INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Fri Sep 247pPendleton Heights @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Sep 247pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 247pTindley @ Purdue PolyFootball
Fri Sep 247pLapel @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 247pNorth Newton @ FrontierFootball
Sat Sep 2510aNorth Putnam @ GreencastleSoccer Doubleheader
Sat Sep 2512:50pSt Joseph @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Mon Sep 277pRitter @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Mon Sep 277pCenter Grove @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Wed Sep 296p & 8pCity Alliance Conference ChampionshipsGirls & Boys Soccer
Thur Sep 307pCovenant Christian @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Sep 307pHeritage Christian @ LapelVolleyball
Fri Oct 17pLapel @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Oct 17pCovenant Christian @ ClarksvilleFootball
Fri Oct 17pTraders Pt @ EdinburghFootball
Fri Oct 17pFrontier @ Tri-CountyFootball
Fri Oct 17pMt Vernon @ New CastleFootball
Sat Oct 21:15pMt St Joseph @ BlufftonCollege Football
Sat Sep 251pSB St Joseph @ Guerin CatholicSoccer

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-WEEK 6

FRIDAY

Alexandria (3-1) at Eastbrook (5-0)

Anderson (1-4) at Kokomo (4-1)

Avon (0-5) at Fishers (3-2)

Batesville (3-2) at Lawrenceburg (4-1)

Beech Grove (2-3) at Monrovia (4-1)

Bellmont (0-5) at Leo (5-0)

Ben Davis (2-3) at Lawrence North (3-1)

Blackford (0-5) at Elwood (0-4)

Bloomington North (4-1) at New Albany (3-2)

Brebeuf Jesuit (5-0) at Indianapolis Roncalli (5-0)

Brownsburg (4-1) at Westfield (4-1)

Brownstown Central (5-0) at Seymour (1-3)

Calumet (4-1) at Griffith (2-3)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (4-1) at Fort Wayne South (1-3)

Cascade (1-4) at North Putnam (1-3)

Caston (1-4) at North White (2-1)

Center Grove (5-0) at Lawrence Central (2-3)

Central Noble (5-0) at Lakeland (2-3)

Chesterton (4-1) at Portage (1-4)

Christel House Manual (0-4) at Bowman Academy (0-4)

Clarksville (1-4) at Perry Central (4-1)

Cloverdale (0-4) at Riverton Parke (1-3)

Columbia City (4-1) at New Haven (1-4)

Columbus North (2-3) at Terre Haute North (2-3)

Corydon Central (0-4) at Salem (2-1)

Covington (3-2) at South Newton (3-2)

Crawford County (2-2) at Springs Valley (4-1)

Culver (1-2) at Winamac (3-0)

DeKalb (0-5) at Huntington North (2-3)

Delphi (3-2) at Clinton Prairie (2-2)

East Noble (3-1) at Norwell (4-1)

Eastern (Greentown) (4-1) at Clinton Central (2-3)

Eastern Greene (1-4) at Paoli (2-1)

Eastern Hancock (3-2) at Milan (2-3)

Eastside (5-0) at Prairie Heights (2-3)

Edgewood (1-3) at Indian Creek (1-4)

Edinburgh (4-1) at Speedway (4-1)

Eminence (Ky.) at Switzerland County (1-3)

Evansville Central (1-4) at Jasper (5-0)

Evansville Memorial (4-1) at Evansville Bosse (2-3)

Evansville North (3-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (3-2)

Evansville Reitz (2-3) at Castle (4-1)

Floyd Central (1-4) at Columbus East (1-4)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-2) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-4)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-3) at Fort Wayne Luers (5-0)

Fort Wayne Wayne (1-4) at Fort Wayne Snider (3-1)

Frankton (2-3) at Mississinewa (2-2)

Fremont (2-3) at Churubusco (3-2)

Gary West (2-2) at West Central (1-4)

Greencastle (3-2) at Brown County (3-2)

Greensburg (1-2) at Franklin County (3-2)

Hagerstown (1-3) at Shenandoah (2-2)

Hamilton Southeastern (4-1) at Zionsville (3-2)

Hammond Central (1-4) at East Chicago Central (1-4)

Hammond Morton (1-4) at Indianapolis Cathedral (5-0)

Hanover Central (4-1) at Boone Grove (0-3)

Heritage Christian (5-0) at Covenant Christian (4-1)

Heritage Hills (4-1) at Gibson Southern (4-1)

Hobart (3-2) at Andrean (3-2)

Holy Cross (Ky.) at Providence (2-3)

Homestead (3-2) at Fort Wayne North (1-4)

Indianapolis Attucks (1-3) at Phalen Academy (1-3)

Indianapolis Chatard (1-4) at Guerin Catholic (1-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-5) at Triton Central (3-2)

Indianapolis Scecina (3-2) at Indianapolis Lutheran (5-0)

Indianapolis Tech (3-2) at McCutcheon (0-5)

Indianapolis Tindley (1-3) at Purdue Polytechnic (1-4)

Jay County (3-2) at Woodlan (2-3)

Jeffersonville (1-3) at Silver Creek (3-1)

Jennings County (1-4) at Bedford North Lawrence (2-3)

Jimtown (3-2) at South Bend Clay (0-5)

John Glenn (3-2) at Bremen (2-3)

Knightstown (0-4) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-2)

Knox (1-4) at LaVille (3-1)

Lafayette Central Catholic (2-3) at Rensselaer Central (3-2)

Lake Station (1-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (0-3)

Lapel (4-1) at Traders Point Christian (2-3)

LaPorte (2-3) at Merrillville (5-0)

Lebanon (2-3) at Tri-West (4-1)

Lowell (2-3) at Kankakee Valley (3-2)

Maconaquah (1-2) at North Miami (0-5)

Madison (2-3) at Mitchell (3-1)

Madison-Grant (2-3) at Oak Hill (3-2)

Manchester (1-3) at Southwood (3-2)

Martinsville (3-2) at Whiteland (2-2)

Michigan City (2-3) at Lake Central (3-2)

Mishawaka (4-1) at Concord (4-1)

Mooresville (4-1) at Franklin (1-4)

Mount Vernon (Posey) (5-0) at Boonville (0-4)

Muncie Central (1-4) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (4-1)

Munster (2-3) at Highland (2-3)

New Castle (2-3) at Delta (3-2)

New Palestine (2-3) at Greenfield-Central (3-2)

New Prairie (4-1) at South Bend Adams (3-2)

Noblesville (2-3) at Franklin Central (3-2)

North Central (Indianapolis) (0-5) at Carmel (4-1)

North Daviess (4-1) at Linton-Stockton (5-0)

North Decatur (0-4) at Rushville (0-5)

North Harrison (1-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-2)

North Judson (4-1) at Culver Academy (3-2)

North Montgomery (1-2) at Crawfordsville (0-5)

North Newton (2-3) at Frontier (0-5)

North Posey (4-1) at Tecumseh (1-3)

North Vermillion (2-3) at Attica (0-2)

Northeastern (3-2) at Centerville (4-0)

Northview (3-1) at Terre Haute South (0-5)

Northwestern (0-4) at Tipton (5-0)

NorthWood (3-2) at Northridge (4-1)

Oblong (Ill.) at Dugger Union (0-1)

Parke Heritage (3-2) at South Vermillion (2-3)

Pendleton Heights (3-2) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (4-1)

Penn (1-4) at Mishawaka Marian (3-2)

Perry Meridian (2-3) at Greenwood (1-4)

Pike (0-5) at Warren Central (4-1)

Pike Central (1-2) at North Knox (4-1)

Plainfield (3-2) at Decatur Central (4-1)

Plymouth (0-5) at Wawasee (0-5)

Princeton (1-4) at Washington (0-4)

Richmond (1-4) at Logansport (4-0)

River Forest (2-2) at Hammond Noll (1-2)

Rock Creek Academy (1-3) at West Washington (1-2)

Scottsburg (4-1) at Charlestown (3-2)

Seeger (3-2) at Fountain Central (3-2)

Sheridan (3-2) at Taylor (0-1)

Simon Kenton (Ky.) at Connersville (1-4)

South Adams (4-1) at Adams Central (4-1)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-3) at Elkhart (2-3)

South Bend Washington (2-1) at South Bend Riley (1-3)

South Dearborn (4-1) at East Central (4-1)

South Spencer (2-3) at Forest Park (2-3)

Southern Wells (0-5) at Bluffton (1-4)

Southmont (5-0) at Danville (4-1)

Southport (0-5) at Bloomington South (5-0)

Southside Home School at Indianapolis Shortridge (1-2)

Sullivan (3-2) at Owen Valley (5-0)

Tell City (3-2) at Southridge (2-3)

Tri-Central (2-3) at Carroll (Flora) (4-1)

Tri-County (0-4) at Heritage (1-4)

Triton (3-2) at Pioneer (3-2)

Twin Lakes (2-3) at Hamilton Heights (3-2)

Union County (3-2) at Union City (3-2)

Valparaiso (5-0) at Crown Point (3-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-4) at Evansville Harrison (0-5)

Wabash (0-4) at Northfield (3-2)

Warsaw (4-1) at Goshen (2-3)

Wes-Del (0-4) at Monroe Central (5-0)

West Lafayette (5-0) at Benton Central (0-3)

West Noble (2-3) at Garrett (3-2)

West Vigo (1-2) at South Putnam (4-1)

Western (3-2) at Lewis Cass (2-2)

Whiting (2-3) at Wheeler (3-1)

Whitko (1-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (5-0)

Winchester (2-3) at Tri (3-2)

Yorktown (3-2) at Shelbyville (1-1)

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Southport 1 Center Grove 1

Monrovia 9 Greenwood Christian 0

Crosspointe Christian 6 Maranatha Baptist 0

Rensselaer Central 10 Hebron 0

South Ripley 8 Milan 1

Carroll 9 Delphi 0

Lakeland Christian 2 Tippecanoe Valley 1

Heritage Christian 9 Indianapolis Washington 1

Covenant Christian 3 Scecina 0

Bloomfield 5 Sullivan 1

Evansville Christian 8 S. Spencer 2

Bethany Christian 5 Prairie Heights 3

Knightstown 4 Seton Catholic 1

Lafayette Central Catholic 4 Rossville 2

University 10 Western Boone 0

Huntington North 6 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Breman 7 South Bend Washington 1

North White 7 Benton Central 1

Seymour 1 Jennings County 0

West Noble 8 Garrett 1

Eastern 6 Sheridan 1

Park Tudor 9 Central Christian 0

South Vermillion 1 Greencastle 1

Mount Vernon 2 Boonville 1

Muncie Burris 1 Anderson 0

Northeast Dubois 5 Southridge 1

South Bend St. Joseph 3 Glenn 1

Griffith 4 Illiana Christian 0

Henryville 3 Christian Academy 1

Lanesville 3 River City 3

Corydon Central 2 Salem 1

Lawrenceburg 8 Madison 1

Mitchell 1 Washington Catholic 1

North Harrison 2 Charlestown 0

New Prairie 5 Culver 0

Wabash 1 Maconaquah

Northwestern 9 Marion 1

Providence 5 Silver Creek 0

Covenant Christian 2 Washington Township 1

Fort Wayne Concordia 2 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Hammond Noll 2 Hammond 1

Avon 1 Terre Haute North 0

Westfield 2 Harrison 2

Columbus North 3 Floyd Central 0

Carmel 2 Cathedral 0

Martinsville 1 Whiteland 0

Plainfield 3 Decatur Central 0

Franklin Central 5 New Palestine 0

Heritage Hills 2 N. Posey 0

NorthWood 0 Mishawaka Marian 0

Providence Cristo Rey 8 Anderson Prep 0

Speedway 2 Lebanon 1

Fort Wayne Snider 3 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Mount Vernon 1 Pendleton Heights 1

Perry Meridian 6 Greenwood 0

Heritage 1 Norwell 0

Warsaw 3 Goshen 2

Concord 9 Wawasee 0

Evansville Harrison 6 Evansville Central 0

Indianapolis Shortridge 10 Tindley 0

Washington 1 Princeton 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Michigan City 1 Marquette Catholic 0

Boone Grove 4 Covenant Christian 3

Scecina 1 Indianapolis Shortridge 0

Delta 3 Wapahani 1

Blackford 8 Eastern 0

Central Noble 1 W. Noble 0

South Dearborn 2 Oldenburg Academy 1

Homestead 8 Huntington North 0

DeKalb 2 Goshen 2

Plymouth 4 Wawasee 0

Heritage Hills 8 N. Posey 0

West Vigo 4 Northview 1

Edgewood 0 Greencastle 0

Northeast Dubois 4 Southridge 0

Franklin County 8 Greensburg 2

Leo 2 Fort Wayne Dwenger 0

Sheridan 9 Rossville 0

Plainfield 9 Decatur Central 0

Eastbrook 4 Heritage 1

Switzerland County 4 Jennings County 1

Ben Davis 1 Lawrence Central 0

Hamilton Heights 0 Western 0

Batesville 1 Greenwood 0

Forest Park 6 Washington Catholic 0

Lowell 3 Hanover Central 1

Andrean 1 Lake Central 1

Northridge 4 Mishawaka 1

Vincennes Lincoln 10. Evansville Bosse 0

Muncie Burris 6 New Castle 1

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Heritage Christian 10 Indianapolis Washington 1

NorthWood 4 Lakeland 1

New Albany 1 Jeffersonville 1

Lafayette Jeff 5 Faith Christian 0

Evansville Christian 4 S. Spencer 1

North Harrison 7 Charlestown 2

Lafayette Central Catholic 0 W. Lafayette 0

Highland 3 Portage 0

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Anderson 0

Centerville 3 Northeastern 1

South Bend St. Joseph 3 South Bend Riley 0

Southwood 3 Wabash 1

Heritage 3. Fort Wayne North 0

Rensselaer Central 3 Tri-County 2

Indiana Christian 3 Legacy 0

New Prairie 3 Jimtown 0

LaPorte 3 Portage 0

Crown Point 3 Lake Central 0

Greensburg 3 S. Decatur 0

Triton Central 3, Southwestern 0

Lawrenceburg 3 Rushville 0

North Decatur 3, Morristown 1

Jennings County 3, Southwestern 0

Munster 3 Lowell 0

South Newton 3 N. White 0

Fairfield 3 W. Noble 0

Whitko 3 Southern Wells 0

Fort Wayne South 3. Fort Wayne Wayne 1

Trinity Lutheran 3 Hauser 1

DeKalb 3 Norwell 1

Wapahani 3, Alexandria Monroe 0

Sullivan 3 N. Central 0

Edgewood 3 Owen Valley 0

Highland 3 Hanover Central 0

Northview 3 S. Putnam 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3. Fort Wayne Snider 0

Woodlan 3 Antwerp 1

Yorktown 3 Cathedral 0

Peru 3 Lewis Cass 1

Frontier 3 Carroll 0

Orleans 3 Medora 0

Clinton Prairie 3 Frankfurt 0

Union City 3 Union 0

Winchester 3 Seton Catholic 1

Eastern Hancock 3 Monroe Central 2

Riverton Parke 3 N. Vermillion 1

Maconaquah 3 Manchester 1

Traders Point 3 Greenwood Christian 0

Northeast Dubois 3 Shoals 0

Purdue Poly 3 Tindley 2

Rochester 3 N. Miami 0

Blue River 3 Liberty Christian 0

Salem 3 Corydon Central 0

Tippecanoe Valley 3 Northfield 0

Muncie Burris 3 Frankton 0

New Palestine 3 New Castle 1

Eastbrook 3 Bluffton 0

Mount Vernon 3. Lawrence North 0

Western Boone 3 Lafayette Central Catholic 1

Jasper 3 Southridge 0

Andrean 3 Illiana Christian 0

Warsaw 3 Wawasee 0

Tell City 3 Boonville 2

Franklin Central 3 Noblesville 1

Fishers 3 Avon 0

Kankakee Valley 3 Hobart 0

Lebanon 3 Danville 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 3 Hamilton 0

NorthWood 3 Northridge 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 3. Fort Wayne Luers 0

Seymour 3 New Albany 0

Shakamak 3 W. Vigo 0

Covenant Christian 3 University 0

McCutcheon 3 Logansport 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Adams Central 1

Prairie Heights 3 Fremont 0

Crawfordsville 3 Fountain Central 0

Columbia City 3 New Haven 0

Hamilton Southeastern 3 Zionsville 0

Fort Wayne Northrup 3 Lakewood Park 2

Tecumseh 3 N. Posey 0

Lakeland 3 Central Noble 0

Griffith 3 River Forest 0

Lincoln 3 Knightstown 2

Monrvia 3 Greencastle 0

Hagerstown 3 Shenandoah 0

Vincennes Rivet 2 Hutsonville 1

Brebeuf 3 Tri-West 0

Jeffersonville 3 Madison 1

Huntington North 3 E. Noble 0

Carroll 3 Delta 0

Pendleton Heights 3 Hamilton Heights 2

Wes-Del 3 Jay County 0

Penn 3 Bremen 0

Angola 3 Garrett 0

INDIANA GIRLS GOLF-REGIONALS

1. Lafayette Jefferson | Battle Ground Golf Club | Sat, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, LaPorte, Twin Lakes, Valparaiso, Western.

2. East Noble | Noble Hawk Golf Club | Fri, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Angola, East Noble, Eastbrook, Norwell, Penn, Warsaw Community.

3. Lapel | Edgewood Golf Club | Sat, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Greensburg, Indianapolis Cathedral, Muncie Central, New Palestine, Noblesville, Richmond.

4. Roncalli | Smock Golf Club | Fri, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Attica, Brownsburg, Franklin Community, Guerin Catholic, Madison Consolidated, Northview.

5. Washington | Country Oaks Golf Club | Sat, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Corydon Central, Evansville Memorial, Jasper, North Knox.

NFL

Carolina 24 Houston 9

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox 7 Cleveland 2

Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 3

Seattle 6 Oakland 5

Baltimore 3 Texas 0

Minnesota 7 Toronto 2

LA Angels, 3, Houston 2

St. Louis 8 Milwaukee 5

LA Dodgers 7 Colorado 5 (10)

Arizona 6 Atlanta 4

San Diego 7 San Francisco 6 (10)

Washington 3 Cincinnati 2

Philadelphia 12 Pittsburgh 6

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Omaha 5 Indianapolis 2

WNBA PLAYOFFS.

Chicago 81 Dallas 64

Phoenix 83 New York 82

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Week 4

Friday, Sept. 24

Middle Tennessee at Charlotte | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Wake Forest at Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Liberty at Syracuse | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Sept. 25

Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (Soldier Field in Chicago) | 12 p.m. | FOX

Georgia at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Missouri at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Bowling Green at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Wagner at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

FIU at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Richmond at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

LSU at Mississippi State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Boise State at Utah State | 12 p.m. | CBS

Villanova at Penn State | 12 p.m.

New Hampshire at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN+/ACCNX

Ohio at Northwestern | 12 p.m.

SMU at TCU | 12 p.m.

Texas Tech at Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC

UMass at Coastal Carolina | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Connecticut at Miami (Fla.) | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

San Jose State at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Ball State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Utah | 2:30 p.m.

Maine at Northern Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas A&M at Arkansas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Rutgers at Michigan | 3:30 p.m.

Wyoming at UConn | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Iowa State at Baylor | 3:30 p.m.

Colorado State at Iowa | 3:30 p.m.

UTSA at Memphis | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Clemson at NC State | 3:30 p.m.

Towson at San Diego State | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Illinois at Purdue | 3:30 p.m.

Kent State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m.

Kansas at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Georgia State at Auburn | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Arkansas State at Tulsa | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Charleston Southern at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Buffalo at Old Dominion | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

UCLA at Stanford | 6 p.m.

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

Tennessee at Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kentucky at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Nebraska at Michigan State | 7 p.m.

North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Kansas State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Navy at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Southern Miss at Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

West Virginia at Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Akron at Ohio State | 7:30 p.m.

Hawai’i at New Mexico State | 8 p.m.

Indiana at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Troy at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

FAU at Air Force | 8 p.m.

UAB at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Washington | 9:30 p.m.

South Florida at BYU | 10:15 p.m.

Arizona at Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Oregon State at USC | 10:30 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m.

WEEKEND NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 3-WHERE TO WATCH

WEEK 3
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC


Monday, September 27, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Darnold, defense lead Panthers past Texans; McCaffrey hurt

HOUSTON (AP) Thanks to another efficient performance from Sam Darnold and continued dominant play by their defense, the Carolina Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they reached the Super Bowl.

That combination was certainly too much for the Houston Texans in Carolina’s 24-9 victory on Thursday night. But a hamstring injury to star running back Christian McCaffrey could cause serious adversity for Darnold and the Panthers’ offense going forward.

“Losing Christian is tough, but I thought we did a great job of bouncing back,” Darnold said. “We were able to put the first half behind us and do a good job in the second half.”

Darnold threw for 304 yards and ran for two touchdowns as the Panthers eased past the Texans despite losing McCaffrey early in the second quarter.

“In the second half we trusted Sam,” coach Matt Rhule said. “We were throwing more verticals and pushing the ball down the field.”

Carolina’s top-ranked defense put the squeeze on Houston rookie Davis Mills in his first career start, sacking him four times and holding him to 168 yards passing. Mills was pressed into action after Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury last Sunday and was placed on injured reserve.

The Panthers have allowed 573 yards and totaled 14 sacks in three games.

Darnold topped 300 yards passing for the second straight game as he continues to revitalize his career with the Panthers after being cast aside by the New York Jets.

McCaffrey came in leading the league in scrimmage yards, the same thing he did in the 2019 season. But he missed all but three games in 2020 with various injuries as the Panthers sputtered to 5-11 in Rhule’s first year.

Rhule said McCaffrey had a strained hamstring.

“I don’t know the severity level of it yet, to be quite honest with you,” Rhule said. “But I knew the minute it happened I said: `Hey, he’s out for the game.’ That’s all I knew. I saw him in there, and he’s moving around, but it’s a wait and see.”

Darnold rushed for Carolina’s first score in the first quarter and put the game away when he bulled in from 1 yard out to make it 24-9 with about four minutes left, losing his helmet in the process.

Mills threw for a touchdown and avoided big mistakes after he threw an interception in the second half of Sunday’s loss at Cleveland. But the Texans (1-2) couldn’t run the ball, finishing with 42 yards on the ground, and that forced Mills into tough down-and-distance situations as Houston punted six times.

Soto homers twice, boosts average to .325, Nats beat Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) National League batting leader Juan Soto homered in consecutive innings, and the Washington Nationals pushed the Cincinnati Reds further from playoff contention with a 3-2 win Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Seeking his second straight NL batting title, Soto raised his average to .325 with a three-hit night and is four points ahead of the Los Angeles’ Dodgers Trea Turner. Soto’s former Nationals teammate had a three-hit game at Colorado.

Soto led off the sixth against Luis Castillo with an opposite-field drive to left that bounced off the top of the wall and into the stands. He homered to the opposite field again in the seventh for his 29th homer and third in two nights.

“I always enjoy matchups with hitters like Soto,” Castillo said through an interpreter. “It is part of the game. I always enjoy it.”

Soto, who turns 23 on Oct. 25, has 11 multihomer games, one behind Eddie Mathews for the most before a player’s 23rd birthday.

“He doesn’t give at-bats away,” manager Dave Martinez said. “He works counts and stays on the ball. He comes ready to play. I definitely think he should be considered for MVP. The numbers he’s putting up are incredible.”

“He’s showing his teammates that he comes every day to win baseball games. He wants to do that. It’s fun to watch him.”

Patrick Corbin (9-15) allowed four hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings with seven strikeouts and four walks as last-place Washington won for the fourth time in five games.

“I worked on a couple of things in my bullpen and when I was throwing every day, like throwing over my leg more and throwing quality strikes,” Corbin said. “It was just a good step. Hopefully, I can finish the season with another good one and take it into the offseason.”

Mason Thompson finished the seventh, former Red-Tanner Rainey pitched the eighth and Kyle Finnegan gave up two runs in the ninth before getting his 11th save in 14 chances.

Cincinnati dropped 5 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the second NL wild card with nine games left. The Reds have lost four of six on a season-long 10-game homestand.

White Sox clinch AL Central with 7-2 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Tony La Russa stood in the visiting dugout, soaking in the scene as the Chicago White Sox celebrated their first AL Central title since 2008.

The Hall of Fame manager came out of retirement for moments like this.

“It’s like fantasy island because you never thought you’d have this chance — and here we are, the division champions,” La Russa said after a 7-2 victory over Cleveland in a doubleheader opener Thursday. “I’m glad the guys were able to win the first game today and not delay it. They did it the first time they had the chance to.”

A wild-card team last season, the White Sox are going to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time. Chicago is in their first season under La Russa, who turns 77 on Oct. 4.

La Russa retired after guiding St. Louis to the 2011 World Series title, then was hired to replace Rick Renteria last October.

“I think we got the right guy,” said Tim Anderson, who hit two home runs. “I’m pleased with the way he’s handled everything and been part of the family. It’s a blessing to go out and be able to clinch it today.”

Chicago (86-66) moved into first place for good on May 7. The White Sox have not advanced in the postseason since winning the 2005 World Series and last hosted a playoff game 13 years ago.

Anderson hit his fifth leadoff home run of the season and added a three-run drive in the second for his sixth career multi-homer game. Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez hit consecutive homers in the second as Chicago grabbed a 7-0 lead off Aaron Civale (11-5).

