INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE
|Fri Oct 15||7p||North Putnam @ Greencastle||Football|
|Fri Oct 15||7p||Yorktown @ Mt Vernon||Football|
|Fri Oct 15||7p||North Decatur @ Covenant Christian||Football|
|Fri Oct 15||7p||Indpls Lutheran @ Traders Pt||Football|
|Fri Oct 15||7p||Frontier @ South Newton||Football|
|Sat Oct 16||1:15p||Defiance @ Hanover||College Football|
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY
Alexandria (3-4) at Frankton (2-6)
Anderson (2-4) at Logansport (5-2)
Andrean (6-2) at Lowell (5-3)
Angola (2-6) at Eastside (8-0)
Attica (0-5) at South Vermillion (3-5)
Batesville (4-4) at Connersville (1-7)
Bedford North Lawrence (4-4) at Columbus East (3-5)
Beech Grove (3-5) at Franklin County (5-3)
Bellmont (1-7) at East Noble (5-2)
Blackford (1-6) at Oak Hill (6-2)
Bloomington North (5-3) at Southport (0-8)
Bloomington South (6-1) at Indianapolis Chatard (4-4)
Bluffton (3-5) at Lakeland (3-5)
Boone Grove (1-5) at Whiting (2-6)
Boonville (2-5) at Gibson Southern (7-1)
Bowman Academy (0-7) at River Forest (4-3)
Brown County (3-5) at Edgewood (1-6)
Brownstown Central (8-0) at Scottsburg (6-2)
Calumet (6-2) at Hanover Central (7-1)
Carmel (7-1) at Lawrence Central (3-5)
Carroll (Flora) (6-2) at Sheridan (6-2)
Center Grove (8-0) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-0)
Charlestown (6-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-5)
Chesterton (6-2) at Merrillville (8-0)
Churubusco (6-2) at Fairfield (4-4)
Cloverdale (0-7) at Owen Valley (7-1)
Corydon Central (0-7) at Silver Creek (4-3)
Covington (6-2) at Riverton Parke (2-5)
Culver (2-4) at LaVille (5-2)
Danville (7-1) at North Montgomery (3-3)
Dugger Union (1-2) at Oblong (Ill.)
East Central (7-1) at Indianapolis Roncalli (8-0)
Eastern (Greentown) (6-2) at Clinton Prairie (4-3)
Eastern Hancock (5-3) at Lapel (6-2)
Elwood (0-7) at Mississinewa (5-2)
Evansville Central (2-6) at Evansville North (4-4)
Evansville Harrison (1-7) at Evansville Bosse (2-6)
Evansville Mater Dei (6-2) at Evansville Reitz (3-5)
Evansville Memorial (7-1) at Castle (6-2)
Floyd Central (3-5) at New Albany (5-3)
Forest Park (3-5) at Southridge (4-4)
Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-4) at Fort Wayne Northrop (3-5)
Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)
Fort Wayne Snider (6-1) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-0)
Fort Wayne South (1-6) at Homestead (5-3)
Fort Wayne Wayne (2-6) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (7-1)
Fountain Central (3-5) at Parke Heritage (6-2)
Frankfort (2-5) at Crawfordsville (0-8)
Franklin (3-5) at Decatur Central (7-1)
Frontier (1-7) at South Newton (4-4)….INDIANA SRN
Garrett (4-4) at Central Noble (6-2)
Greenfield-Central (5-3) at New Castle (2-6)
Griffith (4-4) at Wheeler (5-2)
Guerin Catholic (1-7) at Culver Academy (6-2)
Hagerstown (1-6) at Northeastern (4-4)
Hamilton Southeastern (7-1) at Brownsburg (6-2)
Hammond Central (1-7) at East Chicago Central (2-5)
Harrison (West Lafayette) (7-1) at Richmond (1-7)
Heritage (3-5) at Jay County (3-5)
Heritage Christian (8-0) at Christel House Manual (2-5)….INDIANA SRN
Highland (3-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-5)
Huntington North (2-6) at New Haven (3-5)
Indianapolis Attucks (3-4) at Gary West (5-2)
Indianapolis Lutheran (8-0) at Traders Point Christian (4-4)….INDIANA SRN
Indianapolis Ritter (0-8) at Cascade (2-6)
Indianapolis Tech (5-3) at Kokomo (6-2)
Indianapolis Tindley (3-4) at Indianapolis Washington (3-4)
Jasper (8-0) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-7)
Jennings County (1-7) at Jeffersonville (2-5)
Jimtown (6-2) at South Bend Riley (1-4)
John Glenn (3-4) at South Bend Washington (3-3)
Knightstown (1-6) at Centerville (7-0)
Knox (2-6) at Caston (2-6)
Lake Central (3-5) at Valparaiso (7-1)
Lebanon (5-3) at Western Boone (5-3)
Leo (8-0) at DeKalb (1-7)
Maconaquah (2-4) at Rochester (4-2)
Madison-Grant (4-4) at Eastbrook (7-0)
Martinsville (5-3) at Plainfield (3-5)
McCutcheon (1-6) at Marion (3-4)
Michigan City (5-3) at Crown Point (5-3)
Milan (2-6) at Switzerland County (2-5)
Mishawaka Marian (5-3) at South Bend St. Joseph (2-6)
Mitchell (3-4) at Perry Central (6-2)
Monroe Central (8-0) at Shenandoah (4-3)
Monrovia (6-2) at Indianapolis Scecina (5-3)
Mooresville (6-2) at Perry Meridian (2-6)
Mount Vernon (Posey) (7-1) at Washington (0-7)
Muncie Central (1-7) at Lafayette Jeff (5-3)
Munster (2-6) at Hobart (5-3)
New Palestine (5-3) at Delta (4-4)
New Prairie (7-1) at Elkhart (4-4)
Noblesville (2-6) at Avon (0-8)
North Central (Farmersburg) (2-5) at Eastern Greene (1-7)
North Central (Indianapolis) (1-7) at Ben Davis (3-5)
North Decatur (3-4) at Wes-Del (0-7)
North Harrison (3-5) at Providence (4-4)
North Judson (6-2) at Pioneer (6-2)
North Knox (6-2) at Paoli (5-1)
North Miami (0-8) at Northfield (5-3)
North Posey (6-2) at Pike Central (1-5)
North Putnam (2-5) at Greencastle (5-3)….INDIANA SRN
North White (3-3) at West Central (2-6)
Northridge (5-3) at Mishawaka (6-2)
Northview (6-1) at Indian Creek (2-6)
Norwell (7-1) at Columbia City (4-4)
Park Tudor (6-2) at Edinburgh (5-3)
Peru (5-2) at Manchester (4-3)
Pike (0-8) at Lawrence North (5-2)
Plymouth (0-8) at NorthWood (4-4)
Portage (1-7) at LaPorte (2-6)
Prairie Heights (3-5) at West Noble (3-5)
Princeton (2-6) at Heritage Hills (6-2)
Purdue Polytechnic (1-7) at Covenant Christian (5-3)….INDIANA SRN
Rock Creek Academy (1-6) at Clarksville (1-6)
Rushville (0-8) at Greensburg (2-4)
Seeger (5-3) at North Vermillion (4-4)
Seymour (2-5) at Madison (3-5)
Shelbyville (1-4) at Pendleton Heights (4-4)
South Bend Adams (3-5) at Penn (3-5)
South Bend Clay (0-7) at Bremen (5-3)
South Central (Union Mills) (2-3) at Hammond Noll (1-5)
South Dearborn (6-2) at Lawrenceburg (7-1)
South Decatur (1-5) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-4)
South Putnam (7-1) at Linton-Stockton (8-0)
South Spencer (3-5) at Tell City (5-3)
Southern Wells (0-8) at South Adams (6-2)
Southside HomeSchool at Indiana Deaf (4-3)
Southwood (4-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (8-0)
Springs Valley (6-1) at North Daviess (4-4)
Sullivan (6-2) at West Vigo (3-3)
Taylor (0-4) at Delphi (5-3)
Tecumseh (1-6) at Crawford County (2-4)
Terre Haute North (3-5) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-2)
Terre Haute South (1-7) at Columbus North (5-3)
Tri-Central (3-5) at Clinton Central (2-6)
Tri-County (0-7) at North Newton (5-3)
Triton (3-5) at Winamac (6-0)
Triton Central (5-3) at Speedway (6-2)
Tri-West (6-2) at Southmont (5-3)
Union County (4-3) at Tri (6-2)
Wabash (1-6) at Whitko (1-7)
Warsaw (7-1) at Concord (7-1)
Wawasee (1-7) at Goshen (3-5)
West Washington (3-3) at Salem (4-2)
Westfield (7-1) at Franklin Central (4-4)
Whiteland (4-3) at Greenwood (2-6)
Winchester (4-4) at Union City (4-3)
Woodlan (3-5) at Adams Central (7-1)
Yorktown (5-3) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (7-1)….INDIANA SRN
Zionsville (4-4) at Fishers (5-3)
Northwestern (0-7) at Benton Central (0-6)
Lewis Cass (2-5) at Twin Lakes (2-6)
Hamilton Heights (5-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-3)
Tipton (7-1) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-3)
Western (6-2) at West Lafayette (8-0)
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SECTIONALS
Penn 3 Goshen 0
Brebeuf 3 Heritage Christian 0
Kouts 3 Covenant Christian 0
New Prairie 3 South Bend St. Joseph 0
Sullivan 3 Pike Central 0
Oldenburg Academy 3 Jac-Cen-Del 1
Lake Central 3 Highland 1
Hamilton Southeastern 3 Noblesville 0
Lafayette Central Catholic 3 coming to 2
North Judson 3 Hebron 1
Indianapolis Ritter 3 Indian Creek 0
South Dearborn 3 Rushville 1
Brownstown Central 3 W. Vigo 0
Yorktown 3 Muncie Central 0
Southwestern 3 Switzerland County 0
Ben Davis 3 Crispus Attucks 0
DeKalb 3 E. Noble 0
Triton 3 LaCrosse 0
Bremen 3 South Bend Career 0
Cowan 3 Elwood 2
Angola 3 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Huntington North 3 Fort Wayne South 0
Chesterton 3 Hobart 0
Scottsburg 3 Salem 1
Faith Christian 3 Tri-County 0
Whitko 3 Manchester 0
Cascade 3 Cloverdale 0
West Noble 3 Tippecanoe Valley 0
Eastern 3 Henryville 1
Gibson Southern 3 Evansville Bosse 0
Wes-Del 3 Anderson Prep 0
Southwood 3 N. Miami 0
Waldron 3 Edinburg 0
Columbus East 3 Bloomington South 1
McCutcheon 3 Lafayette Jeff 0
Rock Creek 3 Borden 0
Westview 3 Central Noble 2
Union County 3 Eastern Hancock 0
Avon 3 Terre Haute North 0
Floyd Central 3 Jeffersonville 0
Evansville Mater Dei 3 S. Spencer 0
Bloomfield 3 Shakamak 0
Heartland Christian 3 Crosspointe Christian 1
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Fremont 1
LaPorte 3 Plymouth 0
Blue River Valley 3 Randolph Southern 0
Cathedral 3 Warren Central 0
Jasper 3 Evansville North 1
Frankfort 3 N. Montgomery 0
Linton Stockton 3 N. Knox 0
Tri-West Hendricks 3 Danville 0
Eastern 3 Oak Hill 0
Clinton Prairie 3 Seeger 2
Wapahani 3 Delta 1
Greenwood 3 Whiteland 0
Whiting 3 Bowman Academy 0
Vincennes Rivet 3 N. Daviess 0
Morgan Twp. 3 Washington Township 1
Mishawaka Marian 3 Glenn 0
Guerin Catholic 3 Christel House 0
Munster 3 Hammond Morton 0
Maconaquah 3 Mississinewa 2
New Washington 3 South-Central 0
Madison Grant 3 Eastbrook 0
Orleans 3 Cannelton 1
Warsaw 3 Elkhart 0
Rensselaer Central 3 Boone Grove 1
Mitchell 3 Crawford County 0
Andrean 3 Hammond Noll 0
Harrison 3 Logansport 0
Traders Point 3 Bethesda Christian 0
Lawrenceburg 3 Connersville 1
Woodlan 3 Garrett 0
North Putnam 3 Parke Heritage 0
Trinity Lutheran 3 Crothersville 0
New Haven 3. Fort Wayne Wayne 0
Frankton 3 Winchester 1
Jay County 3 Norwell 2
Elkhart Christian 3 Bethany Christian 0
New Castle 3 Anderson 0
Morristown 3 Southwestern 0
Lincoln 3 Union City 1
North Posey 3 Tell City 0
Eastern Greene 3 Forest Park 2
Brownsburg 3 Terre Haute South 0
Edgewood 3 S. Vermillion 0
South-Central 3 Westville 0
Crown Point 3 Lowell 0
Fort Wayne Snider 3. Fort Wayne Northrup 2
Providence 3 Seymour 1
Pioneer 3 Lakeland Christian 0
Oregon Davis 3 Culver Community 2
Heritage Hills 3 Boonville 1
Fishers 3 Westfield 0
West Lafayette 3 Benton Central 0
South Newton 3 Frontier 0
South Ripley 3 Austin 0
Mishawaka 3 South Bend Riley 0
Lawrence North 3 Lawrence Central 0
Eastside 3 Churubusco 1
NorthWood 3 Lakeland 0
Bloomington North 3 E. Central 0
Corydon Central 3 Charlestown 1
Evansville Central 3 Evansville Harrison 1
Bluffton 3. Fort Wayne Canterbury 0
Knightstown 3 Northeastern 2
Carroll Flora 3 Delphi 0
Beech Grove 3 Indianapolis Washington 0
Washington 3 Princeton 1
Perry Meridian 3 Indianapolis Pike 1
Tri-Central 3 Liberty Christian 0
Franklin 3 Shelbyville 0
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER REGIONALS
Carmel 3 Avon 1
Cathedral 1 East Central 0
Chesterton 3 Munster 1
Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Yorktown 1
Castle 3 Columbus East 1
Southwestern 2 Providence Cristo Rey 1
Illiana Christian 3 Trinity 1
West Lafayette 3 Griffith 1
Westview 11 Caston 0
Providence 3, Southwestern 0
West Noble 3 Bremen 2
Forest Park 4 S. Knox 2
Carroll 4 Wabash 1
Gibson Southern 9 W. Vigo 0
Noblesville 5 Columbia city 0
Brebeuf 3 Tri-West Hendricks 1
Cascade 0 Centerville 0 (Cascade wins PK’s 5-4)
Fort Wayne Northrup 3 Harrison 1
South Bend Adams 2 Elkhart 1
Speedway 5 S. Dearborn 1
Heritage Hills 3 Madison 1
Southport 1 Bloomington South 1 (2OT Bloomington South wins PK’s 4-1)
Fort Wayne Canterbury 4 Oak Hill 1
INDIANA STATE BOYS TENNIS FINALS
Quarterfinals | Carmel HS | Fri, 12 pm ET
Match 1: Munster vs. Columbus North.
Match 2: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Carmel.
Quarterfinals | Center Grove HS | Fri, 12 pm ET
Match 3: Covington vs. Zionsville.
Match 4: Westview vs. Jasper.
Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET
Match 5: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner.
Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET
Match 6: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner.
State Championship | Carmel HS | Sat, 2 pm ET
Match 7: Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner.
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL SITES
1. Crown Point | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT
Feeder Sectionals: Highland, Hebron
2. Chesterton @ Sunset Hill Farm County Park | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT
Feeder Sectionals: New Prairie, Rensselaer Central
3. Harrison (West Lafayette) | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Benton Central, Harrison (West Lafayette)
4. Culver Academies | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Manchester, Logansport
5. Elkhart @ Ox Bow Parks | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Elkhart, South Bend Riley
6. West Noble | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Fort Wayne Northrop, West Noble
7. Marion @ Indiana Wesleyan | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bellmont, Marion
8. Delta @ Muncie Sportsplex | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Delta, Pendleton Heights
9. Ben Davis | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Ben Davis, Brownsburg
10. Noblesville | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Noblesville
11. Rushville Consolidated | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Connersville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
12. Franklin Community | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Franklin Community, South Dearborn
13. Columbus North | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Brown County, Austin
14. Bedford North Lawrence | 10:30 am ET; 11:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Terre Haute North
15. Crawford County | 11 am ET; 11:45 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Crawford County, Jasper
16. Pike Central | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Evansville Mater Dei, South Knox
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Memphis 35 Navy 17
South Alabama 41 Georgia Southern 14
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-WHERE TO WATCH
Friday, Oct. 15
Marshall at North Texas | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Clemson at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Cal at No. 9 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 24 San Diego State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Saturday, Oct. 16
No. 10 Michigan State at Indiana | 12 p.m. | FS1
No. 20 Florida at LSU | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Auburn at No. 17 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | CBS
No. 21 Texas A&M at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Rutgers at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Ohio at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ABC
Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Nebraska at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Yale at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX
Duke at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | RSN
Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Akron at Miami (Ohio) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Troy at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Toledo at Central Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Purdue at No. 2 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Western Kentucky at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Arizona at Colorado | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Kent State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Miami at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network
Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 19 BYU at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Texas Tech at Kansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Rice at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Colorado State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Liberty at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Utah State at UNLV | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 13 Ole Miss at Tennessee | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Stanford at Washington State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Iowa State at Kansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 22 NC State at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Army at Wisconsin | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UCLA at Washington | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Louisiana Tech at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 18 Arizona State at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN
Hawai’i at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Air Force at Boise State | FOX, FS1 or FS2
Fresno State at Wyoming | FOX, FS1 or FS2
Tampa Bay 28 Philadelphia 22
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 6
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 18, 2021
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
MLB PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 San Francisco 1
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Presented by loanDepot
Friday, Oct. 15
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 1 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Oct. 16
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 2 (FOX & FS1, 4:20 p.m. ET)
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 1 (TBS, 8 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 17
• Dodgers at Braves Game 2 (TBS, 7:30 ET)
Monday, Oct. 18
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 3 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 19
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 3 (TBS)
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 4 (FS1)
Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 5* (FS1)
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 (TBS)
Thursday, Oct. 21
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 5* (TBS)
Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6* (FS1)
Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6* (TBS)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX or FS1)
Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day
Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)
Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)
Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*
Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Atlanta 127 Miami 92
Brooklyn 107 Minnesota 101
Denver 113 Oklahoma City 107 OT
Sacramento 116 LA Lakers 112
Buffalo 5 Montréal 1
Ottawa 3 Toronto 2
Dallas 3 NY Rangers 2
Florida 5 Pittsburgh 4
Columbus 8 Arizona 2
Carolina 6 NY Islanders 3
Tampa Bay 7 Detroit 6
Seattle 4 Nashville 3
Los Angeles 6 Vegas 2
TOP NATIONAL STORIES
Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Cody Bellinger pointed at the dugout and pounded his chest after delivering the biggest hit of the season for the defending World Series champions.
Of course, it took until the ninth inning of the 24th and final meeting this year to finally separate the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
It couldn’t have been any closer.
Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth and prized midseason acquisition Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen for his first career save, sending the Dodgers past the Giants 2-1 in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night and into the NL Championship Series.
Bellinger’s line drive up the middle decided a scintillating NL Division Series between the two winningest teams in baseball with 213 regular-season victories between them, adding a new chapter to this storied, century-old rivalry.
“We poured everything we could into this series and it took everything we had to beat these guys,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
And the dramatic finish came with a controversial call: With a runner on, Scherzer struck out Wilmer Flores on a check-swing. First base umpire Gabe Morales called Flores out on appeal – but on television replays, it certainly didn’t appear he swung.
“The umpire said it was a swing, so it was a swing,” Bellinger said.
The Dodgers rushed out of their dugout to celebrate on the Giants’ home field. Fans began throwing beer cans and debris onto the diamond in disgust.
“Super tough. Obviously, you don’t want a game to end that way,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “There’s no need to be angry about that. I just think it’s a disappointing way to end. There are other reasons we didn’t win today’s baseball game, so that was just the last call of the game.”
Mookie Betts had a postseason career-high four hits and will lead the next step for the defending World Series champions at Atlanta for Game 1 of the best-of-seven NLCS on Saturday night.
Los Angeles came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Braves in last year’s NLCS, taking Game 7 by a 4-3 score on the way to its first title since 1988.
“It’s going to be another good one. It’s not going to be easy,” Bellinger said. “We played each other a few times the last few years. So we kind of know what each other’s got, and really looking forward to it.”
Camilo Doval plunked Justin Turner with one out in the ninth and Gavin Lux then singled before Bellinger delivered his most meaningful hit in a difficult season.
Before the big single, he was 5 for 62 (.080) against the Giants in 2021.
“You really do want to be in that moment,” Bellinger said.
Scherzer, the Game 3 loser (by a 1-0 score) who came over from Washington at the trade deadline, pitched a hitless ninth on two days’ rest to close out a best-of-five series certain to go down among the several classics these franchises have played – right up there with the 1951 and 1962 editions that matched up in three-game tiebreakers for the NL pennant, with the Giants winning each time.
“That was crazy. That’s nuts,” Scherzer said. “So to be in that moment, with everything on the line, with the way we’ve been playing this whole series, to get the ball in that situation, man, that was a rush.”
In the final meeting between these so evenly matched rivals who knew everything about each other by this stage, it was only fitting they split at 12 apiece. The 107-win Giants edged the Dodgers for the NL West title on the final day, Los Angeles winding up a game back with 106 victories.
Both teams went into this game with 109 wins, including the playoffs.
“Best record in all of baseball and it was just great every time we played those guys, just bringing that rivalry back to life, really playing for relevance,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers already won once facing elimination, topping the Cardinals last week in the wild-card game 3-1. And Roberts’ bold Game 5 gamble paid off: 20-game winner Julio Urias pitched out of the bullpen instead of starting as originally planned. Urias entered in the third inning and gave LA four innings of relief with five strikeouts.
“I think that you can’t do a job for fear of failure or potential criticism,” Roberts explained before the game. “I think that you have to do your job given whatever you feel is the best way to win the game.”
Betts had the Dodgers’ initial three hits with singles at the top of the lineup before Corey Seager’s RBI double in the sixth as the Dodgers finally got to Game 1 winner Logan Webb.
Darin Ruf’s first hit of the series for San Francisco after starting 0 for 9 was a tying home run in the bottom half. The 452-foot drive was the longest of this postseason.
Webb was done after seven more brilliant innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out seven and walking one as he once more delighted a sellout crowd of 42,275 with their swirling orange rally towels and those deafening “Beat LA!” chants.
The 24-year-old right-hander and two relievers shut out the Dodgers 4-0 here last Friday, and Webb’s Sierra Elementary School to the north in Rocklin held a day in his honor this week.
Right-handed reliever Corey Knebel opened for the Dodgers and gave up Buster Posey’s two-out double in the first, then pumped his fist striking out Brandon Crawford in a seven-pitch at-bat.
The Dodgers made all the adjustments and winning moves this time.
“Sometimes there’s things that you can’t really explain. It’s kind of like that `it’ thing,” Betts said. “I feel like we have it.”
Betts is only the second batter with three hits in a game against Webb this year, joining San Diego’s Eric Hosmer on April 30.
The LA right fielder also is the first player in Dodgers history with four hits in a winner-take-all postseason game.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who retired following the 2016 season after 67 years calling Dodgers games, weighed in on the magnitude of this Game 5 matchup in the clubs’ storied histories.
“To my knowledge, tonight’s game between the (at)Dodgers and (at)SFGiants is the most important game in the history of their rivalry. With nearly identical records, and so much at stake, I believe this to be the case,” Scully posted on Twitter. “Many of you might consider the 1951 game for the NL pennant to be bigger. Perhaps, but that was more about the greatest moment with Bobby Thomson’s game-winning home run.”
Roberts was told before the game of the 93-year-old Scully’s remarks.
“Now I feel pressure. Gosh darn it, man,” Roberts said with a grin.
Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over ‘philosophical differences’
(AP) — The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game.
Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was “something that popped up recently,” but he refused to expand on what he called “philosophical differences” between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.
“All I can say is where we felt the team was going, we were struggling to get on the same page,” Mozeliak said. “With him having one year remaining on his contract, we could have gone into 2022 having that over him and we just decided that internally it would be best to separate now and take a fresh look as we head into a new season.”
