INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Fri Oct 17pMt Vernon @ New CastleFootball
Fri Oct 17pLapel @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Oct 17pCovenant Christian @ ClarksvilleFootball
Fri Oct 17pTraders Pt @ EdinburghFootball
Fri Oct 17pFrontier @ Tri-CountyFootball
Sat Oct 21:15pMt St Joseph @ BlufftonCollege Football

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

Adams Central (5-1) at Southern Wells (0-6)

Anderson (1-4) at Indianapolis Tech (4-2)

Batesville (3-3) at Greensburg (1-3)

Bedford North Lawrence (3-3) at Floyd Central (1-5)

Beech Grove (2-4) at Indianapolis Ritter (0-6)

Bloomington South (6-0) at Columbus North (3-3)

Bluffton (2-4) at Heritage (2-4)

Boone Grove (0-4) at Griffith (2-4)

Boonville (0-5) at Princeton (2-4)

Bowman Academy (0-5) at Lake Station (1-3)

Brebeuf Jesuit (5-1) at Terre Haute South (0-6)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Union City (4-2)…CANCELLED

Carmel (5-1) at Ben Davis (2-4)

Cascade (2-4) at Speedway (5-1)

Castle (5-1) at Jasper (6-0)

Centerville (5-0) at Union County (3-2)

Charlestown (4-2) at Corydon Central (0-5)

Churubusco (4-2) at Central Noble (6-0)

Clinton Central (2-4) at Carroll (Flora) (5-1)

Clinton Prairie (2-3) at Taylor (0-2)

Columbus East (2-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (2-4)

Concord (5-1) at Plymouth (0-6)

Connersville (1-5) at East Central (5-1)

Cooper (Ky.) at Madison (3-3)

Covenant Christian (4-2) at Clarksville (1-5)

Covington (4-2) at Attica (0-3)

Crawfordsville (0-6) at Lebanon (3-3)

Culver (1-3) at Caston (2-4)

Culver Academy (4-2) at Woodlan (3-3)

Danville (5-1) at Frankfort (2-3)

Decatur Central (5-1) at Greenwood (2-4)

Delta (4-2) at Pendleton Heights (3-3)

East Chicago Central (1-4) at Gary West (3-2)

East Noble (3-2) at Columbia City (4-2)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Blackford (1-5)

Eastern (Greentown) (5-1) at Tri-Central (2-4)

Eastern (Pekin) (0-3) at Salem (3-1)

Eastern Greene (1-5) at Owen Valley (5-1)

Eastside (6-0) at Fremont (2-4)

Elwood (0-5) at Madison-Grant (2-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-5) at Evansville Central (1-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (4-2) at Evansville Bosse (2-4)

Evansville Memorial (5-1) at Evansville Reitz (2-4)

Fairfield (2-4) at Garrett (3-3)

Forest Park (2-4) at North Posey (5-1)

Fort Wayne Concordia (1-5) at Fort Wayne Wayne (1-5)

Fort Wayne Luers (6-0) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-2)

Fort Wayne North (1-5) at Fort Wayne South (1-4)

Fort Wayne Snider (4-1) at Fort Wayne Northrop (2-4)

Fountain Central (3-3) at South Vermillion (2-4)

Franklin (1-5) at Plainfield (3-3)

Franklin Central (4-2) at Fishers (4-2)

Franklin County (4-2) at South Dearborn (4-2)

Frontier (0-6) at Tri-County (0-5)

Gibson Southern (5-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-0)

Goshen (2-4) at Northridge (4-2)

Greencastle (4-2) at Cloverdale (0-5)

Greenfield-Central (3-3) at Yorktown (4-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-5) at Northview (4-1)

Hagerstown (1-4) at Winchester (2-4)

Hamilton Heights (4-2) at Tipton (6-0)

Hammond Central (1-5) at Hammond Morton (1-5)

Hammond Noll (1-3) at Wheeler (4-1)

Hanover Central (5-1) at Whiting (2-4)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (5-1) at McCutcheon (0-6)

Heritage Hills (4-2) at Washington (0-5)

Highland (3-3) at Lowell (3-3)

Homestead (4-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (5-1)

Indian Creek (2-4) at Brownstown Central (6-0)

Indianapolis Attucks (2-3) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (6-0) at Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio)

Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0) at Monrovia (5-1)

Indianapolis Roncalli (6-0) at Bloomington North (5-1)

Indianapolis Scecina (3-3) at Triton Central (4-2)

Indianapolis Tech (4-2) at New Prairie (5-1)

Indianapolis Tindley (2-3) at Wes-Del (0-5)

Jay County (3-3) at South Adams (4-2)

Jeffersonville (2-3) at New Albany (3-3)

Kankakee Valley (3-3) at Hobart (3-3)

Knox (1-5) at Pioneer (4-2)

Lafayette Central Catholic (3-3) at Twin Lakes (2-4)

Lafayette Jeff (3-3) at Richmond (1-5)

Lake Central (3-3) at Chesterton (5-1)

Lakeland (2-4) at West Noble (3-3)

Lapel (5-1) at Heritage Christian (6-0)

LaPorte (2-4) at Crown Point (3-3)

LaVille (4-1) at John Glenn (3-3)

Lawrence Central (2-4) at North Central (Indianapolis) (0-6)

Lawrenceburg (5-1) at Rushville (0-6)

Leo (6-0) at Huntington North (2-4)

Linton-Stockton (6-0) at North Knox (5-1)

Logansport (5-0) at Kokomo (5-1)

Manchester (2-3) at Whitko (1-5)

Martinsville (4-2) at Perry Meridian (2-4)

Merrillville (6-0) at Valparaiso (6-0)

Milan (2-4) at Providence (2-4)

Mishawaka Marian (3-3) at Angola (2-4)

Mississinewa (3-2) at Alexandria (3-2)

Mitchell (3-2) at Scottsburg (4-2)

Monroe Central (6-0) at Eastern Hancock (4-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (5-1) at New Castle (2-4)

Muncie Central (1-5) at Marion (2-3)

Munster (2-4) at Andrean (4-2)

New Haven (2-4) at Bellmont (0-6)

Noblesville (2-4) at Hamilton Southeastern (5-1)

North Daviess (4-2) at North Decatur (1-4)

North Judson (4-2) at Triton (3-3)

North Miami (0-6) at Wabash (0-5)

North Newton (3-3) at Delphi (4-2)

North Putnam (1-4) at West Vigo (1-3)

North White (2-2) at South Newton (3-3)

Northfield (4-2) at Rochester (3-1)

NorthWood (4-2) at Mishawaka (4-2)

Norwell (5-1) at DeKalb (1-5)

Oak Hill (4-2) at Frankton (2-4)

Oldenburg Academy (0-3) at Christel House Manual (1-4)

Paoli (3-1) at Crawford County (2-2)

Parke Heritage (4-2) at North Vermillion (3-3)

Phalen Academy (1-4) at Park Tudor (4-2)

Pike (0-6) at Center Grove (6-0)

Pike Central (1-3) at Tell City (3-3)

Portage (1-5) at Michigan City (3-3)

Prairie Heights (2-4) at Bremen (3-3)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-5) at Indianapolis Washington (1-4)

Rensselaer Central (3-3) at Benton Central (0-4)

River Forest (3-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-3)

Riverton Parke (2-3) at North Central (Farmersburg) (1-4)

Seymour (1-4) at Jennings County (1-5)

Shelbyville (1-2) at New Palestine (3-3)

Shenandoah (3-2) at Northeastern (3-3)

Sheridan (4-2) at Seeger (4-2)

Silver Creek (3-2) at North Harrison (2-4)

South Bend Clay (0-6) at Calumet (5-1)

South Bend Riley (1-3) at New Prairie (5-1)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-4) at Penn (2-4)

South Bend Washington (2-2) at Jimtown (4-2)

South Putnam (5-1) at Brown County (3-3)

Southridge (3-3) at South Spencer (3-3)

Southside HomeSchool at Rock Creek Academy (1-4)

Southwood (3-3) at Peru (3-2)

Sullivan (4-2) at Edgewood (1-4)

Switzerland County (1-4) at South Decatur (0-4)

Tecumseh (1-4) at Springs Valley (4-1)

Terre Haute North (2-4) at Southport (0-6)

Tippecanoe Valley (6-0) at Maconaquah (2-2)

Traders Point Christian (2-4) at Edinburgh (4-2)

Tri (4-2) at Knightstown (1-4)

Tri-West (4-2) at North Montgomery (2-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-5) at Evansville North (3-3)

Warren Central (5-1) at Lawrence North (4-1)

Wawasee (1-5) at Warsaw (5-1)

West Lafayette (6-0) at Lewis Cass (2-3)

West Washington (2-2) at Perry Central (5-1)

Western (4-2) at Northwestern (0-5)

Western Boone (4-2) at Southmont (5-1)

Westfield (5-1) at Avon (0-6)

Whiteland (2-3) at Mooresville (5-1)

Winamac (4-0) at West Central (1-5)

Zionsville (3-3) at Brownsburg (4-2)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEEK 5

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THURSDAY

VIRGINIA 30 MIAMI FL 28

Friday, Oct. 1

Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 5 Iowa at Maryland | 8 p.m. | FS1

No. 13 BYU at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 2

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 8 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

North Carolina vs. Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC

Charlotte at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Western Michigan at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Toledo at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

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

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

Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest | 12:30 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 12 Ole Miss | 1:30 p.m. | CBS

Appalachian State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at Colorado | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Troy at South Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

FIU at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Tulane at East Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 3 Oregon at Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Nevada at Boise State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Syracuse at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

South Florida at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Ball State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Cal | 5:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 10 Florida at Kentucky | 6 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at No. 23 NC State | 6 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at New Mexico | 6:30 p.m. | FS2

Southern Miss at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 15 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN/SEC Network

Iowa State vs. Kansas | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Marshall at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UAB | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 25 Clemson vs. Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

UConn at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Western Kentucky at No. 17 Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Auburn at LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington at Oregon State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

New Mexico State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m.

No. 18 Fresno State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE INDIANA SRN GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, October 1

Mount St. Joseph vs. Bluffton

Pregame 1:15pm

Kickoff 1:30pm

ALSO:

Manchester @ Franklin

Anderson @ Hanover

Defiance @ Rose Hulman

NFL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

NFL THURSDAY

Cincinnati 24 Jacksonville 21

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Texas 7 Los Angeles Angels 6

Baltimore 6 Boston 2

New York Yankees 6 Toronto 2

Houston 3 Tampa Bay 2

Detroit 10 Minnesota 7

Cleveland 6 Kansas City 1

St. Louis 4 Milwaukee 3

Chicago Cubs 9 Pittsburgh 0

New York Mets 12 Miami 3

Atlanta 5 Philadelphia 3

San Francisco 5 Arizona 4

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 San Diego 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Nashville 8 Indianapolis 3

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Connecticut 79 Chicago 68

Phoenix 117 Las Vegas 91

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Rising Sun 4 Milan 1

Norwell 6 Blackford 0

Western 7 Tri-Central 1

Shawe Memorial 3 Switzerland County 0

Westfield 6 Kokomo 0

Batesville 1 Connersville 0

Yorktown 7 Muncie Burris 0

Knightstown 1 Centerville 0

DeKalb 7 Angola 0

Gibson Southern 6 Forest Park 0

Weston Noble 6 Westview 0

Lakeland 4 Lakewood Park 1

Wapahani 2 Anderson 1

Griffith 10 River Forest  0

Huntington North 3 Fort Wayne Luers 2

Columbia City 10 Garrett 1

Rensselaer Central 8 Hanover Central 0

Northeast Dubois 3 Tell City 1

Plymouth 8 Wawasee 0

Richmond 3 Oldenburg Academy 1

South Dearborn 4 Franklin County 3

North Putnam 2 Cascade 0

Greensburg 2, Morristown 0

Tippecanoe Valley 2 LaVille 0

Jay County 1 Liberty Christian 0

Winamac 1 Caston 0

White River Valley 6 Mitchell 1

University 2 Tri-West 1

Eastern 2 Tipton 0

Bethany Christian 2 NorthWood 1

Crispus Attucks 7 Marion 3

North Harrison 4 Salem 0

Carroll 4 Wabash 0

Fort Wayne Carroll 2 Fort Wayne Concordia 2

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 4 E. Noble 0

Argos 0 Culver 0

Silver Creek 5 Trinity Lutheran 1

Fort Wayne Canterbury 4 Woodlan 0

Heritage Hills 9 S. Spencer 1

Noblesville 7 Brownsburg 0

Whiteland 2 Mooresville 1

Plainfield 4 Franklin 3

Homestead 2 Fort Wayne Snider 1

Mount Vernon 4 Rushville 0

Jasper 2 Bloomington South 1

New Palestine 2 Pendleton Heights 1

Warsaw 4 Northridge 2

Greenfield Central 1 New Castle 0

Center Grove 3 Lebanon 1

Castle 14 Evansville Mater Dei 0

Northwestern 1 Logansport 0

Terre Haute North 4 Greencastle 1

Avon 3 McCutcheon 0

Evansville North 9 Evansville Bosse 0

Providence Cristo Rey 5 IMSAN  0

Louisville Ballard 2 Providence 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Hebron 3 Morgan Twp. 2

Chesterton 2 Boone Grove 0

West Lafayette 6 Lafayette Jeff 0

Culver 3 Plymouth 1

Westview 1 Concord 1

Tri-West 3 Sheridan 2

Mishawaka Marian 5 LaLumiere 0

North Knox 2 Bloomfield 0

South Adams 3 Easterbrook 2

Bremen 4 Lakeland Christian 1

Heritage Hills 9 S. Spencer 0

DeKalb 10 E. Noble 1

Rensselaer Central 4 Covenant Christian 3

Glenn 4 Trinity 1

Lakewood Park 4 Fort Wayne South 2

Peru 5 Tippecanoe Valley 0

Bellmont 6 Heritage 0

Evansville Christian 3 Pike Central 0

Culver 8 N. White 0

Faith Christian 1 Covington 0

Covenant Christian 7 Greenwood Christian 2

Northwestern 7 Eastern 1

Cascade 1 Speedway 0

Shelbyville 0 Greenwood 0

Northview 5 Owen Valley 0

Greencastle 3 N. Montgomery 0

Scecina 1 Beech Grove 0

Central Noble 1 Angola 0

Heritage Christian 7 Ritter 0

Washington Catholic 3 Evansville Day 0

Guerin Catholic 4 Lafayette Central Catholic 0

Yorktown 2 Greenfield Central 1

Forest Park 2 Jasper 0

Huntington North 1 Fort Wayne Concordia 0

Kankakee Valley 2 Harrison 1

Western 3 McCutcheon 1

Columbus East 1 Seymour 0

NorthWood 5 Wawasee 0

Valparaiso 5 Highland 0

Rushville 3 New Castle 0

Warsaw 2 Northridge 1

Leo 1 Fort Wayne Northrup 1

Homestead 5 Fort Wayne Dwenger 1

Bloomington North 1 Mooresville 0

Providence 9 Christian Academy 0

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

South Bend St. Joseph 3 Glenn 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Lake Central 3 Michigan City 0

Caston 3 Knox 1

Culver Academies 3 N. Judson 0

New Prairie 3 South Bend Riley 0

Greensburg 3 S. Dearborn 0

North Decatur 3 Waldron 2

New Palestine 3 Triton Central 1

Bethany Christian 3 South Bend Career 0

Heritage Hills 3 Wood Memorial 0

Center Grove 3 Indian Creek 0

Lawrenceburg 3 Franklin County 0

Park Tudor 3 Decatur Central 0

Woodlan 3 Southern Wells 0

North White 3 Faith Christian 2

Illiana Christian 3 Covenant Christian 0

Washington 3 Mitchell 2

Wabash 3 Tippecanoe Valley 1

Bellmont 3 DeKalb 0

Scottsburg 3 Jennings County 0

South Ripley 3 Southwestern 2

Plymouth 3 Goshen 0

Whitko 3 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

Fairfield 3 Central Noble 0

Munster 3 Andrean 1

Yorktown 3 Wes-Del 0

Northeast Dubois 3 Orleans 0

Frontier 3 Pioneer 2

Clinton Prairie 3 Rossville 2

Madison Grant 3 Taylor 0

Linton Stockton 3 Shakamak 0

Rochester 3 Winamac 0

Seeger 3 Riverton Parke 0

LaPorte 3 Merrillville 0

Terre Haute South 3 Northview 0

Covington 3 Attica 0

Southwood 3 Manchester 0

Highland 3 Kankakee Valley 0

Salem 3 N. Harrison 1

Evansville Memorial 3 Jasper 0

McCutcheon 3 Benton Central 0

Perry Central 3 Shoals 0

Southridge 3 S. Spencer 1

Lebanon 3 University 0

NorthWood 3 Warsaw 2

Carmel 3 Chatard 0

Brebeuf 3 Franklin Central 0

Brownsburg 3 Zionsville 0

North Putnam 3 Greencastle 0

Crawfordsville 3 Danville 0

Elkhart 3 Bremen 0

Castle 3 Henderson County 0

Avon 3 Westfield 2

Western Boone 3 N. Montgomery 0

Christian Academy 3 Corydon Central 2

Westview 3 Fremont 2

Fort Wayne Luers 3 Fort Wayne Northrup 1

Martinsville 3 Bloomington South 0

Maconaquah 3 Northfield 2

Evansville North 3 Evansville Reitz 1

Frankton 3 Oak Hill 0

Legacy Christian 3 Middletown Christian 1

River Forest 3 Calumet New Tech 0

Churubusco 3 Weston Noble 1

Perry Heights 3 Lakeland 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Lakewood Park 1

Columbia City 3 E. Noble 0

Floyd Central 3 Jeffersonville 0

Muncie Burris 3 New Castle 0

Mount Vernon 3 Shelbyville 0

New Haven 3 Norwell 0

Penn 3 Jimtown 0

Morristown 3 Knightstown 2

Heritage 3 Jay County 0

Fort Wayne Carroll 3 Homestead 0

Tecumseh 3 Pike Central 0

Wapahani 3 Delta 0

Center Grove 3 Greenwood 0

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS SECTIONALS-REPORTED

Richmond 5 Hagerstown 0

Centerville 3 Northeastern 2

Center Grove 5 Franklin 0

Whiteland 5 Indian Creek 0

Perry Meridian 5 Decatur Central 0

NATIONAL HEADLINES:

Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve got straight to the point when asked what Carlos Correa means to the Houston Astros after his mighty swing launched them into the playoffs Thursday night.

“We are where we are because of him,” the star second baseman said.

Correa hit his career-high 25th homer with a three-run shot and the Astros clinched the AL West with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

It’s the fourth division title in five seasons and 10th overall for the Astros.

“That sounds pretty special,” Correa said.

Houston is in the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, extending a franchise record.

“They’re used to winning and we hate losing. And now the fun begins,” manager Dusty Baker said.

The Astros will open the AL Division Series on Oct. 7 against the Chicago White Sox – home field for that best-of-five matchup is still to be determined. Houston went 5-2 against the White Sox this year.

Houston was a wild-card team last year in Baker’s first season with the club. So where did this division-clinching victory rate on his list?

“Every time you win, it ranks higher than the last time. And you never get tired of winning,” he said.

Correa’s huge hit in the fourth inning allowed the Astros to put a recent stretch where they dropped five of six games behind them and let the celebration begin at Minute Maid Park.

“We needed that,” Correa said. “It’s been it’s been a rough stretch for the past week for us to score and we have not been swinging it well. But hopefully we can carry this game into the next couple of days, get hot and and ride it into the postseason.”

Astros mascot Orbit dashed onto the field waving a huge orange flag that touted their division title as the players cheered and embraced after the final out.

“I’m proud of my team,” Altuve said. “They went out there every single day this season to make this happen.”

Tampa Bay, which has already clinched the top seed in the AL playoffs, put runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth but didn’t score.

Rays rookie Wander Franco went 0 for 4 to snap a 43-game on-base streak, which tied Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest such string in MLB history among players 20 or younger.

“Remarkable … congratulations to Wander,” manager Kevin Cash said. “I guess he’s going to have plenty of streaks in his career, but this one was spectacular.”

Cash was asked about the possibility of meeting the Astros in the AL Championship Series.

“We’ll probably both be happy if we see each other (again),” he said.

Yuli Gurriel singled to start Houston’s fourth and Kyle Tucker walked. Correa followed with his towering shot that smashed off the wall in left field to put the Astros up 3-0 against Ryan Yarbrough (9-7).

The charismatic shortstop put a hand to his ear to encourage the crowd as the rounded third base on the home run trot.

Lance McCullers (13-5) didn’t allow a hit until Ji-Man Choi singled to start the sixth. There were two outs in the inning when Brandon Lowe homered on a ball to right field that sailed just inside the foul pole to cut the lead to 3-2.

Kendall Graveman plunked Mike Zunino to start the eighth and he was replaced by pinch-runner Kevin Kiermaier. Lowe struck out and catcher Martin Maldonado threw a dart to second base to allow Correa to tag Kiermaier as he slid into second to end the inning.

Ryan Pressly allowed a leadoff walk in the ninth and Franco reached on an error by Altuve at second base. Nelson Cruz grounded into a double play, and pinch-hitter Yandy Diaz grounded out to end it and give Pressly his 26th save.

Tampa Bay opener Collin McHugh allowed one hit in a scoreless first before Yarbrough took over. He permitted four hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

McCullers retired the first nine batters he faced before walking Lowe to start the fourth. He was erased when Franco grounded into a forceout for the second out. The Astros got the third out when Franco was caught stealing second base. He was initially ruled safe, but the Astros challenged the call, and it was overturned.

Beasts of NL East: Braves beat Phils for 4th straight title

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have done it all before – many, many times before – but this one felt a bit different.

More satisfying, for sure.

After all, the Braves floundered under .500 much of the season. They endured devastating injuries and grim legal issues. They had to essentially rebuild their outfield at the trade deadline.

And yet there they were Thursday night, swigging champagne, puffing on cigars and celebrating an NL East championship.

Ian Anderson turned in another dominant pitching performance, Jorge Soler and Austin Riley homered to power the offense, and the Braves clinched their fourth straight division title by completing a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 5-3 victory.

“We were just trying to hang in there and pull this thing off,” manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s unbelievable what these guys accomplished with everything we went through.”

The Braves didn’t climb above .500 until Aug. 6, yet they went on to capture their 21st division title – more than any other team – since moving from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966.

They’ll face their former city in the playoffs when they open the best-of-five Division Series at the NL Central champion Brewers on Oct. 8.

“It’s a great feeling,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “We had a lot of ups and down, so many things that could have derailed us.”

Atlanta’s very first hitter got things rolling in the division-clinching triumph. Soler hit the first leadoff homer of his career, going deep for the 26th time this season on a 3-2 pitch from Kyle Gibson (4-6).

Riley, bolstering his improbable MVP candidacy, added to the lead with his 33rd homer in the fourth. He drove in another run with a broken-bat single in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-0.

Ozzie Albies, who also figures to be part of the MVP race, threw his support to Riley.

“He’s been carrying this team,” Albies said. “He did a great, great job. He had a great season.”

It was more than enough run support for Anderson (9-5), who appears to be rounding into the sort of form he showed during the 2020 postseason as a rookie.

Anderson pitched six innings of one-hit ball before yielding a two-run homer to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh. A.J. Minter, Luke Jackson and Will Smith worked the final three innings, with Smith breezing through the ninths to earn his 37th save.

In a way, the finish was a bit out of character considering all the obstacles that were thrown Atlanta’s way.

Star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was lost to a season-ending knee injury, while former ace Mike Soroka didn’t make an expected comeback after tearing his Achilles tendon for the second time.

In addition, slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna – the pot-stirring leader of the Braves’ run to Game 7 of last year’s NL Championship Series – was arrested after an altercation with his wife in late May and didn’t return to the team.

General manger Alex Anthopoulos pulled off a flurry of moves at the trade deadline, assembling an entirely new outfield that included Soler, Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario.

The Braves spent 126 days without a winning record – the most by a division champ since the 1989 Toronto Blue Jays and fourth-most since the divisional era began in 1969, according to Elias Sports.

The Braves finally got hot to take control in one of the majors’ weakest divisions. They gained sole possession of the NL East lead for the first time Aug. 15 while in the midst of a perfect 9-0 road trip and never relinquished the top spot.

Philadelphia made a late surge, getting within 1 1/2 games of the lead last weekend.

But Atlanta snuffed out the Phillies’ hopes with a stifling run of starting pitching by Charlie Morton, Max Fried and Anderson. In the series, they combined to allow just 10 hits and three earned runs over 20 innings.

When Smith struck out Ronald Torreyes for the final out, it was time for another celebration before a near-sellout crowd of 38,235.

Judge HRs twice, Yankees beat Jays 6-2 to extend WC lead

TORONTO (AP) Aaron Judge hit two of New York’s five home runs and the Yankees extended their AL wild-card lead by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Thursday night.

Gleyber Torres and Anthony Rizzo also connected off Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray, and Brett Gardner added a solo homer as New York (91-68) slimmed its magic number to clinch a postseason spot to two. The Yankees host AL East-champion Tampa Bay in their final series of the regular season.

“We’re just getting started,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve got more to do. It makes the plane ride home a little nicer, but we’ve got business to attend to tomorrow.”