“We wanted it a lot more than they did and we jumped on them,” Anderson said. “It was an exciting moment, being able to put your team up right away, and I appreciated the chance to do it.”

Aaron Bummer (4-5) retired all three batters in the fifth as four White Sox relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a game shortened to seven innings under pandemic rules.

Closer Liam Hendriks struck out Myles Straw to end the game, setting off a celebration in front of the visiting dugout that featured players saluting the several hundred White Sox fans at Progressive Field.

“I really liked that I was able to blow somebody’s doors off for the final out,” Hendriks said. “It was good to get the cat off our back, so to speak, right away. It’s a family here and we’re just going around, hugging everybody.”

Goldschmidt homers twice, Cards beat Brewers for 12th in row

MILWAUKEE (AP) Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 Thursday and extend their longest winning streak in 39 years to 12 games.

On a day Adam Wainwright faltered early, St. Louis trailed 5-0 before rallying with one run in the fifth, four in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth. The Cardinals moved five games ahead of Cincinnati and Philadelphia, who both played later Thursday, for the second NL wild card.

St. Louis began its winning streak by overcame a four-run deficit against Cincinnati to win on Sept. 11. The Cardinals are on their longest winning streak since April 11-24, 1982, and are two shy of the franchise record set in 1935.

Milwaukee has lost five in a row since clinching its fourth consecutive playoff berth on Sept. 18, including four defeats to the Cardinals.

Yadier Molina started the comeback with an RBI single in the fifth off Adrian Houser.

St. Louis loaded the bases with one outs in the seventh on two walks and a single against Jake Cousins, and Tommy Edman hit an RBI grounder off Brad Boxberger, whose throwing error on a pickoff attempt brought in another run. Goldschmidt tied the score with a two-run homer.

Nolan Arenada walked against Aaron Ashby (3-1) leading off the eighth and scored on Manny Pina’s passed ball for a 6-5 lead. Molina added a sacrifice fly.

Goldsdmidt added his 29t homer in the ninth off Ashby.

T.J. McFarland (4-1) pitched a one-hit seventh, Luis Garcia threw the eighth and Giovanny Gallegos struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 20 chances as four relievers combined for shutout relief.

Wainwright, who has won nine of his last 10 decisions, allowed five runs, four hits and two walks in four innings.

Tyrone Taylor hit a grand slam in the first inning and a solo shot in the fourth.

Wainwright joined Hall of Famer Bob Gibson as the only St. Louis Cardinals’ pitchers with 2,000 strikeouts, fanning Milwaukee’s Luis Urias in the fourth inning.

The 40-year-old right-hander became the ninth active pitcher with 2,000. Gibson got his 2,000th strikeout when Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente was called out on July 13, 1969. Gibson, who died last October, finished with 3,117.ot.

Muncy homers in 10th, Dodgers rally for 7-5 win over Rockies

DENVER (AP) The ever-reliable Max Scherzer just couldn’t get his usual grip on the baseball in the thin air at Coors Field. He licked his hand. He held the ball tighter. But nothing seemed to work.

No worries, his teammates had his back on a rare off day for the three-time Cy Young winner.

Max Muncy homered to start the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Thursday to tighten the NL West chase.

“We know we’re a great team. We know we can come back from any situation,” Muncy said. “But sometimes when you have a come-from-behind win like that, it reaffirms it and gets it fresh in people’s minds.”

Scherzer was in the clubhouse as he watched the drama unfold. He just knew that Trea Turner was going to come through with that two-out RBI single to tie it up in the ninth.

“Just kind of got sideways for me,” Scherzer said. “You learn from these outings. This is the toughest place to pitch and you learn from it. If you can learn something from here even when you fail and then when you take it and go somewhere else, these lessons can be applied to other outings.

“Sometimes when you get punched in the face, that’s what it takes to go out there and learn how to do something new.”

Scherzer had a feeling Muncy would come up clutch, too. Muncy delivered by drilling a slider from Lucas Gilbreath (2-2) to deep center, setting off a roar from the Dodgers faithful scattered throughout Coors Field. It also scored Justin Turner, who began the inning at second base.

It was a comeback win the Dodgers needed with time running out in their bid for a ninth straight NL West crown. Los Angeles moved within one game of the San Francisco Giants, who lost 7-6 at San Diego in 10 innings. Both teams have nine games remaining.

“This is a big one,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Today, Max didn’t have his best stuff. … For us to pick him up for a change, it was nice.”

Bassitt returns but Mariners beat A’s 6-5 for 4-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, and the Seattle Mariners rallied against Oakland’s bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday and a four-game sweep that damaged the Athletics’ wild-card hopes.

Seattle matched its season high with its fifth straight win, won its ninth in a row over the A’s and moved within two games of the idle Yankees for the second AL wild-card spot with nine games remaining. Oakland lost its season-worst sixth straight game and fell four games back of New York.

Bassitt, a 32-year-old right-hander, was struck by a 100 mph line drive off the bat of Brian Goodwin of the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 17 and had surgery seven days later on three fractures.

He took the field to a standing ovation from the crowd of 4,966 and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings – J.P. Crawford’s leadoff single – struck out four and walked one.

Oakland led 3-0 when Abraham Toro hit an RBI double in the fourth. Sean Murphy boosted the lead with a home run in the bottom half, but Cal Raleigh cut the deficit to 4-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth.

Haniger’s 35th homer tied the score in the sixth, and Luis Torrens followed wityh a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jake Diekman (3-3).

Joe Smith (3-4) pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Matt Olson hit his 38th home run, a two-out drive in the ninth off drive off Paul Sewald, who retired Jed Lowrie on a popout for his 10th save in 14 chances.

Oakland built a 3-0 lead on a second-inning sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus and third-inning RBI hits by Yan Gomes and Mark Canha off Yusei Kikuchi, who gave up three runs, three hits and four walks in three innings.

Kelly, lowly D-Backs rally past NL East-leading Braves 6-4

PHOENIX (AP) Carson Kelly hit a tying three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning, Daulton Varsho followed with a go-ahead double and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 6-4 Thursday.

Seeking its fourth straight division title, Atlanta saw its lead cut to 2 1/2 games over Philadelphia, which played Pittsburgh later Thursday. The Braves had won four straight games.

Arizona, which began the day tied with Baltimore for the major leagues’ worst record at 48-104, announced before the game that Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was given a one-year contract extension through 2022.

Austin Riley homered for the third straight game as the Braves took a 3-0 lead off Madison Bumgarner with a three-run third. Dansby Swanson’s sacrifice fly boosted the lead to 4-1 in the sixth.

Josh VanMeter and Ildemaro Vargas singled to open the seventh off Charlie Morton, Jacob Webb (5-4) relieved and Kelly hit his second pitch for a 376-foot homer to left field, his 12th this season.

Pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun and Varsho followed with doubles, Tyler Matzek relieved and pinch-hitter Henry Ramos’ sacrifice fly padded the lead.

Morton gave up three runs, five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts and two walks in his third start since signing a $22 million contract for 2022, a deal that includes a $22 million option for 2023. He has given up as many as four runs only once in his last 14 starts.

Bumgarner, who no-hit the Braves in a 7-0, seven-inning victory April 25, gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

Sean Poppen (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his first major league victory. J.B. Wendelken pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.

Sabres’ Jack Eichel fails physical, stripped of captaincy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel was stripped of his captaincy by the Sabres on Thursday, raising further questions about his future in Buffalo due to a widening rift over how to treat a neck injury that has sidelined the center for six months.

With the two sides at a stalemate, general manager Kevyn Adams announced the decision to remove the “C” as the Sabres opened training camp without Eichel, who will be placed on injured reserve after failing his physical.

“I feel the captain is the heartbeat of your team,” Adams said. “And we’re in a situation where we were in the past and where we are now that we felt we needed to address that.”

The Sabres and Eichel remain at odds over how to treat a herniated disk he sustained after being checked into the end boards in a game against the New York Islanders in March.

Eichel favors having artificial disk replacement surgery. The Sabres are against him having the procedure because it has never been performed on an NHL player, and prefer him having the disk fused.

The 24-year-old Eichel has five years left on an eight-year, $80 million contract and features a no-trade clause that kicks in next summer.

In saying the Sabres aren’t budging, Adams had few answers on how the two sides can break the deadlock, declined to speculate on whether Eichel has played his final game in Buffalo and said he isn’t concerned over how the high-profile dispute with the face of the franchise is being viewed around the league.

“We will stick to our plan, and we’re not going to cave or back down because of pressure, or because people are saying, `You have to do this,'” Adams said. “My job is is take all the information and do what we believe is right for this franchise.”

Adams didn’t rule out the possibility of suspending Eichel without pay for refusing the Sabres’ recommendation of having fusion surgery.

“That’s not something we take lightly,” he said. “Obviously, there’s rules within the CBA. But we’ll continue to look at everything moving forward.”

Such a move would have league-wide ramifications because of its potential to test the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. The CBA extension negotiated last year backs the Sabres after players relinquished the right to NHL teams having the final say on how to treat injuries.

Should the Sabres suspend him, Eichel could prove to be a test case of the new deal with his final recourse filing a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association.

Steelers OC Matt Canada: ‘I need to do better’

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada appreciates his players – from longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to second-year guard Kevin Dotson – taking the onus for a sluggish start.

The first-year play-caller also thinks it’s perhaps a bit misguided. Canada knows he was promoted in January to help create a system that would not force the Steelers to rely so heavily on the now 39-year-old Roethlisberger.

So far, it hasn’t happened. The running game is last in the NFL and the line featuring three entirely new players is struggling to keep Roethlisberger upright.

Pittsburgh has three offensive touchdowns through eight quarters while allowing four sacks and 16 quarterback hits heading into a visit by Cincinnati (1-1) on Sunday. That’s not the kind of ratio that leads to a successful season, and Canada knows it.

“I think I need to do better,” he said Thursday.

Roethlisberger repeatedly tried to take the heat for a 26-17 loss to Las Vegas last week, saying he had to play better. Canada appreciated the gesture, but added it’s not representative of what actually happened.

“We’ve got to put our players in position to make plays, we thought we did that,” Canada said. “But we didn’t win, so we didn’t (actually put them in position).”

Canada is dealing with the unenviable task of trying to help make sure the Steelers keep the championship window during Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame career open as long as possible while making sure an offense featuring four rookies isn’t overwhelmed in the process.

It’s a delicate balance that, at the moment, Pittsburgh can’t seem to locate. First-round pick Najee Harris has just 26 carries for 83 yards through two weeks, mostly because there is little room available.

Save for a couple of downfield heaves to Chase Claypool, the passing game has featured the same short-to-intermediate passes that became all too predictable during the Steelers’ 1-5 finish to 2020.

“There’s a million things we’re trying to get done with our offense with new pieces and young guys and all those things,” Canada said. “We obviously know Ben’s strengths and try to lean on him between series and do what he wants to do.”

Well, do almost everything he wants to do. Roethlisberger enjoyed wide latitude under former offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, frequently going to an up-tempo, no-huddle attack that basically let him call the plays. That option – at least under its former iteration – doesn’t exist at the moment.

NFL WEEK 3 WEEKEND GAME CAPSULES

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-1) AT BUFFALO BILLS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 9-5

STREAKS: Bills have won 7 of past 8

LAST GAME: 11/3/19: Washington 9 at Bills 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/19

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 34 of 46 atts. (73.9 pct.) for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.5 rating last week. Has 916 pass yards (305.3 per game) & 93 completions in 3 career starts, incl. postseason, most completions by QB in 1st 3 starts in ever. Aims for his 3rd start in row, incl. playoffs, with 300+ pass yards. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 73 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 4 rec.) last week. Has 7 rush TDs in 7 career road games. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 5 catches for 83 yards & 3rd-career rush TD last week. Has 10 games with 5+ receptions since 2020, most among RBs. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had career-high 11 receptions for 107 yards & rec. TD in Week 2, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 7 receptions in Week 2, his 8th-career game with 7+ catches. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 5 catches last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on road. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had 9th-career rec. TD in Week 2. • DE CHASE YOUNG aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with TFL. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in Week 2, his 4th-career 2 sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with sack. CB KENDALL FULLER led team with 8 tackles & had 2nd-career sack in Week 2. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. CB WILLIAM JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 179 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT & rushed for 35 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7. Completed 14 of 20 passes (70 pct.) for 160 yards & TD for 110.4 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. Has 8 TDs (5 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 101.4 rating in 4 career games vs. NFC East. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 82 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had career-high 140 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with TD. RB ZACK MOSS tied career-high with 2 rush TDs last week. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Has 24 catches for 385 yards (128.3 per game) & TD in 3 career games vs. Was. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR COLE BEASLEY had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 56 rec. yards in only career game vs. Was. (10/28/12 w/ Pit.). TE DAWSON KNOX had 1st TD catch of season last week. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE led team with 9 tackles & had TFL last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 at home. CB LEVI WALLACE had 2 PD & 5th-career INT in Week 2. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. CB TARON JOHNSON had sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ PD. S MICAH HYDE had 7 tackles & sack last week. Led team with 9 tackles in last meeting. Rookie DE GREG ROUSSEAU had 1st 2 career sacks last week. Ties for lead among rookies with 2 sacks this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Was.), 83 (Buf.) | XM: 383 (Was.), 225 (Buf.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 803 (Buf.)

CHICAGO BEARS (1-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS: Bears have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Browns 3 at Bears 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Bears 38, Browns 31

BEARS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON completed 9 of 11 atts. (81.8 pct.) for TD vs. 0 INTs & 118.2 rating last week. Has 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at Cle. Rookie QB JUSTIN FIELDS has 104 yards (70 pass, 34 rush) & rush TD in 2 games. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 79 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 18 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 75+ scrimmage yards in each of their past 8 games. Has 544 scrimmage yards (136 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had rec. TD in Week 2. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Cle. (10/19/14 w/ Jax.). Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 6 catches & 66 rec. yards in Week 2. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ receptions. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 10 receptions for 118 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Cle. (9/14/14 w/ NO). • LB KHALIL MACK had sack last week. Had 2 sacks & FF in his last game vs. Cle. (9/27/15 w/ Raiders). LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 8 tackles, had 12th-career sack & 53-yard INT-TD in Week 2. Since 2018, is 1 of 3 LBs (JAMIE COLLINS & DARIUS LEONARD) with 10+ sacks (12) & 5+ INTs (5). LB ROBERT QUINN had sack & 2 TFL last week. CB JAYLON JOHNSON had career-high 4 PD & 1stcareer INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with PD. DB EDDIE JACKSON had 8th-career FF last week. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 DBs (MARCUS PETERS) with 10+ INTs (10) & 8+ FFs.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 21 passes (career-high 90.5 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. INT for 105 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 95+ rating. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating in his past 4 vs. NFC. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 95 yards & TD in Week 2. Has rush TD in 8 straight games, longest such streak since 2008 (DEANGELO WILLIAMS). Aims for his 8th in row at home with 95+ scrimmage yards. Ties for NFL lead with 3 rush TDs. RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for 51 yards last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Rookie RB DEMETRIC FELTON had 51 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had TD catch in his last game vs. Chi. (12/2/18 w/ NYG). Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 5 catches last week. Had 88- yard TD catch in only career game vs. Chi. (9/10/17 w/ Atl.). • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack in last meeting. Ranks 5th in NFL with 13 sacks since 2020. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. Chi. (9/11/16 w/ Hou.). DE TAKKARIST MCKLINLEY aims for 3rd in row with TFL. LB MALCOLM SMITH led team with 8 tackles & had TFL & 1st INT of season last week. Had 9 tackles in his last game vs. Chi. (10/4/15 w/ Raiders). S GRANT DELPIT had 5 tackles, sack & FF in NFL debut last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 132 (Chi.), 98 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Chi.), 233 (Cle.) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 807 (Cle.)

BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-1) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-1

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/3/17: Lions 20 at Ravens 44

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/16/13: Ravens 18, Lions 16

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 18 of 26 passes (69.2 pct.) for 239 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs & rushed for 107 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rush yards & 2 rush TDs, most by QB in SB era. Has 9 games with 100+ rush yards, 2ndmost ever by QB (MICHAEL VICK – 10 games). Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ rush yards. Has 90+ rating in 6 of past 7. • RB TY’SON WILLIAMS had 93 scrimmage yards (career-high 77 rush, 16 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for TD in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Had 83 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 19 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Det. (10/4/20 w/ NO). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Det. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with 6 catches for 113 yards & TD last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ catches. TE MARK ANDREWS had 5 catches for 57 yards in Week 2. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, 2nd-most among TEs. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with INT. LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 8 tackles & aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had TFL, FF & FR in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had TFL last week. Had FR in his last game vs. Det. (11/1/20 w/ Ind.). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 6 TFL, 2 sacks, FF & FR in 5 career games vs. Det.

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for 246 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 97.7 rating & had 46 rush yards in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Completed 26 of 37 (70.3 pct.) in only career start vs. Bal. (11/25/19 w/ LAR). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 78 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 37 rush) last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 6th in row overall with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had TD in 4 of his past 5 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 95 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 38 rec.) in only career game vs. Bal. (11/19/17 w/ GB). Has 348 scrimmage yards (116 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3 vs. AFC North. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 8 receptions for 66 yards & TD catch in Week 2. Is only player with 8+ catches in each of 1st 2 games & became 3rd TE ever (MARK ANDREWS & BEN COATES) with 8+ receptions & TD catch in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of season. WR QUINTEZ CEPHUS tied his career-high with 63 rec. yards & had 4th-career rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • DE MICHAEL BROCKERS had 1st sack of season in Week 2, his 29th-career sack. Had sack in his last game vs. Bal. (11/25/19 w/ LAR). LB JAMIE COLLINS has 42 tackles (8.4 per game), 5 TFL & 3 sacks in his past 5 vs. Bal. LB ALEX ANZALONE had career high 10 tackles in Week 2. LB CHARLES HARRIS had 1st sack of season last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Bal.), 81 (Det.) | XM: 384 (Bal.), 226 (Det.) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 810 (Det.)

ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-0) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 3-2

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Jaguars 24 at Cardinals 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Cardinals 27, Jaguars 14

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 400 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117.6 rating & had rush TD in Week 2. Is 1st player ever with 3+ pass TDs & rush TD in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of a season. Has 12 games with both pass TD & rush TD, 4th-most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC. • RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 89 yards in his last game vs. Jax. (11/22/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS had 5 catches & 75 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 29 rec.) last week. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 54 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 at Jax. & aims for his 4th in row at Jax. with TD catch. WR A.J. GREEN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Jax. Rookie WR RONDALE MOORE had 7 receptions for team-high 114 yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. TE MAXX WILLIAMS set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (94) last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES had 5 TFL & 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 15.5 sacks & 5 FFs in 14 career games vs. AFC South. DE J.J. WATT had 17 sacks, 11 PD, 4 FFs & 4 FRs in 16 career games vs. Jax. Has PD in 6 of his 7 career games at Jax. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 1st sack of season last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 8 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 2 & aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 8 tackles & 2nd-career FF in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles.

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 118 yards & TD & rushed for 21 yards last week. Leads all rookies with 4 TD passes & ranks 3rd with 450 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON led team with 64 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 17 rec.) last week. Has recorded 50+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 16 career games. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 95 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 16 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (11/19/20 w/ Sea.). Aims for his 5th in row vs. Az. with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR MARVIN JONES led team with 6 catches for 55 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 51 rec. yards in his last game vs. Az. (9/27/20 w/ Det.). WR DJ CHARK has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • LB MYLES JACK had 6 tackles last week & aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. DE JOSH ALLEN aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 at home. DE ADAM GOTSIS had 1st sack of season in Week 2. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had 5 tackles & PD in Week 2. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. Rookie CB TYSON CAMPBELL had PD last week. CB CJ HENDERSON had TFL in Week 2. S ANDREW WINGARD led team with 8 tackles & had 2nd-career sack last week. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles & PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Az.), 77 (Jax.) | XM: 385 (Az.), 228 (Jax.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 814 (Jax.)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 64-56-1

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Chargers 38 at Chiefs 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 31 of 41 passes (75.6 pct.) for 337 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week, his 10th-career game with 300+ passing yards, tied with PATRICK MAHOMES & HOFer DAN MARINO (10 games) for most-ever by player in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Had 6 TDs (4 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 113.6 rating in 2 games vs. KC last season. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 9 catches & 115 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 54 rush) last week. Has 546 scrimmage yards (109.2 per game) in his past 5 vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. RB JUSTIN JACKSON had 104 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 32 rec.) in last meeting. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 108 rec. yards last week. Is only player in AFC with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 weeks. Had 7 catches for 96 yards in his last game vs. KC (9/20/20). Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. WR MIKE WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 6 catches for 108 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in his last game vs. KC (9/20/20). Has 4 sacks in his past 3 on road. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB KYLER FACKRELL had sack & FF last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had TFL in only career game vs. KC (10/27/19 w/ GB). S DERWIN JAMES had 7 tackles & TFL in Week 2. S NASIR ADDERLEY led team with career-high 9 tackles & had PD last week. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. Rookie CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. had 3 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 2.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4 pct.) for 343 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 131.5 rating last week. Aims for 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Leads AFC with 131.4 rating this season. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 97.5 rating in 5 career games vs. LAC. Has 1,721 pass yards (344.2 per game) & 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 114 rating in his past 5 at home. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 70 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 32 rec.) in only career game vs. LAC (9/20/20). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB DARREL WILLIAMS rushed for 1st TD of season last week. • WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 99 yards & TD in his last game vs. LAC (9/20/20). Has 609 rec. yards (101.5 per game) in his past 6 at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches for 109 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with TD catch, would be 2nd-longest streak by TE since 1970. Had 9 catches for 90 yards & TD in his last game vs. LAC (9/20/20). WRs BRYON PRINGLE & DEMARCUS ROBINSON each had 1st rec. TDs of season in Week 2. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 2 INTs, incl. 34-yard INT-TD, last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 INTs. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. LAC. S DANIEL SORENSEN had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 2. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. LAC. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS led team with 12 tackles & had TFL last week. Has 61 tackles (10.2 per game) in 6 career games vs. LAC. DT CHRIS JONES has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (LAC), 82 (KC) | XM: 386 (LAC), 227 (KC) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 815 (KC)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 10-4

STREAKS: Patriots have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Patriots 36 at Saints 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Patriots 30, Saints 27

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 11th-career rush TD in Week 2. Passed for 334 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 86.7 rating in only career game vs. NE (10/5/17 w/ TB). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 300+ pass yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 377 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 4 career games vs. AFC East. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with TD. Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career road games vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage yards (6,285) & scrimmage TDs (59). • WR CHRIS HOGAN had 1,651 rec. yards & 12 rec. TDs in 3 seasons (2016-18) with NE. Had 6 catches for 95 yards in his last game vs. NE (11/23/15 w/ Buf.). TE JUWAN JOHNSON is 1 of 3 TEs (ROB GRONKOWSKI & TRAVIS KELCE) with 2+ rec. TDs (2) in 2021. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. Has 5 sacks in his past 5 on road vs. AFC. Since 2012, ranks 4th in NFL with 93.5 sacks. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had team-high 12 tackles last week, his 24thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Has 81 tackles (7.4 per game) in 11 career games vs. NE. Rookie DE PAYTON TURNER had 5 tackles, career-high 3 TFL & 1st-career sack in Week 2. CB BRADLEY ROBY had sack last week in NO debut. Has 5 PD, 2 INTs & FF in 6 career games vs. NE. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NE with PD. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 7 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row on road with PD. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 99- yard INT-TD in his last game at NE (12/6/15 w/ Phi.).

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 186 yards last week. Leads all rookies with 96.7 rating & 73.9 comp. pct. (min. 10 attempts) & ranks 2nd with 467 pass yards. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 62 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 2. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB JAMES WHITE led team with 6 catches for 45 rec. yards & had 1st rush TD of season last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3. Had 8 catches for 85 rec. yards in last meeting. Leads all active RBs in rec. yards (3,278) & rec. TDs (25) & ranks 2nd in catches (381). • WR NELSON AGHOLOR aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for his 3rd in row at home with 6+ catches. TE HUNTER HENRY had 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch. TE JONNU SMITH had 63 rec. yards & rec. TD in only career game vs. NO (12/22/19 w/ Ten.). • DB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 INTs, most in NFL since 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 2. Had PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. S ADRIAN PHILLIPS had 1st INT of season last week. Had INT in only career game vs. NO (10/2/16 w/ Chargers). LB MATT JUDON had 1st sack of season last week. LB JOSH UCHE had career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DL CARL DAVIS had 1st sack of season in Week 2.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (NO), 99 (NE) | XM: 389 (NO), 230 (NE) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 821 (NE)

ATLANTA FALCONS (0-2) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 13-11

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/22/18: Giants 20 at Falcons 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/15: Falcons 24, Giants 20

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 300 yards in Week 2. Has 56,231 pass yards & surpassed DREW BREES (56,033) for most pass yards in 1st 14 seasons. Has 70 career games with 300+ pass yards, 5th-most in NFL history. Has 1,596 pass yards (319.2 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 102.5 rating in 5 career starts vs. NYG. Passed for 379 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 115.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 300+ pass yards. • RB MIKE DAVIS had 7 receptions & 63 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 25 rec.) last week. RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 5 catches, 69 scrimmage yards (58 rec., 11 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 2, his 2nd-career game with 2 scrimmage TDs. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 7 catches for 63 yards & TD catch in Week 2. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ receptions & 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 receptions in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 5 catches for team-high 73 rec. yards in Week 2. WR RUSSELL GAGE had 5 receptions last week. Has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5 on road. • LB DEION JONES had sack last week. Had 7+ tackles in 5 of his 6 career games vs. NFC East. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had team high 9 tackles & 7th-career FF last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. LB DANTE FOWLER had 1st sack of season & 8th-career FF in Week 2. DT GRADY JARRETT had 2 sacks in last meeting. CB A.J. TERRELL had career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 249 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.2 rating last week. Had career-high 95 rush yards & 5thcareer rush TD in Week 2. Can become 4th QB since 1970 (HOFer TERRY BRADSHAW, CHARLIE FRYE & KYLER MURRAY) with rush TD in each of 1st 3 weeks of a season. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at home. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 69 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 12 rec.) last week. Had 9 receptions, 94 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 43 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 1,842 scrimmage yards (115.1 per game) & 12 TDs (11 rush, 1 rec.) in 16 career home games. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team in catches (9) & rec. yards (94) last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 7+ receptions. Had 5 catches for career-high 167 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 6 receptions for 114 yards in his last game vs. Atl. (10/25/20 w/ Det.). WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 54 rec. yards & 12th-career TD catch in Week 2. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 games. Has 12 tackles in his last game vs. Atl. (12/9/18 w/ GB). Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI can become 5th rookie since 2000 with sack in each of 1st 3 career games. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 7 tackles & 12th-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 vs. Atl. DB LOGAN RYAN had 8 tackles in his last game vs. Atl. (9/29/19 w/ Ten.)

