Philadelphia 32 Atlanta 6
Pittsburgh 23 Buffalo 16
Carolina 19 NY Jets 14
Cincinnati 27 Minnesota 24 OT
San Francisco 41 Detroit 33
Houston 37 Jacksonville 21
Seattle 28 Indianapolis 16
Arizona 38 Tennessee 13
LA Chargers 20 Washington 16
Kansas City 33 Cleveland 29
Miami 17 New England 16
New Orleans 38 Green Bay 3
Denver 27 NY Giants 13
LA Rams 34 Chicago 14
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3
Thursday, Sept. 16
Ohio at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Sept. 17
UCF at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Maryland at Illinois | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 18
Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | FOX
New Mexico at No. 7 Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 8 Cincinnati at Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 15 Virginia Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | FS1
No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Michigan State at No. 24 Miami | 12 p.m. | ABC
Northern Illinois at No. 25 Michigan | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Eastern Michigan at UMass | FloSports
Chattanooga at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+
Southeast Missouri State at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | | SEC Network+/ESPN+
Western Michigan at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Albany at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Boston College at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
UConn at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Minnesota at Colorado | 1 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Nevada at Kansas State | 2:05 p.m. | ESPN+
Purdue at No. 12 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Kent State at No. 5 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Tulsa at No. 9 Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
SMU at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Florida State at Wake Forest | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Delaware at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Baylor at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Long Island University at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bryant at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Elon at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Idaho at Oregon State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
USC at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Georgia Southern at No. 20 Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Mississippi State at Memphis | 4 p.m. | ESPN2
Ball State at Wyoming | 4 p.m. | Stadium
Northwestern at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Colorado State at Toledo | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Sacramento State at Cal | 4 p.m. | Stadium
Arkansas State at Washington | 4:15 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Murray State at Bowling Green | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Fordham at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Old Dominion at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
East Carolina at Marshall | 6 p.m. | Facebook/CBSSN
South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Charlotte at Georgia State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
FIU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Troy at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Grambling at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida A&M at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Incarnate Word at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Utah at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Stony Brook at No. 4 Oregon | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Virginia at No. 21 North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Central Michigan at LSU | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Furman at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium
Utah State at Air Force | 7:30 p.m. | FS2
Tulane at No. 17 Ole Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Stanford at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
South Carolina State at New Mexico State | 8 p.m. | Bally Sports AZ/Flo Sports
Rice at Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network
Jackson State at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
Alcorn State at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
Oklahoma State at Boise State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Northern Arizona at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN
No. 14 Iowa State at UNLV | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Fresno State at No. 13 UCLA | 10:45 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
San Jose State at Hawai’i | 12:30 a.m. Sunday | FS1
AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Iowa State
- Virginia Tech
- Coastal Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Arizona State
- North Carolina
- Miami, Florida.
Others: UCF (111) , TCU (103) , Liberty (52) , Michigan State (44) , South Carolina (39) , Indiana (34) , LSU (31) , Nevada (28) , Oklahoma State (27) , Texas (23) , Maryland (14) , Pittsburgh (13) , Kentucky (13) , Stanford (10) , Utah (9) , Boston College (8) , Arizona (6) , Toledo (2) , Texas Tech (2) , Fresno State (2) , Army West Point (1)
INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POLLS
- Center Grove
- Hamilton Southeastern
- Fort Wayne Dwenger
- Bloomington South
- Decatur Central
- East Noble
- West Lafayette
- Gibson Southern
- Mount Vernon Posey
- Fort Wayne Luers
- Heritage Christian
- Indianapolis Lutheran
- South Adams
- Park Heritage
- Adams Central
- Covenant Christian
INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE
|Mon Sep 13||7:15p||Edgewood @ Greencastle||Volleyball|
|Tue Sep 14||7p||Chatard @ Covenant Christian||Volleyball|
|Tue Sep 14||7p||Heritage Christian @ Guerin Catholic||Volleyball|
|Wed Sep 15||7:30p||Northview @ Greencastle||Volleyball|
|Thur Sep 16||7p||Danville @ Covenant Christian||Volleyball|
|Thur Sep 16||7p||Decatur Central @ Heritage Christian||Volleyball|
|Thur Sep 16||7p||Covenant Christian @ Heritage Christian||Soccer|
|Fri Sep 17||7p||Parke Heritage @ Greencastle||Football|
|Fri Sep 17||7p||Tindley @ Covenant Christian||Football|
|Fri Sep 17||7p||Frontier @ Traders Pt||Football|
|Fri Sep 17||7p||Scecina @ Heritage Christian||Football|
|Fri Sep 17||7:30p||Delta @ Mt Vernon||Football|
|Tue Sep 21||5p||Covenant Christian @ Park Tudor||Soccer|
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
|ALL TIMES EASTERN|
|Dugger Union||at||Riverton Parke JV||11:00 am|
|Lake Station||at||Indiana Deaf||7:00 pm|
|North White||at||Eastern Greene||7:00 pm|
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Milwaukee 11 Cleveland 1
Arizona 5 Seattle 4
Detroit 8 Tampa Bay 7 (11)
Toronto 22 Baltimore 7
Chicago White Sox 2 Boston 1
Kansas City 5 Minnesota 3
Houston 3 LA Angels 1
Texas 4 Oakland 3
Colorado 5 Philadelphia 4
Washington 6 Pittsburgh 2
Atlanta 5 Miami 3
St. Louis 2 Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 6 Chicago Cubs 5
LA Dodgers 8 San Diego 0
NY Mets 7 NY Yankees 6
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 3 Louisville 0
Fort Wayne 7 Lansing 1
South Bend 7 Beloit 6
Washington 79 Chicago 71
Minnesota 90 Indiana 80
Los Angeles 81 Seattle 53
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Los Angeles 3 Real Salt Lake 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Efficient Wilson leads Seahawks past Colts 28-16 in opener
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Russell Wilson looked right at home in Seattle’s new offense.
He found open receivers, converted third downs and took advantage of a solid ground game by making big play after big play. Then he turned things over to the defense.
Wilson threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half Sunday and Seattle’s defense clamped down in the second half as the Seahawks pulled away for a 28-16 season-opening victory at Indianapolis.
“We have a great mixture of all the things we’ve done in the past, we’ve done a lot of great things and you can’t take that for granted,” Wilson said. “We’re all working together. It’s a beautiful thing. It was a great game tonight.”
It was hardly a surprise.
The eight-time Pro Bowler was his usually masterful self working for the first time with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.
Despite taking no preseason snaps, Wilson led the Seahawks to touchdowns on their first two drives and posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the first half. He wound up with the second-highest single-game rating of his 10-year career, 152.3, and fell one TD pass short of matching his career high. He finished 18 of 23 with 254 yards with the biggest blow coming on a 69-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett in the final minute of the first half to give Seattle a 21-10 lead.
“Knowing in pregame he was working on that exact catch, coming down just like that,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s an amazing chemistry that they have.”
For the first 30 minutes, Wilson picked apart a top-10 Colts defense that entered this fall with even higher aspirations.
Seattle took a 7-3 lead when Lockett made a twisting, over-the-shoulder catch for a 23-yard score late in the first quarter. Wilson then hooked up with a wide-open Gerald Everett for a 9-yard score that made it 14-3.
After Carson Wentz cut the deficit to 14-10 with a 10-yard scoring pass to Zach Pascal in his Colts debut, Wilson found Lockett free behind two Colts safeties to make it 21-10 at the half. He sealed it with a 15-yard TD pass to Pro Bowl receiver DK Metcalf with 6:41 left in the game.
The defending NFC West champions have won 12 of their past 13 games in the early Sunday timeslot.
For Indy, it was another grim start to the season. The Colts have lost eight straight openers, the past five with different starting quarterbacks.
“Really in the first half Russell Wilson was making plays, that’s what he’s done for a long time,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “The one that hurt us was the long one.”
And while the Colts defense played better in the second half, the offense bogged down with Wentz under heavy pressure.
Twice, Indy failed to convert fourth-down attempts in Seattle territory and didn’t score again until Wentz connected with Pascal on an 11-yard TD pass with 2:08 to go. Wentz was 25 of 38 with 251 yards but it wasn’t enough.
“Guys are frustrated with the loss,” Wentz said. “I think everyone takes it hard and is accountable for their own mistakes. But I can see how hungry guys are in there. We’re frustrated from it but we’ll learn from it.”
McPherson’s 33-yard kick in OT lifts Bengals over Vikings
CINCINNATI (AP) Joe Burrow came to the line on fourth-and-inches on the Bengals 48 and planned to sneak the ball over for a first down late in overtime.
Seeing the middle stacked, Burrow checked to the second planned play, a pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah that had worked perfectly in practice last week.
That call worked. Burrow rolled out and hit Uzomah in stride for a 32-yard gain to set up Evan McPherson for a 33-yard field goal that gave the Bengals a 27-24 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings in the opener Sunday.
“It was a beautiful ball, and he was dropping dimes all day, so I was just another one,” Uzomah said.
“They had that check-in there last year,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer noted. “Exact same play. We talked about it. It was a quarterback sneak, and they checked it and made a nice throw to the tight end.”
Cincinnati’s Germaine Pratt recovered Dalvin Cook’s fumble to set up the winning drive. Minnesota challenged the ruling that Cook had fumbled, but it was upheld after a replay review.
“I know I had it,” Pratt said. “There was no doubt in my mind.”
Greg Joseph kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal as time ran out in the fourth quarter to tie the game for Minnesota, which had battled back from a 21-7 second-half deficit.
Burrow threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns in his return after major knee surgery, and rookie Ja’Marr Chase had 101 yards on five receptions, including a 50-yard scoring pass from his former LSU teammate.
“That first game is important,” Burrow said. “You need momentum early in the season.”
Burrow, who flashed his considerable potential last season before tearing up his left knee in Week 11, completed 20 passes on 27 attempts and didn’t show any residual effects from being sacked five times by the Vikings. The 24-year-old played only one series in the preseason, in the final game, as he continued to rehab.
“When the game’s on the line, I like the ball in my hands,” Burrow said.
Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon, making a return from a foot injury that sidelined him much of last season, rushed for 127 yards and had a 2-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter.
Kirk Cousins passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns to Adam Thielen for the Vikings.
“Way too many mistakes,” Zimmer said. “Very disappointing. Then we get a chance to come back and rally, then we fumble the ball and give up a fourth-and-inches throw. They played better than us today.”
Mahomes dazzles as Chiefs rally for 33-29 win over Browns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns while running for another score, and the Kansas City Chiefs came back from a dismal first half against the Cleveland Browns for a 33-29 victory Sunday in a rematch of their divisional playoff game from January.
Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, and Travis Kelce hauled in a pair of TD catches, including the go-ahead score with 7:02 remaining as the Chiefs finished off their rally from a 22-10 halftime deficit.
The Chiefs won their fifth straight against Cleveland, including their 22-17 playoff victory, and their 15th consecutive game in September. They also pushed Andy Reid within one win of reaching 100 with two franchises.
As for the Browns? They fell to 1-21 in season openers since returning to Cleveland in 1999, extending their NFL mark to 17 consecutive defeats. They haven’t won an opener on the road since the 1994 season.
Baker Mayfield threw for 321 yards, but he was picked off by Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes with 1:09 left to end any hope of a comeback. Nick Chubb ran for 83 yards and two scores while Kareem Hunt and Jarvis Landry also had TD runs.
The game was a rematch of a physical, defensive-minded playoff game that Kansas City clinched when backup quarterback Chad Henne threw a fourth-down pass to Tyreek Hill for a first down with just over a minute to go.
There wasn’t a whole lot of defense Sunday.
The Browns twice converted fourth downs in the Chiefs’ red zone to keep first-half scoring drives alive. Chubb ended the first with his first TD run, and Jarvis Landry scored on fourth down on the second, before Chubb tacked on an 18-yard run through a gaping hole in the rebuilt Chiefs defensive line to make it 22-10 at halftime.
The Chiefs finally found some offensive balance in the second half, riding Clyde Edwards-Helaire down the field before Mahomes hit Kelce for a touchdown. That capped a drive that took up half the third quarter and, most importantly for the lackluster Kansas City defense, kept Mayfield and the rest of the Browns offense off the field.
