INDIANA HS FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
ADAMS CENTRAL (8-0) AT WOODLAN (4-4)
ALEXANDRIA (5-3) AT MADISON-GRANT (6-2)
AVON (1-7) AT NOBLESVILLE (2-6)
BEN DAVIS (5-3) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-8)
BLACKFORD (1-7) AT FRANKTON (2-6)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (6-1) AT SEYMOUR (6-2)
BREBEUF JESUIT (4-3) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-6)
BREMEN (4-4) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-8)
BROWNSBURG (8-0) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (8-0)
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-7) AT SOUTH DECATUR (4-4)
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (8-0) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-6)
CASCADE (4-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-6)
CASTLE (5-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (5-3)
CASTON (0-8) AT KNOX (5-3)
CENTERVILLE (5-2) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (1-5)
CENTRAL NOBLE (2-6) AT GARRETT (1-7)
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (3-5) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (5-3)
CLARKSVILLE (3-5) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-8)
CLINTON CENTRAL (0-8) AT TRI-CENTRAL (2-6)
CLINTON PRAIRIE (5-3) AT EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (5-3)
COLUMBIA CITY (7-1) AT NORWELL (8-0)
COLUMBUS EAST (4-4) AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (4-4)
COLUMBUS NORTH (4-4) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (5-3)
CONCORD (3-5) AT PLYMOUTH (0-8)
CONNERSVILLE (4-4) AT BATESVILLE (4-4)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (5-3) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (3-4)
CRAWFORDSVILLE (2-6) AT FRANKFORT (1-7)
CROWN POINT (8-0) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-6)
CULVER ACADEMY (1-6) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (4-4)
DECATUR CENTRAL (3-5) AT FRANKLIN (6-2)
DEKALB (3-5) AT LEO (5-3)
DELPHI (4-4) AT TAYLOR (1-7)
DELTA (3-5) AT NEW PALESTINE (8-0)
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (2-6) AT HAMMOND MORTON (0-7)
EAST NOBLE (3-5) AT BELLMONT (0-8)
EASTBROOK (6-2) AT MISSISSINEWA (5-3)
EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-7) AT CHARLESTOWN (7-1)
EASTERN GREENE (1-7) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (1-6)
EASTSIDE (6-2) AT ANGOLA (6-2)
EDGEWOOD (1-7) AT BROWN COUNTY (0-8)
EDINBURGH (4-3) AT PARK TUDOR (5-3)
ELKHART (7-1) AT NEW PRAIRIE (7-1)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-7) AT EVANSVILLE HARRISON (2-6)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (4-4) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-8)
EVANSVILLE REITZ (8-0) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (6-2)
FAIRFIELD (5-3) AT CHURUBUSCO (6-2)
FISHERS (5-3) AT ZIONSVILLE (4-4)
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (3-5) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (6-2)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (4-4) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (7-1)
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-7) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (5-3)
FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-5) AT WESTFIELD (5-3)
FRANKLIN COUNTY (2-6) AT BEECH GROVE (4-4)
FREMONT (2-6) AT LAKE STATION (3-5)
GARY WEST (6-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (5-2)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (8-0) AT BOONVILLE (6-2)
GOSHEN (2-6) AT NORTHWOOD (8-0)
GREENCASTLE (4-4) AT NORTH PUTNAM (3-5)
GREENSBURG (2-6) AT RUSHVILLE (2-6)
GREENWOOD (1-7) AT WHITELAND (7-1)
HAMMOND NOLL (0-7) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-7)
HANOVER CENTRAL (8-0) AT CALUMET (8-0)
HERITAGE HILLS (4-4) AT PRINCETON (0-8)
HOBART (5-3) AT MUNSTER (3-5)
HOMESTEAD (4-4) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-8)
INDIAN CREEK (6-2) AT NORTHVIEW (5-3)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (6-1) AT CENTER GROVE (7-1)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (5-3) AT CINCINNATI ELDER (OHIO)
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (7-1) AT EAST CENTRAL (7-1)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (7-1) AT MONROVIA (2-6)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (1-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (1-7)
JAY COUNTY (2-6) AT HERITAGE (5-3)
JEFFERSONVILLE (1-6) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (2-6)
KANKAKEE VALLEY (4-4) AT HIGHLAND (2-6)
KOKOMO (8-0) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (6-2)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (6-2) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (6-2)
LAKELAND (3-5) AT BLUFFTON (4-4)
LAPEL (4-4) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (3-5)
LAPORTE (2-6) AT PORTAGE (1-7)
LAVILLE (8-0) AT CULVER (5-3)
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-4) AT CARMEL (5-3)
LAWRENCE NORTH (3-5) AT PIKE (1-7)
LAWRENCEBURG (7-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (7-1)
LINTON-STOCKTON (8-0) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (7-1)
LOGANSPORT (6-2) AT ANDERSON (3-5)
LOWELL (5-3) AT ANDREAN (6-2)
MANCHESTER (1-7) AT PERU (2-6)
MARION (0-8) AT MCCUTCHEON (2-6)
MERRILLVILLE (7-1) AT CHESTERTON (3-5)
MISHAWAKA (7-1) AT WAWASEE (1-7)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (5-3) AT YORKTOWN (6-2)
MUNCIE CENTRAL (3-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS TECH (1-7)
NEW ALBANY (2-6) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (3-5)
NEW CASTLE (2-6) AT GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (5-3)
NEW HAVEN (4-4) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-6)
NORTH DAVIESS (4-3) AT SPRINGS VALLEY (4-4)
NORTH MONTGOMERY (4-4) AT DANVILLE (3-5)
NORTH NEWTON (0-7) AT TRI-COUNTY (1-7)
NORTH VERMILLION (5-3) AT SEEGER (6-2)
NORTHEASTERN (6-1) AT HAGERSTOWN (5-2)
NORTHFIELD (4-4) AT NORTH MIAMI (3-5)
OAK HILL (8-0) AT ELWOOD (0-8)
PAOLI (6-2) AT NORTH KNOX (3-4)
PARKE HERITAGE (1-6) AT FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (2-6)
PENDLETON HEIGHTS (4-4) AT SHELBYVILLE (1-7)
PENN (6-2) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-7)
PERRY CENTRAL (7-1) AT MITCHELL (1-7)
PERRY MERIDIAN (3-5) AT MOORESVILLE (6-2)
PIKE CENTRAL (1-7) AT NORTH POSEY (6-2)
PIONEER (2-6) AT NORTH JUDSON (7-1)
PLAINFIELD (3-5) AT MARTINSVILLE (6-2)
PROVIDENCE (6-1) AT NORTH HARRISON (6-2)
RICHMOND (0-8) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (7-1)
RIVER FOREST (5-3) AT BOWMAN ACADEMY (3-3)
RIVERTON PARKE (5-2) AT COVINGTON (3-5)
ROCHESTER (7-1) AT MACONAQUAH (6-2)
SALEM (2-6) AT WEST WASHINGTON (5-2)
SCOTTSBURG (2-6) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (5-3)
SHENANDOAH (4-4) AT MONROE CENTRAL (5-2)
SHERIDAN (7-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (8-0)
SILVER CREEK (3-5) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (3-5)
SOUTH ADAMS (6-2) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (0-8)
SOUTH BEND RILEY (5-3) AT JIMTOWN (6-2)
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-6) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2-6)
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (1-6) AT JOHN GLENN (4-4)
SOUTH NEWTON (5-3) AT FRONTIER (4-4)
SOUTH VERMILLION (6-2) AT ATTICA (0-8)
SOUTHMONT (6-2) AT TRI-WEST (6-2)
SOUTHPORT (0-8) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (4-4)
SOUTHRIDGE (7-1) AT FOREST PARK (1-7)
SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL AT INDIANA DEAF (6-1)
SPEEDWAY (5-3) AT TRITON CENTRAL (6-2)
SWITZERLAND COUNTY (4-4) AT MILAN (3-5)
TELL CITY (2-6) AT SOUTH SPENCER (4-4)
TIPPECANOE VALLEY (8-0) AT SOUTHWOOD (6-2)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (4-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (8-0)
TRI (6-1) AT UNION COUNTY (4-4)
UNION CITY (2-5) AT WINCHESTER (2-5)
VALPARAISO (5-3) AT LAKE CENTRAL (4-4)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (4-4) AT JASPER (5-3)
WARREN CENTRAL (4-4) AT CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (MO.)
WARSAW (6-2) AT NORTHRIDGE (5-3)
WASHINGTON (2-6) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (4-4)
WES-DEL (1-7) AT NORTH DECATUR (8-0)
WEST CENTRAL (7-1) AT NORTH WHITE (5-2)
WEST NOBLE (6-2) AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (2-6)
WEST VIGO (3-5) AT SULLIVAN (4-4)
WESTERN BOONE (7-1) AT LEBANON (6-2)
WHEELER (3-5) AT GRIFFITH (3-5)
WHITING (3-4) AT BOONE GROVE (3-5)
WHITKO (0-8) AT WABASH (2-6)
WINAMAC (2-6) AT TRITON (5-3)
BENTON CENTRAL (3-5) AT TIPTON (3-5)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (6-2) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (6-2)
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (5-3) AT LEWIS CASS (5-3)
TWIN LAKES (1-7) AT NORTHWESTERN (1-7)
WEST LAFAYETTE (8-0) AT WESTERN (5-3)
OWEN VALLEY (8-0) AT CLOVERDALE (1-7)
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER REGIONAL BRACKETS
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER REGIONAL BRACKETS
INDIANA BOYS TENNIS TOURNEY BRACKET:
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE
1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON
2. NEW HAVEN @ HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE
3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY
4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL SCORES/BRACKETS
WEEK 7 INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
ANDERSON VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
BALL STATE VS. UCONN, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)
BUTLER AT VALPARAISO, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)
FRANKLIN VS. DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
HANOVER AT MANCHESTER, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
INDIANA VS. MARYLAND, OCTOBER 15 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN2)
INDIANA STATE AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
INDIANA WESLEYAN AT LAWRENCE TECH, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
MARIAN AT ST. FRANCIS, OCTOBER 15 AT NOON
NOTRE DAME VS. STANFORD, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:30 P.M. (TV: NBC)
PURDUE VS. NEBRASKA, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:30 P.M. (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)
ROSE-HULMAN AT BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
TAYLOR VS. CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
TRINE AT OLIVET, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
UINDY AT SAGINAW VALLEY STATE, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M.
WABASH VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
WEEK 7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, OCT. 13
WEST VIRGINIA 43, BAYLOR 40
UCF 70, TEMPLE 13
NC CENTRAL 59, MORGAN STATE 20
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
BROWN AT PRINCETON | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
NAVY AT SMU | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
UTSA AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
RANKINGS: CHECK OUT THE LATEST TOP 25 POLLS
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
NO. 10 PENN STATE AT NO. 5 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
AUBURN AT NO. 9 OLE MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 19 KANSAS AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
IOWA STATE AT NO. 22 TEXAS | 12 P.M. | ABC
MINNESOTA AT NO. 24 ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COLGATE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (OHIO) AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
OLD DOMINION AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
BUFFALO AT UMASS | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
CAL AT COLORADO | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
UCONN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
VANDERBILT AT NO. 1 GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 3 ALABAMA AT NO. 6 TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE AT NO. 13 TCU | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 15 NC STATE AT NO. 18 SYRACUSE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT BYU | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
GARDNER-WEBB AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MARYLAND AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT TOLEDO | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
OHIO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TEXAS STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 25 JAMES MADISON AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
TULANE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
LOUISIANA TECH AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
RICE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
LSU AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UTAH STATE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
ARKANSAS STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
NO. 4 CLEMSON AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 16 MISSISSIPPI STATE AT NO. 22 KENTUCKY | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
STANFORD AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK
NEBRASKA AT PURDUE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MEMPHIS AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 7 USC AT NO. 20 UTAH | 8 P.M. | FOX
NORTH CAROLINA AT DUKE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON STATE | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT UNLV | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SAN JOSE STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:45 P.M. | FS1
NEVADA AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
NFL WEEK 6
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022
WASHINGTON 12 CHICAGO 7
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
DALLAS COWBOYS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN
THURSDAY, OCT. 13
CLEVELAND AT NEW YORK YANKEES POSTPONED
HOUSTON 4 SEATTLE 2
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
ALDS GAME 2, CLE @ NYY 1:07 P.M. TBS (MOVED FROM THURSDAY)
NLDS GAME 3, ATL @ PHI 4:37 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES
NLDS GAME 3, LAD @ SD 8:37 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
NLDS GAME 4, ATL @ PHI 2:07 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES
ALDS GAME 3, HOU @ SEA 4:07 P.M., TBS
ALDS GAME 3, NYY @ CLE 7:37 P.M., TBS
NLDS GAME 4, LAD @ SD 9:37 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES
SUNDAY, OCT. 16
ALDS GAME 4, HOU @ SEA 3:07 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLDS GAME 5, PHI @ ATL 4:37 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES (IF NECESSARY)
ALDS GAME 4, NYY @ CLE 7:07 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLDS GAME 5, SD @ LAD 9:07 P.M., FS1/FOX DEPORTES (IF NECESSARY)
• UNDER ANY SCENARIO, HOU @ SEA WILL REMAIN AT 3:07 P.M. ET.
• PHI @ ATL WILL SLIDE TO 6:07 P.M. ET ON FS1/FOX DEPORTES IF BOTH THE NYY-CLE AND THE LAD-SD DIVISION SERIES ARE OVER AFTER SATURDAY, OCT. 15.
• LAD-SD ON FS1/FOX DEPORTES CAN SLIDE TO 8:37 P.M. ET IF THE NYY-CLE SERIES IS OVER AFTER SATURDAY, OCT. 15.
MONDAY, OCT. 17
ALDS GAME 5, SEA @ HOU 5:07 P.M., TNT (IF NECESSARY)
ALDS GAME 5, CLE @ NYY 7:37 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
• IF THERE IS ONLY ONE GAME ON MONDAY, THEN IT WILL BE PLAYED AT 7:07 P.M. ET ON TBS.
MEMPHIS 126 DETROIT 111
OKLAHOMA CITY 118 SAN ANTONIO 112
BUFFALO 4 OTTAWA 1
PHILADELPHIA 5 NEW JERSEY 2
PITTSBURGH 6 ARIZONA 2
TORONTO 3 WASHINGTON 2
FLORIDA 3 NY ISLANDERS 1
NY RANGERS 7 MINNESOTA 3
DALLAS 4 NASHVILLE 1
CALGARY 5 COLORADO 3
VEGAS 1 CHICAGO 0
SEATTLE 4 LOS ANGELES 1
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Mathis runs for 163, Legg’s FG lifts WVU over Baylor 43-40
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Tony Mathis rushed for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns and Casey Legg kicked a 22-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to lift West Virginia to a 43-40 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.
Mathis came up big in the absence of West Virginia’s leading rusher, CJ Donaldson, who was ruled out of the game after entering the concussion protocol during a loss at Texas on Oct. 1.
Mathis said he put no extra pressure on himself to perform in Donaldson’s absence.
“I just went through the same routine I do every week and just bought into it with what the coaches were telling me,” Mathis said.
Mathis scored on a 34-yard run with 7:05 left and set up the winning field goal with a 37-yard run to the Baylor 8. He surpassed his previous best of 118 yards against Kansas last year.
“He was decisive,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “And that’s where he hasn’t been this year.”
West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) compiled 217 rushing yards.
Baylor had one last chance starting from its 23-yard line. But backup quarterback Kyron Drones threw two incompletions and was tackled near midfield on a scramble as time ran out.
Defending Big 12 champion Baylor (3-3, 2-2) lost its second straight game despite rolling up 590 yards of offense.
The Bears lost starting quarterback Blake Shapen in the third quarter when he slid at the end of a scramble and took a helmet-to-helmet hit from West Virginia’s Andrew Wilson-Lamp. Wilson-Lamp was flagged for targeting. The call was upheld upon review and Wilson-Lamp was ejected. Shapen left the field, went to a medical tent to be evaluated and did not return.
Baylor coach Dave Aranda said Shapen and injured running back Craig Williams will get examined on Friday “and we should have an idea after that.”
Shapen completed 14 of 22 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns.
Drones replaced Shapen and led Baylor on two touchdown drives. After Qualan Jones scored on a 2-yard run with 13:39 remaining, West Virginia’s Dante Stills blocked the extra-point kick, teammate Jacolby Spells picked up the loose ball and ran the length of the field to give the Mountaineers two points. Baylor still led at that point 37-33.
After Mathis’ long scoring run, Baylor squandered several TD chances.
West Virginia safety Aubrey Burks intercepted Drones at the West Virginia 19. Dillon Doyle got the ball back for the Bears with an interception of JT Daniels at the West Virginia 26 with 3:12 remaining. But Baylor had to settle for John Mayers’ 44-yard field goal with 1:40 left to tie the game at 40, setting up the Mountaineers’ winning drive.
Legg is a perfect 8 of 8 on field goal tries this season.
“Great job by West Virginia and coach Brown, their fight and execution really showed up tonight,” Aranda said.
BACK FROM THE BRINK
Brown has heard plenty of speculation about how his team is in a lull this season. But after starting 0-2, West Virginia has won three of its last four.
“I’m proud of our group,” he said. “We overcame adversity. I think `the demise’ is kind of getting ahead of itself.”
BIG PLAY RECEIVERS
Baylor’s Gavin Holmes set career highs with seven catches for 210 yards. West Virginia’s Kaden Prather had eight catches for the second straight game and set a career high with 109 yards. Both had a TD catch.
Baylor has scored 13 touchdowns on offense this season from at least 25 yards out, and they got two of those in the first half Thursday night.
Baylor: The Bears now find themselves in the middle of the league standings with half of the season still remaining.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 at home against Baylor and got a much-needed win because they could be underdogs in every remaining game in a bid to become bowl eligible.
“For us, I hope this really sets us up for a stretch run,” Brown said.
Baylor hosts No. 19 Kansas on Oct. 22.
West Virginia plays at Texas Tech on Oct. 22.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
• Conference action continues this week, with five Big Ten contests highlighted by four divisional matchups. Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Rutgers will enjoy byes this week, with the complete schedule appearing to the right.
• A trio of Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan and Ohio State are 6-0, while Penn State is 5-0. The Nittany Lions look to remain undefeated as they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday for a divisional battle against the Wolverines at noon ET on FOX.
• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week, highlighted by two of the top five teams and three teams in the top 10. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 5 Michigan and No. 10 Penn State, while Illinois makes its poll debut at No. 24. The Fighting Illini are ranked for the first time since 2011. Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue are all receiving votes.
• Ohio State picked up its first road win of the season at Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 49-20. Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud completed 21-of-26 passes for 361 yards and became the first Ohio State and Big Ten quarterback to throw for six touchdown passes in three different games. Four other Big Ten quarterbacks have thrown six touchdown passes on two occasions: Buckeyes J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, Iowa’s Chuck Long and Purdue’s Drew Brees.
• Illinois extended its winning streak to four games on Saturday night, taking down Iowa at Memorial Stadium for the program’s first win over the Hawkeyes since 2008. This marks the first time the Illini have beaten Iowa and Wisconsin in the same season since 1989. The Illinois defense held Iowa to 52 rushing yards, the fifth straight game they have allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards. Illinois joins Marshall as the only two FBS teams to not allow an offensive touchdown at home this season.
• The Illini’s Chase Brown extended his program-record 100-yard rushing streak to seven games, recording 146 yards on 31 carries on Saturday. Brown is also the first Illini back to open a season with six-straight 100-yard games. The Illini offense notched 316 total yards of offense — 200 on the ground and 116 through the air — in the win, while Seth Coleman recorded two of the Illini’s five sacks on the night.
• Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State currently rank among the top 25 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank seventh nationally in scoring offense, averaging 43.0 points per contest, while ranking No. 5 nationally in scoring defense (11.3 points per game). The Gophers rank No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (8.8 points per game), while ranking 21st in scoring offense (38.6 points per game). The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense, averaging 48.8 points per game, while ranking No. 15 nationally in scoring defense (15.7 points per game).
• Three additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 15 in terms of scoring defense: Illinois (1st, 8.0 points per game), Iowa (3rd, 9.8 points per game) and Penn State (13th, 14.8 points per game).
• Michigan defeated Indiana 31-10 on Saturday, improving to 6-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1976-77. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy set career-best marks in pass attempts (28), completions (36) and passing yards (304), with the latter marking his first 300-yard game as a Wolverine.
• The Wolverine defense pitched a shutout after halftime and held Indiana to just 29 yards in the second half. They forced the Hoosiers to punt on their first five possessions of the second half before forcing a turnover on downs with under two minutes to play. In total, Michigan defenders produced 10 TFLs and seven sacks. The Wolverines have at least 3.0 sacks in four of six games this year.
• The Big Ten boasts seven top 25 FBS running backs in rushing yards per game, including five of the top 15: Illinois’ Chase Brown (2nd, 146.5), Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim (4th, 141.8), Michigan’s Blake Corum (7th, 122.5), Nebraska’s Anthony Grant (12th, 107.8), Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen (15th, 105.7), Ohio State’s Miyan Williams (18th, 99.4) and Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton (25th, 92.6).
• Nine Big Ten Conference students are among the 156 semifinalists for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Alex Pihlstrom, Indiana’s Beau Robbins, Iowa’s Jack Campbell, Michigan’s Jake Moody, Nebraska’s Travis Vokolek, Northwestern’s Charlie Mangieri, Ohio State’s Bradley Robinson, Penn State’s Jonathan Sutherland and Rutgers’ Adam Korsak.
• The 2022 campaign features 94 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Ohio State leads the way, welcoming back 17 All-Big Ten honorees this season. Each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning this season, with 56 of the 94 returning All-Big Ten players coming from the East Division.
• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.
MUFFED PUNT, ROBINSON TD LIFT COMMANDERS OVER BEARS 12-7
CHICAGO (AP) Brian Robinson scored plenty of touchdowns during his stellar career at Alabama. The rookie’s first as a pro came at a big moment.
Christian Holmes recovered a muffed punt by Velus Jones deep in Chicago territory to set up a 1-yard touchdown by Robinson midway through the fourth quarter, and the Washington Commanders stopped a four-game losing streak, hanging on to beat the Bears 12-7 on Thursday night.
“It was a huge,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “We’ve been on a skid lately, we’ve been in some tough games, had some tough go’s with it. This one was huge.”
This one might not have been quite as ugly as the Colts-Broncos yawner a week earlier that had famed play-by-play announcer Al Michaels launching zingers and creating a buzz on social media. There were plenty of bad reads, tipped balls, overthrown passes and sloppy play in general. But there was also no shortage of drama down the stretch.
The Commanders (2-4) were aided by two turnovers after taking the ball away just once in the first five games and won for the first time since beating Jacksonville in the opener. Jonathan Allen intercepted Justin Fields’ pass deep in Washington territory in the first half.
Robinson – playing his second game in five days, less than seven weeks since being shot twice in the right leg in an attempted robbery – scored his first career touchdown. Benjamin St-Juste stopped Darnell Mooney just shy of the end zone in the closing minute of the game, sending the Bears (2-4) to their third loss in a row.
“God is good, man,” Allen said. “The NFL is not for the faint of heart. Tough game, man. I’m glad we’re able to pull it out at the end.”
Washington caught a huge break when it punted on fourth down at its 37. Jones had trouble tracking the ball, then let it hit off his arms.
Holmes recovered it in a big pile at the 6, and Robinson scored two plays later, making it 12-7 with 7:21 remaining.
Wentz overthrew Curtis Samuel in the back of the end zone on the 2-point conversion attempt, and Joey Slye missed a 48-yard field goal wide left with 1:48 remaining.
Fields then broke off a 39-yard run to the 5. But after blowing two big scoring chances in the first half, the Bears let another slip away.
“We always get told that we’re almost there, we’re almost there,” Fields said. “Me personally, I’m tired of being almost there. I’m tired of being just this close. I feel like I’ve been hearing it for so long now.”
Dante Pettis was unable to hang onto a third-down pass in the end zone with Darrick Forrest all over him. A leaping Darnell Mooney got knocked out of bounds by Benjamin St-Juste inches shy of the goal line as he hauled in a pass.
Fields, whose left shoulder was bothering him, completed 14 of 27 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown after setting career highs in completion rate (71.4 %) and passer rating (118.8) against Minnesota on Sunday. He threw a 40-yard touchdown to Dante Pettis in the third. But was intercepted by Allen with the ball on the Washington 5 late in the first quarter when he threw a laser that hit defensive tackle Efe Obada’s helmet and popped into the air. Allen came away with the interception
Fields also ran for 88 yards.
“I think he took a step forward, I really do,” coach Matt Eberflus said. “The toughness. For me, the ability to take the ball and drive it down at the very end, to give us a chance to win it – that’s to me what was the improvement. Were there other moments that we need to clean up and the offense needs to clean up? Sure. But we had the drives down there, and if we punch those in, the game’s a different game.”
Pettis had four catches for 84 yards.
The Bears, wearing orange jerseys and helmets, blew huge scoring chances on back-to-back possessions in the first half. After Fields’ pass was picked off by Allen, the Bears had another big chance early in the second.
Khalil Herbert broke a tackle and crossed the field on a 64-yard run to the 6. But Fields overthrew a wide-open Ryan Griffin in the end zone and Herbert got stopped on fourth down at the 1.
Joey Slye gave Washington a 3-0 lead when he kicked a field goal in the closing minute of the first half.
Commanders: TE Josh Bates (hamstring) was hurt in the first half. … Wentz said his shoulder felt fine, though his hand was sore after he hit it on a helmet.
Bears: G Lucas Patrick (concussion protocol) was hurt blocking on a run early in the third quarter, but quickly returned to the game. … WR N’Keal Harry was a healthy scratch, potentially setting him up to make his Bears debut at New England on Oct. 24. Harry, a first-round pick by the Patriots in 2019, was acquired from New England in July and suffered an ankle injury in training camp that required surgery.
Commanders: Host Green Bay on Oct. 23.
Bears: Visit New England on Oct. 24.
Deshaun Watson facing new lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct
CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing a new civil lawsuit from a woman in Texas claiming he pressured her into a sexual act during a massage therapy session two years ago.
The woman, referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in Harris County District Court in Houston. She claims Watson asked to have sex with her after getting a massage in a hotel room in 2020. When she refused, he “was able to pressure her into oral sex.”
According to the lawsuit, Watson paid her $300, although her normal charge is $115 for an hourly massage. The woman claims Watson continued to text her following the encounter.
She’s seeking “minimal compensatory damages” but has “suffered mental anguish because of Watson’s behavior,” according to the lawsuit.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he’s trying find out the accuser’s name.
“It is against Texas Civil procedure to file an anonymous civil law suit, though it is certainly permissible in a criminal case,” Hardin said in an email to AP. “But in a civil case where you are seeking money, the defendant is entitled to know who you are.”
The NFL did not immediately responded to a request for comment.
Watson is serving an 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct. The three-time Pro Bowler returned to the Browns’ training facility earlier this week and is allowed to interact with his teammates and coaches after being banned since Aug. 30.
Watson has settled civil lawsuits with 23 of 24 women claiming he acted inappropriately while getting massages when he played for the Texans.
The Browns had no immediate comment on the new lawsuit.
The 27-year-old Watson settled in August with the league, agreeing to his suspension, a $5 million fine and to undergo independent counseling and therapy. He’s not eligible to begin practicing until Nov. 14.
If he abides by the provisions in the settlement, Watson can be reinstated on Nov. 28 and play on Dec. 4, when the Browns visit Houston.
Watson has not spoken to the media since the settlement was reached on Aug. 18. He was seen in the Browns’ locker room Thursday as his teammates prepared to play the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Two separate grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges following complaints by more than two dozen women of lewd behavior. Watson has always maintained his innocence, professing he never harassed or assaulted anyone.
Before he played in an exhibition game this summer, Watson apologized for the first time to any women who may have been impacted by his behavior.
The Browns traded three first-round draft picks in March to Houston for Watson before signing him to a five-year, $240 million contract that’s fully guaranteed.
AP sources: No plan to vote on Commanders owner Dan Snyder
(AP) — There is no plan to vote on Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder’s status next week at the NFL owners’ meetings in New York, according to three people with knowledge of the agenda.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the discussions are private.
Snyder’s ownership of the team has been widely debated for years amid several scandals and investigations into workplace conduct in Washington. It became a hotter topic Thursday following an ESPN report detailing Snyder’s efforts to influence other owners and the league office to maintain control of the team.