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 146 (Atl.), 211 (NYG) | XM: 391 (Atl.), 229 (NYG) | SXM App: 801 (Atl.), 823 (NYG)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 65-36

STREAKS: Steelers have won 10 of past 11

LAST GAME: 12/21/20: Steelers 17 at Bengals 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/20: Steelers 36, Bengals 10

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 pct.) for 207 yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 213 yards & TD in last road meeting. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 4 career games vs. division. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 69 yards in Week 2. Rushed for 79 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last week. Has 6+ catches in 2 of 3 career games at Pit. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. WR TEE HIGGINS had 6 catches for 60 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Had career-high 7 catches for 115 yards & rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+ catches. Rookie WR JA’MARR CHASE had 42-yard TD catch last week & joined SAMMY WHITE (1976) as only players since 1970 with 40+ yard rec. TDs in each of 1st 2 career games. • S VONN BELL had 6 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had 7 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. S JESSIE BATES aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with PD. LB LOGAN WILSON led team with 9 tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. DE TREY HENDRICKSON led team with 1.5 sacks & FF in Week 2. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 15 sacks since 2020. DT D.J. READER had 1st sack of season last week.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 pct.) for 295 yards & TD last week. Passed for 333 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.1 rating in last home meeting. Has 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 398 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had career-high 81 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 38 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 9 catches for 105 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 6 catches for career-high 116 yards & TD in last home meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Cin. WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 41 yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 2. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had 9 catches for 77 yards & TD in last home meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 3 catches for 70 yards last week. Had 56 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 50+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT aims for his 5th in row with sack & 4th in row with FF. Has 6.5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in his last 5 vs. Cin. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB MELVIN INGRAM had 1st sack of season in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had INT in his last game vs. Cin. (9/13/20 w/ LAC). LB JOE SCHOBERT tied for team lead with 10 tackles & led team with 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cin. with 7+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Cin.), 106 (Pit.) | XM: 387 (Cin.), 231 (Pit.) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 826 (Pit.)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2) TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 35-17

STREAKS: Titans have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Titans 45 at Colts 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/12/20: Colts 34, Titans 17

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ completed 20 of 31 passes (64.5 pct.) for 247 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Passed for 348 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.4 rating in only career game vs. Ten. (9/30/18 w/ Phi.). Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100 rating in 3 career games vs. AFC South. QB JACOB EASON made NFL debut last week. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR aims for his 9th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) in his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2 rush TDs. Has 484 scrimmage yards (161.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 vs. division. RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. RB NYHEIM HINES aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (123) last week. Had 7 catches for 101 yards in last road meeting. TE JACK DOYLE had 5 catches for 64 yards in Week 2. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 13th in row with 5+ tackles. Has FF in 2 of his past 3. Had 14 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. Ten. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 4 tackles & PD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 5+ tackles. DE ALQUADIN MUHAMMAD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. S KHARI WILLIS had 1st INT of season in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 5+ tackles.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 pct.) for 347 yards & 94.5 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 101 rating in 7 career starts vs. Ind. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 0 INTs. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 237 scrimmage yards (182 rush, 55 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in Week 2, most in single game in NFL this season & his 10th-career game with 150+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs, tied for 3rd-most all-time. Has 1,036 scrimmage yards (172.7 per game) & 8 rush TDs in his past 6. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with 100+ rush yards & 4th in row vs. Ind. • WR JULIO JONES had 6 catches for team-high 128 rec. yards last week, his 59th-career game with 100+ rec. yards, tied for 3rd-most in NFL history. Has 419 rec. yards (139.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Ind. WR A.J. BROWN has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with TD catch. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 6 tackles & PD in Week 2. DT DENICO AUTRY had 1.5 sacks in Week 2. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. Totaled 102 tackles, 26 TFL & 20 sacks in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Ind. LB HAROLD LANDRY led team with 7 tackles last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 vs. Ind., incl. in last meeting. LB OLA ADENIYI had 1st-career sack last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady (field reporter) SIRIUS: 103 (Ind.), 111 (Ten.) | XM: 390 (Ind.), 232 (Ten.) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 830 (Ten.)

NEW YORK JETS (0-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:O5 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 20-16-1

STREAKS: Broncos have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/1/20: Broncos 37 at Jets 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Broncos 23, Jets 0

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 33 passes (57.6 pct.) for 210 yards last week. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) led team with 88 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 2. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 108 scrimmage yards this season. RB TY JOHNSON rushed for 50 yards last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. RB TEVIN COLEMAN had career-high 163 scrimmage yards (132 rec., 31 rush) & TD catch in only career game vs. Den. (10/9/16 w/ Atl.). Has TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC West. • WR COREY DAVIS has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Had 7 catches for 101 yards in his last game vs. Den. (9/14/20 w/ Ten.). Has 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. WR JAMISON CROWDER had 7 catches for 104 yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE had 47 rec. yards in Week 2. • S MARCUS MAYE had 6 tackles, 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Had TFL in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with PD. LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week. Had 2 sacks in only career game vs. Den. (9/13/15 w/ Bal.). DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MEYERS had sack & FF in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 4 of past 5. DT SHELDON RANKINS had 1st sack of season last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Den. (11/13/16 w/ NO).

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 26 of 34 passes (76.5 pct.) for 328 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Passed for 309 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 117.7 rating in only career game vs. NYJ (12/7/14 w/ Min.). Ranks 2nd in NFL with 77.1 comp. pct. & 6th with 120.7 rating (min. 10 attempts). • RB MELVIN GORDON had 69 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 31 rush) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7. Has 246 scrimmage yards (123 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 9th in row vs. AFC East with TD & 5th in row with 2+ TDs. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS led team with 64 rush yards in Week 2. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (159) last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in only career game vs. NYJ (10/7/18). WR TIM PATRICK aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 6 catches for 113 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. TE NOAH FANT had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. • LB VON MILLER aims for his 4th in row with sack. Has 8 TFL, 4.5 sacks & 3 PD in 4 career games vs. NYJ. Has 109 career sacks, most among active players. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 6 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 2. Has INT in 2 of past 3. Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NYJ. S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ tackles. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 113 (NYJ), 81 (Den.) | XM: 384 (NYJ), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 809 (Den.)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-1) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 18-17-1

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 7 of past 8

LAST GAME: 12/26/20: Dolphins 26 at Raiders 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/26/20

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 17 of 22 passes (77.3 pct.) for 94 yards & TD for 99.4 rating in last meeting. QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 24 of 40 passes (60 pct.) for 169 yards last week. Passed for 265 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT in only career start vs. Raiders (9/29/19 w/ Ind.). • RB MYLES GASKIN aims for his 6th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had career-high 169 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 82 rec.) & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 42 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Has 316 rec. yards (105.3 per game) in his past 3 on road. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 2. TE MIKE GESICKI had 41 rec. yards last week. Had 4 catches for 54 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 50+ rec. yards. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. Is only player in NFL with INT, FF & FR in 2021. Has INT in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 2+ PD. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC West. Has 11 INTs since 2020, tied with J.C. JACKSON for most in NFL. CB BYRON JONES had 2 PD in Week 2. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. S BRANDON JONES led team with 6 tackles & had 1st-career FR last week. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had 1st-career FR in Week 2. LB JEROME BAKER had PD & 1st FF of season last week. Had 10 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 9+ tackles. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had 0.5 sacks in Week 2.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 382 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 350+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Passed for 336 yards & TD for 104.5 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Mia. with 300+ pass yards. Leads NFL with 817 pass yards & tied-3rd with 62 completions. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 5 catches & 55 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 9 rush) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 90+ scrimmage yards. Totaled 2,468 scrimmage yards (1,532 rush, 936 rec.) & 15 TDs (9 rush, 6 rec.) in 54 games (2016-19) with Mia. • TE DARREN WALLER had 5 catches for 65 yards last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ catches. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Had 5 catches for 112 yards in last meeting. TE FOSTER MOREAU had TD catch last week. WR HENRY RUGGS had 5 catches for team-high 113 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 2. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had TFL in last meeting. Has TFL in 4 of 5 career games vs. AFC East. DT SOLOMON THOMAS had PD & careerhigh 2 sacks in Week 2. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 2 PD last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. CB TRAYVON MULLEN had 6 tackles, 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Mia.), 82 (LV) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 227 (LV) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 816 (LV)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-0) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 15-9

STREAKS: Rams have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 11/23/20: Rams 27 at Buccaneers 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/19: Buccaneers 55, Rams 40

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY passed for 276 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.2 rating in Week 2. Has 35 games with 4+ TD passes, tied 2nd-most in NFL history. Became 5th QB with 4+ TD passes in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of season. has 4+ TD passes in 4 consecutive games, tied-2nd longest streak ever. Has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs in 5 career reg. season starts vs. Rams. Passed for 2,516 yards (314.5 per game) & had 24 TDs (21 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.2 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 76 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • WR MIKE EVANS had 75 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Has 13 games with 2+ rec. TDs since 2014, tied-2nd most in NFL. Has 476 rec. yards (95.2 per game) in 5 career games vs. Rams & aims for his 4th in row vs. Rams with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN had TD last week & aims for his 6th in row with rec. TD. Had 12 catches for 172 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with TD catch. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI became 3rd TE with 2+ rec. TDs in each of his team’s 1st 2 games of season. Has 19 reg. season games with 2+ rec. TDs, 2nd-most by TE in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID has 59 tackles (8.4 per game) & 11 TFL in 7 career games vs. LAR. Had INT in last road meeting. LB DEVIN WHITE has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 8 sacks in his past 5 on road. S MIKE EDWARDS became 1st player since 1992 (ROBERT MASSEY) with 2 INT-TDs in 4th qtr. of single game.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 278 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.8 rating in Week 2. Has 295+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 career starts vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 82 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP had 9 receptions for 163 yards & 2 TDs in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 150+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 2 WRs (TYLER LOCKETT) with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in each of 1st 2 weeks. Had 11 receptions for 145 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 120+ rec. yards. WR ROBERT WOODS had 5 receptions in Week 2. Had 12 catches for 130 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Had 13 receptions for 164 yards in last home meeting. • DL AARON DONALD aims for his 9th in row with TFL. Has 7 TFL in 5 career games vs. TB. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (86.5) & TFL (133). CB JALEN RAMSEY had 12th-career INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row with PD. LB LEONARD FLOYD had 1st sack of season in Week 2. DL SEBASTIAN JOSEPH-DAY had career-high 9 tackles & 4th-career sack last week. LB TROY REEDER had 1st-career INT in Week 2. S JORDAN FULLER had 7 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 INTs in last meeting. S TAYLOR RAPP had 9 tackles in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) SIRIUS: 135 (TB), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (TB), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 818 (LAR)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 12-5

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 6

LAST GAME: 10/11/20: Vikings 26 at Seahawks 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/15: Seahawks 38, Vikings 7

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 343 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.8 rating in Week 2. Is 1 of 2 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES) with 2+ TD passes & 125+ rating in each of 1st 2 games of season. Has 14 TDs (13 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 110.8 rating in 6 career starts vs. Min. Passed for 274 yards & had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 146 rating in last road meeting. Has 99 regularseason wins & can join HOFer PEYTON MANNING (105) as only QBs with 100+ reg. season wins in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 2 rush TDs in Week 2, his 6th-career 2+ TD game. Has 278 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Min. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Min. with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 8 catches for 178 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Became 4th WR since 1990 with multiple 60+ yard TD catches in team’s 1st 2 games of season. Can become 5th WR with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in each of team’s 1st 3 games of season. WR DK METCALF had 93 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 75+ rec. yards. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had career-high 20 tackles & sack in Week 2, 1st player with 20+ tackles in single game since KWON ALEXANDER (21 tackles on 12/18/16). Had 14 tackles in last meeting. S JAMAL ADAMS had 9 tackles & 3 TFL in only career game vs. Min. (10/21/18 w/ NYJ). Has 6.5 sacks in his past 7 on road. S QUANDRE DIGGS tied his career-high with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ tackles.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 244 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.4 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 16 consecutive games & surpassed HOFers PEYTON MANNING (15 games) & STEVE YOUNG (15) for 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Passed for 2,270 yards (283.8 per game) & 22 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 111.1 rating in 8 home starts in 2020. • RB DALVIN COOK had 148 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 17 rec.) in Week 2. Had 1,079 scrimmage yards (154.1 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 7 home games last season. Has 150+ scrmimage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with TD. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage yards (3,824) & 3rd in scrimmage TDs (31). • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 6 catches for 65 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 48 catches for 812 yards (101.5 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 8 home games in 2020. WR ADAM THIELEN had rec. TD last week. Had 8 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. Had 9 catches for 80 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. WR K.J. OSBORN had 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 3 sacks last week, his 3rd-career 3+ sack game. Has 10 sacks in his past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB NICK VIGIL had 38-yard INT-TD last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Sea.), 77 (Min.) | XM: 385 (Sea.), 228 (Min.) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 820 (Min.)

GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-0)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 33-28-1

STREAKS: Packers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/5/20: Packers 34 at 49ers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/20

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 255 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.6 rating in Week 2. Has 51,633 pass yards & surpassed HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 10th-most pass yards ever. Became 3rd QB (TOM BRADY & DREW BREES) with 25+ games (25) with 4+ TD passes & 0 INTs. Passed for 305 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 147.2 rating in last meeting. Has 2,336 pass yards (292 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 106.9 rating in 8 career reg. season starts vs. SF. Has 66 TDs (62 pass, 4 rush) vs. 11 INTs for 107.3 rating in 26 starts on SNF. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with 3+ TDs & 120+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had 115 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 48 rec.) & 4 TDs (career-high 3 rec., 1 rush) in Week 2. Became 8th RB since 1950 & 1st RB since DANNY WOODHEAD (12/20/15) with 3+ rec. TDs & rush TD in single game. Has 4 games with 3+ TDs since 2019, most in NFL. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 8 catches for 121 yards last week. Had 10 catches for 173 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with TD catch. Since 2016, leads NFL with 58 rec. TDs. Has 12 rec. TDs in his past 9 on SNF & aims for his 10th in row on SNF with 5+ receptions & TD catch. TE ROBERT TONYAN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had team-high 13 tackles & 4thcareer INT in Week 2. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has 6 PD in his past 5 on SNF. Rookie CB ERIC STOKES aims for 3rd in row with PD.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 189 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 100.6 rating & had 3rd-career rush TD last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KIRK COUSINS & RUSSELL WILSON) with 0 INTs & 100+ rating in each of 1st 2 games of season. Passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 145.8 rating in only career reg. season start vs. GB (11/24/19). Is 4-0 as starter on SNF with 1,070 pass yards (267.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.8 rating. Aims for his 5th in row on SNF with 100+ rating. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) had 53 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 11 rec.) last week. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 129 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. GB (11/24/19). Has 35 receptions (8.8 per game) for 507 yards (126.8 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 career games on SNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had team-high 6 catches for 93 rec. yards last week. Leads NFL with 282 rec. yards. Has TD in 3 of his 4 career games on SNF. WR JAUAN JENNINGS had 1stcareer TD catch last week. WR BRANDON AIYUK aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with TD. • DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks. Incl. playoffs, has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. GB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB, incl. playoffs, with sack. LB FRED WARNER had team-high 7 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row in reg. season vs. GB with 10+ tackles. Rookie CB DEOMMODORE LENOIR had career-high 3 PD last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (GB), 211 (SF) | XM: 226 (GB), 225 (SF) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 827 (SF)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-1) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1)

MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 67-53

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Eagles 17 at Cowboys 37

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/20

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 190 yards & rushed for 82 yards & TD in Week 2. Has 60+ rush yards in 5 of his 6 career starts. Passed for career-high 342 yards & rushed for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 career road starts. • RB MILES SANDERS aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 240 scrimmage yards (120 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 2 vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with rush TD. Has 686 scrimmage yards (85.8 per game) in 8 career games vs. division. Since 2019, ranks 4th among RBs with 4.9 yards per rush attempt (min. 300 atts.). • WR QUEZ WATKINS had career-high 117 rec. yards in Week 2, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Had 57 rec. yards in last meeting. TE DALLAS GOEDERT has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Dal. • DT FLETCHER COX has sack in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at Dal. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 7 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ERIC WILSON had 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row in 2021 with 9+ tackles. S ANTHONY HARRIS had 10 tackles in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Dal. with PD. Since entering NFL in 2013, leads league with 111 PD.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 23 of 27 atts. (85.2 pct.) in Week 2, his 4th-career game with 85+ comp. pct. Has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.9 rating in his past 5 vs. Phi. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Phi. Has 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.9 rating in 4 career starts on MNF. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 97 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2. Has 1,111 scrimmage yards (138.9 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 5th in row at home vs. Phi. with 135+ scrimmage yards. Has 517 scrimmage yards (103.4 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 5 career games on MNF. RB TONY POLLARD had 140 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 31 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER has 19 receptions for 444 yards (148 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career home games vs. Phi. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Phi. with 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 5 of his 6 career games on MNF & aims for his 4th in row on MNF with TD catch. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in last meeting. • LB MICAH PARSONS (rookie) had first career sack last week. LB JAYLON SMITH led team with 9 tackles in Week 2. Had 11 tackles & FR in last meeting. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH had 1st sack of season in Week 2. CB TREVON DIGGS is 1 of 2 (JUSTIN REID) with INT in each of 1st 2 weeks of season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (Phi.), 83 (Dal.) | XM: 226 (Phi.), 225 (Dal.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 808 (Dal.)

BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Week 4 of the 2021 Big Ten season features 11 games, highlighted by a trio conference matchups on Saturday. Michigan and Purdue will host divisional foes Rutgers and Illinois, respectively, while Michigan State welcomes Nebraska. The complete schedule appears to the right.

• Six Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers are all 3-0.

• Six Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Iowa leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Penn State, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 20 Michigan State, while Maryland received votes.

• The Big Ten currently features five programs that rank among the top 25 nationally in rushing offense: Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Wolverines lead the nation, averaging 350.3 yards per game, while the Badgers rank 10th (266.0), the Spartans sit at No. 11 (263.7), the Gophers check in at No. 24 (218.3) and the Buckeyes round out the list at No. 25 (217.3).

• Michigan currently ranks among the top 10 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank No. 3 nationally in scoring offense averaging 47.0 points per contest, while ranking eighth in scoring defense, allowing just 11.3 points per contest.

• Michigan State earned its first win over Miami in the five-game series history on Saturday to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2015. Sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne completed 18 of 31 attempts (.581 pct.) for 261 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 38-17 win over No. 24 Miami. Thorne joined Connor Cook (2015 vs. Indiana and Nebraska) as the only quarterbacks in Michigan State history to throw four touchdowns in back-to-back games.

• Dating back to his time at Colorado, Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker has won five games against ranked foes in his three seasons as a head coach, with three coming on the road: No. 24 Miami in 2021, No. 11 Northwestern and No. 13 Michigan in 2020, and No. 25 Nebraska and No. 24 Arizona State (at Colorado) in 2019.

• With a 28-20 win over Auburn on Saturday night, Penn State earned its first regular season win over an SEC team since a road victory at Alabama in 1990. The Nittany Lions have two wins over ranked teams in the first three games of the season for the first time in program history.

• Brandon Smith led the Nittany Lions defense with a career-high 10 tackles (six solo), while besting his previous career high of eight tackles. The junior linebacker helped limit Auburn’s offense to just 185 passing yards on 21 of 39 attempts (.538 pct.) and its lowest total offensive output of the season (369 yards).

• Ohio State defeated Tulsa 41-20 on Saturday, as freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries (11.54 avg.). Henderson set a new Ohio State single-game freshman record for rushing yards, breaking the previous record (239 yards) set by Archie Griffin in 1972, while his 277 rushing yards are the most by any FBS player in a single game this season and the third-most in a single game in Ohio State history.

• With a 30-7 victory over Kent State on Saturday, Iowa extended its win streak to nine games. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last eight opponents, 305-113, averaging 33.9 points per game offensively and allowing 12.6 points per game during the winning streak. The Hawkeyes have also played 25 straight games without surrendering 25 points, marking the longest streak in the nation among A5 teams. Saturday’s victory also marked Iowa’s 300th win at Kinnick Stadium since the stadium opened in 1929.

• Minnesota defeated Colorado 30-0 on Saturday to continue its non-conference win streak. The Gophers have won 21 straight non-conference games, which is the longest active streak nationally and the longest by a Big Ten team since Purdue won 24 straight games from 1926-33. Minnesota hasn’t lost a non-conference game since Sept. 3, 2015, to then No. 2 TCU. They’ve also won 17 straight regular season non-conference games, which is tied for their second-longest streak.

• Nebraska took No. 3 Oklahoma down to the wire on the road at Memorial Stadium in Norman, but came up just short in a 23-16 setback to the Sooners on Saturday. The Huskers limited Oklahoma to seven first-half points. It marked the first time Oklahoma had been held under 10 points in the first half since being tied with Ohio State 3-3 at half in 2017. It was also the first time the Sooners were limited to single digits in the first half at home since being held to six points by Notre Dame in 2012.

• 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.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Football
AwayHomeTimeLocationLinks
VillanovaPenn State12:00 P.M.University Park, Pa.
Bowling GreenMinnesota12:00 P.M.Huntington Bank StadiumTV: ESPNU Stats Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM Video
OhioNorthwestern12:00 P.M.Evanston, Ill.TV: Big Ten Network Radio: WGN Radio AM-720
WisconsinNotre Dame12:00 P.M.Chicago, ILTV: FOX Stats Radio: Badger Sports Network Video
Kent StateMaryland3:30 P.M.Capital One Field at Maryland StadiumTV: BTN Stats Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network Video
IllinoisPurdue3:30 P.M.West Lafayette, Ind. (Conf.)TV: BTN Stats Radio: Purdue Sports Network
RutgersMichigan3:30 P.M.Ann Arbor, Mich. (Conf.)TV: ABC Stats Radio: WCTC 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 389, Scarlet Knights App Video
Colorado StateIowa3:30 P.M.Iowa City, IA 
NebraskaMichigan State7:00 P.M.East Lansing, MI (Conf.)TV: FS1 Stats Radio: Spartan Media Network Video
AkronOhio State7:30 P.M.Columbus, OH 
IndianaWestern Kentucky8:00 P.M.Bowling Green, KYTV: CBS Sports Network Stats Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 134, XM 196, SXM App 958

MAC FOOTBALL WEEK 4 PREVIEW

Saturday, September 25

Bowling Green at Minnesota, Noon (ESPNU)

Miami at Army, Noon (CBS Sports Network)

Florida International at Central Michigan, Noon (ESPN+)

Ohio at Northwestern, Noon (Big Ten Network)

*Toledo at Ball State, 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Texas State at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

San Jose State at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Maine at Northern Illinois, 2:30 pm (ESPN3)

Buffalo at Old Dominion, 6:00 pm (ESPN+)

Akron at No. 10 Ohio State, 7:30 pm (Big Ten Network)

Kent State at Maryland, 3:30 pm (Big Ten Network)

Saturday, September 25

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Bowling Green returns to the road to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference…LB Darren Anders is one of two players in the nation this season with 25+ tackles (29), one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one sack. Utah’s Devin Lloyd is the other player. Anders currently ranks No. 17 in the nation and No. 2 in the MAC with 9.7 tackles per game…QB Matt McDonald is No. 14 in the nation and No. 2 in the MAC in completion percentage. He also ranks No. 1 in the MAC in completions per game (23.33), passing yards (716) and passing yards per game (238.7). McDonald is 3rd in the MAC in total offense (231.3).

Miami (1-2) at Army (3-0) | Noon (CBS Sports Network)

Miami concludes its non-conference schedule this Saturday with a trip to face the Army Black Knights. Led by a strong rushing attack and key defensive plays, the RedHawks downed Long Island 42-7 for their first win of the season. Miami out-gained LIU 523-216 and held a 229-39 advantage on the ground. While the defense did not force a turnover, they did have 11 tackles for loss and held LIU to just 1.0 yard per carry on the ground.

