INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Adams Central 56 Heritage 0
Alexandria 28 Elwood 14
Andrean 38 Highland 14
Bedford North Lawrence35 Seymour 29
Beech Grove 46 Indianapolis Washington 0
Bloomington North 35 Terre Haute North 30
Bloomington South 20 Terre Haute South 0
Brebeuf Jesuit 41 Culver Academy 13
Brown County 42 West Vigo 26
Brownsburg 39 Fishers 21
Brownstown Central 43 North Harrison 12
Calumet Christian 63 Bowman Academy 14
Calumet 52 East Chicago Central 0
Carmel 44 Lawrence North 14
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 42 Fort Wayne Dwenger 23
Castle 37 Vincennes Lincoln 7
Center Grove 53 North Central (Indianapolis) 7
Centerville 69 Tri 6
Central Noble 56 Fremont12
Charlestown 37 Providence 21
Churubusco 35 Prairie Heights 0
Clinton Central 28 Hagerstown 20
Columbia City 51 DeKalb 28
Concord 21 Goshen 12
Connersville 55 Rushville 33
Constantine (Mich.) 32 Indianapolis Ritter 19
Covenant Christian 42 Indianapolis Tindley 19
Crown Point 27 Portage 6
Danville 14 Tri-West 7
Decatur Central 41 Mooresville 27
Delphi 34 Tri-Central 6
East Central 44 Batesville 13
Eastbrook 45 Frankton 0
Eastern (Greentown) 33 Carroll (Flora) 13
Eastside 42 Garrett 14
Edinburgh 33 South Decatur 0
Evansville Central 39 Evansville Reitz 38 3OT
Evansville Memorial 48 Evansville Harrison 7
Evansville North 49 Evansville Bosse 26
Floyd Central 20 Jeffersonville 13
Fort Wayne Luers 55 Fort Wayne North 9
Fort Wayne Northrop 27 Fort Wayne Concordia 14
Fort Wayne Snider 17 Homestead 14
Fort Wayne Wayne 36 Fort Wayne South 26
Fountain Central 42 Attica 13
Franklin Central 30 Avon 23
Gibson Southern 63 Southridge 9
Greencastle 47 Parke Heritage 42
Greenfield-Central 28 Fort Loramie (Ohio) 18
Hanover Central 57 Griffith 14
Harrison (West Lafayette) 42 Anderson 14
Heritage Christian 20 Indianapolis Scecina 14
Heritage Hills 35 North Posey 14
Hobart 39 Lowell 27
Huntington North 34 Bellmont 17
Indianapolis Attucks 30 Purdue Polytechnic 0
Indianapolis Cathedral 37 Columbus North 13
Indianapolis Chatard 62 Southport 17
Indianapolis Lutheran 55 Cascade 0
Indianapolis Roncalli 45 Guerin Catholic 21
Indianapolis Tech 56 Muncie Central 28
Jasper 31 Evansville Mater Dei 13
Jay County 40 Bluffton 27
Jennings County10 Madison 6
Jimtown 32 Bremen 19
John Glenn 28 Knox 7
Kankakee Valley 35 Munster 21
LaPorte 27 Lake Central 20 OT
LaVille 49 Caston 14
Lafayette Jeff 34 Kokomo 14
Lakeland 30 Angola 28
Lapel 34 North Decatur 20
Lawrence Central 40 Pike 28
Lawrenceburg 41 Franklin County 0
Lebanon 47 Frankfort 6
Leo 40 East Noble 32
Lewis Cass 26 Northwestern 20
Linton-Stockton 35 Boonville 14
Logansport 21 McCutcheon 6
Madison-Grant 35 Blackford 6
Marion 48 Richmond 20
Martinsville 23 Franklin 7
Merrillville 40 Michigan City 14
Milan 39 New Miami (Ohio) 6
Mishawaka Marian 35 South Bend Adams 3
Mishawaka 42 Plymouth 0
Mississinewa 49 Oak Hill 21
Mitchell 47 Crawford County 13
Monroe Central 23 South Adams 0
Monrovia 28 Speedway 22
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 56 Delta 31
Mount Vernon (Posey) 48 Forest Park 7
New Albany 42 Columbus East 38
New Castle 28 Yorktown 21
New Palestine 38 Pendleton Heights 3
New Prairie 35 South Bend St. Joseph 0
North Daviess 72 Rock Creek Academy 0
North Knox 39 North Central (Farmersburg) 6
North Putnam 35 Cloverdale 13
North Vermillion 47 Riverton Parke 16
NorthWood 44 Wawasee 14
Northeastern 41 Union City 0
Northfield 35 Manchester 12
Norwell 35 New Haven 18
Osceola Grace 15 South Central (Union Mills) 12
Owen Valley 24 Northview 14
Paoli 50 West Washington 22
Park Tudor 48 Cincinnati Country Day (Ohio) 14
Penn 31 Elkhart 3
Perry Central 35 Tecumseh 20
Peru 48 Maconaquah 20
Phalen Academy 50 Christel House Manual 14
Pike Central 24 Washington 12
Pioneer 46 Hammond Central 19
Plainfield 31 Greenwood 28
River Forest 49 Whiting 6
Salem 48 Clarksville 13
Seeger 50 Covington 30
Shenandoah 49 Wes-Del 0
Sheridan 50 Clinton Prairie 12
Silver Creek 40 Scottsburg 28
South Bend Washington 35 South Bend Clay 0
South Dearborn 28 Greensburg 27
South Newton 53 Tri-County 31
South Putnam 20 Eastern Hancock 7
South Spencer 40 Princeton 12
Southmont 41 Crawfordsville 14
Southwood 47 Wabash 0
Sullivan 45 South Vermillion 33
Switzerland County 22 Oldenburg Academy 6
Tell City 43 Springs Valley 34
Tippecanoe Valley 26 North Judson 10
Tipton 42 Lafayette Central Catholic 28
Traders Point Christian 40 Frontier 0
Triton Central 27 Indian Creek 9
Triton 35 Culver 24
Twin Lakes 46 Benton Central 8
Valparaiso 10 Chesterton 7
Warren Central 57 Ben Davis 56
Warsaw 36 Northridge 3
West Lafayette 56 Rensselaer Central 0
West Noble 13 Fairfield 6
Western Boone 55 North Montgomery 6
Western 35 Hamilton Heights 20
Westfield 34 Hamilton Southeastern 21
Wheeler 63 Boone Grove 0
Whiteland 45 Perry Meridian 6
Whitko 21 North Miami 14
Winchester 32 Union County 19
Woodlan 54 Southern Wells 6
Zionsville 41 Noblesville 26
INDIANA GIRLS GOLF – SECTIONAL
Franklin County 358
Union County 368
Decatur Central 417
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER
Kouts 19 Hebron 1
Hauser 2 Southwestern 1
Rising Sun 4 Southwestern 3
Crosspointe Christian 6 Heritage Hall 4
Homestead 2 Carmel 1
Fort Wayne Canterbury 3. Fort Wayne North 0
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER
Victory Christian 4 Washington Township 0
Covenant Christian 5 Hammond Morton 0
Muncie Burris 3 Greenwood Christian 1
Loogootee 3 Shoals 0
Illiana Christian 3 Timothy Christian 1
Hebron 3 Westville 0
South Ripley 3, Morristown 0
Southwestern 3 Shaw Memorial 1
Seton Catholic 3 Liberty Christian 0
Hauser 3 Waldron 1
Muncie Burris 3 University 0
Goshen Home School 2 MMBA 0
Louisville 42 Central Florida 35
Saturday, Sept. 18
Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | FOX
New Mexico at No. 7 Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 8 Cincinnati at Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 15 Virginia Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | FS1
No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Michigan State at No. 24 Miami | 12 p.m. | ABC
Northern Illinois at No. 25 Michigan | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Chattanooga at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+
Southeast Missouri State at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | | SEC Network+/ESPN+
Western Michigan at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Albany at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Boston College at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
UConn at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Hampton at Howard | 12 p.m. | NBCSN
Holy Cross at Yale | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at St. Francis (PA) | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Princeton at Lehigh | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
New Hampshire at Lafayette | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Rhode Island at Brown | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Harvard at Georgetown | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Minnesota at Colorado | 1 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
William & Mary at Colgate | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Marist at Columbia | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Nevada at Kansas State | 2:05 p.m. | ESPN+
VMI at Cornell | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Dartmouth at Valparaiso | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Purdue at No. 12 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
Samford at Western Carolina | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
San Diego at Montana State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Morehead State at Austin Peay | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Kentucky State at Tennessee State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Kent State at No. 5 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Tulsa at No. 9 Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
SMU at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Florida State at Wake Forest | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Delaware at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Baylor at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Long Island University at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bryant at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Elon at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Idaho at Oregon State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
USC at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Michigan at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports
Georgia Southern at No. 20 Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Mississippi State at Memphis | 4 p.m. | ESPN2
Ball State at Wyoming | 4 p.m. | Stadium
Northwestern at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Colorado State at Toledo | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Sacramento State at Cal | 4 p.m. | Stadium
Lamar at Northern Colorado | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Washington at Western Illinois | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas State at Washington | 4:15 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Murray State at Bowling Green | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Western Oregon at Portland State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Drake at North Dakota | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
St. Thomas (Minn.) at UNI | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Fordham at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Old Dominion at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
East Carolina at Marshall | 6 p.m. | Facebook/CBSSN
Elizabeth City State at Norfolk State | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Lincoln (PA) at Gardner-Webb | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Presbyterian at Campbell | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Charleston Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Kennesaw State at Wofford | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Winston-Salem at North Carolina Central | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Penn at Bucknell | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
North Greenville at The Citadel | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Charlotte at Georgia State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
FIU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Troy at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Grambling at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida A&M at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Incarnate Word at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Utah at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Central Arkansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Indiana State at Eastern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
North Alabama at Jacksonville State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Southern Utah at Tarleton State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Illinois State at Eastern Illinois | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Dayton at Southern Illinois | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
UT Martin at Northwestern State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
McNeese at Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Mississippi Valley State at Stephen F. Austin | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
UT Permian Basin at Abilene Christian | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Stony Brook at No. 4 Oregon | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Virginia at No. 21 North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Central Michigan at LSU | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Furman at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium
Utah State at Air Force | 7:30 p.m. | FS2
Delaware State at East Tennessee State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Tulane at No. 17 Ole Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Stanford at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
South Carolina State at New Mexico State | 8 p.m. | Bally Sports AZ/Flo Sports
Rice at Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network
Jackson State at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
Alcorn State at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Cal Poly | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
James Madison at Weber State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Oklahoma State at Boise State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Northern Arizona at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Dixie State at UC Davis | 10 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN
No. 14 Iowa State at UNLV | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Fresno State at No. 13 UCLA | 10:45 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
San Jose State at Hawai’i | 12:30 a.m. Sunday | FS1
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 2-WHERE TO WATCH
Sunday, September 19, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 20, 2021
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Cincinnati 3 LA Dodgers 1
Colorado 9 Washington 8
Philadelphia 4 NY Mets 3
Pittsburgh 2 Miami 1
Milwaukee 8 Chicago Cubs 5
St. Louis 8 San Diego 2
San Francisco 6 Atlanta 5 (11)
Oakland 5 LA Angels 4
Houston 4 Arizona 3 (10)
NY Yankees 8 Cleveland 0
Minnesota 7 Toronto 3
Boston 7 Baltimore 1
Tampa Bay 7 Detroit 4 (10)
Seattle 6 Kansas City 2
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 2 St. Paul 0
Dayton 8 Fort Wayne 4
Quad Cities 8 South Bend 3
Minnesota 92 Indiana 73
New York 91 Washington 80
Las Vegas 103 Chicago 70
Seattle 94 Phoenix 85
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Castillo outdoes Buehler, Reds end Dodgers’ win streak at 6
CINCINNATI (AP) Luis Castillo struck out 10 while outpitching Walker Buehler, Kyle Farmer doubled twice against his former team and the Cincinnati Reds snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Friday night.
“We were playing a high quality team,” Castillo said through an interpreter. “It felt like a playoff game. Because of that, I was focused today. I felt a lot of adrenaline with the fans behind me.”
The Reds have dropped their last seven series to slip to fourth in the NL wild-card standings, a half-game behind San Diego and a full game behind second-place St. Louis.
The Dodgers, already assured at least a wild-card spot, began the day one game behind San Francisco in the NL West.
Castillo (8-15) didn’t allow a runner past second base in 6 1-3 shutout innings. He threw a season-high 111 pitches and gave up five hits and two walks.
“I told Luis that I’ve seen him pitch a lot of great games, but tonight was my favorite,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Castillo featured a fastball and changeup and mixed in a changeup.
“We chased at times and expanded when we shouldn’t have,” he said.
“Regardless of how we’re going, Castillo is going to present challenges,” Roberts added. “We knew runs were going to be hard to come by tonight.,”
Reds reliever Luis Cessa went 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Michael Lorenzen allowed Matt Beaty’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Albert Pujols to fly out for his fourth save.
Buehler (14-4) was hoping to notch his career-high 15th win, but the Reds reached him for three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings.
The Reds broke through against Buehler in the fifth after Farmer led off with a double. Tucker Barnhart hit an RBI single and excitedly clapped his hands and pointed at the Cincinnati dugout to celebrate.
Carlson homers twice, Mikolas gets first win in two years
ST. LOUIS (AP) Dylan Carlson homered twice, including a grand slam, to help Miles Mikolas win for the first time in two years as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Friday night.
It was the Cardinals’ sixth win in a row and extended their lead for the second wild card spot to 1 1/2 games over San Diego. The Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 and remain one game back of St. Louis.
Mikolas (1-2) threw 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out three. He last won on Sept. 12, 2019. Mikolas missed all last season with an injured right shoulder, and he missed a considerable part of this season with right forearm tightness.
The Cardinals jumped all over Padres emergency starter Vince Velasquez in the first inning. Velasquez signed with San Diego Wednesday after the Padres placed Blake Snell on the Injured List with a left abductor groin strain.
Tommy Edman led off with a double and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s single. O’Neill then homered into the Padres bullpen giving the Cardinals an early 3-0 lead.
Carlson made it 4-0 with a solo homer in the fourth and then hit his second career grand slam in the eighth off reliever Ross Detwiler. Carlson is the first Cardinals rookie to hit multiple grand slams in a season.
Velasquez (3-7) threw four innings, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out four.
The Padres scored twice in the seventh. After the Padres loaded the bases with one out, Tommy Pham scored on pinch-hitter Jake Cronenworth’s sacrifice fly and Eric Hosmer came home on Jurickson Profar’s RBI single.
San Diego had its two-game winning streak snapped.
Kluber beats Indians, Gallo homers twice as Yanks win 8-0
NEW YORK (AP) Corey Kluber kept Cleveland’s bats as hushed as he usually is.
Pitching against the team that helped him blossom into a star, Kluber allowed four singles over six innings to win for the first time in nearly four months, and the New York Yankees climbed back into a playoff position with an 8-0 rout of the Indians on Friday night.
Typical for the reserved Klubot, he felt nothing special about facing the Indians.
“That would have been a selfish kind of approach to it, especially the position we’re in,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether I’m pitching against a former team or pitching against somebody else.”
Joey Gallo homered twice, and Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton hit one each for the Yankees, who tied their season high with five home runs.
With 14 games left, New York moved a half-game ahead of Toronto for the second AL wild card, a half-game behind Boston. The Yankees are just 30-37 vs. the AL East but 47-28 against other teams.
Coming off Thursday’s loss at Baltimore, the Yankees’ eighth in which they wasted a lead in the final inning, they knew they were running out of time to rebound. Gardner spoke to the team after Friday’s win about the need to quickly refocus.
“This time of the year’s it’s important to just slow the game down and realize that we still have a great opportunity ahead of us, not to think too far ahead,” he said.
Kluber (5-3) allowed four hits, struck out four, walked two and hit a batter with a pitch, escaping two-on, no-outs trouble in the third and fifth innings.
“He set the tone for us tonight,” Judge said. “We kind of fed off his energy.”
A 35-year-old right-hander, Kluber was 98-58 for the Indians from 2011-19, winning a pair of AL Cy Young Awards.
Sale returns, Red Sox send Orioles to loss No. 100, 7-1
BOSTON (AP) Quarantine wasn’t quite a complete shutdown for Chris Sale.