The Chiefs nearly ground out the rest of the quarter by turning Chubb’s fumble into Harrison Butker’s second field goal.
When the Browns weren’t beating themselves, the Chiefs weren’t doing a whole lot to stop them. Kevin Stefanski’s bunch immediately responded with a seven-play, 75-yard drive – their fourth scoring drive at least that long – that former Chiefs running back Hunt finished off to make it 29-20 with 10:24 to go.
But the Browns weren’t done beating themselves, either.
First, they blew coverage on Hill near midfield, and he merely had to cradle a pop-up pass from Mahomes and take off for a 75-yard touchdown reception. Then, after the Chiefs finally forced a three-and-out, Browns punter Jamie Gillan inexplicably dropped the snap and the AFC champs took possession at the Cleveland 15.
Mahomes hit Kelce three plays later to give Kansas City a 33-29 lead, its first of the game. And after the teams traded late punts, Mayfield made one last mistake with his interception with just over a minute to go.
New era in Philly: Hurts 3 TDs, Eagles rout Falcons 32-6
ATLANTA (AP) The start of a new era couldn’t have gone much better for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Or much worse for the Atlanta Falcons.
Jalen Hurts threw three touchdown passes, the first of them to Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, and the Eagles made a winner of Nick Sirianni in his head coaching debut with a 32-6 rout of the hapless Falcons on Sunday.
Now firmly entrenched as the Eagles starter after Carson Wentz was traded, Hurts certainly looked the part with touchdown passes of 18 yards to Smith, 9 yards to Dallas Goedert and 23 yards to Jalen Reagor.
“We wanted to come out in Week 1 and start off the right way,” said Hurts, who guided the Eagles to more points than they scored in any game a year ago. “It feels good.”
Another Philadelphia rookie, fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell, scored his first TD as a pro with an 8-yard run late in the third quarter to essentially seal the victory.
The Falcons looked downright inept in their first game under coach Arthur Smith.
After settling for field goals on two impressive drives to start the game, Atlanta didn’t do much of anything the rest of the way. The Falcons never advanced farther than the Philadelphia 49 and finished with just 260 yards.
Matt Ryan was held to 164 yards passing and sacked three times.
“I did a really poor job getting us ready to go,” Smith said. “That game is not going to define us. It’s a long season to go, but I certainly didn’t do a good enough job getting us ready to go today.”
In a matchup of the NFC’s two worst teams from 2020, the Eagles looked to have made far more improvement with a revamped offense led by Hurts and a healthy line in front of him.
He completed 27 of 35 passes for 264 yards and used his mobility to repeatedly neutralize Atlanta’s attempts to shake him up with a wide variety of blitzes. He rushed for 62 yards on seven carries and was sacked only once.
“Jalen was in complete control the whole game,” Sirianni said. “I’m very happy with the way he played.”
The first TD of the Sirianni Era signaled the changing times in Philadelphia after the Eagles slumped to a 4-11-1 last season, leading to the firing of Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson.
Hurts lofted a pass to DeVonta Smith, the No. 10 pick in the draft, along the left side of the end zone to give the Eagles a lead they never relinquished just past the midway point of the first quarter.
Smith took advantage of a nifty, borderline pick from tight end Zach Ertz to get just enough separation on cornerback Fabian Moreau to haul in the throw from Hurts. In an interesting twist, it was same end zone at Mercedes-Benz Stadium where Smith caught a championship-winning touchdown pass for Alabama in overtime in the 2018 national title game.
“We saw the coverage we wanted, rolled with it and executed the play,” DeVonta Smith said.
Hurts and Smith were teammates for two years with the Crimson Tide. The Eagles hope this is the first of many touchdowns they’ll team up for in the NFL.
When asked about scoring on the first catch of his NFL career, Smith said, “It really hasn’t hit me yet.” He finished with six receptions for a team-leading 71 yards.
The Falcons were coming off a 4-12 season in which they fired both their coach and general manager, and an offseason that featured the trade of seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones.
On opening day, at least, they looked even worse.
“We didn’t put any stress on them,” their new coach said.
Steelers rally to beat Bills 23-16 to open season
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Knowing it was going to take the Steelers’ new-look offense time to find its footing, Ben Roethlisberger was counting on Pittsburgh’s defense to keep the score close.
T.J. Watt and company delivered, with Pittsburgh getting the added bonus from its special teams in rallying from a 10-0 deficit to pull out a 23-16 season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
“We anticipate that a little bit, right? The bumps in the road the offense is going to have, the newness,” Roethlisberger said of an offense featuring a new coordinator, a retooled line and rookie running back Najee Harris. “We expect our defense to have to carry us. I told them that afterward, we appreciated their efforts, appreciated what they do, not losing faith in us.”
Watt had two sacks and a forced fumble in his first game after signing a four-year, $112 million contract extension that made him the NFL’s top-paid defensive player. And the defense kept the Bills’ dynamic Josh Allen-led passing attack in check by stopping Buffalo on fourth down on each of its first two possessions of the second half.
“I don’t want to say a dominant performance because obviously there’s still a lot left on the table,” Watt said. “But I’m very happy with where we are, especially Week 1.”
After managing three first downs and 53 yards through two quarters, Roethlisberger got to work in the second half by leading the Steelers to a score on each of their first four possessions.
In cutting Buffalo’s lead to 10-6 on a pair of Chris Boswell field goals, the Steelers went ahead on Roethlisberger’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson in the left corner of the end zone. The pass initially went off Johnson’s fingertips, but the receiver was able to secure the ball before tumbling out of bounds 3:41 into the fourth quarter.
The Steelers then extended their lead to 20-10 some 90 seconds later with Miles Killebrew bursting up the middle to block Matt Haack’s punt, and Ulysees Gilbert scooping up the loose ball at the Buffalo 9 and running it in untouched.
“I’m proud of the guys because they didn’t blink,” Roethlisberger said. “They they stood up in the face of not playing well early.”
What was supposed to be Buffalo’s coming out party following a breakthrough season in which the Bills won their first AFC East title since 1995 and made their first AFC championship game appearance in 27 years turned into a dud for a team pegged by many this offseason as a Super Bowl contender.
The NFL’s second-highest scoring offense last year managed just one touchdown – Allen’s 3-yard pass to Gabriel Davis – and settled for three field goals despite crossing midfield on eight of its 11 possessions.
“Obviously, it’s not what we hope for, what we strive for, how we want to start the season,” said Allen, who finished 30 of 51 for 270 yards, was sacked three times and lost a fumble.
“Whether it be first-game nerves or jitters, or feeling stuff with my feet, but I’ve got to play better,” Allen added. “We’re not going to panic. It’s 16 games left.”
The momentum turned with Buffalo’s second failed fourth-down attempt. Facing fourth-and-1 at the Steelers 41, Allen turned around and threw an overhand pass to Matt Breida, who was immediately tackled for a 7-yard loss by cornerback Cameron Sutton.
Roethlisberger capped a five-play drive with the touchdown to Johnson. Gilbert scored when the Bills were forced to punt following a three-and-out in which James Pierre punched the ball out of the arms of Emmanuel Sanders to prevent a 20-yard catch on second down, and Watt followed by sacking Allen for a 6-yard loss.
Watt’s teammates were not surprised by the impact he made despite limited practice time.
“You just see how hungry he was to come out here and continue to showcase the things that he’s been putting on,” Sutton said.
“Were you surprised? Me either,” Roethlisberger said, answering his own question when asked about Watt’s production. “I don’t think anybody else was. It just shows that the preseason is overrated right?”
In opening his 18th – and perhaps final – season, Roethlisberger posted his 36th career fourth-quarter comeback to tie Drew Brees for third on the NFL list. He finished 18 of 32 for 188 yards and a touchdown.
Darnold, defense lead Panthers past Jets 19-14 in opener
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) If beating the team that traded him gave Sam Darnold any vindication, the fourth-year quarterback certainly wasn’t sharing it.
“No, not for me,” Darnold said.
Darnold maintained his even-keeled persona after throwing for 279 yards and a touchdown and running for another score, helping the Carolina Panthers defeat the New York Jets 19-14 on Sunday for their first win in a season opener since 2018.
He connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass with fellow ex-Jet Robby Anderson and took full advantage of a healthy Christian McCaffrey, who piled up 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches after missing 13 games last season with injuries.
Darnold said seeing the Jets on the other sideline was “a little different,” but said once the game began he pretty much forgot about it.
“I mean, I’m sure later tonight or tomorrow when I’m watching the game I’ll start to feel that, but it was just good to get a win,” Darnold said.
“I thought Sam played excellent,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said. “… We weren’t great up front tonight, but he hung in there and slid around the pocket and found guys down the field and made key third-down throws, key first-down throws and protected the football.”
Darnold’s replacement, Zach Wilson, suffered through many of the same issues his predecessor did during his three seasons in New York when he was sacked 98 times in 38 starts. Carolina sacked the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft six times and intercepted him once.
Defensive end Brian Burns said the strategy facing the rookie QB was to “hit him a lot, be in his face a lot, try to confuse and just basically make his first game hell.”
Wilson kept battling, though and finished 20 of 37 for 258 yards with two touchdown passes to Corey Davis in his first career start.
Six different players were in sacks for the Panthers.
“That’s the thing with our defense – you never know who is going to make the play,” said Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson, who had 10 tackles, a sack, an interception and broke up three passes.
“That’s part of the job, right?” Wilson said. “Part of the quarterback pressure is knowing there’s going to be pressure. It’s good for me.”
Wilson’s final sack came with 2 minutes left when his head hit the turf hard after getting landed on by 320-pound defensive tackle Derrick Brown. But he stayed in the game and connected with Davis for with 1:56 left to cut Carolina’s lead to 19-14 and give his team a chance.
“My neck is a little sore. But I’ll be all right,” Wilson said.
The loss also spoiled the head coaching debut of Robert Saleh for the Jets.
Darnold, acquired from the Jets for three draft picks this past offseason, struggled in the red zone early where he turned over the ball on a botched handoff that hit his fullback’s arm.
But the momentum changed midway through the second quarter when the Jets went for it on fourth-and-inches near midfield and Panthers defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos tackled Tevin Coleman behind the line of scrimmage.
On the next play, Darnold found Anderson streaking down the middle of the field for a 57-yard score. Darnold then made it 16-0 on the next drive when he scored on a 5-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw as the Panthers outgained the Jets 272-82 in the first half.
Despite the pressure, Wilson had some bright spots including the late TD toss and a 22-yard touchdown pass to Davis late in the third quarter when he rolled out of the pocket to buy time. He also threw an 8-yard TD pass to Davis with 1:56 left that gave the Jets a chance.
“The kid has been hit before,” Saleh said. “He took some shots today, obviously. But, he got back up. He showed resolve. And he’s fearless. He really is. He’s only going to get better.”
49ers build 28-point lead, hold on for 41-33 win over Lions
DETROIT (AP) Nick Bosa was ready to kick back and relax while the San Francisco 49ers coasted to a season-opening victory.
The Detroit Lions made Bosa get back to work.
Dre Greenlaw returned an interception for a touchdown to help San Francisco score 17 points over two-plus minutes late in the first half, and the Niners barely held on for a 41-33 win over Detroit on Sunday.
“I took my tape off and everything,” Bosa recalled. “I was expecting to be done.”
That was not an unrealistic expectation when San Francisco led 38-10 early in the fourth.
In coach Dan Campbell’s debut, Detroit scored 23 points in three-plus minutes to pull within eight points. The Lions, though, came up short by turning the ball over on downs at the San Francisco 24 with 12 seconds left after getting the ball back on Deebo Samuel’s fumble on what could have been a clinching gain.
For most of the afternoon, the 49ers performed more like the Super Bowl-contending team they were two years ago than the 10-loss squad they had last season when injuries took a major toll.
“We got into a pretty good groove and we were rolling pretty good, but you want to finish better than that,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “There was a relaxation on the sideline.
“At the end of the day, it’s a win and we’re happy with that.”
Meanwhile, it looked like the many changes the Lions made might be moot until the comeback provided some hope.
“We dug ourselves into a really big ditch early against a very good team,” Campbell said. “We were better in the second half, but that wasn’t good enough.”
San Francisco welcomed back Garoppolo and George Kittle on offense and Nick Bosa on defense after each missed much of last season with injuries.