FIU (1-2) at Central Michigan (1-2) | Noon (ESPN+)

Central Michigan hosts FIU for its final road non-conference game of the season. In CMU’s last home game, the squad tallied a

shutout against Robert Morris, its first since a 37-0 victory over UMass in 2013. CMU dominated the game, holding RMU to three first downs, 109 total yards (13 passing, 96 rushing) and 1-12 on

third down…The Chippewas have been strong with their third-down defense this season, allowing opponents to convert just 8 of 34 opportunities (24%). That leads the Mid-American Conference and ranks sixth in the nation.

Ohio (0-3) at Northwestern (1-2) | Noon (BTN)

Ohio continues their three-game road trip on Saturday, Sept. 25 when they Bobcats head to Evanston, Ill. for a matchup with Big Ten opponent, Northwestern. Ohio is 0-3 to start the season for the first time since 2008, in a year in which they started the season 0-4 following their last matchup with Northwestern. Overall, the Bobcats are averaging 16.3 points per game to go along with 301.0 total yards per game…O’Shaan Allison leads on the ground with 167 yards, while DeMontre Tuggle adds 122 yards and one touchdown…Quarterback Kurtis Rourke is 40-of-70 with 416 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions. While, Tyler Walton leads the receivers with 14 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

*Toledo (1-2) at Ball State (1-2) | 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Toledo is coming off a 22-6 home loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. Toledo’s defense held CSU’s offense out of the end zone but five Ram field goals and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown was enough for the win. The Rockets rank first in the MAC in total defense (347.7) and second in scoring defense (21.3). Bryant Koback has 2,824 career rushing yards, eighth on Toledo’s all-time list. He needs 296 yards to pass Jalen Parmele (3,119 from 2004-07) for No. 7 on the list.

Ball State lost at Wyoming last Saturday, 45-12. Despite trailing in the all-time series 24-21-1, the Cardinals have won the last two duels vs. Toledo, including last season’s 27-24 win at the Glass Bowl. In MAC play alone, QB Drew Plitt has thrown for 3,992 yards with 31 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes through 17 games under center in league action.

Texas St. (1-2) at Eastern Michigan (2-1) | 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

Eastern Michigan will close out its 2021 non-conference schedule when it welcomes Texas State University to “The Factory” Saturday, Sept. 25, for the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Eagles are 2-1  after putting together an impressive 42-28 road victory over Massachusetts Saturday, Sept. 18. The Eagles dominated on the offensive side of the ball, amassing better than 500 yards en route to their best point total of the young season. Although EMU has never played Texas State, it does have plenty of experience against Sun Belt Conference opponents. Eastern holds a 5-7-1 record against teams in the Sun Belt, earning wins over Arkansas State (1976), Coastal Carolina (2019), Louisiana-Lafayette (2006), and Louisiana-Monroe (1970 & 1975), with its last matchup against a Sun Belt member coming in the 2019 season-opener, at Coastal Carolina, Aug. 31. EMU won that game, 30-23.

San Jose St. (2-1) at Western Michigan (2-1) | 2:00 pm (ESPN+)

This is the first meeting between Western Michigan and San Jose State University. WMU has never beaten a team from the Mountain West Conference. Western Michigan defeated Pittsburgh, 44-41, on the road in front of 40,581 fans at Heinz Field on Saturday afternoon. The win is the first over a Power 5 conference team for head coach Tim Lester. The Broncos put up 510 yards of offense on Pitt in the win. Western Michigan turned the ball over zero times in the win over the Panthers. The Broncos have given up the ball zero times in two of the three games so far this season. Sophomore wide receiver Corey Crooms had a career-high eight receptions in the win over Pittsburgh. He also recorded a career-high 161 yards receiving and his second touchdown reception of the season.

Maine (1-2) at Northern Illinois (1-2) |  2:30 pm (ESPN3)

NIU puts a wrap on its 2021 non-conference schedule when the Huskies welcome the Black Bears of Maine to Huskie Stadium. The Huskies and Maine meet for the first time, the second non-conference debut opponent for NIU this season; NIU also plays a current Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) team for the first time. The Huskie offense has already proven to be more potent than the 2020 version; NIU’s six rushing TDs this year are one less than the seven totaled in six games in 2020 and NIU’s 190.3 rushing yards per game are 63 more per game than the Huskies had a year ago. While Harrison Waylee’s consecutive 100-yard rushing game streak was snapped at four by Michigan, the freshman from Iowa continues to lead the MAC and rank in the top 12 in the country in rushing yards (119.0/game). Waylee ran for a career high 179 yards versus Wyoming, the highest total by a Huskie since 2016.

Kent State (1-2) at Maryland (3-0) | 3:30 pm (BTN)

Kent State is coming off a hard-fought 30-7 loss at Iowa. Keshunn Abram had a career day for the Flashes, grabbing six passes for 138 yards and a score. Kent State finished third last year in rushing yards per game averaging 283. This season, they rushed for 494 against VMI and 226 against Texas A & M, the most allowed by the Aggies in nearly  two yearsEven after tough sledding against Iowa, the Flashes still rank 9th in rushing in the FBS, averaging 266 yards per game.

Buffalo (1-2) at Old Dominion (1-2) | 6:00 pm (ESPN+)

This is the first meeting between Buffalo and Old Dominion.  Buffalo is coming off a hard-fought  28-25 loss to #16 Coastal Carolina last Saturday. The Bulls lead the MAC in scoring offense (32.3) and scoring defense (21.0). Defensive end Taylor Riggins led the Bulls with seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Through three games this season, the Bulls have run more plays and won the time of possession against each opponent. The Bulls ran 28 more plays than Wagner, 22 more plays than Nebraska and seven more plays than Coastal Carolina.

Akron (1-2) at No. 10 Ohio State (2-1) | 7:30 pm (BTN)

The University of Akron football team returns to the road this week traveling down I-71 for an in-state showdown with No. 10 Ohio State. Akron football team captured its first win of the 2021 season as redshirt sophomore QB DJ Irons led the way with 432 yards of total offense and four touchdowns en route to a 35-14 win over Bryant at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on Saturday. Akron generated 514 yards of total offense as Irons collected 296 passing yards and a team-high 136 yards rushing. Irons completed 19-of-23 passes with three touchdowns. Akron limited Bryant to just 146 yards of total offense, 117 yards passing and 29 yards rushing. Redshirt junior LB Bubba Arslanian led the Zips with 12 total tackles.

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INDIANA VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY FOOTBALL NOTES

INDIANA (1-2, 0-1 B1G) AT WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST

Date: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

Location: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (23,776; FieldTurf) – Bowling Green, Ky.

TV: CBSSN: Dave Ryan (p-b-p), Aaron Murray (analyst) & Jenny Dell (sideline)

Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 134, XM 196, SXM App 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

INDIANA STAT LEADERS Passing Michael Penix Jr.: 42-87, 448 Yds, 4 TD, 6 INT Rushing Stephen Carr: 62-227, 1 TD, 3.7 Avg Receiving D.J. Matthews Jr.: 11-150, 0 TD, 13.6 Avg Defense DL Ryder Anderson: 18 T, 2 S, 4.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QBH S Raheem Layne: 17 T, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU LB Cam Jones: 14 T, 1 S, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PBU

WESTERN KENTUCKY STAT LEADERS STAT LEADERS Passing Bailey Zappe: 56-75, 859 Yds, 10 TD, 2 INT Rushing Kyle Robichaux: 9-44, 0 TD, 4.9 Avg Receiving Jerreth Sterns: 16-278, 4 TD, 17.4 Avg Defense DE DeAngelo Malone: 14 T, 1 TFL, 1 QBH S Antwon Kincade: 12 T DE Juwuan Jones: 11 T, 1 S, 1.5 TFL, 1 FF

INDIANA NOTES:

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (1-2, 0-1 B1G East) kicks off a two-game road swing at Western Kentucky (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (23,776; FieldTurf) on CBSSN. • IU leads the all-time series, 3-0, including a 38-21 victory in its lone trip to Bowling Green on Sept. 18, 2010. • The teams last met on Sept. 19, 2015, a 38-35 Hoosiers win. • Indiana is 6-3 in its last nine road games and has won five-straight non-conference road contests. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 25-24 (.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 15) • Tyson Helton is in his third season as Western Kentucky head coach. Helton has guided the Hilltoppers to back-to-back bowl games, with a win in the 2019 First Responder Bowl, and he owns a 15-12 record (.556). NEWS & NOTES • Indiana is 15-9 overall and 11-6 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019. • IU’s 15 wins share fifth and 11 victories are fourth in the B1G during that span. • The Hoosiers were ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969. • Indiana 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. • IU has won 11 of its last 15 league games. • 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).

WESTERN KENTUCKY NOTES:

NOTING THE GAME WKU and Indiana have played three times in their head-to-head series and the Hoosiers are 3-0. Indiana has a 107-to-69 scoring advantage over WKU in the three games. The Hilltoppers are seeking their first win in program history over a member of the Big Ten Conference. WKU is 0-8 all-time (0-3 vs. Indiana, 0-2 vs. Illinois, 0-2 vs. Wisconsin and 0-1 vs. Nebraska) against teams currently in the Big Ten. HOSTING POWER FIVE Indiana will be the third Power Five opponent that WKU has ever hosted at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Previously, the Hilltoppers lost to the Hoosiers on Sept. 18, 2010 by a score of 38-21 in front of a crowd of 20,772, which is the seventh-highest attendance in Houchens-Smith Stadium history. Also, WKU lost to Vanderbilt on Sept. 24, 2016 by a score of 31-30 in overtime. The Commodore-Hilltopper matchup attracted 23,674 fans, which is the all-time attendance record in 53 seasons (287 games) at Houchens-Smith Stadium. “BLACK OUT” WKU will be wearing back jerseys with black pants against Indiana for the team’s annual “Black Out” home game. The Hilltoppers will match the fit with their famous chrome helmets. Since 2013, WKU is 4-3 while wearing black jerseys with black pants, with all seven games coming at home. STAFF SHUFFLE Of WKU’s 10 full-time assistant coaches, only one (special teams coordinator and safeties coach Andy LaRussa) has the same role as last season. Four have new roles: Maurice Crum (linebackers –> defensive coordinator), Bryan Ellis (now co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach), Kenny Baker (defensive ends –> defensive line) and Stephen Hamby (quality control –> offensive line). Five are new faces: Zach Kittley (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks), Pat Bastien (linebackers), Josh Crawford (outside receivers), Keynodo Hudson (cornerbacks) and Carlos Locklyn (running backs). THE PORTAL Of the 108 players on WKU’s 2021 roster, 28 of them (26%) are incoming transfers. Of the 28, 16 are coming directly from FBS programs –10 from Power Five programs and six from Group of Five teams. Of the 28, eight are from FCS programs – including four from the Houston Baptist offense. Of the 28, four are from the JuCo ranks, however three of those spent a year on Power Five teams. ZERO TO 10,004 WKU returned zero passing yards from the 2020 season. Enter graduate transfer quarterback Bailey Zappe, whose 10,004 passing yards at Houston Baptist from 2017-to-2020 led all active Division I passers to begin the season. Now at 10,863 after 424 passing yards vs. UT Martin and then 435 at Army.

NOTRE DAME VS. WISCONSIN FOOTBALL NOTES

NOTRE DAME NOTES:

BY THE NUMBERS

4

Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 36-5 (.878). That rate

ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance

in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.

Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that

have totaled five or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio

State) since the start of 2018.

9

The Irish are 9-0 in Shamrock Series games since it began in

2009. This is the first Shamrock Series game since 2018, which

was played at Yankee Stadium against Syracuse.

12

Linebacker JD Bertrand tied a career high in tackles with 12

against Purdue. He is the first Irish defender to have three consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi

Gilman in 2018-19 (Southern Cal, Clemson and Louisville).

13

Notre Dame has totaled 13 sacks over the first three games of

the season. It is the most sacks to start a season since 1996,

when the Irish also had 13 sacks through the first three games.

26

With the win over Purdue, the Irish extended their home

winning streak to 26 games. It is the longest home winning

streak in the program’s modern era.

35

Notre Dame also extended its win streak over unranked

opponents to 35 games with the win over Purdue. The Irish

have not lost to an unranked opponent since the 2016 season

(Virginia Tech).

35

JD Bertrand totaled 35 tackles through the first three games

of the season. That ranks fifth nationally and is the most by

an Irish player through the first three games of a season since

Courtney Watson had 38 in the first three games of the 2001

season.

105^ Head coach Brian Kelly tied Knute Rockne for the most wins

in program history after securing his 105th win over Purdue

on Sept. 18.

374^ Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active

NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

1964

The last time Notre Dame and Wisconsin met on the gridiron

was Sept. 26, 1964. The Irish came away with a 31-7 win in

Ara Parseghian’s first ever game coaching at Notre Dame.

The Irish extended their winning streak to nine over Purdue to retain the Shillelagh Trophy with the 27-13 win on Sept. 18. • The defense put together its best performance of the season, limiting the Boilermakers to their fewest points in a game since Oct. 26 2019 against Illinois. • With the win, the Irish extended its longest modern-era home winning streak to 26 games. • Notre Dame also extended its winning streak against unranked opponents to 35 games with the win. • Running back Kyren Williams led the way with 168 allpurpose yards, the most by an Irish player this season and the third most of his career. • Williams currently ranks 20th in the country with 133.3 all-purpose yards per game this season. • Quarterback Jack Coan finished the day with 223 yards and two touchdowns, his third-straight game with two touchdowns or more. • It is the first time in his career he has had two or more touchdowns in three-straight games. It is also Coan’s second career streak of three-straight games with 200 yards passing or more. • Wide receiver Avery Davis was Coan’s favorite target as he had a career day with five receptions for 120 yards and a 62-yard touchdown reception. • The Irish keep the Shillelagh Trophy home and continue to hold all five traveling trophies. They have had all five trophies on campus since 2018.

Notre Dame will take part in its 10th Shamrock Series game this weekend when it travels to Chicago to take on Wisconsin at Soldier Field.

Yankee Stadium (New York, NY) 2018 ND 36, Cuse 3 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 2016 ND 44, Army 6 Fenway Park (Boston, MA) 2015 ND 19, BC 16 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis IN) 2014 ND 31, PUR 14 AT&T Stadium (Dallas, TX) 2013 ND 37, ASU 34 Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) 2012 ND 41, MIA 3 FedEx Field (Landover, MD) 2011 ND 45, MD 21 Yankee Stadium (New York, NY) 2010 ND 27, Army 3 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 2009 ND 40, WSU 14

The Irish are a perfect 9-0 in Shamrock Series games and have won each game by an average score of 22.8 points. The Irish have scored 27 or more points in eight of the nine previous Shamrock games. • This will be the third time the Irish return to a previous Shamrock venue as they first played at Soldier Field in 2012. • Notre Dame defeated Miami 41-3 in 2012 during the Shamrock Game at Soldier Field. Cierre Wood and George Atkinson both ran for over 100 yards in the game. It was the first time since Oct. 5, 2002 that the Irish had two 100- yard rushers in the same game (Rashon Powers-Neal and Ryan Grant). • This will be the second B1G opponent the Irish are set to face in the Shamrock Series as they defeated Purdue 31-14 in Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2014 season.

WISCONSIN NOTES:

STAGE IS SET FOR SOLDIER FIELD SHOWCASE  Soldier Field is the setting for a Saturday showdown between 18th-ranked Wisconsin (1-1) and No. 12 Notre Dame (3-0), which meet for the first time in 57 years in a game that will kick off at 11 a.m. and air live on FOX.  The clash between the Badgers and Fighting Irish will be the backdrop for both of college football’s major pregame shows, with ESPN College GameDay and FOX Big Noon Kickoff on site in Chicago to set the stage.  Wisconsin and Notre Dame have faced off 16 times previously, but not since 1964, and will meet as ranked opponents for the first time. The Irish own an 8-6-2 lead in the all-time series, including a win in the teams’ previous meeting at Soldier Field, in 1929.  Notre Dame comes to Chicago having won three straight to open the season, while the Badgers were idle last week following a bounce-back win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 11 that improved them to 1-1.

The Badgers are in their 7th season under head coach Paul Chryst, who is 57-20 (.740) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 37-14 (.725) conference record and a 5-1 mark in bowl games. Chryst is in his 16th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff.

Jim Leonhard is back for a 5th season as defensive coordinator, and 6th season on the coaching staff overall, at his alma mater. Under Leonhard — an All-America safety during his playing days at UW — the Badgers have continued their run as one of the nation’s most consistently high-performing defenses. Over Leonhard’s first 5 seasons on staff, Wisconsin has ranked among the nation’s top 3 units in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing efficiency defense

With junior Chez Mellusi, junior Isaac Guerendo and redshirt freshman Jalen Berger, the Badgers have the makings of another strong rotation of running backs, something that Wisconsin has utilized with great success over the years.

Senior TE Jake Ferguson, a 2020 Mackey Award semifinalist and first-team All-Big Ten selection, ranks No. 2 among active FBS tight ends in receptions and No. 3 in receiving yards. The Badgers will wear a special white “Forward” uniform set to honor the state of Wisconsin. The helmet and pants feature a version of the Motion W logo that includes the stripe from the Wisconsin state flag emblazoned with the state motto, “Forward.” The jersey also features a string of six stars, an element featured on a plaque affixed to the Camp Randall Memorial Arch, just outside the stadium. The plaque honors the 70,000 Wisconsinites who passed through the Union Army’s Civil War training site at Camp Randall from 1861 to 1865.  Saturday’s game originally was slated as the second half of a two-game series between Wisconsin and Notre Dame, but last season’s highly-anticipated meeting in Green Bay was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting schedule changes. The Badgers and Irish will now meet at Lambeau Field in 2026.

Wisconsin leads the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed this season, giving up just 33.0 per game. Over the last 6 years, UW has allowed an average of 108.0 rushing yards per contest, second only to Alabama (106.2 ypg) among Power Five teams in that time.

RB Isaac Guerendo’s background as a state champion sprinter has clearly translated to the field, with the junior hitting a top speed of 22.15 miles per hour on his careerlong 82-yard TD run vs. Eastern Michigan. He posted a career-high 92 rushing yards in the game.

The Badgers have held the ball for better than 40 minutes in each game this season and lead the nation in average time of possession, at 40 minutes, 57 seconds per game. Army ranks No. 2, at 40:47, with the Badgers and Black Knights set to meet on Oct. 16.

PURDUE FOOTBALL VS. ILLINOIS GAME NOTES

GAME 4: VS. ILLINOIS • SATURDAY, SEPT. 25 • 3:30PM ET • BTN PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (2-1, 0-0 B1G) VS. ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (1-3, 1-1) • ROSS-ADE STADIUM (WEST LAFAYETTE)

PURDUE-ILLINOIS SERIES HISTORY • The Boilermakers are playing for continued ownership of the Purdue Cannon on Saturday, Sept. 25, as Purdue and Illinois take the field at Ross-Ade Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network. • The Old Gold & Black have claimed four of five contests against Illinois dating back to 2016. Additionally, Purdue has won seven of the last 10 matchups in the series. • Head coach Jeff Brohm has a 3-1 record leading the Boilermakers against Illinois in The Cannon Game. Brohm is 3-2 all-time against Illinois as a head coach. • Purdue’s game against Illinois will be the 97th meeting between the two football programs, which stands as the second-most contests against a common opponent in school history, trailing only the 122 all-time games against Indiana. • The two schools first played in 1890, with the all-time series tied at 45-45-6 through the 2020 season. Saturday’s game will tip the scale in favor of one program. BATTLE FOR THE CANNON • The Cannon Game has a long and rich history. It all started in 1905 when a group of Purdue students took the weapon, quite miniature in nature, to Champaign in anticipation of firing it to celebrate a victory. Although Purdue did win the game 29-0, Illinois supporters, including Quincy A. Hall, had discovered the Cannon in its hiding place – in a culvert near the old Illinois field – and confiscated it before the Purdue students could return to start their “booming” celebration. • Later, Hall moved the Cannon to his farmhouse near Milford, Illinois, where it survived a fire and gathered dust until Hall suggested it be used as a trophy between the two schools when the rivalry was resumed in 1943 after a 12-year lapse. • The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honorary at Purdue and Illini Pride now share the maintenance duties for the trophy. Purdue leads the Cannon series 37-30-2, including 12 wins in the last 16 matchups. REMEMBER SEPTEMBER • Early success in a season can springboard a football program onward in its campaign, and that is exactly what Purdue and head coach Jeff Brohm will be working for against Illinois. The Boilermakers have the opportunity to claim three wins in the month of September for the first time since 2012 with a victory over Illinois on Saturday. • The 2012 squad, led by former head coach Danny Hope, started 3-1 on the year with wins over Eastern Kentucky (48-6, Sept. 1, 2012), Eastern Michigan (54-16, Sept. 15, 2012) and Marshall (51-41, Sept. 29, 2012). • A potential 3-1 start for the 2021 edition of Purdue Football would match the season start of the aforementioned 2012 group and be the best since Purdue’s 5-0 start to the 2007 season. CAREER PERFORMANCES AT NOTRE DAME • Despite the loss to No. 10 Notre Dame (Sept. 18), breakout performances were had by a grouping of Boilermakers in front of the 74,341 on hand at Notre Dame Stadium. • Fifth-year WR Jackson Anthrop caught seven passes for a career-best 90 yards, while junior RB King Doerue set career bests in both receptions (six) and receiving yards (39). Sophomore WR Mershawn Rice also had a career day with a personal-best in both catches (four) and receiving yards (37). • Junior S Cam Allen’s nine tackles at Notre Dame set a career-high for the Bluefield, Virginia, native. Sophomore S Marvin Grant’s eight stops also was a career-best. • Notably, junior WR David Bell heads into Saturday’s Purdue-Illinois matchup just 19 receiving yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark for his career. Bell caught seven passes for 64 receiving yards in the setback.

CONFERENCE OPENERS • Purdue will be out to win its second-straight Big Ten Conference opener with its game against Illinois. Last season, the Boilermakers started off with a 24-20 victory vs. Iowa on Oct. 24, 2020. In the win, then-sophomore WR David Bell hauled in 13 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Also a sophomore at the time, WR Milton Wright snagged seven passes for 85 receiving yards. Defensively, then-junior LB Jaylan Alexander racked up 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Then-sophomore DE George Karlaftis had three tackles and 1.0 sack. • Reversing long-term fortunes will be Purdue’s charge to start its 2021 conference slate, as the Boilermakers are 10-11 in Big Ten openers since 2000. This matchup will be the first time since 2004 that Purdue begins league play with Illinois. The mighty Boilers took down No. 15-ranked Illinois in Champaign by a score of 38-30 (Sept. 25, 2004). • Claiming the Big Ten opener has boded well for Purdue postseason aspirations in recent memory. Since 1997, which was former head coach Joe Tiller’s opening campaign as the leader of the Boilermakers, Purdue has advanced to a bowl game every time it has won its league opener but twice, in 2010 and 2020.

ILLINOIS NOTES:

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (1-3, 1-1) at PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (2-1, 0-0) Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 // 2:30 p.m. CT // Big Ten Network West Lafeyette, Ind. // Ross-Ade Stadium

The Battle for the Cannon • Illinois and Purdue play each year for the coveted “Cannon.” The “Cannon,” more accurately known as the Purdue Cannon, made its first trip to Champaign-Urbana in 1905 when a group of Purdue students brought it to fire after a Boilermaker victory. Purdue won the game, 29-0, but the Cannon was never fired. Illinois student Quincy Hall found the Cannon hidden near the old Illinois Field and moved it to his farmhouse near Milford, Illinois. There, it survived a fire and gathered dust until 1943, when Hall donated it as a symbol of the Illinois-Purdue rivalry. • The actual Cannon was last fired Nov. 4, 2001, at the Illinois football complex following an Illini victory. • Illinois last took The Cannon in 2019 with a 24-6 rain-soaked win in West Lafeyette. More all-time series information is available on Page 24. • The away team has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams. Quarterbacks Turned Wide Receivers • Isaiah Williams and Deuce Spann have both transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver in 2021 and have become Illinois’ top two leading receivers. • Isaiah Williams leads the team in receptions (21) and receiving yards (230). • Deuce Spann is second on the team in receiving yards (117), tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (2), and leads the team in yards per catch (29.25). • Isaiah Williams is 12th in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (57.5) and 13th in receptions per game (5.2). • Deuce Spann is the No. 1 graded receiver in the nation according to PFF (92.6) with a minimum of one target per game. He has four targets and four receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Offensive Line Notes • Julian Pearl is the No. 2 graded guard in the nation according to PFF (84.7) (min. 100 snaps). Pearl has the top run blocking grade in the nation (94.6). • Doug Kramer is the No. 6 graded center in the nation according to PFF (80.4) (min. 155 snaps). • Alex Palczewski is the No. 17 graded tackle in the nation according to PFF (80.5) (min. 155 snaps). • Vederian Lowe is the No. 40 graded tackle in the nation according to PFF (74.1) (min. 155 snaps). • Illinois is one of eight teams in the nation with two tackles graded in the top 40 (Illinois, Clemson, Central Michigan, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Wake Forest) (min. 155 snaps). • Illinois has the No. 5 team run-blocking grade in the nation according to PFF (86.0). Defensive Notes • Illinois is 14th in the nation and tied for the Big Ten lead in fumbles recovered (5). • Illinois is third in the Big Ten and 22nd in the nation in takeaways (6). • Devon Witherspoon is 13th in the nation in passes defended per game (1.8).