It is exceptionally rare for clubs to fire managers the same day as a playoff game – the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played the decisive game in their divisional series late Thursday. But Mozeliak and Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. decided that it was important enough to seek permission from Major League Baseball to make the move immediately.
Mozeliak declined to discuss possible replacements, but he did say there are plenty of internal candidates. He said the coaches who remain under contract are expected to return next season.
“As I said before, 2021 was a real success and something that for all of us that were part of the organization, we take tremendous pride in,” Mozeliak said. “Any time you go on a 17-game winning streak and actually create history for your organization, it’s something you take enormous pride in. A lot of times these decisions aren’t based just on the season, more to the point it’s directionally where we want to go.”
Mozeliak met with Shildt and the rest of the coaching staff Friday, but the two did not meet again until Mozeliak informed Shildt of his firing. When asked about the manager’s response, Mozeliak replied: “He was very shocked.”
“I’m not going to get into who I spoke with or the details of how I got to this decision,” Mozeliak said.
Mozeliak actually hired Shildt as a scout in 2003, beginning his long rise through the closely knit organization. Shildt soon switched to player development and worked his way through various levels of the minor league system.
He was chosen to replace current Royals manager Mike Matheny on an interim basis in August 2018, then took over the permanent job the following season. The Cardinals won 91 games that season, earning Shildt the NL manager of the year, and advanced to the NL Championship Series before getting swept by the Nationals.
The Cardinals went 30-28 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, losing to the Padres in a first-round series, before riding that franchise-record 17-game streak to reach the wild-card game again this season.
Shildt’s record of 255-199 gave him a winning percentage better than such luminaries as Branch Rickey and Tony La Russa.
“I think Mo said it well: This is based on differences between Mo and his group and the manager, and you know, it didn’t have anything to do with this year,” DeWitt said. “I value continuity, but I value continuity if we’re continuing to head in the right direction. This is a decision that everyone bought into and that’s kind of how it played out.”
Indeed, the Cardinals are considered one of the most stable clubs in baseball. Whether Miller Huggins and Rickey in their early days, Red Shoendienst and Whitey Herzog during the 1970s and `80s, or La Russa in more recent years, the club has always prioritized continuity within its management structure.
It helps that they have had so much success over the years.
Since the hiring of La Russa in 1996, the Cardinals have made the playoffs 16 times with four trips to the World Series and two championships, driving their total to 11 in all – behind only the Yankees for the most in big league history.
Now, it will be up to someone else in the manager’s office to carry that prosperity forward.
“You know, there’s reasons behind what we do,” Mozeliak said. “What direction we’re trying to go with is something we tend to keep private anyway, but just the overall health of this club – we feel very optimistic as we look at 2022, and we just felt like the leadership downstairs needed to be on the same page.”
Braves plan to be without OF Soler in NL Championship Series
ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves are preparing to play without outfielder Jorge Soler in the NL Championship Series as they await his clearance following his positive COVID-19 test.
The Braves worked out Thursday at Truist Park without Soler, who was pulled from the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Dansby Swanson replaced Soler as the leadoff hitter, Guillermo Heredia moved into the lineup in center field and Cristian Pache took Soler’s spot on the 26-man roster.
Playing with the adjusted lineup, the Braves beat the Brewers 5-4 to clinch the best-of-five division series.
Braves manager Brian Snitker would like to have Soler’s power bat on his roster for the Championship Series. Soler hit a combined .223 with 27 homers and 70 RBIs with Kansas City and Atlanta during the regular season.
“We want everybody there,” Snitker said when asked about Soler, adding he “hated that he had to miss that” clinching game against the Brewers.
“I don’t know that this team has been dependent, as we’ve shown, on one guy all year, quite honestly. The guys keep playing the game. Would you like to have him? Yeah. If we don’t, so be it. Just go out and win however else we can.”
Soler has been vaccinated but may not be cleared to return until after the best-of-seven NLCS. Snitker said he has not talked with Soler.
“We’ve got to approach it like I don’t know if he’ll be here for the NLCS,” Snitker said. “That’s how we have to approach it. Until he shows up and is cleared and does everything that MLB needs him to do, we’re going to look like it’s like he’s not going to be here.”
Soler was part of the dramatic outfield makeover orchestrated by general manager Alex Anthopoulos after the Braves lost Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury and Marcell Ozuna to legal troubles.
Anthopoulos first acquired Joc Pederson and then added Soler, Eddie Rosario and Adam Duvall near the July 30 trade deadline.
The outfield depth created by the moves becomes even more important with Soler’s status uncertain as the Braves try to return to the World Series for the first time since 1999.
“I think when we got Joc the clubhouse was like `we’re not going to sit around and wait,'” Snitker said. “Alex is on the move. He was striking fast and when he did that – the next wave of guys at the deadline – it showed our guys we were seriously in this thing. I think it did the world of good for that room in there.”
The Braves may stick with their three-man rotation of Charlie Morton, Max Fried and Ian Anderson. Morton pitched on short rest on Tuesday, allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Fried is the probable Game 1 starter in the NLCS.
Huascar Ynoa and Drew Smyly, who were part of the regular-season rotation, were in the bullpen in the division series and seem likely to be available again in relief. They could be used as part of a bullpen approach in Game 4.
“It will probably line up where we’ll probably have a bullpen game, but you know, that being said, in this series we had two starters in our bullpen,” Snitker said. “We’ll be fine.”
White Sox star Anderson says he wants La Russa to return
CHICAGO (AP) White Sox star Tim Anderson made his feelings clear about manager Tony La Russa. He wants the Hall of Famer to return for another season in Chicago.
“I want him to be back,” Anderson said Thursday. “At the end of the day, my decision doesn’t really matter. I guess it all depends on what the front office thinks. … I definitely want him in. I think he did a great job with the way he managed and just being open.”
La Russa’s future was a bit of a question mark after the White Sox were eliminated Tuesday by Houston in Game 4 of the AL Division Series.
He said afterward it’s up to management first and then the players. If they want him back, then “you check and see whether you got the desire to continue to manage, so I do,” he said.
Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf lured La Russa to Chicago out of retirement for a second stint with the franchise that gave him his first major league managing job, hoping the three-time World Series winner could lead a team stacked with stars to a deep October run.
It was an eye-opening move.
La Russa hadn’t filled out a lineup card since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011, and there were questions about how his old-school ways would mesh with the team’s young and vibrant stars like Anderson.
“Everybody thought we weren’t going to get along,” said Anderson, who made his first All-Star team this season. “But overall, we were talking behind the scenes the whole time. Just for him, the players come first and he makes that known. We’re one big family.”
La Russa had a public disagreement with a couple of his players after he scolded Yermin Mercedes for homering on a 3-0 pitch during the ninth inning of a 16-4 victory over Minnesota in May.
But with one of the top lineups and pitching staffs in baseball, the White Sox rolled to a 93-69 record and beat Cleveland by 13 games in AL Central for their first division championship in 13 years. The win total was their highest since the 2005 World Series championship team went 99-63.
La Russa passed John McGraw for second place on baseball’s all-time victories list behind Connie Mack while guiding the White Sox to their second straight playoff appearance. They had never made the postseason in back-to-back years. But after getting knocked out by Oakland in the wild-card round in 2020, they failed again to advance and were beaten by Houston in convincing fashion.
“I think he did a great job, coming in and being a part of what we’ve been trying to do,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t be more happy than what he did. The relationship was great overall. Everybody was just getting along with him. I think he came in and did what he was supposed to do.”
Franklin responds to Iowa’s Ferentz, denied faking injuries
(AP) — Penn State’s James Franklin denied any of his defensive players pretended to be injured during the Iowa game – detailing each one who went down – in response to Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz indicating he was suspicious of some of the stoppages in play.
“How does this strategy make sense against a huddle team?” Franklin said, referring to the methodical style of No. 2 Iowa’s offense. “People use this strategy to slow people down. Spread offenses, tempo offenses. They huddle. So that strategy did not make sense in this situation.”
Iowa fans booed while several Penn State players were being treated for injuries on the field during the Hawkeyes’ 23-20 victory Saturday.
Ferentz on Tuesday acknowledged that some of the Penn State players had legitimate injuries but defended the Iowa fans, saying they “smelled a rat.”
“Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt,” Ferentz said, “But I think probably (the booing) is a reaction to, there were a couple of guys that were down for the count and then were back a play or two later. Our fans aren’t stupid. They’re watching, they know what’s going on.
“I’ve been here 23 years and I think that’s only the second time we’ve seen that kind of stuff going on.”
Franklin’s response came Wednesday in a 12-minute session with reporters, during which he listed each player who was banged up and questioned how it would have benefited Penn State to remove some of its best players from the game. At least three of the players did not return to the game after going down.
If a player is treated for an injury on the field that causes the game to be stopped, the player must leave the field for at least one play.
“In our six years of playing them, six years straight – 4-2 with our record – has that ever shown up? Has anyone seen that? In my eight years as a head coach, has anyone seen that? Has that shown up at Penn State? My 12 years as a head coach, has that shown up? It has not shown up.”
The most serious injury suffered by Penn State on Saturday was to defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, who is out for the season. Mustipher, who has been Penn State’s best interior defensive lineman, appeared to sustain a leg injury.
“Put yourself in the shoes of a parent,” Franklin said. “Your son is down on the field for an injury and the stadium is booing him. … Your son is down on the field with an injury – and I just told you PJ Mustipher is done for the year – and we’re booing. Is that good for college football?”
Penn State also lost quarterback Sean Clifford late in the first half. The senior did not play in the second half. Frankin did not give an update on Clifford’s status or provide details on his injury, as is his custom for those not believed to be season-ending.
No. 7 Penn State does not play this week and returns to action at home against Illinois on Oct. 23.
No. 4 Oklahoma takes 14-game win streak into TCU clash
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Lincoln Riley fielded a steady stream of questions about Oklahoma’s quarterback situation before pointing out the detail he considers most important.
The Sooners are winning.
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) takes a nation-leading 14-game win streak into Saturday’s prime-time game against TCU. And while he understands the interest in the fact that Caleb Williams replaced preseason All-American Spencer Rattler and rallied the Sooners to a 55-48 victory against Texas last Saturday, Riley is more concerned with the bottom line.
“The other part of it that we have to remember — I think we’re on a 13- or 14-game win streak right now,” he said. “The sky’s not quite fallen. I think we keep it in perspective. Spencer did not play his best earlier in the game the other day and Caleb came in and did a god job. It wasn’t perfect either, but he did a good job.”
Riley wouldn’t name a starting quarterback ahead of the TCU game, saying he will make his decision based on what he sees during the week. Regardless, the Sooners have five wins this season by seven or fewer points, matching a school record just six games into the season. In victories over West Virginia and Texas, the Sooners scored the winning points on their final snap.
The rally against Texas got TCU coach Gary Patterson’s attention. Oklahoma trailed 28-7 early, and 35-17 before Williams replaced Rattler for good.
“I mean, you’ve got to give them credit, to be honest with you – they were way down and they fought back,” Patterson said. “That’s what champions do. When we’ve won championships, that’s what we’ve done.”
TCU quarterback Max Duggan and running back Zach Evans are questionable with injuries.
Evans suffered a foot injury in the first half of a 52-31 win over Texas Tech last Saturday and did not play after the break. He rushed for 143 yards in the first half, becoming the first TCU running back since 2002 to rush for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games. He’s averaging 7.9 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns.
Duggan has passed for 1,003 yards with nine touchdowns and rushed for 186 yards and two scores. He played all but one series against Texas Tech. Patterson didn’t disclose the nature of Duggan’s injury. He didn’t rule Duggan out, but said the backups need to be ready.
Oklahoma’s backup was ready against Texas, and now, the Sooners hope they can start their usual push towards a Big 12 title. In Riley’s previous four years, the Sooners compiled a 22-1 record in Big 12 regular-season play after playing Texas and won the league each year.
“This has typically been the time for us when we really surge and play some of our best ball, and that’s certainly our intent right now,” he said. “I’m really focused on what’s forward and excited about the team that we have.”
THIS WEEK IN THE BIG 10
• For the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.
• Three Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State are all 6-0. Additionally, Ohio State is 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 in the East Division.
• No. 2 Iowa defeated then-No. 4 Penn State, 23-20, to earn its first win over a top-5 opponent since the Hawkeyes defeated No. 3 Ohio State on Nov. 4, 2017. The Hawkeyes have now won six straight games against ranked opponents dating back to 2019, marking Iowa’s longest streak since a six-game stretch in 1960. The Iowa defense has now held 28 straight opponents to fewer than 25 points and ranks in the top-5 nationally in the following defensive categories: scoring defense (4th, 13.0 ppg), turnover margin (1st, 2.50 per game) and team defensive passing efficiency (3rd, 89.65).
• Iowa has won 12 consecutive games dating back to last season and has outscored its opponents, 403-161, during the winning streak.
• Michigan State defeated Rutgers, 31-13, and is now 6-0 for the ninth time in school history and the first time since 2015. The Spartans offense exploded in the win for 588 total yards and became just the fifth team in FBS history to have a 300-yard passer (Payton Thorne, 339), 200-yard rusher (Kenneth Walker III, 233) and 200-yard receiver (Jalen Nailor, 221) in the same game. The last team to accomplish the feat was Oklahoma State in 2008.
• In 2021, the Spartans have received top-5 single-game FBS performances from Kenneth Walker III (2nd, 264 rushing yards at Northwestern on Sept. 3), Jalen Nailor (4th, 221 receiving yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9), Jayden Reed (4th, 285 all-purpose yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2) and Jayden Reed (5th, 88 punt return yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2).
• Ohio State topped Maryland, 66-17, marking the fifth time in six games that the Buckeyes have scored more than 40 points. The Ohio State offense has now scored more than 50 points in each of its last three games and leads the nation in total offense (563.2 ypg), while ranking third in scoring offense (48.5 ppg.) and third in team passing efficiency (187.76). The Buckeyes offense also ranks second in the country in third-down conversation percentage (.565 pct.).
• Ohio State freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Maryland and has now registered two 400-yard passing games this season (484 vs. Oregon on Sept. 11) and five passing touchdowns in back-to-back games. Stroud ranks third in the country with a passer efficiency of 191.2 and is sixth in the FBS in passing yards per game (339.8).
• Michigan defeated Nebraska, 32-19, to remain unbeaten and is 6-0 for the first time since 2016. The Wolverines currently rank among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense (15th, 38.5 ppg) and scoring defense (9th, 15.5 ppg).
• Wisconsin secured its first conference win of the season with a 24-0 victory over Illinois. The shutout marked the Badgers’ first since a 38-0 win over Michigan State on Oct. 12, 2019 and the school’s first road shutout of a Big Ten team since a 31-0 win at Minnesota on Nov. 25, 2017. Wisconsin outgained Illinois 391 yards to 26 yards on the ground, marking the fourth time in five games that the Badgers have held their opponent to 50 rushing yards or less. This season, the Badgers rank second in the nation in total defense (217.8 ypg), first in rushing defense (41.4 ypg) and third in defensive third-down conversion percentage (.239).
• Thirteen Big Ten Conference students are among the 176 semifinalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 32nd 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’ Doug Kramer, Indiana’s Jack Tuttle, Iowa’s Zach VanValkenburg, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan State’s AJ Arcuri, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Northwestern’s Sam Gerak, Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert, Penn State’s Sean Clifford, Purdue’s Zander Horvath, Rutgers’ Noah Vedral and Wisconsin’s Matt Henningsen.
• All six of the New Year’s Six bowl games have had a chance to host a semifinal game twice with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl doing so three times. This year, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will serve as semifinal games. Last year, Alabama became the second-straight No. 1 seed to win the playoff. The No. 1 seed didn’t win a title in the first five years. The No. 2 seed has won it three times and the No. 4 seed has won it twice. The No. 3 seed has won just three playoff games in seven years with Ohio State winning one of those last season.
• The 2021 campaign features 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.
THIS WEEK IN MAC FOOTBALL
Saturday, October 16
*Ohio at Buffalo, Noon ET (ESPN+)
*Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN+)
*Akron at Miami, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN+)
*Kent State at Western Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)
*Toledo at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (CBSSN)
*Bowling Green at NIU, 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT (ESPN+)
Saturday, October 16
Ohio (1-5, 1-1 MAC) at Buffalo (2-4 MAC, 0-2 MAC) | Noon ET | ESPN+
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Buffalo is 2-4 overall, 0-2 in the MAC and is coming off a 48-38 loss at Kent State last Saturday. Running back Kevin Marks led the Bulls with 80 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
18 of Buffalo’s 22 offensive touchdowns this season have come on the ground. The Bulls lead the MAC and are tied for eighth in the nation in rushing touchdowns.
Ohio is 1-5 overall, 1-1 in MAC play and is coming off a 30-27 loss to Central Michigan last Saturday. The Zips are led by running back De’Montre Tuggle who has rushed for 448 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Ohio leads the all-time series, 15-11.The Bobcats won the last meeting, 21-20 in overtime, at UB Stadium in 2019. The home team has won 9 of the last 10 meetings between the rivals. The one exception was in 2019 when Ohio won at UB Stadium, 21-20, in overtime.
Ball State (3-3, 1-1 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (4-2 MAC, 1-1 MAC) | 2 pm ET | ESPN+
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Eastern Michigan (4-2, 1-1 MAC) enters following a thrilling, defense-dominant performance against Miami RedHawks, 13-12.
A victory Saturday would push EMU’s record to 5-2 for the first time since the 2016 season and just the third time since the 1995 season. Additionally, a win over BSU would give Eastern its first win over a defending MAC Champion since it took down Bowling Green on the road, 28-25, Oct. 1, 2016.
Ball State (3-3, 1-1 MAC) comes into the game after consecutive wins of its own. The Cardinals flew past Western Michigan, 45-20, in their most recent game, Oct. 9.
For the second straight weekend, fifth-year senior quarterback Drew Plitt found an open receiver on the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage. This time, it was freshman wide receiver Jalen McGaughy who would haul in the pass and run into the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown. It was the first of four touchdown passes of at least 21 yards for Plitt, who finished the game with a season-high 310 yards through the air. Plitt has now thrown for at least 300 yards in a MAC game six times in his career.
Akron (2-4, 1-1 MAC) at Miami (2-4 MAC, 1-1 MAC) | 2 pm ET | ESPN+
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Akron is meeting Miami for the 31st time in program history with the RedHawks owning a 20-9-1 series advantage. In the last meeting between the two schools, Miami registered a 38-7 triumph past Akron on Nov. 28, 2020 at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
Miami comes into action versus Akron on the heels of a 13-12 setback at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 9. As a unit, the RedHawks average 22.0 points per game, while registering 374.0 yards per game, including throwing for 242.3 yards and rushing for 131.7 yards per tilt.
Akron scored 35 unanswered points to take a 35-13 lead by the fourth quarter and held on for a 35-20 win at Bowling Green in Mid-American Conference action on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Zips finished the contest with five takeaways, including three interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles en route to securing the victory.
Akron QB Zach Gibson (Alpharetta, Ga.) entered the game after halftime and led the Zips to four consecutive touchdown drives. He completed 14-of-15 pass for 177 yards with three passing touchdowns.
Kent State (3-3, 2-0 MAC) at Western Michigan (4-2 MAC, 1-1 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET | ESPNU
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Kent State held off Buffalo in a 48-38 prime-time shootout and moved to 2-0 in the MAC this past Saturday.
Dustin Crum had a career day, throwing for 407 yards, amassing 479 yards of offense and five touchdowns It was the first time a Kent State QB topped 400 yards since 1997 when Jose Davis did it against Central Florida. Dante Cephas had a career day as well, hauling in 13 passes for 186 yards and 3TDs.
Kent State leads the MAC and sits 13th in the FBS in rushing at 239 yards per game. The Flashes have done it with balance in the running game. Marquez Cooper, Dustin Crum and Xavier Williams all rank in the MAC’s top-20 rushers.
Western Michigan junior running back La’Darius Jefferson is tied for 11th in the FBS with eight rushing touchdowns this season. Only 10 players have more than eight rushing TDs. He has a rushing score in nine-straight games.
Western Michigan ranks first in rushing defense in the MAC, giving up just 114 yards on the ground per game.
Toledo (3-3, 1-1 MAC) at Central Michigan (3-3 MAC, 1-1 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET | CBS Sports Network
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Toledo (3-3, 1-1 MAC) is coming off a 22-20 loss to Northern Illinois on Oct. 9. Junior Bryant Koback led the Rockets with 91 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, one on a 40-yard run and the other on a 75-yard reception.
Toledo ranks first in the MAC in scoring defense (17.5) and defensive passing efficiency (107.9), and second in total defense (314.2). The Rockets also rank third in scoring offense (28.5) and fifth in total offense (390.7).
Central Michigan (3-3, 1-1 MAC) is coming off a 30-27 come-from-behind win over Ohio last week. Kalil Pimpleton caught a game-winning 28-yard TD pass from Daniel Richardson with 3:55 remaining.
The Chippewas have been strong with their third down defense this season, allowing opponents to convert just 22 of 76 opportunities (29%). That is first in the MAC and ranks 11th in the nation.
Bowling Green (2-4, 0-2 MAC) at Northern Illinois (4-2 MAC, 2-0 MAC) | 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT | ESPN+
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NIU (4-2, 2-0 MAC) brings its first three-game winning streak since 2018 into Saturday’s home game versus Bowling Green after a 22-20 win over Toledo last Saturday in the Glass Bowl. The Huskies’ 4-2 record through six games is NIU’s best start to a season in four years, since the 2017 Huskies won six of their first eight games.
With a per game average of 224.5 yards per game, NIU is ranked 17th in the country in rushing offense; the Huskies have run for 242 yards on 55 carries in each of the last two games. Last time NIU saw numbers comparable to its 1,347 rushing yards and 5.0 per carry average through six games was 2016.
The Falcons (2-4, 0-2 MAC) are coming off a 35-20 loss to Akron this past Saturday.
This year’s BGSU team has allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards (995) through the first six games of a season in records dating back to 2000. BGSU is forcing opponents to 57.3 percent completion rate through the first six games of the season. In records dating back to 2000 that is the seventh-lowest rate through the first six games of the season.
Tom Brady throws 2 TD passes, Buccaneers beat Eagles 28-22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep losing key players and stockpiling victories.
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette ran for two scores and the Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22 on Thursday night.
The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (5-1) lost another cornerback when three-time All-Pro Richard Sherman left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury, but their depleted defense held on after Jalen Hurts rallied the Eagles from a 28-7 deficit.
“It’s tough to win on the road,” Brady said. “Obviously, we didn’t play our best so we have to get back to work … We got to get better.”
Playing with an injured thumb, Brady came out firing. The 44-year-old, seven-time Super Bowl champion tossed TD passes on Tampa Bay’s first two drives while going 11 for 12 for 121 yards.
His best play came after Hurts’ second TD run and a 2-point conversion pulled Philadelphia within six points with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter.
Facing a third-and-7 from Philadelphia’s 45, Brady rolled away from pressure and threw a perfect pass to Antonio Brown for a 27-yard gain to extend the drive and the Bucs ran out the clock.
“It was a great route, hell of a throw as Tom got out of the pocket,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. ?Couple times this year he slipped out of the pocket to the right and made a big play down the field.”
Brady finished 34 of 42 for 297 yards and an interception. He insisted his thumb, which was taped, is fine.
“I feel great, awesome,” he said. “It’s football season. I feel good. Really do.”
The Eagles (2-4) are winless in three home games under rookie coach Nick Sirianni. They heard boos at halftime but fought back to make it close.
“We were bad in the first half. Put that one on me,” Sirianni said. “There’s no doubt our offense needs to be better to give ourselves a chance to win.”
Brady’s 2-yard TD pass to O.J. Howard gave the Buccaneers a 7-0 lead. The Eagles answered on Hurts’ 5-yard scoring pass to Zach Ertz. Brady then hit Brown for a 23-yard TD pass to make it 14-7.
After two straight three-and-out series, Brady led the Bucs on another scoring drive with Fournette running in from the 2 to extend the lead to 21-7. Tampa increased its lead to 28-7 when Fournette walked in from the 1 in the third quarter.
Fournette ran for 81 yards and caught six passes for 46 yards.
“Having that year under my belt makes a big difference understanding it,” said Fournette, who signed with Tampa Bay shortly before last season after he was cut by Jacksonville. “The sky’s the limit for me.”