The Yankees are two games ahead of Boston and idle Seattle, both 89-70, after the Red Sox lost to last-place Baltimore 6-2 earlier Thursday. Toronto trails New York by three games.

“We’ve just got to go one game at a time and win every game now, for sure,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. Toronto hosts the Orioles on the final weekend of the season.

New York has won eight of nine but could be in better shape. First baseman Luke Voit went on the injured list Thursday with a sore left knee, and infielder DJ LeMahieu was replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning because of right hip soreness.

LeMahieu also missed last Saturday’s game at Boston but was able to return Sunday.

“I think it was affecting him more at the plate tonight,” Boone said. “Hopefully like last time, having a little treatment and just managing it as best we can, we’ll see if he’s back in there tomorrow or not.”

Michael King (2-4) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win in relief of Corey Kluber. Luis Severino worked a perfect seventh, Chad Green struck out three straight after giving up a leadoff double in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman finished in the ninth.

“It wasn’t a postseason game, but it definitely had the atmosphere and the feel,” Judge said.

New York’s first five hits were home runs. Judge hit a 455-foot solo blast in the first that landed in a disused lounge area below the center field scoreboard. He hit another drive to center, a 441-footer into the batter’s eye, as the Yankees homered three times in the sixth to erase a 2-1 deficit.

“Two awesome swings,” Boone said of Judge. “He’s playing like the great player that he is right now when we need him the most.”

Surprisingly, Judge said he wasn’t sure he’d got enough when he made contact on his first homer.

“I didn’t know if I hit it too high and it wasn’t going to go out,” he said. “I really didn’t enjoy it too much. I’ll have to check the replay to see where it went.”

For Judge, the home runs were his 37th and 38th. It was his sixth multihomer game of the season and the 16th of his career.

Ray (13-7) walked Giancarlo Stanton after Judge’s first-inning blast but escaped further damage when Torres flied out to the warning track in right.

Gary Sanchez walked to begin the second, but Ray responded by retiring 13 consecutive Yankees.

Rizzo ended that streak with a one-out drive to right in the sixth, his 21st. Judge followed with his second homer, Stanton walked and Torres ended Ray’s outing with a two-run shot to left, his ninth.

Ray stumbled in the final chance to make his case for an AL Cy Young Award, allowing four hits, all home runs, and matching a season high by giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

“Their game plan against me was to try to lay off the slider and get a fastball out over,” Ray said. “The home runs, I think they were all on fastballs. I’ve just got to do a better job of being able to land that slider early.”

The four home runs allowed matched Ray’s career-worst, set April 29, 2016 against Colorado while pitching for Arizona.

“I don’t think he had his best slider command today,” Rizzo said of Ray.

Gardner made it 6-2 with a homer off Julian Merryweather in the ninth, his 10th.

Toronto’s Corey Dickerson answered Judge’s first homer with an RBI double off Kluber in the second, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. chased Kluber with an RBI double in the fifth that bounced off the top of the center field wall.

Kluber allowed two runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. King came on and walked Bo Bichette before getting Teocar Hernandez to ground out.

Red Sox lose to Orioles again, tied for second AL wild card

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles are making friends in Seattle, Toronto and New York.

The last-place Orioles dealt the Boston Red Sox another blow in their postseason push, with Ryan Mountcastle hitting a three-run homer in the third inning of Baltimore’s 6-2 win Thursday night.

Baltimore has lost 107 games this year but took two of three in this series against Boston – welcome news for the Mariners, Blue Jays and Yankees. The Red Sox fell into a tie with Seattle for the American League’s second wild card. Boston trails New York by two games for the first wild card and leads Toronto by one.

“Obviously, we’ve got to win,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We’ve been talking about winning series, and we haven’t won the last two.”

Kike Hernandez homered on the first pitch of the game for the Red Sox, but not much went right for them after that. Mountcastle put Baltimore up 3-1 with his 33rd home run of the season, and the Orioles added three more runs in the sixth.

Boston’s Nick Pivetta (9-8) struck out the side in the first, but he ultimately allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out eight with two walks.

Alexander Wells (2-3) allowed a run and three hits in six innings after entering the game with a 7.61 ERA.

This wasn’t as bad as 2011, when the Red Sox allowed two runs in the ninth inning at Baltimore and were eliminated on the final night of the regular season. That collapse ended manager Terry Francona’s tenure in Boston.

A decade later, the Orioles were a thorn in Boston’s side again, but the Red Sox still have time to recover when they finish the regular season with a series at Washington.

Boston pitchers threw four wild pitches in this game. Two of them came in the sixth, when the Red Sox also made an error. Tyler Nevin gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead with a two-run single, and Pat Valaika followed with a sacrifice fly.

“It was great to be able to come through in that moment,” said Nevin, who was playing his third major league game. “It’s just fun when the games really matter this much to somebody. We’re out of it, but we can still have an effect on how the season goes.”

Nevin is the son of former major leaguer Phil Nevin, who is the Yankees third base coach.

“We kind of joked about it,” he said. “I told him I got called up again, and he said, `Alright hey, why don’t you try to help us out a little bit?'”

Back-to-back homers again carry Dodgers past Padres 8-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts and Corey Seager homered back-to-back in the first inning, Justin Turner and AJ Pollock did the same in the fourth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with an 8-3 victory Thursday night.

The defending World Series champions remained two games behind NL West-leading San Francisco after the Giants beat Arizona 5-4 with a walk-off hit in the ninth inning. The Dodgers won their 12th in a row at home and are set to close out the regular season with three home games against NL Central-champion Milwaukee while the Giants will host San Diego.

The sellout crowd of 52,550 was still settling in when Betts launched his 23rd homer to left-center and Seager followed with his 15th to the lower right-field seats off Vince Velasquez (3-9).

The Dodgers extended the lead to 4-1 on Turner’s 26th homer and Pollock’s 20th in the fourth.

Their blasts gave the Dodgers a combined nine homers in seven innings over two games. Betts homered to start a comeback in the seventh on Wednesday night, and Max Muncy, Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Seager slugged homers in the eighth to eventually win 11-9.

Seager added a solo shot in the seventh.

Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted a two-run, 467-foot shot – his NL-leading 42nd – that cleared the left-field pavilion in the fifth, drawing the Padres to 4-3. Webster Rivas, who walked leading off, scored. Tatis snapped an 0-for-14 skid dating to last Friday.

Ha-Seong Kim homered for the Padres in the second.

The Dodgers tacked on three runs in the sixth for a 7-3 lead. Will Smith and Bellinger had RBI singles and Pollock had a sacrifice fly.

Corey Knebel (4-0) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

Velasquez gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

The Padres lost their last nine games against the Dodgers.

Wade, Giants beat D-backs in 9th, hold 2-game NL West edge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) LaMonte Wade Jr. singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants held their two-game lead in the NL West, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday night.

The Giants posted their 105th victory – one off the franchise record set in 1904 – and kept their edge over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers going into the final weekend of the season.

San Francisco closes with three games at home against San Diego. The Dodgers finish with three at home against NL Central champion Milwaukee.

On a night when former Giants star Madison Bumgarner settled for a no-decision pitching against his former club back in San Francisco for the first time in front of cheering fans, Wade drew the final ovation.

With the score tied at 4, Wilmer Flores hit a one-out double in the ninth off Joe Mantiply (0-3), who then intentionally walked Donovan Solano. A walk to pinch-hitter Curt Casali loaded the bases for Wade.

Tyler Rogers (7-1), San Francisco’s sixth reliever, pitched two innings for the win.

Johnny Cueto entered in relief after coming off the injured list earlier in the day and pitched 2 1/3 innings for the Giants, allowing one run and three hits with three strikeouts.

Ildemaro Vargas hit a go-ahead triple in the Arizona fifth before Buster Posey’s double in the bottom half made it 4-all.

Brandon Crawford homered in the fourth off his former longtime teammate MadBum, who helped the Giants win championships in 2010, `12 and ’14 – Bumgarner was the World Series MVP that last time.

Posey hit a sacrifice fly against Bumgarner in the third.

Bumgarner was recognized at Oracle Park in August but didn’t pitch that series. He did face the Giants on his old mound during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season but with cardboard cutouts in the stands instead of real people.

The star lefty allowed eight hits and four runs over five innings, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. He hasn’t won since Aug. 19 against the Phillies, going 0-3 over his last seven outings.

Bumgarner drew a warm ovation during pregame introductions, then again when he stepped into the batter’s box in the first and before he threw his first pitch.

“I hope it’s a good moment for him. I think it’s going to be pretty cool, first time I think this place is going to be packed,” Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman said. “We gave him a pretty good reception earlier this year when he came here but he didn’t pitch. I thought that was pretty impressive. He’s probably going to get a pretty substantial ovation, and for good reason. What he did here, especially that one year, he essentially won them the World Series. He was unbelievable all year.”

Bumgarner signed an $85 million, five-year contract with Arizona after the 2019 season and 11 years with the Giants.

Austin Slater greeted Bumgarner with a leadoff single and Darin Ruf followed with an RBI double.

Carson Kelly and Pavin Smith hit RBI singles in the fourth straight defeat for the D-backs (50-109), who finished with a 20-61 road record that included a record 24-game skid away from Chase Field.

Arizona went 0-9 at San Francisco this season and is two losses from the franchise record of 111 in 2004.

After Crawford’s dazzling stop at shortstop on Ketel Marte’s grounder leading off the game, Scott Kazmir issued back-to-back walks before three straight singles.

Kazmir exited his fourth start and fifth appearance after recording just one out, injured when he hustled to cover first on an infield single. Kervin Castro relieved and issued a bases-loaded walk that made it 3-0.

Rookie Carlson homers twice, Cardinals beat Brewers 4-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Rookie Dylan Carlson hit two go-ahead home runs, one from each side of the plate, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Thursday.

Carlson’s homers made a winner out of J.A. Happ, who entered the game 0-3 in his last five starts against the Brewers. Happ (10-8) gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and struck out 7 in 6 1/3 innings, his longest outing since St. Louis acquired him from the Minnesota Twins on July 30.

“It was nice to kind of be in a different situation today where I was allowed to kind of get out there and stay out there and try to get us a little deeper, and you know (Dylan Carlson) had a huge game today, defensively and offensively,” Happ said.

Kodi Whitley and T.J. McFarland combined for two innings of scoreless relief and Luis Garcia earned his second save as the Cardinals won the rubber game of the series after having their franchise record 17-game winning streak snapped the night before. The streak lifted the Cardinals into next week’s NL wild-card game against the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco.

“We got some good vibes going in there and everyone’s kind of feeding off of and staying consistent and obviously it’s translating to the performance and just having fun with it, honestly,” Carlson said.

Batting from the left side, Carlson smacked a 93-mph pitch from Milwaukee reliever Miguel Sanchez (2-1) into right field for a two-run homer to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

It was the second career multi-homer game for the 22-year-old, who also went deep from both sides of the plate against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 17. The Cardinals said Carlson is the first rookie in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game multiple times in a single season, citing Elias Sports Bureau.

“He works really smart and he takes control of what he’s doing and he’s got an idea what he’s doing and how he’s doing it, and he likes to play,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Carlson also made two big catches in the outfield, including bouncing off the wall in right to rob Keston Hiura of an extra-base hit in the ninth.

“I think we’re all just kind of playing good ball, though, right now and it’s all translating at the right time,” Carlson said. “We’re just trying to keep rolling with it.”

Brewers starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs in five innings, including a solo home run to Carlson in the third. He retired the last eight batters he faced.

“Other than the pitch to Carlson, I was pretty happy with the way I threw,” Anderson said.

Luis Urias’ opposite-field home run for the Brewers tied the game at 1 in the third.

Milwaukee strung together four straight hits to begin the fourth, capped by RBI singles from Omar Narvaez and Hiura to take a 3-2 lead.

Steele cruises, Cubs send Pirates to 100th loss in 9-0 rout

PITTSBURGH (AP) Justin Steele breezed through seven shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs scored six runs in the second inning Thursday night, beating Pittsburgh 9-0 and sending the Pirates to their 100th loss of the season.

Steele (4-4) struck out seven and gave up four hits on 76 pitches. The rookie left-hander, who hadn’t gone more than five innings in eight major league starts, bounced back after allowing six runs and seven hits against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 24.

“If you’re going to ask me if I could’ve kept going or wanted the complete game, of course,” Steele said. “That’s just the competitor in me. I want to keep going. I don’t know exactly how many pitches I was at, but I felt like I was at a manageable pitch count. Could’ve worked it out somehow, but there’s people in the bullpen that have to get work in as well.

“Feels good to go out there and get seven shutout innings to end the year. It’s a high note. It’s something to definitely build off of.”

Pittsburgh joined Texas, Baltimore and Arizona, giving MLB four 100-loss teams for the third time, after 2002 and 2019. The Pirates hadn’t lost 100 games since 2010, when they finished 57-105.

“It’s not good, especially as hard as we work, but we’ve just got to keep moving forward,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I think we can use the entire year as motivation to be better next season. I don’t think there is a specific number that accounts for that.”

Sergio Alcantara drove in three runs, two coming on a homer to right off Miguel Yajure (0-2) that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead in the six-run second. Steele helped his own cause with a single and scored on a groundout by Frank Schwindel, Rafael Ortega took home on a double steal, Willson Contreras had an RBI double and Matt Duffy made it 7-0 with a single.

Cubs manager David Ross said the offense helped make things easier for Steele.

“He looked great. It was a nice note for him to finish on,” Ross said. “Really strong outing for him. … It’s nice to be able to pitch freely when you have that kind of run support from the offense. Did a really nice job tonight.”

The Cubs took the final two of the three-game series following a seven-game losing streak.

Yajure lasted just two innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits. He surrendered seven combined runs across 13 innings in three previous appearances (two starts) for the Pirates this season.

Chicago jumped on Yajure early, with Ortega driving the first pitch of the game 388 feet over the right-field wall for his 11th home run of the season.

“I was trying to find my rhythm, a good rhythm, and I couldn’t find it,” Yajure said. “That first inning was OK, and then the second was like wild. … I learned that I have to take advantage of the opportunity. This time, I didn’t take advantage, but I think you have to keep working.

“It made me feel so mad. I will do my best during the offseason to try to come back stronger.”

David Bote and Alcantara had back-to-back RBI singles off reliever Tanner Anderson, extending the lead to nine runs in the fifth.

NCAA to look into holding both Final Fours in same city

(AP) — The NCAA is exploring holding a joint Final Four with the men and women’s basketball tournaments playing their last weekend in the same city, though it would not happen until at least 2027 with sites already locked in through 2026.

Combining the tournaments was one of the recommendations stemming from an external review of gender equity issues of the tournaments. The report released in August was sparked by outrage at the disparities between amenities at the two tourneys, including weight rooms and other features.

The NCAA earlier this week said the women’s tournament can start using “March Madness” in marketing and branding beginning this season, addressing another sharp criticism raised this year.

A combined Final Four is likely to be more controversial and the idea does not have universal support. But the NCAA said Thursday it will look into the details.

“We are committed to continuing discussion about the concept of conducting both the Women’s and Men’s Final Fours in the same city in the next bid cycle for each of these premier NCAA Championships,” said Nina King, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. “Finding ways to address the gender equity issues that have come to exist through the years between the Division I Women’s and Men’s Basketball Championships is a priority, and we are dedicated to making impactful changes.”

Tom Burnett, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, said the committee meetings have been productive.

“If both committees agree that the recommendation of having both Final Fours in the same city is the best option, we are committed to seeing that it will be executed with comprehensive planning,” he said.

Coaches are not keen on the idea. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association did a survey of its coaches last month on the recommendations in the report and only 55% were in favor of a combined Final Four. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the survey results, which included participaation from 345 of 356 WBCA members.

Most of the other ideas suggested by the report had over 90% approval from the coaches.

The Final Fours from 2027-31 for both tournaments will be announced next fall.

Last season, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the entire women’s tournament was played at a neutral site in the San Antonio arena. The men’s tourney was played entirely in Indiana.

In normal years, the men’s tournament is played entirely at neutral sites across the country while the top 16 women’s seeds host the opening two rounds before shifting to neutral venues. This year’s women’s Final Four is in Minneapolis.

The NCAA also announced Wednesday that the national office will start from scratch in determining budgeting expenses for the two tournament staffs instead of adjusting the budgets from the previous fiscal year. This move will help show where differences occur in the two tournaments and potentially increase chances for equitable spending and cross-promotion.

American Athletic Conference Announces 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule

IRVING, Texas — The American Athletic Conference has announced the men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2021-22 season.

The format returns to an 18-game schedule in which every team in The American will play eight of its 10 conference opponents twice and the other two opponents once – one at home and one on the road.

Approximately 60 percent of The American’s men’s basketball slate will be featured on linear television, including CBS, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

The 2021-22 season will be The American’s second under its 12-year media rights extension with ESPN, which will allow for a minimum of 60 conference-controlled games to be televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. A minimum of 23 of those games will be on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The conference slate begins with one matchup on Dec. 15 with UCF traveling to Temple and continues on Dec. 28 as defending American Athletic Conference Tournament Champion and 2021 Final Four participant Houston hosts Cincinnati. Three more contests will take place on Dec. 29, including East Carolina hosting the league’s defending regular season champion, Wichita State.

Five conference games are scheduled to air on broadcast networks. ABC will air Cincinnati at 2021 NIT Champion Memphis on Jan. 9 and Memphis at Houston on Feb. 12. CBS will broadcast Memphis at Wichita State on Jan. 1, Wichita State at Houston on Jan. 8 and Houston at Memphis on March 6, the final day of the regular season. 

The remaining conference-controlled games will be on ESPN+, ESPN’s direct-to-consumer streaming service which reaches nearly 15 million subscribers and is available at espnplus.com. For more information on ESPN+, visit The American’s Fan Guide to ESPN+.

All games that are televised on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN App, computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

CBS Sports’ broadcast coverage will be available to stream live on Paramount+, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports HQ.

The 2022 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will take place March 10-13 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. All games of the championship will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, including the championship final on ESPN.

Tip times for ESPN+ games will be determined by the host schools and announced at a later date.

The American will preview the 2021-22 season Oct. 13 and 14 when the league hosts its Basketball Media Days on ESPN+. Coverage will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. Eastern and continue on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Saints, Pelicans owner outlines succession plan for teams

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints owner Gayle Benson’s succession plan for the NFL’s Saints and NBA’s Pelicans calls for the sale of the team to a buyer who intends to keep the clubs in New Orleans, the teams’ owner says.

Benson, the widow of late Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, outlined her succession plan after her death n joint interviews involving the Times-Picayune and WVUE-TV in New Orleans that were aired and released Wednesday night.

It calls for Dennis Lauscha, the president of both teams, to oversee the sale of the clubs and use proceeds to set up a multi-billion dollar charitable foundation to benefit the New Orleans area.

“I can’t take it with me,” said the 74-year-old Benson, who has no heirs. “God gives us gifts, and this is a gift. I am a steward for this (organization). And we help other people with it. My wish is to scatter all the good and gifts that God and Tom have given me to this city and community.”

She became the principal owner of the Saints and Pelicans in 2018 after Tom Benson died. Before his death, Benson disowned his daughter, Renee and her two children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, who previously had been in line to inherit control of the two major professional clubs.

The estranged heirs sued in a failed effort to regain control of the Benson pro sports and auto dealership empire in Louisiana, but they could sue again when the succession plan is set to go into effect.

The Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation has donated more than $100 million since its founding in 2007, the organization stated.

“Giving makes me happy,” Gayle Benson said. “That’s where my pleasure comes from, in having enough money to give away and help the community.”

Tom Benson bought the Saints in 1985 and the New Orleans Hornets in 2012 before changing their name the Pelicans.

The Saints lease of the state-owner Sueprdome runs through 2025 but is in the process of negotiating a 10-year extension with options for two more 10-year extensions through 2055.

Lauscha, who is from New Orleans, says Benson and her executive circle want to reach lease extensions binding both clubs to New Orleans.

“Our intent absolutely is to structure the deals in a way so that both teams can be here for a very long time,” Lauscha said. “We want to make sure if a new owner is coming into this market, not only do they see that this market is viable, but they also can see that financially it makes sense.”

McPherson makes FG as time expires, Bengals beat Jags 24-21

CINCINNATI (AP) Joe Burrow spoiled Urban Meyer’s return to Ohio and kept his former college coach winless on an NFL sideline.

Burrow engineered four second-half scoring drives while passing for 348 yards and two touchdowns and the Bengals overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to beat Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-21 on Thursday night.

Evan McPherson won it with a 35-yard field goal as time ran out, culminating a 10-play, 73-yard drive that consumed the last 5 1/2 minutes.

Burrow, the top overall draft pick in 2020 out of LSU after transferring from Ohio State, outdueled the 2021 top pick, Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who looked at halftime as if he might direct his first NFL win and create a happy homecoming for his coach. Meyer grew up in northeastern Ohio, played safety at the University of Cincinnati and won the 2014 national championship coaching at Ohio State.

The Bengals (3-1) were shut out in the first half and couldn’t get running back Joe Mixon loose. McPherson missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt, and Cincinnati punted on the next three possessions.

“We did not play great football, they generally beat us in all three phases” in the first half, Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said. “But we get a whole second half to play, so there was no reason to panic. Nobody did. Everyone was calm, cool and collected. They knew we were going to get the ball to start the half where we are usually pretty efficient.”

Cincinnati had two quick scoring drives to open the second. James Robinson’s second rushing touchdown put Jacksonville up again early in the fourth quarter. Burrow answered with a 31-yard touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah to tie it again.

After the Jaguars punted, Burrow set up McPherson, who has the winning kick in two of Cincinnati’s three victories.

“I’m really happy with my performance tonight,” Burrow said. “I’m going to keep building on this and getting better and better.”

The Jaguars scored in the first half on a 6-yard plunge by Robinson and a 7-yard keeper by Lawrence.

It could have been worse for Cincinnati at the break. Lawrence was stopped by linebacker Logan Wilson on fourth-and-goal at the 1 with under a minute left in the half.

“When you control the game like we did in the first – and it should’ve been 21-0,” Lawrence said. “The second half, we didn’t do a good job of holding on to the ball. They scored the quick touchdown and then we went three-and-out.”

Lawrence was 17 for 24 for 204 yards.

“Trevor took care of the ball,” Meyer said. “Trevor played his best game. He’s coming alive.”

Tyler Boyd had nine receptions for 118 yards for the Bengals. Uzomah had five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Robinson rushed for a season-high 78 yards.

“We have to regroup a little,” Lawrence said. “This one hurts.”

DOWN TIME

Both team will have 10 days to ruminate on Thursday night’s game. Meyer said that will be especially tough for the winless Jags.

“That’s a heartbroken locker room,” he said. “We’ve got to get them back.”

The Bengals have extra time to prepare for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers after winning twice in five days. Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 24-10 last Sunday.

“It is critical to get this momentum going into a 10-day work week against an opponent who’s been in the last two AFC championship games,” Taylor said.

NFL WEEK 4-WHAT TO LOOK FOR

THE RETURN: On Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1) visit the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-2) as quarterback TOM BRADY and tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI make their first appearance as visiting players in Foxborough.

Originally selected in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady spent 20 seasons with the Patriots (2000-19), all under head coach BILL BELICHICK.

Brady, who led the Patriots to division titles in 17 of his 20 seasons, ranks as the franchise’s all-time leader in every major passing category: quarterback wins (219), passing yards (74,571), passing touchdowns (541) and completions (6,377). Each of those totals are the most by any quarterback with one team in NFL history. The 219 regular-season wins are also the most by a quarterback-head coach pairing all-time.

During his postseason career in New England, Brady appeared in 41 games and totaled 1,025 completions, 11,388 passing yards and 73 touchdown passes (all NFL playoff records he extended during the 2020 playoffs with Tampa Bay). Together, Brady and Belichick won six Super Bowl titles, the most by a single player and the most by a quarterback-head coach combination in NFL history. The two won 30 playoff games together, more than twice as many as the next-best duo.

On Sunday night, Brady – who has 80,291 career passing yards – needs 68 passing yards to surpass DREW BREES (80,358) as the league’s all-time passing leader.

With a win against his former team, Brady would become the fourth quarterback all-time to register at least one win against 32 different NFL franchises, joining DREW BREES and Pro Football Hall of Famers BRETT FAVRE and PEYTON MANNING.

Gronkowski was selected in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Patriots and ranks first in franchise history in touchdown receptions (79), second in receiving yards (7,861) and fifth in receptions (521). He is also the franchise’s leader in postseason touchdown catches (12) and ranks second in team history in both receptions (81) and receiving yards (1,163) during the playoffs.

Gronkowski, who has 8,668 receiving yards in 134 games with New England and Tampa Bay, needs 16 receiving yards to surpass GREG OLSEN (8,683) for the fifth-most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)RECEIVING YARDS 
Tony GonzalezHOFKansas City, Atlanta15,127 
Jason WittenDallas, Las Vegas13,046 
Antonio GatesSan Diego/L.A. Chargers11,841 
Shannon SharpeHOFDenver, Baltimore10,060 
Greg OlsenChicago, Carolina, Seattle8,683 
Rob GronkowskiNew England, Tampa Bay8,668* 
*entering Week 4

— NFL —

ALL-TIME PASSERS: In addition to Brady’s ascent to the top spot as the league’s all-time passing leader, Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS and Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER can each move up the all-time passing charts when their teams meet on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) at Lambeau Field.