Garoppolo, who helped San Francisco win the 2019 NFC championship, is 23-8 in the regular season since being acquired from New England.
Kittle had four receptions for 78 yards. Bosa had four tackles, including a drive-ending sack early in the fourth quarter.
Garoppolo, who lost a fumble on his first snap, was 17 of 25 for 314 yards. He threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Samuel, who took advantage of cornerback Jeff Okudah falling. That gave the Niners a 28-point cushion midway through the third quarter. They needed it.
Samuel had nine catches for a career-high 189 yards and lost the fumble in the final moments at the Lions 30. Rookie Elijah Mitchell, filling in for injured Raheem Mostert, had a tiebreaking, 38-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and finished with 104 yards rushing.
In his Detroit debut, Jared Goff was 38 of 57 for 338 three touchdowns and a costly interception. T.J. Hockenson had a career-high eight receptions for 97 yards and scored in the season-opening game for the third time in three years.
Goff, the former Los Angeles Rams quarterback acquired along with first-round draft picks for Matthew Stafford, was picked off late in the second quarter by Greenlaw. The linebacker returned the interception 39 yards to give San Francisco a 28-10 lead. The Niners led 31-10 at halftime, their highest total after two quarters since 2008.
Goff, and his teammates, bounced back enough to potentially push the game into overtime.
“The end of the game showed us what kind of guys we have on this team,” he said. “I learned a lot about them and I hope they learned a lot about me.”
Taylor helps Texans down Lawrence, mistake-prone Jags 37-21
HOUSTON (AP) With Deshaun Watson out, Tyrod Taylor’s steady play and veteran leadership helped the Houston Texans open the season with a surprising lopsided victory.
Taylor threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 37-21 win Sunday over Trevor Lawrence and the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We expected to win,” new coach David Culley said. “We’re not surprised simply because we played good football.”
Taylor took over at quarterback for Houston with Watson’s future with the team uncertain after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging sexual assault or harassment after he requested a trade.
“It was fun,” Taylor said. “It was never about me. It was about coming out and doing whatever it takes to help the team win.”
Expectations for the Texans were low entering this season with Watson out and star defensive end J.J. Watt gone to Arizona. But Taylor and Houston’s revamped running game were more than enough to handle a Jaguars team that didn’t look much better than it was last season when it got just one win despite the addition of top overall pick Lawrence.
“We don’t care if you doubt us. … We don’t really care all,” Houston running back Mark Ingram said. “We all believe in each other. We all have faith in each other. We all hold each other accountable. We believe we have what we need in order to have success.”
Lawrence, the former Clemson standout, became the first rookie quarterback to start an opener in franchise history. It was a bumpy debut during which he threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns but also tossed three interceptions, often overthrew open receivers and was the victim of several drops.
It was also the NFL debut for Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who lost the first season opener of his head coaching career after entering the game having won 17 straight openers as a college coach.
“I love Trevor and we all do,” Meyer said. “Trevor is just going to get better and better and better. Offensive football is about 11 guys doing their job.”
Meyer’s streak was halted by another coach making his NFL head coaching debut in Culley, a 65-year-old who spent decades as an assistant in the league before being hired by the Texans.
Brandin Cooks had 132 yards receiving and Ingram had 85 yards rushing and a TD in his Houston debut.
Ingram gave Houston an early lead with a 1-yard run that made it 7-0 with about seven minutes left in the first quarter.
Josh Lambo missed a 55-yard field goal on Jacksonville’s second possession.
The Texans pushed the lead to 14-0 when Taylor connected with David Johnson on 7-yard TD later in the first.
Lawrence put together a nice drive on the next possession and capped it with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Chris Manhertz to cut the lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter.
The Texans led 17-7 later in the second when Lawrence was intercepted by Justin Reid. But Houston couldn’t move the ball and had to punt four plays later.
Jacksonville’s next drive was a mess, with a penalty for having 12 men on the field on second down before Lawrence was picked off again. Vernon Hargreaves ran the interception back 18 yards to give Houston the ball at the Jacksonville 7.
Meyer was most disappointed in his team’s 10 penalties.
“It’s inexcusable,” he said. “Three preseason games, you’d think we’d have that fixed. So that’s something that I would guesstimate you wouldn’t see again.”
The Texans cashed in on the miscue with a 26-yard field goal to extend the lead to 20-7 with about a minute left in the first half.
Jacksonville had to punt after three straight incompletions by Lawrence, and the Texans took advantage of their last possession of the half.
Taylor connected with Cooks on a 52-yard completion on third down and found Danny Amendola for an 8-yard score on the next play to give Houston a 27-7 lead at halftime.
The Texans pushed their advantage to 34-7 when Ingram took a direct snap and handed it off to Phillip Lindsay, who scampered 5 yards for a touchdown with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third.
DJ Chark Jr.’s 41-yard reception from Lawrence later in the third cut the lead to 34-14.
Lawrence’s third touchdown pass came on a 4-yard throw to Marvin Jones in the game’s final seconds.
Murray gets 5 TDs, Jones 5 sacks as Cards rout Titans 38-13
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kylar Murray provided a dazzling hint of how much better he might be in his third NFL season. Chandler Jones made it very clear why the Arizona Cardinals need to sign him to the new contract he wants – and soon.
Murray scored five touchdowns and Jones had a career-high five sacks as the Cardinals simply dominated the Tennessee Titans 38-13 Sunday for a big road win to open the season.
“I won’t let our offense get complacent,” Murray said. “We know how good we can be. We know the sky’s the limit for us.”
Jones, who tied the franchise record, had three sacks in a first quarter so good LeBron James chimed in on social media for his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy. Jones also forced two fumbles the Cardinals turned into 14 points.
“It was epic,” Cardinals safety Budda Baker said of Jones’ performance. “I think it was one for the ages.”
Murray tormented the Titans throwing for 289 yards with a career-high four TD passes, two apiece to All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. Murray’s best pass came came early in the third quarter off his back foot to Kirk on a beautiful floater Kirk simply ran under.
Hopkins said it’s fun playing with Murray.
“Playing with a guy like Kyler you know what to expect,” Hopkins said. “The play is never over until he’s on the ground. For us, it’s just being where he needs us to be. Sometimes it’s freestyling, sometimes with him and just getting open, finding an open spot.”
Arizona scored the first 17 points and moved the ball almost at will against Tennessee. Murray either bought time scrambling around until he could find an open receiver or just kept the ball. Murray was so wide open on a keeper he held the ball up almost immediately on a 2-yard TD for a 24-6 lead.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel credited Arizona with both outcoaching and beating Tennessee.
“It’s unfortunate,” Vrabel said. “It is disappointing. There is no other way to put it. It sucks when you lose.”
The Titans not only won the AFC South last year, they had one of the NFL’s best offenses in 2020 with Derrick Henry the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2,027 yards. They tied Buffalo for the second-most yards per game and ranked fourth in scoring, then traded for wide receiver Julio Jones in June.
They dismissed talk of rust after offensive starters had little time together this preseason. They couldn’t have been much worse when it counted. The Titans started with a three-and-out, Jones sacked Ryan Tannehill on the second play of the next drive and stripped him of the ball.
Tannehill was under constant pressure, with Michael Dogbe getting the sixth sack. Left tackle Taylor Lewan didn’t talk to reporters but wrote on Twitter that he let everyone down. He also thanked Jones for exposing him.
“It will only force me to get better,” Lewan wrote.
About the only thing that didn’t go Arizona’s way was when Matt Prater missed a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
“We did exactly what we wanted to, particularly defensively, starting things fast, getting them off the field, and putting pressure on them,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
Herbert throws for 337 yards, Chargers beat Washington 20-16
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Brandon Staley and Justin Herbert shared a smile and shook hands outside the locker room before the new Los Angeles Chargers coach congratulated the second-year quarterback on a job well done.
“You were outstanding,” Staley told him.
Herbert and the Chargers excelled on third down to give Staley a victory in his first game running the sideline, beating Washington 20-16 Sunday in a sloppy Week 1 matchup full of turnovers and big penalties. Herbert threw for 337 yards and a touchdown, overcoming a fumble into the end zone and a red zone interception and leading an offense that went 14 of 19 on third down.
“Fourteen of 19 – that’s unheard of,” said Herbert, who completed 31 of 47 passes and joined Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes as the only players in league history with 4,500 yards passing in his first 16 career starts. “For us to be that efficient … that’s big for our offense.”
Herbert led scoring drives of 75, 76 and 68 yards, and a go-ahead touchdown pass to Mike Williams made up for his mistakes on consecutive possessions. There was also the 6-plus-minute drive late in the fourth quarter that salted away the clock and ended with Herbert kneeling in the victory formation, a major improvement for L.A. after losing so many close games last season.
“In that huddle on the last drive, we were telling each other, ‘Hey, we’ve got to make all the plays, do whatever we need to do so we can go home happy,'” wide receiver Keenan Allen said.
The teams combined for 14 penalties for 151 yards and three giveaways. Antonio Gibson’s fumble inside the Washington 5-yard line set up the Chargers’ shortest but most important scoring drive that ended with Herbert’s TD pass to Williams.
Los Angeles also got a 3-yard TD run from Austin Ekeler, who rushed 15 times for 57 yards and showed he was good to go after being questionable with a left hamstring injury.
“Fantasy football owners, we made it to Week 1,” said Ekeler, who had more than 50 text messages earlier in the week when he missed practice for what he called precautionary reasons. “We made it through. Hopefully I got points for y’all.”
Staley became just the second Chargers coach to win his debut, an emotional victory that came on his late mother’s birthday.
“She would be happy, but not satisfied because we didn’t play our best,” Staley said. “I love and miss her dearly, and I’m really good that we’re leaving here on a positive note.”
Washington lost veteran starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a right hip injury midway through the second quarter. Coach Ron Rivera did not have an update on Fitzpatrick and said he hopes to know more about the 38-year-old’s status Monday.
“He’s in good spirits,” tight end Logan Thomas said. “Obviously not real sure what it is yet, but hoping for the best for him.”
Fitzpatrick was replaced by popular backup Taylor Heinicke, whose name was chanted by fans still remembering his surprise playoff heroics in the wild-card round loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
Even though the FitzMagic never materialized, Heinicke had some of his own special moments, including a perfect pass to top receiver Terry McLaurin and a TD throw to tight end Logan Thomas. Heinicke was 11 of 15 for 122 yards and could be Washington’s starter moving forward.
“There is something about Taylor,” Rivera said, adding Heinicke’s ability to improvise gave Washington’s offense a spark.
Tua’s TD pass, turnover by Howard lift Dolphins over Pats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle in the third quarter and Xavien Howard recovered a fumble with New England driving in the fourth to help the Miami Dolphins hold on for a 17-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
It was Miami’s second straight win over the Patriots. Tagovailoa also led the Dolphins to a win in the second meeting between the teams last season.
Tagovailoa finished 16 of 27 for 202 yards, a touchdown and one interception, and also had a 3-yard TD run to lead a revamped offense that kept the Patriots’ rebuilt defense guessing, mixing in no-huddle and empty backfield formations. DeVante Parker caught four passes for 81 yards.
Miami’s win spoiled the debut of New England’s Mac Jones, who became the first rookie quarterback to start for the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. Jones was 29 of 39 for 281 yards and a touchdown. Damien Harris rushed 23 times for 100 yards, but had the costly fumble to end New England’s comeback hopes.
Miami took a 17-10 lead in the third quarter on a 3-yard touchdown from Tagovailoa to Waddle.
The Patriots cut it to 17-13 in the fourth when they ate up more than five minutes of the clock to drive inside the Dolphins 15. But it stalled there and Nick Folk’s third field goal made it 17-16 with 10:36 left.
On their ensuing drive, the Dolphins were facing third-and-7 on their own 43 when Tagovailoa was flushed out of the pocket and heaved a pass toward the sideline. The ball was tipped and intercepted by Jonathan Jones, giving the ball back to the Patriots at midfield with just over eight minutes remaining.
New England moved all the way to the Miami 11. But on the next play, a 2-yard run by Harris ended with him losing the ball on a hit by Howard. Howard recovered it and the Dolphins took over on their own 9. They were able to run out the clock.
Tagovailoa completed several deep passes on the Patriots secondary, taking advantage of the absence of cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The 2019 NFL Defensive Player of Year started the season on the physically unable to perform list and will miss at least the first six games.