After testing positive for COVID-19 — for the second time — the Red Sox left-hander borrowed a portable pitcher’s mound from Babson College and had some weights brought out to his house. His back yard was big enough for him to play long toss at 90 feet, and for a six-inning simulated game on his regular day to pitch.
“I stayed on my exact schedule,” Sale said on Friday night after returning from the COVID-19 injured list to pitch five innings of two-hit ball and beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1.
“I didn’t have the big (weights), the squat rack there or some other things. I made do,” he said. “I’ve been in worse situations.”
One night after beating the New York Yankees in a walk-off win, Baltimore again helped the Red Sox close in on a playoff berth.
Alex Verdugo had three hits and a sliding catch in the left-field corner, and Hunter Renfroe had a three-run double for the Red Sox, who entered the night in a virtual tie with Toronto for the two AL wild-card spots; New York was a half game back. The Yankees beat Cleveland 8-0 and Minnesota topped Toronto 7-3 on Friday, leaving Boston and New York in playoff position at the end of the night, with the Blue Jays a half-game back.
“You’ve just got to get in. No one knows what’s going to happen once those lights flick on,” Sale said. “You catch a hot streak, and you’re looking up and you’re holding a trophy.”
Baltimore became the first team to reach 100 losses this season; Arizona entered the night at 99. The Orioles have lost at least 100 in each of the last three 162-game seasons.
Sale (4-0) spent all of 2020 and the first 4 1/2 months of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Then, after five starts, he tested positive for the coronavirus on Sept. 10 and was scratched from the following start. He was activated from the IR on Friday.
The seven-time All-Star allowed a home run off the Green Monster light tower to Austin Hays, and Cedric Mullins’ single. Sale struck out one, walked none and hit a batter, leaving after five innings and 79 pitches with a 3-1 lead.
“Chris Sale finds a new way to amaze me every time he takes the mound,” said Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes, who also returned from the COVID list on Friday. “The guy’s been nails ever since he’s been in the big leagues.”
J.D. Martinez doubled in a run in the fifth to make it 4-1. All four runs were charged to Keegan Akin (2-10), who gave up six hits and three walks before leaving when he walked the leadoff batter to start the fifth.
Renfroe hit a bases-loaded double in the sixth that Mullins dove for in center but couldn’t get, scoring three more runs.
The Red Sox wore their yellow and blue Boston Marathon-themed uniforms that they had debuted on Patriots Day.
Guerrero hits 46th HR, but Twins hit 3 in row, top Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. connected for his major league-leading 46th homer, but Jorge Polanco, Josh Donaldson, and Miguel Sano hit consecutive homers as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Friday night.
“When we score, we tend to score in bunches, and we were able to do that again tonight,” Donaldson said after denting his former team’s postseason hopes.
The Blue Jays slipped into the third spot in the AL wild-card race, one game behind Boston and a half-game behind the Yankees – Toronto has played 147 games, the Yankees have played 148, and the Red Sox 149.
Toronto fell to 13-3 in September.
Guerrero hit a solo homer in the third that cut the deficit to 6-3. He was tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the homer lead going into the game.
Guerrero matched Joe DiMaggio (1937) for the second-most home runs in a season by a player aged 22 or younger. Eddie Mathews hit 47 in 1953.
Twins right-hander Michael Pineda (7-8) pitched 5 2-3 innings to win his third straight start, allowing three runs and three hits. Pineda is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in September after going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in August.
“He’s a pitcher through and through,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It’s in his blood. He knows how to get through major league lineups, period.”
Jorge Alcala worked 1 1-3 innings, Tyler Duffey struck out the side in the eighth and Alex Colome finished in the ninth as Minnesota won for the second time in six games.
After giving up seven runs in 2 1-3 innings against lowly Baltimore in his previous outing, Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-9) couldn’t make it past the third again, leaving after allowing four straight hits.
The last of those hits were the homers by Polanco, his 31st, and Donaldson, his 23rd. Ryu is 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA in his past eight starts. It was the shortest start of his Toronto career.
“When it comes to Ryu, it’s all about his command,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “When he’s really good, he commands all his pitches. Right now, he’s having a struggle with his command, so he’s leaving a lot of pitches over the heart of the plate.”
Ross Stripling relieved and gave up Sano’s homer on his fourth pitch. The homer was Sano’s 29th.
Reinstated from the paternity list before the game, Minnesota’s Brent Rooker hit an RBI double off Ryu in the second and homered off Julian Merryweather in the sixth.
“Our offense came out banging,” Baldelli said
Payton: Saints to spend Week 3 at TCU, then return home.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have decided to continue practicing at TCU next week in preparation for their Week 3 game at New England before returning to their New Orleans-area headquarters in Week 4, when they will host the New York Giants in the Superdome, coach Sean Payton said Friday.
The Saints have been displaced to the Dallas area since Aug. 28, when they flew on hastily arranged charter flights as Hurricane Ida approached Louisiana’s coast as a powerful Category 4 Hurricane that ultimately inflicted widespread damage to homes and knocked out power to the entire New Orleans area for days.
The Saints had to cancel their final preseason game against Arizona on Aug. 28 and held their final few practices of preseason at AT&T Stadium, the home field of the Dallas Cowboys. They moved practices in Week 1 to TCU, where coach Sean Payton’s son, Connor, is a student.
While the Superdome made it through the storm relatively unscathed, the Saints first home game against Green Bay on Sept. 12 was moved to Jacksonville, Florida. At the time that decision was made, the city could not be certain it would have adequate services and hospitality assets up and running for an NFL game at 73,000-seat, downtown venue.
There were also uncertainties about available Superdome staffing at the time the decision was made to relocate the Week 1 game against the Packers, which the Saints won nonetheless, 38-3.
New Orleans then returned to the Dallas area to prepare for its Week 2 game at Carolina this Sunday.
Chargers place OL Bulaga on injured reserve, sign Schofield
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga was placed on injured reserve by the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday.
Bulaga was battling groin and back injuries throughout training camp. He started at right tackle during last Sunday’s opener at Washington, playing 45 snaps before being sidelined early in the third quarter after tweaking his back. He did not practice this week as the Chargers prepare for Sunday’s home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Storm Norton came in for Bulaga last week and is expected to get the start at right tackle. Bulaga will miss a minimum of three games by going on injured reserve.
“I don’t think it’s going to be long term right now. but we felt like the minimum of three is where we wanted to go with it,” coach Brandon Staley said after practice about Bulaga.
Bulaga has been plagued by injuries since signing as a free agent with the Chargers in 2020 after 11 seasons with Green Bay. He missed six games last season and played every offensive snap in only five. In three of the five games he left early, the injury occurred on Los Angeles’ first offensive series.
The Chargers signed offensive lineman Michael Schofield, who played for the franchise from 2017-19, to fill Bulaga’s roster spot. Schofield played 49 games, including the playoffs, with 39 starts, in his previous stint with LA. He started all 18 games at right guard in 2018 when the Chargers made the playoffs.
Los Angeles, which is looking to go 2-0 for the first time since 2012, will be without cornerback Chris Harris for Sunday’s game. He did not practice all week due to a shoulder injury. Defensive end Justin Jones (calf) is doubtful and safety Nasir Adderley (shoulder) questionable.
Packers placing OLB Za’Darius Smith on IR due to back issue
(AP) — The back issue that bothered Green Bay outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith throughout the preseason will now force the Packers to play without their Pro Bowl pass rusher for the next few weeks.
Green Bay placed Smith on injured reserve Friday, which means he will miss at least the next three games. The Packers host the Detroit Lions on Monday night.
Smith, who has 26 sacks for the Packers over the last two seasons, practiced just one day during training camp. He played only 18 snaps in the Packers’ 38-3 season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints.
“It’s a matter of just, do you keep him in a limited role?” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “Or do you shut him down for a while, try to get him healthy and then get him up to the snap count that we’d like him to be, just like he’s been in the past, because he’s such an impact player? So, that’s just the route that we thought was best long term.”
Green Bay filled Smith’s spot on the roster by signing outside linebacker La’Darius Hamilton off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad. Hamilton, who had 17 sacks during his college career at North Texas, spent the 2020 season on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad.
The loss of Smith is a major blow for a defense that’s trying to bounce back from a dismal performance. The Packers allowed the Saints to score five touchdowns and one field goal in their first seven possessions.
Smith, 29, had 13 + sacks for Green Bay in 2019 after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He followed that by making 12 + sacks last season.
“He’s a game wrecker,” LaFleur said.
The Packers still have a couple of productive outside linebackers in Preston Smith and 2019 first-round draft pick Rashan Gary. Preston Smith, who isn’t related to Za’Darius Smith, had 12 sacks in 2019 but just four last year.
Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith both joined the Packers before the 2020 season. They’re good friends who refer to themselves as the “Smith Bros.”
Raiders RB Josh Jacobs out vs Steelers with injury
(AP) — Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs will miss this week’s game at Pittsburgh with injuries to his toe and ankle.
Jacobs didn’t practice all week for the Raiders after rushing for 34 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 33-27 win in overtime against Baltimore on Monday night. Coach Jon Gruden said Friday that Jacobs won’t play Sunday against the Steelers.
The Raiders gave free agent Kenyan Drake an $11 million, two-year contract this offseason to give the team another option out of the backfield with Jacobs, but Gruden said Friday that Peyton Barber also will take a big load.
“We really like Barber,” he said. “We think he’s a heck of a back. … I like the way he runs and catches and picks up blitzes. Kenyan will continue to play a role in our system no matter who the other back is, and we’re excited about this opportunity to see what we have.”
Whoever runs the ball will be doing it behind a makeshift line after starting right guard Denzelle Good went on injured reserve this week with a season-ending knee injury and starting left guard Richie Incognito is sidelined for a second straight week with a calf injury.
Jermaine Eluemunor, who started 11 games for Baltimore and New England the past four seasons, will play right guard with second-year player John Simpson set to make his fourth career start at left guard.
Rookie right tackle Alex Leatherwood has started one game and center Andre James will be making his third career start, leaving left tackle Kolton Miller as the only experienced member of the line heading into a game against the Steelers and their challenging pass rush.
“We know it’s going to be loud,” Gruden said. “Hopefully we’re ready for it. We practiced in the noise all week. I know this, we got to eliminate the false starts and pre-snap penalties. I don’t care if we play at home or away, that was ridiculous last week. We got to play better.”
The Raiders got some encouraging injury news with edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue expected to play despite being listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Carl Nassib (pectoral, toe) and defensive tackle Darius Philon (knee) are also questionable.
Las Vegas also ruled out linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion), backup quarterback Marcus Mariota (quadriceps) and safety Roderic Teamer (ankle).
WEEK TWO NFL PREVIEWS
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 27-25
STREAKS: Saints have won past 4
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: New Orleans 33 at Carolina 7
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 5 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 130.8 rating in Week 1, his 2nd-career 5-TD pass game. Passed for 400 yards in his last start vs. Car. (10/13/19 w/ TB). Aims for his 4th start in row at Car. with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 91 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 8 rec.) & rec. TD last week. Has 16 rec. TDs since 2017, tied-most among RBs. Has 4 rush TDs in 3 career games at Car. & aims for his 4th in row at Car. with rush TD. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 vs. NFC South. RB TONY JONES set career high with 50 rush yards in Week 1. • WR DEONTE HARRIS had team-high 72 rec. yards & 2nd-career rec. TD last week. WR CHRIS HOGAN had TD catch in Week 1. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. Car. (10/1/17 w/ NE). TE JUWAN JOHNSON had 1st 2 career TD catches in Week 1. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 PD in his past 4 vs. Car. Since 2017, has 22 sacks & 27 TFL in 24 games against NFC South. Since 2012, ranks 4th in NFL with 93.5 sacks. DE MARCUS DAVENPORT had 13th-career sack in Week 1. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Car. DE TANOH KPASSAGNON had 8th-career sack in Week 1. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 3 PD in his past 3 at Car. Since 2018, has 5+ tackles in 8 of 9 road games against NFC South. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 4 tackles & INT in last meeting. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 at Car. S MARCUS WILLIAMS had 14th-career INT last week. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. Rookie CB PAULSON ADEBO had 1st-career INT last week.
QB SAM DARNOLD completed 24 of 35 atts. (68.6 pct.) for 279 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 102 rating in Car. debut last week. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 9 receptions & 187 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 89 rec.) in Week 1, his 14th-career game with 9+ receptions. Has 329 career receptions, tied-3rd most (ALVIN KAMARA) by RB in 1st 5 career seasons. Has 7 career games with 75+ rush yards & 75+ rec. yards & surpassed HOFer WALTER PAYTON (6) for 3rd-most such games in NFL history. Has 335 scrimmage yards (111.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career home games vs. NO. Has 1,974 scrimmage yards (103.9 per game) in 19 career games vs. NFC South. • WR DJ MOORE had 6 catches for 80 yards in Week 1. Has 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. NO. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NO with 80+ rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 57-yard rec. TD last week. Has 46 receptions (5.1 per game) in 9 career home games with Car. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 10 tackles, had career-high 3 PD & had INT & sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 10+ tackles. LB HAASON REDDICK had sack & FF in Car. debut last week. DE BRIAN BURNS had sack in Week 1. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NO with sack. DT DERRICK BROWN had 3rd-career sack last week. S JEREMY CHINN had 15 tackles (7.5 per game) & PD in 2 games vs. NO last season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (NO), 104 (Car.) | XM: 383 (NO), 228 (Car.) | SXM App: 822 (NO), 804 (Car.)
CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-0) AT CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 6-5
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Bears 33 at Bengals 7
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/13: Bears 24, Bengals 21
QB JOE BURROW completed 20 of 27 passes (74.1 pct.) for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 128.8 rating last week. Had 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 6 road starts last season. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 106.7 rating in 3 career starts vs. NFC. • RB JOE MIXON had 150 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 23 rec.) & rush TD in Week 1, most among AFC RBs & his 8th-career game with 150+ scrimmage yards, tied 6th-most in NFL since 2017. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC North. • WR JA’MARR CHASE had 5 catches for 101 yards & TD in NFL debut last week, most rec. yards by any rookie & most by player in 1st-career game in Cin. history. WR TEE HIGGINS had 58 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Had 558 rec. yards (69.8 per game) in 8 road games last season. WR TYLER BOYD aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. • S VONN BELL had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Had FF, FR & PD in his last game vs. Chi. (10/20/19 w/ NO). Since 2020, ranks 3rd among all DBs with 121 tackles. S JESSIE BATES led team with 9 tackles in Week 1. DT B.J. HILL had 2 sacks in Cin. debut last week. Had career-high 3 sacks vs. Chi. on 12/2/18 (w/ NYG). Has 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. Chi. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had sack in Cin. debut in Week 1. Had 2 TFL & sack in only career game vs. Chi. (12/24/17 w/ Cle.). Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC North with sack. DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with sack. LB GERMAINE PRATT had 1st-career FF & FR last week.
QB ANDY DALTON passed for 206 yards in Week 1. Spent 9 seasons with Cin. (2011-19) & is Bengals all-time leader in completions (2,757) & pass TDs (204) & ranks 2nd in franchise history is pass yards (32,838). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY totaled 118 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 10 rec.) & rush TD in Week 1. Aims for his 8th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 746 scrimmage yards (106.6 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 home games last season. Has 5 rush TDs in 8 career games vs. AFC. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches last week. Has 6+ receptions in 6 of his past 7 at home. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. AFC North. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN led team with 45 rec. yards last week. Had 77 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (9/15/19 w/ SF). TE COLE KMET had 3rd-career game with 5+ catches (5) last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 700 career receptions & became 6th TE in NFL history with 700+ catches. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Has 3 sacks & FF in his past 4 vs. AFC North. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 11 tackles last week, his 18th-career game with 10+ tackles. Had 7+ tackles in 7 of 8 home games last season. LB ROBERT QUINN had 0.5 sacks last week. DT AKIEM HICKS had 0.5 sacks in Week 1. DB EDDIE JACKSON had 5 tackles last week. Had FF, FR & INT in last meeting. CB JAYLON JOHNSON had PD last week. Had 6 PD in 7 home games last season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 138 (Cin.), 83 (Chi.) | XM: 380 (Cin.), 225 (Chi.) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 805 (Chi.)
