Sectional 12

Zionsville 42, McCutcheon 0

Sectional 13

Cathedral 56, Terre Haute North 0

Sectional 10

South Bend Adams 35, Goshen 14

Sectional 16

Floyd Central 39, Jeffersonville 20


Sectional 21

Richmond 32, Shelbyvile 29

Connersville 14, Muncie Central 13

Mount Vernon 63, Pendleton Heights 28

Greenfield-Central 43, New Castle 0

Sectional 22

Bishop Chatard 41, Frankfort 7

Shortridge 18, Crispus Attucks 14

Lebanon 42, Beech Grove 6

Roncalli 47, Western 8

Sectional 23

South Dearborn 54, Madison 0

Martinsville 33, Silver Creek 13

Mooresville 68, Jennings County 0

East Central 44, Greenwood 14

Sectional 17

Lowell 41, Highland 7

Hobart 72, Griffith 10

Sectional 18

Kankakee Valley 35, South Bend Riley 6

South Bend St. Joseph 15, Logansport 14

New Prairie 48, Plymouth 0

Culver Academy 50, South Bend Clay 8

Sectional 19

DeKalb 42, Wawasee 7

Leo 32, East Noble 29

Northridge 28, NorthWood 7

Columbia City 48, Angola 12

Sectional 20

Fort Wayne Wayne 27, Marion 13

Delta 56, Fort Wayne South 18

Mississinewa 49, Jay County 0

New Haven 35, Huntington North 34

Sectional 24

Evansville Memorial 42, Evansville Harrison 10

Boonville 34, Evansville Reitz 34, 4Q

Northview 28, Jasper 14


Sectional 28

Brebeuf Jesuit 24, West Lafayette 14

Guerin Catholic 21, Hamilton Heights 20

Western Boone 41, Crawfordsville 14

North Montgomery 6, Yorktown 0, 2OT

Sectional 29

Cardinal Ritter 57, Christel House Manual 0

Tri-West 62, West Vigo 12

Danville 41, Greencastle 7

Indian Creek 36, Washington 18

Sectional 25

Hanover Central 53, Twin Lakes 20

Knox 37,Calumet 16

Sectional 26

John Glenn 41, Lakeland 13

Jimtown 31, West Noble 21

Mishawaka Marian 49, South Bend Washington 14

Tippecanoe Valley 22, Garrett 8

Sectional 27

Norwell 56, Maconaquah 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 48, Northwestern 14

Oak Hill 63, Bellmont 42

Peru 35, Heritage 8

Sectional 30

Vincennes Lincoln 48, Princeton 20

Edgewood 16, Washington 0

Brown County 47, Pike Central 20

Owen Valley 32, Sullivan 29

Sectional 31

Brownstown Central 41, Scottsburg 0

Batesville 48, Rushville 26

Greensburg 24, Charlestown 21

Lawrenceburg 49, Franklin County 14

Sectional 32

Heritage Hills 31, North Harrison 18

Evansville Bosse 60, Corydon Central 3, 4Q

Salem 28, Southridge 21

Gibson Southern 49, Mount Vernon (Posey) 16


Sectional 36

Eastbrook 56, Eastern (Greentown) 14

Lapel 40, Frankton 18

Tipton 42, Blackford 6

Alexandria 24, Elwood 19

Sectional 37

Lafayette Central Catholic 53, South Vermillion 20

Southmont 21, Cascade 7

Monrovia 34, North Putnam 15

Speedway 41, Seeger 12

Sectional 38

Scecina 40, Heritage Christian 20

Centerville 49, Eastern Hancock 12

Northeastern 42, Winchester 0 

Sectional 39

Providence 47, Switzerland County 0

Paoli 50, Union County 0

Triton Central 58, Eastern (Pekin) 0

Clarksville 41, Mitchell 20

Sectional 33

Rensselaer Central 52, North Newton 8

Wheeler at Andrean, 8 p.m.

Boone Grove 44, Hammond Noll 7

Whiting 53 Bowman Academy 0

Sectional 34

Delphi 28, Lewis Cass 20

Pioneer 40, Wabash 14

Bremen 28, Manchester 13

LaVille 29, Rochester 7

Sectional 35

Eastside 49, Bluffton 6

Central Noble 49, Whitko 0

Fort Wayne Luers 46, Fairfield 8

Prairie Heights 40, Woodlan 27

Sectional 40

North Posey 56, Crawford County 6

North Knox 31, South Spencer 14

Linton-Stockton 46, Tell City 13

Evansville Mater Dei 42, Forest Park 6


Sectional 42

Clinton Prairie 20, Clinton Central 8

Traders Point Christian 35, North White 14

Carroll (Flora) 35, Frontier 0

Sectional 46

Covenant Christian 52, Indiana Deaf 6

Park Tudor 26, Sheridan 7

Lutheran 69, Edinburgh 8

Sectional 41

South Central (Union Mills) 40, Caston 6

Culver 68, South Newton 34

Winamac 48 West Central, 14

Sectional 43

Monroe Central 52, Wes-Del 7

South Adams 44, Madison-Grant 18

Taylor 44, Southern Wells 37

Union City 25, Tri-Central 14

Sectional 44

Northfield 35, Fremont 14

Southwood 47, North Miami 7

Adams Central 25, Churubusco 15

Sectional 45

Parke Heritage 52, Attica 18

South Putnam 24, North Vermillion 18

Covington 46, Fountain Central 6

Riverton Parke 54, Cloverdale 6

Sectional 47

Milan 40, Oldenburg Academy 0

North Decatur 58, South Decatur 19

Tri 53, Hagerstown 6

Sectional 48

Springs Valley 27, North Daviess 6

Tecumseh 44, Eastern Greene 0

North Central (Farmersburg) 18, Perry Central 14

West Washington 60 Rock Creek Academy 0


Class A (at Kokomo) — Park Tudor (15-3-1) vs. Westview (15-5), 1 p.m.

Class A (at Evansville North) — Providence (14-3-3) vs. Cascade (13-5-1), 6 p.m.

Class 2A (at Kokomo) — FW Bishop Dwenger (13-4-2) vs. West Lafayette (17-1-2), 3 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at Kokomo) — Noblesville (18-1-1) vs. Chesterton (18-1-1), 5 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Castle (20-1) vs. Carmel (15-3-2), 3 p.m.


Class A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Andrean (14-3-3) vs. Tipton (10-4), 11 a.m.

Class A (at Providence) — Providence (13-5-1) vs. Heritage Christian (13-8), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Leo (19-0-2) vs. Mishawaka Marian (19-3), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Homestead (20-0) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (17-2-1), 3 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Bloomington South (20-0-1) vs. Carmel (17-2-2), 5 p.m.



at LaPorte

Penn vs. LaPorte

Crown Point vs. Munster

At Noblesville

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Fishers

McCutcheon vs. Homestead

At Greenfield Central

Yorktown vs. Cathedral

Brownsburg vs. Roncalli

At Bloomington North

Floyd Central vs. Castle

Center Grove vs. Columbus East


at Kankakee Valley

Culver Academies vs. West Lafayette

New Prairie vs. Hanover Central

At Norwell

Bellmont vs. Angola

Northwestern vs. NorthWood

At Danville

Ritter vs. Tri-West Hendricks

Brebeuf vs. Brownstown Central

At Charlestown

Greensburg vs. Evansville Memorial

Silver Creek vs. Barr Reeve


at Bremen

Fairfield vs. Andrean

North Judson vs. South Central

at Elwood

Madison Grant vs. Alexandria Monroe

South Adams vs. Rossville

At Cascade

Union County vs. Covenant Christian

South Putnam vs. Western Boone

at Mitchell

North Posey vs. Mitchell

Linton Stockton vs. South Ripley


at Culver

Southwood vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Kouts vs. Triton

At Wes-Del

Seton Catholic vs. Lafayette Central Catholic

Daleville vs. South Newton

At Morristown

Bloomfield vs. Waldron

Indiana Deaf vs. Indianapolis Lutheran

At Loogootee

Lanesville vs. Springs Valley

Trinity Lutheran vs. Loogootee


Saturday, Oct. 23

Illinois at No. 7 Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC

Northwestern at No. 6 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 16 Wake Forest at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

UMass at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Kansas State at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS1

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Pennsylvania at Yale | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Morehead State at Marist | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Duquesne at Sacred Heart | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Kent State at Ohio | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Brown at Cornell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina Central at Morgan State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Youngstown State at Indiana State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgetown at Bucknell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

San Diego at Presbyterian | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Lehigh at Fordham | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Harvard at Princeton | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Dayton at Valparaiso | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Howard | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Chattanooga at Samford | 1 p.m.  | ESPN3

Incarnate Word at McNeese | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Stetson at Drake | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina A&T at Hampton | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at South Dakota | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at The Citadel | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

East Tennessee State at Furman | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Bethune-Cookman at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

South Carolina State at Delaware State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Virginia Lynchburg at Tennessee Tech | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Wisconsin at No. 25 Purdue | 3 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Jacksonville State at Sam Houston | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at Montana State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Illinois at South Dakota | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at UT Martin | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Iowa at South Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Charleston Southern at North Alabama | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Austin Peay at Murray State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

LSU at No. 12 Ole Miss | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Clemson at No. 23 Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland at Minnesota | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 10 Oregon at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

BYU at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Colorado at Cal | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Western Michigan at Toledo | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Rice at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Buffalo at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m.

Missouri State at North Dakota State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Boston College at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

East Carolina at Houston | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Liberty at North Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Weber State at Eastern Washington | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Kennesaw State at Campbell | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Colgate at Holy Cross | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Wofford at Mercer | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN

South Alabama at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 22 San Diego State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Nevada at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | FS2

Western Kentucky at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 24 UTSA at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Central Arkansas at Lamar | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Midwestern State at Tarleton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Houston Baptist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Prairie View A&M at Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at No. 13 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

West Virginia at TCU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

South Carolina at No. 17 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 18 NC State at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia Tech at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Utah at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Montana at Idaho | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UC Davis at Cal Poly | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Colorado at Southern Utah | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Dixie State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Arizona at Sacramento State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico State at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 25, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN


Houston 5 Boston 0


Washington 135 Indiana 134 OT

Charlotte 123 Cleveland 112

New York 121 Orlando 96

Toronto 115 Boston 83

Brooklyn 114 Philadelphia 109

Chicago 128 New Orleans 112

Houston 124 Oklahoma City 91

Denver 102 San Antonio 96

Phoenix 115 LA Lakers 105

Utah 110 Sacramento 101


San Jose 5 Toronto 3

Dallas 3 Los Angeles 2

Boston 4 Buffalo 1

Edmonton 5 Vegas 3

García, Alvarez help Astros oust Red Sox, reach World Series

HOUSTON (AP) Two of the youngest Houston Astros stars helped one of baseball’s oldest managers get another shot at a most elusive title.

Rookie Luis Garcia showed the poise of an October ace, MVP Yordan Alvarez did more damage at the plate and the Astros earned yet another trip to the World Series, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Friday night in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.

Garcia and Alvarez, both 24 and ascending, and 72-year-old manager Dusty Baker will open the World Series on Tuesday night, either at Dodger Stadium or home against Atlanta. The Braves lead Los Angeles 3-2 in the NL Championship Series going into Game 6 Saturday night.

“There’s four more wins on the board out there,” Baker said. “There’s four more wins you’ve got to get.”

The Astros advanced to the World Series for the third time in five seasons. They won the championship in 2017, a crown tainted by the team’s sign-stealing scandal, before losing to the Washington Nationals in seven games in 2019.

Garcia pitched no-hit ball into the sixth inning, leaving to a huge ovation with two outs after a triple by Kike Hernandez. It was an impressive bounce-back performance for Garcia, who started Game 2 and gave up a grand slam in the first inning before leaving with no outs in the second because of discomfort in his right knee.

“I know I’m a rookie but I know what I can do and that’s what I did tonight,” Garcia said.

Alvarez continued his scorching streak, a year after watching at home after surgery to both knees as the Astros came one game shy of reaching the World Series. The slugging designated hitter went 4 for 4, including a triple and two doubles. He led a Game 5 win with three hits and three RBIs.

Alvarez hit an ALCS-record .522 (12 for 23) with one homer, three doubles, the triple and six RBIs in Houston’s six-game victory. He got nine hits in his last 13 at-bats.

Catcher Martin Maldonado made the defensive play of the game on a strikeout-throwout double play to end the seventh with Houston ahead 2-0.

It will be Baker’s second trip to the Fall Classic as a manager and first since leading the San Francisco Giants to the NL pennant in 2002. As a player, he went three times with the Dodgers, winning it all in 1981.

“Hey, I’m going back to the World Series!” Baker told a cheering crowd at Minute Maid Park.

For Houston, it was a team victory featuring all facets of the game it used in taking the AL West title and beating the Chicago White Sox in the AL Division Series. The Astros won the clincher, too, without a hit from stars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa – Alex Bregman got two hits and scored a run.

“We have a little bit of everything,” Altuve said.

Boston’s best shot to score came in the seventh. The wild-card Red Sox had runners at first and third with one out in after a single by Alex Verdugo. But Kendall Graveman struck out pinch-hitter Travis Shaw and Maldonado made a perfect throw to Correa, who was covering second, to beat Verdugo there and end the inning.

Maldonado beat his chest with glee as Graveman and Correa both pumped their fists in celebration to roars from the crowd of 42,718.

Kyle Tucker broke it open with a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth. Television cameras flashed to Houston’s Hall of Fame duo of Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who stood together and cheered as Tucker rounded the bases.

Asked to describe these Astros, Biggio, who led the team to its first World Series said simply: “They’re just good.”

Ryan Pressly closed it out in the ninth. The Red Sox, who looked so formidable at the plate at the start of the season, were held to two hits in their final game.

“I think we’re definitely disappointed right now,” Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi said. “We obviously wanted to win this game and win the series and go on the to World Series. No one expected us to be here. We proved a lot of people wrong.”

Bregman singled with two outs in the first before the double by Alvarez put the Astros up 1-0. Hernandez was in position to make the catch, but it hit off his arm below his glove and dropped in for the hit.

Consecutive romps by Boston and its bashers made it appear that the Red Sox were in complete control of the series after Game 3, but as the long fly by Alvarez proved, they didn’t have a firm grip on things.

The Astros, buoyed by their young pitchers and rediscovered offense, won the next two games by a combined 18-3 to return home a win away from a World Series.

“It’s a relentless team,” Correa said. “We stick together. We’re a family. We fight back and we never give up.”

Framber Valdez pitched the Astros to a Game 5 win at Fenway Park, then their rising stars, Garcia and Alvarez, did the rest.

Alvarez tripled with no outs in the sixth to chase Josh Taylor and Tanner Houck plunked Correa. Tucker then smacked a grounder right at first baseman Kyle Schwarber who tagged Correa for the unassisted double play as Alvarez slid safely into home to make it 2-0.

Eovaldi got the win in a solid Game 2 start but was charged with the loss in Game 4 after giving up the go-ahead runs after coming in with the game tied in the ninth.

On Friday, he permitted five hits and one run as the Red Sox lost a playoff game when started for the first time after entering the game 5-0 in his starts.

Garcia was the first pitcher to take a no-hitter into sixth of a potential playoff clincher since the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard got two outs in sixth against the Giants in 2016 NL wild-card game.

Garcia allowed Schwarber to reach on a wild pitch after a strikeout to open the game and walked Verdugo with one out in the second. He settled in after that, sitting down the next 13 with five strikeouts, before Hernandez got Boston’s first hit on a triple with two outs in the sixth. Garcia finished with seven strikeouts.

Phil Maton took over and retired Rafael Devers to end the inning.

Dodgers’ Scherzer scratched from Game 6 start vs Braves

ATLANTA (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers say Max Scherzer will not start Game 6 of the NL Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

The Dodgers made the announcement on Friday night. They did not say why Scherzer will not start and did not say which pitcher will take his place.

Atlanta leads the series 3-2.

Scratching Scherzer was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Scherzer, a 37-year-old right-hander, is a three-time Cy Young Award winner acquired by the Dodgers from Washington on July 30.

He got his first career save on Oct 14 at San Francisco in Game 5 of the Division Series, throwing 13 pitches on two days’ rest after throwing 110 pitches over seven innings during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss in Game 3.

Scherzer started Game 2 at the Braves on Sunday and did not get a decision in Atlanta’s 5-4 win, throwing 79 pitches over 4 1/3 innings. He said after that game he had a bit of a dead arm but said at the time he did not think it was that big of a deal.

Oklahoma St. coach Gundy agrees to perpetual 5-year deal

(AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has agreed to a new contract that will keep him on a perpetual five-year deal at his alma mater.

The OSU/A&M Board of Regents Board of Regents has approved the recommendation from Oklahoma State president Dr. Kayse Shrum and Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg. The school announced the agreement on Friday in a news release that stated further terms will be released at a later date.

Gundy, a former Oklahoma State quarterback, has a career record of 143-67 and has led the program to 15 consecutive bowl games. He has coached the Cowboys to four New Year’s Six bowl games since 2010, and the Cowboys have reached The Associated Press Top 10 poll in 10 seasons since 2008, including this season.

The eighth-ranked Cowboys take a 6-0 record into Saturday’s game at Iowa State.

“Coach Gundy has elevated the Cowboys to among the most consistent winners in college football during his 17-year tenure at Oklahoma State University,” Weiberg said. “The numbers speak to our program’s success under his leadership.”

“Stillwater is home, and I love this community and Oklahoma State,” Gundy said. “Coaching my beloved alma mater is a great honor for me. I look forward to working with my outstanding coaching staff to continue having a positive impact on the lives of the players and their families who allow us the privilege to help them succeed on the field and in life.”

Gundy was in a rough spot a year ago when running back Chuba Hubbard, who now plays for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, lashed out at him on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel. Hubbard, who is black, suggested he might boycott the program after Gundy was photographed wearing a T-shirt promoting the One America News Network, a cable channel and website that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and praised by then-president Donald Trump.

Gundy and Hubbard ironed out their differences, and apparently, he’s good with his players now. He was recorded while dancing in front of the team after a win over Texas.

“Coach Gundy is the most successful football coach in Oklahoma State’s history,” Shrum said. “We applaud what he has accomplished on the field and admire the unique culture he has created, which positively impacts the lives of the young men who come to Oklahoma State to play football and get an education.”


• Six Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by four of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Iowa and No. 25 Purdue. 

• Two Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan State and Michigan are 7-0 and 6-0, respectively. Additionally, Ohio State is 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 in the East Division. 

• No. 9 Michigan State defeated Indiana, 20-15, to improve to 7-0 on the season, marking the first time that the Spartans have started 7-0 since 2015 and just the eighth time in program history that they have won their first seven games. Additionally, the Spartans are now 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2017.