Hansen Approaches Illini Record • With two forced fumbles at Virginia, LB Jake Hansen moved within one of tying the Illinois career record. Hansen has 12 career forced fumbles, one behind Simeon Rice’s 13 forced fumbles. • Hansen passed Whitney Mercilus (11 career FF) for second place on Illinois’ all-time career list. • Hansen has more career forced fumbles than any other active player in the nation. • Hansen’s 12 forced fumbles are tied for the sixth-most in Big Ten history. The conference record is 15, set by Wisconsin’s Chris Borland from 2009-13.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL VS. TOLEDO GAME NOTES

BALL STATE NOTES:

Ball State and Toledo are set to kick off Mid-American Conference play Saturday afternoon

inside Scheumann Stadium. Despite trailing in the all-time series 24-21-1, the Cardinals have

won the last two duels, including last season’s 27-24 win at the Glass Bowl.

The Cardinals are 22-24 in their MAC opener since joining the conference in 1975. The

opening game has been important for the Cardinals in their MAC Championship seasons.

Ball State is 4-2 in the first league game during its championship seasons, earning wins in

1976, 1978, 1989 and 1993. However, in the Cardinals’ last two title-winning campaigns, Ball

State lost its conference opener (1996, 2020).

Ball State is 23-23 in its Mid-American Conference home opener all-time. The Cardinals

have won the last three league home openers under head coach Mike Neu, defeating Kent

State 52-24 in 2018, Toledo 52-14 in 2019, Eastern Michigan 38-31 in 2020.

8 WR Justin Hall leads all active FBS players in career receptions with 274, a Ball State

school record, and nearly 40 more than the next-highest (Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky

– 236). He has recorded at least one catch in 46 straight games (every game of his career),

the longest active streak in the country at the FBS level. Hall needs 67 yards to break Dante

Ridgeway’s record of 3,030 career receiving yards at Ball State.

QB Drew Plitt, in his third year as Ball State’s full-time starter, in the MAC’s career leader

among active players in passing yards (6,934) and passing touchdowns (52). Plitt needs just

126 yards to become the fourth 7,000-yard passer in school history joining Keith Wenning

(2010-13), Nate Davis (2006-08) and Riley Neal (2015-18).

In MAC play alone, Plitt has thrown for 3,992 yards with 31 touchdowns compared to 14

interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes through 17 games under center

in league action.

RB Carson Steele has a touchdown in all three games against the likes of Western

Illinois, Penn State and Wyoming. He is the only true freshmen in the country to rush for a

touchdown in both games to begin the season. Steele is one of just two players overall in

the MAC to rush for at least one touchdown in all three games to begin the 2021 campaign,

joining La’darius Jefferson (WMU).

TOLEDO NOTES:

Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo Rockets open their conference season with an early showdown game at defending Mid-American Conference champion Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 25 (2:00 p.m. ESPN+). Despite being the very first game of the conference schedule, much is at stake in this battle. The Cardinals, preseason pick to repeat as league champions by both the league’s media and coaches, are still the team to beat in the MAC at this point. Plus, the winner of Saturday’s game will hold the head-to-head tie-breaker and thus virtually a two-game edge in the battle for the West Division crown. Toledo (1-2) is coming off a 22-6 home loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. Toledo’s defense held CSUs offense out of the end zone but five Ram field goals and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown was enough for the win. The Rockets were only able to convert a pair of field goals by Thomas Cluckey. UT was still in the game almost to the very end, trailing only 13-6 midway through the fourth quarter. However, three late Rocket drives came up empty and Colorado State tacked on three field goals. Ball State (1-2) lost at Wyoming last Saturday, 45-12. The Cardinals opened the season with a victory over Western Illinois, 31-21, before losing at Penn State, 44-13, on Sept. 11.

Rocket Round-Up • Sophomore kicker Thomas Cluckey connected on a career-long field goal of 43 yards as well as a 38-yarder vs. Colorado State. He improved to 5-for-5 on field goals this season and is now a perfect 13-for-13 for his career. • Redshirt freshman Jackson Barrow and sophomore defensive tackle Judge Culpepper tied for the team lead vs. CSU with eight tackles, career highs for both players. • Toledo ranks first in the MAC in total defense (347.7) and second in scoring defense (21.3). • Eleven different players caught a pass for Toledo on Saturday, with senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell (five receptions, 87 yards) leading the way. It was Mitchell’s most receptions since he grabbed five balls vs. Ball State on Nov. 28, 2020 and one shy of his career high. • The Rocket defense held Colorado State to 110 yards passing, the second time this season they have held an opponent to 150 yards passing or fewer (134 passing yards allowed vs. Norfolk State). • Bryant Koback has 2,824 career rushing yards, eighth on Toledo’s all-time list. He needs 296 yards to pass Jalen Parmele (3,119 from 2004-07) for No. 7 on the list.

ROCKET UPDATE • Toledo is 1-2 following its 22-6 loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. • Sophomore quarterback Carter Bradley completed 22-of-36 passes for 254 yards vs. Colorado State, his third career game with at least 250 passing yards. • Eleven different players caught a pass for Toledo on Saturday, with senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell (five receptions, 87 yards) leading the way. It was Mitchell’s most receptions since he grabbed five balls vs. Ball State on Nov. 28, 2020 and one shy of his career high. • The Rocket defense held Colorado State to 110 yards passing, the second time this season they have held an opponent to 150 yards passing or fewer (134 passing yards allowed vs. Norfolk State). •Sophomore kicker Thomas Cluckey improved to 5-for-5 on field goals this season and is now 13-for-13 for his career. Cluckey connected on careerlong field goal of 43 yards in the second quarter. His previous long was 41 yards. • Redshirt freshman Jackson Barrow and sophomore defensive tackle Judge Culpepper tied for the team lead with eight tackles, career highs for both players. • Senior Bailey Flint averaged 46.6 yards on eight punts.

TOLEDO-BALL STATE SERIES Toledo leads the series with Ball State, 24-21-1. The Cardinals have won the last two games in the series, including a 27-24 victory at the Glass Bowl last year. Saturday’s game will mark the 47th consecutive season in which the two teams have played, every year since Ball State began playing MAC football in 1975. LAST TIME VS. BALL STATE Toledo scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but a turnover on its final drive of the game ended the comeback attempt in a 27- 24 loss at the Glass Bowl. Senior quarterback Eli Peters threw for a career high 363 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the game late with an apparent injury.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: Indy Eleven Adds Midfielder Kevin Partida at League’s Roster Freeze Deadline

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, September 23, 2021) – Indy Eleven finalized a pair of transactions prior to tomorrow’s USL Championship roster freeze deadline, headlined by the signing of midfielder Kevin Partida for the remainder of the 2021 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal that brings the 2020 All-USL Championship Second Team performer to Indiana’s Team will not be disclosed.

In an additional roster move, goalkeeper and Carmel native Eric Dick saw his loan with Indiana’s Team come to an end after his recall by Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC. These moves keep the Indy Eleven roster at 27 players as the Boys in Blue enter the stretch drive of the Championship regular season through the end of October.

“In Kevin Partida, we add a central midfielder who provides a box-to-box presence and can influence the game on both sides of the ball,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “After getting a good look at Kevin on trial over the last week, we are confident his professionalism both on the field and in the locker room will fit in seamlessly with our group and help propel us towards the postseason.

“On behalf of the club, I also want to thank Eric Dick for his service to the Eleven and wish him the best of luck as he continues his season with Columbus,” concluded Rogers.

Partida most recently suited up for Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United FC at the end of their 2020 campaign, joining the “Loons” after the completion of last year’s abbreviated USL Championship season. The 26-year-old’s standout 2020 performance in the center of the pitch helped Reno 1868 FC achieve the Championship’s top regular season record and included 17 key passes, one assist, and four goals – two of which came in Reno’s pair of postseason contests. In all, the native of Sparks, Nevada, collected five goals, three assists and 35 key passes in 41 appearances (38 starts) across three USL Championships seasons, all spent with his hometown Reno squad from 2018-20.

Minnesota was not the only Major League Soccer stop for Partida, who was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the third round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The UNLV product made five appearances on loan for San Jose in his rookie season in 2018, performances that earned him a spot on the MLS side the following season, spent mostly on loan back with Reno.

The return to Columbus for the 26-year-old Dick comes after the Butler University graduate made four appearances for Indy earlier this summer, during which he collected a 1W-2L-1D record, one shutout and 22 saves.

Indy Eleven continues its pivotal three-game road trip against Central Division playoff contenders this Sunday, Sept. 26, with the first of back-to-back games at OKC Energy FC. Kickoff for Sunday’s contest at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET (live on ESPN+), which will be followed by a repeat performance three days later on Wednesday, Sept. 29 (8:30 p.m. ET kickoff, ESPN+).

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB Opens Lid On Big Ten Play Friday And Sunday

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (6-6) opens Big Ten Conference play this weekend against Michigan State (7-2) and No. 7 Purdue (8-1). The Hoosiers will face the Spartans on Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. and will then face in-state foe No. 7 Purdue on Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. Both matches will stream live on BTN+.

Indiana vs. Michigan State

Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall

Friday, September 24 • 7:00 p.m.

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Indiana vs. No. 7 Purdue

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The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers spent last weekend hosting the Indiana Invitational inside Wilkinson Hall. Indiana defeated Alabama A&M in straight sets before falling to Chicago State and Ole Miss the following day.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg leads the squad in kills and hitting percentage with 91 kills and a percentage of .425. Her .425 ranks fifth among the Big Ten Conference.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame has recorded a team leading 201 digs. This is good for sixth in the Big Ten. She is also averaging 4.28 per set.

• As a team, Indiana has put up 158 bocks which is eighth in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are averaging 2.60 blocks per set.

All-Time Series

•  The Boilermakers hold a 72-34 all-time series record. Last time out the Hoosiers fell in straight sets on the road, 3-0 (18-25, 11-25, 14-25).

• Michigan State gets the edge over the Hoosiers in the all-time series, 30-50. The last time the two squads met was in the 2019 season where Indiana won in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20. 25-23, 25-22) before falling to the Spartans later in the year, 3-1 (18-25, 15-25, 25-20, 22-25).

Checking Out the Competition

• MICHIGAN STATE: Cathy George is at the helm of the Spartans program and is in her 17th year. Michigan State has started the 2021 campaign hot with a 7-2 record so far. Their two losses have come at the foot of Wright State and BYU. The Spartans attack is led by senior middle blocker Rebecka Pojian who has tallied 74 kills and a hitting percentage of .473. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Sarah Franklin leads the squad on defense with 39 total blocks this season.

• PURDUE: The Boilermakers are coached by Dave Shondell who is in his 19th season as head coach. Purdue is ranked No. 7 in the country and have played to an 8-1 record with their only loss coming to then No. 10 Louisville on Sept.10 at the Xavier University Tournament. The Boilermakers are led by senior outside hitter Grace Cleveland, and she has recorded 98 kills and a hitting percentage of .379. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Trammell has a team-leading 34 blocks this season on defense.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers hosted their first home tournament in nearly two years this past weekend. They opened the three-game set with a match against Alabama A&M in which they defeated the Bulldogs in straight sets, 3-0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-17). Freshman Mady Saris led the Indiana attack with 15 kills while also tallying a block. Sophomore Elle Hillers earned her first career start and junior Sophie Oliphant saw the court for the first time this season.

• Next, Indiana faced Chicago State in an early morning match where the Hoosiers dropped the match to the Cougars, 3-0 (21-25, 26-28, 23-25). Senior Breana Edwards and sophomore Savannah Kjolhede had double-figure kills with 11 and 10, respectively. Kjolhede also put up a team-leading four blocks.

• In the final match of the weekend, Indiana faced Ole Miss who entered the weekend unbeaten. Despite keeping each set close, the Hoosiers fell to the Rebels, 3-0 (22-25, 22-25, 24-26). Edwards had a team-high 13 kills while also recording two blocks.

News & Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards recorded her 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10.

• Graduate Student setter Brooke Westbeld has put up 343 assists which leads the team.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg has a team best hitting percentage of .425. She also has tallied 91 kills.

• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris leads the Hoosiers in kills with 149 so far this season.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede has a team-leading 48 blocks through the first 12 games of 2021.

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS: IUMT Begins Fall Season with ITA Regionals

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Men’s Tennis team begins its fall campaign this weekend at the ITA Regional Tournament in Knoxville, Ten.

IU will send nine student-athletes to the event to compete for a regional tournament title. Its lineup will comprise of four doubles teams and eight singles entries.

Entering in the singles draw will be senior Patrick Fletchall, senior Vikash Singh, senior Carson Haskins, junior Luka Vukovic, sophomore Ilya Tiraspolsky, sophomore Michael Andre, sophomore Jagger Saylor and sophomore Nishanth Basavareddy.

IU will send the teams of Fletchall and Singh, Haskins and Vukovic, Andre and Tiraspolsky and Saylor and senior Mac Rogers to compete in the doubles competition.

Play will get underway on Thursday with the competition wrapping up on Monday on the campus of Tennessee.

First Round Singles Draw:

Jagger Saylor (Indiana) vs. Oliver Andersson (Austin Peay): Thursday at 9:00 AM

Vikash Singh (Indiana) vs. Yusuf Khamis (East Tennessee State): Thursday at 9:00 AM

Luka Vukovic (Indiana) vs. Francisco Rocha (Middle Tennessee State): Thursday at 9:00 AM

Patrick Fletchall (Indiana) vs. Jonathan Sorbo (Kentucky): Thursday at 11:00 AM

Nishanth Basavareddy (Indiana) vs. Etienne Donnet (Louisville): Thursday at 11:00 AM

Michael Andre (Indiana) vs. Pablo Alemany (Memphis): Thursday at 11:30 AM

Ilya Tiraspolsky (Indiana) vs. Stepan Hollis (Middle Tennessee State): Thursday at 12:30 PM

Carson Haskins (Indiana) vs. Evzen Holis (Tennessee Tech): Thursday at 1:30 PM

First Round Doubles Draw:

Vukovic/Haskins (Indiana) vs. Badra/Vargas (East Tennessee State): Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Singh/Fletchall (Indiana) vs. de Negri/Herran (Ball State): Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Saylor/Rogers (Indiana) vs. Ferreira/Klopper (Vanderbilt): Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Andre/Tiraspolsky (Indiana) vs. Andersson/Nolasco (Austin Peay): Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

PURDUE WSOCCER: Griffith Scores as Boilermakers Keep Winning

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Two second-half goals propelled the Purdue soccer team to a fifth consecutive win with a 2-1 victory at Illinois on Thursday night at Demirjian Park.

The Boilermakers (7-1-2, 2-0-0 Big Ten) have won five in a row and seven of their last eight games, and they are off to their best start to a season since 2007. For the first time since 2017, Purdue is unbeaten in Big Ten play after two road games.

Senior forward Sarah Griffith scored the game’s first goal, in the 55th minute, and Purdue extended its lead to 2-0 two minutes later on a Fighting Illini (4-5-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) own goal. Illinois scored its lone goal in the 83rd minute off a rebound on a penalty kick.

Illinois had a 19-13 advantage in shots, though Purdue held a 9-8 edge in shots on goal. Griffith had a match-high-tying seven shots and four shots on goal, while two Boilermakers had two shots, both on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made a career-high-tying seven saves and her U of I counterpart stopped eight shots.

Griffith gave the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead at 54:48. She received the ball near the sideline in front of the Purdue bench, dribbled downfield and into the corner of the 18-yard box. The ball was poked away near the corner of the goal box, but as it rolled towards the endline, the Illini keeper dove and pushed the ball out and away from the goal. Griffith quickly retrieved the ball and sent an arcing, left-footed shot that sailed over the goalkeeper and into the far side of the goal.

Exactly two minutes later, at 56:48, Illinois scored an own goal to extend the Purdue advantage to 2-0. The play began with a throw-in on the far sideline, and junior defender Lauren Holleran then sent a cross into the 18-yard box. An Illini defender headed the ball near the penalty spot into the near corner of the net.

Illinois cut the Boilermaker advantage in half at 82:42 on a goal by Hope Breslin. A foul was called in the box, which led to a penalty kick. Bova made a great save on the initial attempt, but Breslin was there to connect on her own rebound to make it a 2-1 match.

Purdue was out-shot 10-7 in the first half, and Bova made two saves while the U of I keeper stopped two shots for a scoreless opening 45 minutes.

The visitors had five shots in the first 19 minutes, though just one, by Holleran, was on target and saved. Illinois followed with the next six opportunities in a six-minute span, but the Purdue defense did not allow a shot on goal.

Griffith then had a shot saved in the 30th minute, and another on a great opportunity in the 39th. Bova made a nice save in the final minute of the half on Illinois’ first shot in more than 11 minutes.

In the second half, the Fighting Illini had a 9-6 advantage in shots, though all six of Purdue’s shots were on target. Both goalkeepers made five saves.

Freshman forward Gracie Dunaway had an opportunity saved in the opening two minutes, and Bova registered a save of her own less than three minutes later. Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and Griffith each had shots stopped before Griffith found the first goal in the 55th minute.

Purdue’s lead was 2-0 in the 57th thanks to the own goal, which came after a Mathews shot on goal and another Boilermaker corner kick.

Two saves by Bova and one by U of I’s keeper followed before the penalty that led to Illinois’ lone goal in the 83rd minute.

The Purdue defense proceeded to block two shots and Bova saved another in the final four minutes to preserve the victory.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Big Ten Season Set to Start in Holloway

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Friday, September 24 | 7 p.m. ET

vs. #3 Ohio State

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Sunday, September 26 | 2 p.m. ET

at Indiana

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Big Ten season is slated to start for No. 7 Purdue volleyball this Friday, Sept. 23. The Boilermakers (8-1) will face the undefeated No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) for the opener in front of a sold-out Holloway crowd Friday at 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. Then, Purdue will hit the road to face in-state rival the Indiana Hoosiers (6-6) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. on B1G+.

In Purdue’s loaded weekend, the Boilermakers will look to earn its first win over a top three-ranked opponent in Holloway since 2015. Then on Sunday, Purdue will play for the Monon Spike traveling trophy, which the Boilermakers have won for the past 13 straight contests.

STACEY CLARK CLASSIC LOOK-BACK

• Jena Otec was named MVP, and was joined by All-Tournament Team nods Raven Colvin and Grace Cleveland.

• Five players averaged above a .350 hitting % over the three matches.

• Raven Colvin led the way with .933 on the weekend (14-0-15), followed by Taylor Trammell (12-0-17). Meanwhile Jael Johnson secured a .417 and Grace Cleveland hit .353 over the weekend.

• Purdue totaled 27 blocks over the three matches, including a weekend’s best 13.0 vs. Jacksonville State (9/17).

• The defensive performance leveled up as well, out-blocking opponents 27-11 on the team’s way to an opponent attack average of .094 %.

• Purdue’s 13.0 total blocks vs. Jacksonville State(9/17) was a season-high).

• The sweep vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (9/17) was the fastest this season, finishing in just 1:07.

• Purdue won the second set vs. PFW 25-6, the most decisive set victory in the modern 25-point era.

• The team’s .456 hitting % was not only a season-best, but the highest since September 2019.

• Jael Johnson had a season-high five block assists vs. Jacksonville St..

• Taylor Trammell went errorless in both matches she played, including 7-0-11 vs. #22 Tennessee. Overall, she has only four errors on the season, and has gone errorless for three straight contests.

PLAYING THEIR BEST VOLLEYBALL

• Caitlyn Newton (.243 attack %) is on track to have her most eff icient season to date. She has hit over .400 twice: .414 in the season-opener vs. LMU (8/27) and .406 vs. Lipscomb (9/11).

• Grace Cleveland is well beyond her eff iciency numbers from years past. She currently owns a .379 hitting % and 4.4 points per set, with one errorless match at UNLV (9/2, 13-0-23) and nearly had one vs. Tennessee, where she went errorless through the first two sets with 11 kills. In total, Cleveland has not had more than three errors in a match and has one or fewer error in five matches this season.

• Pin hitters Maddy Chinn, Emma Ellis and Maddie Koch have all stepped up when their time came:

• Chinn set a career-high 11 kills and five digs vs. #22 Tennessee (9/18).

• Ellis tied her career-best 13 kills while setting a career-high .600 attack % vs. Lipscomb (9/11).

• Koch went a perfect 3-0-3 for her first 1.000 attack %. Moreover, she tied a career-high two block assists vs. #RV Kansas (8/29).

#3 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Series History: 45-46 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: March 27, 2021 (W, 3-1 at OSU)

• Purdue has won the past six straight meetings vs. Ohio State, dating back to Oct. 27, 2017. Meanwhile in the past 10 years, Purdue owns the 11-5 advantage.

• The Boilermakers took both matches in the spring in Columbus, 3-1. Purdue ranked #10, Ohio State #9.

• Nationally, Ohio State ranks 2nd in assists per set (14.00), 3rd in kills per set (14.91), and 5th in hitting percentage (.314) – just one spot below Purdue.

• Junior Mac Podraza ranks first in the NCAA in assists/set (12.03).

• Sophomore Emily Londot leads Ohio State with 125 kills, averaging 3.68 per set (fourth in the Big Ten).

• Like Purdue, OSU is in its best season ever and has earned its highest AVCA ranking in program history this season.

• Ohio State became the first league team to beat a top-five opponent this season with a victory over #4 Washington.

INDIANA HOOSIERS

Series History: 6-1 (PUR leads) | Last Meeting on September 17, 2005 (W, 3-0 at Purdue)

• Purdue and Indiana will play for the traveling Monon Spike this Sunday. Purdue leads 34-12 in the Spike history, including the past 13 straight trophy matches (since 2008). In the spring, Purdue won in sweeping fashion for the 13th straight year. Moreover, Purdue as won the last 17 straight contests vs. IU.

• The Hoosier have a strong block, ranking 10th in the NCAA with 122.0 total blocks. In blocks per set, IU checks in at 34th in the NCAA and 8th in the Big Ten with 2.60.

• Kaley Rammelsburg’s .425 hitting % ranks 21st in the NCAA and 5th in the Big Ten.

THE PURDUE ROSTER AT A GLANCE

• The 21-woman roster is the largest in program history.

• Purdue is the most experienced team in the Big Ten with 13 players having at least two years of experience (over half at 61%).

• The entire 2020 roster returns for the fall, including fifth year returners AVCA Third Team All-American Caitlyn Newton and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jena Otec.

• There is a program-record four AVCA All-America recognized players on the roster: First Team All-American Grace Cleveland, Third Team All-American Newton and Honorable Mentions Hayley Bush and Otec. Meanwhile Taylor Trammell was recognized by VolleyballMag.com as an All-America Honorable Mention.

• Four newcomers join the ranks to make up the No. 10 recruiting class (VolleyballMag.com): Raven Colvin (2020 Under Armour All-America Honorable Mention), Ali Hornung (2020 Under Armour First Team All-America and Gatorade State Player of the Year for Indiana), Emily Rastovski (2019 Under Armour All-America) and Sydney Yim (Gatorade State Player of the Year for Massachusetts).

PURDUE MEN’S TENNIS: Boilermakers Open ITA Ohio Valley Regional

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On the opening day of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional, the Purdue men’s tennis team sent four entries into the second round.

A trio of Boilermakers advanced to the second round of the singles flight. Athell Bennett, in his first regional since taking runner-up honors in 2019, cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Danilo Kovacevic of Ball State. The No. 9 seed will play Michael Dickson from Butler in the second round.

Freshman duo Julen Morgan and Gabriele Brancatelli punched their tickets into the second round. Brancatelli blew by Brandon Pnomarew of Northern Kentucky in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to set up a matchup with the other No. 9 seed Joubert Klopper from Vanderbilt.

Morgan rallied from a set down to beat Tom Berry from Wright State. The Miami native will take on Tennessee’s Shunsuke Mitsui on Friday.

Milledge Cossu, Rohan Sachdev, Piotr Galus and Tomasz Dudek fell into the consolation bracket that opens Friday.

In doubles, the Boilermakers sent one team through to the second round. Bennett and Galus claimed an 8-2 win as a No. 9 seed over Stepan Holis and John Chin from Middle Tennessee State. The tandem will face Carson Haksins and Luka Vukovic in the second round on Friday.

The doubles teams of Sachdev/Dudek and Brancatelli/Cossu moved into the consolation draw.

SINGLES R128

Athell Bennett (PUR) def. Danilo Kovacevic (BSU) – 6-3, 6-3

Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR) def. Brandon Ponomarew (NKU) – 6-1, 6-1

Julen Morgan (PUR) def. Tom Berry (WSU) – 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Tomas Luis (BEL) def. Milledge Cossu (PUR) – 6-4, 6-3

Tomas Rodriguez (UTC) def. Rohan Sachdev (PUR) – 6-1, 7-5

Conor Gannon (UT) def. Piotr Galus (PUR) – 6-0, 7-6(4)

Taisei Miyamoto (BEL) def. Tomasz Dudek (PUR) – 6-2, 7-6(5)

DOUBLES

Athell Bennett/Piotr Galus (PUR) def. Stepan Holis/John Chin (MTSU) – 8-2

Joshua Lapadat/JJ Mercer (UK) def. Rohan Sachdev/Tomasz Dudek (PUR) – 8-3

Diego Castro/Tomas Luis (BEL) def. Milledge Cossu/Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR) – 8-5

PURDUE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Women’s Tennis Set for Purdue Invite

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team opens its 2021-22 campaign this weekend at the Schwartz Tennis Center with the Purdue Invite. The Boilermakers will compete in a set of round-robin hidden duals against Louisville, Butler and Miami University.

A full schedule of events is listed below. Spectators are allowed at the Schwartz Tennis Center this season and masks are required.

Head coach Laura Glitz enters the season with one of the most talented rosters in recent memory.

Csilla Fodor is back after narrowly missing an All-Big Ten nod last season and an impressive summer campaign. Fellow returners include lineup mainstays from last season Nathalia Wolf Gasparin, Seira Shimizu and Rut Galindo.

The Boilermakers were bolstered by the addition of four newcomers. Jamilah Snells, a five-star and blue-chip recruit from Tennis Recruiting Network, teamed up with Fodor to win doubles at the ITA Summer Circuit at Northwestern in June. She also took runner-up honors at the Antalya W15 in Turkey.

A trio of international Boilermakers will look to make their collegiate debuts this weekend with Carmen Gallardo Guevara from Spain, Juana Larranaga from Argentina and Tara Milic from Slovenia.

A recap of results will be posted to PurdueSports.com after each day.

Friday

10 AM – Purdue vs. Butler, Purdue vs. Louisville – Doubles

10 AM – Miami vs. Butler, Miami vs. Louisville – Doubles

1 PM – Purdue vs. Butler – Singles

1 PM – Miami vs. Louisville – Singles

Saturday

10 AM – Purdue vs. Miami – Doubles

10 AM – Butler vs. Louisville – Doubles

11 AM – Purdue vs. Louisville – Singles

11 AM – Miami vs. Butler – Singles

Sunday

10 AM – Purdue vs. Louisville – Doubles

10 AM – Butler vs. Miami – Doubles

11 AM – Purdue vs. Miami – Singles

11 AM Louisville vs. Butler – Singles

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: BIG EAST Play Begins for ButlerVB at Hinkle

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Indianapolis – The Butler volleyball team begins BIG EAST Conference play by hosting No. 16 Creighton and Providence at Hinkle Fieldhouse this weekend. The Bulldogs (6-7) will face the Bluejays (12-1) on Friday at 6 p.m., before matching up with the Friars (12-1) Saturday at 4 p.m.

Bulldog Bites

– Melody Davidson has earned All-Tournament team recognition for each of the four nonconference tournaments this season.

– Davidson tied the Butler program record for most kills in a three-set match (24) against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 15.

– Mariah Grunze ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 35 nationally in total attacks (474).

– Jaymeson Kinley ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 9 nationally in total digs (244).

– The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in total attacks (1,834) and rank second in total digs (793).

– Butler surpassed its win total of the Spring 2021 season with the win over Cal.

– The Bulldogs had their best attack percentage of the season against Eastern Kentucky (.298). That is over 50 points higher than the previous season-high of .241 vs. Youngstown State.

– Butler’s opponents are outscoring the Bulldogs this season, 22.7 to 21.5 average score per set, through 48 sets.

– Davidson ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring (206.5 points) and total kills (177), which are No. 19 and No. 22 nationally in those categories, respectively.

– Hannah Kelly contributed a season-high three aces vs. UCLA.

– Marissa McKelvey came off the bench against Western Michigan and posted season-highs with four assists, four digs and one ace.

SCOUTING CREIGHTON: The Bluejays come to town with a 12-1 record following a flawless weekend at the Shocker Volleyball Classic where they didn’t drop a single set in three matches. Creighton’s only loss of the season came on Sept. 8 when it got swept by No. 3 Nebraska. The Bluejays are coming off the Spring 2021 season when they won the BIG EAST before losing to Morehead State in five sets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Preseason All-BIG EAST middle blockers Jaela Zimmerman (163 kills, 23 blocks) and Naomi Hickman (67 kills, 54 blocks) are a formidable duo up front for Creighton, while Abby Bottomley (225 digs) leads the Bluejay defense.

Creighton leads the all-time series over Butler 15-1, with the only Bulldog win coming in four sets on Oct. 4, 2013 in the first BIG EAST Conference match between the two programs.

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE: The Friars sport a 12-1 record following a perfect 2-0 weekend last Saturday at the Fordham Tournament before heading west to play Xavier on Friday then Butler on Saturday. Providence’s only loss of the season came on Aug. 27 in four sets at Army. The Friars lead the BIG EAST in total aces (92) and aces per set (1.92) while Jennifer Leitman leads the conference in aces per set (0.43) and Allison Barber and Caroline LaMacchia (18) lead in total aces. Barber, a preseason All-BIG EAST setter, averages 10.51 assists and 3.0 digs per set, while Shaliyah Rhoden leads the team in kills (3.33 per set) on a .303 hitting percentage.

Butler leads the all-time series over Providence 13-0, with the Bulldogs sweeping the Friars in their last matchup in 2019.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINES: Madison Friebel (six) and Mariah Grunze (four) have both recorded multiple double-doubles in the first 13 contests of the season. Friebel averages 36.5 assists and 9.8 digs per match, while Grunze has recorded 9.8 kills and 9.2 digs per match through the first four weeks of play.

Friebel ranks second in the BIG EAST and No. 9 nationally in total assists (475).

KINLEY PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE: Libero Jaymeson Kinley recorded 58 digs in four matches last week and has now recorded double-digits digs in every match this season while averaging 5.08 per set, which is on pace to be the second-best average in a season in program history.

Kinley secured a career-high 31 digs in the opening match of the Chippewa Invitational against Youngstown State.

DAVIDSON DOMINATES: Melody Davidson put down a season-high 24 kills vs. Eastern Kentucky, which tied a 30-year old program record for most kills in a three-set match (Jessica Taylor vs. Green Bay on Sept. 6, 2021).

Davidson hit an efficient .697 against the Colonels and added six block assists in her career night. She is hitting .322 on the season and on pace to have the third-best hitting percentage in a season in Butler volleyball history.

SIGNATURE WIN: Butler defeated No. 24 Marquette during the spring season on March 5. The five-set match featured Butler winning the first and fourth sets. In the finale, BU controlled the action by winning 15-7.

BU posted 21 total blocks in that match, just two shy of tying the school record.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Butler’s defense features four different student-athletes averaging at least two digs per set, with Kinley (5.08), Friebel (2.67), Grunze (2.48) and Jillian Ziemba (2.12).

In addition to Kinley, Friebel, Grunze and Ziemba, Bulldogs with double-digit kills in a  match so far this season include Caroline Cleveland, Hannah Kelly and Brittany Robinson.

UP NEXT: Butler will continue BIG EAST Conference play next weekend with matches against Georgetown and Villanova. The Bulldogs will travel to Washington, D.C., to face the Hoyas in their first road conference match on Friday before matching up with the Wildcats outside of Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Butler volleyball program sports an all-time record of 12-3 against Georgetown and 10-5 vs. Villanova. The Bulldogs won both meetings with Georgetown in 2019 and lost both matchups with Villanova that season.

BALL STATE WBB: Former Women’s Basketball Standout Moriah Monaco Hired As Assistant Coach

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MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State women’s basketball 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee will bring back one of his program’s best to join the coaching staff, as former forward Moriah Monaco (2015-2018) has been hired as assistant coach for the Cardinals.

“I’m excited to bring one of our own back to Ball State,” Sallee exclaimed. “When this position opened, my thoughts turned directly to what is best for the players in our program. Who better to help them become the players, students, and people they strive to be other than one of our all-time greats!”

Monaco returns to her alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at Malone University for the 2020-21 season. Prior to starting her coaching career with the Pioneers, Monaco played professionally overseas for the BBC Residence Walferdange in Luxembourg. 

“Mo has been very well thought of as she’s started her coaching career,” Sallee added. “At a very young age she has already gained valuable experience at the college level. She’s helped develop players, she’s recruited, and she’s learned first-hand how to navigate the grind! I’ve heard the passion in her voice as she talks about coaching the sport she loves. Moriah checked all the boxes for me … loyalty, hardworking, passionate, and driven! I’m thrilled to welcome Mo back home.”

A two-time Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honoree as a student-athlete at Ball State, Monaco played in 126 games for the Cardinals, starting 96 of them. She would go on to lead the team in scoring (16.8 ppg) and blocks (49) as a senior.

Monaco ended her career ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,606) and in field goals made (567). She was fifth in field goal attempts (1,400), fourth in blocked shots (96), 15th in rebounds (623), second in 3-point field goals made (292), first in 3-point field goal attempts (821), tied for third in games play (127), and tied for 10th in games started (99). She also ranked eighth in minutes played (3,601). 

Monaco scored in double figures 29 times in 2018. Her career-high for points scored in a game was 29 her senior year at Northern Illinois (1/27/18) . 

She helped the Cardinals make history as a senior with an 11-0 non-conference start which marked the best start in program history. She was a part of four postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament teams, with the Cardinals advancing to the second round twice; once in 2018 and once in 2016. Monaco also helped the Cardinals defeat Big Ten foe Purdue (2017) and Iowa (2016) along with SEC member Vanderbilt in 2017.

Monaco earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2018 from Ball State.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Opens #MACtion Friday at Kent State

Match 13: Ball State (10-2; 0-0 MAC) at Kent State (5-7; 0-0 MAC)

   Friday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. ET – Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center

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Match 14: Ball State (10-2; 0-0 MAC) at Kent State (5-7; 0-0 MAC)

   Saturday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. ET – Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – With the start of fall comes the beginning of Mid-American Conference play for the Ball State women’s volleyball team, which travels to Kent State for a pair of weekend matches.

The Cardinals (10-2; 0-0- MAC) and Golden Flashes (5-7; 0-0 MAC) will square off at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Both matches will be broadcast live by GFTV on BoxCast, with Tyler Henry calling the play-by-play action.

Ball State concluded the non-conference portion of the 2021 regular season with the best record in the MAC at 10-2. Toledo was a close second, at 9-3, while Kent State produced a 5-7 mark in its run to league play.

One of the keys to the Cardinals’ strong start to the season has been the team’s ability to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Four different Ball State players enter the start of MAC play averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while seven are smashing at least 1.00 kills per set.

Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem leads the offense at 2.80 kills per set, while graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn is a close second at 2.78.

The BSU’s offense is also connected at a .238 clip this season, which is the second-best attack percentage in the MAC, trailing only Western Michigan’s .245 mark. In fact, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 11 of its 12 matches this season, including finishing last weekend’s two-match set versus Northern Kentucky with a .254 rate of success.

Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been freshman setter Megan Wielonski who is third in the MAC with a 10.20 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.

Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson leads the Ball State defense with a 4.02 dig-per-set average, which ranks eighth in the MAC so far this season. At the net, sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland leads the squad and is ninth in the league at 0.82 blocks per set, while junior middle Marie Plitt is not far behind at 0.80.

As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .209 attack percentage and rank fourth in the MAC at 2.03 blocks per set and sixth in the league at 14.52 digs per set.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

In addition to ranking second in the MAC with a .238 team attack percentage, Ball State features a pair of players ranked in the top 10 in the league in individual attack percentage … Sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland paces all league players and is 48th nationally with her .386 rate of success … Junior middle Marie Plitt is not far behind, ranking eighth in the league at .329

Freshman setter Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 11th nationally with her 469 total assists, while her 10.20 assists-per-set average is 58th … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with six assist/dig double-doubles in the last eight matches … In fact, her 120 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are second on the squad as is her 2.61 digs-per-set average.

In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, freshman Megan Wielonski has also proven to be one of its top servers ranking second at 0.41 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 19 service aces, including a career-high five vs. UNI (Aug. 28), are second in the league and rank 43rd among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.

Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, leading the Cardinals with a 2.80 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in eight of BSU’s 12 matches, including a season-high 16 in the win over Wright State (Sept. 3) … She’s also turned in a strong effort at the net, averaging 0.59 blocks per set, with at least one block in 11 matches.

Graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, ranking second on the team with a 2.78 kills-per-set average … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in eight matches so far this season, including a season-high 15 at Wright State (Sept. 3).

Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson anchors the Ball State defense, ranking eighth in the MAC with a 4.02 digs-per-set average … She has collected double-digit digs in 11 of the 12 matches, including a career-high 29 versus Marshall (Sept. 4) … The 29 digs tie as the third-most in a match in the MAC so far this season.

Ball State enters the weekend with a 951-622-2 (.604) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals own a 401-211 (.655) all-time record in Mid-American Conference play … The only program with a better all-time league mark is Western Michigan at 406-206 (.663) mark … KSU is 10th all-time based on winning percentage at 229-3823 (.374).

While Ball State holds a 41-17 lead in the all-time series versus Kent State, the Golden Flashes have won the last three meetings, including a pair of matches played Ball State’s Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center during the 2020-21 spring season. KSU rallied to win the opening match played March 11 by a score of 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 17-15), while taking the March 12 meeting by a final of 3-1 (18-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-16).

BALL STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Women’s Tennis Hosts Third Annual Bethany Moore Invitational This Weekend

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s tennis team is set to host the third annual Bethany Moore Invitational at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center this weekend (Sept. 24-Sept. 25).

The Bethany Moore Invite is named in honor of 2016 graduate Bethany Moore who helped Ball State to that year’s Mid-American Conference championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth. Moore tragically lost her life after a 2017 car accident in Hamilton County. The Cardinals dedicated a bench in her honor in the spring of 2019 at Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.

The two-day event features over 40 players from six different NCAA programs. Joining the Cardinals are, Eastern Michigan, Oakland, Tiffin University, UW-Milwaukee, and Youngstown State.

Action begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday with doubles which will be immediately followed by singles play.

On Saturday, the event will begin with the doubles competition at approximately 11 a.m. ET, followed by singles.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: MATCH 8 PREVIEW: #12 VIRGINIA TECH

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish remain on the road and play at No. 12 Virginia Tech in  an ACC showdown in Blacksburg, Virginia, at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 24. The game will be broadcast on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME vs. #12 Virginia Tech

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia | Thompson Field

Stream: ACCNX

Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer

Game Notes: vs. Virginia Tech

THE VIRGINIA TECH SERIES

• The Irish and Hokies will meet on the pitch for the 13th time on Friday evening.

• Notre Dame holds a narrow lead in the all-time series with a record of 6-5-1 against Virginia Tech.

• The Hokies won the most recent matchup, defeating Notre Dame by a score of 2-0 in South Bend the spring of 2021.

LAST TIME OUT

• The Irish turned in an impressive performance on the road in Ann Arbor for a midweek non-conference win, recording a 3-1 win over Michigan.

• Jack Lynn bagged a brace, scoring the first two goals for the Irish in the first half.

• Mohamed Omar registered his first goal of the season to put away the win in the 71st minute.

• Daniel Russo played the role of distributor, notching a career-high two assists.

LYNN LEADS THE LINE

• Lynn was Notre Dame’s representative on the ACC Preseason Watch List.

• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 24 in his Notre Dame career.

• The forward has three goals and two assists in the six games he has played this season.

• Lynn was clinical in the win over Michigan, scoring a first half brace to lead the Irish to the win.

• The senior scored a goal in the 2021 opener against Indiana and has now scored in two of four season openers in his career.

• In the final match of the 2020 fall regular season, Lynn recorded the first hat trick of his career, scoring three times in the first half in the 4-1 win over Louisville.

• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.

• Lynn has led the Irish in goals and points in each of the last two seasons.

STRONG STARTS

• The Irish have made it a habit of getting off on the front foot in the 2021 season, scoring first in five of seven matches.

• Notre Dame has outscored its opponents by a combined 8-4 in first halves this season.

• Lynn is responsible for some of the damage, as all three of his goals have come in the opening 45 minutes of play.

ROOU’S INSTANT IMPACT

• Freshman Matthew Roou has wasted little time getting himself acclimated to the collegiate level, as he is tied of the team lead in goals.

• Roou has scored three goals over the first seven games of the season.

• The forward has scored against NIU, Boston College and Michigan State.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

• The Irish have already received significant contributions from the 2021 freshman class.

• Five of Notre Dame’s 12 goals have been scored by freshmen.

• Roou is tied for the lead on the team in goals scored with three through seven games.

• Eno Nto has scored two goals in his freshman campaign.

• Josh Ramsey has played in all seven games, including six starts for Notre Dame this season at the center back position.

• Nto and Roou both scored goals in their first career starts, coming in the 2-0 win over NIU.

• Kyle Genenbacher and Michael Rossi have also logged minutes in multiple matches this season.

2021 CAPTAINS

• Mohamed Omar and Philip Quinton will share the skipper role for the Fighting Irish for the 2021 season.

• Omar has been a staple as a central defensive midfielder over the past three seasons. His 2020-21 campaign was cut short due to an injury that sidelined him for almost all of the spring.

• Omar has racked up 53 appearances for the Irish over four seasons, scoring three goals and adding two assists in his career.

• Quinton has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s defense four seasons at the center back position.

• The 6-foot-6 defender has anchored the Irish back line the last two seasons. Quinton has also managed to record two assists in his collegiate career.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH HOST FLORIDA STATE & MIAMI TO OPEN ACC PLAY

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame opens conference play this weekend with a pair of home matches against Florida State and Miami. The Irish first host the Seminoles on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra before taking on the Hurricanes on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME VS. FLORIDA STATE

Friday, September 22 – 7 p.m. ET

ACC Network Extra

Live Stats

NOTRE DAME VS. MIAMI

Sunday, September 24 – 1 p.m. ET

ACC Network

Live Stats

FOR STARTERS

The Irish open ACC action after wrapping up the non-conference slate against three straight matches against top-3 opponents (at #1 Texas, vs. #3

Ohio State and at #3 Ohio State).

Notre Dame owns a 60-32 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.

Charley Niego has recorded a double-double in five consecutive matches and six of her last seven outings.

HISTORY VS. FLORIDA STATE

The Irish and Seminoles are meeting for the 19th time on Friday night inside Purcell Pavilion with Florida State holding a 13-5 edge in the all-time series.

Since 2017, the teams have split their six matchups with Notre Dame holding a 1-1 record in their two home matches against the Seminoles.

The Irish are looking to avenge a five-set defeat to Florida State last season, which took place on March 12, 2021 in Tallahassee.

HISTORY VS. MIAMI

The Irish and Hurricanes will be squaring off for the 17th time on Sunday with Notre Dame owning a 9-7 record all-time against Miami.

The Irish have won three of their last four matchups against the Hurricanes, including a straight-set triumph at home last season on March 7, 2020.

In that victory, the Irish recorded a whopping 16 blocks in three sets and hit .273 as a team while limiting the Hurricanes to a mark of .055.

INDIANA STATE: FB Preview | Sycamores welcome #2/#3 South Dakota State for weekend matchup

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State returns home following its two game swing at Northwestern and at Eastern Kentucky as the Sycamores prepare to start Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday, September 25, against No. 2/3 South Dakota State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Jackrabbits is set for 1:05 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and WZJK 105.5 FM.

Weekly Notes

Finishing Nonconference on a High Note

Indiana State made sure to finish the 2021 nonconference season on a high note as the Sycamores went 2-1 outside of Missouri Valley Football play this fall. The Sycamores went 2-0 against FCS competition with wins over Eastern Illinois and at Eastern Kentucky, while their lone loss came against FBS Northwestern to wrap up the schedule. Overall, the Sycamores had three players receive conference player of the week recognition over the first three games, including two (Phazione McClurge – Newcomer, Hunter Lunsford – Special Teams) in this past weekend’s 23-21 thriller at Eastern Kentucky. It marked the first time since the 2018 season that Indiana State finished nonconference play with a winning record.

Starting the Gauntlet

The Missouri Valley Football Conference traditionally has dominated the FCS landscape and this season is no exception. The MVFC featured three teams in the top-10 in both major polls last weekend, while seven different teams overall were listed in either the top-25 or receiving votes heading into the start of conference play. The first opponent for the 2021 conference schedule is the defending national runner-ups in South Dakota State.  The Jackrabbits sit in the top-3 in both FCS national polls and jumpstart the Sycamores’ gauntlet of conference competition with multiple teams looking to make their mark and earn a berth into the postseason.

Sycamores claim two MVFC Weekly Honors

Phazione McClurge and Hunter Lunsford added to the Indiana State conference honors this week as the Sycamores duo took home the Newcomer and the Special Teams Player of the Week as announced by the conference office. McClurge hauled in a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning 24-yard TD catch as time expired in the 23-21 win over EKU. Lunsford put the first points on the board for Indiana State as he hopped on a loose ball in the end zone following a muffed snap on an EKU punt to stake the Sycamores to the early lead. The duo join Michael Thomas (Week 1 – Defense) in earning MVFC weekly recognition in the 2021 season.

Series Matchup

South Dakota State leads the all-time matchup between the two teams dating back to the inaugural contest in the 2008 season. The Sycamores won back-to-back contests in 2010 and 2011, but South Dakota State has won each of the last six games, including the last matchup between the two teams in the 2019 season, 42-23.

First Three

October 25, 2008 – vs South Dakota State – L, 49-9

September 19, 2009 – at South Dakota State – L, 41-0

October 30, 2010 – vs South Dakota State – W, 41-30

Last Three

October 10, 2015 – at South Dakota State – L, 24-7

October 6, 2018 – at South Dakota State – L, 54-51

October 19, 2019 – vs South Dakota State – L, 42-23

On This Date

Indiana State has played in nine games on September 25 in program history and has posted a 4-5 overall record on the date with the last time coming in the 2010 season at Western Illinois

On This Date

1937 – Valparaiso – L, 13-0

1943 – Bowman Field – L, 12-0

1948 – Eastern Illinois, W, 21-20

1954 – Valparaiso – L, 20-13

1965 – Valparaiso – W, 24-21

1971 – Evansville – W, 21-13

1976 – Dayton – L, 20-14

1982 – Ball State – W, 17-0

1993 – Missouri State – L, 31-21

2010 – at Western Illinois – L, 40-7

Scouting the Opponent

South Dakota State has been one of the Missouri Valley’s premier teams over the last decade with the Jackrabbits winning at least eight games every season dating back to 2011. South Dakota State parlayed that success into a strong postseason run in the 2020-21 season with the Jackrabbits making it all the way to the FCS National Championship Game before falling to Sam Houston State in Frisco, Texas.

The Jackrabbits were expected to continue their recent strong surge this season with South Dakota State picked to finish atop the league standings in the preseason poll. SDSU received 454 total points and 24 first-place votes as voted on in the poll by the league’s head coaches, media, and sports information directors. SDSU returned 10 offensive starters and 10 defensive starters to the roster after this past spring’s postseason run.

South Dakota State placed 12 players on the MVFC Preseason All-Conference team finishing just behind Southern Illinois (13) in players earning recognition. Running back Pierre Strong Jr. highlights the Jackrabbits’ offensive returners and was a preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List honoree, while linebacker Logan Backhaus is among the top defensive players returning and was selected to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List.

Through two games this season, the Jackrabbits have lived up to their billing with a 42-33 win over FBS Colorado State in the opener, while topping Lindenwood 52-7 two weeks ago in the SDSU home opener. South Dakota State has an additional nonconference matchup on October 2 against Dixie State in the game labeled as the “Beef Bowl” that will be played at Dykhouse Stadium.

Strong once again headlines the offensive unit and is averaging 124.0 yards and 12.4 yards per carry through the first two games of the season. He’s picked up three touchdowns on the ground and helms a rushing attack averaging 285.0 yards over the first two games of the season. Quarterback Chris Oladokun has thrown six touchdown passes and averages 197.5 yards per game through the air with Jadon Janke (133 yards, two touchdowns) and Tucker Kraft (nine catches, 91 yards, two touchdowns) his top two receivers on the year.

Backhaus has continued to wreak havoc through two games with nine tackles and two quarterback hurries, while Adam Bock has been the tackling leader with 11 stops and two tackles for loss on the year. Seven different players have chipped in on sacks, while the Jackrabbits have recorded 16.0 tackles for loss.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Indiana State Soccer to Host Valparaiso on Friday

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will welcome Valparaiso to Memorial Stadium on Friday night for a Missouri Valley Conference matchup. The match will be streamed live on ESPN3.

SYCAMORE SEASON IN FULL SWING

The Sycamores opened MVC play with a road contest on Saturday at Loyola where they fell 2-1 in the final seconds of the match. Maddie Alexander recorded a career-high nine saves and CeCe Wahlberg scored her second goal of the season.

Wahlberg is now tied with Mackenzie Kent for the team lead in goals with two and moves into second in the MVC in shots on goal with 15 this season. Seven different Sycamores have put their name in the scoring column this season.

Kent and Sasha Thompson lead the team with two assists each.

Kloe Pettigrew has played in 833 of 844 possible minutes this season which leads the team. Alexa Mackey and Katie are right behind her with 820 and 809 minutes played, respectively.

THE OPPONENT

Valparaiso leads the all-time series against Indiana State 11-3-2. Their last trip to Memorial Stadium came during the 2021 spring season in the MVC Tournament where the Sycamores lost 1-0 in a double overtime heartbreaker.

The Beacons comes to Terre Haute with a 4-4-1 record after a 1-0 win over Illinois State to begin their conference schedule. Kelsie James recorded her third assist of the year with her pass to Dana Fish who scored on a header in the 83rd minute to give the Beacons the lead and eventually the win.

