INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Eman at Indianapolis Riverside 6:00 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at Portage Christian 7:00 pm
Horizon Christian at Mooresville Christian 7:00 pm
Illiana Christian at Andrean 8:00 pm
Indiana Deaf at MTI Knowledge 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly North at Thrival Indy Academy 6:30 pm

INDIANA SRN BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

4A

  1. FISHERS (12-0)
  2. WESTFIELD (9-0)
  3. LAWRENCE NORTH (10-0)
  4. CATHEDRAL (10-0)
  5. NOBLESVILLE (10-1)
  6. BEN DAVIS (8-2)
  7. GREENFIELD CENTRAL (11-0)
  8. CRISPUS ATTUCKS (10-3)
  9. LAKE CENTRAL (11-0)
  10. RICHMOND (14-0), KOKOMO (11-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ANDERSON, FW NORTH, EVANSVILLE HARRISON, NORTHRIDGE, PENN, NORTH CENTRAL, NEW PALESTINE

3A

  1. HERITAGE HILLS (12-1)
  2. DANVILLE (11-1)
  3. GUERIN CATHOLIC (10-4)
  4. INDIAN CREEK (11-1)
  5. BREBEUF (7-3)
  6. DELTA (10-2)
  7. SCOTTSBURG (10-3)
  8. PURDUE POLY (7-1)
  9. BELLMONT (10-3)
  10. SOUTHRIDGE (10-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL, NORTH DAVIESS, PERU, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, FAIRFIELD, NORTHWOOD, HAMMOND NOLL, SILVER CREEK, SB ST. JOSEPH, YORKTOWN

2A

  1. WAPAHANI (11-0)
  2. TIPTON (12-0)
  3. PROVIDENCE (10-2)
  4. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (9-3)
  5. SOUTHWESTERN HANOVER (12-2)
  6. FW BLACKHAWK (10-3)
  7. FW LUERS (9-1)
  8. PARK TUDOR (8-2)
  9. NORTH JUDSON (8-2)
  10. PAOLI (8-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SULIVAN, TRITON CENTRAL, MANCHESTER,  CLINTON PRAIRIE, NORTH POSEY, WESTVIEW, GARY 21ST CENTURY, ADAMS CENTRAL, PARK HERITAGE

1A

  1. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN (10-1)
  2. BARR-REEVE (10-1)
  3. ORLEANS (8-2)
  4. INDY LUTHERAN (7-2)
  5. CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (10-1)
  6. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (8-3)
  7. CLAY CITY (8-3)
  8. TRITON (7-1)
  9. LOOGOOTEE (9-4)
  10. TINDLEY (10-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BETHESDA CHRISTIAN, TINDLEY, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL, MORGAN TOWNSHIP, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC, DALEVILLE, SHAKAMAK, BLOOMFIELD, DALEVILLE, BORDEN, FW CANTERBURY, SETON CATHOLIC

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL IBCA POLL

1. Lawrence North (10-0)

2. Fishers (12-0)

3. Westfield (9-0)

4. Indianapolis Cathedral (10-0)

5. Noblesville (10-1)

6. Indianapolis Attucks (10-3)

7. Ben Davis (8-2)

8. Greenfield-Central (11-0)

9. Lake Central (11-0)

10. Kokomo (11-3)

11. Richmond (14-0)

12. Brownstown Central (10-4)

13. Penn (7-2)

14. South Bend Riley (12-3)

14. Wapahani (11-0)

16. Anderson (8-2)

17. Brebeuf Jesuit (7-3)

17. Tipton (12-0)

19. Guerin Catholic (10-4)

20. Franklin (10-1)

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE MONDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Brownstown Central at New Albany 7:00 pm
Clay City at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Evansville Christian at North Posey 7:00 pm
Gary West at Lake Station 8:00 pm
Hammond Noll at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Highland at Bowman Academy 8:00 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:30 pm
Indiana Deaf at Indianapolis Lutheran 6:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at Horizon Christian 6:00 pm
Princeton at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Salem at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
West Washington at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm


Indianapolis City Tournament
Indianapolis Ritter at Indianapolis Herron 7:30 pm R1
Indianapolis Washington at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm R1
Christel House at Providence Cristo Rey 6:00 pm R1
Indianapolis Scecina at Indianapolis Attucks 7:30 pm R1
Purdue Poly Englewood at Heritage Christian 6:00 pm R1
Indianapolis Tindley at Indianapolis Tech 6:00 pm R1

INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

4A

  1. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (19-1)
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (16-1)
  3. COLUMBIA CITY (15-2)
  4. CENTER GROVE (17-1)
  5. FW SNIDER (15-2)
  6. LAWRENCE NORTH (14-3)
  7. JENNINGS COUNTY (14-2)
  8. HOMESTEAD (15-2)
  9. LAKE CENTRAL (16-3)
  10. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (14-4)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: NORTHRIDGE, FRANKLIN, SB WASHINGTON, ZIONSVILLE, NOBLESVILLE, FISHERS

3A

  1. RENSSALAER CENTRAL (17-0)
  2. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (16-2)
  3. NORWELL (14-4)
  4. BENTON CENTRAL (17-3)
  5. WESTERN (14-2)
  6. INDIAN CREEK (14-4)
  7. SCOTTSBURG (15-2)
  8. GREENSBURG (13-3)
  9. GIBSON SOUTHERN (14-4)
  10. WASHINGTON (17-3)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BELLMONT, WEST LAFAYETTE, TIPPECANOE VALLEY, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL, JAY COUNTY, BISHOP CHATARD

2A

  1. NORTH KNOX (17-1)
  2. SOUTH KNOX (15-1)
  3. EASTBROOK (15-1)
  4. EASTERN HANCOCK (16-1)
  5. LAPEL (14-3)
  6. CARROLL FLORA (15-2)
  7. ALEXANDRIA (14-4)
  8. CRAWFORD COUNTY (15-3)
  9. TRITON CENTRAL (14-3)
  10. BLACKFORD (14-4)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ALEXANDRIA, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, EASTSIDE, AUSTIN, BLUFFTON, LEWIS CASS, FW LUERS, PROVIDENCE, PARKE HERITAGE, LINTON STOCKTON, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC, NORTHEASTERN

1A

  1. CASTON (17-0)
  2. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (15-2)
  3. LANESVILLE (17-1)
  4. BORDEN (15-2)
  5. ORLEANS (15-1)
  6. TRI (16-2)
  7. SPRINGS VALLEY (15-2)
  8. TRI-TOWNSHIP (15-1)
  9. BETHANY CHRISTIAN (14-3)
  10. CLINTON CENTRAL (17-1)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: JAC-CEN-DEL, OLDENBURG ACADEMY, MORGAN TOWNSHIP

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL IBCA POLL

1. Hamilton Southeastern (16-1)

2. Columbia City (15-2)

3. Center Grove (17-1)

4. Lawrence Central (19-1)

5. Fort Wayne Snider (15-2)

6. Homestead (15-2)

7. Jennings County (15-3)

8. Lawrence North (14-3)

9. Franklin (15-2)

10. Northridge (18-2)

11. South Bend Washington (13-4)

12. Zionsville (15-3)

13. Lake Central (16-3)

14. Norwell (14-4)

15. Fishers (12-5)

16. Hamilton Heights (16-2)

17. Bedford North Lawrence (14-4)

18. Rensselaer Central (17-0)

19. Noblesville (10-7)

20. Indian Creek (14-4)

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

MICHIGAN VS. WASHINGTON

HOUSTON, TEXAS

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-18 SCORES

NEW ORLEANS 48 ATLANTA 17

TENNESSEE 28 JACKSONVILLE 20

DETROIT 30 MINNESOTA 20

NY JETS 17 NEW ENGLAND 3

TAMPA BAY 9 CAROLINA 0

CINCINNATI 31 CLEVELAND 14

SEATTLE 21 ARIZONA 20

GREEN BAY 17 CHICAGO 9

NY GIANTS 27 PHILADELPHIA 10

LA RAMS 21 SAN FRANCISCO 20

LAS VEGAS 27 DENVER 14

KANSAS CITY 13 LA CHARGERS 12

DALLAS 38 WASHINGTON 10

BUFFALO 21 MIAMI 14

SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

AFC:    4:30 P.M.                      5 CLEVELAND AT 4 HOUSTON (NBC, PEACOCK, TELEMUNDO)

AFC:    8:00 P.M.                     6 MIAMI AT 3 KANSAS CITY (PEACOCK)

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

AFC:    1:00 P.M.                      7 PITTSBURGH AT 2 BUFFALO (CBS, PARAMOUNT+)

NFC:    4:30 P.M.                       7 GREEN BAY AT 2 DALLAS (FOX, FOX DEPORTES)

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       6 LOS ANGELES RAMS AT 3 DETROIT (NBC, PEACOCK, UNIVERSO)

MONDAY, JAN. 15

NFC:    8:00 P.M.                       5 PHILADELPHIA AT 4 TAMPA BAY (ESPN/ABC/ESPN+, ESPN2/ESPN+- MANNINGCAST, ESPN DEPORTES)

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#15 MEMPHIS 62 SMU 59

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 79 MICHIGAN 73

MINNESOTA 65 MARYLAND 62

NORTHWESTERN 88 MICHIGAN STATE 74

YOUNGSTOWN ST. 75 IUPUI 65

INDIANA STATE 77 NORTHERN IOWA 66

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#14 INDIANA 91 NEBRASKA 69

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 85 MISSISSIPPI STATE 66

#5 COLORADO 81 ARIZONA STATE 68

ARIZONA 71 #15 UTAH 70 OT

#9 USC 68 OREGON 54

#7 LSU 84 OLE MISS 73

#22 FLORIDA STATE 78 CLEMSON 72

#2 UCLA 65 OREGON STATE 54

#8 STANFORD 71 WASHINGTON 59

#13 VIRGINIA TECH 63 #3 NC STATE 62

#12 UCONN 83 GEORGETOWN 55

NORTH CAROLINA 61 #16 NOTRE DAME 57

#25 SYRACUSE 71 BOSTON COLLEGE 64

ELSEWHERE:

DETROIT 60 PURDUE FT. WAYNE 56

WISCONSIN 67 ILLINOIS 61

NBA SCOREBOARD

PORTLAND 134 BROOKLYN 127 OT

CLEVELAND 117 SAN ANTONIO 115

NEW ORLEANS 133 SACRAMENTO 100

ORLANDO 117 ATLANTA 110 OT

DALLAS 115 MINNESOTA 108

MEMPHIS 121 PHOENIX 115

DENVER 131 DETROIT 114

TORONTO 133 GOLDEN STATE 118

LA LAKERS 106 LA CLIPPERS 103

NHL SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 4 LOS ANGELES 3

CHICAGO 4 CALGARY 3

WINNIPEG 6 ARIZONA 2

DETROIT 3 ANAHEIM 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

NFL ROUNDUP: PACKERS BEST BEARS, EARN PLAYOFF BERTH

Jordan Love threw two touchdown passes and the host Green Bay Packers jumped into the NFC playoffs with a 17-9 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Entering the regular-season

Entering the regular-season finale needing a win to earn a wild-card berth, the Packers (9-8) punched their ticket as the No. 7 seed and will travel to Dallas to meet the No. 2 Cowboys next weekend.

Love went over 300 yards with his 26th completion of the game with 3:08 to play, and running back Aaron Jones clicked over 100 yards rushing for the third consecutive game on the game-sealing possession. He finished with 111 yards on 22 carries.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields left the game for one play in the fourth quarter to be checked for a concussion, but returned and finished the contest. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 148 yards and rushed for 27 yards on eight carries. Chicago finished the season 7-10.

Cowboys 38, Commanders 10

Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes as Dallas clinched the NFC East title with a victory over Washington in Landover, Md.

Prescott completed 31 of 36 passes for 279 yards and CeeDee Lamb had 13 receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys (12-5).

Sam Howell completed 19 of 27 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for Washington (4-13). The loss gives the Commanders the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Jets 17, Patriots 3

Breece Hall rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown as New York beat New England for the first time since Dec. 27, 2015, a streak of 15 losses, in the season finale for both teams in Foxborough, Mass.

Sunday also potentially marked the end of Bill Belichick’s tenure as coach of the Patriots. Belichick is reportedly set to meet with New England owner Robert Kraft this week to discuss his future with the organization.

Hall had a career-high 37 carries for the Jets (7-10) in snowy, frigid conditions. New York quarterback Trevor Siemian completed 8 of 20 passes for 70 yards. Bailey Zappe finished with 88 yards and two interceptions on 12-for-30 passing for the Patriots (4-13), who lost at least 13 games in a single season for the first time since the 1992 campaign.

Buccaneers 9, Panthers 0

Chase McLaughlin kicked three field goals of 36, 57 and 39 yards and Tampa Bay clinched the NFC South for the third season in a row by defeating Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

The Buccaneers (9-8) won five of their last six games in the regular season. Tampa Bay quarterback Baker Mayfield, who began last season playing for Carolina, was 20-for-32 for 137 passing yards as the Buccaneers completed the season sweep.

Carolina (2-15) finished with the worst record in the NFL. Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick in last spring’s draft, was 11-for-18 for 94 yards and was sacked three times. Running back Chuba Hubbard gained 83 yards on 23 carries.