• No. 25 Purdue upset then-No. 2 Iowa, 24-7, marking the second time in the last four seasons that the Boilermakers have defeated a team ranked No. 2 in the nation. Prior to Saturday’s win over Iowa, Purdue defeated then-No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. Senior QB Aidan O’Connell completed 30 of 40 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns, while junior WR David Bell was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following a performance that included 11 receptions for 240 yards (21.8 avg.) and a touchdown. Bell’s 240 receiving yards marked the second-highest single-game total in school history and are the second-most receiving yards in a game by a FBS player in 2021.  Defensively, Purdue registered four interceptions — two by Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Cam Allen — and four sacks. 

• After holding Iowa to just 7 points, Purdue now ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 14 points per game. Additionally, the Boilermakers rank third in the country in red zone defense (60 pct.), fifth in defensive passing efficiency (103.41) and sixth in first downs allowed (89). Offensively, Purdue ranks 10th in the country in passing (334.0 yards per game). 

• Minnesota improved to 4-2 overall on the season with a 30-23 win over Nebraska. The Gophers were led by QB Tanner Morgan who completed 20 of 24 passes — including a school-record 16 consecutive completions — and threw two touchdowns. WR Chris Autman-Bell caught a career-high 11 passes for 103 yards and RB Bryce Williams carried 17 times for 127 yards (7.47 avg.), including a 56-yard touchdown run. 

• In the final non-conference matchup of the season, Wisconsin topped Army 20-14 at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers were led defensively by three players who registered double-digit tackles: junior LB Leo Chenal (17), senior LB Jack Sanborn (12) and senior S Scott Nelson (11). Chenal added 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble in the victory. Offensively, sophomore QB Graham Mertz tallied two rushing scores, while RB Braelon Allen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following his 108-yard rushing performance. 

• Northwestern improved to 3-3 overall with a 21-7 victory over Rutgers. The Wildcats were led on defense by junior DL Adetomiwa Adebawore who tallied seven tackles, four TFLs, a sack, two QB hits and a forced fumble. Adebawore’s four TFLs marked the most by a Northwestern defender since 2018. Offensively, sophomore QB Ryan Hilinski finished 18-for-33 for 267 yards and two touchdowns.

• The Big Ten boasts four teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Penn State (4th, 13.8 ppg), Purdue (5th, 14.0), Iowa (7th, 14.6) and Michigan (9th, 15.5). The conference has three teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.70), Penn State (4th, 102.12) and Purdue (5th, 103.41). Additionally, three Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in the nation in run defense: Wisconsin (3rd, 64.3 ypg), Minnesota (6th, 86.8) and Iowa (7th, 89.7).

• Ohio State has scored more than 50 points in its last three games and leads the nation in total offense (563.2 ypg), while ranking second in scoring offense (48.5 ppg.) and second in team passing efficiency (187.76). The Buckeyes offense also ranks second in the country in third-down conversion percentage (.565 pct.).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-5 single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (3rd, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (4th, 257 vs. Charlotte). Walker III also eclipsed 200 yards rushing at Rutgers (8th-most in a single game in 2021), while Northwestern’s Evan Hull rushed for 216 yards vs. Ohio (tied for 14th).

• Additional top-5 single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (4th, 266.174 passing efficiency; and 5th, 484 passing yards vs. Oregon), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (3rd, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), and Michigan State’s Jayden Reed (5th, 285 all-purpose yards vs. Western Kentucky; and 5th, 88 punt return yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2). 

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• Eight Big Ten standouts were named candidates for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award: Illinois’ Blake Hayes, Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Andrew Vastardis, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Penn State’s Sean Clifford. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during football bowl season in December.

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program will square off with No. 5/5 Ohio State under the light in front of a sold-out crowd inside Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 23. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

No. 5/5 OHIO STATE (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
Memorial Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. ET
TV: ABC |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
•  Indiana (2-4, 0-3 B1G East) wraps up its two-game homestand against No. 5/5 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on ABC.
•  The Buckeyes are the Hoosiers fifth ranked opponent and fourth Top-10 foe in seven games.
•  IU held No. 10 Michigan State to 20 points, 100 rushing yards, 141 passing yards, and 241 total yards last weekend. MSU came into the game averaging 36.7 points, 217.2 rushing, 269,7 passing, and 486.8 total yards.
Ty Fryfogle became the 11th Hoosier to reach 2,000 receiving yards against the Spartans.
•  He ranks 10th in yardage (2,056), eighth in receptions (145), and T-10th in touchdowns (14) in IU lore.
Peyton Hendershot needs four catches (114) and 95 yards (1,242) to set the program marks for a tight end.
•  Hendershot is second with 11 TDs, trailing Ted Bolser’s 15 (2010-13).
•  Saturday’s game is IU’s second sellout of the season (Cincinnati).
The Coaches
•  The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, 
Tom Allenis 26-26 (.500) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15)
•  Ryan Day is in his third season as Ohio State head coach. He posted a 3-0 record as the Buckeyes acting head coach to open 2018 and owns a 28-3 overall mark (.903), including a perfect 18-0 Big Ten record.
News & Notes
•  Indiana is 16-11 overall and 11-8 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
•  The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 17 league games.
•  IU was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
•  Indiana appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
•  The team voted WR 
Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr.season captains.
•  Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
•  The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
•  IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
•  Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).


FIRST AND TEN  Ohio State, off last weekend, travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Hoosiers that ABC will televise to a national audience.  This is the 95th game in the all-time series and Ohio State holds a 76-12-5 advantage.  Ohio State has won 25 consecutive in the series, but … f Indiana is making things a little too interesting – as in uncomfortably interesting – for Ohio State of late. Consider: 52-49 in 2012; 42-27 in 2014; 34-27 in 2015; 49-26 in 2018; and 42-35 last year.  Indiana’s last wins over Ohio State: back-to-back in 1987 (31-10) and 1988 (41-7). The ’87 win snapped a 23-game Ohio State win streak over the Hoosiers. The two teams tied, 27-all, in 1990.  Last year, both teams were ranked in the AP Top 10. Ohio State led at one point 35-7 and held on for a 42-35 win. Indiana rallied behind Michael Penix (491 passing yards and 5 TDs).  Fifth-year Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson was IU’s head coach for six years, from 2011-16. He led his final two Hoosier teams to bowl games.  The teams next meet on 10-29-22 in Columbus.

Ohio State has won three consecutive games since a 35-28 home loss to Oregon in Week 2 of the season, and it comes back from its off weekend with a 5-1 overall record and 3-0 mark in the Big Ten. Two of its three conference wins have come on the road. f The Buckeyes are averaging 54.5 points in the last four games and are giving up just 14.2.  The Buckeyes have outscored – 152-40 – and outgained – 587.0 ypg-303.0 – the last three opponents by considerable margins.  Over the last three games – in wins over Akron, Rutgers and Maryland – Ohio State has given up just five touchdowns.  The Buckeyes have not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 2 against Oregon and are allowing just 79.0 yards per game on the ground over the last four games.  Ohio State possesses one of the top offenses in college football. The Buckeyes rank nationally No. 1 in total offense (562.7), No. 2 in scoring (48.5), No. 8 in passing (352.2) and No. 22 in rushing (211.0).  The Buckeyes are also tied for fifth nationally in scrimmage plays of at least 50 yards with nine of them by four players (TreVeyon Henderson – 4; Garrett Wilson – 2; Chris Olave – 1; and Miyan Williams – 1).  The Buckeyes defense, after allowing an average of 471.3 yards and 28.7 points through the first three games of the season, has lowered those averages considerable in the last three weeks to current cumulative averages of 387.3 yards and 20.5 points.  Ohio State’s defense has improved by 49 positions in scoring defense and by 34 in total defense the past three weekends.  Ohio State’s defense is second nationally in passes defended (43; 34 PBUs and 9 INTs).

Twenty-one of Ohio State’s 22 trips into the red zone have resulted in points – 11th nationally; 95.45 pct. – with 17 touchdowns (nine rushes; eight passes).  Ohio State is T3rd nationally with 46 plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards (7.6 per game). The Buckeyes had 11 such plays vs. Oregon, nine vs. Akron and eight against both Rutgers and Maryland.

SCOUTING INDIANA  Indiana fell to 2-4 last Saturday after a 20-15 loss to No. 10 Michigan State in Bloomington.  All four of Indiana’s losses have come to team’s that are currently ranked in the Associated Press top 10: Iowa, Penn State, Cincinnati and Michigan State.  Jack Tuttle started at quarterback against the Spartans for an injured Michael Pennix Jr. and completed 28 of 25 passes for 188 yards and two interceptions.  Ty Fryfogle, the 2020 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, caught a game-high seven passes. He is Indiana’s leading receiver this season with totals of 33 catches for 337 yards and one touchdown.  Stephen Carr leads the Hoosiers in rushing with 439 yards on 121 carries and four touchdowns. He’s averaging 73.2 yards per game.  On defense, Indiana ranks 37th nationally in total yards given up (334.8 per game) and is 18th in third down conversion defense, allowing opponents to convert just 31.7 percent of the time.  Linebacker and All-Big Ten performer Micah McFaddan leads the team in tackles (36), tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (3.5). He also has two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.



PURDUE RETURNS HOME FOR A SELLOUT • No. 25 Purdue Football (4-2, 2-1) hosts Big Ten Conference foe Wisconsin (3-3, 1-2) on Saturday, Oct. 23, in front of what has already been announced as a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium. • Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers will aim to keep the train rolling after the tremendous 24-7 win at No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), the program’s second-straight victory over an AP No. 2-ranked squad. • As announced on Sept. 22, Saturday’s game against the Badgers will be a capacity crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium. Notably, the day is also Purdue’s Hammer Down Cancer Game. • The Boilermakers head into Saturday’s game with a 4-2 record for the first time since the 2010 season. With a win against Wisconsin, Purdue would improve to 5-2 for the first time since 2007. PURDUE – WISCONSIN SERIES HISTORY • Purdue is 29-50-8 all-time against Wisconsin and will be looking for its first win in the series since 2003 on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. • Historically, the Boilermakers are 16-22-3 at home against the Badgers. The most recent home Purdue victory over Wisconsin dates back to the 1997 season, when the Boilers rolled the No. 24-ranked Badgers, 45-20 (Oct. 18, 1997). • The Boilermakers and head coach Jeff Brohm came close to snapping its slide against the Badgers in 2018, dropping a triple overtime heart-breaker, 44-47 (Nov. 17, 2018). • Interestingly, the Boilermakers have more ties, eight, vs. Wisconsin than any other opponent in school history. The series dates back to 1892 and is Purdue’s fourth-longest contested matchup. Earlier first meetings include: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890) and Indiana (1891). RANKED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007 • The Boilermakers are back in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since the 2007 season, earning a No. 25 nod for the Week 8 (Oct. 17) edition of the poll. Back in the 2007 season, Purdue’s 5-0 start to the season vaulted the Boilermakers to No. 23 in the Week 5 (Sept. 30, 2007) poll. • For head coach Jeff Brohm, he previously led a squad into the Top 25 during his three-year tenure at Western Kentucky. His 2015 program made two appearances in the Top 25, earning the 25th slot for the Week 14 (Dec. 6, 2015) poll and finishing 24th in the season’s final poll. • All-time, Purdue is 3-0 when ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll. Most recently, Purdue won two games as the nation’s No. 25 team during the 2004 season under Joe Tiller’s guidance. Tiller’s Boiler squad defeated Syracuse (51-0, Sept. 5, 2004) and Ball State (59-7, Sept. 11, 2004) during a 5-0 start to that campaign.

RING THE BELL • If you hadn’t heard of heard Bell before the Iowa game, now you have. The junior WR from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999). • Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019). • Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

• Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 23 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record held previously solely by John Standeford. • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). • Bell missed the Minnesota (Oct. 2) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18). • The Boilermaker star ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game (135.8), and first in the Big Ten Conference. • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.7 catches per game, 101.7 yards per game and 0.2 touchdown receptions per game. His 101.7 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.7 receptions per game is currently the second-most for an active NCAA career, only trailing Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns (8.7). • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04). GOODBYE, NUMBER TWO • With the win against No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16), Purdue improved to 6-10 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, and the Boilermakers have won two in a row, including the 49-20 win against second-ranked Ohio State on October 20, 2018 • The Boilermakers have 16 wins over top-five opponents when they are unranked, the most in the country. • The Iowa win is Purdue’s first against a top-2 foe on the road since a 31-20 victory at Notre Dame on September 28, 1974.

DEFENSE! DEFENSE! • The Boilermakers have gotten tremendously stingy on defense, ranking fifth nationally in scoring defense (14.0) through six games this season. In the neighborhood with Purdue includes: Georgia (6.6), Clemson (12.5), Cincinnati (13.7) and Penn State (13.8). • Brohm’s squad is uniquely one of seven programs in the country to average more than 420.0 yards of total offense and less than 300.0 yards of total defense (Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia, Iowa State, Liberty, NC State). • The Boilermaker defense had four interceptions at Iowa (Oct. 16), the most since 2018, a four-INT game against Boston College (Sept. 22, 2018), and the four takeaways is the team’s most since it had four at Wisconsin (Nov. 23, 2019). • Purdue’s defense is led by a new array of assistant coaches selected to join the Boilermaker staff by head coach Jeff Brohm during the offseason leading up to the 2021 season. Three new co-defensive coordinators were hired, Brad Lambert, previously at Marshall, and Ron English, previously at Florida. In his second stint on Purdue’s staff, Mark Hagen was selected by Brohm and elevated to co-defensive coordinator. • Lambert and English coach the linebacker and secondary groups, respectively, while Hagen returned to Purdue in 2021 to lead the defensive line. Brohm also added cornerbacks coach James Adams to his staff from Navy.


BADGERS BEGIN BIG TEN STRETCH RUN AT PURDUE  The race for the Big Ten West Division takes center stage for Wisconsin, which opens a stretch run that will see the Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) take on 5 division opponents in the season’s final 6 weeks. That run through the West begins with a trip to West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday to take on No. 25 Purdue (4-2, 2-1) in a game that will kick off at 2 p.m. and air live on Big Ten Network.  The Badgers are coming off consecutive wins for the first time this season after downing their first West Division foe, Illinois, on Oct. 9 and scoring a 20-14 win over Army in a non-conference clash last Saturday.  Wisconsin seeks a 15th consecutive win over the Boilermakers and looks to extend a streak of 8 straight victories in West Lafayette that dates to 1999.  Purdue marks the 4th ranked opponent the Badgers have faced in the first 7 weeks of the season.

The Badgers are in their 7th season under head coach Paul Chryst, who is 59-22 (.728) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 38-15 (.717) conference record and a 5-1 mark in bowl games. Chryst is in his 16th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff. Jim Leonhard is back for a 5th season as defensive coordinator, and 6th season on the coaching staff overall, at his alma mater. Under Leonhard — an All-America safety during his playing days at UW — the Badgers have continued their run as one of the nation’s most consistently high-performing defenses. Over Leonhard’s first 5 seasons on staff, Wisconsin has ranked among the nation’s top 5 units in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing efficiency defense. Nationally, only No. 1 Georgia (207.1) is allowing fewer offensive yards per game than the Badgers (225.8), who have held two opponents to fewer than 100 total yards this season. UW has allowed an average of just 4.04 yards per play, 3rd-best behind Georgia (3.55) and San Diego State (4.03).  Including doing so consecutively in wins over Illinois and Army, the Badgers have held 3 opponents under 100 passing yards this season, matching Georgia for the most such performances on the year.  Wisconsin ranks 3rd nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 64.3 yards per game. In their other games, UW’s opponents are averaging 192.9 rushing yards. The Badgers have limited 4 of their 6 opponents to 50 rushing yards or less. Junior ILB Leo Chenal leads UW with 42 total tackles, despite missing the team’s first 2 games. His average of 10.5 tackles per game is the 2nd-best of any Power Five player, trailing only LSU LB Damone Clark (11.3).  The Badgers have produced 5 100-yard rushing performances through 6 games, with junior RB Chez Mellusi (3) and freshman RB Braelon Allen (2) each logging multiple games over the century mark. Rushing for 108 yards and a TD vs. Army, Allen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Read more, Page 6  TE Jake Ferguson has caught at least 1 pass in each of his 40 career games, breaking the school record for consecutive games with a catch.



BALL STATE (4-3, 2-1) CARDINALS Home: 2-1 | Away: 2-2 | Streak: Won 3 Head Coach: Mike Neu (6th season)

MIAMI REDHAWKS (3-4, 2-1) Home: 3-0 | Away: 0-4 | Streak: Won 1 Head Coach: Chuck Martin (8th season)

Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in a matchup between the last two MAC champions. The Cardinals and RedHawks were granted rivalry status by the MAC in 2017. The cross-division foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy.  The Cardinals are scheduled to host their annual Homecoming game for the 95th time in program history Saturday. Ball State is 54-37-2 on Homecoming all-time and won its last event 52-14 over Toledo on Oct. 19, 2019. The Cardinals did not host a Homecoming game last season due to COVID-19. Ball State is 2-1 against Miami on its Homecoming all-time, earning wins on Oct. 1, 1988 (45-14) and Oct. 7, 1989 (37-9). The RedHawks got the better of the Cardinals in the last Homecoming battle on Oct. 18, 2003 (49-3).  Seven weeks into the 2021 season, fifth-year WR Justin Hall is averaging 144.7 all-purpose yards per game, good for 12th-most in the country and first in the Mid-American Conference. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only to Jayden Reed (Michigan State). In addition, Hall is one of just four players nationally to score a touchdown via rush, receiving and kickoff return this season, joining Devon Achane (Texas A&M), Rasheen Ali (Marshall) and Chris Tyree (Notre Dame).  In his first career start at Eastern Michigan last week, true freshman RB Carson Steele had a career-high 138 rushing yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. He became the first Ball State player to have over 100 yards on the ground this season and is the first to eclipse the 100-yard plateau since Tye Evans at Toledo on Nov. 28, 2020 (101 yards, 25 att.). Steele had 117 yards on 15 carries in the second half alone, including 59 yards on 11 carries in just the fourth quarter to help ice away the game.  Ball State has three of the top 10 tacklers in the Mid-American Conference in S Bryce Cosby, ILB Jaylin Thomas and ILB Clayton Coll. Cosby and Thomas are tied for sixth in the league with 56 tackles apiece, while Coll is tied for seventh with 55 stops. 8 In total, 13 different players have recorded at least 1.0 TFL this season, including seven with 3.0.

INSIDE THE SERIES: MIAMI Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium. The RedHawks have won four of the last five Red Bird Rivalry games, dating back to 2016. The Cardinals had four of the five previous duels. Ball State’s lone loss in 2020 came at the hands of Miami in the season opener, 38-31, as the RedHawks scored with 10 seconds left to go in the game. Saturday’s matchup is set to feature the last two MAC champions. Ironically enough, the loser of the Red Bird Rivalry has gone on to win the league title the last two seasons. Ball State and Miami were granted rivalry status by the MAC in 2017. The cross-division foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy. BSU has been known as the Cardinals since 1927, while Miami adopted the RedHawks moniker in 1997. The series dates back to 1931 but really heated up in the 1970s when BSU joined the MAC.