Jones was efficient for most of the game, spreading the ball around to multiple receivers and finding soft spots in the Miami defense for chunk plays. Penalties hurt the Patriots, though, negating big gains and forcing the offense to settle for field goals.
Both offenses had early success moving the ball, but the Dolphins got on the scoreboard first.
Harris had the first big play of the day, slipping through a big hole in middle of Miami’s defense on the game’s opening snap for a 35-yard gain.
It was one of four straight running plays by New England before Jones dropped back to pass for the first time. The play ended with him forcing an awkward throw behind the line of scrimmage that was batted to the turf by Christian Wilkins. The ball rolled free before being recovered by Jonnu Smith for a loss of 9 yards. New England punted two plays later.
Miami took over and mixed in some short passes by Tagovailoa and runs by Myles Gaskin to quickly get into the red zone.
The 10-play, 80-yard drive ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tagovailoa to help put Miami in front 7-0.
Winston, Saints, overcome displacement, pound Packers 38-3
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston and the hurricane-displaced Saints looked right at home in northeast Florida against Green Bay with a 38-3 victory – no doubt to the delight of fans rebuilding homes and lives back in New Orleans.
Winston passed for five touchdowns, New Orleans intercepted reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers twice, and the Saints kicked off the post-Drew Brees era with a strikingly dominant opening victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The game, originally scheduled for the Superdome, was moved while the New Orleans area continues to clean up wreckage left by Hurricane Ida, which struck southeast Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 29, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the same region.
After canceling their final preseason game and practicing two weeks in the Dallas area, the Saints looked as sharp and inspired as any club with such distractions could have hoped.
Winston, who led the NFL with 30 interceptions in his last season as a starter with Tampa Bay in 2019, was largely judicious and accurate in going 14 of 20 for 148 yards without an interception. The only risky throw that backfired on him – a deflected pass caught by Packers defensive back Darnell Savage in the end zone – was negated by a contested roughing-the-passer penalty called against edge rusher Z’Darius Smith.
The penalty set up the second touchdown catch of the game by Juwan Johnson, who came in with four career catches and was converted from receiver to a tight end this offseason.
On the day before his 25th birthday, Johnson also converted a screen pass into a 12-yard, first-down gain on fourth-and-7 in the second quarter, when the game was still in doubt. He capped that drive with a leaping catch in the end zone on fourth-and-2. The two fourth-down conversions highlighted a pivotal 14-play drive that consumed 10 minutes.
Green Bay fans seemed to outnumber Saints fans in a crowd announced at 35,242 for what was officially a Saints home game. But they left disappointed in a day that could not have gone much worse for Rodgers, who was pulled with nearly 11 minutes left.
He finished 15 of 28 for 133 yards and no TDs. He led one drive to a field goal at the end of the first half.
The Packers squandered a chance to trim their deficit when Rodgers’ wobbly pass under pressure was intercepted by rookie defensive back Paulson Adebo at the New Orleans 7 early in the third quarter.
On Green Bay’s next drive, Marcus Williams intercepted Rodgers’ deep overthrow and returned it to the Packers 12, setting up Winston’s 10-yard TD to Chris Hogan.
Teddy Bridgewater throws 2 TDs, Broncos pound Giants 27-13
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns in his first start for Denver and the Broncos dominated possession and beat the Giants 27-13 on Sunday, spoiling the return of New York running back Saquon Barkley after a long ACL rehabilitation.
Acquired in the offseason from Carolina, Bridgewater completed 28 of 36 passes for 264 yards, sharing the ball with nine receivers. The 28-year-old hit Tim Patrick on a go-ahead 2-yard TD pass in the closing seconds of the first half. Bridgewater eluded pressure and found tight end Albert Okwuegbunam on a 4-yard, fourth-down toss during a 16-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half, extending the lead to 17-7 with 6:48 to go in the quarter.
Melvin Gordon III added a late 70-yard TD run and Brandon McManus kicked two field goals for the Broncos, who have had four straight losing seasons since their Super Bowl 50 title.
Daniel Jones threw a 37-yard touchdown pass play to Sterling Shepard for New York and ran for a 4-yard touchdown on the final play. The third-year quarterback finished 22 of 37 for 253 yards. He also lost a fumble in the red zone with the Giants trailing 20-7 in the third quarter.
Like the offense, Barkley never got going. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year finished with 10 carries for 26 yards. His longest run was 5 yards.
The Giants, who are coming off a 6-10 season under then first-year coach Joe Judge, have not been to the playoffs since 2016, and only once since winning their fourth Super Bowl in February 2012.
Denver won the ball possession battle 35:08 to 24:52 as its offense converted 7 of 15 on third down and 3 of 3 on fourth down.
The Broncos came into the season opener off a perfect preseason and they showed that was not a fluke. Von Miller, playing for the first time since 2019, had an early sack and finished with two sacks. Aided by his big run, Gordon finished with 101 yards on 11 carries.
Denver took a 10-7 lead on a 2-yard pass from Bridgewater to Patrick with 8 seconds left in the first half. It capped a 7-play, 57-yard drive that featured a 14-yard pass from Bridgewater to Courtland Sutton on a fourth-and-2 from the Giants 49.
New York had taken the lead on the catch and run by Shepard on the series after McManus’ field goal.
Stafford leads LA Rams past Bears 34-14 in dynamic debut
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Matthew Stafford’s second pass for the Los Angeles Rams traveled 53 majestic yards through the air and dropped right into the hands of Van Jefferson, who fell down untouched, stood up and scored.
The Rams have bet their future on Stafford being the key to turning a good team into a great one.
With a dynamic debut against Chicago, Stafford immediately showed the potential the Rams might have unlocked.
Stafford passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns in one of the most prolific quarterback debuts with a new team in NFL history, leading the Rams past Andy Dalton and the Bears for a 34-14 victory on Sunday night.
Stafford found Jefferson for a 67-yard touchdown on his second pass for the Rams, who swung a blockbuster offseason trade to acquire the 13-year veteran from Detroit. Stafford then hit a wide-open Cooper Kupp for a 56-yard TD to open the third quarter, and he found Robert Woods for a clinching score with 3:17 to play.
The first regular season crowd at SoFi Stadium roared throughout the night for Stafford, who immediately looked comfortable in his new home.
“I’ve done everything I can to work as hard as I can and get myself in this team, and they’ve wrapped their arms around me,” Stafford said. “It felt good to go out there and play with them tonight. Such incredible players on this team. I’m lucky to be a part of it. I want to do everything I can to try and lead this team where it wants to go.”
With Stafford in place of Jared Goff, the Rams again resembled the offensive powerhouse of their first two seasons under coach Sean McVay, who improved to 5-0 in season openers. The Rams scored on six of Stafford’s first seven full drives while racking up 375 yards of offense.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford became the first player with two touchdown passes of more than 50 yards in his debut for a new team since Lee Grosscup did it for the AFL’s New York Titans in 1962. Stafford’s 156.1 passer rating is the highest in NFL history for a quarterback who had at least 20 pass attempts in a debut with a new team, according to NFL Research.
“His command, his swag, everything was great,” said All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who had nine tackles. “That’s like a debut that probably should go down in history, just the way he played, his swag. I’m not all into the stats all the time, but his stats was probably crazy, too. I mean, that was just a debut that was nice.”
Dalton passed for 206 yards in his Bears debut, and rookie quarterback Justin Fields rushed for a 3-yard score while getting a handful of snaps in his NFL debut. Chicago moved the ball steadily all night, but David Long Jr. intercepted a tipped pass in the end zone on the Bears’ opening drive, leaving them playing from behind all night.
“I was going to (Darnell) Mooney, and unfortunately it got tipped,” Dalton said. “It stopped a real good drive for us. Set the tone with how we wanted to play, but didn’t finish.”
David Montgomery rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Bears, who dropped to 1-3 in season openers under coach Matt Nagy.
“We gave up explosive plays and did not execute in the red zone,” Nagy said. “Big-picture, we were able to move the ball. … Once we got behind and got one-dimensional, that was more difficult.”
But Stafford was the center of attention at SoFi, and he opened his Rams career with that long, beautiful throw to Jefferson on his third offensive snap. Los Angeles traded Goff and two first-round picks to acquire a 33-year-old quarterback with undeniable skills, but no career playoff victories.
As good as Stafford was, McVay sees bigger possibilities once the Rams really air it out.
“We only threw it 26 times, but he certainly made the most of those plays, and I thought he did a great job,” McVay said.
Montgomery finally scored Chicago’s first points 34 seconds before halftime, but Kupp – who finished with seven catches for 108 yards – put the Rams up 20-7 early in the third when Chicago’s secondary left him completely unguarded 10 yards behind its safeties.
Chicago kept it close with a 16-play, 81-yard drive capped by Fields’ TD run, but Darrell Henderson punched in another TD for the Rams late in the third.
Nolan Arenado homers again, Cardinals beat Reds 2-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) J.A. Happ can finally get a good night of sleep.
The St. Louis left-hander threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in the Cardinals’ 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Nolan Arenado homered for the second game in a row and Happ combined with four other hurlers on a five-hit shutout.
St. Louis has won four of six. The Cardinals began the day two games behind Cincinnati and San Diego for the final NL wild-card spot. Cincinnati, which won the first game of the series, has lost five of seven.
Happ lasted just one inning and gave up seven runs on eight hits in a career-worst outing of a 12-2 loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 1
That performance stuck in his mind.
“It cost me several nights sleep,” Happ said. “You do your best to flush it, it’s easier said than done. You have an outing like that, you want to do anything to get it back.”
Happ was acquired from Minnesota at the trade deadline. He compiled a 3-0 record in August before that pounding by the Reds.
“I have able to execute on both sides a little bit better today,” Happ said.
Arenado hit a two-run homer in the first off Sonny Gray (7-7), who then retired the next 14 hitters. Arenado, who has 31 homers, also homered in the eighth inning of the Cardinals’ 6-4 victory Saturday night.
“Big hits by our favorite player,” reliever T.J. McFarland said. “It’s huge.”
Luis Garcia, McFarland, Genesis Cabrera and Giovanny Gallegos finished, with Gallegos picking up his eighth save in 15 opportunities.
McFarland got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into an inning-ending double play in the seventh.
The bullpen allowed just three hits over 3 2-3 innings and combined for six strikeouts without a walk.
“It’s a huge win, we have a lot of momentum right now,” McFarland said.
Gray allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.
“Just one pitch kind of got me today,” Gray said. “It was a 2-0 heater. I wouldn’t have done anything different.”
Both teams remain optimistic as the season heads into the final three weeks. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt compared the playoff drive to a horse race.
“Around the stretch they come and we have some closing speed,” Shildt said.
Cincinnati infielder Jonathan India likes the Reds’ chances.
“We’re fine, we’re not down on ourselves at all,” India said. “We’re going to come through.”
St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter, who was not in the lineup, was ejected in the fourth inning after a check swing by Arenado was called as strike.
Lindor’s 3rd homer lifts Mets whistling past Yanks 8-7
NEW YORK (AP) Francisco Lindor whistled at the Yankees, and sent the ball whistling over the wall – three times.
In the midst of a miserable first season with the Mets, Lindor kept alive his new team’s postseason chances and dropped its crosstown rival out of a playoff position.
He nearly set off a brawl when he taunted his opponents with a whistle after his second home run, then broke an eighth-inning tie with his third home run in a dramatic 8-7 victory on Sunday night in a heated Subway Series finale.
“Wow, what an amazing weekend,” the All-Star shortstop said. “It felt like playoffs, only hot.”
Lindor hit a three-run homer batting left-handed in the second off on a hanging breaking ball from rookie Clarke Schmidt, had a solo homer in the sixth hitting right-handed on a Wandy Peralta changeup, and broke a 7-7 tie from the left side on a fastball from Chad Green (7-7).
It was the first career three-homer game for Lindor, who is hitting .227 in his first season with the Mets.
While rounding the bases on his second homer, Lindor put a hand in front of his mouth, turned to the Yankees and made movements as if to whistle. That referenced the Mets’ belief that the Yankees had been whistling on Saturday in an attempt to tip their batters to Taijuan Walker’s pitches.