Bengals 31, Browns 14

Andrei Iosivas caught two touchdown passes and Joe Mixon ran for one score and caught another as host Cincinnati ended its season with a win over Cleveland, ensuring all four AFC North teams finished the season with a winning record.

Jake Browning threw for three touchdowns for the Bengals (9-8), finishing 18-of-24 passing with 156 yards and one interception before being replaced by AJ McCarron late in the third quarter.

The Browns (11-6) rested many of their starters, including quarterback Joe Flacco, with the fifth seed in the AFC sewn up. Jeff Driskel started and played the entire game, going 13 of 26 for 166 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Lions 30, Vikings 20

Jared Goff passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard strike to Amon-Ra St. Brown, as Detroit defeated visiting Minnesota.

St. Brown caught seven passes for 144 yards for the NFC North champion Lions (12-5), who will host the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card round. Tight end Sam LaPorta caught a 2-yard touchdown pass but injured his knee late in the first half after making another catch.

Nick Mullens passed for 396 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for the Vikings (7-10), who were officially eliminated from postseason contention. Justin Jefferson caught 12 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown.

Saints 48, Falcons 17

Derek Carr threw a season-high four touchdown passes and host New Orleans defeated Atlanta.

Carr passed for 264 yards while Kendre Miller had his biggest workload of the season in the absence of injured Alvin Kamara and rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Despite picking up the victory, New Orleans (9-8) was eliminated from playoff contention when the Packers beat Chicago.

Desmond Ridder, starting in place of injured Taylor Heinicke (ankle), passed for 291 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Falcons (7-10). Bijan Robinson rushed for just 28 yards, but he caught seven passes that went for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Titans 28, Jaguars 20

Derrick Henry rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown in what might have been his last game for Tennessee as the Titans quashed Jacksonville’s hopes of a second straight AFC South title in Nashville.

Ryan Tannehill completed 17 of 26 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in what was probably his last game for Tennessee (6-11). Both Henry and Tannehill become free agents in March.

Trevor Lawrence hit 29 of 43 attempts for 280 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Jacksonville (9-8). It was a disappointing end to a highly anticipated season for the Jaguars, who lost five of their last six games to miss the playoffs.

Seahawks 21, Cardinals 20

Geno Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett with 1:54 remaining, then found Lockett in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, as Seattle defeated Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

Despite the victory, the Seahawks (9-8) missed the playoffs, as they also needed a Green Bay loss to Chicago in the regular-season finale.

Arizona’s Matt Prater missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt on the game’s final play. Prater also was wide right on a 43-yard try with 2:59 left that would’ve given the Cardinals (4-13) a 10-point lead. Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Raiders 27, Broncos 14

Aidan O’Connell threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns to lift Las Vegas over visiting Denver in the season finale.

Jakobi Meyers caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and Zamir White rushed for 112 yards on 25 carries for the Raiders (8-9), who won their eighth in a row against the Broncos.

Jarrett Stidham started his second straight game for Denver (8-9) and completed 20 of 34 passes for 272 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Chiefs 13, Chargers 12

Harrison Butker kicked a 41-yard field goal with 49 seconds left, enabling Kansas City to edge Los Angeles in Inglewood, Calif.

Kansas City (11-6) trailed by two points after Cameron Dicker made his fourth field goal of the day, a 20-yarder with 4:06 remaining that gave Los Angeles (5-12) its only lead of the game. But Blaine Gabbert ran for gains of 25 and 14 yards to put Butker in range for the game-winner.

The Chiefs rested quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and many other regulars in a game that didn’t affect their playoff seeding. Kansas City will be the AFC’s third seed. Chargers quarterback Easton Stick hit on 28 of 47 passes for 258 yards and also rushed for 77 yards on 13 attempts.

Giants 27, Eagles 10

Saquon Barkley rushed for two touchdowns and New York dominated struggling Philadelphia in the regular-season finale for both teams at East Rutherford, N.J.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 297 yards and one touchdown as the Giants (6-11) snapped a five-game losing streak against the Eagles. Xavier McKinney had two interceptions as New York defeated Philadelphia for just the third time in the past 16 meetings.

Jalen Hurts was just 7-of-16 passing for 55 yards and one interception before being pulled in the second quarter for the Eagles (11-6), who lost for the fifth time in six games. Philadelphia is an NFC wild-card team, and the No. 5-seeded Eagles will visit the No. 4 Buccaneers next week in the playoffs.

Rams 21, 49ers 20

Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and rallied Los Angeles by rushing for a late score and completing a pass for the two-point conversion in a win over San Francisco in Santa Clara, Calif.

The game was laden with reserves as both teams were assured of playoff berths. The 49ers (12-5) were locked in as the top seed in the NFC, and the Rams (10-7) locked down the No. 6 seed with the win.

 A look at seven statistical highlights from games played on Saturday, Jan. 6, and during the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET windows on Sunday, Jan. 7, the 18th week of the 2023 season.

  • NEW PLAYOFF TEAMS: Since 1990 – a streak of 34 consecutive seasons – at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. This season, six teams​ – CLEVELANDDETROITGREEN BAYHOUSTON, the LOS ANGELES RAMS and PITTSBURGH – accomplished the feat.

    DIVISION WINNERS AFTER MISSING PLAYOFFS: The DETROIT LIONS (NFC North) and HOUSTON TEXANS (AFC South) both won their division this season after missing the playoffs in 2022.

    In each of the past 46 seasons (1977-2023, excluding 1982 when divisional play did not occur), at least one team has won its division the season after missing the playoffs.

    In 20 of the past 21 seasons (2003-23), at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs.

    WORST TO FIRST: The Texans completed a worst-to-first turnaround by winning the AFC South the year after finishing in last place. In 19 of the past 21 seasons (2003-23), at least one team finished in first place the season after finishing in last or tied for last place.

    LAST PLACE TO PLAYOFFS: In 25 of the past 28 seasons (1996-2023), at least one team has made the playoffs the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Both the CLEVELAND BROWNS and HOUSTON TEXANS qualified for the postseason after finishing in last place in their division last season.

    The AFC North – with BALTIMORE (13-4), CLEVELAND (11-6), PITTSBURGH (10-7) and CINCINNATI (9-8) – became the first division with all teams finishing with a winning record since the 1935 West division.

  • AFC PLAYOFF SEEDS: The BALTIMORE RAVENS won the AFC North for the first time since 2019 and finished as the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Ravens will have a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

    The BUFFALO BILLS visit the MIAMI DOLPHINS on Sunday Night Football, with the winner earning the AFC East division title and the AFC’s No. 2 seed.

    If the Bills win, they will host the PITTSBURGH STEELERS, who clinched a playoff berth for the third time in the last four seasons, as the AFC’s No. 7 seed.

    If the Dolphins win, they would host Buffalo as the AFC’s No. 7 seed. Pittsburgh would earn the No. 6 seed and face Kansas City on Super Wild Card Weekend.

    The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, who won the AFC West for the seventh-consecutive season, finished as the AFC’s No. 3 seed and will host the AFC’s No. 6 seed on Super Wild Card Weekend.

    The HOUSTON TEXANS, who won the AFC South for the first time since 2019, finished as the AFC’s No. 4 seed and will host the No. 5 seed CLEVELAND BROWNS on Super Wild Card Weekend. The Browns qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2020.

  • NFC PLAYOFF SEEDS: The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS won the NFC West for the second-consecutive season and finished as the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The 49ers will have a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

    The DALLAS COWBOYS, who clinched the NFC East for the first time since 2021, finished as the NFC’s No. 2 seed and will host the No. 7 GREEN BAY PACKERS on Super Wild Card Weekend. The Packers clinched a playoff berth for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

    There has not been a repeat NFC East division winner since 2004, the longest active streak among divisions in the NFL and the longest such streak in league history.

    The DETROIT LIONS, who won its first division title since 1993, finished as the NFC’s No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 LOS ANGELES RAMS on Super Wild Card Weekend. The Rams qualified for the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons.

    The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, who won their third-consecutive NFC South division title, finished as the NFC’s No. 4 seed and will host the No. 5 seed PHILADELPHIA EAGLES on Super Wild Card Weekend. The Eagles qualified for the postseason for the third-consecutive season.
  • The DETROIT LIONS tied a franchise record with their 12th win of the season as JAHMYR GIBBSSAM LAPORTADAVID MONTGOMERY and AMON-RA ST. BROWN each recorded a touchdown in the team’s 30-20 win over Minnesota in Week 18.

    The Lions – with Gibbs (11 scrimmage touchdowns), LaPorta (10), Montgomery (13) and St. Brown (10) – are the second team in NFL history with four players with at least 10 scrimmage touchdowns in a season, joining the 2013 DENVER BRONCOS (five players – ERIC DECKER, KNOWSHON MORENO, JULIUS THOMAS, DEMARYIUS THOMAS and WES WELKER).

    Gibbs (11 scrimmage touchdowns) and LaPorta (10 scrimmage touchdowns) are the first pair of rookie teammates each with at least 10 scrimmage touchdowns in NFL history.

    LaPorta had 86 receptions this season and surpassed KEITH JACKSON (81 receptions in 1988) for the most receptions by a rookie tight end in NFL history.

    LaPorta had 10 touchdown receptions this season, becoming the third rookie tight end in NFL history to record at least 10 touchdown receptions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (12 touchdown receptions in 1961) and ROB GRONKOWSKI (10 in 2010).

    LaPorta is the second rookie in NFL history with at least 85 receptions and 10 touchdown receptions, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (2014).

    LaPorta had 889 receiving yards this season, surpassing KEITH JACKSON (869 receiving yards in 1988) for the fourth-most receiving yards by a rookie tight end in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (1,076 receiving yards in 1961), KYLE PITTS (1,026 in 2021) and JEREMY SHOCKEY (894 in 2002) had more.

  • Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 31 of 36 attempts (86.1 percent) for 279 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for a 124.4 rating while wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB had 13 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns and linebacker MICAH PARSONS had his career-high 14th sack of the season in the Cowboys’ 38-10 win over Washington.

    Prescott is the first quarterback in NFL history with four games in a season with a completion percentage of 80-or-higher (minimum 30 attempts in each game).

    Lamb had 135 receptions this season and became the sixth player in NFL history with at least 130 receptions in a season, joining MICHAEL THOMAS (149 receptions in 2019), COOPER KUPP (145 in 2021), Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002), ANTONIO BROWN (136 in 2015) and JULIO JONES (136 in 2015).

    Lamb had 135 receptions and 12 touchdown receptions this season and became the fourth player all-time with at least 125 receptions and 10 touchdown receptions in a season, joining ANTONIO BROWN (2014 and 2015), Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (2002) and COOPER KUPP (2021).

    Lamb had seven games with at least 11 receptions this season, surpassing MICHAEL THOMAS (six games in 2019) for the most games with 11-or-more receptions in a season in NFL history.

    Lamb has 10 career games with at least 10 receptions and joined MICHAEL THOMAS (18 games) and CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (10) as the only players with at least 10 such games in their first four seasons in NFL history.

    Parsons has 40.5 career sacks and became the fifth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least 40 sacks in his first three seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (52 sacks) and DERRICK THOMAS (43.5) as well as ALDON SMITH (42) and DWIGHT FREENEY (40).

  • Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver PUKA NACUA recorded four receptions for 41 yards in Week 18.

    Nacua had 105 receptions this season and surpassed JAYLEN WADDLE (104 receptions in 2021) for the most receptions by a rookie in NFL history. 

    Nacua had 1,486 receiving yards this season and surpassed BILL GROMAN (1,473 receiving yards in 1960) for the most receiving yards by a rookie all-time.

  • Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 12 receptions for 192 yards and one touchdown in Week 18.

    Jefferson had 1,074 receiving yards this season and is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, joining MIKE EVANSA.J. GREEN, Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS and MICHAEL THOMAS.

    Jefferson has 11 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (10 games) for the most such games by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

    Jefferson has six career games with at least 175 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer ISAAC BRUCE (five games) and CHARLIE HENNIGAN (five) for the second-most such games by a player in his first four seasons all-time. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (seven games) had more.

    Jefferson has 29 career games with at least 100 receiving yards in four career seasons, surpassing JULIO JONES (28 games) for the second-most by a player in his first five seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (30 games) has more.

  • Additional notes from Week 18 include:

    • Houston rookie quarterback C.J. STROUD completed 20 of 26 attempts (76.9 percent) for 264 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 134.1 rating in the Texans’ 23-19 win over Indianapolis on Saturday.

      Stroud finished with 4,108 passing yards this season, becoming the fifth rookie quarterback all-time with at least 4,000 passing yards, joining ANDREW LUCK (4,374 passing yards in 2012), JUSTIN HERBERT (4,336 in 2020), CAM NEWTON (4,051 in 2011) and JAMEIS WINSTON (4,042 in 2015).

      Stroud recorded a 100.8 passer rating this season and became the fourth qualifying rookie quarterback in NFL history with a passer rating of 100-or-higher, joining DAK PRESCOTT (104.9 rating in 2016), ROBERT GRIFFIN III (102.4 in 2012) and RUSSELL WILSON (100.0 in 2012).

      Stroud had nine games with at least 250 passing yards this season, surpassing ANDREW LUCK (eight games in 2012) for the second-most such games by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Only JUSTIN HERBERT (12 games in 2020) had more.

    • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 153 yards and one touchdown in the Titans’ 28-20 win over Jacksonville in Week 18.

      Henry has 90 career rushing touchdowns and is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 90 rushing touchdowns in his first eight career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (126) and EMMITT SMITH (112) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (100). 

      Henry had 12 rushing touchdowns this season and is the sixth player in NFL history with five career seasons of 12-or-more rushing touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (seven seasons), EMMITT SMITH (six) and JIM BROWN (five) as well as SHAUN ALEXANDER (five) and ADRIAN PETERSON (five).

      Henry has 13 career games with at least 150 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON (13 games) and EMMITT SMITH (13) as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (13) for the fourth-most ever by a player in his first eight seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (18 games), LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (16) and O.J. SIMPSON (15) have more.

    • Las Vegas wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS had five catches for 46 yards and one touchdown in the Raiders’ Week 18 win.

      Adams had 103 receptions in 2023 and became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions in four consecutive seasons, joining ANTONIO BROWN (six consecutive seasons from 2013-18), STEFON DIGGS (four from 2020-23) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (four from 1999-2002).

      Adams has 872 receptions since entering the NFL in 2014 and surpassed TORRY HOLT (869 receptions) for the third-most receptions by a player in his first 10 seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (927 receptions) and BRANDON MARSHALL (882) had more.

    • San Francisco wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL finished the 2023 season with 1,117 scrimmage yards (892 receiving, 225 rushing), his second-career 1,000-yard season.

      Samuel has 4,122 receiving yards and 1,007 rushing yards since entering the NFL in 2019 and is the second player in NFL history with at least 4,000 receiving yards and 1,000 rushing yards in their first five career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer CHARLEY TAYLOR.

    • Jacksonville tight end EVAN ENGRAM had 10 receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown in Week 18.

      Engram had 114 receptions this season, surpassing TRAVIS KELCE (110 receptions in 2022) and JASON WITTEN (110 in 2012) for the second-most receptions by a tight end in a season in NFL history. Only ZACH ERTZ (116 receptions in 2018) had more.

      Engram had four games with at least 10 receptions this season and joined ZACH ERTZ (five games in 2018) as the only tight ends with four games with 10-or-more receptions in a season in NFL history.

    • Tampa Bay safety ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. recorded a sack and forced fumble in the Buccaneers’ 9-0 win over Carolina in Week 18.

      Winfield has six games with at least one sack this season and is the fourth defensive back since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with six such games in a season, joining JAMAL ADAMS (eight games in 2020), DAVE DUERSON (six in 1986) and ROMAN HARPER (six in 2011).

      Winfield is the first defensive back since 2000 with six sacks and six forced fumbles in a season.

    • Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT registered two sacks in the Steelers’ 17-10 win over Baltimore on Saturday.

      Watt has 22 career games with at least two sacks, tied with JARED ALLEN (22 games) for the fourth-most games with at least two sacks by a player in his first seven seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (30 games) and RICHARD DENT (23) as well as SIMEON RICE (23) had more.​

49ERS INSTALLED AS FAVORITES TO WIN SUPER BOWL

After falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game a season ago, the San Francisco 49ers are the favorites to go all the way this time around.

San Francisco locked

San Francisco locked down the No. 1 seed in the NFC back in Week 17, doing so via a 27-10 victory over the Washington Commanders and Philadelphia’s 35-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The 49ers rested most of their regulars and dropped a 21-20 decision to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but that setback wasn’t nearly enough to dissuade the books from installing a new favorite.

FanDuel is offering the most bettor-friendly odds for those who plan on taking the Niners, as San Francisco sits at +230. BetMGM has the 49ers listed at +225, and DraftKings puts the line at +220.

Prior to Sunday’s loss, the Niners had won seven of their past eight games. They finished the regular season 12-5.

The Ravens, who went 13-4 and captured the top seed in the AFC, have the second-shortest odds on DraftKings (+310), BetMGM (+325) and FanDuel (+350). Then, there is a steep drop-off.

AFC East champion Buffalo has the third-best odds to bring home its first Super Bowl title at +650 on all three aforementioned books. The Dallas Cowboys are listed at +750 on DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM, with FanDuel and BetMGM both putting defending champion Kansas City at +900. The Chiefs are at +1000 on DraftKings.

Losers of five of their last six games of the regular season, the Eagles come in at +1300 on FanDuel and BetMGM and +1600 on DraftKings.

The underdogs of this year’s postseason? The Steelers. Pittsburgh snuck into the playoffs, first beating the Ravens 17-10 on Saturday before getting help Sunday from the Tennessee Titans, who defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-20.

Pittsburgh has the longest odds at +13000 on FanDuel, +12500 on BetMGM and +12000 on DraftKings.

BEARS QB JUSTIN FIELDS SAYS GOODBYES WITH FUTURE UP IN AIR

When the Chicago Bears selected Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick of the 2021 draft, they believed they had found their franchise quarterback.

But after just three seasons and 40 games with the Bears, Fields might be all done in Chicago.

There’s been a flurry of rumors over the past few weeks surrounding Fields and his future with the Bears, who have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Should Chicago end up moving on, Fields wanted to make it clear that he was appreciative of his time in the Windy City.

“To the city of Chicago, love y’all,” Fields said following the Bears’ 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. “Appreciate the fans and the support from all the Bears, you know, and in case this is my last rodeo with y’all, appreciate y’all for everything.”

And regardless of what happens, Fields won’t be questioning his effort over the past three years.

“All I can control is what I did do. I gave it my all,” Fields said. “Whether it’s here or not, I have no regrets.”

In 13 games this season, Fields completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 657 yards and four TDs.

Fields, 24, started 38 of the 40 games he has appeared in with the Bears. He has thrown for 6,674 yards in his career with 40 touchdowns and 30 picks while rushing for an additional 2,220 yards and 14 scores.

Chicago just completed a 7-10 season with the loss to the Packers. Bears general manager Ryan Poles told ESPN Radio on Sunday that the organization has yet to decide how it will handle the situation under center.

“We’re working from a position of strength and just going to continue to keep an open mind and look at all options,” Poles said. “I’m excited for that opportunity.”

Even after three losing seasons, Fields hopes to stay with Chicago.

“I have a pretty good relationship with Ryan and the guys upstairs,” Fields said. “At the end of the day, this is a business. They have to make the tough decisions. My job is just to go out there and play my best. It would mean a lot to get that confirmation from them and just really send a message that they trust me to lead this team and be the quarterback.”

FALCONS FIRE ARTHUR SMITH AFTER THREE 7-10 SEASONS

The Atlanta Falcons fired coach Arthur Smith on Sunday night after finishing a 7-10 season earlier in the day.

The Falcons dismissed Smith after a meeting Sunday night involving owner Arthur Blank and CEO Rich McKay.

“Decisions like this are never easy and they never feel good,” Blank said in a news release. “We have profound respect for Coach Smith and appreciate all the hard work and dedication he has put into the Falcons over the last three years. He has been part of building a good culture in our football team, but the results on the field have not met our expectations.

“After significant thought and reflection, we have determined the best way forward for our team is new leadership in the head coaching position.”

The Falcons scheduled a press conference for Monday to discuss the firing as well as their upcoming coaching search.

Smith, 41, went 21-30 in three seasons with Atlanta. The team went 7-10 in all three campaigns.

The Falcons said Blank and McKay will lead their coaching search with general manager Terry Fontenot also having input.

Atlanta was mauled 48-17 by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday to conclude the season with four losses in five games.

The Saints tacked on a rushing touchdown with 1:10 left instead of taking a knee. After the game, Smith refused to shake hands with New Orleans coach Dennis Allen and verbally expressed his disapproval with some curse words.

Atlanta will select eighth in the 2024 draft. The Falcons have a run of six consecutive losing seasons since last reaching the playoffs in 2017.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES

(MICHIGAN NOTES)

#1 Michigan (14-0, 9-0 B1G) vs. #2 Washington (14-0, 9-0 Pac-12)

NRG Stadium / Houston, Texas
Monday, Jan. 8 | 7:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. CST)
Television: ESPN | Radio: Learfield Michigan Sports Network

What You Need to Know

• The Wolverines are making their first appearance in the CFP National Championship Game. 
• Michigan is seeking its 12th national championship in school history. 
• The title game is a match-up of the nation’s only undefeated teams; marks the fifth match-up of 14-0 teams in the 10-year history of the College Football Playoff. 
• U-M won the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game, defeating No. 4 Alabama in overtime (27-20). 
• The Wolverines claimed their 45th Big Ten championship with a 26-0 victory against Iowa. 
• U-M is ranked No. 1 in the polls for the first time since 1997.

U-M in the National Championship Game

• Michigan will be making its first appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

• The Wolverines have played in the CFP semifinal the past two seasons, losing to No. 3 Georgia in the 2021 Orange Bowl (31-16) and to No. 3 TCU in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl (51-45).

• U-M last won the national title during the 1997 season, defeating Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl (21-16) to finish No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and receive the national championship by the Football Writers Association of American (Grantland Rice Trophy) and the National Football Foundation (MacArthur Bowl).

• Since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2015, Michigan and Ohio State (2015 and 2021) are the only Big Ten schools to reach the National Championship Game.

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Wolverines and Huskies

• This will be the 14th meeting between the Wolverines and the Huskies.

• U-M sports an 8-5 record against Washington and won the last two games contested between the two programs.

• The last meeting between the schools came in 2021, a 31-10 victory for the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.

• Michigan has compiled a 2-2 record against Washington in the bowl season, with all four previous matchups coming in the Rose Bowl; won the 1981 and 1993 games while suffering setbacks in the 1978 and 1992 contests.

• U-M has a 4-1 mark against the Huskies at the Big House and has a 2-2 record at Washington.

• The two programs were scheduled to play at Washington during the 2020 COVID season but that game was rescheduled to the 2028 season; it will not be played as a non-conference contest now that Washington has joined the Big Ten Conference starting with the 2024 season.

Series vs. Washington: Michigan leads 8-5
Series Streak: Michigan won 2
Last Meeting: 2021 (U-M 31, UW 10) 
Last Michigan Win: 2021 (U-M 31, UW 10) 

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Michigan on the Field 

• The Wolverines have won a school-record 14 games this season.

• U-M became the fifth program in major college football history to win the first 13 games of the season in consecutive years (2022-23); the others are Clemson (2018-19), Florida State (2013-14), Yale (1891-92) and Yale (1888-89).

• Michigan has won 12-plus games in three consecutive seasons; the 2021-22 seasons were the first time in history that the team accomplished the feat in consecutive seasons.

• The Maize and Blue won 27 games in 2022-23, which are the most wins in a two-year stretch in school history.

• Michigan has won 10-plus games in six of coach Jim Harbaugh‘s nine seasons leading the program.

• The Wolverines have won 88 overall games during coach Harbaugh’s nine seasons (88-25).

• U-M has scored 479 touchdowns while allowing just 232 to its opponents during that stretch.

• The defense has been listed in the top-12 nationally in seven of his nine seasons, including five seasons ranking among the top-5 in total defense.

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Game Notes Nuggets
 

• Michigan will play in the College Football Playoff Championship Game for the first time in program history. U-M is seeking the program’s 12th national title and first since the 1997 season.

• The national title game will feature a matchup between two 14-0 teams for the fifth time in the CFP’s 10-year history (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).

• The Maize and Blue reached the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row. The teams to make three consecutive CFP semifinals since the system was developed (2015) include Alabama (2015-19), Oklahoma (2018-20), and Clemson (2016-21).

• With 14 victories this season, U-M has set a single-season program record and became the 12th team since 2000 to reach at least 14 wins without a loss, joining: 2002 Ohio State, 2009 Alabama, 2010 Auburn, 2013 Florida State, 2015 Clemson, 2016 Alabama, 2018 Alabama, 2018 Clemson, 2019 Clemson, 2019 LSU, 2022 Georgia.

• The Rose Bowl was U-M’s third bowl game to go to overtime in program history. In those three games, the Wolverines are a perfect 3-0, previously defeating the Crimson Tide in the 2000 Orange Bowl and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2012 Sugar Bowl.

• Michigan captured its league-leading 45th Big Ten title, marking the first time in program history with three consecutive outright Big Ten championships.

• The last stretch with three consecutive Big Ten titles for the Wolverines was 1988-92, when four of five Big Ten titles belonged to U-M outright (1988, ’89, ’91, ’92).

• The Wolverines are averaging a scoring margin of +25.8 across their 14 wins this season, the best figure in the country (next: Oregon, +24.2). Washington’s average margin of victory is +13.5 points.

• U-M is one of seven teams to rank in the top 15 in both scoring offense (14th, 36.0 points per game) and scoring defense (first, 10.2 points per game allowed). Washington ranks 10th in scoring offense at 37.6 points per game but 53rd in scoring defense at 24.1 points per game.

• Michigan holds top-12 PFF grades and ranks in 10 of 13 major team categories Full list: overall team, No. 1 (95.2), offense, No. 6 (90.2), passing, No. 12 (86.2), receiving, No. 6 (86.8), run-blocking, No. 11, (72.9), defense, No. 1 (95.4), run defense, No. 5 (92.5), tackling, No. 2 (91.6), pass rush, No. 4 (90.9), and pass coverage, tied-No. 1 (93.6).