HOUSTON TEXANS (1-0) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS: Texans have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 11/15/20: Texans 7 at Browns 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/20
QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.1 rating & rushed for 40 yards last week in Hou. debut. Started 3 games for Cle. in 2018. Completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8 pct.) for 174 yards & TD & rushed for 49 yards in only career start vs. Cle. (12/18/16 w/ Buf.). • RB MARK INGRAM led team with 85 rush yards & had rush TD last week in Hou. debut. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games at Cle. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,408) & rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with rush TD. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY rushed for TD last week in Hou. debut. Rushed for 92 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cle. (11/3/19 w/ Den.). Has 90+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 132 yards in Week 1. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 125+ rec. yards. Has 14 catches (7 per game) in his past 2 games vs. Cle. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had TD catch last week in Hou. debut. WR PHARAOH BROWN had 4 catches for career-high 67 rec. yards in Week 1. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 6 tackles & PD in Week 1. Had 13 tackles in last meeting. Has 3 PD in 3 career games vs. Cle. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC North with 10+ tackles. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 2 TFL & INT last week in Hou. debut. Had 30 TFL & 11.5 sacks in 6 seasons (2014-19) with Cle. CB TERRANCE MITCHELL had FF last week in Hou. debut. Had 123 tackles & 22 PD in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Cle.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for 321 yards & 97.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating. • RB NICK CHUBB had 101 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 18 rec.) & had 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Aims for 8th in row with rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 126 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with rush TD. Has 565 scrimmage yards (113 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. AFC South. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB KAREEM HUNT had rush TD last week. Has 248 scrimmage yards (124 per game) in 2 games vs. Hou. Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC South with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 5 catches for 71 yards & had 4thcareer rush TD in Week 1. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 9 catches for 109 yards in only career game vs. Hou. (9/23/18 w/ NYG). Has 725 rec. yards (103.6 per game) in 7 career games vs. AFC South. TE DAVID NJOKU had careerhigh 76 rec. yards last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack last week. Has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. Hou. Has 8 sacks in 8 career games vs. AFC South. DE JOE JACKSON had 1st-career sack in Week 1. LB ANTHONY WALKER led team with 9 tackles in Cle. debut last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles vs. Hou. CB DENZEL WARD had 6 tackles & PD in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 137 (Hou.), 81 (Cle.) | XM: 381 (Hou.), 226 (Cle.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 807 (Cle.)
LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 23-19-2
STREAKS: Rams have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/10/17: Colts 9, Rams 46
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/10/13: Rams 38, Colts 8
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 321 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 156.1 rating in LAR debut last week, his 50th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Has 989 pass yards (329.7 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 102.8 rating in 3 career starts vs. Ind. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 87 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 17 rec.) & 6th career rush TD in Week 1. RB SONY MICHEL had 110 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 12 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. Ind. (10/4/18 w/ NE). • WR COOPER KUPP led team in catches (7) & rec. yards (108) in Week 1, his 12th-career 100+ yard game, & had 25th-career rec. TD last week. Had 76 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Had 5+ receptions in 7 of 8 road games last season. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 8+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS had rec. TD last week. Had 7 TDs (5 rec., 2 rush) in 8 road games last season. Has 10+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR VAN JEFFERSON had career-long 67-yard rec. TD last week. • DL AARON DONALD had sack in Week 1. Had 9 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in 8 road games last season. Aims for his 6th in row on road vs. AFC with sack. Since 2014, leads NFL with 86.5 sacks. LB JUSTIN HOLLINS had 1st-career 2-sack game & 2nd-career FF last week. LB KENNY YOUNG tied his career high with 10 tackles & had 2nd-career FR in Week 1. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 9 tackles, 2 TFL & PD last week. Has 7 PD & INT in his past 5 vs. Ind.
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 251 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102 rating in Ind. debut last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts. Has 533 pass yards (266.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. LAR. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 116 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 56 rush) & tied career-high with 6 catches in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Has 579 scrimmage yards (144.8 per game) in his past 4 at home. RB NYHEIM HINES had 82 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 34 rush) last week. RB MARLON MACK rushed for TD in last meeting. • WR ZACH PASCAL had 2 TD catches in Week 1, his 3rd-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. TE JACK DOYLE had 41 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 5 tackles & 10th-career FF last week. Is 1 of 4 LBs (CHANDLER JONES, KHALIL MACK & T.J. WATT) with 10+ FFs since 2018. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. LB BOBBY OKEREKE tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with TFL. Rookie DE KWITY PAYE had TFL & FR in NFL debut last week. CB KENNY MOORE had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. CB T.J. CARRIE had PD last week. Had INT in his last game vs. LAR (9/22/19 w/ Cle.). S KHARI WILLIS tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had 0.5 sacks in Week 1.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (LAR), 82 (Ind.) | XM: 382 (LAR), 227 (Ind.) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 813 (Ind.)
DENVER BRONCOS (1-0) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 6-5
STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/29/19: Jaguars 26 at Broncos 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/4/16: Broncos 20, Jaguars 10
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 28 of 36 passes (77.8 pct.) for 264 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.7 rating in Den. debut last week. Passed for 240 yards & TD for 94.7 rating in only career game vs. Jax. (10/13/19 w/ NO). • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for 101 yards & TD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 90+ rush yards & rush TD. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Jax. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with TD. Since 2016, ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 46 rush TDs. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS rushed for 45 yards in NFL debut last week. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 6 catches for 62 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. WR TIM PATRICK had TD catch in Week 1. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. TE NOAH FANT had 6 catches for 62 yards last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE ALBERT OKWUEGBUNAM had 2nd-career TD catch in Week 1. • LB VON MILLER had 2 sacks last week, his 18th-career game with 2+ sacks, 5th-most in NFL since 2012. Has 3 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. Jax. Has 5 sacks in his past 5 vs. AFC South. LB JOSEY JEWELL had 1st-career FF in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. CB KYLE FULLER led team with 2 PD & tied for team lead with 6 tackles last week in Den. debut. S JUSTIN SIMMONS tied for team lead with 6 tackles in Week 1. Had 2 PD in last meeting. Has 7 PD in his past 5 vs. AFC South.
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 332 yards & 3 TDs vs. 3 INTs in NFL debut last week, 3rd-most passing yards by former No. 1 pick in 1st-career start in NFL history. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 54 scrimmage yards (29 rec., 25 rush) in Week 1. Has recorded 50+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 15 career games. Had 707 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 home games last season. RB CARLOS HYDE had team-high 44 rush yards last week in Jax. debut. Rushed for 73 yards in his last game vs. Den. (12/8/19 w/ Hou.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ CHARK led team with 86 rec. yards & had TD catch in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 4 catches for 44 yards in last meeting. WR MARVIN JONES had 5 catches for 77 yards & TD last week in Jax. debut. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had team-high 7 catches for 50 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. TE CHRIS MANHERTZ had 2nd-career TD last week in Jax. debut. • LB MYLES JACK led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 1. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. Has TFL in 5 of his past 6 at home. DE JOSH ALLEN had sack last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home. DT MALCOM BROWN had 7 tackles last week in Jax debut. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. Den. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had PD last week in Jax. debut. Has PD in 4 of his past 5. CB CJ HENDERSON had 4 PD in 4 home games last season. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS had PD & TFL last week in Jax. debut.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 103 (Den.), 108 (Jax.) | XM: 384 (Den.), 229 (Jax.) | SXM App: 809 (Den.), 814 (Jax.)
BUFFALO BILLS (0-1) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-49-1
STREAKS: Bills have won past 5
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Dolphins 26 at Bills 56
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20: Bills 31, Dolphins 28
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 270 yards & TD & rushed for 44 yards in Week 1. Has 20 TDs (17 pass, 3 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 114.3 rating in 6 career games vs. Mia. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Mia. with 3+ TD passes. Has passed for 1,054 yards (351.3 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.2 rating in his past 3 on road. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 72 yards last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 catches for 69 yards in Week 1. Aims for 10th in row with 7+ catches. Had 8 catches for 153 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 75+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 9+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. WR COLE BEASLEY had 8 catches for 60 yards last week. Had 5 catches for 70 yards in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 52 rec. yards last week in Buf. debut. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR GABRIEL DAVIS had TD catch in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had TFL last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Mia. CB TARON JOHNSON led team with 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5. Had 6 tackles & PD in last meeting. S JORDAN POYER had 6 tackles & 9th-career sack in Week 1. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had PD last week. Had sack in last meeting. DE MARIO ADDISON had sack & FF in Week 1. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had sack in last meeting & has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. Mia.
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 202 yards & TD & rushed for 4th-career TD last week. Completed 35 of 58 passes (60.3 pct.) for career-high 361 yards in last meeting. Had 9 TDs (6 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 5 home starts last season. • RB MYLES GASKIN had 76 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 27 rec.) & 5 catches in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 77 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 20 rush) in last meeting. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had team-high 81 rec. yards last week. Had 7 catches for 116 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Buf. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 115+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 61 rec. yards & TD last week in NFL debut. TE MIKE GESICKI had 8 catches for career-high 130 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 5+ catches. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had FF & FR in Week 1. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. Had INT in last meeting & has 3 INTs in his past 3 vs. Buf. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 at home. CB JASON MCCOURTY had PD last week in Mia. debut. CB BYRON JONES aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. S ERIC ROWE had 9 tackles & FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had FF in NFL debut last week. LB JEROME BAKER led team with 12 tackles last week. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 2 at home. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had TFL & PD in Week 1. Has 1.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Buf.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Matt Millen, Sarah Kustok (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (Buf.), 119 (Mia.) | XM: 385 (Buf.), 230 (Mia.) | SXM App: 803 (Buf.), 819 (Mia.)
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (0-1)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 67-53-1
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 10
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Jets 14 at Patriots 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/9/20: Patriots 30, Jets 27
QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 29 of 39 passes (74.4 pct.) for 281 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.6 rating in NFL debut last week, the 3rd-highest comp. pct. by rookie in Week 1 since 1970 (min. 10 attempts). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 100 yards in Week 1, his 4thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rush yards. Had 71 rush yards in last meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB JAMES WHITE had 6 catches for 49 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. Leads all active RBs in rec. TDs (25) & ranks 2nd in catches (375) & rec. yards (3,233). • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 5 catches for team-high 72 rec. yards & rec. TD last week in NE debut. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 5+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 6 catches for 44 yards in Week 1. Set career highs in catches (12) & rec. yards (169) in last road meeting. TE HUNTER HENRY had TD catch in only career game vs. NYJ (11/22/20 w/ LAC). • CB J.C. JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with INT. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road. CB JONATHAN JONES had INT in Week 1 & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Had INT in last meeting. LB MATT JUDON had TFL last week in NE debut. Had 2 sacks in only career game at NYJ (10/23/16 w/ Bal.). LB KYLE VAN NOY had sack & PD in Week 1. Had sack in his last game vs. NYJ (11/29/20 w/ Mia.).
QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 20 of 37 passes (54.1 pct.) for 258 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT last week in NFL debut. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN rushed for 24 yards in NYJ debut last week. RB TY JOHNSON had 68 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 23 rec.) in last meeting. • WR COREY DAVIS had 5 catches for 97 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs last week in NYJ debut. Had 7 catches for 125 yards & TD in only career reg. season game vs. NE (11/11/18 w/ Ten.). Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. WR JAMISON CROWDER had rec. TD in last home meeting. Had 32 catches for 416 rec. yards (69.3 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 6 home games last season. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had 5 catches for 51 yards in Week 1. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. WR DENZEL MIMS had 62 rec. yards in last home meeting. • S MARCUS MAYE had 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 6 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. NE (9/27/20 w/ LV). DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had TFL & PD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with sack. DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MEYERS had 2 TFL & sack in Week 1. Has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Had TFL in last meeting. DT SHELDON RANKINS had 1st-career FR last week in NYJ debut. DL BRYCE HUFF had sack in last meeting. DL FOLORUNSO FATUKASI had 7 tackles & FF in last home meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 211 (NE), 98 (NYJ) | XM: 386 (NE), 231 (NYJ) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 824 (NYJ)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 18-14-1
STREAKS: Eagles have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Eagles 25 at 49ers 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/29/17: Eagles 33, 49ers 10
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 314 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 124.2 rating in Week 1, his 6th-career 300+ yard game. Has 100+ rating in 6 of his past 8 road starts. Rookie QB TREY LANCE had 1st career TD pass in Week 1 & became 3rd rookie QB (MATT RYAN & TIM TEBOW) to throw TD pass on 1st career attempt since 2000. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for 104 yards & TD last week & became 1st rookie in franchise history with 100+ rush yards in NFL debut. RB JAMYCAL HASTY had 2nd-career rush TD in Week 1. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 4 receptions for 78 yards last week. Had career-high 15 receptions for 183 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 9 receptions for career-high 189 yards, incl. career-long 79-yard rec. TD, last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 5+ receptions & 70+ scrimmage yards. WR TRENT SHERFIELD had 2nd-career TD catch in Week 1. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 38-yard rush TD in last meeting. • DL NICK BOSA had sack & 3 TFL in Week 1. DL DEE FORD had 38th-career sack last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Phi. (9/17/17 w/ KC). LB FRED WARNER had team-high 11 tackles last week & aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB DRE GREENLAW had 2nd-career INT last week. LB AZIZ Al-SHAAIR had 2 TFL & 2 PD in Week 1.
QB JALEN HURTS completed 27 of 35 attempts (77.1 pct) for 264 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for a career-high 126.4 rating & had 62 rush yards in Week 1, his 2nd-career start with 3+ TD passes. Has 60+ rush yards in 4 of his 5 career starts. • RB MILES SANDERS had 113 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 39 rec.) in Week 1, his 10th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 76 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 30 rec.) in last meeting. Ranks 4th among RBs with 4.9 yards per rush since 2019 (min. 300 attempts). Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 1st-career rush TD in Week 1. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) had 6 receptions for team-high 71 yards & 1st-career rec. TD last week. Was 1 of 3 1st-round rookie WRs (JA’MARR CHASE & JAYLEN WADDLE) with rec. TD in Week 1. WR JALAN REAGOR had career-high 6 catches for 49 yards & 2nd-career TD catch in Week 1. TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 1st rec. TD of season last week. TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in last home meeting. • DT FLETCHER COX had sack & PD in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack & 8th in row at home with TFL. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 7 sacks & 8 TFL in 8 home games last season. Has sack in 3 of his 4 career games vs. SF. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 3rd-career 2-sack game in Week 1. LB ERIC WILSON led team with 9 tackles in Phi. debut last week. CB DARIUS SLAY had PD last week. Since 2014, leads NFL with 106 PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (SF), 99 (Phi.) | XM: 387 (SF), 232 (Phi.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 825 (Phi.)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-0) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 13-10
STREAKS: Raiders have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/9/18 (Oakland): Steelers 21 at Raiders 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/15: Steelers 38, Raiders 35
QB DEREK CARR completed 34 of 56 passes (60.7 pct.) for 435 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT last week, his 3rd-most pass yards in single game in his career & most in NFL in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 325+ pass yards. Has passed for 623 yards (311.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. INT in 2 career games vs. Pit. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 2 TDs in Week 1, his 8th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most in NFL since 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ rush TDs. Has 110+ rush yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC North. Had 8 rush TDs in 7 road games last season. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 5 catches for 59 yards last week in LV debut. • TE DARREN WALLER led team with 10 catches for 105 yards & TD last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards, most among TEs since 2019. Aims for his 5th in row with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. WR BRYAN EDWARDS had career-high 81 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR ZAY JONES had GW 31-yard TD catch in OT last week. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 2 sacks in Week 1, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 5 TFL in 3 career games vs. AFC North. DE CARL NASSIB had sack & 4thcareer FF last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had PD last week in LV debut. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN tied for team lead with 10 tackles & had FR last week in LV debut.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 188 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Has passed for 1,550 yards (310 per game) & 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.2 rating in his past 5 vs. Raiders. Had 18 TDs vs. 3 INTs in 8 home starts last season. Has 397 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) rushed for 45 yards last week in NFL debut. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER led team with 52 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 130 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 5 catches & had rec. TD last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 8+ catches. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 70 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 25 rush) in Week 1. Had 496 rec. yards & 8 TDs (6 rec., 2 rush) in 8 home games in 2020. • LB T.J. WATT had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 10th game with 2+ sacks since 2018, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 18 career FFs, most in NFL since 2017. Aims for his 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Had PD in last meeting. Had 16 TFL, 11.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 8 home games last season. LB DEVIN BUSH tied for team lead with 10 tackles & had 2nd-career FF last week. Has 3 PD in 2 career games vs. AFC West. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2 PD, sack & FF in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with 10 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (LV), 146 (Pit.) | XM: 388 (LV), 233 (Pit.) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 826 (Pit.)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 15-11
STREAKS: Vikings have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Cardinals 17 at Vikings 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/15: Cardinals 23, Vikings 20
QB KIRK COUSINS completed 36 of 49 attempts (73.5 pct.) for 351 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating. Has 26 games with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating since 2015, 3rd-most in NFL. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK totaled 104 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 43 rec.) & rush TD in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with rush TD. Since 2019, has 17 TDs (16 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 16 road games. • WR ADAM THIELEN led team in receptions (9), rec. yards (92) & rec. TDs (2) last week, his 7th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Had 11 receptions for 123 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with rec. TD. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 5 catches for 71 yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR K.J. OSBORN set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (76) last week. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 15 tackles in Week 1, most in NFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 5+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in 23 of his past 24 on road. DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack in Week 1. Has 5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Az. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with sack. DT MICHAEL PIERCE had 1st-career 2-sack game last week. S HARRISON SMITH had sack in Week 1. Has 2 sacks & INT-TD in 3 career games vs. Az. CB PATRICK PETERSON had 91 PD & 28 INT in 10 seasons (2011-20) with Az.