FIRST AND TEN • Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (703), conference wins (301), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan. • Although Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games, the RedHawks are 27-10 in the last 37 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference during that span. • Miami went 2-1 in 2020, missing the final three contests of the year due to COVID. The RedHawks beat Ball State, the eventual MAC Champions, to open 2020, 38-31. • The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Division Championship with a 6-2 record in 2019 and went 2-1 in 2020. Miami has now had a winning conference record in four of the past five years. • Martin, in his eighth year leading the RedHawks, has had many of the same coordinators in the previous six seasons. Offensive Coordinator Eric Koehler has been with Martin all eight years on the offensive side of the ball. Spence Nowinsky (fourth year) and John Hauser (eighth year) manage the defense. • Miami is 8-2 in one-score games, dating back to the 2018 campaign. The RedHawks were 5-0 in one-score games in 2019, including a 26-21 victory over Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game. Miami’s 31-26 loss to Minnesota earlier this year ended Miami’s consecutive one-score win streak at eight. • In its last 32 contests, Miami has had a lead at some point in 28 of those games. The only four setbacks were a 42-10 loss at Buffalo in 2020 and three different losses in 2021. • Miami competed in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, its fourth bowl eligible season in the last five years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice. • Miami’s defense has forced a turnover in 32 of its last 48 games and is 20- 12 in contests when it forces a turnover. The RedHawks’ defense has also recorded a sack in 37 of its last 48 games.


The Miami RedHawks began their season on a high note in 2020, scoring four critical touchdowns in the second half as the RedHawks defeated Ball State, 38-31, at Yager Stadium. The win, which gave Miami the Red Bird Trophy, was also the 300th MAC win in team history. The second half proved to be pivotal for the RedHawks in the season opener, with four touchdowns for 28 points to erase a 21-10 deficit to the Cardinals. Miami finished with 418 total yards in the victory. AJ Mayer finished the contest 16-of-24 for 211 yards with three touchdowns, including two passes to redshirt freshman Jack Coldiron. This game included milestones for the pair, with Mayer throwing his first touchdown pass and Coldiron scoring his first touchdown with his first career catch.

ABOUT BALL STATE Ball State is 4-3 overall and 2-1 in MAC played, tied for second in the MAC West. Offensively, the Cardinals average 25.6 points per game and are led by quarterback Drew Plitt, who has thrown for 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021. His top receiver, Justin Hall, has 44 grabs for 474 yards and three scores. Defensively they allow 28.4 points and 398.8 total yards per contest. Tavion Woodard and Bryce Cosby have a combined 9.0 sacks on the season. SERIES VS. BALL STATE Saturday marks the 35th meeting between the two schools with Miami up 20-13-1 in the all-time series, including a 38-31 win last season in Oxford. The RedHawks are 8-7-0 in Muncie, which includes a 41-27 defeat back in 2019. REDBIRD RIVALRY The RedBird Rivalry trophy game between Ball State and Miami, two Mid-American Conference universities separated by a little more than 70 miles, is in its fourth year. The rivalry between the schools dates back to a 1931 meeting in Oxford, Ohio, but didn’t blossom until Ball State joined the MAC in the mid-1970s. The two teams played each other in football every year from 1985 through 1998. MAC expansion in the late 1990s changed league scheduling as the conference had too many teams to play every team on an annual basis. Because Miami is in the MAC East and Ball State is in the MAC West, they have only faced off 10 times since 2000. NOTES FROM AKRON • Miami’s balanced offensive attack rolled up its highest rushing total of the season with 245 yards on the ground to go along with AJ Mayer’s 229 passing yards. • Miami sacked Akron three times, gaining one apiece for Ivan Pace Jr., Lonnie Phelps and Nasir Washington. • Through three quarters of play the Zips had 19 yards rushing on 17 attempts before Miami played most of its second string the final 15 minutes of play. Akron ended the contest with 65 yards rushing on 24 attempts. • Jack Sorenson had five catches for 113 yards, his second-straight 100-yard performance. • Jaylon Bester, finally back from several leg injuries, scored a first half touchdown versus the Zips. He now has 15 touchdowns in his last 12 games, dating back to the start of the 2019 campaign. CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE While Miami’s 2019 MAC Championship victory was two seasons ago, Miami still has 13 starters returning in 2021 that started in that championship game. On offense: Andrew Homer, Rusty Feth, Jaylon Bester, Tyre Shelton, Brett Gabbert, Pete Nank, Caleb Shaffer and Jack Sorenson all started in the 26-21 win over CMU. Defensively, Mike Brown, Sterling Weatherford, Ryan McWood, Kameron Butler and Ben Kimpler return in 2021. In all, Miami has 26 players on the 2021 roster that participated in the 2019 MAC Championship Game.




Seven different Irish players have recorded an interception

this season after TaRiq Bracy tallied his first career

interception against Virginia Tech.

8 Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for eighth in the

NCAA with 1.0 sacks per game this season.


Notre Dame is currently tied for fifth nationally with 10

interceptions to begin the 2021 season. The 10 interceptions

are the most to begin a season since the 2014 campaign,

when the Irish also had 10 interceptions to begin the


14 The Irish have totaled 14 takeaways through the first six

games of the season, which is tied for 11th nationally.

15 15 different Irish defenders have recorded a tackle-for-loss

so far this season.


Notre Dame is 19th nationally for third down defense as it

has held opponents to 29-for-91 (32%) on third down this



With the 32-29 win over Virginia Tech, the Irish have won

36-straight games against unranked opponents dating

back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active

streak in the FBS.


Notre Dame has won 37-straight games when it has scored

30 or more points after the road win over Virginia Tech. The

Irish are 70-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score

30 or more points.


Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 54 career

games, which sets the all-time program record. Following

the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue

Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the

previous record of 52 career games.


JD Bertrand has totaled 58 tackles through the first six

games of the season. It is the most by an Irish player

through the first six games of a season since Manti Te’o had

69 in the first six games of the 2010 season.

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

NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

The Irish secured another comeback win this season when they scored 11-unanswered points to defeat Virginia Tech 32-29 at Lane Stadium on Oct. 9. • It is the third time this season the Irish have won a game after the opponent scored first and second time this year they have won a game when they have trailed heading into the fourth quarter. • The win extended Notre Dame’s win streak to 36-straight wins over unranked opponents. It is the longest active streak in the FBS. • The Irish also won their 21st-consecutive regular season game against ACC opponents. The Irish are 25-1 against ACC foes in the regular season since the start of the 2017 season. • The win was also the eighth-straight road win for the Irish, a streak that goes back to 2019. • Notre Dame won its 37-consecutive game when they have scored 30 points or more. The Irish are 70-9 under Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more. • Quarterback Jack Coan led the Irish on two scoring drives in the final three minutes to complete the comeback. It is his second game-winning drive in the final two minutes of the season after not having one in his career entering this year. • Fellow quarterback Tyler Buchner set a Notre Dame record in the win. He is the first true freshman quarterback to have a passing and rushing touchdown in the same game. • Buchner had his first career rushing touchdown in the second quarter, followed by a passing touchdown to Kyren Williams right before halftime to give the Irish their first lead of the night. • Buchner finished with a career high 113 passing yards and a career-long 46-yard reception. • Williams had 107 all-purpose yards (81 rushing, 26 receiving) for his fourth game this season with 100 all-purpose yards or more. He had a rushing and a receiving touchdown in the same game for the third time in his career. • Cornerback TaRiq Bracy notched his first career interception against the Hokies, the seventh different Irish player to record an interception this season. • Kicker Jonathan Doerer hit his second game-winning field goal this season with the 48-yarder with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter that put the Irish up for good.

Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 14 takeaways this season. The 14 takeaways are tied for 11th nationally. • Of those 14 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 10 interceptions from seven different players. • The 10 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions through the first six games of the season since 2014 when the Irish also had 10 interceptions to start the year. • The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 19th in the country with a 32 percent (29-91) conversion rate. • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions and is ranked tied for seventh nationally with 0.7 per game. • Cam Hart has two interceptions on the season and is tied for 35th nationally with 0.3 per game. • Hamilton and Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman). • The Irish have 16 sacks this season and rank 35th in the country with 2.67 sacks per game. Eight different players have a sack so far this season. • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 15 different players have recorded a tackle for loss this season. • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for fifth nationally.


GAME 7 USC (3-3 overall, 2-3 Pac-12 South) vs. No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1 overall) Release Date: Oct. 18, 2021 #BLVDBound Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, NBC Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

THEMES *USC takes a break from Pac-12 play and starts the second half of its regular season when it goes to No. 13 Notre Dame for the 92nd edition of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. *The game is a battle between schools with glorious gridiron heritages. The winner gets year-long possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. *Will form hold true for the Trojans, who are undefeated on the road this season (but struggle mightily at home) and who have gone W-L-W-L-W-L so far in 2021? *The Trojans have lost only 7 of the past 18 contests with the Irish, but the losses all have been since 2010 (including in the past 3 meetings). Troy has dropped its last 4 games in South Bend. *Historically, USC has held the upper hand against Notre Dame whenever either team is coming off a bye, and particularly in the rare instances (like this year) when both teams enter the game following an off week. *This will be the seventh time since 1961 that USC goes to South Bend with 3 or more losses, but the Trojans have won several of those games. *This is just the sixth Trojan night game at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first) and also ties for the latest USC-ND kickoff time ever. *USC and Notre Dame did not play each other last season (due to COVID-19 scheduling limitations), marking the first time since World War II that the rivals didn’t meet. *The Trojans, with interim head coach Donte Williams at the helm, are looking to bounce back from their first-ever Coliseum loss to Utah before the bye. USC features one of the nation’s best players in All-American nominee WR Drake London, the leading candidate for the Biletnikoff Award. London’s astounding 64 receptions (many of the eye-popping variety) and 832 receiving yards are both second most in the nation. The Trojan offense is directed by QB Kedon Slovis, a 68% career passer (above the USC record) who is in the school’s all-time Top 8 in completions and total offense. He is coming off a 400-yard passing outing (his USC record fifth). TB Keaontay Ingram has emerged as the top ball carrier (he averages nearly 6 yards per carry) and he gets spelled productively by TBs Darwin Barlow and Vavae Malepeai (he has more than 1,700 career rushing yards). The USC defense features top tacklers in ILB Kana’i Mauga and S Chase Williams, sack meister OLB Drake Jackson (10.5 career sacks) and emerging QB-chasing freshman DL Korey Foreman, along with solid play from DLs Jacob Lichtenstein and Tuli Tuipulotu and S Isaiah PolaMao. Aussie P Ben Griffiths, in the national Top 20 in punting, had a 71-yard boot last game (the longest by a Trojan since 2002). PK Parker Lewis has missed just one field goal this season and most of his kickoffs have been touchbacks. *Notre Dame rebounded from its first loss of 2021 (to Cincinnati at home) with a last-minute victory at Virginia Tech before its bye. The Irish have won their past 36 games against unranked opponents. Head coach Brian Kelly, in his 12th season at Notre Dame, recently became the winningest coach in school history. QB Jack Coan directs the Irish offense, with RB Kyren Williams topping a ground attack that averages less than 100 yards per outing and TE Michael Mayer (in the national Top 25 in receptions) the leading pass catcher. RB Chris Tyree has scored a TD this year rushing, receiving and returning kickoffs. ND’s defense is in the national Top 25 in interceptions, pass efficiency defense and turnover margin. Top tacklers include LB JD Bertrand, S Kyle Hamilton and DL Isaiah Foskey, who are Top 20 ranked nationally in tackles, interceptions and sacks, respectively. PK Jonathan Doerer’s late 48-yard field goal beat Virginia Tech. RANKINGS *USC is not ranked in the current AP sports media and USA Today coaches polls. Notre Dame is 13th by both AP and USA Today.

SERIES *Notre Dame leads the series with USC, which began in 1926, 49-36-5 (not including Troy’s 2005 victory that was later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 49-37-5). Including that 2005 vacated game, USC has won 11 of the last 18 meetings and 14 of the last 24 (including 8 in a row from 2002 to 2009), but ND has won 7 of the last 10. Since 1967, USC has gone 25-24-3 (not including the 2005 vacated game; original record: 26-24-3). *In South Bend, USC is 13-27-1 (not including the 2005 vacated game; original record: 14-27-1), with 2 other USC losses in Chicago. USC has lost in its last 4 trips to South Bend (its longest streak since dropping 7 consecutive there from 1983 to 1995), but Troy had won the previous 5 times there and 6 of the previous 8. *For the first time since the World War II years of 1942 to 1945, USC and Notre Dame did not play each other last season. That 2020 game would have been played in Los Angeles, but Pac-12 teams played an abbreviated schedule featuring only conference opponents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. *In 2019 in the teams’ most recent meeting, USC–despite a 24-point second half–came up just short in its comeback attempt at No. 9 Notre Dame, falling 30-27. See page 4 for a complete recap of that most recent matchup. GOOD BYES *USC is 98-47-4 in all regular season games it has played following byes. Since 1955, the Trojans are 59- 18-1 following byes (6 of those losses and the tie were to UCLA). (Not including 2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; original records: 99-46-4 overall, 60-17-1 since 1955.) USC VS. ND FOLLOWING BYES *This will be just the seventh time in series history that both USC and Notre Dame enter this game coming off byes. USC has gone 5-1 in those meetings (wins in 1932-72-80-2004-09, loss in 1947). When USC had a bye prior to the game, Troy has gone 7-5-1 against the Irish (wins in 1932-39-72-80-2004-08-09, losses in 1937-41-42-47-2019, tie in 1948). When Notre Dame had a bye prior to the game, the Trojans have gone 10-7- 2 (wins in 1928-32-38-50-72-80-81-2004-09-11, losses in 1934-40-47-65-92-2013-17, ties in 1936-68; does not include USC’s win in 2005 that was vacated due to NCAA penalty, original USC record: 11-7-2). 3-PLUS LOSS USC IN SOUTH BEND *Since 1961, when USC’s game at Notre Dame began being held in October instead of November or December as it was earlier in the series, this will be the seventh time that the Trojans have come to South Bend with 3 or more losses. USC is 2-4 in those games, with wins in 1971 and 1997 and losses in 1983-91-93- 2001. The 1971 win–50 years ago–was played on Oct. 23 in South Bend, same as this 2021 game. IN OCTOBER *USC has a 312-123-19 (.708) all-time record while playing in the month of October (not including 5 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; revised record: 317-123-19, .711). AT NIGHT *USC is 182-71-4 (.716) at night, including 107-634-4 in the Coliseum, 60-29 on the road and 15-8 at neutral sites. (Does not include 5 wins and 1 loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 187-72-4, .719 overall, 110-34-4 in the Coliseum, 17-9 at neutral sites, USC had a school-record 32-game win streak at home at night from 1997 to 2010.) USC-ND AT NIGHT *This year’s USC-Notre Dame game is just the sixth Trojan night game ever at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first and it also happened in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). It also ties with those games as the latest USC-ND game ever (7:30 p.m. kickoff), as all 12 such night encounters in Los Angeles were 5 p.m. starts. ARTIFICIAL TURF *USC is 47-30-1 in its last 78 games on artificial turf (not including 3 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 50-30-1). USC-NOTRE DAME CONNECTIONS *USC has no players from Indiana, while Notre Dame has 13 Californians on its roster. *USC director of football sports performance Robert Stiner was an assistant director of football strength and conditioning at Notre Dame for the past 3 seasons (2018-20). *USC assistant director of football sports performance Ian Bures was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame the past 3 seasons (2018-20). *USC assistant football sports performance coach Zaviar Gooden was a strength and conditioning intern at Notre Dame in the spring of 2018. *USC OL Caadyn Stephen celebrates his 20th birthday on Saturday (Oct. 23). *USC WR Jake Smith attended Notre Dame…Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale (Ariz.), that is! *Notre Dame wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander lettered as a wide receiver at USC in 1993 and 1994, then was a USC graduate assistant coach in 1996 and 1997. *The athletic departments and business schools at USC and Notre Dame, along with those at North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Texas, conduct the Sports Management Institute for mid- and upper-level sports administrators who aspire to be athletic directors, executive directors or general managers in college, amateur or pro sports.