“I can’t accuse them of whistling for the signs because I’m not 100%” Lindor said. “But I know what I heard and I felt there was something out of the ordinary going on.”
The chirping escalated when Stanton tied the score with a two-run homer in the seventh off left-hander Brad Hand. Stanton slowed to a walk after rounding second in his trot, turned his back toward third and started shouting with the shortstop. Both Lindor and second baseman Javier Baez waved at Stanton to come at them, and by the time Stanton reached the plate, players from both dugouts had spilled onto the field.
Bullpens emptied, too, and Brett Gardner gave the Mets a double thumbs down. By the time the next pitch was thrown, the delay had lasted nearly four minutes.
Hand couldn’t be replaced by a righty because Stanton was his third batter, a minimum Major League Baseball added to rules in 2020. Mets manager Luis Rojas elected not to walk Stanton with first base open and lefty-hitting strikeout-prone Joey Gallo on deck.
A crowd of 33,305 that appeared evenly split booed Lindor before his third homer, then turned to cheers and prompted Lindor to make a curtain call.
Seth Lugo (4-2) pitched the eighth, and Edwin Diaz got his 29th save in 35 chances. He allowed DJ LeMahieu’s one-out single in the ninth and walked Anthony Rizzo on four pitches.
Gardner, who entered when Aaron Judge left in the third inning because of dizziness, struck out. James McCann’s passed ball advanced the runners, and Stanton then hit a looper to Lindor that ended a 4-hour, 6-minute game.
Lindor said his performance didn’t quite make him feel like a New Yorker just yet.
“I don’t have the accent yet,” he said.
The Yankees lost for the 12th time in 15 games following a 13-game winning streak and dropped one game behind Boston and Toronto, who lead for the two AL wild cards.
The Mets went 4-2 against the Yankees this year and closed within three games for the second NL wild card but have three teams in front of them.
Stanton’s RBI double and Joey Gallo’s sacrifice fly built a 2-0 lead in the first off Carlos Carrasco. It was Gallo’s second sacrifice fly in 2,237 plate appearances.
Gleyber Torres pulled the Yankees to 5-4 with a two-run homer against Jeurys Familia, Torres’ seventh home run and first since July 21.
Carrasco allowed two runs and three hits in five innings with four walks.
Schmidt gave up five runs – two earned – seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He was making his first big league appearance since last year; Schmidt’s season debut in the minors was delayed until July 26 due to a strained elbow. He walked in his first plate appearance since high school in 2014.
Dodgers’ Scherzer gets 3,000th K, near perfecto vs Padres
LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Scherzer had been anticipating his 3,000th career strikeout. He had his family on hand, and Los Angeles Dodgers fans knew it was coming.
As if that wasn’t enough history for one day, he nearly threw a perfect game, too.
Scherzer got his milestone and took a perfect game into the eighth inning as the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
“In the fifth or sixth, I realized I had something going there,” he said. “Once I was able to get through the sixth, I was like, `I got a chance to do this.'”
Alas, it wasn’t to be.
Scherzer retired his first 22 batters, including Fernando Tatis Jr. just before Eric Hosmer doubled to deep right with one out in the eighth. The crowd of 42,637, including his wife, three children and parents, saluted Scherzer with a standing ovation after he finished the inning, his second of the day.
“I knew Tatis and Hosmer were going to be tough at-bats,” Scherzer said. “Hosmer, we’ve done so many battles over the years. I pulled a changeup down and he was able to put a barrel to it.”
Scherzer reached 3,000 career strikeouts in the fifth when Hosmer went down swinging for the second out of the inning. The crowd roared long and loud for the 37-year-old All-Star, who doffed his cap and threw the historic ball toward the dugout.
“To me, this is a testament to durability,” Scherzer said. “Making my 30-plus starts a year, year in and year out. All the hard work I’ve put in to be able to have this moment is what feels good.”
Scherzer struck out nine overall on 92 pitches over eight innings in recording his 10th straight win.
“I love strikeouts because the ball’s not in play,” he said. “They can’t get a hit when the ball’s not in play. When the ball’s in play, anything can happen.”
The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw an immaculate inning in the second with three strikeouts on nine pitches.
“When he got one strikeout away, guys started swinging earlier because they didn’t want to be the 3,000th,” teammate Mookie Betts said. “I don’t blame them.”
Scherzer has tossed 29 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run and is 6-0 in eight games with an 0.88 ERA since joining the Dodgers at the July trade deadline. He leads the majors with a 2.17 ERA.
“It’s just kind of amazing to watch greatness,” Betts said. “You really appreciate the best of the best when you get to see it every day.”
The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
In a big blow, San Diego starter Blake Snell left after 11 pitches with a left adductor injury. The Padres used seven pitchers in the emergency bullpen game.
“It’s something that he’s dealt with in the past,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “It usually doesn’t come on until the sixth or seventh inning. For whatever reason, today it tightened up on him early. He says he’s walking better now. He already feels a little bit better.”
Corey Seager and Betts hit solo homers, and Justin Turner added a three-run blast in the seventh to back Scherzer (14-4).
Seager went deep with two outs in the fourth off Dinelson Lamet (2-4). Betts followed in the fifth with a shot into left off Pierce Johnson.
Turner’s homer off Emilio Pagan came with two outs in the seventh. Max Muncy added a run on his RBI double in the right-field corner.
The Padres didn’t come close to getting a hit until Hosmer’s double. They had four ground balls through 7 1/3 innings. Mostly, they popped up or struck out.
Padres reliever Austin Adams hit three batters in the eighth, giving him 23 hit batters this season to tie the live-ball era mark set by Detroit’s Howard Ehmke in 1922.
“It’s a slider. It’s not meant to hit anybody,” Padres catcher Austin Nola said. “It’s just one of those sliders that has so much spin on it that if it doesn’t catch the seam, sometimes it’s going to back up and hit guys.”
Adams hit Betts with the bases loaded to bring in Will Smith, who got hit leading off the inning. Muncy’s sacrifice fly made it 8-0. Adams then nearly hit Trea Turner, who went down in a heap, drawing prolonged boos from the crowd. He walked Trea Turner to load the bases again before Justin Turner flied out to end the inning.
Scherzer got help with solid defense from his outfielders who made catches under the challenging duel conditions of a piercing sun and cloudless sky.
“That sun was tough today,” right fielder Betts said.
In the sixth, catcher Smith chased a popup by Nola into foul territory and made the catch near the on-deck circle, barely missing stepping on a stray bat.
Scherzer has two career no-hitters – both in 2015. He completed 8 2/3 perfect innings in the first one before Pirates batter Jose Tabata appeared to lean into a pitch but was still awarded first base.
Flores homers, Giants beat Cubs 6-5 for 7th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) Wilmer Flores flew halfway across the country knowing he would play in just one game before heading back home.
Turns out it was a worthwhile trip.
Flores homered and drove in three runs, Kris Bryant scored two against his former team, and the San Francisco Giants hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Sunday for their season-high seventh straight win.
Owners of the best record in the majors, the Giants matched their longest streak since a seven-game run in August 2020.
They were rolling along with a 6-3 lead in the seventh before the Cubs scored two while chasing Logan Webb (10-3). Chicago had the bases loaded with one out when submarining right-hander Tyler Rogers caught Willson Contreras looking at an 84 mph fastball on a 3-2 count. He then struck out Alfonso Rivas swinging at a 3-2 pitch with the crowd on its feet.
The Cubs had the tying run on in the ninth after Jake McGee gave up a one-out double to pinch hitter Patrick Wisdom. But Frank Schwindel and Ian Happ grounded to first to end the game.
Flores said he “felt great out there” after being sidelined since Sept. 1 because of a strained left hamstring. And considering how far he had to go, it was a rewarding day for him.
“Definitely,” he said. “We’re on a run here. Any little thing counts. I always want to play. If I have to fly in for one game, I’ll do it again.”
Flores hit an RBI single in the second and singled and scored in the fourth as the Giants went up 3-0. He matched a career high with his 18th homer when he launched a two-run shot to left against Justin Steele (3-3) in the fifth to stretch the lead to 5-2.
‘Relief’: Djokovic’s bid for year Slam ends against Medvedev
NEW YORK (AP) A game from the end of his bid for what would have been the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969, Novak Djokovic covered his face with a towel, hiding his tears during a changeover.
For 27 Grand Slam matches in 2021, on hard courts, clay courts and grass, Djokovic could not be deterred, could not be beaten. Needing one more victory, in the U.S. Open final Sunday against Daniil Medvedev, to complete a season sweep of major titles and to claim the record 21st of his career, Djokovic could not come through.
Outplayed by someone using a similar style to his own, Djokovic came up just short of those two historic milestones, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to first-time major champion Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
What was in Djokovic’s thoughts as he sat there on the sideline, knowing full well that his quest was moments from its conclusion?
“Relief. I was glad it was over, because the buildup for this tournament, and everything that mentally, emotionally, I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks, was just a lot. It was a lot to handle,” Djokovic said at his news conference. “I was just glad that, finally, the run is over. At the same time, I felt sadness, disappointment – and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they’ve created for me on the court.”
Until Sunday, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic had been sublime at the sport’s four most important tournaments, enduring the burdens of expectations and pressure over the past seven months and, in New York, the past fortnight.
He won the Australian Open in February, beating Medvedev in the final in straight sets, the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July, pulling even with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles, the most for a man in the history of a sport that dates to the 1800s.
The last man to complete a true Grand Slam by going 4 for 4 at the majors in a single season remains Rod Laver, who did it twice – in 1962 and 1969 – and was in the stands Sunday. The last woman to accomplish the feat was Steffi Graf in 1988.
Instead, Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956 as men who won a year’s first trio of Grand Slam tournaments and made it all the way to the U.S. Open final before losing.
“I do feel sorry for Novak, because I cannot imagine what he feels,” said Medvedev, a 25-year-old from Russia who had been 0-2 in major finals. “Knowing that I managed to stop him, it definitely makes it sweeter, and brings me confidence for what is to come.”
Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, simply was far from his best on this particular day.
“Just energy-wise, I felt slow,” said Djokovic, who could not create the kind of comeback he had in each of his previous four matches – and six others in Grand Slam action this year – when he dropped the opening set.
“I know I could have, and should have, done better,” he said.
Djokovic made plenty of mistakes, 38 unforced errors in all. He wasn’t able to convert a break chance until it was too little, too late, going just 1 for 6. He showed frustration, too, destroying his racket by pounding it three times against the court after one point, drawing boos from the crowd of 25,703 and a code violation from chair umpire Damien Dumusois.
A lot of Djokovic’s issues also had to do with the No. 2-ranked Medvedev, who used his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) frame to chase down everything and respond with seemingly effortless groundstrokes – much the way Djokovic wears down foes – and delivered pinpoint serving.
“He was amazing. Just congratulate him, full credit from his mentality, his approach, his game, everything,” Djokovic said. “He absolutely was the better player and deserved to win, no doubt about it.”
Medvedev won 20 of his first 23 service points, establishing a pattern. He finished with 16 aces and 38 winners in all, 11 more than Djokovic. And Medvedev employed a strategy his coach, Gilles Cervara, described as hitting more balls down the middle of the court, rather than trying to find angles that would Djokovic to pick up balls on the run.
“He’s so good that every match is different. He changes his tactics, he changes his approach,” Medvedev said about Djokovic.
“I had a clear plan, which did seem to work. Was he at his best? Maybe not today. He had a lot of pressure,” Medvedev said. “I had a lot of pressure, too.”
Nerves, distracting noise from spectators and cramps that started in his legs got to Medvedev at the very end. He served for the match at 5-2 and was a point from winning before double-faulting twice in a row. At 5-4, he had a second match point and double-faulted again. On the next chance, though, a 129 mph service winner finally finished the job, and Medvedev toppled over to the court on his side with his tongue hanging out, which he explained afterward was inspired by a goal celebration from a soccer video game.
During the trophy presentation, Medvedev addressed Djokovic, offering praise for “what you accomplished this year and throughout your career” and adding, “I never said this to anybody, but I’ll say it right now: For me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.”
In recent years, there has been constant discussion and debate about which member of the so-called Big Three – Federer, who turned 40 last month, Nadal, 35, or Djokovic – deserves to be considered the best of the bunch and the “GOAT” (“Greatest of All Time”).