Rodgers ranks seventh in league annals with 418 touchdown passes and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420 touchdown passes) and PHILIP RIVERS (421) for the fifth-most all time. In Week 2, he surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475 passing yards) for the 10th-most passing yards in NFL history.

Roethlisberger has 399 touchdown passes and can become the eighth quarterback all-time with 400 career touchdown passes. He also has 61,149 career passing yards and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) for the sixth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards and most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERPASSING YARDSPLAYERTOUCHDOWN PASSES
1.Drew Brees80,358 1.Tom Brady*591
2.Tom Brady*80,291 2.Drew Brees571
3.Peyton ManningHOF71,940 3.Peyton ManningHOF539
4.Brett FavreHOF71,838 4.Brett FavreHOF508
5.Philip Rivers63,440 5.Philip Rivers421
6.Dan MarinoHOF61,361 6.Dan MarinoHOF420
7.Ben Roethlisberger*61,149 7.Aaron Rodgers*418
8.Eli Manning57,023 8.Ben Roethlisberger*399
9.Matt Ryan*56,474 9.Eli Manning366
10.Aaron Rodgers*51,894 10.Matt Ryan*351
*active

— NFL —

FEELING 50: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES is slated to make his 50th career start when the Chiefs (1-2) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). He has 15,092 passing yards and 123 touchdown passes during his five-year career, both the most by a quarterback in his first 50 career starts.

Since his first career start in Week 17 of the 2017 season, Mahomes has compiled a 39-10 record (.796) as a starting quarterback and with a win on Sunday can join Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN STABLER (40-9-1) as the only quarterbacks whose career began in the Super Bowl era to win 40 of their first 50 career starts.

The quarterbacks with the most wins in their first 50 career starts whose career began in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYERTEAMWLTWIN PCT.
Ken StablerHOFOakland Raiders4091.810
Patrick Mahomes*Kansas City39100.796
Tom BradyNew England38120.760
Danny WhiteDallas38120.760
Dan MarinoHOFMiami37130.740
Jim McMahonChicago37130.740
*50th career start in Week 4  

Mahomes is tied for second in the league with nine touchdown passes this season and has recorded three touchdown passes in each of his first three games. With at least three touchdown passes in Philadelphia, he would become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to register at least three touchdown passes in each of his first four games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes to begin their seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Tom BradyNew England200710
Steve YoungHOFSan Francisco19985
Dan MarinoHOFMiami19874
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams19994
    
Patrick MahomesKansas City20213*
*active streak

— NFL —

CARR YOU READY: Las Vegas quarterback DEREK CARR leads the NFL with 1,203 passing yards as the Raiders have opened 3-0 for the first time since 2002. He has recorded at least 325 passing yards in five consecutive games dating back to Week 16 of the 2020 season, tied for the second-longest such streak all-time.

With 297 passing yards against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Carr would become the fifth quarterback in league annals with at least 1,500 passing yards through his team’s first four games of a season.

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their team’s first four games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONPASSING YARDS
Dak PrescottDallas20201,690
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams20001,557
Tom BradyNew England20111,553
Patrick MahomesKansas City20191,510
    
Derek CarrLas Vegas20211,203*
*entering Week 4

Carr has passed for at least 375 yards in three consecutive games and registered at least 350 passing yards in each of his past four starts dating back to Week 17 last season. No quarterback in NFL history has thrown for 375 yards in four consecutive games or for 350 yards in five consecutive games.

— NFL —

PERCENTAGE PLAY: Denver quarterback TEDDY BRIDGEWATER ranks second in the NFL with a 76.8 completion percentage (73 of 95) and has recorded a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in each of his first three games this season as the Broncos are 3-0 for the first time since 2016.

With a completion percentage of 75-or-higher on Sunday against Baltimore (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Bridgewater will become the sixth quarterback with a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in four consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts) in NFL history and can join TOM BRADY (2007) as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat within a single season.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with a completion percentage of 75-or-higher in NFL history (minimum 20 attempts):

PLAYERTEAMSEASON(S)GAMES 
Alex SmithKansas City2016-174 
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay2014-154 
Tom BradyNew England20074 
Carson PalmerCincinnati2004-054 
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams2001-024 
     
Teddy BridgewaterDenver20213* 
*Active streak 

Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT, who ranks first in the NFL with a 77.5 completion percentage (86 of 111), and Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY, who ranks third (76.5 completion percentage; 78 of 102), have each completed above 80 percent of their passes in each of their past two games. On Sunday, they can become the first quarterbacks all-time to register a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (minimum 20 attempts) in three consecutive games.

— NFL —

HOLLYWOOD WIDEOUTS: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP – who leads the league in receiving yards (367) and receiving touchdowns (five), and ties for the NFL lead in receptions (25) – and Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver MIKE WILLIAMS (22 receptions for 295 yards and four touchdowns) have each recorded at least seven receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown catch in each of their team’s first three games of the 2021 season.

Kupp, who faces Arizona on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX), and Williams, whose Chargers host Las Vegas on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) can become the fourth and fifth players ever with at least 80 receiving yards and one touchdown reception in each of their team’s first four games of a season.

The pair can also join T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH (2007) as the only players with at least seven receptions and one touchdown catch in each of their team’s first four games of a season in league annals.

The players with at least 80 receiving yards and one touchdown reception in each of their team’s first four games of a season all-time:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES 
Marvin HarrisonHOFIndianapolis19994 
Don MaynardHOFN.Y. Titans (AFL)19614 
Randy MossHOFNew England20074 
     
Cooper KuppL.A. Rams20213* 
Mike WilliamsL.A. Chargers20213* 
*Active streak 

— NFL —

SACK STREAKS: The CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0) lead the NFL with 14 sacks through the first three weeks and are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they began the season 14-0 and advanced to Super Bowl 50. Carolina’s BRIAN BURNS and HAASON REDDICK are two of the four NFL players who have recorded at least one sack in each of the first three games this season, along with Denver’s VON MILLER and New York Giants rookie AZEEZ OJULARI.

If both Burns and Reddick record a sack on Sunday at Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), they would become the fifth pair of teammates since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to each record at least one sack in each of their team’s first four games of a season.

The teammates to record at least one sack in each of their team’s first four games of a season since 1982:

SEASONTEAMTEAMMATES
2016ArizonaMarkus Golden & Chandler Jones
1994PhiladelphiaWilliam Fuller & Burt Grossman
1988L.A. RamsKevin GreeneHOF & Mel Owens
1983MiamiDoug Betters & A.J. Duhe
   
2021CarolinaBrian Burns* & Haason Reddick*
*sack in each of first three games

Ojulari, who has recorded a sack in each of his first three career games, can join SANTANA DOTSON (1992) and TERRELL SUGGS (2003) as the only rookies since 1982 to record a sack in each of their first four career games.

WEEK 4 NFL CAPSULES

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 14-10-1

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Falcons 38 at Washington 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/15: Falcons 25, Washington 19 (OT)

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 212 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 104 scrimmage yards, incl. career-long 73-yard rec. TD, his 1st-career TD catch, last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career road games. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 5 receptions in his last game vs. Atl. (11/20/17 w/ Sea.). Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs with 87 catches. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 4 catches for 62 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 4 receptions for 42 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. Since 2020, ranks 4th among TEs with 84 receptions. • DE CHASE YOUNG has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Has 7 TFL & 4 sacks in 10 career road games. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. DT JONATHAN ALLEN has sack in 2 of his past 3. LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with career-high 14 tackles & had TFL in Week 3, his 6th career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 6+ tackles. LB JON BOSTIC aims for his 7th in row on road with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 10 tackles last week, his 2nd career game with 10+ tackles. Had PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. S KAMREN CURL had season-high 9 tackles in Week 3. Rookie CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 243 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.2 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 starts. Passed for 350 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 121.6 rating in last meeting. Has 275+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC East. • RB MIKE DAVIS aims for his 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Was. (12/27/20 w/ Car.). RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 receptions for team-high 82 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY & D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 150+ rec. yards (153) in 2021. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team with 8 receptions & had 61 rec. yards in Week 3. Has 5+ catches in 10 consecutive games, 3rdlongest active streak. Aims for his 12th in row at home with 5+ receptions. Had 6 catches for 71 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 3rd-career rec. TD in Week 3. WR RUSSELL GAGE has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE KYLE PITTS leads all rookie TEs in receptions (11) & rec. yards (139). • LB DEION JONES had 13 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team & tied his career high with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 9th in row with 6+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TFL. LB DANTE FOWLER aims for his 3rd in row with sack & FF.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Was.), 83 (Atl.) | XM: 383 (Was.), 225 (Atl.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 801 (Atl.)

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2) AT BUFFALO BILLS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 5-4

STREAKS: Texans have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Bills 13 at Texans 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/15: Bills 30, Texans 21

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 168 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.5 rating last week in 1st NFL start. • RB MARK INGRAM has 210 scrimmage yards (105 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Buf. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC East. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,471) & rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had 111 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Buf. (9/25/16 w/ Az.). Has 502 scrimmage yards (125.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. AFC East. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 9 catches for 112 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Leads AFC with 322 rec. yards this season. WR ANTHONY MILLER had TD catch in Hou. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 49 yards in only career game vs. Buf. (11/4/18 w/ Chi.). • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had season-high 14 tackles in Week 3. Had 13 tackles in last meeting. Leads NFL with 191 tackles since 2020. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 7+ tackles. DE WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had sack & FF in season debut last week. DT ROSS BLACKLOCK had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 3. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had 8 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. Buf. (10/22/17 w/ TB).

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 32 of 43 passes (74.4 pct.) for 358 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.8 rating & rushed for TD last week & became 4th player ever with 300+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes & rush TD in multiple career games. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 at home. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 91 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 31 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for 62 yards in Week 3. Aims for his 9th in row with 60+ rec. yards. Since 2020, leads NFL in catches (146) & rec. yards (1,726). WR COLE BEASLEY led team with 11 catches & 98 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 94 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3, all season highs. Had 6 catches in his last game vs. Hou. (11/4/18 w/ Den.). TE DAWSON KNOX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 1st FF of season last week. Had TFL in last meeting. S MICAH HYDE had 5 tackles, TFL & 1st INT of season in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. S JORDAN POYER had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. LB MATT MILANO had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TFL & 3rd in row with FR. Had 2 TFL & PD in last meeting. DT STAR LOTULELEI had sack in Week 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Beth Mowins, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 113 (Hou.), 81 (Buf.) | XM: 384 (Hou.), 226 (Buf.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 803 (Buf.)

DETROIT LIONS (0-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 102-75-5

STREAKS: Bears have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Lions 34 at Bears 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF had 93.3 rating in Week 3 & aims for his 4th start in row with 90+ rating. Passed for 220 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.1 rating in his last start vs. Chi. (10/26/20 w/ LAR). Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 7 receptions, 107 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 47 rush) & 1st rush TD of season last week. Ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (19) & 4th in scrimmage yards (289) this season. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 67 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 25 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season in Week 3. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Had 7 catches for 84 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 5+ receptions. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC North. Since 2020, ranks 3rd among TEs in receptions (85) & rec. yards (896). WR KALIF RAYMOND had career-high 6 receptions & 68 rec. yards last week. • DE ROMEO OKWARA had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. DE CHARLES HARRIS had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Chi. (9/27/20 w/ Atl.). LB ALEX ANZALONE had 5th-career sack in Week 3. LB AUSTIN BRYANT had 1st-career sack last week. CB BOBBY PRICE had career-high 3 PD in Week 3. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 4th-career INT last week.

BEARS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON has 610 pass yards (305 per game) & 4 TDs vs. INT for 104.9 rating in 2 career starts vs. Det. Rookie QB JUSTIN FIELDS has 138 pass yards & 46 rush yards with rush TD in 2021. QB NICK FOLES had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in only career start vs. Det. (12/8/13 w/ Phi.). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 825 scrimmage yards (103.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 111 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 39 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Had 622 scrimmage yards (124.4 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 games vs. NFC North in 2020. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 75 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 6+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home vs. NFC North. TE COLE KMET had 5 catches for 37 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had 2 sacks in Week 3. Is 1 of 5 with 15+ games (15) of 2+ sacks since 2014. Has 3 sacks, FF & FR in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles last week. Has 64 tackles (10.7 per game) & 4 sacks in 6 career games vs. Det. LB ROBERT QUINN had 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DL MARIO EDWARDS had 1st sack of season in Week 3. DB EDDIE JACKSON has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 6 vs. Det.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 133 (Chi.) | XM: 386 (Det.), 228 (Chi.) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 805 (Chi.)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 9-3

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Cowboys 8 at Panthers 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/26/15: Panthers 33, Cowboys 14

PANTHERS:

QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 304 yards with 95.7 rating & had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 4th in row with 95+ rating. Passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 113.8 rating in only career start vs. Dal. (10/13/19 w/ NYJ). Has 861 pass yards (287 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 112.6 rating in 3 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 6 catches & 95 scrmimage yards (50 rush, 45 rec.) in last meeting. Rookie RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 79 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 27 rec.) last week. • WR DJ MOORE led team with 8 receptions & 126 rec. yards last week, his 10th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards & 7th in row with 5+ receptions. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 2,653 rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 receptions for 125 yards, incl. career-long 92-yard TD catch, in his only career game vs. Dal. (10/13/19 w/ NYJ). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st-career rush TD last week & became youngest TE with rush TD in NFL history. • LB HAASON REDDICK aims for his 4th in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had 2 sacks in his last game at Dal. (10/19/20 w/ Az.). DE BRIAN BURNS has 6 sacks in his past 5 & aims for his 6th in row with sack. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ tackles.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 26 atts. (80.8 pct.) for 238 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 143.3 rating in Week 3. In his past 6 starts at home, has 1,871 pass yards (311.8 per game) & 17 TDs (14 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 117.3 rating. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 116 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 21 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 3, his 11th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (8,593) & games with 100+ scrimmage yards (45). Had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB TONY POLLARD aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 100+ rec. yards. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 66 rec. yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 8 of 9 career home games. Aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team in catches (6), rec. yards (80) & rec. TDs (2) last week, his 1stcareer game with 2 rec. TDs. Has 6+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 3 PD & 59-yard INT-TD last week, his 6th-career INT & 1st-career TD. Is only player in NFL with INT in each of 1st 3 weeks & can become 1st player since 2019 (DEVIN MCCOURTY) with INT in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Rookie DT OSA ODIGHIZUWA had 1st-career sacks (1.5) last week. CB ANTHONY BROWN had 7th-career INT in Week 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 204 (Car.), 211 (Dal.) | XM: 387 (Car.), 229 (Dal.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 808 (Dal.)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 46-27

STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Dolphins 16 at Colts 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Colts 18, Dolphins 12

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 194 yards with 0 INTs last week. Has 0 INTs in 2 of 3 games this season. Passed for 310 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 93.6 rating in only career game vs. Mia. (12/1/19 w/ Phi.). Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 4 career games vs. AFC East. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for season-high 64 yards last week. Aims for his 10th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & 5 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 75 catches since 2020. RB MARLON MACK aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 6 catches for 68 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches. WR ZACH PASCAL has rec. TD in 2 of 3 games this season. TE JACK DOYLE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3. Aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack, FF & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. Since 2018, ties for lead among LBs with 8 INTs. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 8 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. CB KENNY MOORE had 7 tackles, TFL & 1st INT of season in Week 3. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & FR in last meeting. CB ROCK YA-SIN had FF & FR last week. Had PD in last meeting. S JULIAN BLACKMON led team with career-high 11 tackles last week.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 32 of 49 passes (65.3 pct.) for 215 yards with 0 INTs & rushed for 37 yards & TD last week in 1st start of season. Had 6,059 pass yards & 42 TDs (31 pass, 11 rush) vs. 13 INTs in 46 games (30 starts) with Ind. (2017-20). • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 65 yards last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. RB MALCOLM BROWN rushed for 1st TD of season in Week 3. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Ind. (9/10/17 w/ LAR). • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 5+ catches. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 58 rec. yards on team-high 12 catches last week, most catches by rookie WR in single game since 2014 (ODELL BECKHAM JR.). Leads all rookies with 22 catches this season. TE MIKE GESICKI had 10 catches for team-high 86 yards in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 4 PD in his past 2. Had 2 INTs in only career game vs. Ind. (11/25/18). Has INT in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with INT. S BRANDON JONES had 6 tackles & career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB ELANDON ROBERTS had FF & 85-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Had 6 tackles in only career game vs. Ind. (10/4/18 w/ NE). DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 3. DT ZACH SIELER had PD & led team with 9 tackles last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 77 (Ind.), 156 (Mia.) | XM: 388 (Ind.), 230 (Mia.) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 819 (Mia.)

CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 11-4

STREAKS: Vikings have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 10/29/17 (London): Vikings 33 vs. Browns 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Browns 31, Vikings 27

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3 pct.) for 246 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating & rushed for seasonhigh 31 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 95+ rating. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB NICK CHUBB led team with 84 rush yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ rush yards. Aims for his 6th in row on road with rush TD. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 262 rush yards in 2021. RB KAREEM HUNT led team with 155 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 74 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 6th-career game with 150+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for team-high 77 rec. yards last week in season debut. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. Had 9 catches for 77 yards in his last game vs. Min. (9/8/19 w/ Atl.). • DE MYLES GARRETT had franchise-record 4.5 sacks last week, his 11th-career game with 2+ sacks, tied 3rd-most in NFL since 2017. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Leads NFL with 5.5 sacks in 2021. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 1st 2 sacks of season in Week 3, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Has 6 TFL in 3 career games vs. Min. S RONNIE HARRISON had PD & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 323 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 QBs (MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating in each of 1st 3 games of season. Can join TOM BRADY (2010-11) as only QBs with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 6 straight games. Has 90+ rating in 17 straight games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Cle. with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 1,031 scrimmage yards (171.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 6 at home. Has 100+ rush yards & 150+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Since 2019, is 1 of 2 RBs (DERRICK HENRY) with 30+ rush TDs (30). RB ALEXANDER MATTISON had career-high 171 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 59 rec.) last week. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 6 catches for 50 yards & rec. TD in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (COOPER KUPP) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 games of season. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 8 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. Had 98 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD last week, his 8th-career 100- yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had FF in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 1st sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 11 tackles & 10th-career sack last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 148 (Cle.), 106 (Min.) | XM: 389 (Cle.), 231 (Min.) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 820 (Min.)

NEW YORK GIANTS (0-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 16-14

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Saints 33 at Giants 18

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Saints 52, Giants 49

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 266 yards & had 90.9 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 90+ rating. Has rush TD in 2 of his 3 games this season. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 6 catches, 94 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 43 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 3. Had 6 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 44 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 606 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 8 TDs (5 rush, 3 rec.) in 6 career games vs. NFC South. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 4 receptions for 64 yards last week. Had 62 rec. yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. NO (10/4/20 w/ Det.). Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC South. WR STERLING SHEPARDhas 6+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ receptions & 75+ rec. yards. Has 18 receptions for 194 yards (97 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 8+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR COLLIN JOHNSON had career-high 5 catches last week. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with 11 tackles last week, his 3rdcareer game with 10+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had INT in only career game vs. NO (12/17/17 w/ NYJ). Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Can become 3rd rookie since 1982 [SANTANA DOTSON (1992) & TERRELL SUGGS (2003)] with sack in each of 1st 4 career games.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.8 rating in Week 3. Has 1,158 pass yards (289.5 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 104.4 rating in 4 career starts vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. QB TAYSOM HILL had 1st rush TD of season in Week 3, his 12th-career rush TD. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 118 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 29 rec.) & TD catch last week. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 60 scrimmage TDs (43 rush, 17 rec.) & 6,403 scrimmage yards. Had 181 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 47 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 when NO is home team. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 41 rec. yards & 1st career rec. TD in Week 3. WR KENNY STILLS had TD catch in only career game vs. NYG (12/14/15 w/ Mia.). • S MALCOLM JENKINS had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 34-yard INT-TD in Week 3, his 8th-career defensive TD. Has 4 PD, 3 FF, 2 TFL & INT in his past 3 vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with FF. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had team-high 10 tackles & 11thcareer INT in Week 3, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles. Had FR in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row with PD. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD. Had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 TFL in his past 3 vs. NYG & aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with TFL.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 147 (NYG), 94 (NO) | XM: 390 (NYG), 232 (NO) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 822 (NO)

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (0-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 24-19-1

STREAKS: Jets have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Jets 22 at Titans 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/15: Jets 30, Titans 8

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7 pct.) for 197 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & tied career-high with 56 rush yards last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in his past 3 vs. NYJ. Has 3 TD passes in 3 of past 4 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 144 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 31 rec.) last week, his 22nd-career game with 100+ rush yards, 2ndmost in NFL since 2016. Has 140+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4 & aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 215+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in last meeting. Leads NFL with 353 rush yards & ties for lead with 3 rush TDs in 2021. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • WR JULIO JONES had 74 rec. yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/29/17 w/ Atl.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ rec. yards. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. Had 4 catches for 55 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ (10/14/18 w/ Ind.). WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had 4 catches for 53 yards & 1st-career TD last week. • S KEVIN BYARD had 5 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. CB JANORIS JENKINS aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 3 PD in his past 2 vs. AFC East. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 INTs. LB OLA ADENIYI had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB DAVID LONG tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had TFL last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4.

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3 pct.) for 160 yards last week. Has 200+ pass yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • RB TY JOHNSON has 50+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB MICHAEL CARTER ranks 4th among rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (137) & rush yards (89) this season. • WR COREY DAVIS led team with 5 catches for 41 yards last week. Has 5 catches in 2 of 3 games this season. Had 207 catches for 2,851 rec. yards & 11 rec. TDs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Ten. WR JAMISON CROWDER had 5 catches for 78 yards in only career game vs. Ten. (12/22/18 w/ Was.). WR BRAXTON BERRIOS has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 games this season. WR KEELAN COLE had 7 catches for 67 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ten. (12/13/20 w/ Jax.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 6+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • S MARCUS MAYE had season-high 9 tackles last week. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 5 PD in his past 4 at home. CB BRANDIN ECHOLS had 5 tackles & PD in Week 3. Has 5 tackles in 2 of 3 games this season. LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has 17 tackles (5.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. Ten. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & 2nd-career FF last week. Had 6 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Ten. (11/24/19 w/ Jax.). DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS led team with 1.5 sacks last week, his 3rdcareer game with 1.5+ sacks. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Ten.), 99 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Ten.), 233 (NYJ) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 824 (NYJ)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-2) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Series tied, 4-4

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Eagles 20 at Chiefs 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/19/13: Chiefs 26, Eagles 16

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 260 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for season-high 45 yards last week. Is only QB in NFL with 3+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 weeks & can become 4th QB ever with 3+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 15,092 pass yards in 49 career games & became fastest player ever to reach 15,000 career pass yards. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE rushed for season-high 100 yards & had TD catch last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches for 104 yards in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 6 of his past 7. Had 8 catches for 103 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. Leads TEs with 289 rec. yards & ties for lead with 20 catches. WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 11 of his past 12. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Phi. S DANIEL SORENSEN tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had PD last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. LB NICK BOLTON tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week & leads all rookies with 23 tackles in 2021. DT CHRIS JONES has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season. Had career-high 3 sacks with 2 FFs in last meeting. DE MICHAEL DANNA had 1st sack of season in Week 3.

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 86.1 rating & had 35 rush yards last week. Aims for his 8th start in row with 30+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd home start in row with rush TD. • RB MILES SANDERS had 55 scrimmage yards (28 rec., 27 rush) last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 7 at home. Since 2019, is 1 of 4 RBs (NICK CHUBB, DERRICK HENRY & AARON JONES) with 4.9+ yards per rush attempt (min. 300 atts.). • TE ZACH ERTZ had 4 catches for 53 yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. Had 5 receptions for 97 yards in last meeting. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among TEs in receptions (568) & rec. yards (6,171). TE DALLAS GOEDERT had team-high 66 rec. yards last week. WR JALEN REAGOR had 5 catches for 53 yards in Week 3. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. WR DEVONTA SMITH is 1 of 3 NFC rookie WRs (TERRACE MARSHALL & RONDALE MOORE) with 10+ catches (11) in 2021. • DT FLETCHER COX had FR-TD in Week 3, his 3rd-career FR-TD. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 2 sacks & FF last week. Is only player in 2021 with 2+ sacks in 2 of 1st 3 games. CB DARIUS SLAY had TFL last week. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. KC (11/1/15 w/ Det.). Ranks 4th among active players with 111 career PD. S ANTHONY HARRIS had team-high 14 tackles in Week 3 & aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (KC), 82 (Phi.) | XM: 385 (KC), 227 (Phi.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 825 (Phi.)

ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-0) LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 44-38-2

STREAKS: Rams have won past 8

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Cardinals 7 at Rams 18

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 316 yards & had rush TD last week. Has rush TD in each of 1st 3 weeks for 2nd-consecutive season & can become 1st QB ever with rush TD in each of his team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ comp. pct. • RB CHASE EDMONDS tied his career high with 7 receptions & had 75 scrimmage yards (49 rec., 26 rush) in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 games of season. RB JAMES CONNER had 1st 2 rush TDs of season last week, his 6th-career game with 2 rush TDs. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 vs. NFC West. WR A.J. GREEN had 5 receptions for team-high 112 yards last week. Has 34 games with 100+ rec. yards since 2011, tied-4th most in NFL. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Rams (11/29/15 w/ Cin.). WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 7 catches for 104 yards in Week 3, his 4th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 6 on road vs. NFC West. DE J.J. WATT has TFL in 2 of 3 games in 2021. LB MARKUS GOLDEN aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 12 tackles & had sack & 4th-career FF last week. Had INT in last meeting. S BUDDA BAKER has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAR. CB BYRON MURPHY had 2 INTs, incl. 1st-career INT-TD, in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ PD.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 343 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 134 rating in Week 3, his 51st-career game with 300+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 QBs (DEREK CARR) with 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 weeks. Ranks 2nd in rating (129.8) & tied-2nd in TD passes (9) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Az. with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 110+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (12/6/20). Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB SONY MICHEL had 79 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 12 rec.) in Week 3. • WR COOPER KUPP had team-high 9 receptions for 96 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL in rec. yards (367) & rec. TDs (5). & ties-1st in receptions (25). Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (ADAM THIELEN) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 weeks. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Az. & 8th in row overall with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches in 7 of 8 career games vs. Az. WR DESEAN JACKSON had 38th-career game with 100+ rec. yards (120) last week. Became 5th player in SB era with 10 career TDs of 75+ yards. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. • DL AARON DONALD aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & 10th in row overall with TFL. Has 12 sacks & 18 TFL in 14 career games vs. Az. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (87.5) & TFL (134). LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 8 tackles last week. Had 4 PD in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Az.), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (Az.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 818 (LAR)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 27-17

STREAKS: 49ers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Seahawks 26 at 49ers 23 (Arizona)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/19: Seahawks 27, 49ers 24 (OT)

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 298 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 111.2 rating in Week 3. Leads NFL with 133.6 rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 110+ rating. Has 33 TDs (32 pass, 1 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 99.4 rating in 18 career starts vs. SF. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 vs. SF. • RB CHRIS CARSON rushed for 80 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 540 scrimmage yards (108 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 6th in row vs. SF with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 4 catches last week. Had 12 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. division with 5+ catches. WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 107 yards & rec. TD in Week 3, his 7th-career 100- yard game. Has 27 receptions for 333 yards (83.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 4 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. TE GERALD EVERETT had season-high 5 catches for 54 yards in Week 3. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 11 tackles in Week 3. Leads NFL with 44 tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Has 153 tackles (8.5 per game), 12 PD & 6 sacks in 18 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 19th in row vs. SF with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS led team & tied his career high with 12 tackles last week. Has 6.5 sacks & 9 TFL in 8 road games with Sea. DE DARRELL TAYLOR had 2nd-career sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 257 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 87.2 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start at home vs. division with 2+ TD passes vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Rookie QB TREY LANCE had 1st-career rush TD last week. • FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had 4 catches, 51 scrimmage yards (37 rec., 14 rush) & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 when SF is home team. Rookie RB TREY SERMON had his 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. • TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 7 catches & 92 rec. yards last week. Had 7 receptions for 68 yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 NFC TEs (ROB GRONKOWSKI & T.J. HOCKENSON) with 15+ receptions (15) in 2021. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 receptions for 52 yards in Week 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 334 rec. yards. Has 5+ receptions in 7 of his past 8. Has 247 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Had 8 receptions for 91 yards & TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (11/1/20). • DL NICK BOSA is 1 of 2 in NFC (CHANDLER JONES) with 3+ sacks (3) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB FRED WARNER aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 vs. Sea. Aims for 3rd in row when SF is home team vs. Sea. with 10+ tackles & sack. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 1st sack of season last week. CB JOSH NORMAN had FF last week. Ranks 2nd among active DBs with 14 FFs.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Sea.), 133 (SF) | XM: 386 (Sea.), 228 (SF) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 827 (SF)

BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-0)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Series tied, 6-6

STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/23/18: Broncos 14 at Ravens 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/15: Broncos 19, Ravens 13

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for season-high 287 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 58 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 80+ rush yards. Leads QBs with 251 rush yards this season. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has rush TD in 2 of 3 games in 2021. Rushed for 124 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Den. (11/29/20 w/ NO). Has 125+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. Den. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC West with TD. RB TY’SON WILLIAMS has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games this season. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 123 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 35 rec.) in only career game vs. Den. (10/9/16 w/ Atl.). • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 5 catches for 109 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 59 rec. yards in last meeting. WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with TD catch. WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • S CHUCK CLARK led team with season-high 12 tackles & had 1st sack of season last week. CB TAVON YOUNG had 1st sack of season in Week 3. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had season-high 2 TFL last week. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Den. LB PATRICK QUEEN aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 on road. • K JUSTIN TUCKER converted game-winning 66-yard FG as time expired last week, longest FG in NFL history.

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 25 passes (76 pct.) for 235 yards with 0 INTs for 104.6 rating last week. Is only QB in NFL with 75+ comp. pct. in each of 1st 3 weeks ofseason & can become 2nd QB ever (TOM BRADY in 2007) with 75+ comp. pct. in each of team’s 1st 4 games. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating & 0 INTs. Leads qualified passers with 76.8 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 82 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 21 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/22/18 w/ LAC). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had 62 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 29 rush) & 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. Ranks 2nd amoing rookie RBs with 177 scrimmage yards & 138 rush yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 50+ rec. yards. WR TIM PATRICK had 5 catches for team-high 98 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. TE NOAH FANT has 6 catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB VON MILLER is only player in AFC with sack in each of 1st 3 weeks of season. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB A.J. JOHNSON led team with career-high 2 sacks & had PD last week. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 1st INT of 2021 in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 1st-career INT last week. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II aims for 3rd in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Bal.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 384 (Bal.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 809 (Den.)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 18-16

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Packers 28 at Steelers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Steelers 38, Packers 31

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for season-high 318 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 1,021 pass yards (340.3 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 3 career games vs. GB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 315+ pass yards. Has 399 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had season-high 142 scrimmage yards (102 rec., 40 rush) & 14 catches last week, tied for most catches ever by rookie RB in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & 5+ catches. Leads all rookies with 272 scrimmage yards & leads all RBs with 20 catches in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL led team with career-high 9 catches for 96 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • LB T.J. WATT aims for his 5th in row with sack & 4th in row with FF. Had sack & PD in last meeting. S TERRELL EDMUNDS had TFL & 1st INT of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB JOE SCHOBERT aims for his 15th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. GB. LB MELVIN INGRAM has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had PD in only career game vs. GB (11/11/18 w/ Mia.). Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC North.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.3 rating last week. Ranks 7th all-time with 418 TD passes & can surpass PHILIP RIVERS (421) & HOFer DAN MARINO (420) for 5th-most TD passes ever. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 at home. Passed for 383 yards & had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating in only career start vs. Pit. (12/20/09). • RB AARON JONES had 96 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD last week. Ties for NFL lead with 5 TDs in 2021. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 27 career home games. Is 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & DERRICK HENRY) with 30+ TDs (35) since 2019. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 12 receptions for 132 yards & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Leads NFL with 59 rec. TDs since 2016. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 10 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 59 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. TE ROBERT TONYAN has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 11 tackles & had 2ndcareer FR in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 1st sack of season last week. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 3 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 3, his 5thcareer INT. Has 6 PD in his past 4 at home. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 INTs & 9 PD in his past 6 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Pit.), 82 (GB) | XM: 385 (Pit.), 227 (GB) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 811 (GB)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 7-2

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/5/17: Patriots 19 at Buccaneers 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY passed for 432 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 3. Has 80,291 pass yards & can surpass DREW BREES (80,358) for most in NFL history. Spent 20 seasons (2000-19) with NE & is franchise’s all-time leader in wins (219), pass yards (74,571), pass TDs (541) & completions (6,377), all the most by any QB with one team ever. Led NE to 6 Super Bowl titles & 17 division titles & was 3x NFL MVP & 4x Super Bowl MVP with Patriots. Totaled 1,025 completions, 11,388 pass yards, 73 TD passes & 30 wins in 41 postseason games with NE. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD tied his career-high with 9 catches & had 12th-career rec. TD in Week 3. • TE ROB GRONKOWSKI spent 9 seasons (2010-18) with NE & had 521 receptions for 7,861 yards & 79 TDs, the most rec. TDs in franchise history. Had 81 receptions for 1,163 rec. yards & 12 TDs in 16 postseason games with NE. Has 8,668 rec. yards & can surpass GREG OLSEN (8,683) for 5th-most rec. yards by TE in NFL history. WR MIKE EVANS had 8 catches for 106 yards in Week 3, his 29th-career 100-yard game. Since 2014, ranks tied2nd in rec. TDs (63) & 3rd in rec. yards (8,471). WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 receptions for 74 yards & 1st-career rush TD last week. Has TD in 6 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. • LB LAVONTE DAVID aims for his 17th in row with 5+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 14th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 6 on road. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 6 TFL in his past 6.

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed season-high 30 of 51 passes (58.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. 3 INTs & rushed for season high 28 yards last week. Leads all qualified rookies in pass yard (737), completions (81) & comp. pct. (67.5). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Rushed for 121 yards in only career game on SNF (11/15/20 vs. Bal.). RB BRANDON BOLDEN had 100 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 49 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had season-high 9 catches for 94 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (team-high 96) & had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. WR NELSON AGHOLOR aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 5+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE HUNTER HENRY had season-high 5 catches last week. TE JONNU SMITH had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. TB (10/27/19 w/ Ten.). • DB J.C. JACKSON had season-high 5 tackles in Week 3. Has PD in 2 of 3 games this season. Has 11 INTs since 2020, tied-most in NFL. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 11 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with PD. LB MATT JUDON had season high 2.5 sacks last week, his 7th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 7 tackles & had PD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & PD. LB JOSH UCHE aims for his 3rd in row with sack.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (NE) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (NE) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 817 (NE)

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-0) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-1)

MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 65-55-2

STREAKS: Raiders have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/17/20: Chargers 30 at Raiders 27 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/20: Raiders 31, Chargers 26

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 386 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.7 rating last week. Can become 1st player ever with 375+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAC with 0 INTs. Leads NFL with 1,203 pass yards, 4th most in NFL history through team’s 1st 3 games of season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 114 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 38 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with rush TD. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of 3 career games on MNF. RB PEYTON BARBER led team with 142 scrimmage yards (careerhigh 111 rush, 31 rec.) & had rush TD last week. RB KENYAN DRAKE aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for his 9th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 150 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with TD catch. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 5 catches for 77 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR BRYAN EDWARDS led team with 89 rec. yards in Week 3. • DE MAXX CROSBY has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Had sack in last road meeting. DT SOLOMON THOMAS had 0.5 sacks & 1st-career FF last week. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN is 1 of 3 in NFL (ERIC KENDRICKS & BOBBY WAGNER) with 10+ tackles in 3 games this season. LB CORY LITTLETON had 10 tackles & PD in Week 3. Has 9+ tackles in 4 of his past 5.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 pct.) for 281 yards & season-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 125 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 4+ TD passes. Is 5th player in SB era with 5 games with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs in 1st 2 seasons. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of past 4. Had 640 pass yards (320 per game) & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 112.4 rating in 2 games vs. LV last season. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 107 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 52 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 6+ catches. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had team-high 8 catches for 50 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 9 of his past 10 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with rec. TD. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 7 catches for season-high 122 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 75+ rec. yards. • DE JOEY BOSA had 0.5 sacks last week. Has 8 TFL & 6 sacks in 7 career games vs. Raiders. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games on MNF. LB KYZIR WHITE had season-high 8 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 3. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in last home meeting. Rookie CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. aims for 3rd in row with INT. Leads rookies with 2 INTs this season. CB TEVAUGHN CAMPBELL had 2 PD & 2 FFs in Week 3. S ALOHI GILMAN had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (LV), 83 (LAC) | XM: 226 (LV), 225 (LAC) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 817 (LAC)

AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH-SEPTEMBER

Quarterback DEREK CARR of the Las Vegas Raiders, linebacker VON MILLER of the Denver Broncos and wide receiver JAMAL AGNEW of the Jacksonville Jaguars are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for the month of September.

OFFENSE: QB DEREK CARR, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

  • Carr completed 88 of 136 pass attempts (64.7 percent) for a league-high 1,203 yards with six touchdowns for a 101.4 rating over the league’s first three weeks, helping the Raiders begin 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

  • He recorded at least 375 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each game and is the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 1,200 passing yards through his team’s first three games of a season.


  • This is the first Offensive Player of the Month award for Carr, who joins Rich Gannon (November, 2001) and Jay Schroeder (December, 1990) as the only Raiders quarterbacks to earn the honor.


  • Carr joins wide receiver Henry Ellard (December, 1988) as the only former Fresno State players to win Offensive Player of the Month.

DEFENSE: LB VON MILLER, DENVER BRONCOS

  • Miller recorded eight tackles, four sacks and a league-high six tackles for loss in helping the Broncos begin 3-0 for their first time since 2016.


  • He was the only player in the AFC to record a sack in each of the first three weeks of the season.


  • This is the fourth Defensive Player of the Month award for Miller:
    • 2012: November
    • 2014: October
    • 2016: September
    • 2021: September
  • Miller ties Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis and Peyton Manning for the most-ever Player of the Month awards by a Broncos player (four).

SPECIAL TEAMS: WR JAMAL AGNEW, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • Agnew returned three kickoffs for a total of 138 yards, including a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown in Week 2. In Week 3, he had a 109-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown, tied for the longest return in league annals.


  • He became the first player in NFL history to register a touchdown of at least 100 yards in consecutive games.


  • This is the first-career Special Teams Player of the Month award for Agnew and he joins punter Chris Hanson (September, 2005) as the only Jaguars to earn the honor.
  • Agnew is the first-ever former University of San Diego player to win a Player of the Month award.

NFL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH-SEPTEMBER

Wide receiver COOPER KUPP of the Los Angeles Rams, cornerback TREVON DIGGS of the Dallas Cowboys and punter MITCH WISHNOWSKY of the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for the month of September.

OFFENSE: WR COOPER KUPP, LOS ANGELES RAMS

  • Kupp tied for the lead league with 25 receptions while leading the league with 367 receiving yards (122.3 per game) and five receiving touchdowns to help the Rams begin 3-0 for the third time in the past four seasons.


  • He is the only player in the league with at least 95 receiving yards in each of the first three weeks of the season and is one of four players with a touchdown reception in each week.


  • This is the first Offensive Player of the Month award for Kupp and he joins Torry Holt (October, 2003), Pro Football Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce (October, 1995) and Henry Ellard (December, 1988) as the only Rams wide receivers to earn the honor.


  • Kupp becomes the first-ever player from Eastern Washington to win Player of the Month.

DEFENSE: CB TREVON DIGGS, DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Diggs recorded nine tackles, a league-best six passes defensed and tied for the league lead with three interceptions, including an interception return for a touchdown in Week 3, in September.


  • He is the only player in the league with an interception in each of the first three weeks of the season.


  • This is the first Defensive Player of the Month award for Diggs and he joins defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (September, 2017) and linebacker Sean Lee (October, 2013 and September, 2011) as the only Cowboys to earn the honor.


  • Diggs becomes the third former Alabama defensive back to win Defensive Player of the Month, joining Landon Collins (November, 2016) and Eddie Jackson (November, 2018).

SPECIAL TEAMS: P MITCH WISHNOWSKY, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

  • Wishnowsky averaged 46.8 yards on 11 punts (43.4 net), with a league-high eight being placed inside the 20-yard line.


  • This is the first Special Teams Player of the Month for Wishnowsky and he becomes the first 49ers punter to earn the honor.


  • He also becomes the first former Utah player to win Special Teams Player of the Month.

NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

Wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE of the Cincinnati Bengals and cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL JR. of the Los Angeles Chargers are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month for the month of September.

OFFENSE: WR JA’MARR CHASE, CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Chase had 11 receptions and led all rookies with 220 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns in September.

  • He is one of four players in the NFL with a touchdown reception in each of the first three weeks of the season and became the third rookie in NFL history with a touchdown reception of at least 25 yards in each of his first three career games.

  • Chase joins quarterback Andy Dalton (October, 2011) and running back Corey Dillon (December, 1997) as the only Bengals to win Offensive Rookie of the Month.

  • He joins Odell Beckham Jr. (November and December, 2014) and Eddie Kennison (October, 1996) as the only former LSU wide receivers to earn the honor.

DEFENSE: CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR., LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

  • Samuel totaled 11 tackles and four passes defensed in September and is the only rookie with two interceptions through the season’s first month.

  • He joins Joey Bosa (October and December, 2016) and Paul Bradford (November, 1997) as the only Chargers to win Defensive Rookie of the Month.

  • Samuel joins Ronald Darby (September, 2015) as the only former Florida State cornerbacks to earn the honor.

THIS WEEK IN MAC FOOTBALL

Saturday, October 2

*Western Michigan at Buffalo, Noon ET (CBSSN)

Toledo at UMass, Noon ET (Flo Sports / NESN)

*Eastern Michigan at NIU, 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT (ESPN+)

*Central Michigan at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN+)

*Bowling Green at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN+)

*Ohio at Akron, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Army at Ball State, 5:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

All times listed ET

Saturday, October 2

Western Michigan (3-1, 0-0 MAC) at Buffalo (2-2, 0-0 MAC) | Noon ET (CBSSN)

Buffalo football team will open Mid-American Conference play on Saturday when it hosts Western Michigan at UB Stadium. Buffalo is coming off a 35-34 win at Old Dominion last Saturday. Wide receiver  Quian Williams led the Bulls with nine receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in the game. Western Michigan is 3-1 on the season and is coming off a 23-3 win over San Jose State last Saturday. The Broncos are led by quarterback Kaleb Eleby who has passed for 902 yards and seven touchdowns on the season – both tops in the MAC. Western Michigan leads the all-time series, 7-2. The Broncos won the last meeting, 71-68, in seven overtimes at UB Stadium in 2017.

Toledo (2-2, 1-0 MAC) at UMass (0-4) | Noon ET (Flo Sports / NESN)

Fresh off a big conference victory, the Toledo Rockets will close the book on their non-conference slate with a matchup at UMass. Toledo (2-2, 1-0 MAC) knocked off defending MAC champion Ball State, 22-12, in Muncie, Ind. on Sept. 25. Toledo’s defense did not allow an offensive touchdown for the second straight game and held the Cardinals to 312 yards of total offense. The Rocket defense has now gone eight straight quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown.Offensively, redshirt freshman quarterback Dequan Finn ran for a game-high 106 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown. Junior Devin Maddox once again sparked the Toledo offense with a long touchdown, this time hauling in a 69-yard catch for a score in the first quarter. UMass is looking for its first win following losses to Pittsburgh, Boston College, Eastern Michigan and Coastal Carolina.

Eastern Michigan (3-1, 0-0 MAC) at Northern Illinois (2-2, 0-0 MAC) | 2:30 pm ET  (ESPN+)

Eastern Michigan enters the league-opener with a 3-1 record after a historic offensive performance over Texas State, Sept. 25. Meanwhile, NIU is 2-2 after getting its offense going in a 41-14 home win over Maine, Sept. 25. With a win, EMU would move to 4-1 for the first time since the 2016 season. EMU senior quarterback Ben Bryant threw for a career-high three touchdowns against Texas State, Sept. 25. His performance marked the 42nd time in program history that an EMU QB has thrown for three scores. NIU quarterback Rocky Lombardi became the first Huskie since Anthony Maddie in 2016 (versus Ball State) to gain 400 yards of total offense in a game when he passed for 282 yards and ran for 119 in NIU’s 41-33 win over Maine last week to garner MAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. With 487 yards through the first four games of 2021, tailback Harrison Waylee is off to the best start by a Huskie runner since 2006, when NIU Hall of Famer Garrett Wolfe ran for 828 rushing yards in the first four games of the season.

Central Michigan (2-2, 0-0 MAC) at Miami (1-3, 0-0 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET (ESPN+)

Central Michigan comes into Saturday’s contest at 2-2- overall with wins over Robert Morris and Florida International. Offensively, the Chips average 30.3 points per game and are led by a pair of quarterbacks in Jacob Sirmon (170.5) and Daniel Richardson (109.3), both who average over 100 passing yards per game. Defensively they allow 27.5 points per game and are led Troy Hairston who has 3.0 sacks on the season. Miami’s defense has forced a turnover in 30 of its last 45 games and is 19-11 in contests when it forces a turnover. The RedHawks’ defense has also recorded a sack in 34 of its last 45 games. Miami finished a perfect 5-0 at home during the 2019 season (1-0 in 2020) and has won 10 straight at Yager Stadium. Miami’s last home loss was on Sept. 29, 2018. In all, when Miami hosts Central Michigan on Oct. 2, it will be 1,099 days since Miami’s last loss at home.

Bowling Green (2-2, 0-0 MAC) at Kent State (1-3, 0-0 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET (ESPN+)

Bowling Green stays on the road when the Falcons travel across Ohio to Kent State on Saturday. The Falcons went to Minnesota and came away with a 14-10 win over the Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon at Huntington Bank Stadium. Matt McDonald rushed for two touchdowns as the Falcons (now 2-2) ended Minnesota’s 21-game non-conference win streak, the longest in the nation. It was BGSU’s first win over a member of the B1G since beating both Purdue and Maryland on the road in 2015. Kent State is coming off a hard-fought loss at Maryland. Dante Cephas had a career day for the Flashes, grabbing 10 passes for 151 yards and a score. Cephas is the first Flashes’ receiver with a 10-catch day since Isaiah McKoy did it in 2018 at Ball State. Even after tough sledding against Iowa and Maryland, the Flashes still rank 14th in rushing in the FBS, averaging 237 yards per game

Ohio (0-4, 0-0 MAC) at Akron (1-3, 0-0 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Ohio (0-4) opens MAC play this week when they head to Akron (1-3) to take on the Zips Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Overall, the Bobcats are averaging 13.8 points per game to go along with 312.8 total yards per game.  O’Shaan Allison leads on the ground with 202 yards, while DeMontre Tuggle adds 164 yards and one touchdown.  Quarterback Kurtis Rourke is 65-of-99 with 582 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Akron enters the matchup with Ohio, 1-3 overall after falling to Ohio State, 59-7 on Saturday. The Zips’ lone win came against Bryant on Sept. 18.  Overall, Akron averages 19.0 points per game and 323.3 yards per game, with 115.5 rushing and 207.8 passing yards per contest. Quarterback DJ Irons leads Akron, going 58-of-87 with three interceptions and 648 yards and six touchdowns. Irons also leads the Zips in rushing, taking 46 attempts for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

Army (4-0) at Ball State (1-3, 0-1 MAC) | 5:00 pm (ESPN+)

Ball State fifth-year senior wide receiver Justin Hall entered Saturday’s football game versus Toledo 66 yards shy of the breaking the program’s career receiving record. The nation’s active career leader in receptions (281) and the FBS’s leader in consecutive games with a reception (47), Hall wasted little time breaking the mark. With 6:01 left in the second quarter, he made a 30-yard connection with fifth-year senior quarterback Drew Plitt to climb atop the all-time list. Hall finished the day with game-high 97 receiving yards, including a 35-yard snag on BSU’s first drive of the game, upping his career total to 3,061 and passing Dante Ridgeway’s (2002-04) career mark of 3,030.For the first time since 1996, the Army West Point football team has started off its season 4-0 after defeating the Miami RedHawks by a score of 23-10 on Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Big Ten Announces Television Schedule for 2021-22 Hockey Season

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The 2021-22 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature an extensive slate of television coverage, with at least 55 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of at least 25 national broadcasts to be carried on Big Ten Network and three telecasts on ESPNU. An additional 28 games will be carried on the Bally Sports Regional Networks.
 
Big Ten Network will broadcast at least 25 games, with the first taking place on Thursday, Oct. 28, when Michigan plays host to Wisconsin. Big Ten Network will also televise both semifinals and the championship game of the 2022 Big Ten Tournament in March. Every televised game on the Big Ten Network can be streamed nation-wide via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on the FOX Sports app. B1G+ will stream all of the games broadcast on the Bally Sports Regional Networks, in addition to all other non-televised games played in Big Ten arenas.
 
ESPNU will televise an additional trio of regular season contests beginning on Sunday, Jan. 9, when Michigan hosts Massachusetts. Faceoff for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. All games on ESPNU will also be available to stream on the ESPN App via connected devices. Once again this season, ESPN will be the home of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
 
The Bally Sports Regional Networks will broadcast an additional 28 games, with contests appearing on Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports North and Bally Sports Wisconsin. Coverage begins in October and concludes on Feb. 12. All games broadcast by the Bally Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed live on BallySports.com as well as the Bally Sports app and B1G+ via smartphones, tablets and connected devices when fans authenticate using their pay-tv credentials.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Oneil Cruz Homers In Fourth Consecutive Game

(INDIANS RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – Oneil Cruz hit his fifth home run in six Triple-A games, but the Indianapolis Indians couldn’t overcome an early lead by the Nashville Sounds to lose their first game of the series on Thursday night, 8-3.