Saturday, October 23
*Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, Noon (ESPN+)
*NIU at Central Michigan, Noon ET/11 am CT (ESPNU)
*Kent State at Ohio, 1:00 pm (ESPN+)
*Western Michigan at Toledo, 3:30 pm (CBSSN)
*Buffalo at Akron, 3:30 pm (ESPN+)
*Miami at Ball State, 3:30 pm (ESPN+)

Saturday, October 23
Eastern Michigan (4-3, 1-2 MAC) at Bowling Green (2-5, 0-3 MAC) | Noon ET | ESPN+
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Eastern Michigan (4-3, 1-2 MAC) enters the game in hopes of evening its MAC ledger. The Eagles fell to Ball State, 38-31, inside Rynearson Stadium in their most recent contest, Oct. 16. 
No team in the Mid-American Conference is more successful on third down than Eastern Michigan. As an offense, Eastern converts 46 percent (42-of-91) of its third down tries. That number ranks 25th in the nation. EMU was 9-of-13 in its most recent contest, against Ball State, Oct. 16. EMU has converted 56 percent of its third-and-short attempts (9-of-16), 68 percent of its third-and-medium tries (22-of-32), and 25 percent of its third-and-long attempts (11-of-43).
Bowling Green (2-5, 0-3 MAC) enters the contest with hopes of capturing its first conference victory this season. The Falcons lost to Northern Illinois, 34-26, Oct. 16, in DeKalb, Ill.
This year’s BGSU team has allowed the second-fewest passing yards (1,033) through the first seven games of a season in records dating back to 2000. BGSU is forcing opponents to 57.0 percent completion rate through the first seven games of the season. In records dating back to 2000 that is the eighth-lowest rate through the first seven games of the season.
Northern Illinois (5-2, 3-0 MAC) at Central Michigan (4-3, 2-1 MAC) | Noon ET/ 11 AM CT | ESPNU
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NIU travels to Central Michigan as the only MAC team to go unbeaten in conference play to date while riding a four-game winning streak. The Huskies are coming off a 34-26 home victory over Bowling Green as NIU gained 319 rushing yards on 59 carries, led by Jay Ducker who ran for 210 yards on 33 attempts. 
After going 0-6 a year ago, NIU’s turnaround has come with a roster that includes 75 players who finished high school in 2020 or 2021 and 11 more who graduated in 2019. 
A Central Michigan win over NIU will give Coach McElwain 60 career victories. He tallied his 50th career win against NIU at home in 2019.
Marshall Meeder was recognized as the MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week and named a Star of the Week by the Lou Groza Award after kicking four field goals against Toledo including the game winner. Meeder connected from 46, 51, 44 and 38 yards in overtime to becoming the first Chippewa since David Harman in 2012 to make four field goals in a game.
Kent State (3-4, 2-1 MAC) at Ohio (2-5 MAC, 1-2 MAC) | 1 PM ET | ESPN+
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Ohio (1-6, 1-2 MAC) is back in Athens on Saturday, Oct. 23 when the Bobcats host Kent State (3-4, 2-1 MAC). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. inside Peden Stadium. 
Overall, the Bobcats are averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 346.3 total yards per game. De’Montre Tuggle leads the ground game with 494 yards, while averaging 70.6 yards per game with three touchdowns. O’Shaan Allison adds 267 yards on the ground, while Armani Rogers adds 448 yards on 67 carries and a team-leading six touchdowns. 
Kent State dropped their first MAC game of the season at Western Michigan, 64-31 last Saturday. Dustin Crum tossed two touchdown passes in the loss and has six multi-touchdown games over the last two seasons. Dante Cephas kept his hot streak going, recording 96 yards receiving and one of the two touchdowns
Kent State ran for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Golden Flashes are second in the MAC and 16th in the FBS with a 223
rushing yard per game average.
Western Michigan (5-2, 2-1 MAC) at Toledo (3-4 MAC, 1-2 MAC) | 3:30 PM ET | CBS Sports Network
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Western Michigan defeated Kent State Golden Flashes, 64-31, in front of 18,716 fans on Homecoming at Waldo Stadium on Saturday. The Broncos (5-2, 2-1 MAC) racked up a season-high 652 yards of offense on the back of 341 yards rushing and 311 yards through the air. Sophomore running back Sean Tyler had a career-high 169 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. It was the third time that Tyler broke the century mark in his career. 
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Kaleb Eleby was 15-22 passing with 311 yards and three touchdown passes, while rushing for 33 yards and a touchdown. Skyy Moore and Jalen Hall each had 144 yards receiving with Moore leading the game with eight receptions, including two touchdowns. 
Toledo is coming off a 26-23 overtime setback at Central Michigan last week. Redshirt freshman quarterback Dequan Finn nearly rallied Toledo from a 17-point second-half deficit, but the Rockets came up just short.
Toledo ranks first in the MAC in scoring defense (18.7) and total defense (316.7), second in defensive passing efficiency (111.4), and third in rushing defesne (143.3). The Rockets also rank sixth in scoring offense (27.7) and total offense (383.9).
Buffalo (3-4, 1-2 MAC) at Akron (2-5 MAC, 1-2 MAC) | 3:30 PM ET | ESPN+
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Akron outscored the Miami RedHawks 14-13 in the second half, but could not overcome a 21-7 first-half deficit as the Miami triumphed 34-21 at Yager Stadium on Saturday. Akron redshirt freshman QB Zach Gibson threw for a career-high 291 yards and matched a career-best three touchdowns which included a 50-yard touchdown pass late in the game to junior WR Andre Williams. 
Akron freshman WR Konata Mumpfield was recognized for his outstanding campaign as The Athletic tabbed him to its freshmen midseason All-America squad on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Mumpfield was one of only two non-Power Five players selected to the team.
The Bulls have won the last three meetings against Akron and have only allowed one touchdown over that three-game span.
Running back Dylan McDuffie is enjoying the best season of his career. The junior running back has rushed for 492 yards and a team-best six touchdowns on the season. He has already surpassed his rushing total of his first three seasons combined (225). McDuffie has scored a rushing touchdown in five of the seven games this season.
Miami (3-4, 2-1 MAC) at Ball State (4-3 MAC, 2-1 MAC) | 3:30 PM ET | ESPN+
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Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in a matchup between the last two MAC champions. The cross-division foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy.
Seven weeks into the 2021 season, fifth-year WR Justin Hall is averaging 144.7 all-purpose yards per game, good for 12th-most in the country and first in the MAC. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only to Jayden Reed (Michigan State). 
Miami’s balanced offensive attack rolled up its highest rushing total of the season vs. Akron with 245 yards on the ground to go along with AJ Mayer’s 229 passing yards. Miami sacked Akron three times, gaining one apiece for Ivan Pace Jr., Lonnie Phelps and Nasir Washington. Jack Sorenson had five catches for 113 yards, his second-straight 100-yard performance.
Miami is 27-10 versus MAC opponents over its last 37 games, best in the conference in that span. Over that time, Miami has outscored its opponents 1,055-799.

As NFL trade deadline looms, Dolphins say Tua is ‘our QB’

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The story line has not changed over the last couple of months, nor did Miami coach Brian Flores’ answer on Friday from when he was first asked about the future of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa months ago.

“Tua’s our quarterback,” Flores said.

That’s not in dispute — for now, at least.

The NFL trade deadline is about a week and a half away. And the calendar getting closer to Nov. 2 combined with Miami on a five-game losing streak means it was inevitable that the buzz suggesting that the Dolphins may be looking to acquire embattled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson — who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment in lawsuits filed by 22 women, but not charged — would get louder.

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources, that the Texans and Dolphins “have intensified their efforts to consummate” a deal for Watson, who has been seeking a trade since at least January. The lawsuits prompted investigations from the NFL and, according to an attorney representing the women suing Watson, the FBI, among others.

“We’re happy with the quarterback, our quarterback situation, and I’ll leave it at that,” Flores said. “Which is what I’ve said multiple times.”

Tagovailoa — who missed nearly four full games this season with fractured ribs, a problem he’s still playing through — is 7-5 as a starter in parts of two seasons in Miami, completing 64% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Among all quarterbacks since the start of last season, with at least five starts, Tagovailoa ranks 31st in passer rating (87.0) and 39th in yards per game (181.4).

“I think his preparation, the way he practices and the way he performs has been good,” Flores said. “I thought he played very well last week. He was out for a couple of games, for a few games, and he came back and played, I thought, very well last week. I think his psyche is in a good place. He’s a confident kid. He’s a tough kid.”

Watson, who signed a $156 million, four-year extension that is scheduled to begin next season, averaged 301.4 yards per game last season with a 112.4 rating and led the NFL with 4,823 yards passing. He has not played this season following the trade demand and the unresolved legal issues.

Flores said the ongoing trade chatter, on top of a five-game slide, isn’t affecting the Dolphins at practice or meetings. The Dolphins (1-5) host Atlanta (2-3) on Sunday.

“Our focus is on Atlanta,” Flores said. “And that’s really where our focus should be.”




LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 19-15-1

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/8/19: Washington 15 at Packers 20



QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 182 yards & had TD vs. INT last week. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 107.5 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 3+ total TDs. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has 179 scrimmage yards (89.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 road games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD & 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career road games. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had season-high 8 receptions & career-high 110 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 45 rush) in Week 6. Since 2020, leads all RBs in receptions (101) & ranks 2nd among RBs in rec. yards (804). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road. Has 4+ catches in each of his 1st 6 games in 2021. Had 57 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had 4 catches for season-high 58 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 4+ receptions & 40+ rec. yards. • DE CHASE YOUNG had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 TFL, 2 sacks & 2 FRs in his past 4 on road. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. LB COLE HOLCOMB had 10 tackles, 1st sack of season & 5th-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 1st INT of season in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.


QB AARON RODGERS had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 128 rating in Week 6, his 19th-career game with 2+ TD passes & rush TD. Has 1,584 pass yards (316.8 per game) & 11 TDs vs. INT for 105.8 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was. Has 32 TDs (29 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 122.4 rating in his past 10 home starts. • RB AARON JONES had 110 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 34 rec.) & 4th rec. TD of season in Week 6. Had 192 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 58 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 2,200 scrimmage yards (110 per game) in his past 20 at home. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 28 career home games. Aims for his 6th in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. RB A.J. DILLON aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 89 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 9th in row at home with 6+ catches. Since 2016, leads NFL with 60 rec. TDs, ranks 4th in catches (504) & ranks 5th in rec. yards (6,307). WR ALLEN LAZARD had 1st rec. TD of season last week. TE ROBERT TONYAN had TD catch in last meeting. • DL KENNY CLARK had 2 sacks in Week 6, his 4th-career 2-sack game. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 PD in his last game vs. Was. (9/20/20 w/ Ari.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 24.5 sacks, 29 TFL, 4 INTs & 3 FRs in 64 games (2015-18) w/ Was. S DARNELL SAVAGE had 1st INT of season in Week 6. Had FF in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Davis, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Was.), 121 (GB) | XM: 388 (Was.), 229 (GB) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 811 (GB)



LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 9-4 STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2 LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Dolphins 20 at Falcons 17 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Dolphins 27, Falcons 23


QB MATT RYAN passed for 342 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.7 rating in Week 5 & became 2nd-fastest QB (DREW BREES) to reach 5,000 career completions (210 games). Has 57,099 pass yards & surpassed ELI MANNING (57,023) for 8th-most in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rating & 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 7 catches & 114 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 54 rush) in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row with 5+ receptions. Had rec. TD in his last game at Mia. (12/9/18 w/ NE) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TD catch. RB MIKE DAVIS rushed for 53 yards & TD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with active streak of 10+ consecutive games (12) with 5+ receptions. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS set career-highs in receptions (9), rec. yards (119) & had his 1stcareer rec. TD in Week 5. Became 1st rookie TE since JORDAN REED (10/20/13) with 9+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in single game. • LB DEION JONES had 11 tackles & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB JACOB TUIOTI-MARINER had 2nd sack of season in Week 5. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN aims for his 11th in row on road with 5+ tackles. CB A.J. TERRELL had 4th-career FF in Week 5.


QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed season-high 33 of 47 passes (70.2 pct.) for season-high 329 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.1 rating last week, 3rd-career game with 300+ pass yards. • RB MYLES GASKIN aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with TD. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 8 catches for season-high 115 yards last week, 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 3 of past 4. TE DURHAM SMYTHE had 5 catches for career-high 59 yards in Week 6. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 10 catches for season-high 70 yards & 2 TDs last week. Is only rookie with 10+ catches in 2 games this season. Leads all rookies with 37 catches. WR DEVANTE PARKER has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. WR MACK HOLLINS set season highs in catches (4) & rec. yards (61) last week. Had 5 catches for 50 yards in only career game vs. Atl. (9/15/19 w/ Phi.). • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for his 5th in row with PD. Has 4 PD in his past 2 at home. Since 2020, ties for NFL lead with 11 INTs. LB JEROME BAKER aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. LB ANDREW VAN GINKEL had PD & season-high 6 tackles last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack & PD last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had half sack in only career game vs. Atl. (11/11/18 w/ Cle.). DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had sack & 1st-career FF in Week 6. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 85 (Mia.) | XM: 384 (Atl.), 226 (Mia.) | SXM App: 801 (Atl.), 819 (Mia.)



LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 68-53-1

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 11

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Patriots 25 at Jets 6

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Patriots 28, Jets 14


QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 32 passes (59.4 pct.) for 192 yards in Week 5. Completed 19 of 33 passes (57.6 pct.) for 210 yards in Week 2 meeting. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) led team with 58 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 20 rec.) & had rush TD in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Had career-high 88 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 2 meeting. Ties for lead among rookies with 2 rush TDs this season. RB TY JOHNSON had 1st rush TD of season in Week 5. Rushed for season-high 50 yards in Week 2 meeting. • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for team-high 45 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 40+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 road games this season. WR JAMISON CROWDER has 7+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road vs. division. WR DENZEL MIMS has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (73) in Week 2 meeting. • DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS has sack in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. LB C.J. MOSLEY had 8 tackles & 1st FF of season in Week 5. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 8 tackles & season-high 2 FFs in Week 5, 1 of 4 players in NFL with 2 FFs in single game this season. Has FF in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Rookie CB BRANDIN ECHOLS led team with season-high 9 tackles & had PD in Week 5.


QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 15 of 21 atts. (71.4 pct.) for 229 yards with 2 TDs for season-high 118.9 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 95+ rating. Completed 22 of 30 atts. (73.3 pct.) for 186 yards in Week 2 meeting. Leads rookies in pass yards (1,472), comp. pct. (71.1) & rating (89.6). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for season-high 101 yards & TD last week, 5th-career game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. Rushed for 62 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Rookie RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON rushed for 1st-career TD in Week 6. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 5 catches for 44 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 75-yard TD catch in Week 6. Has 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 42 rec. yards in Week 2 meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 6 tackles last week. Has sack in 4 of past 5 & 2 TFL in 3 of past 4. Had sack in Week 2 meeting & has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. NYJ. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 6.5 sacks this season. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with season-high 13 sacks & had TFL & FF in Week 6. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 2 meeting. CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYJ with INT. S KYLE DUGGER had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (NYJ), 113 (NE) | XM: 385 (NYJ), 227 (NE) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 821 (NE)



LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 6-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Giants 31 at Panthers 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/15: Panthers 38, Giants 35


QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 207 yards & had TD vs. INT in Week 6. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 pass) vs. 2 INTs for 90.3 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 97.9 rating in his only career start vs. NYG (11/10/19 w/ NYJ). • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 61 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row overall with 60+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 281 rush yards. • WR DJ MOORE led team with 5 receptions & 73 rec. yards last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (JUSTIN JEFFERSON & COOPER KUPP) with 6 games of 5+ catches in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row on road & 10th in row overall with 5+ catches. Has 16 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 2 road games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ catches & 110+ rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 3 TFL & 2nd-career FR in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Set career-highs in sacks (5) & FFs (3) in his last game vs. NYG (12/13/20 w/ Ari.). DE BRIAN BURNS had 4 sacks & 3 PD in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Rookie CB KEITH TAYLOR set career-highs in tackles (10) & PD (3) & had 1st-career FF last week. S JEREMY CHINN had season-high 9 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles in each of 1st 9 career road games.


QB DANIEL JONES passed for 242 yards last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at home. Since 2019, is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & RUSSELL WILSON) with 900+ rush yards (903). • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 129 scrimmage yards (81 rec., 48 rush) & career-high 2 TD catches in last meeting. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 69 scrimmage yards (41 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with season-high 10 receptions & 76 rec. yards last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ catches. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 75 rec. yards in last meeting. WR KENNY GOLLADAY aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with 60+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 113 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Car. (11/18/18 w/ Det.). WR KADARIUS TONEY ranks 3rd among rookies with 317 rec. yards. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had season-high 1.5 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. LB TAE CROWDER had team-high 10 tackles last week & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. DB LOGAN RYAN had PD in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. Had 10 tackles & PD in his last game vs. Car. (11/3/19 w/ Ten.). S XAVIER MCKINNEY had career-high 2 INTs in Week 6. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 2 PD in Week 6. Is 1 of 2 CBs (TREVON DIGGS) with PD in each of 1st 6 games.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Car.), 132 (NYG) | XM: 387 (Car.), 230 (NYG) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 823 (NYG)



LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 27-23

STREAKS: Titans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Chiefs 32 at Titans 35



QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 32 of 47 passes (68.1 pct.) for season-high 397 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 90.5 rating last week, 29th-career game with 300+ pass yards, tied-most alltime by player in 1st 5 seasons. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOE BURROW) with 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season. Passed for 446 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in last meeting. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had season-high 89 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row on road with rush TD. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for team-high 99 yards last week. Has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Had 7 catches for 75 yards & TD in last meeting. Leads all TEs with 38 catches this season & ties for lead with 468 rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL had 9 catches for 76 yards & TD in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Had 11 catches for 157 yards & TD in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 46 catches this season. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 6. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 5 tackles last week. Has 4 PD in his past 3 on road. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had TFL & FR in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB RASHAD FENTON had 2 PD & career-high 7 tackles last week. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Leads rookies with 40 tackles. DT TERSHAWN WHARTON had 1st-career INT last week.


QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 29 passes (62.1 pct.) for 216 yards & rushed for TD last week. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in 3 career games vs. KC, incl. postseason. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC West with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 143 yards & 3 TDs last week, 3rd game with 3 rush TDs this season, most in NFL. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ rush yards, 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 3+ rush TDs. Rushed for 188 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. AFC West. Leads NFL with 783 rush yards & 10 rush TDs, 3rd player ever with 750+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs in team’s 1st 6 games of season. • WR A.J. BROWN set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (91) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. WR JULIO JONES had 59 rec. yards in Week 6. Has 13 catches for 221 yards (110.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 100+ rec. yards. TE ANTHONY FIRKSER had TD catch in last meeting. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with PD. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ tackles. Ties for lead among safeties with 3 INTs this season. LB HAROLD LANDRY aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 6 TFL in his past 3. Had sack in last meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 6.5 sacks in 2021. LB DAVID LONG led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 12+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 206 (KC), 82 (Ten.) | XM: 386 (KC), 228 (Ten.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 830 (Ten.)



LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 44-40-1

STREAKS: Rams have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Rams 30 at Lions 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/15: Rams 21, Lions 14 (St. Louis)


QB JARED GOFF passed for 202 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Was selected No. 1 overall by Rams in 2016 NFL Draft. Had 18,171 pass yards & 117 TDs (107 pass, 10 rush) in 69 starts from 2016-20 w/ Rams. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 5 catches, 67 scrimmage yards (43 rec., 24 rush) & rush TD in Week 6. Has TD in 4 of 6 games this season. Ranks tied-1st among RBs in receptions (34) & rec. yards (295). Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (LEONARD FOURNETTE) with 200+ rec. yards & 200+ rush yards (214). RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in only career game vs. LAR (10/28/18 w/ GB). • TE T.J. HOCKENSON led team in catches (8) & rec. yards (74) in Week 6. Is only TE with 3 games of 8+ catches in 2021. Is 1 of 2 NFC TEs (DALTON SCHULTZ) with 30+ receptions (32) & 300+ rec. yards (311) this season. WR KALIF RAYMOND tied his careerhigh with 6 catches last week. Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row with 5+ catches. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE has INT in 3 of his past 4 & ranks tied3rd in NFL with career-high 3 INTs. LB JULIAN OKWARA had 1st-career sack last week. LB AUSTIN BRYANT had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. Rookie LB DERRICK BARNES led team with career-high 8 tackles last week. DE MICHAEL BROCKERS had 28 sacks & 48 TFL in 138 games (2012- 20) with Rams.


QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4 TDs vs. INT for 128.7 rating last week. Has 944 pass yards (314.7 per game) & 9 TDs vs. INT for 122.1 rating in 3 home starts this season. Spent 12 seasons (2009-20) with Det. & is franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (45,109), pass TDs (282) & rating (89.9). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 107 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 29 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD & 6th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR COOPER KUPP had 9 catches for 130 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Joined HOFer MARVIN HARRISON (1999) as only players with 45+ catches (46), 650+ rec. yards (653) & 7+ rec. TDs (7) in his team’s 1st 6 games of season in NFL history. Aims for his 6th in row at home & 11th in row overall with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS had 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 6. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had rec. TD in last meeting. TE TYLER HIGBEE aims for his 4th in row at home with 4+ receptions. • DL AARON DONALD has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had 2 sacks & 4 TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with sack & 2+ TFL. LB LEONARD FLOYD had 1.5 sacks, FF & FR last week. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. CB JALEN RAMSEY has 8 PD in his past 5 at home. S TAYLOR RAPP had career-high 3 PD & 1stcareer game with 2 INTs in Week 6.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (Det.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 818 (LAR)



LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS: Eagles have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME: 12/25/17: Raiders 10 at Eagles 19

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Eagles 49, Raiders 20 (Oakland)


QB JALEN HURTS had 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) last week & became the 7th QB since 1970 with 2+ rush TDs in consecutive games. Has 8 rush TDs in 1st 10 starts, tied-2nd most (KORDELL STEWART) by QB in 1st 10 starts all-time. Has 1,468 pass yards (293.6 per game), 259 rush yards (51.8 per game) & 12 TDs (9 pass, 3 rush) in 5 career road starts. • RB MILES SANDERS had 66 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 10 rec.) last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) has 7+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his 3 career road games. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 345 rec. yards & tied-3rd in receptions (27). TE DALLAS GOEDERT has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DT FLETCHER COX had FR in last meeting. DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks in 3 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Is 1 of 2 NFC DL with 6+ sacks (6) in 2021. LB ALEX SINGLETON had season-high 15 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles & 6th in row overall with 9+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY has 4 PD & 3 INTs in his past 4 on road. Leads NFL with 113 PD since 2013. CB STEVEN NELSON had 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has 5 PD, 2 TFL & FF in his past 4 vs. Raiders. S ANTHONY HARRIS had 1st INT of season last week, his 10th-career INT.


QB DEREK CARR completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7 pct.) for 341 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 134.4 rating last week. Has 2 TD passes in 5 of 6 games this season. Has 325+ pass yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,946 pass yards this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 82 scrimmage yards (53 rush, season high 29 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB KENYAN DRAKE had season high 73 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 34 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 3rd-career game with rush TD & rec. TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC East. • TE DARREN WALLER had team-high 5 catches for 59 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Has 466 rec. yards (93.2 per game) in his past 5 at home. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (33) & rec. yards (378) in 2021. WR HENRY RUGGS had 3 catches for 97 yards & TD in Week 6. Aims for 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR BRYAN EDWARDS had 67 rec. yards last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 3 sacks & PD last week, 2nd-career game with 3+ sacks. Has PD in 2 of past 3. DT QUINTON JEFFERSON had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Had half sack & FR in his last game vs. Phi. (11/24/19 w/ Sea.). LB DENZEL PERRYMAN ties for NFL lead with 72 tackles in 2021. LB CORY LITTLETON had 11 tackles & PD last week. S JOHNATHAN ABRAM had 9 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 7th in row with 6+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Phi.), 113 (LV) | XM: 385 (Phi.), 227 (LV) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 816 (LV)



LEADER: Series tied, 2-2

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Cardinals 21 at Texans 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/10/13: Cardinals 27, Texans 24


QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 29 of 43 passes (67.4 pct.) for 243 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 225+ pass yards & 65+ comp. pct. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 63.3 comp. pct. this season. QB TYROD TAYLOR rushed for 76 yards & TD in only career start vs. Az. (9/25/16 w/ Buf.). • RB MARK INGRAM led team with 73 rush yards last week. Has 291 scrimmage yards (97 per game) in 3 career games vs. Az. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Leads all active players in rush yards (7,609) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON totaled 5,347 scrimmage yards (3,128 rush, 2,219 rec.) & 48 TDs (33 rush, 15 rec.) in 5 seasons with Az. (2015-19). RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had season-high 54 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 15 rec.) in Week 6. Rushed for 90 yards & TD in only career game vs. Az. (10/18/18 w/ Den.). • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 9 catches for 89 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 games this season. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 5+ catches. Rookie WR NICO COLLINS had season-high 44 rec. yards in Week 6. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM has 7+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 on road. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had TFL in Week 6. Has TFL in 2 of 3 road games this season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 0.5+ sacks. LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with 7 tackles last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 4 TFL in his past 3 on road. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack.


QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129 rating in Week 6, his 2nd-career game with 4 TD passes (Week 1). Is 1 of 2 QBs (DAK PRESCOTT) with 5 games of 100+ rating in 2021. Has 2,909 pass yards (290.9 per game) & 29 TDs (20 pass, 9 rush) in his past 10 home starts. Has 19 TDs (13 pass, 6 rush) & 107.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. AFC. • RB JAMES CONNER rushed for 71 yards last week. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 4. Had 149 scrimmage yards (109 rush, 40 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Hou. (9/27/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 games in 2021. Ranks 4th among RBs with 26 catches this season. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 12th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs (2) in Week 6. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 at home. Spent 7 seasons (2013-19) with Hou. & ranks 2nd in franchise history in receptions (632), rec. yards (8,602) & rec. TDs (54). WR A.J. GREEN led team with 79 rec. yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his 5 career games vs. Hou. • DE J.J. WATT had 1st sack of season & 26th-career FF last week. Spent 10 seasons (2011-20) with Hou. & is franchise leader in sacks (101) & TFL (172). Watt (102 sacks) & LB CHANDLER JONES (102) are only active pair of teammates with 100+ sacks each. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 5th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 10th-career FF last week. Has 3 FFs in his past 5. LB JORDAN HICKS had career-high 2 sacks in Week 6. S BUDDA BAKER had 12 tackles, sack, 2 FFs, 2 PD & FR in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Hou.), 85 (Az.) | XM: 384 (Hou.), 226 (Az.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 800 (Az.)



LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 40-20

STREAKS: Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/8/20: Buccaneers 19 at Bears 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/17/17: Buccaneers 29, Bears 7


QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) had 217 yards (174 pass, career-high 43 rush) & TD vs. INT in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd start in row with TD pass. • RB KHALIL HERBERT (rookie) set career highs in rush yards (97) & scrimmage yards (112) & had 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 4 catches for team-high 53 rec. yards last week. Had 10 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. Had 7 catches for 72 yards & 2 rec. TDs in his only career game at TB (10/11/15 w/ Jax.). Since 2019, is 1 of 6 WRs with 220+ catches (221) & 2,600+ rec. yards (2,631). WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 5 receptions & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his 6 games this season. TE COLE KMET had 4 catches for season-high 49 yards last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack in Week 6. Has longest active sack streak (5 consecutive games) in NFL. Has 5 sacks, 6 TFL & 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with sack & 2+ TFL. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles last week. Had 7 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 6 games of 9+ tackles in 2021. LB ROBERT QUINN had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 5.5 sacks in 2021 & had 5+ sacks in 9 of 11 career seasons. Ranks 2nd among active players with 28 career FFs. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack last week. DB EDDIE JACKSON had season-high 8 tackles last week.


QB TOM BRADY completed 34 of 42 atts. (81 pct.) for 297 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.1 rating last week, his highest career comp. pct. in game with 40+ atts. Has 146 games with 100+ rating, most all-time. Has 1,066 pass yards (355.3 per game) & 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 123.7 rating in 3 home starts in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 4+ TD passes. Has 1,848 pass yards (308 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 105.3 rating in 6 career starts vs. Chi. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 6 catches, 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush., 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 6, his 6th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR MIKE EVANS aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 5+ catches. WR ANTONIO BROWN led team with 9 catches & 93 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 19 catches for 306 rec. yards (153 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Chi. WR CHRIS GODWIN has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. • LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 9th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 4.5 sacks & 2 FF in his past 3 vs. Chi. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with sack. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 3 sacks in his past 3. Has 5.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home. DT VITA VEA had sack last week & had sack in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 206 (Chi.), 82 (TB) | XM: 386 (Chi.), 228 (TB) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 829 (TB)



LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 26-18

STREAKS: Colts have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/8/17: 49ers 23 at Colts 26 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Colts 27, 49ers 7


QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 223 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.7 rating last week. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.4 rating over past 3 games, highest rating in NFL since Week 4. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 2 career starts (both wins) vs. SF. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 158 scrimmage yards (season-high 145 rush, 13 rec.) & 2 TDs last week, 4th-career game with 150+ scrimmage yards, tied 3rd-most among RBs since 2020. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 682 scrimmage yards (472 rush, 210 rec.) in 2021. RB MARLON MACK rushed for 91 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 251 rush yards (125.5 per game) in 2 career games on SNF. • WR T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for 80 yards in season debut last week. Had 7 catches for 177 yards in last meeting. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN has 50+ rec. yards 4 of past 5. TE MO ALIE-COX had 28-yard TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 7 tackles, INT & FF last week. Only player in NFL with 2 INTs & 2 FFs in 2021. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of past 5. Aims for 4th in row on road with FR. LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 2 TFL & 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC West. Had 38 TFL & 28.5 sacks in 4 seasons with SF (2016-19). S KHARI WILLIS had sack, FR & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 7+ tackles. CB ISAIAH RODGERS had 1st-career INT last week.


QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 85+ rating in 3 of his 4 starts this season. Aims for his 5th in row in 2021 with TD pass. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 100+ rating. Rookie QB TREY LANCE passed for 192 yards & rushed for 89 yards in 1stcareer start in Week 5 & became 4th-youngest QB to start game in SB era. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. FB KYLE JUSZCZYK has rec. TD in 3 of his past 5 at home. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 71 scrimmage yards (58 rec., 13 rush) & 4th-career rush TD in Week 5. Has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR BRANDON AIYUK has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 5+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. • DL NICK BOSA had sack & 2 TFL in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 6th in row with TFL. Has 24 TFL in 23 career games. LB FRED WARNER led team with 9 tackles in Week 5. Has 9+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row with 9+ tackles. DL DEE FORD had career-high 3.5 sacks in his only career game vs. Ind. (10/30/16 w/ KC). DL D.J. JONES had 1st sack of season in Week 5. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY has 5 PD in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with PD. CB DONTAE JOHNSON had 1st-career FF & FR in Week 5. DB JIMMIE WARD had season-high 7 tackles in Week 5.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Derek Rackley SIRIUS: 85 (Ind.), 211 (SF), National (88) | XM: 226 (Ind.), 225 (SF), National (88) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 827 (SF), National (88)



LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS: Saints have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Saints 33 at Seahawks 27



QB JAMEIS WINSTON had season-high 279 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 108.2 rating in Week 5. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his 5 starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Passed for 335 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.9 rating in his only career start at Sea. (11/3/19 w/ TB). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 100+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.5 rating in 2 career starts on MNF. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had season-high 122 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 51 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5. Has 9 games with both rush & rec. TD, tied-most by player in 1st 5 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD & 4th in row overall with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 161 scrimmage yards (92 rec., 69 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush ,1 rec.) in last meeting. Has 36 receptions (7.2 per game) & 654 scrimmage yards (130.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 5 on MNF. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had career-high 85 rec. yards & 1stcareer 2-TD game in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. WR DEONTE HARRIS had career-long 72-yard rec. TD in Week 5. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had career-high 6 PD in Week 5, 1st DB with 6 PD in single game since KYLE FULLER (12/24/17). Aims for his 11th in row with PD. Had 12 tackles & PD in last meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 1st sack of season in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 8+ tackles. Rookie LB PETE WERNER aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.


QB GENO SMITH completed 23 of 32 attempts (71.9 pct.) for 209 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 99.6 rating in Week 6. Had rush TD in only career game vs. NO (11/3/13 w/ NYJ). • RB ALEX COLLINS rushed for 101 yards & TD in Week 6, his 3rdcareer game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB TRAVIS HOMER had season-high 54 scrimmage yards (27 rush, 27 rec.) last week. • WR DK METCALF had team-high 6 catches for 58 yards last week. Has 22 receptions for 322 yards (107.3 per game) in 3 career games on MNF. Aim for his 4th in row on MNF with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 11 rec. TDs in his past 11 at home. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home. Had 11 receptions for 154 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Ranks 5th in NFL with 31 rec. TDs since 2018. TE GERALD EVERETT has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on MNF. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 14 tackles in Week 6 & tied for league lead with 72 tackles in 2021. Had 19 tackles in last meeting & had 45 tackles (15 per game) in 3 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NO with 10+ tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP has 6 sacks in 9 career games on MNF. S JAMAL ADAMS had 8 tackles & FF in his only career game vs. NO (12/17/17 w/ NYJ). Aims for his 5th in row on MNF with 5+ tackles & TFL. S QUANDRE DIGGS has INT in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. Has INT in 3 of his past 5 at home. DE KERRY HYDER had 2nd FR of season last week. Had sack in his last game vs. NO (11/15/20 w/ SF).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NO), 83 (Sea.), National (88) | XM: 226 (NO), 225 (Sea.), National (88) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 828 (Sea.), National (88)

CP3 hits milestone, leads Suns past shaky Lakers, 115-105

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul scored his 20,000th career point on the way to 23 points and 14 assists, and Devin Booker added 14 points in the Phoenix Suns’ 115-105 victory over the winless Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Paul became the first player in NBA history to pair 20,000 points with 10,000 career assists while the defending Western Conference champions carved up the Lakers, who trailed by 32 points in the third quarter.

LeBron James scored 25 points and Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as Los Angeles dropped to 0-2 so far in its reboot season despite playing decently in the first and final quarters.

During the middle quarters, the Lakers showed more fight off the court than on it while getting outscored by 30 points. There was a confrontation between Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis, and a later confrontation between Rajon Rondo and a heckling fan.

Davis had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony added 16 points in a nominal rematch of the first-round playoff series last summer won by the Suns on their way to the NBA Finals. While the Suns kept their winning core together, the Lakers have 12 new players – and a very long way to go, even though they trimmed their massive deficit to nine points in a strong fourth quarter.

The Lakers were incapable of defending Paul or running any effective offensive plays for long stretches, but they lit up social media when Davis and Howard had a confrontation in the bench area during a first-half timeout. The veteran big men’s teammates separated them right after Howard fell back to the bench from a physical exchange.

A fan was then ejected from a courtside seat in the third quarter after he exchanged words with Rondo. The veteran point guard pointed out the fan to security, and the fan slapped away Rondo’s hand before security led him out.

Davis and Howard appeared to make up during the game, but the Lakers clearly have a long way to go after their offseason decision to rebuild around just three players from a roster that won a championship a year ago this month.

Durant’s triple-double rallies Nets past 76ers 114-109

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons wasn’t there. Joel Embiid conceded he should not have played. With Philadelphia’s All-Star cornerstones absent or injured, Kevin Durant and Brooklyn had the opening they needed to spoil the 76ers’ opener with a rally down the stretch.

Durant had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists, James Harden scored 20 points and the Nets closed with a 16-1 run to beat the 76ers 114-109 on Friday night as each team played without a much-discussed star guard.

“My role tonight, I felt, was getting into the paint, making plays,” Durant said. “We’ve got to keep building on this and see where we can go.”

The Nets were missing Kyrie Irving, who isn’t with the team due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Ben Simmons sat out the home opener for personal reasons and the Sixers do not know when the three-time All-Star will return.

They could have used Simmons’ defense to shut down the Nets late.

The Sixers tossed up airballs on consecutive possessions early in Brooklyn’s run. The Nets had never led or tied until LaMarcus Aldridge’s dunk with 48 seconds left made it 108-108. He sank the free throw for the one-point lead.

Durant made two free throws to seal Brooklyn’s comeback from 14 points down.

“Sure, we made a lot of plays down the stretch, but that was more because of our willingness to keep going,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “Their willingness to compete and believe is the reason they won the game.”

Embiid scored 19 points on a sore right knee suffered against New Orleans in the opener. He left for the locker room in the final moments of the first half on Friday and warmed up at halftime with a wrap on his knee but started the third quarter. Tobias Harris and Seth Curry each scored 23 points for the Sixers.

“I probably shouldn’t have played but it’s good to be out there with the guys,” Embiid said.

Simmons has not played since his offseason trade demand. He met with the Sixers before the morning shootaround. Coach Doc Rivers said it was a “productive day” and hoped it was a start toward bringing Simmons back into the fold.

The 25-year-old Australian had become the No. 1 target for Sixers’ fans derision and they came dressed to mock the absentee guard. The most popular was a form of a Mister Softee T-shirt with an ice cream swirl on Simmons’ head. Another fan dressed in a red clown wig and clown nose and taped “CLOWN” over his No. 25 Simmons jersey. The parking lots found bootleg T-shirt sales of Simmons on a “MISSING” poster.

Harris said the Sixers and fans need to rally around Simmons.

“In this space, you’re depicted as superhuman, not really supposed to have feelings or go through anything,” Harris said. “I think we have to really understand he’s human first. And you know, if he’s going through something at this time, we have to respect that.”

Durant and Harden were a two-player show until the fourth, and the Nets had no answers when Tyrese Maxey, Simmons’ replacement, scored five straight points early in the quarter that pushed the lead to double digits.

Harris hit Matisse Thybulle on an alley-oop that made it 108-98 and even made Embiid rise off the bench in celebration. The Sixers would not score again until Curry made 1 of 2 free throws with 15.2 seconds left to make it 111-109 and the collapse was complete.

Suns respond to potential investigation, deny racism, sexism

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns released a statement regarding a potential media investigation into the workplace culture of the franchise, denying that the organization or owner Robert Sarver have a history of racism or sexism.

The statement sent Friday said the organization is aware that ESPN is working on a story accusing the organization of misconduct on a “variety of topics.” The Suns responded by saying they were “completely baseless claims” and “documentary evidence in our possession and eyewitness accounts directly contradict the reporter’s accusations, and we are preparing our response to his questions.”

Sarver – a Phoenix businessman – has owned the Suns since 2004.

Suns general manager James Jones, who is Black, said in the team’s response: “None of what’s been said describes the Robert Sarver I know, respect and like – it just doesn’t.”

The franchise is coming off one of the most successful seasons in its history, making the NBA Finals with stars Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton before losing in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Suns have made the Finals three times, in 1976, 1993 and 2021, but have never won a championship.

Suns coach Monty Williams addressed the media Friday before the team’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles, saying he was aware of the potential report but said he didn’t want to “comment about it until I have time to process a lot of information and get everything I need to know about the situation.”

He added that he didn’t expect the situation would be a distraction for the team.

“Nothing will invade or erode our culture,” Williams said. “That’s something we’ve said from Day 1. Wins, losses, we get to play basketball, we get to hoop and that’s not going to change.”

The potential investigation came to light Friday when league analyst Jordan Schultz posted a message on social media that said the league was preparing for a “massive” story and that if there is “enough evidence to support such claims, there’s a real chance the league would forcibly remove Sarver.”

Sarver and the Suns responded with a lengthy statement. The 59-year-old Sarver also owns the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

“While I can’t begin to know how to respond to some of the vague suggestions made by mostly anonymous voices, I can certainly tell you that some of the claims I find completely repugnant to my nature and to the character of the Suns/Mercury workplace and I can tell you they never, ever happened,” Sarver said.

Not even a full week into the season, the NBA now has yet another potentially significant issue on its hands – even without knowing the full scope of the accusations that the Suns say are coming.

The statements from the Suns came two days after Boston center Enes Kanter called for Tibetan independence, comments that prompted a Chinese broadcasting partner to stop streaming Celtics games in the basketball-crazed country.