• The Wolverines faced a second-half deficit for the first time all season against Alabama and rallied for the comeback. U-M has at least three touchdowns in 13 of 14 games this season.

• Wolverines were chosen as finalists for the following awards: Lott IMPACT Trophy (Junior Colson, winner), NFF William V. Campbell Trophy (Zak Zinter), Rimington Trophy (Drake Nugent), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (J.J. McCarthy), Wuerffel Trophy (Blake Corum), Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year (Corum).

• Eleven (11) players have made their first starts as Wolverines this season, including five on offense (AJ BarnerLaDarius HendersonMyles HintonTyler Morris, Nugent) and six on defense (Rayshaun BennyKenneth GrantKeshaun HarrisQuinten JohnsonKeon SabbJosh Wallace).

• U-M’s 0.571 points per play on offense is the best rate in the Big Ten (next: Ohio State, 0.491) and fifth overall (LSU, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame). The Wolverine defense allows 0.172 points per play against, the lowest rate in the nation.

• Yards per point is a metric that describes how much of the field the offense must travel to score, on average. U-M’s offense ranks No. 1 at 10.5 yards per point, while the defense forces opponents to travel 23.9 yards per point (No. 1 nationally). That margin (+13.4) is the largest in college football by a wide margin (next: Ohio State, 9.8). Washington ranks 16th in this metric at +4.2 with a higher ranking on defense (16.7 yards per point).

• In McCarthy’s 27 career starts, U-M is 26-1 for a winning percentage of 96.3. That figure is tied (Jameis Winston, Florida State, also 26-1) for the best mark by any quarterback (minimum 20 starts) since at least 1971, when Toledo’s Chuck Ealey ended his career with a 35-0 record as a starter. Oklahoma’s Jimmy Harris (25-0) is the only other FBS quarterback with at least 20 starts and no losses.

• McCarthy and Winston’s win rate ranks above those of Trevor Lawrence (34-2; 94.4), Kellen Moore (50-3, 94.3), Tua Tagovailoa (22-2; 91.7), and others.

• In McCarthy’s career as a starter, the offense has registered 258 drives in which the quarterback starts and finishes the possession (excludes kneel-downs, ends of halves). The Wolverines have points on 150 of those drives (58.1 percent) with 110 touchdowns (42.6 percent of all drives) and 40 field goals.

• McCarthy (2,851 pass yards) eclipsed his 2022 season passing total (2,719) and passed both his coach Jim Harbaugh (2,729, 1986) and Chad Henne (2,743, 2004) to advance to sixth all-time for passing yards in a single season. John Navarre (2003) owns the single-season record at 3,331 yards and Shea Patterson (2019, 3,061) ranks second).

• McCarthy also ranks sixth in career pass yards (6,086) with Denard Robinson (6,250) fifth, Devin Gardner (6,336) fourth, and Elvis Grbac (6,460) third.

• With three touchdown passes in the Rose Bowl, McCarthy (49) passed Rick Leach (48) and tied Denard Robinson (49) for fourth in career passing touchdowns at Michigan. He is up to 22 passing touchdowns this season, three shy of Elvis Grbac’s single-season record (25) set in 1991.

• Grbac had 19 more touchdowns than interceptions that season (25 to six), the largest difference for a passer in a single season in U-M history. McCarthy (22 to four) has thrown 18 more scores than interceptions this year, after a difference of 17 in 2022 (22 to five).

• Through 14 games in 2023, McCarthy has completed 230-of-314 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 73.2, second-best in the country (Bo Nix, Oregon, 77.4). His completion rate is paired with an average depth of target (ADOT) of 9.5 yards downfield, whereas Nix’s is 6.8.

• In the red zone, the Wolverines have 45 touchdowns and 55 scoring conversions (out of 62 opportunities). McCarthy has nearly as many red-zone touchdowns (11) as incompletions (15) and 23 of Corum’s 25 rushing scores have come from the 10-yard line or closer.

• McCarthy has been particularly effective on third down, completing 51-of-71 pass attempts (68.9 percent) including a 5-of-7 mark in the Rose Bowl. He’s totaled 720 yards on those completions with a 177.41 passer rating. In situations of 3rd-and-7-plus yards, McCarthy is 34-of-46 (73.9 percent) for 535 yards with 27 first downs or touchdowns (six).

• He’s also 7-for-7 on fourth down with seven first-down conversions including one touchdown.

• This season, his 10.8 yards per attempt on play-action is ninth in the nation (minimum 60 attempts). He is 58-of-76 (76.3 percent) on play-action concepts with six touchdowns to one interception.

• Among players with at least 20 career touchdown passes, McCarthy has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in Michigan history (49:11 / 4.9:1), over Drew Henson (3.43:1), Cade McNamara, and Shea Patterson (3:1).

• McCarthy is the program’s career leader in yards per play (8.08) and ranks sixth in career touchdown percentage as a passer (6.9).

• McCarthy is ESPN’s No. 3 quarterback in total QBR (89.5) and PFF’s tied-10-highest graded quarterback (90.6). Michael Penix is sixth in ESPN’s metric (85.7) and tied-third by PFF’s grading system (91.8).

• McCarthy is averaging 215.9 yards of total offense per game in 2023 despite only 31 fourth-quarter pass attempts on the season (2.2 per game). 

• Blake Corum is at 1,111 rush yards for the year. He is the first Wolverine with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Denard Robinson in 2010 (1,702), 2011 (1,176), and 2012 (1,266). The last U-M running back to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons was Mike Hart in 2006 (1,562) and 2007 (1,361).

• Corum (3,603 yards) is eighth on U-M’s all-time rushing list; Chris Perry ranks one spot ahead of him (seventh) with 3,696 career yards rushing and Butch Woolfolk is sixth with 3,861 yards.

• With his 17-yard rush in overtime, Corum (25 this season, 56 in his career) added to his program single-season rushing touchdown record and passed Anthony Thomas (55) to own the outright career rushing touchdowns record at Michigan. He also added to his career total touchdowns record (59).

• Corum’s 26-touchdowns this season surpassed the previous modern-era record at Michigan (1940), but he has now matched Al Herrnstein (1902) for the all-time single-season mark in Michigan Football history. Hernstein had games with seven and five touchdowns that season.

• Corum’s first-quarter receiving touchdown was the third of his career and put him at 150 points scored during the 2023 season, setting a new single-season record for most points scored (previous: Jake Moody, 147 in 2022). His overtime score bumped the record up to 156 points. James Turner (109 points) is 12th on the single-season list and five points shy of cracking the top 10. Two points would put him past Kenny Allen (110 points, 2016) for the second-most by a kicker in a single season in program history.

• For his career, Corum has scored 344 points, 11 points shy of Jake Moody’s record and 10 points shy of Garrett Rivas (354) for second place.

• Before 2022, no kicker in U-M history had made more than two 50-plus-yard field goals in the same season. Now, Wolverines have done it in back-to-back years with Jake Moody converting 52-, 54-, and 59-yard field goals in the 2022 season and Turner converting three tries from exactly 50 yards in the 2023 season.

• One more make from 50-plus would tie Turner with Hayden Epstein, Quinn Nordin, and Jake Moody for most in a career at Michigan (four).

• Turner has 61 PAT conversions this year, a single-season record that broke the mark set by Jake Moody in 2021 (60).

• Donovan Edwards ranks tied-fourth among running backs in all-time receptions (68), 15 shy of B.J. Askew for third all-time. He is fourth in receiving yards by a running back with 714, just 96 shy of the career record held by Anthony Thomas (810).

• Wide receiver Roman Wilson is tied for ninth nationally in receiving touchdowns (12), ranking second in the Big Ten. Washington’s Rome Odunze has 13 receiving scores. Wilson’s 12 receiving touchdowns are the most by a Wolverine pass catcher in the Harbaugh era (previously, Jehu Chesson, nine, 2015). They are also the most by a Michigan wideout since Mario Manningham had 12 in 2007.

• For his career, Wilson is up to 20 receiving touchdowns (plus two rushing), seventh-most all-time at Michigan. Derrick Alexander (22) is next up on the list.

• Thirty-two (32) of Cornelius Johnson‘s 47 offensive touches have produced a touchdown or first down (68 percent). He has multiple catches in 12 games and at least one catch of 20-plus yards in 10 contests.

• Three Wolverine pass catchers are among the Big Ten’s leaders in yards per route run (minimum 36 targets): Wilson (2.69) ranks 31st in the country and second in the conference, Colston Loveland (2.30) ranks 70th among all pass catchers and third among tight ends nationally, fifth in the league among all pass catchers. Washington’s Rome Odunze (tied-15th, 3.06), Jalen McMillan (27th, 2.74), and Ja’Lynn Polk (tied-45th, 2.48) are top-50 in that metric, nationally.

• Loveland has at least one catch in every game this year with 42 catches for 585 yards and four receiving touchdowns, ranking second on the team in the latter two categories and third in receptions. He has built on his freshman season totals (16 for 235, two touchdowns) and is up to six touchdowns for his career. One more will tie him with Luke Schoonmaker (seven) for the 10th-most in a career by a U-M tight end and make him one of eight U-M tight ends with at least five in a season.

• Loveland is seventh in receiving yards by a tight end across the NCAA this season (585) and fifth in single-season Michigan history; he lists tied-10th nationally among tight ends in receptions (40).

• Wilson (17 receiving), Loveland (11 receiving), Cornelius Johnson (eight receiving, one rushing) and Semaj Morgan (three receiving, one rushing, five returns) have combined for 46 explosive plays (20-plus yards). Six Wolverines have six or more explosive plays overall.

• Michigan’s offensive line has allowed only 19 sacks on the season (1.36 per game), the 26th-lowest rate nationally and third-lowest in the Big Ten. With that unit as the engine, U-M permits the third-fewest negative plays per game (3.21) of any team in the country.

• Alabama’s 288 total yards on offense in the Rose Bowl marked a season low (previous: 306). U-M has allowed only two teams over 300 total offensive yards this season (Nebraska, 305; Ohio State, 395). Washington averages 473 yards of offense per contest (10th).

• The Wolverines registered five sacks in the first half alone, matching their previous single-game season best in just 30 minutes and setting an all-time College Football Playoff record for sacks in a half per AP Sports (previous: four, Clemson, 2016 National Championship game). 

• It was just the fourth time in Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama that the Tide have suffered five sacks in a half, per ESPN Stats and Info (previous games in 2021, 2013, 2010). 

• U-M finished the game with seven sacks to set a new season-high. The Huskies have permitted 11 sacks on the season (0.79 per game) and won the Joe Moore Award this season after U-M took home the honor in 2021 and 2022.

• The Wolverine defense ranks among the nation’s best in third down conversion rate against (30.2, 12th), passes intercepted (16, ninth), rushing defense (93.1 yards per game, eighth), fourth down conversion rate against (31.0, seventh), pass efficiency defense (101.51, third), red zone defense (69.6, second), pass yards allowed per game (150, second), and leads the nation in total defense (243.1), defensive touchdowns (tied; five) and scoring defense (10.2 points per game).

• The FBS-leading 4.9 points per half that U-M is allowing across second halves so far this season is the lowest rate nationally. No team has scored more than twice in any half this season.

• The defense has held opponents to one series (four plays) or fewer on 46.7 percent (71-of-152) possessions with 54 three-and-outs/turnovers on downs, and 17 turnovers or safeties forced in the first four plays of drives. U-M has at least one three-and-out forced in 27-of-28 halves this season.

• On the season, U-M has allowed 182 first downs, an average of 13.0 per game which is the lowest rate in the country. On average, teams reach a first down by passing 6.6 times per game, the lowest rate in the country and the only mark below 7.0. Michael Penix Jr. has thrown for 212 passing first downs, the most of any quarterback in the nation, an average of 15.1 per game.

• U-M excels in the second half defensively. Opponents have accumulated 41 total first downs in 14 third quarters played. Twelve (12) of 14 teams failed to reach 75 yards of offense in the quarter and four teams have been held under 15 yards of total offense.

• Opponents average 1.5 red zone trips per game against the Wolverines, the fewest in the country and the only rate below 2.0 in the nation. U-M’s defense is a threat to score itself, with five touchdowns, tied for the national high mark. Four have come via interception returns and one via a fumble return.

• Seven of the 16 touchdowns U-M has allowed this year have been on explosive plays: a 20-yard rush by UNLV, a 69-yard pass by Rutgers, a 74-yard rush by Nebraska, a 35-yard pass by Minnesota, a 44-yard pass by Indiana, a 24-yard pass by Purdue, and a 34-yard rush by Alabama. Penn State was the first team to run a play from inside the 10-yard line against U-M this season.

• The Wolverines have four interceptions returned for touchdowns this season (Mike SainristilWill Johnson, Sabb), tied for the program record set in 1998 and matched in 2018. On the season, U-M has allowed seven passing touchdowns to 16 interceptions, and the Wolverines average 21.1 yards per interception return.

• Sainristil is tied for the all-time lead in career interceptions returned for a touchdown with his two this season, as well as the single-season mark. His 158 return yards are ninth. Reaching 175 return yards would take him to fifth.

• In total, Michigan has forced 25 turnovers (16 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries) and forced two safeties, while having lost eight turnovers themselves. The defense had a streak of at least one interception in seven straight games (Bowling Green to Purdue) and has one in 10-of-14 overall.