ESPN reported, citing anonymous sources, Snyder has hired private investigators and told people he has enough information to expose fellow owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Commanders are denying the contents of the report. In a statement sent to the AP, a team spokesperson called it “categorically untrue” and “clearly part of a well-funded, two-year campaign to coerce the sale of the team, which will continue to be unsuccessful.”
Holland & Knight, one of the law firms representing Snyder, did not immediately respond to a message seeking a response to the report.
Following Washington’s 12-7 victory at Chicago on Thursday night that stopped a four-game slide, coach Ron Rivera said he is focused on his team and that his players should be recognized for their resilience. He also angrily insisted he wanted the team to trade for quarterback Carson Wentz, refuting the ESPN report that Snyder was behind the move.
“The young man doesn’t deserve to have that all the time. I’m sorry. I’m done,” Rivera said before departing the media room.
Snyder has owned the team since 1999. He and the organization are currently the subject of ongoing investigations by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform and former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who is conducting a new review on behalf of the NFL.
Last month, league executive Jeff Miller said there was no timeline for the completion of White’s investigation. Lisa Banks, who represents more than 40 former team employees, among whom some have spoken to White, voiced disappointment about the owners’ plan not to vote on Snyder but expects new findings to change that trajectory.
“I think they’re waiting, and they’ve indicated in the past that they’re going to wait, to see what Mary Jo White’s report says before making any decisions,” Banks said in a phone interview Thursday. “But I expect that after they have that report, they will have plenty to base a removal on, if they choose to do that. I only hope they have the courage to do that.”
Banks said clients of hers and colleague Debra Katz have been cooperating with the active league and congressional investigations but have not heard back from the NFL office about offers to speak to Goodell or a representative about their experiences.
The current reviews come on the heels of the league’s initial independent investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm commissioned in 2020, which found Washington’s workplace culture to be toxic. Snyder and the team were fined $10 million in July 2021, and the league said he turned day-to-day operations over to wife Tanya, but no written report of the findings was released.
The lack of a written report prompted Congress to investigate, and officials invited Snyder and Goodell to testify. Goodell appeared at a public hearing in June. Snyder testified in a private deposition for more than 10 hours in July, the transcript of which has still yet to be released.
A spokesperson for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform had no update other than to say the investigation is ongoing.
The day before Goodell testified, the committee released a 29-page memo about its investigation, saying Snyder tried to discredit those accusing him and other club executives of misconduct and tried to influence Wilkinson’s investigation.
“The Committee’s investigation also sheds light on the extent of Mr. Snyder’s role in creating and fostering the Commanders’ toxic workplace,” the memo said. “This new evidence suggests that Mr. Snyder’s efforts to influence the Wilkinson Investigation may have been intended to conceal or distract from his own role in this troubling conduct.”
According to the congressional memo, Snyder “endeavored to dissuade his accusers from cooperating with the Wilkinson investigation by sending private investigators to their homes or offering them hush money.”
AP Source: Brady could be fined for apparent kick of Jarrett
(AP) — The NFL has looked at Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett’s disputed roughing-the-passer penalty on Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady to determine whether Brady attempted to kick Jarrett and if that warrants a fine, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the league notifies players of fines on Friday. Fines for kicking are $10,500 for a first offense and $15,500 for a second.
Jarrett was flagged for slinging Brady to the ground during Tampa Bay’s 21-15 win over Atlanta on Sunday. It appeared Brady tried to kick Jarrett as both players were getting up, but he didn’t make contact.
Jarrett and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones are automatically subject to fines for roughing penalties that sparked outrage among players, coaches and fans because the hits didn’t seem to warrant flags.
Fines for roughing the passer are $15,000 for first offense and $20,000 for second. It was the first offense this season for both Jarrett and Jones.
NFL WEEK 6 CAPSULES
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-2) @ ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 47-31-1
STREAKS Falcons have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 12/19/21: Falcons 13 at 49ers 31
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/18/16: Falcons 41, 49ers 13
LAST WEEK W 37-15 at Carolina
COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 1-1
PTS. FOR 21.6
PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 65-107-5-1-97.8
RUSHING Jeff Wilson: 74-375-5.1-2
RECEIVING Deebo Samuel: 20-266-13.3-2
PTS. AGAINST 12.2
SACKS Nick Bosa: 6
INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 2
TAKE/GIVE +1 (7/6)
PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.4 (41.0)
KICKING Robbie Gould: 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/9 FG)
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.4 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 123.7 rating in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 active QBs (Lamar Jackson & Patrick Mahomes) with .700+ win. pct. (19-7) on road since 2017 (min. 25 road starts). • RB JEFF WILSON had 132 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 12 rec.) & 15th-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 110 rush yards & rush TD in last meeting. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD & rec. TD last week, his 6th-career game with 2+ TDs. Had 3,350 scrimmage yards & 29 TDs in 56 games (2015-18) with Atl. • FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had rush TD in last meeting. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 12th-career TD catch last week & aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 89 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 5 catches last week. Has 19 catches for 227 yards (113.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 90+ rec. yards. • DL NICK BOSA had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 13.5 sacks & 18 TFL in his past 12 on road. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 6 sacks. • LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles, 2 TFL, sack & PD last week. Had FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 9+ tackles & PD. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had career-high 4 PD last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 8 PD & is 1 of 3 DBs with PD in each of 1st 5 weeks. • S TALANOA HUFANGA had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
LAST WEEK L 21-15 at Tampa Bay
COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-1
PTS. FOR 23.6
PASSING Marcus Mariota: 71-123-926-4-4-78.8
RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 39-184-4.7-0
RECEIVING Drake London (R): 22-266-12.1-2
PTS. AGAINST 24.4
SACKS Grady Jarrett: 3.5
INTs Four tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE -1 (7/8)
PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 49.3 (44.1)
KICKING Younghoe Koo: 40 (10/10 PAT; 10/13 FG)
QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 208 yards (147 pass, 61 rush) & TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 86.6 rating in Week 5, his 9th-career game with 50+ rush yards. Passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.8 rating in his only career start vs. SF (12/17/17 w/ Ten.). • RB TYLER ALLGEIER (rookie) rushed for 45 yards last week & had 30+ rush yards in each of his 1st 4 career games. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) had 4 catches for 35 yards last week. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 22 receptions & 266 rec. yards. • TE KYLE PITTS had 4 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 7th-career rec. TD last week. Had 53 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 45+ rec. yards. • DL GRADY JARRETT has sack in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 6+ tackles. • LB MYKAL WALKER led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 11+ tackles & 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB RASHAAN EVANS aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. • CB AJ TERRELL has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 2 PD in last meeting. • CB CASEY HAYWARD aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. SF (9/30/18 w/ Chargers). Since 2012, is 1 of 5 with 110+ PD (112). • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had career-high 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. • S RICHIE GRANT had 7 tackles in Week 5. Is 1 of 5 NFC DBs with 5+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3) @ CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 13-12
STREAKS Patriots have won past 4
LAST GAME 11/14/21: Browns 7 at Patriots 45
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/9/16: Patriots 33, Browns 13
LAST WEEK W 29-0 vs. Detroit
COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 8-2
PTS. FOR 20.6
PASSING Mac Jones: 64-97-786-2-5-76.2
RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 68-372-5.5-1
RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 20-261-13.1-1
PTS. AGAINST 19.6
SACKS Matt Judon: 6
INTs Jack Jones (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE -2 (8/10)
PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 44.4 (35.4)
KICKING Nick Folk: 37 (10/10 PAT; 9/10 FG)
QB MAC JONES completed 19 of 23 atts. (82.6 pct.) & had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with career high 142.1 rating in last meeting. Has 250+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 road start. • QB BAILEY ZAPPE (rookie) made 1st-career start last week & completed 17 of 21 atts. (81 pct.) with TD vs. INT for 100 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rating. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had career-high 161 rush yards last in Week 5, most rush yards by NE RB since 2014 (201 by Jonas Gray). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 100 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 7 catches & season-high 111 rec. yards & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 95+ rec. yards. Had 1st-career rec. TD in last meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 91 rec. yards in his last game vs. Cle. (11/24/91 w/ Mia.). • TE HUNTER HENRY had 54 rec. yards in Week 5. Had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had season-high 2 sacks & 1st FF of season last week, his 9thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Is only player in NFL with sack in each of 1st 5 weeks & can become 1st player since 2018 with sack in each of team’s 1st 6 games of season. • DL DEATRICH WISE had 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. • DB DEVIN MCCOURTY has 6+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Had PD in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. Ranks 2nd among active players with 31 career INTs. • DB JACK JONES is 1st NE rookie with INT in consecutive games since Logan Ryan. • DB KYLE DUGGER had 1st FR of season in Week 5. Had INT in last meeting. • DB JABRILL PEPPERS had 8 PD, 4 FRs & 2 INTs in 2 seasons with Cle. (2017-18).
LAST WEEK L 30-28 vs. L.A. Chargers
COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 0-1
PTS. FOR 26.6
PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 103=161-1,060-5-3-85.4
RUSHING Nick Chubb: 98-593-6.1-7
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 27-304-11.3-3
PTS. AGAINST 25.0
SACKS Myles Garrett: 3
INTs Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward: 1
TAKE/GIVE 0 (4/4)
PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 47.6 (41.9)
KICKING Cade York (R): 37 (13/15 PAT; 8/10 FG)
QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 96.2 rating in 3 home starts this season. Selected by NE in 2016 NFL Draft & started 2 games for franchise. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 134 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2018. Is only player in NFL with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 weeks & can become 1st player since 2018 with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of team’s 1st 6 games of season. Leads NFL with 593 rush yards & 7 rush TDs. Rushed for 138 yards in last meeting. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 2nd rush TD of season in Week 5. Has 431 scrimmage yards (215.5 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in 2 career games vs. NE. • WR AMARI COOPER had 7 catches for 76 yards & TD last week. Has 7+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 5 catches for 55 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row at home with rec. TD. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE DAVID NJOKU had 6 catches for team-high 88 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • DE MYLES GARRETT has sack in each of 2 career games vs. NE. Has 11 sacks in 8 career games vs. AFC East. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 1st TFL of season last week. Has 4 sacks in 5 career games vs. NE. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. • LB JACOB PHLILLIPS tied career high with 10 tackles & had sack last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. • CB DENZEL WARD had career-high 10 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD.
NEW YORK JETS (3-2) @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Jets lead all-time series, 8-5
STREAKS Packers have won past 3
LAST GAME 12/23/18: Packers 44 at Jets 38 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Packers 31, Jets 24
LAST WEEK W 40-17 vs. Miami
COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-0
PTS. FOR 23.2
PASSING Zach Wilson: 32-57-462-1-2-73.9
RUSHING Breece Hall (R): 56-275-4.9-2
RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 23-282-12.3-2
PTS. AGAINST 23.6
SACKS Quinnen Williams: 3
INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 2
TAKE/GIVE 0 (9/9)
PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 45.8 (42.8)
KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 36 (12/13 PAT; 8/9 FG)
QB ZACH WILSON passed for 210 yards with 0 INTs & 99.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. NFC with 0 INTs. • RB BREECE HALL had season-high 197 scrimmage yards (100 rec., 97 rush) & rush TD last week, most scrimmage yards by rookie in single game this season & mostever by NYJ rookie. Became 5th rookie since 1990 with 95+ rush yards & 95+ rec. yards in single game. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Leads all rookies with 488 scrimmage yards this season. • RB MICHAEL CARTER had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 5. Carter (2) & Hall (2) are 1 of 2 pairs of AFC RB teammates (Nick Chubb & Kareem Hunt) each with 2+ rush TDs in 2022. • WR COREY DAVIS aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 2nd among rookies with 23 receptions & 282 rec. yards. • TE TYLER CONKLIN has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches in his last game vs. GB (1/2/22 w/ Min.). • LB C.J. MOSLEY tied for team lead with 10 tackles last week, his 4th game with 10+ tackles this season, tied-most in NFL. Had 7 tackles, FF & FR in his last game vs. GB (11/19/17 w/ Bal.). Aims for his 21st in row with 7+ tackles. • LB KWON ALEXANDER had season-high 10 tackles & TFL in Week 5. • DE CARL LAWSON had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had career-high 2.5 sacks in only career game vs. GB (9/24/17 w/ Cin.). • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had half sack & FR in Week 5. Aims for 5th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • CB SUACE GARDNER (rookie) had 1st-career INT last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (James Bradberry & Charvarius Ward) with PD in each of 1st 5 weeks of season.
QB AARON RODGERS had 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 96.3 rating in Week 5 & joined Tom Brady (120) as only players ever with 100 career games with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Had 442 pass yards & 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 103.8 rating in last meeting. Passed for 346 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.8 rating in last home meeting. • RB AARON JONES had 80 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 17 rec.) last week & has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 1st 5 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. • RB A.J. DILLON aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR RANDALL COBB led team with 7 receptions & 99 rec. yards last week. Had 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 17th-career TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 at home & 6 of his past 7 overall. • TE MARCEDES LEWIS had 38th-career TD catch last week, his 1st rec. TD of 2022. • LB PRESTON SMITH had 53rd-career sack in Week 5. Has 6.5 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 5 at home & aims for his 6th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • LB RASHAN GARY has 11 sacks in his past 9 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with sack. Ranks 3rd in NFC with 5 sacks in 2022. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles in his last game vs. NYJ (10/11/20 w/ Az.). • LB QUAY WALKER is 1 of 4 rookies with 5+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Has 7 PD in his past 6 at home.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-3) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-2-1)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 26-17
STREAKS Jaguars have won past 2
LAST GAME 9/18/22: Colts 0 at Jaguars 24
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/14/21: Colts 23, Jaguars 17
LAST WEEK L 13-6 vs. Houston
COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 2-0
PTS. FOR 22.2
PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 113-181-1,232-8-4-88.0
RUSHING James Robinson: 69-286-4.1-3
RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 21-338-16.1-3
PTS. AGAINST 16.0
SACKS Josh Allen: 3
INTs Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE +1 (9/8)
PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.2 (44.7)
KICKING Riley Patterson: 37 (10/10 PAT; 9/10 FG)
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE had season-high 286 pass yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 110+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INT for 97.4 rating in 3 career starts vs. Ind. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts overall & 0 INTs in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. division. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 78 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE led team with career-high 114 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 43 rec.) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR MARVIN JONES led team with season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (104) in Week 5, his 14th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of 1st 5 games of season. Had 6 catches for 78 yards & 2 TDs in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 6+ catches. • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 6 catches for season-high 69 yards last week. Had seasonhigh 7 catches in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 6+ catches. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 8 tackles, 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Had PD in Week 2 meeting. • LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 3rd in row with TFL & has TFL in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 2 sacks & FF in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 2+ sacks. • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. Leads all rookies with 49 tackles this season.
LAST WEEK W 12-9 at Denver (OT) (Thu.)
COACH VS. OPP. Frank Reich: 4-5
PTS. FOR 13.8
PASSING Matt Ryan: 128-195-1,376-5-7-79.8
RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 81-328-4.0-1
RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 25-283-11.3-1
PTS. AGAINST 18.8
SACKS Kwity Paye: 3
INTs S.Gilmore, R.McLeod, R.Thomas (R): 1
TAKE/GIVE -6 (5/11)
PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 44.6 (42.5)
KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 25 (4/4 PAT; 7/8 FG)
QB MATT RYAN aims for 3rd in row with 250+ pass yards. Has 105+ rating in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (Josh Allen & Tom Brady) with 350+ pass yards in multiple games this season. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR has 380 scrimmage yards (190 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career home games vs. Jax. Has 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of 6 career home games vs. division. Has 1,121 scrimmage yards (124.6 per game) & 9 rush TDs in his past 9 at home. • RB DEON JACKSON had career-high 91 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 5. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY made Ind. debut last week & had 54 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 14 rec.). Had rush TD in his last game vs. Jax. (9/12/21 w/ Hou.). • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 5 catches for 59 yards in Week 5 & has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 1st 4 games of season. Had 6 catches for 64 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 60+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. division & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR ALEC PIERCE (rookie) led team with season-high 81 rec. yards last week. Aims 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards & 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD has 5+ tackles in each of his 8 career games vs. Jax. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER set season highs in tackles (8) & sacks (2) & had 1st FF & PD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with TFL. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had season-high 1.5 sacks last week. Had 42 TFL & 37.5 sacks in 4 seasons with Jax. (2016-19). • CB STEPHON GILMORE had season-high 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 5+ tackles & PD.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-1) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS Dolphins have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 12/16/18: Dolphins 17 at Vikings 41
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Dolphins 37, Vikings 35
LAST WEEK W 29-22 vs. Chicago
COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0
PTS. FOR 23.0
PASSING Kirk Cousins: 131-198-1,327-7-5-86.4
RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 81-373-4.6-3
RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 40-547-13.7-2
PTS. AGAINST 20.4
SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 3.5
INTs Jordan Hicks, Josh Metellus, Harrison Smith: 1
TAKE/GIVE +1 (7/6)
PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 45.6 (42.6)
KICKING Greg Joseph: 35 (11/12 PAT; 8/12 FG)
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for season-high 296 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 10 of his past 12 road starts. Had 2 TD passes vs. INT for 112.2 rating in last meeting. • RB DALVIN COOK had season-high 121 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 5, his 8th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had 163 scrimmage yards (136 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had career-high 12 receptions for 154 yards last week & tied HOFers Lance Alworth (6) & Randy Moss (6) for most games with 150+ rec. yards in 1st 3 seasons all-time. Has 17 games with 100+ rec. yards, 3rd-most ever by player in 1st 3 career seasons. Can become 4th player ever with 10+ catches & 125+ rec. yards in 3 straight games. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 3rd sack of season last week. Has 7 sacks in his past 7 on road. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. • LB D.J. WONNUM had 0.5 sacks & 3rd-career FF last week. Has 6 sacks in his past 6 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH is 1 of 3 (Maxx Crosby & Micah Parsons) with TFL in each of 1st 5 weeks. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. • LB JORDAN HICKS aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS had sack & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles. • S HARRISON SMITH had 2nd PD of season last week. Aims for his 13th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Had INT in last road meeting.
LAST WEEK W 40-17 at N.Y. Jets
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0
PTS. FOR 23.0
PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 80-115-1,035-8-3-109.9
RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 57-260-4.6-1
RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 38-524-13.8-2
PTS. AGAINST 26.2
SACKS Melvin Ingram, Brandon Jones: 2
INTs Jevon Holland: 1
TAKE/GIVE -2 (4/6)
PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 44.9 (40.7)
KICKING Jason Sanders: 31 (13/14 PAT; 6/8 FG)
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA is 5-1 with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.9 rating in 6 career starts vs. NFC. Aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 267 yards in only career start vs. Min. (11/29/20 w/ Car.). Drafted in 1st round of 2014 NFL Draft by Min. & started 28 games for franchise. • QB SKYLAR THOMPSON (rookie) made NFL debut last week & completed 19 of 33 atts. (57.6 pct.) for 166 yards. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT rushed for season-high 113 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had 75 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 29 rec.) & 5 catches in his last game vs. Min. (9/19/21 w/ Az.). • WR TYREEK HILL has 7+ catches in 4 games this season, tied-most in NFL. Had 6 catches for 140 yards & TD in only career game vs. Min. (11/3/19 w/ KC). • WR JAYLEN WADDLE has 65+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC with 80+ rec. yards. • TE DURHAM SMYTHE had 1st-career rush TD in Week 5. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has PD in 3 of his 4 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • S BRANDON JONES led team with 9 tackles & had 2nd sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row at home with PD. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had INT in his last game vs. Min. (12/15/19 w/ LAC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with PD. • LB JEROME BAKER had sack & PD in Week 5. Has TFL & PD in 2 of past 3.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-3) @ NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER All-time series tied, 7-7
STREAKS Saints have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 11/11/18: Saints 51 at Bengals 14
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/14: Bengals 27, Saints 10
QB JOE BURROW has 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 0 INTs in 3 of past 4. Has 20 TDs (19 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs with 104.3 rating in his past 9 road starts. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 88 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 10 rec.) last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 85 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 24 rec.) in last meeting. • RB SAMAJE PERINE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had career-high 117 rush yards & rush TD in only career game vs. NO (11/19/17 w/ Was.). • WR JA’MARR CHASE had 7 catches for 50 yards in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • WR TEE HIGGINS has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • WR TYLER BOYD has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC South. • TE HAYDEN HURST set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (53) & had TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC South with sack. Had 20 sacks in 4 seasons with NO (2017-20). • LB GERMAINE PRATT had team-high 8 tackles, 1st full sack of career & career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. • S VONN BELL aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 14 PD & 8 sacks in 4 seasons with NO (2016-19). • S JESSIE BATES aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3.
LAST WEEK W 39-32 vs. Seattle
COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-1
PTS. FOR 23.0
PASSING Jameis Winston: 73-115-858-4-5-79.5
RUSHING Taysom Hill (TE): 21-228-10.9-5
RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 25-389-15.6-2
PTS. AGAINST 25.6
SACKS Cameron Jordan: 3
INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 1
TAKE/GIVE -8 (5/13)
PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 48.3 (41.4)
KICKING Wil Lutz: 25 (10/10 PAT; 5/9 FG)
QB JAMEIS WINSTON has 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.7 rating in 4 home starts with NO. • QB ANDY DALTON completed 16 of 24 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 187 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Spent 9 seasons with Cin. & ranks 1st in Cin. history in TD passes (204) & 2nd in pass yards (31,594). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had season-high 194 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 91 rec.) & season-high 6 receptions last week, his 3rd-career game with 190+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home & aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 102 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • TE TAYSOM HILL became 3rd player ever (Ronnie Brown & HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson) with 100+ rush yards (career-high 112), 3+ rush TDs (3) & TD pass (1) in single game last week. Is 1 of 2 (Tomlinson) with 20+ rush TDs (21), 5+ TD passes (9) & 5+ rec. TDs (7) since 2000. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with 5 rush TDs in 2022. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 8 catches for 70 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • WR CHRIS OLAVE leads all rookes in receptions (25) & rec. yards (389). Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch & 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1.5 sacks in Week 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Ranks 2nd among active players with 110 career sacks. Had sack in last meeting. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 0.5 sacks last week & aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB PETE WERNER had 7 tackles & 2nd-career FF last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC LBs (Jordyn Brooks & Roquan Smith) with 7+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks. • CB PAULSON ADEBO aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & PD.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-2) @ NEW YORK GIANTS (4-1)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2
STREAKS Ravens have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 12/27/20: Giants 13 at Ravens 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/16: Giants 27, Ravens 23
LAST WEEK W 19-17 vs. Cincinnati
COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 2-2
PTS. FOR 27.6
PASSING Lamar Jackson: 95-149-1,067-12-5-97.9
RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 49-374-7.6-2
RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 32-349-10.9-4
PTS. AGAINST 23.4
SACKS Justin Houston: 2
INTs Marlon Humphrey: 2
TAKE/GIVE +5 (11/6)
PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 46.0 (39.9)
KICKING Justin Tucker: 42 (15/16 PAT; 9/9 FG)
QB LAMAR JACKSON aims for 5th in row with 55+ rush yards. Leads QBs with 374 rush yards this season. Completed 17 of 26 atts (65.4 pct.) for 183 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.5 rating & rushed for 80 yards in last meeting. Has 10 TDs (7 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs with 103.2 rating & 335 rush yards (83.8 per game) in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. Has 3+ TD passes in each of 1st 2 road games this season. • RB J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 77 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had 100 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 6 catches in his last game vs. NYG (11/7/21 w/ LV). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 90+ scrimmage yards. • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 8 catches for 89 yards & TD last week. Has 8+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 76 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Leads all TEs with 349 rec. yards, ranks 2nd with 4 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd with 32 catches in 2022. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in each of 1st 2 road games this season. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 games this season. • CB MARCUS PETERS had 5 tackles, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Has PD in each of his 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY has INT in 2 of past 3. Had 6 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. • LB PATRICK QUEEN tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. • LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 2 PD & 1st sack of season in Week 5. Totaled 87 TFL, 58.5 sacks & 13 FFs in 8 seasons with NYG (2010-17).
LAST WEEK W 27-22 vs. Green Bay (London)
COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0
PTS. FOR 20.6
PASSING Daniel Jones: 88-132-848-3-2-85.7
RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 97-533-5.5-3
RECEIVING Richie James: 17-171-10.1-0
PTS. AGAINST 18.6
SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 3
TAKE/GIVE +1 (6/5)
PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 51.0 (41.6)
KICKING Graham Gano: 41 (8/8 PAT; 11/13 FG)
QB DANIEL JONES completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 217 yards & 100.2 rating in Week 5. Has 0 INTs in 5 of his past 6 home starts. Passed for 252 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 84.6 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 35+ rush yards. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 106 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 36 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Leads NFL with 676 scrimmage yards in 2022 & is 1 of 2 (Nick Chubb) with 85 scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 weeks. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 125+ scrimmage yards. • RB GARY BRIGHTWELL & TE DANIEL BELLINGER each had 1st-career rush TD last week. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON led team with 6 receptions & 79 rec. yards in Week 5. • WR RICHIE JAMES has 4+ catches in 2 of his 3 home games this season. • S JULIAN LOVE had 6 tackles & 10th-career TFL last week. Has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had PD in Week 5. Has 4 PD in his past 4. Has 5+ tackles & PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had sack in Week 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. • LB KAYVON THIBODEUX had 2 PD last week & is 1 of 2 rookie LBs (Devin Lloyd) with 3+ PD (3) in 2022. • LB TAE CROWDER aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Has 5+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 at home. Had 8 tackles in last meeting. • LB OSHANE XIMINES had sack & 1st-career FF in Week 5. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Has 16 tackles in 2 games vs. Bal.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-2) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-4)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 9-2
STREAKS Steelers have won 5 of last 6
LAST GAME 9/24/18: Steelers 30, at Buccaneers 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/14: Buccaneers 27, Steelers 24
LAST WEEK W 21-15 vs. Atlanta
COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-1
PTS. FOR 20.6
PASSING Tom Brady: 141-207-1,409-7-1-96.5
RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 74-280-3.8-1
RECEIVING Mike Evans: 20-316-15.8-3
PTS. AGAINST 16.6
SACKS Devin White: 3
INTs Jamel Dean: 2
TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)
PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 45.5 (41.0)
KICKING Ryan Succop: 41 (8/8 PAT; 11/12 FG)
QB TOM BRADY passed for 351 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 92.7 rating last week. Has 56 career games with 350+ pass yards, 2nd-most all-time, & aims for his 3rd in row with 350+ pass yards. Has 3,744 pass yards (312 per game) & 30 TDs (29 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 111.1 rating in 12 career reg. season starts vs. Pit. Passed for 341 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.9 rating in his last start vs. Pit. (9/8/19 w/ NE). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had career-high 10 catches & season-high 139 scrimmage yards (83 rec., 56 rush) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5, his 9th-career 2+ TD game. Has 444 scrimmage yards (148 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Pit., incl. playoffs. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit., incl. playoffs, with 115+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR MIKE EVANS had 81 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 137 yards & rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with TD catch. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 catches in Week 5 & has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 5 catches for 74 yards & TD catch in last meeting. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 9 tackles & 3 TFL in last meeting. Had 12 tackles, 4 TFL & FF in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 3+ TFL. • LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & PD. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in his last game vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.). Aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. • S MIKE EDWARDS aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. led team with 8 tackles & had 7th-career sack & 5thcareer FF last week. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 6+ tackles.