Cruz’s two-run shot out to straightaway center field in the bottom of the fifth inning extended his streak to four consecutive games with a home run. He is the first Indians batter to go deep in four straight games since Adam Boeve from May 27-30, 2008. It is also the longest home run streak of Cruz’s career.

The Sounds (69-57) sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the third inning and scored five runs on as many hits to take an insurmountable lead. A three-run home run off the bat of major league rehabber Rowdy Tellez in the fourth inning gave Nashville an 8-0 lead before the Indians could get on the board.

The Indians (60-66) plated their first two runs on the home run by Cruz, and scored one more on a ground ball in the eighth inning.

Ethan Small (W, 2-0) earned the win for Nashville after allowing two runs in 5.0 innings. Beau Sulser (L, 7-9) surrendered five earned runs in 3.0 innings to take the loss. Both starters fanned four batters.

Indianapolis and Nashville will face off again on Friday night at 7:05 PM ET to begin the final weekend of the season. RHP James Marvel (6-7, 5.46) will face off against RHP Alec Bettinger (3-6, 4.76).

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. PENN STATE

INDIANA NOTES

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EST

Date: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021

Location: Beaver Stadium (106,572; Natural Grass) – University Park, Pa.

TV: ABC: Sean McDonough (p-b-p), Todd Blackledge (analyst) & Molly McGrath (sideline)

Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 113, XM 196, SXM App 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Michael Penix Jr.: 77-140, 821 Yds, 4 TD, 6 INT

Rushing

Stephen Carr: 87-336, 3 TD, 3.9 Avg

Receiving

Ty Fryfogle: 21-224, 1 TD, 10.7 Avg

Defense

LB Micah McFadden: 19 T, 2 S, 5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR

DL Ryder Anderson: 21 T, 3 S, 5.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QBH

LB Cam Jones: 20 T, 1 S, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PBU

PENN STATE STAT LEADERS

Passing

Sean Clifford: 86-120, 1158 Yds, 8 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

Noah Cain: 48-164, 3 TD, 3.4 Avg

Receiving

Jahan Dotson: 27-362, 4 TD, 13.4 Avg

Defense

LB Brandon Smith: 27 T, 4 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH

LB Ellis Brooks: 22 T, 1 S, 1 TFL

DE Arnold Ebiketie: 19 T, 2 S, 4.5 TFL, 4 QBH

SETTING THE SCENE • –/RV Indiana (2-2, 0-1 B1G East) closes out its two-game road trip at No. 4/6 Penn State (4-0, 1-0 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST at Beaver Stadium (106,572; Natural Grass) on ABC. • IU defeated No. 8/7 Penn State, 36-35, in overtime to kick off the 2020 season on Oct. 24. • The Hoosiers win over the Nittany Lions was the sixth against a Top-10 opponent in program history. • Indiana is 7-3 in its last 10 road games. • Redshirt senior Peyton Hendershot collected 100 yards in the win at Western Kentucky last weekend to become the first IU tight end since Dave Lilja in 1985 and just the fifth overall to reach the century mark.

THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-24 (.520) 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 15) • James Franklin is 64-28 (.696) in his eighth season at Penn State. Franklin served as Vanderbilt head coach (2011-13) and carries an overall record of 88-43 (.672).

NEWS & NOTES • Indiana is 16-9 overall and 11-6 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019. • IU’s 16 wins share fourth and 11 victories are fourth in the B1G during that span. • The Hoosiers have won 11 of its last 15 league games. • Indiana was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969. • IU appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11thstraight week, a program record. • 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). • Indiana’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • IU 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).

PENN STATE NOTES:

PENN STATE HOSTS INDIANA FOR B1G MATCHUP • OPENING KICK: No. 4/6 Penn State battles Indiana on Saturday in Beaver Stadium in a key Big Ten East matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The 2021 season is presented by PSECU. • SERIES HISTORY: The Nittany Lions will meet Indiana for the 25th matchup in the series. Penn State had a six-game win streak snapped with a 36-35 overtime setback in 2020. The Nittany Lions out-gained Indiana, 488-211. Sean Clifford threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 119 yards and a score. Jahan Dotson caught four passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. • CLIFFORD EARNS B1G HONOR: Sean Clifford was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week following his 401-yard, four-touchdown performance against Villanova. Both numbers were career highs for Clifford. The senior completed seven passes of 20 or more yards. • CLIFFORD-DOTSON CONNECTION:Sean Clifford and Jahan Dotson connected on a 52-yard touchdown on Penn State’s first offensive play against Villanova. It marked the 16th passing touchdown between the duo. They trail only Todd Blackledge-Kenny Jackson (17) as the top QB-WR touchdown pair in Penn State history. Among current FBS players, they are only trailing Iowa State’s Brock Purdy-Charlie Kolar (17). • DYNAMIC DUO: Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington each went over the 100-yard receiving mark against Villanova. Dotson had seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Washington had five catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Dotson (27 rec, 362 yards, 4 TD) and Washington (23, 301, 2) are the only receiver duo in the Power Five with at least 23 receptions and 300 receiving yards this season. • STRONG SECONDARY: Penn State did not allow an opponent passing touchdown through the first 147 passing attempts faced this season, the most in the FBS in 2021, and the first 15 quarters of the season. Ji’Ayir Brown recorded his second interception of the season and Penn State’s fifth of the season against Villanova. Penn State has at least five interceptions in the first four games of a season for the third time in the James Franklin era. • THE OPPOSITION: Indiana is 2-2 this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a 33-31 win at Western Kentucky. Michael Penix Jr. completed 35-of-53 passes for 373 yards. Stephen Carr rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Charles Campbell hit four field goals, including a 46- and a 48-yarder. Micah McFadden led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack.

SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS • Indiana is 2-2 this season after a 33-31 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday. The Hoosiers’ other win came against Idaho, 56-14. • Indiana ranks seventh in the Big Ten in scoring offense (29.8), 10th in total offense (363.5), seventh in passing offense (228.0) and 11th in rushing offense (135.5). • QB Michael Penix Jr. has completed 55 percent of his passes for 821 yards and four touchdowns. Penix also has two rushing touchdowns. • RB Stephen Carr has rushed for 336 yards and three scores, while WR Ty Fryfogle has made 21 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown. • The Hoosiers sit 14th in the Big Ten in scoring defense (29.2), 10th in total defense (340.0), fourth in rushing defense (111.0) and 11th in passing defense (229.0). • S Raheem Layne paces the Hoosiers with 22 tackles, while DE Ryder Anderson has 21 stops, including 5.5 for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. LB Micah Mcfadden has 19 tackles with five for loss and two sacks to go with two forced fumbles. • K Charles Campbell has converted all seven field goal attempts this season, including four of 40+ yards.

PREVIOUS MEETING:

Sean Clifford accounted for four touchdowns, including a late go-ahead touchdown pass and an overtime touchdown throw, but Indiana rallied with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the extra frame to defeat No. 8/7 Penn State, 36-35. Penn State was led by Clifford, who accounted for four touchdowns and 357 yards of total offense. Pat Freiermuth caught seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jahan Dotson had four catches for 94 yards, including a late 60-yard touchdown reception. Defensive end Shaka Toney led the Penn State defense with seven tackles and two sacks. Safety Lamont Wade recovered a fumble and made his first career interception. Penn State outgained Indiana 488-211 in total offense yards. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. went 19-for-36 passing for 170 yards with a touchdown throw in overtime and two successful two-point conversion rushes – one to force overtime and one to win the game – while running back Stevie Scott III rushed for two touchdowns in the first half. With Penn State trailing by six late in the fourth quarter, Clifford found Dotson over the middle for a 60-yard touchdown strike and a 21-20 Penn State lead. Then after stopping Indiana on fourth down, running back Devyn Ford rushed for a touchdown with 1:42 remaining for a 28-20 advantage. However, Indiana’s Penix led the Hoosiers on a game-tying touchdown drive, rushing for both the touchdown and ensuing two-point attempt. In overtime, Clifford threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Parker Washington in overtime for a 35-28 Nittany Lion lead, but Penix answered with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Whop Philyor on Indiana’s possession and the Hoosiers elected to go for two to decide the game. Penix ran left and dove, extending the football towards the pylon, making contact with both it and the ground out of bounds, for what was ruled a touchdown. The play was reviewed, but the call stood.

PURDUE VS. MINNESOTA GAME NOTES

PURDUE NOTES:

HOMECOMING WEEKEND AT PURDUE • The Boilermakers have proudly staged a Homecoming game at Purdue University since 1921, when the Old Gold & Black defeated Northwestern, 3-0, on Nov. 5, 1921. • Purdue holds an all-time record of 52-42-4 in its Homecoming games, including a 7-2 advantage against Minnesota in such contests. Head coach Jeff Brohm has gone 2-2 in his previous four seasons on Homecoming. • The Boilermakers have won two of their last three Homecoming games. In 2018, Purdue defeated No. 23 Boston College, 30-13 (Sept. 22, 2018). In 2019, Purdue turned away Maryland, 40-14 (Oct. 12, 2019). • Brohm’s crew will be looking to get back to its winning Homecoming ways after surrendering a 27-20 result to No. 23 Northwestern last season (Nov. 14, 2020). PURDUE-MINNESOTA SERIES HISTORY • Purdue is 33-40-3 all-time against Minnesota in a series that dates back to 1894. The Boilermakers have only four regularly scheduled opponents with earlier first meetings than 1894: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890), Indiana (1891) and Wisconsin (1892). • In West Lafayette, Purdue holds a solid 21-7 series advantage over the visiting Golden Gophers. Inside Ross-Ade Stadium, which opened in 1924, that home record is 19-7. OPENING UP • Purdue won its Big Ten Conference opener in a traditional season (excluding 2020) for the first time since 2011, and the Boilermakers have won back-to-back Big Ten openers (including 2020) for the first time since 2010-11. • Excluding the nontraditional 2020 campaign, a victory on Saturday against Minnesota would give the Boilermakers a 2-0 start in league play for the first time since 2010. Purdue began its 2010 conference slate with back-to-back wins at Northwestern (20-17, Oct. 9, 2010) and vs. Minnesota (28-17, Oct. 16, 2010). A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER • Head coach Jeff Brohm has the Boilermakers out to their best season start since 2012. Purdue’s 3-1 start matches the school’s 2012 group and is the best since Purdue’s 5-0 start to the 2007 season. • The 2012 squad, led by former head coach Danny Hope, started 3-1 on the year with wins over Eastern Kentucky (48-6, Sept. 1, 2012), Eastern Michigan (54-16, Sept. 15, 2012) and Marshall (51-41, Sept. 29, 2012). SECOND HALF AID FROM AIDAN • Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell had a monster second half coming off the bench to power Purdue to its 13-9 win over Illinois (Sept. 25), throwing for 182 yards and one touchdown toss on 12-19-2 passing. He led the game-winning touchdown drive of 10 plays for 94 yards, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter to sophomore WR T.J. Sheffield. • O’Connell’s presence helped Purdue’s offense gain 186 yards in the second half compared to the 129 gained in the first half. • O’Connell started the first three games of the 2020 season before missing the remainder of the year due to injury. For his career, he has a .640-percentage pass completion rate, as well as an 18-10 touchdown-interception ratio.

BIG 1-0 START CONFERENCE OPENERS • Purdue won its second-straight Big Ten Conference opener with its win against Illinois. Last season, the Boilermakers started conference play with a 24-20 victory vs. Iowa on Oct. 24, 2020. • The Boilermakers are 11-11 in Big Ten openers since 2000. Claiming the Big Ten opener has boded well for Purdue postseason aspirations in recent memory. Since 1997, which was former head coach Joe Tiller’s opening campaign as the leader of the Boilermakers, Purdue has advanced to a bowl game every time it has won its league opener but twice, in 2010 and 2020. HAVE YOU SEEN YASEEN? • Purdue redshirt freshman WR Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen, who hails from Southfield, Michigan, had a breakout game in his first action of 2021, hauling in three catches for 77 yards in the win against Illinois (Sept. 25). • Those 77 yards included a massive 43-yard snag in the third quarter, the very first reception of Yaseen’s career. • Yaseen played in one game in 2020 before redshirting for the year. BATTLED FOR (AND WON) THE CANNON • The Cannon Game has a long and rich history, and the Boilermakers now stand at the front of that history with their most recent win over Illinois (Sept. 25). Purdue now leads the all-time series 46-45-6. • Since the Cannon Trophy was first awarded in 1943, Purdue has posted a 38-30-2 record against the Fighting Illini. • The Boilermakers have won two in a row in the series, five of six and 13 of 17 since 2003. • Uniquely enough, home teams are just 2-8 in the series since 2012, with both victories by Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium, in 2017 and 2021.

MINNESOTA NOTES:

After finishing the non-conference portion of its schedule last Saturday, Minnesota (2-2, 0-1 B1G) jumps back into Big Ten play this weekend as it heads to Purdue (3-1, 1-0 B1G) Saturday at 11 a.m. on Big Ten Network. The Golden Gophers opened the season with an intraconference matchup against Ohio State before three straight games out-of-conference. The Gophers have turned to redshirt sophomore Trey Potts as their lead back with the season-ending injury to Mohamed Ibrahim and Potts has delivered in a big way. In three games as a starter, he’s rushed for 440 yards and scored five touchdowns on 87 carries. In his first career start against Miami (OH) on Sept. 11, Potts ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries, smashing his previous personal highs in all three categories. In fact, Potts’ 34 carries are the second most by an FBS player this season. He followed that by rushing for 121 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 26 carries at Colorado, then tallied 141 yards on 27 rushes against Bowling Green. Since Sept. 11, no player in the country has run more times or for more yards than Potts (more info on Page 3). The Golden Gophers are one of the strongest teams in the country in both rushing offense and defense. Minnesota ranks 13th in the country by allowing opponents just 77.0 rushing yards per game, while the Gophers’ offense ranks 26th with an average of 209.2 rushing yards per contest. Minnesota is one of just six teams in the country to rank that highly in both categories. The rush defense has given up just three yards in the last two games (-19 at Colorado, 22 vs. Bowling Green), while the offense has gained at least 175 in all four games this year, including a season-high 277 yards at Colorado on Sept. 18. Minnesota is 43-72-8 all-time in Big Ten road openers with a 1-3 mark under head coach P.J. Fleck. Saturday will be the 15th time that Minnesota’s first road conference game has been against the Boilermakers. The Gophers are 4-10 in the previous matchups, though they did win when their Big Ten road opener in West Lafayette in 2019. Sporting a 28-21 mark, Saturday will be the 50th game as head coach for P.J. Fleck at Minnesota. Of the 10 coaches in program history to have coached at least 50 games with the Gophers, only Henry L Williams and Bernie Bierman have a better record at the 50-game mark than Fleck (see box right). Fleck is 10th already in school history in games coached, and tied for eighth in wins. He needs one more victory to tie John Gutekunst (29-36-2, 1986-91) and Jerry Kill (29-29, 2011-15) for sixth place in Minnesota annals. Fleck’s .571 win percentage is third best among the 11 Minnesota coaches with at least 45 games under their helm behind only Williams (.786, 1900-21) and Bierman (.716, 1932-41, ‘45-50). In his ninth season as a college head coach, Fleck is 58-43 overall.

FACING PURDUE  Minnesota and Purdue meet for the 77th time on Saturday. The Golden Gophers own a 40-33-3 edge in the all-time series and have won the last three matchups. That’s tied with three straight wins over Indiana for Minnesota’s longest active win streak against a B1G team.  The Golden Gophers are 7-21 all-time in the series at Purdue. They won when the teams last played in West Lafayette in 2019, and a win this Saturday would mark the first time Minnesota has won consecutive games on the road at Purdue in program history.  P.J. Fleck is 3-2 all-time against Purdue, including a 3-1 record while at Minnesota. A win Saturday would mark the first time he’s beaten a team four times while head coach of the Gophers, and would it be the third time he’s beaten a team four times overall in his career (also defeated Illinois and Miami (OH) four times).  Minnesota has three players from Indiana on its roster: freshman DL Austin Booker (Greenwood), redshirt freshman OL Martes Lewis (Merrillville) and redshirt senior DL Esezi Otomewo (Indianapolis). Purdue has no Minnesotans on its roster.  Minnesota redshirt sophomore WR Mike Brown-Stephens and Purdue freshman WR Ben Van Noord both attended Springfield High School in Ohio. Gophers junior Tyler Nubin (DB) and freshman Jordan Nubin (DB) and Purdue redshirt freshman LB Ben Furtney all went to St. Charles North in Illinois. Purdue grad transfer Tyler Witt previously played on the offensive line at Western Kentucky, including the 2017-18 seasons when Minnesota Offensive Coordinator Mike Sanford, Jr., was head coach of the Hilltoppers. u Purdue enters the game 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play. The Boilermakers defeated Oregon State and UConn to open the season before a 27-13 setback at Notre Dame on Sept. 18. They then came back last weekend to top Illinois, 13-9, in their conference opener.  Purdue’s defense ranks eighth in the country by allowing just 14.2 points per game, while the total defense ranks 30th with 301.0 yards allowed per game.  Marvin Grant leads the team with 23 tackles, one of three on the team with at least 20 stops, while Branson Deen has a team-best 4.5 tackles for loss and George Karlaftis has 2.0 sacks. Cam Allen and Zane Greene have the two Purdue interceptions this year.  Quarterback Jack Plummer has been the team’s top passer by going 82-of-118 for 840 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, while Aidan O’Connell has seen action in three games and completed 32-of-48 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns to four INTs. Zander Horvath (44.5 yards per game), King Doerue (42.0) and Dylan Downing (32.8) are the team’s top rushers. Seventeen different Boilermakers have caught a pass this year with David Bell leading the way in receptions (21), receiving yards (319) and receiving touchdowns (3).

LAST TIME VS. PURDUE Via the AP: Josh Aune’s interception with 44 seconds left at the Minnesota 13-yard line gave the Gophers defense a big lift and preserved a 34-31 victory over the Boilermakers when the teams met last year in Minneapolis. u The Boilermakers, boosted by a career-high 15 receptions for 116 yards from Rondale Moore, moved in position for what they believed was a 19-yard touchdown catch by tight end Payne Durham in the final minute. Durham was flagged for offensive pass interference, and Aune picked Plummer off on the next play, u Mohamed Ibrahim scored his third touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 34-24 lead before a missed extra point. Payne Durham’s scoring reception cut the lead to three points with 8:31 left.

The Boilermakers got the ball back quickly, but Edward Dellinger, who had a 27-yard field goal blocked in the second quarter by Micah Dew-Treadway, pulled his 33-yarder wide right to keep Minnesota in the lead. u Tanner Morgan produced a crisp and commanding performance marked by pinpoint throws on third downs and deep routes to Chris Autman-Bell (129 yards) and Rashod Bateman (59). Cam Wiley added a touchdown run, while Ibrahim notched his sixth straight 100-yard game. u Purdue’s Jack Plummer completed 35 of 42 passes for 367 yards and three TDs in his first start of the season. David Bell caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers, who had 492 total yards.

LAST TIME IN WEST LAFAYETTE u Via the AP: Tanner Morgan threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns, both of which remain career highs, to help Minnesota hold off Purdue 38-31 in West Lafayette in 2019. u This one was never really close after the Boilermakers lost starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and All-American receiver Rondale Moore on the same first-quarter play. Sindelar appeared to hurt his left shoulder when he was sacked and Moore appeared to suffer a lower left leg injury while running down the field. u Morgan took full advantage by completing his first 14 passes (tying a school record) throwing for 298 yards in the first half — four short of his previous career best — and running an offense that needed only two quarters to produce nine plays of 16 or more yards. u Morgan finished 21 of 22 with no interceptions, establishing a school record for completion percentage (.955) and the second best pass efficiency rating (306.7). u It didn’t take long for the Gophers to seize control, either. Rodney Smith capped the first possession of the game with a 2-yard scoring run. After the Boilermakers cut the deficit to 7-3, Morgan answered with a 70-yard TD pass to Chris Autman-Bell to make it 14-3. u Sindelar and Moore left on Purdue’s next series, but Jack Plummer completed the drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Zander Horvath. Morgan then threw TD passes of 45 yards to Rashod Bateman and 3 yards to Tyler Johnson for a 28-10 halftime lead. u Purdue running back King Doerue opened the second half with an 8-yard TD run, making it 28-17, but Minnesota answered with a field goal and a 47-yard TD pass to Bateman midway through the third quarter to seal it. u Bateman caught six passes for 177 yards and two scores. Autman-Bell had three catches for 97 yards and Smith carried 22 times for 115 yards.

NOTRE DAME VS. CINCINNATI FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

NOTRE DAME NOTES:

IRISH VS. BEARCATS – BY THE NUMBERS
1Notre Dame is currently ranked tied for first nationally with nine interceptions to begin the 2021 season.
3The Irish have started the season 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. Under Kelly, the Irish have gone 4-0 to start the season six times during his 12 years at Notre Dame.
4Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 37-5 (.881). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014. Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled five or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) since the start of 2018.
4Notre Dame collected four interceptions in the win over Wisconsin, marking its most interceptions in a game since the Pinstripe Bowl in 2013 when they had four against Rutgers.
14Notre Dame has totaled 14 sacks over the first four games of the season. It is the most sacks to start a season since 2012, when the Irish also had 14 sacks through the first four games.
24The Irish have won 24-straight games when they have scored 40 or more points. Notre Dame is 38-2 all-time under Brian Kelly when they score at least 40 points.
42JD Bertrand has totaled 42 tackles through the first four games of the season. That ranks 11th nationally and is the most by an Irish player through the first four games of a season since Manti Te’o had 54 in the first four games of the 2010 season.
106^Head coach Brian Kelly surpassed Knute Rockne for most wins all-time at Notre Dame with 106 after the 41-13 win over #18/#15 Wisconsin.
1900The only time Notre Dame and Cincinnati previously met on the gridiron was Oct. 20, 1900 in South Bend. The Irish won the game 58-0 to improve to 4-0 in the season.
2005The last time Notre Dame had an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in the same game was 2005 against Tennessee. Brady Quinn threw for a touchdown and Tom Zbikowski returned a punt for a touchdown and had a pick six.

ˆ Includes 21 wins vacated under discretionary NCAA penalty.

MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY

  • Notre Dame’s defense had shades of the 1985 Bears when they flexed their muscle in the 41-13 win over #18/#15 Wisconsin on Sept. 25.
  • The Irish allowed just 13 points for the second-consecutive game and the defense scored two touchdowns in the win.
  • Linebackers Jack Kiser and Drew White both returned interceptions for touchdowns late in the fourth quarter. It was the first time since 2002 against Stanford that the Irish had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same game.
  • The Irish also scored on special teams after a 96-yard kickoff return from Chris Tyree put Notre Dame up for good in the fourth quarter.
  • It was the first Irish kick return for a touchdown since CJ Sanders did it against Army during the 2016 season.
  • It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown Wisconsin had given up in its previous 122 games since Duane Bennett did it for Minnesota against the Badgers on Nov. 12, 2011.
  • The Irish finished the game with four interceptions and five takeaways total.
  • It was the first time since 2013 against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl that the Irish had four interceptions in a game.
  • It was the first time since 2019 against Virginia that they had five takeways in a single game.
  • Notre Dame tallied an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in the same game for the first time since 2005 against Tennessee. Brady Quinn threw for a touchdown and Tom Zbikowski had a punt return and interception return for a touchdown.
  • Wide receiver Kevin Austin set career highs with six receptions and two touchdowns. It was the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
  • Quarterback Drew Pyne came on after the injury to Jack Coan and tossed his first career touchdown pass to Austin in the fourth quarter.
  • Pyne finished with six completions for 81 yards and a touchdown, which were all career-best numbers.
  • Punter Jay Bramblett boomed a 72-yard punt in the second quarter. It was the longest punt by an Irish player since Hunter Smith had a 79-yard punt against Arizona State in 1998.
  • The Irish scored 31 points in the final quarter, setting the modern record for most points scored in the fourth quarter. The all-time record for most points scored in the fourth quarter was 32 against St. Viator back in 1912.
  • The last time Notre Dame scored 31 points in a quarter was on Sept. 14, 2019 against New Mexico in the second quarter.

BALLIN’ BERTRAND

  • Linebacker JD Bertrand continues to be a force for the Irish on defense as he was a key contributor in the win over Wisconsin.
  • He led the Irish with seven tackles against the Badgers, the fourth straight game he has led the team in tackles to begin the season.
  • Bertrand has totaled 42 tackles through four games is the most to begin a season since Manti Te’o totaled 54 over the first four games of the 2010 season.
  • The 42 tackles rank 11th nationally and he is seventh in the nation in solo tackles with 27 for the season.
  • Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue Boilermakers after he tallied 11 against Toledo and 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
  • The sophomore from Marietta, Ga. was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
  • He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
  • In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
  • Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.