• Ten (10) different players have forced 14 fumbles (nine recovered), in addition to one blocked kick. Michael Barrett leads the team in fumbles forced (three) and is tied with Josh Wallace for the lead in recoveries (two). Wallace’s recoveries have come in the last two games, the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl/CFP Semifinal.

• The 14.4 completions per game U-M’s pass defense is permitting are the third-fewest in the country. The Huskies average 24.9 pass completions per game on 37.4 pass attempts per game.

• The Wolverines have gotten their hands on 64 passes thrown by opponents (of 364 attempts, 17.5 percent) with 16 interceptions and 48 pass breakups. Defensive linemen account for 15 of those breakups and two of those interceptions (26.5 percent of all breakups/interceptions).

• Twenty-four (24) different players have at least a share of a tackle for loss on the season. Thirteen (13) different players have recorded at least a share of a sack so far this season, led by Jaylen Harrell (9.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks).

• Harrell ranks 18th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in pass-rush win rate (19.1 percent). Josaiah Stewart is 39th in the country and ninth in the league (17.4), Graham is 58th and 11th (16.1) and Moore is 65th and 13th (15.7). Braiden McGregor is 72nd nationally and 16th in the conference at 15.3 percent, giving U-M five of the 16 highest-graded pass rushers in the Big Ten. The Huskies have one pass-rusher (Bralen Trice) among the top 100 in win rate (16.4 percent).

• PFF gives Michigan front-seven defenders four of the top 25 grades for run defense in the Big Ten:  Mason Graham (sixth), Stewart (seventh), Kris Jenkins (17th), and Colson (22nd).

• Punter Tommy Doman is averaging 4.32 seconds of hangtime per attempt, the second-best average of any punter in the country (minimum one punt per game), and the best in the Big Ten.

• Doman had five straight games with a punt at or inside the opponent’s 12-yard line before the Rose Bowl. His current single-season average of 44.64 yards per attempt would rank sixth all-time at Michigan.

• The Wolverines are also among the best kickoff return defense units in the country, allowing 16.5 yards per return attempt (17th, NCAA). Doman has delivered 62 touchbacks and forced 10 fair catches on 92 kickoffs this season (78.2 percent).

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THE GAME: The No. 2-ranked Washington football team (14-0) takes on No. 1 Michigan (14-0) in the 2023 College Football Playoff Championship Game, Monday, Jan. 8, at NRG Stadium in Houston. Washington earned a shot at the crown thanks to a 37-31 win over No. 3 Texas in the Sugar Bowl, while the Wolverines out-lasted No. 4 Alabama, 27-20, in overtime, at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT, and the game will air on ESPN, with a variety of viewing options on various ESPN stations and platforms. QUICK HITTERS: UW has the nation’s longest active FBS winning streak, at 21 … the win streak is the third-longest in UW history, after 40 (1908-16) and 22 (1990-92) … Washington is 25-2 overall under head coach Kalen DeBoer, whose career head coaching record is now 104-11 … DeBoer is also 10-0 vs. ranked teams at UW, and is 18-2 in playoff games as a head coach … Washington’s last 10 games have all been decided by 10 or fewer points, and UW has won them all … according to ESPN, that’s the longest such streak in the “AP Poll Era” (since 1936) … the Huskies are No. 1 the nation in passing offense and are No. 10 in total offense … Rome Odunze has 1,1553 receiving yards, having broken Reggie Williams’ school record (1,454 in 2002) … Odunze’s total is third-most in Pac-12 history… in less than two full seasons, Michael Penix Jr. is up to third in UW history in career TD passes, with 66 … he has thrown multiple TDs in 21 of his 27 games at UW … his 9,289 career yards rank him third at UW … Penix is No. 1 in FBS passing yards and pass yards per game, No. 3 in pass TDs, No. 5 in total offense, and No. 11 in pass efficiency … four different UW receivers – Jalen McMillan, Rome Odunze, Ja’Lynn Polk and Germie Bernard (2) – have scored a rushing TD this season … prior to this season, UW had had just eight games in its history in which two players had 100 receiving yards (including two last year) … this season, that has happened in seven games … Penix is currently No. 1 in the nation in pass plays of 10-plus (181 plays) while Rome Odunze leads the nation with 63 receptions of 10-plus yards … not counting the 4-game 2020 season, the Huskies have won 10 or more games in 5 of the last 7 seasons … TELEVISION: The College Football Playoff Championship Game will air nationally on ESPN television, with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe & Molly McGrath providing the commentary.

EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH: Washington’s current roster includes a total of 34 players – 17 each on offense and defense – who have started at least one game for the Huskies prior to 2023. Entering the year, the 17 offensive players had totaled 145 starts in the Purple & Gold, while the 17 defensive players (which includes former offensive line starter Ulumoo Ale) had 156 starts between them. Tight end Devin Culp entered the 2023 season with the highest total of starts under is belt among offensive players, with 18, while safety zx0Asa Turner, with 23 career starts entering 2023, led the defensive side. The list of Dawgs with starting experience doesn’t take into account the 10 current Huskies who transferred to UW after having started at another four-year college, nor does it account for starting “specialists.” Washington 119-man roster entering the year included just 15 players in their final year of eligibility, along with 29 true freshmen, 15 redshirt freshmen, 35 sophomores and 25 juniors. Potentially, 104 current Huskies could return for 2024, while 79 enter the 2023 season with three or more years of eligibility remaining. GRADUATED DAWGS: The 2023 Washington football roster includes 23 players who have earned their bachelor’s degree. Here are those 23, alphabetically: Ulomoo Ale, Jacob Bandes, Julius Buelow, Devin Culp, Troy Fautanu, Drew Fowler, Ralen Goforth, Dominique Hampton, Antonio Hill, Giles Jackson, Tuli Letuligasenoa, Matteo Mele, Quentin Moore, Dylan Morris, Jabbar Muhammad, Richard Newton, Michael Penix Jr., Faatui Tuitele, Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Alphonzo Tuputala, Asa Turner, Edefuan Ulofoshio, and Jack Westover. LONG PLAYS: Washington has notched 83 scrimmage plays of 20 or more yards this season, the third-highest total in the nation. UW is also fourth in the nation with 44 plays of 30 yards or more. Those totals include 73 passes of 20 or more yards (first in FBS), and 35 of 30 or more (second), from quarterback Michael Penix Jr. Penix also leads FBS with 181 completions of 10 yards or more, 15 more than the next closest QB. Additionally, Rome Odunze leads the nation with 63 receptions of 10-plus and is also No. 2 with 31 of 20-plus yards, while Ja’Lynn Polk has 19 20-plus yard receptions (tied for 11th in the nation). Meanwhile, UW’s defense has allowed 58 plays of 20 or more yards this season, 25 fewer than the Husky offense has had. UW has allowed just eight rushing plays of 20-plus yards. Last year, Washington finished the season with 62 passing plays for 20 or more yards, tied for eighth-most in the nation (five teams that ranked higher played more games than UW’s 13). Washington led the nation last year with 193 pass plays for 10 or more yards. 14 WINS: Washington has won 14 games for the first time in UW history, and finished the regular season unbeaten for the first time since 1991, when the Huskies went 11-0 in the regular season before beating Michigan in the 1991 Rose Bowl. Prior to that, the Huskies hadn’t gone unbeaten and untied in the regular season since 1916. The Dawgs have also won 12 or more games for just the third time ever (12-0 in 1991; 12-2 in 2016). TWO 100-YARD RECEIVERS IN A GAME: Prior to the start of this season, Washington had had just eight games in its history with two players finishing with 100 or more receiving yards (including two such games last year). In 2023, UW has had two players with 100 receiving yards in seven of 13 games: vs. Boise State: Rome Oduzne (132) & Ja’Lynn Polk (101) vs. Tulsa: Jalen McMillan (120) & Odunze (107) at Michigan State: Odunze (180) & Polk (118) vs. California: Polk (127) & Odunze (125) vs. Oregon: Odunze (128) & Polk (118) vs. Oregon (Pac-12 Champ. Game): McMillan (131) & Odunze (102) vs. Texas: Odunze (125) & Polk (122) Additionally, last year, Odunze was the first Husky ever to record four straight 100-yard games. In the first and last four games of 2023, he matched that streak, and has now broken it with five straight (through Sugar Bowl). HUSKIES vs. WOLVERINES HISTORY: UW and Michigan have played one another 13 times, with the Huskies winning five of those games. Four of those 12 meetings were have come in the Rose Bowl game, with the two teams splitting those four contest. The two teams first met in 1953 and 1954, with the Wolverines notching shutouts in each: 50-0 in 1953 in Ann Arbor; and 14-0 the following year in Seattle. Michigan won two more against Washington in 1969 (45-7 in Ann Arbor) and 1970 (17-3 in Seattle), but the Huskies have won five of nine since that 0-4 start to the series. In Don James’ first bowl game as Washington head coach, No. 13 UW won the 1978 Rose Bowl, 27-20, upsetting fourth-ranked Michigan. UW built a 27-7 lead behind two touchdown passes and one run from MVP Warren Moon, and held off a Rick Leach-led Michigan team for the win. Just three years later, No. 5 Michigan earned a 23-6 win over No. 16 Washington on New Year’s Day in Pasadena. The series returned to the regular season a few years later, with Washington winning a pair of early-season, non-conference meetings, 25-24 at Husky Stadium in 1983 and 20-11 the following season in Ann Arbor. The 1983 game is remembered by Husky fans as one of the great regular-season, non-conference victories in program history, and the UW career highlight of quarterback Steve Pelluer, who finished the game with 14 straight completions, leading UW to a late victory. Pelluer completed eight passes on the game-winning drive, which culminated with a seven-yard TD pass to Mark Pattison, cutting the UM lead to 24-23. Then, the UW opted to go for two on the conversion, when Pelluer threw a strike to Larry Michael to wrap up the 25-24 win. After those two mid-1980s meetings, the two program next met at the 1992 Rose Bowl, where No. 2 Washington beat No. 4 Michigan, 34-14, to wrap up a 12-0 season and a share of the national championship. The next year, with UW in tumult, No. 7 Michigan handed the No. 9 Huskies a 38-31 loss in Pasadena. More recent meetings came in 2001 and 2002. In the first of those, played three days before the 9/11 attacks, 15th-ranked Washington edged Michigan, 23-18, thanks in large part to corrnerback Omare Lowe, who blocked a field goal that was returned for a touchdown, then returned an interception for a score, all in less than one minute in the fourth quarter. The following year at Michigan Stadium, the Wolverines got a last-minute, 44- yard field goal from Philip Brabbs to win, 31-29. The game-winning drive was famously helped along by an illegal participation (12 men on the field) penalty on the Washington defense that extended the drive. The Huskies and Wolverines were meant to square off again in 2020 and 2021, but the 2020 game was canceled due to the pandemic (Pac-12 teams did not play any out-of-conference games). In the second game of the 2021 season, the Dawgs traveled to Ann Arbor, where the home team came away with a 31-11 win. Both Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins rushed for more than 150 yards, while UW quarterback Dylan Morris passed for 293 yards. HUSKIES vs. THE BIG TEN: Washington holds a 50-47-2 record all-time vs. current (i.e., 2023) Big Ten teams, a record that includes an 0-3 mark against Penn State (though the Nittany Lions were not members of the Big Ten at the time of two of those games against the UW) and 4-5-1 vs. Nebraska, also not a Big Ten member at the time of any of those games. Washington has played all 12 current Big Ten teams but have faced a Big Ten opponent only 11 times since 2003 (the UW played Indiana in ‘03, Ohio State in ‘07, Illinois in 2013-14, Rutgers in 2016-17, Penn State in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl; Ohio State in the 2019 Rose Bowl; at Michigan in 2021; and Michigan State in both 2022 and 2023). The Huskies have played Big Ten teams nine times in bowl games since 1990 (not counting Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl in 2010): Iowa in the 1990 Rose Bowl, Michigan in the 1992 and 1993 Rose Bowls, Iowa in the 1995 Sun Bowl, Michigan State in the 1997 Aloha Bowl, Purdue in the 2001 Rose Bowl, Purdue in the 2002 Sun Bowl, Penn State in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl and OSU the 2019 Rose Bowl (2018 season). The Huskies went 4-5 in those games. Here’s the UW’s all-time record vs. current Big Ten teams: 7-4 vs. Illinois; 1-2 vs. Indiana; 3-3 vs. Iowa; 1-0 vs. Maryland; 5-8 vs. Michigan; 4-1 vs. Michigan State; 7-10 vs. Minnesota; 4-5-1 vs. Nebraska; 3-0 vs. Northwestern; 3-9 vs. Ohio State; 0-3 vs. Penn State; 7-2-1 vs. Purdue; 2-0 vs. Rutgers; 4-0 vs. Wisconsin. NATIONAL TITLE HISTORY: UW officially claims two national championships in football: 1960 and 1991. In 1991, Washington finished 12-0, as did Miami (Fla.). Washington earned the No. 1 position in the USA Today/CNN coaches’ poll (along with several other rankings), while Miami was No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll. Both programs have always claimed the national championship that season. On Sept. 29, 2007, in a ceremony at a home game vs. USC, Washington made an official claim to the 1960 national championship, and has named it (along with 1991) as a “National Championship” on the facade inside Husky Stadium. In 1960, Minnesota finished No. 1 in both the final AP and final coaches’ polls, but in that era, the final polls were produced before the bowl games, and not updated afterwards. That season, the Huskies finished the regular season 9-1, 4-0 in the AAWU, earning the conference’s berth in the Rose Bowl. On Jan. 1, 1961, the Huskies beat No. 1 Minnesota, 17-7, in Pasadena. The Helms Foundation awarded the 1960 national title to Washington, while both Minnesota and Ole Miss each claim the national title that season based on other polls and rankings. In addition to those two seasons, Washington has been recognized as a national champion by at least one poll or ranking in two other seasons: 1984 and 1990. However, neither of those two years’ championships are officially claimed by the UW. Here is a list of all of the polls or rankings that have deemed the UW a national champion in football: 1960 — Helms Foundation 1984 — Football News; Berryman; National Championship Foundation* 1990 — FACT* 1991 — USA Today/CNN; UPI/National Football Foundation; Football Writers; Sports Illustrated; Berryman; Billingsley; DeVold, Dunkel; FACT*; FB News; Matthews; National Championship Foundation*; Sagarin *Selected multiple national champions UW vs. AP NO. 1: Since 1936, the first year that the Associated Press produced a top-20 (later top-25) ranking, Washington has faced the No. 1-ranked team (by the AP) 13 times, as they’ll do in the CFP title game vs. No. 1 Michigan. Notably, Washington was ranked in just four of those meetings – the 1960 Rose Bowl, 1972 at USC, the 2001 Miami game, and the 2016 Peach Bowl. Here’s a list of those 13 games: Nov. 6, 1937 at California T, 0-0 Dec. 2, 1939 at USC L, 9-7 Jan. 2, 1960 vs. Minnesota (Rose Bowl) W, 17-7 Oct. 21, 1967 home vs. USC L, 23-6 Oct. 29, 1968 at USC L, 14-7 Oct. 4, 1969 home vs. Ohio State L, 41-14 Oct. 21, 1972 at USC L, 34-7 Nov. 24, 2001 at Miami (Fla.) L, 65-7 Oct. 23, 2004 at USC L, 38-0 Oct. 22, 2005 home vs. USC L, 51-24 Sept. 29, 2007 home vs. USC L, 24-27 Nov. 7, 2010 at Oregon L, 53-16 Dec. 31, 2016 vs. Alabama (Peach Bowl/CFP) L, 24-7

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 15 MEMPHIS RALLIES TO CLIP SMU, 62-59

Jahvon Quinerly’s stepback 3-pointer with 3 seconds remaining capped a gritty comeback as the 15th-ranked Memphis Tigers outlasted visiting SMU 62-59 on Sunday afternoon in an American Athletic Conference slugfest.

The Mustangs led by 12 points at halftime before going cold from the floor early in the second half, missing 10 of their first 12 shots in the first 8-plus minutes after the break. Memphis (13-2, 2-0 AAC) took its first lead of the game on David Jones’ three-point play with 8:19 to play and expanded the margin to 52-48 on Quinerly’s 3-pointer on its next possession.

A second-chance 3-pointer by Ricardo Wright pulled the Mustangs to within 58-57 with 2:40 remaining and a free throw by Tyreek Smith 39 seconds later tied the game at 58. Both teams squandered chances in the final minute until Quinerly hit his contested game winner that was the Tigers’ first field goal in more than 4 1/2 minutes.

SMU’s Chuck Harris was fouled with 1 second left, made the first free throw and purposely missed the second, then committed a foul on the rebound attempt. The Tigers’ Malcolm Dandridge made one of two free throws with 0.3 to play to close out the win.

Jones led Memphis with 17 points, with Quinerly adding 11 and Jaykwon Walton scoring 10. The Tigers have won eight straight games, with six of those by six points or less.

Smith paced SMU’s balanced attack with 12 points. The Mustangs (10-5, 1-1) had a four -game winning streak snapped.

The Mustangs were up by just a point before reeling off a 10-2 run that was punctuated by a dunk by Smith that pushed their lead to 22-13 at the 7:52 mark of the first half. Ja’Heim Hudson’s layup nearly three minutes later pushed SMU’s margin to 15 points before the Tigers mounted a comeback, pulling to within 30-22 after Jayhlon Young’s layup with 2:58 to play in the half.

SMU was undaunted, using a pair of free throws by Phelps and then a putback layup by Samuell Williamson to carry a 36-24 lead to the break.

Smith and Phelps scored 9 points each for the Mustangs to lead all scorers before halftime. Walton paced Memphis with 7 points in the first half.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 13 VIRGINIA TECH STUNS NO. 3 NC STATE

Sparked by Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore, No. 13 Virginia Tech erased an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit and Kitley made a buzzer-beating layup to hand No. 3 North Carolina State its first loss of the season, 63-62, on Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.

After leading scorer Madison Hayes (21 points) gave NC State a 60-49 lead with 7:52 to play, Kitley, who finished with a game-high 27 points, hit a layup to start a 12-0 run. Amoore, who scored 21, followed with a layup and 3-pointer. Kitley sank a free throw, Amoore made a jumper and then Kitley gave the Hokies their first lead of the game with a layup with 1:28 left.

Saniya Rivers (12 points) rallied the Wolfpack and gave them the lead with two seconds left, but Kitley beat the final gun with a dramatic layup off a cross-court inbounds pass to secure the one-point comeback win.

The Wolfpack (14-1, 2-1 ACC) built a 19-13 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 13 points heading into the fourth, which began with a 52-45 Wolfpack edge. The Hokies (12-2, 3-0) managed 10 points off 13 NC State turnovers.

No. 1 South Carolina 85, Mississippi State 66

Four players hit double figures as the balanced Gamecocks remained undefeated overall and won their second Southeastern Conference game, dumping the Bulldogs in Columbia, SC.

Bree Hall paced the winners with 15 points, while Kamilla Cardoso added 13 points and 14 rebounds. Chloe Kitts and Te-Hina Paopao each contributed 12 points for the Gamecocks (14-0, 2-0).

Jerkaila Jordan led all scorers with 25 points for the Bulldogs (13-4, 0-2), who lost their second straight. Lauren Park-Lane chipped in 14 points. The Gamecocks shot 47.1 percent from the floor, limiting the Bulldogs to 36 percent.

No. 5 Colorado 81, Arizona State 68

The Buffaloes built a 50-25 first-half lead to easily dispatch of the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz.

Aaronette Vonleh was 10-of-15 from the field while scoring 20, Quay Miller scored nine of her 11 points at the free-throw line while grabbing 10 rebounds and Frida Formann and Maddie Nolan each canned three 3-pointers, scoring 13 and 11, respectively. Colorado (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) shot 50 percent from the field and dominated points in the paint 36-20.

Jalyn Brown poured in 35 points for the Sun Devils (8-7, 0-3), who have lost five of their last six.

No. 12 UConn 83, Georgetown 55

The Huskies moved to 4-0 in Big East play with a comfortable road win against the Hoyas.

UConn (12-3) saw all five starters hit double-digit scoring. Aaliyah Edwards led the way with 18 points to go along with six rebounds, Ashlynn Shade posted 16 points and Paige Bueckers scored 15. Nika Muhl had 14 points and eight assists and KK Arnold added 12 points.

The Hoyas (12-3, 2-2) were led in scoring by Graceann Bennett (13), Kelsey Ransom (12) and Alex Cowan (10).

No. 14 Indiana 91, Nebraska 69

The Hoosiers improved to 4-0 in Big Ten play by outscoring the Cornhuskers in every frame in Lincoln, Neb.

Mackenzie Holmes led all scorers with 22 points for Indiana (13-1). Sydney Parrish (20), Sara Scalia (19) and Chole Moore-McNeil (16) also reached double figures. The Hoosiers shot a blistering 60.9 percent from 3-point range (14 of 23) and were nearly as hot from the field overall (60.7 percent).

Alexis Markowski paced the Cornhuskers (11-4, 3-1) with 21 points and six rebounds. Logan Nissley added 13 points.

Arizona 71, No. 15 Utah 70

The Utes lost for the second time in three games, dropping an overtime heartbreaker to the Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz.

With Utah up 70-69 late in the extra session, Kailyn Gilbert came up with the rebound of her own miss and drew a foul with a second left. Gilbert, who led all scorers with 22 points and all rebounders with 12, sank both free throws for the one-point win.

Helena Pueyo added 20 points for the Wildcats (10-5, 2-1 Pac-12), who won despite being outrebounded 41-33. Neither team scored in the final two minutes of regulation.

The Utes (11-4, 1-2) were paced in scoring by Alissa Pili (18), Kennady McQueen (16), Jenna Johnson (13) and Dasia Young (12).

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: PAOLO BANCHERO, MAGIC SHAKE OFF HAWKS IN OT

Paolo Banchero tallied a game-high 35 points to go along with 10 rebounds to help lead the Orlando Magic to a 117-110 overtime win against the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Caleb Houstan added a career-high 25 points on seven triples for the Magic, who won their second straight game after a three-game skid. Jalen Suggs chipped in 16 points for Orlando, while Goga Bitadze notched 11 points and 14 boards.

Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points, with Dejounte Murray scoring 24. With the Hawks down 102-98 with 1:20 remaining, Murray converted a three-point play to cut the deficit to one. Houstan responded with a corner triple to push the Orlando advantage back to four with 1:07 left.

Young followed with a layup on the ensuing play to cut the lead to two, and Saddiq Bey’s dunk tied the game with 18.8 seconds left in regulation. Houstan then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Banchero scored Orlando’s first six points of the extra session before Bitadze’s layup gave the Magic a 113-107 lead with 2:19 to go.

Trail Blazers 134, Nets 127 (OT)

Malcolm Brogdon hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining in overtime as Portland outlasted Brooklyn in New York.

The Trail Blazers stopped a three-game losing streak by overcoming a 42-point showing by Mikal Bridges and outscoring the Nets 49-34 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Anfernee Simons helped Portland get the game to overtime by scoring 19 of his 38 points after the third quarter, but it was Brogdon who helped the Blazers secure the win in the bonus frame.

Jerami Grant added 27 points for the Blazers, who matched their highest point total of the season. Nic Claxton finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Nets dropped to 3-11 in their past 14 games.

Grizzlies 121, Suns 115

Desmond Bane’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining in regulation completed a 13-point second-half comeback for Memphis in its win over host Phoenix.

Memphis went on a 16-1 run that began late in the third quarter and spanned the first 3:52 of the fourth. Vince Williams Jr. scored seven of his career-high 19 points during the Grizzlies’ burst, making a go-ahead 3-pointer that ignited a back-and-forth finish.

Devin Booker scored a team-high 24 points to lead all five Suns starters scoring in double figures. Kevin Durant finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 19 rebounds.

Cavaliers 117, Spurs 115

Jarrett Allen recorded his seventh straight double-double with 29 points and 16 rebounds as host Cleveland extended San Antonio’s losing streak to five games with a win.

Caris LeVert scored 23 points and Sam Merrill had 18 points on five 3-pointers for Cleveland, which won its third straight. The Cavaliers’ reserves outscored San Antonio’s bench 60-38 with LeVert and Merrill leading the way.

Victor Wembanyama paced the Spurs with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Devin Vassell added 22 points, Tre Jones and Keldon Johnson scored 18 apiece and Jeremy Sochan had 11.

Pelicans 133, Kings 100

CJ McCollum scored 30 points and visiting New Orleans dominated from start to finish in a victory over Sacramento.

Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Pelicans overcame the absence of Zion Williamson (quad contusion) in the opener of a five-game road trip.

Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, falling four assists shy of a third straight triple-double. Kevin Huerter scored 17 points and Keon Ellis had 13 for the Kings, who had won four of their past five games before falling to 0-4 against New Orleans this season.

Mavericks 115, Timberwolves 108

Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and Luka Doncic added 34 to lift host Dallas to a victory over Minnesota.

Irving made six 3-pointers to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Doncic sank five 3-pointers and added eight assists and six rebounds to send Dallas to its third straight win to begin its season-high seven-game homestand.

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards scored 36 points, marking his 12th straight game with at least 20. Edwards also had 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost three of their past four. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points and Naz Reid collected 15 points and nine rebounds.

Nuggets 131, Pistons 114

Jamal Murray scored a season-high 37 points, Nikola Jokic finished with 16 assists — two shy of his career high — and host Denver rebounded from a disappointing loss to Orlando to beat struggling Detroit.

Jokic scored just four points on three shots but had five blocks. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Michael Porter Jr. scored 18 points apiece for the Nuggets.

Detroit lost star guard Cade Cunningham to a left knee strain in the second quarter and dropped its 18th straight road game. The Pistons have lost 32 of 33 overall. Jalen Duren led Detroit with 20 points, Alec Burks had 18 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 14.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: JETS ROUT COYOTES, WIN 6TH STRAIGHT

Mark Scheifele scored twice, and the Winnipeg Jets extended their winning streak to six games with a 6-2 win against the host Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist, and Connor Hellebuyck made 15 saves for the Jets, who are 10-0-2 in their past 12 games.

Vladislav Namestnikov put Winnipeg in front to stay at 17:16 of the first period. Arizona defenseman Sean Durzi took the puck behind the net and, with Cole Perfetti pressuring, sent a pass attempt to Namestnikov low in the left circle for a 1-0 lead.

Scheifele scored both of his goals in the third, including an empty-netter to seal the win. Nick Schmaltz and Dylan Guenther scored for the Coyotes, who have lost three in a row. Karel Vejmelka made 31 saves.

Capitals 4, Kings 3

John Carlson scored with 52.9 seconds remaining in regulation as host Washington edged Los Angeles.

Carlson’s point shot got past Cam Talbot for his third of the season. Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored a goal and added two assists, while Nic Dowd had a goal and one helper for Washington. Dylan Strome had the other Capitals goal, and Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves as Washington avoided a third straight loss.

With the victory, the Capitals swept the season series against the Kings and improved to 8-2-0 against Los Angeles since the 2018-19 season. Kevin Fiala scored twice for Los Angeles, and Adrian Kempe had the other for the Kings, who have lost a season-high five straight games. Talbot stopped 30 shots in the loss.

Red Wings 3, Ducks 2

Michael Rasmussen scored with 1:07 remaining and Detroit completed a sweep of a three-game West Coast trip by topping Anaheim.

Moritz Seider’s shot from the right circle bounced off Rasmussen’s skate near the net and past Ducks goalie Lukas Dostal. Dylan Larkin and Joe Veleno had the other goals for the Red Wings. Alex Lyon, who played in each game of the California journey, made 29 saves as Detroit avenged a home loss to the Ducks last month.

Trevor Zegras scored both goals for Anaheim, which completed an eight-game homestand 1-6-1. Dostal made 25 saves as the Ducks’ winless streak stretched to five games.

Blackhawks 4, Flames 3

Colin Blackwell had two goals and an assist and Nikita Zaitsev and Jarred Tinordi each contributed two points as Chicago edged visiting Calgary to snap a five-game losing streak.

Blackwell scored the game-winner at 14:37 of the third period, beating Calgary goaltender Daniel Vladar with a wrist shot from the slot. Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 28 saves for Chicago, which was outshot 31-20.

Nazem Kadri scored twice for the Flames, who lost for the second time in as many days.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS CELTICS

The Indiana Pacers can get one back against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics 48 hours after their last matchup.

On Monday, the Pacers (20-15) will host the Celtics (28-7) for the second time in three days at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Celtics topped the Pacers 118-101 on Saturday night in the Circle City to go ahead 2-1 in the season series.

Saturday’s loss marked the first for the Pacers in 2024, and snapped a season-best six-game Blue & Gold winning streak. It also moved the Blue & Gold to 1-5 on the second legs of back-to-backs this season.

Boston has ranked among the top teams in offense and defense for 2023-24. The Celtics have the second-best offensive rating (120.8) – just behind the Pacers (123.1) – and second-best defensive rating (110.2) in the league, with an NBA-best net rating of 10.6.

In their most recent game against Boston, the Pacers finished with their second-worst field goal percentage this season by shooting 41.3 percent. Indiana also made just 8-of-42 3-point attempts while the Celtics went 16-for-41 from deep. The 101 total points were also a season low for the Pacers.

An area where the Pacers will want to clean up on Monday is on the glass, as they were outrebounded 56-38 over the weekend.

The Pacers will also have to find a way to slow down the All-Star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the next game, as the two combined for 69 points in the previous matchup. Tatum scored 38 points (making a season-high eight 3-pointers) and pulled down 14 rebounds, and Brown posted 31 points.

For Indiana, second-year man Bennedict Mathurin has caught fire over the past few weeks and posted 20 points to lead the Blue & Gold on Saturday. He has reached 20 points eight times this season, including thrice over the last five games.

While Pacers superstar Tyrese Haliburton had a below-average game by his standards on Saturday, finishing with 17 points and seven assists, he has recently played some of the best basketball of his career. Over the last 10 games, Halliburton has averaged 21.6 points on 47.6 percent shooting, 14.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 turnovers per game.

Indiana had key players missing before last game, and Boston lost a starter during gameplay on Saturday.

The Pacers were without Andrew Nembhard and Bruce Brown last time out. Brown has started in every game he’s played this year, but has recently dealt with a right knee bone bruise. Nembhard (sore mid-back) has played significant minutes when active – especially as a primary ball-handler when Haliburton is off the floor — but has missed the last three games.

For the visitors, Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis exited with 7:06 remaining in the first quarter on Saturday after being poked in the right eye. He checked back in three minutes later, but exited again 28 seconds after returning and did not play for the remainder of the night.

After hosting the Celtics, the Pacers conclude their five-game homestand on Wednesday against Washington before going on a season-long six-game road trip.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner.

Celtics: G – Jrue Holiday, G – Derrick White, F – Jaylen Brown, F – Jayson Tatum, C – Kristaps Porzingis

Injury Report

Pacers: Bruce Brown – questionable (right knee bone bruise), Andrew Nembhard – questionable (mid-back sprain)

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis – questionable (right eye irritation), Jordan Walsh – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

Jan. 6, 2024: The Pacers cut a double-digit, first-half deficit to a single point in the third quarter, but a fourth-quarter push by the Celtics helped the visitors to a 118-101 win at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Boston forward Jayson Tatum scored nine points in a 16-4 Boston run to start the final frame, and the Pacers never recovered. Tatum finished with a game-high 39 points (14-for-23 shooting) on a season-high eight 3-pointers to gowith 14 rebounds and six assists, while fellow All-Star Jaylen Brown posted 31 points (13-of-23 shooting).

Indiana had a rough night on offense, shooting 41.3 percent overall, including just 8-for-42 from 3-point territory. The Pacers are making 14.8 3-pointers on average per game this season.

Five Pacers players scored in double digits, led by 20 points off the bench by Bennedict Mathurin. Blue & Gold All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton logged 17 points and seven assists and Buddy Hield put up 15 points.

Boston dominated the boards, outrebounding the Pacers 56-38, but both teams scored 54 points in the paint.

The Celtics cooled off the Pacers’ six-game winning streak with the win.

Noteworthy

Indiana has an 11-8 record at Gainbridge Fieldhouse this season. All three home games last week were sellouts.

Pacers center Myles Turner needs six blocks to reach 1,200 for his career. Turner is chasing down Jermaine O’Neal’s franchise record of 1,245 blocks.

The Pacers haven’t beaten the Celtics in a season series since the 2015-16 season. After Monday’s game, the final matchup between the two teams will be on Jan. 30 in Boston.

Former Pacer Oshae Brissett played 20 minutes for the Celitcs on Saturday and posted eight points and eight rebounds.

Boston leads the all-time series against Indiana 108-84.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL SWEEP WEEKEND IN NORFOLK AS GRAY EARNS FIRST SHUTOUT

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel finished off their weekend in Norfolk with the final game of a three game set against the Admirals. After taking the first two wins of the weekend, Indy completed the sweep with a 4-0 shutout over Norfolk with Cam Gray in net.

1ST PERIOD

The first half of the period went by very quickly with very minimal whistles but at 11:47, the Fuel got the first power play of the game with a slashing call on Matt Ustaski.

At 18:29, the Fuel headed to the power play after a high stick and a scuffle between teams resulted in five minor penalties in total. Indy did not score before time expired, however the power play would carry over to the second frame.

At the end of the first period, Indy was outshooting Norfolk 8-7.

2ND PERIOD

After killing off the remainder of that penalty, both teams went back and forth a bit before Owen Norton was called for high sticking at 3:35, giving the Fuel another power play opportunity.

They were able to capitalize on it this time with a goal by Cam Hillis, who scored twice in last night’s matchup too, to put Indy up 1-0. Bryan Lemos and Brandon Schultz both claimed assists on that goal.

At 7:38, Schultz got on the board himself with a goal from right in front of the net to extend the Fuel’s lead to 2-0. Hillis claimed his thirtieth assist of the season on this goal along with Colin Bilek who collected the secondary assist.

Bilek took a hooking call at 10:20 to put the Fuel on the penalty kill for the first time this game, however the Admirals killed it off.

Darick Louis-Jean sent Indy back to the power play at 17:14 with a holding penalty. This resulted in a goal from Santino Centorame to make it 3-0 Fuel before heading back to the locker room one last time.

3RD PERIOD

Things got off to a quick start in the final frame as Hillis scored his fourth goal in two days just forty seconds into the period. Schultz collected his third point of the game with an assist along with Centorame who earned his second.

About a minute after that, things finally came to a head between these two teams who have played three straight games against each other and Chris Cameron headed to the locker room after earning a fighting major and a game misconduct. This gave the Admirals a long power play, however things continued to stay chippy.

At 3:24, McLean took a cross checking penalty after multiple hits on Fuel players. Then a minute after that, Andrew Perrott and Mark Liwiski earned a pair of roughing minors with Perrott earning an additional roughing minor too.

Once the fighting started, it seems like it didn’t stop. With 9:06 to go, game play started again after a long pause to sort out sixty penalty minutes across both teams that saw Centorame, Perrott, Liwiski, and Norfolk’s Kubicek getting game misconduct calls.

At 18:08, Bilek headed back to the box for holding, giving Norfolk the power play opportunity to end the period. With a push to get one goal on the board, the Admirals stormed the net which resulted in a goal review but there was no score.

A minute later, the Fuel celebrated as not only did they sweep the weekend in Norfolk and shutout the Admirals today but it was goaltender Cam Gray’s first professional shutout in the books. The Fuel head back to Indy in fourth place in the Central division with a chance to climb the rankings quickly after gaining huge momentum this weekend.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 for Wednesday Night Hockey.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 INDIANA BLOWS OUT NEBRASKA ON THE ROAD

LINCOLN, Neb.  – Four players scored in double figures behind 20-point performance from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Sydney Parrish as No. 14 Indiana blew past Nebraska, 91-69, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

KEY MOMENTS

Parrish continued her first quarter hot streak as she got things going for Indiana (13-1, 4-0 B1G) by going 3-for-3 from long range as it led 11-8 at the first media break. Freshman guard Yarden Garzon pulled down a defensive board and hit senior guard Sara Scalia in transition for three with just over three minutes to play in the first to take a 16-10 advantage.

Parrish stuck her fourth of the quarter as the lead grew to seven, but the Huskers (11-4, 3-1 B1G) hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the first to cut their deficit to 20-15.

Indiana outscored Nebraska, 20-14, in the second quarter as it withstood an early push in the frame. The lead came down to six with 6:53 until the break but a 7-0 run between Parrish and senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil kept IU’s double-digit lead, 34-21.

Back-to-back buckets from Holmes started off the third quarter for Indiana but Nebraska got back in the game as it cut the lead down to eight. But Indiana’s defense held to close out the frame, not allowing a field goal in the final 3:49 of action and finishing on a 14-1 run to take a 69-49 lead to the fourth.

The Hoosiers led by as many as 25 in the fourth quarter, as Scalia led the way with nine in the final 10 minutes of action.

NOTABLE

Indiana starts 4-0 in the Big Ten for the second time in program history and first time since 2019-20.

IU tied a season-high 14 3-pointers and set a school record for most 3-pointers in a road game and shot a

Overall, Indiana went 60.7 percent from the field, the seventh best single game shooting percentage in a single game in school history, It has shot 60 percent or better on two occasions this season (71.7 percent against Evansville).

It’s 60.9 percent clip from 3-point range is the sixth best mark in school history in a single game as well.

A 22-point victory for the Hoosiers is the largest win in the all-time series with Nebraska, which they now lead 12-6 and have won eight of the last nine.

Holmes led the way with 22 points and tied a team-high six rebounds. Parrish added 20 points by going 6-for-7 from the 3-point line and tied Holmes with six rebounds.

Fourth time the Hoosiers have had two 20-point scorers in a game this season –

Scalia added 19 points by connecting in five 3-pointers and shooting 50 percent from the arc. The Stillwater, Minn. native also dished out an IU career-high seven assists. 

The Hoosiers dished out 22 assists on 34 made shots, the ninth time they’ve dished out 20 or more dimes in a game this season.

Moore-McNeil added 16 points in the effort as she went 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the 3-point line.

UP NEXT

Penn State visits Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday night in a 7 p.m. ET tip on B1G+.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

CITRON RETURNS BUT IRISH FALL TO TAR HEELS, 61-57

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s seemingly one step forward and two steps back for No. 16 Notre Dame (10-3, 1-2), who fell to North Carolina (11-4, 3-0) on Sunday evening, 61-57. The Irish got All-American Sonia Citron back from injury after seven weeks, but forward and leading rebounder Maddy Westbeld had to sit because of a concussion.

The Irish had 14 turnovers, just 10 assists, and were outrebounded for the third consecutive game (47-41). They had their worst shooting night this season (31 percent).

“I think the last two games that we’ve lost have been because of a mental lapse,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said after the game. “Offensively, we’re turning the ball over. Defensively, we’re missing assignments and rebounds.”

It was a first quarter of runs. UNC came out hot with 6 straight points before Notre Dame countered with 8. From there, the Tar Heels notched 14 straight, the second-longest run the Irish have allowed this year. A Sonia Citron trey paired with a Hidalgo free throw closed the gap to 8 heading into the second quarter.

Both squads struggled to score in the first two minutes of the second, and while UNC may have scored the first bucket of the quarter, the Irish would go on a 9-0 run to bring it within one at 22-21 at 4:33.

At the half, it was 31-28 in favor of the visitors. Free throws played a major role in the score; Notre Dame went 9-11, while UNC went 0-4. Outside of that, Notre Dame’s offense was borderline stagnant (29 percent from the floor). Hidalgo was the sole player in double figures with 10, and Citron led all players with 6 boards. Notre Dame had been outrebounded in both ACC games thus far but took a 23-20 advantage into the locker room in that category.

Notre Dame took the lead out of the locker room with another Citron trey. Hidalgo followed it with a pair of coast-to-coast buckets. The Irish ultimately stretched the lead to as much as 7 with just over 2 minutes to go in Q3. A few fouls and missed baskets later, UNC was already back within a point heading into the fourth.

That run was ultimately a 15-point one, tied for the largest the Irish have allowed this year. Notre Dame went completely silent, failing to score for around 7 minutes. The Irish were just 4-18 from the floor in Q4 and missed a trio of free throws as well. UNC walked away with the victory to remain undefeated in conference play.

A silver lining is certainly Citron’s return. She led all scorers with 18 points and also notched 7 rebounds. She played more than 37 minutes.

“It’s great to be back,” Citron said. “Honestly, the 37 minutes didn’t feel too bad outside of the fact that I was cramping at the end of the game…Everything else was pretty solid. The past seven weeks have been pretty tough, but I’m proud of myself for putting in the work to get back in this position.”

Including Sunday, Citron is averaging 19.8 points per game and shooting 42.1 percent from behind the arc.

The Irish are back in action on Thursday against Boston College (9-7, 1-2).

BUTLER TRACK AND FIELD

ELDER’S RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS THE ILLINI OPEN

Urbana-Champaign, Ill. – The Bulldogs kicked off the first meet of 2024 at the Illini Open inside the Armory Building on Saturday afternoon. The team had seven athletes reach the podium in the respective events during the invitational.

Top performances by the Bulldogs included:

Jack Elder set a new school record in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. His mark of 8.03 also earned a second place finish.

Luke Finnegan dominated the men’s 60-meter dash, winning in the finals at 6.87. Troy Larrison claimed the last spot on the podium at 6.97 while Ben Bradley right beside him at 6.98 in fourth.

Cabott Craft had a day in the field earning two spots on the podium. The freshman first set a personal record in the men’s long jump at 6.92 meters earning third. Craft then topped this performance by securing second in the triple jump at 13.76 meters.

In the mile, Michael Dunagan posted a time of 4:28.55 in the men’s race placing second while Renate Toldo crossed the line in third at 5.09.12 in the women’s heat.

Liam Dennis placed third in the men’s 600 meters at 1:24.61

The Bulldogs will head south next weekend from Jan. 12-13 for the Rod McCravy Memorial in Louisville, Kent.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TAKE PENGUINS TO THE WIRE BEFORE FALLING, 75-65

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The IUPUI basketball team played Youngstown State to the wire on Sunday (Jan. 7) but ultimately fell to the host Penguins inside Beeghly Center, 75-65. The Jaguars made a season-high eight threes, but were derailed by 28 turnovers that led to 33 YSU points.

Vincent Brady II scored a season-high 18 points, including hitting 4-of-6 from three, while Bryce Monroe added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the loss. Junior Jlynn Counter tallied 11 points off the IUPUI bench and Qwanzi Samuels just missed a double-double with nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

Brett Thompson had a game-high 20 points for the Penguins and Ziggy Reid added 14 points and seven rebounds.

IUPUI (5-12, 1-5 HL) held Youngstown State to just 38.4 percent shooting and 9-of-31 (29 percent) from three-point range, but allowed the hosts 20 more field goal attempts because of the glut of turnovers.

Counter capped a quick 6-0 run with a driving layup with 4:35 left to cut YSU’s lead back to 65-63, but Thompson responded with a drive of his own to make it a two-possession game. IUPUI went empty on its next two offensive trips and YSU got back-to-back Reid jumpers to essentially seal the game.

IUPUI battled from behind for much of the day, trailing by as many as six in the opening half before rallying for a 32-31 halftime advantage. Brady closed the first half by stroking a trey off a feed from Cooper Dewitt.

YSU opened the second half with a 7-0 run, but IUPUI responded with seven straight of its own to regain a 39-38 lead. The game was tied at 47 all and 50 all before John Lovelace Jr. put the hosts ahead for good with a trey with 10:50 left.

IUPUI did more good than bad, shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from three, while winning the glass by a 45-33 margin. However, the 28 turnovers proved insurmountable as six different Jaguars had at least three miscues.

Sophomore Abdou Samb finished with six points and five rebounds before fouling out and John Egbuta added five points and five rebounds off the bench.

The Jaguars will return home to open a two-game homestand on Wednesday (Jan. 10) when they host Green Bay at noon inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on a Corporate Luncheon Day.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FOUR ‘DONS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES, BUT DETROIT MERCY TOPS MASTODON WBB

DETROIT – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team dropped a Horizon League game against a much-improved Detroit Mercy team on Sunday (Jan. 7) with a 60-56 final score.

The Mastodons nearly completed a 10-point fourth quarter comeback. Down 48-38 with 9:22 remaining, the Mastodons charged back to eventually tie the game at 54-all when Erin Woodson drained a 3-pointer in transition. Jazzlyn Linbo had five points in the 11-4 run that got the ‘Dons back in it.

From there, Detroit Mercy scored on two of the next three possessions to stretch the lead back out to four, enough to stave off the Mastodons’ late push.

Four Mastodons scored in double-figures: Destinee Marshall (13), Shayla Sellers (12), Amellia Bromenschenkel (12) and Linbo (11). Linbo added eight rebounds, with four coming on the offensive glass.

The Mastodons held Detroit Mercy to 27.8 percent from the 3-point line, including a 0-for-4 effort in the fourth quarter. The Titans returned the favor however, allowing the ‘Dons to shoot just 19.4 percent from deep.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 10-6 and 4-2 in the Horizon League. The Titans improve to 11-5 and 4-1. The Mastodons will return to Fort Wayne to play Oakland on Wednesday (Jan. 10) at 7 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies are coming off a 64-58 win over Robert Morris.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO TO CONTINUE EVENLY-MATCHED ALL-TIME SERIES WITH SIU ON WEDNESDAY

Southern Illinois (11-4, 3-1 MVC)

at Valparaiso (4-11, 0-4 MVC)

Game No. 16 – Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday night when Southern Illinois comes to town for a conference clash. The Beacons will attempt to get back to .500 at home for the season with a win on Wednesday.

Last Time Out: Junior Isaiah Stafford returned to the Valpo rotation after missing the previous two games with an injury and made a big impact, scoring a team-high 19 points in Saturday’s 70-64 loss at UIC. The game was tied at 62 with 8:20 remaining, but Valpo went on a scoring drought of over seven minutes and did not hit a field goal for the remainder of the contest. The Flames, who missed seven of eight themselves down the stretch, used an 8-0 run during the long Valpo dry spell to cement the game’s outcome. Valpo possessed a 44-33 rebounding edge, its best margin on the boards this season.

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Noah Godsell (play-by-play) and Soren Burkholder (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (4-11) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: Southern Illinois prevailed 66-62 in the only clash between these two teams last season (Feb. 14 at the ARC) to take a 15-14 lead in an all-time series that dates back to 1928. The Salukis also took a slight 6-5 edge in the 11 games that have occurred since Valpo joined The Valley. SIU has won four straight head-to-head meetings in a series that has seen four of the last five decided by four points or fewer. These two teams will face off in two of the next five games as Valpo will make the return trip to Carbondale on Jan. 24.

Scouting the Salukis

Own a five-game winning streak including MVC wins over UIC (62-50), Belmont (73-63) and most recently Illinois State on Saturday in Normal (71-64).

Did incur a 77-48 setback to Indiana State for their lone league loss on Nov. 28.

Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year candidate Xavier Johnson is the league’s leading scorer at 24.3 points per game.

Picked ninth of 12 in the MVC preseason poll despite going 23-10 and 14-6 in MVC play a year ago.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

January 8, 1972 – NCAA announces freshmen can play on teams starting in fall season sports according to the Chicago Tribune.

January 8, 1984 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 30-14 to win the AFC Championship and capture the Lamar Hunt Trophy to represent the Conference in the Super Bowl.

January 8, 1984 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. – At the NFC Championship game the Washington Redskins outlasted the San Francisco 49ers, 24-21. According to WashingtonFootball.com the Niners were down by 21 points in the fourth but staged a comeback. Two questionable penalties and a field goal did them in as Washington advanced to their second consecutive Super Bowl.

January 8, 1989 – Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati – AFC Championship had the Boomer Esiason led Cincinnati Bengals knocking off the Buffalo Bills, 21-10 for the right to play in the Super Bowl.

January 8, 1989 – Soldier Field, Chicago – At the NFC Championship it was the San Francisco 49ers taking care of business as they defeated the Chicago Bears, 28-3.

January 8, 1998 – The General Manager of the New York Football Giants, George Young resigned to accept a position with the League.

January 8, 2007 – BCS National Championship once again had the top two teams in the polls squaring off against each other to produce a champion. This year it was Ohio State who held the top spot and their  opponents were the Florida Gators. Sports-Reference.com shows how the game was a route as #2 Florida demolished #1 Ohio State, 41-14.

January 8, 2008 – Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gibbs held the same position with the club from 1981 through the 1992 season and in that span he led the Redskins to eight playoff appearances, four NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowl titles. And he  did it with three different starting quarterbacks! The second time around were three solid years but not to the heights the franchise had  the first time around.

January 8, 2009 – Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens – Number 2 Florida and top ranked Oklahoma met in the 11th BCS National Championship,. The Sooners put up their great Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford against Florida’s Heisman winner in 2007 Tim Tebow. Tebow and the Gators got the better of this game as according to ESPN.com Tebow passed for 2 TD as Percy Harvin rushed for a 121 to lead Florida over Oklahoma, 24-14.

January 8, 2012 – Speaking of Tim Tebow…At the AFC Wild Card Playoff, the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the underdog Denver Broncos, 29–23. The game went into overtime and on the first play of the extra session Tim Tebow found receiver Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass

To give Denver the upset.

January 8, 2018 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta – The College Football National Championship hosted two strong SEC foes with #4 Alabama taking on #3 Georgia for all of the marbles. The website CollegeFootballPlayoff.com tells about all of the action. The Bulldogs dominated play in the first half and led 13-0 at the break. Tide Coach Nick Saban though had a secret weapon. Saban turned the game over to his backup true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tua was remarkable as he steered the offense and led the team to a comeback with 20 points over two quarters to force overtime. The freshman QB ended up becoming the game’s MVP as he tossed  three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver DeVonta Smith. The Tide rolled over Georgia, 26-23 to claim their 5th title in 9 years.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for January 8

January 8, 1922 – Jamesville, New York –  The great guard from Penn State University, Steve Suhey was born. Check out his Bio by clicking his name.

January 8, 1927 – Gates, Tennessee – The University of Indiana’s swift halfback George Taliaferro celebrated his birth. The NFF says that Taliaferro was an instant success as a freshman at Indiana in 1945.  George was a scoring machine as that year he put up three touchdowns, including an 82-yard interception return and a 95-yard kickoff return. He finished his incredible freshman season as the Hoosier’s leading rusher with 719 yards. Taliaferro followed that year up with a few more solid ones to eventually become the MVP of the team in 1948.The National Football Foundation selected George Taliaferro to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

January 8, 1959 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Mark Hermann the Purdue Boilermaker quarterback was born. When Mark graduated from Purdue he was the top passer in NCAA college football history. Mark was the first in history to break two passing thresholds in a college career the 8000 yard plateau and then the 9000 yard one as well! The Footballfoundation.org web bio shares that Hermann held nine passing records at the time, the foremost being 707 passing completions and being responsible for 9188 yards through the air. Hermann finished as a unanimous All-America in 1980. The NFF voters sent Mark Hermann into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

15 – 1 – 23 – 44 – 43 – 36 – 31 – 29 – 20 – 88 – 10

The Number 15 in today’s historic lineup in Howie Meeker who as a rookie skater for the NHL’s Totonto Maple Leafs on January 8, 1947 put 5 pucks between the pipes in a single game against the Chicago Black Hawks to carry the Leafs to a 10-4 win.

The roster Number 1 belongs to Glenn Resch the Goalie of the New York Islanders who on January 8, 1980 kept the Vancouver Canucks scoreless for his 20th career NHL shutout.

January 8, 1986 – San Francisco Giants Number 44, Willie McCovey was 16th elected to MLB Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility

January 8, 1987 – Jack Sikma of the Milwaukee Bucks (Number 43) began an NBA free throw streak of 51 games.

January 8, 1991 – Gaylord Perry (Number 36), Fergie Jenkins (Number 31) & Rod Carew ( Number 29) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

The uniform Number 23 is no surprise when it belongs to Michael Jordan who on January 8. 1993 he put up 35 points on the Milwaukee Bucks giving him 20,000 career NBA points in just his 620th game. That gave him second place on the speed to that milestone as Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain reached the same heights in just 499 games!

January 8, 1995 – Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star third baseman Number 20, Mike Schmidt was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 8, 2000 – “Music City Miracle”, in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Number 87, Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown

January 8, 2012 – “The 3:16 Game” AFC Wild Card Playoff, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Number 15, Tim Tebow connecting with Number 88, Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime January 8, 2013 – Steve Nash, wearing Number 10 recorded his 10,000th career assist against Houston