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 289 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 121 rating & had rush TD in Week 1. Is 1 of 3 QBs (JOSH ALLEN & JACK KEMP) with 4 games with 3+ TD passes & 1+ rush TD in 1st 3 career seasons. Has 11 games with both pass & rush TD since 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 38 TDs (28 pass, 10 rush) in 16 career home starts. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had 106 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 43 rec.) in Week 1, his 3rd-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMES CONNER had 53 rush yards in Az. debut. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led team with 6 catches for 83 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1. Is 1 of 4 WRs with 10+ games (10) with 2+ rec. TDs since 2015. Had 63 receptions for 734 yards (91.8 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 8 home games last season. Had rec. TD in only career game vs. Min. (10/9/16 w/ Hou.). WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 5 catches for 70 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Had 77 rec. yards in last meeting. • LB CHANDLER JONES had career-high five sacks & 2 FFs last week. Became 4th player (LESLIE O’NEAL & HOFers DERRICK THOMAS & REGGIE WHITE) with 3+ games with 4+ sacks since 1982. Has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF & 4th in row with sack vs. Min. DE J.J. WATT has 6 sacks, FF & INT-TD in 9 career games vs. NFC North. Jones (102) & Watt (101) are only pair of active teammates each with 100+ career sacks. S BUDDA BAKER had 11 tackles & FR-TD in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 137 (Min.), 81 (Az.) | XM: 381 (Min.), 226 (Az.) | SXM App: 820 (Min.), 800 (Az.)
ATLANTA FALCONS (0-1) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 28-27
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Falcons 27 at Buccaneers 44
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
QB MATT RYAN has 55,931 career pass yards & can surpass DREW BREES (56,033) for the most pass yards by a QB in his 1st 14 seasons in NFL history. Has 1,938 pass yards (323 per game) & 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 95.7 rating in his past 6 starts vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TDs & 0 INTs. • RB MIKE DAVIS had 77 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 23 rec.) in Week 1. Had 8 receptions for 74 yards in his only career game at TB (9/20/20 w/ Car.). RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 67 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 13 rec.) last week. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team in catches (5) & rec. yards (51) last week. Had 8 receptions for 52 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. TB. Has 5+ receptions in 9 of his past 10 vs. NFC South. WR RUSSELL GAGE had 9 receptions, 102 scrimmage yards (91 rec., 11 rush) & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TD catch,. Rookie TE KYLE PITTS had 4 receptions in NFL debut last week. TE HAYDEN HURST aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with rec. TD. • LB DEION JONES led team with 11 tackles & had PD in Week 1. Has sack, FR & 27-yard INT-TD in his past 3 vs. TB. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 8 tackles last week. Had 51 tackles (8.5 per game) in 6 games vs. NFC South in 2020. LB DANTE FOWLER had sack in last meeting. LB JACOB TUIOTI-MARINER had 2nd-career sack in Week 1. CB A.J. TERRELL had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Had PD in last meeting.
QB TOM BRADY passed for 379 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 97 rating in Week 1. Has 94 career games with 3+ TD passes, surpassing HOFer PEYTON MANNING (93) for 2nd-most all-time. Became 2nd QB ever (DREW BREES) with 100 career 300-yard pass games. Incl. the playoffs, is 8-0 & has 2,697 pass yards (337.1 per game) & 19 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 111.6 rating in 8 career starts vs. Atl. Had 789 pass yards (394.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. INT & 114 rating in 2 reg. season starts vs. Atl. in 2020. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 2 rush TDs in his past 2 vs. Atl. RB RONALD JONES has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Atl. • WR MIKE EVANS has 567 rec. yards (94.5 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 6 career home games vs. Atl. WR CHRIS GODWIN had team-high 9 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 8 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. Atl. WR ANTONIO BROWN had 5 receptions for team-high 121 yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Has 455 rec. yards (113.8 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 8 receptions for 90 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 18 career games with 2+ TD catches, tied 2nd-most by TE in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 11 tackles & had PD in Week 1. LB DEVIN WHITE had 10 tackles last week. Had 12 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 sacks & 2 PD in his last game vs. Atl. (12/20/20). LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 6 vs. Atl. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in Week 1.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 138 (Atl), 83 (TB) | XM: 380 (Atl), 225 (TB) | SXM App: 801 (Atl), 829 (TB)
DALLAS COWBOYS (0-1) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 6-5
STREAKS: Chargers have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/23/17: Chargers 28 at Cowboys 6
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13 (San Diego): Chargers 30, Cowboys 21
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 403 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating in Week 1, his 8th-career game with 400+ pass yards. Has 400+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 starts. Had 42 completions, most-ever in a Week 1 game. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 400+ pass yards & 3 TDs. Aims for his 4th start in row on road with 90+ rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 973 scrimmage yards (108.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 career road games vs. AFC. Leads NFL with 8,380 scrimmage yards since 2016 & needs 120 scrimmage yards to reach 8,500 career scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPERhad career-high 13 receptions for 139 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 9th-career game with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 7 catches for 104 yards & rec. TD in Week 1, his 3rd-career 100-yard game. Has 4+ receptions in 7 of his 9 career road games. TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 6 receptions in Week 1. Has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 15th-career FF in Week 1. DE RANDY GREGORY had 2nd-career FR last week. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS had 7 tackles & PD last week. LB JAYLON SMITH had 8 tackles & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC with 7+ tackles. CB JOURDAN LEWIS had 2 PD, INT & FR in Week 1. CB TREVON DIGGS had 2 PD & 4th-career INT last week. CB ANTHONY BROWN had career-high 11 tackles in Week 1. S JAYRON KEARSE had career-high 9 tackles last week.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 31 of 47 passes (66 pct.) for 337 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards. Passed for 2,385 yards (298.1 per game) & 15 TDs (13 pass, 2 rush) vs. 5 INTs in 8 home starts last season. • RB AUSTIN EKELER rushed for 57 yards & had 10th-career rush TD last week, joining DANNY WOODHEAD as only undrafted players in common-draft era with 15+ rec. TDs (16) & 10+ rush TDs. Aims for his 4th in row with TD. Had 573 scrimmage yards (114.6 per game) in 5 home games last season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 9 catches for 100 yards in Week 1, his 28th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 172 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 80+ rec. yards. Had 701 rec. yards (100.1 per game) in 7 home games last season. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 8 catches for 82 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE JARED COOK had 5 catches for 56 yards last week in LAC debut. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack & 7th-career FF in Week 1. Has 48.5 career sacks & can become 25th active player with 50 sacks. LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with 10 tackles & had 1st-career FR last week. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Had 60 tackles in 8 home games last season. LB KYZIR WHITE had 5 tackles 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ tackles. CB MICHAEL DAVIS had FF in Week 1. Has PD in 4 of his past 5. S DERWIN JAMES had 7 tackles & PD last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Dal.), 82 (LAC) | XM: 382 (Dal.), 227 (LAC) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 817 (LAC)
TENNESSEE TITANS (0-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 10-6
STREAKS: Titans have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/24/17: Seahawks 27 at Titans 33
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Seahawks 20, Titans 13
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 35 passes (60 pct.) for 212 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week, his 9th game with pass & rush TD since 2019, 3rd-most in NFL. Rushed for TD in his last game vs. Sea. (9/11/16 w/ Mia.). Had 15 TDs (11 pass, 4 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 94.4 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 58 rush yards in Week 1. Rushed for 1,221 yards (152.6 per game) & 11 TDs in 8 road games last season. Leads NFL with 4,684 rush yards & 45 rush TDs since 2018. • WR A.J. BROWN had 49 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5. Has 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR JULIO JONES has 646 rec. yards (129.2 per game) in 5 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 3rd in row with 150+ rec. yards vs. Sea. WR CHESTER ROGERS led team with 62 rec. yards last week in Ten. debut. • S KEVIN BYARD had INT in Week 1. Had 6 tackles & PD in last meeting. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 19 INTs. CB JANORIS JENKINS led team with 8 tackles last week in Ten. debut. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Sea. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 career INTs. CB KRISTIAN FULTON had careerhigh 2 PD in Week 1. LB HAROLD LANDRY had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB RASHAAN EVANS had 6 tackles in Week 1. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 5 tackles & sack last week.
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 254 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 152.3 rating in Week 1. Has 11 games with 4+ TD passes & 0 INTs, most by QB in 1st 10 seasons ever. Has 99 reg. season wins & can join HOFer PEYTON MANNING (105) as only QBs with 100+ reg. season wins in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. Had 26 TDs (25 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 115.9 rating in 8 home starts last season. Passed for 373 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.3 rating in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 117 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 1. Had 550 scrimmage yards (91.7 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 home games in 2020. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 4 catches for 100 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1, his 5th-career game with 100+ rec. yards & 2+ TD catches. Since 2018, is 1 of 4 WRs with 30+ rec. TDs (30). WR DK METCALF had 60 rec. yards & 18th-career rec. TD in Week 1. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 9 at home. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 13 tackles last week. Since 2012, leads NFL with 1,224 tackles. Had 6+ tackles in all 8 home games last season. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. LB JORDYN BROOKS tied his career high with 11 tackles in Week 1. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. Ten. S JAMAL ADAMS had 11 tackles, sack & FF in only career game vs. Ten. (12/2/18 w/ NYJ). Ranks 6th among DBs since 1982 with 21.5 career sacks.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Ten.), 104 (Sea.) | XM: 383 (Ten.), 228 (Sea.) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 828 (Sea.)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (0-1)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 7-3
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 4
LAST GAME: 9/28/20: Chiefs 34 at Ravens 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/28/20
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 27 of 36 passes (75 pct.) for 337 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.4 rating & rushed for TD last week, his 16th-career game with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs, most in NFL since 2018. Has 14,489 pass yards & 117 TD passes in 47 career starts, both most-ever by player in 1st 50 starts. Has 1,136 pass yards (378.7 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 1 INT for 116.2 rating in 3 career games vs. Bal. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 72 scrimmage yards (43 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 1. Had 2 rush TDs in only career game on SNF (11/22/20 vs. LV). • WR TYREEK HILL had 11 catches for 197 rec. yards & rec. TD last week, most rec. yards in NFL in Week 1 & his 4th-career game with 175+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch. Has 216 rec. yards (108 per game) in 2 career games vs. Bal. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 76 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1. Aims for his 6th in row with rec. TD, longest active streak in NFL. Has 50 career rec. TDs & became 5th-fastest TE in NFL history (112 games) to reach 50 rec. TDs. • DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 2+ sacks. DE FRANK CLARK had sack in last meeting. CB MIKE HUGHES had INT last week in KC debut. Has 3 PD in 2 career games on SNF. S TYRANN MATHIEU has 4 PD, 3 TFL & sack in 3 career games vs. Bal. S JUAN THORNHILL had PD & 1st-career FF in Week 1. Had 6 tackles in last meeting.
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 pct.) for 235 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.6 rating & led team with 86 rush yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 90+ rating & 4th in row with 80+ rush yards. Rushed for 83 yards in last meeting. Has 102.4 rating in 2 career starts on SNF. • RB TY’SON WILLIAMS had 94 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in NFL debut last week. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for TD last week in Bal. debut. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with TD. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 6 catches for 69 yards & TD in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with rec. TD. WR SAMMY WATKINS led team with 96 rec. yards last week in Bal. debut. Had 6 catches for 158 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. KC (11/29/15 w/ Buf.). Had 129 catches for 1,613 yards & 8 TDs in 3 seasons (2018-20) with KC. TE MARK ANDREWS had 5 TD catches in 7 home games last season. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, 2nd-most among TEs. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY tied for team lead with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Had 6 tackles & 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with PD. CB ANTHONY AVERETT had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row with PD. LB PATRICK QUEEN tied for team lead with 9 tackles & had sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. LB PERNELL MCPHEE had sack in last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH had sack last week in NFL debut. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL is 1 of 7 active players with 90+ sacks (92).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Ross Tucker SIRIUS: 81 (KC), 211 (Bal.) | XM: 226 (KC), 225 (Bal.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 802 (Bal.)
DETROIT LIONS (0-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (0-1)
MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 102-72-7
STREAKS: Packers have won past 4
LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Packers 31 at Lions 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20: Packers 42, Lions 21
QB JARED GOFF passed for 338 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 92.6 rating in Week 1. Has 26 games with 300+ pass yards since 2017, 3rd-most in NFL. Completed 21 of 27 attempts (77.8 pct.) for 174 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 105.9 rating in his only career start at GB (1/16/21 NFC-D w/ LAR). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 104 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 39 rush), career-high 8 receptions & 3rd-career TD catch in Week 1. Had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with rush TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 110 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 54 rush), rush TD & tied his career high with 8 catches last week. Spent 4 seasons (2017-20) with GB & had 2,946 scrimmage yards (1,985 rush, 961 rec.) & 18 TDs (10 rush, 8 rec.) in 60 games. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 8 receptions for team-high 97 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 6 catches & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. WR QUINTEZ CEPHUS had 3rd-career rec. TD in Week 1 & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • LB JAMIE COLLINS had 7th-career FR in Week 1. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 5+ tackles. LB TREY FLOWERS had 10th-career FF last week. LB ROMEO OKWARA has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. DB TRACY WALKER had 7 tackles & 2nd-career sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. GB. CB WILL HARRIS had career-high 7 tackles in Week 1.
QB AARON RODGERS has 25 TDs (24 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 118 rating in 9 career home starts on Monday. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 on MNF. Has 50 TDs (46 pass, 4 rush) vs. 8 INTs for 106.2 rating in 22 career starts vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 2+ pass TDs vs. 0 INTs & 105+ rating. Has 51,378 pass yards & can surpass HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 10th-most pass yards in NFL history. • RB AARON JONES had 946 scrimmage yards (135.1 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 7 home games last season. Has 25 TDs (22 rush, 3 rec.) in 26 career home games. Had career-high 236 scrimmage yards (career-best 168 rush, 68 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 90+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. Det. Has 35 receptions (8.8 per game) for 414 yards (103.5 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on MNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 10+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. Since 2016, leads NFL with 58 rec. TDs. TE ROBERT TONYAN had 98 rec. yards & career-high 3 TD catches in his last game on MNF (10/5/20 vs. Atl.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with TD catch. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with sack. Had 9.5 sacks in 8 home games in 2020. Has 7.5 sacks in his past 3 on MNF & aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 3+ sacks. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has PD in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Det.
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, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (Det.), 83 (GB) | XM: 226 (Det.), 225 (GB) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 811 (GB)
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No. 11 Indiana Drops Big Ten Opener to Rutgers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 11-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (3-2-1) could not overcome two second half goals from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-0-1) and lost 2-1 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday night.