Brady was 19 of 22 before missing three straight passes late in the second quarter, including a deep ball intercepted by Anthony Harris that ended his streak of 227 passes without a pick.
The Buccaneers were already missing cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting and safety Antoine Winfield before Sherman went down on Philadelphia’s first drive. Sherman was quickly ruled out. Arians wasn’t certain the severity of the injury.
“We just have to keep playing with the guys we have and see how long the injury is. Next man up,” Arians said.
Still, against a patchwork secondary, Hurts struggled throwing the ball. He was 12 of 26 for 155 yards, one TD and one interception. Hurts ran for 44 yards and two scores.
“I haven’t executed enough to win, clearly,” Hurts said. “The ball is in my hands every play and I enjoy that and I like that. I have to be better. I’m not doing enough to win. I’m not doing enough to start fast. I will be better.”
Panthers’ McCaffrey doesn’t practice because of hamstring
(AP) — Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not practice Thursday, a sign that he could miss his third straight game while trying to rehab from a hamstring injury.
The 2019 All-Pro running back had participated in four straight practices for the Panthers on a limited basis.
Coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Wednesday that McCaffrey was “50-50” for the game and that his playing status would likely come down to a game-time decision. Rhule does not address reporters on Thursday of a normal game week.
The Panthers (3-2) host the Minnesota Vikings (2-3) on Sunday.
The Panthers’ 2017 first-round draft pick was injured in a Week 3 win against the Houston Texans. He hasn’t played since and the Panthers are 0-2 without him in the starting lineup after starting the season 3-0.
Chuba Hubbard would start if McCaffrey can’t play. Hubbard ran for 101 yards on 24 carries in Carolina’s 21-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.
The Panthers also placed punter Joe Charlton on injured reserve with back soreness and signed Ryan Winslow to the practice squad.
Giants’ Barkley frustrated by ankle, Jones making progress
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After working non-stop for 10 months to recover from an ACL injury and get on the field with the New York Giants, Saquon Barkley is dealing with the frustration of another injury.
The talented fourth-year running back is probably going to miss at least one or two games after spraining his left ankle on a fluke play early in the Giants’ 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
Watching on the bench after the injury, his anger was apparent. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year pounded his thighs with his hands and stared up at the sky with a look that said: “What did I do to deserve this?”
Barkley wasn’t the only Giants player hurt. Quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a concussion in a goal-line collision near halftime and left the game. Playmaking receiver Kenny Golladay did not play in the second half because of a knee injury.
Neither Barkley nor Golladay has practiced this week as the Giants (1-4) prepare for a home game against the Los Angeles Rams (4-1) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Jones was surprisingly out on the field Thursday in a non-contact role in practice. That is Stage 4 of the NFL concussion protocol. He could practice tomorrow and then see a specialist and get clearance to play Sunday.
That’s provided there are no setbacks.
Jones, who is having his best season, can’t talk to the media while in the protocol.
Barkley, who seemingly was on the verge of getting back to his old self heading into the Dallas game after four games, was still irritated four days after his injury. He even blamed himself unexpectedly.
The former Penn State star didn’t blame Jourdan Lewis for the injury, even though he turned his ankle stepping on the foot of the Cowboys cornerback after an incomplete pass.
“So, me being mad at myself, that’s the only thing that I could be right there – mad at myself, mad at the world, mad at everybody,” Barkley said Thursday. “You just got hurt again. You know you’re going to be out. For how long, you don’t know, so you’re frustrated. That’s what I meant by saying that.”
Barkley was surprised how quickly his ankle ballooned after the play. He admitted he was reluctant to be carted off, noting when he tore his ACL last year, he was out for the season.
Barkley didn’t know what to expect having X-rays and MRIs. He just tried to be positive. There was no break. He intends to listen to the doctors and trainers, attack another rehabilitation and get ready to play again. He has no timetable.
“I would never put myself out on a football field if I don’t think that I can contribute, or I don’t think that I can protect myself,” Barkley said. “No matter if this was an injury before the major injury or it was an injury after a major injury, that’s going to be my mindset.”
With Barkley out, Devontae Booker and rookie Gary Brightwell will handle the halfback role. Booker caught a TD pass and dived in for another score against Dallas.
“I just want to be out there and help this team win,” said Booker, who signed with the Giants as a free agent in the offseason. “There’s no way else we can put it. We’ve been losing from the beginning, we went 0-3, won against New Orleans, lost last week, so it’s up and down.
“Really, at this point we just, everybody as a whole, wants to win.”
Washington announces Taylor jersey retirement amid scandals
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Football Team announced Thursday it is retiring late safety Sean Taylor’s number this weekend, last-minute timing that sparked criticism while the organization is dealing with multiple off-field scandals.
Washington has previously promoted jersey retirement ceremonies months in advance, most recently in June for Bobby Mitchell’s night in September. The announcement of Taylor’s No. 21 being retired came three days before Washington hosted Kansas City on what the team calls homecoming weekend.
The team said in a statement this has been in the works since before the season and apologized to fans for the lack of notice. President Jason Wright also took to Twitter to apologize.
“We wanted to do something long overdue by retiring players’ numbers,” Wright tweeted. “Months ago we planned for Bobby Mitchell and Sean Taylor to be the first two. Seeing the reaction, I’m very sorry that the short notice does not properly reflect the impact Sean had.”
Washington’s head athletic trainer is on administrative leave for what a team spokesman called an ongoing criminal investigation unrelated to the club after federal authorities, including agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, searched the practice facility Oct. 1.
Former employees are also calling for the NFL to release the findings of an investigation into Washington workplace misconduct after emails from Jon Gruden led to the Raiders coach’s resignation.
“If the NFL felt it appropriate to release these offensive emails from Jon Gruden, which it obtained during its investigation into the Washington Football Team, it must also release the findings related to the actual target of that investigation,” said lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 former Washington employees.
“Our clients and the public at large deserve transparency and accountability. If not, the NFL and Roger Goodell must explain why they appear intent on protecting the Washington Football Team and owner Dan Snyder at all costs.”
The NFL did not release a written report of the investigation, which led to a $10 million fine for the organization but no formal suspensions.
Taylor was murdered at his home during a botched robbery attempt in 2007, midway through his fourth NFL season. His hard-hitting style, including decking a punter in the Pro Bowl, made him a fan favorite.
“He made you want to play for Washington, for sure,” said reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young, who grew up rooting for the team. “I wish he was still here.”
NFL WEEK 6 CAPSULES
MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-4) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-5)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 9:30 AM ET // TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 5-4
STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/24/20: Dolphins 31 at Jaguars 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/24/20 (Jacksonville)
PTS. FOR/AGAINST: 15.8/30.8
PASSING: Jacoby Brissett: 103-158-858-4-2-82.2
RUSHING: Myles Gaskin: 34-167-4.9-0
RECEIVING: Jaylen Waddle (R): 27-231-8.6-1
QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 27 of 39 passes (season-high 69.2 pct.) for season-high 275 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.6 rating last week. Has 4 TDs vs. INT for 100.8 rating in his past 2 starts. QB TUA TAGOVAILOA has 200+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 starts. • RB MYLES GASKIN had season-high 99 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 25 rush) & career-high 10 catches last week, incl. 2 rec. TDs. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had 95 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 29 rec.) in last meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 69 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 65+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 69 yards in last game in London (10/1/17 vs. NO at Wembley). WR PRESTON WILLIAMS had season-high 60 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. WR JAYLEN WADDLE leads all rookie WRs with 27 catches this season. TE MIKE GESICKI aims for 4th in row with 4+ catches & 40+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with PD. Rookie LB JAELAN PHILLIPS aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 0.5+ sacks.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST: 18.6/30.4
PASSING Trevor Lawrence (R): 104-175-1,146-6-8-71.3
RUSHING James Robinson: 67-387-5.8-4
RECEIVING Marvin Jones: 21-243-11.6-2
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 23 of 33 passes (season-high 69.7 pct.) for 273 yards & TD vs. INT for 92.1 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating. Leads all rookies with 6 TD passes & ranks 2nd with 1,146 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON rushed for career-high 149 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ rush yards & rush TD. Had 129 scrimmage yards (career-high 83 rec., 46 rush) & 6 catches in last meeting. Ranks 6th among AFC RBs with 475 scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for 160 yards in his last game in London (11/3/19 w/ Hou. vs. Jax. at Wembley). • WR LAVISKA SHENAULT aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches in last meeting. WR MARVIN JONES has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC East. WR TAVON AUSTIN set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (54) in Week 5. WR JAMAL AGNEW set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (41) last week. TE DAN ARNOLD set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (64) in Week 5. • LB MYLES JACK has 6+ tackles in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Mia. Aims for his 3rd in row in London with 5+ tackles. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN tied for team lead with season-high 7 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. AFC East. DE DAWUANE SMOOT had season high 1.5 sacks in Week 5. DE K’LAVON CHAISSON had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (9:30 AM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Mia.), 85 (Jax.) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 228 (Jax.) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 814 (Jax.)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-1) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/22/18: Ravens 22 at Chargers 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Ravens 29, Chargers 26
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 28.4/23.2
PASSING Justin Herbert: 139-207-1,576-13-3-104.7
RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 67-349-5.2-4
RECEIVING Mike Williams: 31-471-15.2-6 (1L)
QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for season-high 398 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122 rating & rushed for TD last week, his 11th-career game with 300+ pass yards, most-ever by player in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.4 rating in his past 4 on road. Has 44 career TD passes, 4th-most by QB in 1st 20 career starts. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 119 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 53 rec.) & tied career high with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with TD. Ties for NFL lead with 7 TDs in 2021 & is only player with 3+ rush TDs (4) & 3+ rec. TDs (3). • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 6 catches for 75 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 16 catches for 156 yards (78 per game) & 3 TDs in 2 career games at Bal. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 8 catches for career-high 165 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5. Has 120+ rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in 2 of past 3. Has TD catch in 5 of past 6. Leads NFL with 6 rec. TDs. TE DONALD PARHAM aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE JOEY BOSA has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had 0.5 sacks in last meeting. LB DRUE TRANQUILL had 10 tackles & TFL in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. S DERWIN JAMES led team with career-high 17 tackles, sack & 1st-career FF last week, most tackles by safety in single game since 2016. Had 6 tackles & PD in last meeting.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 27.2/23.4
OFFENSE 440.6 (1L)
PASSING Lamar Jackson: 112-167-1,519-8-3-104.4
RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 56-341-6.1-2
RECEIVING Marquise Brown: 28-400-13.8-2
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed career-high 37 of 43 passes (86 pct.) for franchise-record 442 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.5 rating & rushed for 62 yards last week. Became 1st player in NFL history with 400+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 50+ rush yards in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 95+ rating. Passed for 204 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating in last meeting. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with TD. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 100 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 42 rec.) in only career game vs. Chargers (10/23/16 w/ Atl.). • WR MARQUISE BROWN had career-high 9 catches for 125 yards & 2 TDs last week, 4th-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for 4th in row at home with rec. TD & 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards. TE MARK ANDREWS set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (147) in Week 5 & had 2 rec. TDs, 5th-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Leads all TEs with 400 rec. yards this season & ranks 2nd with 29 catches. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY has PD in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 5 PD in his past 3 at home. Had INT in last meeting. CB TAVON YOUNG had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & FR in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH aims for 3rd in row with sack. Ties for lead among rookies with 3 sacks this season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (LAC), 211 (Bal.) | XM: 387 (LAC), 229 (Bal.) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 802 (Bal.)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 9-6
STREAKS: Vikings have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Panthers 27 at Vikings 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Panthers 31, Vikings 24
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.6/21.8
PASSING Kirk Cousins: 133-191-1,396-10-2-103.7
RUSHING Alexander Mattison: 65-258-4.0-0
RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 33-462-14.0-3
QB KIRK COUSINS completed 25 of 34 atts. (73.5 pct.) for 275 yards & TD vs. INT for 94.6 rating last week. Passed for 307 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 300+ pass yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 82 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 21 rec.) in last meeting. Since 2020, has 1,091 scrimmage yards (121.2 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 9 on road. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 85+ scrimmage yards. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON had career-high 7 catches, 153 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 40 rec.) & 2nd-career TD catch in Week 5. Is 1 of 2 RBs (DERRICK HENRY) with 2 games of 150+ scrimmage yards in 2021. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 7 receptions for team-high 124 rec. yards last week. Has 9 games with 100+ rec. yards since 2020, 2nd-most in NFL (DAVANTE ADAMS – 10). Had 7 catches for 70 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. WR ADAM THIELEN has 9 rec. TDs in his past 9 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 6th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 5th in row on road with sack. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 12th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Has 6 sacks in his past 4 vs. Car. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Has 12 tackles & INT in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 23.0/17.4
PASSING Sam Darnold: 120-183-1,366-6-6-85.1
RUSHING Chuba Hubbard (R): 56-220-3.9-0
RECEIVING DJ Moore: 35-440-12.6-3
QB SAM DARNOLD has 275+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 starts in 2021. Leads all QBs with 5 rush TDs this season. Has 95+ rating in 2 of 3 home starts with Car. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has 2,820 scrimmage yards (148.4 per game) & 21 TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.) in his past 19 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 135+ scrimmage yards. Has 364 scrimmage yards (121.3 per game) in 3 games in 2021. Rookie RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 5 catches & career-high 134 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 33 rec.) in Week 5, his 1st-career game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ MOORE had 5 receptions for 42 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row at home & 9th in row overall with 5+ receptions. Ranks 4th in NFL with 35 receptions this season. Had 61 rec. yards in last meeting. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 2,808 rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 94 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Rookie TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st-career rec. TD in Week 5. • LB HAASON REDDICK had team-high 8 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 5. Has 1.5+ sacks in 4 of 5 games this season & aims for his 4th in row at home with Car. with 1.5+ sacks. DE BRIAN BURNS has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. CB DONTE JACKSON has 11th-career INT & 2nd-career FF last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 at home. S JEREMY CHINN had 3rd-career FR in Week 5.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Min.), 83 (Car.) | XM: 383 (Min.), 225 (Car.) | SXM App: 820 (Min.), 804 (Car.)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 100-94-6
STREAKS: Packers have won past 4
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Packers 35 at Bears 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 24.0/24.4
PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 107-163-1,241-10-3-101.3
RUSHING Aaron Jones: 70-309.4.4-2
RECEIVING Davante Adams: 42 (1L)-579 (1L)-13.8-2
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 344 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating in Week 5, his 66th-career 300-yard game. Has 422 career TD passes, 5th-most in NFL history. Passed for 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140 rating in 2 starts vs. Chi. in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 4+ TD passes & 5th in row vs. Chi. with 0 INTs. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rating. • RB AARON JONES rushed for season-high 103 yards in Week 5, his 12th-career 100+ rush yard game. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Chi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 85+ scrimmage yards. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage TDs (35). RB A.J. DILLON had 79 scrimmage yards (49 rec., 30 rush) & 1st-career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 11 receptions for career-high 206 yards & rec. TD in Week 5. Since 2015, is 1 of 3 WRs (ANTONIO BROWN & MICHAEL THOMAS) with 15+ games (15) of 10+ catches. Has 14 rec. TDs in his past 14 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2021 with 10+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 6+ catches & rec. TD. TE ROBERT TONYAN aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with TD catch. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 8 tackles & 5th-career INT last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 2nd sack of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. S ADRIAN AMOS had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 5. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 16.8/20.0
PASSING Justin Fields (R): 37-72-458-1-2-64.5
RUSHING Damien Williams: 32-137-4.3-2
RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 20-261-13.1-0
QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for 111 yards & had 1st-career TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 91.9 rating last week. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had season-high 84 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 20 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. GB (10/27/19 w/ KC). Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT had 75 rush yards in Week 5. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 37 receptions for 525 yards (75 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. GB. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. GB & 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 7 career games vs. GB. WR DARNELL MOONEY had career-high 11 receptions for 93 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ receptions & 60+ rec. yards. TE JESPER HORSTEAD had 2nd-career TD catch last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 93 receptions for 1,083 yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2 seasons (2018-19) with GB. • LB KHALIL MACK had 8 tackles & sack last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home & 5th in row overall with sack. Has 5.5 sacks, 6 TFL, 2 FFs, FR & INT-TD in 7 career games vs. GB. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 10 tackles in Week 5. Aims for his 6th in row with 9+ tackles. LB ROBERT QUINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. LB TREVIS GIBSON had 2nd-career sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DB DEANDRE HOUSTON-CARSON had 2nd-career INT in Week 5. CB JAYLON JOHNSON has 7 PD in his past 5 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Davis, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (GB), 82 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (GB), 227 (Chi.) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 805 (Chi.)
CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-2) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-5)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 9-3
STREAKS: Bengals have won past 6
LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Lions 17 at Bengals 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/13: Bengals 27, Lions 24
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.8/20.0
PASSING Joe Burrow: 104-145-1,269-11-6-106.4
RUSHING Joe Mixon: 93-386-4.2-3
RECEIVING Ja’Marr Chase (R): 23-456-19.8-5
QB JOE BURROW completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 pct.) for 281 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 275+ pass yards. Has 75+ comp. pct. & 120+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOE MIXON aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. RB SAMAJE PERINE had season-high 83 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 24 rec.) & TD catch last week. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 6 catches for season-high 159 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Is 5th rookie ever with 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 5 career games. Leads rookies with 5 rec. TDs & is 3rd rookie since 1990 with 5+ rec. TDs in team’s 1st 5 games of season. WR TYLER BOYD had 5 catches in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. WR TEE HIGGINS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 games in 2021. TE C.J. UZOMAH had TD catch in last meeting. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had season-high 2 sacks last week, 5th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has sack in 3 of past 4. Had sack in his last game vs. Det. (10/4/20 w/ NO). LB LOGAN WILSON aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles. Leads all LBs with 3 INTs in 2021. S VONN BELL had 9 tackles & career-high 3 TFL last week. Had 5 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with PD. S JESSIE BATES has 9 tackles in 3 of his 4 games this season.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 19.6/27.6
PASSING Jared Goff: 131-196-1,303-7-3-91.0
RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 55-244-4.4-2
RECEIVING T.J. Hockenson (TE): 24-237-9.9-2
QB JARED GOFF passed for 203 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with 90+ rating. Passed for 372 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in his only career start vs. Cin. (10/27/19 w/ LAR). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 6 catches, 104 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 51 rush) & rush TD last week. Leads all RBs in receptions (29) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (252). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row at home with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with Det. with rush TD. Swift (442 scrimmage yards) & Williams (345) are 1 of 2 pairs of NFC RB teammates (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & TONY POLLARD) with 300+ scrimmage yards each in 2021. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON ranks tied-4th among TEs with 24 receptions in 2021. WR QUINTEZ CEPHUS has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had career high 7 receptions for 65 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. • LB CHARLES HARRIS had sack last week, his career-high 4th sack of season. Is 1 of 3 NFC LBs (KHALIL MACK & HAASON REDDICK) with 4 games with 1+ sack in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row with sack. LB TREY FLOWERS had 1st full sack of season last week. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had career-high 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. LB ALEX ANZALONE had 1st INT of season last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Cin.), 113 (Det.) | XM: 388 (Cin.), 230 (Det.) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 810 (Det.)
HOUSTON TEXANS (1-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 29-9
STREAKS: Colts have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Texans 20 at Colts 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/20
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 17.8/28.2
PASSING Davis Mills (R): 59-96-669-5-5-78.0
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 68-212-3.1-1
Brandin Cooks: 31-392-12.6-1
QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 21 of 29 passes (74.4 pct.) & set career highs in pass yards (312), TD passes (3) & rating (141.7) with 0 INTs last week. Became 1st-ever rookie with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 140+ rating in single game. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 143 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ind. (10/25/15 w/ NO). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 90+ rush yards. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. RB DAVID JOHNSON had season-high 5 catches for 46 yards last week. Had 133 scrimmage yards (career-high 106 rec., 27 rush) & career-high 11 catches in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 76 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 17 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (10/27/19 w/ Den.). Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 130+ rec. yards. WR CHRIS CONLEY had season-high 84 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 5. WR CHRIS MOORE set career highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (109) & had 5th-career rec. TD last week. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of his 4 games this season. Had 10 tackles & TFL in last meeting. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY led team with season-high 12 tackles & had PD in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had 11 tackles & INT in his last game vs. Ind. (11/22/20 w/ GB). DE JONATHAN GREENARD had 2 TFL & sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 21.6/25.6
PASSING Carson Wentz: 113-173-1,322-7-1-99.4
RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 73-327-4.5-2
RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 29-368-12.7-1
QB CARSON WENTZ completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 pct.) for career-high 402 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 128.5 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Has 280+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 169 scrimmage yards (career-high 116 rec., 53 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 4th-career game with 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 230 scrimmage yards (115 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush. 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Hou. RB MARLON MACK rushed for season-high 47 yards in Week 5. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 6 catches for 89 yards & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches for 79 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. WR PARRIS CAMPBELL had 4 catches for season-high 46 rec. yards in Week 5. TE MO ALIE-COX had 50 rec. yards last week. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with season-high 13 tackles & had FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with FR. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Had 15 tackles & FF in last meeting. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had season-high 9 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 6 tackles, FR & PD in last meeting. DT TYQUAN LEWIS had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 5. Had 0.5 sacks in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely (field reporter) SIRIUS: 98 (Hou.), 111 (Ind.) | XM: 389 (Hou.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 813 (Ind.)
LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-1) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (1-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 27-16
STREAKS: Rams have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Giants 9 at Rams 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17: Rams 51, Giants 17
PASSING Matthew Stafford: 117-172-1,587-12-3
RUSHING Darrell Henderson: 60-294-4.9-3
RECEIVING Cooper Kupp:37-523-14.1-5
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 365 yards & TD vs. INT for 97.2 rating in Week 5, his 52nd-career 300-yard game. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of 5 starts in 2021. Aims for his 6th in row with LAR with 275+ pass yards. Passed for 342 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 129.4 rating in his last game vs. NYG (10/27/19 w/ Det.). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 99 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 17 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 5th in row overall with 80+ scrimmage yards. RB SONY MICHEL had 113 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 27 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (10/10/19 w/ NE). • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 receptions & 92 rec. yards last week. Has 54 receptions (9 per game) & 649 rec. yards (108.2 per game) in his past 6 on road. Had 5 catches for 69 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS led team with 12 catches for 150 rec. yards in Week 5, his 7th-career game with 10+ receptions & 5th-career game with 150+ rec. yards. Has 10+ catches in 3 of his past 5 on road. Had 2 rec. TDs in last road meeting. TE TYLER HIGBEE has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. • DL AARON DONALD had sack, FF & FR in last road meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TFL. CB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with TFL. LB LEONARD FLOYD has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. LB TROY REEDER aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT.
PASSING Daniel Jones: 101-157-1,282-4-1-95.6
RUSHING Daniel Jones (QB): 30-197-6.6-2
RECEIVING Kadarius Toney (R): 20-281-14.1-0
QB DANIEL JONES has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 home starts & aims for his 4th in row at home with 90+ rating. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 197 rush yards in 2021. Had 235 yards (190 pass, 45 rush) in last meeting. QB MIKE GLENNON completed 16 of 25 atts. (64 pct.) for 196 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. • RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 58 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 16 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5, his 3rd-career 2 TD game. • WR KADARIUS TONEY (rookie) set career-highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (189) last week, the most rec. yards by a rookie since JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (193 rec. yards on 10/29/17). Is 1 of 3 rookies (NAJEE HARRIS & JAYLEN WADDLE) with 10+ catches in single game in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR STERLING SHEPARD has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 5+ receptions. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 6 catches in last meeting. Had 70 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. • DB LOGAN RYAN had 8 tackles last week & leads all DBs with 42 tackles in 2021. Aims for his 6th in row with 7+ tackles. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had PD in Week 5 & aims for his 7th in row with PD. Is 1 of 4 DBs with PD in each of 1st 5 games. Ranks 3rd among DBs with 70 PD since 2016. LB TAE CROWDER aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles. DL AUSTIN JOHNSON had 3rd sack of season & career-high 2 TFL in Week 5. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (LAR), 81 (NYG) | XM: 385 (LAR), 226 (NYG) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 823 (NYG)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-3) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 9-1
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 7
LAST GAME: 10/2/17: Chiefs 29, Washington 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/13: Chiefs 45, Washington 10
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 30.8/32.6
PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 135-195-1,490-16 (1L)-6-106.1
RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 65-304-4.7-0
RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 37-516-13.9-4
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 272 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOE BURROW) with 2+ TD passes in 5 games this season. Aims for 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row on road with 3+ TD passes. Leads NFL with 16 TD passes this season. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 45+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 57 yards & TD last week. Had 7 catches for 111 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 on road. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC East. Leads TEs with 30 catches this season. WR TYREEK HILL had 7 catches for 63 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Has 53 catches for 458 rec. yards (108.3 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rec., 1 rush) in his past 7 on road. Is only player in AFC with 500+ rec. yards (516) & 4+ rec. TDs (4) this season. WR MECOLE HARDMAN had career-high 9 catches for season-high 76 yards in Week 5. WR BYRON PRINGLE had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 9 tackles & sack in his last game vs. Was. (11/18/18 w/ Hou.). Has 4 PD in his past 2 on road. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had TFL & PD last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has sack in 2 of past 3 on road. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON had 6 tackles & career-high 2 TFL last week. Leads all rookies with 31 tackles. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS had career-high 15 tackles & 3 TFL in his last game vs. Was. (11/30/17 w/ Dal.).
