 32-22 lead behind 11 points and five rebounds from Dane Goodwin.
It was the Irish defense, however, which told the story of the first half. The Irish held Texas A&M to 32.1% shooting, outrebounded the Aggies 25-15 and forced seven turnovers.
Notre Dame kept the Aggies at bay early in the first half. With one second on the shot clock and the Irish with the ball out of bounds on the baseline, Prentiss Hubb found Blake Wesley open in the corner and the rookie drilled a three pointer to put the Irish up 12.
The Aggies continued to cut into the lead – only to see the Irish continue to keep the lead around 10 points. A Nate Laszewski dunk down the lane from a great Paul Atkinson Jr. feed answered one mini Aggie run, then Hubb hit a three in the corner to keep the Irish up 49-39 with 12:32 left.
Texas A&M rallied yet again, connecting on seven of eight shots to cut into the lead again, but Goodwin then connected on his second three of the game to keep the Irish up 52-46 with 10:33 left. The lead eventually was cut to one with 9:00 left on a back court turnover by Hubb that was turned into a dunk for the Aggies. That play keyed the Texas A&M run that would eventually earn the Aggies a victory while holding the Irish without a field goal over an eight-minute span.
Next up for the Irish will be a post Thanksgiving trip to No. 14/15 Illinois for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday, November 29, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
GM 6-7 PREVIEW: DAYTONA BEACH INVITATIONAL
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The red-hot (RV/RV) Notre Dame women’s basketball squad (5-0) will put its undefeated record to the test this week at the Daytona Beach Invitational. The Irish will play two formidable foes on back-to-back days starting Friday, Nov. 26, at the Ocean Center. Up first, Notre Dame will look to take down (RV/#21) Georgia on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET, then follow that up with #16/19 Oregon State on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both contests will be streamed on FloHoops TV, with the radio call on the Notre Dame Radio Network (99.9 FM locally).
Notre Dame is the only school in the ACC with three different players with double-double performances. Olivia Miles leads the way with two and she’s done it two different ways. First Miles secured career highs in points (16) & rebounds (11) vs Western Illinois. Then against Bryant, Miles dished out a career high 14 assists, to go with her 14 points. It was the first Irish points/assists double-double since Marina Mabrey (12p/12a) vs UConn in the 2019 National Semifinal.
Fellow freshman Sonia Citron earned her first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Fordham on Nov. 18.
Citron and Miles are 2 of just 14 freshman guards in the country who have produced at least one double-double, and just 2-of-3 from a power-five conference (other being Shyanne Sellers from Maryland). However, Miles and Niagara’s Aaliyah Parker are the only two freshmen guards with at least 2 double-doubles.
Overall Miles’ 2 double-doubles rank 25th in the country.
Lastly, there’s Maddy Westbeld, who notched a 15-point, 18-rebound double-double in game two win over Western Illinois. The 18 rebounds were not only a career high, but also tied the Purcell Pavilion single-game rebounding record.
A PAIR OF SUPER FRESHMEN
The future of the program is bright with freshmen Sonia Citron and Olivia Miles and both their versatile skill sets.
After 2 weeks of play, Citron is a 2-time ACC Freshman of the Week award winner. A 6-1 guard, Citron has been everywhere on the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the top-3 on the team in rebounds, assists and steals, while averaging double figures at 10.2 ppg.
Citron is the only Power-Five freshman guard to average at least 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Furthermore, she’s just 1-of-4 freshmen guards overall.
Meanwhile, Miles is nearly averaging a double-double with her 10.0 points and 8.2 assists, and also just happens to average 5.8 rebounds as well. That makes her the only player in the country to average at least 10p/5r/8a.
And we are certainly not skipping over the fact Miles is averaging 8.2 assists/game, which ranks 2nd in the entire country.
The obvious answer first – Maddy Westbeld. She started her freshman season with six straight games in double figures and she’s off to five straight this year. Maddy is nearly averaging a double-double here in November with her 16.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg. In addition, both averages rank in the top-6 in the ACC.
The sophomore has had the hot hand to start, converting 61.0 percent from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the ACC and 38th in the country. Last season she shot 46.9 percent for reference.
Next, there’s Dara Mabrey, who is riding a current three-game hot streak – amassing 50 points on 17-of-26 shooting, including 9-of-15 from three. She’s also recorded 13 assists and 6 steals in that span.
Lastly, there’s Miles, who is fresh off a 14-point, 14-assist effort against Bryant. If she dishes out double-digit assists vs. Georgia, she’d be the first Irish player to do so in back-to-back games since Niele Ivey in 2000.