CREATING HAVOC

  • Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Irish have totaled nine interceptions this year.
  • The nine interceptions is currently tied for the NCAA lead this season. It is also the most interceptions through the first four games of the season by an Irish team over the past 25 seasons.
  • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that ranks third in the country.
  • Cam Hart is tied for 13th nationally with two interceptions on the season.
  • Hamilton and Hart have both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
  • The Irish have had six different players record an interception this season.
  • In total, the Irish have 12 takeaways this season and that mark is second in the country behind Oregon with 13.
  • Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 in the nation with a turnover margin of +7 through the first four games.
  • The 14 sacks are the most in the first four games of a season since the 2012 campaign when the Irish also had 14 sacks in the first four games.
  • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 10 different players have recorded a tackle for loss so far this season.
  • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for fourth nationally for defensive touchdowns this season.

SURPASSING A LEGEND

  • With the 41-13 win on Sept. 25 over Wisconsin, head coach Brian Kelly surpassed Knute Rockne for the most wins all-time in Notre Dame history with 106^.
  • With the win over Wisconsin, the Irish improved to 4-0 this season. It is the third time in the last four seasons that the Irish have started the season 4-0. It is also the sixth time under Kelly that they have achieved that feat.
  • Kelly stands alone as the only Irish coach in history to post six seasons with 10 wins or more (2012^, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).
  • Kelly is in his 12th year on the Irish sidelines and is just the second coach in Notre Dame history to coach 12 or more years in South Bend (Rockne – 13).
  • It is the third time in the past four seasons and six time in his 12 years that Notre Dame has started the season 4-0.

AMONG THE NATIONS BEST

  • Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 37-5 (.881). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
  • Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled five or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
  • The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.
SchoolRecord Since 2018Win Pct.
Alabama42-3.933
Ohio State36-4.900
Clemson41-5.891
NOTRE DAME37-5.881
Oklahoma37-6.860
Georgia35-7.833
LSU33-9.788
Oregon29-9.763
Washington23-12.657
Michigan State20-17.541
Florida State14-24.368

IRISH IN THE POLLS

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    • The Irish moved inside the Top-10 in each poll this week as they are No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll. Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 67-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
Notre Dame – Consecutive Weeks Appearing in the AP PollSeasons
1241987-1994
971969-1975
751942-1950
672017-Current
461952-1956
411964-1967
  • The 67-week run currently ranks fourth among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).
TeamWeeksSeasons
Alabama2182008-21
Clemson1072014-21
Georgia712017-21
NOTRE DAME672017-21
Florida502018-21
Cincinnati332019-21

CINCINNATI NOTES:

NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE BREAKDOWN The Bearcats overcame a 14-0 deficit and turned it to a 38-24 win over Indiana. It was IU’s largest home crowd for a nonconference game since 1987 and UC’s largest comeback win since Sept. 22, 2018, a 21-0 deficit to Ohio, which was Desmond Ridder’s third-career start. Deshawn Pace, who had 10 tackles as a freshman in 2020, maintained his team-lead with a game high 10 stops (nine solo) and a 39-yard interception return to set up the game-icing touchdown, earning AAC Defensive POTW honors as well. Jerome Ford increased his carries for the third-straight game, finishing with 20 for 66 yards and two scores. UC also held the Hoosiers to 7-of-22 passing in the second half while finishing the game on a 38-10 run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS Cincinnati, which played only two true road games in 2020, is also playing its first on grass (it went 3-0 from 2019-20 on the surface). The Bearcats are No. 2 nationally in red-zone defense and third in defensive pass efficiency. Desmond Ridder has completed touchdown passes to six different receivers and rushed for two more amidst his record-books ascent. The Bearcats have forced eight turnovers (6 INT, 2 FR) the last two games after its nation-best 20-game streak was snapped in the opener.

THE COACHES LUKE FICKELL, a two-time AAC Coach of the Year, is in his fifth season at UC. He has led the Bearcats to back-to-back 11-win seasons, the 2019 AAC East Division title and consecutive bowl wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. A veteran of 20 years in the FBS ranks, Fickell has been a part of two national championship squads, nine conference title winning teams (seven as a coach, two as a player at Ohio State) with 16 postseason games and 13 NFL Draft selections. BRIAN KELLY surpassed the legendary Knute Rockne for Notre Dame wins with 106 after Saturday’s 41-13 rout of No. 15 Wisconsin. He was 34-6 as Cincinnati’s head coach from 2007-09, guiding the team to Orange and Sugar Bowl appearances the latter two years. He hired former Bearcats DC Marcus Freeman (2017-20) this offseason.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS … • UC plays its 134th football season in 2021. The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in the NCAA FBS. UC has won a league title six times in the last 14 years and has played 12 bowl games in the past 15 years. • UC has won five of the last six American Athletic Conference FB Team Academic Excellence Awards and posted a school record GPA of 3.212 in spring 2021. • UC entered with 31 wins over the last three seasons, including back-to-back 11-win campaigns in 2018 and 2019. • UC has won 22-straight at Nippert Stadium, going undefeated at home in three-straight seasons for the first time in history. • UC ranked in the Top-10 of all three final national polls for the first time since the end of the 2009 regular season and started a season 9-0 for the fourth time in program history, along with 1951, 1954, 2009 and 2020. • UC had forced a turnover in 20-straight games, the longest active streak in FBS, before it was snapped in the Miami game. • Picked to repeat as American Athletic Conference Champions, Cincinnati is coming off a 9-1 campaign in 2020, winning the AAC title and playing in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, a New Year’s Six game. AP ranked UC as No. 8 in its preseason poll, the schools best-ever mark. USA TODAY had the Bearcats No. 10 in the preseason coaches poll. • UC has won 11-straight season openers and 18 of 19 since 2005. The Bearcats are 89-36-10 (.694) all-time in lid lifters. • The Bearcats return 16 starters from last season’s squad, including Desmond Ridder, the 2020 AAC Player of the Year and Ahmad Gardner. a seven-time All-America selection. All-AAC selections Darrian Beavers, Marcus Brown, Bryant, Myjai Sanders, Tre Tucker, Whyle and Young also return. • The 2021 roster has nearly 40 local players who grew up and played high-school football in the tri-state area. • UC entered the season with a school-record season-ticket number of over 22,000, eclipsing the previous best of 18,836 set entering 2010. UC added nearly 5,000 new season tickets and sold 6,000 student season tickets.

WHAT’S AT STAKE • Cincinnati is seeking its third 4-0 start in Fickell’s five years at the helm. • In addition to its perfect 2020 regular season, it also started 6-0 in 2018 and reeled off nine wins in a row after a Week 2 loss in 2019. • Not only that, UC’s 20-3 record (.870) win percentage in league play over the past three years is the highest mark in the AAC.

INSIDE THE RANKINGS • The Bearcats’ highest-ranked win to date was over No. 7 Rutgers (30-11) in 2006, with its highest on the road coming in 2009 at No. 14 Pitt. The squad’s other top10 win came in 1999 against No. 9 and eventual Rose Bowl champion Wisconsin, with its last non-conference ranked win over No. 25 Oregon State in 2009. • Fickell is 4-8 against ranked foes at

UC, including a 3-1 mark in 2020 (Army, SMU and Tulsa), while also defeating UCF in 2019.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Sycamores back on the road with trip to the DakotaDome

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back on the road this weekend as the Sycamores make the trip to Vermillion, S.D. and H. Lauren Lewis Field for a key Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup on Saturday, October 2. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Coyotes is set for 3:05 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN3 and WZJK 105.5 FM.

Game Notes of Interest
Back on the Road
Indiana State opens the road portion of the 2021 Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule this weekend as the Sycamores make the trek to Vermillion, S.D. for their second conference game of the season. ISU is currently 1-1 overall in road games on the year with a loss to Northwestern and a last-second win over Eastern Kentucky. The Sycamores will alternate home and road contests the rest of the way with Indiana State traveling to Missouri State, North Dakota State, and Illinois State to close out the rest of the 2021 regular season.
 
Bouncing Back
Indiana State opened up the season with alternating wins and losses to start the 2021 year with a 2-2 record. The Sycamores opened the year with a 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois, before falling in their ensuing matchup against Northwestern. Coming off the loss, the Sycamores bounced back with a 23-21 win over Eastern Kentucky to improve to 2-1 on the year. Indiana State opened MVFC play this past weekend against South Dakota State before falling to the No. 2/3 Jackrabbits this past weekend at Memorial Stadium. The Sycamores will look to bounce back and pick up their first conference win of the season with another top team in the South Dakota Coyotes.
 
Tough Conference Competition
The Missouri Valley Football Conference traditionally has dominated the FCS landscape and this season is no exception. The MVFC featured three teams in the top-10 in both major polls last weekend, while seven different teams overall were listed in either the top-25 or receiving votes heading into the start of conference play. The Sycamores make the trip to South Dakota this weekend with the Coyotes looking to bounce back after falling on the road to Missouri State this past weekend. USD had received votes in both major polls leading up to this past weekend’s competition.
 
Series Matchup
South Dakota leads the all-time matchup between the two teams dating back to the inaugural contest in the 2012 season. The Sycamores won the first matchup, 45-14, and most recently took the 51-48 victory on November 3 in the 2018 season. Both of Indiana State’s wins over the Coyotes came at Memorial Stadium, while ISU is currently 0-3 on the road at H. Lauren Lewis Field.
 
First Three
October 27, 2012 – vs. South Dakota, W, 45-14
October 12, 2013 – at South Dakota, L, 17-14
October 15, 2016 – vs. South Dakota, L, 33-30
 
Last Three
October 14, 2017 – at South Dakota, L, 56-6
November 3, 2018 – vs. South Dakota, W, 51-48
October 5, 2019 – at South Dakota, L, 38, 0
 
On This Date
Indiana State has played in 12 games on October 2 in program history and has posted a 6-5-1 overall record on the date with the last time coming in the 2010 season against Quincy with a 56-22 win.
 
On This Date
1937 – Evansville – W, 7-0
1943 – Illinois Wesleyan – T, 0-0
1948 – Evansville – L, 13-12
1954 – Evansville – L, 41-6
1965 – Evansville – W, 14-0
1971 – Central Michigan – L, 21-6
1976 – Akron – L, 34-7
1982 – Drake – W, 29-19
1993 – Eastern Illinois – W, 27-24
1999 – Youngstown State – L, 31-28
2004 – Illinois State – W, 41-38 (OT)
2010 – Quincy – W, 56-22
 
Scouting the Opponent
South Dakota was ranked eighth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll as voted on by the league coaches, media, and sports information personnel. The Coyotes received 163 total points and are coming off a season where they went 1-3 in the 2021 spring season before canceling the season due to COVID concerns.
 
The Coyotes placed eight players on the 2021 MVFC Preseason All-Conference team with punter Brady Schutt and long snapper Dalton Godfrey both earning First Team honors. The Coyotes placed two more players on the Second Team with wide receiver Caleb Vander Esch and linebacker Brock Mogensen both receiving recognition on the squad.
 
South Dakota was one of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference teams to receive votes in both the major FCS polls prior to this past weekend’s loss at Missouri State. The Coyotes fell in the opener at Kansas, but rebounded with back-to-back wins over Northern Arizona and Cal Poly prior to the start of MVFC play.
 
South Dakota won its lone home contest of the 2021 season with a 34-7 win over Northern Arizona back on September 11. The Coyotes scored on their first three possessions with running back Travis Theis scoring a pair of first-half rushing touchdowns on their way to taking the win inside the DakotaDome.
 
Theis leads the Coyotes’ rushing efforts over the first four games of the season. The redshirt freshman is averaging 64.0 yards per game on the ground and has scored a team-high four touchdowns on the year. He is one of four USD players to record at least 30 carries on the year with Mike Mansaray (34 carries, 184 yards), Shomari Lawrence (33 carries), and Carson Camp (33 carries) also sitting among the team leaders in the category.
 
Carter Bell (16 catches, 271 yards, 1 TD) has been the primary receiving threat for Camp this season. The freshman quarterback is 54-of-95 for 768 yards through the air in the first four games. He’s added four touchdown passes while averaging 192.0 passing yards per game.
 
Jack Cochrane (34) and Mogensen (29) both pace the team’s tackling leaders on the season. Cochrane has also posted 4.5 tackles for loss on the season, while Mogensen has 4.0 TFL and one sack on the year. Brendan Webb has been the team’s defensive leader in the backfield with 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL PREVIEW: SOUTHWEST BAPTIST

ON TAP: UIndy opens GLVC play this weekend with a road trip to Bolivar, Mo., to face the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist University. LET IT REIGN UIndy entered the fall as the conference favorite after topping the GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll. UIndy swept through the abbreviated 2021 spring season, capped by a 46-29 win against Truman in the first-ever GLVC Championship Game. UIndy is 58-5 (.921) all-time in GLVC play and have won seven league crowns since the conference began sponsoring football in 2012. See below for a complete list of the league’s champions.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST BAPTIST: The Bearcats picked up their first win of the season last weekend, earning a 28-20 road win at Lake Erie College. SBU held the Storm scoreless in the second half to earn the comeback win behind two third-quarter touchdown passes from junior QB Cooper Callis. Also, senior linebacker Coleton Smith racked up a game-high 19 tackles and later earned GLVC Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Both aforementioned student-athletes rank highly among both their GLVC and Division II peers. Through weeks games, Callis ranks seventh in DII in completion percentage, ninth in passing yards per game and tied for 14th in touchdown passes. In fact, his six TD throws in a loss to Findlay in week three set a new school record while his 450 yards passing were good for fourth in program history. Meanwhile. Smith easily tops the nation at 16.3 tackles per game, nearly four tackles ahead of second place and more than five stops ahead of the nearest GLVC player.

HOUNDS vs. BEARCATS UIndy has won five of six all-time meetings with SBU, including a lopsided 49-6 victory in the previous matchup in September of 2019. The host Greyhounds hung 28 points on the board in the second quarter alone and ultimately out-gained the Bearcats 406 yards to 167.The last time they met in Bolivar (October of 2018), UIndy won, 48-14. SBU’s lone win in the series came at home in a 41-37 final in 2016.

LAST TIME OUT The Greyhounds’ comeback bid versus Ohio Dominican last Saturday fell just short, as the Panthers escaped Key Stadium with a 19-16 double OT win. UIndy crafted a 99-yard, game-tying drive to force overtime, capped by Jon Eineman TD catch in the waning seconds on 4th and goal from the 18 yard line. But it was ODU that managed the game’s only overtime points with a 29-yard field. The result marked the first time the Hounds lost consecutive home games since 2010. The game also marked UIndy’s first overtime contest since 2014 and first overtime loss since 2011.

BLOCK PARTY The UIndy special teams came up with not one but two blocked kicks last week. Late in the third quarter, third-year redshirt-freshman Dylan Shelton batted down a Panther extra-point attempt, keeping it a seven-point game. Later, fourth-year redshirt-junior Trevon Hall came up with an even bigger block, swatting a potential game-winning 39-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds to force OT. Together, they accounted for the first time the Hounds blocked two kicks in a single game since 2015.

ALL GOOD THINGS… The Greyhounds dropped out of the AFCA Division II Poll for the first time in four-plus years. Their second loss of the season bumped them to the “other receiving votes” section, breaking their program-record streak of 42 consecutive weeks in the top 25. See page 3 for the latest poll.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: MARIAN OPENS BACK TO BACK ROAD TRIPS AT TAYLOR

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INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a home shutout on Saturday over Missouri Baptist, the Marian football team is set for back to back road trips to Grant County as they start the heart of their MSFA Mideast schedule. Marian will travel to Taylor University on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 1 PM from Turner Stadium.

THE GAME AND SERIES

Marian has owned the series against Taylor, holding an all-time record of 13-1 against the Trojans. Marian has won 11 straight meetings, and in their previous two trips to Upland the Knights allowed a total of three points while out-scoring Taylor by 93 points. Former starting quarterback Ethan Darter threw for over 325 yards in both wins, and in the 2018 contest at Taylor Johnny William scored five touchdowns gaining over 150 all-purpose yards.

In the latest meeting in the series, the Knights won 37-14 on February 27 this spring, with a pick-six from both Logan Blake and TJ Comer icing the game in the final six minutes.

WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG

Those fans unable to attend Saturday night’s game can watch live on the Taylor Trojans YouTube page. Click here to access the live video feed. Fans can also find live statistics here. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter page @MUKnights.

TICKETS

Tickets for Saturday’s contest must be purchased online prior to the game, and tickets can be purchased here. General admission tickets cost $12, while student tickets for ages 5+ and senior tickets for fans age 65+ are $5. Gates for Saturday’s contest will open at 11:30 AM.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Knights enter the game riding a three-game winning streak, and are looking to gain separation in the MSFA Mideast Standings as they play their second conference matchup of the season. A win would give Marian a 0.5 game lead over the winner of this week’s Indiana Wesleyan and Concordia victor, with the Knights facing off against both teams in two of their upcoming three games.

Johnny William is also tracking a Marian milestone, as the senior wide receiver needs 47 yards to pass Krishawn Hogan for third all-time in program history in all-purpose yards. William will have a chance to crack the No. 2 spot by the end of the season, which is currently held by Charles Salary. Jalen Jennings is on pace to end the week as the No. 2 kick returner in program history, and Zach Bundalo is on pace to end the week with the eighth most passing yards in program history.

INDIANA WSOCCER: Hoosiers and Buckeyes Play to 1-1 Draw

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COLUMBUS, Ohio. – Despite dominating most of the second half, the Indiana Women’s Soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw against Ohio State on Thursday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

With the result, IU is now 8-2-2 (2-1-1) while Ohio State moves to (7-4-1, 2-1-1) on the season.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the seventh minute, sophomore forward Anna Bennett went for goal from 30 yards out, but her shot was always sailing right of the goalkeeper.

• Ohio State opened the scoring in the eighth minute. A defensive mistake gifted the Buckeyes the ball in the IU offensive half. Freshman goalie Jamie Gerstenberg made an initial save but Kayla Fischer was there to put away the opener.

• Sophomore forward Jen Blitchok did her best to bring IU level in the 14th minute. She played a ball across goal that was blocked away by the OSU keeper.

• Junior midfielder Avery Lockwood had a go at goal in the 40th minute but there was never enough power on the shot and the OSU keeper collected the shot calmly.

• Freshman defender Camille Hamm was awarded a yellow card in the 60th minute for a challenge on an OSU attacker.

• The breakthrough finally came in the 61st minute when Blitchok headed home a Bennett free kick into the back of the net.

• Freshman midfielder Kelly Monaco was close to giving the Hoosiers the lead in the 78th minute. After collecting the ball in the box, her left-footed attempt was saved by the outstretched right hand of the OSU goalie to keep the game level.

• IU and OSU settled for extra time on the night.

• The referees went to the monitor in the 93rd minute but it was upheld that a shot from freshman forward Jordan Levy was saved off the line.

• Blitchok had the last real chance for the Hoosiers but she couldn’t get the power on a 106th minute header to find a winner.

• IU’s defense held off a last-minute corner kick to split the points in a back-and-forth affair.

NOTABLES

• IU put up 23 shots on the night including 12 of those on goal.

• Blitchok recorded eight shots and five shots on goal, both of those setting career-high marks for the sophomore from Michigan.

• Gerstenberg made two saves over 110 minutes of play.

• Blitchok recorded her fourth goal of the season while Bennett added her third assist of the year.

• IU’s seven points in its first four Big Ten matches this season is the most it has recorded through the first four conference matches in a single campaign since 2007 (9).

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host No. 17 Michigan on Sunday Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m.

BUTLER WSOCCER: Butler WSoccer and St. John’s Battle to a Draw

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QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler women’s soccer team went on the road and earned a draw with co-BIG EAST leader, St. John’s. The Red Storm (6-2-1, 2-0-1 BIG EAST) scored early, and the Bulldogs (9-1-1, 2-0-1) answered midway through the second period. Neither side was able to find a game winner through two overtime periods.

Key Moments

6′ | Alli Leonard takes a pass in the penalty area and gets a good strike on the ball, straight at the Red Storm keeper, who makes the save.

14′ | Abigail Isger takes a chance from 25 yards out, but it is easily stopped by in front of the goal.

15′ | St. John’s forward Zsani Kajan takes a pass from Isabelle Aviza and chips it over a charging Emma Martin, giving the Red Storm an early, 1-0, lead.

27′ | A Red Storm foul leads to a Butler free kick. Amanda Kowalski sends it to the far post, and an Anastasia Savich header is pulled down by the keeper.

28′ | St. John’s gets a ball to the far post off a free kick but the header attempt goes wide.

30′ | Savich gets a header on frame off a cross from Arianna Jalics, but the attempt is saved.

38′ | A hard shot from Gabby Smith is blocked by the Red Storm defense.

HALFTIME

49′ | A Butler free kick is headed on target but saved by the St. John’s keeper.

62′ | A long strike from Alli Leonard hits the crossbar and deflects to the ground. Katie Soderstrom heads a bouncing ball directly past the keeper to level the score, 1-1.

75′ | Emma Martin makes an aggressive save as a charging Red Storm attacker threatens with a shot from close range.

79′ | Arianna Jalics gets a good look from the right side of the penalty area and forces a St. John’s save.

82′ | Gretchen Skoglund takes a low cross from Isger and hits a low shot from the top of the box, forcing a save from the keeper.

88′ | A Butler corner kick hits the post and bounces around in the goalie box. Savich hits a hard shot that is blocked by a Red Storm defender.

90′ | Another corner kick from Soderstrom leads to short-range shots by Jalics and Aliya Diagne, but neither finds the back of the net.

END OF REGULATION

95′ | A Butler foul allows for a Red Storm free kick from 25 yards out. The resulting shot hits the defensive wall, squelching the threat.

96′ | An Emma Martin save is required for a St. John’s shot from the right side.

99′ | A Butler corner leads to a dangerous strike from Amanda Kowalski that sails just inches over the crossbar.

END OF FIRST OVERTIME PERIOD

103′ | Becky Dean gets a look from deep, but her shot is wide.

END OF SECOND OVERTIME PERIOD

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom

ASSISTS: Alli Leonard

Bulldog Bits

Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her ninth of the season and 25th of her career.

Alli Leonard now leads the Bulldogs in assists, notching her sixth of the season.

Leonard led the Bulldogs in tonight’s match in shots (3) and shots on goal (2).

Freshman Emma Martin (9-1-0) made four saves in goal to preserve the draw.

Butler outshot St. John’s, 15-8 total, and 7-5 on goal.

The Bulldogs earned seven corner kicks compared to one for the Red Storm.

This was the first overtime match of the season for the Bulldogs.

At 2-0-1, Butler now sits in a three-way tie with St. John’s and No. 23 Georgetown at the top of the BIG EAST standings.

The Bulldogs’ winning streak ends at nine matches, but the unbeaten streak continues, currently at ten.

Up Next

Butler returns to Indianapolis to host Connecticut on Sunday, October 3, at 1 pm. Later that week, the Bulldogs travel to Georgetown on Thursday, October 7.

Purdue Cross Country Set for Joe Piane Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue cross country team begins the month of October at the Joe Piane – Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, October 1, at the Burke Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The meet commences with the women’s blue 5k at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by the men’s blue 5 mile at 11:15 a.m. The Boilermaker men also will run in the open 5 mile at 12:45 p.m. Live results will be available at PTTiming.com, and additional updates can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Eight women and eight men will race for the Boilermakers in the blue race, while four men will compete in the open event. The meet is the third of the season for Purdue.

A total of 58 women’s teams and 52 men’s teams are schedule to run on Friday. The field includes host-Notre Dame and Big Ten opponents Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State.

The men’s team is ranked No. 30 in the latest USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll. In the Great Lakes Region, the men are No. 6 and the women are No. 8.

LAST TIME OUT: VICTORIES IN TERRE HAUTE

A pair of second-place individual finishes propelled Purdue to men’s and women’s team victories at the John McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana, on September 18. Senior Curt Eckstein was second overall for the men and sophomore Katelyn Wasson was the women’s runner-up at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The women recorded two of the top-three times and four placed in the top six on the 5k course, while the men had four top-10 marks in the 8k race.

In the team standings, the Boilermaker women earned 24 points to beat second-place Indiana (49 points) and third-place Ball State (87 points). The men collected 36 points and bested Indiana and Eastern Illinois, who each had 55 points. Fourteen other schools competed at the meet, including host-Indiana State and Big Ten foe Indiana.

A complete recap from the meet, including full results and comments from coach John Oliver, can be found at PurdueSports.com/CrossCountry.

NEXT UP: NUTTCOMBE INVITATIONAL

The Boilermakers travel to Madison, Wisconsin, for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, October 15. Competition at the Zimmer Championship Course is set to begin at noon ET.

Purdue Soccer: Win Streak Snapped vs. No. 17 Michigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team’s six-match win streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Michigan on Thursday night at Folk Field.

The defeat is just the second of the season for the Boilermakers (8-2-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) and the first in Big Ten play. Playing its second top-20 opponent of the season, Purdue remains off to its best start to a season since 2007 and is one of two teams with three wins and nine points to top the conference standings after four matches. The Wolverines (8-1-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) extended their unbeaten streak to six and remains unbeaten on the road.

Thursday was Purdue’s annual Hammer Down Cancer match, and the Boilermakers wore special uniforms that are being auctioned off until Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The auction can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer and https://boile.rs/HDC21Jerseys. The proceeds for the jersey auction, along with any donations received through the auction website, will go to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

All three goals were scored in the first half in a 10-minute span. Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, but senior forward Sarah Griffith answered right back with a goal just 30 seconds later to even the score at 1-1. UM scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 32nd minute to regain a 2-1 advantage.