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 24.6/31.0
PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 102-159-1,208-8-5-90.9
RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 79-313-4.0-3
RECEIVING Terry McLaurin: 29-400-13.8-3
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 248 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 60 yards & had 2 rush TDs, his 3rd-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 4th in row with TD & 7th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. RB J.D. MCKISSIC ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (93) & rec. yards (739) since 2020. McKissic (150 rec. yards) & Gibson (119) are 1 of 5 RB pairs with 100+ rec. yards each in 2021. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 4 catches & 46 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 4+ receptions. Has 60+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 at home & 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES led team with season-high 73 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.). WR DEANDRE CARTER had career-high 73 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 11 rush) in Week 5. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES led team with 5 receptions last week, his 3rd-career 5+ catch game. • DE CHASE YOUNG had 1st sack & 1st FF of season in Week 5. Is 1 of 3 DL (AARON DONALD & DEMARCUS LAWRENCE) with 5+ FFs (5) since 2020. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. DT DARON PAYNE had 1st sack of season & 3rd-career FR last week. LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 7 tackles & had 2nd-career INT in Week 5. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ tackles. Rookie CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE aims for his 4th in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (KC), 132 (Was.) | XM: 390 (KC), 232 (Was.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 831 (Was.)
ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-0) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 33-15-3
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 4
LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Browns 24 at Cardinals 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Cardinals 34, Browns 20
31.4/19.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Kyler Murray: 124-165-1,512-10-4-113.0
RUSHING Chase Edmonds: 49-270-5.5-0
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 23-312-13.6-4
ARIZONA advanced to 5-0 for 1st time since 1974. • QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 239 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.1 rating in Week 5. Became 3rd QB (DREW BREES & HOFer PEYTON MANNING) with 1,500+ pass yards (1,512) & 75+ comp. pct. (75.2) in team’s 1st 5 games of season. Is 1 of 2 QBs (RUSSELL WILSON) with 90+ rating in 5 games in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ comp. pct. Had 265 yards (219 pass, 56 rush) & TD vs. INT for 98.6 rating last meeting. • RB CHASE EDMONDS has 320 scrimmage yards (106.7 per game) in 3 road games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMES CONNER ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs & 4th in row overall with rush TD. Has 584 scrimmage yards (116.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. Cle. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had season-high 87 rec. yards & 4th TD catch of season last week. Has 770 career catches, most ever by player prior to his 30th birthday. Rookie WR RONDALE MOORE had 97 scrimmage yards (59 rec., 38 rush) last week. WR A.J. GREEN has 5 rec. TDs in 7 career games at Cle. • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack in last meeting. Has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 3 road games in 2021. DE J.J. WATT had 2 TFL & PD last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ tackles. LB JORDAN HICKS aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 28.4/22.8
PASSING Baker Mayfield: 97-145-1,240-4-2-96.9
RUSHING Nick Chubb: 90-523-5.8-4
RECEIVING David Njoku (TE): 14-260-18.6-1
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 23 of 33 passes (71.9 pct.) for 305 yards & season-high 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 122.5 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs. Aims for 4th in row at home with 95+ rating. Completed 30 of 43 passes (69.8 pct.) for 247 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 90 rating in last meeting. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for season-high 161 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 148 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 21 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 517 scrimmage yards (129.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 523 rush yards in 2021. RB KAREEM HUNT aims for 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 rush TDs this season. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 8 catches for 66 yards in only career game vs. Az. (12/15/19 w/ NYG). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (70) in Week 5. TE DAVID NJOKU had 7 catches for career-high 149 yards & 1st TD of season last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD last week & aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. NFC West. Leads NFL with 7 sacks in 2021. DT MALIK MCDOWELL had 1st-career sack & FR in Week 5. CB GREEDY WILLIAMS led team with career-high 10 tackles & had 1st-career FF last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Az.), 81 (Cle.) | XM: 385 (Az.), 226 (Cle.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 807 (Cle.)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 66-53-2
STREAKS: Raiders have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Raiders 32 at Broncos 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
22.6/24.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Derek Carr: 131-205-1,605-8-4-92.8
RUSHING Peyton Barber: 37-143-3.9-1
RECEIVING Darren Waller (TE): 28-319-11.4-2
QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9 pct.) for 206 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 371 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 91 rating in last meeting. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den. • RB JOSH JACOBS had rush TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of his 3 games this season. Has 338 scrimmage yards (112.7 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Den. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with 2+ rush TDs. Has rush TD in 6 of his past 7 on road. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 141 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 21 rec.) in only career game vs. Den. (12/3/17 w/ Mia.). • TE DARREN WALLER had 4 catches for 45 yards last week. Had 9 catches for 117 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Den. with 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on road. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (28) & rec. yards (319) this season. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 6 catches for 56 yards last week & is only player in AFC with 5+ catches in 5 games this season. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. WR HENRY RUGGS aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with sack. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 1st 2 sacks of season last week, 11th-career game with 2+ sacks. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 12 tackles in Week 5 & is only player in NFL with 10+ tackles in 5 games this season. Leads league with 60 tackles in 2021. Had 7 tackles & TFL in last meeting. LB CORY LITTLETON aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 20.4/15.2
PASSING Teddy Bridgewater: 104-149-1,180-7-1-106.1
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 60-282-4.7-2
RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 25-377-15.1-1
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 24 of 38 passes (63.2 pct.) for 288 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 92.9 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98 rating in 2 career starts vs. Raiders. Has 7 TDs (5 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 101.2 rating in his past 5 starts vs. AFC West. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 110 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. Has 1,011 scrimmage yards (101.1 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 10 career games vs. Raiders. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 86 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 25 rec.) last week. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 247 rush yards this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 7 catches for 120 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Raiders & 7th in row overall vs. divison wih 50+ rec. yards. WR TIM PATRICK had 7 catches for 89 yards in Week 6. Has 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR KENDALL HINTON had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB VON MILLER has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of 5 games this season. Had sack in his last game vs. Raiders (12/19/19). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with sack. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. LB MALIK REED had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (LV), 83 (Den.) | XM: 383 (LV), 225 (Den.) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 809 (Den.)
DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 7-6
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/24/19: Cowboys 9 at Patriots 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19
34.0/23.4 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Dak Prescott: 122-165-1,368-13-3-116.9
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 85-452-5.3-5
Amari Cooper: 25-318-12.7-4
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 302 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT & 116.9 rating last week. Is only QB with 4 games of 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2021. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 110 yards & had 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row with TD. Had 126 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 40 rec.) in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (8,848). RB TONY POLLARD had 103 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for his 5th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had team-high 84 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ rec. yards & 4th in row on road with 5+ receptions. WR AMARI COOPER aims for his 3rd game in row with rec. TD. Needs rec. TD to become 8th player ever with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 6 catches for 79 yards in Week 5. Has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6. • CB TREVON DIGGS has league-high 6 INTs & became 3rd player in SB era to record INT in each of his team’s first 5 games. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS had season-high 8 tackles in Week 5. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. S JAYRON KEARSE has 5+ tackles in 11 of his past 12. CB ANTHONY BROWN had 1st-career INT-TD in Week 5. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 19.2/18.4
PASSING Mac Jones (R): 135-190-1,243-5-5-86.4
RUSHING Damien Harris: 63-230-3.7-2
RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 31-302-9.7-0
QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 23 of 30 atts. (76.7 pct.) for 231 yards & TD vs. INT for 95.3 rating. Has 135 career completions, tied with JOE BURROW (2020) for most by rookie QB in 1st 5 career starts in NFL history. Has 100+ rating in 2 of 3 home starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 270+ pass yards. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 58 yards & had 2nd rush TD of season in Week 5. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 5 games in 2021. • TE HUNTER HENRY led team with 6 receptions for season-high 75 yards & rec. TD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 76 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Dal. (11/23/17 w/ LAC). Is 1 of 4 AFC TEs with 20+ catches (20), 200+ rec. yards (216) & 2+ rec. TDs (2) in 2021. TE JONNU SMITH had rec. TD in only career game vs. Dal. (11/5/18 w/ Ten.). WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 56 rec. yards in Week 5. Had 74 rec. yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 5 AFC WRs with 30+ receptions (31) & 300+ rec. yards (302) this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 8+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 2 sacks & FR in Week 5, his 8th-career game with 2+ sacks. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6.5 sacks & aims for his 5th in row with sack. LB JAMIE COLLINS had sack in NE season debut last week. Had 10 tackles & FF in last meeting. DB J.C. JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with PD. DB KYLE DUGGER had team-high 10 tackles last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Dal.), 82 (NE) | XM: 384 (Dal.), 227 (NE) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 821 (NE)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-3) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 10-8
STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Seahawks 28 at Steelers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19
24.0/25.2 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Geno Smith: 10-17-131-1-1-78.3
RUSHING Chris Carson: 54-232-4.3-3
QB GENO SMITH completed 10 of 17 atts. (58.8 pct.) for TD vs. INT & 78.3 rating & had 23 rush yards last week. Making 1st start since 12/3/17 w/ NYG. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. RB ALEX COLLINS had 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit. with TD. • WR DK METCALF had 5 catches for team-high 98 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 4th-career 2-TD game. Had 61 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 4th in row overall with TD catch. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5 catches & 57 rec. yards in Week 5. Had 10 catches for 79 rec. yards in last meeting. Metcalf (22 rec. TDs) & Lockett (21) are 1 of 2 pairs of teammates (TYREEK HILL & TRAVIS KELCE) with 20+ TD catches each since 2019. • LB BOBBY WAGNER leads NFC with 58 tackles in 2021. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game), 2 PD & FF in 2 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 7+ tackles & PD. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. LB JORDYN BROOKS aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had sack in last game vs. Pit. (11/24/19 w/ Cin.). DE DARRELL TAYLOR is 1 of 4 NFC DL with sack in 4 of 1st 5 weeks. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 3rd in row with INT. S JAMAL ADAMS had 2 TFL in last meeting.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 18.8/22.4
PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 124-195-1,286-6-4-84.3
RUSHING Najee Harris (R): 78-307-3.9-2
RECEIVING Chase Claypool: 20-341-17.1-1
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 120.9 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 2 of 3 career home starts vs. Sea. Has 3,894 pass yards (324.5 per game) & 30 TDs vs. 11 INTs for 102.3 rating in 12 career home starts on SNF. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 142 scrimmage yards (career high 122 rush, 20 rec.) & 2nd-career rush TD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies & ranks 2nd among NFL RBs in receptions (28). Leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (505). • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL led team with 5 receptions for career high 130 yards & rec. TD in Week 5, his 3rd-career 100-yard game & 10th-career TD catch. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 70+ rec. yards. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 72 rec. yards & 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 8+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 70+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 6 at home. Since 2017, is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & CHANDLER JONES) with 50+ sacks (54.5) & 15+ FFs (19). LB DEVIN BUSH aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with TFL. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. CB JOE HADEN aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Ryan Harris SIRIUS: 81 (Sea.), 211 (Pit.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Sea.), 225 (Pit.), National (88) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 826 (Pit.), National (88)
BUFFALO BILLS (4-1) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-2)
MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 28-17
STREAKS: Bills have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/13/20: Titans 31 at Jaguars 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20
34.4 (1L) / 12.8 (1L) PTS. FOR/AGAINST
DEFENSE 251.8 (1L)
PASSING Josh Allen: 114-183-1,370-12-2-102.5
RUSHING Devin Singletary: 55-284-5.2-1
Stefon Diggs: 28-374-13.4-1
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 315 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 139.1 rating & rushed for 59 yards & TD last week, his 6th-career game with 3+ TD passes & rush TD, most in NFL since 2018. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Has passed for 695 yards (347.5 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.9 rating in 2 career games on MNF. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 92 scrimmage yards (career high 55 rec., 37 rush) last week. Has TD in 2 of past 3. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 69 rec. yards in Week 5 & is 1 of 3 in NFL (JUSTIN JEFFERSON & COOPER KUPP) with 60+ rec. yards in 5 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 on MNF. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 54 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Has 2 rec. TDs in 2 of past 3. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 11 catches for 100 yards & TD in his last game at Ten. (12/11/16 w/ Den.). TE DAWSON KNOX had career high 117 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 5. Aims for 5th in row with rec. TD, longest active streak in NFL. Leads all TEs with 5 rec. TDs this season. • S MICAH HYDE had 26-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD. Aims for 4th in row with INT. CB TARON JOHNSON had career high 12 tackles last week. Rookie DE GREGORY ROUSSEAU had sack & 1st-career INT in Week 5. Only rookie with INT & sack in single game this season. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 26.4/26.0
PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 110-173-1,251-6-3-89.5
RUSHING Derrick Henry: 142-640 (1L)-4.5-7 (1L)
RECEIVING Julio Jones: 12-204-17.0-0
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 197 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for season-high 107.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for 195 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.3 rating & rushed for 42 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 130 yards & 3 TDs last week, 5th-career game with 100+ rush yards & 3+ rush TDs, tied for 3rd-most by player in 1st 6 seasons in SB era. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rush yards, longest active streak in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rush TD. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (765), rush yards (640) & rush TDs (7). • WR A.J. BROWN had 7 catches for 82 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR JULIO JONES has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. WR MARCUS JOHNSON led team with 52 rec. yards in Ten. debut last week. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had 5th-career TD catch in Week 5. • S KEVIN BYARD had season-high 10 tackles, 2 PD, INT & FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & PD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with PD. Has INT in 2 of past 3 at home. LB HAROLD LANDRY led team with 2 sacks last week, 2nd-career game with 2 sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles, 2+ TFL & sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with sack. Has 3 TFL in 3 career games on MNF. LB DAVID LONG tied career high with 12 tackles & had TFL in Week 5. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had FF in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:20 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Ron Jaworski SIRIUS: 81 (Buf.), 83 (Ten.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Buf.), 225 (Ten.), National (88) | SXM App: 803 (Buf.), 830 (Ten.), National (88)
Pelicans’ Williamson out at first week of regular season
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated.
“Nothing has gone wrong and there is no setback,” Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin said after practice Thursday, adding that Williamson will be re-evaluated in about two-and-a-half weeks. “It just takes a certain period of time” for bones to heal and “every player is different.”
The Pelicans first made public Williamson’s health status on the eve of training camp last month, and Williamson said then that he planned to be ready to play in time for New Orleans’ regular season opener Oct. 20 against Philadelphia.
Griffin said that while doctors are “very encouraged” by the progress of Williamson’s recovery, they want him to delay his return until after they’ve had an opportunity to re-evaluate bone scans of his repaired foot.
The Pelicans have seven regular season games scheduled between their opener and the end of October.
Doctors who reviewed images of Williamson’s foot this week “were very encouraged by the healing evidence there,” Griffin said. “They are very optimistic he will recover from this, and they have cleared him to continue his progression.”
The 21-year-old Williamson, who is 6-foot-7 and about 280 pounds, was cleared Wednesday to do running and one-on-none individual work, which he began Thursday morning, Griffin said.
“Given the nature of bone healing, there is no fixed timeline for his return to game action, but the doctors are very encouraged by this last batch of images,” Griffin said. “It’s everyone’s goal that Zion return to play as soon as is safely possible.”
Williamson, a former Duke star selected first overall in the 2019 NBA draft, averaged 27 points per game in 61 contests last season. He was limited to just 24 games his rookie campaign, largely because of a prolonged rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
While the initial timeline for his return from knee surgery was six to eight weeks, he wound up missing more than half of the season before making his NBA debut in late January of 2020.
At the end of last season, Williamson missed New Orleans’ final six games after fracturing his left ring finger.
The Pelicans lost five of those six games and finished two games out of the final play-in spot for the Western Conference playoffs.
Williamson said he injured his foot during offseason training this past summer, adding that he may have been pushing himself too hard because of his desire to get his first taste of the NBA playoffs this season.
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INDIANA FOOTBALL: Game Notes: Michigan State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program returns home after a three-week hiatus to No. 10/9 Michigan State on Homecoming on Saturday (October 16) inside Memorial Stadium . The Hoosiers and Spartans will battle for the Old Brass Spittoon at Noon ET on FS1.
No. 10/9 MICHIGAN STATE (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
Saturday, Oct. 16 | Noon ET
TV: FS1 | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
• Indiana (2-3, 0-2 B1G East) welcomes No. 10/9 Michigan State (6-0, 3-0 B1G East) for IU’s 108th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on FS1.
• The Hoosiers own a 45-56-6 record on Homecoming.
• Indiana will host Michigan State for the ninth time on Homecoming and for the first time since 2014.
• The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the IU-MSU victor since its inception in 1950.
• Last season the Hoosiers blanked the Spartans, 24-0, for their first win in East Lansing since 2001.
• The 24-point victory was the largest margin for Indiana at Michigan State in the history of the rivalry.
• IU is currently in possession of both of its rivalry trophies, the Old Brass Spittoon and the Old Oaken Bucket.
• The Spartans are the Hoosiers fourth ranked opponent and third Top-10 foe in six games.
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-25 (.510) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16)
• Mel Tucker is 8-5 (.615) in his second season at Michigan State. Tucker served as Colorado head coach in 2019 and carries an overall record of 13-12 (.520).
News & Notes
• Indiana is 16-10 overall and 11-7 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
• IU’s 16 wins share sixth and 11 victories share fourth in the B1G during that span.
• The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 16 league games.
• Indiana was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
• IU appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.
• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
• Indiana’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
• IU has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES:
FIRST-AND-10 – • Michigan State takes on Indiana for the Old Brass Spittoon on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Bloomington. Kickoff is slated for noon at Memorial Stadium. Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (analyst) will have the call on FS1. • The Spartans defeated Rutgers last Saturday, 31-13, to improve to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in Big Ten play. It marks the first time MSU has opened 6-0 since winning the Big Ten Championship and advancing to the College Football Playoff in 2015 and the ninth time overall in school history. • The Spartans moved up to No. 9 in this week’s USA TODAY/AFCA Coaches Poll and No. 10 in The Associated Press Poll. Michigan State is in the top 10 of the national rankings for the first time since Sept. 18, 2016 (No. 8 in both polls). • Indiana (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) is coming off a bye week. The Hoosiers have faced a difficult schedule, falling to three top-10 teams (No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Cincinnati, No. 7 Penn State) while earning nonconference victories over Idaho and Western Kentucky. • Saturday’s game marks the 68th meeting between Michigan State and Indiana. The Spartans lead the all-time series against the Hoosiers, 48-17-2, including a 22-10-1 record in Bloomington. • Since 1950, the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game has been presented the Old Brass Spittoon. The brass spittoon came from one of Michigan’s earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be nearly 190 years old. Legend has it that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded – Indiana in 1820 and MAC in 1855. Since 1950, Michigan State leads the series, 48-14-1. • Junior running back Kenneth Walker III, a transfer from Wake Forest, is having a dynamic start to the season. Walker leads the FBS in rushing (913 yards; 152.2 ypg) and is the only player in the nation to rank among the top 10 in rushing, rushing TDs (fourth with 9), total TDs (fifth with 10), all-purpose yards (sixth with 157.2 ypg), and yards per carry (10th with 7.1 avg.). According to Pro Football Focus, Walker leads the country in rushing yards after contact (670) and rushing carries for 10-plus yards (26). Walker’s 94-yard touchdown run in the third quarter at Rutgers was the longest offensive play from scrimmage in the 125-year history of Michigan State football. After six games, Walker ranks No. 1 among Heisman Trophy contenders by The Athletic, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd and ESPN’s Robert Griffin III.
Michigan State achieved a rare statistical feat on Saturday at Rutgers. For only the fifth time in FBS history, a trio of players from the same team in the same game had 300 yards passing (Payton Thorne with 339 yards), 200 yards rushing (Kenneth Walker III with 233 yards) and 200 yards receiving (Jalen Nailor with 221 yards). • Redshirt junior wide receiver Jalen Nailor was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Nailor tied a school record with three touchdown receptions and had five catches overall for 221 yards, the fourth-highest receiving total in school history, in MSU’s 31-13 win at Rutgers last Saturday. He caught TD passes of 63, 63 and 65 yards, all in the first half. According to the Big Ten Network, Nailor’s 44.2 yards per reception was the highest by a Big Ten player since 2000 (minimum five receptions), surpassing Charles Rogers’ 41.2 yards per reception vs. Wisconsin in 2001. Nailor had four catches for 208 yards in the first half alone. His 221 total receiving yards were the most ever by an opposing receiver in SHI Stadium history, bettering Larry Fitzgerald’s (Pittsburgh) 207 yards in 2003. Nailor is the fourth different player to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season for the Spartans (RB Kenneth Walker III, Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern; QB Payton Thorne, Co-Offensive Player of the Week vs. Miami; WR/PR/ KR Jayden Reed, Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Nebraska). • In his first season as the starting quarterback, redshirt sophomore Payton Thorne has completed 62 percent of his passes (98-of-157) for 1,575 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He ranks among the Big Ten and FBS leaders in passing efficiency (second and 11th with 173.6 rating), passing TDs (second and 11th with 14), passing (third and 26th with 262.5 ypg) and total offense (fourth and 29th with 276.8 ypg). Thorne also ranks third on the team in rushing with a net of 86 yards on 31 carries with two TDs, although he has gained a total of 152 yards on the ground. Thorne threw for a career-high 339 yards in the victory over Rutgers, including touchdown passes of 65, 63 and 63 yards to Jalen Nailor. Thorne has already thrown five TD passes for more than 60 yards this season (85 and 75 yards to Jayden Reed vs. Youngstown State in Week 2). The Naperville, Illinois, product was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week and the Manning Award National Quarterback of the Week for his performance in the win at No. 24 Miami in Week 3. He became just the second Spartan quarterback in school history, joining Connor Cook, to throw for four touchdowns in back-to-back games during MSU’s 38-17 victory against the Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium. Thorne also threw for a career-high four TDs in the Week 2 win over Youngstown State, and matched that effort against the Hurricanes by completing 18-of-31 passes for 261 yards and four more touchdowns. Cook threw for four TDs in consecutive games against Indiana and Nebraska in 2015.
STAT LEADERS– Michigan State: Rushing – Jr. Kenneth Walker III (129 carries for 913 yards, 7.1 avg., 9 TDs) Passing – R-So. Payton Thorne (98-of-157, .624, 1,575 yards, 14 TDs, 2 INTs) Receiving – R-Jr. Jayden Reed (23 catches for 492 yards, 21.3 avg., 5 TDs) Tackles – Sr. S Xavier Henderson (52 tackles, 32 solo, 20 assists, 6 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF) Indiana: Rushing – G-Sr. Stephen Carr (102 carries for 386 yards, 3.8 avg., 3 TDs) Passing – R-Jr. Michael Penix Jr. (87-of-162, .537, 939 yards, 4 TDs, 7 INTs) Receiving – Sr.-5 Ty Fryfogle (26 receptions for 272 yards, 10.5 avg., 1 TD) Tackles – G-Sr. DL Ryder Anderson (29 tackles, 18 solo, 11 assists, 6.5 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF)
MSU/INDIANA SERIES NOTES – • Saturday’s game marks the 68th meeting between Michigan State and Indiana. The Spartans lead the all-time series against the Hoosiers, 48-17-2, including a 22-10-1 record in Bloomington. Indiana won last year’s matchup in Spartan Stadium, 24-0. • This marks MSU’s first trip to Bloomington since 2018. The 2020 game was switched from Bloomington to East Lansing to provide flexibility in scheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Since 1950, the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game has been presented the Old Brass Spittoon. The brass spittoon came from one of Michigan’s earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be nearly 190 years old. Legend has it that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded – Indiana in 1820 and MAC in 1855. Since 1950, Michigan State leads the series, 48-14-1.