James, who was an Honorable Mention All-MVC Selection in the spring, leads the Beacons with 11 points this season (four goals, three assists). She ranks first in the MVC with 37 shots and 19 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Nikki Coryell has made 45 saves including seven in a shutout of Illinois State last Friday.

Valparaiso is coached by John Marovich who enters his 14th season at the helm. He has been on the coaching staff since 2002. Before the Beacons joined the MVC, Marovich was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2014.

UP NEXT

Indiana State will travel to Des Moines on Wednesday to continue conference play with a match at Drake at 8 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores to Open Valley Competition Against Evansville

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball will open up Missouri Valley Conference play on Friday when they welcome in-state rival, Evansville, to the ISU Arena for a 6 p.m. ET first serve.

LAST TIME OUT

Sycamore volleyball was dominant in a home-and-home series with Eastern Illinois, earning the weekend sweep over the Panthers. The weekend began with a 3-0 victory where the Sycamores held EIU to -.094 hitting in a strong performance on both sides of the net. Indiana State held EIU to zero service aces on Friday after the Panthers entered the weekend ranked third in nation. When making the return trip to Eastern Illinois, Sycamore volleyball downed the opposition, 3-1, in Lantz Arena.

THE SERIES AT A GLANCE

Indiana State leads the series, 47-32, including a victory in the most recent contest during the spring 2021 season. The Sycamores were victorious, 3-1, at Evansville. This season, the Purple Aces lead the Valley in hitting percentage and are 45th nationally at .257 in addition to 10th nationally in aces per set at 2.11.

TREES ON FIRE

Indiana State’s 8-2 start is the best start for the Sycamores since the 2014 campaign when they also began 8-2. With the pair of victories over Eastern Illinois over the weekend, the Trees are also on a seven-match winning streak, the second-longest in school history and the longest since the 1982 season when ISU won 14-straight and finished the year 37-10. The win streak is also currently the longest in the Valley.

CLIMBING THE LADDER

Melina Tedrow continued to claw her way up the Indiana State record book over the weekend, using 31 total digs over two matches to push her career number to 1364. She is now just 58 digs away from fifth in the record book. Nationally, Tedrow is 88th with 4.45 digs per set.

GETTING DEFENSIVE

Indiana State has creeped their way into the top-50 nationally in a defensive category, thanks to strong efforts at the Sycamore Invitational and against Eastern Illinois. The Sycamores rank 45th in the NCAA with 16.10 digs per set in with Melina Tedrow leading the way at libero. She sits at 88th in the nation with 4.45 digs per set as an individual.

ALL ABOUT INDIANA

In a complete flip from a season ago, the three Indiana school in the Valley (Indiana State, Evansville, Valparaiso) sit as the top-three squads Evansville enters MVC play with a 10-1 record while Valparaiso (9-2) and the Sycamores (8-2) are right behind them.

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

Sycamore volleyball accomplished a feat they hadn’t managed to accomplish since the 2015 season over the weekend: claiming a preseason tournament title. Indiana State defeated IUPUI, Western Michigan and Austin Peay to go 3-0 on the weekend and win the Sycamore Invitational, their first championship since winning the 2015 ISU Classic. The 2021 tournament featured an impressive come-from-behind victory over Western Michigan, a team that finished 45th in RPI during the spring season. In addition to winning the tournament, ISU’s five-match winning streak is also the longest since the 2015 campaign when they won five in-a-row.

#500

With an undefeated weekend at the Music City Invitational, Sycamore volleyball earned their 500th victory in program history. Indiana State clinched victory 500 on Saturday evening, defeating Belmont, 3-1, on the Bruins home court. The Sycamores’ first official year of volleyball was 1977.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: Reitano Sisters Lead ‘Dons to 3-2 OT Win at Robert Morris

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The sister duo of Bella Reitano and Morgan Reitano led the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team to a Horizon League victory overtime over Robert Morris by a score of 3-2 on Thursday, Sept. 23 in Moon Township, Pa.

With the win, Purdue Fort Wayne’s record improves to 3-3-4 overall and 2-1 in Horizon League play. The two wins are good for six conference points. The Colonials’ record drops to 4-6-1 overall and 0-2-1 in Horizon League play. The Mastodons are 3-0 when either Reitano sister scores a goal.

In her first start of her Mastodon career, Bella made her presence felt and opened the game with her first career goal as a Mastodon in the games 16th minute with an assist from Kelsey Gallagher. Reitano headed the ball into the center of the net off a Gallagher corner kick. Gallagher and Reitano connected on a second goal in the 50th minute of the second half. The goal would come off another Gallagher corner and Reitano would again head the ball just under the crossbar. The assists would be Gallagher’s team leading fourth and fifth assists of the season.

The Colonials would not go down without a fight and would tie the game with goals in the 83rd and 88th minutes. In overtime, the Reitano sister’s would connect on the game winning goal in the 94th minute. Morgan was credited with the goal and Bella was credited with the assist. The goal was Morgan’s team leading third of the season. The Robert Morris goalkeeper attempted to clear the ball but Bella was able to get in front of the pass. She quickly gave it to Morgan who put the ball in the back of the net.

In the match, the Colonials had a 21-14 shots advantage while both teams had 10 shots on goal. Morgan led the ‘Dons in shots with five, two of her five shots were on goal. In goal was Samantha Castaneda. She had eight saves and allowed two goals.

The Mastodons will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 26 (noon) for a Horizon League match against Oakland at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The Golden Grizzles will take on UIC on Thursday, Sept. 23 in Rochester, Mich. before traveling to Fort Wayne.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MSOCCER: Hosts Robert Morris on Saturday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Horizon League play continues on Saturday (Sept. 25) for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team when the Colonials of Robert Morris come to the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Game Day Information

Who: Robert Morris (1-5-0, 1-1-0 Horizon) at Purdue Fort Wayne (2-4-1, 0-2-0 Horizon)

When: Saturday, September 25 | 2:00 p.m.

Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Weather: High of 67, partly cloudy

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Robert Morris’ last outing was a 2-1 loss to Horizon League opponent Milwaukee.

• Robert Morris has a league win over Northern Kentucky 1-0.

• The Colonials have three different players with one goal respectively.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• The ‘Dons last time out was a 1-0 loss to Northern Kentucky.

• Purdue Fort Wayne has continued to put together a stingy defense this year, giving up just 0.86 goals per game.

• Michael Teller, Nathaniel Edwards, Vukasin Bulatovic and Alejandro Lopez have started all seven matches for the ‘Dons this season. 

• Mastodon opponents have missed all three of their penalty kicks this season. The Mastodons have one, a successful goal by Keith Larson at Western Michigan.

AWARD SZN:

Erik Josson picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.

SERIES HISTORY:

Robert Morris leads the series 1-0. The first time the Mastodons played Robert Morris was last spring which resulted in a 1-0 loss.

SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:

The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.

UP NEXT:

The ‘Dons head to Cleveland for a Horizon League game next Saturday (Oct. 2) against Cleveland State. The match will kick at 4 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: Mastodons Head To Moon Township For Horizon League Match Against Robert Morris

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team is set to travel to Moon Township, Pa for a Horizon League match against Robert Morris on Thursday, Sept. 23 (2 p.m.).

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (2-3-4, 1-1-0 Horizon League) at. Robert Morris (4-5-1, 0-1-1 Horizon League)

When: Thursday, September 23 | 2:00 p.m. ET

Where: North Athletic Complex | Moon Township, Pa.

Live Stats: Link

ESPN+: Link

Weather: Sunny, high of 57 degrees

Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are tied for fifth place with three points. Top six teams make the Horizon League tournament.

Scouting The Mastodons

The Mastodons started Horizon League play last week with a 1-1 record. They defeated UIC 2-0 on Thursday, Sept. 16 for their Horizon League home opener and fell to IUPUI by a score of 1-0 on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Indianapolis, Ind.

As a team, the ‘Dons are tied for fourth in the Horizon League in shots (112), tied for fourth in goals allowed (13) and fifth in saves (57). Individually on offense, Kelsey Gallagher is fourth in the Horizon League in assists (three). Mackenzie Evans, Morgan Reitano, and Megan Sinnott lead the ‘Dons in goals with two. In goal, Samantha Castaneda is first in the conference in goalie minutes played (880:52), tied for first in shutouts (three), second in saves (52) and third in saves per game (5.78). Castaneda is also tied for 28th in the country in shutouts and ranks in the top third of the country in save percentage (.800).

Scouting Robert Morris

Robert Morris enters Thursday’s game with a 4-5-1 record overall and a 0-1-1 record in Horizon League play. The Colonials opened conference play with a 1-1 tie against Green Bay on Thursday, Sept. 16 and lost to Milwaukee by a score of 2-0 on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Moon Township. They are tied for seventh in the conference standings with one point.

As a team, the Colonials are second in the Horizon League in shots (142) shots per game (14.20), goals (14) and assists (12). Individually, Haleigh Finale has been one of the best players in the Horizon League this season. She is first in the conference in shots (36), shots per game (3.60), and shots on goal (18), second in shots on goal per game (1.80) and assists (six), third in points (12), and tied for seventh in goals (three). The Colonials have switched between Courtney Worstell and Isabella Bohlen in goal. Worstell has appeared in six games, started in five. She’s racked up 24 saves and owns a 1-4 record. Bohlen has started in five games, racked up 10 saves, and owns a 3-1-1 record in net.

Series History

The Mastodons lead the series over the Colonials with a 2-1-1 record. The ‘Dons won the first two meetings back in 2015 by a score of 3-2 and in 2017 by a score of 4-2. The last time these two teams met was on March. 3, 2021 in Canonsburg, Pa. where the Colonials defeated the ‘Dons 4-2.

Up Next

The Mastodons will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 26 (noon) at the Hefner Soccer Complex for a Horizon League game against Oakland University. The Golden Grizzles are 2-7-1 overall (1-0-1 Horizon League) and will face UIC on Thursday, Sept. 23 in Rochester, Mich. before heading to Fort Wayne.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Horizon League Play Begins For Mastodon WVB This Week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In the Horizon League women’s volleyball opener, Purdue Fort Wayne fell to the Green Bay Phoenix 3-2 (24-26, 25-17, 25-14, 19-25, 15-10) in the Gates Sports Center on Thursday (Sept. 23).

The Mastodons opened the match with a 26-24 set win thanks to seven kills from Katie Crowe and five from Maggie Castleman. The ‘Dons used a 5-2 closing stretch to come back from down 22-21. Crowe had two kills and Castleman had the set-winning kill.

Green Bay ran away with the second set thanks to 9-1 run, then did the same in the third with a 15-4 stretch. The Phoenix hit .342 in the second set.

The Mastodons’ offense pulled together in the fourth, bouncing back from their worst hitting percentage of the night to their best. The ‘Dons hit .357 with six kills coming from both Crowe and Castleman. The sophomore outside hitter had no errors with 10 attempts. Behind Castleman’s service, the ‘Dons got an ace, then three straight kills. The first came from Madison Gates, the second two from Crowe. This 5-0 run but the set out of reach as the Phoenix never tied it after that. Castleman had four of her kills in the last six points of the set.

Both offenses were in peak form in the fifth set, but Green Bay’s was the better of the two, as the Phoenix hit .300. The Mastodons still hit .308 for the frame, as the two teams combined for three hitting errors. After Molly Mirabelli got an ace, the Phoenix finished the match with a 7-4 edge.

Crowe finished with a match-high 19 kills with 10 digs for the 51st double-double of her career. Castleman had 15 kills and eight digs. Rachael Crucis had 14 digs to pace the Mastodons’ defense.

The Mastodons fall to 2-12, 0-1 Horizon League while Green Bay improves to 6-7, 1-0. The Mastodons have a quick turnaround before their next contest, when Milwaukee visits the Arnie Ball Court on Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. That contest will be on ESPN+.

IUPUI MTENNIS: MEN’S TENNIS EARNS TWO SINGLES WINS IN OPENING ROUND OF ITA REGIONALS

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Two members of the IUPUI men’s tennis team came up with big wins on day one of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship, hosted by the University of Tennessee on Thursday (Sept. 23).

Sophomore Emil Jankowski started the day with an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 win over Dayton’s Georgi Mavrodiev, setting up a second round matchup with the tournament’s top seed, Gabriel Diallo from Kentucky.

Freshman Kamil Kozerski outlasted Ball State’s Thibaut de Negri in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-0, three-set thriller. de Negri defeated Alex Jochim in three sets at the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette last weekend. With the win, Kozerski moves on to take on No. 5 seeded Joshua Lapadat, also from the University of Kentucky.

Blessing Benibo fell to Belmont’s Arthur Toledo in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 and Jochim was defeated by East Tennessee State’s Hugo Lobo, 6-1, 6-3. Benibo will now take on IU’s Luka Vukovic in the consolation bracket while Jochim is slated to take on Butler’s Michael Karr.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: MVC play opens on Friday for Aces volleyball

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Off to its best start in 11 years, the Purple Aces volleyball team looks to carry that momentum into Missouri Valley Conference play, opening the league schedule on Friday at Indiana State.  Match time is 5 p.m. CT inside ISU Arena.

Last Time Out

– Taking to its home court for the first time in the fall, the University of Evansville picked up 3-0 victories over Cleveland State and Murray State in the Dunn Hospitality Tourney

– Alondra Vazquez was the MVP of the event, averaging 5.60 kills and 3.40 digs per set

– Melanie Feliciano and Madisyn Steele were named to the All-Tournament Team

– Steele had the top effort of her freshman career against the Racers, finishing with 10 kills

Looking at the Start

– Following a 2-0 weekend inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse, the Aces improved to 10-1 on the season

– It is the best start since 2010 when UE won 11 of its first 12 matches

Gaining National Attention

– A season average of 11.36 assists has Taya Haffner among the national leaders

– Haffner leads the MVC while ranking sixth in the nation and the #2 freshman

– She continues to rack up the assists at the unbelievable rate of 11.75/set over the last four matches

– Haffner capped off last weekend with 43 helpers in the 3-0 win over Murray State; it was her top total in a 3-set match

MVC Player of the Week – Take 3

– For the second time this season and the third instance in her career, Alondra Vazquez was named the MVC Player of the Week on Monday

– She registered 4.88 kills and 3.63 digs in a week that saw UE earn three 3-0 wins versus Tennessee St, Cleveland St and Murray St while being named the MVP of the Dunn Hospitality Tournament

1K-1K Club

– Alondra Vazquez recently surpassed 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career

– Her career numbers currently stand at 1,100 kills and 1,050 digs and she is the 8th player in UE history to accomplish the feat; the others to do so include:

Name                          Kills     Digs     Years

Lisa Sampson             1437    1126    90-93

Vicki Spahn                 1015    1448    91-94

Julie Groves                1523    2055    97-00

Jessica Kiefer             1706    1017    97-01

Samantha Butler         1318    1734    98-01

Brooke Maher             1254    1418    08-11

Mildrelis Rodriguez     1156    1380    15-18

Double Digit Outing

– Freshman Madisyn Steele earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the home-opening Dunn Hospitality Tournament

– Steele had the top match of her career against Murray State, registering 10 kills in 12 attempts

– She is Evansville’s second-leading blocker with 0.83 per set and had five block assists against PFW and Cleveland State

– Over the last 25 sets, Steele has 19 blocks

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Hounds Host Panthers in Saturday Matinee

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For the second straight week, the 19th-ranked UIndy football team will host a former GLIAC and current G-MAC member as the Ohio Dominican Panthers visit the Circle City for a rare Saturday afternoon contest at Key Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.

After dropping a close 35-30 final to nationally-ranked Shepherd in the season opener, the Panthers have earned a W each of the last two weeks and are in search of a second straight road win versus a GLVC opponent. Last Saturday, ODU traveled to William Jewell and notched a 35-25 victory, with QB Evan Ernst later garnering G-MAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN

After dropping a close 35-30 final to nationally-ranked Shepherd in the season opener, the Panthers have

earned a W each of the last two weeks and are in search of a second straight road win versus a GLVC

opponent. Last Saturday, ODU traveled to William Jewell and notched a 35-25 victory, with QB Evan

Ernst (26-40, 354 yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) later garnering G-MAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

Entering his fifth season with the ODU program this fall and fourth as QB1, Ernst leads all qualifying DII

quarterbacks (min. 425 att.) in career completion percentage at .690. Meanwhile, his favorite target,

David Turner, ranks highly among Division II active players in a number of career categories, including

receptions (1st), kickoff return yards (3rd) and receiving yards (5th).

HOUNDS vs. PANTHERS

The former GLIAC foes split the only two games of history between them, with UIndy winning 31-17 at

Key Stadium in November of 2010 and ODU taking a 38-26 decision in Columbus 12 months later. The

latter game, the 2011 season finale, featured three UIndy turnovers – half of the team’s Division II recordsetting low of six that season, a benchmark the team still holds to this day.

Additionally, that contest marked the Hounds’ final game as an associate member of the Great Lakes

Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with the GLVC beginning sponsorship of football in fall of 2012.

LAST TIME OUT

The Greyhounds endured a rare home loss last week, falling 20-17 to 15th-ranked Tiffin on Saturday

night. UIndy owned a 10-point late in the third, but the Dragons managed a game-changing pick-six and

later the go-ahead TD with 11 minutes to go, ultimately escaping with the win.

UN-COMBE-MON OCCURRENCE

The aforementioned interception by the Tiffin defense ended an impressive streak for veteran QB Bryce

Stancombe. The INT marked just the second of his career and first since the Obama Administration

(September 24, 2016 vs Kentucky Wesleyan), a span of 337 pass attempts.

The Bloomington, Ind., native still easily leads all qualifying Division II quarterbacks (min. 325 career att.)

in both touchdown-to-interception ratio (11:1) and interception percentage (0.6%). His counterpart on

Saturday, Evan Ernst, ranks fifth on both lists (3.4:1 and 2.1%).

KEY LOSS

Last Saturday’s result snapped UIndy’s program-record 14-game winning streak at Key Stadium. It

marked the first home loss for the Hounds…

… since November 18, 2017 in the opening-round of the playoffs (vs. Harding).

… in a regular season game since September 10, 2016 (vs. Marian).

… in a regular season game to a Division II opponent since November 15, 2014 (vs. William Jewel).

UIndy’s home record since 2012 currently stands at 45-5, good for an even .900 winning percentage.

MILESTONE MARK

A week after setting the school’s single-game rushing record with 270 yards at Hillsdale, UIndy running

back Toriano Clinton tacked on 90 more yards versus Tiffin. He currently ranks in second in DII in rushing

(169.0 ypg) and third in rushing TDs (8).

Last week, Clinton became just the ninth player in program history to surpass the 2,500-yard career

rushing mark. He needs just 54 yards on Saturday to move into eighth place in the school’s all-time

annals; 84 to climb to seventh. Check the bottom of page 3 to see where Clinton ranks in other UIndy

career statistical categories.

PRESSURE COOKER

The Greyhound defense ranks 14th in Division II at 4.0 sacks per game. The pass rush has been led by

defensive end Kyle Borke, whose 1.7 sacks per week puts him fourth in the national individually.

POLL POSITION

The Greyhounds remained in the AFCA Division II Poll this week (see page 3), coming in at No. 19. Riding

a program-record 42 consecutive weeks in the coaches’ rankings, UIndy has not been seen outside the

top 25 since the 2017 preseason poll. During that span, the Hounds have spent 12 weeks in the top 10,

peaking at No. 5 for two weeks during the ‘17 campaign.

PLAYOFF POTENTIAL

After earning a program-first third consecutive playoff berth in 2019, the Greyhounds are looking to

extend its postseason streak this fall. UIndy is one of five Super Region 3 schools to qualify for each of

the past three postseasons, with only four current SR3 teams claiming as many playoffs berths as the

Hounds since 2012 (6 each for UIndy, Ferris State and Harding; 8 for Northwest Missouri State).

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Opens MVC Play on the Road

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Valparaiso (9-2, 0-0 MVC)

Friday, Sept. 24 – at Southern Illinois (5-8, 0-0 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25 – at Missouri State (9-3, 0-0 MVC) – 5 p.m.

This Week in Valpo Volleyball: The Valpo volleyball team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with the longest road trip on the conference slate, heading south to take on Southern Illinois Friday evening before continuing on to Missouri State for a Saturday matchup.

Previously: Valpo closed out pre-conference play with its second tournament championship of the season, claiming the SIUE Cougar Classic crown with sweeps of the hosts and of Western Illinois. Bella Ravotto was named Tournament MVP and Gretchen Kuckkan joined her on the All-Tournament Team.

Looking Ahead: After 13 consecutive matches away from home to open the campaign, the Beacons will finally step on the court at the ARC this season with three matches in a four-day span next weekend, taking on Indiana State on Friday, Evansville on Saturday and Drake on Monday.

Following the Beacons: The match at Missouri State will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats for both matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 432 matches (432-209, .674) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 487-233 (.676) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Southern Illinois – Valpo holds a slight 6-5 edge in the all-time series against the Salukis, but is 6-2 versus SIU since joining the MVC. Last season, the two teams split a pair of matches at the ARC, with the Salukis emerging 3-2 victors in the first contest before Valpo claimed a 3-1 win in the second matchup. Haley Hart averaged 3.00 kills/set on .382 hitting over the two matches.

Missouri State ­- The Bears hold an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series and are 6-3 since Valpo joined the MVC. Two of those MSU wins came last season, as the Bears bested Valpo in four and five sets on consecutive days in Springfield.

Scouting the Opposition: Southern Illinois – The Salukis enter the weekend with a 5-8 record and dropped matches last weekend to Central Arkansas, Tulsa and SEMO at the SEMO Redhawks Invitational. Anna Jaworski ranks among the nation’s freshman leaders in assists, averaging 10.68/set, while Katy Kluge ranks in the top-10 in the MVC in both digs and aces.

Missouri State – The Bears own a 9-3 record entering MVC play, taking two of three last weekend at the Jayhawk Classic, beating Albany and Kansas City while falling to Kansas. Amelia Flynn leads the team and ranks fifth in the Valley with 3.26 kills/set, while Azyah Green (1.29 blocks/set) and Teagan Polcovich (4.72 digs/set) both rank second in the MVC in their respective categories.

Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.

Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Through four weekends this year, Valpo sits 22nd nationally in digs/set.

Another Trophy For the Collection: The Beacons earned their second tournament championship of the season as they won the SIUE Cougar Classic last weekend with victories over SIUE and Western Illinois, pairing it with the trophy they won earlier this year at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational. Valpo has now won 27 in-season tournament titles under head coach Carin Avery, and this season marks the 11th time in her tenure the program has claimed multiple in-season tournament championships in the same season.

A Clean Sweep: Both of Valpo’s victories at SIUE came in the minimum three sets as the Beacons made a clean sweep of the tournament. It is the first time Valpo has claimed a tournament title without dropping a set since the 2014 squad swept Western Carolina, Drake and UT Martin to win UT Martin’s Skyhawk Invitational.

Balanced Team Effort: Not only did Valpo sweep its pair of matches last weekend, it did so with contributions up and down the roster. 14 different players saw action over the course of the pair of wins, with 13 of those appearing in at least three sets. Eight different players racked up at least 10 attacks on the day, and no player racked up more than 10 kills in either of the matches. Notably, against Western Illinois, Mallory Januski set career highs with seven kills and five blocks, Rachel Speck registered a career-best four blocks and Elise Swistek led Valpo with a career-high eight kills.

Five Stars: Sept. 11 marked the fifth time this year the Beacons have faced a fifth set, going the distance in their matchup against tournament host Toledo, and for the fifth time, Valpo came out victorious. Valpo has now won eight consecutive five-set matches dating back to last season, the longest-such streak in program history. Notably, Valpo was down 2-0 in two of those matches – UCSB and South Alabama – before rallying to win, and faced a match point in two of those matches – Tennessee Tech and South Alabama – as well.

Lengthy Winning Streak: Valpo’s win over Toledo was its sixth victory in a row, the program’s longest winning streak since reeling off 11 straight wins in September 2018. The program has now had 18 separate winning streaks of at least six consecutive matches under Coach Avery.

Above .500 To Start Conference: Sitting at 9-2 at the start of MVC action, Valpo has now entered conference play with a winning record in 17 of Coach Avery’s 19 seasons (spring 2021 excluded) at the helm of the program. This season is the fifth time under Avery Valpo has carried two losses or fewer into conference play: 2018 (13-2), 2015 (12-2), 2014 (13-1), 2010 (10-1) and 2008 (7-2).

Cookerly On the Verge: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly enters this weekend on the verge of yet another myriad of milestones. The two-time MVC Libero of the Year entered this season 16th in NCAA history in career digs, but has already moved up to sixth on the all-time chart with 2,743 career digs.. Cookerly, who ranked 10th in the nation in digs/set last year and currently sits 11th this year, is just nine digs shy of Taylor Root’s Valpo career record (fifth in NCAA history) and 35 digs away from Courtney Pence’s MVC career record (fourth in NCAA history). She is also just 37 digs shy of third and 48 from second on the NCAA all-time chart.

Ravotto Stands Out: Junior outside hitter Bella Ravotto led the balanced team effort in the wins over Western Illinois and SIUE last weekend, and for that was rewarded as MVP of the Cougar Classic. Ravotto notched seven kills, six digs and three blocks in Valpo’s win over WIU, and followed with a team-high 10 kills without an attack error, hitting .417, and six more digs in the sweep of SIUE. Over the two matches, the junior averaged 2.83 kills/set on .340 hitting – committing just one total attack error – and an even 2.00 digs/set. It was the first All-Tournament Team accolade of her career in addition to her first Tournament MVP honor. On the season, Ravotto ranks second on the team with 2.51 kills/set and third with 2.73 digs/set.