“Overall we could have done more, I think Michigan came out really sharp with the way they moved the ball, off the ball was really good, and it took us a while to grow into the game,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “We got down, responded nicely with the goal, but tonight was a bad combination of Michigan was really very good and I thought that we were a little bit off the pace ourselves. Playing a top-20 team, you need to be at your best. Unfortunately, I felt like we were a little bit short of that tonight.”

Griffith’s goal is her Big Ten-leading eighth of the season, and she has scored in three consecutive matches. The Naperville, Illinois, native has 18 career goals, ninth-most in program history.

Senior midfielder Grace Walsh assisted on Griffith’s score, her second of the season and third of her career.

Purdue was out-shot 20-6, and Michigan had a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made five saves, and UM’s keeper stopped two shots. Griffith and sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews each had two shots, and Griffith had two of the Boilermakers’ shots on goal.

“Things we could have done better collectively, a team like that is going to make you pay for mistakes.” Roff added. “That’s one thing that separates some top-20 teams from teams that aren’t in the top 20 is you make an error, and they make you pay, and that’s what happened with those two goals. The rest of the night we’re kind of chasing the game a little bit, you’re down 2-1 against a team like that, we keep the ball and we worked really hard to try to win it back, and then try to get forward with it, and I think that was just a little bit too much of a hill to climb for us unfortunately. So, I’m disappointed, not disappointed in our effort, but disappointed with our sharpness and our ability to keep the ball a little bit better.”

Michigan took a 1-0 lead at 21:56, as Danielle Wolfe scored from the near corner of the six-yard box.

Griffith’s equalizer came just 30 seconds later, at 22:26. The play began with Walsh on the run, who then sent a centering pass from 25 yards out to Griffith just inside the penalty box. On her second touch, Griffith sent a left-footed strike into the lower-right corner of the goal from the penalty spot to beat a diving Michigan keeper.

The Wolverines took the lead back at 31:16, as Sammi Woods scored from 15 yards away on a pass from Meredith Haakenson.

In the first half, Purdue had a great chance just two minutes in, but a shot by Griffith from near the end line was saved. Bova made three saves, including a great stop in the 13th minute, before Michigan took its 1-0 lead.

Following Griffith’s equalizer, Bova made her fourth save in the 24th minute. UM’s goal in the 32nd minute was the last shot on goal of the half.

Freshman forward Gracie Dunaway had a shot saved in the 53rd minute, and Bova had a stop in the 59th for the only two shots on target for either team. Purdue had more offensive opportunities in the second half, but the home side could not connect in the final third for a chance to level the match.

Up next, the weekend continues with another top-20 opponent, as Purdue faces No. 18 Wisconsin on the road. Kickoff in Madison is set for 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT.

BALL STATE VB: Wielonski Serves Up Ohio in Five-Set Thriller

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – Trailing 14-12 in the fifth set, the Ball State women’s volleyball team received a clutch kill from junior middle Marie Plitt to regain the serve late in Thursday’s Mid-American Conference home opener versus Ohio.

Even better, the kill sent freshman setter Megan Wielonski back to the line in an attempt to serve up history for the Cardinals (12-3; 2-1 MAC). While she was not able to record a program record tying eighth ace, finishing the night one shy with seven, Wielonski was able to serve out the match and give Ball State a 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 16-14) victory over the Bobcats (1-13; 1-2 MAC).

“Megan’s service pressure was huge for us tonight,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “She consistently puts pressure on opponents, and we really needed that tonight.”

Already one of the nation’s top servers entering the match, ranking 31st among all NCAA Division I players with 23 aces, Wielonski served up seven more in the win over Ohio to give herself an even 30 on the year. The seven aces are the most in a match for a Ball State student-athlete since the 1993 season when Hall of Famer Sharon Knecht registered seven in a 3-0 sweep of Western Illinois on Nov. 6.

Five players have served up eight aces in a match for the Cardinals, with the last to do so being another Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee: Stefanie Decker versus Houston on Sept. 15, 1991.

In addition to her solid play from behind the service line, Wielonski once again ran the offense at an elite level as the Cardinals hit .285 (60-15-158) in the win. Four different BSU players finished the night with double-digit kills, led by sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland.

Gilliland also led all attackers with a .591 hitting mark, smashing 13 kills on 22 swings with no errors. Following right behind Gilliland in attack percentage was Wielonski at .583 (7-0-12) on the strength of her career-high seven kills.

Overall, it was another strong team effort for Ball State which was able to rally from down 2-1 and survive a pair of Bobcats match points in the fifth set.

“In the end, we stayed tough and battled even though we were down 14-12,” Phillips said. “We just stayed the course and showed tremendous poise and mental toughness. Ohio was unbelievable defensively, and their two left sides seemed to just score at will. However, we were able to find our rhythm right there at the end and toughed it out to earn a hard-fought win.”

In addition to her kill to send Wielonski back to the service line late in the match, Plitt sealed the victory with her second solo block of contest. In all, Plitt scored 12 kills and three total blocks.

Also finishing the match with double-digit kills for Ball State were graduate transfer outsides Jaclyn Bulmahn and Emily Hollowell with 11 apiece.

In the backcourt, junior libero Natalie Risi led the Cardinals with 19 digs, while Wielonski chipped in 13 to go along with her 43 assists for her ninth double-double of the season.

Ohio’s Caroline Clippard led all players with 22 kills, while Olivia Margolies added 18. Bobcats libero Sam Steele finished the night with a match-high 28 digs. Ohio finished the night hitting .308 (73-24-159) as a team, while out-digging Ball State 68-to-56.

To follow up tonight’s five-set thriller, the teams will do battle for a second consecutive evening Friday with another 6:30 p.m. first serve at Worthen Arena.

BALL STATE WSOCCER: Cardinals Drop Hard-Fought Battle to Bulls

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Alex DeRuvo made a career-high eight saves, while Tatiana Mason scored the lone goal on Thursday. Ball State fell to 3-5-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while Buffalo improved to 7-2-1 on the year and 1-1-1 in MAC play, behind a 2-1 Bulls victory.

In the fifth minute, the Cardinals capitalized on a failed clear attempt by the Bulls. Jenna Dombrowski headed a pass to Mason inside the box. Mason turned to her left and blasted a shot towards the top right corner of the net for her first goal of the season.

Arianna Zumpano tied the match for the Bulls with a goal in the 21st minute and was assisted by Katherine Camper and Alya Ruken.

In the 28th minute, Buffalo put some pressure on the Cardinal defense, but Alex DeRuvo made back-to-back saves to keep the match tied.

The Bulls stayed on the attack for the remainder of the first half. DeRuvo faced three more shots the remainder of the half and stopped them all. DeRuvo finished the half one save shy of tying a season best.

Less than a minute into the second half, the Bulls were able to get a ball on frame, but DeRuvo made an outstanding save to keep the match square.

In the 55th minute, Mason notched her second shot on target, but was denied by the Buffalo goalie. Just two minutes later, Chelcy Ralph had a promising chance, but the UB keeper made the stop.

At the 63rd-minute mark, Taylor Caridi broke the tie with a goal for the Bulls. She was assisted by Camper and Ruken.

In the 79th minute, DeRuvo made her sixth save of the night and kept Buffalo from extending its lead. Four minutes later, DeRuvo faced another shot on target by the Bulls, but she was up for the challenge and made her seventh save of the contest.

At the 88th-minute mark, Grace Alsop put a shot on frame, but the Buffalo keeper made the stop.

The Cardinals return to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex on Sunday as BSU hosts the Akron Zips. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife

“It was a tough game, Buffalo is a good team. The game definitely had some big momentum swings, and you have to capitalize when it swings your way. I thought Alex (DeRuvo) made some big saves for us today to keep it close. We now have to shift our focus onto Akron this Sunday.”

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: COAN NAMED A TOP 25 CANDIDATE FOR JOHNNY UNITAS AWARD

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Jack Coan has been named a Top 25 candidate for the 2021 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Coan has started all four games for the Irish this season and has led Notre Dame to a 4-0 record and a Top-10 ranking heading into this weekend’s matchup with No. 7 Cincinnati. He is 77-for-128 for 986 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. The nine touchdowns rank 16th in the country, while his 986 passing yards are rank 31st in the nation.

Coan had a career-high 366 yards against Florida State, which broke the Notre Dame record for most passing yards in a season opener. He also had four touchdown passes against the Seminoles, which tied the Notre Dame record for a season opener. Following his performance against the Seminoles, Coan was named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list and a Manning Star of the Week.

A native of Sayville, New York, Coan had two touchdown passes against Toledo and Purdue, marking the first time in his career he had three-straight games with two or more passing touchdowns.

INDIANA STATE VB: Sycamore Volleyball Ready for Road Swing to Valpo and Loyola

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball continues Missouri Valley Conference action with matchups against Valparaiso and Loyola Friday and Saturday. First serve with the Beacons is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the ARC while Saturday’s match with the Ramblers will begin at 5 p.m. inside Gentile Arena. Friday’s match will air on ESPN+ while Saturday’s match can be seen on ESPN3.

Trees on Fire

The Sycamores boast an eight-game winning streak, the longest since ISU won 14-straight in the 1982 season when they finished 37-10. Their 9-2 start also marks the second-best start in ISU history, also behind the 1982 squad that began the year 13-1.

The Series at a Glance – Valparaiso

Indiana State leads the series, 16-14, and ended a five-game skid to Valpo last spring after claiming the season finale 3-1 over the Beacons. ISU is 7-6 on the road against Valpo in a series that began in 1977.

The Series at a Glance – Loyola

Indiana State trails in the all-time series with the Ramblers, 15-9. The two squads last met in the spring season when each team claimed a win in the weekend series played at the ISU Arena. Up until last spring’s win, Loyola had won five straight in the series. ISU is 3-6 all-time on the road against LUC.

Climbing the Ladder

Melina Tedrow continues to claw her way up the Indiana State record book — now at 1,381 career digs. She is now just 41 digs away from fifth in the record book after recoding 17 in a win over Evansville last time out.

Tedrow Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week

Melina Tedrow was been named Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week this past week. Tedrow led the Sycamores with 17 digs during a sweep of Evansville Friday. Her play on the court helped Indiana State to a 51-39 advantage in digs and her 5.67 digs per set led all players. The Quincy, Illinois product added five assists and a pair of service aces.

Getting Defensive

Indiana State has crept their way into the top-50 nationally in a defensive category, thanks to strong efforts at the Sycamore Invitational and against Eastern Illinois. The Sycamores rank 45th in the NCAA with 16.16 digs per set in with Melina Tedrow leading the way at libero. She sits at 75th in the nation with 4.53 digs per set as an individual.

Purdue Fort Wayne WVB Continues Road Stretch With Robert Morris and Youngstown State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will have two chances at Horizon League wins this weekend, with Robert Morris and Youngstown State playing host to the Mastodons on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 1-2).

Game Day Information

Who: Robert Morris, Youngstown State

When: Friday, October 1 – Saturday, October 2

Where: Moon Township, Pa. | Youngstown, Ohio

Live Stats: RMU | YSU

Watch: RMU | YSU

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne has not lost to Robert Morris or Youngstown State, holding a 5-0 advantage over both squads. The Mastodons beat both teams 3-0 twice in the spring of 2021, the first time that the ‘Dons met with the Colonials and Penguins as members of the Horizon League. The series against Robert Morris dates back to 2006, and the Youngstown State series began in 2001.

Know Your Foes

• Robert Morris is 7-7, 0-2 in Horizon League play. The Colonials dropped league matches to Cleveland State and Oakland, both 3-0 affairs. Their last win came over George Washington, which was also a 3-0 match. RMU is led by Abby Ryan, who is averaging 2.57 kills per set with a .127 hitting percentage. Allena Carmody is digging out 3.54 attacks per set to pace the back line.

• Youngstown State is 3-10, 0-2 in the Horizon League with 3-0 losses to Oakland and Cleveland State. The Penguins’ last win came over Duquesne thanks to a triple-double from Paula Gürsching. The freshman had 18 kills, 13 aces and 11 digs. Gürsching is leading the team with 4.04 kills per set and a .181 hitting percentage. Reilly Seagroves has 4.59 digs per set from the libero spot. YSU primarily runs a 6-1 system, with Lexie Beeke leading the way with 8.33 assists per set.

No One Has Played More

No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons are leading the country with 67 sets played. Southern Miss is the next closest, having played 63 sets.

Leader For a Reason

Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but one match this season. She has 231 kills, 68 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman. The only match where Crowe did not lead the team, at No. 9 Purdue, Castleman did.

Double-Double Vision

In Purdue Fort Wayne’s match at Oakland on September 28, four Mastodons recorded double-doubles. Rachael Crucis recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 digs and 11 assists. Madison Gates had 38 assists and a career-high 25 digs from the setter position. Katie Crowe and Maggie Castleman both got double-doubles from the left side, with 18 kills and 19 digs for Crowe and 18 kills and 11 digs for Castleman.

Saturday Night Five

The Mastodons have played six five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC and Oakland). This is more than the entirety of the spring 2021 season, as the ‘Dons had just one: a 3-2 loss at Green Bay. Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Double Trouble

Katie Crowe has eight double-doubles this season, with 53 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got a double-double against Oakland with 18 kills and 19 digs.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Oakland in its third five-set match in five days. Four Mastodons registered double-doubles.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will continue its stretch of 9-of-10 on the road, with Northern Kentucky and Wright State on October 8 and 9.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Takes on Horizon League Foe Cleveland State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Horizon League play continues on Saturday (Oct. 2) for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team when they travel to Cleveland to take on first place Cleveland State.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-4-1, 1-2-0 Horizon) at Cleveland State (5-3-0, 4-0-0 Horizon)
When: Saturday, October 2 | 4:00 p.m.
Where: Krenzler Field | Cleveland, Ohio
Weather: High of 79, partly cloudy

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Cleveland State is sitting in first place in the Horizon League with 12 points.

• Cleveland State is averaging 2.00 goals per game and 10.9 shots per contest.

• Jannis Schmidt leads the Vikings in points with 14. He has four goals and six assists on the season.

• The Vikings have won five of their last six games, with their only loss a 2-0 shutout to Ohio State.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• The Mastodons’ last time out resulted in a victory against Horizon League opponent Robert Morris 3-1.

• Purdue Fort Wayne has continued to put together a stingy defense this year, giving up just 0.850 goals per game. That total is 43rd in the nation.

• Vukasin Bulatovic has played in 735 minutes this season. He has only been subbed out for only 11 minutes on the entire season.

• Mastodon opponents have missed all three of their penalty kicks this season. The Mastodons are 2-for-3 with successful goals by Keith Larson and Ali Nasser.

• The ‘Dons have three points and sit in a tie for seventh place in the Horizon League. The top six teams qualify for the tournament.

JOSS WHAT YOU ORDERED:

Erik Josson has played 635 minutes on the season. He has allowed six goals and compiled 26 saves in that time. He picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois. Josson owns a 0.850 goals against average on the season. The single-season school record for best goals against average came in 2014 when Raphael Kotzock recorded a 0.92 mark.

SERIES HISTORY:

Purdue Fort Wayne leads the series 5-4-1. The series dates back all the way to Halloween of 2001 where the Mastodons lost 1-0. The Mastodons defeated Cleveland State the next year 6-2. The ‘Dons fell 1-0 last season in Cleveland.

SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:

The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.

UP NEXT:

The ‘Dons travel to South Bend for non-conference match against Notre Dame on Tuesday, October 5. The match will kick at 7 p.m. ET.

Cross Country Set To Compete In Two Meets This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne cross country teams will compete in two separate races this weekend. The first race is the Huntington Invite that will take place on Friday, Oct. 1 in Huntington, Ind. The second race is the Live in Lou Classic on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

Huntington Invite
Meet: Huntington Invite
When: Friday, October 1 | 5:30 p.m. (women’s 5K) | 6:15 p.m. (men’s 8K)
Where: Huntington, Ind. | Huntington Cross Country Course
Teams Competing: Anderson, Brescia, Trine, Mount Vernon, Indiana Tech, and Huntington
Runners Competing: Michaela Sheets, Brayden Langdon, Aeryn Bradley, Kobe Milledge, Weston Miser, Bryce Taylor, and Noah Wright 
Weather: High of 79, sunny

Live In Lou Classic
Meet: Live In Lou Classic
When: Saturday, October 2 | 10:45 a.m. (men’s 8K blue race) | 11:30 a.m. (women’s 6K blue race)
Where: Louisville, Ky. | E.P. Tom Sawyer Park
Teams Competing: There will be 120 teams competing (team seeding)
Runners Competing: Draven Thompson, Nicholas Mills, Andrew Whitinger, Husam Saleh, JT Hodges, Kehinde Oladapo, Paige Benecke, Mercedes Sarver, Brooke Neal, Makaila Groves, Kathy Potter, Madison King, Madison Langdon
Weather: 40 percent chance of rain, high of 82 degrees.

The Mastodons are coming off a week of no competition. They last competed in the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. back on Friday, Sept. 17. Draven Thompson led the men’s team in 59th place with a time of 26:44.10. Madison King led the women’s team in eighth place with a time of 22:13.9. King’s performance led her to a Horizon League Runner of the Week honors on Sept. 21. On the men’s side, four student-athletes, Draven Thompson 26:15.7, Nathan Mills 26:22.4, Nicholas Mills 26:56.9 and Andrew Whitinger 26:59.8, have ran a sub-27 minute 8K. On the women’s side, two student-athletes, Madison King 21:53.6 and Brooke Neal 23:09.7, have ran a sub 23-minute 6K.

The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 16 to compete in the Evansville Invitational in Evansville, Ind. This will be the last race the ‘Dons will compete in before the Horizon League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Carmel, Ind.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Road swing continues for Aces volleyball

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  A 3-match road swing to open Missouri Valley Conference play continues this weekend with the University of Evansville volleyball team traveling to Loyola and Valparaiso.  UE will be in Chicago on Friday to face the Ramblers before facing Valpo on Saturday with both matches beginning at 6 p.m.

Last Time Out

– For the second season in a row, the Purple Aces opened the MVC slate in Terre Haute, facing the Sycamores

– Despite a quick start to the first set for UE, it was Indiana State battling back to take a 3-0 sweep

– Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano finished with 12 kills apiece while Giulia Cardona added 10 kills and a team-best 13 digs

Scouting the Opposition

– Loyola enters the weekend with a 9-5 mark while sitting at 2-0 in the Valley after sweeping Missouri State and Southern Illinois by 3-1 finals last weekend

– Offensively, the Ramblers are led by 3.4 kills per set from Addie Barnes while Taylor Venuto is hitting .354 on the season, second in the league

– Pacing the defense is Grace Hinchman, whose 4.7 digs per game is second in the MVC

– Valparaiso sits at 10-3 overall after splitting their conference opening weekend versus SIU and MSU

– One of the top defenses in the league, the Beacons hold the opposition to an MVC low .162 hitting percentage; Rylee Cookerly paces the conference with 5.1 digs per set with Valpo ranking second in the league in that statistic

In a Groove

– Recording at least seven kills and seven digs in 10 out of 12 matches, Melanie Feliciano continues to be one of Evansville’s most consistent performers

– Her season average of 3.14 kills is third for UE and 8th in the MVC while she is second on the squad and 19th in the conference with an average of 2.68 digs

– She has averaged 4.0 digs over last five matches (14 sets)

Top 10 Freshmen

– Since her arrival in Evansville, Giulia Cardona has established herself as an offensive force, ranking second in the MVC behind teammate Alondra Vazquez in kills (3.71) and points (4.37)

– Her kill average is 10th-best among all freshmen in the NCAA and she has recorded 8 or more kills in each of the last seven contests

– Cardona is tied with Vazquez for the #2 spot in the Valley with 0.47 service aces per set

– Equally impressive has been her efficiency as she has completed 7 of the last 10 matches hitting .226 or better; that came after she hit under .140 in the first two contests

IU EAST WTENNIS: IU EAST AT ITA MIDWEST REGIONAL – DAY 2 RECAP

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MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s tennis team enjoyed success in the doubles brackets at the ITA Midwest Regional on Sept. 30.

The Red Wolf duo of Amonette Theron and Eva Caballero knocked out the No. 8 seed to reach the quarterfinals of the 32-team women’s doubles bracket before bowing out against the No. 1 seed from tournament host Indiana Wesleyan University.

Nora Ribeiro and Regan Mellinger won back-to-back-to-back matches to claim the women’s doubles “B” draw consolation bracket title.

Linda Marino and Camila Caballero are in the women’s doubles “A” draw consolation semifinals.

Camila Caballero, Eva Caballero and Mellinger are still alive in the women’s singles consolation quarterfinals.

Play resumes at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1.

IU EAST VB: WEEKEND PREVIEW

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The Indiana University East volleyball hosts two of the teams at the top of the River States Conference West Division this weekend.

RSC East Division leader IU East (11-6, 6-0) plays host to RSC West Division co-leader Midway University (9-1, 4-1) on Oct. 1. Match time is 7 p.m. on Lingle Court.

The Red Wolves conclude their home weekend Oct. 2 with a matchup against IU Southeast (7-8, 3-2), which is one game out of the lead in the RSC West. Match time is 1 p.m.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

General admission for IU East volleyball is $7 per day. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

As announced on Aug. 4, 2021, with guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East volleyball home matches on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.

Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East is the lone River States Conference team without a league loss.

* The Red Wolves have won six consecutive matches this year and 17 consecutive RSC regular-season matches dating back to 2019.

* IU East is 17-1 all-time against Midway, including a pair of wins last season.

* The Red Wolves are 16-9 in NAIA meetings against IU Southeast. The Red Wolves beat the Grenadiers in three sets in New Albany last season for their third win in the series’ last four meetings.

* IU East’s Teah Barrett Matthews is the reigning RSC Attacker of the Week. Barrett Matthews leads IU East with a .323 hitting average.

* Three Red Wolves rank in the national top 50 in their statistical specialty: Jessica Swimm (36th with 3.55 kills per set), Jenna Mitchell (45th with .55 aces per set) and Reece Shirley (45th with 8.83 assists per set).

* Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (3.95 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.78 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the traditional defensive statistics.

Women’s Tennis: Ravens Roll Past Fightin’ Engineers

The Anderson University women’s tennis team (5-4, 2-1) rolled past Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1-4, 1-2) with a 7-2 victory during Thursday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in Terre Haute.

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Taylor Goldman/Ruby Kauffman (Rose-Hulman) def. Anna Creech/Morgan Nation (Anderson) 8-3

No. 2 – Madelyn Brown/Megan Long (Anderson) def. Ella Dorfmueller/Krista Manche (Rose-Hulman) 8-4

No. 3 – Claire Hannaford/Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Julia McGuire/Gwyneth Kibbey (Rose-Hulman) 8-3

SINGLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Taylor Goldman (Rose-Hulman) def. Anna Creech (Anderson) 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 – Megan Long (Anderson) def. Ella Dorfmueller (Rose-Hulman) 6-3, 6-0

No. 3 – Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Ruby Kaufman (Rose-Hulman) 6-1, 6-3

No. 4 – Morgan Nation (Anderson) def. Krista Manche (Rose-Hulman) 6-0, 6-4

No. 5 – Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Julia McGuire (Rose-Hulman) 6-1, 6-1

No. 6 – Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) def. Gwyneth Kibbey (Rose-Hulman) 6-1, 6-2

UP NEXT

The Ravens are set for two road matches on Saturday. Anderson takes on Albion College (0-1) at 11 a.m. in Albion, Mich. The Ravens then face off with Alma College (1-0) at 4 p.m. in Alma, Mich.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       In the first World Series game ever played, Pirates’ hurler Deacon Phillippe beats Cy Young and the Pilgrims, 7-3, at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston. Pittsburgh right fielder Jimmy Sebring hits the first Fall Classic home run.

Amazon The 1903 World Series: The Boston Americans, the Pittsburg Pirates, and the “First Championship of the United States”

1924       Jimmy O’Connell, who will be out of baseball at the age of 23, is banned from the World Series by Kenesaw Mountain Landis after admitting to the commissioner his attempt to bribe Philadelphia shortstop Heinie Sand to “go easy” during their season-ending series against the Giants. The New York outfielder implicates future Hall of Famers Frank Frisch, George Kelly, and Ross Youngs, but his teammates deny any involvement in throwing the game, avoiding any punishment.

1932       In Game 3 of the World Series, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig become the first teammates to hit multiple homers in the same postseason game, when their four round-trippers account for six runs in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. On the same date, 78 years later, the feat is accomplished again when a pair of Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Will Myers, both go deep twice in the second game of the 2020 NL Wild-Card series.

1932       Eighteen-year-old Joe DiMaggio makes his professional debut at the end of the San Francisco Seals campaign, playing shortstop for the Pacific Coast League team. Next year, the future Yankee superstar will hit .340 with 169 RBI’s and 28 home runs in his first full season in the PCL.