A QUICK GLANCE AT INDIANA (2-3, 0-2 BIG TEN) – • The Hoosiers are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play, coming off a bye week. IU is on an alternating losswin pattern, with all three losses coming to Top-20 ranked teams. After opening with a loss at then-No. 18 Iowa (34-6) on Sept. 4, then a nonconference win over Idaho (56-14) on Sept. 11, before a loss to then-No. 8 Cincinnati (38-24) on Sept. 18, followed by a win at Western Kentucky (33-31) on Sept. 25, prior to a loss at then-No. 4 Penn State (24-0) on Oct. 2. • Last time out, IU loss at Penn State on Oct. 2, 24-0. The host Nittany Lions held a 408-264 advantage in total offense yards. The Hoosiers had 195 yards passing, while being stymied on the ground by the Penn State defense, being held to just 69 rushing yards. PSU gained 199 passing, with three TDs through the air, and 209 rushing, with one score on the ground.
PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. IOWA
PURDUE AT #2 IOWA ON SATURDAY • Purdue and Iowa match up on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The game serves as the latest road test against a ranked opponent for the Boilermakers. • Saturday’s Purdue-Iowa game puts the Boilermakers on the field against a Big Ten Conference West Division opponent they’ve seen positive results against, recently. Purdue is 3-1 against Iowa under head coach Jeff Brohm’s leadership, including last year’s 24-20 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium (Oct. 24, 2020) to begin the pandemic abbreviated 2020 season. • Coach Brohm missed the Iowa game last season due to a positive COVID-19 test. Offensive coordinator Brian Brohm served as acting head coach for the win. • Purdue and head coach Jeff Brohm battled, but ultimately yielded a 27-13 result at No. 12 Notre Dame (Sept. 18) earlier this season. Saturday’s matchup against the second-ranked Hawkeyes marks the 11th game against a ranked opponent under Brohm’s watch. Purdue is 3-7 against Top 25 teams since 2017. • The Boilermakers are 5-10 all-time against opponents ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. PURDUE-IOWA SERIES HISTORY • Purdue is 49-39-2 all-time against Iowa in a series that dates back to 1910. The Boilermakers have seven regularly scheduled opponents with earlier first meetings than 1910: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890), Indiana (1891), Wisconsin (1892), Minnesota (1894), Northwestern (1895) and Notre Dame (1896). • The last three matchups in the series have been decided by one score, with Purdue coming out victorious in two of those three games. • In West Lafayette, Purdue holds a 29-17-1 series advantage over the Hawkeyes. On road trips to Iowa, the Boilermakers hold a nearly even 20-22-2 record. Since 2012, Purdue has gone 2-2 inside Kinnick Stadium. MR. 2,000 • Junior WR David Bell crossed the milestone 2,000-yard barrier in receiving production for his Purdue career with his efforts against Minnesota (Oct. 2), hauling in six catches for 120 yards to bring his career totals to 166 receptions and 2,099 receiving yards. • Bell is the 12th 2,000-yard receiver in school history and the fastest Boilermaker to crack the mark (22 games). He is the first to do so since WR Greg Orton during the 2008 season. Orton finished his career (2005-08) with 2,356 receiving yards. • Notable Purdue receivers who Bell beat to the 2,000-yard mark include: Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04), 27 games; Dorien Bryant (2004-07), 29 games; John Standeford (2000-03), 31 games. Bell’s career (22 games) currently averages out to 95.4 receiving yards per game. • Bell is also the fastest active FBS receiver to crack 2,000 receiving yards. Western Kentucky’s Ben Ratzlaff (20 career games) would pose a slight threat to accomplish the feat in 22 games if he were to produce 433 receiving yards in the Hilltoppers’ next two contests. HELLO, NUMBER TWO • The aforementioned 5-10 all-time record against No. 2-ranked opponents should ring an immediate bell for Purdue Football fans. • The last time Purdue took on the nation’s No. 2 team was a night to remember at Ross-Ade Stadium, as the Boilermakers took down No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. In other recent history, the Boilermakers battled at No. 2-ranked Michigan State (Oct. 3, 2015), but ultimately fell, 24-21, during the 2015 season.
RING THE BELL • We need to talk about David Bell. The junior WR from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 13 of his 22 career games at Purdue. • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). No. 10 Notre Dame (Sept. 18) held Bell seven catches and 64 receiving yards. • Bell missed the Minnesota (Oct. 2) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18). • The Boilermaker star ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (109.8), and first in the Big Ten Conference. • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.6 catches per game, 95.4 yards per game and 0.9 touchdown receptions per game. His 95.4 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.6 receptions per game is currently the second-most for an active NCAA career, only trailing Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns (8.6). • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04). • In the win at UConn (Sept. 11), Bell scored on an electric 59-yard catch and dash to the end zone, weaving through Huskies and diving to the goal line. The snag was the second-longest catch of his Purdue career, with the longest being an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5). WE HAVE LIFT OFF • Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell threw for an outstanding 357 yards on 33-51-1 passing, including one touchdown toss, in the setback to Minnesota (Oct. 2). The effort was the third 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Boilermaker career. • For O’Connell, 357 yards would seem like a career-best type of performance, but the Boilermaker signal caller actually threw for a career-high 408 yards (28-49-1) and three touchdowns vs. Indiana to close the 2019 season (Nov. 30, 2019). • With five career 300-yard passing games, junior QB Jack Plummer is tied for No. 8 in program history with Billy Dicken. • The effort was the 19th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers.
Griffith Scores Overtime Winner for No. 19 Purdue
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sarah Griffith scored the fastest overtime goal in program history as the No. 19 Purdue soccer team beat Ohio State 1-0 on Thursday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Griffith provided the overtime heroics with her Big Ten-leading 12th goal of the season as the Boilermakers (11-2-2, 6-1-0 Big Ten) won their third consecutive game and ninth in their last 10. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made a career-best nine saves to earn her 17th career shutout.
The game-winner came at 90:34, as Griffith scored on a beautiful ball into the box by senior midfielder Teagan Jones. It is Purdue’s fastest overtime goal and the fourth ever in the first minute of OT. Tonight’s winner bested the previous record of 41 seconds in a 2006 win.
With the victory, Purdue won its 11th game of the season for the first time since a 12-win campaign in 2009, while the six Big Ten wins is the program’s most since it won eight in 2007. Both the Boilermakers’ 11-2-2 overall record and 6-1-0 Big Ten mark are their best since 2007.
Griffith’s historic season continued with her overtime goal. She has scored in six consecutive matches, tied for the longest streak in program history, set in 2018, while her seven goals in that stretch are tied for the most in a goal-streak. Additionally, Griffith continued her streak of at least one point in all seven Big Ten games, also tying the team record point streak, set in 2013.
With her 12th goal in 2021 and 22nd in her career, the Naperville, Illinois, native is now tied for third for goals in a season and tied for sixth in career goals. The game-winning goal is her fourth this year, tied for No. 4 all-time, and ninth in her career, sixth-most in the record books. Griffith has 25 points this season, tied for No. 8, and her 51 career points is tied for ninth.
With another shutout, win and career-best save total, Bova also saw her name climb in the Purdue record books. In a single season, the Hartland, Wisconsin, native is No. 2 with a .853 save percentage, tied for No. 6 with 11 wins, No. 8 with a 0.91 goals-against average and tied for No. 9 with 81 saves. The 11 victories is the most by a Boilermaker goalkeeper since 2009. Among Bova’s career top-10 totals are her 17 saves, third-most all-time, 25 wins and 4,816 minutes, No. 4 in school history and 198 saves and 50 starts, fifth-best.
Purdue was out-shot 21-9 on Thursday night, and the Buckeyes (7-7-1, 2-4-1 Big Ten) had a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. OSU had eight corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ one.
Senior midfielder Sydney Duarte had a team-best three shots, one on goal, and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway had two shots, one on target. Griffith was held to one shot, which found the back of the net. As Bova stopped all nine shots she faced, Ohio State’s goalkeeper made three saves.
The game-winning goal came at 90:34. Ohio State had the opening kickoff to begin the extra period, but sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews forced a turnover near midfield just 15 seconds in. Two passes later, the ball was at Jones’ feet as she sprinted down the sideline, past OSU’s bench and leaving a Buckeye defender behind. Still near the sideline, Jones slowed as she approached the 18-yard box, then looked to move around a defender.
From just inside the touchline outside the box, Jones sent a left-footed ball to her right and into the goal box. Her cross was tipped by a leaping Ohio State keeper, who was off her line, and it fell right to Griffith as she came in from the top of the 18-yard box. All Griffith had to do was tap it in, as she scored from the far side of the goal box with a well-struck shot with her right foot.
Jones’ assist was her third of the season and she has six in her career. The senior is tied for fourth on the team with five points.
Four of Bova’s saves came in the first half, as OSU had a 6-5 edge in shots and a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal. Bova added five second-half saves, and it was the Buckeyes with 15 shots, five on goal, to the Boilermakers’ three shots, one on target. Five of Ohio State’s eight corner kicks were in the second half.
Up next, Purdue’s roadtrip concludes at Penn State on Sunday, October 17. Kickoff against the defending Big Ten regular-season champions is at 3:30.
NOTRE DAME WSOCCER GM 15 PREVIEW: AT NO. 2 VIRGINIA
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer is off to its best start since the 2010 season and will be riding an eight-match winning streak into a top-25 ranked showdown this Sunday at Virginia. Two of the ACC’s top teams this season collide when the Fighting Irish (12-1-1, 6-0-0) challenge the Cavaliers (12-1-1, 5-0-1) on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. ET, live on ACC Network.
IN THE RANKINGS
After achieving a top-25 ranking from Top Drawer Soccer heading into ACC play, the Irish continue to climb the charts. This week they check in at No. 13.
The Irish got noticed in the United Soccer Coaches poll, moving up from No. 24 to No. 17 this week.
In the updated Women’s Soccer RPI this week, the Irish moved up to No. 9.
With the win over Clemson, Notre Dame has been the victors of eight straight. During the win streak, the Irish have outscored their opposition, 30-4. Furthermore, Notre Dame has outshot its opponents 152-38.
In addition, there have been 10 different goal scorers during said span: Maddie Mercado, Kiki Van Zanten, Sammi Fisher, Sophia Fisher, Olivia Wingate, Kaylie Ronan, Katie Coyle, Brooke VanDyck, Korbin Albert and Eva Gaetino.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Six of the last nine goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.
Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshmen in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second most goals on the team with seven. In fact, she has three goals in the last three games.
Katie Coyle recently recorded her first career game-winner, scoring in the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Coyle owns two goals and one assist.
Sophia Fisher also has a game-winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The freshman most recently scored in the win over Louisville, bringing her season total to three.
Last but not least, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who scored her first career goal in the win over Boston College on Sept. 26.
FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE
Notre Dame has scored 39 goals which rank second in the ACC and 10th in the nation.
The 39 goals are already more than six of the past seven seasons.
Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.79 ranks 14th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC.
In addition, ND’s 106 total points rank 17th in the country and 3rd in the conference.
THREAT OFF THE BENCH
If there were a 12th woman award similar to sixth woman in basketball, it would go to junior midfielder Maddie Mercado. The San Diego native boasts the fourth most points on the squad with 11 – comprised of four goals and three assists. Mercado tallied three points at Miami (one goal, one assist all within a five-minute span), then added a penalty-kick goal against Boston College.
Prior, Mercado notched the first brace of her career against Detroit Mercy.
RECOGNITION x 2
Notre Dame boasts both an offensive and defensive ACC Player of the Week this season.
First up was Sammi Fisher, who tallied a three-goal week with wins over Miami and Boston College, getting the offensive nod.
Then after wins over Louisville and Clemson, Eva Gaetino was honored with the defensive nod. Gaetino had the goal of the season thus far with a full-diving header in double-overtime to deliver 2-1 win over Clemson.
DEFENSE STARTS STRONG
The Irish starting backline of Eva Gaetino, Eva Wirtz and Waniya Hudson have been locked in this season, posting a 0.621 goals against average, which ranks 26th in the nation.
All-in-all, the Irish defense has allowed just nine goals with 43 shots on net. Total shots wise, they are only allowing 6.7 shots per game.
Interian started the first four games in net but was injured late in the Marquette game. Sophomore goalie Ashley Naylor has started the last eight games for the Irish, allowing just four goals while posting four shutouts.
JUST AROUND THE CORNER
The Irish have enjoyed a dramatic advantage in corner kicks vs its opposition, 95-30. Notre Dame’s 6.79 corners/game rank 28th in the nation.
NOTRE DAME SWIMMING: MEET PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH AND CLEVELAND STATE
Teams: Pittsburgh and Cleveland State
Dates: Friday, October 15
Saturday, October 16
Times: 4 p.m. ET (Friday)
11 a.m. ET (Saturday)
Location: Rolfs Aquatic Center | South Bend, Ind.
Live Results: und.com/swimmingstats (Also available on Meet Mobile)
NOTE: All fans regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask while inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The only exception will be if they are eating or drinking.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
#1 Women 200 Free Relay
#2 Men 200 Free Relay
#3 Women 500 Free
#4 Men 500 Free
#5 Women 100 Fly
#6 Men 100 Fly
#7 Women 200 Back
#8 Men 200 Back
#9 Women 100 Breast
#10 Men 100 Breast
#11 Women 100 Free
#12 Men 100 Free
#13 Women 400 IM
#14 Men 400 IM
#15 Women 3 mtr Diving
#16 Men 1 mtr Diving
#17 Women 400 Medley Relay
#18 Men 400 Medley Relay
#19 Women 200 Medley Relay
#20 Men 200 Medley Relay
#21 Women 200 Free
#22 Men 200 Free
#23 Women 200 IM
#24 Men 200 IM
#25 Women 50 Free
#26 Men 50 Free
#27 Women 200 Fly
#28 Men 200 Fly
#29 Women 100 Back
#30 Men 100 Back
#31 Women 200 Breast
#32 Men 200 Breast
#33 Women 1000 Free
#34 Men 1000 Free
#35 Women 1 mtr Diving
#36 Men 3 mtr Diving
#37 Women 400 Free Relay
#38 Men 400 Free Relay
Cardinals Battle MAC Leader Bobcats to Draw
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team was back at the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex on Thursday for a Mid-American Conference matchup with the Ohio Bobcats. The Cardinals (4-7-2, 2-3-2) and Bobcats (9-4-2, 5-0-2) needed a full 110 minutes, but neither were able to find the back of the net.
The BSU defense was stout to start the match as it did not allow a shot on target until the 31st minute. Alex DeRuvo was up for the task and was able to keep the Ohio shot out of the net.
The Cardinals responded with a shot 30 seconds later, when Lexi Fraley put a ball on net but the OU netminder made the save. In the 36th minute, Avery Fenchel recorded a shot on target, but was unable to beat the Bobcat keeper.
At the 40-minute mark, the Cardinals saw one of their best scoring chances as Chelcy Ralph ripped a shot that beat the Ohio goalie but was on the wrong end of a bounce as her shot hit the post and somehow stayed out of the goal.
In the 67th minute, the Bobcats had a scoring opportunity, but DeRuvo was up for the challenge and kept the match scoreless. Just two minutes later Ohio put another shot on net and like the previous, DeRuvo made the save.
In the 76th minute, Ball State saw its second-best scoring chance as Lexy Smith was able to get a shot by the OU keeper, but an Ohio defenseman managed to keep the ball out of the net. This was the final scoring chance of regulation and the match headed to overtime.
The Bobcats notched the first shot on target in the 93rd minute, but DeRuvo made the save. The staunch Cardinal defense stayed intact for the second overtime as DeRuvo and the other 10 players on the pitch kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard.
For the match, DeRuvo finished with six saves, while her counterpart, Sam Maxwell made two.
Ball State returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 17, for a road contest with the No. 2 team in the MAC in Kent State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife
“I thought we were pretty stellar in the first half. We played really well and came out strong. We played with a ton of belief and a lot of heart. I’m really proud of the effort. Obviously, we want to win every match. I’m disappointed to some level with the result, but a shutout against the top team in the conference to a draw and getting a point. It just shows the quality of our group. I know the results haven’t been going the way we wanted and that’s not because we’re not a good team. I think there’s still a ton of belief in the group. We are still frustrated and disappointed at times, but they came out today and put a great effort in. We feel on our best day that we can play with anybody.”
From the Student-Athletes – Senior Goalkeeper Alex DeRuvo
“They are at the top of the table. I think we were honestly wanting to get a result. Our backline set a goal to record a shutout and we did that. Although we didn’t win, we still got a point. We didn’t lose focus, we knew what our goal was, and we didn’t give up goals. Our backline was really solid today as well, I didn’t really have to make diving saves.”
From the Student-Athletes – Chelcy Ralph
“We did better than we have been doing, but we still didn’t come out with the win. As a team, we are disappointed, but we are pleased with the improvements from the previous two matches and still disappointing that we didn’t come away with the three points.”
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Sycamores look to continue winning ways at #23/20 Missouri State
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road once again in conference play this weekend as the Sycamores make the trip to Springfield, Mo. and Robert W. Plaster Stadium on Saturday, October 16, to take on #23/20 Missouri State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and Bears is set for 3 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
Building on the Winning Streak
Indiana State is coming off a win for the third time in the 2021 season as the Sycamores look to string two together in this week’s road trip to Missouri State. The Sycamores picked up wins in the season opener against Eastern Illinois and two games later on the road at Eastern Kentucky, but have been unable to put together a streak thus far into the year. The last time Indiana State started off 0-2 in MVFC play, the Sycamores turned it around in the 2018 season winning five of six down the stretch to finish among the conference leaders.
MVFC Play Continues
The Missouri Valley Football Conference continues to dominate the FCS landscape as we near the midway point of the 2021 regular season. The MVFC has featured at least three teams in the top-10 in both major polls for a majority of the season, while seven different teams have been listed among the top-25 or receiving votes over the last three weeks.
400 PROGRAM WINS
Based on current Indiana State record books, the Sycamores football program hit a major milestone this past weekend as ISU recorded its 400th win on the field in program history. The Sycamores first started playing football back in the 1896 season, but the first few seasons saw several years go without a team on the field. Indiana State has consistently fielded a team since the 1923 season.
The Sycamores have had multiple milestone wins over program history. Here’s a list of the markers met as Indiana State will look to move closer to the next one in this week’s contest at Missouri State.
Milestone Wins in Indiana State Football History
1st Win – 1898 – at Sullivan HS – W, 22-0
50th Win – gm. 4 1933 – v. Evansville – W, 13-12
100th Win – gm. 2 1948 – at Valparaiso, W, 13-0
150th Win – Sept. 18, 1965 – v. Eastern Illinois – W, 17-0
200th Win – Nov. 17, 1973 – v. Southern Illinois – W, 36-17
250th Win – Nov. 5, 1983 – at West Texas A&M – W, 31-20
300th Win – Nov. 20, 1993 – v. Western Illinois – W, 16-6
350th Win – Oct. 9, 2010 – v. Illinois State – W, 59-24
400th Win – Oct. 9, 2021 – vs. Western Illinois, W, 37-27
Missouri State leads the all-time matchup between the two teams, 20-14, dating back to their first game in the 1986 season. The Sycamores have won six of the last 10 contests, including a three-game winning streak spanning the 2010-12 seasons, while adding a 51-24 victory their last time out against the Bears in Springfield.
September 13, 1986 – vs. Missouri State – W, 14-10
October 3, 1987 – vs. Missouri State – L, 42-0
October 8, 1988 – vs. Missouri State – W, 27-24
October 28, 2017 – at Missouri State – L, 59-20
October 13, 2018 – vs. Missouri State – L, 29-26
November 23, 2019 – at Missouri State – W, 51-24
On This Date
Indiana State has lined up in eight games on October 16 in program history and has posted a 3-5 overall record on the date. The Sycamores and Bears have competed twice on October 16 in their respective program histories in both 2004 and 2010. Both contests came at home in Terre Haute with the teams splitting the contests. ISU won the last matchup, 38-35, in overtime back in 2010.
On This Date
1954 – Ball State – W, 14-13
1971 – Illinois State – L, 23-19
1976 – at Central Michigan – L, 16-13
1982 – vs. Eastern Illinois – L, 16-12
1993 – at Illinois State – L, 17-3
1999 – SE Missouri State – W, 34-13
2004 – Missouri State – L, 31-28
2010 – Missouri State – W, 38-35 (OT)
Missouri State was selected sixth overall in the 2021 fall season after a 5-5 combined season that spanned both the fall and spring seasons due to COVID. The Bears went 0-3 in the fall season with losses to Oklahoma and Central Arkansas, but bounced back to go 5-2 in the spring season with an appearance in the FCS Playoffs.
The Bears posted a 5-1 mark in conference play in the spring to finish tied for the conference regular season title with North Dakota and South Dakota State. Included in the season were wins over Western Illinois, South Dakota, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Youngstown State.
Missouri State enters the weekend as one of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference teams recognized in both major FCS polls. The Bears clock in at No. 23 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the STATS Perform FCS Top 25. MSU enters the weekend with a 3-2 record and 2-1 mark in MVFC play. The Bears’ losses have come to FBS Oklahoma State and Youngstown State, while topping Central Arkansas, South Dakota, and Illinois State.
Missouri State sits second overall in the MVFC in passing offense at 287.4 yards per game over their five contests. The Bears have been paced by Jason Shelley’s 1,438 yards with a 10-touchdown, three-interception season on the season. The redshirt junior quarterback has posted back-to-back 300-plus yard passing efforts and had a four-touchdown game this past weekend against Youngstown State. Shelley has also been the team’s leading rusher by volume with 66 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns.
Tyrone Scott and Xavier Lane have been the top two receiving targets for the Bears this season with Scott hauling in 24 passes for 371 yards with four touchdowns, while Lane has a team-leading 30 catches for 362 yards and a score. Lane has a pair of 100-yard games this season, including last week’s eight-catch, 121 yard contest with a pair of scores in the win over the Penguins.
Titus Wall is the team’s leading tackler with 43 stops on the season, while Kevin Ellis paces the Bears’ defense with 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Montrae Braswell (three interceptions) and Lemondre Joe (two interceptions) are the team’s leading turnover makers with the Bears posting 11 turnovers on the year.
Cross Country Heads to Peoria for Bradley Pink Classic Friday
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State cross country team is back in action this fall as the Sycamores travel to Peoria, Ill. to take part in the Bradley Pink Classic, Friday, Oct. 15.
Schedule of Events
2:30 p.m. – Women’s White Race
3:15 p.m. – Men’s White Race
4 p.m. – Women’s Red Race
4:45 p.m. – Men’s Red Race
A total of 37 teams will compete on the women’s side including every Missouri Valley Conference program apart from Evansville. Two top-15 programs in the Great Lakes Region will compete in Ball State (12th) and Dayton (14th) on the women’s side.
The field of 30 on the men’s side features seven MVC opponents including Drake, Illinois State, Loyola, Valpo, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois as well as host Bradley. Ranked 11th and 15th respectively in the Great Lakes Region, IUPUI and Dayton will also compete on the men’s side.
The Sycamores are back in action after a two-week hiatus from competition. ISU continues to build toward a strong finish at the 2021 Missouri Valley Championships held on October 29 in Normal, Ill.
“We are really looking forward to our next racing opportunity in Peoria this Friday,” assistant cross country coach Brad Butler said. “There will be over 30 division I teams competing including many Missouri Valley Conference schools, so it will be a good chance to see where we are at before the MVC Championships in two weeks. Training has been going really well so I’m excited to see how we compete.”
Redshirt senior Cale Kilian continues to pace the Indiana State men’s team on the season as the Jasper, Ind. was the top finisher for the program in two of the first three races of the season. He recorded his first top-10 finish of the season at the Evansville Opener and followed up with a top-35 finish at the John McNichols Invitational to pace the Sycamores on the season.