You’ve heard of the Killer B’s in a baseball lineup but the Irish are rolling with Team M&Ms this season.
Maya – averaging 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. She has produced back-to-back games reeling in career highs in rebounds, grabbing 11 vs Fordham, then 12 vs Bryant.
Her now 8.8 rebounds/game ranks 5th in the ACC, but her 4.6 offensive boards/game leads the league (and ranks 19th in the country). She’s also an intimidating defensive presence, as her 2.6 blocks/game ranks 2nd in the ACC and 21st in the nation.
Maddy – 5 straight games in double figures (career high is 8) and nearly averaging a double-double. She leads the Irish in both scoring (16.8) and rebounding (9.0). In addition, both those averages rank in the top-6 in the ACC. She’s also proving she’s a deep threat as well, making at least one trey in all 5 games (her career high streak is six).
Maddy is just 1-of-6 players in the country averaging at least 16 points and 9 rebounds, while shooting over 60 percent.
Miles – averaging 10.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists, as the latter ranks 2nd in the entire country. Not only that, she’s leading the team in double-doubles with two.
Mabrey – averaging the second most points (14.2) and assists (4.0), while leading the team in steals (1.6). Mabrey ranks in the top-15 in the ACC in an impressive 8 categories – best of any Irish player. Categories include: Scoring, FG%, Assists, 3PT FG, 3PT FG%, Steals, A/TO Ratio and Minutes.
SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING
Six Irish averaging double-figures is one thing but then you look at the assist and field goal percentage numbers. The Irish are ranked 3rd in the country with their 22.0 assists/game. They have twice this season dished out 30+.
Notre Dame is also ranked sixth in the nation in shooting percentage, converting 51.2 percent. Both stats lead the ACC as well.
Lastly, ND boasts one more ranking in the top-10 and that’s defensive rebounds/game. Their 33.4 defensive boards check in at 8th.
EDWARDS NAMED TO NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Simply put, Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) stuffed the stat sheet on Wednesday night in Nassau, The Bahamas.
And for his efforts, Edwards was named to the Nassau Championship All-Tournament Team, one of five players in a competitive, eight-team field to earn the honor.
The numbers looked like this – a career high 23 points, a career high five made 3s, five rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals.
In other words, the 6-foot-4 sophomore guard powered the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team to a come-from-behind 68-64 victory over Tulane to take third in the multi-team event. Coming off the bench for the first time this season during the tournament, Edwards averaged 16.0 points per game over three contests while notching 12 rebounds, seven steals, six blocks, four assists, 10 made 3s and going 8-of-10 at the free-throw line.
For the season, the Floridian is averaging 13.7 points per game over six outings.
Valpo will host Trinity Christian on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center on ESPN3
MADELINE WILLIAMS TABBED SECOND TEAM ALL-MVC
ST. LOUIS – Indiana State middle blocker Madeline Williams has been named Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference, the Valley announced Thursday. It marks the first postseason honor for Williams in her four-year Sycamore career.
The Chesterfield, Mo., native ended the regular season with 219 kills (2.03 k/s) on a .283 hitting percentage which ranked fourth on the team. In a balanced offensive attack, Williams recorded 10 or more kills in 10 matches this season with a season high 12 kills coming at Northern Iowa Oct. 16. Williams has also been dominant at the service line for ISU, finishing the regular season with 33 aces which ranks second on the team and seventh in the MVC.
Indiana State benefited from Williams in the middle as she blocked a team-high 92 shots while only being called for three blocking errors. Her block total places her 11th in the MVC.
Williams and the Sycamores open the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Championship Thursday evening against No. 3 seed Bradley at 7 p.m. The match can be seen on ESPN Plus.
WBB PREVIEW | SYCAMORES CONTINUE ROAD TRIP AT GATA TURKEY THROWDOWN
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its four-game road swing at the GATA Turkey Throwdown hosted by Georgia Southern this weekend as the Sycamores make the trek to Hanner Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Friday will see the Sycamores take on Jacksonville State on the first day in Statesboro, Ga. with live stats provided for the 3:30 p.m. contest. Saturday’s contest will feature Indiana State taking on host Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. with the game set to be carried live on ESPN+.
The Sycamores enter the weekend coming off a Wednesday afternoon loss at Western Kentucky. Indiana State was unable to keep up with the outside shooting of host Western Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon as the Sycamores fell on the road at E.A. Diddle Arena, 83-65.
The Sycamores held the 40-36 halftime lead thanks to a frenetic second quarter that saw Indiana State score 24 points in the 10-minute span led by Del’Janae Williams’ nine-point quarter. However, the Hilltoppers utilized a 19-4 stretch that spanned the third and fourth quarters and were aided by a trio of Alexis Mead three-pointers in the non-conference win.