Even with Sunday’s setback, Djokovic has accumulated statistics that help people make the case for him. He is the only one of that dominant trio to have won four majors in a row across two seasons, in 2015-16. He is the only one with at least two titles at each major tournament. He is the only player who has won each of the next-tier Masters 1000 events at least twice, too. He has spent more weeks than anyone at No. 1 since the ATP computerized rankings began in 1973, surpassing Federer for that accolade in March. And he holds the edge in head-to-head matchups against both of his long-time rivals.
After a five-set win over Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev on Friday night, Djokovic looked ahead to what awaited in the final and declared, “I’m going to put my heart and my soul and my body and my head into that one. I’m going to treat the next match like it is the last match of my career.”
But Medvedev, who lost only one set in the entire tournament, never allowed Djokovic to get into this match.
From the start, Djokovic was not quite himself. After flubbing three break points early in the second set, the last with a sliced backhand in the net, he pounded his racket against his thigh – one, two, three, four times, perhaps as disappointed in his footwork as his form.
Thousands in the audience tried to boost him by chanting his nickname, “No-le! No-le! No-le!” After some of Medvedev’s faults, some in the stands would applaud, considered poor form in tennis and repeatedly admonished with a “please” from Dumusois.
By the end, the deficit grew too large for Djokovic, the climb too steep.
“I was below par with everything, to be honest,” he said. “So just one of these days where, unfortunately, wasn’t meant to be.”
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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Shut Out Bats, 3-0
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Max Kranick struck out eight batters to shut down the Louisville Bats offense and lead the Indianapolis Indians to a 3-0 win in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians (54-59) scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to get on the board. Jared Oliva and Bligh Madris reached base with singles and John Nogowski hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Oliva. Ka’ai Tom launched a two-run home run over the right field fence to take the 3-0 lead.
With runners at first and third, the Bats (49-64) threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning. Joe Jacques entered in the seventh frame and shut down the threat after striking out Brantley Bell to secure the third out. Louisville would not cross the plate as the Indians pitching staff shut down the Bats offense.
Max Kranick (W, 4-4) earned the win and threw his third quality start with the Indians this season. He gave up two hits and did not allow a run with eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Shea Spitzbarth (S, 2) entered the game in the ninth inning and earned the save with two strikeouts. Hunter Greene (L, 5-8) took the loss giving up three runs (two unearned) on four hits in four innings.
The Indians return to Victory Field on Tuesday to begin a six-game series vs. St. Paul Saints with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. Probable for both teams have yet to be named.
INDIANA W GOLF: Women’s Golf to Begin Season in the 2021 Wolverine Invitational
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s golf team opens the 2021-22 season as part of the 2021 Wolverine Invitational from Sept. 13-14 at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. The 16 teams will play 54 holes over the course of two days to determine the invitational’s champion.
2021 Wolverine Invitational • Ann Arbor, Mich.
The University of Michigan Golf Course
Par 71 • 6,232 yards
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TEAMS COMPETING (16)
Illinois, INDIANA, Iowa State, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo, Washington, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Xavier
1. Áine Donegan
2. Mary Parsons
3. Hanna Tanaka
4. Valerie Clancy
5. Margaret Fernandez
• The field consists of 12 teams that made the NCAA Regionals in the spring of 2021.
• The teams will play 54 holes in a five count four format.
• Rounds one and two will be on Monday, Sept. 13 as a continuous play with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. ET, while the final round will begin at 8:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept 14 with a shotgun start.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Boilermakers Score Three Unanswered to Extend Win Streak
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three unanswered goals helped the Purdue soccer team finish its non-conference season with a 3-1 victory over Colorado on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.
The Boilermakers (5-1-2) have won three in a row and five of their last six, and they remained unbeaten at home after a second consecutive two-goal victory. The Buffaloes (4-3-0) scored first to take a 1-0 lead, but Purdue answered with the next three to hand CU its first defeat to a team not in the top six in the national rankings.
After Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, senior forward Aly Mielke scored her first of the season in the 31st minute, less than two minutes after entering the match. Purdue made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute thanks to senior forward Ally Mussallem, a goal which proved to be her first career game-winner. Freshman forward Sydney Boudreau added an insurance goal in the 62nd minute, her first career goal.
Freshman forward Gracie Dunaway assisted on Mussallem and Boudreau’s goals, while sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews got the assist on Mielke’s game-tying goal. Senior defender Teagan Jones was credited with the primary assist on Boudreau’s score.
“It’s great to have so many players score this season so far, and it’s great to have another freshmen step up and score a very important goal,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “That’s certainly going to help change the game without a doubt, so it’s great to see. The more players that we have that can be a threat, obviously the more dangerous we will be.”
As Big Ten play begins in one week at Nebraska, nine players scored at least one goal, 12 had one or more assists and the Boilermakers held a 15-6 advantage in goal differential in the eight-match non-conference slate. Against teams that made the 2020 NCAA Tournament, the Old Gold and Black went 2-0-1, capped by Sunday’s victory. Three more teams that made the postseason a season ago await in Big Ten action.
“To finish (non-conference play) with a strong record overall, and with a team that’s had to win games in different ways and has continued to improve and develop, I’m very pleased with that,” Roff added. “Today’s game is an example. To go down early against a good team like Colorado, maybe we weren’t performing at our best level, it would have been easy to put your head down and be a little discouraged. What I love about this group is they responded, they stayed composed. Nobody hit the panic button, and we knew if we could eventually find a rhythm that we could get the goal. Once we got that goal, it helped us relax a little bit and play with a little bit more confidence and composure. That second half, we turned it up a notch and played the way that we’re capable of. I was really proud of that.”
Purdue had a 16-14 edge in shots against Colorado, though the Buffaloes held an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal.
Senior midfielder Grace Walsh had a match-high five shots, and senior forward Sarah Griffith recorded three shots. Mielke had two shots, both on goal, to pace the team. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made a career-high-tying seven saves to earn the win. Her CU counterpart stopped three shots.
Colorado took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tessa Barton at 17:21. Following a turnover at the top of the box, Barton went to her left and scored from just outside the corner of the six-yard box.
Mielke and the Boilermakers responded to tie the match at 30:02. Off a pass from senior defender Maya Lambert, Mielke centered the ball to Mathews who, from approximately 35 yards out, found Mielke on the run at the edge of the 18-yard box. After beating a defender on her right, Mielke dribbled to her left, to the edge of the goalie box, and fired a left-footed shot that deflected off a defender’s foot and past the CU keeper.
The goal is the third of Mielke’s career and the first since 2018, when she scored twice as a freshman. Mathews’ assist was her second this season and fourth of her career.
The Boilermakers made it 2-1 early in the second half on Mussallem’s goal at 52:56. On the far side, Jones sent a pass up to Dunaway, who received the ball 10 yards from the endline outside the 18-yard box. After a cross deflected off a defender and rebounded back to her, Dunaway went towards the end line and crossed the ball into the six-yard box. Her pass went through the keeper’s outstretched hands right to Mussallem and a CU defender at the near corner of the box. Mussallem’s foot was the first to connect, and she scored what would be the eventual game-winning goal.
It was Mussallem’s second goal in 2021 and the third of her career. Dunaway’s assist was her second of the season and first of the match. Mussallem and Dunaway each collected their first career game-winning goal and assist, respectively.
Boudreau added the insurance goal at 61:39. A corner kick by Mathews started the play, as she sent the ball to the far side of the penalty box. On a bounce, Dunaway headed the ball towards the end line where Jones picked it up and found a wide open Boudreau at the top of the six-yard box. She made the easy tip-in past the Colorado goalkeeper to extend Purdue’s advantage to 3-1.
Boudreau’s first career goal came one match after she registered her first collegiate assist. As Dunaway earned her second assist of the match and third of her freshman campaign, Jones notched her first assist in 2021 and fourth of her career.
Bova made four saves in the first half and three in the second, including several great stops that prevented the Buffaloes from extending their lead or finding the equalizer.
Purdue had eight shots in each half and Colorado had seven shots both before and after the break. The Boilermakers also earned four corner kicks, two in each half, and CU had three, two in the first half and one in the second.
Following a Thursday off from competition, Purdue begins Big Ten Conference action on Sunday, September 19, at Nebraska. Kickoff in Lincoln is set for 2:05 p.m. ET / 1:05 p.m. CT.
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Defeats Ball State for Sixth Straight
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Butler women’s soccer team (6-1-0) scored early and then cruised to a 3-0 victory over Ball State (2-4-0) on Sunday afternoon.
6′ | Amanda Kowalski hits a corner kick from the left side. Abigail Isger touches it directly into the lower left side of the goal, giving Butler a 1-0 lead.
24′ | Anastasia Savich plays a ball into the box. Amanda Skoglund collects it, eludes her defender, and sends the ball to the back of the net. Dawgs up, 2-0.
29′ | Savich hits a hard shot from inside the box which goes just over the crossbar.
38′ | On a quick free kick from just outside the left corner of the box, Anna Schroeder passes to Skoglund who shoots and forces a diving save.
43′ | The ball is bounced around in front of Ball State’s goal, with a flurry of shots. Schroeder gets off the last, and best, opportunity, but just over the crossbar.
56′ | On a Butler corner kick, Caitlin O’Malley draws a foul in the box. Katie Soderstrom converts the penalty kick on the lower right side, putting Butler in control, 3-0.
57′ | Soderstrom, misses just outside of the left post.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Abigail Isger, Amanda Skoglund, Katie Soderstrom (PK)
ASSISTS: Amanda Kowalski, Anastasia Savich
Abigail Isger scored her fourth goal of the season, which was the fifth of her career. Isger leads the Bulldogs in offensive points with 12.
Amanda Skoglund notched her first goal of the season and sixth of her career.
Katie Soderstrom’s fifth goal of the season was the 21st of her career. She is second on the team in points with 11.
Amanda Kowalski tallied her second assist of season and 13th of her career.
Anastasia Savich’s first assist of season was the 10th of her career
Freshman Emma Martin improves to 6-0-0 on the season and was credited with her second shutout.
The Bulldogs produced 19 shots, and 9 were on goal. The Butler defense held the Cardinals to only one shot.
Soderstrom led Butler with six shots. Isger and Savich each created three, and Skoglund added two.
Butler had five corner kicks in the match, compared to three for Ball State.
Butler returns to Indianapolis, Ind., to host Western Michigan on Thursday, September 16, at 7 pm. Then, on Thursday, September 23, the Bulldogs travel to Marquette.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH BATTLE AGAINST #1 TEXAS, FALL IN FOUR
AUSTIN, Tex. — Charley Niego notched her 41st career double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs, but the Irish fell in four sets (16-25, 25-20, 17-25, 27-29) against top-ranked Texas on Sunday afternoon at Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas.
“This match the closest we’ve come to living our values,” said Irish head coach Mike Johnson. “I’m happy with the fight that we showed and the improvement day to day.That said, the game came down to a few little plays. We must get back in the gym and improve so that we are prepared to make that play.”
Aubrey Hamilton also reached double-digit kills with 11 while Zoe Nunez earned 36 assists in the four sets.
Defensively, Hattie Monson led the Irish with 13 digs while Caroline Meuth and Caroline Meuth each had a pair of blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Kills from Miller and Hamilton got the Irish within two at 6-4 before Texas earned seven of the next nine points to grab a 13-6 lead. The Longhorns kept control of the frame from there and took the first set, 25-16.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the second set and force an Irish timeout. The Irish went on a 4-0 run, including a kill and an ace by Niego, to get within two at 9-7. The Irish got within one on three occasions before a 4-0 run, including an ace from Monson, put Notre Dame up 21-19. The Irish closed the set with four straight points and a pair of aces by Meuth to take the second stanza 25-20.
Texas earned a 6-3 advantage before an Irish 6-1 run that involved two kills by Niego and an ace by Miller put Notre Dame up 9-7. The Longhorns responded with an 8-3 stretch to retake a 15-12 advantage at the media timeout. After the break, Texas pulled away further and earned a 25-17 victory in set three to go up 2-1.