Jackson Krieg led the Sycamores last time out in South Bend, finishing 56th with a time of 25:55.2 in the 8K while Kilian finished just nine seconds behind (26:04.7) to take 62nd overall. Negus Bogard (26:30.0), Cael Light (26:31.4) and Wyatt Wyman (26:34.8) finished 87th, 88th and 90th respectively to round out the scoring for the men.
Redshirt senior Jocelyn Quiles placed 18th in the women’s 5K to lead the way for the Sycamores last time out. She finished with a time of 17:49.4, which was a season-best time for the O’Fallon, Mo., native. Sydney Partyka finished with a time of 18:42.1 to place 69th in the field while Erica Barker (95th – 18:57.1), Maggie Falater (145 – 20:05.9) and Devon Zeck (147 – 20:10.9) also scored for ISU.
Sycamore Volleyball set for Iowa swing with matches at Drake and UNI
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball is set to continue Missouri Valley Conference action with a road swing to Iowa this weekend. The Sycamores will take on Drake Friday at 7 p.m. in Des Moines before wrapping up the trip Saturday in Cedar Falls against Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday’s match with Drake will air on ESPN3.
» Melina Tedrow continues to claw her way up the Indiana State record book — now in fifth place in program history with 1,475 career digs. Tedrow sits behind Stephanie Bindernagel (1,677), Kiya James (1,706) and Cheryl Berg (1,713). Kristy Cox (2005-08) sits as the all-time leader in digs with 1,841 over her career.
» Indiana State has crept their way into the top-50 nationally in digs — ranking 36th overall and third in the MVC with 16.55 digs per set. Melina Tedrow is leading the way at libero with 4.65 digs per set as an individual to rank 57th nationally.
» Sophomore Karinna Gall has been a consistent force for the Sycamores this season, finishing with eight-or-more kills in 13 of 16 matches played. The Belleville, Illinois native has had 12-or-more kills in five matches, including a season-high 16 kills in a win over Eastern Michigan. The 6-foot-1 middle blocker has also made her presence known on defense with 31 blocks on the season.
» Indiana State ranks fourth in the MVC as a team, hitting .227 while on the flip side holding opponents to a .184 hitting percentage. Karinna Gall (160 K) and Madeline Williams (128 K) rank 11th and 15th, respectively in the MVC.
» Chloe Mason ranks second in the MVC and 17th nationally with .50 aces per set. She has totaled 24 aces in 48 sets overall and has recorded at least one ace in all but one match this season. The setter has put up a season-high four aces on two separate occasions this fall with the last happening during a 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois (10/11).
» Emma Kaelin and Chloe Mason both rank in the top 10 in the MVC in assists per set. Kaelin is averaging 5.79 with Mason right behind her at 5.71. Kaelin leads the team in assists and has 10 matches with 20 or more assists. She picked up a season-high 42 assists in a win at Belmont (9/4). Mason has picked up 20 or more assists in seven matches, including a pair of 32 assist matches.
» Indiana State put together its third-best performance at the net on the season during in a 3-1 win over SIU (10/11). The Sycamores posted 10 blocks overall led by middle blocker Kylie Newby who accounted for three (1 S, 4 BA) on her own. Six Sycamores joined the action — tied for the most in any match this season. ISU’s top block performance came against Eastern Illinois when the Trees posted 12 during the sweep of the Panthers (9/19).
Aces look to continue streak at UNI and Drake
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Riding its top streak in over 15 years, the University of Evansville volleyball team looks to continues its winning ways this weekend at UNI and Drake. On Friday, the Purple Aces will take on the Panthers in a 6 p.m. contest in Cedar Falls before traveling to Des Moines for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday.
Last Time Out
– Evansville completed a 3-match home stand with its third consecutive 3-0 win by defeating Missouri State on Tuesday
– Melanie Feliciano led the way with 19 kills to help the Aces earn the sweep in impressive fashion, picking up a 25-15 victory in the third set
– Giulia Cardona added 17 kills while Alondra Vazquez picked up 10th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs
– With 39 assists in three sets, Taya Haffner upped her season average to 11.27 per set
– Kate Tsironis recorded a career-best six block assists while Rachel Basinski had her top match of the season, posting 12 digs
– A refocused UE group entered last week’s homestand with an 0-3 MVC mark, but showed what it is capable of by sweeping all three matches at Meeks Family Fieldhouse
– UE defeated Bradley and Illinois State over the weekend before picking up another 3-0 win on Tuesday over Missouri State
– The current streak is just the second time since joining the MVC in 1994 that UE has swept three MVC matches in a row…the other instance came in September of 2006 when the Aces defeated Illinois State, Indiana State and Drake
Three out of Five Ain’t Bad!
– As of Oct. 13, Evansville has three of the MVC’s top five kill leaders with Alondra Vazquez (4.56/set) leading the league, Giulia Cardona ranking third (3.78) and Melanie Feliciano sitting in fifth (3.49)
– No other team in the country can boast those numbers as just six other NCAA conferences even have a team with three players currently ranked in the top ten
– The closest any team comes is having three ranked in the top seven with Marist (MAAC) and San Jose State (Mountain West) doing so
Player of the Week
– Racking up 18 kills while hitting a season-high .600, Melanie Feliciano lifted UE to a 3-0 win over Illinois State on Saturday and was recognized as the MVC Player of the Week on Monday
– She followed that up with a 19-kill performance in the win over the Bears to finish the 3-match homestand averaging 5.44 kills per set while hitting .537
– Feliciano has moved into 5th place in the MVC with a season average of 3.78 per set
– A career-high of six block assists is just the latest accomplishment this season for Kate Tsironis, has continued to raise her average
– Over the last seven matches, Tsironis has registered 5 solo blocks and 18 block assists, an average of 1.10 per set…the recent streak has upped her season mark to 0.76 per game
– The 11.27 assist/set average for Taya Haffner is on pace to be one of the best in school history…it is the best for the program in the 25-point rally scoring era and currently second-best in the UE record book (since 1991) – the only one higher was a 12.01 average by Betsy Knott in 1998
– She is set to be just the third UE player since 1998 to average over 10 per set
– Alondra Vazquez currently averages 4.56 kills, which is on pace to be the best in UE history…it is also one of the best that the MVC has seen in recent years…since 2005, just two players have finished with a higher average
Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Takes Quick Trip to IUPUI on Friday
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 53rd edition of the Purdue Fort Wayne/IUPUI women’s volleyball series will take place on Friday, October 15, when the Mastodons visit the Jaguars for a 6 p.m. match.
Game Day Information
Live Stats: Link
Series History: Mastodons lead 29-23
Last Meeting: 2/9/2021 | W, 3-0 | Indianapolis, Ind.
Purdue Fort Wayne and IUPUI have met 52 times since 1978, with 22 of them coming in conference play. Twenty of those matchups came in the Summit League era for the two squads, the last two coming in the Horizon League. Purdue Fort Wayne holds a 29-23 edge, 2-0 in Horizon League.
Know Your Foe
IUPUI is 2-18, 0-9 in the Horizon League, and has lost its last 15 matches. In their most competitive match of the league season, the Jaguars went five sets with Cleveland State. Freshman Briana Brown is leading the team offensively with 2.96 kills per set. Rhiannon Schuenemann is pacing the Jaguars’ defensive efforts with 3.41 digs per set.
No One Has Played More
No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons have played 84 sets this season. Eastern Kentucky is second, having played 82.
Head coach Steve Florio is nearing 100 wins in his career. He is currently sitting at 96 wins since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.
1,000 Kill Club
There are only four teams in the country that have 1,000 kills this season, with two of them hailing from the Horizon League: Purdue Fort Wayne and Milwaukee.
Leader For a Reason
Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but two matches this season. She has 276 kills, 76 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman. The only matches where Crowe did not lead the team, at No. 9 Purdue and at Robert Morris, Castleman led the team.
Saturday Night Five
The Mastodons have played six five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC and Oakland). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.
Katie Crowe has 11 double-doubles this season, with 56 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got one against Cleveland State with 12 kills and 10 digs.
That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!
Katie Crowe ranks 27th among active Division I players in career kills with 1,480, 14th in the country in career sets played with 489, and 27th in matches played at 133.
Ramei Jackson is in the top 10 in program history in career hitting percentage.
8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)
9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)
10. Ramei Jackson (.267, 2020-present)
11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)
12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)
Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.42, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)
10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)
11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)
12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)
13. Julie Parrot (1,248, 1993-96)
14. Rachael Crucis (1,188, 2019-present)
Dishing ’em Out
Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.
6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)
7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)
8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)
9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)
10. Madison Gates (1,878, 2018-present)
Moving Up the Career Charts
Katie Crowe is in the top-10 in program history in kills, digs, aces, sets played and matches played.
3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)
4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)
5. Rebekah Roehm (1,506, 2006-09)
6. Andi Reichhart (1,502, 1994-97)
7. Katie Crowe (1,480, 2017-present)
4. Jamie Schwartz (1,461, 2011-14)
5. Cynara Martins (1,455, 2004-07)
6. Fabiana Souza (1,434, 2002-05)
7. Emily Spencer (1,403, 2011-14)
8. Katie Crowe (1,410, 2017-present)
6. Deanna Brown (144, 1998-01)
7. Janna Plummer (138, 1988-91)
8. Lisa Zehr (135, 1985-88)
9. Amy Luben (133, 1994-97)
10. Katie Crowe (124, 2017-present)
1. Katie Crowe (489, 2017-present)
2. Andi Reichhart (488, 1994-97)
3. Tessa McGill (487, 2009-12)
4. Emily Spencer (484, 2011-14)
5. Peachy Jankowski (482, 2004-07)
1. Andi Reichhart (143, 1994-97)
2. Julie Huber (135, 1989-92)
3. Laura Douglas (134, 1997-00)
4. Katie Crowe (133, 2017-present)
5. Peachy Jankowski (132, 2004-07)
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne topped Cleveland State 3-1 on Tuesday, for its first home win of the season. The ‘Dons got 12 kills from both Katie Crowe and Ramei Jackson, and 11 from Sidney Schiller. Rachael Crucis had a match-high 17 digs.
Purdue Fort Wayne will finally end its stretch of 9-of-10 on the road next week, with a Thursday match at Milwaukee (Oct. 21), Friday at Green Bay (Oct. 22), and Sunday at UIC (Oct. 24). The Mastodons will return home on Friday, October 29 when they welcome Robert Morris to the Arnie Ball Court.
Reitano’s PK Goal Leads To Second Straight Win For ‘Dons
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A first half penalty kick goal from Bella Reitano would be the difference maker as the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team defeated the Youngstown State 1-0 on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The Mastodons allowed just one shot on goal in the contest.
With the win, the Mastodons’ record improves to 5-6-4 overall and 4-4 in Horizon League play. With the loss, the Penguins’ record drops to 2-9-4 and 2-3-3 in conference play. The four wins in conference play are the most for the ‘Dons since 2012 when they went 5-2-1 in Summit League play.
The Mastodons move into fifth place in the Horizon League standings with 12 points with three games remaining in conference play. The top six teams make it into the Horizon League tournament, with seeds three and four hosting an on campus quarterfinals game on Oct. 31. The Mastodons also hosted their annual pink out game on Thursday.
Reitano scored the lone Mastodon goal in the 31st minute thanks to a handball inside of the goalkeeper’s box. Reitano struck the ball past the diving Brooklyn Kirkpatrick to the top left part of the net. The goal would be her third on the season, which is good for second on the team. With Kirkpatrick out of position, Kayla Shebar had a chance to extend the ‘Dons lead in the 81st minute, but her shot sailed just high of the net. The ‘Dons would play strong defense throughout the game, and held the Penguins to just four shots in each half. The ‘Dons are now 5-1 when either Bella or Morgan Reitano scores a goal. The sisters have combined for nine of the Mastodons’ 18 goals on the season.
The ‘Dons owned a 9-8 shots advantage and a 3-1 shots on goal advantage. The last time the ‘Dons held an opponent to one shot on goal was back on Aug. 29, 2016 against Eastern Illinois. Reitano led the ‘Dons in shots with three and had one shot on goal as well. Samantha Castaneda had one save on the night and earned her fourth shutout of the season. The mark is tied for second in the Horizon League.
The Mastodons will be back in action in Green Bay, Wis. on Sunday, Oct. 17 (noon) in a Horizon League game against Green Bay. The Phoenix are fourth in the Horizon League standings with 13 points. With a win, the ‘Dons would leap the Phoenix in the standings and have sole possession of fourth place.
UIC is Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Soccer’s Next Stop
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Horizon League play continues in the City of Big Shoulders when Purdue Fort Wayne plays at UIC on Saturday (Oct. 16) evening.
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-8-1, 1-5-0 Horizon) at UIC (6-4-2, 4-2-0 Horizon)
When: Saturday, October 16 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Flames Field | Chicago, Ill.
Live Stats: Link
Weather: High of 58, partly cloudy
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• UIC earned a 3-2 win over Wright State on Wednesday. The Flames scored the first three goals of the game before Wright State made it closer with goals in the 60th and 86th minutes.
• Younes Dayekh has seven goals on the season, including two against Wright State on Wednesday.
• UIC sits in a tie for third place in the Horizon League with 12 points.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS:
• The Mastodons’ last time out was a 2-0 loss to Detroit Mercy.
• 17 different Mastodons have started a game this season.
• Alejandro Lopez has a pair of game-winning goals this season.
• Vukasin Bulatovic has played 1094 minutes on the season. He has only been subbed out twice this season, for 17 total minutes. The only other Mastodon over 1,000 minutes is Michael Teller. He has played in 1,027 minutes this season.
Erik Josson picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
• UIC leads the all-time series 2-0.
• The Flames won 4-0 in Chicago in a non-league game in 2013 and won 5-0 last season in Fort Wayne.
SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:
The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.
The ‘Dons step out of league play for a match at home with No. 17 Bowling Green on Tuesday (Oct. 19).
Soccer Returns Home, Hosts UNI Sunday
Valparaiso (9-4-1, 4-0-0 MVC)
Sunday, Oct. 17 – UNI (5-8-1, 2-3-0 MVC) – 1 p.m.
Next Up in Valpo Soccer: With seven wins in a row under its belt and a spot in the top-four in the MVC standings secured, the Valpo soccer team sets its sight on the next goal when it steps on Brown Field Sunday to take on UNI. The Beacons will earn a first-round bye and clinch a top-two finish in the Valley with a win or a draw against the Panthers.
Previously: It was a memorable Senior Night at Brown Field last Saturday, with the senior class very instrumental in a 5-0 victory over Cornell College. Valpo then returned to MVC play with a 1-0 victory at Drake on Wednesday featuring an Olimpico from Kelsie James.
Looking Ahead: The Beacons close out the home portion of their regular season schedule next Saturday night as they host Evansville.
Following the Beacons: Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com. All remaining matches will be carried live on The Valley on ESPN.
Head Coach John Marovich: In his 14th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 112-103-37 (.518) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.
Series Notes: The series between Valpo and UNI sits even at 4-4-1 entering Sunday’s matchup. The two sides met twice this past spring, playing to a 0-0 draw in a neutral site, non-conference meeting in February before the Panthers claimed a 1-0 victory in Waterloo in the match which counted towards the conference standings in March. In the last meeting on Brown Field, Valpo earned a 3-0 victory in the 2019 regular season finale — a matchup which was delayed a day due to snow.
Scouting the Opposition: UNI enters Sunday’s fixture at 5-8-3 overall this season and with a 2-3-0 record to date in MVC play, most recently picking up a 2-0 victory at Missouri State on Wednesday. The Panthers also own a win over Illinois State in conference, while they have dropped points to Loyola, Indiana State and Evansville. 10 different scorers have accounted for UNI’s 19 goals, led by six from Lauren Heinsch, who has also picked up a pair of assists. Three different keepers have seen significant time in goal, led by Caitlin Richards, who has played better than half the minutes and owns a 1.91 GAA. Chloe Russo earned the start in goal last time out, however, and racked up five saves in the clean sheet against MSU.
Valpo Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll: Valpo has been chosen to finish in fourth place in the MVC this fall in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo racked up 51 points in the polling — including one first-place vote — to come in fourth position. Loyola claimed the rest of the first-place votes to top the poll, while Illinois State and Indiana State were picked just in front of the Beacons. Valpo was 13 points clear of Missouri State and UNI, who tied for fifth place. Valpo also boasted a trio of preseason All-MVC honorees: Nikki Coryell (First Team), Kiley Dugan (First Team) and Kelsie James (Honorable Mention).
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed a strong spring 2021 campaign, posting its best regular-season finish since joining the MVC (third place) and advancing to the title match of the MVC Tournament for the first time. Valpo finished with a 5-4-5 overall record, a seven-game improvement from its record the previous season — the third-best year-over-year improvement in the nation. Freshman Nikki Coryell was the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and was joined on the All-MVC First Team by senior defender Keegan Maris and sophomore forward Kiley Dugan – Second Team and Third Team All-Region honorees, respectively.
Who’s Back and Who’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from the spring 2021 campaign, eight of whom were regulars in the starting XI last season and six of whom found the back of the net in the spring. Joining the 12 letterwinners, as well as five other returnees, on this year’s team are two transfers and 10 freshmen.
WWWWWWW: The win at Drake was the Beacons’ seventh victory in a row, just the fourth time in program history Valpo has won seven or more consecutive matches. Besides the record 12-match winning streak in 2014, the 2006 (eight) and 2009 (seven) sides each had a winning streak of at least this length.
Looking Like 2014: The team’s current form is looking a lot like the program’s 2014 campaign, when it posted a perfect 8-0-0 mark in Horizon League play. Valpo has won seven matches in a row, its longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row in 2014. The Beacons have won five consecutive road matches, their longest winning streak in true road matches since winning seven straight as the visitor in 2014. Dating back to last season, the program has won seven straight regular season MVC matches, its longest winning streak in league regular season play since the 2014 side won all eight Horizon League matches. Even the number of players who have scored match-winners this year – seven – is the most since the 2014 squad had seven different players tally game-winning goals.
Glance at the Table: Valpo’s win over Drake moved the team to 15 points through five MVC matches, securing a top-four finish in the final standings, as of the teams below the Beacons right now, only UNI and Indiana State could potentially finish with 15 or more points. A win or a draw guarantees Valpo a top-two spot in the final standings and the accompanying bye to the tournament semifinals, as only Indiana State — who Valpo has the tiebreaker over — could even reach 16 points. While Loyola is currently one point ahead of Valpo, the Beacons have a game in hand over the Ramblers heading into the stretch run.
Getting Defensive: Valpo’s current seven-match winning streak has included six clean sheets, with only Missouri State putting a goal away against the Beacons during this stretch. The first four wins in the winning streak all came via shutout — prior to this year, you have to go back to 2009 to find the last time Valpo won four in a row, all in shutout fashion. Valpo put together a streak of 419 consecutive minutes of shutout soccer between Sept. 10 and Oct. 3. Thanks to their defense during the winning streak, the Beacons have not trailed in a match since their Sept. 10 loss to Western Illinois.
Double-Digit Wins: This year’s side is trying to become the 10th team in program history to reach the 10-win mark. Four of the previous nine 10-win teams come under the guidance of Coach Marovich, including the record-setting 14 wins in 2014.
Finally Beating the Bulldogs: In the ninth meeting all-time between the two sides, Valpo finally earned its first win over Drake on Wednesday when it went to Des Moines and came away 1-0 victors. With the victory over the Bulldogs, Valpo has now beaten each of the other eight MVC programs at least once since joining the Valley.
Third Time’s the Charm?: Valpo and UNI will be meeting for the third time this calendar year on Sunday, with the Beacons in search of their first win over the Panthers in 2021. The two teams drew 0-0 in a non-conference matchup in February, followed by a 1-0 UNI win in the conference meeting in March. In fact, Valpo will be facing each of its final three regular season opponents — UNI, Evansville and Loyola — for the third time this calendar year after meeting all three twice during the spring campaign. In those six matches, Valpo was winless, posting a 0-3-3 record.
A Classic Goal: Sophomore forward Kelsie James has had some memorable strikes in her two seasons with the Valpo program, but when you consider quality and importance, perhaps none tops the Olimpico she scored directly from a corner last time out at Drake in the 72nd minute. The goal proved to be the match-winner in Valpo’s 1-0 victory, James’ second match-winner of the season. She leads all MVC players with seven goals on the season and is tied for top honors with 17 points, both marks on the verge of cracking Valpo’s single-season top-10 charts.
Finding Goals Late: Four of the Beacons’ five wins in the MVC have come courtesy of a match-winner in the 70th minute or later. The winner against Illinois State (Dana Fish) came in the 83rd minute, against Indiana State (Lindsey DuSatko) came in extra time, against Southern Illinois (Fish) came in the 75th minute and against Drake last time out (James) came in the 72nd minute. The only exception was the match at Missouri State, when Valpo netted two goals before 20 minutes were up.
Nikki Notches Another Shutout: Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell posted another clean sheet in Wednesday’s win at Drake, making five saves to preserve the shutout — her fourth in Valpo’s five MVC wins. Coryell now has 11 career shutouts, already fifth-most in program history. She has posted a 0.20 GAA and a .963 save percentage in Valley action, surrendering just a lone goal to Missouri State over Valpo’s five conference fixtures, while her 0.91 GAA and .853 save percentage overall this year both rank second in the MVC. Her numbers in MVC play are even more spectacular when you consider that, of the 454:35 played in conference so far, Valpo has been tied for 334:59 (73.7% of the minutes) and owned a mere one-goal edge for 92:31 (20.4% of the minutes).
A Memorable Senior Night: This year’s group of seniors — Peyton Flynn, Alexis Gaffney, Katie Hansen, Morgen Metzger and Jenna Schluter – had a Senior Night to remember last Saturday against Cornell College. Flynn, Gaffney, Hansen and Metzger all started and all finished the match. Gaffney scored the first two goals of her career, while Metzger scored her first career goal as well and also picked up an assist. Flynn recorded an assist on Gaffney’s second goal, while Hansen played all 90 minutes at center back.
Another Week, Another Honor: While it was the seniors who stood out on their Senior Night, it was a freshman who went on to pick up a weekly award from the MVC office. Addy Joiner was named the MVC Freshman of the Week this past Monday after tallying a pair of assists in the win over Cornell College, the first two assists of her career. Joiner, who now has six points on the season, became the seventh different Beacon to earn weekly honors from the MVC this season — Kelsie James and Lindsey DuSatko have been named Player of the Week, Nicole Norfolk and Nikki Coryell have earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Joiner joins Dana Fish and Abby White as Freshman of the Week honorees.
A Debut to Remember: Freshman Claire Bonnici will always remember her collegiate debut. Coming onto the pitch to start the second half last Saturday against Cornell College, Bonnici scored less than 19 minutes later, as she was on the receiving end of a free kick to one-time it home from the center of the box for her debut goal.
Trio of Firsts: The trio of Gaffney, Metzger and Bonnici all scored their first collegiate goal in the Cornell College win, the second time this season Valpo has had three first-time goal scorers in the same match. The Sept. 12 win over Chicago State featured the first collegiate goals for Cassidy Eckstein, Dana Fish and Cierra Welch. Prior to this season, Valpo had never had three players net their respective first career goals in the same match.
Many Goal Scorers: 11 different players have found the back of the net this year for the Beacons, the third-most in a season in program history. The 2006 side had 14 different goal scorers, while the 2004 team had 13. The Beacons now count nine different first-time goal scorers among their 11 goal scorers this season, while nine of the 13 players who have recorded assists entered the season without a collegiate assist.
Always in the XI: Three players have started each of the season’s first 14 matches: Kiley Dugan, Nicole Norfolk and Abby White. In their third season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan and Norfolk have both started all 46 matches since stepping on campus.
JAGUARS PLAY GREEN BAY TO SCORELESS DOUBLE OVERTIME DRAW
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team played visiting Green Bay to a scoreless draw at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Thursday night (Oct. 14), outshooting the guests by a 21-8 margin on an otherwise frustrating evening. The IUPUI defense held Green Bay without a shot on goal as senior goalkeeper AP Woodall barely needed her gloves to record the shutout.
The Jaguars repeatedly build opportunities and repeatedly misfired or were unable to get off clean looks as only five attempts got to goal. Senior Elizabeth Bueckers had a team-high five shot attempts and freshman Paige Waskom attempted four from her midfield position. Sophomore Sam Slimak had three shot attempts, including hitting a post in the game’s opening half.