• Redshirt junior defender Daniel Munie scored his second goal in as many contests in the 23rd minute of play. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week found a bouncing ball near the top of the 18-yard box and struck a liner with his right foot to beat the Rutgers keeper.
• The visiting Scarlet Knights would find the equalizer in the 58th minute with a goal from freshman forward Nico Rosamilia. The Roseland, N.J., native attempted a tough pass into the Hoosier six-yard box that was deflected back to his right foot. His take was deflected by junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano, who was credited with two saves in the loss, but still managed to trickle into the back of the net.
• Rutgers found the winning goal 12 minutes later when sophomore forward Ola Mealand played a pass off his chest to a cutting Jackson Temple. The junior midfielder guided the ball off the outside of his right foot while sliding to the left of goal. The shot arched over the outstretched arms of Celentano to give Rutgers the 2-1 advantage with 20 to play.
• The best chance at an equalizer for IU came via a corner kick in the 81st minute. The take was sent to junior forward Victor Bezerra, who attempted a long-range shot. The attempt was high of frame and went out of play.
• Munie scored a goal for the second-straight match. Entering the 2021 season, the Maryland Heights, Mo., product had totaled two career tallies. He has now doubled that output in the last eight days.
• Indiana falls to 23-3-5 all-time in Big Ten Conference season openers. The last time IU did not see a result in the conference opener was in 2015, a 1-0 setback against Penn State.
• The Hoosiers have earned a decision in 38 of the last 41 Big Ten matches played over the last six seasons and have outscored the league opponents by a tally of 74-21 in those matchups.
• Indiana had not conceded a goal in five-straight matches against Rutgers entering the Friday night match, a streak that spanned over 470 minutes of soccer.
• This season marks the first with multiple home losses during the regular season since Indiana went 6-3-0 at Armstrong stadium during the 2015 regular season.
GOALS: Daniel Munie
The Hoosiers will hit the road for the first time in conference play to take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 21. The match will air live on Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Patrick Doody on the call.
IUVB Drops Two Matches On Friday
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball wrapped the Indiana Invitational on Friday with matches against Chicago State and Mississippi. The Hoosiers fell to the Cougars 3-0 (21-25,28-26, 23-25) followed by a loss to Mississippi, 3-0 (22-25,22-25, 24-26).
INDIANA 0, CHICAGO STATE 3
• In a back-and-forth battle for most of the first set, Chicago State got ahead with two Indiana handling errors and a kill to make the score 12-9.
• Out of their timeout, Indiana saw a kill from Mady Saris to keep them alive. Pulling within two, Savannah Kjolhede hit an ace to make the score 16-15.
• A kill from Breana Edwards tied the frame at 17, but Indiana couldn’t find its offense and the Cougars won the opening set, 25-21.
•Kjolhede laid down the first kill of the second frame, before Edwards helped Indiana stay ahead with a kill of her own.
• Down 9-3, the Hoosiers stormed back with back-to-back kills by Ashley Zulauf and an ace from Camryn Haworth.
• A kill by Savannah Kjolhede tied the set at 10 all, and an attack error by Chicago State gave Indiana the lead.
• Exchanging points for the rest of the way, the Cougars found the advantage and went on to get the set victory, 28-26.
• Needing a rally in the third set, Kjolhede started it off again with a kill.
• Leading by as much as four, Morgan Geddes found the gap and forced Chicago State to take the timeout.
•The Hoosiers let the Cougars stick around for the rest of the set until Chicago State found the momentum that they needed to close out the match, 25-23.
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede led the Indiana in kills and block with 11and four, respectively.
• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld recorded a team-high 33 assists. Westbeld also added three kills.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards had double-digit kills with 10.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris raked in nine kills and had two blocks on Friday morning.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame tallied 12 digs to lead the Hoosiers.
• Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Ashley Zulauf and freshman setter Camryn Haworth put up three kills apiece
• Haley Armstrong, Emily Fitzner, Grae Gosnell, Camryn Haworth, Carly Mills, and Ashley Zulauf came off the bench for Indiana.
INDIANA 0, MISSISSIPPI 3
• Down 3-1 to open the match, Edwards got the Hoosier offense going with the first Indiana kill.
• Needing timeout being in the 10-7, Kjolhede went up for a kill for the Hoosiers.
• Kills by Kaley Rammelsberg, Saris, and Westbeld kept the energy up, but the Rebels took set one, 25-22.
• Edwards opened the second frame with a kill followed by an attack error by Mississippi to go up 2-0 early.
• It was a back and forth second set as Indiana broke an 8-8 tie with another shot by Edwards. A pair of kill by the Rebels forced an Indiana break and out of the timeout Rammelsberg slammed it down to bring the momentum back.
• Two straight kills by Kjolhede and Ashley Zulauf tied the set at 13-13.
• Geddes helped Indiana regain control with a kill as Indiana had the 20-19 advantage. Despite two kills by Saris, Mississippi found the set victory, 25-22.
• A slam by Sairs and Edwards paired with an attack error by Mississippi got the Hoosiers out to 3-1 lead in the third set.
• Geddes put Indiana up 13-11 by finding the back court for a kill. The two teams exchanged points until the Rebels gained a two-point lead, 20-18.
• Rammelsberg put Indiana within one and a shot by Saris eventually tied at 22 all. Edwards tied it again with a kill at 24 but Mississippi found the set point, 26-24.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris and senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the squad in kills with 13 each. Edwards also had a team-high two blocks.
• Junior middle blocker and sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes tallied six kills apiece.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame tallied 18 digs for a squad high.
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth saw 30 assists for the Hoosiers.
• Junior Ashley Zulauf had the lone ace for Indiana.
The Hoosiers will open Big Ten play on Friday, September 21 as they play host to Michigan State. The match is set for 7 p.m. inside Wilkinson Hall.
Colvin Sets Program’s 2nd-Highest Hitting % in Sweep of PFW
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In just an hour and seven minutes of play, the No. 9 Purdue Boilermakers swept Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons in Friday’s close of the Stacey Clark Classic (25-19, 25-6, 25-12).
The program’s 25-6 win in the second set was the program’s most decisive set victory in the modern 25-point era.
In her first career start, freshman Raven Colvin hit .900 (9 kills, 0 errors on 10 attempts) for the second-highest hitting % in program history. The middle blocker only trails the Big Ten record-holders Debbie McDonald (13-0-13 vs. North Carolina State, 9/25/87) and Kristen Arthurs (10-0-10 vs. Ball State, 8/28/09) who both went perfect. Additionally, Colvin produced the most efficient match by a Big Ten player this season.
On the day, Colvin went errorless after serving up five kills on five swings in the matinee win vs. Jacksonville State.
As a team, Purdue hit a .456 clip, a season-best, with seven Boilermakers contributing kills.
Season-High 13 Blocks Highlight Jacksonville State Sweep
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 9 Purdue volleyball (6-1) opened the Stacey Clark Classic with a sweep over Jacksonville State (9-2). The Boilermakers’ tradition of a defensive powerhouse took center stage with their season-best 13 total blocks and holding the Gamecocks to a .035 hitting clip in the win.
The victory was the fastest of the season, clocking in at an hour 20 minutes for Purdue’s fifth sweep of the season.
Purdue, which ranks No. 9 in the nation in attack %, out-hit Jacksonville State with 39 kills and just 10 errors for a .284 clip. A balanced scoresheet saw nine Boilermakers with kills. Additionally, the effort included four Boilermakers hitting a .385 or better, with two errorless performances in middle blockers Taylor Trammell (5-0-6) and Raven Colvin (5-0-5).
Maddy Chinn and Grace Cleveland produced eight kills apiece to lead the team.
Freshman Ali Hornung made her first career start in the back row, serving up two aces and five digs in the match alongside senior libero Jena Otec, who led with 17 digs.
Setter Hayley Bush handed over the reins to Megan Renner after 22 assists and five digs in the first two sets. Renner followed with a career-high eight assists to go with one block assist and a pair of digs in set three.
Boilermakers Start Strong at Olympia Fields
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The Purdue men’s golf team started fast and overcome some hiccups in the middle of the round to sit in a fifth-place tie after the opening round of the Olympia Fields Invitational on Friday.
The Boilermakers totaled an 8-over par 288 on a hot, windless day at Olympia Fields Country Club, to finish the opening round seven shots behind leader and No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State (+1). No. 6-ranked North Carolina and Indiana are tied for second at 3-over par, while No. 5-ranked Arizona State is fourth at 5-over par. Purdue is tied for fifth with No. 4-ranked Texas and 20th-ranked Florida at 8-over par 288.
Purdue leads such national powers including defending National Champion Pepperdine (+13), Stanford (+11), Florida State (+11), Alabama (+9), Illinois (+12), Arizona (+15), Baylor (+18) and California (+22). The field consists of 10 of the top 26 teams in the latest GCAA national poll.
Purdue, North Carolina and Oklahoma State are the only teams with two players in the top 10 after round one.
The Boilermakers led through the first six holes of the event, but ran into trouble on holes 7 through 9. Purdue’s five played the holes in 8-over par to fall off the pace a bit. Purdue played the other 15 holes in a combined 6-over par.
Leading the Boilermakers in round one was senior Joe Weiler with a 1-under par 69, good for a tie for third. Weiler was one of seven players to post an under-par round. He started with birdies on holes 1, 4 and 5, but dropped to 1-over par after a bogey on 7, a double bogey on 8 and a bogey on 9. He answered with birdies on 13 and 15 to move to 1-under par for his round.
Sophomore Herman Sekne is tied for eighth after an opening-round 70. Sekne birdied just two holes, 11 and 17, to offset bogeys on Nos. 1 and 18. He finished with 14 pars to rank second in the field after 18 holes. Sekne also ranked second in the field in par-4 scoring (-1).
Luke Prall is tied for 43rd after a 74 in his opening round. He was 1-over par through 15, before a bogey-double bogey-par finish dropped him back to the pack.
Nick Dentino is tied for 51st at 5-over par, while Cole Bradley is tied for 61st at 6-over par.
Purdue will tee off at 9:45 to 10:21 a.m. ET, off hole No. 1 in round two and will be paired with Arizona State and Texas.
Men’s Tennis Opens Purdue Fall Invite
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. – The Purdue men’s tennis team opened the 2021-22 campaign Friday afternoon with the Purdue Fall Invite. The Boilermakers claimed eight of the 10 doubles contests at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
Purdue opened the doubles session against IUPUI with a clean sweep. Milledge Cossu and Gabriele Brancatelli claimed a 6-4 lead at the top of the order. In his first match since 2020, Athell Bennett teamed up with Rohan Sachdev to win 6-3 at No. 2. Polish duo Michal Wozniak and Tomasz Dudek picked up a 6-4 victory at No. 3. Julen Morgan paired with Phasu Sirinit to win 6-3.
In the second set of doubles, the Boilermakers downed DePaul in all three doubles matches. Bennett and Sachdev rolled to a 6-3 win over Lars Order Minsas and Luuk Wassenar. Wozniak and Brancatelli took a 6-3 decision against Matt Iaquinto and Tripp Tuff. Dudek and Morgan capped a perfect second session with a 6-4 against Jona Gitschel and Sven Moser.
Purdue went 1-2 in the third session with Bennett and Sachdev completing a perfect day with a 6-3 win over Chris Adams and Danilo Kovacik.
The Boilermakers will return to Scwartz Tennis Center on Saturday with singles against IUPUI at 9 a.m. and DePaul at 3 p.m.
Butler VB Falls to Milwaukee to Open the Bulldog Brawl
Indianapolis – The Butler women’s volleyball team fell in three sets to Milwaukee (20-25, 20-25, 16-26) to open the Bulldog Brawl. The Panthers (5-5) used double-digit kills from Abby Koenen (11), Carmen Heilemann (10) and Ari Miller (10) to take down the Bulldogs (6-5), who will host No. 19 UCLA on Friday night at 6 p.m.
Set 1: Milwaukee 25-20
Butler got out to a 10-8 lead thanks to two kills by Amina Shackelford in a back-and-forth stretch early. Milwaukee rallied back to take a lead, but a Brittany Robinson kill tied it at 19. The Panthers would roll from there with two kills by Koenen to help clinch the opening frame. Shackelford led the Bulldogs in the set with four kills.
Set 2: Milwaukee 25-20
Robinson’s back-to-back kills helped the Bulldogs build a 4-1 lead early, but the Panthers quickly bounced back to take the lead at 9-7 and eventually got advantage to as much as six at 21-15. Consecutive kills by Melody Davidson followed by an ace from Jillian Ziemba pulled Butler within three at 23-20, but two kills from Milwaukee finished the set. Davidson led the Butler with four kills in the second set.
Set 3: Milwaukee 25-16
The Panthers started fast with three kills from Heilemann for a 6-1 early advantage. A later ace served by Madison Friebel followed by a kill from Shackelford got the Bulldogs within one at 11-10, but Milwaukee quickly extended the lead as it got to as much as nine points at 22-13 and 23-14. Davidson and Shackelford contributed two kills each in the set, while Friebel had the ace and a kill.
Stat of the Match
Milwaukee hit a cool .318 as a team while limiting Butler to a hitting percentage of .079.
Inside the Box Score
-Davidson accumulated 11 points on nine kills and four block assists.
-Shackelford finished second on the team in both points (9.5) and kills (eight) while adding three block assists and two digs.
-Friebel stuffed the stat sheet with 27 assists, eight digs, a kill, an ace and a block assist.
-Jaymeson Kinley contributed 14 digs, two assists and one kill.
Butler Golf Men Enter Saturday at Ball State Looking to Make a Move
The Bulldogs will look to make a Saturday charge at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. The final 18 holes of the tournament is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. with split tees off No. 1 and No. 10.
Butler shot rounds of 303 and 287 on Friday for a 36-hole total of 590 (+30). The Bulldogs’ second round score of 287 (+7) was the fifth-best total for the second 18 of the tournament.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s play in 12th place.
Wright State stands at 20-under 540 after the first two rounds, which is 21 shots better than second-place and host Ball State (561; +1). Purdue Fort Wayne and Oakland are tied for third.
Cole Corder of Wright State holds the 36-hole lead at 10-under 130. His 62 in Friday’s opening round set a new tournament record. Ball State’s Kash Bellar also shot 62 Friday morning.
Corder holds a three-shot lead over Ball State’s Joey Ranieri (133; -7).
Freshman Damon Dickey is tied for 29th after back-to-back rounds of two-over 72. The Delaware Country Club is set up as a 6,501-yard, par-70 track. Dickey had five birdies in the first round and two over the second 18.
Fellow freshmen Weston Guili and Henry Quinn are tied for 42nd after matching scorecards on Friday. Both shot 77 in the first round and followed that up with even-par 70s in the afternoon session. They are at seven-over 147.
The tournament is the first of Quinn’s Butler career. He was six-over through his first five collegiate holes before righting the ship and playing the next 31 at one-over.
Daniel Tanaka is tied for 59th at 152 (+12), while Nick Williams is tied for 66th at 154 (+14). Jack Wilcox is playing as an individual, replacing Raymond Sullivan on the trip who is dealing with a non-COVID illness. Wilcox is sandwiched in between those two teammates at 153 (+13). He is tied for 63rd.
Butler VB Comes Short of Upset Over No. 19 UCLA
Indianapolis – The Butler volleyball team took a set from No. 19 UCLA and looked primed to take the fourth set, but the Bruins rallied to win the match (25-14, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20). The Bulldogs (6-6) made a potential upset possible with an emphatic Set 3 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but Pac-12 power UCLA proved too much to stop late in the second match of the Bulldog Brawl for Butler.
Set 1: UCLA 25-14
Butler got out to a 5-3 early lead on the back of kills from Mariah Grunze and Melody Davidson. The score was tied at 7-7 before UCLA steadily started to build its lead, using a 6-0 run followed by three 3-0 runs to pull away late in the set. Grunze led the Bulldogs with four kills and three digs in the opening frame.
Set 2: UCLA 25-19
An ace by Hannah Kelly and a kill by Brittany Robinson helped the Bulldogs lead 3-1 early. UCLA responded with a 4-0 run to take the lead and held it until another ace from Kelly tied the set at 10-10. The Bruins added three 3-0 runs to build the lead later in the frame to put it away. Kelly led Butler with three aces, while Amina Shackelford and Funmi Oladapo contributed two kills each in the second set.
Set 3: Butler 25-18
Two kills each from Davidson and Grunze followed by a Robinson kill accounted for a 5-0 Butler run that put the Bulldogs up 8-3. Davidson’s excellent play during the set (seven kills) assured the Bruins would not get within striking distance, as the advantage was at least two points the rest of the frame and as much as eight at 23-15. Grunze and Shackelford contributed four kills each to help Butler clinch the set.
Set 4: UCLA 25-20
A Davidson kill followed by an ace from Jillian Ziemba got the Bulldogs out in front 5-2 early. UCLA responded with a couple of mini-runs to reclaim the lead at 10-8. Davidson and Grunze then came back with back-to-back kills as part of a 3-0 run for Butler to get back to a 13-11 lead. The Bruins came alive with two 3-0 streaks followed by a 4-0 rally to reclaim control of the set and clinch the match. Davidson, Grunze and Madison Friebel had two kills each in the final frame for the Bulldogs.
Stat of the Match
The Bulldogs put down 20 kills as a part of their emphatic Set 3 win.
Inside the Box Score
-Davidson finished with 13 kills and four block assists.
-Hannah Kelly produced a season-high three aces.
-Friebel wound up with another double-double (31 assists, 14 digs) while adding two block assists and an ace.
-Jaymeson Kinley totaled 23 digs and four assists.
-Grunze just missed a double-double with 11 kills and nine digs.
Butler concludes the Bulldog Brawl at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a matchup against Western Michigan.
Final Non-Conference Test Sends @ButlerUFootball to Taylor
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler football team will return to action this Saturday night with a 7 PM kickoff at Taylor. The Bulldogs are 1-1 overall after a 49-24 victory last time out on homecoming weekend. This contest marks the final non-conference opponent of the year with PFL competition set to begin on Sept. 25.
– Butler posted 544 yards of total offense vs. DePauw, averaging 7.5 yards per play
– Nick Orlando rushed for three touchdowns in the win over DePauw. He was a short-yardage specialist scoring from 1-yard, 2-yards then 1-yard
– Kavon Samuels posted his first 100-yard rushing game of the season on 23 carries. He scored in the second half from 2-yards out
– AJ Deinhart found the end zone for the first time in his BU career with an 11-yard rush in the second half
– Yogi Flager caught four passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns on homecoming weekend
– Bret Bushka connected on 11 of his 13 pass attempts to end the game with 161 yards. He also added 69 rushing yards
– Luka Zurak boomed his lone punt 45 yards
– Devin Aguilar intercepted two passes vs. DePauw
– Michael Wellman and Jacob Cain each recorded a tackle for loss vs. DePauw
– Eloi Bigirimana made five tackles last Saturday
– Butler has not allowed a 100-yard receiver since Nov. 23, 2019 (8 games)
St. Thomas 1-0
Morehead State 1-1
San Diego 0-2
PFL Schedule – Week 3
Marist at Columbia 1:00 p.m.
Dartmouth at Valparaiso 2:00 p.m.
Morehead State at Austin Peay 3:00 p.m.
San Diego at Montana State 3:00 p.m.
St. Thomas at Northern Iowa 5:00 p.m.
Drake at North Dakota 5:00 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell 6:00 p.m.
Dayton at Southern Illinois 7:00 p.m.
Butler at Taylor 7:00 p.m.
SCOUTING TAYLOR: The Trojans opened the season with a 42-26 win over Judson last weekend. Brendan Lamb rushed the ball 34 times for 109 yards and three scores to lead Taylor to victory. When the defense played the run, QB Levi Frazier would go over the top. The Trojan senior only completed five passes, but three of the five resulted in a touchdown. Dakohta Sonnichsen caught two balls for 105 yards and two scores. Brandon Smith also caught at TD pass in the win.
Taylor’s defense forced two fumbles and came up with three interceptions vs. Judson. Three different players also recorded a sack.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Butler leads the all-time series against Taylor 8-1. The Trojans came out on top in the last meeting during the 2019 season. They left the Sellick Bowl with a 17-14 victory.
The first meeting between BU and Taylor came in 1965 under the direction of head coach Tony Hinkle. BU won that game 41-6.
30 FIRST DOWNS: Butler came up with 30 first downs against DePauw on Saturday. 21 of the 30 came on the ground with BU rushing for 383 yards in the victory
The Butler school record for most first downs recorded in a single-game is 32. BU recorded 32 first downs two times in 2012 and two more times in 2013.
49ER: Butler scored 49 points in their home opener which resulted in a 25-point victory. The game marked the highest point total for BU since Sept. 10, 2016.
Butler defeated Franklin 59-14 during the 2016 home opener. Malcolm Weaver threw three touchdowns and Duvante Lane rushed for three scores.
TOUCHDOWN BULLDOGS: Butler scored a touchdown on seven of their 10 possessions vs. DePauw. Their only punt came midway through the third quarter.
JJ Wadas has yet to miss a kick this year. He is a perfect 8-for-8 on extra points.
DEVIN LEADS THE DEFENSE: CB Devin Aguilar picked off two passes in the third quarter vs. DePauw. He now has six interceptions in his BU career.
The last Bulldog to intercept two passes in one game was Beau Snuggs. He had a pick in the third quarter vs. Stetson on Oct. 5, 2019 and would collect his second early in the fourth against the Hatters.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: PFL teams went 7-3 in Week 2 with the three losses coming on the road to nationally-ranked FCS foes.
PFL Player of the Week honors went to Mark Pappas (MSU), Brandon Easterling (Dayton), Johnson Fallah, and Louis Hyde (St. Thomas).
GROUND GAME: Butler rushed for 383 yards in the home opener just 29 yards short of the most team rushing yards in a single game in program history.
Kavon Samuels recorded his third 100-yard rushing performance of his career in the win vs. DePauw.
OPEN UP THE OFFENSE: Yogi Flager caught the longest pass of the season last Saturday with a 49-yard reception thrown by Brett Bushka. Johnny O’Shea also pulled in a 40-yard catch.
The longest reception from last season was also 49 yards, caught by Johnny O’Shea and thrown by Sam Brown.
UP NEXT: Butler will battle St. Thomas in the PFL opener on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kick-off in St. Paul, Minn. is slated for 1 PM.
Butler and St. Thomas have never met on the gridiron. The Tommies just joined the PFL in 2021.
Volleyball Sweeps NKU in Home Opener
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team jumped on the gas early, hitting .486 (20-2-37) in the first set, on the way to opening the home portion of its 2021 fall slate with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 27-25) victory over Northern Kentucky Friday night in Worthen Arena.
“Offensively, we hit consistently and really low error,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We want a balanced offense and every hitter consistently getting the ball. Tonight, we got that once again, and that’s a tribute to Megan running our offense well and our hitters putting themselves in position to get the ball.”
Led by 10 kills and a .562 (10-1-16) attack percentage from junior middle Marie Plitt, as well as 42 assists from freshman setter Megan Wielonski, the Cardinals (9-2) finished the day with a .299 (50-15-117) attack percentage.
Ball State has hit at least .200 in 10 of its 11 matches so far this season, with tonight’s effort versus the Norse (4-4) being its second-best of the season, trailing on the .476 (45-5-84) hitting mark versus St. Thomas on Aug. 27.
Overall, three Cardinals finished the night with double-figure kills, as graduate transfer outside Jaclyn Bulmahn tagged a match-high 12, while junior opposite Natalie Mitchem added 10. In addition, graduate transfer outside Emily Hollowell scored nine.
“Jaclyn did a nice job,” Phillips added. “She gets a lot of tough sets and does great things with them. I thought she put some pop on the ball tonight and got some big blocks when we needed her. Marie also did a nice job. She got a couple of big block touches and every time she’s in there, she seems to run up points right when we need it.”
On the defensive front, sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson led the BSU backcourt with 12 digs, while junior libero Natalie Risi was right behind with 10. Overall, Ball State held a slim 44-to-43 edge in digs, as well as a 3-to-2 advantage in aces with two coming from Wielonski.
Anna Brinkmann led the NKU attack with 11 kills and added a match-high 13 digs. The Norse finished the contest hitting .204 (40-18-108) as a team and managed to out-block the Cardinals 9.0-to-5.0.
After leading the entire way in the opening two sets to claim victory, Ball State found itself trailing by as many as five (8-3) early in the third set. However, back-to-back kills from Bulmahn helped tie bring the Cardinals within one, at 9-8. Moments later, a massive block from Wielonski and sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland tied the score at 11.
The set remained tight with NKU looking to pull ahead 21-19. However, the Cardinals challenged the point and Bulmahn was awarded a kill to even the score at 20. The score would remain tied at 25-25, before a Mitchem kill gave BSU its first match-point.
BSU would capitalize on another challenge for match point on the next rally, as Plitt smashed an overpass for a kill. While the officials originally let the play continue, replay confirmed Plitt’s shot was down, giving BSU the match.
Ranieri in Second, Cardinals in Second
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s golf team returned to the course for day one of the Earl Yestingsmeier on Friday at the Delaware Country Club. Joey Ranieri posted a round of 64 (-6) and is in second as the tournament heads to the final day. The Cardinals sit in second with a combined score of 561 (+1).
Kash Bellar shot a 62 (-8) in the morning round and was tied for first after he set a tournament and course record. He also set a school record for single round with a 62 and tied the relative to par record at -8.
Ranieri started the day with a 69 (-1). He birdied the par-4 11th and the par-4 17th. He was tied for ninth after round one. In the afternoon round, he produced the lowest score of the round with a 64 (-4). He tallied four birdies and an eagle in the afternoon. He is currently in second with a combined mark of 133 (-7). He has six birdies and an eagle for the tournament.
Bellar birdied eight holes in the morning during his historic round. He started the second round on fire with a birdie and an eagle. He added another birdie on the back nine and finished with a 72 (+2). He is in third place with a tally of 134 (-6). He has 10 birdies and an eagle through two rounds. He is competing as an individual and his score will not count towards the team score.
Evan Bone started the day with a birdie on his first hole and added a birdie on the par-4 seventh. He posted a round of 70 (E) and was tied for 17th after the morning round. During his second round, he notched five birdies and finished with a 72 (+2). His two-round score of 142 (+2) has him tied for 20th. He has seven birdies for the tournament.
Ali Khan compiled five birdies in the opening round and finished with a 70 (E). He was tied for 17th heading into the second round. In the second round, he birdied the par-4 17th and posted a score of 72 (+2). He is tied for 20th overall with a combined score of 142 (+2). He has six birdies for the tournament.
Joey Wiseman began the day with five birdies in the first round and was tied for 41st with a 73 (+3). He opened the second round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth and recorded a 71 (+1). He was tied for 29th after two rounds with a 144 (+4). He has six birdies for the tournament.
Colin Nasser birdied his second hole of the day which was the par-4 third. He finished the round with a 75 (+5) and was tied for 52nd. He added three birdies in the second round and posted a mark of 73 (+3). He jumped up six spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 46th with a 148 (+8). He has four birdies for the day.
After two birdies in the opening round, Griffin Hare was tied for 41st with a 73 (+3). He added a birdie on the par-3 third in the second round and notched a score of 75 (+5). He is in a tie for 46th with a 148 (+8). He has collected three birdies for the tournament. He is competing as an individual and will not be counted for the team score.
Carson Orr notched back-to-back birdies on the par-4 third and par-5 fifth on his way to an opening round of 82 (+6). He was tied for 77th after the first round. He posted one birdie on the par-4 ninth in the second round and finished with a 75 (+5). He moved up four spots in the standings with a combined score of 157 (+17) into a tie for 75th. He has three birdies for the tournament. He is competing as an individual and will not be counted towards the team score.
Drew Todd opened the tournament with an 82 (+12) after he posted two birdies. He was tied for 77th after the first round. In the afternoon round, he added two more birdies and finished with a 77 (+7). He climbed two spots in the standings into a time for 75th with a two-round tally of 159 (+19).
The Cardinals will tee off on the first tee at 11 a.m. Three individuals will begin on hole 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Cardinals Head West Looking to Regain Their ‘Edge’
MUNCIE, Ind. – After falling for the first time in 10 months last week, the focus for Ball State leading up to its road contest at Wyoming this Saturday afternoon was more internal than external.
“We’ve got to get our edge back,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “We’ve got to go back to our roots. We’ve got to go back to some of the things that helped us climb a mountain around here. That starts with the smallest and finest of details.”
Those small details were a big reason why Ball State went on an 8-game winning streak that culminated with a Mid-American Conference Championship and the first bowl win in program history last season.
“We’ve got to play better,” Neu added. “We’ve got to be more physical and more disciplined. We’ve got to execute at a higher level. We’ve got to demand more of ourselves. There’s no secrets. There’s nothing we’re going to be able to magically do from a scheme standpoint. It’s about us playing a better brand of football.”
Ball State will look to find success against a Wyoming team that was picked to finish second in its division and received first-place votes to win the Mountain West Conference. The Cowboys are 2-0 on the season and are also 22-7 at home since 2016, having won 10 of their last 11 at War Memorial Stadium.
“It’s a good football team that is very well rounded,” Neu said. “They play complete football. They’re good defensively, they’re good offensively and they’re good on special teams. Coach (Craig) Bohl has done a tremendous job with that Wyoming program. It’s going to be a great challenge for us going on the road.”
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on 104,1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Rich Spisak and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on Stadium with Ari Wolfe and Mike Lamb on the call.
Inside the Series: Wyoming
Ball State and Wyoming are set to square off for the first time in series history Saturday. The Cardinals have only played four games against teams in the currently-constructed Mountain West Conference, all of which have been in bowl games. Ball State played Fresno State in the 1989 California Raisin Bowl (L, 27-6), Utah State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl (L, 42-33), Nevada in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl (L, 18-15) and San Jose State in the 2020 Arizona Bowl (W, 34-13). The win over the Spartans marked the first Cardinals bowl victory all-time.
Coach Neu on Wyoming…
“They’re a very balanced team offensively. In Week 1, they had a close contest at home they won 19-16. They had kind of an offensive shootout in Week 2, but they were certainly in control for a big chunk of the game. Their offensive coordinator, who’s in his first year, came from Iowa. When you turn the tape on, you can see a little bit of a twist of Iowa in their offense and how they run the ball. They want to establish the line of scrimmage. They’re a good, complete team. Their quarterback is playing at a high level. Their offensive line has done a good job of establishing the line of scrimmage and playing physical, which is what they want to do. When they have had the opportunity to throw the ball, they’ve generated some explosive plays. They’re a team that averages almost 400 yards per game offensively, and it’s a pretty good balance between run and pass. We’ve got to be ready for that.
“Defensively, they’re very opportunistic. They’ve created turnovers through two weeks. They get more hands on balls than most teams I’ve seen, in terms of tipped balls and deflections. They’re going to make you earn it. What you see from them defensively is very consistent. When you study the looks on tape, it’s not something that is super exotic. They just play good, hard-nosed, tough, disciplined football. They tackle well and they fly to the ball. They’ve got great length at the corner position. It’s going to be a good challenge here. We’re playing against a good team that is well rounded in all phases.”
On This Date
The Cardinals are 4-5 on Sept. 18 in program history, earning wins at Hanover in 1954 (40-6), vs. Indiana (Pa.) in 1965 (26-14), at Miami in 1976 (23-6) and at Ohio in 1993 (24-16).
Strong Start by Steele
Freshman RB Carson Steele has emerged as a strong candidate to receive touches out of the backfield so far in his first collegiate season. Steele has a touchdown in both games against Western Illinois and Penn State. He is one of only two true freshmen in the country to rush for a touchdown in both games to begin the season, joining Jarquez Hunter of Auburn.
The Greenwood, Ind. native is one of seven players overall in the Mid-American Conference to rush for at least one touchdown in both games to begin the 2021 campaign, joining DeQuan Finn (TOL), La’darius Jefferson (WMU), Bryant Koback (TOL), Lew Nichols (CMU), Collin Schlee (KENT) and Harrison Waylee (NIU).
Attacking the Ball
Ball State has three of the top 15 tacklers in the Mid-American Conference in ILB Jaylin Thomas, S Bryce Cosby and S Brett Anderson II. Thomas is tied for 10th in the league with 16 tackles, while Cosby is right behind in a tie for 12th with 15 tackles. Anderson has 13 stops and is tied for 19th.
IRISH SHUTOUT NC STATE IN 1-0 FASHION
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Irish turned in a complete performance at Alumni Stadium on Friday evening with a clean sheet win by a final score of 1-0.
Notre Dame found the winner late, as Dawson McCartney’s goal in the 84th minute delivered the Irish the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish and Wolfpack battled to a scoreless standstill over the first 45 minutes of play. Notre Dame outshot NC State 5-4 in the first half and corners were even at 3-3 but neither team managed to put a shot on frame.
The second half was evenly contested, as both sides created chances and searched for the opening goal. Notre Dame forced NC State to make a save off a shot from Tyler Shea in the 60th minute.
The visitors nearly drew first blood in the 72nd minute off a corner, as a headed effort caromed off the bar, keeping the contest scoreless.
The Irish found the winner late, as Daniel Russo picked a perfect pass to Dawson McCartney in the box, who slotted his effort past the diving Wolfpact keeper to put the Irish on top in the 84th minute.
Notre Dame kept NC State off the scoreboard for the remaining six minutes of play to secure the 1-0 clean sheet victory.
McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the performance…
“I thought overall the performance was great. NC State is an unbelievably good team so we are really pleased with the result. We challenged the group to say how do you respond to disappointment and you have to respond like competitors and they did tonight.”
On the clean sheet…
“The win and the clean sheet go hand in hand. We haven’t had issues scoring goals but to get another shutout is a big step for us and the way we managed the game was so much better than what we had been doing.”
On the play of Daniel Russo…
“He was great. He has been pushing and training well and he has been playing well. He did the most with his time tonight which was great. What a great ball across to Dawson [McCartney] on the goal. It’s hectic in the box and he had an unbelievable amount of composure to make that pass.”
Notre Dame improves to 3-2-1 against NC State in the all-time series.
The clean sheet was the second of the season for the Irish.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Dowd now has three clean sheets in his career.
McCartney scored his second goal of the season and third goal in an Irish uniform. The grad student has 11 goals in his collegiate career.
Russo notched the first assist of his career in the winning effort.
The Irish travel north for a non-conference matchup with Michigan in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The game will air on ESPNU.
GM 9 PREVIEW – SYRACUSE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 24 Notre Dame women’s soccer team will take its top-25 ranking and 6-1-1 record into ACC play this weekend when Syracuse comes to visit Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish and the Orange (4-2-1) will kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will stream live on ACCNX. Reminder to all fans that admission is free all season.
Down 1-0 at halftime to 24th ranked Brown at home on Sept. 12, the Irish rallied for the 2-1 victory. Kati Druzina had one of her best matches in an Irish uniform, creating both goals to record her first multi-assist performance. In fact, Druzina had just two assists to her name prior to said match. The Irish scored off of crosses from the left side in both the 67th and 77th minute.
The Irish almost pulled off a rally down 2-0 at Missouri earlier in the year. Facing the two-goal deficit with just 20 minutes left in the match, the Irish scored in the 73rd and 87th minute. However, Mizzou scored in overtime and is the only loss on ND’s schedule.
SUCCESS AGAINST SYRACUSE
The Irish and Orange will meet for the 18th time on Saturday and it’s been one-sided thus far in the series, with Notre Dame owning a 16-0-1 advantage.
In addition, the Irish are unblemished at home with a 9-0-0 mark.
Syracuse is one of four opponents (Pitt, St. John’s, Providence) that the Irish have played 10 or more times and have not lost to.
Furthermore, Notre Dame has not allowed a goal to Syracuse in the nine previous home games and holds a 25-0 goal advantage in those games.
SAVED BEST SEASON FOR LAST
Sammi Fisher is making the most of her graduate season and is off to a blazing start. She has already matched her 2019 goal total of six goals, and she’s done so in just eight games. Her six total goals this year ranks 18th in the country.
Amongst those six, she boasts an impressive three game-winning goals, which ranks her fourth in the nation. Fisher scored the game-winners against Brown, Wisconsin and Bowling Green. In addition, her 13 total points ranks 37th nationally.
Career wise, Fisher has tallied 22 goals and 10 assists. She has started in 71 of 77 total games played.
AN IRISH QUARTET
Sammi Fisher (13 points), Olivia Wingate (7 points), Korbin Albert (9 points) and Maddie Mercado (6 points) are the attacking four-headed monster for the Irish.
First, there’s Fisher, who is a two-time All-ACC selection. She leads the Irish with six goals and one more would mark a new career best during a season.
Then there’s Wingate, who boasts two goals and three assists. She scored the game-winner against Purdue and was responsible for the assist of Albert’s game-tying goal at Mizzou that forced overtime.
Albert cracked the Irish starting XI on day one and has made the most of it. She ranks second on the team in points, boasting four goals and one assist.
Albert’s first two goals were on the road – at Wisconsin and at Mizzou. Her goal at Missouri tied the goal with three minutes left and forced overtime, before the Irish unfortunately suffered their first defeat.
Last but not least, there’s junior midfielder Maddie Mercado, who has two assists and two goals this season. Notable – Mercado had just two career assists to her name prior to this season.
JUST AROUND THE CORNER
The Irish have enjoyed a dramatic advantage in corner kicks vs its opposition, 51-16. Notre Dame’s 6.38 corners/game ranks 52nd in the nation.
The Irish scored off of a Sammi Fisher corner kick against Purdue, as Olivia Wingate headed it past the goalie and into the net.
With the 2-1 win over Brown on Sunday, the Irish moved to 6-1-1 on the year, marking Coach Norman’s best start at the helm of the Irish.
The 2019 Irish started 6-0-0 but dropped three straight right after.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 102-26-6, good for a .784 winning percentage. In fact, they have only surrendered one loss or better on six separate seasons.
Looking at just the past three years, the Irish are 16-3-2 at home.
SOUTH BEND NATIVE ON A STREAK
Heading into the 2021 season, South Bend product Brooke VanDyck had scored two goals as a freshman, then one each her sophomore and junior seasons.
Fast forward to now, the senior has produced a first, scoring in back-to-back games (Detroit Mercy and Brown). She’ll go for three in a row and a new season/career high on Saturday.
Jordy Murray Named Volunteer Assistant Coach
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson has announced the addition of Jordy Murray as the team’s volunteer assistant coach for the 2021-22 season.
“We’re excited to add Jordy to our staff as our new volunteer assistant coach,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Jordy has been one of the top development coaches in the state of Minnesota over the last several years. Many of our NHL alumni have unitized Jordy’s services in the off season and they have spoken very highly of his ability as a development coach.
With his heritage, playing background and passion to coach, Jordy will be an outstanding addition to our program.”
Murray was a forward on the Wisconsin Badgers from 2008-2011, playing 119 games and notching 60 career points on 38 goals and 22 assists. He was part of Wiscosnin’s run to the 2010 NCAA Championship game. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Affairs. He is the son of recently retired Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray.
A Faribault, Minnesota native, Murray went on to play in the Swiss Elite League (Swiss-A) for six years (2011-17). He skated for Rapperswil-Jona, Lugano and the Langnau Tigers while in Switzerland, totaling 61 points on 26 goals and 35 assists in 167 career games.
Most recently Murray, who is also the owner of Murray Performance Training, served as the co-owner and the lead performance and on-ice development coach at Perfect World Hockey. He earned a Master of Education Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science Kinesiology from Concordia University-Chicago.
Prior to Wisconsin, Murray played six seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s (2002-08), where he won two U-18 national championships. He also served as Team USA’s captain at the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U18).
Sycamores Dominate EIU; Claim Sixth-Straight Victory
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball used a dominant performance to make it six wins in-a-row, blanking over-the-border rival, Eastern Illinois, 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-15) on Friday evening.
The Sycamores’ (7-2, 0-0 MVC) six-consecutive victories are the tied for the third-longest streak in school history and is the longest since the 1982 season when ISU won 14-straight and finished the year 37-10.
Using consistent play across the board, the Blue & White held a statistical advantage in every major category. Offensively, Karinna Gall and Kaitlyn Hamilton led the way with eight kills each, helping ISU to a 32-20 cushion over the Panthers (7-2, 0-0 OVC). Indiana State also out-hit the opposition, hitting .247 while holding EIU to -.094. It was the first time holding an opponent to negative hitting since keeping IUPUI at -.044 on Sept. 17, 2019.
Indiana State used 10 service aces to bolster the offense, including four from Chloe Mason and three from Emma Kaelin. Eastern Illinois, who entered the match third nationally in aces per set, didn’t record an ace for the evening.
In the passing game, Mason led the way with 19 assists with Kaelin adding nine, leading the Trees to a 30-17 advantage over Eastern Illinois. Defensively, Melina Tedrow served as the anchor with 17 digs (5.67 per set) while Ashley Eck contributed eight of her own. It was a 42-38 difference in the category, favoring the Sycamores.
At the net, ISU was in control. Utilizing 16 block assists, the Trees held an 8-5 total block advantage. Kylie Newby was the leader, forming a wall for five blocks while Storm Suhre added fourn and Madeline Williams and Hamilton each added three.
Set One: 25-10, Indiana State
– Indiana State put down 13 kills while holding EIU to just five.
– Two service aces from Emma Kaelin early gave ISU an 8-1 lead.
– EIU hit -.125 for the set.
– Tedrow and Eck tallied 15 of the Sycamores’ 42 digs in the frame.
Set Two: 25-10, Indiana State
– The Panthers kept it close early until a 5-0 run blew the lead open at 8-2 for ISU.
– ISU had their best offensive set, hitting .321.
– Eastern Illinois struggled offensively, hitting -.167.
Set Three: 25-15, Indiana State
– The Sycamores struggled on the offensive side, hitting just .138.
– Five service aces helped the Blue & White overcome the offensive struggles.
– Chloe Mason recorded four service aces, including three in four points.
– Indiana State only needed eight kills to claim the set.
The Sycamores and Panthers will meet once again this weekend when ISU travels to Charleston, Ill., on Sunday for a 5 p.m. ET first serve. The match will stream live on ESPN+.
Mastodons Drop a Pair to Top-25 Tennessee and Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to No. 22 Tennessee and No. 9 Purdue in the Stacey Clark Classic.
GAME 1: No. 22 Tennessee 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-19)
The Mastodons jumped out to an early lead over the Volunteers in the opening set with a 3-0 run to go up 9-5. The Vols had a service error and an attack error before Ramei Jackson got a solo block. Tennessee had a 5-0 run that gave the Volunteers a 19-15 lead that they would nurse the rest of the set.
Katie Crowe saw two aces in a row fall onto Tennessee’s side of the court in the second set to give the ‘Dons an early lead. The two squads traded points until the top 25 team led 21-19. Then the Vols finished the set on a 4-1 run.
Crowe had another ace in a 5-1 stretch for the ‘Dons in the third set, but this only cut the Tennessee lead to two. The two teams went back-and-forth for the rest of the set, but the Volunteers got the last three points of the set.
Crowe led the team with 10 kills and four aces. Rachael Crucis had 12 digs. Tennessee improved to 7-1 after hitting .301 in the match.
GAME 2: No. 9 Purdue 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0 (25-19, 25-6, 25-12)
Purdue Fort Wayne had 6-1 run midway through the opening set against the top 10 Boilermakers that silenced the home crowd of 2,317. Molly Mirabelli got a kill to start things off, then combined with Madelyn Wurster for a block. VivianaLefherz got a kill, the Wurster and Jackson blcoked the Boilers before a final kill from Wurster. This brought the ‘Dons with within two at 18-16, but Purdue rattled off seven of the final eight points.
In set two, Purdue went on a 14-0 run to start the set that put the ‘Dons out of the frame. In the third, the ‘Dons started off with a 3-0 run before Purdue went on an 8-1 run. Momentum shifted entirely to the home squad, as the Boilermakers took six of the last seven points of the match.
Crucis had eight digs to lead the Mastodons’ back line.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-10, while No. 9 Purdue improves to 7-1. The ‘Dons conclude the Stacey Clark Classic with a match against Jacksonville State at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 18).
Another Record Down: Kasey Lilly Breaks 36-Hole Record in Muncie
MUNCIE, Ind. – Kasey Lilly is now the sole owner of the 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole records in Purdue Fort Wayne history. On Friday, September 17 at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational, the Mastodon junior turned in a 135, breaking Zach Schroeder’s previous record of 136.
As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne is tied for third in the 13-team field with a score of 290-275-565. The ‘Dons only trail Wright State (540) and Ball State (561). The Mastodons are ahead of a pair of Horizon League teams in IUPUI and Northern Kentucky. The ‘Dons are tied with Oakland.
With a 70-65-135, Lilly sits in fourth in the 81-golfer field. Lilly finished his opening round at even par thanks to three birdies and 12 pars. He got birdies to fall on the third, fifth and seventh holes. In the afternoon round, Lilly carded three consecutive birdies on holes 2-4. He also got birdies on 10, 12 and 15, after making the turn. He was 4-under in his final six holes.
Tyler Green shot a 72-70-142 to finish his day in a tie for 20th with Hunter Mefford. In his opening round, he had two birdies on the front on holes two and seven. He had 13 pars in the opening round. In his second go-around, Green got an eagle two on the 264-yard par-4 second hole. He also had birdies fall on 10, 11 and 13 after making the turn.
Mefford had a career-best in his second round, finishing 75-67-142 to tie with Green. In his opening round, Mefford got birdies to fall on holes three, seven and 11. In the afternoon, he had birdies on four, six, seven and 18. He finished his round with 10 straight pars.
Reece Compton had his first round score of 73 taken toward the team. He turned in a 73-74-147, with birdies falling on holes three, 12, 14 and 18 in his first 18. After turning in his first scorecard, Compton got five more birdies, coming on holes three, four, 11, 14 and 16. He is in a tie for 42nd.
Brett Seward had rounds of 77-73-150 to tie for 51st. In his first round he had 14 pars. In the afternoon round, he had a birdie fall on the par-5 15th hole to go with his 14 pars.
Burke Pitz finished his first round of the season with a 77-80-157. He competed as an individual, sitting in a tie for 73rd.
Wright State is leading the tournament with a 540. Raider Cole Corder is leading the field with a 130, which featured a 62 in the opening round, which set a new tournament and course record.
The third and final round of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational will fire off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 18.
Purdue Fort Wayne MVB Welcomes Newest ‘Lil Don Cree Thompson
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team announced on Friday, Sept. 17 the newest ‘Lil Don of the team, Cree Thompson, in conjunction with Team IMPACT.
“Through our wonderful partnership at Team IMPACT, today is a special day for Cree because he will be singing his letter of intent and become a member of the men’s volleyball program,” head coach Ryan Perrotte said. “Hopefully Cree and his entire family have an opportunity to spend some personal time with each and every member (of the men’s volleyball program). We have had a wonderful partnership (with Team IMPACT) and have had some wonderful individuals become members of our volleyball community. We are looking forward to having a very special year with Cree and his family.”
Cree was front and center at the Gates Sports Center, surrounded by his new teammates, family, and Purdue Fort Wayne athletics staff, as he signed a letter of intent to join the men’s volleyball program and officially become a Mastodon.
The Mastodons learned of Cree’s story and connected with him and his family through Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team with local collegiate programs.
“We feel really special to be a part of such an amazing group,” Cierra Thompson, mother of Cree said. “We know what (the men’s volleyball team) stands for. So, (the team) allowing us into their family means a lot to us. We appreciate that, and we’re thankful to be here.”
Through Team IMPACT’s program at Purdue Fort Wayne, Cree is now an official member of the men’s volleyball team. As a team member, he will attend practices, games, team dinners, events, and more.
Men’s Cross Country Placed In Top 10 at Spartan Invitational
EAST LANSING, Mich. – After strong late race performances, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country team placed 10th out of 22 teams with 300 points at the Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 17.
Notable schools the Mastodons defeated in Friday’s 8K include Mid-American Conference members Central Michigan and Bowling Green State. Grand Valley State won the race with a total of 35 points. Friday’s race included 268 runners.