Indiana State had nine players in both the scoring and rebounding column in suffering their third loss in the 2021-22 season. Freshman forward Arianna Smith paced the Sycamores with a career-high 11 points, while Williams added nine points and five rebounds. Marie Hunter and Essy Latu added eight points apiece for ISU in the loss.
About Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State enters the GATA Turkey Showdown with a 2-2 overall record on the season with wins over Auburn-Montgomery and Samford on the season. The Gamecocks are coming off a tough loss this past Sunday against Vanderbilt, 71-61.
Imari Martin leads two Jacksonville State players averaging double-digits on the season with 13.3 points, while hitting a team-high 11 three-pointers on the year. NeKiyah Thompson is also in double-digits with 10.5 points per game and has contributed 11 of the team’s 43 assists on the year. Kennedy Gavin is the primary rebounder with 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Defensively, Shawnta Shaw and Kyra Williams are the team leaders combining for 10 of the team’s 30 steals in a balanced effort that has 10 different JSU players in the statistical column. Thompson and Gavin both have two blocks apiece.
About Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern entered the Thanksgiving weekend with a 3-1 overall record prior to their Monday night contest against San Diego Christian. The Eagles won their first three games of the year against Auburn, Fort Valley State, and FIU, prior to falling on the road at San Diego State this past Saturday.
The Eagles have three players averaging double-digits in the scoring column this season with Mya Burns (13.0), Terren Ward (11.0), and Eden Johnson (10.3) leading a balanced attack averaging 76.25 points per game. Johnson is the team’s rebounding leader with 9.5 rebounds per game, while Burns has been the primary outside threat with seven three-pointers on the year.
Ja’nya Love-Hill has been the team’s assist (11) and steals (8) leader, while Johnson patrols the paint with eight of the Eagles 24 blocked shots so far this season.
Series Review – Jacksonville State/Georgia Southern
Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern are both included among the five first-time opponents for the Sycamores in the 2021-22 season. Indiana State has not faced off against either the Gamecocks or the Eagles prior to this weekend’s tournament.
First-Time Opponents/Non-Conference Schedule
Indiana State’s 2021-22 non-conference schedule will feature an even blend of familiar faces and newcomers to the floor this season as the Sycamores will face-off against five first-time opponents, while also taking on six familiar foes this year. Indiana State boasts an overall winning record (56-36) record against their non-conference slate this year with their longest running rivalry coming against Eastern Illinois (38-24). ISU also boasts an all-time winning record against five of the six familiar teams on the non-conference schedule including a win in their lone contest against Nebraska back in 1994.
Out of the five newcomers on the 2021-22 schedule include home games against the home opener against Stephens (Mo.) and the December 14 contest against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores will travel to IPFW on December 20 in their final game prior to the holiday break, while ISU will take on both Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern in the GATA Turkey Showdown held over Thanksgiving Break in Statesboro, Ga.
Additional home games for the Sycamores this season include a November 17 home date against Eastern Illinois, December 4 against Western Michigan, and December 14 against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores head to Saint Louis (Nov. 14), Western Kentucky (Nov. 24), Chicago State (Dec. 1), and Nebraska (Dec. 11) to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Indiana State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason women’s basketball poll as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The Sycamores received 102 total points in the poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches, sports information directors, and media.
The Sycamores return four starters from last season’s team that finished 5-15 overall with a 2-12 mark in MVC play. Sommer Pitzer, Caitlin Anderson, Marie Hunter, and Adrian Folks return to account for 83.6% of the starting five scoring output on the year, while nine returners overall highlight the roster coming into the 2021-22 season.
Missouri State was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the MVC with the Bears receiving 362 points and 35 first-place votes. Drake (two first-place, 316 points) and Northern Iowa (three first-place, 298 points) round out the top-three in poll.
VAZQUEZ RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN MVC TOURNAMENT CONTEST
NORMAL, Ill. – In the opening contest of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, the University of Evansville fell to Valparaiso by a 3-1 final inside Redbird Arena.
Alondra Vazquez led the way for the Purple Aces (19-11) with a match-high 17 kills while adding 13 digs. She added a pair of service aces along with a block assist. Melanie Feliciano registered 11 kills and 9 digs while Giulia Cardona added a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Taya Haffner had a match-high 35 assists while totaling 19 digs, just two short of her career mark of 21. Madisyn Steele picked up a solo block and three block assists in the contest.