“It’s not what we wanted to have, for sure. We wanted to get three points here at home,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “I thought we created some good opportunities. We just kind of struggled to put that final passing combination together to get us that goal that we need. We were in good places – we’re just quite connecting that final third of the field yet.”
IUPUI (3-10-2, 2-5-1 HL) controlled possession for nearly 60 percent of the contest and created eight corner kick opportunities. The Jaguars had four shot attempts and two corners before Green Bay (6-1-5, 3-1-4 HL) finally attempted its first in the 20th minute. That came just moments after Slimak hit the outside of the far post after a corner kick opportunity came to her on the far side. Bueckers had a shot cleared off the back line in the 48th minute and both Slimak and Waskom tried to get shots off amongst a scrum inside the penalty area in the game’s 52nd minute.
Senior Renae Blevins just missed with a drive high of target in the 73rd minute and Hannah Roberson put a bullet on target against Green Bay keeper Annie Mason in the 80th minute, forcing the goalie to the ground to cover the ball after she was unable to corral the initial attempt.
Green Bay nearly got the game-winner in the 92nd minute when Emily Murphy and IUPUI defender Autumn Weeks converged on a ball near the top of the penalty area. Woodall came out to challenge on the play, but the ball squirted free towards the right post. In a stroke of luck for the Jaguars, the spinning sphere glanced slowly off the post and out for a corner kick. It would be Green Bay’s lone shot attempt in 20 minutes of extra time.
IUPUI managed five attempts in the second overtime which included a dazzling Bueckers header from a tough angle in the 105th minute that Mason collected and a drive from Waskom from the right side that flew high in the 103rd minute. Leah Shumate had a free kick chance from just outside the 18-yard box in the 108th minute, but drove her attempt over the bar.
Murphy led Green Bay with three shot attempts off the bench and Mason collected four saves to keep IUPUI off the scoreboard. The shutout was the ninth of Woodall’s career and she extended her personal streak to 234 consecutive minutes without allowing a score.
IUPUI will return to the pitch on Sunday (Oct. 17) when the Jaguars face Robert Morris at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN+.
Lions Visit Key Stadium in Battle of First-Place Teams
vs. Lindenwood Lions (4-2, 2-0 GLVC)
Saturday | October 16 | 6 p.m. ET
In a matchup of the last two unbeaten teams in GLVC play, UIndy welcomes the Lions of Lindenwood to Key Stadium Saturday night. The matchup features each of the last two conference champions, with UIndy the reigning champs and Lindenwood the 2019 crown wearer.
Both schools come in with a 4-2 overall mark and a 2-0 record in conference action. The teams’ one and only previous meeting came in 2019 campaign – Lindenwood’s first as a member of the GLVC. The host Lions withstood a 17-point fourth quarter from the Hounds and hung on for a 34-27 win. Both went on to earn playoff berths later that fall, however, marking the first time the conference sent multiple teams to the postseason tournament since it began sponsoring football in 2012.
LAST TIME OUT UIndy remained unbeaten in GLVC play after executing another offensive onslaught. A week after hanging 77 points on Southwest Baptist – the second-highest total in school history – the Hounds orchestrated a convincing 57-28 Homecoming win versus McKendree last Saturday. Led by a record-breaking performance by running back Toriano Clinton (more on that below), UIndy generated a gaudy 741 total yards offense against the visiting Bearcats, most in any Division II contest this season and most by the Hounds overall since at least 2002 (earliest season that the stat has been documented).
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD For the second time in five games, Clinton reset the UIndy single-game rushing record. After busting out for 270 yards at Hillsdale in week two, the Calumet, Ill., product upped the program benchmark to 287 versus McKendree last weekend. Though it took 36 carries to break the record the first time, Clinton needed only 20 carries to surpass it last Saturday, good for a remarkable 14.4-yard average. Prior to the Hillsdale game, UIndy’s single-game rushing record of 254 yards had stood for 56 years, set by Jack Schuck back in 1965. Furthermore, a third notable game saw Clinton add a national record to his growing 2021 resume. At Southwest Baptist in week five, Clinton broke the Division II mark for most rushing yards in a single quarter, racking up 197 first-quarter yards on just 10 attempts. On the season, Clinton ranks second in the nation in rushing yards (1,058), second in total touchdowns (13) and sixth in yards per carry (7.3). Additionally, he became the seventh rusher in UIndy history to surpass the 3,000-yard career mark. He is within striking distance of the school’s single season rushing record, as an average of 84 yards in the final five regular season games will push his total past the 1,475 yards put up by Klay Fiechter in 2012. Meanwhile, a 148-yard average will elevate Clinton past the career UIndy mark of 3,809, also held by Fiechter (2010-13).
MAX PROTECT Led by veteran tackles Clay Hadley and Tarnjeet Singh, UIndy’s offensive line have been a major factor in helping Clinton and the rest of the offense move the chains. The quintet have helped the Hounds rank highly in Division II in rushing offense (5th), tackles for a loss allowed (7th), sacks allowed (10th) and scoring offense (13th) – all categories in which they lead the GLVC.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT Just 24 DII players have returned a kickoff for a touchdown so far this season, two of which will be on display Saturday. Lindenwood’s Spencer Redd, the reigning GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week, ran back a Quincy kickoff 97 yards last week, helping the Lions slip past the Hawks, 33-28, while UIndy’s dynamic freshman Jeremiah Lee recorded a 95-yard TD return in a week-5 rout of Southwest Baptist – one of four touchdowns on the day for Lee.
BLOCK PARTY The Greyhounds have already amassed five blocked kicks this season, fourth-most in Division II and most for UIndy since 2004. UIndy has swatted down four extra-point tries, including three versus McKendree last week, as well as a potential game-winning field goal in week 3 versus Ohio Dominican as time expired.
LET IT REIGN UIndy entered the fall as the conference favorite, topping the 2021 GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll . UIndy swept through the abbreviated 2021 spring season, capped by a 46-29 win against Truman in the first-ever GLVC Championship Game. UIndy is 60-5 (.923) all-time in GLVC play and has won seven league crowns since the conference began sponsoring football in 2012.
2021-22 RSC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll & Team released on Media Day
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Two teams begin the 2021-22 women’s basketball season in a tie atop the River States Conference. WVU Tech and University of Rio Grande (Ohio) have been voted as co-favorites in the RSC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll, which was conducted by the 14 head coaches in the league.
The release of the preseason coaches’ poll is a part of RSC Women’s Basketball Media Day, which is taking place all day Thursday, Oct. 14 on the RSC Facebook page. Tune in starting at 12:00 pm ET to see video interviews from all 14 head coaches in the league and student-athletes from each school.
Also unveiled as part of RSC Media Day is the RSC Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team. Ten players were named to highlight the top returners in the conference as the season begins. Returning all-conference first-teamers and select second-teamers were named to the preseason team.
WVU Tech and Rio Grande, which met in the RSC Championship finals last year, each received 161 votes in the polling of the conference coaches. WVU Tech came out with a victory in the finals and received eight first-place votes this preseason, and Rio Grande received all of the remaining six first-place votes. Nonetheless, the RSC’s two NAIA National Championship qualifiers from last season were far out in front of the other 12 teams.
WVU Tech was picked as the favorite in the RSC East Division, right in front of divisional foe Rio Grande. Both teams have two players on the RSC Preseason All-Conference Team. WVU Tech has selections Brittney Justice and Whittney Justice back while Rio Grande has Chyna Chambers and Hailey Jordan.
Midway (Ky.) University was picked third overall of the 14 teams and as the favorite in the RSC West Division. The Eagles received 136 votes in the overall conference polling. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College was predicted next at fourth overall in the conference and second in the RSC West. Alice Lloyd received 118 votes in the overall ballot.
The top four teams from each division will advance to the RSC Championship. Predicted playoff teams in the presason poll also include Indiana University East and Point Park (Pa.) University in the RSC East and Indiana University Kokomo and Oakland City (Ind.) University in the RSC West.
For the complete RSC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll and the RSC Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team, see below.
The River States Conference has 14 member schools, all of which play basketball. The RSC is represented in five different states — Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The basketball conference is split into RSC East & West Divisions with teams playing home and away inside their division and once across the divisions. This past summer, St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College and Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University became members of the conference and joined the RSC West and East divisions, respectively.
2021-22 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL (Oct. 14, 2021)
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
|T-1. WVU Tech (8)||161|
|T-1. Rio Grande (Ohio) (6)||161|
|3. Midway (Ky.)||136|
|4. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||118|
|5. IU East||111|
|6. Point Park (Pa.)||96|
|7. IU Kokomo||92|
|8. Oakland City (Ind.)||89|
|9. IU Southeast||81|
|10. Ohio Christian||78|
|11. Carlow (Pa.)||50|
|12. Brescia (Ky.)||45|
|13. Ohio Valley (W.Va.)||32|
|14. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)||24|
RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ EAST DIVISION PRESEASON POLL
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
|1. WVU Tech||80|
|2. Rio Grande (Ohio)||78|
|3. IU East||57|
|4. Point Park (Pa.)||46|
|5. Ohio Christian||39|
|6. Carlow (Pa.)||25|
|7. Ohio Valley (W.Va.)||17|
RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES’ WEST DIVISION PRESEASON POLL
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
|1. Midway (Ky.)||79|
|2. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||68|
|3. Oakland City (Ind.)||59|
|4. IU Kokomo||52|
|5. IU Southeast||45|
|6. Brescia (Ky.)||28|
|7. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)||20|
2021-22 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
|Brittney Justice||G||Sr.||WVU Tech|
|Rachel Gillum||F||Jr.||Ohio Christian|
|Haley Hall||G||Sr.||Alice Lloyd (Ky.)|
|Jill Enix||F||Sr.||Midway (Ky.)|
|Michelle Burns||G||Sr.||Point Park (Pa.)|
|Chyna Chambers||G||Sr.||Rio Grande (Ohio)|
|Emilee Hope||G||So.||Oakland City (Ind.)|
|Whittney Justice||G||Sr.||WVU Tech|
|Taylor Rinn||F||Jr.||Point Park (Pa.)|
|Hailey Jordan||F||Jr.||Rio Grande (Ohio)|
NO. 10 FOOTBALL HOSTS UNDEFEATED BLUE DEVILS ON HOMECOMING
- No. 10 IWU welcomes the undefeated Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech to Wildcat Stadium on Saturday, October 15. Kick off is set for 1pm with tickets being sold at IWUWildcats.com/tickets. Both programs started back in 2018 and currently in their fourth season.
WHO ARE THE BLUE DEVILS
- Blue Devils currently boast a 6-0 record which is the most wins in a season in program history.
- Lawrence Tech sits atop of the MSFA being one of two undefeated teams left standing.
- Head Coach Avante Mitchell has been with the program since July 2019 when he started as the Defensive Coordinator before taking as head coach following his first season. Since taking over the reigns, the Blue Devils have posted a 6-2 record.
- Senior quarterback, Tyler Kulka has thrown for 10 touchdowns thus far connecting with CJ Thompson on four of them.
- Ben Brittain and Ahmad Saggabh lead rushing yards with 130 and 115 total yards.
- Freshman wide receiver, Jaden Rembert is leading the team with 19 receptions.
- On the defensive side of the ball, Tommy Lappin has recorded 32 tackles.
RHIT Women’s Tennis – Goldman Named 1st-team all-HCAC
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Taylor Goldman earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in results released on Thursday by the league office.
Goldman earned first-team all-league honors for the second consecutive year after also being named HCAC Freshman of the Year in 2020-21.
This season, Goldman has a 7-3 singles record and compiled a 4-1 mark in HCAC play as Rose-Hulman’s No. 1 player. She also finished 6-4 in doubles play this season.
The 2021-22 effort has improved Goldman’s career singles record to 14-3 overall. She also has a 12-8 mark in doubles play for a combined career record of 26-11.
Rose-Hulman has advanced to the semifinal round of the HCAC Tournament which takes place on Saturday. The Fightin’ Engineers are 3-5 overall and will face No. 1 seed Transylvania at Top Seed Tennis Club starting at 11 am. The HCAC Tournament Championship Match is set for Sunday at 10 am.
Women’s Soccer: Ravens Rout Yellow Jackets
The Anderson University women’s soccer team defeated the Defiance College Yellow Jackets in a high-scoring contest for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up on Wednesday. After 90 minutes of regulation time, the Ravens secured a 6-0 victory over the Yellow Jackets in a game that saw 49 Anderson shots.
Goals came quickly for the Ravens (5-5-2, 4-0-1). From the opening minute, the Ravens dominated possession, keeping the ball on their offensive end for most of the game. The Ravens would rip off six shots, four on target, before finding the back of the net in the 7th minute. Brooke Neu (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West) assisted Jessica Pulaski (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) with a pass off the end line inside the 18-yard box to an on-running Pulaski who one touched the shot through the Yellow Jackets (2-9, 0-5) goalkeepers’ legs.
Anderson wasted no time taking more shots, and it was only a matter of minutes before they built on their lead. Taylor Fort (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) found the goal off a Harper Manion (Lebanon, Ohio / Bishop Fenwick) assist in the 11th minute. In a very similar play to the Ravens first goal, Manion passed the ball to Fort from the end line and Fort was able to send the ball just to the left of the diving goalkeeper.
Izzy Wilson (Decatur, Ind. / Bellmont) then found herself a goal as Taylor Fort was on the opposite end this time with an assist in the 16th minute. Fort passed the ball to Wilson who was waiting on the left inside of the 18-yard box. Wilson took a touch to control the ball, a touch to get past the defender, one more to set herself up and then ripped a shot just off the ground into the inside corner of the goal, right between the post and the keeper. Just 16 minutes into the game the Ravens led the visiting Yellow Jackets 3-0.
As some time passed and the shots continued, the Ravens made multiple subs into the game. With a whole new team on the field, the Ravens continued to search for more goals. In the 30th minute, Riley Schultz (Circleville, Ohio / Logan Elm) built the Ravens’ lead off a Lauren Brown (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) assist. Brown received a long ball inside the 18-yard box and made a crossing pass right in front of the Yellow Jackets keeper to a defenseless Schultz. Schultz earned her first career goal as a Raven.
The rest of the half came and went with the Ravens continuing to shoot the ball. At the end of the first 45 minutes, Anderson led Defiance 4-0.
Coming out of halftime, Harper Manion struck three shots, all on goal, but was unable to find the back of the net between the 46th and 50th minute.
Most of the second half would go by before the Ravens found the goal for the fifth time. After multiple shots, Taylor Baker (Springfield, Ohio / Catholic Central) put the ball into the goal in the 85th minute off an Anhely Montes (Portland, Ind. / Jay County) assist. Surrounded by defenders, Montes was able to find a wide-open Baker who took one touch and rocketed her into the upper-left corner, opposite of where she shot from, and just over the keeper’s hands.
Then, with 36 seconds remaining in the game, Lillie Casey (Loveland, Ohio / Goshen) joined in on the goal scoring. Casey shot the ball from in-between the sideline and the 18-yard box, sending the ball high and far. The ball hit off the far-left post and bounced into the goal. With just a couple seconds left to play, the Ravens secured a 6-0 victory over the Yellow Jackets, their largest victory of the season so far.
Head Coach Jennifer Myhre had the following to say after the match: “[Wednesday] was a great team win and it was awesome to see so many players have an impact on the game. We knew Defiance was going to pack the box and the key was to stay disciplined moving the ball around and being patient in the attack. We did a great job stretching wide and getting in behind. Each of the goals were great buildups and strong finishes. Overall, this game was one of our best in regards to shot selection and keeping them on frame. Hats off to their keeper, as she played well and made quality saves all game long.”
Inside the box score, the domination continued for the Ravens. Anderson allowed Defiance to take zero shots, while taking 49 shots themselves, 33 of which were on goal. 15 Ravens got in on the shot action, with six different Ravens finding the back of the net. Jessica Pulaski led the Ravens with eight shots, seven on frame, and one in goal. Taylor Baker was right behind her with seven shots, five on frame, and one in goal. Then it was Taylor Fort who took five shots, two on frame, and one in goal. Izzy Wilson and Lillie Casey each had three shots, one in goal, with Wilson hitting all three on frame and Casey with two. Riley Schultz put her only shot in the back of the goal. In goal, Mallory Housman (Evansville, Ind. / Memorial) picked up the shutout after facing no shots from Defiance.
Anderson now hits the road for their next three games. On Sunday they head to Bluffton, Ohio to take on the Beavers of Bluffton University (4-8, 1-4). Kick-off is set for 1PM.
Five Ravens Garner First-Team All-HCAC Honors
Anderson University women’s tennis standouts Madelyn Brown (Sellersburg, Ind. / Christian Academy of Indiana), Anna Creech (Richmond, Ind. / Richmond), Jenna Kuntz (Edinburgh, Ind. / Southwestern), Megan Long (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine) and Morgan Nation (Middletown, Ind. / Shenandoah) each garnered first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) honors, which was announced by the conference on Thursday.
Creech received all-conference recognition for the third time in her career. The senior from Richmond earned all-HCAC Honorable Mention as a sophomore and first-team all-HCAC honors as a junior. Brown and Long collected first-team all-HCAC recognition for the second time in their careers after receiving honors in the Spring of 2021. Kuntz and Nation received all-conference recognition for the first time in their careers.
Anderson is currently 9-4 and provided a 4-1 HCAC record to take second place in the HCAC standings. Also elevating the first-team all-conference players and making them better throughout the season were Claire Hannaford (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeast), Morgan Oconitrillo (Indianapolis, Ind. / Homeschool / Warren Central) and Abigail Williams (Anderson, Ind. / Frankton).
“Overall, I could not be prouder of these five players,” Coach Matt Moore said. “I also know their success does not happen without the help of Morgan [Oconitrillo], Claire, and Abby. Our other players push these ladies hard each practice and help them realize just how great they can be. As a group, these ladies figured out how to win in a variety of ways. They also know success only happens if you continue to work hard. I am excited to see them battle for a conference championship this weekend.”
Creech went 3-2 at No. 1 singles and 2-3 at No. 1 doubles during the conference season. She finished the regular season with a 6-7 singles record (4-6 at No. 1 singles, 2-1 at No. 2 singles) and a 3-9 doubles record at No. 1 doubles.
“Anna was the anchor of our women’s tennis program. Her leadership was second to none. Her ability to push her teammates to maximize their potential is a primary reason for our overall success. She is well-deserving of a spot on the All-Conference team.”
Long put together a 4-1 singles record (3-1 at No. 2 singles, 1-0 at No. 3 singles) and a 3-1 doubles record (1-1 at No. 1 doubles, 2-0 at No. 2 doubles) during the HCAC season. The sophomore from New Palestine compiled a 10-3 singles record (6-2 at No. 2 singles, 1-0 at No. 3 singles, 1-1 at No. 4 singles, 2-0 at No. 5 singles) and an 8-4 doubles record (1-4 at No. 1 doubles, 7-0 at No. 2 doubles) during the regular season.
“Megan has only lost one doubles match and one singles match in two years of conference play. She is the face of the future for the Ravens. She embodies all the values and qualities we look for in players. We are blessed to have her as a member of our program. I know she will work hard to continue this success in her final two years.”
Brown contributed a 4-1 singles record (1-0 at No. 2 singles, 3-1 at No. 3 singles) and a 4-1 record at No. 2 doubles during the conference season. The junior from Sellersburg posted a 10-3 singles record (1-0 at No. 1 singles, 2-0 at No. 2 singles, 7-3 at No. 3 singles) and an 11-2 record at No. 2 doubles.
“Maddie earned her second straight All-Conference honor. She is a steady force in all of our matches. Her poise, sportsmanship, and supporting nature not only allow her to overcome challenging matches, but it encourages her teammates to do the same.”
Nation turned in a 3-0 singles record (2-0 at No. 4 singles, 1-0 at No. 5 singles) and a 2-2 doubles record (1-2 at No. 1 doubles, 1-0 at No. 2 doubles) during the HCAC season. The freshman from Middletown closed out the regular season with a 6-5 singles record (0-2 at No. 1 singles, 0-2 at No. 3 singles, 5-1 at No. 4 singles, 1-0 at No. 5 singles) and a 5-6 doubles record (2-5 at No. 1 doubles, 3-1 at No. 2 doubles).
“Morgan had an outstanding first year with our program. She had an immediate impact in our lineup and pushed her teammates daily to reach their potential. She showed tremendous mental resolve to win key matches. She will certainly be an important piece of our tennis puzzle in the years to come.”
Kuntz provided a 3-1 singles record (1-1 at No. 4 singles, 2-0 at No.5 singles) and a 4-1 doubles record (1-1 at No. 2 doubles, 3-0 at No. 3 doubles) during the conference season. The junior from Edinburgh put together a 7-3 singles record (1-2 at No. 4 singles, 5-1 at No. 5 singles, 1-0 at No. 6 singles) and an 8-5 doubles record (1-1 at No. 2 doubles, 7-4 at No. 3 doubles) during the regular season.
“This is Jenna’s first time receiving All-Conference honors. This is such a well-deserved accolade for a player that only knows how to win. She was a clutch performer for us in various spots this season. Her fiery passion lifts her up during tough matches and inspires all those around her.”
Second-seeded Anderson clashes with third-seeded Hanover College (3-4) during the HCAC Tournament semifinals on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Nicholasville, Ky. at Top Seed Tennis Club.
Royals Suffer Hard Blow in Double Overtime
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Bethel University men’s soccer team faced a regionally-ranked Saint John’s team on a brisk fall afternoon in Arden Hills Thursday. In search of three points, Bethel battled the Johnnies into double overtime before SJU put in the golden goal 19 seconds into the final overtime period.
A fast start for the Royals saw Isaac Howell net his second goal of the season taking advantage of a SJU defensive miscue.
In the 15th minute, the Johnnies goalie got caught outside the goalie box trying to chorale a loss ball. But instead, a defender beat him to it clearing it off his back heel which landed right at the feet of Howell. Leaving the SJU keeper no time to retreat, Howell fired it from just inside of 18 yards.
The Royals had an impressive defensive performance in the first 45 minutes as the opposition had five corner kick opportunities in the first half that they were not able to capitalize. That was until the 53rd minute in the second half where the Johnnies tied it up on a header shot that originated from the far corner.
An unfortunate play in the 60th minute prevented Bethel from expanding its lead. What BU thought was the go-ahead goal was called off for offside after a discussion between the referee and his assistant referee.
Tied at the sound of the final horn, the battle continued for another 11 minutes, until the 100th minute mark where a SJU player was able to beat a BU defender scoring from nine yards out.
The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Winona where they face Saint Mary’s who is in search of its first MIAC win.
No. 16/17 Bethel Travels to Concordia for Pivotal MIAC Skyline Division Matchup
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Bethel Royals hit the road for a critical MIAC division contest at Concordia College in Moorhead. The Royals and Cobbers are both 1-0 in the MIAC Skyline division as they chase the coveted top spot in the division in order to play for the MIAC championship in the final week of the season. The Cobbers are 2-3 overall on the season with their losses coming on a last second field goal to Valley City St. in the season opener, at Gustavus, and at home to No. 5-ranked Saint John’s. CC defeated Macalester last week in St. Paul, just a couple miles north of where the Royals were playing Hamline, by a 34-27 score. No. 16/17 Bethel enters at 4-1 overall after the 49-7 victory over Hamline.
The Cobbers have traditionally been a run-oriented team, routinely ranking near the top of the MIAC in rushing but through the first five games of 2021 Concordia ranks second in the MIAC in passing at 290 yards per game. The Cobbers are averaging 116 yards per game on the ground, seventh best in the MIAC. Bethel’s defense has been extremely stingy against the pass, giving up just 180 yards per game while picking off 11 passes, the most in the MIAC. The Royals are giving up just 12.2 points per game while scoring over 39 points per game. Bethel has been exceptional in three critical categories; turnovers, penalties and red zone scoring. BU has taken the ball away from their opponents 14 times while turning it over a league low twice. The Royals also have the fewest amount of penalties called at just 4.6 per game and 40.8 yards per game. In the red zone the Royals have scored touchdowns on 18 of their 21 trips.