1932       In the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, baseball lore has Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield, predicting that he will hit a home run on the next pitch, before he takes Cubs pitcher Charlie Root deep for the second of his two home runs in New York’s 7-5 victory at Wrigley Field. Although no definitive proof exists, the ‘Bambino’ continued to embellish the account of his ‘Called Shot’ throughout his lifetime, with the Chicago right-hander who threw the pitch denying the Yankee slugger had ever made the gesture to his dying day.

1933       Babe Ruth, although he gives up 12 hits and five earned runs, goes the distance to beat the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, 6-5. The 38 year-old Sultan of Swat’s performance on the mound, a ploy to attract fans to a meaningless game, will be his last appearance as a pitcher, a position in which the future Hall of Fame slugger will post a 94-46 career record.

1944       Dixie Walker, an outfielder on the seventh-place Dodgers, wins the National League batting crown with a .357 batting average, finishing ten points higher than runner-up Stan Musial. In 1947, the ‘People’s Cherce’s younger brother, Harry ‘the Hat,’ will also lead the Senior Circuit, hitting .363 in the year when he is traded, after playing ten games for St. Louis, to Philadelphia.

1944       The Browns, for the first and only time in their history, clinch the American League pennant when they beat the defending world champion Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, 5-2. A pair of two-run homers hit by Chet Laabs, an All-Star outfielder in 1943 who has seen limited duty this season due to his job at a wartime defense plant, provides most of the team’s offensive output.

1946       The Dodgers and Cardinals, who both finished the season with a 96-58 record, play the first game of a best-of-three series to determine the National League’s championship, marking the first time in major league history a playoff is needed to send a team to the World Series. St. Louis wins today’s Sportsman’s Park contest, 4-2, and will clinch the pennant in Game 2, beating the Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, 8-4.

1949       Alex Kellner becomes the first 20-game winner for the A’s since Lefty Grove accomplished the feat in 1933 when he goes the distance in Philadelphia’s 7-4 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The 24 year-old southpaw’s success will be short-lived when he leads the American League with 20 losses next season.

1949       “I like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.” – JOE DiMAGGIO, on the day he is honored at Yankee Stadium

The Bronx Bombers stage a Joe DiMaggio Day at the Bronx ballpark, showering the future Hall of Fame outfielder with an unprecedented haul that includes two cars, a boat, three hundred quarts of ice cream, and a cocker spaniel. The superstar tells the capacity crowd, which includes his mother and brother Dom, a member of the visiting Red Sox, “I like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

1950       In the season’s finale, Pee Wee Reese, ignoring the second base ump’s directive to slow down when his outfield fly becomes stuck between the screen and the right-field wall, continues sprinting around the bases, crossing home plate with the tying run. Due to an odd ground rule, the Dodgers shortstop’s unusual inside-the-park homer will be the only run Robin Roberts gives in the Phillies’ pennant-clinching 4-1 victory at Ebbets Field.

1950       After they retire today, Burt Shotton of the Dodgers and the A’s Connie Mack will become the last managers to wear street clothes. Although no edict mandates explicitly a skipper must wear a uniform, there is now a rule that states that a person not wearing a uniform, except medical personnel, isn’t allowed on the field of play during a game.

1950       In the season finale, Robin Roberts, in the first of his six consecutive 20-win seasons, becomes the first Phillies right-hander to win twenty games for the team since Grover Cleveland Alexander accomplished the feat with a total of 30 victories in 1917. The complete-game, ten-inning 4-1 Ebbets Field victory over the Dodgers hurled by the Whiz Kid from Springfield (IL) clinches Philadelphia’s first NL pennant since 1915.

1951       The Giants’ 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in the first game of the National League playoffs is the first major league contest to be televised coast-to-coast. CBS, who obtained rights to the game, transmits the picture from Ebbets Field but has to get the signal from ABC, who had made previous arrangements with WOR-TV, the New York station which carried Brooklyn’s regular-season games.

1955       The Sporting News select Cardinal outfielder Bill Virdon and Indian fireballer Herb Score as the Rookie of the Year of their respective leagues. The Redbird flychaser, easily identified by his eyeglasses, receives 57 of the 92 writers’ votes to get NL nod, while the Tribe’s 22 year-old right-hander, who compiled a 16-10 record while establishing a freshman record for strikeouts with 245, garners 71 of 103 ballots cast for the Junior Circuit honors.

1955       After losing the first two contests in the Bronx, the Dodgers even the World Series at a pair of games apiece when they defeat the Yankees at Ebbets Field, 8-5. Brooklyn will make it three victories in a row tomorrow with a 5-3 win over the Bronx Bombers, but it will take a dramatic Game 7 for the ‘Bums’ to capture their first World Championship.

1961       Willie Mays hits his 40th home run when he goes deep off Lew Burdette in the Giants’ 8-2 victory over Milwaukee in the opener of a twin bill at County Stadium. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ is the eighth player to reach the mark this season, a major league first, joining Roger Maris (61), Mickey Mantle (54), Harmon Killebrew (46), Orlando Cepeda (46), Jim Gentile (46), Rocky Colavito (45), and Norm Cash (41) in accomplishing the feat.

1961       The Wrigley Field on the west coast hosts its last professional baseball game when the Angels, who will play at Dodger Stadium next season, are defeated by Cleveland, 8-5, in front of 9,868 fans at the 36 year-old ballpark, which will be torn down in five years to make room for an eventual public playground and senior center. In addition to being the home for the American League expansion team, the venue housed the PCL’s Angels from 1925 through 1957 and served as the setting for the 1960 television series Home Run Derby.

1961       Roger Maris surpasses Babe Ruth’s single-season home run mark, hitting his 61st homer off Tracy Stallard’s 2-0 fastball for the game’s only run in the Yankees’ 1-0 victory at the Bronx ballpark. Sal Durante, a 19 year-old fan who caught the ball in his palm standing on his seat in Section 33, gives the historic horsehide to the outfielder a few weeks later, after accepting $5,000 from Sam Gordon, a restaurant owner in Sacramento (CA).

1964       In the event of a tie at the end of the season, National League president Warren Giles flips a coin to determine the different possible playoff pairings, which includes six possibilities – two with two teams, three with three teams, and one with four teams. Reds’ president and general manager Bill DeWitt wins the first toss and chooses to play the Cardinals at home if Cincinnati prevails.

1964       The smallest crowd ever to attend a game at Fenway Park watches the Red Sox, en route to their sixth consecutive losing season, beat the Indians, 4-2, to snap a six-game slide. The crowd of 306 paid patrons is less than half of the previous low at the Boston ballpark when only 674 fans showed up for a game against Kansas City last season.

1967       At Fenway Park, on the last day of the season, Carl Yastrzemski collects four hits to help the Red Sox beat the Twins, 5-3, and clinch the American League pennant by one game over Minnesota and the Tigers. Yaz’s remarkable streak of getting ten hits in his final 13 at-bats enables the Long Island, N.Y. native to win the Triple Crown (.326, 44, 121).

1967       On the last play of the regular season, Dick McAuliffe, representing the tying run, grounds into a 4-6-3 double play, dashing Detroit’s hopes to clinch a tie for the pennant. The twin killing marks only the second time this season the Tigers shortstop has made two outs in one at-bat, and he will not hit into another DP all of next season.

1967       For the second consecutive season, an American Leaguer wins the triple crown when Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski (.326, 44, 121) follows Frank Robinson’s performance last season, leading the loop in batting average, homers, and runs batted in. The feat will not be accomplished again for 45 seasons until Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers leads Junior Circuit in the top offensive categories in 2013.

1969       Luis Tiant, a winner of 21 games last year, loses his twentieth this season when the Indians drop a 4-3 decision to the Yankees on the last day of the campaign. The right-hander’s demise may have been the result of leading the league in walks (129) and home runs (37) allowed, which contributed to his ERA rising from 1.60 to 3.71.

1970       Alex Johnson becomes the first Angel to win a batting title when he edges Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski in the season’s finale. The California outfielder captures the crown by beating out a high chopper to raise his average to .3289 in the fifth inning, finishing a minuscule .003 higher than Yaz at .3286.

1970       The Phillies beat the Expos in the final game to be played at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium in ten innings, 2-1. A post-game ceremony, which includes the removal of home plate to be delivered to Veterans Stadium by helicopter, is canceled when souvenir-hunting fans swarm onto the field and destroy the ballpark.

1973       A day after the regular season ends, the Mets, in front of only 1,913 fans at a cold and damp Wrigley Field, beat the Cubs, 6-4 in the first game of a scheduled make-up doubleheader, with the nightcap, an unnecessary contest for the final standings, officially canceled due to wet grounds. The Amazins’, who spent two months in the cellar before winning 23 of their remaining 32 games, clinch the NL East with their 82nd victory, the lowest number of wins ever recorded to capture a title.

1973       The day after the season finale at Yankee Stadium, Mayor John Lindsay, who had given his approval for the Bronx ballpark’s renovation, ceremonially begins the project by scooping a pile of dirt from right field with a bulldozer. The on-field ceremony at the empty stadium includes the widows of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who receive home plate and first base, respectively, as a tribute to their husbands.

1974       Tom Seaver, whiffing 14 batters, becomes the first hurler in National League history to strike out 200 or more batters for seven consecutive seasons. ‘Tom Terrific’s’ complete-game effort in his last start of the year isn’t good enough to win when the Mets bow to Jim Lonborg and Phillies, 2-1.

1974       Mike Marshall establishes the major league mark for the most appearances by a pitcher when he throws two innings in the Dodgers’ 8-5 victory over Houston at the Astrodome. With his 106 appearances, the right-handed reliever appears in 65% of his team’s games this season.

1975       The Expos fire their first manager Gene Mauch and replace him with Karl Kuehl, the successful pilot of the Memphis Blues, their top farm club. During his seven-year tenure north of the border, Mauch, who will become the winningest big league manager to have never won a pennant, compiles a 499-627 (.443) record, never finishing higher than fourth place.

1978       On the last day of the season, Expo left-hander Ross Grimsley becomes the first 20-game winner in franchise history when he throws a five-hitter, beating St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 5-1. The 28 year-old southpaw, who finishes 20-11 for the fourth-place club, will compile a 124-99 (.556) record pitching for the Reds, Orioles, and Montreal during his 11-year major league career.

1978       On the last day of the season at Qualcomm Stadium, Ozzie Smith does his signature flip for the first time. The Padres shortstop, asked by the club to do it for Fans Appreciation Day, will continue his gymnastic prowess as a member of the Cardinals, with the somersault becoming an Opening Day tradition at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

1978       On the last day of the season, the Indians, behind the complete-game effort of Rick Waits, defeat the Yankees in the Bronx, 9-2. The Tribe’s victory prevents the Bronx Bombers from clinching the AL East flag, forcing a one-game playoff with Red Sox, who have won 11 of their last 12, win their eighth consecutive contest, blanking the Blue Jays, 5-0, a few minutes later at Fenway Park.

1978       Eventual NL Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry becomes the third major league pitcher, joining Walter Johnson (1923) and Bob Gibson (1974), to record 3,000 career strikeouts. The 40 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander fans future Braves’ broadcaster Joe Simpson in the eighth inning to reach the milestone, and strikes out the LA left fielder again in the tenth to finish the season with 3001.

1980       Amidst much media and fan pressure, the Red Sox dismiss their very unpopular manager Don Zimmer who compiled a very respectable 411-304 (.575) record during his five years in the Boston dugout. The Fenway Faithful never forgive ‘Popeye’ for the team’s collapse in 1978, when a 14-game lead slips away, ending in a one-game playoff for the American League pennant, a 5-4 loss to the Yankees, thanks to a legendary home run over the Green Monster hit by Bucky Dent.

1982       In his last game, A’s shortstop Fred Stanley goes 1-for-3 in a 12-7 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. With ‘Chicken’ retiring, there are now no active players left in the majors who once played with the Seattle Pilots.

1982       Terry Leach, who goes the distance for New York, and Phillies right-hander John Denny each hurl one-hit shutout ball for nine innings in a game where the Mets score the contest’s only run, thanks to a walk, a single, and a sac fly in the top of the tenth frame. The Veteran Stadium 1-0 victory marks the 13th one-hitter in franchise history, and the first of which goes overtime.

1983       “He is Sinatra singing in a small smoky room. He is Picasso with a bat. He is age and time blended into the mellow autumn of his athletic years to the point where his presence alone is an inspiration to a team. He is No. 8. The Captain.” – MIKE BARNICLE, Boston Globe columnist, commenting on Carl Yastrzemski’s tenure with the Red Sox.

A sellout crowd gathers on a rainy afternoon at Fenway Park to pay tribute to Carl Yastrzemski, who has spent 23 years in a Red Sox uniform after having the unenviable task in 1961 of replacing Hall of Fame legend Ted William. The team and fans honor the Captain, with Yaz Day, giving the 44 year-old, who will finish his career with over 3,000 hits and over 400 home runs, an opportunity to say farewell to his admirers.

1984       Peter Ueberroth takes over the reins of major league baseball as the sport’s sixth commissioner. The former L.A. Olympic president will immediately face a crisis when he needs to arbitrate the labor disagreement with the umpires’ union, who have threatened to strike before the start of the League Championship Series.

1987       With the bases loaded, Gerald Perry, the runner on third, scores on a delayed steal of home when Braves’ backstop Ronn Reynolds, who suffers a bruised and lacerated right hand on the play, drops the return throw from right-hander Danny Darwin. The other Astro runners, Jeff Blauser on first and Ken Oberkfell on second, also advance a base, making it a rare triple steal, an event which will not occur again for another 21 years.

1988       Tony Gwynn, in a 6-3 win over the Astros, goes 2-for-3 to raise his league-leading batting average to .313. The Padres’ outfielder becomes the first National League batting champion to win the title with a percentage below .320. (Giants second baseman Larry Doyle hit exactly .320 in 1915)

1991       Ernie Harwell, whose contract is not renewed by team management and WJR, waves goodbye to the fans with the crowd attending the season finale treating the ‘Voice of the Tigers’ for the past 32 years to a loud, lengthy and standing ovation. The veteran broadcaster will return to Detroit in 1993, thanks to the warm invitation from new team owner Mike Ilitch, and will continue to do play-by-play until the end of the 2002 season.

1993       Mike Piazza plates Jose Offerman with a first-inning single to set a new team mark for runs driven in by a rookie with 107. The 24 year-old Dodgers catcher breaks the franchise record for rookie RBIs established by Del Bissonette, a freshman first baseman who played with Brooklyn in 1928.

1995       The Yankees and Rockies become the first wild-card teams in the new major league baseball playoff system. Both sides will lose in the first round of the new format, with Colorado bowing to the NL East’s Braves in four games and the Bronx Bombers eliminated in extra innings of Game 5 in a classic ALDS against the AL West’s Mariners.

1995       The Rockies, beating the Giants, 10-9, win the first wild card in the National League, to become the first team to make the postseason before their seventh year in existence. Colorado posts the best-ever record for a third-year team, finishing ten games over the .500 mark (77-67, .535).

2000       In the season finale, Kazuhiro Sasaki sets the rookie record for saves by notching his 37th when he tosses 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in the Mariners’ 5-2 victory over Los Angeles at Edison Field. The 32 year-old Japanese closer surpasses Todd Worrell’s mark established in 1986 when the right-handed reliever played for the Cardinals.

2004       Ichiro Suzuki, with the second of his two singles, a ground ball through the box, makes history, breaking the major league record for hits in a single season. The third-inning historic safety by the Mariner outfielder from Japan surpasses George Sisler’s 84 year-old mark of 257 hits established in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns.

2005       The Royals, after a 10-1 drubbing by the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, establish a team record with their 105th defeat this season. Kansas City, which owns the worst record in the majors this year after losing 104 games last season, has reached the dubious century mark in three of the previous four seasons.

2006       Joe Mauer becomes the first American League catcher to win a batting title and to lead the majors in hitting. The Twins backstop’s .347 batting average outpaces Freddie Sanchez (.344) of the Pirates.

2006       Carlos Guillen, in the Tigers’ 10-4 win over the Devil Rays, becomes the tenth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Detroit shortstop stretches a single into a double in his last at-bat in the eighth inning to complete the rare event.

2006       Red Sox manager Terry Francona, knowing that the contest might be his right fielder’s final game with Boston, replaces Trot Nixon in right field with two outs in the fifth inning on the last day of the season. The Fenway Faithful respond with a thunderous ovation when their regular right fielder for the past decade leaves the field.

2006       Needing only one victory to clinch the AL Central flag, the Tigers are swept by the lowly Royals in a three-game series in the final weekend of the season. After building a 6-0 lead in the season finale at Comerica Park, Detroit loses 10-8 in 12 innings and loses first place to the Twins to become the wild-card team, opening on the road in the ALDS against the heavily favored Yankees.

2006       This season, except for the years marred by work stoppages, marks the first time in baseball history that no starting pitcher in either league wins 20 games. The most victories in the National League is sixteen, accomplished by six hurlers, with Johan Santana and Chien-Ming Wang winning 19 games in the Junior Circuit.

2007       The NL playoff game ends abruptly in the bottom of the 13th inning at Coors Field as Matt Holliday of the Rockies scores on a bang-bang play at home on a shallow Jamey Carroll sac fly, the third and winning run given up in Trevor Hoffman’s blown save. Colorado’s 9-8 comeback victory, their 14th in their last 15 games, ending the Padres season, who were one strike away two games ago from clinching a postseason berth.

2009       The Rockies’ 9-2 win over Milwaukee assures the team of a wild card berth in the postseason and puts the team in a position to win the N.L. West by sweeping the Dodgers this weekend in L.A. Although the club was 12 games under .500 on June 3, today’s victory, their 91st – a club record – puts Colorado 23 games over .500, another first in the franchise’s 17-year history.

2009       Tony La Russa moves past John McGraw into second place for the most games managed in major league history. With his 4,770 contests as a manager, the Cardinal skipper trails only Connie Mack, who amassed a total of 7755 during his 53 years in the dugout.

2012       Joining Billy Martin, Davey Johnson becomes the second major league manager to bring four teams to the postseason when the second-place Braves lose in Pittsburgh, allowing the Nationals to clinch the National League East Division. The 69 year-old skipper also led the Mets (1986, 1988), Reds (1994-95), and the Orioles (1997) to the playoffs.

2014       Brandon Crawford becomes the first shortstop to hit a postseason grand slam when he clears the bases in the fourth inning of the winner-take-all National League Wild Card Game, an 8-0 Giants’ victory over the Pirates. The former UCLA Bruins infielder’s four-run home run off Edinson Volquez quiets the very enthusiastic PNC Park crowd, who has been a valuable asset to the home team during the season.

2015       The Yankees clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2012 when the team beats the Red Sox in the Bronx, 4-1. Their 10,000th regular-season victory guarantees a wild-card berth, placing the Bombers in the playoffs for the 52nd time in franchise history.

2015       Jose Abreu joins Albert Pujols (2001-02) as the second player in baseball history to hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs in each of his first two seasons. The Chicago White Sox’s slugging first baseman singles with two outs In the seventh-inning, picking up his 100th and 101st RBI of the season in the team’s 6-4 loss to Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field.

2017       The season ends with the largest total of homers (6,105) and strikeouts (40,104) recorded in the game’s history. There are only 27 individual shutouts recorded during the campaign, the fewest since 1878, along with a total of 59 complete games, setting a record for the fewest for the third straight year.

2018       After Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Colorado all win yesterday, two divisional tiebreakers are needed today to determined the National League Central and West champs. The winners of the Brewers/Cubs and Rockies/Dodgers will advance to the NLDS with the losers facing one another tomorrow in the Wild-Card game.

2020       Fernando Tatis Jr. and Will Myers become the second pair of teammates in history to hit multiple homers in the same postseason game, joining Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who accomplished the feat in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, on the same date exactly 78 years ago. Meyers’ eighth-inning two-run blast proves to be the difference in the Padres’ 11-9 comeback victory, forcing a deciding Game 3 in the NL wild-card series.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay9861.61652 – 2946 – 3249 – 2419 – 1315 – 196 – 4L 1
NY Yankees9168.572745 – 3346 – 3535 – 3822 – 1022 – 128 – 2W 1
Boston8970.560949 – 3240 – 3841 – 3520 – 1315 – 185 – 5L 1
Toronto8871.5531044 – 3344 – 3839 – 3419 – 1516 – 164 – 6L 1
Baltimore52107.3274627 – 5425 – 5320 – 5310 – 2415 – 175 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox9168.57251 – 2740 – 4119 – 1442 – 3116 – 176 – 4W 4
Cleveland7881.4911340 – 4138 – 4013 – 2143 – 3313 – 165 – 5W 1
Detroit7683.4781542 – 3934 – 4418 – 1429 – 4418 – 165 – 5W 1
Kansas City7386.4591838 – 4035 – 4612 – 2135 – 3814 – 196 – 4L 1
Minnesota7188.4472038 – 4333 – 4513 – 2035 – 3813 – 206 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Houston9366.58549 – 2944 – 3718 – 1319 – 1647 – 265 – 5W 1
Seattle8970.560445 – 3344 – 3719 – 1515 – 1746 – 279 – 1W 4
Oakland8574.535843 – 3842 – 3615 – 1823 – 1036 – 373 – 7L 3
LA Angels7584.4721840 – 4235 – 4216 – 1721 – 1227 – 463 – 7L 1
Texas59100.3713435 – 4324 – 5714 – 2010 – 1928 – 484 – 6W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Atlanta8672.54440 – 3746 – 3543 – 3022 – 1215 – 169 – 1W 6
Philadelphia8178.5095.547 – 3434 – 4440 – 3320 – 1413 – 195 – 5L 4
NY Mets7683.47810.547 – 3429 – 4938 – 3513 – 2016 – 174 – 6W 1
Miami6594.40921.540 – 3825 – 5633 – 4012 – 2017 – 172 – 8L 1
Washington6594.40921.535 – 4330 – 5130 – 4614 – 1811 – 234 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Milwaukee9564.59745 – 3650 – 2817 – 1447 – 2923 – 94 – 6L 1
Y-St. Louis8970.560644 – 3445 – 3617 – 1641 – 3220 – 139 – 1W 1
Cincinnati8277.5161344 – 3738 – 4020 – 1342 – 3111 – 225 – 5L 2
Chi Cubs6990.4342639 – 4230 – 4813 – 2133 – 4017 – 153 – 7W 2
Pittsburgh59100.3713635 – 4324 – 5717 – 1721 – 5211 – 213 – 7L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10554.66052 – 2653 – 2821 – 1120 – 1451 – 228 – 2W 6
Y-LA Dodgers10356.648255 – 2348 – 3324 – 917 – 1350 – 268 – 2W 4
San Diego7881.4912745 – 3633 – 4515 – 1816 – 1733 – 401 – 9L 6
Colorado7385.46231.548 – 3325 – 5219 – 1314 – 1930 – 433 – 7W 2
Arizona50109.3145530 – 4820 – 6113 – 2113 – 1920 – 532 – 8L 4

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills210.6670.094441-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-02 W
Miami Dolphins120.3331.045820-1-01-1-01-2-01-1-02 L
New England Patriots120.3331.054510-2-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets030.0002.020700-1-00-2-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders3001.0000.090722-0-01-0-03-0-00-0-03 W
Denver Broncos3001.0000.076261-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers210.6671.067600-1-02-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs120.3332.092951-1-00-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens210.6670.582851-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Cleveland Browns210.6670.586602-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers120.3331.550660-2-01-0-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans210.6670.071841-1-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Houston Texans120.3331.067761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts030.0002.056800-2-00-1-00-1-00-1-03 L
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.5741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys210.6670.090691-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-02 W
Washington Football Team120.3331.067921-1-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles120.3331.064640-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
New York Giants030.0002.056740-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams3001.0000.095622-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Arizona Cardinals3001.0000.0103651-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-03 W
San Francisco 49ers210.6671.086740-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Seattle Seahawks120.3332.075790-1-01-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers210.6670.068831-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears120.3331.040771-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-01 L
Minnesota Vikings120.3331.087781-0-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions030.0002.067950-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers210.6671.0103882-0-00-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints210.6671.073421-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons120.3332.048940-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC27111334626208-7-03-6-346
D.C.27124114839910-0-32-4-840
New York City FC27116104432128-2-33-4-739
Philadelphia261097332678-3-32-6-439
Atlanta271098363158-3-32-6-539
Orlando City SC2710983940-17-4-23-5-639
CF Montreal2710710383627-3-33-4-737
Columbus2797113236-47-3-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2695122541-165-2-74-3-532
New York268711323025-5-33-2-831
Chicago2876152843-156-5-51-1-1027
Toronto FC2757153153-223-5-42-2-1122
FC Cincinnati2648142851-231-5-53-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2615654122196-4-39-2-251
Sporting KC2714764729187-5-27-2-449
Colorado2613943824147-6-16-3-348
Portland2713410444408-2-35-2-743
Real Salt Lake2711610444228-4-23-2-839
Los Angeles27115113844-67-2-44-3-738
Minnesota2610793032-28-2-32-5-637
Vancouver2681083134-37-2-41-8-434
Los Angeles FC2796123940-16-5-33-1-933
San Jose2789103541-64-3-74-6-333
FC Dallas2869133947-84-6-32-3-1027
Houston28512113141-105-6-30-6-827
Austin2764172743-164-2-72-2-1022

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference