INDIANA FOOTBALL STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
2A: ANDREAN (10-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-3), 11 A.M. ET
4A: NEW PRAIRIE (13-1) VS. EAST CENTRAL (12-2), 3 P.M.
6A: CARROLL (FW) (13-0) VS. CENTER GROVE (11-2), 7 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
A: ADAMS CENTRAL (14-0) VS. LUTHERAN (14-0), 11 A.M.
3A: BISHOP CHATARD (10-4) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (13-1), 3 P.M.
5A: VALPARAISO (10-3) VS. WHITELAND (12-1), 7 P.M.
BOYS BASKETBALL: IBCA PRE-SEASON POLL
1. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (0-0)
2. BEN DAVIS (0-0)
3. FISHERS (0-0)
4. CARMEL (0-0)
5. PENN (0-0)
6. KOKOMO (0-0)
7. ZIONSVILLE (0-0)
8. BROWNSBURG (0-0)
9. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (0-0)
10. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-0)
11. NORTHWOOD (0-0)
12. LAWRENCE NORTH (0-0)
13. VALPARAISO (0-0)
14. ANDERSON (0-0)
15. CHESTERTON (0-0)
16. LINTON-STOCKTON (0-0)
17. HOMESTEAD (0-0)
18. WARREN CENTRAL (0-0)
19. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (0-0)
20. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (0-0)
GIRLS BASKETBALL: IBCA POLL
1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (5-0)
2. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-0)
3. FISHERS (6-0)
4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (6-0)
5. NOBLESVILLE (5-0)
6. ZIONSVILLE (6-0)
7. HOMESTEAD (5-1)
8. LAKE CENTRAL (3-1)
9. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (3-0)
10. LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-1)
11. CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (4-0)
12. INDIAN CREEK (5-0)
13. NORTHRIDGE (4-1)
14. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (5-1)
15. CORYDON CENTRAL (8-0)
16. WESTFIELD (3-2)
17. BEN DAVIS (3-2)
18. FRANKLIN (3-2)
19. TWIN LAKES (7-0)
20. WARREN CENTRAL (4-2)
INDIANA SRN GIRLS BASKETBALL SHOW
- SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
- BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- MISHAWAKA MARIAN
- HAMILTON HEIGHTS
- TWIN LAKES
- INDIAN CREEK
- NORTH KNOX
- CARROLL FLORA
- EASTERN PEKIN
- BLUE RIVER
- VINCENNES RIVET
- MORGAN TWP.
INDIANAMAT TEAM RANKINGS-4A PRESEASON
- CROWN POINT
- CENTER GROVE
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- PERRY MERIDIAN
- WARREN CENTRAL
INDIANAMAT TEAM RANKINGS-3A PRESEASON
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- EAST CENTRAL
- COLUMBUS EAST
- TERRE HAUTE SOUTH
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
INDIANAMAT TEAM RANKINGS-2A PRESEASON
- JAY COUNTY
- HAMILTON HEIGHTS
- NEW PRAIRIE
- HERITAGE HILLS
INDIANAMAT TEAM RANKINGS-1A PRESEASON
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- TELL CITY
- PRAIRIE HEIGHTS
- NORTH POSEY
- WEST CENTRAL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLS
AP TOP 25
1. GEORGIA (62), 11-0 LAST WEEK: 1
2. OHIO STATE (1), 11-0 LAST WEEK: 2
3. MICHIGAN 11-0 LAST WEEK: 3
4. TCU 11-0 LAST WEEK: 4
5. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 10-1 LAST WEEK: 7
6. LSU 9-2 LAST WEEK: 6
7. CLEMSON 10-1 LAST WEEK: 9
8. ALABAMA, 9-2 LAST WEEK: 8
9. TENNESSEE 9-2 LAST WEEK: 5
10. OREGON 9-2 LAST WEEK: 12
11. PENN STATE 9-2 LAST WEEK: 11
12. WASHINGTON 9-2 LAST WEEK: 15
13. NOTRE DAME 8-3 LAST WEEK: 18
14. UTAH 8-3 LAST WEEK: 10
15. KANSAS STATE 8-3 LAST WEEK: 19
16. FLORIDA STATE 8-3 LAST WEEK: 20
17. UCLA 8-2 LAST WEEK: 16
18. NORTH CAROLINA 9-2 LAST WEEK 13
19. TULANE 9-2 LAST WEEK: 21
20. MISSISSIPPI 8-3 LAST WEEK: 14
21. CINCINNATI 9-2 LAST WEEK: 22
22. OREGON STATE 8-3 LAST WEEK: NR
23. COASTAL CAROLINA 9-1 LAST WEEK: 23
24. TEXAS 7-4 LAST WEEK: NR
25. UCF 8-3 LAST WEEK: 17
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
UTSA 85, SOUTH CAROLINA 44, TROY 34, BOISE STATE 16, ILLINOIS 12, IOWA 5, LOUISVILLE 5, SOUTH ALABAMA 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3, OKLAHOMA STATE 2, ARKANSAS 2, PURDUE 2, FRESNO STATE 1
USA TODAY COACHES POLL
1. GEORGIA (59), 11-0 LAST WEEK: 1
2. OHIO STATE (1), 11-0 LAST WEEK: 2
3. MICHIGAN (2) 11-0 LAST WEEK: 3
4. TCU 11-0 LAST WEEK: 4
5. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 10-1 LAST WEEK: 6
6. LSU 9-2 LAST WEEK: 7
7. ALABAMA, 9-2 LAST WEEK: 8
8. CLEMSON 10-1 LAST WEEK: 9
9. OREGON 9-2 LAST WEEK: 13
10. PENN STATE 9-2 LAST WEEK: 12
11. TENNESSEE 9-2 LAST WEEK: 5
12. WASHINGTON 9-2 LAST WEEK: 15
13. KANSAS STATE 8-3 LAST WEEK: 17
14. UTAH 8-3 LAST WEEK: 10
15. NOTRE DAME 8-3 LAST WEEK: 19
16. FLORIDA STATE 8-3 LAST WEEK: 20
17. NORTH CAROLINA 9-2 LAST WEEK 11
18. UCLA 8-2 LAST WEEK: 16
19. MISSISSIPPI 8-3 LAST WEEK: 4
20. TULANE 9-2 LAST WEEK: 22
21. CINCINNATI 9-2 LAST WEEK: 21
22. OREGON STATE 8-3 LAST WEEK: NR
23. COASTAL CAROLINA 9-1 LAST WEEK: 23
24. TEXAS 7-4 LAST WEEK: NR
25. UTSA 9-2 LAST WEEK: NR
SCHOOLS DROPPED OUT
NO. 18 CENTRAL FLORIDA; NO. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE; NO. 25 NC STATE.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
CENTRAL FLORIDA 41; TROY 39; SOUTH CAROLINA 38; PITTSBURGH 17; WAKE FOREST 16; IOWA 15; LOUISVILLE 9; BOISE STATE 9; SOUTH ALABAMA 8; ILLINOIS 8; AIR FORCE 6; PURDUE 5; WASHINGTON STATE 3; LIBERTY 3; GEORGIA TECH 2; MISSISSIPPI STATE 1.
****NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE****
TUESDAY, NOV. 22
BALL STATE AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT OHIO | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 24
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT ALABAMA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
TULANE AT CINCINNATI | 12 P.M.
BAYLOR AT TEXAS | 12 P.M.
UTAH STATE AT BOISE STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M.
TOLEDO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA | 3 P.M. | FS1
NC STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARKANSAS AT MISSOURI | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NEW MEXICO AT COLORADO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA AT IOWA | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UCLA AT CAL | 4:30 P.M. | FOX
FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
WYOMING AT FRESNO STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC
WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
ARMY AT UMASS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MEW MEXICO STATE AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
RUTGERS AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COASTAL CAROLINA AT JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
OLD DOMINION AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE AT MARSHALL | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
EAST CAROLINA AT TEMPLE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
AKRON AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN3
RICE AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING VS. SOUTHERN (NEW ORLEANS) | 2 P.M. | NBC
LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TROY AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
WAKE FOREST AT DUKE | 3:30 P.M.
HAWAI’I AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M.
UAB AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTEP AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M.
IOWA STATE AT TCU | 4 P.M.
SOUTHERN MISS AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
NEVADA AT UNLV | 6 P.M.
APPALACHIAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FIU | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
LSU AT TEXAS A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN
TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NOTRE DAME AT USC | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SYRACUSE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
PITT AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
AUBURN AT ALABAMA
UTAH AT COLORADO
MICHIGAN STATE AT PENN STATE
OREGON AT OREGON STATE
KANSAS AT KANSAS STATE
WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE
UCF AT SOUTH FLORIDA
BYU AT STANFORD
OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH
ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN
MINNESOTA AT WISCONSIN
PURDUE AT INDIANA
VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH
MEMPHIS AT SMU
TULSA AT HOUSTON
****NFL SCHEDULE SCOREBOARD****
PHILADELPHIA 17 INDIANAPOLIS 16
ATLANTA 27 CHICAGO 24
BALTIMORE 13 CAROLINA 3
BUFFALO 31 CLEVELAND 23
WASHINGTON 23 HOUSTON 10
NEW ENGLAND 10 NY JETS 3
NEW ORLEANS 27 LA RAMS 20
DETROIT 31 NY GIANTS 18
LAS VEGAS 22 DENVER 16 OT
DALLAS 40 MINNESOTA 3
CINCINNATI 37 PITTSBURGH 30
KANSAS CITY 30 LA CHARGERS 27
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/scoreboard.asp
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS, 6:15 P.M., ESPN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2022
BUFFALO BILLS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (THANKSGIVING) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
****TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#1 NORTH CAROLINA 80 JAMES MADISON 64
#2 GONZAGA 88 #4 KENTUCKY 72
#3 HOUSTON 66 OREGON 56
#5 BAYLOR 80 #8 UCLA 75
#12 INDIANA 86 MIAMI OHIO 56
#16 VIRGINIA 70 #19 ILLINOIS 61
#20 MICHIGAN 70 OHIO 66 OT
#24 TEXAS A&M 67 LOYOLA CHICAGO 51
#25 UCONN 95 DELAWARE STATE 60
MARYLAND 88 MIAMI FLORIDA 70
NEBRASKA 82 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 58
PENN STATE 68 COLORADO STATE 56
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp
****TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD****
#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 76 #2 STANFORD 71 OT
#6 LOUISVILLE 71 #3 TEXAS 63
#4 IOWA 73 BELMONT 62
#5 UCONN 91 #10 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 69
#7 IOWA STATE 99 COLUMBIA 76
#8 OHIO STATE 99 MCNEESE STATE 43
#9 NOTRE DAME 95 BALL STATE 60
UCLA 80 #11 TENNESSEE 63
#12 INDIANA 92 QUINNIPIAC 55
#13 NORTH CAROLINA 76 JAMES MADISON 65
#15 LSU 100 NORTHWESTERN STATE 45
#16 OKLAHOMA 89 TEXAS ARLINGTON 80
#19 MARYLAND 73 #17 BAYLOR 68
#18 ARIZONA 86 LONG BEACH 64
#20 CREIGHTON 85 NORTHERN IOWA 66
#23 MICHIGAN 69 FAIRFIELD 53
#24 VILLANOVA 74 TEMPLE 71
PURDUE 77 INDIANA STATE 54
IUPUI 97 OHIO 86
ILLINOIS STATE 62 WISCONSIN 57
MINNESOTA 82 PRESBYTERIAN 48
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221120
PHOENIX 116 NEW YORK 95
SACRAMENTO 137 DETROIT 129
WASHINGTON 106 CHARLOTTE 102
CLEVELAND 113 MIAMI 87
GOLDEN STATE 127 HOUSTON 120
BROOKLYN 127 MEMPHIS 115
DENVER 98 DALLAS 97
LA LAKERS 123 SAN ANTONIO 92
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp
COLUMBUS 5 FLORIDA 3
PITTSBURGH 5 CHICAGO 3
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp
****TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES****
NFL: SEVEN FROM SUNDAY
- CLOSE GAMES: Nine of 12 games (75 percent) that have been completed in Week 11 have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 125 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter this season, the most such games through the first 11 weeks in NFL history.
With two games yet to be completed in Week 11, there have been 71 games decided by a touchdown (six points) or less, tied with 2016 (71) for the most such games through the first 11 weeks all-time.
COMEBACKS: Three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points on Sunday – ATLANTA (10-point deficit), LAS VEGAS (10) and PHILADELPHIA (10) – and there have been 35 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win or tie this season, the most such games through the first 11 weeks of a season all-time.
Four games – wins by ATLANTA, LAS VEGAS, PHILADELPHIA and NEW ENGLAND – were decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime on Sunday. There have been 38 games this season decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, trailing only 2015 (39) and 2003 (39) for the most such games through the first 11 weeks of a season all-time.
- New England rookie defensive back MARCUS JONES recorded an 84-yard punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining in the Patriots’ 10-3 win over the New York Jets. It marked the first punt-return touchdown in the NFL this season, the second latest into a season for the league’s first punt-return touchdown since 1970, trailing only 2021 (Week 14).
Jones is the sixth player to record a game-winning punt-return touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime since 1970, joining PATRICK PETERSON (November 6, 2011), DESEAN JACKSON (December 19, 2010), BRIAN WESTBROOK (October 19, 2003), TAMARICK VANOVER (October 9, 1995) and WALTER STANLEY (November 27, 1986).
Jones’ punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining marked the second-latest game-winning punt-return touchdown in regulation since 1970, trailing only DESEAN JACKSON (no time remaining on December 19, 2010).
Each of the four teams in the AFC East – MIAMI (7-3), BUFFALO (7-3), NEW ENGLAND (6-4) and the NEW YORK JETS (6-4) – and the NFC East – PHILADELPHIA (9-1), the NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3), DALLAS (7-3) and WASHINGTON (6-5) – have winning records through Week 11 this season.
The AFC East and NFC East are the second and third divisions in which all four teams have at least six wins through Week 11 since realignment in 2002, joining the AFC North in 2014.
- Atlanta running back CORDARRELLE PATTERSON recorded a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 27-24 comeback victory over Chicago.
Patterson has nine career kickoff returns for a touchdown, surpassing JOSH CRIBBS (eight) and LEON WASHINGTON (eight) for the most in NFL history.
- Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS and Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON each recorded fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns in their team’s Week 11 victories.
Hurts has 21 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed KYLER MURRAY (20) for the third-most by a quarterback in his first three career seasons in the Super Bowl era, trailing only CAM NEWTON (28) and JOSH ALLEN (25).
Jackson has 24 career rushing touchdowns, tied with JACK KEMP (24) and DAK PRESCOTT (24) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first five seasons in the Super Bowl era, trailing only CAM NEWTON (43), JOSH ALLEN (35) and DAUNTE CULPEPPER (26).
- Detroit running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS had a career-high three rushing touchdowns and rookie defensive lineman AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded an interception and fumble recovery in the Lions’ 31-18 win at the New York Giants.
Williams has five games with at least two rushing touchdowns this season and he is the fourth player since 2000 with multiple rushing touchdowns in at least five of his team’s first 10 games of a season, joining SHAUN ALEXANDER (six games in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (six in 2006) and PRIEST HOLMES (five in 2003).
Hutchinson has 5.5 sacks and two interceptions this season and is the second player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least five sacks and two interceptions in his first 10 career games, joining LESLIE O’NEAL (1986).
- Dallas running back TONY POLLARD had 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two touchdown receptions and linebacker MICAH PARSONS recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in the Cowboys’ 40-3 win over Minnesota.
Pollard is the fourth player since 1990 with at least 75 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game, joining JOEY GALLOWAY (November 12, 1995), TODD GURLEY (December 24, 2017) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (December 7, 2003).
Parsons recorded his eighth-career game with at least two sacks, tied with SHAWNE MERRIMAN (eight games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (eight) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two career seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only ALDON SMITH (nine games) has more.
- Las Vegas wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS recorded seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including the 35-yard game-winning touchdown catch in overtime of the Raiders’ 22-16 comeback victory in Denver.
Adams has three career overtime touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (three) for the most overtime touchdowns in NFL history.
Adams, who has 10 touchdown receptions this season, is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 10 touchdown receptions in at least six of his first nine seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (seven seasons), MARVIN HARRISON (six) and RANDY MOSS (six).
- Other notable performances from Sunday include:
- Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN threw his 21st touchdown pass of the season in the Bills’ 31-23 win over Cleveland.
Allen has 159 career combined passing and rushing touchdowns (124 passing, 35 rushing), tied with PATRICK MAHOMES (159) for the third-most by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (171) and CAM NEWTON (160) have more.
- Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW passed for 355 yards and four touchdowns with a 104.1 rating in the Bengals’ 37-30 win at Pittsburgh.
Burrow has 10,189 passing yards in 36 career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) for the third-fewest games to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (34 games) and JUSTIN HERBERT (35) reached the mark in fewer games.
- Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 238 yards (153 passing, 85 rushing) and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in Atlanta on Sunday.
Fields is the second player in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020).
Fields is the third quarterback to record a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games in the Super Bowl era, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020) and CAM NEWTON (five consecutive games in 2021).
Fields, who had 178 rushing yards in Week 9 and 147 rushing yards in Week 10, is the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 75 rushing yards in three consecutive games within a single season, joining JOSH ALLEN (three consecutive games in 2018) and LAMAR JACKSON (three consecutive games in 2019).
- Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN threw his 21st touchdown pass of the season in the Bills’ 31-23 win over Cleveland.
ODELL BECKHAM JR. TO MEET WITH COWBOYS, GIANTS
(PRO FOOTBALL RUMORS)
The 7-2 Giants and 6-3 Cowboys are jockeying for playoff position, and the NFC East rivals are also competing to land the biggest fish on the free agent market. As Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com report, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is set to meet with both clubs after the Thanksgiving holiday, and there are no other known visits on OBJ’s schedule at this time.
We learned just last week that Beckham hopes to sign by the end of November, and with visits now being planned, he may be able to achieve that goal. Of course, contract talks will be of particular importance here. Beckham is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal and is looking to be paid like Chris Godwin and Mike Williams, both of whom make $20MM per season. That is a big ask for a player that has suffered two recent ACL tears, and it could be too steep for New York, which has seen last year’s Kenny Golladay contract turn into an albatross.
On the other hand, Golladay’s underperformance and injury problems are a big reason why the Giants are in the Beckham market in the first place. The team is desperate for receiving help to add another dimension to its Saquon Barkley-dominated offense and to provide quarterback Daniel Jones with a reliable pass catcher outside of Darius Slayton — who was a release/trade candidate this summer — and diminutive rookie Wan’Dale Robinson. Plus, GM Joe Schoen should have a healthy cap situation in 2023, so he could make the financials work if he is willing to make the type of bold move that would define his early tenure as the Giants’ top exec.
Ralph Vacchiano of FOX Sports observes that Schoen was unwilling to swing a deadline trade for Texans receiver Brandin Cooks and his $18MM guaranteed salary for 2023, which makes him skeptical that Schoen would authorize a contract for Beckham near OBJ’s reported price point (Twitter link). Indeed, Vacchiano sees the Cowboys as the more likely landing spot, especially given the public courtship that Dallas owner Jerry Jones and high-profile players like Micah Parsons have engaged in.
Recent reporting indicates that the Cowboys are, in fact, the frontrunners for the three-time Pro Bowler, and Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News suggests that Beckham’s contract is less critical than his health. Gehlken says Dallas already believes Beckham would be a good locker room fit, and that an in-person look at this reconstructed knee is the “final box to check” (Twitter link). The Cowboys, like the Giants, were unable to land an impact wideout at the deadline, and they clearly see another receiver as a major need as they gear up for a postseason push.
KOO’S LATE 53-YARD FG LIFTS FALCONS PAST FIELDS, BEARS 27-24
ATLANTA (AP) Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons are still under .500 and still in the thick of the NFC South race.
Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard field goal gave Atlanta the lead with less than two minutes to play and the Falcons overcame another impressive game from Chicago’s Justin Fields to beat the Bears 27-24 on Sunday.
Fields ran for 85 yards with a touchdown despite suffering a left shoulder injury on the Bears’ final possession. He was awaiting results of X-rays on the shoulder after the game and said “I’m hurting a little bit.”
Fields said he was hurt on the first play of the Bears’ possession following Koo’s go-ahead field goal. Fields remained in the game.
“I don’t know what happened, to be honest with you,” Fields said. “I just landed on it, I think. … I was hurting, but it was the last drive of the game. I tried to be there for my teammates.”
Fields’ pass for running back David Montgomery was intercepted by Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins with 1:07 remaining. A 26-yard run by rookie Tyler Allgeier allowed the Falcons, who rushed for 149 yards, to wind down the clock.
Fields completed 14 of 21 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Bears suffered their fourth consecutive loss. Chicago (3-8) has lost six of seven.
LATE TURNOVERS HELP RAVENS HOLD OFF PANTHERS 13-3
BALTIMORE (AP) Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were struggling to reach the end zone – until Baltimore’s takeaway-happy defense made that task a good bit easier.
Marcus Peters forced a fumble in the fourth quarter – the first of three Carolina turnovers in the final 8:14 – and Jackson took advantage of the short field, scoring on a 1-yard run that helped Baltimore hold off the Panthers 13-3 on Sunday.
“For us to be able to kind of turn … back into being a turnover-creating defense is really a big deal,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve got some guys that are ball hawks.”
Baltimore improved its turnover margin to plus-9 on the season, and the Ravens (7-3) now have at least one takeaway in 12 straight games.
Justin Tucker kicked two field goals, including a tiebreaking 37-yarder with 8:27 remaining. Then Peters forced a fumble by Panthers receiver Shi Smith, giving the Ravens the ball at the Carolina 31. Baltimore finally scored the game’s lone touchdown with 7:16 to play.
“We turned the ball over in our own territory. The defense is playing great up until then,” Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “That set them up for their first touchdown. That’s on us. One, we didn’t make enough plays. Two, in that second half, we have to protect the ball a little bit.”
Marlon Humphrey, who recovered Smith’s fumble, later added an interception. Jason Pierre-Paul also picked off a pass in the final minute.
“How about JPP catching that pass?” Harbaugh said. “He said, ‘I’ve always had great hands.’ So that was kind of fun and funny.”
Pierre-Paul lost an index finger in a fireworks mishap that also damaged the thumb and middle finger on his right hand in 2015.
The AFC North-leading Ravens won their fourth straight despite being stuck in neutral offensively for much of the game. Jackson threw for 209 yards with an interception and Demarcus Robinson caught nine passes for 128 yards, but that was about all that was working for either team offensively on a chilly, windy day in Baltimore.
BILLS BEAT BROWNS 31-23 AFTER SNOW SHIFTS GAME TO MOTOR CITY
DETROIT (AP) The Buffalo Bills dug out of their snowy homes and got their groove back in the Motor City.
Josh Allen threw a go-ahead, 5-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs late in the first half and Buffalo beat the Cleveland Browns 31-23 on Sunday after the NFL moved the Bills’ home game due to several feet of snow blanketing western New York.
“Back on track,” Diggs said.
The Bills (7-3) avoided blowing a third straight halftime lead by scoring on all five of their possessions in the second half and doing a better job protecting the ball.
Perhaps escaping snow-packed homes – with the help of Bills employees, friends and strangers – will prove to be pivotal for a Super Bowl-contending team that was in a relative slump.
“When you go through a shared experience like this, it can bring a team closer together,” coach Sean McDermott said.
Cleveland (3-7) rallied within eight points, setting up an onside kick in the final seconds that Bills receiver Gabe Davis failed to grab and running back Taiwan Jones knocked out of bounds.
“We’re in search of a win and which way we can get it,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “I know these guys are putting in the effort. We just have to finish football games, and it’s really frustrating.”
Buffalo lost its raucous home-field advantage, but the team did its best to bring some of the sights and sound familiar at Highmark Stadium, such as a blaring train horn and calls for Bills Mafia to get loud at key moments.
Plenty of supporters from both fan bases attended, chanting “Let’s Go Buffalo!” and barking like dogs.
“It was a cool atmosphere,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said.
Buffalo, which will return to Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving, started sluggish after a week disrupted by a winter storm.
“We easily could’ve folded and allowed it to be an excuse for us,” Allen said.
HEINICKE WINS STARTING JOB AFTER COMMANDERS TOP TEXANS 23-10
HOUSTON (AP) After Taylor Heinicke led the Washington Commanders to yet another win, coach Ron Rivera made the announcement that had become inevitable: Heinicke is no longer the backup to Carson Wentz.
Heinicke threw for 191 yards to improve to 4-1 as a starter, Kendall Fuller returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Commanders rolled to a 23-10 win over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday.
Heinicke, thrust into the starting role when Wentz fractured a finger, had another solid performance to help the Commanders (6-5) build on Monday night’s victory over previously unbeaten Philadelphia. Washington has won five of six and is above .500 for the first time since Week 1.
“We are going to go with Taylor, and we’ll work Carson back in and see where Carson is in terms of when he’s ready to be the backup,” Rivera said. “Then, we’ll go from there.”
Asked why he made the decision, Rivera was succinct.
“Winning,” he said. “That’s the truth. That’s where we are.”
Heinicke was out of football two years ago before Washington signed him as its quarantine quarterback.
“Being a starting quarterback in the NFL, it’s every kid’s dream,” he said. “It means a lot to me. It’s very special to me. I just want to keep this thing rolling.”
Davis Mills threw two interceptions and Houston mustered a season-low 148 yards of offense as the Texans (1-8-1) lost their fifth straight and remained the NFL’s only one-win team.
“There’s not a whole lot that we’re doing well,” coach Lovie Smith said. “We’re building. We’re not quite there yet. We’re not a good football team right now.”
Washington led 20-0 at halftime behind Fuller’s pick-6, a TD run by Curtis Samuel and a historically bad first half by Houston’s offense.
The Texans were outgained 246-5 in the first half, their fewest net yards in a half franchise history. Their previous worst was 8 in the first half of a 40-0 loss to the Bills last season.
MARCUS JONES’ LATE PUNT RETURN LIFTS PATRIOTS OVER JETS 10-3
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The NFL went 10 weeks and hundreds of kicks without a player returning a punt for a touchdown. Marcus Jones made the first of the season one to remember.
The New England rookie returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with 5 seconds remaining and the Patriots outlasted the stunned New York Jets 10-3 on Sunday.
Jones’ score was the lone TD of the game and broke a stalemate on a day when both offenses struggled to move the ball.
With only 26 seconds showing on the clock when the Jets lined up to kick, Jones thought Braden Mann might punt it out of bounds. Once he got it in his hands and made a few players miss, everything changed.
“Then I seen the punter and I was like, `If I make him miss, I should be able to go the distance.'”
He was right.
Jones’ TD was the second-latest game-winning score on a punt return in regulation since 1970, behind only DeSean Jackson’s 65-yarder for Philadelphia with no time remaining against the Giants in 2010.
It was the third straight win for the Patriots (6-4) and their 14th straight over New York. They also denied the Jets (6-4) a chance to move into first place in the AFC East this late in the season for the first time since 2010. Instead, New York dropped to last place.
“I’m in disbelief,” Jets cornerback D.J. Reed said. “It’s a tough loss.”
The Jets haven’t won in Foxborough since the 2010 playoffs when they knocked out the Patriots in the divisional round.
The Patriots moved the ball well at times, with Mac Jones completing 23 of 27 passes for 246 yards. But they were only 4 of 15 on third down and had only one field goal – with Nick Folk missing two attempts – despite getting inside the Jets 30 three times.
New York sacked Jones six times, but managed only 103 yards on offense and six first downs. Zach Wilson was just 9 of 22 for 77 yards, and Mann punted 10 times. In the second half, the Jets had just 2 yards on seven possessions.
DALTON THRIVES, STAFFORD LEAVES AS SAINTS TOP RAMS 27-20
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Andy Dalton could sense the Rams’ Aaron Donald closing quickly from the left edge on a third-and-9 play late in the third quarter of a three-point game.
New Orleans’ quarterback unloaded a high, deep throw down the middle of the field a moment before being flung to the turf. The crescendo of cheers filling the Superdome let Dalton know that rookie receiver Chris Olave had run under the ball, caught it and dove across the goal line for a pivotal 53-yard score.
Dalton passed for three touchdowns, Los Angeles QB Matthew Stafford left the field to be evaluated for a concussion in the second half and New Orleans defeated the reeling Rams 27-20 on Sunday.
“I was pretty aware,” Dalton said with a grin when asked if he noticed Donald’s imposing, All-Pro presence barreling in from his blind side as he released his deep scoring pass. “Half a second longer, that’s a sack (or) incomplete pass. … If you can play on time at the quarterback position and get the ball out, good things can happen.”
While good things indeed happened for a Saints offense looking to bounce back from its worst games this season during the previous two weeks, the defending champion Rams (3-7) were dealt another bad break en route to their fourth straight loss.
Stafford’s departure came two days after he’d been cleared to return from the NFL’s concussion protocol.
After the game, the Rams said Stafford is not in concussion protocol again, but a decision on that will come after more tests in the coming days.
“Obviously we need to make a smart decision for Matthew and see where we’re at,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “I know how he was feeling, and we made the decision it was going to be in his best interest to not have him continue to play.”
Stafford was effective in the first half, after which the Rams led 14-10, and he left the game having completed 11 of 18 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yarder to Tutu Atwell.
He appeared to hit his head on the turf during a third-quarter possession and was subsequently sacked by blitzing linebacker Demario Davis and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon to end the last drive he played before walking down the tunnel toward the locker room.
And even before Stafford left, the Rams lost left tackle Ty Nsekhe to an ankle injury.
WILLIAMS LEADS LIONS TO 3RD STRAIGHT WIN, 31-18 OVER GIANTS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) While the Detroit Lions are starting to find their way under second-year coach Dan Campbell, the New York Giants looked lost for the first time this season under first-year coach Brian Daboll.
Jamaal Williams ran for a career-high three touchdowns and the Lions stunned the New York Giants 31-18 Sunday, posting consecutive roads wins and their first three-game winning streak since November 2017.
“Everything that we said we had to do and needed to do to beat this team, we did that for almost all of the game,” Campbell said. “There were a couple of spots in there. These guys are playing their (butts) off and they’re starting to figure out a way to win.”
The Lions (4-6) now already have one more victory than they did last season, when they went 3-13-1.
Williams ran for a 4-yard TD and two 1-yard scores, the much-maligned run defense shut down NFL leading rusher Saquon Barkley and forced three turnovers on a cold, blustery afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft in April, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to help set up 14 points. Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense didn’t have a turnover for the second straight game.
“It just wasn’t good enough today,” Daboll said. “Again, it’s hard to overcome three turnovers.”
Michael Badgley added a 24-yard field goal for Detroit (4-6), which until beating Chicago 31-30 last week had not won a road game under Campbell.
The mistake-prone Giants (7-3) got 3-yard touchdown runs by Daniel Jones and Matt Breida. Jones also threw a meaningless late TD to Richie James but also was intercepted twice, his first picks since Week 3.
Jones’ touchdown run gave the Giants a 6-3 lead late in the first quarter and New York was still in front with a little more than six minutes left in the half when Hutchinson changed the momentum.
ADAMS’ 35-YARD TD IN OT POWERS RAIDERS PAST BRONCOS 22-16
DENVER (AP) Derek Carr stepped up in crunch time after Russell Wilson shunned the slide that would have made his counterpart’s heroics so much harder.
Carr hit a wide-open Davante Adams with a 35-yard touchdown pass on the third play of overtime, powering the Las Vegas Raiders to a 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
“I’ve always loved those moments. That’s what I dreamed of as a kid,” Carr said after leading to the Raiders (3-7) to their first win in seven one-score games this season.
The Broncos (3-7) found another way to lose a close one, dropping their sixth one-score game when Wilson left too much time on the clock at the end of regulation.
Denver was clinging to a 16-13 lead at the 2-minute warning when Wilson rolled right on third-and-10 from his own 34 and instead of sliding to burn more time, he pulled up and fired out of bounds.
“We called a pass play to basically try to end the game right there,” Wilson said. “We get a first down, the game’s over. They covered it up pretty good, I was trying to get outside the pocket and then (Jalen) Virgil was scrambling down. I thought I had him, tried to take a shot at him and the ball just kind of went away.
“But we’ve got the best defense in the world and unfortunately it didn’t work out this time.”
Wilson’s misfire stopped the clock and the Raiders, who didn’t have any timeouts left and hadn’t led all afternoon, got the ball back with 1:43 left instead of about a minute.
Carr drove them 71 yards, hitting running back Josh Jacobs for 43 yards to the Denver 7 to set up Daniel Carlson’s game-tying kick with 16 seconds left in regulation.
The Raiders won the overtime coin toss and Brandon McManus kicked it to the 5-yard line instead of blasting the ball out of the back of the end zone. Ameer Abdullah returned it 28 yards to the Las Vegas 33.
After Jacobs lost a yard, Carr hit tight end Foster Moreau for 33 yards over the middle to the Denver 35. From there, Adams confused the Denver defense and was all alone for the game-winner, which gave him 141 yards and two TDs on seven catches. Carr finished 23 of 37 for 307 yards.
COWBOYS CRUSH VIKINGS’ 7-GAME WIN STREAK WITH 40-3 ROMP
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Dallas Cowboys had some hard conversations with each other after their collapse last week at Green Bay.
They took out all that frustration and then some on the Minnesota Vikings, who might need a serious talk themselves after their seven-game winning streak came to a screeching halt.
Tony Pollard had two touchdown catches with a career-high 189 yards from scrimmage, and the Cowboys sacked Kirk Cousins a career-most seven times Sunday in a 40-3 victory over the Vikings.
“We kind of found our formula, just running the ball, pounding the defense, dominating on all phases of the game,” Pollard said.
Dak Prescott was flawless at quarterback, Ezekiel Elliott rushed for two scores in his return from injury and Brett Maher made four field goals – including a 60-yarder to end the first half. The Cowboys (7-3) scored on their first seven possessions, and the defense was just as good.
Micah Parsons and Dorance Armstrong had two sacks apiece in the fifth-largest loss ever for the Vikings – and the biggest road win in Cowboys history.
“This league has a way of humbling any football team at any point in time if you don’t play good football,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said.
The Vikings (8-2) have been the king of the comebacks in an NFL season featuring the smallest average winning margin in 90 years, none more remarkable than last week at Buffalo when they turned a 17-point deficit late in the third quarter into an overtime victory.
Parsons promised Prescott and the offense this week the Cowboys would never again lose a 14-point fourth-quarter lead like they did last week for the first time in franchise history when they fell in overtime to the Packers.
“I welcome constructive criticism,” Parsons said, “and when you have that balance of understanding it’s OK and giving that back, it turns out really good.”
They carried out a near-perfect game plan from offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn with stunning ease.
After surrendering 200 rushing yards in consecutive games for the first time since their 1960 inaugural season, the Cowboys flipped the script by gaining 108 yards on the ground in the first half. Seven of their eight third-down conversions came by rushing.
BURROW THROWS 4 TD PASSES, BENGALS RALLY PAST STEELERS 37-30
PITTSBURGH (AP) So much for the Cincinnati Bengals struggling to score without Ja’Marr Chase. Or Joe Mixon for that matter.
The defending AFC champions can hurt opponents in all kinds of ways no matter who’s in the lineup. Joe Burrow laid the proof bare in a 37-30 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Yes, that was Samaje Perine setting a franchise record by catching three touchdown passes, the most in a single game by a Cincinnati running back. Yes, that was practice squad call-up Trent Irwin hauling in the first score of his four-year career with a 1-yard grab in the back of the end zone to give the Bengals the lead for good midway through the third quarter.
Two-plus months removed from an upset home loss to the Steelers in Week 1 in which he was pummeled relentlessly, Burrow responded by going 24 of 39 for 355 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
“He’s always comfortable,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said. “The whole world could be falling down around him (and it doesn’t faze him) … he’s a special player.”
One who is hardly doing it alone. The Bengals (6-4) have won four of five following a 2-3 start, topping 30 points in all four wins, the last two despite Chase sitting out while recovering from a hip injury.
“It just shows what we’ve got,” said Cincinnati receiver Tee Higgins, who caught nine passes for 148 yards. “We’ve got firepower.”
The Bengals piled up 408 yards of total offense and put together touchdown drives of 79, 92 and 93 yards to beat the Steelers (3-7) for the fourth time in five meetings.
“I think we’re playing as good as anybody,” said Burrow, who passed 10,000 career yards passing in 36 games, tying him with Hall of Famer Kurt Warner for the third-fastest player in league history to reach that plateau. “We’re hitting our stride offensively.”
Mixon, coming off a five-touchdown performance in a blowout win over Carolina two weeks ago, managed just 20 yards rushing before entering the NFL’s concussion protocol. No matter. Perine stepped in and turned flips from Burrow into touchdowns of 29, 11 and 6 yards, the final one with Steelers defensive back Levi Wallace on Perine’s back that gave the Bengals a 34-23 lead with 4:30 to go.
KELCE SCORES 3 TOUCHDOWNS, CHIEFS RALLY PAST CHARGERS 30-27
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for their third touchdown of the game with 31 seconds remaining, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied past the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 on Sunday night to stay atop the AFC.
Mahomes hit Kelce on a short crossing route that Kelce took to the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown, concluding a six-play, 75-yard drive that took just 1:15. The Chargers had pulled ahead 27-23 on Justin Herbert’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Palmer with 1:46 left.
Herbert and the Chargers had one final chance, but Nick Bolton intercepted a deflected pass to seal it for the Chiefs (8-2), who swept the season series from Los Angeles (5-5) and took a three-game lead in the AFC West.
With a one-game lead over four teams in the conference, Kansas City is in position to claim home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Mahomes completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards without two of his top receivers. He still had Kelce, who had six catches for 115 yards.
Kelce scored at least three touchdowns for the second time in his career. He scored four in a Monday night win over the Raiders on Oct. 10.
Chiefs rookie Isiah Pacheco rushed for a career-high 107 yards.
Herbert went 23 of 30 for 280 yards and two touchdowns, both to Palmer, who had eight receptions for 106 yards. It was easily the Chargers’ best offensive performance in nearly a month as the unit was bolstered by the return of receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
Allen, playing only his third game due to a nagging hamstring injury, had five receptions for 94 yards, including a 46-yard catch up the right sideline on the go-ahead drive to put the ball on the Chiefs 16-yard line.
It wasn’t enough for the Chargers, who lost their second straight.
****TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES****
The Colts scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time since Christmas 2021 and became the first team in 2022 to hold the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles to under 20 points in a game.
But despite a fast start and a generally-stifling defensive effort, a handful of mistakes and missed opportunities allowed Philadelphia to hang around and ultimately doomed the Colts in a 17-16 loss to the Eagles on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“We had everything in front of us,” interim head coach Jeff Saturday said. “We didn’t execute enough to get the win.”
Ultimately, center Ryan Kelly said, games are “lost, not won in the NFL.” And the Colts exited downtown Indianapolis on Sunday feeling like miscues of their own doing were why they lost to the Eagles, who are 9-1 and look to be cruising toward a first-round bye in the NFL.
A few examples:
- The Colts committed nine penalties, costing them 90 yards.
- On offense, the Colts had nine negative plays; after their first drive, every time the offense reached Eagles territory it had to settle for a field goal.
- The Colts’ defense allowed two touchdowns in the final 15 minutes.
- Kicker Chase McLaughlin missed a 50-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter (in fairness to McLaughlin, he also connected on field goals of 51, 36 and 37 yards).
No missed opportunity loomed larger, though, than the Colts having to settle for a field goal after getting a first-and-goal set of downs at the Eagles’ five-yard line with just under six minutes remaining. The Colts took over possession at their own 34-yard line when linebacker Zaire Franklin punched out a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Eric Johnson II.
Critical third down completions by Matt Ryan to Alec Pierce (for 17 yards on third-and-11) and Parris Campbell (for 31 yards on third-and-3) put the Colts on the Eagles’ doorstep with an opportunity to go up by 10 with time bleeding off the clock. But the next three plays proved pivotal, as running back Jonathan Taylor was stopped by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for no gain, and then Ryan was forced to rifle a pass out of the end zone with the Eagles applying tight coverage and steady pressure.
On third down, Ryan was sacked by linebacker Hasson Reddick for a loss of 14, which eliminated any chance for Saturday to get aggressive on fourth down.
“You’ve got to make the plays, and when you have your opportunities to finish games against really good football teams, you have to finish them,” Ryan said. “And, unfortunately, we didn’t do that.”
The Eagles still had life after the Colts settled for a McLaughin field goal to extend their lead to 16-10 with with about four and a half minutes remaining. And Philadelphia took advantage of their opportunity, picking up 39 yards on a Franklin pass interference penalty on a third-and-two three plays into the possession.
Franklin ran into running back Miles Sanders on that play, taking the approach of doing whatever he could to prevent a touchdown while hoping he’d break the pass up, or worst-case giving the Colts’ defense a chance to make a late-game stop (as they did in wins over the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders).
“Worst-case scenario I liked us being able to line up and play against them anywhere,” Franklin said, “and knowing that we had to defend a touchdown, we had already stopped them before, I felt good about it.”
The Eagles, though, quickly marched from the Colts’ 28 deep into the red zone, where a fourth-and-two scramble by quarterback Jalen Hurts picked up a first down inside the 10-yard line right after the two-minute warning. Then, facing a third-and-goal from the seven-yard line, the Eagles called for a quarterback draw Hurts jogged in for the go-ahead, game-winning touchdown.
“You just can’t play a team that good and give them that many opportunities,” Saturday said. “We just left them in the game. And ultimately (they) made one more play than we did.”
The Colts’ offense wasn’t able to put together another late-game comeback after Ryan was sacked and a Will Fries false start put them in a do-or-die fourth-and-21 with 38 seconds left. Ryan was forced into a short completion to running back Deon Jackson, who wound up 16 yards short of the line to gain for a game-ending turnover on downs.
“Whenever you’re playing from behind with one minute left, your chances aren’t great and eventually those odds are going to get you,” wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. said. “They got us today.”
The Colts will head back to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday with a 4-6-1 record and a directive to avoid costly mistakes and execute better in critical situations. And the sting of Sunday’s one-point loss to one of the best teams in the NFL was made only more painful by the feeling the Colts had that, again, this was a game they should’ve won.
“It’s not one thing. I think throughout the course of the year, we’ve all taken our turns,” Ryan said. “We just have to execute. It’s boring, but we have to execute better than we have. And it’s like, the devil’s in the details. It’s over and over and over and over. When the margin of error is small, when you’re playing against really good football teams, the margin of error is small. And we’ve shown, you can go toe to toe with them, but you can’t make the mistakes that we made today if you expect to win.”
HOOSIERS FLY PAST REDHAWKS, 86-56
INDIANAPOLIS – Quick turnaround? No problem for the No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers.
IU’s 86-56 victory over Miami Sunday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, played two days after the Xavier victory, was an early tune-up for a potential March postseason schedule.
That was fine with coach Mike Woodson.
“It was a great job in handling the short days to get prepared,” he said. “The way the schedule is set up is like playing in the (NCAA Tournament), which is good for us.
“Playing every two to three days, that’s what the schedule is. I have to get these guys ready each time we step on the floor.”
IU (4-0) had a 42-16 advantage in points in the paint, 27-12 in points off turnovers. It squeezed the life out of the Redhawk offense, holding it to 32 percent shooting and forcing 14 turnovers.
“This kind of schedule is good,” forward Miller Kopp said. “Preparation is huge for a short turnaround. It’s what we’ll see in the NCAA Tournament and the Big Ten Tournament. It’s good to have that experience now.
“It shows everyone the importance of locking in.”
As for the stifling defense, Kopp said, “We settled in. We focused in and got a feel for them.
“Once everyone understood (what Miami was doing) and got into the game, it showed. Our defense is unrelenting. Over the course of a game, it continues to get better.”
No Hoosier was better than All-America forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, who had 17 points (on 6-for-8 shooting) and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes. He added three assists and a block.
He shredded Miami’s double teams and every other defensive strategy it tried.
“He’s such a willing passer,” guard Tamar Bates said, “it’s easy for him to make reads out of the trap.
“He trusts us to make the shot, and if he reposts, we get it back to him. We’re fortunate to have him down there. He brings so much attention. He’s at such a high level. That’s what we expect right now.”
It’s certainly what Woodson expects.
“When teams trap him, he’s figuring it out and getting the ball into the right areas. We have to keep him playing at a high level.”
He wasn’t the only Hoosier playing at a high level. Guard Jalen Hood-Schifino had 12 points. Kopp and forward Malik Reneau had 10 points each.
The Hoosiers dominated without guard Trey Galloway, who was unavailable for “precautionary” reasons, but was on the bench. Woodson said Galloway was banged up from the Xavier game.
“We have enough bodies, always be next man up,” Woodson said. “When called upon, be ready to play.”
There was no letdown after Friday’s dramatic Xavier victory. IU broke open the game with a 15-3 run in the final four minutes of the first half, 11-0 run in the last 2:27, for a 43-26 halftime lead. The Hoosiers held Miami (1-4) to 26 percent shooting in those first 20 minutes.
Guard Xavier Johnson opened the game with consecutive baskets. Jackson-Davis added another off a rebound for a 6-0 Hoosier start.
Miami pushed ahead 10-9 after eight minutes thanks to three three-pointers and 24-percent Hoosier shooting.
Reneau come off the bench to score. Bates hit a three-pointer off a Johnson assist. Hood-Schifino made a three-pointer, then a two-pointer. Reneau got a rebound and drove for a basket. IU led 21-15 with 8:28 left in the half.
Miami cut it to one. The Hoosiers went on a fast-break surge for a 28-20 lead.
A Race Thompson one-handed dunk off a missed shot made it 32-23.
Then Jackson-Davis took over. He grabbed a rebound, led the fast break, passed to Kopp in the corner for an open three-pointer. Kopp buried it and IU ended the half with a 43-26 lead.
Any chance of a Miami rally ended two minutes into the second half, when Johnson pushed the pace for a pass to streaking Thompson for a dunk, followed by Kopp’s second three-pointer for a 51-29 lead.
The advantage swelled to 27 with 11 minutes left. IU cruised from there as Woodson played his second unit and the rest of the roster.
Playing in Indianapolis was a homecoming for Woodson, who was an all-state player at Indianapolis Broad Ripple High School before going on to an All-America run at Indiana, and then on to the NBA as a player and a coach.
“It’s always great to come back home,” he said. “When I was in the NBA, I lived to come home and play the Pacers.
“This is home. I have a lot family and friends still here. It’s good to be back in Indianapolis.”
This was the opener of the Hoosier Classic. IU will wrap up the event by hosting Little Rock on Wednesday and Jackson State on Friday.
INDIANA MAKES HISTORY WITH TOP-5 VICTORY AT OHIO STATE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After coming so close on so many occasions, the Indiana Volleyball team (15-15, 8-10) picked up one of the biggest wins in the program’s 48-year history, taking down No. 5 Ohio State in a thrilling five-setter at the Covelli Center.
Despite going down 14-12 in the fifth set, the Hoosiers fought off two match points before Mady Saris buried a pair of kills to earn IU the first road win in program history over a top-five program.
A brilliant team effort saw IU record more kills, assists, digs, blocks and aces than the No. 5 Buckeyes and saw three players earn double doubles.
Mady Saris (14 kills, 10 digs), Paula Cerame (29 digs, 12 assists) and Camryn Haworth (45 assists, 16 digs) were brilliant but clutch performances from role players in Grae Gosnell (16 digs) and Candela Alonso-Corcelles (14 kills) helped fend off Ohio State down the stretch.
The Hoosiers now have eight wins in the Big Ten, the most since winning nine in the 2010 season, the last time the team made the NCAA Tournament.
IU has two more matches remaining in the regular season with home games against Illinois and Maryland on the docket to help booster the resume.
The road win marked the second victory away from home over ranked opposition this year, the first time in program history it’s been done.
SET 1 (Ohio State 26, Indiana 24)
• A strong start early on, propelled by kills from Mady Saris and Camryn Haworth, saw the Buckeyes burn a timeout down 8-3 in the first set.
• Three-straight kills from Candela Alonso-Corcelles, Mady Saris and Kaley Rammelsberg stifled the Ohio State defense, focing the Buckeyes to call a second timeout.
• The Hoosiers would take the lead back at 22-21 following a crucial kill from Savannah Kjolhede.
• Back-to-back kills from Morgan Geddes were enough to bring the set to 24-all but Ohio State would get the final two points and take the first.
SET 2 (Indiana 25, Ohio State 17)
• Another strong start benefited the Hoosiers, as Candela Alonso-Corcelles aced Ohio State to go up 13-8.
• Kaley Rammelsberg and Candela Alonso-Corcelles provided big kills to push the lead out to 20-13 in the second frame.
• An Ohio State ball-handling error closed out the game and brought the Hoosiers level with a 25-17 set win.
SET 3 (Indiana 25, Ohio State 17)
• Back-to-back service aces from Mady Saris before two-straight kills from Morgan Geddes saw IU jump out to an 11-6 lead in the third.
• Savannah Kjolhede provided clutch kills down the stretch to give IU the 22-16 advantage.
• Two-straight Ohio State attack errors handed IU a convincing 25-17 victory in the third.
SET 4 (Ohio State 25, Indiana 20)
• The fourth set began back-and-forth with a big ace from Camryn Haworth leveling things at 9-all.
• Ohio State would go on a five-point run to blow the set open 18-12.
• The Hoosiers would close the gap to 22-19 in the fourth but Ohio State got a spirited effort from Jenaisya Moore to force a fifth.
SET 5 (Indiana 16, Ohio State 14)
• Ohio State opened up the frame up 4-1, forcing IU into an early timeout.
• Kills from Mady Saris and Savannah Kjolhede brought the Hoosiers back on level terms at 6-all.
• The Buckeyes took a 14-12 lead but Kaley Rammelsberg fought off the first match point with a kill.
• Paula Cerame went to the service line down 13-14 and provided the start of a nice rally that was finished off by a Savannah Kjolhede kill.
• Mady Saris came up clutch after the timeout, drilling home two kills to take the match.
• Three Hoosiers had double doubles including Mady Saris, Paula Cerame and Camryn Haworth.
• Camryn Haworth nearly had a triple-double for the second-straight match, providing the Hoosiers with eight kills, 45 assists, one ace, four blocks and 16 digs.
• On the weekend, she had 18 kills, 82 assists, 27 digs, 11 blocks and one ace.
• Paula Cerame had career highs with 29 digs and 12 assists. Her 29 kills are the sixth-most in a single game in program history and second-most in the rally era.
• Mady Saris provided 14 kills and 10 digs to pair with a career-high five service aces.
• Candela Alonso-Corcelles played an outstanding game, handing the Hoosiers 14 kills, three aces, four blocks and five digs.
• Grae Gosnell was superb in the back row, digging a career-best 16 balls to pair with two kills and three assists.
• Isa Lopez was one of five in double digits with 10 digs.
• Savannah Kjolhede (nine kills, six blocks) and Kaley Rammelsberg (10 kills, seven blocks) held form in the middle for IU.
• The Hoosiers were the dominant force in every major category with more kills, assists, digs, blocks and aces than the fifth-ranked Buckeyes.
WIN BY THE NUMBERS:
• This marks the first top-five win on the road in program history and is just the second win ever against a top-five team (vs. No. 4 Penn State, 2010).
• This is the first season in program history that IU has defeated two ranked teams on the road in the same season.
• IU is the winner of eight conference games for the first time since winning nine in 2010.
• The Hoosiers entered Sunday 1-56 all-time against top-five teams before earning their second-ever win.
• IU moves to 5-2 in the Big Ten this season in five-set matches.
HOOSIERS TIED FOR SECOND AT BLACK KNIGHT INVITE
WEST POINT, N.Y. ––––– Following a top-25 victory over No. 23 Princeton on Friday night, Indiana Wrestling wasn’t fazed by a quick turnaround, wrestling well in the Black Knight Invite just two days later.
Sunday’s showing for the Hoosiers included Indiana earning a second-place finish, tied with Army’s 95 points. Penn State finished in first with 110.5 points.
The Hoosiers had six grapplers finish in the top four of their bracket. Redshirt junior Donnell Washington earned a first place title at 174 lbs.
• Indiana junior Jacob Moran (125) earned second place by way of a bye in the opening round, a victory by tech fall and a 3-2 decision victory in the semi-finals.
• Indiana freshman Henry Porter (133) went 3-2 on the day and was fourth place in his bracket.
• Cayden Rooks (141) made his way to third place in the 141 bracket.
• Graham Rooks (149), like his brother, also earned third place in the 149 bracket.
• Indiana’s champion of the day, D.J. Washington (174) eased his way to first place. All four of his wins were by seven-point margin or more. Three of the wins were bonus-point victories (two tech falls, one major decision).
• A 3-2 day for Nick Willham (197) sealed a fourth place finish for the Indiana senior.
• Washington is off to a 9-0 start to the season and seven of those wins have been bonus-point victories.
• Washington picked up his first ranked win of the season when he beat No. 21 Benjamin Pasiuk (Army).
• Nine of Indiana’s 15 wrestlers advanced out of the opening round of 16 of their respective brackets.
• This was Indiana’s first time competing in the Black Knight Invite since 2019.
• Indiana will pick up next on Sunday, Dec. 4 for two dual meets in one day against Drexel and Binghamton as part of the Garden State Grapple at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The event is in its second year and pits Big Ten teams vs. teams from the EIWA.
WITTENBRINK WINNER SENDS IU TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT SWEET 16
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer is the only program to reach the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in each of the last eight seasons.
The Hoosiers (11-4-6, 3-1-4 B1G) earned a 1-0 shutout win over Saint Louis (12-5-3, 6-1-1 A-10) thanks to a 75th-minute strike from redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink Sunday (Nov. 20) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
With the second-round win, IU will host Marshall next Sunday (Nov. 27) in Bloomington for a rematch of the 2020 NCAA College Cup final. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
• 11′ – Indiana had its best chance of the first half from an early corner as the ball came inside the six-yard box to redshirt senior Daniel Munie. Munie tried a shot across his body, but SLU senior goalkeeper Carlos Tofern got right in front of it and deflected it out to freshman midfielder Jack Wagoner, who put an attempt wide.
• 14′ – Three minutes later, the Billikens had perhaps their best try as a shot from distance looked headed into goal before junior defender Joey Maher put his foot in front of it.
• 60′ – Great link up play gave SLU senior midfielder John Klein space in the box, but he fired his shot high and wide.
• 75′ – Like he’s done on many occasions this season, Wittenbrink dribbled in from the left wing, cut on his right foot, found an angle and fired a shot into the far corner to break the stalemate.
• Indiana advances to the NCAA Tournament Third Round for an eighth straight year. The Hoosiers shared the streak with Wake Forest coming into the campaign, but the Demon Deacons lost in the first round of the tournament to end their run at seven consecutive seasons.
• IU moved to 8-3-1 at Bill Armstrong Stadium this season while earning their sixth clean sheet at home.
• The Hoosiers have seven straight wins over Saint Louis and improved to 5-0 all-time in tournament matches against SLU, all of which have been played in Bloomington. Indiana owns a 24-9-4 overall record in the all-time series.
• Indiana expanded its NCAA record for tournament victories, winning No. 98 on Sunday.
• Of its 47 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, Indiana has won at least one match in 39 of those.
• The Hoosiers are 5-3-1 against ranked opponents. The Billikens came in ranked as high as No. 20 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
• With his game-winning score, Wittenbrink has recorded a goal contribution in each of his last six matches (three goals, three assists). The redshirt senior leads the team in goals (9), assists (8) and points (26) and tallied his fifth game-winning goal this season which leads the Big Ten and sits tied for third nationally.
Indiana will host Marshall on Sunday (Nov. 20) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
PURDUE TOPPLES INDIANA STATE TO STAY PERFECT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A strong second half and a 51% shooting clip guided the Purdue women’s basketball team to a 77-54 win over Indiana State on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2019-20.
Purdue posted their third straight game with a field goal percentage over 50%. Led by five 3-pointers from Cassidy Hardin, Purdue went on 9-of-19 from distance.
Hardin paced the offense with a season-high 18 points. She was joined in double figures by Lasha Petree with 17, while Madison Layden and Jayla Smith both added 10. Hardin is the fourth different Boilermaker to lead the team in scoring this season.
Jeanae Terry made her offensive impact with a dozen assists. Purdue provided a helper on 21 of 26 made field goals. Terry’s pace also led Purdue to 21 points on the fast break. The Detroit native joined April Wilson as the only Boilermaker to record six double-figure assist games since 2009.
The Boilermakers had to shrug off a slow start in the first half that saw them trailing after 10 minutes for the first time this season. After the Sycamores (2-1) went 9-for-17 in the first period, the Boilermakers responded to take a four-point lead at the break.
In the second half, it was all Purdue. The Boilermakers connected on a 60.7% of their shots over the final 20 minutes. Petree tallied 13 points, while Smith was 4-of-4 from the field for nine points.
Outscoring Indiana State 42-23 in the second half, Purdue held the guests to just 22.6% (7-31) over the final two periods. Purdue totaled 24 points in the paint and scored 12 points off 12 Sycamore giveaways during the span.
The Boilermakers opened the third quarter on a 15-3 run and limited Indiana State to just seven points in the quarter. Six different players scored in the frame for Purdue, while its defense held the guests for just 3-of-16 from the field.
Petree opened the fourth scoring the first eight points of the period, as Purdue went on a 17-3 run to extend the lead out to 32 points.
Cassidy Hardin broke out of her early season slump from behind the arc to go 5-of-7 from distance on Sunday. The fifth-year senior added three rebounds and two assists in just 24 minutes of action. Hardin has made a 3-pointer in 77 career games and multiple triples in 45 outings. The Bargersville, Ind., native is 11th in program history with 163 3-pointers, four back of KK Houser (2010-14) for a spot in the top 10. In her career, 24 of Hardin’s 187 made field goals have come from inside the arc.
• Purdue extend its winning streak to seven games over the Sycamores in the first meeting since 1999. Indiana State leads the series 11-10.
• The Boilermakers are now 15-7 when making seven or more 3-pointers under head coach Katie Gearlds.
• Purdue dished out 20 assists in a game for the eighth time under Gearlds.
• Ava Learn was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for eight points.
• Rickie Woltman went for six points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.
• Purdue has scored 20 or more points in a quarter in all four games this season.
• The Boilermakers have held an opponent for single digits in a period in three games.
The Boilermakers will jet down to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge. Purdue will face Harvard on Thursday, Florida State on Friday and Oklahoma State on Saturday. All three games will be streamed on FloHoops and will start at 1:30 p.m. ET.
PURDUE SWEEPS BOILERMAKER DUALS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue wrestling team won all three of its matches Sunday, claiming 23 dual points in each to improve to 3-1 on the season. Victories over Cleveland State (23-13), Northern Illinois (23-11) and Chattanooga (23-16) came on the back of seven bonus point wins, including two pins.
The Boilermakers (3-1, 0-0 B1G) were anchored by sophomore Matt Ramos and redshirt-senior Kendall Coleman who both turned in perfect 3-0 days with five bonus point wins and a whopping 25 dual points between the two of them. Ramos posted three major decision wins and outscored his opponents by 27. He also picked up his first ranked win over the year by taking a 13-3 major over Northern Illinois’ No. 28 Blake West.
Coleman picked up two majors before a decision in his final match. His day was highlighted by a first period fall (0:55) of Cleveland State’s Ryan Granger. When asked about it afterwards, the veteran 157-pounder said, “I couldn’t even tell you what I did. I just saw an opportunity and took it.”
“I’m happy with how we competed today,” said head coach Tony Ersland. “We were much more aggressive today. We created more action and more scoring situations and I thought we competed much better when compared to last week. A lot of positives that we can take from today.”
In a squad full of youth at almost every weight class, Ersland once again gave dual debuts to multiple Boilermakers including sophomores Stoney Buell, Jaden Reynolds and Tristan Ruhlman and freshman Brody Baumann. Buell stepped up with a 12-4 major decision win in the 165-pound slot against Chattanooga, dominating his match with two takedowns, a reversal and two and four point near falls.
Ruhlman made the most of his opportunities in the highest pressure situation. He won his first bout in an 11-5 decision over Terrese Aarno of Northern Illinois before being thrust into a do or die match in the dual with Chattanooga. With one point separating the two teams, the heavyweight answered the call by pinning (2:52) Logan Andrew in the first period to win the match for Purdue in walk-off fashion.
“That felt great. Not even just for myself. It was obviously a big win for me, but I’m glad that I could clutch it up for the team” Ruhlman said after. “We were only leading by one point and I knew it would come down to me and honestly it was more drive than anything. There were some nerves to it but thankfully I was able to pull out the pin there.”
Multiple other Purdue wrestlers made their second dual appearance as part of the youth movement, including sophomores Hayden Copass, Hayden Filipovich, Dustin Norris and Ben Vanadia. 133-pounder Norris won both of his first two matches before having to medically withdraw from the third. No. 27 Ben Vanadia also went 2-1 on the day, losing his only match to Chattanooga’s No. 23 Matthew Waddel.
“I thought it was a really good day for our young guys,” Ersland said. “They had to fight and win in some really tough situations and they did that a couple of times today. You always tell them that everybody needs to be ready and they were. Tristan Ruhlman really embraced that role. Today he got his two opportunities and looked great. Same thing for [Brady] Baumann and Stoney [Buell]. I thought a lot of young guys did a nice job of going out and competing hard. Those are things we can build off of win or lose as the season goes along. “
At 141-pounds, fifth-year senior Parker Filius went 2-1 to get back in the win column, claiming 6-1 and 5-2 victories over Northern Illinois’ Jaivon Jones and Chattanooga’s Dayne Dalrymple. Junior Trey Kruse added a crucial win in the final match of the day, besting Grant Lundy of Chattanooga 7-2 with a six-point first period to help Purdue stay in front in that dual. Cooper Noehre earned a 15-5 major decision in his opening bout with seven takedowns against Cleveland State’s Caleb Cass.
The Boilermakers will have the week off for Thanksgiving as they prepare to travel to the vaunted Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 2-3.
#19 PURDUE FALLS IN 3 AT #6 NEBRASKA
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite a relentless effort by the Boilermakers, No. 19 Purdue fell 0-3 (23-25, 20-25, 11-25) to No. 6 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon.
A close first set saw a 22-20 Boilermaker lead before the Huskers came back to close it out. Meanwhile, in set two, Purdue got out to a hot start with an 11-5 advantage before Nebraska fought its way back into the game.
Purdue’s back row of Maddie Schermerhorn and Ali Hornung produced dig after dig in an effort larger than the final statistics reflected, which tallied 13 and 10 digs, respectively.
Senior Maddy Chinn led the offensive effort with seven kills. Meanwhile, sophomore Raven Colvin registered six kills and five block assists.
One week and two matches remain in the regular season. The Boilermakers will take a trip to the east coast over Thanksgiving week for a Wednesday night match at Maryland followed by a showdown at Penn State on Friday.
BIG EAST ANNOUNCES 2022 VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET
NEW YORK –After sweeping the formerly undefeated Creighton Bluejays in straight sets on Saturday, the Marquette Golden Eagles earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Volleyball Championship presented by JEEP.
Scheduled to be contested at D.J. Sokol Arena on the campus of Creighton University from Nov. 23-26, the 2022 event will feature Marquette, Creighton, Xavier, UConn, St. John’s and Butler.
The No.1 and No. 2 seeds, Creighton and Marquette, have earned an automatic bye into the semifinal round.
#1 – Marquette (17-1)
#2 – Creighton (17-1)
#3 – Xavier (11-7)
#4 – St. John’s (10-8)
#5 – UConn (10-8)
#6 – Butler (10-8)
First Round – Nov. 23 – BEDN
First Round Match 1: No. 4 St. John’s vs. No. 5 UConn (2 p.m. ET)
First Round Match 2: No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 6 Butler (5 p.m. ET)
*Bye – Seed No. 1 & No*. 2
Semifinals – Nov. 25 – BEDN
Semifinal 1: No. 1 Marquette vs. Winner of First Round Match 1 (5 p.m. ET)
Semifinal 2: No. 2 Creighton vs. Winner of First Round Match 2 (8 p.m. ET)
Finals – Nov. 26, Championship – FS2
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2 (6 p.m. ET)
SENIOR DAY HEROICS GIVE @BUTLERVB THRILLING FIVE-SET WIN OVER UCONN
The Bulldogs celebrated Senior Day in grand fashion, pulling out a thrilling five-set victory over visiting UConn that included a 24-22 clincher in the decisive fifth set at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Butler will now look to carry the momentum of a three-game winning streak into next week’s BIG EAST Tournament in Omaha.
Sunday’s win came by a score of 22-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-19, 24-22.
The Bulldogs conclude the regular season with a 16-14 overall record and tied UConn with 10-8 BIG EAST marks. UConn is now 16-13. Butler, UConn and St. John’s all tied for fourth in the final conference standings.
STAT OF THE MATCH: Down 14-11 in the fifth set, the Bulldogs were able to turn away three consecutive UConn match points to knot the match at 14-14. Butler would face another four match points before turning the final 22-21 deficit into a 24-22 win.
SET 1: UConn 25-22
UConn had 21 kills among their 25 points in the opening set. Ten of those kills belonged to Caylee Parker. Butler stayed in the set with five blocks and UConn assisting with four service errors. With the match tied at 21-21, UConn took four of the final five points to take the set.
SET 2: Butler 25-19
The Bulldogs rebounded to even the match at one set apiece. A 6-1 spurt midway through the set turned a 12-10 lead into an 18-11 advantage. Marisa Guisti had four kills on six swings in the set, while Butler’s defense held the Huskies to .053 hitting.
SET 3: UConn 25-15
UConn hit .424 in the third set, putting down 17 kills against only three errors. Parker once again led the Huskies with five kills.
SET 4: Butler 25-19
Butler stayed in the match with a fourth-set win. The Bulldogs hit .321 and had four blocks. Three straight points turned a 12-12 game into a 15-12 Butler lead, and the home team would lead the rest of the way.
SET 5: Butler 24-22
The Bulldogs saved the heroics for the final set, eliminating a 14-11 deficit and holding off a total of seven UConn match points. Amina Shackelford was involved in Butler blocks on all three of the points that eventually leveled the match at 14-14. Butler was able to convert their fourth match point on a kill from Mariah Grunze, who had five sets in the final set.
Butler celebrated the team’s four seniors in a pregame ceremony: Maddie Renn, Marisa Guisti, Megan Sheridan, and Elana Brueggemann.
Butler libero Jaymeson Kinley had a match-high 30 digs in the five-set affair. It’s her second-best output in a 2022 match and gives her 596 on the season. She has her own single-season record (610 in 2021) within her reach as the Bulldogs head to the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament.
Grunze was the only Bulldog to hit double-figures in kills; she had 16 kills to go along with 17 digs for a double-double.
Shackelford had eight kills and eight digs, and was part of eight blocks.
The Bulldogs had a 15-11 advantage in blocks.
UConn had 72 kills compared to only 50 for the Bulldogs.
UConn had 20 service errors in the match compared to only seven for Butler.
Butler’s Cora Taylor had 33 assists; she had 10 digs.
Renn had 14 digs and Megan Sheridan had nine kills on their respective Senior Days; Guisti had seven kills without a hitting error to go along with eight total blocks.
Freshman Brooklyne Darby had three service aces for Butler.
Parker led UConn with 22 kills and 23 digs.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs head to Omaha for the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament. Butler will open with a Wednesday quarterfinal match in the six-team event. The complete bracket will be released later Sunday.
BUTLERUWBB TO HOST TENNESSEE STATE MONDAY NIGHT
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler’s last home game of the month will land on Monday, Nov. 21 when the Bulldogs host the Tennessee State Tigers at 7 PM. Action inside Hinkle Fieldhouse will stream live on FloSports.com.
Date: Monday, Nov. 21
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse
Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast
Watch: FloSports / Butler+
BIG EAST Standings
St. John’s 3-0
Seton Hall 2-2
– Monday will be the third meeting between Butler and Tennessee State.
– Rachel McLimore scored a season-high 16 points at Ball State on 7-of-14 shooting.
– Jessica Carrothers scored a career-high 14 points while adding three assists and two steals.
– Jordan Meulemans hit two 3-pointers to score a career-high eight points at BSU.
– The Bulldogs buried a season-high eight three pointers at Ball State.
– Kelsy Taylor pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. She has led BU in rebounding in two of the first three games.
– Tenley Dowell hit her first 3-pointer of the season Thursday night.
– Tennessee State is 2-0 at home this season, but 0-2 on the road.
– TSU was limited to 31 points in their last game.
– Mortag hasn’t missed a free throw this season (11-11) and has hit at least one 3-pointer in each game. Her 12.0 scoring average leads the team.
– BU has shot over 45% from the field in each game this season.
Scouting Tennessee State
The Tigers have wins over Fisk (85-61) and Trevecca Nazarene (84-80) this season, but have been defeated by Kansas City (82-70) and Chattanooga (60-31). Sophomore Gia Adams is a player to keep an eye on. Adams was the OVC Freshman of the Year and heads into the 2022-23 season on the All-OVC Preseason Team. She is averaging 18.8 points per game, scoring 20+ in her first three outings. Adams is accountable for half of Tennessee State’s made 3-pointers this season (9) and is the top free throw shooter on the team (18-21). Sierra McCullough patrols the paint with a team-best 9.3 rebound average and Erica Haynes-Overton leads the club with 10 assists.
Butler leads the all-time series against Tennessee State 2-0. The first-ever meeting was at Tennessee State in 2006. The Bulldogs pulled out an 85-57 victory. The Tigers made the trip to Indianapolis the following season and took a 10-point loss to BU 72-62.
Butler at Ball State Recap (11/17)
Hitting the road for the first time this season, Butler suffered an 84-68 setback at Ball State on Thursday night. The Bulldogs led 33-32 at the half but Ball State scored 52 points over the final 20 minutes to pull away. Butler shot .473 from the field and won the rebounding battle 32-30, but was hampered by 21 turnovers. Rachel McLimore had a team-high 16 points while Jessica Carrothers added 14.
Bulldog Bench Points
The Butler bench has scored at least 27 points in every contest this year. BU reserves accounted for 45 of 84 points in the opener vs. Chicago State and provided the team with 27 of their 61 points vs. IUPUI. On Thursday, the Butler bench once again outscored the opponent bench 28-20.
Guard The Line
The Bulldogs defended the 3-point line at Ball State, which led to the Cardinals only making 26 percent of their attempts. On the year, BU is shooting 36 percent from distance and are limiting the opposition to just 29 percent shooting.
Putting up Points
Butler is averaging 71 points per game this season. After the first three games of the 2021-22 campaign, the ‘Dawgs were only scoring 55 points per game. Anna Mortag and Rachel McLimore are the top two scoring threats on the team. They are two of six Bulldogs that have scored over 20 points for BU this year.
Spread the Floor
Butler has six players on the roster with at least three made 3-pointers. The ‘Dawgs shoot 36 percent from behind the arc and are led from distance by Anna Mortag (5-12).
Attack The Rim
The Bulldogs went 23-for-30 from the free throw line in the regular season opener, but have shot just 13-for-17 from the charity stripe over their last two games.
BU has outrebounded their opponent in every game this season. They average 38.7 rebounds per game and are +10 in rebound margin.
Rachel McLimore has scored 1,072 points in her collegiate career to go along with 292 rebounds and 220 assists. McLimore needs three more free throws to reach 200 in her career. Kelsy Taylor is averaging 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs after the first week of the regular season. She needs 179 points this year to reach 1,000. Taylor will need to average 6.7 points per game this season to reach the milestone. She scored six points and had seven rebounds at Ball State. Taylor is also one of just eight active BIG EAST players to have 500+ rebounds in her career.
The Bulldogs are shooting 48.8 percent from the field over the first three games of the season. Kelsy Taylor leads the team in field goal percentage (72.2). She is one of eight players shooting over 50 percent.
Parkinson Adds Two on National Signing Day
Karsyn Norman (Bedford North Lawrence) and Riley Makalusky (Hamilton Southeastern) each signed a national letter of intent last week to join the Butler women’s basketball program. Prep Girls Hoops has Norman ranked as the sixth best player in the state and Makalusky is right behind her at seventh. Each player was an Indiana Junior All-Star.
BU freshman Jessica Carrothers leads the team with nine assists early in the 2022-23 season. The backup point guard only has three turnovers in 56 minutes of action. Carrothers is also the team leader in steals with five.
Butler will play Sacred Heart and Binghamton in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament. Action in Boca Raton, Fla. begins on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 PM with BU playing the Pioneers. The following day, BU will play the Bearcats at 2 PM.
JAGUARS WIN THIRD CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH SUNDAY VICTORY OVER OHIO
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team dropped 97 points on the Ohio Bobcats to seal their third consecutive win on Sunday, 97-86. Six Jags posted double-digits with Destiny Perkins leading the way with 20 points.
“It was a great team win this afternoon,” said head coach Kate Bruce. “We came out in the first quarter with great energy and focus which led to a 16 point lead going into the second quarter. It was great to see us shoot the ball with confidence and I was very impressed with our team’s ball movement. It’s always nice to get a win in the Jungle in front of our terrific fans!”
IUPUI (3-2) came out shooting with a three from Perkins in the first 15 seconds of the game followed by a three from Ali Berg. The Jags shot 55.6 percent from behind the arc in the opening quarter with five made threes to take a 31-15 lead. They pushed their lead to 49-38 at the half.
Jaci Jones had a career-high game with 14 points, scoring 11 points in the third quarter with three 3’s and a jumpshot for two, helping extend the Jaguars lead to 77-60. Ohio outscored the Jags in the fourth quarter, but IUPUI held off the late charge and collected their third win of the season, 97-86.
The Jags shot 46.6 percent from the floor and 40.6 from the three-point line while outrebounded the Bobcats 45 to 37.
Five IUPUI athletes scored double-digits with Perkins leading the way collecting her first double-double with 20 points and 10 assists. Jazmyn Turner totaled 16 points with two blocks and seven rebounds while Rachel Kent collected her first double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ali Berg and Logan Lewis also scored in the double digits with 12 and 11 points.
IUPUI will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich. to face another MAC school, Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, November 23 at 2:00 PM.
VOLLEYBALL OPENS MAC CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY MONDAY
UP THIS WEEK: The second season begins Monday for the top-seeded Ball State women’s volleyball team which opens play in the semifinals of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship against the winner of Sunday’s quarterfinal match between No. 4 seed Central Michigan and No. 5 Toledo … Match time is set for 4:30 p.m. inside Worthen Arena.
IN THE MAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Ball State will be making its 33rd appearance in the MAC Volleyball Championships, owning a 36-24 (.600) overall record and eight tournament titles (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2019, and 2021) … The Cardinals’ 36 tournament wins tie with Ohio for the most in MAC Championship history, while its eight titles are second, trailing only the Bobcats’ nine … Overall, the Cardinals own a 5-2 (.714) record in first round matches, a 12-9 (.650) mark in quarterfinal play, an 11-10 (.524) ledger in semifinal action, and an 8-3 (.727) record in the championship match … This will be the sixth time Ball State has hosted the MAC Volleyball Championships, with the Cardinals winning four of the previous five it has hosted.
ON THE ALL-TOURNAMENT SQUAD: Ball State ranks second in conference history with both 32 MAC All-Tournament selections and eight MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player award winners … Only Miami has more selections at 34, while only Ohio has more MVPs at nine … For their part in guiding the Cardinals to last season’s title, Marie Plitt and Megan Wielonski earned all-tournament honors, while Natalie Risi was named the event’s MVP.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:
• In its 51st season of play, Ball State boasts a 994-631-2 (.612) all-time record in women’s volleyball … The Cardinals have captured 12 MAC West Division Championships, 10 MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Volleyball Championship titles … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
• Ball State concluded the 2022 regular season as the winningest program in league play with a 433-215 (.668) all-time Mid-American Conference record … Western Michigan is second on the list, seven matches behind the Cardinals at 426-222 (.657).
• The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 306-94 (.765) mark inside Worthen Arena … Factor in opponents from just the Mid-American Conference and Ball State is 225-57 (.798) when battling in “The Nest” … Looking at just MAC Volleyball Championship matches, the Cardinals are an astounding 19-1 (.950) on its current home court … Overall, no MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .632 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor.
• Ball State was heavily rewarded for its second consecutive MAC regular season title, claiming four All-MAC honors, MAC Setter of the Year, and MAC Coach of the Year … Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski became just the second player in program history to earn MAC Setter of the Year, joining 2018 selection Amber Seaman, and earned her second straight nod on the All-MAC First Team … Senior middle Marie Plitt was also named to the All-MAC First Team for the second consecutive season, while junior outside Cait Snyder picked up All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in her career … Senior opposite Natalie Mitchem also earned All-MAC honors for a second straight season, being named second team after earning first team in 2021 … Rounding out Ball State’s award winners was Kelli Miller Phillips who claimed her second consecutive MAC Coach of the Year honor.
• Ball State enters the MAC Volleyball Championship with a 5-3 record versus the tournament field this season … In championship play, the Cardinals are 13-8 versus the field, while they are 240-90-1 all-time against opponents it could face starting Monday.
BISCHOFF SCORES CAREER HIGH IN WBB’S LOSS AT NO. 9 NOTRE DAME
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sophomore Madelyn Bischoff scored a career-best 15 points in the Cardinals 95-60 loss against the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sunday afternoon at the Joyce Center. With the loss, Ball State falls to 2-2 on the season while Notre Dame remains undefeated with a 4-0 ledger.
A made jumper by sophomore Ally Becki and a 3-pointer from classmate Bischoff allowed the Cardinals to take a 6-3 edge over the Fighting Irish in the opening minutes of play. Ball State continued to play gritty basketball throughout the first quarter, still having the lead over Notre Dame at the 3:49 mark after a fast break layup from freshman Sydney Bolden, making the score 15-14.
After that, the Fighting Irish started to do what they do best and that is score. Notre Dame closed the first 10 minutes of play with a 13-3 scoring spree that allowed the Fighting Irish to take a 27-18 advantage over the Cardinals as both teams headed into the second quarter of action.
The Cardinals struggled to get shots to fall the remainder of the first half. Notre Dame kept the pressure on and led 54-27 at intermission.
Ball State began to find its groove again on offense in the third and fourth periods. Graduate senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir chipped in nine points in the third stanza while sophomore Marie Kiefer found success from inside the paint in the fourth quarter as she scored eight points off 3-of-3 shooting from the field and went 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Notre Dame expanded its defense and continued its hot shooting hand the remainder of the contest. Ball State was unable to put points on board to catch-up with Notre Dame’s strong shooting in the end.
For the game, Bischoff led the Cardinals with 15 points while Agustsdottir added 11 including 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Rounding out the double figure scoring was Kiefer with 10 points. She also led Ball State defensively with eight rebounds, two block solos and one block assist.
The Ball State women’s basketball team continues non-conference action as it heads out west for the Thanksgiving break to take on Utah State (Nov. 23) and BYU (Nov. 26). Both contests are scheduled to tip-off at 4 pm ET.
IRISH ADVANCE TO ELITE EIGHT IN 2-0 WIN OVER TCU
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 1 seeded Notre Dame women’s soccer team (17-2-3) took care of business on Sunday evening, shutting out No. 4 seeded TCU (14-5-5) in a 2-0 victory in the NCAA Tournament round of 16.
Notre Dame remains unbeaten over its last 12 matches, outscoring its opposition 33-6 in said stretch. Furthemore, the Irish have outscored its NCAA Tournament opponents 11-0 through three rounds.
It was grad student Olivia Wingate, who secured the game-winner, scored in the 20th minute. It marked Wingate’s third of the NCAA Tournament, tying Korbin Albert, and 14th overall on the season. Senior Kiki Van Zanten notched the assist, her fourth of the year.
The Irish then added a second half goal in the 65th minute courtesy of senior Maddie Mercado. Senior Waniya Hudson earned her second assist of the season on a throw-in to Mercado who hit an absolute rocket just inside the far post from distance.
Notre Dame is now 50-3-1 at home all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 11-1-2 inside Alumni this season. The Irish earned one last ride in Alumni next weekend when No. 2 seed North Carolina comes to South Bend for the Elite Eight.
‘JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE’: NOTRE DAME DISMANTLES BALL STATE, 95-60
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The most complete performance to date.
That was the way Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey unquestioningly described her team’s 95-60 dismantling of Ball State (2-2) on Sunday at Purcell Pavilion to move to 4-0 on the year. No. 9 Notre Dame left little to no doubt from the start, scoring 27 points in both the first and second quarters and holding Ball State to just nine points in the second 10 minutes. Notre Dame led by as much as 39, and five Irish players finished with 10+ points for the second time this year.
A huge piece of that first-half deluge came as a result of guard Dara Mabrey’s five three-pointers before the break, the first time she’s had such a showing since sinking seven total threes against Oklahoma in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Mabrey finished with a total of 19 points, three rebounds and three assists.
“Dara’s one of the best three-point shooters in the country,” Ivey said. “Seeing her light it up from the perimeter right away from the beginning of the game [is awesome].”
Notre Dame topped the Cardinals in every category, including bench points (41-17), fast breaks (19-11) and second chance points (15-6). The Irish blocked eight shots, including a season-high three from center Lauren Ebo. She had her first double-double in a Notre Dame uniform on Sunday, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
A couple of newcomers posted career highs in the points category against the Cardinals; graduate student and Stanford transfer Jenna Brown had 10, while freshman KK Bransford posted 16.
“It was special for me, and it was special for my teammates to see what I can bring to the team,” Bransford said after the game. “Tonight I felt really confident just knowing that [my teammates] have my back.”
Bransford went 8-8 from the free throw line and posted six rebounds as well. She is the lone freshman currently on the team, but she played like a veteran on Sunday.
The depth and contributions across the board bode well for Ivey, who has hopes of making the Final Four for the 10th time in program history.
“I think we’re just scratching the surface.”
Notre Dame heads to the Bahamas this week to play in the Goombay Splash for a Thanksgiving tournament. First up is a contest against American (0-3) on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. The game can be streamed on FloHoops.
SECOND-HALF SURGE PUSHES PURDUE PAST INDIANA STATE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Del’Janae Williams had a game-high 18 points Sunday afternoon, but a lengthy Purdue run across the last two quarters gave the Boilermakers a 77-54 win over Indiana State inside Mackey Arena.
Natalia Lalic added eight points off the bench, while Adrian Folks had six. Anna McKendree had five points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals for the Sycamores.
Indiana State gave Purdue fits throughout the first half and took the lead late in the first quarter. The Sycamores led by as many as four early in the second, but a Boilermaker run gave Purdue a lead it never relinquished. A 31-7 Purdue run spanning all of the third and part of the fourth quarter put the game out of reach.
Purdue scored the first five points and led for the opening stages of the first quarter. A pair of Chelsea Cain baskets on consecutive possessions made it a 9-8 game and Natalia Lalic later gave the Sycamores the lead with a contested layup. In what became a back-and-forth quarter, Bella Finnegan hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put Indiana State up 21-18 inside the final minute. The Sycamores took a slim 21-20 lead into the second.
Del’Janae Williams got things going for the Sycamores in the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the wing, and Florence Tshimanga added a layup to put ISU ahead by four, 26-22. Williams added a layup midway through the quarter to make it 28-25 in favor of the Blue and White, but Purdue went on a 10-0 run to reclaim the lead. Another 3-pointer by Williams, this one in the final minute, made it a 35-31 deficit at the intermission.
Purdue opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run and never looked back. Lalic hit a 3-pointer in transition to cut the deficit to 45-34, but the Boilermakers answered with a 3-pointer of their own. Points were hard to come by for Indiana State in the third quarter, as the Sycamores made just three shots. Purdue took advantage of Indiana State’s tough shooting in the quarter and built a 56-38 lead after three.
Another 10-0 run, this one to start the fourth quarter, gave Purdue a 66-38 lead. Williams hit a 3-pointer for the Sycamores, but Purdue rattled off a 7-0 run to give the Boilermakers their largest lead at 73-41. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Williams and Lalic cut into the deficit, and Williams added another 3-pointer to make it 75-52 late in the quarter. Adrian Folks and Williams each hit a pair of free throws in the final minutes, but by that point Purdue had wrapped up the win, defeating the Sycamores 77-54.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State finished tied with Purdue in the rebound battle (35-35), with 12 of the Trees’ 35 boards coming on the offensive glass.
Indiana State had 23 points off 18 Purdue turnovers. The 18 turnovers were the most by Purdue this season.
Del’Janae Williams posted her third straight game with double-digit scoring to open the season.
News & Notes
Adrian Folks scored her first points since coming back from a season-ending injury in 2021-22. Folks finished with six points.
Florence Tshimanga made her season debut Sunday, finishing with four points in eight minutes
Sunday’s game was one of just two non-conference road games for the Sycamores this season (at Western Michigan, Dec. 10).
Indiana State returns to the friendly confines of Hulman Center to face Ohio Saturday at 1 p.m.
SYCAMORES TO FACE EAST CAROLINA IN FIRST ROUND OF GULF COAST SHOWCASE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In their first game outside the Hulman Center this season, the Sycamores will face East Carolina Monday afternoon in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. from Hertz Arena.
The winner of this game will face the winner of Toledo/Kansas City Tuesday at 5 p.m., and the loser will face the loser of Toledo/Kansas City Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
ISU is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2011-12 when the Trees opened the season 5-0. The Sycamores have scored 80 or more points in all three wins and are outscoring their opponent by more than 21 through the first three games.
Thursday’s 101-75 win over NDSU was the first time ISU scored 100 or more points against a Division I team in regulation since Feb. 2, 1985. The Sycamores were led by Courvoisier McCauley’s DI career-high 30 points.
Monday will be just the second all-time meeting between ECU and ISU, and the second neutral-site MTE matchup. The two teams faced each other back on Dec. 8, 1978 in the opening game of the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson University in Deland, Fla. Larry Bird paced all scorers in the game with 32 points as the Sycamores rolled the Pirates, 102-79.
LAST GAME AGAINST THE PIRATES (FULL RECAP)
Indiana State, behind double-figure scoring from All-America Larry Bird, Carl Nicks and Leroy Staley, coasted to an easy 102-79 victory over East Carolina in the opening game of the Hatter Classic played at Stetson University.
Bird, who scored 26 points in the first half, finished with 32 points on 15-of-22 field goals and two foul shots while playing only 27 minutes. Nicks added 13 counters and Staley chipped in 10.
The Sycamores out-rebounded the Pirates 50-39 with Bird grabbing nine boards, and Staley and Alex Gilbert pulling in five each.
ECU AT A GLANCE
The 3-0 Pirates are coming off a win against Hampton where Quentin Diboundje and Javon Small each scored 17 points as East Carolina rallied from a 17-point second half deficit to win 82-73 on Wednesday evening at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum. ECU went on a 20-0 run to flip a 57-70 deficit with 7:23 remaining into a 77-70 lead with 1:26 left in the game. The Pirates went 6-of-9 from the floor during that stretch, including hitting three shots from behind the arc in consecutive possessions.
The Pirates are 7-8 all-time against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference, including 0-1 against ISU.
In the Pirates’ last two games, opponents have only managed a single field goal combined in the final eight minutes of the second half. The Pirates have only given up a total of 31 points in the final eight minutes of their first three games, including just 15 in the last two games.
Three Pirates are averaging double-figures in scoring including Brandon Johnson (19.5ppg), Javon Small (18.7ppg), and RJ Felton (13.0ppg). Johnson also leads the Pirates on the boards with 9.5 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Indiana State Sycamores scored early and often Thursday night as they improved to 3-0 this season with a 101-75 win over the visiting North Dakota State Bison at the Hulman Center. The Sycamores scored first and never trailed for the second consecutive game, and their lead reached a game-high 35 points at 15:10 in the second half.
Courvoisier McCauley paced all scorers in the game with a DI career-high 30 points. Cooper Neese and Cameron Henry each joined McCauley in double-figures with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and 12 of 13 Sycamores who saw action scored in the game.
McCauley sparked a 9-0 run in the first half with back-to-back buckets that pushed ISU’s lead to 10 points at 15-5 less than five minutes into the game. Neese and McCauley connected on back-to-back triples just two minutes later, and by the 13:06 mark, McCauley was already in double-figures with 12 points as the Sycamores led 25-11.
Kailex Stephens later ignited an 11-0 run for ISU with a 3-pointer at 4:35, and the Sycamores led 45-24 by the end of the run. ISU held the Bison to just two points in the last six minutes of the first half, and went into the break up 49-29.
Indiana State went on an 18-2 run spanning 2:55 early in the second half, and in that span the Sycamores were 6-for-6 from the field including 4-of-4 from distance. McCauley closed out that run with back-to-back triples to put ISU up by a game-high 35 points at 69-35 with 15:10 to play. With less than two minutes to go, Xavier Bledson knocked down a pair of free throws and hit a bucket to get the Sycamores past the century mark.
The Sycamores are 35-42 in multi-team events in their Division I Era.
The last time ISU won a MTE was the Indiana Classic in 1999. The Sycamores defeated North Texas 77-63 and then IU 63-60.
The last time ISU made it to a MTE championship game was the Diamond Head Classic in 2018. The Sycamores defeated Colorado 72-67 and UNLV 84-79 before falling to TCU 83-69.
VOLLEYBALL WINS SECOND-EVER MVC CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For just the second time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 1994, the University of Evansville volleyball team picked up a win in the MVC Championship as the Purple Aces defeated Bradley by a 3-1 final on Sunday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
With the victory, UE moves on to face 4th-seeded Southern Illinois at 3 p.m. on Monday. Giulia Cardona added to her single-season kills record with 25 more on Sunday. She hit an unbelievable .352 while picking up eight digs. Alondra Vazquez finished with 10 kills with Madisyn Steele and Emilee Scheumann adding 8 and 6, respectively. Vazquez tied for the match-high with 13 digs. Kora Ruff recorded 41 assists and nine digs. Hannah Watkjins led the way with six block assists with Vazquez contributing four.
Set 1 – UE 25, BU 19
Back-to-back service aces saw the Braves jump out to an early 5-3 lead. Evansville put forth a relentless charge, going on a 7-1 run to go up 10-6. Emilee Scheumann contributed three kills to put her team on top. The lead hovered around three points for the Aces when Cardona picked up a kill to make it a 5-point game at 18-13.
Three in a row got the Braves right back into the fold but it was UE with the answer. Madisyn Steele added a kill and block with Cardona picking up an ace to highlight a 4-0 run that put UE in front at 22-16. UE completed the set with a 25-19 victory.
Set 2 – BU 25, UE 14
After opening the set with a 9-3 advantage, the Braves extended the lead to 16-6. Laura Ruiz picked up an ace as UE scored three in a row, but the Braves countered to push the lead back to double figures and would take the set, 25-14.
Set 3 – UE 25, BU 22
In the early going it was Bradley getting the upper hand once again as they jumped out to a 7-4 lead. Three Giulia Cardona kills tied it up at 8-8 and Evansville would go in front at 11-10 on a Bradley error. Each time the Aces would take a lead, the Braves answered and would not let the advantage go above a point. That changed when BU posted four in a row to take an 18-15 edge.
Blakeley Freeman picked up an ace as Evansville rallied to tie the score at 18-18 before Bradley wrestled away a 20-18 edge. Cardona recorded kill #17 of the night as UE tied it back up at 20-20. Madisyn Steele and Alondra Vazquez tallied the block that put the Aces in front (22-21) and it would be the defense that had the clincher as Kora Ruff and Hannah Watkins recorded the block that clinched a 25-22 win.
Set 4 – UE 25, BU 16
Evansville’s duo of Alondra Vazquez and Giulia Cardona picked up early kills in a 4-1 stretch to open the set. Cardona and Watkins combined on a block that helped UE extend the advantage to 8-2. The UE lead remained at six points (12-6) when the Braves reeled off four in a row to get within a pair and later, they would cut the deficit to just one at 13-12.
One of the most important stretches of the season ensued. After the Braves closed the gap, Evansville scored the next three points in a run that saw them outscore BU by a 7-1 margin. UE clinched the match on the strength of a 25-16 decision to advance to Monday’s quarterfinals round against Southern Illinois. Match time is set for 3 p.m.
THREE GAMES ON DECK FOR MASTODON WBB
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will play three games in three days in the Hostilo Community Classic on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 21-23) in Savannah, Georgia.
Game Day Information (Monday)
Who: Norfolk State Spartans
When: Monday, November 21 | 4:30 PM
Where: Savannah, Ga. | Enmarket Arena
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Horizon League
Game Day Information (Tuesday)
Who: Marshall Thundering Herd
When: Tuesday, November 22 | 4:30 PM
Where: Savannah, Ga. | Enmarket Arena
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Horizon League
Game Day Information (Wednesday)
Who: UT Martin Skyhawks
When: Wednesday, November 23 | 4:30 PM
Where: Savannah, Ga. | Enmarket Arena
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Horizon League
Know Your Foes
• Norfolk State is 3-1 with wins over Lynchburg, College of Charleston and Appalachian State. The Spartans’ only loss was a six-point misstep at Penn State. Deja Francis is leading Norfolk with 15.8 points per game.
• Marshall split its first two games of the year with a loss at Purdue and a win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Roshala Scott is averaging a team-high 15.0 points per game for the Thundering Herd.
• UT Martin beat Arkansas State 73-54, but fell to Troy and Missouri to move to 1-2. Kenley McCarn is averaging a team-best 21.7 points per game for the Skyhawks.
The Mastodons have never played Norfolk State or Marshall, but have played UT Martin twice. The Skyhawks won both meetings in 2005 and 2007 by scores of 69-60 and 71-59 respectively. Johnna Lewis-Carlisle scored 23 for the ‘Dons in 2007.
Now That’s Something
Amellia Bromenschenkel is the only player in Division I women’s basketball this season to average 20.0 points per game, shoot 60 percent or better from 3-point range and make 3.5 3-pointers per game.
Here’s how Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the Horizon League and nationally:
65.3 FG%: 2nd – 43rd
21 FG: 1st – 7th
20.0 PPG: 2nd – 65th
63.6 3FG%: 1st – 26th
14 3FG: 1st – 7th
3.5 3FG per game: 2nd – 18th
More On Millie
Amellia Bromenschenkel is the first Mastodon to average 20 points per game or better over the first four games in a season since Stephanie Rosado did to start 2010-11.
The Mastodons take the most (33.3) and make the most 3-pointers per game (11.5) and own the second-best 3-point percentage defense (22.9) in the Horizon League. The Mastodons’ 33.3 3-point shots per game is the most in the country and their 11.5 makes per game ranks third in the nation.
Jazzlyn Linbo is third in the Horizon League with eight blocks.
Purdue Fort Wayne has had the same starting five in all four games: Amellia Bromenschenkel, Ryin Ott, Shayla Sellers, Jazzlyn Linbo and Destinee Marshall.
Audra Emmerson is top-40 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 4.00 average. She is the Horizon League leader in that category.
The Mastodons’ 34-point margin of victory against Chicago State was their largest against a Division I foe since an 89-43 victory over Centenary on January 31, 2011.
Turn, Turn, Turn It Over
This is the first season since 2006-07, and just the third time since moving Division I, that Purdue Fort Wayne has forced three different opponents into 27 or more turnovers. It took the Mastodons just four games to hit this mark, forcing Goshen and Chicago State into 27 turnovers each and Bellarmine into 30.
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne dominated Chicago State, winning 86-52 behind 21 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel.
The Mastodons will open Horizon League play with Detroit Mercy and Oakland coming to the Gates Sports Center on Friday (Dec. 2) and Sunday (Dec. 4).
VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS MURRAY STATE IN OPENING ROUND OF MVC CHAMPIONSHIP
There might be no more perfect ending to a match to epitomize the spirit of the Valpo volleyball program than what occurred Sunday evening, as a diving pancake by Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) led directly to a kill as the sixth-seeded Beacons closed out a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24) sweep of seventh-seeded Murray State in the opening round of the 2022 MVC Championship in Evansville, Ind. With the win, Valpo advances to play third-seeded UIC in second-round action Monday evening at 6 p.m.
How It Happened
Murray State jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set, but Valpo turned the frame around quickly to avoid dropping the first set for a fifth straight match. The Beacons used a 5-0 run, which included a kill and a block from junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais), to turn a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 lead.
The Racers rallied to tie the set at 11, but MSU would not lead outright again, as Valpo scored five of the next six points — three of which came courtesy of senior Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) on two kills and a block — to go up 16-12.
Murray State got within two points multiple times in the late stages of the set, the latest after holding off two set points to close to within 24-22, but the Beacons closed out the opener on a kill from Januski.
Valpo scored the first three points of the second set and led by three points multiple times before Murray State rallied to take its first lead at 10-9.
Trailing 11-10, Valpo reeled off three straight points before MSU answered with three of the next four to tie the frame at 14-all.
The Beacons scored the next four in a row, including a kill and a block from senior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia), to go up 18-14, but the Racers responded with three in a row to close within one point.
After the teams traded sideouts, Valpo ended the set on a 6-1 run to go up 2-0 in the match. Strongman posted three kills during the spurt, including the decisive termination to close out the set.
The third set proved to be a set of runs. Murray State led by three points early on, as the Racers scored four of the first five points of the frame. Valpo came back and used a 5-1 spurt to take an 11-7 lead in the set.
The Beacons kept Murray State from reclaiming the advantage through the midpoint of the set and still led 17-15 approaching the end stages, but the Racers went on an 8-2 run to go up 23-19.
Kills from Strongman, fifth-year Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) cut the Racer lead to one at 23-22, but MSU came up with a kill to earn set point at 24-22.
The resilient Beacons didn’t let the impending fourth set face them, however, as terminations from first Grant and then Cooper forced extra points. Grant came up with another kill off the Murray State block to earn Valpo’s first match point opportunity of the match, which set up the aforementioned Bulmahn pancake, turned into a kill by Cooper to close out the tournament-opening sweep.
Inside the Match
Valpo has won its opening match at the MVC Championship for a fourth consecutive tournament it has competed in (excepting the spring 2020 tournament it had to withdraw from).
Sunday was the first time in eight conference tournament matches since joining the Valley that Valpo’s match took just three sets, in either direction. Valpo’s last conference tournament three-set match was a 3-0 defeat at Cleveland State in the 2015 Horizon League Tournament.
The Beacons’ offensive balance was again on display Sunday, as five different players totaled anywhere from six to 11 kills.
Grant paced Valpo with 11 kills on .290 hitting and narrowly missed a double-double as she tallied nine digs as well. It marked the third time this season she has led Valpo in kills, as eight different Beacons have paced the team in kills at least three times this year.
Boyer, who had posted a double-digit effort in kills in each of Valpo’s last two MVC Championship appearances, did so again on Sunday, hitting .421 with 10 kills and three blocks.
Strongman was strong out of the middle on both sides of the net, hitting .444 with nine kills and tying for team-high honors with four blocks.
Cooper added six kills and four blocks, while senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) chipped in six kills and 11 digs, in the process moving into the top-15 in program history in career digs.
Bulmahn picked up her ninth double-double of the season Sunday, finishing with 21 assists and 13 digs, while redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) handed out 16 assists.
Keeping up her season-long trend, freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led all players with 19 digs. Hickey has tallied 706 digs this season, third-most by an NCAA D-I freshman in the last 12 seasons.
Hickey ranks fifth in a single season in program history and seventh in a single season in MVC history in digs.
Valpo (22-9) looks to avenge a pair of regular season defeats against UIC as it faces the third-seeded Flames in second-round action on Monday evening. First serve is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLOSES THREE-GAME HOMESTAND MONDAY
Valparaiso (2-1, 0-0 MVC)
Game #4 – Nov. 21, 2022 – 6 p.m.
UAB (2-0, 0-0 CUSA)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team closes out its three-game homestand on Monday evening as the Beacons welcome UAB to town. This is part of a stretch during which Valpo will play five out of six games in the friendly confines of the ARC.
Previously: Valpo suffered its first defeat of the season Wednesday afternoon at the ARC, dropping a 73-67 decision to visiting Eastern Illinois. The Beacons led by three with 8:31 to play, but six straight points by the Panthers gave EIU the lead for good. Olivia Brown paced Valpo with 20 points.
Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)
Streaming Audio: TuneIn app
Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com
Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fifth year at the helm of the program in 2022-23 and owns a record of 50-69. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first four years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons and in steals per game in two of the last three years.
Series Notes: Valpo and UAB have met just once in program history, and that matchup came well before any of the participants in Monday’s game were born. The Blazers earned an 84-53 win in that meeting, which came on Nov. 25, 1989 at a tournament hosted by Indiana. Valpo is just 1-6 all-time against current CUSA members, with that lone win coming in 2007 over North Texas.
– Valpo was picked to finish in 10th place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 197 points, just 10 points behind Evansville.
– Valpo is in its sixth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
– The Valley was ranked 10th in conference NET last year, was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo finished last year with an 11-19 overall record, but was strong in MVC play, going 9-9 in conference and finishing in sixth place – both of which match the program’s best since joining the Valley.
– The Beacons registered the first win at Drake and the first win at Bradley in program history.
– Valpo swept the season series over Drake, the program’s first two wins ever against the Bulldogs.
– The Beacons also tallied four top-100 wins within Valley play.
– Grace White was named MVC Sixth Player of the Year – the program’s first major postseason award since joining the Valley. Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC choice, while White was an All-Defensive Team selection and Olivia Brown earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
…versus Eastern Illinois
– Valpo led by 10 in the first quarter, but the Panthers erased the deficit and used a 12-0 run to take the lead in the second quarter. EIU eventually led 36-35 at intermission.
– Neither team enjoyed more than a three-point lead in the third quarter and the teams were tied at 52-52 entering the fourth period.
– Valpo led 57-54 following a triple by senior Olivia Brown with 8:31 to play in the game. The Beacons went scoreless on their next four trips, as EIU scored six in a row to take the lead for good.
– Valpo had a shot to tie with 1:38 to play, but was unable to connect.
– The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Valpo in the series with EIU.
– The Beacons shot just 37.7% from the field on Wednesday. They did knock down 10 3-pointers and went 11-of-12 (91.7%) from the foul line.
– Wednesday marked just the second time in the last four seasons that Valpo has lost after holding a double-digit lead at some point during the contest.
– Brown paced the Beacons on Wednesday with a team-best 20 points, one off her high in the Valpo uniform. She also grabbed six rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end, and led the Beacons with four assists.
…versus Southern Miss
– It was a tight game throughout for the most part, as the largest lead either team had in the first three quarters was six points.
– Valpo took the lead for good with a three-minute stretch where the Beacons outscored USM, 13-5, in the third quarter, flipping a four-point deficit into a four-point lead.
– Valpo quickly pushed its lead to nine points with 8:25 to play in the fourth quarter before the Golden Eagles cut the lead to two with 5:52 to play.
– Three times in the next three minutes, after Southern Miss had moved within one possession, Valpo countered with a 3-pointer, getting big triples from Ilysse Pitts, Olivia Brown and Maya Dunson.
– USM got to within 67-64 with 1:43 to go, but Valpo limited the Golden Eagles to one point the rest of the way.
– The win came over a Southern Miss program which won 18 games a season ago.
– Leading four players in double figures in scoring was Brown, who delivered 15 points to pace Valpo for the fourth time in her time as a Beacon. The senior also matched her high in a Valpo uniform with six rebounds.
– After going for 20 points in Monday’s season opener, Leah Earnest followed up with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting Saturday while again leading the team on the glass with eight rebounds.
– Ali Saunders again delivered an offensive spark off the bench, needing just 13 minutes of action to pour in 11 points and dish out three assists.
– Pitts hit a career-best three triples (3-5 3PT) as part of a 10-point performance. The veteran matched her career high in scoring for the third time, but hit double figures for the first time since Dec. 16, 2018.
– Valpo hits the road Nov. 27, when it makes the short trip to Evanston to face Northwestern.
– The Beacons then welcome a pair of MAC opponents to the ARC following that game, as Bowling Green (Dec. 2) and Western Michigan (Dec. 7) come to town.
…at the ARC
– Saturday’s game is the third of 15 home games this season for Valpo, five of which will be nonconference games.
– The Beacons are 1-1 at home so far this year and went 6-7 in home games last season.
HOUNDS GRIND OUT ROAD WIN AT GRAND VALLEY
ALLENDALE, Mich. – The UIndy men’s basketball team (3-0) earned a huge road victory on Sunday afternoon, downing Grand Valley (2-2) by a score of 72-66 inside GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in a thrilling in-region battle.
Kendrick Tchoua led the Hounds with a team-high 12 points, while securing nine rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Tchoua capped a 12-2 UIndy run to end the first half with a tip slam, the Lakers refused to go down quietly on their home floor. GVSU answered with a 15-2 stretch of its own after the break, leading by as many as seven with under 10 minutes remaining.
The Greyhounds snagged a 54-53 lead just moments later, following a dunk from Jesse Bingham at the 7:36 mark of the second half. However, it was Bruno Williams who gave UIndy the lead for good 79 seconds later with a four-point play from the top of the key.
UIndy had an answer for each GVSU bucket down the stretch, including back-to-back field goals from Tchoua. Adding to the momentum slam with 53 seconds left from Bingham, David Ejah and Jakobie Robinson combined to sink 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to pull the Hounds away for the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Of Tchoua’s nine rebounds, four came on the offensive end.
– The Greyhounds limited the Lakers to 1-of-11 from 3-point range after a hot start to the second half, while holding the hosts to just 38.6 percent shooting from the field throughout 40 minutes.
– Bingham scored eight of his 11 points after the break, including a pair of dunks in the waning moments.
– The UIndy bench proved instrumental once again, accounting for 42 of the team’s 72 points. Ejah and Williams each finished with 11, while Jarvis Walker recorded nine.
Head coach Paul Corsaro on the team down the stretch…
“Grit. Toughness. All of those cliches people talk about all the time. We battled. We have a selfless group; Aaron Etherington gave us unbelievable minutes and he was there cheering on his teammates. Jarvis nine points in 11 minutes and there he was cheering on his teammates at the end. This is a group that only cares about UIndy winning and it really makes it a joy to coach.”
Corsaro on the contributions from Williams…
“Bruno showed us the All-GLVC Bruno Williams today. I knew once he started a playing with us, a light bulb would go off and it would be special. And it was.”
Bingham on the team overcoming adversity on the road…
“It’s always great to get a road win. It’s a message to our guys that we’re on the road, it’s us against everybody: team, student section, fans, everybody. And it doesn’t matter. It’s always a focus for us to stay together and do the little things that got us here.”
Bingham on now being “the guy” down the stretch…
“It’s a different role for me and I’m still getting used to it. I thank all my teammates and coaches that put all of their faith in me. That keeps me going and gives me the confidence to make all the plays I can.”
– UIndy eats into the all-time series deficit, as GVSU now leads, 6-5.
– Robinson filled up the stat sheet, adding six boards and three assists to his five points.
– Sean Craig drilled a pair of triples in six minutes and is now 8-for-10 from beyond the arc this season.
The Greyhounds wrap up their road trip on Tuesday night with regional battle at Northwood. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Midland, Mich.
UIndy leads the all-time series against Northwood, 9-1.
MARIAN SLOTTED IN POOL H FOR NAIA TOURNAMENT POOL PLAY
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has released the pool assignments and schedule for the 2022 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. All teams that advance to the final site in Sioux City competed in the opening round before advancing. At the conclusion of the opening rounds, the winners were placed in eight pools of three teams based on the seeding that was set by the selection committee.
Marian has been placed as the third team in Pool H, earning the No. 3 seed in their pool. Marian is joined in the pool grouping by Northwestern and Southwest Assemblies of God (SAGU).
The Knights earned their ticket to Sioux City by defeating Park-Gilbert 3-1 in Saturday’s NAIA Opening Round. Marian enters Sioux City with a 24-6 record, earning an automatic bid to the final site for the sixth-straight season by finishing as the runner-up in the Crossroads League Tournament. Marian finished third in the regular season of the Crossroads League season.
Northwestern is the No. 1 seed in the pool, and hold the No. 8 ranking from the final rankings released by the NAIA on November 9. The Red Raiders are 22-7 on the season, and defeated Philander Smith in their NAIA Opening Round victory. The Knights and Red Raiders have met just once before, with Marian winning their first-ever matchup at the final site in Sioux City as Marian swept No. 8 Northwestern in a pool play upset.
SAGU is the No. 2 seed in the pool, and were ranked No. 7 in the final regular season rankings relseased by the NAIA. The Lions are in the midst of one of their most impressive seasons in school history, entering the final site with a perfect 33-0 record. SAGU won the Sooner Athletic Conference with a perfect 20-0 mark, and only dropped one set in their conference tournament. The Lions defeated Xavier (La.) in their NAIA Opening Round win, and when they take on Marian it will be the first meeting in program history.
The Knights will play Northwestern in their first game on November 30, playing the Raiders at 5 p.m. EST. Marian will then play SAGU on December 1, with the matchup against the Lions scheduled to be played at 5 p.m. EST.
The Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa, will serve as the venue for the 15th-straight women’s volleyball national championship. The tournament will be played from November 30 – December 6. At the conclusion of pool play, the top team out of each pool will advance to the single-elimination bracket starting on December 3.
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||8||2||0||.800||0.0||300||233||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||4 W|
|Miami Dolphins||7||3||0||.700||0.0||252||241||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||4 W|
|Tennessee Titans||7||3||0||.700||0.0||193||185||3 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||7||3||0||.700||0.0||248||199||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||4 W|
|Buffalo Bills||7||3||0||.700||0.0||281||174||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||6||4||0||.600||0.0||213||169||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||6||4||0||.600||0.0||265||215||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 W|
|New York Jets||6||4||0||.600||0.0||199||186||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 4 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||5||5||0||.500||1.0||227||258||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||6||1||.409||2.0||173||220||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 1||4 – 4 – 1||1 – 3 – 1||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||3||7||0||.300||3.0||216||205||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||7||0||.300||3.0||225||242||2 – 2 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||3||7||0||.300||3.0||240||269||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||7||0||.300||3.0||147||171||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||7||0||.300||3.0||170||244||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 6 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Houston Texans||1||8||1||.150||4.5||159||230||0 – 4 – 1||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 1||1 – 1 – 1||5 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||9||1||0||.900||0.0||263||183||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||8||2||0||.800||0.0||229||231||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||4||0||.600||0.0||257||241||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||5||0||.500||0.0||183||180||3 – 3 – 0||2 – 2 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||2 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||7||3||0||.700||0.0||251||167||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||6 – 3 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|New York Giants||7||3||0||.700||0.0||205||204||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||5||4||0||.556||0.0||198||163||3 – 1 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Washington Commanders||6||5||0||.545||1.5||214||223||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||5||6||0||.455||2.5||259||274||4 – 2 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||4||6||0||.400||3.0||250||282||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||4||6||0||.400||3.0||230||258||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 W|
|Green Bay Packers||4||7||0||.364||3.5||202||243||3 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||4||7||0||.364||3.5||249||267||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||7||0||.300||4.0||168||227||2 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|Carolina Panthers||3||8||0||.273||4.5||207||256||3 – 3 – 0||0 – 5 – 0||3 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||8||0||.273||4.5||241||274||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 5 – 0||1 – 7 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Boston||13||3||.813||—||6-1||7-2||2-0||9-3||9-1||9 W|
|2 Milwaukee||11||4||.733||1.5||8-1||3-3||3-0||7-3||6-4||1 L|
|3 Atlanta||10||6||.625||3.0||6-3||4-3||1-1||8-5||6-4||1 W|
|4 Cleveland||10||6||.625||3.0||6-1||4-5||2-1||9-2||5-5||2 W|
|5 Indiana||9||6||.600||3.5||5-3||4-3||1-1||7-4||8-2||4 W|
|6 Washington||10||7||.588||3.5||7-4||3-3||3-0||7-5||7-3||2 W|
|7 Toronto||9||8||.529||4.5||6-1||3-7||1-2||7-6||5-5||1 L|
|8 Philadelphia||8||8||.500||5.0||5-5||3-3||1-3||6-6||6-4||1 L|
|9 Brooklyn||8||9||.471||5.5||4-4||4-5||2-0||5-3||6-4||2 W|
|10 New York||8||9||.471||5.5||4-3||4-6||1-2||5-5||5-5||2 L|
|11 Miami||7||10||.412||6.5||6-4||1-6||2-1||3-7||5-5||3 L|
|12 Chicago||6||10||.375||7.0||4-5||2-5||1-1||6-6||3-7||4 L|
|13 Orlando||5||12||.294||8.5||4-5||1-7||1-2||2-7||4-6||1 L|
|14 Charlotte||4||14||.222||10.0||1-6||3-8||2-5||2-10||1-9||3 L|
|15 Detroit||3||15||.167||11.0||3-5||0-10||0-4||1-12||1-9||7 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||12||6||.667||—||6-1||6-5||3-1||11-3||6-4||2 W|
|2 Phoenix||10||6||.625||1.0||8-1||2-5||3-0||9-3||5-5||1 W|
|3 Portland||10||6||.625||1.0||4-4||6-2||1-1||8-4||5-5||2 L|
|4 Denver||10||6||.625||1.0||4-1||6-5||3-2||8-4||6-4||1 W|
|5 Sacramento||9||6||.600||1.5||6-3||3-3||2-3||3-5||8-2||6 W|
|6 Memphis||10||7||.588||1.5||6-1||4-6||2-2||6-4||6-4||1 L|
|7 LA Clippers||10||7||.588||1.5||5-4||5-3||3-1||8-6||7-3||2 W|
|8 New Orleans||9||7||.563||2.0||5-3||4-4||3-0||5-4||5-5||1 L|
|9 Dallas||9||7||.563||2.0||8-3||1-4||1-2||5-5||6-4||1 L|
|10 Minnesota||8||8||.500||3.0||4-5||4-3||2-1||5-6||4-6||3 W|
|11 Golden State||8||9||.471||3.5||7-1||1-8||3-3||5-5||5-5||2 W|
|12 Oklahoma City||7||9||.438||4.0||4-3||3-6||0-4||3-5||4-6||1 L|
|13 LA Lakers||5||10||.333||5.5||5-5||0-5||0-4||3-9||5-5||3 W|
|14 San Antonio||6||12||.333||6.0||3-5||3-7||0-1||2-10||1-9||5 L|
|15 Houston||3||14||.176||8.5||1-5||2-9||1-2||2-10||2-8||2 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||18||16||2||0||32||15||75||37||11-0-0||5-2-0||9-1-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||18||15||3||0||30||15||68||42||7-2-0||8-1-0||10-0-0|
|3 Toronto Maple Leafs||19||10||5||4||24||10||57||51||7-2-2||3-3-2||6-1-3|
|4 Tampa Bay Lightning||18||11||6||1||23||11||61||56||6-2-1||5-4-0||7-2-1|
|5 Carolina Hurricanes||18||10||5||3||23||8||53||48||4-2-1||6-3-2||5-3-2|
|6 New York Islanders||19||11||8||0||22||11||63||53||6-3-0||5-5-0||6-4-0|
|7 Detroit Red Wings||18||9||5||4||22||9||59||58||5-2-2||4-3-2||5-3-2|
|8 New York Rangers||19||9||6||4||22||9||56||52||4-3-3||5-3-1||5-3-2|
|9 Pittsburgh Penguins||19||9||7||3||21||9||70||64||3-2-1||6-5-2||5-3-2|
|10 Florida Panthers||19||9||8||2||20||8||64||64||5-2-2||4-6-0||4-5-1|
|11 Montreal Canadiens||18||9||8||1||19||7||57||63||6-4-0||3-4-1||5-4-1|
|12 Philadelphia Flyers||18||7||7||4||18||7||46||57||4-3-1||3-4-3||2-5-3|
|13 Washington Capitals||20||7||10||3||17||7||55||67||5-4-1||2-6-2||2-6-2|
|14 Columbus Blue Jackets||18||7||10||1||15||7||55||78||6-6-0||1-4-1||4-5-1|
|15 Buffalo Sabres||18||7||11||0||14||7||62||66||4-6-0||3-5-0||2-8-0|
|16 Ottawa Senators||17||6||10||1||13||6||56||59||5-6-0||1-4-1||2-7-1|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||19||14||4||1||29||14||68||47||6-3-0||8-1-1||7-2-1|
|2 Dallas Stars||18||11||5||2||24||11||71||49||5-2-0||6-3-2||6-3-1|
|3 Los Angeles Kings||21||11||8||2||24||10||67||71||6-3-0||5-5-2||5-3-2|
|4 Seattle Kraken||18||10||5||3||23||10||58||49||5-4-2||5-1-1||7-2-1|
|5 Colorado Avalanche||16||10||5||1||21||9||58||40||4-2-1||6-3-0||7-3-0|
|6 Winnipeg Jets||16||10||5||1||21||10||46||38||6-2-0||4-3-1||7-2-1|
|7 Edmonton Oilers||18||10||8||0||20||10||64||64||5-6-0||5-2-0||5-5-0|
|8 St. Louis Blues||17||9||8||0||18||8||50||58||4-4-0||5-4-0||6-4-0|
|9 Calgary Flames||17||8||7||2||18||7||53||58||6-4-1||2-3-1||3-5-2|
|10 Nashville Predators||18||8||8||2||18||7||49||59||5-3-2||3-5-0||5-4-1|
|11 Minnesota Wild||18||8||8||2||18||7||49||54||3-5-1||5-3-1||5-4-1|
|12 Vancouver Canucks||18||6||9||3||15||6||62||71||3-3-1||3-6-2||5-4-1|
|13 Chicago Blackhawks||18||6||9||3||15||6||44||62||4-5-1||2-4-2||2-6-2|
|14 San Jose Sharks||20||6||11||3||15||5||57||71||1-7-3||5-4-0||3-4-3|
|15 Arizona Coyotes||16||6||9||1||13||6||41||58||1-2-1||5-7-0||4-5-1|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||18||5||12||1||11||3||49||79||3-4-0||2-8-1||4-6-0|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|LSU vs. Illinois State||11:00am||FLOHOOPS|
|Toledo vs. Kansas City||11:00am||FLOHOOPS|
|Austin Peay vs. UAlbany||12:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|San Francisco vs. UNI||12:30pm||CBSSN|
|St. Mary’s of the Woods at Eastern Illinois||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|East Carolina vs. Indiana State||1:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|WKU vs. Akron||1:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Texas Tech vs. Creighton||2:30pm||ESPN2|
|Bucknell vs. Presbyterian||2:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Wichita State vs. Grand Canyon||3:00pm||CBSSN|
|CSUN vs. Tennessee State||3:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Arkansas vs. Louisville||5:00pm||ESPN2|
|Drexel vs. UTA||5:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Nevada vs. Tulane||5:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|High Point vs. Central Michigan||5:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Georgia Tech vs. Utah||6:00pm||FS1|
|UAB vs. South Florida||6:00pm||CBSSN|
|Western Illinois vs. UTRGV||6:00pm||LHN|
|Mercer at Florida State||6:30pm||ACCN|
|Syracuse vs. Richmond||7:00pm||ESPNU|
|Holy Cross at Fordham||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lehigh at Saint Francis U||7:00pm||NEC|
|Loyola Maryland at Clemson||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Chicago State at Marshall||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|North Florida at Duquesne||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Monmouth at Colgate||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Bethune-Cookman at Charleston Southern||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Mount Olive at UNCW||7:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|ULM at Louisiana Tech||7:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Kansas State vs. Rhode Island||7:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|FGCU vs. Northern Kentucky||7:30pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Covenant at Lipscomb||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Omaha at Iowa||8:00pm||BTN|
|Houston Christian at Rice||8:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Marquette vs. Mississippi State||8:30pm||FS1|
|Bellarmine at Duke||8:30pm||ACCN|
|Georgia vs. Saint Joseph’s||8:30pm||CBSSN|
|Northern Arizona vs. Texas||8:30pm||LHN|
|Ohio State vs. San Diego State||9:00pm||ESPNU|
|USC Upstate at Air Force||9:00pm||ALT2|
|Washington State vs. Eastern Washington||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. John’s vs. Temple||9:30pm||ESPNews|
|San Diego Christian at San Diego||10:00pm||WCC|
|Hampton at UC Santa Barbara||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Life Pacific at UC Irvine||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Minnesota vs. California Baptist||10:30pm||CBSSN|
|Texas State at California||11:00pm||PAC12|
|Arizona vs. Cincinnati||11:30pm||ESPN2|
|Atlanta at Cleveland||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Orlando at Indiana||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Boston at Chicago||8:00pm||NBCS-BOS|
|Portland at Milwaukee||8:00pm||Root Sports|
|Miami at Minnesota||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Golden State at New Orleans||8:00pm||NBATV|
|New York at Oklahoma City||8:00pm||MSG|
|Utah at LA Clippers||10:30pm||NBATV|
|San Francisco at Arizona||8:15pm||ESPN|
|Boston at Tampa Bay||7:00pm||NESN|
|Calgary at Philadelphia||7:00pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Edmonton at New Jersey||7:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Carolina at Winnipeg||7:30pm||Bally Sports|
|NY Islanders at Toronto||7:30pm||MSGSN|
|Anaheim at St. Louis||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Arizona at Nashville||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Colorado at Dallas||8:30pm||ALT|
|Ottawa at San Jose||10:30pm||NBCS-CA|
|Vegas at Vancouver||10:30pm||Sportsnet|
|FIFA World Cup: England vs Iran||8:00am||FS1|
|FIFA World Cup: Senegal vs Netherlands||11:00am||FOX|
|FIFA World Cup: USA vs Wales||2:00pm||FOX|