The sides worked to a 6-6 tie before Texas earned the next four points to grab a 10-6 lead. The Irish answered with five of the next six points to even the frame at 11-11. The Irish were in one at 15-14 before the Longhorns earned four of the next five points to go up 19-15. Notre Dame responded back with a 5-1 capped by a kill from Hamilton to even the set again at 20-20. The Longhorns took a 24-22 lead, but the Irish wouldn’t go away quietly and earned the next three points to go up 25-24. The top-ranked Longhorns thwarted away a pair of Irish set points and eventually took the fourth frame, 29-27.
The Irish return to action next Friday and Sunday (Sept. 17 & 19) for a home-and-home series against #4 Ohio State.
Notre Dame hosts the Buckeyes on Friday at 7 p.m. ET before heading to Columbus for a 2 p.m. ET matchup on Sunday.
Friday’s matchup is set to be streamed via ACC Network Extra while Sunday’s contest is on ESPNU.
INDIANA STATE W SOCCER: Sycamores Drop Non-Conference Finale to Saint Louis
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer fell to Saint Louis 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium as they wrapped up their non-conference slate.
The Billikens took an early 1-0 lead as Hannah Sawyer scored in the 12th minute on an Abbie Miller assist who found Sawyer open behind the Sycamore defense.
Sawyer got behind the defense and found the back of the net for a second time in the 22nd minute with Miller recording her second assist of the match.
Saint Louis added another goal in the 49th minute with Emily Gaebe scoring her team-high third of the season on a feed from Caroline Kelly.
Indiana State finished with the match with eight shot attempts. Maddie Alexander made five saves for the Sycamores. Saint Louis recorded 20 shot attempts with Gaebe leading the way with seven. Goalie Emily Puricelli saved both shots she faced for the Billikens.
The loss drops Indiana State’s record to 2-5-1. Saint Louis moves to 2-5-1 on the season.
The Sycamores will travel to Chicago on Friday to begin conference play with an 8 p.m. ET matchup against Loyola at Loyola Soccer Park.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer closes road trip with loss at Air Force
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – In its finale of its Colorado road trip, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team scored first, but fell to Air Force, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon in USAF Academy, Colorado.
“We all have to take a good look at each other and in the mirror and ask some really tough questions as we head into conference play,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “Our effort on Friday night is what’s expected of the Aces. Today we fell short in the second half.”
For the fourth time this season, Evansville scored first, but as has been true this season, despite its fast starts, the second halves have doomed the Aces. Opening his Evansville account, junior Carlos Barcia found the back of the net in the 16th following an assist from Raphaello Perez Colasito. The Aces nearly added to their lead four minutes later as Barcia again put a shot on frame that was saved.
10 minutes after Evansville got on the scoreboard, Air Force answered with a goal by Thaddeus Dewing, who followed a saved shot that rebounded out and finished it. In the first half, Evansville and Air Force were nearly even on shots as the Falcons had a 6-5 advantage with the match tied at the break.
The Aces recorded the first shot of the second half and it came off the foot of Nkosi Graham who missed just wide. In the 59th minute, Air Force went in front, scoring in a goal by Giuliano Daniel, assisted by Remi Smith. Less than one minute later in the 60th minute, the Falcons doubled their lead as Luke Hill scored unassisted.
Over the final 30 minutes, Air Force scored twice more as the Falcons secured a 5-1 win.
The Aces open Missouri Valley Conference action on Saturday at Arad McCutchan Stadium when Loyola Chicago comes to the River City for a 5 PM showdown.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Aces suffer first loss of season to SIUE in non-conference finale
EVANSVILLE – Wrapping-up non-conference play, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to SIUE on Sunday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
SIUE controlled possession and the offensive opportunities early in the game as the Cougars tallied 16 shots with nine on goal in the opening 45 minutes. The Cougars opened the scoring in the 18th minute as Mackenzie Litzsinger completed a long run by finding the back of the net, giving SIUE the early advantage. Evansville’s offense could never really get started in the first half as the Cougars held the Aces without a shot in the opening stanza and held a 1-0 lead at the break.
Inside the first 10 minutes of the second half, SIUE earned another opportunity. After a collision at the top of the 18, the Cougars were awarded a free kick from a dangerous position. Lily Schnieders took the free kick and looped the ball into the top right corner, doubling SIUE’s lead. Evansville put together an attack in the 54th and 60th minutes keyed by Jayme-Lee Hunter. The New Zealand native put a shot on frame that forced a save in the 54th and then gathered the ball from 25 yards out and launched a right footed shot towards goal. Hunter’s shot curled towards the top right corner, but just missed. SIUE continued to control possession as regulation waned, capturing the 2-0 win.
The Aces shift to Missouri Valley Conference play now with the Conference opener against UNI on the road in Cedar Falls, Iowa at 3 PM on Friday.
VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Sharp In 3-0 Win Over Chicago State
The Valpo soccer team closed out pre-conference action in style Sunday evening at the SeatGeek Stadium Turf Field in Bridgeview, Ill., putting together a dominant all-around performance in a 3-0 win over host Chicago State.
How It Happened
Valpo was on the front foot from the start Sunday, recording a shot attempt just 20 seconds into the match.
Valpo goalkeeper Georgia Henkel (Houston, Texas/Stratford) wasn’t tested often on Sunday, but did well with the Cougars’ lone shot on goal in the 11th minute, punching the CSU effort over the crossbar.
The Beacons took the lead at the conclusion of a barrage at net in the 34th Freshman Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) and junior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) had shots turned away, but sophomore Cassidy Eckstein (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) found the ball at her feet just inside the top of the box and finished into the lower-right corner to put Valpo on top.
Valpo doubled its lead just over a minute out from intermission. A push forward resulted in senior Katie Hansen (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East [Montana]) taking a shot which beat the CSU goalkeeper, but ended up ricocheting off the left-hand post. The rebound came back into play and Fish, who was coming down the left, had an easy knock home to make it 2-0 Valpo.
With the two-goal advantage, the second half was all Valpo, as it out-shot CSU 14-3 and did not surrender a shot on goal or a corner kick. The Beacons completed the 3-0 scoreline in the final minute, as freshman Peyton Evans (Parker, Colo./Legend) played a ball between the Cougar center backs for junior Cierra Welch (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), who took advantage of the 1-on-1 with the CSU goalkeeper and beat her inside the left-hand post.
Inside the Match
The trio of Eckstein, Fish and Welch all netted their first collegiate goals on Sunday. It is the first known time in program history that three Valpo players have all scored their first collegiate goals in the same match.
Not to be outdone, the assists by Hansen and Evans were the first collegiate point for both players as well.
Henkel made her first start in goal for Valpo since the 2019 MVC Tournament and put in a strong performance, playing out of the back well in addition to making the one save. For Henkel, it was her third career clean sheet.
The 3-0 win was Valpo’s second by the same scoreline over the last three matches.
Valpo out-shot the Cougars 25-5, posting a season high in the shots department, and put eight shots on goal to CSU’s one. The Beacons also attempted seven corner kicks to two for CSU.
19 players saw action on Sunday afternoon, with 18 of those playing at least 26 minutes.
Thoughts From Coach Marovich
“I’m pleased with the performance of the team today. I’m super excited for Cass, Dana and Cierra to all score their first collegiate goal — I think it really shows the depth of our team and the number of scoring options we have.”
“I thought from the last part of the first half on, we really executed our game model very well. The group’s commitment to how we wanted to play never wavered, and it showed in the fact that we both had a lot of opportunities and only allowed a few shots.”
“We did a nice job getting through the game today and got the chance to get a lot of players some time on the park. I think we’ve done everything we’ve can to prepare for the conference season, and we look forward to that beginning Friday night.”
Valpo (3-4-1) opens MVC play Friday evening at Brown Field as the Beacons host Illinois State. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., and the match can be seen live on The Valley on ESPN.
IU EAST WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT IU KOKOMO FALL INVITE PREVIEW
The Indiana University East women’s golf team starts the week in Peru, Ind., at the Indiana University Kokomo Fall Invitational on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.
Play commences at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 and at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14.
Rock Hollow Golf Club is located at 669 S 250 W in Peru, Ind.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for tournament recaps and results.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* IU East looks to build on its win at its own IU East Fall Invitational held over Labor Day weekend. The Red Wolves posted a program-best 18-hole score of 304 in the final round to finish with a program-low 36-hole score of 615, good for a one-stroke margin of victory over No. 23 Marian University. Jo Wisecup shot a final-round 71 to match the program-low 18-hole score. Wisecup and Paola Delgado finished tied for second on the individual leaderboard with 36-hole scores of 150.
* IU East is competing at an event at Rock Hollow for the first time.
IU EAST MEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT IU KOKOMO FALL INVITE PREVIEW
The Indiana University East men’s golf team heads to Peru, Ind., for the Indiana University Kokomo Fall Invitational on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.
Play begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 and at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14.
Rock Hollow Golf Club is located at 669 S 250 W in Peru, Ind.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for tournament recaps and results.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* IU East looks to build on its win at its own IU East Fall Invitational held over Labor Day weekend. IU East won the event with a program-best 36-hole team score of 572. The Red Wolves needed a program-best 18-hole team score of 279 in the final round to erase a five-stroke deficit and finish two shots ahead of team runner-up IU Kokomo. Tournament medalist Jake Miller tied the program-best 18-hole score with a final-round 66 and established a new program-best 36-hole score of 134. Rafael Beirana and Sam Roberts also made the all-tournament team.
ANDERSON Women’s Golf: Ravens Finish 10th in HCAC Preview
The Anderson University women’s golf team finished 10th place in the two-day Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Preview, which concluded on Sunday in Franklin.
Anderson put together a two-day team score of 837.
Lauren Chapman (Carmel, Ind. / Heritage Christian School) tied for 42nd with a 36-hole score of 197 to lead the Ravens. The junior from Carmel carded rounds of 96 and 101 on the par-72 layout at The Legends Golf Club.
Taylor Gillum (Daleville, Ind. / Daleville) secured 61st with a score of 210, behind rounds of 107 and 103. Jayda Hurst (Pittsboro, Ind. / Tri-West) tied for 62nd with a 213, after shooting rounds of 103 and 110. Faith Firle (New Castle, Ind. / New Castle) claimed 64th with a 217, behind rounds of 105 and 112. Lauren Benton (Frankton, Ind. / Frankton) finished 68th with a 240 after shooting rounds of 119 and 121 to round out the team scorers. Emma Howe (Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria-Monroe) competed as an individual and placed 71st with a 246 after carding a pair of round scores of 123.
Anderson continues its season next weekend during the two-day Bluffton Fall Classic, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Bluffton Golf Club in Bluffton, Ohio.
ANDERSON Men’s Tennis: Ravens Capture Win against Gorloks
The Anderson University men’s tennis team split its matches during Saturday’s triangular in Greenville, Ill.
Anderson (3-1) captured a 7-2 victory against Webster University (1-2) to open the day. Greenville University (3-0) then edged the Ravens in a 5-4 decision.
ANDERSON 7, WEBSTER 2
No. 1 Doubles – Riley Muren/Carson Fisher (Webster) def. Peter Hallam/Seth Nation (Anderson) 8-7 (8-5)
No. 2 Doubles – Sam Songer/Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Matthew Birchmeier/Andrew McDonald (Webster) 8-1
No. 3 Doubles – Parker Bradley/Tucker Bradley (Anderson) def. Aaron Demarco/Courtland Butler (Webster) 8-2
No. 1 Singles – Riley Muren (Webster) def. Colton Stevens (Anderson) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-1)
No. 2 Singles – Tucker Bradley (Anderson) def. Carson Fisher (Webster) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Singles – Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Matthew Birchmeier (Webster) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 4 Singles – Sam Songer (Anderson) def. Andrew McDonald (Webster) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Singles – Parker Bradley (Anderson) def. Aaron Demarco (Webster) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Singles – Dylan Lemons (Anderson) def. Courtland Butler (Webster) 6-3, 6-0
GREENVILLE 5, ANDERSON 4
No. 1 Doubles – Tucker Bradley/Colton Stevens (Anderson) def. Clark Kent/Luke Motsinger (Greenville) 8-7 (8-6)
No. 2 Doubles – Andres Sanchez/Austin Burkhart (Greenville) def. Seth Nation/Sam Songer (Anderson) 8-7 (8-5)
No. 3 Doubles – Zach Merrill/Thibaut Tignee (Greenville) def. Peter Hallam/Dylan Lemon (Anderson) 8-3
No. 1 Singles – Andres Sanchez (Greenville) def. Seth Nation (Anderson) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Singles – Clark Kent (Greenville) def. Colton Stevens (Anderson) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Singles – Luke Motsinger (Greenville) def. Tucker Bradley (Anderson) 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 4 Singles – Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Austin Burkhart (Greenville) 7-5, 6-3
No. 5 Singles – Sam Songer (Anderson) def. Mathew Rodriguez (Greenville) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 6 Singles – Peter Hallam (Anderson) def. Thibaut Tignee (Greenville) 6-2, 6-1
The Ravens battle Trine University (2-0) on Friday at 4 p.m. at the AU Tennis Courts.