There are also two high-profile players sidelined for various reasons, with Brooklyn not allowing Kyrie Irving to be around their team until he gets vaccinated against the coronavirus and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons not participating in practices or games with the 76ers after seeking a trade that has yet to be made.


Dinwiddie leads Wizards to 135-134 OT win over Pacers

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal’s absence put Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyle Kuzma on the spot – and those two made quite a first impression on their new fans in Washington.

Dinwiddie scored 34 points – including a tying 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter – and Kuzma added 26 to lift the Wizards to a 135-134 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Beal missed the game for Washington because of hip problems.

“Obviously, Brad being out, I can still be aggressive, and my volume’s going to be higher,” Kuzma said. “If he’s in playing, I might be lower. But I’m going to play the same every game.”

Kuzma and Dinwiddie came to the Wizards in the offseason as part of a roster makeover that included trading star point guard Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. The newcomers impressed in Washington’s home opener Friday, which was also the first home game for new Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr.

Davis Bertans made a 3-pointer with 34.4 seconds left in overtime that put the Wizards up 134-131. Chris Duarte missed a 3 at the other end for Indiana, and Kuzma made a free throw with 6.7 seconds left to give Washington a four-point lead.

Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon made a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining for the final margin.

Myles Turner scored a career-high 40 points for the Pacers, and Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis added 28 apiece.

“It’s frustrating,” Turner said. “From a personal standpoint, this is something that I want people to get accustomed to. I think this is the way I can play night in and night out. As a team, this one hurts.”

The Wizards and Pacers picked up right where they left off last season – with a pulsating first half that ended tied at 73. Washington won all three regular-season meetings and another in the play-in round of the playoffs in 2020-21. The scores of those games were 132-124, 154-141, 133-132 (in overtime) and 142-115.

The Pacers rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and led 123-117 before two 3s by Dinwiddie forced overtime. The second of those came with 33.6 seconds left in the fourth.

Dinwiddie did miss a 3 at the end of regulation that could have won it.

Indiana scored the first six points of overtime, but the Wizards fought back to tie it on another 3 by Dinwiddie.

“The zone disrupted their rhythm for a stretch there. Then they were able to get a couple 3s in,” Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. “Bertans hit a tough one. Dinwiddie hit a tough one. The shot-making right now in the league is amazing to watch. Beyond belief, really.”

Indiana Finishes Fall Slate in Wilmington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The men’s golf team will conclude the fall season at The Williams Cup presented by STITCH Golf®. The 10-team tournament will be played from Oct. 25-26 at the Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. and will be hosted by the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The tournament honors former UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda. The couple donated more than $5.8 million to Carolina in the 18 years he was head coach of the Tar Heels.
The Williams Cup presented by STITCH Golf® • Wilmington, N.C.
Eagle Point Golf Club
Par 72 • 7364 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
Georgia, Houston, INDIANA, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt
Drew Salyers
Mitch Davis
Noah Gillard
Ethan Shepherd
Clay Merchent
• The individual medalist will receive an exemption to compete in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Rex Hospital Open next June played at the TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh.
• The No. 6-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels highlight the field that includes seven programs inside the top-50 of the latest GolfWeek rankings.
• Sophomore 
Drew Salyers has twice been named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Sept. 8 and Sept. 22) after winning his first tournament as a member of the Cream and Crimson at the Hoosier Collegiate and earned a second-straight top-5 finish at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
• The Hoosiers check in at No. 30 in the latest GolfWeek Collegiate Rankings.
• Indiana opened the 2021-22 season with a third-place finish (860; +6) as hosts of the 2021 Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at The Pfau Course in Bloomington. Sophomore 
Drew Salyers collected Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after winning the individual tournament with a score of 208 (68-72-68; -5) over three rounds.
• The Hoosiers played to a sixth-place finish (856; +16) against a loaded field in the Fighting Illini Invitational and topped six ranked programs. Salyers led the Hoosiers for the second time in as many tournaments to open the season and finished t-fifth after shooting a 209 (68-72-69; -1).
• IU placed 10th overall (856; +4) at the Windon Memorial Classic with both 
Noah Gillard and Clay Merchent (211; -2) pacing the Hoosiers with t-16th individual finishes.
• Indiana earned the program’s first stroke-play tournament victory since 2014 by winning the Purdue Fall Invitational by one stroke over the host Boilermakers. 
Mitch Davis paced the Hoosiers with a 3-under 213 to tie for third overall.
• In the penultimate tournament of the fall season, IU claimed ninth (850; -14) at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational in Vero Beach, Fla. Davis led the Hoosiers after shooting a 209 (-7) to tie for 12th overall.

Isiah Thomas Named to Top-75 NBA Greatest Players List

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The National Basketball Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary all season long during 2021-22, and part of that celebration includes the unveiling of the list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history.
The NBA’s 75th anniversary team was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives.
Former Indiana All-American Isiah Thomas was selected as one of the players as announced on Thursday, Oct. 20. He was also named to the NBA’s Top-50 players during the 1996 season, the 50th year of the NBA.
During his 13-year NBA career, Thomas averaged 19.2 points, 9.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Detroit Pistons. He made 12 All-Star games, collected five All-NBA selections, was twice named the All-Star Game MVP, won two NBA Championships, secured the 1990 Finals MVP and was the 1984-85 assists champ.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft was elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, seven years after being inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
During his two-year run at Indiana, Thomas led the Hoosiers to the 1981 NCAA Championship. He started all 63 collegiate games and averaged 15.4 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per contest. He collected All-America honors as a sophomore before declaring for the NBA Draft week after being named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

(Note: These are not rankings. The players below are listed in alphabetical order. As a result of a tie, the team features 76 players.)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2. Ray Allen

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo

4. Carmelo Anthony

5. Nate Archibald

6. Paul Arizin

7. Charles Barkley

8. Rick Barry

9. Elgin Baylor

10. Dave Bing

11. Larry Bird

12. Kobe Bryant

13. Wilt Chamberlain

14. Bob Cousy

15. Dave Cowens

16. Billy Cunningham

17. Stephen Curry

18. Anthony Davis

19. Dave DeBusschere

20. Clyde Drexler

21. Tim Duncan

22. Kevin Durant

23. Julius Erving

24. Patrick Ewing

25. Walt Frazier

26. Kevin Garnett

27. George Gervin

28. Hal Greer

29. James Harden

30. John Havlicek

31. Elvin Hayes

32. Allen Iverson

33. LeBron James

34. Magic Johnson

35. Sam Jones

36. Michael Jordan

37. Jason Kidd

38. Kawhi Leonard

39. Damian Lillard

40. Jerry Lucas

41. Karl Malone

42. Moses Malone

43. Pete Maravich

44. Bob McAdoo

45. Kevin McHale

46. George Mikan

47. Reggie Miller

48. Earl Monroe

49. Steve Nash

50. Dirk Nowitzki

51. Hakeem Olajuwon

52. Shaquille O’Neal

53. Robert Parish

54. Chris Paul

55. Gary Payton

56. Bob Pettit

57. Paul Pierce

58. Scottie Pippen

59. Willis Reed

60. Oscar Robertson

61. David Robinson

62. Dennis Rodman

63. Bill Russell

64. Dolph Schayes

65. Bill Sharman

66. John Stockton

67. Isiah Thomas

68. Nate Thurmond

69. Wes Unseld

70. Dwyane Wade

71. Bill Walton

72. Jerry West

73. Russell Westbrook

74. Lenny Wilkens

75. Dominique Wilkins

76. James Worthy

Edey Named to Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue sophomore center is one of 20 players to be named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top center.
Williams is one of four Big Ten players named to the list (Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn, Maryland’s Qudus Wahab, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson).
Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will open up on Friday, October 22 so your fans can vote for their favorite players in each of the three rounds. Please help promote the fan voting to your fan base through your social media channels. The top 10 player selections from the fan vote will get an additional vote towards making the next round. 
This list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then 5 finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the selection committee. The winner of this award will be presented on a to be determined date. P resentation details will be announced at a later date.  
Edey, a 7-foot, 4-inch sophomore center from Toronto, was one of the nation’s biggest surprises as a freshman in 2020-21. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, after averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 59.7 percent from the field, the second-best percentage by a freshman in school history. He also shot 71.4 percent from the free throw line.
He then was one of the most-dominant players in the field, leading Canada to a 6-1 record and a bronze medal with the lone loss coming to Team USA in the semfinals 92-86, while averaging 15.1 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 42-of-75 (.560) from the field. He pulled down a remarkable 7.0 offensive rebounds per game and played just 23.7 minutes per game. Per 40 minutes, he averaged 26.3 points and 23.9 rebounds.
In the U19 World Cup, Edey ranked ninth in scoring, first in rebounding (by 25 rebounds), second in field goal percentage, fourth in blocks, second in efficiency and first in double-doubles (6). He recorded five games of 15 or more rebounds. The rest of the tournament field had five.
The Boilermakers will open their season with an exhibition game Nov. 4, against Indianapolis. The regular-season opener comes five days later against Bellarmine in Mackey Arena.

Notre Dame Hockey: Irish Bounce Back To Blank Tigers 6-0

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 12/13 Notre Dame Hockey earned a 6-0 shutout victory to close out the series versus RIT with a win on Friday night at the Compton Family (3,779). 

Trevor Janicke and Max Ellis each tallied two goals on the night, while Landon Slaggert and Hunter Strand each added one of their own and Solag Bakich posted a career-high three assists.

Matthew Galajda earned his first career shutout in an Irish uniform, making 22 saves on the night.

The Irish put 45 shots on goal and moved to 4-1-0 with the victory. 

On special teams, Notre Dame went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill to move to 23-for-23 on the season. The Irish also finished 1-for-5 on the power play. 

How It Happened 

The Fighting Irish scored three goals over a six-minute span midway through the first period to establish a 3-0 lead, including a pair of Trevor Janicke goals as well as a Max Ellis tally. 

Janicke got it started at 6:11 when he one-timed Chase Blackmun feed from the top of the circle, low past Tommy Scarfone while the teams were skating 4-on-4. For Blackmun it marked his first point in an Irish uniform, while Solag Bakich had the second assist. 

Ellis netted next, picking up a rebound and skating across the slot to fire home his second of the season at 10:35, with assists to Adam Karashik and Bakich after a heated scramble in front.

Janicke’s second of the night came at 13:31 on a wrist shot from the high slot, with assists from Adam Karashik and Bakich — his third helper of the period.

Galajda then made a point blank stop on RIT’s Caleb Moretz with 1:45 left in the first while the Irish were on the penalty kill, keeping Notre Dame in front 3-0 at the first intermission.

Ellis scored his second of the night at 12:14 of the second with a wrister from the high slot that beat Scarfone through a screen, with the assists going to Blackmun and Graham Slaggert. 

Landon Slaggert extended the lead to 5-0 with a power-play goal at 13:22 of the second, jamming home his own rebound in front after Jesse Lansdell found him on the doorstep. Cam Burke had the second assist on the play. 

Hunter Strand buried his second goal of the year with just 90 seconds to play to give the Irish the 6-0 advantage. Jack Adams and Jake Boltmann earned the assists on the goal to cap the scoring. 


  • Notre Dame’s penalty kill went 4-for-4 on the night and improved to 23-for-23 to open the 2021-22 season. 
  • With three assists, Solag Bakich notched his first career three-point game and his second career multi-point game (had a goal and an assist versus LIU on Oct. 9).
  • Trevor Janicke posted his third career two-goal game (second of the season) and his seventh multi-point game.
  • Max Ellis scored two goals for his second career two-goal game and seventh career multi-point game. 
  • With an assist on Trevor Janicke’s first period goal, graduate student defenseman Chase Blackmun earned his first point in a Notre Dame uniform.
  • Blackmun added an assist on Max Ellis’ second period goal for a two-point night.

Next Up

  • Notre Dame opens Big Ten play next weekend with a two-game series at fourth-ranked Minnesota on Oct. 29 (9 p.m. ET) and Oct. 30 (6 p.m. ET).
  • Game one will be televised on the Big Ten Network, while game two will be broadcast by Bally Sports North. 

Butler VB Travels East for Rematches with Seton Hall and St. John’s

The Butler volleyball team will travel east this weekend to play matches at Seton Hall and St. John’s. The Bulldogs (10-11, 4-4 BIG EAST) will face both teams for the second time this season after they swept St. John’s (12-10, 3-5) on Oct. 8 and lost in three sets to Seton Hall (10-12, 2-6) on Oct. 9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse earlier this month. Saturday night’s match with the Pirates is slated for 6 p.m., while the Bulldogs and Red Storm will faceoff on Sunday at 2 p.m.

– Jaymeson Kinley earned recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fourth time this season for her strong play over the weekend (40 total digs, 5.0 digs/set and nine assists).
– Kinley leads the BIG EAST in total digs (406) and digs per set (5.34), ranking No. 7 and No. 10 nationally in those categories, respectively.
– Butler hit a season-best .392 against Georgetown, which was almost 100 points higher than its previous high of .298 vs. Eastern Kentucky.
– The attack percentage was the second-highest for any BIG EAST team in a conference match this season, behind only Xavier (.398 at Villanova).
– The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in total attacks (2,926) and rank second in both total digs (1,278) and digs per set (16.82).
Melody Davidson ranks second in the BIG EAST in kills (277) and third in scoring (319.5 points). She scored her 1,000th career point during the win over Georgetown.
Caroline Cleveland has upped her game in conference play, averaging 2.3 digs and 0.43 aces per set in BIG EAST matches compared to 1.6 digs and 0.24 aces per set in nonconference matches.
– Cleveland ranks No. 9 in the BIG EAST in aces per set in conference matches, while her 12 total aces in conference play is tied for sixth.
– Butler played its second five-set match of the season when it dropped the fifth frame to Villanova. The Bulldogs are now 1-1 in those matches after winning vs. North Dakota on Sept. 4.
– Closest to Home: 
Hannah Kelly’s hometown of Powell, Ohio is 465 miles from South Orange, N.J., and 489 miles from Queens, N.Y. (straight-line).

SCOUTING SETON HALL: The Pirates check in with a 10-12 record (2-6 BIG EAST) following last weekend’s roadtrip where they were swept by DePaul and lost in four sets to Marquette. Seton Hall swept Butler in the previous matchup between the two teams on Oct. 9. Sophomore OH Perri Lucas put down 13 kills and added three digs to lead the Pirates to victory in the first meeting. Lucas leads Seton Hall with 211 kills (2.71 per set), while freshman L Anna Holland paces the team in both digs (318) and aces (20) so far this season.

Butler leads the all-time series with the Pirates 9-6 after dropping the match earlier this month. The Bulldogs won their last match at Seton Hall in five sets in 2019.

SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S: The Red Storm check in with a 12-10 record (3-5 BIG EAST) after being swept by Marquette then losing in five sets to DePaul during last week’s roadtrip. Butler swept St. John’s on Oct. 8 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Right Side Rachele Rastelli leads the conference in scoring (5.13 points per set) and kills (4.35 per set). The team leads the conference in total kills (1,066) and assists (1,005).

Butler leads the all-time series over St. John’s 10-5 after the win earlier in the month.  The Bulldogs last won at St. John’s on Nov. 18, 2017 in five sets.

Mariah Grunze (seven), Madison Friebel (seven) and Marissa McKelvey (four) have each recorded multiple double-doubles in the first 21 contests of the season. Grunze averages 9.7 kills and 8.0 digs, while Friebel has averaged 33.2 assists and 8.9 digs per match.

Grunze recorded three consecutive double-doubles against Creighton, Providence and Georgetown to begin the conference season.

KINLEY PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE: Libero Jaymeson Kinley recorded 20 digs against both Villanova and Georgetown while also adding nine assists over the weekend. She has now recorded double-digits digs in every match but one so far while averaging 5.34 per set, which is on pace to break Megan Knightly’s single-season program record set in 2005 of 5.29 digs/set.

Kinley has reached the 20-dig mark in 11 matches this season.

Melody Davidson had another efficient weekend posting a combined 25 kills on 49 attacks and only five errors for a .408 hitting percentage.

Davidson has tallied double-digit kills in 15 of 21 matches this season and double-digit points in all but three of them. She is hitting .333 on the season (seventh in the BIG EAST) and on pace to have the third-best hitting percentage in a season in Butler volleyball history.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Butler’s defense features four players averaging at least two digs per set, with Kinley (5.34), Friebel (2.44), Grunze (2.23) and  McKelvey (2.14). 
Jillian Ziemba (1.98) and Caroline Cleveland (1.88) average just below two digs per set.

In addition to Kinley, Friebel, Grunze, McKelvey, Ziemba and Cleveland, Bulldogs with double-digit digs in a match this season include 
Hannah Kelly and Brittany Robinson.
STEADY SCORING: Robinson (139 kills) and 
Amina Shackelford (125) have been consistent contributors for the Butler offense. Robinson averages 2.62 points per set, while Shackelford has scored 2.34 per set.

Robinson has put down at least a half-dozen kills in each of the first eight BIG EAST conference matches this season while putting up double-figures in points in five of those matches.

SERVING STRONG: Butler had a season-high 12 aces against St. John’s in the first match, which is tied for the third-most of any BIG EAST team in a match this season. Only UConn has had more service aces in a match so far.

The Bulldogs have increased their aces/set to 1.39 in BIG EAST play compared to 1.21 in nonconference action.

MAKING SWINGS COUNT: Butler’s season-high attack percentage of .392 against Georgetown included individual season-highs from Grunze (.533), Robinson (.429), Shackelford (.600) and 
Destiny Cherry (.105).

The Bulldogs had single-digits in attack errors (nine) for the first time this season in the match vs. the Hoyas.

UP NEXT: Butler will have a split weekend with a match at Xavier on Friday night followed by one on Sunday afternoon at home vs. UConn.

The Bulldogs have a 16-23 record against the Musketeers after dropping both matches this spring in four sets. The match vs. UConn will be the first between the two programs.