Kuckkan Enjoys Clean Weekend: Junior Gretchen Kuckkan has made an immediate impact on the Valpo offense in her first season on campus, and last weekend joined Ravotto as an All-Tournament Team honoree. Kuckkan was clean on the attack over the course of both sweeps, hitting .519 and averaging 2.33 kills/set while not committing a single attack error. She picked up seven kills on 15 swings in the WIU match, and followed with seven more kills on 13 swings against SIUE while also tying for team-high honors with three blocks. For Kuckkan, it was her second career All-Tournament Team honor, as she previously earned All-Tournament accolades as a freshman playing for Indiana State at the Wright State Invitational.

More All-Tournament Honors: With Ravotto and Kuckkan earning honors last weekend, seven different Valpo players received All-Tournament Team accolades over its four early-season tournaments. Senior Jillie Grant represented the Beacons on the All-Tournament Team at Toledo in the third weekend of action. In the second weekend of play at Tennessee Tech, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy was named Tournament MVP (and went on to be named MVC Player of the Week) and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson and sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn. In the opening weekend at Milwaukee, McCarthy and senior middle Haley Hart earned spots on that All-Tournament Team.

MARIAN WTENNIS: MARIAN DEFEATS SPRING ARBOR 4-0 IN CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team continued their roll through the Crossroads League Tournament Thursday afternoon, sweeping Spring Arbor 4-0 in the semifinals to clinch a berth in the championship match for the fourth straight season. Marian is now 9-1 overall this fall following the semifinal victory.

Playing to clinch, Marian worked quickly through doubles wrapping up the point in under 30 minutes. Betija Dusele and Dana Savarino wrapped up the first win with a victory at No. 2 doubles, as the two defeated Lucy Burau and Morgan Simmons 6-1. Josie Yarbrough and Katelyn Conley soon clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win over their own at No. 3, as the pair defeated Lindsey Scott and Shae Wright. Teodora Simion and Laura Kuebler were within a point of finishing off a win at No. 1, with the pair holding a 5-1 lead (40-30) at No. 1 doubles at the time the match was called.

In singles, Marian wasted little time getting the three points necessary, with two of their three wins finishing each set with eight games or less. Savarino earned the first win in singles at No. 4, scoring a 6-1, 6-0 win over Simmons, and right after Simion closed a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. Kuebler clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles, punching Marian’s ticket to the championship match. Dusele was leading 6-1, 5-2 at No. 1 before going unfinished, while Katharina Bopst led 2-0 after getting started at No. 5 singles.

Marian will either host the Crossroads League Tournament Championship on Saturday or will travel to Marion, Ind., pending the result of Friday’s semifinal between Indiana Wesleyan and Huntington.

IUE WSOCCER: IU EAST 4, SMWC 0

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ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer team remained unbeaten in the River States Conference as the Red Wolves posted a 4-0 victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The Red Wolves evened their overall at 4-4, while they are 2-0 in the conference. The Pomeroys fall to 5-2, 1-1 with their five-match winning streak being snapped.

Abbie Watson scored her first goal of the season for IU East late in the opening period at 44:41 with an assist from Abbie Conway.

In the first match between the two schools, IU East added to its margin in the second half with three more goals.

Sophie Pohlabel found the net as Ellie Guenther assisted on the play at the 57:24. It was the second goal of the fall for Pohlabel.

Moments later, Kimberly Trapp scored with an assist from Grace Harris at 59:35. Trapp added her sixth goal of the season at 73:53.

Goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum had two saves for the Red Wolves before Ashlynn Black took over late in the contest and recorded two saves.

IU East is back in action at home for a match against the University of Rio Grande on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The conference affair with the Red Storm at Centerville High School begins at 1 p.m.

FOLLOW THE RIO GRANDE MATCH

Admission to home matches for IU East soccer is free.

The GPS address for Centerville High School is 507 Willow Grove Road in Centerville, Ind. The soccer field is in the southwest portion of the CHS campus, adjacent to the tennis courts and baseball field.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Men Move to No. 3 in Latest Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor men’s cross country team moved from the No. 1 position to the third-ranked team in the nation, as announced by the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll Thursday morning. TU tallied 550 points behind No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan with 581 points and No. 2 Saint Mary (Kan.) with 563.

The Trojans have been ranked inside the top-25 for 58-consecutive polls.

The Purple and Gold recently finished runner-up at the IWU Twilight Invite on September 10, losing only to current-No. 1 ranked Indiana Wesleyan. Daniel Gerber claimed the individual victory with the fifth-fastest time in Taylor history at 24:38.9

The Trojans also competed at the Ray Bullock Invite on September 17. TU won tallying just 36 points. Derek Van Prooyen, Daniel Gerber and Alex Helmuth grabbed the top-three places to lead the team to victory.

The No. 3 Taylor men will return to the course on Saturday, October 2 for the Louisville Cross Country Classic.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Drop to No. 4 in Cross Country Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor women’s cross country team dropped two positions in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll released on Thursday, landing as the No. 4 ranked team in the nation.

TU collected 507 points in the voting, trailing behind No. 1 St. Francis (Ill.) with 560 points. No. 2 Milligan with 528 points and No. 3 Cornerstone with 527 points jumped the Purple and Gold from the previous poll. 

The Trojans have remained ranked inside the top-25 for 66-consecutive polls, with 54 of those ratings coming inside the top-10.

TU opened up the 2021 campaign with a win at the IWU Twilight Invite on September 10. Senior Abbey Brennan led the Trojans to a dominant team victory, clocking a career-best time of 18:39.9 and finishing fifth overall.

The Trojans also competed at the Ray Bullock Invite on September 17. The Purple and Gold ended third as a team, losing to top-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) and current-No. 3 ranked Cornerstone. Mollie Gamble finished first for the Trojans with a collegiate-PR of 18:57.2 and eighth place overall.

The No. 4 Taylor women will return to the course on Saturday, October 2 for the Louisville Cross Country Classic.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       Bill Bradley hits for the cycle, accumulating 12 total bases in the Naps’ 12-2 rout of Washington at American League Park. Last month, the Cleveland third baseman collected three triples in a game to tie a still-standing AL record.

1916       At Cleveland’s League Park, Marty Kavanaugh hits the first-ever pinch-hit grand slam in baseball history. The infielder’s historic homer proves to be the difference as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 5-3.

1919       With a blast that clears the Polo Grounds roof, Red Sox outfielder Babe Ruth ties the game in the top of the ninth in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Yankees that takes 13 innings to complete. The Bambino’s round-tripper, his 28th of the season, breaks the 19th century home run record established in 1894 by Ned Williamson of the NL’s Chicago White Stockings.

1922       Cardinals outfielder Rogers Hornsby hits home runs off Giant hurlers Jesse and Virgil Barnes. The homers served up by the brothers enable the ‘Rajah’ to set the National League record for round-trippers in a season with 42.

1925       With the Yankees trailing by three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Babe Ruth hits a Sarge Connally pitch for a game-winning home run, which beats the White Sox, 6-5. The ‘Sultan of Swat’ becomes the first modern player to blast a walk-off grand slam to win the game by one run.

1925       The Senators clinch their second consecutive American League pennant when they sweep a doubleheader from Cleveland at Griffith Stadium, 4-3 and 6-2. Washington will have a week to get ready before facing Pittsburgh in the Fall Classic.

1926       The Cardinals clinch their first pennant in the franchise’s 35-year history when they beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Billy Southworth’s second-inning two-run home run off his former team proves to be the difference in St. Louis’ 6-4 victory at the Polo Grounds.

1928       A Monday afternoon crowd of only 404 watches the Tigers blank the last-place Red Sox, 8-0. The meager amount of fans at Navin Field is the lowest American League attendance ever recorded in Detroit.

1933       In his last big-league at-bat, Joe Sewell ends his 14-year career, singling in the decisive run as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees’ 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The infielder ends his 14-year career, spent mainly with the Indians, striking out only 114 times of 8,332 total plate appearances (1.4%).

1940       At Shibe Park, Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career home run off A’s pitcher George Caster. The historic homer is one of four round-trippers hit in the inning, setting an American League mark.

1942       In the final game of his twentieth and last full season, Ted Lyons beats the Indians, going the distance in the White Sox’ 3-1 victory at Cleveland’s League Park. The 41 year-old ‘Sunday Teddy,’ although exempt from the draft due to his age, enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps after the season and fights in the Pacific during WW II, completes all of his twenty games, 13 of which he started on a Sunday, posting a 14-6 record along with an ERA of 2.10.

1948       The Red Sox loss to the Yankees, along with Detroit’s defeat of the Indians, results in a three-way tie for first place with Boston, Cleveland, and New York finishing the day with identical records of 91-56 with only seven games to play. A one-game playoff between the Tribe and BoSox, will be needed to crown Cleveland as the American League champs.

1950       With 66,924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38 year-old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.

1957       1957 In front of a meager crowd of 2,598 at Griffith Stadium, Senator right-hander Hal Griggs ends Ted Williams’ streak of reaching base in 16 straight times when he induces the Red Sox outfielder to ground out to second base in the top of the first inning. In his next at-bat, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ homers off the Washington starter to begin the fourth inning, which will prove to be the difference in Boston’s 2-1 victory over Washington.

1957       Grounding out, Pirates left-handed first baseman Dee Fondy becomes the last player ever to bat in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers blank the Bucs, 2-0, in the final major league game ever played in Brooklyn.

1967       Gary Nolan becomes only the second pitcher in baseball history to strike out 200 batters in a season as a teenager when he fans Adolfo Phillips in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The 19 year-old right-handed fireballer joins Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who accomplished the milestone before reaching the age of twenty in 1938, hurling for the Indians.

1968       Mets manager Gil Hodges, during a game against the Braves in Atlanta, suffers a mild heart attack. The New York skipper, who will die of a massive coronary in 1972, is hospitalized until October 20, when doctors give him a clean bill of health, but warned him about the continued risks of stress and smoking.

1969       In the inaugural season of divisional play, the Mets clinch the first-ever National League East title. Gary Gentry fires a four-hitter, blanking the Cardinals, 6-0, in front of a frenzied Shea Stadium crowd, which spills onto the field en masse after the game to celebrate their team’s amazing accomplishment.

1971       In the top of the fourth inning of a losing effort to Philadelphia, Cubs’ starter Milt Pappas strikes out the side, throwing just nine pitches. Greg Luzinski, Don Money, and Mike Anderson are the victims of the right-hander’s immaculate inning.

1971       Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner when he blanks the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 2-0. The Dodger left-hander, best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run, will compile a 123-107 record during his 17-year major league career.

1974       At Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds, Tigers outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit. The milestone hit is given up by Orioles hurler Dave McNally, a two-bagger down the right-field line.

1975       In Oakland, the A’s clinch their fifth consecutive AL West title with a 13-2 rout of Chicago. Reggie Jackson leads the 13-hit attack at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with home runs in his first two at-bats, and Vida Blue tosses six innings to earn his 21st victory.

1975       Tom Seaver learns the adage the “third time’s the charm” isn’t always true when he loses his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning for the third time in his career. After striking out Don Kessinger and Rick Monday, rookie outfielder Joe Wallis, playing in his 15th career game, singles to right field for the Cubs’ first hit off the Mets’ starter in the Wrigley Field contest.

1977       Gene Richards of the Padres and Pirates outfielder Omar Moreno both swipe their 50th base of the season to surpass Sonny Jackson’s rookie record set with the Astros in 1966. The Friars’ first baseman will establish a new freshman mark, ending the campaign with 56 thefts, three more than the Bucs’ flychaser.

1978       Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry ties the American League record for shutouts tossed in a season by a lefty when he blanks Cleveland, 4-0. With his ninth complete scoreless game, ‘ Gator equals Babe Ruth’s mark, who accomplished the feat in 1916 with the Red Sox.

1984       The Cubs clinch the National League East flag with a 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. Rick Suttcliffe’s two-hitter gives the Northsiders their first title since 1945.

1985       Andre Dawson hits two homers in the same inning for the second time in his career, becoming the second major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Expo outfielder also went yard twice in the same frame on July 30, 1978.

1988       Julio Franco’s two-out, two-strike ninth-inning bad-hop single spoils Dave Stieb’s bid for a no-hitter. The Blue Jays’ starter settles for a 1-0 one-hit victory over the Indians.

1991       With his 37th homer of the season, Howard Johnson establishes a new NL record for round-trippers by a switch-hitter when he goes deep off Bob Walk in the Mets’ 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. HoJo, who will extend the mark, finishing the season with 38 home runs, had set the previous mark in 1987.

1992       At the age of 40, Dave Winfield drives in four runs with a homer and a two-run double, becoming the oldest player to drive in 100 runs. The future Hall of Famer’s offensive outburst helps the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 8-2.

1992       Kenny Lofton establishes an Indian record when he steals his 62nd base of the season, a swipe of second base in the first inning. The Tribe’s rookie center fielder surpasses the previous franchise mark established by Miguel Dilone in 1980.

1993       Defeating Cincinnati, 9-2, the Rockies set a National League record for wins by an expansion team. Colorado’s 65th win of the season surpasses the mark established by the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.

1998       Tom Gordon sets a major league record for the most consecutive saves when he collects his 42nd in the Red Sox’s 9-6 win over the Orioles. ‘Flash’ pitches a perfect ninth inning, striking out the three batters he faces.

2001       Batting for reliever Joe Beimel in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Wilson drives the first pitch he sees into the seats in left-center field for his seventh pinch-hit home run, tying the major league mark established last season by Dodger infielder Dave Hansen. The Pirate rookie’s two-run round-tripper sparks a five-run frame, enabling the Bucs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in their eventual 7-6 victory over the Chicago at PNC Park.

2001       Former American major leaguer Tuffy Rhodes ties the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 when he takes fireballer Daisuke Matsuzaka deep for his 55th home run of the season. The Kintetsu Buffaloes outfielder has five games left to break the record, but opposing pitchers will continually walk him intentionally, preventing the American from breaking the immortal Oh’s record.

2002       The Astros have their first rain delay at home since July 15, 1976. To save time, officials decide to cover the Minute Maid field with a tarp during the 19-minute delay, rather than use the retractable roof.

2002       Jason Giambi homers in his first two trips to the plate in the Yankees’ 6-0 win over Tampa Bay at the Stadium. The pair of round-trippers gives the slugging outfielder a total of 40 for the season, and when added with Jeremy’s total of 20 home runs, hit with Oakland and Philadelphia, the Giambi brothers set the record for homers by siblings in the same season, topping the 59 hit by Joe (46) and Vince DiMaggio (13) in 1937.

2003       Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz’s National League mark for saves with 55 when he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer equals the NL mark in consecutive opportunities, which is also a record.

2004       Atlanta’s streak of consecutive division titles extends to 13, with the Braves clinching the NL East due to an 8-7 victory over the Marlins. The record run, which excludes the strike-shortened season of 1994, includes the three titles won in the NL West before the re-alignment of teams in 1993.

2004       After he gives up five runs in the Red Sox’ 6-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez tells the media, “they beat me. They’re that good right now. They’re that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.” The words will come back to haunt the Dominican right-hander when the fans begin chanting “Who’s your daddy?” every time he takes the mound in New York during the American League Championship Series.

2005       Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the third franchise in major league history, and the first since the 1994 strike, to pass the four-million attendance mark. The 1993 Colorado Rockies and the 1991-1993 Toronto Blue Jays are the other teams that have reached the milestone.

2006       With the best record in the majors at 94-62, the Tigers clinched their first playoff spot since 1987. Detroit’s 11-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium ends the 19-season postseason drought.

2006       As the Petco Park sellout crowd roars, Trevor Hoffman retires all three Pittsburgh batters he faces in the ninth inning, ensuring a 2-1 San Diego victory. The Padres closer’s 479th career save surpasses Lee Smith’s total (1980-1997), making the 38 year-old reliever the all-time leader in saves.

2006       David Ortiz ties Babe Ruth’s American League record with his 32nd round-tripper on the road. ‘Big Papi’s 53rd homer of the season comes in the Red Sox’ 13-4 losing effort to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

2007       Baltimore completes a season sweep of the Royals with a 3-2 victory at Camden Yards. The Orioles, twenty-three games under the .500 mark, beat Kansas City seven times in seven tries, making it only the sixth time in the American League history that a sweep of season series of an AL opponent has occurred.

2008       Thanks to Mark Teixeira’s eighth inning solo home run, the Mariners are defeated by the Angels, 6-5, making it the fourth time in franchise history the club has lost 100 games. Seattle has the distinction of being the first team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games.

2009       The Nationals lose their one-hundredth game of the season when the team drops a 7-6 decision to the Dodgers at home. Washington, who posted a 59-102 record last year, becomes the first National League franchise to reach the century mark in defeats in back-to-back campaigns since the Padres accomplished the dubious feat, dropping 102 contests in both 1973 and 1974.

2009       When his team beats Kansas City, 10-3, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona moves ahead of Mike Higgins with his 561st win piloting Boston, the second-most in franchise history. Joe Cronin, the club’s all-time leader, accumulated 1,071 wins during his 13-year tenure with the team from 1935 to 1947.

2010       Rafael Soriano sets a club record when he earns his 44th save of the season in the Rays’ 5-3 win over Seattle at Tropicana Field. The right-handed reliever, who will extend the mark to 45, had been tied with Roberto Hernandez, who saved 43 games for Tampa Bay in 1999.

2011       The 200,000th game played in major league history since 1876 goes overtime. In the milestone meeting of big-league clubs, the visiting Rockies need 13 innings to beat the Astros, 4-2 at Minute Maid Park.

2011       With his strikeout of pinch-hitter Jose Lopez in the Brewers’ 6-4 win over Florida, John Axford earns his 45th save of the year to set the single-season franchise mark for saves. The Milwaukee closer surpasses Francisco Cordero, who established the mark with 44 in 2007.

2011       Dillon Gee becomes the first Mets rookie to win 13 games in a season in 27 years when New York defeats Washington, 6-3. In 1984, Dwight Gooden compiled a 17-9 record as a freshman in 31 starts for the team.

2011       In a pregame ceremony before a nationally televised game with Boston, the Yankees celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’s record-breaking 61st home run. The festivities include New York captain Derek Jeter carrying to home plate the bat that the Rajah used to hit the Tracy Stallard pitch, and Sal Durante, the 19 year-old fan who caught the historic homer in the right-field stands, bringing the ball hit on October 1st, 1961, onto the field.

2012       Curtis Granderson becomes only the fifth player in franchise history to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons when he goes deep into the upper deck at Target Field in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over Minnesota. The 31 year-old southpaw-swinging slugger joins Jason Giambi and Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle as the only other Bronx Bombers to accomplish the feat.

2013       The Marlins lose their 100th game of the year, dropping a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia en route to the second-worst record (62-100) in franchise history. The season follows a much-maligned fire sale that left the team without its prized players from the 2012 roster, including Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.

2013       Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, making his ninth career start, loses his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Nationals at Busch Stadium. The 22 year-old Redbird right-hander, taken out of the game after the hit, becomes the third pitcher this season to have a no-hitter broken up with one out to go, joining Yu Darvish of the Ranger and the Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit, both who had perfect games after facing 26 batters.

2014       Twins’ hurler Phil Hughes loses a $500,000 bonus when he doesn’t return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay, falling an out short of the 210 innings needed to trigger a contract incentive worth a half-a-million bucks. The Minnesota right-hander, who held Arizona to one run over eight innings, finishes his first year with the team with an 11.63 K/BB ratio, the highest single-season mark for a starter in the history of the game, surpassing Bret Saberhagen’s record of an 11.00 K/BB ratio accomplished with the 1994 Mets.

2018       En route to winning 108 games this season, the Red Sox break a franchise record with their 106th victory, beating the Orioles, who becomes the sixth team in American League history to lose 111 games. Boston’s 6-2 triumph at home surpasses the 1912 team’s total of 105 wins recorded in their first season at Fenway Park.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Tampa Bay9459.61449 – 2945 – 3049 – 2419 – 1314 – 175 – 5W 1
Boston8865.575649 – 2939 – 3640 – 3020 – 1315 – 188 – 2W 7
NY Yankees8667.562845 – 3341 – 3430 – 3722 – 1022 – 127 – 3W 3
Toronto8568.556943 – 3142 – 3738 – 3217 – 1416 – 165 – 5L 2
Baltimore49104.3204524 – 5125 – 5318 – 5210 – 2414 – 153 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox8667.56249 – 2737 – 4019 – 1439 – 3016 – 174 – 6L 1
Cleveland7577.49310.538 – 3937 – 3813 – 2140 – 2913 – 165 – 5W 1
Detroit7478.48711.541 – 3633 – 4218 – 1427 – 3918 – 167 – 3W 4
Kansas City6983.45416.536 – 3933 – 4412 – 2131 – 3514 – 195 – 5L 1
Minnesota6885.4441835 – 4033 – 4512 – 1833 – 3713 – 205 – 5W 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9162.59547 – 2844 – 3416 – 1219 – 1647 – 237 – 3L 1
Seattle8469.549742 – 3342 – 3619 – 1515 – 1741 – 267 – 3W 5
Oakland8271.536940 – 3842 – 3315 – 1823 – 1033 – 345 – 5L 4
LA Angels7380.4771839 – 4034 – 4016 – 1721 – 1225 – 423 – 7W 1
Texas5598.3593633 – 4222 – 5612 – 1910 – 1926 – 472 – 8L 5
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8071.53037 – 3643 – 3540 – 3022 – 1212 – 155 – 5L 1
Philadelphia7974.516245 – 3334 – 4140 – 3018 – 1313 – 197 – 3W 3
NY Mets7379.4807.544 – 3329 – 4635 – 3413 – 1716 – 172 – 8L 2
Miami6488.42116.540 – 3824 – 5032 – 3712 – 2017 – 174 – 6L 2
Washington6489.4181735 – 4329 – 4630 – 4614 – 1510 – 215 – 5W 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Milwaukee9162.59542 – 3649 – 2614 – 1446 – 2723 – 93 – 7L 5
St. Louis8369.5467.542 – 3341 – 3617 – 1635 – 3120 – 1310 – 0W 12
Cincinnati7875.5101340 – 3738 – 3817 – 1341 – 3111 – 223 – 7L 2
Chi Cubs6785.44123.539 – 3828 – 4713 – 2131 – 3517 – 152 – 8L 2
Pittsburgh5795.37533.534 – 4123 – 5416 – 1520 – 4911 – 215 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco9954.64749 – 2650 – 2821 – 1120 – 1445 – 226 – 4L 1
Y-LA Dodgers9855.641152 – 2346 – 3224 – 917 – 1345 – 258 – 2W 1
San Diego7775.50721.545 – 3332 – 4214 – 1516 – 1733 – 373 – 7W 1
Colorado7181.46727.546 – 2925 – 5217 – 1214 – 1930 – 406 – 4L 1
Arizona49104.3205029 – 4620 – 5813 – 2113 – 1919 – 482 – 8W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills110.5000.051230-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-01 W
Miami Dolphins110.5000.017510-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New England Patriots110.5000.041230-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 W
New York Jets020.0001.020440-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders2001.0000.059441-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Denver Broncos2001.0000.050260-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Kansas City Chiefs110.5001.068651-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers110.5001.037360-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers110.5000.040420-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens110.5000.063681-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns110.5000.060541-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals110.5000.044441-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans110.5000.046680-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Houston Texans120.3330.567761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts020.0001.040550-2-00-0-00-0-00-0-02 L
Jacksonville Jaguars020.0001.034600-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Washington Football Team110.5000.046491-1-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles110.5000.043230-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys110.5000.049480-0-01-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
New York Giants020.0001.042570-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers2001.0000.058440-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Los Angeles Rams2001.0000.061381-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2001.0000.072461-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Seattle Seahawks110.5001.058490-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers110.5000.038551-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears110.5000.034511-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings020.0001.057610-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-02 L
Detroit Lions020.0001.050760-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2001.0000.579542-0-00-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
New Orleans Saints110.5001.545291-0-00-1-01-1-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons020.0002.531800-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England27185451321910-2-18-3-359
Nashville SC25111134424208-6-03-5-344
New York City FC2511684429158-2-23-4-639
Orlando City SC251087363607-4-23-4-538
CF Montreal251078363067-3-23-4-637
Atlanta25997353057-3-32-6-436
Philadelphia24987312567-3-32-5-435
D.C.2510411413658-0-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2595112540-155-2-74-3-432
Columbus2687113035-56-3-32-4-831
New York247611302915-4-32-2-827
Chicago2665152643-175-4-51-1-1023
FC Cincinnati2448122444-201-5-53-3-720
Toronto FC2546152851-232-5-42-1-1118
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2413653620166-4-37-2-245
Colorado2412843524116-5-16-3-344
Los Angeles2511593740-37-2-44-3-538
Portland25114103642-67-2-34-2-737
Real Salt Lake251069413567-4-23-2-736
Minnesota249782729-27-2-32-5-534
Los Angeles FC259610383626-5-23-1-833
Vancouver247983034-46-2-41-7-430
San Jose257993238-63-3-64-6-330
FC Dallas2669113843-54-6-22-3-927
Houston26511103139-85-5-30-6-726
Austin2554162540-153-2-72-2-919