ANDERSON Men’s Soccer: Webster Pulls Away From Anderson for Raven/Spartan Classic Title
Webster University topped the Anderson University men’s soccer team by a score of 5-0 in a winner-take-all matchup for the Raven/Spartan Classic title on Saturday at the AU Soccer Fields.
“I am disappointed how we started and finished this game,” Coach Scott Fridley said. “When you play a team that good, you can’t start slow and end slow. They will bury you. We were extremely slow starting and our pre-game was not energetic at all. I felt like we were going through the motions. Young teams need leadership and consistency. For some reason I couldn’t get them energized and excited to play. This team has a lot of talent and excitement in it going forward, I just have to get it out of them.”
Webster (4-1) and Anderson (2-3) were tied at the half. The Gorloks pulled away, scoring five goals in the second half. Webster outshot Anderson 24-5 and held a 14-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek) led the Ravens with four intercepts while Art Hinton IV (Indianapolis, Ind. / Covenant Christian) paced the Ravens with three steals. Grant Conklin (Lewisburg, Ohio / Troy Christian) and Usman Kamara (Indianapolis, Ind. / Franklin Central) each put their only shot on frame while Luke Burkle (Muncie, Ind. / Delta), Jaxon Gillig (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) and Caleb Gonser (Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South) added shots.
Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) saved nine of the 14 shots he faced.
“Danny was excellent keeping us in the match early. He surely didn’t deserve the ending.”
The Ravens are slated for two road matches. Anderson battles Wabash College (3-2) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Crawfordsville. The Ravens then face off with Albion College (1-1-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Albion, Mich.
“We will be better, but we will have to find our way while playing our extremely difficult schedule continuing with Wabash and Albion.”
ANDERSON Women’s Soccer: Anderson and Wilmington Battle to Defensive Draw
The Anderson University women’s soccer team hit the toad to take on the Wilmington College (Ohio) Quakers on Saturday in a non-conference contest in Wilmington, Ohio. After the first 90 minutes with no goal, the fans witnessed some free soccer. Through the next 20 minutes, neither team conceded a goal, leading to a 0-0 double overtime tie.
Anderson (0-3-1) started off strong against the Quakers (0-4-1), taking three shots on goal and two corner kicks between the 9th and 15th minute. Jessica Pulaski (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) took the first shot, Taylor Baker (Springfield, Ohio / Archbishop McNicholas) had the second, and Taylor Fort (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) took the third. All three shots were saved by Quaker goalkeeper Lauren Galloway.
The half continued with the Quakers taking multiple shots on goal. Ravens goalkeeper Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio / Homeschool) made huge saves throughout the half to keep the Ravens and Quakers tied at zero all.
Pulaski ripped off a shot on goal just 58 seconds into the second half, but was unable to secure the goal as the Quakers goalkeeper was awarded a save. The second half saw a strong Ravens defense as the Quakers racked up seven shots. Paarlberg continued to make big saves for the Ravens to keep them in the game. At the end of regulation, neither team was able to find the back of the net, sending the game into overtime.
During the first overtime, the Quakers gave all they had, taking three shots to one over the Ravens. The Ravens shots came in the 99th minute from Pulaski, which was once again saved by Lauren Galloway.
With tired legs, neither team was able to record a shot in the second over time. Four fouls, three offsides, and a Raven corner kick would be called in the final 10 minutes before the final whistle blew, resulting in a 0-0 tie for the Ravens and Quakers.
Jessica Pulaski and Taylor Fort led the Ravens with four shots each. Pulaski had three on goal, while Brown had two. Taylor Baker also had her fair share of shots, with each of her three shots being on frame. Emmalee Paarlberg played the full 110 minutes for the Ravens in goal, recording eight saves for the Ravens. During the game, the Quakers outshot the Ravens 18-12.
Head coach Jennifer Myhre had the following to say about Saturday’s match: “[Saturday], we grew together as a team and were back to playing our style and collective focus. I was proud of the mindset and fight we brought and had great chances on goal. The back line played strong as a unit and is getting their chemistry. In the net, Emmalee came up with some key saves, as well and really stepped up. I know we will take this momentum into this week and will keep getting better each day.”
The Ravens will return to action on Wednesday as they return home to take on the Bethel University Pilots (0-6) at AU Soccer Fields for a non-conference match-up. Kickoff is set for 4PM.
ANDERSON Volleyball: Panthers, (RV) Lions Hand Losses to Ravens
The Anderson University volleyball team fell back-to-back on Saturday in the Charlie Wrublewski Invitational hosted by Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.
Anderson competed against the Greenville University Panthers (3-1) in the first match of the day, where Greenville captured a 25-17, 25-12, 25-18. In Match 2, the Ravens took on the host, Mount St. Joseph University Lions (8-1) and the Lions put together a 25-20, 25-14, 25-22 win. Mount St. Joseph is receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III poll.
MATCH 1: GREENVILLE 3, ANDERSON 0
Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind. / Fairfield) led the Ravens with seven kills. Tess Perdue (Lexington, Ky. / West Jessamine) was right behind her with six. Kate Todd (Festus, Mo. / Festus) picked up 10 assists. Hannah Rady (Cloverdale, Ind. / Cloverdale) and Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind. / Castle) both recorded nine assists. Lauren Dungan (Alexandria, Ind. / Alexandria-Monroe) led the team with 12 digs.
MATCH 2: MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 3, ANDERSON 0
Bontrager once again led the Ravens in kills with six. Rady picked nine assists while Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind. Elkhart Memorial) and Alexis Sorrell (Hudsonville, Mich. / Unity Christian) each recorded four. Dungan, Sorrell, Bontrager, Troyer each picked up a service ace. Troyer recorded 20 digs.
COACH TAMI MILLER’S COMMENTS
[Saturday] was a challenging day for the Ravens. We came up against two strong blocking teams that limited our offense. We had spurts against both teams, but in order to beat teams of their caliber, we need to be more consistent. We are still lacking discipline in several areas, but continue to see growth with this team. One of our strengths continues to be our middle hitters as Felicity Bontrager was named to the all-tournament team for her play this weekend.
The Ravens will be back on the court Friday as they head to Delaware, Ohio to take part in the Bishop Invitational. Anderson takes on Capital University (1-5) in Match 1 at 5 PM followed by Ohio Wesleyan (2-6) in Match 2 at 7PM.
RHIT Women’s Golf Places 1st and 2nd at HCAC Preview
FRANKLIN, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology brought home team finishes of 1st and 2nd at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview, signifying its status as the front runner for the 2021-22 league title, at Legends of Indiana Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday.
Rose-Hulman took home the top six finishing positions in the event in a dominant team performance. The first Rose-Hulman squad won the event with a score of 642, with the second Rose-Hulman team finishing just 10 shots behind at 652. Transylvania came home 3rd with a 672, followed by Hanover in 4th (682) and Bluffton in 5th (697).
Rachel Zhang won the HCAC Preview for the third consecutive year to lead the Rose-Hulman performance. Zhang recorded scores of 80 and 78 to finish with a two-day total of 158.
Four Rose-Hulman players each tied for 2nd place with two-day totals of 160. Lauren Conley scored 80 and 80; Meg Fosnot scored 84 and 76; Precious Saelee scored 79 and 81; and Neha Vinesh scored 81 and 79.
Svarnika Bommakanti helped the Fightin’ Engineers complete a sweep of the top six finishing positions with a total of 162 after rounds of 86 and 76.
Wynne Aldrich came home 11th (86 and 82), with Lily Byrne adding a 12th place finish (82 and 87). Other Rose-Hulman players included Mikaela Ikeda in 15th (85 and 85); Nikki Bonilla in 21st (94 and 82); Annie Gant in 32nd (96 and 93); Olivia Sexton in 32nd (102 and 87); Caitlin Hriljac in 60th (108 and 100); and Elizabeth Grossman in 62nd (106 and 107).
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
WABASH: Golf Tees Off At Belterra In Season-Opener
The 2021-22 college golf season begins Sunday for the Wabash College team. The Little Giants will travel to southern Indiana to compete in the Belterra Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by Hanover College September 12-13.
Wabash begins its 101st golf season with 14 players on the roster. Drew Fleming is the lone senior joined by three juniors — Allen Johnson Jr., Tim Neu, and Ian Rollins. Sophomores Brandt Guthrie, Nathanael Mertz, Miles Patterson, Mark Poole, Conner Taylor, and Brayden Weiss round out the list of upperclassmen. Lewis Dellinger, Hyatt Hines, Matthew Lesniak, and Robert Pruzin are all freshmen members of the team.
“We have a lot of raw talent on this golf team,” Wabash head coach Josh Hill said. “With raw talent comes fine-tuning some abilities, which all great players need. Being able to piece that talent together by working with 14 players who are willing to work their tails off in practice has me excited.”
Weiss returns after a freshman season that saw him average 76 strokes a round and earn four top-five finishes with one medalist performance. Weiss helped Wabash finish fourth at the 2021 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, the best finish by a Little Giant team since 2009.
“I was able to watch Brayden’s scores from afar last year,” Hill said. “His name popped up on a few leaderboards. What really sticks out with him is the consistency. He’s put together some good qualifying scores. There’s nothing that sticks out that makes him an earth-shattering golfer yet. He’s the type of player who will produce scores you can rely on. You can put Brayden in a tough situation where you need something special and he will deliver. That’s the type of player you want at the top of your entry list. Even when he doesn’t have their best stuff, you will still get a good score from him.”
Hill is in his first season as the Little Giants’ head coach after playing and coaching for the nationally-ranked golf program at Guilford College. Hill earned Ping All-America honors three times, was a three-time all-conference player, and helped Guilford earn three top-five finishes at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.
“I’m trying to share the joy of competing at a high level with the players,” Hill said. “None of these guys have had that opportunity to experience that. I’ve shared my stories of competing at multiple national championships and winning conference championships. I hope that sharing that with them might help them work a little harder to get the opportunity to experience that for themselves. This team is very capable of competing at those same levels.
“We’ve got a young team this year after graduating four seniors from last season. A majority of those seniors played in nearly every tournament last year. Right now it’s important to get guys reps. Everything is a learning experience whether it’s a good or bad experience. There is always something to take from every round. It can be a discussion of how well someone played in a tournament or what can you take from today’s round as something to work on in practice to get better for the following tournament.”
After playing in the Belterra tournament, the Little Giants will host the Wabash Invitational October 4-5 at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis. The Little Giants will compete at the Wittenberg Invitational before closing out the fall season at the Guilford Invitational in North Carolina.
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|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|New Orleans Saints||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||38||3||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||31||29||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||19||14||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||0||1||0||.000||1.0||6||32||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Orlando City SC||23||10||8||5||33||29||4||7-4-1||3-4-4||38|
|New York City FC||22||10||4||8||38||24||14||8-1-2||2-3-6||34|
|Inter Miami CF||22||8||5||9||23||31||-8||5-2-5||3-3-4||29|
|Real Salt Lake||23||8||6||9||36||32||4||6-4-2||2-2-7||30|
|Los Angeles FC||23||8||6||9||35||33||2||6-5-2||2-1-7||30|
|Connecticut Sun||24||6||.800||—||13-1||11-5||10-3||10-0||12 W|
|Chicago Sky||15||15||.500||9.0||5-9||10-6||9-5||5-5||1 L|
|Washington Mystics||12||18||.400||12.0||8-7||4-11||7-7||4-6||2 W|
|New York Liberty||11||19||.367||13.0||6-9||5-10||5-8||1-9||7 L|
|Atlanta Dream||7||22||.241||16.5||3-11||4-11||5-8||1-9||2 L|
|Indiana Fever||6||23||.207||17.5||4-11||2-12||4-9||3-7||4 L|