Butler Football to Host Davidson on Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs will host the Davidson Wildcats this weekend at the Sellick Bowl. Two of the top rushing attacks in the PFL will clash Saturday at 1 PM.
Bulldog Bits
– Butler came up with an interception on four of Morehead State’s first five drives last Saturday.
– BU now leads the PFL and ranks 16th in the FCS with eight interceptions.
Malachi Pike and Trey Mason each made the first interception of their career against the Eagles.
AJ Deinhart rushed the ball 13 times for 64 yards at MSU setting new season-high totals.
Luka Zurak punted the ball six times at Morehead State, covering a season-high 239 yards (39.8).
– Zurak ranks second in the PFL and 45th in the FCS in punt average (39.9).
– Butler is the least penalized team in the PFL (averages 4.4 penalties per game).
– Davidson and Butler rank first and second in the PFL in rushing offense.
– Davidson won the PFL Championship in 2020-21 with a 4-1 conference record. It marked their first postseason berth in 52 years!
Bradley Magee had five tackles, including a tackle for loss the last time BU faced Davidson in 2019.
– Davidson only attempted 10 passes against BU in 2019. They ended the game with only three completions, two however went for touchdowns.
PFL Schedule – Week 8
Morehead State at Marist *12:00 p.m.
Davidson at Butler *1:00 p.m.
Stetson at Drake *1:00 p.m.
San Diego at Presbyterian *1:00 p.m.
Dayton at Valparaiso *1:00 p.m.
PFL Standings
Davidson 3-0, 4-1
Marist 3-0, 3-2
Morehead State 3-0, 4-2
St. Thomas 3-1, 4-2
San Diego 3-1, 3-4
Dayton 2-2, 3-3
Valparaiso 1-2, 1-5
Drake 1-3, 2-5
Presbyterian 0-3, 2-4
Stetson 0-3, 2-4
Butler 0-4, 2-5
SCOUTING DAVIDSON: The Wildcats are 4-1 overall and undefeated in PFL action. Two of their three league wins this year have been played at Richardson Stadium. They also went to Stetson to claim a 35-28 win. Davidson leads the league in rushing offense and rushing defense. They average 300 yards per game on the ground, the best of any team in the FCS. Coy Williams and Dylan Sparks give the Wildcats a 1-2 punch in the Davidson backfield. Williams has a team-high nine touchdowns, yet Sparks has the most rushing attempts on the team with 81. On the other side of the ball, the Davidson defense only allows 138 rushing yards per contest.
Jonathan Hammond posted a game-best 11 stops in Davidson’s 70-35 PFL victory against Presbyterian. He was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season. Hammond leads the team in sacks with six. He also has recorded 8.5 tackles for loss this season.
LAST GAME VS. DAVIDSON: The Wildcats outscored Butler 33-0 in the second quarter to claim a 52-10 road win at the Sellick Bowl in 2019. BU covered 60 yards on their opening drive to get on the scoreboard first with a 27-yard field goal. The lone touchdown of the game for the ‘Dawgs came on an 18-yard run by 
Nick Orlando in the fourth quarter.
Davidson never punted the ball in the last meeting and were 12-for-14 on third down against the Bulldogs. Orlando rushed for 107 yards and passed for 68 to lead Butler in each statistical category.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Davidson leads the all-time series against Butler 7-6. Butler’s last win came during the 2016 season (20-17).
Drew Bevelhimer’s 29-yard field goal at the end of regulation gave Butler a 20-17 come-from-behind win over Davidson in 2016.
Yogi Flager needs 120 yards on Saturday to reach 1,000 in his young BU career. Flager recorded 387 yards during the spring season and has added a team-best 493 this year with three scores.
Flager caught one pass at Morehead State for 22 yards. It was the first time this season an opponent has held him to a single reception.
Connor Reid provided Butler with two interceptions and a career-high 12 tackles at Morehead State.
Butler ended the Morehead State game with four interceptions. Reid now leads the team in tackles (43) and picks (3) heading into the final four games of the season.
SUCHY FOR SIX: Redshirt Freshman 
Joey Suchy scored the first touchdown of his collegiate career last Saturday. He crossed the goal line for a two-yard TD to get BU on the scoreboard in the fourth.
Suchy ran the ball nine times against the Eagles to post a career-best 58 yards on the ground. He is now listed second on the Butler depth chart.
BULLDOGS IN THE BACKFIELD: Butler’s defense made seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage at Morehead State. The ‘Dawgs were credited with 102 total tackles, four QB hurries and two pass breakups.
Eloi Bigirimana led Butler with two tackles for loss and was near the team lead with 11 total tackles. BU set new team season-high totals in total tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions.
STOP THE RUN: Butler allowed 323 rushing yards at Morehead State, the most of any game this season. Prior to Oct. 16, Butler had kept four of their six opponents under 200 yards on the ground.
On average, Butler allows 206.9 rushing yards per contest. Davidson has rushed for 300+ yards in three of their five games. They rushed for 351 yards last weekend against Presbyterian.
GROUND GAME: Butler rushed the ball 33 times at Morehead State, which is seven carries lower than their season average. Davidson averages 58 hand-offs per game in 2021.
Davidson rushed the ball 62 times the last time they played at the Sellick Bowl (2019). 14 different players carried the ball that day.
UP NEXT: Dayton will host Butler on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Flyers have won the last six meetings.
Dayton leads the all-time series against Butler 32-12-1.

Butler MSoccer Seeking Fourth Straight at DePaul

Matchday Information – Butler at DePaul
DATE:                         Saturday, October 23 / 2 pm ET (1 pm CT)
LOCATION:                Chicago, Ill. / Wish Field
LIVE STATS:              
LIVE VIDEO:              
SERIES RECORD:     DePaul leads, 6-3-2
LAST MEETING:        March 20, 2021 – Chicago, Ill. – Butler 1, DePaul 0 (OT)

Full Notes (PDF)
The Butler men’s soccer team is preparing to travel to DePaul on Saturday, October 23, for a 2 pm ET (1 pm CT) kickoff. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-1 double-overtime win over Marquette, their third straight BIG EAST win, while the Blue Demons most recently defeated Villanova, 3-2, in overtime.

  • (through games 10/20/2021)
  • Gabreil Gjergji ranks 49th nationally and fifth in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (.974), as well as 53rd nationally and fourth in the conference in Save Percentage (.759).
  • Jack Streberger is fifth in the BIG EAST with four assists.
  • Previous match: Marquette W, 2-1 (2OT):  Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s goal was his fourth of the season and the 16th of his career. Quint Breitkreuz’s goal, which was the game-winner, was the first of his career, as was his assist. Hemi Nasser’s assist was his first of the season, while Tommy Visser’s assist was his second of the season. Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (6-6-1) picked up his sixth win of the season, making six saves in the match.
  • For their performances in back-to-back victories over Xavier and No. 20 Providence, Butler defender Griffin DeBolt was named BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Defender of the Week, and, in addition, Bulldogs goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji was named Goalkeeper of the Week.
  • The Bulldogs, now with 12 points, have moved into a tie with Villanova for third in the BIG EAST standings. Georgetown (18) sits in first, and Providence (14) remains in second.
  • Butler’s 2021 schedule has included five ranked teams, including three ranked in the top-5 when the contest was played. The Bulldogs faced No. 1 Indiana (L, 0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (L, 0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (L, 0-2). Marshall is the defending College Cup National Champion, having defeated Indiana in the spring.
  • The Bulldogs were victorious over No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1) on September 21, as well as No. 20 Providence (2-1) on October 16.

The Matchup

  • Butler and DePaul have met 11 times, with DePaul coming out on top in six of the contests.
  • The Bulldogs are 4-0-1 in the last five matches, since 2017.
  • DePaul’s most recent win (1-0) was a double-overtime match in Chicago on October 26, 2016.

Scouting DePaul
Previous match: Villanova W, 3-2 (OT)

  • DePaul defeated common opponents Wisconsin (1-0) and Oakland (3-1).
  • The Blue Demons have scored 18 goals this season and given up 17.
  • Nine different players have scored at least one goal, and fourteen have at least one assist.

    Individual Statistics
  • Offensive standouts for DePaul include:
    #26 Jack Richards (5g, 1a)
    #9 Marek Gonda (4g, 2a)
    #7 Jake Fuderer (1g, 5a)
    #19 Jacob Huth (2g, 2a)
    #31 Santiago Rodriguez (2g, 1a)
  • Gandhi Cruz (7-6-1) has played every minute for all 14 matches in goal. He has made 56 saves (.767) and has allowed 17 goals (1.18 GAA). He has two shutouts.

Sycamore Volleyball Set to Clash with Aces Saturday in Evansville

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball will make the short trek south this weekend as the Sycamores faceoff with Evansville Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Meeks Family Fieldhouse. No live video will be available for the match but live stats will be available by clicking HERE.
Melina Tedrow continues to climb the Indiana State record book — now in fifth place in program history with 1,516 career digs. Tedrow sits behind Stephanie Bindernagel (1,677), Kiya James (1,706) and Cheryl Berg (1,713). Kristy Cox (2005-08) sits as the all-time leader in digs with 1,841 over her career.
» Sophomore Karinna Gall has been a consistent force for the Sycamores this season, finishing with eight or more kills in 15 of 18 matches played. The Belleville, Illinois native has had 12-or-more kills in six matches, including a season-high 16 kills in a win over Eastern Michigan. The 6-foot-1 middle blocker has also made her presence known on defense with 34 blocks on the season.
» Indiana State has jumped into the top-50 nationally in digs — ranking 42nd overall and third in the MVC with 16.44 digs per set. 
Melina Tedrow is leading the way at libero with 4.63 digs per set as an individual to rank 60th nationally.
» Indiana State ranks fourth in the MVC as a team, hitting .225 while on the flip side holding opponents to a .177 hitting percentage. Karinna Gall (184 K) and 
Kaitlyn Hamilton (178 K) rank 18th and 19th, respectively in the MVC.
Chloe Mason ranks second in the MVC and 22nd nationally with .47 aces per set. She has totaled 28 aces in 57 sets overall and has recorded at least one ace in all but two matches this season. The setter has put up a season-high four aces on two separate occasions this fall with the last happening during a 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois (10/11).
Emma Kaelin and Chloe Mason both rank in the top 10 in the MVC in assists per set. Kaelin is averaging 5.69 with Mason right behind her at 5.65. Kaelin leads the team in assists and has 12 matches with 20 or more assists. She picked up a season-high 42 assists in a win at Belmont (9/4). Mason has picked up 20 or more assists in nine matches, including a pair of 32 assist matches.
» Indiana State put together its third-best performance at the net on the season during in a 3-1 win over SIU (10/11). The Sycamores posted 10 blocks overall led by middle blocker 
Kylie Newby who accounted for three (1 S, 4 BA) on her own. Six Sycamores joined the action — tied for the most in any match this season. ISU’s top block performance came against Eastern Illinois when the Trees posted 12 during the sweep of the Panthers (9/19).

Purdue Fort Wayne Gets Back in Win Column at Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team picked up a Horizon League win over Green Bay on Friday night (Oct. 22) with a 3-1 win (25-18, 25-20, 26-28, 25-15) in the Kress Center.

The Mastodons’ offense was on fire in the opening set, as they hit a scorching .424 with 15 kills on 33 attacks. The ‘Dons had a 4-0 stretch early on that gave them a 6-5 advantage. This stretch included two kills from Madelyn Wurster and an ace from Rachael Crucis. Katie Crowe had two consecutive kills later on to give the ‘Dons a 20-14 edge, and enough of a cushion to coast to the end of the set. The ‘Dons took the last three points of the set with a kill from Molly Mirabelli, another ace from Crucis, and a kill from Maggie Castleman.

While the offense slowed down a little bit in the second set, it was still enough to build up a comfortable lead. The ‘Dons still hit .294, jumping out to a 14-6 lead after Jen Springer had an ace. Nicole Jones found her offensive rhythm in set two, as she had four kills from the setter spot, including the penultimate point of the frame.

Purdue Fort Wayne went on a pair of 3-0 runs that each forced Green Bay to burn a timeout. Both runs were capped off by a kill from Castleman. After the Phoenix timeouts, they chipped away at the Mastodon lead and tied the set at 20. This paved the way for the set to go into extras, and ultimately allowed Green Bay to take the set 28-26.

The Mastodons bound out to an 11-2 lead in set four, an opening run that featured two aces from Crucis and one from Wurster. The aces continued when Madison Gates and Crowe got one each to help push the lead to 18-9. Crowe got her 12th kill of the night to give the ‘Dons the win.

Four Mastodons reached double-figures in kills: Wurster (13), Crowe (12), Castleman (11) and Ramei Jackson (10). Three had 12 or more digs: Crucis (17), Gates (12) and Crowe (12). Crucis finished with four aces. The Mastodons finished with a season-high .336 hitting percentage.

With her 12 kills on Friday, Crowe moved into fifth in program history in career kills. She now owns1,515, passing Rebekah Roehm (1,506, 2006-09). She needs 70 to pass Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18) for fourth. Crowe also moved into second in career matches played with 136, passing Julie Huber (135, 1989-92). She needs to play in seven more matches to tie Andi Reichhart (143, 1994-97) and become the program’s all-time leader in matches played.

The Mastodons improve to 6-19, 4-8 in the Horizon League. Green Bay falls to 10-12, 5-5. The Mastodons have a match on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at UIC before returning home to Fort Wayne. The ‘Dons will play their last five matches of the regular season at home.

‘Dons Hit Road to Green Bay on Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Following a win at UIC last week, Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer looks for another road win on Saturday (Oct. 23) at Green Bay. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (4-8-1, 2-5-0 Horizon) at Green Bay (1-9-3, 0-6-1 Horizon)
When: Saturday, October 23 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Aldo Santaga Stadium | Green Bay, Wis.
Live Stats: 
Weather: High of 53, chance of rain 10 percent

• Green Bay’s only win on the season was a 2-1 decision at Wisconsin to open the season. They scored two goals in the final three minutes to get the victory. 
• Green Bay’s only tie in league play was a 1-1 decision at Detroit Mercy on Sept. 29
• The Phoenix have given up 21 goals on the season and scored seven. Ezau Millan leads the team with two goals. 

• The Mastodons’ last time out was a 2-0 win at UIC on Saturday. 
Alejandro Lopez and Nathaniel Edwards had goals in the contest.
• Goalkeeper 
Danny Salazar started his first career match in the win over UIC on Saturday. He had three saves in the contest. He has played 170 minutes this season. 
• The ‘Dons close Horizon League play with a home contest with IUPUI and then a road game at Milwaukee. 

• The ‘Dons lead the series 5-3-2
• The ‘Dons have won three straight in the series and have a five-match unbeaten streak with a 1-1 tie in 2017.
• Purdue Fort Wayne won 2-0 last season over Green Bay in the first league contest between the two teams.

The ‘Dons host IUPUI on Saturday (Oct. 30) it will be Senior Day for Purdue Fort Wayne. 

‘Dons Travel To The Motor City For Horizon League Game

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer travels to Detroit, Mich. for its final regular season road game against Detroit Mercy on Saturday, Oct. 23 (3 p.m.).

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-6-5, 4-4-1 Horizon League) at Detroit Mercy (3-12-1, 2-6-1 Horizon League) 
When: Saturday, October 23 | 3:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Titan Stadium | Detroit, Mich.
Live Stats: 
Live Video: 
Weather: Sunny, high of 55 degrees
Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are in fifth place with 13 points. The top six teams make the Horizon League tournament. Seeds three and four host an on-campus game for the Horizon League quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Scouting the ‘Dons
The Mastodons are coming off a 1-1 tie against Green Bay last Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. A goal by in the 82nd minute by 
Rylee Vruggink was enough to tie the game.

The ‘Dons are in a battle with Phoenix in the standings as Green Bay sits in fourth place with 14 points, one point ahead of the ‘Dons. Green Bay’s final two games are on the road against Northern Kentucky and Milwaukee.

The ‘Dons have netted a positive result in each of their last three games. They’ve gained seven of their 13 conference points over that span. The ‘Dons final two opponents of the regular season have given up a combined 73 goals (Detroit Mercy 42, Cleveland State 31).

In the Horizon League, the ‘Dons are fourth in saves (92), fifth in goals (19), and have allowed the fifth fewest goals (26).

Individually, the ‘Dons are led by the sister duo of 
Morgan Reitano and Bella Reitano. The two have combined for nine of the Mastodons’ 19 goals, and two assists. Morgan is tied for sixth in the Horizon League in goals with six. The ‘Dons are 5-1 when either Reitano sister scores a goal.

Kelsey Gallagher is second on the team in points with 10 (two goals, six assists). Her six assists are tied for the program record for most assist in the season. The mark is also tied for third in the Horizon League.

Samantha Castaneda is first in the Horizon League in goalkeeper minutes (1504:40), second in saves (90), and tied for third in shutouts (four).

Scouting Detroit Mercy
The Titans are coming off a 2-1 overtime win against UIC in Chicago, Ill. After starting the conference season 0-4-1, the Titans have won two of their last four contests. They are 10th in the Horizon League standings with seven points.

As a team, the Titans have given up the most goals in the Horizon League (42). The Titans also average the least amount of shots per game in the league (8.50), and are third in saves (94).

The Titans are led by Erica Leinweber and Erica Toupin. Both Leinweber and Toupin lead the Titans in goals with four. Leinweber leads the Titans in points (11) and assists (three) while Toupin is second on the team in points (10) and tied for second on the team in assists (two).

Series History
The ‘Dons and Titans have met 14 times prior to Saturday’s match. The Titans own a 10-2-2 series record. The ‘Dons won the most recent matchup back on Sept. 15, 2019 with a 2-0 win in Fort Wayne.
Up Next
The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will play its final regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) against Cleveland State at the Hefner Soccer Complex.  

Cross Country to Compete at GLVC Championships

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – It is postseason race time once again for UIndy cross country as the Greyhounds prepare to travel to Romeoville, Ill., for the 2021 GLVC Cross Country Championships, hosted by Lewis University this Saturday, Oct. 23. The action starts at 11 a.m. ET with the 38th-annual women’s 6,000-meter run, followed by the 43rd-annual men’s 8,000-meter run at noon ET.

The event will be streamed live on the 
GLVC Sports Network, with live results available through TRXC Timing. Additionally, the UIndy cross country team will be live streaming on Instagram.

Both teams finished in the top five of the 
2020 GLVC Championships, with the men’s team at fourth and the women at fifth. Returning-runners Melissa Spencer and Will Reid had solid performances at last year’s race, with both garnering All-GLVC honors as top-15 finishers.

The team is coming off an impressive weekend filled with PRs galore in Huntsville, Ala., which saw over two-thirds of the team set personal bests.


NDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs have announced the club’s season-opening roster for 2021-22 ECHL season.

The 2021-22 season-opening roster features 24 total players, including 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and four goaltenders. The group features 14 players who appeared on the 2020-21 Indy Fuel roster. 

The Indy Fuel will kick off the 2020-21 ECHL season with a home matchup against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night before heading to Cincinnati on October 30. 

2021-22 Indy Fuel Season-Opening Roster:

Forwards: Colton Heffley, Diego Cuglietta, Seamus Malone, Tommy Apap, Cedric Lacroix, Riley McKay, Spencer Watson, Quin Foreman, CJ Eick, Chad Yetman, Jared Thomas, Brent Gates, Liam Folkes

Defensemen: Adam Parsells, Kirill Chayka, Ryan Zuhlsdorf, Jordan Schneider, Mike Lee, Christopher Cameron, Keoni Texeira

Goaltenders: Mitch Gillam, Michael Lackey, Tom Aubrun, Cale Morris

Single-Game tickets are now available for Fuel eighth season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Fans can also take advantage of full season, 18 ticket and 12 ticket flex packages by calling 317-925-FUEL or visiting IndyFuelHockey.com. Don’t miss a second of the action during the 2021-22 season – follow the Fuel on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (@IndyFuel) and ‘Like’ the Fuel on Facebook.

VUVB continues winning ways with road sweep over John A. Logan

CARTERVILLE, Ill. – The Vincennes University volleyball team hit the floor for the first time in nearly two weeks by hitting the road to take on Region 24 opponent John A. Logan Friday night.