Bill Fenlon Announces Retirement Following 2021-22 Season
Greencastle, Ind. – Bill Fenlon, the winningest head coach in DePauw men’s basketball history, announced today that the 2021-22 season will be his final year of coaching at DePauw. A national search for his replacement will begin later in the season.
“Being the head coach at DePauw University has been the great good fortune of my life,” said Fenlon. “The relationships built and experiences shared with student-athletes, assistant coaches, athletic department colleagues, and friends in the campus and Greencastle communities have made my life incredibly full and rewarding. I want to thank the entire DePauw family, past and present, for the opportunity and support I’ve been afforded over these last 30 years. It’s truly been the honor of a lifetime. A special thanks to my home team. My partner Gigi Jennewein, Professor Emerita of Communication and Theatre, and my kids Hannah and Quinn. All good teams require sacrifice and they’ve made many over the years. It wouldn’t have worked without their help.”
Fenlon, who arrived in Greencastle in April 1992 following a total of seven seasons as a head coach at Sewanee, Rose-Hulman, and Southwestern (Texas), has amassed a 469-282 record in 29 seasons at DePauw and is 576-351 in 36 seasons overall as a collegiate head coach. He enters the season ranked fifth among active Division III coaches in victories.
“For three decades, Bill has been the face of DePauw men’s basketball and has made a tremendous impact on the student-athletes he’s coached and on the campus in general,” director of athletics Stevie Baker-Watson said. “I hope that his final season is filled with wonderful memories and, while we will miss him in the Lilly Center, he will always be a part of Team DePauw.”
The Tigers are coming off one of the best seasons in program history as they finished with a 12-1 record with a schedule shortened due to COVID-19. DePauw finished the year ranked 10th by D3hoops.com, marking the 13th season in the 22-year history of the rankings that the Tigers have received votes or been ranked.
Fenlon was recognized as the 2021 Jack Bennett Award recipient which is presented annually to a non-Division I head coach who achieves success on the basketball court, while displaying great moral integrity off of the court as well,
In his first season with the Tigers, Fenlon led the Tigers to an Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA postseason tournament.
In 2001-02, his Tigers captured the program’s first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and a bid into the NCAA Championship. The Tigers finished the season with a 24-4 record before bowing out in the national quarterfinals to eventual national champion, Otterbein. He was named the SCAC Coach of the Year that season and the Tigers were ranked fourth in the final D3hoops.com poll.
In 2006, the Tigers captured the SCAC title to earn an automatic spot in the postseason before garnering an at-large bid in 2007 with a squad that finished with a 22-6 record. Fenlon was named the SCAC Coach of the Year in 2011 which was the Tigers’ final in the conference.
The 2015 Tigers beat three nationally-ranked teams in a span of seven days including two on the opponents’ home court to win the NCAC tournament and an NCAA first-round game before losing a two-point contest at eventual NCAA finalist Augustana.
In January 2017, DePauw alumni and friends raised over $400,000 in establishing the William J. Fenlon Endowed Fund for Men’s Basketball Travel which will fund student-athlete travel, including international trips combining competition and cultural opportunities.
Fenlon’s impact has been felt beyond the student-athletes he’s coached as evidenced by the success of his May Term alliance with PeacePlayers International in which he and Gigi have led groups of DePauw students to Northern Ireland to use basketball as a means to bridge the existing divide.
A mentor to many coaches, Fenlon’s coaching tree includes not only his former student-athletes, but also former DePauw assistant coaches. In all, over 20 former players or assistant coaches are currently in college and professional basketball, including 10 who are or have been head coaches..
Brad Stevens ’99, president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, is one of those influenced by Fenlon.
“It’s very rare in coaching to be at one place for thirty years,” Stevens said. “Obviously, Coach is really good at his job, but beyond that he shows daily how much he cares about DePauw, his players and his peers. As he always says “it’s a relationship business.” DePauw is fortunate to have had him steering the men’s basketball program, and we all have been lucky that he was our coach.”
DePauw opens the 2021-22 season in Neal Fieldhouse on Sunday, November 7, when it hosts Benedictine at 3 p.m.
Minton & Hollingsworth Earn Honors from HCAC
CARMEL, Ind. – The Manchester University first-year duo of Evelyn Minton and Anna Hollingsworth were honored by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Thursday October 14.
Minton (Clarksville, Ind./Jeffersonville) was named First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Thursday. Minton played at the no. 1 singles and no. 1 doubles flights this fall.
Fellow first-year Anna Hollingsworth (New Castle, Ind./Blue River Valley) earned Honorable Mention All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors on Thursday. Hollingsworth split time at the no. 2, 3, and 4 singles flights. She also split time playing at the no. 2 and 3 doubles positions.
Cougars Named as Crossroads League Favorites as Preseason Polls are Announced
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and Preseason All-League Team on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Saint Francis was selected as the preseason favorite, after returning four starters from a squad that made a run to the NAIA National Tournament Semifinals one year ago. The Cougars were followed closely by Indiana Wesleyan and Marian in the poll, with Grace and Huntington picked to round out the top-five.
Fellow returning NAIA All-American Antwaan Cushingberry (USF) was named to the CL Preseason All-League Team. Cushingberry headlined a group that also included Christian Stewart (MU), Jason Hubbard (TU), Zach Goodline (HU), David Ejah (USF), Clay Hilliard (MVNU), Jared DeHart (BU), Caleb Middlesworth (HU), Christian Harvey (MU) and Cade Gibbs (GRA).
The 2021-2022 season is set to open on Tuesday, October 26, with the first league games slated for Saturday, November 20.
2021-2022 Crossroads League Preseason Poll
1-Saint Francis, 94
2-Indiana Wesleyan, 89
7-Mount Vernon Nazarene, 47
9-Spring Arbor, 17
13 2021-2022 Crossroads League Preseason All-League
-Seth Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan
–Antwaan Cushingberry, Saint Francis
-Christian Stewart, Marian
-Jason Hubbard, Taylor
-Zach Goodline, Huntington
–David Ejah, Saint Francis
-Clay Hilliard, Mount Vernon Nazarene
-Jared DeHart, Bethel
-Caleb Middlesworth, Huntington
-Christian Harvey, Marian
-Cade Gibbs, Grace
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES CHESTERTON GRADUATE ABBY SKUBE AS ASSISTANT COACH
Ford said our entire program has been lifted up with the addition of Coach Skube. We’ve been able to trust and rely on her since her start this pre-season and she will be a big reason for our success this winter.
“Coach Abby Skube is local to Northwest Indiana area and has some great recruiting ties and connections,” Ford said. “With all of the strong local high school talent here, we are very focused on providing a good fit for these student-athletes who want to stay close to home and continue to play in front of their family and friends. Abby will help keep IUN a top choice for these players.”
Skube was a standout basketball player for NCAA Division I Loyola University, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During her time with the Ramblers, the forward played in 106 games while averaging 6.8 points per contest and shooting 41 percent from the field. After Loyola, Skube attended Valparaiso University for their Accelerated Nursing Program earning her second Bachelor’s Degree this time in Nursing in 2017.
“It was a privilege being able to play at the highest level of collegiate basketball while earning a degree and pursuing my professional dreams, Skube said. “The structure and discipline of the program set me up for a bright future.”
Prior to her time with the Ramblers, the forward was a multi-letter winner for Chesterton High School.
“I am hoping to bring banners and being a great mentor to these women,” Skube said. “I am hoping to guide these student-athletes through the same experiences I went through. Basketball provided me with the opportunities to push myself in overcoming fears, challenges and adversities I would not normally be faced with in this stage of life.”
Ford said Abby has been incredibly supportive so far this season and she is a great motivator during practice.
“She is high-energy, our student-athletes respond well to her, and they enjoy being pushed by her each day,” said Ford. “Having played NCAA Division 1 basketball herself in the past, she understands the level of commitment and quality of play required to have success in such a competitive conference like the CCAC.”
Skube is currently a Resident Nurse for Northwestern Medicine and resides in Chesterton, Indiana.
PNW falls in three sets to Saginaw Valley State
HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest women’s volleyball team fell 3-0 to Saginaw Valley State Thursday night inside the Fitness & Recreation Center.
The visiting Cardinals won by final set scores of 25-11, 25-20 & 25-21.
PNW (1-15, 0-8 GLIAC) was led by Eric Brohm’s eight kills with a .316 attacking percentage. Olivia Brooke dished out 22 assists with eight digs and pair of block assists.
Riley Kraiza, Bryanna Moonen and Lauren Sanders each recorded five kills. Alexis Wade made the start at libero and gathered a team-high 11 digs on the night.
Saginaw Valley (12-4, 4-4 GLIAC) out-hit the Pride .277 to .078 in overall team percentage, as the Cards were led by Maria Vukaj with nine kills and 11 digs.
PNW gained its first lead when a Brohm kill gave the Pride an early 2-1 edge in the third set. However, the visitors countered with a 12-3 run to put the match out of reach.
PNW will open up the Midwest Region Crossover tomorrow against McKendree. First serve from the Hammond Sportsplex is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CDT. The Pride will play two matches on Saturday against Lake Erie (9:30 a.m.) and UIS (4 p.m.).
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Men Remain No. 5 in NAIA Top-25 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor men’s cross country team held its position as the No. 5-ranked team in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.
The Trojans tallied a total of 454 points in the voting. The top-four teams ahead of TU remained the same from the previous poll, including No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan (518 points), No. 2 Saint Mary (515), No. 3 Saint Francis (498) and No. 4 Milligan (483).
This is the 60th-straight poll the Taylor men have been ranked inside the top-25.
The Purple and Gold have competed in three meets to start off the 2021 campaign, including a runner-up finish at the IWU Twilight Invite on September 10, losing only to No. 1-ranked Indiana Wesleyan. The Trojans then raced on their home course at the Ray Bullock Invite on September 17. Derek Van Prooyen, Daniel Gerber and Alex Helmuth grabbed the top-three places to lead the team to victory.
Recently, the Taylor men competed at the Louisville Classic on October 2. TU finished as the second-best NAIA school in the Gold Race, ending behind No. 3 St. Francis. Daniel Gerber and Alex Helmuth claimed the second and third-fastest 8k times in TU program history, posting times of 24:04.7 and 24:13.1 respectively.
The No. 5 Trojans will be back in action on October 23 for the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
TENNIS: IU EAST AT SHAWNEE STATE RECAP
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Indiana University East tennis teams concluded their fall seasons with wins at Shawnee State University on Oct. 14.
The IU East women won 7-0 against a previously unbeaten Shawnee State squad. The Red Wolf men triumphed by a 6-1 score.
It was the only completed dual match of the fall season for the IU East women. The Red Wolf men will take a 2-0 record in duals into the spring.
“Great way to end the fall season with both teams getting a good win against strong teams,” said IU East coach Jacob Rankin. “We fought hard and grew a lot this fall as a team. Now it’s time to get ready for spring!”
The Red Wolves now go into hibernation from competition until February. IU East’s conference championship season is during the spring semester.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: OHIO VALLEY 1, IU EAST 0 (2OT)
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision to Ohio Valley University on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Oihane Abascal scored at the 102:33 mark as the Fighting Scots remain unbeaten in the River States Conference and on top in the league at 7-0. Overall, Ohio Valley is 7-1-1.
IU East is now 6-6 and 4-2 in the conference.
Gabby Mitchum had four saves in goal for the Red Wolves.
Next up for IU East is another RSC contest at home on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The Red Wolves entertain WVU Tech at Centerville High School on Senior Day at 1 p.m.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1892 On the last day of the season, Charles Bumpus Jones goes the distance in his first major league start, allowing no hits in the Reds’ 7-1 victory over the Pirates at Cincinnati’s League Park. The 22-year-old right-hander becomes the first major league rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1917 The White Sox win the World Series in six games when they beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 4-2. When the New York infielders leave home plate uncovered in the fourth inning, Eddie Collins scurries home, scoring the eventual winning run with Giants’ third baseman Heinie Zimmerman chasing him with the ball toward the plate.
1917 A letter signed by 24 members of the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox and manager Pants Rowland contains complaints concerning not receiving their full winner share after beating the New York Giants. The written request, which will be discovered as a tattered document more than 40 years later among boxes stored at the Hall of Fame library, may explain the ‘Black Sox’ motivation for fixing the Fall Classic two years later.
1923 At the Polo Grounds, the visiting Yankees score five runs in the eighth inning, beating the Giants in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, 6-4. The victory over their crosstown rivals gives the franchise its first World Championship.
1925 The Pirates become the first team to win a World Series after being down three games to one when the Bucs beat Washington and Walter Johnson in Game 7, 9-7. Kiki Cuyler’s bases-loaded double in the eighth inning proves to be the difference.
1946 In Game 7 of the World Series, the Cardinals beat the Red Sox, 4-3, when Enos Slaughter streaked home from first on Harry Walker’s single. The play surprises everyone, including cut-off man shortstop Johnny Pesky who hesitates, as legend has it, throwing the ball home.
1964 In the Game 7 loss to the Cardinals, Bobby Richardson establishes a World Series record, playing in thirty consecutive Fall Classic games. The Yankee second baseman shares the record for the most hits (13), RBIs (12), and runs scored (8) in a seven-game series (1960).
1964 In his final postseason game, Mickey Mantle hits a three-run homer to the opposite field off right-hander Bob Gibson, his third dinger of the series. In the 7-5 loss to the Redbirds in the Fall Classic finale, the Sportsman’s Park round-tripper extends the Mick’s World Series record to 18.
1964 The Cardinals hang on to defeat the Yankees in Game 7 at Sportsman’s Park, 7-5, to capture their seventh Fall Classic, becoming the first team with a losing record (39-40) at the All-Star break to be World Champs. Bob Gibson, who struck out 31 batters in 27 innings during his three starts, is selected as the World Series Most Valuable Player.
1964 The Boyer brothers both hit home runs in Game 7 of the World Series, Ken for the Cardinals and Clete for the Yankees. Both siblings accomplish the feat in their last at-bat of the Fall Classic.
1968 Orioles right-hander Roger Nelson is selected first by the Royals in the American League expansion draft. The Pilots then choose first baseman Don Mincher from the Angels as their franchise’s first choice.
1969 In Game 4 of the Fall Classic at Shea Stadium, Tom Seaver and the Mets beat the Orioles in ten innings, 2-1. The game features a run-saving ninth-inning diving grab of Brooks Robinson’s line drive with two on by Ron Swoboda and a controversial play in the tenth when J.C. Martin unquestionably gets in the way of Pete Richert’s throw, without the umpire calling interference on the baserunner.
1969 During the third inning of Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Earl Weaver becomes the first manager thrown out of a World Series game in 34 years. The ‘Earl of Baltimore’, who umpire Shag Crawford had previously warned, is quickly ejected after protesting a strike call from the bench.
1970 Brooks Robinson captures the World Series Most Valuable Player Award after batting .429 (9/21) and driving in six runs during the five-game set against Cincinnati. The Orioles’ third baseman becomes the first player to be named the MVP in the Fall Classic, an All-Star game (1966), and his league (AL-1964).
1972 In his last appearance at a major league ballpark, Jackie Robinson, speaking before Game 2 of the World Series nine days before his death, urges baseball to hire a black manager. The owners do not hire an African-American skipper until 1975 when the Indians employ Frank Robinson to run the team.
1981 With Dave Righetti, Ron Davis, and Goose Gossage combining to shut out Oakland, 4-0, the Yankees sweep the A’s to capture their thirty-third American League pennant. The Bronx Bombers will face the Dodgers in the World Series for the third time in the last five Fall Classics.
1982 Willie McGee becomes the third rookie to hit two home runs in the same World Series game. Going deep off Brewers starter Pete Vuckovich in the fifth and seventh innings in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, the Cardinals’ center fielder joins Charlie Keller (1939) and Tony Kubek (1957), each accomplishing the feat in the third game of their respective Fall Classics.
1986 In the longest postseason game ever played (4 hours and 42 minutes), the Mets clinch their third National League crown, beating Houston in sixteen innings at the Astrodome, 7-6. Trailing 3-0, Lenny Dykstra and Ray Knight spark a ninth-inning rally, which sends the game into extra innings.
1986 After being down three games to one in the ALCS, the Red Sox pull off one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history by defeating the California Angels 8-1 to win the American League pennant. In Game 5, Boston was one strike away from elimination before rallying with four runs in the ninth inning en route to an extra-inning victory at Anaheim Stadium, bringing the series back to Fenway Park.
1988 In his only plate appearance in the Fall Classic, a limping Kirk Gibson, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Game 1, sends a two-out, 3-2 pitch from relief ace Dennis Eckersley over the right-field fence, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the A’s. The round-tripper marks the first time a World Series game ends on a come-from-behind home run in the final inning.
1996 The Devil Rays name Jamie Reed as the club’s head trainer. The 37 year-old Annapolis (MD) native, formerly the Orioles assistant trainer, is the first on-field major league hire for the new expansion team.
1997 After a vote during an afternoon conference call, the owners place the Devil Rays in the American League East Division, moving the Tigers to the AL Central to make room for the expansion team. The decision follows nine months of futile realignment efforts after the expansion Diamondbacks became a National League franchise in January.
1997 Major League Baseball approves a resolution creating a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League for the upcoming season. The plan puts the expansion Devil Ray in the AL Eastern Division, and the NL’s newest team, the Rockies, will play in the circuit’s Western Division.
1997 Thanks to an 11th-inning homer by Tony Fernandez, the Indians defeat the Orioles, 1-0, to win the American League Championship Series in six games. It is the Tribe’s second pennant in three years.
2001 The Yankees beat the A’s 5-3 to win the ALDS. The Bronx Bombers become the first team ever to win a best-of-five series after losing the first two games at home.
2001 After losing their first playoff appearance to the Mets in 1999, the Diamondbacks win their first postseason series, beating the Cardinals in only their fourth year of existence. Tony Womack’s two-out game-winning hit in the NLDS’s deciding fifth game gives Arizona the 2-1 victory.
2002 Kirk Gibson signs a three-year deal to become Detroit’s new bench coach. The aggressive former outfielder joins the staff of the newly hired skipper, Alan Trammell, a former 1984 World Champion Tiger teammate.
2003 Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan who deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the NLCS, releases a statement explaining his actions. During a tearful apology, the 26 year-old human resources company worker asks Chicago fans to redirect their negative energy into positive support for the team during Game 7 of the championship series.
2007 The Rockies record their 21st victory in 22 games, beating the Diamondbacks 6-4 to complete a four-game sweep of the NLCS. The Coors Field’s triumph over the number one seed in the National League playoffs advances Colorado to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
2008 In Game 5 of the NLCS, the visiting Phillies beat the Dodgers, 5-1, to win their first pennant since 1993. Southpaw Cole Hamels, the series MVP, hurls his third postseason gem, and Jimmy Rollins starts the Philadelphia attack with a leadoff home run to start the game.
2011 With another home run in the Game 6 clincher, a 15-5 Ranger rout of Detroit, Nelson Cruz sets a new record for the most round-trippers in a postseason series with six. The Texas right-fielder, who ended the regular season in a slump, is named the ALCS Most Valuable Player for his outstanding contribution to his team’s success in the championship series.
2012 The Reds sign Dusty Baker to a two-year contract extension, giving their 63-year-old manager another chance to take the team beyond the first round of the playoffs. In two of the last three years, Cincinnati has participated in the postseason, including this season’s heartbreaking loss in the NLDS, dropping the previous three decisions at home in a five-game series to San Francisco.
2014 The Royals become the first team to win eight consecutive postseason games when they swept the Orioles in the ALCS with a 2-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. After winning the wild-card game over the A’s, Kansas City continued their winning ways by beating the Angels in the first three games of the best-of-five ALDS series.
2017 Twenty-nine years later, Justin Turner follows Kirk Gibson into franchise folklore when he hits a postseason walk-off three-run home run in the 12th inning of the LA’s 4-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS. In 1988, in his only Fall Classic appearance, a hobbled Kirk Gibson came off the bench to hit one of the most memorable round-trippers in World Series history, giving the Dodgers a come-from-behind victory against the A’s in Game 1.
2020 In Game 5 of the ALDS, the Astros become the first team in postseason history to hit a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game. George Springer led off the Petco Park contest with a homer in the bottom of the first, and Carlos Correa’s ninth-inning game-ending round-tripper gave Houston a 4-3 victory over the Rays.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||4||1||0||.800||0.0||172||64||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|New England Patriots||2||3||0||.400||2.0||96||92||0-3-0||2-0-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||1||4||0||.200||3.0||79||154||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|New York Jets||1||4||0||.200||3.0||67||121||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||1||0||.800||0.0||142||116||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||2||0||.600||1.0||102||76||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||2||0||.600||1.0||113||120||2-1-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||3||0||.400||2.0||154||163||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||4||1||0||.800||0.0||136||117||2-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||0-0-0||4 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||2||0||.600||1.0||114||100||2-1-0||1-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||3||2||0||.600||1.0||142||114||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||3||0||.400||2.0||94||112||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||3||2||0||.600||0.0||132||130||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||4||0||.200||2.0||89||141||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||4 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||1||4||0||.200||2.0||108||128||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||5||0||.000||3.0||93||152||0-3-0||0-2-0||0-4-0||0-2-0||5 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||4||1||0||.800||0.0||170||117||3-0-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||3||0||.400||2.0||123||155||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||2||4||0||.333||2.5||137||152||0-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||1||4||0||.200||3.0||103||139||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||5||0||0||1.000||0.0||157||95||2-0-0||3-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||1||0||.800||1.0||141||116||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||2||3||0||.400||3.0||120||126||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||3||0||.400||3.0||117||119||0-2-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||4||1||0||.800||0.0||120||122||2-0-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||2||0||.600||1.0||84||100||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||2||3||0||.400||2.0||113||109||2-1-0||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||5||0||.000||4.0||98||138||0-2-0||0-3-0||0-4-0||0-3-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||195||144||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Carolina Panthers||3||2||0||.600||1.5||115||87||2-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|New Orleans Saints||3||2||0||.600||1.5||127||91||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||2||3||0||.400||2.5||105||148||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
|1 Pittsburgh Penguins||2||1||0||1||3||1||10||7||—||1-0-1||1-0-1|
|2 Buffalo Sabres||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|3 Columbus Blue Jackets||1||1||0||0||2||1||8||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|4 Washington Capitals||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|5 Ottawa Senators||1||1||0||0||2||1||3||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||2||1||1||0||2||1||4||4||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|7 Carolina Hurricanes||1||1||0||0||2||1||6||3||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|8 Florida Panthers||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||4||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|9 Tampa Bay Lightning||2||1||1||0||2||1||9||12||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0|
|10 Detroit Red Wings||1||0||0||1||1||0||6||7||0-0-1||—||0-0-1|
|11 New York Rangers||2||0||1||1||1||0||3||8||0-0-1||0-1-0||0-1-1|
|12 Boston Bruins||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|13 New Jersey Devils||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|14 Philadelphia Flyers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|15 New York Islanders||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||6||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||2||0||2||0||0||0||2||7||—||0-2-0||0-2-0|
|1 Los Angeles Kings||1||1||0||0||2||1||6||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|2 Colorado Avalanche||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|3 Anaheim Ducks||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|4 Seattle Kraken||2||1||1||0||2||1||7||7||—||1-1-0||1-1-0|
|5 Dallas Stars||1||1||0||0||2||1||3||2||—||1-0-0||1-0-0|
|6 Minnesota Wild||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|7 Vegas Golden Knights||2||1||1||0||2||1||6||9||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|8 Edmonton Oilers||1||1||0||0||2||0||3||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|9 Vancouver Canucks||1||0||0||1||1||0||2||3||—||0-0-1||0-0-1|
|10 Calgary Flames||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|11 San Jose Sharks||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|12 St. Louis Blues||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|13 Nashville Predators||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||4||0-1-0||—||0-1-0|
|14 Chicago Blackhawks||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||4||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|15 Winnipeg Jets||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||4||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|16 Arizona Coyotes||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||8||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|Orlando City SC||28||11||9||8||41||41||0||8-4-2||3-5-6||42|
|New York City FC||28||11||7||10||44||32||12||8-3-3||3-4-7||40|
|Inter Miami CF||28||9||5||14||25||43||-18||5-2-7||4-3-7||32|
|Real Salt Lake||28||11||6||11||45||44||1||8-4-2||3-2-9||39|
|Los Angeles FC||28||9||7||12||40||41||-1||6-5-3||3-2-9||34|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Conference