Set 1 – Valpo 25, UE 20
Evansville came out of the gate strong, scoring the first four points with Alondra Vazquez recorded a kill and assisting Kate Tsironis on a block. The Aces continued to hold the lead until Valparaiso tied it up for the first time at 6-6 before taking an 8-7 edge. Three blocks in a row for the Beacons spearheaded a run that saw them take their largest lead at 16-10. All-MVC First Teamer Alondra Vazquez picked up a pair of aces that helped UE reel off five in a row to get within one, but Valpo responded with five in a row to match their largest lead before taking the set, 25-20.
Set 2 – UE 25, Valpo 16
For the second game in a row, it was the Aces with the big start, but this time, they took full advantage on their way to tying up the match. Kills by Vazquez and Giulia Cardona were part of a 4-0 start. After Valparaiso scored, Melanie Feliciano recorded her first kill of the set to begin another run that saw UE score nine in a row to cap off a 13-1 start. Feliciano had five kills during the stretch to widen the advantage. The Beacons chipped away, but the early deficit was too much to overcome with Evansville tying the match on the strength of a 25-16 victory.
Set 3 – Valpo 25, UE 22
A 3-1 start for Valpo saw them lead throughout the opening moments of the set. Evansville forced seven tied before takings its first lead at 14-13 with a kill by Vazquez. Madisyn Steele and Taya Haffner picked up a block to give the Aces a 15-13 edge before VU responded with three in a row to jump back in front. The defining moment came when the Beacons turned a 17-17 tie into a 22-17 lead. UE did its best to close, but fell by a 25-22 final.
Set 4 – Valpo 25, UE 17
The opening moments of the fourth set were similar to the third with things remaining close. After three ties, the Beacons wrestled away a 5-3 lead. Evansville made it an 8-7 game on a Cardona kill before Valparaiso countered with eight in a row to go up 16-7. Tailing 20-11, Evansville made its move, posting the next four with Vazquez recording two more kills. Unfortunately, UE could not get closer, falling by a 25-17 score to finish the match.
ACES WELL-REPRESENTED IN POSTSEASON MVC AWARDS
NORMAL, Ill. – Four University of Evansville volleyball players were recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference on Thursday when the league announced its postseason awards.
Highlighting the day was the naming of Giulia Cardona as the MVC Freshman of the Year. She is the first Purple Aces player to receive one of the league’s specialty awards. Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano earned spots on the All-Conference First Team while Cardona earned a nod on the second team. Cardona along with Taya Haffner were named to the All-Freshman Team. The recognition earned by the UE squad this year was more than any other season in the history of the program.
“I am very proud and happy for the four players that received individual awards. They have worked very hard and are extremely deserving,” UE head coach Fernando Morales said. “This team is very fun to coach and watch and it is a total team effort from player one through 16. Everyone is pushing each other to be better and that is why these four student-athletes have been so successful this year.”
Cardona completed one of the top freshman seasons in the entire nation. The first player to be named the MVC Freshman of the Year for UE completed the regular season leading the MVC and all freshmen in the NCAA in service aces with an average of 0.50 per set. Her seven aces against Indiana State was the first time a Valley player did so against a league foe since 2009. She also completed the regular season ranking third in the league with 3.90 kills per set. Cardona earned three MVC Freshman of the Week honors in a row earlier in the season. The All-MVC Second Teamer was also named to the All-Freshman squad.
For the first time in its MVC tenure, the Aces saw two student-athletes recognized on the All-Conference First team. For the second season in a row, Alondra Vazquez earned the first team honor while pacing the conference with 4.21 kills per frame. Her average finished the year in the top 30 nationally. UE’s leader in digs this season was named the MVC Player of the Week on two occasions while garnering MVP honors at the PFW Invitational and Dunn Hospitality Tournament. Vazquez currently has 1,367 career kills, which is 5th on UE’s all-time list.
Joining Vazquez on the First Team is Melanie Feliciano. A Second Team player in 2019 (along with Vazquez), Feliciano saw her season take off once conference season arrived. Entering league play, she averaged 3.09 kills/set, but a strong conference campaign saw that season average rise to 3.38. She was named the MVC Player of the Week on October 11. Feliciano was the MVP of the Eagle Challenge in September at Morehead State.
Taya Haffner joined Cardona on the All-Freshman squad. Her average of 10.68 assists per game paced the MVC and ranked 28th in the NCAA. Her top effort saw her finish with 60 assists in the home finale versus UNI. Haffner opened the season in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind. at the PFW Invitational and averaged 12.33 assists and 3.00 digs on the way to MVC Freshman of the Week honors. This was the first time UE had two players named to the All-Freshman Team in the same season.
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