LAST WEEK L 38-3 at Buffalo
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 2-1
PTS. FOR 15.4
PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 44-65-447-0-4-61.5
RUSHING Najee Harris: 69-222-3.2-1
RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 28-267-9.5-0
PTS. AGAINST 25.6
SACKS Alex Highsmith: 5.5
INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3
TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)
PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 45.1 (41.0)
KICKING Chris Boswell: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/13 FG)
QB KENNY PICKETT completed 34 of 52 atts. (65.4 pct.) for 327 yards in 1st-career start last week, most pass yards and completions in single game ever by Pit. rookie. Can become 4th rookie QB ever with 300+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 career starts. • RB NAJEE HARRIS has 369 scrimmage yards (123 per game) in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 4 of 5 career games vs. NFC. • RB JAYLEN WARREN (rookie) had season-high 63 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 24 rush) last week. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 games this season, tied-most in NFL. Has 5+ catches in 16 of his past 17. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 vs. NFC. • WR GEORGE PICKENS (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (50) last week. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has INT in each of 1st 2 home games this season. Aims for 4th in row at home with PD. • CB LEVI WALLACE had season-high 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with PD. • LB MYLES JACK aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had PD & 1st FF of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in last home meeting.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-4) @ LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 12-9
STREAKS Panthers have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 9/8/19: Rams 30 at Panthers 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/6/16: Panthers 13, Rams 10 (L.A. Coliseum)
LAST WEEK L 37-15 vs. San Francisco
COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-2
PTS. FOR 18.6
PASSING Baker Mayfield: 84-153-962-4-4-71.9
RUSHING Christian McCaffrey: 72-324-4.5-2
RECEIVING Robbie Anderson: 13-206-15.8-1
PTS. AGAINST 24.4
SACKS Brian Burns: 4
INTs Derrick Brown, Jaycee Horn, Frankie Luvu: 1
TAKE/GIVE -2 (5/7)
PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 48.1 (45.2)
KICKING Eddy Pineiro: 39 (6/6 PAT; 11/12 FG)
QB P.J. WALKER completed 5 of 6 atts. (83.3 pct.) in season-debut last week. Is 2-0 as starter & can join Kyle Allen, Devlin Hodges & Cooper Rush as undrafted QBs to win each of 1st 3 career starts since 2000. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 catches, 104 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 50 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. Has 23 career games with 50+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards, tied 2nd-most in NFL history & most by player in 1st 6 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 10 catches, 209 scrimmage yards (128 rush, 81 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR DJ MOORE had 59 rec. yards in Week 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 76 yards in last meeting. • WR SHI SMITH led team with 69 rec. yards last week. • DE BRIAN BURNS had 4th sack of season & 9th-career PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & TFL. Has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 5 tackles & 2 PD last week. Leads all DL with career-high 6 PD in 2022 & aims for his 5th in row with PD. • DE YETUR GROSS-MATOS had 1st 2 career FRs in Week 5. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 6+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in last meeting. • LB CORY LITTLETON had 300 tackles, 26 PD & 17 TFL in 64 games (2016-19) with LAR. • LB DAMIEN WILSON led team with season-high 9 tackles, tied his career high with 3 TFL, had 9th-career sack & 5th-career FF last week. • S XAVIER WOODS had INT in his last game vs. LAR (12/26/21 w/ Min.).
LAST WEEK L 22-10 vs. Dallas
COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 1-0
PTS. FOR 16.0
PASSING Matthew Stafford: 134-192-1,323-5-7-82.5
RUSHING Cam Akers: 51-151-3.0-1
RECEIVING Cooper Kupp: 49-527-10.8-4
PTS. AGAINST 23.2
SACKS Aaron Donald: 4
INTs Four tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE -5 (7/12)
PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 47.9 (38.3)
KICKING Matt Gay: 32 (8/8 PAT; 8/9 FG)
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for season-high 308 yards & had TD vs. INT last week, his 57th-career 300-yard game. Has 3,169 pass yards (288.1 per game) & 26 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 100.5 rating in 11 home starts with LAR. Has 9 TDs vs. 3 INTs in 5 career starts vs. Car. • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for 125 yards & rec. TD last week. Leads NFL with 49 receptions, most by player in his team’s 1st 5 games of season all-time & ranks 2nd with 527 rec. yards. Since 2017, leads NFL with 19 games with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch & can become 8th player with 20+ such games in 1st 6 seasons all-time. Has 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 6 straight home games, longest such home streak in NFL history. Had 7 catches in last meeting. • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 7 catches last week & has 5+ catches in 8 of his past 9. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 5+ catches. Ranks tied-1st among TEs with 33 receptions & 4th in rec. yards (290). • DL AARON DONALD had 2 sacks & FF last week. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (102) & ranks tied-2nd in FFs (24). Has 18 games with 2+ sacks since 2014, tied-most in NFL. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last home meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for his 6th in row in 2022 with 6+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & INT in his last game vs. Car. (12/15/19 w/ Sea.) & aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 10+ tackles. • LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack in his only career game vs. Car. (10/22/17 w/ Chi.). • DB JALEN RAMSEY had 1st-career sack & 5th-career FF last week. Has 10 PD in his past 9 at home.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-3) @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 23-22-1
STREAKS Seahawks have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Seahawks 38 at Cardinals 30
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/21: Cardinals 23, Seahawks 13
LAST WEEK L 20-17 vs. Philadelphia
COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 3-3
PTS. FOR 21.0
PASSING Kyler Murray: 141-215-1,241-6-3-84.3
RUSHING James Conner: 54-200-3.7-1
RECEIVING Marquise Brown: 38-417-11.0-3
PTS. AGAINST 24.6
SACKS J.J. Watt: 2.5
INTs Dennis Gardeck, Jalen Thompson: 1
TAKE/GIVE +3 (6/3)
PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 48.3 (38.9)
KICKING Matt Prater: 22 (4/4 PAT; 6/6 FG)
QB KYLER MURRAY had 292 yards (250 pass, 42 rush) & TD pass in Week 5. Is 8-1 with 24 TDs (18 pass, 6 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 102.6 rating in his past 9 road starts. Aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2022 with both pass & rush TD. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 96.8 rating in 5 starts vs. Sea. • RB JAMES CONNER has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Sea. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TD. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 10 road games with Az. • RB ENO BENJAMIN had 2nd-career rush TD last week. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with 8 catches for 78 yards & had rec. TD last week. Has 5+ catches in each of his past 6 road games. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 6+ catches. • WR RONDALE MOORE had career-high 11 receptions in last road meeting. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 6 catches last week. Has 27 receptions (9 per game) for 263 yards (87.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6 on road. • DE J.J. WATT had 0.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Ranks 4th among active players with 104.5 sacks. • DE ZACH ALLEN had sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & PD & 4th in row with TFL. Has PD in 6 of his past 7 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Had FR-TD in last meeting. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 3 at Sea. • S BUDDA BAKER has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at Sea. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 on road. • S JALEN THOMPSON had 2 PD last week. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting.
LAST WEEK L 39-32 at New Orleans
COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 15-9-1
PTS. FOR 25.4
PASSING Geno Smith: 118-157-1,305-9-2-113.1
RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 23-146-6.3-1
RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 32-406-12.7-2
PTS. AGAINST 30.8
SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 2
INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 3
TAKE/GIVE +1 (8/7)
PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 48.9 (44.9)
KICKING Jason Myers: 37 (13/14 PAT; 8/9 FG)
QB GENO SMITH passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.7 rating in Week 5 & is only QB with 3 games of 115+ rating this season. Leads all QBs in comp. pct. (75.2) & rating (113.2) in 2022. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 110.9 rating in his past 4 home starts. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 70+ comp. pct. & 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 90+ rating. • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) rushed for 88 yards & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 5. • WR DK METCALF had 5 catches for 88 yards & rec. TD last week, his 31st-career TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 4th in row overall with 5+ catches. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5 catches for team-high 104 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 5, his 17th-career 100-yard game & 9th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Has 33 catches (8.3 per game) & 480 rec. yards (120 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Az. Had 115 rec. yards in last home meeting. • LB JORDYN BROOKS had 11 tackles last week. Had career-high 20 tackles in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 15+ tackles. Ranks tied-1st in NFL with 54 tackles in 2022 & has tied-2nd most games (14) with 10+ tackles since 2021. • LB CODY BARTON led team with 12 tackles last week. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) had 3rd-career INT & 1st-career FR last week. Can become 3rd rookie since 2000 (Jairus Byrd & Joe Haden) with INT in 4 straight games. • S QUANDRE DIGGS has 5+ tackles in 4 of 1st 5 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Had 9 tackles in last home meeting.
BUFFALO BILLS (4-1) @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-1)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Bills lead all-time series, 25-21-1
STREAKS Bills have have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 10/10/21: Bills 38 at Chiefs 20
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/21
LAST WEEK: W 38-3 vs. Pittsburgh
COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 2-3
PTS. FOR 30.4
PASSING Josh Allen: 133-199-1,651-14-4-107.4
RUSHING Josh Allen (QB): 35-225-6.4-2
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 39-508-13.0-5
PTS. AGAINST 12.2
SACKS Von Miller, Greg Rousseau: 4
INTs Jordan Poyer: 4
TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)
PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 46.9 (42.4)
KICKING Tyler Bass: 42 (18/18 PAT; 8/10 FG)
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 20 of 31 atts. (64.5 pct.) for career-high 424 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT with season-high 134.1 rating last week, his 4th-career game with 400+ pass yards, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2020. Is only QB with 400+ pass yards in 2 games this season. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of 5 games in 2022. Has 644 pass yards (322 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 137.3 rating in his past 2 starts vs. KC, incl. postseason. Leads NFL with 1,651 pass yards this season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY aims for his 3rd in row on road with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • RB JAMES COOK (rookie) rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 92 scrimmage yards (career-high 55 rec., 37 rush) in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 catches for 102 yards & TD in Week 5. Is only player in NFL with 60+ rec. yards in each of 1st 5 weeks of season. Is only player with 500+ rec. yards (508) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) in 2022. • WR GABE DAVIS had reg. season career-high 171 rec. yards with 2 rec. TDs last week. Set career highs in catches (8), rec. yards (201) & rec. TDs (4) in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • WR KHALIL SHAKIR (rookie) had 75 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. KC (12/15/19 w/ Den.). Has 13 career sacks vs. KC, 2nd-most vs. any opponent. • LB TYREL DODSON led team with career-high 11 tackles & had sack last week. • DE A.J. EPENESA had sack & 1st PD of season last week. • CB KAIIR ELAM (rookie) had season-high 10 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 5.
LAST WEEK: W 30-29 vs. Las Vegas (Mon.)
COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 8-4
PTS. FOR 31.8
PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 126-189-1,398-15-2-110.5
RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 50-223-4.7-2
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 33-347-10.5-7
PTS. AGAINST 25.0
SACKS L’Jarius Sneed (CB): 3
INTs Jaylen Watson (R): 1
TAKE/GIVE 0 (4/4)
PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 53.3 (48.7)
KICKING Matthew Wright: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG)
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 29 of 43 atts. (67.4 pct.) for 292 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 117.6 rating last week, his 15th-career game with 4+ TD passes, most in NFL since 2018. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 123.4 rating in his past 4 home starts. Passed for 378 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 123.1 rating in 2021 AFC-D meeting. Leads NFL with 15 TD passes. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Austin Ekeler) with 2+ rush TDs (2) & 2+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had season-high 72 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 19 rec.) last week. Had 78 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 24 rush) in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had career-high 4 rec. TDs in Week 5, becoming 4th TE ever & 1st since 1985 (Jimmie Giles) with 4 rec. TDs in single game. Leads NFL with 7 rec. TDs this season & aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 8 catches for 96 yards & TD in 2021 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Buf., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (90) in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • WR MECOLE HARDMAN had season-high 73 rec. yards last week. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED aims for 4th in row with FF. Is only DB in NFL with 7+ tackles in each of 1st 5 weeks this season. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 9 tackles & PD in 2021 AFC-D meeting. • LB NICK BOLTON is 1 of 2 (Jordyn Brooks) with 9+ tackles in all 5 games this season. • LB DARIUS HARRIS led team with 10 tackles & had 1st-career sack last week.
DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-0)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 69-53
STREAKS Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME 1/8/22: Cowboys 51 at Eagles 26
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/8/22
LAST WEEK: W 22-10 at L.A. Rams
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 8-3
PTS. FOR 18.6
PASSING Cooper Rush: 72-118-839-4-0-93.9
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 81-305-3.8-1
RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 28-341-12.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 14.4
SACKS Micah Parsons: 6
INTs Trevon Diggs: 2
TAKE/GIVE +5 (7/2)
PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 45.9 (41.4)
KICKING Brett Maher: 45 (6/7 PAT; 13/14 FG)
QB DAK PRESCOTT has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts on SNF. Completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 295 yards & career-high 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 151.8 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 3+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 140+ rating. • QB COOPER RUSH became 5th undrafted QB to win each of 1st 5 career starts in SB era. Has 6 TDs vs. INT & 95.8 rating in 5 career starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,317 scrimmage yards (131.7 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career games vs. Phi. Since 2016, leads NFL in rush yards (7,691) & ranks tied-2nd in rush TDs (57). • RB TONY POLLARD rushed for 86 yards & had 10th-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 sacks & FF in Week 5 & is 1 of 3 (Nick Bosa & T.J. Watt) with 6 games of 2+ sacks since 2021. Has 3 sacks & 7 TFL in 3 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with sack & 4th in row with TFL. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 7th-career FR last week. Has TFL in 7 of his past 8 on SNF. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at Phi. with sack. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG had sack & 2nd-career FF last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 4. • CB TREVON DIGGS had INT-TD in last meeting. Has 4 INTs & 8 PD in 3 career games vs. Phi. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. with INT. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 2+ PD. • CB ANTHONY BROWN has PD in 3 of his past 4 on SNF. Has 8 PD in his past 8 vs. Phi. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with INT.
LAST WEEK: W 20-17 at Arizona
COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-2
PTS. FOR 27.0
PASSING Jalen Hurts: 108-159-1,359-4-2-97.4
RUSHING Miles Sanders: 87-414-4.8-3
RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 28-436-15.6-1
PTS. AGAINST 17.6
SACKS Haason Reddick: 4.5
INTs James Bradberry, Darius Slay: 2
TAKE/GIVE +9 (11/2)
PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 45.8 (40.9)
KICKING Jake Elliott: 25 (13/14 PAT: 4/5 FG)
PHILADELPHIA is 5-0 for 1st time since 2004, when they advanced to SB XXXIX. • QB JALEN HURTS had 300 yards (239 pass, 61 rush) & 2 rush TDs in Week 5 & has 7 career games with 2+ rush TDs, tied 2nd-most by QB all-time. Has 19 rush TDs in 24 starts, most by QB in 1st 25 career starts all-time. Has 12 TDs (8 rush, 4 pass) in his past 5 home starts. • RB MILES SANDERS has 85+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 156 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 77 rec.) & rush TD in his only career home game vs. Dal. (12/22/19). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR A.J. BROWN has 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards in 4 of his 1st 5 games this season & aims for his 3rd in row at home with Phi. with 5+ receptions. Ranks 5th in NFL with 436 rec. yards in 2022. • WR DEVONTA SMITH had career-high 10 receptions & 87 rec. yards in Week 5. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 8 catches for team-high 95 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads NFC TEs with 335 rec. yards in 2022. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack, FF & FR in last home meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with sack. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 4.5 sacks, 3 FFs & 2 FR in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with sack. • CB DARIUS SLAY (89 PD) & CB JAMES BRADBERRY (87 PD) rank 1st & 2nd in PD since 2016. Bradberry is 1 of 3 (Sauce Gardner & Charvarius Ward) with PD in each of 1st 5 games in 2022.
DENVER BRONCOS (2-3) @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 69-54-1
STREAKS Broncos have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME 1/2/22: Broncos 13 at Chargers 34
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/22
LAST WEEK: L 12-9 vs. Indianapolis (OT) (Thu.)
COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0
PTS. FOR 15.0
PASSING Russell Wilson: 101-170-1,254-4-3-82.8
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 52-193-3.7-1
RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 29-417-14.4-1
PTS. AGAINST 16.0
SACKS Bradley Chubb: 5.5
INTs Caden Sterns: 2
TAKE/GIVE 0 (6/6)
PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 46.0 (40.8)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 37 (4/5 PAT; 11/14 FG)
QB RUSSELL WILSON has 4 TDs vs. INT with 100.8 rating in 2 career starts vs. Chargers. Wilson has 1+ win as starter vs. 30 of 32 teams (LAC & Sea.). Has 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) with 107.5 rating in his past 6 starts vs. AFC West. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 110.1 rating in 1st 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Needs 4 TD passes to join HOFer Peyton Manning (333) as only players ever with 300+ TD passes in 1st 11 seasons. • RB MELVIN GORDON led team with season-high 103 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 49 rec.) last week. Totaled 6,113 scrimmage yards (4,240 rush, 1,873 rec.) & 47 TDs (36 rush, 11 rec.) in 5 seasons with Chargers (2015-19). • RB MIKE BOONE had season-high 85 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 38 rush) in Week 5. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 5 catches for team-high 74 rec. yards last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL with 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 5 weeks of season. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Has 192 rec. yards (96 per game) in his past 2 on MNF. • WR JERRY JEUDY aims for his 8th in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • TE ERIC SAUBERT had career-high 5 catches last week. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB led team with season-high 2.5 sacks & had FF in Week 5, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Is only player in NFL with 5+ sacks & 2+ FFs this season. • LB BARON BROWNING had career-high 2 TFL & 1.5 sacks in Week 5. • CB PAT SURTAIN II had 7 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. • S CADEN STERNS set career highs in PD (3) & INTs (2) last week. Had PD in last meeting.
LAST WEEK: W 30-28 at Cleveland
COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 1-1
PTS. FOR 24.4
PASSING Justin Herbert: 133-200-1,478-10-2-100.8
RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 61-313-5.1-3
RECEIVING Mike Williams: 28-392-14.0-2
PTS. AGAINST 27.2
SACKS Khalil Mack: 5
INTs Bryce Callahan: 2
TAKE/GIVE +2 (6/4)
PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 44.0 (42.1)
KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 26 (11/11 PAT; 5/6 FG) QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 228 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 93.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 4 of 1st 5 games this season. Has 2 TD passes vs. 0 INTs with 114.6 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 4 career starts vs. Den. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes. Has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 114.7 rating in 2 career starts on MNF. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had season-high 199 scrimmage yards (career-high 173 rush, 26 rec.) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 8th game with rush TD & rec. TD since 2019, most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. Had 112 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. division with 70+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row on MNF with 125+ scrimmage yards. • RB JOSHUA KELLEY had season-high 82 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 33 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den & 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS had career-high 10 catches for season-high 134 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 120+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with season-high 14 tackles & had TFL in Week 5. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with TFL. Had INT in only career game on MNF (10/4/21 vs. LV). • S ALOHI GILMAN had career-high 7 tackles & 2nd-career INT last week. • CB J.C. JACKSON had 6 tackles & PD last week. Had 2 PD & INT in only career game vs. Den. (10/18/20 w/ NE). Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with sack.
Panthers QB Mayfield a no-show at practice once again
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Quarterback Baker Mayfield was a no-show at the portion of practice open to reporters on Thursday, further increasing the likelihood that P.J. Walker will start for the Carolina Panthers against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks said Wednesday that he wasn’t ready to rule out Mayfield from playing despite a sprained left ankle, but emphasized he would have to see the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick practice before considering that option.
Wilks took over the Panthers (1-4) on Monday after Matt Rhule was fired.
Mayfield has now missed two days of practice.
Walker, who is 2-0 as Carolina’s starter over the past few seasons, took all of the quarterback reps on Wednesday. Mayfield was seen walking through the locker room with a boot still on his left foot.
Jets’ Wilson ready to face idol Packers’ Rodgers at Lambeau
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Zach Wilson tried to be cool. Or at least not let on how much of a thrill the moment was for him.
The New York Jets quarterback was on the practice field last year during training camp, chatting it up with Aaron Rodgers – the guy Wilson idolized as a youngster in Utah.
And still does.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that him,” a smiling Wilson said Thursday. “I’ve been watching him since I was a little kid, trying to replicate the way he throws and the way he plays the game.”
Wilson remembers being about 13 years old when he first started playing football in Draper, Utah, and seeing Rodgers on TV tossing passes all over the field.
“We didn’t have an NFL team in Utah, so I wouldn’t say I was a Packers fan,” Wilson said. “But I was an Aaron Rodgers fan. I grew up watching him and I always liked to watch their games because of him and kind of where he was at.”
Even during his college career at BYU, Wilson would try to incorporate aspects of Rodgers’ game into his own.
“A little bit of everything,” said the 23-year-old Wilson, who’s nearly 16 years younger than Rodgers. “He’s extremely accurate underneath, I think the way he’s able to place the ball and you see his completion percentage, how he takes care of the ball. And then he’s able to be that athletic, scramble-type quarterback, off-schedule a little bit and be able to create plays out of nothing while protecting himself.”
During the Jets’ trip to Green Bay for joint practices in August 2021 – four months after he was the No. 2 overall pick – Wilson was able to spend extra off-field time with Rodgers. He picked the Packers star’s brain and got a feel for what being an NFL quarterback is like. They also kept in touch for a few weeks after meeting.
“It was cool kind of just to watch him, just the environment,” Wilson said.
More than a year later, the two are squaring off in the regular season, Sunday at Lambeau Field. And forget being star-struck. Wilson wants to win.
“Being on the same field as him is cool, but we’re attacking their defense, so it’s a little bit different,” Wilson said. “It’s probably the same thing as last year when we were playing Tampa Bay, it was like, `Wow, we’re playing Tom Brady. I’ve watched this guy since I was born,’ which is kind of crazy.
“So I’m sure it’ll be the same kind of thing in this game.”
Wilson is two games into his return from a knee injury that occurred in the preseason opener, and he has acquitted himself well so far.
After three shaky quarters at Pittsburgh two weeks ago, Wilson rallied New York to a 24-20 comeback victory by leading two touchdown drives. Last Sunday, Wilson efficiently ran the offense in a 40-17 blowout of Miami.
“He’s just more comfortable,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said. “He’s more comfortable with the league and the speed of it. He’s more comfortable with the offense. He’s more comfortable with his teammates.”
Packers coach Matt LaFleur – Mike’s older brother – has seen marked improvement by Wilson since his team practiced against him 13 months ago.
“Just the poise that he’s showing,” LaFleur said. “Everybody could see his talent coming out in the draft in terms of his ability to throw the football, a natural thrower, his athleticism, his ability to throw on the move. But I think where you’ve seen that growth, and I think that’s true for a lot of young guys, is just the poise that you display in the pocket when things get a little muddy or things aren’t going your way.
“He obviously has responded well to adversity.”
And in the clutch.
In the fourth quarter of his first two games this season, Wilson has led the Jets to touchdowns on five of six offensive possessions. The only drive that wasn’t a TD was the game-ending kneel-down against the Dolphins last week.
According to the Jets, Wilson is the first quarterback in franchise history to direct TD drives on five consecutive final-quarter drives over two games.
“I mean, this is what we know him to be, to be honest,” wide receiver Braxton Berrios said. “This is Zach. We’ve grown to know and love and expect it out of him. He’s a baller. And that’s what he’s showing.
“This isn’t a fluke. This isn’t a couple of lucky quarters. I mean, this is him.”
NOTES: Rookie DE Jermaine Johnson (ankle) didn’t practice for the second straight day. … LT Duane Brown (shoulder) and LB Quincy Williams (ankle) were limited. … DE Carl Lawson (ankle) and LB C.J. Mosley (hip) were full participants after being limited Wednesday.
Alvarez homers again, Astros top Mariners 4-2, lead ALDS 2-0
HOUSTON (AP) With every big swing, Yordan Alvarez is owning this October
A ferocious comeback for the powerful slugger who struggled in Houston’s loss to the Atlanta Braves in last year’s World Series.
Alvarez and his mighty bat did it yet again, launching a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning off Seattle ace Luis Castillo that lifted the Astros over the Mariners 4-2 on Thursday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.
“I call him Grande,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He comes up big. We love having him at the plate. He likes to be in the big moment. His concentration and discipline is way ahead of his years.”
This performance comes after he batted just .100 (2 for 20) with no homers and six strikeouts as Houston lost the World Series in six games.
With all of baseball talking about his hitting, the 25-year-old was asked how he’d describe himself at the plate.
“I would say intelligent,” he said in Spanish through a translator. “Whenever I go up to the plate I try to visualize what the different kind of results that I could get up there when I’m hitting. If everything goes according to plan we’ll get a positive result.”
He’s already had plenty of those this postseason.
Alvarez was the Game 1 star with his gut-punch, three-run shot off reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray with two outs in the ninth inning that gave the Astros an 8-7 win in a game where they’d trailed by four.
Castillo, acquired from the Reds near the trade deadline and coming off 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball against Toronto in the wild-card round, gave up an early home run to Kyle Tucker but little else as he took a 2-1 lead into the sixth.
But with two outs, Jeremy Pena singled on a blooper that fell in between second baseman Adam Frazier and center fielder Julio Rodriguez. Castillo bent down and slapped his legs in disappointment as he watched the ball drop in shallow center.
“We just have to communicate a little better,” Frazier said.
That brought up Alvarez, who hit a 98 mph pitch tailing away to the opposite field, into the short porch in left to put the Astros on top 3-2.
“He threw a ball 3 or 4 inches off the plate and he hits a home run to the opposite field,” manager Scott Servais said. “He’s that kind of talent.”
Added Rodriguez: “He’s one of the greatest hitters we have right now.”
Alvarez, who had 37 homers in the regular season, trotted around the bases as cameras panned to his Cuban parents, who are watching their first postseason series after arriving in Houston in August. The lefty pointed to them as he reached the plate before reenacting the powerful swing that has the Astros one win away from their sixth straight AL Championship Series.
“My family being here, I think that it does give me a lot of peace of mind having them here,” he said. “Yeah, definitely I do think that it’s helped my performance.”
Alvarez is the first player in postseason history to hit multiple go-ahead homers in the sixth inning or later with his team trailing.
There were two outs and a runner on first in the eighth when Seattle had surely seen enough of Alvarez leaving the yard. The Mariners intentionally walked him and Alex Bregman made them pay, adding some insurance when he singled to make it 4-2.
“That was some Barry Bonds-type stuff there,” said Baker, who managed Bonds in San Francisco. “That’s the ultimate respect.”
Houston starter Framber Valdez had a solid start, allowing four hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He had a different look than he did in his last postseason appearance after he and fellow pitcher Luis Garcia both got hair extensions this season.
Hector Neris got the win after getting the last out of the sixth inning to escape a bases-loaded jam. Bryan Abreu got the first two outs of the seventh before Rafael Montero came in and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Ryan Pressly walked the leadoff batter in the ninth before J.P. Crawford lined into a double play. Rodriguez doubled after that, but Pressly struck out Ty France for the save. The Astros won despite issuing seven walks overall.
The Mariners will head back to Seattle for Game 3 Saturday in a huge hole in the best-of-five series as they host their first playoff game in 21 years.
“I do know how hard it is to win on the road and it will be very hard for them to win in Seattle,” Servais said. “I will tell you that. Because I know what it’s going to be like when our crowd gets going on Saturday.”
Alvarez has carried the Astros early in this division series, shouldering such a load that Houston catcher Martin Maldonado asked Alvarez after Game 1 if his back was sore because “you carry us as a team.” The slugger who’s been criticized for poor defense in the past has been making big plays in left field, too.
Alvarez grabbed a sharp liner hit by Eugenio Suarez to end the seventh. In the opener, he fielded a single by Suarez in the fourth and threw a perfect strike to Maldonado, who tagged out France at the plate.
Castillo yielded five hits and three runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
There was one out in the second inning when Tucker hit a slider from Castillo into the seats in right field to put Houston up 1-0.
Crawford doubled with two outs in the third. But second baseman Jose Altuve made a leaping throw after fielding a sharp grounder hit by Rodriguez that just beat him to first base to end the inning.
Suarez walked with one out in the fourth and Mitch Haniger doubled. Carlos Santana then hit a one-hopper that Valdez fielded cleanly toward the third base side, but his throw home was offline for an error that allowed Suarez to tie it at 1-all.
Santana was out on the play after getting caught in a rundown. Haniger scored when Dylan Moore singled to put the Mariners up 2-1.
Valdez walked Haniger on a full count with two outs in the sixth, Santana doubled and Moore drew a walk to load the bases and chase Valdez. Neris took over and retired Cal Raleigh on a groundout to escape the jam.
CORREA AND PENA
Former Astros star Carlos Correa was helping out with postgame interviews in the studio at TBS Thursday and interviewed Pena, who replaced him at shortstop remotely after the game.
“He introduced himself and said: `Hey Jeremy, it’s Carlos Correa,'” Pena said. “So, yeah, that was pretty cool.”
Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr., who started just eight games this season after missing the first four months of the year with a forearm strain, will oppose rookie George Kirby in Game 3 in Seattle Saturday. Kirby pitched in relief in Game 2 of the wild-card round and became the first rookie in MLB history to record a postseason season in his first career relief appearance.