The Trailblazers extended their winning streak to nine games and improved to 9 – 0 in Region 24 play with a three-set sweep over the Volunteers 25-17, 25-16, 25-21.

Vincennes shook off the rust early against the host Vols, setting the tone from the start to take set one 25-17 and take a 1-0 match lead.

VU continued to roll in set two, jumping out to a 2-0 match lead over John A. Logan for the second-time this season by winning set two 25-16.

Looking to avoid a repeat of two weeks ago, when the Volunteers battled back from down 2-0 to force a fifth set on Oct. 9, the Trailblazers kept their foot on the gas and finished the Region 24 battle by taking set three 25-21 to win the match three sets to zero.

“We came in against the hottest team in the Region, with Logan going 6-1 since we last played them,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “The stoppage we had didn’t seem to faze us as we picked up right where we left off.”

“We worked hard this week in practice and we completed our game plan to a tee,” Sien added.

The Trailblazers were led by freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland), who finished with a team-high eight kills and set a career-high with 13 digs defensively, while also adding one block.

“I thought Jagoda played a good all-around game as she did very well in the back row, where she hasn’t played much this year,” Sien said.

VU was also aided by sophomore Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and freshmen Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) and Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) who all finished with six kills each.

Ainscough would also add nine digs, five blocks and a pair of aces, while Russell would lead the Blazers with six blocks and four digs and Banasiak came away with a pair of block s and digs for the match.

Sophomores Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) and Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) helped control the game at the net defensively, with the pair matching Russell’s team-high of six blocks.

Metzger would also add five kills offensively and a pair of digs on defense, while Cornelson finished off a pair of kills offensively.

“Our front row of Emilie, Jamie, Breanna and Addison put up a huge block as we controlled the net,” Sien added. “Our defense was outstanding as we had everyone hitting the floor on every single play.”

The Vincennes offense was set up by freshman setters Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.).

Graber would come away with her seventh double-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 17 set assists, 10 digs and a kill.

Mulligan ended her night with 14 set assists, six digs and an ace.

Sophomore Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) again served as Vincennes’ first line of contact defensively, with Earp leading the Blazers with a team-high 17 digs, while also adding a set assist.

Vincennes will have a quick turnaround to close out their regular season as VU will host Region 24 opponent Kaskaskia at the P.E. Complex Saturday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m. eastern.

This match will be Sophomore Recognition Day for the Blazers as VU celebrates their six volleyball sophomores playing their final game at the P.E. Complex.

“This is another situation of us having two tough games on back-to-back days, but we’ll enjoy tonight’s win a bit and get ready for tomorrow’s game,” Sien said.


1910       Jack Coombs wins his third game of the World Series when he goes the distance to beat the Cubs at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, 7-2. The A’s right-hander, in addition to winning Game 5 to give Philadelphia the world championship, also had complete-game victories in Games 2 and 3 of the Fall Classic.

1945       Dodger President Branch Rickey announces that the team has signed two black players, shortstop Jackie Robinson and pitcher Johnny Wright, to play with Brooklyn’s Triple-A team in Montreal. The 26 year-old Negro League infielder will be the first black player to play in organized baseball since 1884.

1951       The Associated Press selects Giants skipper Leo Durocher as the Manager of the Year. Under his leadership, the Giants rallied from a 13 1/2-game deficit in mid-August to win the pennant, beating the Dodgers in a three-game playoff series best remembered for Bobby Thomson’s fabled home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the deciding game at the Polo Grounds.

1952       The Pacific Coast League announces its teams will play a reduced 176-game schedule next season. However, the PCL clubs will continue to play 180 contests next season, similar to the past two years.

1958       The Associated Press names Danny Murtaugh as its major league Manager of Year. In his first full year in the Pirates’ dugout, the team improves by 22 games, 14 games over .500, finishing in second place, eight games behind Milwaukee.

1973       Boston trades first baseman Ben Ogilvie to the Tigers in exchange for Dick McAuliffe. The former Detroit shortstop will hit only .210 in 100 games for his new team next season, but in 1975 the Hartford native will become the manager of the club’s Double-A farm team, the Bristol Red Sox, located in his home state of Connecticut.

1985       After months of debate, King County Executive Randy Revelle and team owner George Argyros sign a new lease calling for the Mariners to play in the Kingdome through the 1996 season. The deal contains a provision which allows the M’s to leave Seattle after the 1987 season if attendance stays below 1.4 million, and season ticket sales fall under the 10,000 mark.

1986       In Game 5 of the World Series at Fenway Park, Bruce Hurst throws a complete game to beat the Mets, 4-2, earning his second victory of the Fall Classic and bringing the team within one win of ending their 68-year World Championship drought. New York will dash the Red Sox Nation’s hopes with two come-from-behind wins at Shea Stadium.

1993       “Touch ’em all Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life” – Tom Cheek, Blue Jays radio voice. Thanks to Joe Carter’s dramatic ninth-inning three-run homer over the left-field wall, the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 8-6 to win their second consecutive World Championship. The Toronto outfielder becomes just the second player to end the World Series with a home run, joining Bill Mazeroski, whose Forbes Field’s round-tripper beat the Yankees in 1960.

1993       Mike Piazza, the sixty-second round pick of the 1988 draft, is the BBWAA’s unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award in the National League. The Dodger catcher is the first player to hit over .300 (.318), connect for more than 30 homers (35), and drive in at least 100 runs (112) in the Senior Circuit as a freshman since Wally Berger accomplished the feat in his initial major league season with the Braves in 1930.

1995       Former Astros GM Bob Watson is named the Yankees’ new general manager, replacing Gene Michael. Watson will stay in the position for just two seasons, but during his tenure, the team will win its first World Series since 1978, establishing the groundwork for the very successful Bronx Bomber clubs of the late 1990s.

1996       After the Yankees lose the first two games of the Fall Classic at the Stadium, David Cone limits the Braves to four hits and one run in six innings en route to New York’s 5-2 win. The contest will be the first of 14 consecutive World Series victories as the Bronx Bombers start their run of four titles in five years.

1998       The Dodgers hire Davey Johnson to manage the second-place club, taking over the reins from Bill Russell. The former Mets, Reds, and Orioles skipper, who has finished first with every team he has ever led, will see his streak end in LA when he compiles a 163- 161 (.503) record.

2000       Although lacking big league managerial experience, Pirates hitting coach Lloyd McClendon is named the team’s skipper, replacing the recently-fired Gene Lamont. During the new manager’s five-year tenure in the Pittsburgh dugout, the struggling Bucs will compile a 336-446 (.430) record.

2002       Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak in 1995 is voted as baseball’s most memorable moment by the fans participating in the Major league Baseball and MasterCard promotion. Hank Aaron’s 715th homer to pass Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, Mark McGwire breaking Roger Maris’ single-season home run record, and Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech round out the top five events selected by the fans.

2002       Joining Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson, Darryl Kile will become the third player to appear on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot before the mandatory five-year waiting period. The 33 year-old Cardinal pitcher, who died of heart disease, was found dead in his Chicago hotel room in June.

2002       In Game 4 of the World Series, Barry Bonds is walked intentionally three times, setting a new record for a Fall Classic game. Angels starting pitcher John Lackey, who issues all the free passes to the Giants left fielder, does not factor in the decision in San Francisco’s 4-3 victory at Pac Bell, which deadlocks the series at two.

2005       For the 14th time in World Series history, a walk-off home run ends the contest when Scott Podsednik’s ninth-inning blast in Game 2 at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field beats the Astros, 7-6. Bill Mazeroski remains the only player to accomplish the feat in the seventh game of the Fall Classic.

2005       On the verge of the first World Series game in Texas, much to the Astros’ chagrin, MLB rules Houston must play Game 3 of the Fall Classic with its Minute Maid Park roof open. During the regular season, the team had a much better record (38-17) in the enclosed ballpark than in games started in the open air (15-11).

2006       Extending his scoreless streak to 24.1 postseason innings, dating back to 2003 with the Twins, Kenny Rogers blanks the Cardinals for eight innings when the Tigers beat the Cardinals 3-1 to even the World Series at a game apiece. The “Gambler’s” recent playoff success comes under suspicion as TV cameras spot a dark substance on the right-hander’s pitching hand in the first frame, which he claims to be only mud.

2010       The Giants capture their twenty-first National League flag when they defeat the Phillies, 3-2, in Game 6 of NLCS at Citizens Bank Park. The decisive blow is Juan Uribe’s two-out tie-breaking home run off Ryan Madson in the eighth inning.

2012       “I love Fidel Castro, I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that m**r is still here.” – OZZIE GUILLEN, praising the Cuban dictator during an interview with Time magazine. With three years and $7.5 million remaining on his contract, the Marlins, after one season, fire their controversial manager Ozzie Guillen, who had verbal feuds with Nationals’ rookie Bryce Harper and his own players, including closer Heath Bell during a disappointing last-place finish. The 48 year-old Venezuelan-born skipper did not endear himself to the Miami fan base after praising Fidel Castro in an early-season interview, which leads to a five-game suspension by MLB for his comments about the Cuban dictator.

2014       After aggressively trying to sign their manager to a third contract extension, the Rays announce Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract. During his nine-year tenure with Tampa Bay, a franchise perceived as perennial losers before his arrival, the popular skipper compiled a 754-705 record, leading the team to the playoffs four times, that included winning two AL East titles and one appearance in the World Series.

2015       The Royals win their second straight American League flag when they eliminate the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS played at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City scores the go-ahead run in their 4-3 victory in the bottom of the eighth inning when Lorenzo Cain races home from first base on Eric Hosmer’s RBI single.

2018       The Dodgers become the first team to use an all right-handed lineup in a World Series game due to the dominance of Red Sox southpaw starter Chris Sale facing left-handed swingers, who batted a paltry .170 against him during the regular season. The strategy proves effective when Los Angeles pounds out five hits and scores three runs during the left-hander’s four innings of work, but the team loses Game 1 of the Fall Classic at Fenway Park, 8-4.



Boston Americans (5) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (3)

In an effort to end a bitter two year rivalry and promote unity in baseball, the veteran National League and newly established American League decided to bury the hatchet and come together for a new kind of season finale.

Nine years earlier, the two top teams in the National League competed in an experimental post-season championship in which Boston beat Pittsburgh five games to three. In 1903, both teams (now in separate leagues) found themselves competing against one another in the first official “World Series”. Echoing the 1894 proposal of owner William C. Temple, Pittsburgh’s Barney Dreyfuss and Boston’s Henry Killilea agreed that their ballclubs, who were both pennant winners, should meet in a best-of-nine playoff series for the “World Championship.”

The spectacle would represent the first step towards a mutual reconciliation for years of open hostilities and blatant player raids. The Pirates, who had just won their third consecutive pennant, were the perfect representatives for the veteran Nationals. Their rivals, the Americans, had won their flag by 14½ games and represented the fledgling Americans who were still trying to establish themselves as a worthy competitor.

Game 1 of the series proved to be a complete success as fans were treated to the best baseball that both leagues had to offer. The Pirates played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball as Deacon Phillippe pitched a six hitter and right fielder Jimmy Sebring hit the first home run in World Series history. He alone drove in four runs for a 7-3 victory. Game 2 did not disappoint either as Boston mirrored Pittsburgh’s previous performance. They evened the series when Bill Dinneen threw a three-hitter and Patsy Dougherty walloped two homers in a 3-0 triumph.

Pittsburgh’s pitching staff, ravaged by illness and injuries, forced the Pirates to start Phillippe again in Game 3 after only one day of rest. The veteran workhorse, a twenty-five game winner during the regular season, rose to the challenge allowing only four hits in a 4-2 win. Three days later, Pittsburgh went to their dependable ace for a third time and backed him up with reinforcements who came out swinging. Third basemen, Tommy Leach, knocked in three runs while Honus Wagner and Ginger Beaumont each collected three hits. Boston was unable to answer and Pittsburgh led the series three games to one.

Boston was down, but far from out. Cy Young, a veteran, twenty-eight game winner was called upon to cool off the Pirates in Game 5 and that’s exactly what he did. Pittsburgh never knew what hit them. Young yielded only six hits and drove in three runs in an 11-2 runaway. The following day, Game 2 winner Bill Dinneen maintained Boston’s momentum with a 6-3 victory in a contest that featured four hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases by the losing Pirates. The series was now tied at three games each.

Deacon Phillippe, who was undefeated in the series, took the mound for the Pirates in Game 7. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, all good things must come to an end. The Americans’ playing manager Jimmy Collins and Chick Stahl knocked him for first inning triples and Boston bolted to an early 2-0 lead en route to a 7-3 triumph. For the first time, the Americans had seized the Series lead. Ahead four games to three, Boston would attempt to nail down the championship on its own Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Game 8 looked to be a pitcher’s duel as Dinneen and Phillippe went head to head to a scoreless tie through the first three innings. Boston managed to get on the board twice in the fourth and again in the sixth. Phillippe battled on and would end up pitching his fifth complete game in the Series, which lasted thirteen days, but Dinneen bested him in the climactic finale, tossing his second shutout of the Series and notching his third victory.

The 3-0 decision was the Americans fourth straight triumph and made the upstart Boston team champions of the First American League vs. National League World Series. With great pitching dominating the play, hitters obviously had a rough time at the plate. Boston batted .252 while Pittsburgh, despite the presence of National League batting champion Honus Wagner, hit .237.


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots240.3332.01251270-4-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets140.2002.5671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
Miami Dolphins150.1673.0991770-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.01481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders420.6670.01471442-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs330.5001.01851761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
Denver Broncos340.4291.51401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens510.8330.01701233-0-02-1-04-1-00-0-05 W
Cincinnati Bengals420.6671.01481112-1-02-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns430.5711.51731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5002.01171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01661612-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-02 W
Indianapolis Colts240.3332.01391311-2-01-2-02-2-01-1-01 W
Houston Texans150.1673.0921721-2-00-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.01161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team240.3333.01361861-3-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 L
Philadelphia Eagles240.3333.01371520-3-02-1-02-3-00-1-01 L
New York Giants150.1674.01141770-3-01-2-01-4-00-2-02 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals6001.0000.01941092-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-06 W
Los Angeles Rams510.8331.01791272-1-03-0-04-1-01-1-02 W
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.51171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
Seattle Seahawks240.3334.01401490-2-02-2-01-2-01-1-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers510.8330.01441362-0-03-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears330.5002.0981242-1-01-2-01-2-01-1-01 L
Detroit Lions060.0005.01091720-3-00-3-00-4-00-3-06 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers510.8330.01951443-0-02-1-03-1-01-0-03 W
New Orleans Saints320.6001.5127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Carolina Panthers330.5002.01431212-2-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.51051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W


New England31216462382411-3-110-3-369
Nashville SC30111634727208-8-03-8-349
Orlando City SC3012108434218-5-24-5-646
CF Montreal3011910434038-4-33-5-742
New York City FC30118114534118-3-33-5-841
New York2911711353057-5-34-2-840
Inter Miami CF30105152847-196-2-74-3-835
Toronto FC3067173459-254-5-52-2-1225
FC Cincinnati3048183259-271-5-93-3-920
Sporting KC2915775233198-5-27-2-552
Los Angeles30136114446-28-3-45-3-745
Real Salt Lake2912611484539-4-23-2-942
Los Angeles FC3011712464427-5-34-2-940
San Jose3099124047-75-3-74-6-536
FC Dallas30610144150-94-7-42-3-1028


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York201.0001-01-01-02-02-02 W
Brooklyn11.5001.01-11-01-11-11 W
Toronto11.5001.00-11-01-01-11-11 W
Philadelphia11.5001.00-11-00-10-11-11 L
Boston02.0002.00-10-10-20-20-22 L
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago201.0001-01-01-01-02-02 W
Milwaukee11.5001.01-00-11-11-11 L
Detroit01.0001.50-10-10-10-11 L
Cleveland02.0002.00-10-10-10-22 L
Indiana02.0002.00-20-20-22 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Washington201.0001-01-02-02-02 W
Charlotte201.0001-01-02-02-02 W
Miami101.0000.51-01-01-01 W
Atlanta101.0000.51-01-01 W
Orlando02.0002.00-10-10-10-22 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah201.0001-01-01-02-02-02 W
Denver201.0001-01-02-02-02 W
Minnesota101.0000.51-01-01-01 W
Portland01.0001.50-10-10-11 L
Oklahoma City02.0002.00-20-10-20-22 L
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State201.0001-01-02-02-02-02 W
Phoenix11.5001.00-11-01-01-11-11 W
Sacramento11.5001.00-11-01-11-11 L
LA Clippers01.0001.50-10-10-10-11 L
LA Lakers02.0002.00-20-20-20-22 L
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Memphis101.0001-01-01 W
Houston11.5000.51-00-11-11-11 W
San Antonio11.5000.51-00-10-11-11 L
Dallas01.0001.00-10-11 L
New Orleans02.0001.50-10-10-22 L


Eastern Conference
Florida Panthers4400841873-0-01-0-04-0-0
Washington Capitals4301731672-0-11-0-03-0-1
New York Rangers53117311110-0-13-1-03-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes3300631361-0-02-0-03-0-0
Buffalo Sabres4310621383-1-03-1-0
Detroit Red Wings42115213122-1-12-1-1
Pittsburgh Penguins42026216111-0-11-0-12-0-2
Columbus Blue Jackets4310631493-0-00-1-03-1-0
Philadelphia Flyers3201521692-0-12-0-1
10 Toronto Maple Leafs52215211122-1-10-1-02-2-1
11 Boston Bruins3210421081-0-01-1-02-1-0
12 Ottawa Senators422042892-1-00-1-02-2-0
13 New Jersey Devils321042992-1-02-1-0
14 Tampa Bay Lightning42204212170-2-02-0-02-2-0
15 New York Islanders41213110151-2-11-2-1
16 Montreal Canadiens5050004190-3-00-2-00-5-0
Western Conference
Edmonton Oilers550010424133-0-02-0-05-0-0
St. Louis Blues3300631583-0-03-0-0
San Jose Sharks4400841671-0-03-0-04-0-0
Minnesota Wild3300631181-0-02-0-03-0-0
Dallas Stars53206211111-0-02-2-03-2-0
Vancouver Canucks52215114162-2-12-2-1
Anaheim Ducks52304214161-1-01-2-02-3-0
Calgary Flames311131780-0-11-1-01-1-1
Los Angeles Kings41213111101-1-00-1-11-2-1
10 Winnipeg Jets41213114151-0-00-2-11-2-1
11 Seattle Kraken51313111191-3-11-3-1
12 Nashville Predators4130218111-3-01-3-0
13 Colorado Avalanche41302111171-1-00-2-01-3-0
14 Vegas Golden Knights41302110171-2-00-1-01-3-0
15 Arizona Coyotes4031108220-2-00-1-10-3-1
16 Chicago Blackhawks5041109210-2-00-2-10-4-1