Guardians-Yankees ALDS Game 2 rained out, makeup Friday
NEW YORK (AP) A postseason rainout in New York left the Cleveland Guardians feeling right at home.
The second game of the American League Division Series between the Guardians and New York Yankees was postponed Thursday because of steady rain in the forecast and rescheduled for 1:07 p.m. on Friday.
Major League Baseball called the game more than seven hours before the first pitch was supposed to be thrown at 7:37 p.m.
Baseball’s youngest team, the surprising Guardians were rained out nine times at home this season due to Cleveland’s inconsistent and unpleasant weather.
They had two more postponements on the road, one because of a COVID-19 outbreak. That forced the Guardians to play eight doubleheaders – they even had to push back a celebration and flag-raising ceremony late last month to salute their AL Central championship due to a rainy forecast.
Veteran manager Terry Francona said he’s never seen anything like it.
“Never in my life,” he bemoaned with a helpless grin. “And it sounds like when we get back to Ohio, it’s not perfect. They think it’s going to be OK, but we’ll be dodging some raindrops both days it looks like.”
“Play a doubleheader. We’re used to it,” he joked.
New York won Tuesday night’s opener in the best-of-five series 4-1, and the rainout followed an unusual scheduled off day between Games 1 and 2.
Now, the clubs could play four days in a row.
Game 3 and a potential Game 4 are scheduled in Cleveland this weekend. If Game 5 is needed, it would be Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
The winner advances to the AL Championship Series against Houston or Seattle.
All-Star lefty Nestor Cortes (12-4) remains scheduled to pitch Game 2 for the AL East champion Yankees against 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (13-8).
The latest rainout wipes away any chance the Guardians would start Bieber on short rest late in the series. Without the postponement, he would have had three days of rest between Game 2 and a potential Game 5. Now, there will be only two days in between.
“It takes out the possibility of Bieber coming back early. Which, to be totally honest, I don’t know how I felt about that to begin with,” Francona said.
“I think the way I worded it the other day was like, if he had gone maybe two innings because of rain or something, you don’t ever want to just say no. But I think (pitching coach Carl Willis) and I, both our thoughts were that we weren’t leaning towards that as an option that we really wanted to do, just because of what he’s been through and everything.”
A strained right shoulder limited Bieber to 16 starts last year. He rebounded this season with a 2.88 ERA in 200 innings across 31 starts, and threw 7 2/3 innings of three-hit ball in a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay last Friday in the wild-card round for his first postseason win.
“Nobody wants to win more than we do, believe me. But we just – right is right,” Francona said. “So that one’s off the table.”
Triston McKenzie (11-11) is slated to start Game 3 for Cleveland against Luis Severino (7-3) on Saturday night, and then the Guardians will adjust from there if the series is still going.
Cal Quantrill would be on full rest Sunday for Game 4. He took the loss in the series opener at Yankee Stadium, ending his 11-game winning streak.
“We need to win a couple, but we’ll see what we do the last couple games, which order it would be,” Francona said. “Some of that may be determined by how much we’ve used our bullpen.”
Cleveland held an optional workout Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium for players to throw outside and hit in the indoor batting cage.
New York held no media availability.
Mickelson says LIV on rise and PGA Tour trending downward
(AP) — Back in Saudi Arabia for the first time since his disparaging remarks about the source of LIV Golf’s funding, Phil Mickelson said Thursday he was glad he was on the “winning side” and that he sees the PGA Tour trending downward.
Mickelson had said a month ago that while the PGA Tour had all the best players in the world for the last 20 to 30 years, that would never be the case again.
He came out even stronger in a news conference for the LIV Golf Invitational-Jeddah, which starts Friday at Royal Greens in King Abdullah Economic City.
“I think going forward you have to pick a side. You have to pick what side do you think is going to be successful. And I firmly believe that I’m on the winning side of how things are going to evolve and shape in the coming years for professional golf,” Mickelson said.
“We play against a lot of the best players in the world on LIV and there are a lot of the best players in the world on the PGA TOUR. And … until both sides sit down and have a conversation and work something out, both sides are going to continue to change and evolve. And I see LIV Golf trending upwards, I see the PGA Tour trending downwards and I love the side that I’m on.”
Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau were among several major champions Saudi-funded LIV Golf signed to contracts reported to be in the $125 million range.
LIV Golf currently has 12 of the top 50 players in the world ranking – British Open champion Cameron Smith at No. 2 is the highest, while the majority of them are outside the top 25 because LIV Golf hasn’t received world ranking points since it began in June.
The PGA Tour still has a majority of the current stars – 19 of the top 20 – and starts a new schedule in 2023 that will bring the best players together some 15 times a year playing for $20 million prize funds.
These are some of the changes Mickelson wanted all along. The PGA Tour has suspended him and other members who signed with LIV Golf, which is the main plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit scheduled for a January 2024 trial.
LIV Golf has 48-man fields with no cut over 54 holes playing for $25 million each week. Dustin Johnson already has made over $30 million, including an $18 million bonus for clinching the individual points race.
Mickelson was seen as a chief recruiter for LIV Golf leader Greg Norman, and it was his comments in February that slowed the inaugural year of LIV Golf.
In an interview with Alan Shipnuck, who published an unauthorized biography of Mickelson in May, the six-time major champion referred to the Saudis as “scary mother(expletives) to get involved with.”
“We know they killed (Washington Post reporter Jamal) Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates,” Mickelson is quoted as saying.
The interview was published two weeks after Mickelson played in the Saudi International at Royal Greens.
Mickelson issued a statement after the interview saying his comments were off the record and shared without context.
On Thursday he said, “I never did an interview with Alan Shipnuck. And I find that my experience with everybody associated with LIV Golf has been nothing but incredibly positive and I have the utmost respect for everybody that I’ve been involved with.”
This summer has made clear the big divide in golf, with the PGA Tour and European tour wanting no part of anyone who has signed to play with LIV Golf.
The U.S. Open and British Open had allowed LIV Golf players to compete if they were eligible, though both organizations spoke out against the rival league. The Royal & Ancient asked Norman not to take part in the 150th anniversary celebration at St. Andrews in July.
Mickelson said golf is “very lucky” to have Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invest in the sport. Along with enormous money paid to LIV Golf players and purses, it has invested $300 million in the Asian Tour.
“Now the United States and the U.K. are not favorable to this,” Mickelson said. “But everywhere outside in the world, LIV Golf is loved. And eventually they come around and they will be accepting of it.”
Mickelson, 52, signed with LIV Golf in June, one year after he became the oldest major winner at the 2021 PGA Championship for his sixth major title.
In six appearances with LIV Golf, he has registered only one top 10 – a tie for eighth outside Chicago, seven shots behind Smith.
He contends LIV Golf has reinvigorated him and made him excited to compete.
“I love the experience. I love the way they treat us. I love the way they involve us and listen to us in decisions,” he said. “I mean it’s so inclusive. … LIV Golf is leading. Whether it’s (wearing) shorts, whether it’s other aspects of professional golf that are going to change and evolve, those positions will be led by LIV.”
Bates reinstated at Eastern Michigan after charges dropped
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Emoni Bates was reinstated to the Eastern Michigan basketball team and as a student Thursday after prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges against him, his attorney and the school said.
The 18-year-old Bates was a top prospect out of high school who transferred to Eastern Michigan in August after playing his freshman season at Memphis. He was charged after police found a gun in a car he was driving last month. Defense attorney Steve Haney said the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.
Bates was “immediately reinstated to all athletic and campus activities” because of the agreement between prosecutors and Bates’ attorneys, the school said in a statement, adding that the move was made in accordance with athletic department policies.
Bates was charged with two felonies – carrying a concealed weapon and “altering ID marks” – on Sept. 19 after a traffic stop. Bates failed to stop at an intersection and a search turned up the weapon, the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office said. He pleaded not guilty at his probable cause hearing last week.
Bates will plead down to a misdemeanor charge, Haney said. A hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday. Bates also must complete a diversion program to have his record expunged.
Bates attended Eastern Michigan’s practice on Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The 6-foot-9 guard will play for his hometown school after averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school.
Bates became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. The Detroit Pistons drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the draft.
Bates initially committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State. He later de-committed and signed with Memphis and coach Penny Hardaway. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, missing several weeks with a back injury.
In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.
Konecny, Frost make Tortorella, Flyers 5-2 winners in opener
PHILADELPHIA (AP) John Tortorella had just won his first game with Philadelphia when an old friend stopped by outside the locker room to congratulate him.
“We missed you!” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the new Flyers coach.
Welcome back to the league, Torts.
He got more than a win and some well-wishes from the commish – the Flyers awarded Tortorella the game puck.
“He just laughed and said, `See you tomorrow,'” forward Travis Konecny said.
Konecny and Morgan Frost scored 23 seconds apart in the second period to help Philadelphia beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 and made Tortorella a winner in his Flyers debut Thursday night.
Tortorella, who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004, was the big offseason splash for a team coming off a last-place finish in the Metropolitan Division. Tortorella promised no quick fixes for a franchise that has bottomed out and a team widely projected as among the worst in the NHL this season.
On opening night, Tortorella turned the Flyers into winners.
“I didn’t have any jitters. I was full of anticipation just to play,” Tortorella said.
Attendance has sagged in recent seasons, but the Flyers played to a near full-house and famed ring announcer Michael Buffer dropped his “Let’s get ready to rumble!” catchphrase to energize the crowd. Phillies manager Rob Thomson struck the game-opening drum and even Hall of Famer Eric Lindros was back in the house. For a team without bona fide playoff prospects, the Flyers tried to create a Game 1 feel in the season opener.
Konecny and Frost also scored in the third period. Wade Allison had a first-period goal and Carter Hart stopped 34 shots.
“We were hard to play against,” Hart said. “We were in a lot of lanes on pucks, blocking shots.”
Tortorella, who got a rousing ovation during pregame festivities, said the immediate goal was to make sure the Flyers are hard to play against and would earn respect from the rest of the NHL. With rookies or veterans, Tortorella said he won’t play favorites within his own team to get them to that point.
“I’m not going to hold hands and I won’t,” Tortorella said.
This game wasn’t exactly a marquee matchup on the schedule. The Devils posted a 27-46-9 record last season and finished with 63 points, the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. They haven’t made the playoff since 2018.
Alexander Holtz gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 8:01 into the game with his first career NHL goal and Allison tied it 23 seconds later — the same span of time between Konecny and Frost’s goals against Mackenzie Blackwood that put the Flyers ahead 3-1.
Damon Severson scored in the third for the Devils to make it 4-2. Frost’s second goal was an empty-netter.
“We didn’t play well enough defensively,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “We got on the wrong side of the puck a couple of times. We know we have to play better defensively. That’s our focus.”
Bettman said the league would not follow other professional sports leagues and move away from the vague – and often misleading – upper or lower body designations for injuries.
“Our players sometimes play a little hurt,” he said. “That is something that they take great pride in. I don’t want to subject them to any additional injury.”
Bettman also said the league wasn’t necessarily concerned that interest in the Flyers has waned as the team is projected as one of the worst ones in the league.
“I know that ownership is committed and passionate,” he said. “They always spend to the cap. And I assure you they want to be a competitive team as much as the most passionate fans of the Flyers.”
The Flyers signed D Travis Sanheim to an eight-year, $50 million contract extension. The 26-year-old Sanheim had seven goals and 31 points last season. The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder from Elkhorn, Manitoba, led the Flyers with a plus-9 rating, ranked second in average time on ice (22:58) and blocked shots. Philadelphia’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft, Sanheim has 116 points in 335 career games over five seasons.
“To be drafted not only by Philly, but in Philly, and now to sign a long-term deal here, it means a lot,” Sanheim said. “I love this city, love the fan base and I’m excited to turn this around and get things going. There’s no better place to win than Philly.”
The Devils return to New Jersey for their home opener Saturday against Detroit.
The Flyers play at home Saturday – at about the same time the Phillies host Game 4 of the NLDS across the street – against Vancouver.
Flames beat Avs 5-3 to win opener for first time since 2009
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Dillon Dube scored short-handed and the Calgary Flames won their season opener for the first time since 2009, beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Thursday night.
Dube and Rasmus Andersson scored in the second period, Elias Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli had power-play goals in the third and Brett Ritchie also scored. Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves to help the Flames end an 0-10-2 funk in openers.
Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar had a pair of assists. He joined Calgary’s other offseason acquisitions – Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri and Kevin Rooney – in making their regular-season debuts for the Flames. Kadri, who had an assist, signed as a free agent with Calgary in August after three seasons with Colorado.
Bowen Byram, Nathan MacKinnon and Valeri Nichushkin scored for Colorado, and Pavel Francouz stopped 22 shots. The Avalanche opened at home Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over Chicago.
Avalanche: At Minnesota on Monday night to complete a two-game trip.
Flames: At Edmonton on Saturday night.
RSC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll & Preseason All-Conference Team
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The release of the 2022-23 River States Conference Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll and the RSC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team tip off RSC Men’s Basketball Media Day at RiverStatesConference.com.
RiverStatesConference.com is the source for today’s preseason announcements as well as video interviews from head coaches and players at all 13 conference member schools as part of RSC Media Day 2022-23. Stay tuned throughout the day to hear from every school as we get ready for the upcoming season.
The preseason favorite selected by the coaches this year is WVU Tech. The Golden Bears received 151 total votes and seven first-place votes in the overall polling of all 13 schools. The overall poll is close at the top with three different schools getting first-place votes.
Indiana University Kokomo is picked second in the poll with 145 total votes and five first-place votes. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College is predicted third with 134 total votes and the remaining first-place vote.
Indiana University East (116 votes), University of Rio Grande (Ohio) (111 votes), Indiana University Southeast (105 votes) and Oakland City (Ind.) University (92 votes) round out the top half of the conference poll of 13 schools.
WVU Tech is coming off a season of 26-6 overall and 15-2 RSC. The Golden Bears have two players returning who were selected to the RSC Preseason All-Conference Team with Thomas Hailey and Andrew Work. That puts WVU Tech in the top spot after an RSC Championship finals appearance last year and another NAIA national tournament bid.
IU Kokomo won the RSC Championship last year and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Sweet 16. The Cougars were 32-4 overall and 17-1 RSC and ended the year ranked No. 22 in the NAIA Top 25. IU Kokomo will have to replace all-conference players Desean Hampton and Trequan Spivey.
Alice Lloyd was 24-5 overall, 15-3 RSC last year and made it to the RSC semifinals where they lost to WVU Tech. The Eagles have Will Philpot ad Damon Tobler returning as a preseason all-conference selections. IU East was also an RSC semifinalist last year and ended at 16-15, 10-7 RSC.
Rio Grande is fifth in the preseason poll and joins WVU Tech and Alice Lloyd as the only schools with two players on the preseason all-conference team. Miki Tadic and Shiloah Blevins lead the RedStorm, which was 16-14 last year.
IU Southeast was an RSC playoff qualifier last year and came in sixth in the poll. The Grenadiers are mourning the loss of Ahmad Price, who posthumously is a member of the preseason all-conference team.
Oakland City and Ohio Christian were both postseason qualifiers, and they round out the selections of the top four teams in each division. New this year is that the top five teams in each of the RSC East and West Divisions will make the playoffs. Other changes are IU East moving to the RSC West and Alice Lloyd moving to the RSC East.
For the complete listing of the RSC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Polls and the RSC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team, see below.
RSC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. WVU Tech (7)||151|
|2. IU Kokomo (5)||145|
|3. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (1)||134|
|4. IU East||116|
|5. Rio Grande (Ohio)||111|
|6. IU Southeast||105|
|7. Oakland City (Ind.)||92|
|8. Ohio Christian||69|
|9. Midway (Ky.)||68|
|10. Point Park (Pa.)||67|
|11. Brescia (Ky.)||52|
|12. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)||33|
|13. Carlow (Pa.)||27|
RSC East Division
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. WVU Tech (11)||71|
|2. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (2)||60|
|3. Rio Grande (Ohio)||52|
|4. Point Park (Pa.)||34|
|5. Ohio Christian||33|
|6. Carlow (Pa.)||17|
RSC West Division
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
|1. IU Kokomo (12)||84|
|2. IU East (1)||67|
|3. IU Southeast||64|
|4. Oakland City (Ind.)||54|
|5. Midway (Ky.)||38|
|6. Brescia (Ky.)||31|
|7. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)||19|
RSC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
|Will Philpot||F||Sr.||Alice Lloyd|
|Miki Tadic||G||Jr.||Rio Grande|
|Thomas Hailey||F||So.||WVU Tech|
|Shiloah Blevins||F||Jr.||Rio Grande|
|Andrew Work||F||Jr.||WVU Tech|
|Damon Tobler||F||Jr.||Alice Lloyd|
|*Ahmad Price||G||Jr.||IU Southeast|
|Sherron Schifino||G||Sr.||Point Park|
*posthumously included on the RSC Preseason All-Conference Team
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
The Pacers take the floor for one final dress rehearsal on Friday night, welcoming the Rockets to Gainbridge Fieldhouse for their fourth and final preseason contest. Indiana will tip off the 2022-23 regular season next week with a three-game homestand, beginning next Wednesday against Washington.
Pacers fans should have plenty of positive takeaways from the preseason, particularly the play of rookie guard Bennedict Mathurin. The sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft has lived up to the hype so far, with a memorable debut at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
Mathurin tallied 27 points in a 109-100 win over New York, going 8-for-13 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. The 20-year-old’s aggressive nature has led to plenty of success in the exhibition season, allowing him to attack the paint and get to the charity stripe. He also has displayed elite athleticism, like when he threw down a windmill dunk in transition to seal Wednesday’s win.
Fans won’t be treated to a matchup between Mathurin and fellow rookie phenom Jabari Smith Jr. on Friday. Smith, the third overall pick in the draft, had 21 points and eight rebounds while going 5-for-8 from 3-point range in Houston’s preseason opener on Oct. 2, but hasn’t played since due to a sprained ankle. Smith has been ruled out of Friday’s contest, but recently resumed basketball activities with the hope of being on the floor for the start of the regular season.
Pacers: G – T.J. McConnell, G – Chris Duarte, F – Buddy Hield, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner
Rockets: G – Jalen Green, G – Kevin Porter Jr., F – Tari Eason, F – KJ Martin, C – Alperen Sengun
Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (sore lower back), Aaron Nesmith – out (sore left foot), Daniel Theis – out (rest)
Rockets: Eric Gordon – out (rest), Daishen Nix – out (lower back tightness), Jabari Smith Jr. – out (left ankle sprain), Jae’Sean Tate – questionable (sore left ankle)
March 18, 2022: Goga Bitadze capped a career night with two clutch baskets over the final 1:06 to lift Indiana to a 121-118 victory in Houston.
Bitadze finished with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-9 shooting (3-of-3 from 3-point range) before tallying nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block.
“We’ve been struggling,” Malcolm Brogdon said of Bitadze’s impact. “But when he plays like that, that gives us an edge for sure. Just his physicality, his ability to make shots, to spread the floor, be tough on the inside, and finish.”
Brogdon had a team-high 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the victory. Jalen Smith recorded a double-double off the bench with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Christian Wood led all scorers with 32 points in a monster performance in the loss. The Rockets big man also tallied 13 boards, seven assists, and three blocks. Jalen Green added 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
- The Pacers have won their last five regular-season meetings with the Rockets.
- Indiana will visit Houston on Nov. 18 and host the Rockets on March 9.
- Mathurin is averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game over the preseason.
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INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The backend of a two-game homestand brings Maryland to town for a matchup with the Indiana football program. The Hoosiers and Terrapins will meet for the 11th time in program history and the ninth as Big Ten opponents.
INDIANA (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) hosts MARYLAND (4-2, 1-2 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 15 | 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2 | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Indiana Game Notes | Maryland Game Notes | Big Ten Weekly Notes
Setting the Scene
• Indiana (3-3, 1-2 B1G) will look to rebound after its first home loss of the season against Maryland (4-2, 1-2 B1G) on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET inside Memorial Stadium (52,656; Field Turf) on ESPN2.
• The Hoosiers are 7-3 all-time against the Terrapins, including a 4-1 record in Bloomington.
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• With Maryland receiving votes in the AP and Coaches polls, it gives IU an opponent that is currently ranked or receiving votes on the schedule for five of the last seven weeks. Three (Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State) sit ranked among the top 10 in this week’s poll.
• On Friday night, the 2022 Indiana University Hall of Fame class will be inducted and then the class of Ashley Benson (Volleyball, 2007-10), Jenn Cristy (Women’s Swimming, 1998-01), Don Fischer (Play-by-Play Announcer, 1973-present), Lin Loring (Women’s Tennis Coach, 1977-2017), Tina Parrott (Women’s Track and Field, 1983-86), and D.J. White (Men’s Basketball, 2005-08) will then be recognized at halftime of the on Saturday.
By The Numbers
3 – Cam Jones is just the third IU football student-athlete to be elected a three-time team captain.
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24 – Of Tom Allen‘s 64 career games as a head coach, 24 of those have been decided by seven of fewer points, including two of four games in 2022.
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13 – In his first start as a Hoosier, Bradley Jennings Jr. logged his first career double-digit tackle game with 13 stops. The redshirt senior had six solo tackles with 1.0 tackle for loss.
4.0 – With 4.0 sacks on the season, true freshman Dasan McCullough is No. 2 nationally among rookies.
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News & Notes
• Head coach Tom Allenis on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.
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• Wide receiver Cam Camperis the eighth IU wideout (10 occurrences) with a pair of 10-catch games in a season and is just one shy of joining Whop Philyor (3; 2019) and Damarlo Belcher (3; 2010) atop that list.
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• Place kicker Charles Campbellcontinues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU, sitting among the top 10 in field goals made (34) and top 20 in career scoring (161).
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• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain and is No. 2 in sacks per Pro Football Focus.
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• Running backs Shaun Shiversand
Josh Hendersonbecame the first pair of running backs with receiving touchdowns in the same game since 2001 when they each hauled in touchdown passes at Cincinnati.
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• Camper and D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.
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• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams coordinator Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.
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• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call in 2022 and will be honored by the National Football Foundation. He will also be inducted into the IU Hall of Fame this weekend as the entire class will be honored at halftime of the game.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS ▶ QB Taulia Tagovailoa has established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country, currently top-25 in the nation in completion percentage (74.1), completions per game (24.3), passing yards (1,731), total offense (303.2) and passing efficiency (161.3). Tagovailoa currently has the fifth-best single season completion percentage in FBS history. ▶ Last week against Purdue, Tagovailoa completed 26-of-38 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, elevating to second all-time in Maryland history in completions (549), passing yards (6,602) and touchdowns (44). Tagovailoa only stands 102 completions, 700 yards and six touchdowns from setting the program passing records in those categories. With a 300-yard game against Purdue (315 yards), Tagovailoa now stands alone at the top of the all-time 300-yard game ranks in Terrapin history. He also is first all-time in career completion percentage (69.2) and passing efficiency (152.0). ▶ Tagovailoa currently stands third in the nation with a 74.1 completion percentage, trailing only Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy (78.3) and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson (74.8). His 69.3 career completion percentage is currently fourth among all active FBS quarterbacks, trailing only Mississippi State’s Will Rogers (72.2), Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (71.5) and Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall (70.7). He also stands top-20 among all FBS quarterbacks in passing yards per game (239.4), completions per game (19.9) and passing efficiency (152.0). HIGH POWERED OFFENSE ▶ Maryland has scored points on their opening drive of every game this season, the only team in the FBS to do so. The Terps have scored touchdowns against Buffalo, Charlotte, Michigan State and Purdue and field goals against SMU and Michigan. ▶ The Terps have scored at least 27 points in each of its last eight games dating back to last season against Rutgers (11/27), the longest streak in program history. ▶ Maryland is currently 12th in the nation and second in the Big Ten, only trailing No. 2 Ohio State in yards per play, averaging 6.99. Maryland has 2,770 total yards (1,828 passing & 942 rushing) on 396 plays and has averaged at least 4.9 yards per play in each game this season. As an offense, Maryland currently stands top-20 in the nation in completion percentage (73.8), red zone offense (95.2), fourth down conversion percentage (72.7) and passing offense (304.7). ▶ The Terps have 10 plays of over 40 yards this season, tied for the eighth-most in the nation and second-most in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 2 Ohio State. RBs Roman Hemby and Antwain Littleton II each have two rushes of over 40 yards and three different Terps (Jacob Copeland, Corey Dyches and Rakim Jarrett) each have a reception of over 40 yards, with Copeland tallying two. Maryland has four rushes of over 50-yards this season, the third-most in the nation, only behind Alabama (six) and Kansas State (five). ▶ RB Roman Hemby has the third-most yards from scrimmage of any FBS freshman, totaling 595 through five games, only trailing Cal’s Jaydn Ott (636) and Ole Miss’ Quinshon Judkins (632). Hemby has 395 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards, including rushing for 151 yards on 16 carries and added four catches for 62 yards against SMU (9/17) becoming the first Terrapin in the last 25 years to have 150+ rushing yards and 50+ receiving in a game.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Indiana women’s soccer (2-6-6, 0-6-1) put two late equalizers on frame but could not find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss at No. 15 Michigan State (11-1-3, 6-0-1) on Thursday night at DeMartin Stadium.
• Michigan State found the back of the net early when junior midfielder Zivana Labovic scored in the fifth minute of play. Freshman midfielder Emerson Sargeant and senior forward Lauren DeBeau combined for the assist for the MSU header.
• In the 17th minute, sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg turned away a Spartan shot for her first save of the match. She finished the evening with five total saves.
• Junior forward Jen Blitchok nearly found the equalizer in the 88th minute with a strike, but redshirt senior keeper Luaren Kozal of Michigan State was up to the task for her second save of the match.
• In the 89th minute senior midfielder Alaina Kalin had an attempt on goal that was also saved by Kozal.
• The match marked the fifth in Indiana’s last seven outings in which the opponent was either ranked or receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 poll. Three of the five teams were ranked inside the top-15 at the time of the match.
• Hoosier goalkeepers have registered at least five saves in six contests this season. The game marked the seventh-straight (11th overall) in which IU’s opponent has attempted double-figure shot attempts.
• Indiana did not register a goal for the seventh-straight contest.
Indiana will return to Bloomington to take on in-state rival Purdue at Armstrong Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 16. First kick is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET with a live broadcast on BTN.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 16-ranked Indiana men’s soccer (5-2-4, 1-1-3 B1G) returns to Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday (Oct. 14) when it hosts Penn State (5-3-3, 2-0-2 B1G) in Big Ten Conference play.
The match will be televised on Big Ten Network with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also stream the match at foxsports.com/live.
The first 250 fans at Friday’s match will receive a free IU men’s soccer koozie. Additionally, fans may purchase $5 tickets at the gate when they show their IU football ticket for Saturday’s game against Maryland.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana is unbeaten in 15 straight home matches going back to the 2021 season with a 4-0-2 home record this season.
• The Nittany Lions sit two points above the Hoosiers on the Big Ten Table with a game in hand.
• Redshirt senior Daniel Munie has tallied two goals and a clean sheet in three matches since returning from injury.
• The Hoosiers have scored 21 goals from 11 unique goal scorers this season. Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink leads the Hoosiers in goals (5) and points (13).
• A win for IU Friday would be No. 800 in the program’s illustrious history.
ABOUT THE NITTANY LIONS
• Penn State comes into the match with a 5-3-3 record and sits second in the Big Ten table with eight points (2-0-2). Its last result was a 4-1 win versus Michigan State.
• The Nittany Lions are led by fifth-year head coach Jeff Cook. Cook has compiled a 44-25-11 record at Penn State and a 224-163-60 career record in 25 seasons as a head coach.
• Junior forward Peter Mangione and senior forward Liam Butts have totaled 11 goals for the Nittany Lions, with Mangione leading the team with six tallies. Penn State has averaged 1.7 goals per match, while conceding a 1.3 goals against average.
• Indiana has had the better of the matchup between two historic programs, leading the all-time series 35-15-5.
• 2021 featured two important contests between IU and PSU. In the first match, Indiana handed the Nittany Lions one of their two conference losses. Penn State would get revenge in the Big Ten Tournament final with a 3-0 victory to capture the championship double.
• The last two Big Ten Tournament Champions have been decided by this matchup. In the adjusted 2020-21 season, Indiana won its third straight Big Ten double after defeating the Nittany Lions in penalties. Coming into that match, IU had won five straight over PSU.
PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NEBRASKA
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After back-to-back road wins in conference play, Purdue Football returns home to host Nebraska in a battle between two teams atop the Big Ten West. The Boilermakers and Cornhuskers are set to play in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN.
Purdue is 4-2 for the second consecutive season. The last time the Boilermakers were 4-2 in back-to-back seasons was when Joe Tiller led the program to consecutive eight-win campaigns (2006-07).
The Boilermakers are coming off a 31-29 victory at Maryland, their third straight win. The last time Purdue won three games in-a-row came during the 2018 season, a four-game winning streak that included a 49-20 thumping over No. 2 Ohio State.
LAST TIME WE MET NEBRASKA
• Behind four interceptions from the defense, Purdue went on the road and defeated Nebraska 28-23 (Oct. 30, 2021) in the previous matchup between the two Big Ten West foes.
• Jalen Graham led the way with a pair of INTs, including a pick six that helped him earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Cam Allen and Chris Jefferson hauled in picks as well.
• Aidan O’Connell completed 34-of-45 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, while King Doerue added 74 yards on the ground to lead the Boilermakers offensively.
• The victory was Purdue’s third in the past four meetings with Nebraska.
• Purdue returns home riding a three-game winning streak for the first time the 2018 season.
• The Boilermakers won four straight games in 2018, which included the memorable 49-20 victory over No. 2 Ohio State.
• Purdue has won three games in-a-row only three times over the past 15 seasons, two of them being under Jeff Brohm. In the previous nine seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, the only Boilermakers’ three-game winning streak occurred during the end of the 2012 season to earn bowl eligibility.
BIG WINS AWAY FROM HOME
• Playing on the road in Big Ten play hasn’t fazed Purdue lately. The Boilermakers have won six of their past seven conference games away from home, including the past two weeks against Minnesota (Oct. 1) and Maryland (Oct. 8).
• Two of those victories were over ranked teams. Purdue beat No. 2 Iowa 24-7 last season (Oct. 16, 2021), while knocking off No. 21 Minnesota this October.
• Last season, Purdue went 3-1 in B1G games away from home, which included a neutral site win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field. The Boilermakers ended the 2021 campaign with five victories away from Ross-Ade Stadium, their most since 1943.
• While Purdue is primarily known for its passing game, the Boilermakers have rushed for 11 touchdowns compared to 13 through the air.
• Just six games into the season, the 11 rushing TDs match the total from the previous two seasons combined (7 in 2021, 4 in 2020).
• The total is already the most in a season since Purdue rushed for 20 touchdowns in 2018.
• The Boilermakers have six rushing touchdowns over their three conference games, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (8).
WELCOME BACK 6
• The Boilermaker defense welcomed back one of their leaders, Jalen Graham, in the 31-29 win over Maryland.
• Graham, who missed the previous four games due to injury, returned to record a team-high nine tackles to go along with one tackle-for-loss and one pass breakup.
• Despite playing in just two games this season, the senior ranks eighth on the team in total tackles (15); his 7.5 tackles per game pace Purdue.
AIDAN ADDING TO HIS LEGACY
• Beginning his career as a walk-on and eighth on the quarterback depth chart, Aidan O’Connell worked his way up to the starting role and didn’t stop there. The sixth-year QB has etched his name in the school record books, and he continued to rise up the career charts early this season.
• O’Connell already ranks in the program’s Top 10 in several career categories: completion percentage (1st – 68.0%), 500-yard games (T1st – 2), 400-yard games (2nd – 5), 300-yard games (4th – 11), touchdown passes (6th – 53), passing completions (7th – 649) and passing yards (8th – 7,288).
• Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense. His 311.8 passing yards per game rank ninth nationally, while he stands 17th in total offense with 306.8 yards per game.
• O’Connell has kept up his game against conference opponents as the only Big Ten quarterback to average more than 300 yards passing in league play (308.0 ypg). His 297.33 yards of total offense in B1G action also lead the conference.
• Since 2000, O’Connell became one of just three Big Ten quarterbacks to throw for 1,000 yards over the first three games of a season (Christian Hackenberg – 1,008 yards, 2014; Richard Lagow – 1,002 yards, 2016).
• He torched the Syracuse defense with a season-high 424 passing yards and three touchdowns.
• O’Connell now has five 400-yard passing games; only Drew Brees has more (7).
RED ZONE, END ZONE
• The Boilermakers have been successful in the red zone this season, scoring 24 out of 25 times for a 96 percent rate and ranking No. 8 in the country.
• Even better, 21 of those 24 red zone scores have been touchdowns (88%).
• The Boilermakers are 12-for-12 (9 touchdowns, 3 field goals) in the red zone against B1G foes, one of three teams to be perfect in conference play.
• Purdue was a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone against Maryland, punching in four touchdowns and adding one field goal.
YOU’LL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT
• Purdue has produced one of the best red zone defenses in the country. With opponents scoring only 71 percent of the time in the area, the Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten and 14th in the country.
• The defense also is efficient in getting off the field with a third down defense that ranks 23rd nationwide. Opponents are converting 30 percent of the time on third down.
• The Boilermakers have done a good job of limiting the run, surrendering less than 100 yards per game (96.7) to rank 17th nationally and only allowing 2.9 yards per rush.
• Purdue’s rush defense has been even better in conference games, limiting the opposition to 71.3 yards on the ground per contest (2.6 yards per carry).
• The Boilermakers are one of 19 teams to allow three or fewer rushing touchdowns this season, and only one of those touchdowns has been by a running back.
• In the win over No. 21 Minnesota, Purdue held the Golden Gophers to 44 rushing yards on 26 carries; Minnesota entered the contest with the nation’s No. 2 rushing attack with 294.5 yards per game.
• Tight end Payne Durham once again came through in the clutch, catching the go-ahead touchdown pass before rumbling 56 yards to set up another late Purdue touchdown to help the team beat Maryland.
• Against the Terps, Durham made seven catches for 109 yards, both team highs, to record the third 100-yard game of his career.
• Durham moved into a tie for 11th in program history with 16 receiving touchdowns.
• Durham is now third on the career list for touchdown receptions by a tight end, trailing Dave Young (27, 1977-80), Brycen Hopkins (2016-19) and Dustin Keller (16, 2004-07).
• The senior tight end sits second on the team this year with 28 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
• Durham’s progression in college from backup to all-conference caliber is made more impressive when you consider he played one year of high school football after playing lacrosse all his life.
• While Purdue is 4-2 on the season, the Boilermakers are 64 seconds away from being 6-0.
• Both losses came to teams that are currently ranked and unbeaten.
• No. 10 Penn State scored a go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds to go to leave West Lafayette with a season-opening victory (Sept. 1)
• In the first road game of the season, the Boilermakers suffered a heartbreaking loss to now-No. 21 Syracuse after the Orange found the end zone with just seven seconds left in the ballgame.
• Four of Purdue’s six games have been decided by four points-or-less.
• Whether it’s the beginning of the game or coming out of the locker room, Purdue has gotten off to fast starts.
• The Boilermakers are outscoring the opposition 50-10 in the opening quarter.
• Purdue has scored a touchdown on three of its six opening drives.
• On the other side of the ball, Purdue’s defense has forced a fumble and four three-and-outs by the opposition to kick off games; only Maryland found success on the opening drive, scoring a touchdown.
CO-DUAL MEET INFORMATION
Purdue at Missouri
Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. ET
Mizzou Aquatic Center / Columbia, Missouri
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue swimming & diving teams begins their seasons on the road for the first time since October 2017, opening with the programs’ inaugural visit to the heart of the Show Me State for a two-day co-ed dual meet at Missouri.
Action is set for Friday at 5 p.m. ET and Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. Twenty-one events will be contested over the two days.
|ORDER OF EVENTS|
|Friday at 5 p.m. ET|
200 Free Relay
Men’s 1-Meter Diving
Women’s 3-Meter Diving
400 Medley Relay
|Saturday at 11 a.m. ET|
200 Medley Relay
Women’s 1-Meter Diving
Men’s 3-Meter Diving
400 Free Relay
The 2017-18 season marked the last time the Boilermakers competed on the road to open a season, beginning that campaign with a co-ed dual at Miami (Ohio). Purdue hosted Missouri in November of last season as part of a co-ed triple dual that also featured Michigan. This weekend marks the return trip to complete the home-and-home.
The Boilermakers’ last dual meet at a Southeastern Conference opponent’s home pool was in November 2019 at Tennessee. That also marked an occasion where nearly Purdue’s full rosters got to experience an aquatic center for the first time together. Other such occasions in recent years includes January 2020 at FIU, January 2021 at Wisconsin and February 2022 at Minnesota (men).
This weekend is the first of three two-day dual meets on the schedule this season. The Purdue women compete on consecutive days each of the first three weekends to begin their season, including a two-day dual at Rutgers over Halloween Weekend. The women are also back in the field for the annual two-day Big Ten Triple Duals, hosted by Northwestern the weekend of January 27 to 28 this season.
Besides the Big Ten Triple Duals, the Boilermakers most recent multi-day dual meet was in January 2015 when Purdue hosted Michigan State for a co-ed three-day dual as part of a season in which winter training was held on campus.
ACTIVE BOILERMAKERS TO HOLD PURDUE RECORDS
• Nick Sherman – 200 Free, 200 IM; 200, 400 & 800 Free Relays
• Brady Samuels – 100 Fly, 400 Free Relay; Freshman Records: 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly
• Michael Juengel – 200 Medley Relay, Freshman Record: 200 Back
• Andrew Alders – 800 Free Relay
• Jude Wenker – 800 Free Relay
• Hannah Hill – Freshman Records: 50 Free
• Kendra Bowen – Freshman Record: 100 Free
|MORE ACTIVE BOILERMAKERS TO RANK AMONG PURDUE’S ALL-TIME TOP 15 IN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS|
• Nick Sherman – 50 & 100 Free, 100 & 200 Breast, 100 Back, 100 Fly
• Brady Samuels – 50 Free, 100 & 200 Free; 100 Back
• Jordan Rzepka – 1-Meter, 3-Meter, Platform
• Michael Juengel – 100 & 200 Back, 100 Fly
• Andrew Alders – 100 & 200 Breast
• Coleman Modglin – 100 & 200 Breast
• Liam Walker – 100 & 200 Fly
• Aaron Frollo – 400 IM, 1650 Free
• Keelan Hart – 100 Free
• Connor McCarthy – 200 Free
• Idris Muhammad – 100 Back
• Jack Smith – 200 Back
• Andrew Witty – 100 Breast
• Khadin Soto – 100 Breast
• Luke Fortner – 200 Breast
• Skyler Younkin – 200 Fly
• Elliot Cooper – 200 Fly
• Charlie King – 200 Fly
• Blake Ratliff – 400 IM
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Purdue soccer team began a three-game roadtrip with a 2-2 draw at Iowa on Thursday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on a goal by freshman forward Kayla Budish, and the visitors made it 2-0 as junior midfielder Emily Mathews converted a penalty kick in the 42nd. The Hawkeyes answered to tie the game early in the second half, on an own goal in the 46th minute and the equalizer in the 55th.
In an evenly-played game with good chances for either side, Purdue (3-9-2, 0-5-2 Big Ten) had 12 shots, four on goal, and Iowa (3-6-6, 0-3-4 Big Ten) registered 20 shots, nine on goal. The home side held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Budish led the team with five shots, two on goal, and Mathews had two shots, one on target. Freshman goalkeeper Kailey Kimball made a career-high-tying eight saves to match her collegiate-best total, set in her last start.
Iowa had four of the game’s first five shots, with two of them saved by Kimball, before Budish gave Purdue a 1-0 lead at 19:50.
The play began with a throw-in by sophomore defender Kelsi Carrico. That was headed forward by Budish over the halfway line to Hollar. With a Hawkeye defender on her back, Hollar delivered a no-look, back-heeled flick up-field to connect with Budish on the run. As several defenders were in close pursuit, Budish wove through two of them near the top of the 18-yard box to get to the left edge of the penalty arc. She then sent a right-footed shot into the lower-right corner of the goal to give the visitors the lead.
The goal is Budish’s third of the season, second-most on the team. Hollar’s assist was the first of her career and third point in the last two games.
Senior midfielder Sydney Duarte had a shot high one minute later, and Budish followed with a shot that was wide in the 28th minute. Two Kimball saves followed, and she made a third stop in the 38th minute.
The Boilermakers extended their advantage to 2-0 at 41:41 when Mathews scored on a penalty kick. The penalty was awarded after a hand ball was called inside the penalty area. Mathews netted her first goal of the season, and seventh of her career, into the upper-left corner of the goal.
That gave the visiting side a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes. Both teams had seven shots in the first half, and the Hawkeyes had a 5-2 edge in shots on target. Kimball made five saves. Iowa had three corner kicks to Purdue’s two.
Kimball opened the second half with a save, but an own goal on the rebound at 45:42 cut the Boilermaker advantage in half. The Hawkeyes then leveled the score at 2-2 at 54:34 on a goal by Caroline Halonen.
Hollar had a good chance that was saved in the 66th minute, and Kimball followed 39 seconds later with a diving save, her sixth of the game.
Iowa had a shot go wide in the 70th minute, and the next chance for either team wasn’t until Budish almost gave Purdue the lead back in the 85th minute, but it was saved.
Kimball stopped her eighth shot of the night in the 85th minute.
The Boilermakers had several opportunity in the final 10 minutes, though freshman defender Sabrina Blount’s chance high was the only shot after Budish’s.
Up next is an in-state rivalry, as Purdue travels to Indiana to play for the Golden Boot Trophy on Sunday, October 16. Kickoff in Bloomington is at 2 p.m. ET, and the game will air live on the Big Ten Network. One more road game follows before the Boilermakers return to Folk Field for the final time in 2022 on Sunday, October 23, against Maryland at 2 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to the contest.
REUNION WEEKEND SET, REGISTRATION OPEN
The annual Reunion Weekend is on Sunday, October 23, as the Boilermakers host Maryland. A pregame tailgate for Purdue Soccer alumnae and their families begins at noon at Folk Field, before the 2 p.m. game. Tickets are free for soccer alumnae, which includes a Purdue Soccer t-shirt, and tickets for family members and guests are $10. Alumnae can register at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Friday, October 14 | 7 p.m. ET
#9 Purdue at Indiana
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Sunday, October 16 | 1 p.m. ET
#9 Purdue vs. Maryland
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West Lafayette, Ind. – The No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten) look to bounce back from their second loss of the season with a split away-and-home weekend, including the first of two rivalry matches vs. Indiana and a Sunday matinee vs. Maryland.
The Boilermakers will begin the weekend at in-state rival Indiana (9-9, 2-4 Big Ten) tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET. Then, Purdue will return home to take on the national leader in blocks on Sunday with a 1 p.m. ET match vs. Maryland (10-8, 1-5 Big Ten). Both matches will be available to watch on B1G+.
- The Boilermakers are off to its best Big Ten start in 37 years with their 5-0 record (last: 1985, started 5-0).
- The month of November will be the team’s toughest stretch of the year, with six of the team’s eight matches (75%) against programs receiving a nod in the AVCA poll. Moreover, the Boilermakers will be on the road most of the month, with five away contests.
- Purdue is 8-2 over its last 10 matches.
- Holloway Gymnasium is sold out for the remainder of the season. In fact, Purdue sold out every match this season except for its 10 a.m. win vs. Bradley on Sept. 2 – a match that came 315 tickets short of a sell-out.
- The 2022 schedule includes 12 matches against teams ranked or receiving votes, according to the most recent AVCA poll. Nine of those matchups are against top-14 foes.
- Holloway Gymnasium is sold out for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, the student section, the Block Party, sold out their season tickets in under two hours of going on sale.
A Look at the Indiana Hoosiers
Series Record: 73-34 (PUR leads) | Last Meeting: Nov. 26, 2021 (W, 3-1 in West Lafayette)
- Purdue has won the last 19 straight meetings between the two programs.
- Indiana has out-hit opponents this season .211% to .195% and have earned Big Ten wins at Maryland (3-2) and vs. Iowa (3-0).
- The Hoosiers have one of the most effective serving teams among the Big Ten, ranking second in aces per set.
- Mady Seris leads the Hoosiers offensively, receiving 30% of the team’s attacks at a 3.75 kills/game rate.
- The back row is led by Paula Cerame, who is averaging 3.69 digs per set and checks in at 10th in the league.
A Look at the Maryland Terrapins
Series Record: 10-1 (PUR leads) | Last Meeting: Nov. 5, 2021 (W, 3-1 in College Park)
- Averaging 1.96 aces per set, Maryland has the toughest serve in the Big Ten and ranks 14th in the nation.
- With the national leader, Rainelle Jones leading the charge, Maryland is No. 1 in the nation in blocks (206) and blocks per set (3.32). Individually, Jones is averaging 1.73/set and Anastasia Russ is averaging 1.41/set, and ranks 13th in the nation with 86 on the season. Russ is also one of the most efficient attackers in the league, averaging .375 hitting %, ranking No. 3 in the league.
- Sam Csire leads the attack for the Terrapins, averaging 10.15/set, good for fourth-most in the Big Ten. Her attack margin has converted to 239 total points on the season.
- Setter Sydney Dowler is one of the best servers in the league, posting the third-most aces per set (0.49/set), in addition to ranking seventh in the Big Ten with 8.56 assists per set.
- Although the Boilermakers were picked to finish 8th in the Big Ten, Purdue currently sits at #2 in the standings.
- The team’s .875 win % is good for 17th in the nation and is joined by Texas (1.000%), Auburn (.941), Louisville (.938), Nebraska (.933) and Pittsburgh (.889) as the only Power Five programs among the nation’s top-20.
- Purdue’s 14-2 record is the best start since 2011. It is the second time since the 1985 season to start as strong. (2011: 14-1, 1985: 14-1)
- For the seventh straight year, the Boilermakers entered Big Ten play with one non-conference loss or fewer.
- Purdue closed non-conference season with a 9-1 record, marking the most wins in non-conference play since 2018.
- Seven Boilers that have started are hitting above .300: Raven Colvin (.315%), Hannah Clayton (.303%), Eva Hudson (.308%) Emily Rastovski (.438%) and Lourdes Myers (.348%) in addition to both setters: Megan Remmer (.338%) and Grace Balensiefer (.316%).
Among the Big Ten
- Purdue was the last team to remain undefeated at home this season, opening the season 8-0 on Belin Court.
- The Boilers are third in the league in kills (13.64/set) and opponent blocks (1.75/set). Meanwhile, they are fourth in hitting % (.264).
- Eva Hudson has led the Big Ten the entire season, and sits at 5.38 points/set and 4.83 kills/set.
- Libero Maddie Schermerhorn is third with 4.28 digs/set.
- Raven Colvin is eighth with 1.26 blocks/set.
Double Trouble: The Setters
- With 5th year transfer Grace Balensiefer and redshirt junior Megan Renner, Purdue has moved to a two-setter system with Renner in the front row and Balensiefer in the back since conference play started.
- Renner is averaging 7.65 assists per set and Balensiefer 7.41.
- Setter Megan Renner tied a career-high five blocks (one solo, four assisted) vs. then-#7 Wisconsin. Additionally, she went errorless on the attack (3-0-5) for the fifth consecutive match.
- Balensiefer transferred to Purdue after starting for four years at Northern Illinois. Currently, she ranks #14 in Division I with 4,126 assists and #61 with 448 sets played.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team will host a pair of BIG EAST teams this weekend at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Both Seton Hall and St. John’s appear near the top of the conference standings heading into Week 8 of the season. Seton Hall first-year head coach Shannon Thompson has nearly matched last year’s win total for the Pirates and the Johnnies bring in last year’s Co-BIG EAST Player of the Year Rachele Rastelli. Sharon Clark and Jaymeson Kinley highlight the Bulldog program. Clark is in her 23rd season as the head coach at Butler and Kinley heads into Friday ranked fifth in the nation in digs per set!
Oct. 14: Seton Hall at Butler – 6 PM
Oct. 16: St. John’s at Butler – 1 PM
Each match will stream on FloSports.com
BIG EAST Standings
Marquette 6-0, 15-1
Creighton 6-0, 14-3
St. John’s 5-2, 14-6
Seton Hall 4-3, 13-6
Xavier 3-3, 10-6
Butler 3-3, 9-9
DePaul 2-4, 6-12
Georgetown 2-4, 4-13
Providence 1-5, 9-9
UConn 1-5, 7-10
Villanova 1-5, 5-13
– Butler setter Cora Taylor was tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 9.50 assists per set in wins over Georgetown and Villanova.
– Taylor recorded her sixth and seventh double-double of the year last weekend. She posted 35 assists and 19 digs against Georgetown and 41 assists with 13 digs vs. Villanova.
– Jaymeson Kinley recently made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (6.25 digs per set).
– Kinley has recorded 20+ digs in 10 matches this season. She opened the year with three-straight and has reached 20+ or more digs in five of BU’s last six matches.
– Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 4th in the NCAA in team attacks per set (38.0).
– Destiny Cherry recorded a career-high five blocks vs. Georgetown and matched that effort with five more vs. Villanova.
– The Bulldogs recorded a season-high nine aces in their matchup with the Hoyas and followed it up with six aces against the Wildcats.
– Brooklyne Darby led BU with three aces vs. GU.
– 89 digs against Georgetown is the most by Butler in any 4-set match this season.
– BU recorded 10 blocks against the Hoyas marking the fifth time this season they have recorded 10 or more blocks in a match.
– Butler has won seven of their last eight matches against Seton Hall and lead the all-time series 10-6.
– The Bulldogs lead the all-time series vs. St. John’s 11-5. They came out on top in each match last year (3-0, 3-1).
SCOUTING SETON HALL: After Wednesday’s loss against St. John’s, the Pirates move to 13-6 overall with a 4-3 record in BIG EAST action. They finished non-conference play with a 9-3 record with loses to Hofstra (1-3), Stony Brook (2-3), and Princeton (1-3). Seton Hall hosted two tournaments and only dropped a total of two sets in those six matches. Those wins included George Mason, Akron, Iona, Central Connecticut State, Dartmouth, and NJIT. Their other non-conference wins were Temple (3-0), Delaware (3-1), and Sacred Heart (3-0). To start BIG EAST play Seton Hall beat UConn (3-2), Providence (3-2) Villanova (3-1), and DePaul (3-2). Losses before Wednesday night came to Georgetown (2-3) and Marquette (0-3).
First-year head coach Shannon Thompson has a talented roster that includes Jenna Walsh and Asli Subasili. Walsh was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week early in October and had 14 kills vs. St. John’s. Subasili has won Freshman of the Week honors twice this season and ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in blocks per set.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S: The Red Storm are 14-6 after their Wednesday win against Seton Hall. Their non-conference play began with three-straight wins, beating California Baptist (3-1), Appalachian State (3-2), and Charleston Southern (3-1). St. John’s lost their next four to Miami (0-3), Weber State (1-3), UNLV (1-3), and Fairfield (2-3). They then went on another win streak recording six-straight against Southeastern Louisiana (3-2), Bryant (3-0), Stonehill (3-0), Columbia (3-2), Boston College (3-2), and Middle Tennessee (3-1). The Red Storm have started conference play with a 5-2 record. Their wins came against Providence (3-0), UConn (3-2), Georgetown (3-2), and DePaul (3-0). The only two losses came at the hands of Villanova (1-3) and Marquette (0-3).
St. John’s returns the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year in Rachele Rastelli. As a team, STJ leads the BIG EAST in blocks per set (2.36), but are last in the conference in digs per set (11.56).
TAYLOR TABBED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: In a 2-0 week, Taylor recorded match-best assist totals against Villanova (41) and Georgetown (35) to rank sixth in the BIG EAST in assists per set (9.50), the most of any freshmen. The rookie contributed 19 digs in a 3-1 victory over Georgetown before producing 13 digs against Villanova.
Taylor ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in both total assists (544) and assists per set (9.22).
KINLEY NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: In a 2-0 week for the Bulldogs, Jaymeson Kinley led the BIG EAST in digs per set (6.25), producing match-bests against Georgetown (29) and Villanova (21).
This is the third time for Kinley to earn a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She also appeared on Aug. 29 and Oct. 3.
BIG EAST LEADER: Jaymeson Kinley leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 5th in the NCAA in digs per set (5.59).
Kinley’s 42 digs at Xavier were the second most in a single match by a Butler player in program history (45 by Jessica Taylor vs. UIC, Sept. 12, 1989). Her 42 digs are also the fourth-most recorded by any player in the NCAA in a five-set match.
GRUNZE’S A GAMER: Mariah Grunze has reached a double figure kill total in 13 of Butler’s 18 matches this season. Her season-high kill total is 18, a total she set against Missouri.
Grunze just missed tying her season-high kill total by recording 17 kills on Sunday vs. Villanova. She added 15 digs to post her fourth double-double of the season.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Megan Sheridan is approaching 500 kills and 100 blocks in her BU career. She needs three kills and 10 blocks to reach the milestones.
Sheridan is averaging 2.43 kills per set this season. She had six in her last match vs. Nova.
ALRIGHT AMINA: Amina Shackelford is averaging 15 kills per match in BIG EAST action.
Shackelford has delivered at least 10 kills in every conference match this season.
BULLDOG BREAKDOWN: The Bulldogs are 4-4 this season in 3-set matches, 4-4 in 4-set matches and 1-1 in 5-set matches.
The Bulldogs are 5-3 at home, 1-5 on the road and 3-1 at a neutral site.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will play at UConn on Friday, Oct. 21 and end their road trip with a 3 PM match at Providence on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Butler and UConn have only met two times with each team coming up with a 3-0 road win. Saturday will be the 16th meeting between Butler and PC. The Bulldogs have never lost to the Friars.
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team battled St. John’s in a Thursday afternoon match but ultimately fell, 3-1, to a side that is tied for third in the conference standings. The Bulldogs (6-7-1, 3-3-0 BIG EAST) struck first and held the lead through 25 minutes of play, but the Red Storm (7-4-4, 4-2-1 BIG EAST) scored three unanswered in the setback.
- 22′ | Off a pass from Alexei Whittaker, Talia Sommer carries forward, eludes two defenders, and finds Arianna Jalics in the center. Jalics makes a move to the left and her left-footed shot sneaks inside the far post. Butler takes a 1-0 lead.
- 27′ | In the center of the field, St. John’s midfielder Melina Couzis plays directly forward to Jessica Garziano at the top of the box. Garziana turns and chips to the upper right corner of the goal and equalizes the match, 1-1.
- 40′ | From in front of her own goal, the Red Storm’s Couzis plays out to the left and finds Molly Feighan. Feighan sprints down the sideline and sends a ball into the middle to Ava Collins. Collins makes a move to the right to elude her defender and is able to slide the ball under the keeper. St. John’s goes up one goal, 2-1.
- 57′ | On the left side of St. John’s attacking end, the Red Storm’s Feighan plays forward to Garziana. Garziana carries to the end line and hits a low cross directly in front of the goal to a charging Nicole Gordon, who is able to punch it in for the final 3-1 margin.
- Arianna Jalics’ goal was her second of the season and of her career.
- Talia Sommer’s assist was the second of her career.
- While the Bulldogs held the advantage in possession and outshot the Red Storm, 10-7, St. John’s put four shots on goal, compared to two for Butler.
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s swimming team will host the Butler Bulldogs Friday, October 14 at 4:00 PM in the Natatorium. The Jags are coming off a loss to UIndy in which IUPUI took several top times.
In the meet against the Greyhounds, Zietlow continued her dominance with first-place finishes in the 1000 free (10:15.36), 500 free (5:02.06) and 200 free (1:52.11). The Jags recorded four second-place finishes on the women’s side from Gabrielle Puryear-Lynch in the 100 fly (58.34), Lillian Brandt in the 100 free (52.83) and Emma Theobald in the 100 back (58.00) and the 200 IM (2:09.76).
Brandt also recorded a third-place time in the 50 free (24.53) while Avery Brooks finished fourth (24.77). Brooks also recorded a third-place finish in the 100 breast (1:08.45) while Priscilla Zavala finished third in the 100 fly with a time of 59.37. Senior Lauren Thompson earned the third-place finish in the 50 back (27.11).
The Jags last face Butler at the Butler Double Duals on September 25 when the Jags defeated the Bulldogs 113-87. IUPUI will kick off the meet at 4:00 PM.
IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The IUPUI women’s soccer team put forth a dominating defensive effort and made an early Maya Lacognato goal stand as the Jaguars nudged past Green Bay, 1-0, at Aldo Santaga Stadium on Thursday (Oct. 13). The Jaguars limited Green Bay to just nine shots, only two of which were on frame, and recorded their ninth shutout of the season to improve to 7-2-6 overall and 3-2-3 in Horizon League play.
The victory moved the Jaguars into a tie for second-place in the league standings with 12 points.
“It was so important for us to get this road win. Everything is really starting to come together and we are doing so well, playing hard for each other,” junior Sam Slimak said.
Green Bay’s best look of the game came in the 12th minute when Emily Murphy had a shot glance off the top side of the crossbar and out of play. Sophomore Ashton Kudlo returned from injury to record two stops in her fourth shutout of the season, collecting both before halftime.
Offensively, IUPUI got the only production it would need in the game’s 21st minute.
Junior Carlie Werner sent Slimak forward up the left side before Slimak centered a shot cross to the six-yard box. Lacognato, the Jaguars’ pint sized forward, slipped in behind a Green Bay defender and bodied a shot past Green Bay goalkeeper Payton Lang for her league leading seventh goal of the season.
“Maya is such a hard working player who you can always count on. I love playing with her and love her finishing ability,” Slimak said. “Also, Ashton really brought the energy returning from her injury and played with such composure, it was great.”
Despite finishing with a 12-9 edge on shot attempts and 4-1 margin on corner kicks, the Jaguars’ offense didn’t muster much against a stingy Green Bay (3-8-2, 1-4-2 HL) unit. Down the stretch, the Jaguars opted to kill the clock, rather than seek to attack. The strategy worked as the Phoenix barely broke past midfield and when they did, IUPUI had plenty of numbers behind the ball. Senior Maya Turner continued to anchor the defensive effort with a full 90 minute effort and freshman midfielder Kailyn Smith played 83 minutes in the defensive midfield.
Junior Jessica Jacobs came off the IUPUI bench to fire a game-high four shots, primarily from long distance, and freshman Emma Frey had two attempts.
The Jaguars will return home on Sunday (Oct. 16) to host Robert Morris on Senior Day at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. IUPUI will honor its five seniors immediately following the game, slated for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff on ESPN+.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returned to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex on Thursday for a Pink Match against Akron. Avery Fenchel notched her 11th goal of the season to lead the Cardinals to a 1-1 draw with the Zips.
Ball State moved to 5-4-5 overall and 4-1-2 in MAC play, while Akron is now 2-7-3 overall and 1-5-1 in conference action.
“Tough game today,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “It was another hard-fought battle. Ultimately, we didn’t have consistent enough quality throughout the match to push us over the finish line. We will need to regain our sharpness to put together a strong run as we close out the conference schedule.”
In the fifth minute, Lexi Fraley recorded the match’s first shot on goal, but the Zips’ keeper made the save.
The Cardinals saw their first scoring chance in the 19th minute on a corner kick from Lexy Smith. Jenna Dombrowski was on the end of the corner and headed it towards net. Dombrowski’s shot went off the far post.
In the 22nd minute, Abby Elgert ripped a shot high and towards the far post that looked to be heading to the back of the net, but the Akron keeper made a great save to keep the match scoreless.
The Cardinals broke through in the 32nd minute when Elgert sent in an outstanding cross into the box. Fenchel was there for the first touch in front of the goal and buried it into the back of the net. Fenchel’s 11th goal of the season put the Cardinals on top 1-0.
The Ball State defense was perfect in the first half as it held Akron to zero shots for the entire half.
In the 51st minute, the Zips had their first scoring chance, but Bethany Moser was there to make an unbelievable save on a shot that was ripped from just inside the box.
Akron was able to get the match-tying goal in the 76th minute as Emma King managed to find the back of the net.
Moser finished the match with three saves, all coming in the second half. Her counterpart Penelope Cuirinier made four saves.
The Cardinals are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 16, on the road against Ohio. First touch is slated for 1 p.m.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. UCONN
BALL STATE NOTES:
8 After a pair of hard-nosed, physical MAC West Division games, Ball State wraps up nonconference play when it welcomes UConn to Scheumann Stadium Saturday. It’ll be the fourth meeting in series history and the second visit to Muncie for the Huskies, which was a 29-0 win for the Cardinals on Nov. 18, 2000. 8 Ball State is coming off back-to-back double-digit comeback wins against Northern Illinois (Oct. 1) and Central Michigan (Oct. 8). Against the Huskies, the Cardinals trailed 21-0 to begin the game before rattling off the third-biggest comeback in program history to win 44-38 in double overtime. Last week, Ball State was down 10-0 before scoring 17 of the game’s final 23 points to earn a 17-16 victory at Central Michigan. 8 Three of Ball State’s games have been decided by eight points or less, all of which have been in MAC play. The Cardinals’ mark of three one-possession league games is tied for the third most in the country, trailing only Boston College and Stanford, who have had four conference games decided by eight points or less so far this season. Ball State is 8-4 in one possession games over the last three campaigns, including 2-1 this season. 8 Ball State’s duo of P Lucas Borrow and RB Carson Steele were named the Mid-American Conference West Division Players of the Week. Borrow had his arguably his best game in a Cardinal uniform with nine punts for an average of 45.6 yards per boot. The sophomore landed four punts land inside the 20-yard line and launched three punts over 50 yards, including a career-long 62-yard boot. Steele led the offensive output with 124 yards on 28 carries in Ball State’s second double-digit comeback in consecutive weeks. Steele had 109 yards in the second half alone as he helped the Cardinals erase a 10-point deficit. 8 Out of the 112 players on Ball State’s roster, 82 are classified as underclassmen. The 82 underclassmen total ranks as the 18th-highest in college football. In addition, Ball State’s roster makeup of 73.2 percent underclassmen ranks as the seventh-highest in the FBS. 8 Fresh off its second consecutive season with a bowl appearance, Ball State is aiming to accomplish something that has never been done in program history: make it to a bowl game in three straight seasons. The Cardinals have appeared in two straight seasons three times: 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2020-21, and have won 16 games over the past two-plus campaigns, which is the most in the Mid-American Conference midway through the 2022 season.
The UConn Huskies take a two-game win streak on the road this Saturday to Scheumann Stadium to face the Ball State Cardinals in what will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 2002 season. Saturday’s game kicks-off at 2 pm live on ESPN3. » The Huskies ran for a season-high 295 yards to fuel a 33-12 win at FIU Saturday night in Miami, FL. Sophomore Devontae Houston ran for a career-best 135 yards and freshman Victor Rosa also had a career-high with 89 yards and two scores to pace the Husky rushing attack. The Huskies created three FIU turnovers in the first half and turned them into 17 points on their way to building a 20-0 lead at the half. UConn came into the game averaging 167.7 yards rushing and in the first half, rang up 172 on the ground led by Houston. The Huskies scored on all-four of their trips to the red-zone in the first half with Rosa capping off a pair of 11-play drives with touchdown runs. UConn senior defensive back Tre Wortham had a pair of first half interceptions. » UConn won their second-straight, posting back-to-back victories for the first time since the 2017 season. The Huskies ended an 11-game road losing streak and posted their highest point total (33) since a 56-35 win at UMass in 2019. The Huskies have three wins in their first seven games, matching their best win total since the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The last UConn three-game win streak came in the 2015 season. » UConn Head Coach Mora returned to the sidelines for the first time since November 18, 2017 (L, 28-23 @USC), his final game of a six-year stint as the head coach at UCLA. Mora led UCLA to a 46-30 record and four bowl appearances. His 31 years of coaching experience also included head coaching stints with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. » THE STADIUM: The Huskies moved into Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the 2003 season and are set to begin its 19th season as the home of UConn football. The stadium officially became known as Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in 2015. UConn has an all-time record of 65-53 at Rentschler Field and a 35-18 mark in non-conference games prior to re-classifying as an independent in 2020. UConn set a new all-time single-game attendance record at Rentschler Field on Sept. 21, 2013 against Michigan with a crowd of 42,704. That capacity was achieved with extra bleachers brought in for that game.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS. STANFORD
NOTRE DAME NOTES:
SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Stanford are meeting for the 36th time on Saturday evening with the Irish leading the all-time series 22-13. • Saturday marks just the second time in the last 12 meetings that neither team is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 (2016 was the other occasion). In seven of the past 11 meetings, both teams were ranked in the top 25. • Notre Dame hopes to extend its win streak over Stanford to four games, which would mark the best streak in the series for the Irish since they won seven in a row from 2002 through 2008. Prior to the current three-game run for Notre Dame, Stanford won seven of nine meetings, including two three-game streaks (2009-11, 2015-17). • The two teams will be battling for the Legends Trophy on Saturday. Introduced in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area, the trophy is a Dublin Irish crystal bowl resting on a California redwood base. • Notre Dame and Stanford first met in the 1925 Rose Bowl and the series has been consistent since the 1988 season (other than a two-year break from 1995-96 and the 2020 Covid-19 affected season).
STORYLINES • Notre Dame plays host to its first of two scheduled night games in Notre Dame Stadium this season as the Irish and Stanford battle for the Legends Trophy. • Two of the least penalized teams will be taking the field on Saturday, as the Irish rank seventh in the county with just 23 penalties this season (they committed only one in the victory over BYU). Stanford is ranked even higher in least amount of penalites, having committed just 14 this season – a mark that leads the country. • Notre Dame has surged to 11th in the country in time of possession, which includes a 40:55 effort against BYU and a 38:13 possession time at North Carolina. The 40+ number at BYU was the third-most for the program since 1996 and the most since Notre Dame held the ball 40:41 in a victory over Oklahoma in Notre Dame Stadium in 1999. • Junior tight end Michael Mayer looks to build on his momentum as one of the most valuable players in the country. Clearly one of the best tight ends in the country (Mayer leads all FBS TEs in catches with 33) Mayer is a key blocker for Notre Dame’s surging running attack as well. • A key statistical match up to keep an eye on: Notre Dame ranks 18th in the country in sacks per game with a 3.0 average, while are Cardinal is surrendering 4.0 sacks per game – ranked 128th of 131 FBS teams. • Notre Dame prides itself on being a ‘line-driven’ program – and both lines are backing up that claim during the three-game win streak. The offensive line has led the way to three straight-games of over 200 yards rushing, including a 260.5 average for the past two games. The defensive line has been equally impressive, helping Notre Dame to a respectable 36th national ranking in total defense. Through five games this season, the defensive line has seen Howard Cross III (11 tackles vs. Marshall), Rylie Millls (two sacks against North Carolina) and Jayson Ademilola (.50 sack, key fourth down stop against BYU) turn in memorable performances. • Saturday night will mark the first night game of the Marcus Freeman era at Notre Dame. It is just the 27th night game in Notre Dame Stadium history with the Irish boasting a 21-5 record and 10-game win streak dating back to 2017 ‘under the lights’ at home. See page 10 for a complete Notre Dame Stadium night game history
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS 3 In the BYU game, senior Jayson Ademilola logged three tackles and two of them ended up as two of the biggest plays in the game. In the second quarter, he combined with Jack Kiser for a sack in the end zone for a safety, then stuffed the Cougars on a fourth down on their final possession of the game to secure the victory. 6.3 Audric Estimé is averaging six yards per carry (49 carries, 307 yards) over the past three games. 7th Drew Pyne has completed 66 of 91 pass attempts this season for a .725 completion percentage – which ranks seventh in the country entering this weekend’s action. Pyne was named to the Davey O’Brien ‘Great 8’ List for Week 6. 16 Notre Dame has played 16 times in its football history on October 15, compiling an 10-6 record on the date. The Irish have not played on October 15 since 2016, when Stanford earned a 17-10 victory in Notre Dame Stadium. 29 Michael Mayer has played in 29 career games for the Irish and logged at least one catch in each of those 29 games. That streak of games with a catch ranks 14th among active FBS players. 33 Michael Mayer leads all FBS tight ends with 33 receptions this season. He also ranks fourth in total receiving yards (351), tied for second in TD receptions (5) and second in receiving yards per game (70.2). 74 Freshman Jayden Thomas set an early career-high with 74 receiving yards in the victory at BYU, which included his first-career touchdown reception – a spectacular one-handed 30-yard effort in which Thomas pulled the ball away from a Cougar defender. 146 Already the Notre Dame leader in career tight end receptions, Michael Mayer has posted 146 receptions – a mark that ranks ninth all-time in Irish football history regardless of position played. Those 146 receptions are the second-most of any active tight end in the FBS. 260.5 The Irish run game has found its groove in the past two victories and Notre Dame is averaging 260.5 rushing yards per game since September 24. That average is seventh-best in the country for that time frame. 823 Irish running backs have amassed 823 yards from scrimmage (rushing, receiving) over the past three games. That is the most over a three-game stretch since 2003, when Notre Dame saw its running backs – keyed by Julius Jones – post 833 yards over a three-game stretch that included a victory over Stanford.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER
|#6 NOTRE DAME (11-2-0, 4-2-0) AT LOUISVILLE (5-5-2, 2-4-0)|
|When:||Saturday, Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. ET|
|Where:||Louisville, KY | Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium|
|Live Scoring:||Sidearm Stats|
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The United Soccer Coaches poll took notice of Notre Dame women’s soccer’s big week with wins over NC State and No. 3 Florida State, jumping the Irish 11 positions to No. 6. This week, the Irish (11-2-0, 4-2-0) turn their attention to the Louisville Cardinals (5-5-2, 2-4-0). They’ll hit the road for a Saturday night matchup at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium at 7 pm ET. The match will be streamed on ACCNX.
In the RPI rankings on Oct. 10, the Irish came in at the No. 4 spot behind UCLA, North Carolina and Alabama. Notre Dame is 4-2 against the RPI Top-25, which marks the most wins of any team in the country. Furthermore, the Irish are 5-2 against the Top-50 and 7-2 against the Top-100.
The Irish boast four ranked wins on the season, including two against the top-three: No. 19 Saint Louis (road game), No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Florida State
Notre Dame’s strength of schedule ranks 11th in the country.
STATEMENT VICTORIES – TOP-THREE’S GOING DOWN
With a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Virginia and a dominant 4-0 win over No. 3 Florida State, Notre Dame has now earned two top-three wins during the regular season for the first time in program history. In addition, it marks the first time Notre Dame has beaten both Virginia and Florida State in the same season since joining the ACC in 2013.
For Notre Dame, it was its largest win against a top-3 program since Sept. 8, 2000 (6-1 win over #2 Santa Clara).
Not to mention, defensively, both games were shutouts, with Virginia and FSU combining for just 6 shots on goal.
The Irish will also get one more opportunity at a top-12 ranked ACC team before the season’s end — No. 12 Duke in the home finale on Oct. 27.
QUOTABLES AFTER FSU WIN
“That is what we should bring to every single game. That energy and that ability to keep the ball and attack and press teams. We talk about our identity being the best press team in the country and that was phenomenal. We were relentless and risk-taking and we also had that grit. This is our standard now. This is what we do.” – Doug & Lisa Jones Family Head Coach Nate Norman
“There is 100% a mentality difference. Going into these games, if we do what we do and we do it right, we will win these games. And that’s what I think we showed today. We have more confidence. I think we just need to have the humility to know that every game from here on out is going to be a battle, and we’re going to have to bring it every single game.” – Eva Gaetino
SHOTS ON SHOTS
Notre Dame is averaging 9.6 shots on goal per game, which ranks 3rd nationally (1st in ACC). Overall, the Irish are averaging 20.3 shots per game, which ranks 5th nationally (1st in the ACC).
In comparison, Notre Dame is up 264-83 (20.3 vs 6.4) over the opposition in total shots. Shots on goal differential sit at 125-30 (9.6-2.3).
All those shots have led to 33 goals on the year, which ranks 17th in the nation, while the scoring offense (2.5) ranks 13th. Notre Dame has piled up 91 total points which rank 24th in the country.
Notre Dame’s ability to stretch the field has led to a national ranking of 18thin corner kicks (3rd in ACC) – 7.0 per game. Notre Dame has scored twice off corners this season: Sept. 11 vs Ohio, a Gaetino header & Sept. 22 vs Virginia, a Mercado goal off a deflection.
Defensively, ND’s shutout percentage of 0.615 ranks 17th.
Olivia Wingate — 20th goal per game (0.69) // 14th in points per game (1.77) // 5th in shot accuracy (.685) // 14th in shots per game (4.2) // 3rd in SOG per game (2.9) // 18th in total goals (9) // 12th in total points (23)
Maddie Mercado — 6th in game-winning goals (4) // 15th in SOG per game (2.1)
Mackenzie Wood — 5th in goals against average (.375) // 29th in shutouts (6)
The importance of scoring first? Well, the Irish are 11-0 when doing so. Both times ND has trailed this season at the half (both 1-0 scores at the time), they’ve suffered a loss.
The Irish backline of Gaetino, Hudson and Klenke have only allowed 30 shots on goal over 13 games – which equates to a stout 2.3 SOG per game. Even shots in general, opponents are averaging just 6.4 against the Irish.
In six games, aka nearly half their games this season, the Irish backline has only allowed 1 SOG or fewer: NC State (Oct. 6), Boston College (9/30), Virginia (9/22), Saint Louis (8/25), Western Michigan (8/21) and Marquette (8/18).
Notre Dame’s defensive/goalie crew boasts 8 shutouts on the year. Mackenzie Wood in particular has been stellar in net, as her 0.375 GAA ranks 5th in the country, allowing three goals in eight games. Furthermore, she has collected six shutouts, including her last 4 starts – Virginia, Boston College, NC State and Florida State.
ACC – A CROWDED CREW
With its recent string of wins, Notre Dame has caused quite the crowded field atop an ACC leaderboard in which only six teams make the conference tournament. The Irish are 4-2 and tied for third place alongside North Carolina and Pitt. Florida State and Duke sit one win ahead in first with a 5-1 record.
Now Notre Dame had won 11 BIG EAST tournament crowns back in the day but are still searching for its first ACC title, let alone its first title game.
ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS LIST
Goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood ranks 23rd on the active career leader list in saves, collecting 271 over her career.
In addition, Wood ranks 11th on the active career leader list in shutouts with 26.
Notre Dame has tallied a 33-8 goal aggregate over the 2022 season. Out of the 33 goals – it’s come from 9 different players: Wingate (9), Mercado (8), Albert (5), Van Zanten (4), Klenke (2), Ospeck (2), Coyle, Fisher and Gaetino.
Mercado and Wingate are having career years up top, much like how Sammi Fisher did a year ago. Mercado boasts a career high in goals (8) and game-winners (4). Mercado’s 4 game-winners are the most in the ACC and rank 6th in the country.
Meanwhile, Wingate has flown past her previous career high of seven with nine goals this year. Quite frankly, she’s doing it all, leading the team in both goals and assists (5). Wingate’s 23 total points rank 12th in the country and 2nd in the ACC.
Wingate and Mercado have combined for 45 percent of the team’s points. The four-headed monster of Wingate, Mercado, Albert and Van Zanten have contributed 69 percent of the team’s points.
Kiki Van Zanten has scored 4 times over the last 8 games and reached double-digit points on the season.
Korbin Albert has played up top over the last two games and has three goals to show for it in that span. She too moved into double-digit points with 12 – third most on the team.
Senior left-wing midfielder Kati Druzina is once again lending a helping hand, or should I say foot, in the assist department. During the 2021 campaign, Druzina tied for second on the team in assists with five, which included her first career multi-assist game (tallied 2) against Brown.
This season, Druzina ranks second again, this time behind Wingate. Druzina boasts three assists – against Marquette, Illinois and Ohio.
FIVE ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS – 4 PLAYERS
Out of the first four weeks for ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week announcements, Notre Dame has claimed three honorees.
In her second week into collegiate soccer, Leah Klenke was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 30 in her efforts in the wins over No. 19 Saint Louis and Illinois. Klenke started at left back in both shutout victories. She also led to Sophia Fisher’s second half goal against Saint Louis, then recorded a beautiful goal against Illinois in which she floated a ball from outside the box on the left side, over the keeper and into the far post of the net.
A week later on Sept. 6, Olivia Wingate took home the offensive honor after registering her first career hat trick in a dominant 4-1 win over a ranked Wisconsin squad.
A week later on Sept. 13, it was Kiki Van Zanten who earned the offensive ACC nod. The senior scored in back-to-back games in wins over Purdue and Ohio, including a three-point performance against the latter.
On Oct. 11, it was a double dose of Irish after the big wins over NC State and No. 3 FSU. Wingate earned Offensive POTW for the second time, while goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood picked up her first defensive award. Wingate tallied six points in the two games, while Wood earned two shutouts with a total of six saves.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back in Purcell Pavilion this Friday and Sunday after defeating Syracuse and Boston College on the road last weekend for the 2-0 weekend sweep. The Irish will host Wake Forest on Friday, Oct. 14 and take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday, Oct 16.
SETTING THE STAGE
• Notre Dame is back at home as they take on Wake Forest on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and then host Virginia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 16, to face the Hokies at 1:00 p.m.
• The game on Friday against the Demon Deacons will be on ACC Network Extra and Sunday’s matchup versus Virginia Tech will be broadcasted on the ACC Network.
HISTORY VS. WAKE FOREST
• This will be the 12th meeting between the Irish and the Deacons with Notre Dame leading the overall series 7-4.
• The Irish have won six of the last seven matchups (winning from 2016-2021) with Wake Forest winning the last matchup on Oct. 15, 2021 in three sets (22-25, 23-25, 21-25) on their home floor.
HISTORY VS. VIRGINIA TECH
• This will be the 14th meeting between the Irish and the Hokies with Notre Dame leading the overall series 10-3.
• Notre Dame has won the last seven matchups against Virginia Tech as they have been on a winning streak since 2016. The last Hokie win against the Irish was Nov. 6, 2015 in three sets in Purcell Pavilion (25-27, 20-25, 20-25).
LAST WEEKEND’S matches against SYRACUSE AND BOSTON COLLEGE
• The Irish finished the weekend 2-0 as they took down Syracuse in a three set sweep (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) and gave the Orange their first ACC loss of the year. On Sunday, the Irish completed the weekend with another win as they took down the Eagles in four (29-27, 25-21, 13-25, 25-23).
• Paris Thompson finished with an impressive 20 kills against the Orange on Sunday, where she averaged 6.67 kills per set. Thompson finished with 26 kills on the weekend.
• Setter Phyona Schrader dished out 70 assists on the weekend and libero Hattie Monson tallied 39 digs.
• Avery Ross finished with 19 kills on the weekend followed by Kaylyn Winkler who finished with 16 kills and 11 blocks. Winknler finished with eight blocks against Boston College, followed by Lauren Tarnoff who tallied seven blocks against the Eagles.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame travels to Durham to take on No. 3 Duke in a big ACC match at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 14 at Koskinen Stadium. The matchup will air on ACCN.
THE DUKE SERIES
• The Irish and Blue Devils will meet on the pitch for the 17th time on Friday evening.
• The Irish lead the series with a mark of 10-4-2.
• Notre Dame and Duke met twice last season and the Irish went 1-0-1.
• In the regular season matchup the Irish and Blue Devils played to a 1-1 standstill at Alumni Stadium.
• The two sides met again in the ACC Championship final in Cary, North Carolina, and Notre Dame won by a score of 2-0 to claim its first ACC Tournament title. Dawson McCartney scored twice and was named the tournament MVP.
THE LAST TIME OUT
• The Irish suffered a 2-0 loss against No. 11 Louisville at Alumni Stadium.
• Notre Dame controlled the run of play for the majority of the contest despite the defeat.
• The Irish outshot the Cardinals 15-5 over the 90 minutes of play and earned eight corners to Louisville’s two.
FIRST HALF DOMINANCE
• The Irish are outscoring the opposition 13-3 over the opening 45 minutes of play this season.
• Notre Dame has given up just one goal from open play in the first half of matches this season, the other two goals coming from penalties.
• Three of Paddy Burns’ team-leading four goals have come in the first 45 minutes of play in 2022.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
• Of the 15 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts this season, eight have been either freshmen or sophomores.
• Seven Irish players made their collegiate debuts this season.
• Notre Dame has allowed one or no goals in eight of its last nine outings.
• The Irish are a perfect 5-0-0 when scoring first in matches this season.
• Eleven different Notre Dame players have scored a goal this season.
• Seven players have recorded multiple assists through eight games, with KK Baffour, Daniel Russo and Kyle Genenbacher leading the team with three assists apiece.
BAFFOUR’S BUZZER BEATER
• Notre Dame escaped Charlottesville with a thrilling 2-1 road win over Virginia in ACC play on Friday, Sept. 16.
• KK Baffour provided the heroics, scoring the match winner with 3.1 seconds left after Matthew Roou played him through on goal just before crossing the midfield line.
• Baffour’s goal was the first of his collegiate career.
• Notre Dame has now won three of the last four matchups against Virginia and the last 11 matches have been decided by a goal or ended in a draw.
#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY
• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.
• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.
• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).
• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.
• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. YOUNGSTOWN
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back on the road this weekend as the Sycamores travel to Stambaugh Stadium to take on Youngstown State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Penguins is set for 2 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
|Football at Youngstown State|
|Date||Saturday, October 15 | 2 p.m. ET|
|Location | Venue | Weather||Youngstown, Ohio | Stambaugh Stadium (Capacity 20,630) | Weather | Radar|
|Preview Information||Indiana State Notes|
|Live Stats||Live Stat Feed|
|Watch | Listen||ESPN+ | WVIG 105.5|
|Gates||Gates Open at 12:30 p.m. (90 minutes prior to Kickoff)|
|Series History||32nd Meeting All-Time (Youngstown State leads 23-8)|
|Social Media||@IndStFB | @IndStAthletics|
At a Glance
Indiana State continues Missouri Valley Football Conference play on the road this weekend as the Sycamores make the trek to Youngstown, Ohio to take on the Penguins. The Sycamores are 4-11 all-time in Youngstown against the Penguins dating back to their inaugural matchup back in the 1988 season.
The Sycamores are 5-12 in road MVFC games under Head Coach Curt Mallory over his six seasons with the Sycamores. This includes a 3-1 mark in 2018 with wins at SIU, Youngstown State, and Western Illinois. ISU additionally has wins at Missouri State (2019) and Illinois State (2021) during his tenure.
Saturday’s contest between Indiana State and Youngstown State features two teams searching for their first win in Missouri Valley Football play this season.
Saturday’s game between Indiana State and Youngstown State features two of the top running backs in the MVFC this season. YSU’s Jaleel McLaughlin (131.2) and ISU’s Justin Dinka (79.0) are two of the top backs in yards per game, as well as yards per carry (McLaughlin 8.86, Dinka (6.08).
The Sycamores have posted new season-highs in total offensive yards in each of the two games, including a season-best 340 yards against North Dakota State this past weekend.
About Youngstown State
Youngstown State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason Poll. The Penguins received 132 total points as voted by the league’s head coaches, media, and SIDs.
Running back Jaleel McLaughlin earned Preseason All-American status from both Phil Steele and STATS Perform following an 1,139 rushing yard season with 12 touchdowns in 2021. Greg Benton Jr. (LB) and Jaison Williams (OL) were both honored by the MVFC Coaches on the preseason All-Conference team.
Youngstown State enters the game on a three-game losing streak following this past weekend’s 35-30 loss to North Dakota. The Penguins started off the year with back-to-back home wins against Duquesne (31-14) and Dayton (49-16).
McLaughlin has four of the top-nine rushing performances in the MVFC in the 2022 season, including a 203-yard performance on Sept. 3 against Duquesne.
On This Date
Indiana State has played 10 games on October 15 in program history. The Sycamores are 5-5 all-time on the date. It marks the first time Indiana State and Youngstown State have played each other on the date.
The Sycamores posted a four-game winning streak on October 15 running from 1955-1983, but ISU has lost four of the last five, including 2016’s double-overtime loss to South Dakota.
- 1949 – at Butler – L, 47-14
- 1955 – Franklin – W, 26-7
- 1960 – at St. Joseph’s – W, 21-7
- 1966 – at Valparaiso – W, 19-16
- 1983 – Wichita State – W, 24-22
- 1988 – at Southern Illinois – L, 10-7
- 1994 – at Western Illinois – L, 38-17
- 2005 – at Northern Iowa – L, 31-10
- 2011 – Western Illinois – W, 46-24
- 2016 – South Dakota (2OT) – L, 33-30
Active Sycamores against Youngstown State
The Sycamores have 14 players from the 2021 team that have posted career statistics against the Penguins dating back to the 2018 season when Dante Hendrix, Dakota Caton, and Kris Reid Jr. all stepped onto the field against YSU.
Among the active players include: Michael Haupert, Dante Hendrix, Dakota Caton, Daijon Collins, Matae Thomas, Kris Reid Jr., Rylan Cole, Ethan Hoover, Johnathan Edwards, Johnny May, Geoffrey Brown, Lucas Hunter, JP Osafo, and Omar Jackson.
100-Yard Players vs. Youngstown State
At least one Indiana State player has posted a 100-yard game against Youngstown State dating back to the 2017 season as the Sycamores have had athletes hit the century mark in rushing, receiving, and in the return game.
LaMonte Booker – 19 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD
Jacquet McClendon – Six receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD
Dante Hendrix – Seven receptions, 186 yards, 2 TD
Dakota Caton – Three KO returns, 116 yards
Peterson Kerlegrand – 25 carries, 151 yards, 2 TD
The lone game Indiana State did not have a player hit 100 yards on the offensive side of the ball came in the 2019 season. However, Michael Haupert posted 95 rushing yards on seven carries as ISU posted 271 combined rushing yards and three touchdowns in the 24-17 win over the Penguins.
Dinka Cracks 100
Redshirt sophomore running back Justin Dinka continues his recent string of success as the Flower Mound, Texas native went for a career-high 156 rushing yards on nine attempts against North Dakota State.
Dinka is the only player in 2022 to post a 50-plus yard carry against both Montana and North Dakota State. Montana is No. 5 in FCS in total defense, while NDSU is No. 8 in the country through the October 8 week. He posted a 54-yard rushing touchdown against the Griz back on Sept. 17, while adding an 82-yard touchdown run against NDSU.
Dinka has posted at least 70 rushing yards in each of the last three games becoming the first Sycamore to achieve the feat since Ja’Quan Keys rushed for 70-plus yards in seven consecutive games in 2018. His 82-yard touchdown run is the longest play from scrimmage in the MVFC in the 2022 season and is CSU’s longest rush since LeMonte Booker broke loose for an 87-yard pick-up against Missouri State (Nov. 1, 2014).
The Sycamore running back is currently fourth in the MVFC in rushing yards per game (79.0) and fourth in yards per carry (6.08). He’s also sixth in the MVFC in total rushing yards (395) through five games.
Hendrix Moves Up
Redshirt senior wide receiver Dante Hendrix continues to move up the Indiana State record books as the Florence, Ky. sits second all-time in the ISU annals in both career receptions (162) and receiving yards (2,106).
Hendrix became the fourth ISU player to eclipse 2,000 career receiving yards joining Sam Logan (2,385), Terry Bell (2,048), and Robert Tonyan Jr. (2,047) to achieve the mark in his career. He currently trails just Logan in the CSU all-time record book in both receptions (196) and yards (2,385) sitting 34 receptions and 283 yards away from Logan in each respective category.
Hendrix is currently tied for 22nd in the MVFC all-time record book in career receptions with Illinois State’s Rickey Garrett (1996-99) and South Dakota State’s Cade Johnson (2017-19).
Chambers Excels in Start
Redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Chambers made the most of his first collegiate start this past weekend against North Dakota State as the Maryville, Tenn. native went 12-for-26 through the air for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Chambers targeted four different receivers in his first start with Dante Hendrix the primary target finishing with seven catches for 109 yards and a pair of scores. He added 11 carries for five yards and a rushing touchdown in the loss to the Bison.
Chambers became the second ISU quarterback to earn a start in the 2022 season and could be back in the mix again on Saturday on the road at Youngstown State. He has lined up in six career games with the Sycamores.
Hendrix Among MVFC Elite
Dante Hendrix has wasted little time picking back up from where he left off in conference play in the 2022 season. The redshirt senior wide receiver enters the weekend sitting second in the conference in both receptions per game (5.5) and receiving yards per game (81.3) through his first four games of the season.
Hendrix has been nigh unstoppable over ISU’s first two conference games on the season posting 14 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns against both Northern Iowa and North Dakota State. He leads the Sycamores with seven catches of 20-plus yards on the season, including five that have gone 30-plus yards.
Hendrix has posted five 100-yard receiving efforts throughout his career including this past weekend’s 109-yard effort against North Dakota State. His career-high in receiving yards (178) came against Youngstown State back in the 2018 season.
Double-Digit Tacklers… Everywhere
For the first time since the 2018 season, Indiana State football had at least four players post double-digit tackles in a single game as Rylan Cole (18), Geoffrey Brown (13), Lucas Hunter (11), and Bilhal Kone (10) all hit 10-plus stops against North Dakota State. The double-digit tackling efforts marked the first career games for Cole, Hunter, and Kone, while Brown’s 13 stops marked his fourth career 10-tackle game.
Saturday marked the first game ISU had at least four players achieve double-digit tackles since November 3, 2018, in a triple overtime win over South Dakota. Five players hit double-digits in that contest with Katrell Moss (19), Jonas Griffith (16), Denzel Bonner (12), Jamal Jones (12), and Esdra Simervil (11) all hitting the mark.
Video Game Numbers
Indiana State’s defensive coordinator Brad Wilson knew going into the 2022 season that he had a playmaker in the secondary in sophomore safety Rylan Cole. Even he probably hasn’t expected the output from the McCordsville, Ind. native.
Cole went for eight tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and two interceptions against UNA. His first set up a Sycamores’ touchdown drive, while his second interception came on the final play in overtime to secure the win. Cole added eight tackles in the second game against Purdue before leaving the game due to injury.
After battling back from injury, Cole was all over the field again on Saturday in typical fashion. The sophomore finished second on the team with nine tackles, while adding a one-handed interception that led to an Indiana State field goal.
He is currently second on the team in tackles (25), while sitting tied for the MVFC interception lead with three. Cole posted eight solo tackles and 10 assisted stops in the Sycamores’ 31-26 loss to the Bison. This included a stretch of five tackles over a six-play span early in the third quarter.
Cole’s 18 tackles marked a Valley-high for the 2022 season, surpassing the previous mark set by Geoffrey Brown with 15 tackles in the season opener against North Alabama. Cole also currently sits among MVFC leaders with three interceptions and has forced at least one turnover in two of the four games he’s played this year.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State women’s soccer fell 1-0 on Thursday night to Valley leader Missouri State at Allison South Stadium as the Bears used an early goal to secure the victory.
ISU falls to 2-3-2 in Valley play this season.
The Sycamores could not get anything going offensively in the first half, getting outshot 9-1 in the first 45. Nora Henderson fired a shot in the 22nd minute but was denied by Bears goalkeeper Camielle Day.
Missouri State’s Hailey Chambliss found the back of the net in the 12th minute on an assist from Abby Couch to put the Bears out in front and take a 1-0 lead into the locker room. Tara Hoffman made a pair of saves in the first half for ISU.
Indiana State had a few close looks late, putting five shots on goal in the second half but Camielle Day kept the Trees off the board. Five different Sycamores took shot attempts which includes Carlie Jensen, Chloe Tesny, Anna Holcombe, Josie Bakaitis and Maddie Helling.
Hoffman faced several tough shots down the stretch but kept the Bears from any further damage and made three more saves in the second half to finish with five for the evening. Day finished with five as well. Missouri State outshot ISU 14-6 overall.
The all-time series is now 14-7-2 in favor of the Bears, with MSU improving their record in Springfield to 6-4-1.
Indiana State will host Drake on Sunday, October 16 for their final regular season match at Memorial Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for a pair of matches over the weekend, as the Sycamores square off with Illinois State and Bradley.
Indiana State will face Illinois State Friday at 7 p.m., with first serve between Indiana State and Bradley set for Saturday at 6 p.m.
|Indiana State Volleyball at Illinois State / Bradley|
|Date||Friday, October 14 | 6 p.m. ET // Saturday, October 15 | 6 p.m. ET|
|Location // Venue||Normal, Ill. // Redbird Arena (9,600) | Peoria, Ill. // Renaissance Coliseum (4,200)|
|Preview Info||Indiana State Notes // Illinois State Notes // Bradley Notes|
|Live Stats||vs. Illinois State // vs. Bradley|
|Watch||vs. Illinois State (ESPN3) // vs. Bradley (ESPN3)|
|Tickets||vs. Illinois State // vs. Bradley|
|Social Media||@IndStVB // @IndStAthletics|
Last Time Out
Indiana State went 1-2 during its recent three-match homestand, taking down Missouri State in five sets while falling to both Southern Illinois and Evansville in four sets.
Karinna Gall led the Sycamores with double-doubles double-doubles in each of the first two matches of the homestand, including a 23-kill, 21-dig performance against Missouri State. Melina Tedrow had 20-plus digs in all three matches during the homestand.
On The Road Again
Indiana State has become familiar with being on the road, as the Sycamores’ five home matches to date are tied for the second-fewest in the MVC. Only Drake (two) has played fewer home matches among Valley teams.
This upcoming road trip features one wrinkle that the Sycamores have not dealt with this season, though. Indiana State has already seen both Illinois State and Bradley this season, having played both the Redbirds and Braves during the opening weekend of Valley play. The Sycamores defeated Bradley in four sets in its home opener, while the Redbirds defeated ISU in three sets in September.
Turning Up The Heat
Indiana State outside hitter Karinna Gall has stepped up her play to a new level since the start of Missouri Valley Conference play. Gall has five double-doubles in the first seven conference matches this season, setting her career high in kills and digs in the process with a 23-kill, 21- dig performance against Missouri State.
The match against the Bears marked the first time an Indiana State player recorded a 20-kill, 20-dig match since 2017, and she nearly repeated it the next night with 19 kills and 20 digs against Southern Illinois.
Since the calendar turned to conference play, Gall has been among the best in the MVC, ranking sixth in the conference in kills (95, 3.52 per set), 13th in digs (90, 3.33 per set) and 30th in blocks (16, 0.59 per set) while leading Indiana State in kills in four of those seven matches.
Going The Distance
Indiana State has played just two five-set matches this season, but the Sycamores have shown up when matches go the distance. ISU is 2-0 in five-set matches this season and 6-2 in their last eight five-set matches dating back to the start of the 2021 season.
The Trees defeated Campbell in five sets in September for their first win of the season, and their most recent win was a five-setter against Missouri State.
Indiana State’s common theme in both matches was capitalizing on opposition miscues. Campbell hit below .160 in the fourth in fifth set against the Trees, while Missouri State’s worst set against Indiana State from an attacking standpoint was the fifth set.
Indiana State has made its presence felt at the net during since the calendar turned to Missouri Valley Conference play. The Sycamores sit atop the rankings in the conference when it comes to blocks in Valley play with 73 blocks and 2.70 blocks per set.
Jamie Brown has been a problem at the net for opposing teams in the Valley this season, as she has 35 blocks in seven MVC matches. Brown leads the Sycamores with 1.30 blocks per set during conference play, a mark that ranks second in the Valley. She is one of just eight players in the conference to average at least one block per set in MVC play.
Brown isn’t the only Sycamore middle blocker to shut things down at the net, as Storm Suhre also ranks in the top 10 in blocks during Valley play. Suhre has 29 blocks in 27 sets against conference foes, with her 1.07 blocks per set tied for seventh in the MVC.
Indiana State returns home to face Northern Iowa (Oct. 21) and Drake (Oct. 22), with first serve set for 6 p.m. in both matches.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team is hitting the road this week to face Cleveland State and Oakland on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 14-15).
Game Day Information (Friday)
Who: Cleveland State Vikings
When: Friday, October 14 | 6 PM
Where: Cleveland, Ohio | Woodling Gymnasium
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Game Day Information (Saturday)
Who: Oakland Golden Grizzlies
When: Saturday, October 15 | 4 PM
Where: Rochester, Mich. | Athletics Center O’Rena
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Know Your Foes
• Cleveland State is 6-12, 3-4 Horizon League, but is on a two-match losing skid with a trip to Milwaukee and Green Bay. The Vikings beat Oakland and Robert Morris prior to that weekend. Freshman Laken Voss is the best attacking option for CSU, averaging 3.42 kills per set.
• Oakland is 7-12 and also 3-4 in Horizon League action. The Golden Grizzlies picked up wins at Robert Morris, Youngstown State and Green Bay, but have yet to win a home match this season. Patti Cesarini is leading the team with 3.65 kills per set, while Emily Wichmann is averaging 5.14 digs per set.
• Purdue Fort Wayne owns a 5-2 record against Cleveland State and won the last two meetings. Sidney Schiller put up double-digit kills in both those contests.
• The Mastodons and Oakland have a storied history, playing each other 56 times. The ‘Dons have won 34, including two of the last three.
Sidney Schiller had 20 kills in the Mastodons’ three-set match against Wright State. It was a career-high for Schiller in three-set matches. It was just two shy of her career-high in matches of any length.
Dynamic Defensive Duo
Rachael Crucis and LonDynn Betts had 26 and 20 digs, respectively, in the Mastodons’ five-set win at IUPUI. This was the first time since 2018 that two Mastodons had 20 or more digs in a match.
Speaking of Duos…
In Horizon League action this season, Sidney Schiller and Iris Riegel have been a one-two punch on the pins. Schiller is averaging 3.69 kills per set and Riegel is right behind at 3.23.
I Dig That Stat!
Rachael Crucis is third in the league and 38th in the country with 4.72 digs per set.
Set Up For Success
Taya Haffner is third in the Horizon League and top-100 in the country with 600 total assists.
Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-four in program history in digs per set and career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.38, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)
1. Tessa McGill (2,324, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (2,253, 2004-07)
3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)
4. Rachael Crucis (1,621, 2019-present)
5. Katie Crowe (1,507, 2017-21)
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Northern Kentucky 3-1 despite 20 digs from Rachael Crucis.
Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 18) to play the Phoenix at 7 PM ET.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne saw their eight-match unbeaten streak come to an end on Thursday (Oct. 13) evening in a 1-0 loss at Youngstown State. It is also the Mastodons’ first Horizon League loss of the season.
The ‘Dons finished the contest with a 15-14 advantage in shots. This includes a 12-4 edge in the second half as the ‘Dons were looking for the equalizer.
Youngstown State scored the game’s only goal in the 28th minute. Abriana Rondin scored the goal, assisted by Taylor Berry. Rondin snuck her shot inside the right post.
Morgan Reitano finished with a team-high four shots. She played all 90 minutes.
Samantha Castaneda made four saves.
Youngstown State improves to 5-6-3 (3-2-2 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 7-3-5 (3-1-3 Horizon).
The ‘Dons host Green Bay on Sunday (Oct. 16) for Senior Day.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ready to continue its recent win streak, the University of Evansville volleyball team is on the road this weekend at Bradley and Illinois State. The Purple Aces open against the Braves at 6 p.m. Friday at Renaissance Coliseum before facing the Redbirds at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Redbird Arena with both matches set to be on ESPN3.
|UE at Bradley||Friday, October 14 | 6PM CT | Watch Live (ESPN3) | Live Stats|
|UE at Illinois State||Saturday, October 15 | 7PM CT | Watch Live (ESPN3) | Live Stats|
|UE Volleyball||Match Notes | Volleyball Home Page | Twitter|
Ready to Make a Statement
– This weekend provides UE with a chance to make a huge statement in the Missouri Valley Conference
– Evansville opens at Renaissance Coliseum where it has dropped its last seven matches with the last victory coming in 2013
– Weekend action wraps up at Redbird Arena with the Aces looking for their first-ever road win over Illinois State…UE is 0-29 in its trips to Normal
On the Cusp
– Alondra Vazquez is just 44 kills away from setting the UE career program kills record
– Vazquez is second in program history with 1,663 kills and is approaching Jessica Kiefer’s mark of 1,706…Kiefer played at UE from 1997-2001
– Her current total is 13th in MVC history
– In Monday’s win at Indiana State, Giulia Cardona reset her career mark with 24 kills
– It bested her previous high of 23, which came on two occasions (both against Bradley)
– Cardona continues to rank inside the top 10 nationally in service aces as her total of 37 ranks 8th
– Averaging 0.47 aces per set, Cardona paces the MVC and is 45th in the nation
– For the second time in her career, she was named MVC Player of the Week on 9/26
Adding the Defense
– It has been an impressive streak for Hannah Watkins, who has been credited with at least 3.0 total blocks in four consecutive matches
– Averaging 1.07 blocks/set on the season, her average has rocketed to 1.46 in MVC outings
– Watkins recorded two solo blocks and six block assists in the win over Missouri State before adding another solo and four assists at Indiana State
– Last Saturday against Missouri State, Alondra Vazquez absolutely took over, recording 31 kills while helping UE win in five sets
– Vazquez’ 31 kills was one shy of her career-high of 32 and was her top total in 2022
– She missed eight non-conference matches but has regained her form while averaging 5.78 kills in the last two matches and continues to pace the MVC with 4.54 per set
– With an average of 2.73 digs per set, Vazquez continues to lead the Aces
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team (4-1, 2-1 MSFA) enters their sixth game of the season coming off of a loss, aiming to jump back into the win column on Saturday as they travel to St. Francis (3-2, 1-1 MSFA) to take on their rivals. The annual Franciscan Bowl clash will kickoff at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.
The Franciscan Bowl is back as Marian enters the rivalry game as winners of six of the last seven matchups, dating back to the 2015 NAIA FCS Semifinals. Marian has won each of the last four meetings, which includes their win last fall, as the Knights won the contest 56-10 for their largest victory in the series.
Marian’s last trip to USF came in the spring of 2021, in which the Knights won 41-34, helping springboard into the NAIA postseason. In last year’s contest, both Daylen Taylor and Baron Hueblerran for three touchdowns, while Ben Stevenshauled in a pair of scores in the lopsided victory. Eight of the 17 meetings in the series have been decided by two touchdowns or less.
Marian leads the all-time series 10-7, as the matchup with St. Francis is the most contested matchup in program history.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Marian has an impressive streak of rebounding after suffering a defeat, having not lost back to back games since early in the 2013 season. The Knights rebounded off of a loss twice last year, rebounding from a week one loss against Tiffin by routing Madonna, while coming off a loss to Indiana Welseyan by running through the St. Francis Cougars.
Marian is also aiming to stay in the race for an MSFA Mideast Championship, trailing Indiana Wesleyan by one game in the standings.
WHERE TO WATCH
Fans unable to attend the game can watch live on ISC Sports Network or on Comcast channel 81, as ISC will be going on the road with the Knights. This will mark the first road game of Marian’s on the ISC air waves since the 2019 season. Live stats will also be available here. Live updates throughout the game will be provided on the official Marian athletics Twitter page @MUKnights.
TICKETS AND PARKING
Tickets are available for purchase online now, and tickets can be bought here. Parking maps for the game will be listed through clickable links below. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets before Saturday’s game, and a cash-only ticket will be available for purchase for fans who buy day-of at the gate.
Kickoff from Bishop D’Arcy Stadium is slated for 12 p.m. on Saturday.
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EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Evansville senior Monique Landrum and sophomore Ryleigh Anslinger scored their first goals of the year Thursday night, as the Purple Aces’ women’s soccer team played to a 2-2 draw with the visiting Drake Bulldogs at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
In a defensive-minded first half, it was UE’s bench who provided a lift early, as Landrum and fellow reserve midfielder Chrysta Vasquez provided a spark offensively. Vasquez cracked a shot off the crossbar in the 36th minute, and was stopped on another opportunity in the 40th minute. Then, Landrum was able to volley home a cross from defender Rachel Rosborough at the start of the 44th minute to give UE a 1-0 advantage at the break.
At the start of the second half, Anslinger was able to record her first collegiate goal off a brilliant combination with sophomore Hailey Autenrieb and fifth-year forward Emily Ormson. In traffic near the center-line, Ormson was able to find Autenrieb, who quickly switched fields to a streaking Anslinger down the right flank. Anslinger then blasted the ball to the far left corner in the 50th minute to give UE a 2-0 cushion.
Drake would respond in the 64th minute off a corner-kick goal scored by Emma Nagel. The Bulldogs then found the equalizer in the 81st minute on a long ball that found the head of Megan Brown just outside of the six-yard box, and she flicked it in to tie the match at 2-2.
Evansville had one final run in the waning seconds to try and win, but Rosborough couldn’t get a shot off to the right of the goal as time ticked down, and the final scoreline held at 2-2.
Offensively, each side fired 10 shots, with UE holding a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal. Nagel produced five of Drake’s 10 shots on the night, while Landrum, Anslinger, Vasquez and Autenrieb had two shots each for UE.
With the draw, Drake stands at 2-7-6 overall and 1-2-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Evansville is right behind in the standings at 1-8-5 and 0-5-3 in the Valley. UE will travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday to battle the Belmont Bruins at 2 p.m. Sunday’s match can be seen live on ESPN3.
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer returns to Strassweg Field Sunday afternoon when the Screaming Eagles face the University of Tennessee at Martin in an Ohio Valley Conference showdown at 1 p.m. Admission is free thanks to The Women’s Hospital Deaconess.
Sunday is the penultimate regular season home match for USI (4-5-4, 0-3-2 OVC), as only three total matches remain in the 2022 regular season schedule. USI enters Sunday’s match with two points in the OVC standings and tied with Eastern Illinois and UT Martin, Sunday’s opponent.
Following their 1-0 home win on October 6, USI played to a 1-1 draw last Sunday at Lindenwood University. The Screaming Eagles got off to a quick start against the Lions, scoring in the third minute on freshman midfielder Charli Grafton’s (Sunriver, Oregon) first career goal. Grafton’s goal was only the second first-half goal this season for USI, as all other eight goals in 2022 have come in the second half. The goal also was the earliest one scored in a match this season for USI. Additionally, the goal against Lindenwood also marked consecutive matches with a goal scored for USI for the first time since August 25 and 28 against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois.
The remaining minutes of last Sunday’s contest against Lindenwood was a back-and-forth battle, but Lindenwood scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute to tie. USI and Lindenwood also tied each other with eight shots. In goal, senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made five saves, bringing Etienne to within six saves of third all-time in USI history.
Etienne ranks first in the OVC with a 0.70 goals against average this season, and she is tied for first with six clean sheets. Her performance in goal has led USI to a league-best 10 goals allowed and an overall 0.77 goals against average.
Last week, USI snapped a lengthy scoreless drought with a goal in consecutive matches against Chicago State University and Lindenwood, coming off the boots of first-time goal-scorers this season. Senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) snapped the drought with her first goal of the season in the 62nd minute against Chicago State on October 6. DiTusa connected on the backend of a free kick for the game-winner. In coming off the bench against the Cougars, DiTusa went a perfect 3-3 in shots on goal. DiTusa also climbed USI’s career record books for goals scored with 15 for 12th all-time and in points with 35 for 13th all-time. She had an assist on Grafton’s goal against Lindenwood.
Mainly playing as a holding midfielder, Grafton stepped up to score in the third minute for her first tally of the season and the first goal of her career. While more known for marking opponents’ midfielders, Grafton has registered six shots and placed four on target this season in 11 starts and appearances in all of USI’s 13 matches.
UT Martin is 2-7-4 so far in the 2022 season, including a 0-3-2 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Skyhawks are coming off a 1-1 draw last Sunday against Eastern Illinois, as sophomore midfielder Izzy Patterson scored the goal for UT Martin. Patterson leads the team with 30 shots on the season, placing 13 on target. Senior forward Megan Drake paces the Skyhawks with four goals and nine points. In goal, UT Martin has relied heavily on freshman keeper Poppy Bastock. She has started all 13 matches, made 57 saves, and posted a 1.75 goals against average. Bastock has two shutouts this season.
Sunday’s match can be seen live at 1 p.m. with an ESPN+ subscription.
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VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER
The Valpo soccer team put together a gritty performance on the road Thursday to come away victorious, overcoming injury and an early one-goal deficit with a pair of goals in the second half to earn a 2-1 victory at MVC newcomer Belmont. The win keeps Valpo within striking distance of Missouri State atop the conference standings.
How It Happened
- The Bruins opened the scoring in the 11th minute, as Olivia Walker found the back of the net from the top of the 18-yard box.
- Valpo had a strong chance for the equalizer in the 30th minute with the ball finding its way behind the Belmont back line. In a sprint to the ball, Molly O’Rear (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) beat Bruin goalkeeper Sarah Doyle to the spot, but her first touch was secured by Doyle.
- Valpo netminder Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made a nice diving save to her left to knock away an attempt from Belmont in the 43rd minute as the match went into halftime with the Bruins still leading 1-0.
- It took the Beacons less than seven minutes into the second half to connect on the tying goal. Sam Gountounas (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) won a strong headball at the top of Valpo’s defensive 18 to Cassidy Eckstein (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), who in turn fed Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North). DuSatko started her run from 15 yards on the defensive side of midfield and continued on all the way into the attacking third, where she laid the ball over to O’Rear coming into the left-hand side of the box.
- O’Rear’s first effort at goal was blocked by a Bruin defender, but she regained control and battled around a second Belmont back to the top of the six-yard box, where she struck with her right foot into the bottom-right corner of the goal to level the match.
- On the front foot for much of the second half, the Beacons kept the pressure on in search of the go-ahead goal and were rewarded in the 76th minute. Valpo’s corner kick was first punched away by Doyle and then headed up by a Belmont defender, but the Bruins couldn’t get it out of the box, and the third ball was won by Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), whose shot attempt hit the outstretched arm of a Bruin player for a handball and a penalty kick.
- Joiner had the chance to finish from the spot and did so with aplomb with her right foot, as despite Doyle guessing the correct direction, the sophomore’s effort slotted perfectly into the bottom-right corner to make it 2-1 Valpo.
- The Beacons saw out the match from there, as they did not surrender a shot on frame the remainder of the contest to come away with all three points.
Inside the Match
- Thursday’s win pushed Valpo’s record to 5-1-1 in MVC play this year. The Beacons remain three points behind Missouri State with a game in hand on the Bears.
- The result on Thursday secured a spot for Valpo in the MVC Tournament, which will feature eight sides this season.
- This was the Beacons’ first come-from-behind victory since a similar 2-1 win at Robert Morris on Aug. 29, 2021. In that match, Valpo also fell behind 1-0 in the first half before coming back with two second-half tallies.
- Thursday was the first time in Valpo’s last 10 matches that both the Beacons and their opponent had scored in the same match.
- O’Rear struck for her third goal of the season and second in as many matches. She has a total of eight points this season (three goals, two assists) — all of which have come within MVC play.
- Joiner’s penalty kick goal was her team-high fifth of the season and the second which stood as a match-winning goal. She successfully converted on the first penalty attempt of her career and now owns eight career goals.
- Coryell stopped a total of four shots to earn the victory in goal. Valpo trailed ever so slightly in total shots, 9-8, but put seven efforts on goal to the Bruins’ six and earned three of the match’s four corner kicks.
- Valpo’s back line was buoyed by strong performances off the bench by a number of reserves on Thursday. Emma Morrison (Canton, Mich./Plymouth-Canton) was forced to come on at center back after an early injury to Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) and played the final 86 minutes. Gountounas came on to play 66 minutes at right back, while Sarah Epstein (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) — who had played a total of 56 minutes this season entering Thursday night — contributed 36 minutes off the bench.
Thoughts From Coach Marovich
“As a program, we talk about what piece of yourself are you giving to the team, giving the piece the team needs.”
“Tonight, we didn’t have a great start to the game — that happens over the course of the season. We lose Nicole to injury, Emma steps in. It’s the next player up mentality. Emma goes in and has a fantastic performance — I’m really proud of her for her work tonight, it really speaks to the depth of the team.”
“We had to make a few more changes to the back line because we weren’t quite right. Sam comes on, does some really good things — wins headballs, goes to ground for tackles — things that the way the game was going, we needed in that moment. Sarah comes in and has a strong performance because every day she asks the very best of herself. She’s remained patient, working on her game — had the opportunity to go in tonight, puts in a great shift, and I’m really proud of her.”
“Tonight was what a really good team does — a complete effort, contributions from the bench, giving a performance and handling a game on the road to come away with a gritty win.”
Valpo (6-6-3, 5-1-1 MVC) finishes out the road portion of its schedule on Sunday afternoon at Murray State. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff and can be seen live on ESPN+.
U OF I FOOTBALL
at Saginaw Valley Cardinals (4-2, 0-2 GLIAC)
Saturday | October 15 | 2 p.m. ET
Wrapping up a stretch of four road games in five weeks, the unbeaten and eighth-ranked UIndy football team plays its final non-conference game of the regular season with a trip to Mid Michigan to take on the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State University. The former GLIAC-foes will resume a series that started back in 1978.
Saginaw Valley owns a 22-10 overall advantage versus the Greyhounds, though UIndy has won each of the last three meetings and four of the last six. The two Super Region 3 opponents have faced off twice since the Hounds jumped from the GLIAC to the GLVC, with UIndy winning in both 2014 and 2015.
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|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||111||80||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||1||3||1||.300||1.5||86||99||0-1-1||1-2-0||1-2-1||1-0-1||1 W|
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|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||5||0||0||1.000||0.0||135||88||2-0-0||3-0-0||4-0-0||1-0-0||5 W|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||4||1||0||.800||1.0||93||72||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||4||1||0||.800||1.0||103||93||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|WASHINGTON COMMANDERS||2||4||0||.333||3.5||102||135||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
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|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||3||2||0||.600||0.0||108||61||2-0-0||1-2-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||80||116||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||105||123||0-3-0||2-0-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
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|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||4||1||0||.800||0.0||115||102||3-0-0||1-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||3 W|
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|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||115||128||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||118||122||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||1||4||0||.200||2.0||93||122||1-3-0||0-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||2 L|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1905 In Game 5, Christy Mathewson blanks the A’s for the third time as the Giants beat the A’s 2-0 to win the World Series. It will be the only Fall Classic in which every game ends in a shutout.
1906 The White Sox, known as baseball’s ‘hitless wonders,’ complete their unbelievable World Series, upsetting their powerful crosstown rivals, beating the Cubs, 8-3, at South Side Park. The Cubs had won a record 116 regular-season games.
1908 As the result of a formative gathering of sports scribes from New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Cincinnati at the National League offices in New York in August, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America holds its first meeting with forty-three founding members in attendance in Detroit. The mission of the BBWAA will be to improve working conditions for writers, promote uniformity of scoring methods, and limit the press box to working reporters, telegraphers, and other professional personnel with a need to be there.
1908 In front of the smallest crowd in World Series history, Chicago, behind the strong pitching of Orval Overall, beat the Tigers in just 85 minutes to capture the Fall Classic. The 6,210 fans, witnessing the fifth and final World Series game at Detroit’s Bennett Park, have no idea it will be the last time the Cubs will win a World Championship in the next 100+ years.
1952 The Reds obtain outfielder Gus Bell from the Pirates in exchange for Cal Abrams, Gail Henley, and Joe Rossi. The newest Cincinnati flychaser, considered one of general manager Gabe Paul’s best acquisitions for the team, will become a fan favorite and hit .288 during his nine-year tenure in the Queen City.
1969 Thanks to two great catches by Tommie Agee at Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Orioles to take a 2-1 game lead in the World Series. The center fielder’s outfield heroics save the team at least five runs in the 5-0 victory over Baltimore.
1972 In Game 1 of the World Series, Gene Tenace, who went 1-for-17 in the ALCS, becomes the first player in history to hit two home runs in his first two at-bats in the Fall Classic. The catcher’s round-trippers in the second and fifth inning account for all of the A’s runs in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Reds at Riverfront Stadium and earn the Oakland backstop a $5,000 bonus from the usually tight-fisted owner of the club, Charlie Finley.
1973 The contest in which Willie Mays gets his last hit, an RBI-single that plates the decisive run in the 12th inning of the Mets’ 10-7 victory over the A’s in the second game of the World Series. The game, best remembered for the aging superstar’s misadventures in the outfield when he loses two fly balls in the sun at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, takes four hours and 13 minutes to complete, making it the longest Fall Classic contest ever played.
1976 The Yankees dramatically win their 30th pennant on Chris Chambliss’ home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The first baseman’s walk-off solo shot beats the Royals in Game Five and deciding contest of the ALCS, 7-6
1978 In the sixth inning of Game 4, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda argues unsuccessfully that the umpires should call interference on Reggie Jackson when a throw from Dodger shortstop Bill Russell caroms off his hip near first base, allowing Thurman Munson to score from second. New York eventually overcomes a three-run deficit with a 4-3 walk-off victory in ten innings at the Bronx ballpark, tying the World Series at two games apiece.
1983 At Veterans Stadium, Jim Palmer pitches two innings of scoreless relief, getting credit for the win when the Orioles beat the Phillies in Game 3 of the World Series, 3-2. The Hall of Famer becomes the only pitcher in baseball history to win a Fall Classic game in three decades.
1984 The Tigers’ 8-4 clinching victory over the Padres marks the last time the World Series is played outdoors in sunlight. A scheduled daytime Fall Classic game will occur in 1987, but the contest is played indoors at the Metrodome in Minnesota.
1984 With the Tigers leading 5-4 in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, Kirk Gibson hits his second home run of the game, a three-run blast to the upper deck in right field, putting the game out of reach to give the Motor City its fourth World Championship in franchise history. Padres manager Dick Williams had ordered his pitcher to walk the Detroit right fielder intentionally, but after ignoring the walk sign at first, Goose Gossage convinces his skipper he can get the slugger out, only to be proven wrong two pitches later.
1985 “Go crazy, folks, go crazy.” – JACK BUCK, Cardinals broadcaster’s reaction to Ozzie Smith’s unlikely home run during the 1985 NLCS against Dodgers. Ozzie Smith provides one of the most memorable moments in Cardinals’ history by hitting a dramatic homer to win Game 5 of the NLCS. The round-tripper was the first left-handed home run of the Wizard’s career, which spans 3009 major league at-bats.
1986 After their dramatic come-from-behind 7-6 extra-inning win to stave off elimination in California, the Red Sox defeat the Angels, again. Boston’s 10-4 victory at Fenway Park evens the ALCS at 3-3.
1992 Canada gets its first pennant when the Blue Jays clinch the American League crown with a 9-2 victory over the A’s in Game 6 of the ALCS. Toronto goes on to capture the World Series, beating the Braves in six games.
1992 Francisco Cabrera’s ninth-inning, two-out pinch-hit single drives in two runs, giving the Braves a stunning comeback victory, 3-2 over the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS. The backup catcher had only three hits during the regular season.
1997 At Turner Field, Kevin Brown tosses an 11-hit complete game to capture the Marlins’ first National League pennant. The flag, captured in only the fifth year of the team’s existence, is clinched in Game 6 of the NLCS when Florida beats Tom Glavine and the Braves, 7-4.
2000 Roger Clemens strikes out a record-setting 15 batters and one-hits the Mariners, 5-0, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. Al Martin’s seventh-inning double broke up the Rocket’s bid for a no-hitter in the Safeco Field contest.
2002 Japan’s Seibu Lions, ending the regular season with a record of 90-46-1, post the Pacific League’s highest win total in 46 years. Alex Cabrera fails to hit a home run in the team’s last five games and has to settle with tying the single-season home run record with 55, along with Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001).
2003 Holding a 3-0 lead and needing only five more outs to go the World Series for the first time since 1945, the Cubs give up eight runs, on five hits, three walks, and an error to the Marlins. The team appears to come apart after a fan, later identified as Steve Bartman, sitting along the left-field line at Wrigley Field, tries to snag a foul ball that was about to be caught by Chicago outfielder Moises Alou for the second out of the inning.
2003 The Giants announced the renaming of Pac Bell to SBC Park. The new moniker will change again after the 2005 season due to the SBC merger with AT&T.
2005 After negotiations have broken down with their skipper, the A’s interview five candidates to replace outgoing manager Ken Macha, apparently a top choice for many other teams. GM Billy Beane and his former field boss agree to a surprising new three-year deal a week later.
2006 With a 6-3 victory in Game 4 of the ALCS, Jim Leyland’s Tigers sweep the A’s to win the American League pennant for the first time since 1984. Magglio Ordonez’s dramatic walk-off three-run homer sets off a wild celebration at Comerica Park by the fans, who suffered through a historic 119 loss season just three years ago.
2006 Silas Simmons, the oldest former professional baseball player of all time, celebrates his 111th birthday. The 17th-oldest person in the country, born the same year as Babe Ruth, is joined by former players of the Negro Leagues and receives a 1913 Homestead Grays jersey with No. 111 stitched beneath his name from Steve Henderson of the Devil Rays at his home in the Westminster Suncoast retirement community in St. Petersburg.
2010 In a widely anticipated hiring, the Braves sign Fredi Gonzalez to replace their long-time legendary manager Bobby Cox, who retired at the end of the season. Atlanta’s new skipper, who served as the team’s third-base coach from 2003-06, was unexpectedly fired in June by the Marlins, a move thought to be prompted by the benching of Hanley Ramirez for not hustling.
2015 In a game that includes the benches-clearing twice, the Blue Jays advance to the ALCS, defeating the Rangers, 6-3, in the decisive game 5. Toronto overcomes a one-run deficit, thanks to Texas’s three straight errors to start the bottom of the seventh inning, followed by a three-run homer hit by Jose Bautista, who annoys his opponents with an exaggerated bat flip while admiring his third-deck shot at the Rogers Centre.
2020 In the Dodgers’ 15-3 victory in Game 3 of the NLCS, the team puts together the highest-scoring inning ever in a postseason game, scoring 11 runs against the Braves, collecting seven hits, three walks, and a hit batter during the 32-minute first frame at Globe Life Field. LA surpasses the mark the Cardinals established last season of deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, crossing the plate ten times in the first inning, with Atlanta.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-2015
Kansas City Royals (4) vs New York Mets (1)
The 2015 World Series was the 111th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champions New York Mets and the American League (AL) champions Kansas City Royals.
The 2015 World Series began on October 27th and ended on November 2nd, with the Royals winning the Fall Classic 4 games to 1. It was the first time since 2010 that the World Series extended into November. The Royals became the first team since the Oakland Athletics in 1989, to win the World Series after losing in the previous year.
The Royals had home field advantage for the first two games of the series because of the AL’s 6-3 victory in the 2015 All-Star Game. It was the 13th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game.
Matt Harvey started Game 1 for the Mets, while Edinson Volquez started for the Royals. Volquez’s father had died earlier in the day. He was not aware of his father’s death until after he left the game. On the first pitch thrown by Harvey, Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run, the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas in the 1929 World Series (and the first hit by a leadoff batter since Patsy Dougherty did it for the Boston Americans (now Red Sox) in 1903). In the fourth inning, Daniel Murphy recorded the Mets’ first hit, and later scored their first run on a hit by Travis d’Arnaud. Curtis Granderson hit a home run in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Eric Hosmer reduced the lead to 3-2 with a sacrifice fly, and set a new Royals’ postseason run batted in (RBI) record in the process. A single by Mike Moustakas tied the game at three, but in the top of the eighth, Wilmer Flores reached on an fielding error by Hosmer, allowing Juan Lagares to score the go-ahead run and give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Alex Gordon tied the game for the Royals with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Jeurys Familia blew his first save in six opportunities this postseason. In the bottom of the 14th inning, Escobar reached first base on a throwing error by David Wright, and Bartolo Colon gave up a base hit to Ben Zobrist, allowing Escobar to reach third base. Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to Granderson in right field to drive in the winning run.
In Game 2, Jacob deGrom started for the Mets, and Johnny Cueto started for the Royals. The Mets scored the first run of the game with a Lucas Duda single that scored Murphy in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, the Royals scored four runs on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas. The Royals scored three more runs in the eighth inning. Cueto pitched a complete game, the first by an AL pitcher in the World Series since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, as the Royals defeated the Mets and took a two games to zero lead in the series.
At Citi Field, Game 3 was started by Yordano Ventura of the Royals and Noah Syndergaard of the Mets. With no designated hitter (DH) in NL parks, the Mets started Michael Conforto, their DH for Game 2, in the outfield instead of Juan Lagares, and the Royals did not start Kendrys Morales, their regular DH. Ben Zobrist scored the Royals’ first run in the first inning on a force play. The first pitch thrown by Syndergaard was over the head of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar causing the Royals to complain. In the bottom of the first inning, David Wright responded with a two-run home run that also scored Curtis Granderson. For the Royals, Alex Rios drove Salvador Perez home in the second inning, and scored on a passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud, giving the Royals a 3–2 lead. Granderson hit a two-run home run in the third inning, and the Mets took a 4–3 lead. The Mets added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Conforto, and four more in the sixth inning.
The starting pitchers for Game 4 were Chris Young of the Royals and Steven Matz of the Mets. Conforto scored the game’s first run with a home run in the third inning, and Wilmer Flores scored later in the inning. Conforto hit another home run in the fifth inning, becoming the first rookie to hit two home runs in a World Series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. In the sixth inning, Zobrist hit his eighth double of the postseason, tying a postseason record previously set by Albert Pujols and David Freese of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. After a key fielding error by Murphy, the Royals took the lead in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard (who walked two of the three hitters he faced) and Familia, who had his second blown save of the series, and second out of seven opportunities this postseason, though this one could be partly attributed because of Murphy’s error. Wade Davis converted a two-inning save for the Royals, his fourth overall this postseason.
Volquez returned to the Dominican Republic for his father’s funeral the day after Game 1, but returned to the Royals in time to start Game 5. Harvey started for the Mets. Granderson led off the first inning with a home run for the Mets, and scored the Mets’ second run in the sixth inning. The Mets had a chance to break the game open in that sixth inning as they loaded the bases with nobody out, but had to settle for one run after Cespedes lined a foul ball off his leg and was injured, leaving the game after popping up for the first out of the inning. Duda hit a sacrifice fly before D’arnaud grounded out to end the inning. Harvey pitched eight shutout innings for the Mets. It appeared manager Terry Collins would go to Familia, his closer, for the ninth inning, but Harvey convinced Collins to keep him in the game. He then gave up a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning, and the Royals got a run when Hosmer drove Cain in with a double, prompting Collins to go get Familia. After a Mike Moustakas groundout advanced Hosmer to third base with one out, Salvador Pérez hit a ground ball to third baseman David Wright, who after checking Hosmer at third, threw to first base for the second out; however, Hosmer broke for home as soon as the ball was thrown, and Lucas Duda, who fielded the out at first, threw wide at home attempting to throw Hosmer out, and the latter scored the tying run, resulting in Familia blowing his third save of the postseason and the series; his eight save opportunities tied the postseason record set in 2002 by Robb Nen. In the top of the twelfth inning, with Addison Reed pitching for the Mets, Perez hit a single for the Royals. Pinch running for Perez, Jarrod Dyson stole a base and scored on a single by pinch hitter Christian Colon, who scored on a hit by Paulo Orlando. The Royals loaded the bases, and Cain drove home three more runs with a double off Bartolo Colon. Davis pitched a shutout inning for the Royals to complete the game, series, and baseball season.
1951 Christiansen returns
October 14, 1951 – Detroit Lions return man, Jack Christiansen, takes 2 punts to the house for touchdowns against the LA Rams. Pro-football-refernce.com recorded the statistics of the game as the first return Jack’s being a 69 yarder in the second quarter of a Doak Walker punt. The second return for a score occurred in the final stanza as Christianson took another of Walker’s 4th Down field flippers 49 yards to paydirt. Though the returns helped the Lions on the scoreboard they did not win the game as the Rams triumphed 27-21.
1985 NYJ 12 to the Rafters
October 14, 1985 – East Rutherford, New Jersey – New York Jets franchise retired Joe Namath’s jersey #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football. Namath had sealed his legend in the Big Apple by many of his great plays, but especially making good on his famous promise of leading his underdog 1969 Jets team to a Super Bowl III victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts coached by Don Shula. Pro-football-reference.com informs us that the Jets had a great night against a Don Shula team in the 1985’s game too as they this time defeated the Miami Dolphins, 23-7.
1989 Baileys record day
October 14, 1989 – Texas A&I, Johnny Bailey sets NCAA season rushing record. According to twitter account @TXSports History Bailey ran for a record at 6,085 yards that surpassed Pittsburgh University’s Tony Dorsett’s previous NCAA record. Bailey Went on to become the only player to win the Harlon Hill Trophy for being the top player in Division II football three times. He was later drafted into the NFL and played for the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals and the St. Lois/LA Rams scoring 9 NFL career touchdowns in 81 games played.
1990 Montana tosses Six
October 14, 1990 – Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium – San Francisco 49er quarterback, Joe Montana passes for 6 touchdowns versus the Atlanta Falcons. Five of the scoring strikes were to Montana’s favorite target Jerry Rice in the 45 to 35 Niners win over the Falcons.
1896 Tom Davies
October 14, 1896 – Gas City, Indiana – Tom Davies was born. The Davies family left Indiana to move to Washington, Pennsylvania when Tom was an 11 year old per his bio on Wikipedia. After high school Tom attended the nearby University of Pittsburgh and played halfback for the Panthers and their renown coach Pop Warner. Davies became a consensus All-American in 1918 and 1920 and in his four years he carried an average of 150 yards rushing per game played! His Pitt career was highlighted by the perfect Panther season of 1918 where the team went 9-0 and won the National Championship. In the 1920 game against the University of Pennsylvania Tom had his best individual effort as a collegian when he tossed a touchdown pass, scampered 80 yards for a touchdown, returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and returned a pick six 60 yards for a score! The National Football Foundation cemented Tom Davies into legendary status by inducting him into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
1901 Harry Stuhldreher
October 14, 1901 – Massillon, Ohio – Harry Stuhldreher was born. It is reported on footballfoundation.org on Stuhldreher’s bio that Harry as a young lad would carry the bags for the Massillon Tigers star football player to get free entry into the games of the Tigers. That star player’s name was Knute Rockne! Rockne kept tabs on the kid and eventually that boy grew up into a fine football player that Rockne had the pleasure of coaching when he was at Notre Dame. Harry Stuhldreher became one of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. Harry’s leadership qualities were the items that had Rockne chosen him to be the signal caller in the famed backfield. Harry was the smallest of the Horsemen at 5foot 7 inches tall and 151 pounds but his quickness and elusiveness made him a dangerous weapon in the famed Irish offense. Stuhldreher would later coach for many seasons at both Villanova and Wisconsin and had a career winning record as a coach. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1958.
1947 Charlie Joiner
October 14, 1947 – Many, Louisiana- Charlie Joiner was born. Charlie was a wide receiver out of Grambling State University and the Houston Oilers used their fourth round pick in the AFL-NFL Draft of 1969 to secure the rights of Joiner as a defensive back according to his bio on profootballhof.com. Charlie played bits here and there with the Oilers on defense and special teams until in 1972 when he was part of a multi-player deal with Cincinnati that made him a Bengal for the next four seasons of his career. In 1976 Charlie Joiner was part of another trade in which he became a San Diego Charger. This was a tremendous boost to his career, making him a star wide out in the offense of Coach Don “Air” Coryell and with a ball slinger with the talents of one Dan Fouts. Charlie played a total of 18 seasons, 11 with the Chargers and when he retired he was the NFL career leader in receptions with 750. Charlie’s total receiving yards at retirement were 12,146 and he scored 65 career TDs. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him into their museum of legends in 1996.
1964 Paul Palmer
October 14, 1964 – Was the birthday of Paul Palmer who was a great running back that played for the Temple Owls. Palmer had a tremendous season in 1986 under Temple University’s Head Coach Bruce Arians, as he was number one in the nation as he rushed for 1866 yards, and averaged over 169 yards per game on the ground. Paul’s all-purpose yards that season of ‘86 broke the NCAA record held by Hall of Famer Marcus Allen! He placed second in the Heisman voting that year behind Vinny Testeverde. When he completed his collegiate career, Paul Palmer was Temple’s all-time leading rusher with 4,895 yards. The National Football Foundation placed Paul Palmer into their College Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
24 – 16 – 9 – 7 – 24 – 32 – 38 – 25 – 44 – 99 – 10 – 5 – 12 – 34 -16 – 22 – 18
October 14, 1862 – Early Baseball player James Creighton ruptured his bladder hitting a home run. The injury was so severe that the player passed away four days later on October 18.
October 14, 1905 – World Series Game 5 action saw the New York Giants defeat the Philadelphia A’s, 2-0 at the Polo Grounds to win first league sanctioned World Series, 4 games to 1. For pitcher Christy Mathewson it was his 3rd straight World Series game shutout
October 14, 1926 – Walter Johnson retired, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
October 14, 1951 – Detroit Lions future Hall of Famer Number 24, Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
October 14, 1962 – Houston Oiler Number 16, George Blanda throws for 6 TD passes vs NY Titans 56-17
October 14, 1964 – Number 9, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle (Number 7) each hit home run on back-to-back pitches
October 14, 1965 – World Series: LA Dodgers edge Minnesota Twins, 2-0 in Game 7 at Metropolitan Stadium. It was the Dodgers 3rd title since their move to LA. MVP: LA pitcher Sandy Koufax, Number 32
October 14, 1972 – Oakland catcher Number 38, Gene Tenace is first to homer in first 2 World Series at-bats as A’s beat Reds, 3-2 in Game 1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati
October 14, 1973 – 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Number 25, Willie Mays’ last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A’s, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland
October 14, 1976 – Chris Chambliss’ (Number 10) 9th inning lead off homer gives the NY Yankees the franchise 30th pennant
October 14, 1978 – Despite Islanders Number 5, Denis Potvin’s hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1
October 14, 1978 – NY outfielder Reggie Jackson, Number 44 caused a World Series controversy when he interfered with a throw to 1st base. During the event Jackson deflected the ball away during Yankees, 4-3 Game 4 win over LA Dodgers at Yankee Stadium
October 14, 1979 – NHL NY Rangers retire Rod Gilbert’s uniform Number 7, which was the first number to be retired by the franchise
October 14, 1979 – The NHL’s greatest scorer Number 99, Wayne Gretzky scored his 1st NHL goal as a member of the Edmonton Oilers
October 14, 1981 – Yankee Graig Nettles, Number 9 became the 1st player to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
October 14, 1985 – New York Jets retired Joe Namath’s Number 12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football. His former squad the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins, 23-7
October 14, 1989 – Dave Stewart, Number 34 of the A’s became the 1st since 1976 to start consecutive World Series openers
October 14, 1990 – San Francisco 49er Number 16, Joe Montana passed for 6 touchdowns vs Atlanta (45-35)
October 14, 1991 – NY Rangers right wing Mike Gartner, Number 22 becomes 1st NHL player to score his 500th goal, 500th assist, and 1000th point all in the same season
October 14, 2003 – Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Number 18, Moises Alou. Cubs gave up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series
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|Navy at SMU||7:30pm||ESPN|
|UTSA at FIU||8:00pm||CBSSN|
|DP World: Andalucia Masters||8:00am||GOLF|
|PGA Tour: Zozo Championship||6:00pm||GOLF|
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|NLDS Game 3: Atlanta at Philadelphia||4:37pm||FS1|
|NLDS Game 3: LA Dodgers at San Diego||8:37pm||FS1|
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|Boston at Toronto||7:00pm||NBATV|
|Denver at Golden State||10:00pm||ESPN2|
|Tampa Bay at Columbus||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Montreal at Detroit||7:30pm||Sportsnet|
|NY Rangers at Winnipeg||8:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Carolina at San Jose||10:30pm||Bally Spports|
|Bundesliga: Schalke 04 vs Hoffenheim||2:30pm||ESPN+|
|First Division A: Westerlo vs Sérésien||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|EPL: Brentford vs Brighton & Hove Albion||3:00pm||USA|
|La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Getafe||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Ligue 1: Strasbourg vs Lille||3:00pm||beIN Sports|
|Argentina Primera División: Rosario Central vs Defensa y Justicia||3:30pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Racing Club||3:30pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Defensa y Justicia vs Unión Santa Fe||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Huracán vs Estudiantes||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Arsenal vs Central Córdoba SdE||8:30pm||Paramount+|
|Lightweights: Devin Haney vs. George Kambosos||10:30pm||ESPN|
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|Colgate at Army||12:00pm||CBSSN|
|Auburn at Ole Miss||12:00pm||ESPN|
|Iowa State at Texas||12:00pm||ABC|
|Kansas at Oklahoma||12:00pm||ESPN2|
|Minnesota at Illinois||12:00pm||BTN|
|Penn State at Michigan||12:00pm||FOX|
|Central Michigan at Akron||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Miami (OH) at Bowling Green||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Old Dominion at Coastal Carolina||12:00pm||ESPNU|
|Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech||12:30pm||ESPN3|
|Buffalo at UMass||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|UConn at Ball State||2:00pm||ESPN3|
|California at Colorado||2:00pm||PAC12N|
|WKU at Middle Tennessee||3:30pm||ESPN+|
|Alabama at Tennessee||3:30pm||CBS|
|Vanderbilt at Georgia||3:30pm||SECN|
|Oklahoma State at TCU||3:30pm||ABC|
|Maryland at Indiana||3:30pm||ESPN2|
|NC State at Syracuse||3:30pm||ACCN|
|Kent State at Toledo||3:30pm||ESPN+|
|Ohio at Western Michigan||3:30pm||CBSSN|
|Texas State at Troy||3:30pm||ESPN3|
|Charlotte at UAB||3:30pm||Stadium|
|NIU at Eastern Michigan||3:30pm||ESPN+|
|Arkansas at BYU||3:30pm||ESPN|
|Gardner-Webb at Liberty||3:30pm||ESPN+|
|Louisiana Tech at North Texas||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|James Madison at Georgia Southern||4:00pm||ESPN+|
|Tulane at USF||4:00pm||ESPNU|
|Wisconsin at Michigan State||4:00pm||FOX|
|Arizona at Washington||5:30pm||P12N|
|Rice at Florida Atlantic||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|LSU at Florida||7:00pm||ESPN|
|Utah State at Colorado State||7:00pm||CBSSN|
|Arkansas State at Southern Miss||7:00pm||–|
|ULM at South Alabama||7:00pm||NFLN|
|Memphis at East Carolina||7:30pm||ESPNU|
|Stanford at Notre Dame||7:30pm||NBC|
|Mississippi State at Kentucky||7:30pm||SECN|
|Clemson at Florida State||7:30pm||ABC|
|Nebraska at Purdue||7:30pm||BTN|
|USC at Utah||8:00pm||FOX|
|New Mexico at New Mexico State||8:00pm||FloSports|
|North Carolina at Duke||8:00pm||ACCN|
|Washington State at Oregon State||9:00pm||PAC12N|
|Air Force at UNLV||10:30pm||CBSSN|
|San Jose State at Fresno State||10:45pm||FS1/2|
|Nevada at Hawaii||11:59pm||–|
|DP World: Andalucia Masters||8:00am||GOLF|
|PGA Tour: Zozo Championship||11:00pm||GOLF|
|MLB PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|NLDS Game 4: Atlanta at Philadelphia||2:07pm||FS1|
|ALDS Game 3: Houston at Seattle||4:07pm||TBS|
|ALDS Game 3 NY Yankees at Cleveland||7:37pm||TBS|
|NLDS Game 4: LA Dodgers at San Deigo||9:37pm||FS1|
|Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 302||3:00pm||NBC|
|Florida at Buffalo||1:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Vancouver at Philadelphia||4:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Arizona at Boston||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Detroit at New Jersey||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Montreal at Washington||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Ottawa at Toronto||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Anaheim at NY Islanders||7:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Columbus at St. Louis||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Los Angeles at Minnesota||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Nashville at Dallas||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Calgary at Edmonton||10:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Chicago at San Jose||10:00pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Vegas at Seattle||10:00pm||Root Sports|
|EPL: Leicester City vs Crystal Palace||7:30am||USA|
|La Liga: Girona vs Cádiz||8:00am||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Empoli vs Monza||9:00am||Paramount+|
|Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen||9:30am||ESPN+|
|Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Borussia M’gladbach||9:30am||ESPN+|
|Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Mainz 05||9:30am||ESPN+|
|Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs Bochum||9:30am||ESPN+|
|EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest||10:00am||USA|
|EPL: Fulham vs AFC Bournemouth||10:00am||Peacock|
|La Liga: Valencia vs Elche||10:15am||ESPN+|
|Ligue 1: Lorient vs Reims||11:00am||beIN Sports|
|Serie A: Torino vs Juventus||12:00pm||Paramount+|
|Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs Hertha BSC||12:30pm||ESPN+|
|La Liga: Mallorca vs Sevilla||12:30pm||ESPN+|
|EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton||12:30pm||NBC|
|Serie A: Atalanta vs Sassuolo||2:45pm||Paramount+|
|MLS Playoffs: LA Galaxy vs Nashville SC||3:00pm||Univision|
|La Liga: Athletic Club vs Atlético Madrid||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Ligue 1: Lens vs Montpellier||3:00pm||beIN Sports|
|Brasileirão: Goiás vs Corinthians||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: América Mineiro vs Fortaleza||7:30pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Flamengo vs Atlético Mineiro||7:30pm||Paramount+|
|Liga MX: América vs Puebla||9:00pm||Univision|