Leading the way for the ‘Dons was Draven Thompson who finished in 59th place with a time of 26:44.10. Thompson was in 159th place after the first mile, and passed 100 runners throughout the race. Thompson was one of three ‘Dons who finished Friday’s 8K with a time under 27 minutes along with Nathan Mills, who finished in 63rd place (26:48.70) and Andrew Whitinger who finished in 73rd place (26:59.80). Mills finished the first mile in 175th place and surpassed 112 runners throughout the race. Following Whitinger was Nicholas Mills in 88th (27:10.40), JT Hodges in 115th (27:40.90), Husam Saleh in 116th (27:42.20), Kehinde Oladipo in 121st (27:46.90), Kobe Milledge in 145th (28:11.50), Noah Wright in 176th (28:50.60), Weston Miser in 208th (29:51.30) and Bryce Taylor in 253rd (34:34.60).
The Mastodons will be back in action on Friday and Saturday Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. A group of student-athletes will travel to Huntington, Ind. to compete in the Huntington Invitational, hosted by Huntington University on Friday, Oct. 1. A second group of student-athletes will travel to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the Live In Lou Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville, on Saturday, Oct. 2.
King Placed In Top 10 For Third Consecutive Race At The Spartan Invitational
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s cross country student-athlete Madison King placed in the top 10 for a third consecutive race at the Spartan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 17.
As a team, the Mastodons finished 12th out of 20 teams with 332 points in the women’s 6K and the race consisted of 236 runners. Michigan State won the race with a total of 36 points.
King started the race in 43rd place at the mile mark with a time of 5:53.80. She would climb her way towards the top of the standings throughout the race, and would finish in eighth place with a 6K time of 22:13.90.
Behind King was Brooke Neal, who finished in 74th place (23:48.90), Kathy Potter in 113th place (24:49.70), Paige Benecke in 140th place (25:24.40), Makaila Groves in 148th place (25:36.30), Madison Langdon in 165th place (26:08.80), Mercedes Sarver in 166th place (26:14.20, new personal record), Aeryn Bradley in 198th place (28:53.60) and Michaela Sheets in 219th place (31:13.1).
The Mastodons will be back in action on Friday and Saturday Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. A group of student-athletes will travel to Huntington, Ind. to compete in the Huntington Invitational, hosted by Huntington University on Friday, Oct. 1. A second group of student-athletes will travel to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the Live In Lou Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville, on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Norse Come North to Face Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Horizon League play continues on Saturday (Sept. 18) for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team when the Norse of Northern Kentucky come to the Hefner Soccer Complex.
Game Day Information
Who: Northern Kentucky (2-3-0, 0-1-0 Horizon) at Purdue Fort Wayne (2-3-1, 0-1-0 Horizon)
When: Saturday, September 18 | 7:05 p.m.
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
Weather: High of 82, partly cloudy
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• NKU opened league play with a 1-0 loss to Robert Morris.
• NKU’s eight goals against VMI earlier this season are the most scored this year by a DI team against another DI opponent in the nation.
• Goalkeeper Daniel Bermingham is the reigning #HLMSOC Goalkeeper of the Year.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS:
• The ‘Dons picked up a 1-1 tie at MAC foe Western Michigan on Wednesday.
• Purdue Fort Wayne has continued to put together a stingy defense this year, giving up just 0.83 goals per game.
• Michael Teller, Nathaniel Edwards, Ali Nasser, Vukasin Bulatovic and Alejandro Lopez have started all six matches for the ‘Dons this season.
• Mastodon opponents have missed all three of their penalty kicks this season. The Mastodons have one, a successful goal by Keith Larson at Western Michigan.
Goalkeeper Erik Josson picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
Northern Kentucky leads the series 17-4-4. The series dates back all the way to 1986 when both clubs played in the NCAA Division II as member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The two teams played as non-league opponents from 2012 to 2019, with the ‘Dons pulling out shutouts in 2016 and 2018 with ties in 2013 and 2014.
SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:
The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.
The ‘Dons stay at home for a home Horizon League game next Saturday (Sept. 25) against Robert Morris. The match will kick at 2 p.m. ET.
Men’s Golf to Host Valpo Fall Invitational
The Valparaiso University men’s golf program will tee off its annual home event on Monday morning at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Ind.
The tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Monday at the par-72, 6997-yard course. Round 2 will take place following Round 1 on Monday, and Round 3 will feature tee times off the first and 10th holes beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Live scoring for the event will be available via GolfStat.
The tournament will feature a 12-team field comprised of Xavier, Green Bay, Evansville, Western Illinois, Wright State, Bradley, Chicago State, DePaul, North Dakota, Eastern Illinois, Detroit Mercy and the host Beacons.
“We are thrilled to host 11 Division-1 teams in our home tournament this coming week,” Valpo head coach David Gring said. “Those 11 teams will represent six conferences including the Missouri Valley Conference, Horizon League, Summit League, Big East, Ohio Valley Conference and the Western Athletic Conference. We will have all of our Valpo players participating in our home tournament and the field will have 75 players, including 15 individuals. We weren’t able to host our home tournament last fall, but the guys are ready to compete on our home course this weekend.”
Valpo opened the season by placing in the top five in a competitive, 15-team field at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at Pfau Course in Bloomington, Ind. over Labor Day Weekend. The Beacons are coming off a successful 2020-21 campaign in which the team posted the second-best single-season scoring average in program history at 296.5.
“Our team is practicing and playing with a lot of confidence to start our fall season,” Gring said. “I was very pleased with our performance at Indiana University’s tournament two weeks ago, especially with the competitive field and the challenging golf course. Competition always shows us exactly what we need to practice, and that has been our focus over the past two weeks. Ball-striking accuracy off the tee along with smart play into and around the greens needed to be tightened down after our first tournament and the guys have practiced well in preparing for this weekend.”
Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Saborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) led the team with a 54-hole score of 219 (+6) in his first collegiate event at the Hoosier Collegiate Invite. Newcomer Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) also started his Valpo tenure in style, finishing in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard.
The team boasts three individuals who rank in the top four in program history in career scoring average. Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine), Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) and Charlie Toman (Chardon, Ohio / Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) are all among the program’s all-time career leaders. Sophomore Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) is also part of the program’s quartet of returning players, while freshmen Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) and Grant Norman (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Blackhawk) join Delisanti and Kostouros to form a group of four newcomers who will experience their first home tournament this weekend.
“We are very blessed to have Sand Creek Country Club as our home course,” Gring said. “The golf course is always in amazing shape in the early fall season and the greens roll fast and true. With some dry weather over the past week, the golf course is going to be firm and fast. We are going to have to make good decisions with club selection off the tee and be smart with our approach shots into the greens. The tournament will be a terrific challenge for us and we are ready to get after it.”
Carothers, Cracks Program’s Top 5 at Illinois State Invite
unior Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) clocked a top-5 time in program history on Friday evening to lead the way for the Valparaiso University cross country team at the Illinois State Invite, hosted at Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill. Carothers finished the 8K in 25.04.4 to lead the Beacons.
How It Happened
Carothers’ time helped him garner a 16th-place finish in a competitive field of 116 runners. In addition, he now holds the fourth-fastest 8K time in program history. Since 2001, program recordholder Alexander Bruno (24:23) is the only Valpo runner who has completed a faster 8K than Carothers’ 25.04.4.
In the women’s race, Valpo was led by Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland), who finished the 6K in 23:08.8. Aurand placed in the top half of a competitive, 144-runner field.
The next Beacon to cross the finish line in the women’s race was Alaina Carpenter (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville) at 23:45.5. Carpenter was at the front of a tight Valpo pack that also included Maranda Donahue (Delton, Mich. / Delton-Kellog) at 23:53.0 and Brianna Splaine (Sussex, Wis. / Arrowhead) at 23:53.2.
In the men’s race, the second Valpo runner to reach the finish was Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy), who clocked a 25.34.5. Evan Walda (Fort Wayne, Ind. / South Side) at 26:01.6 and Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage) at 26:06.6 also placed in the top half of the race.
Illinois won the team title for both men’s and women’s. In the men’s race, the Beacons were narrowly behind Missouri Valley Conference foe UNI and outdid fellow MVC member Southern Illinois. The men also finished ahead of SEMO and SIUE, as did the Valpo women in their race.
Valpo will return to the course on Friday, Oct. 1 for the Joe Piane Invitational at the University of Notre Dame.
NO. 8 KNIGHTS DEFEAT UPSET-MINDED LANCERS 3-1
Winona Lake, Ind. – The Grace Lancers stole the first set Friday night, but were unable to keep their pace throughout the remainder of the match as the Marian volleyball team won the final three sets to win 3-1. The Knights loss in the first set was their first of the season, but after the 23-25 defeat Marian closed with wins of 25-19, 25-18, and 25-12. Marian is now 14-0 overall this season and 6-0 in Crossroads League play.
Marian scored the opening point and controlled the pace to start the first set of the night using a 6-1 run to grow separation from Grace, as Sarah Spangler and Madison Brooks pushed their team to a 15-10 lead. Grace called a timeout to slow Marian’s run, and chipped away cutting their deficit to three at two different points, while back to back kills saw the lead shrink to one. Skyler Van Note put Marian back up by two at 21-19 with a kill, but Grace continued to attack going on a 4-1 run to take a 23-22 lead. Marian used a timeout to try and stop the surge as Jai-Lyn Norwood recorded a kill out of the stoppage, but Grace continued to flex as Anna Frey and Cassadi Colbert recorded back to back kills to win the first set.
The loss in set one was Marian’s first opening game loss of the season, and in the second set looked on the verge of going down 0-2 as Grace carried the momentum of their win to take a 13-9 lead in set two. A service error put an end to the strong Lancer start and propeled a 4-0 run allowing Marian back into the set, and after forcing two ties Van Note pushed Marian into the lead for the first time with three straight kills. The run from Van Note carried into a 5-0 spree as Spangler and Jaymison Summers contributed with a block, pushing Marian ahead 20-15. Grace was unable to recover after the run, with Spangler scoring three of the final five points before Norwood put away the 25-19 set.
With the match even at one set each, Van Note helped Marian get off to a strong start in the third set, recording a kill to start a 4-0 run that featured two service aces from the senior. After captruing the early 4-2 lead, Marian powered ahead never trailing again in the set, using another four point run that featured kills from Spangler Van Note to go ahead 15-10. Grace used a timeout to try and slow the Knights, but were never able to get closer than three as Marian finished with a 10-8 run, including the final five points that put Marian ahead 2-1 in the match.
Marian carried all the momentum at this point in the night, dominating the start of the fourth set with kills from three different hitters in a 6-5 start. Serena Dodson followed a kill from Brooks with back to back service aces, with two straight blocks to follow helping the Knights push ahead 12-5. The lead soon reached nine for the Knights after a Lancer attack error, and Spangler put Marian on top by double-digits pacing a 3-0 run. Two kills from Averi Lanman helped Marian close the night at a 5-2 advantage, completing their four-set win with a 25-12 fourth set.
Spangler and Van Note dominated for Marian, combining for 33 of the team’s 57 kills. Spangler led the way with 18 kills on 36 swings, while Van Note had 15 kills on 42 attacks. Van Note also had 16 digs to record her seventh double-double of the season, and led Marian in both serving and blocking with three aces and five total blocks, including three solos. Norwood had six kills in the win, and Lexi Spence had four kills from her setter position to go with a team-high 34 assists. Maggie Meyer led Marian with 22 digs, with Spence joining her fellow senior with 11 digs.
Marian will host Huntington on Saturday afternoon at 3 PM to close their week.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TURNS IN STRONG 8TH PLACE FINISH AT NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Marian men’s cross country team finished eighth on Friday night in the Notre Dame National Catholic Invite, finishing as the top NAIA school in the field. Notre Dame won the event with a team score of 16, while Lewis and Loras rounded out the top-three.
Marian scored a 238 in the event, defeating the other three NAIA schools in the field with Holy Cross scoring a 304, St. Francis (Ind.) a 313, adn Ave Maria a 366. Joe Barrett was Marian’s top runner in the field, clocking in a mile pace of 5:18.4 as he totaled a 26:23.1 race in his 19th place finish. Barrett separated himself from teammate Blake Hipkiss who hit the first mile hip to hip, with Hipkiss finishing second on the team with a 27:05.4 time. Hipkiss finished 38th overall.
Kyle Liwanag finished third on the team running a 28:10.3 time in his 71st place finish, while Sam Stage finished two positions later with a time of 28:15.8 in the 8km race. Nick Frank finished 96th in the field with a time of 28:50.6 in his second collegiate race, and was followed by Kace Rhoades who finished the 8km race in 29:20.5. Jacob Oppy rounded out Marian’s top-seven runners, crossing the line in a time of 29:33.2 to finish 109th overall.
Marian’s first finisher outside of their top-seven was Aaron Broderick, who finished 120th overall with a time of 30:16.7. Ben Hochgesang finished right behind Broderick with a 121st place finish stopping the clock at 30:18.3, and just six seconds later Drew Holok hit the line at 30:24.2. Mitchell Hayward finished in a time of 31:07.7, and Grant Monnier finished one second later in 31:08.7. Ending the race for Marian was Caleb Beimfohr and Kenneth Hammell, with Beimfohr running a 32:22 while Hammell finished in 33:01.3.
The Knights will have a pair of weeks away from competition before their next event, traveling to Louisville, Ky., on October 2 to run in the Louisville Cross Country Classic.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PLACES NINTH AT NATIONAL CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Marian women’s cross country team placed ninth on Friday night at the National Catholic Invite hosted by Notre Dame. Marian was the third NAIA team to finish in the event with a team score of 242, trailing Holy Cross and St. Francis (Ind.), while they defeated a pair of NCAA DI teams. Noter Dame won the event, with their top seven runners all placing inside the top-10, winning with a team score of 15.
Marian clocked a total time of 1:40.43 seconds of their top-seven finishers, averaging a time of 20:08 on Friday night. Ali Ray led Marian’s runners finishing 33rd overall in the field and 28th for scoring, stopping the clock with a 19:24.7 time. Ray averaged a 6:14.8 mile time, and hit the first mile split at 5:52.4. Catherine Newhart and Nora Steele were the next two Knights to cross the finish line, placing 52nd and 53rd with respective times of 19:58.6 and 19:59.4. Marian’s fourth runner to finish was Rachel Bowling, who hit the finish line in a time of 20:25.3, placing 75th overall.
Sydni Montgomery finished 85th overall averaging a 6:44.1 mile to total a time of 20:55.5, and finishing the race inside the top-100 was Lauren Longshore with a time of 21:35.1. Liz Loichinger finished shortly after Longshore to round out Marian’s top-seven runners, placing 107th overall with a time of 6:59.3. The Knights’ next finisher was Kate Cunningham with a time of 22:06.0, followed by Mari Hudson’s time of 22:34.6 and Luci Woodrum’s time of 22:47.7.
Maria Cavacini turned in the 11th fastest time on the team with a time of 23:06.2, and Maria Christoff placed just 20 seconds after with a finishing time of 23:27.7. Marian’s Lauren Rinehart finished 155th overall with a time of 23:42 and Kiley Breedon placed 162nd overall with a time of 24:13.7. Completing the team’s runners was Hannah Zubay, who finished with a time of 25:27.3.
The Knights will have a pair of weeks away from competition before their next event, traveling to Louisville, Ky., on October 2 to run in the Louisville Cross Country Classic.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach Steve Brooks has announced the 2021-2022 Marian women’s basketball schedule, as he gears up for his first season on the Marian sidelines. Marian will play a full 30 game schedule in the upcoming season, featuring 13 games played in the PE Center.
Marian will begin their season on November 5 and 6, traveling to Fort Wayne, Ind., to compete in the annual Catholic Classic held between Marian, St. Francis (Ind.), St. Francis (Ill.), and Cardinal Stritch. The Knights season will open with Brooks playing against his former team St. Francis (Ill.) on Friday night, while taking on Cardinal Stritch Saturday afternoon. The following weekend Marian will stay on the road, traveling to Orange City, Iowa, to play both Dordt and Northwestern (Iowa) on November 12 and 13.
The Knights will come home for the first time on November 16 when they host IU-East, continuing at home on Saturday when they host Indiana Wesleyan in their Crossroads League opener. The week of Thanksgiving Marian will play three games, traveling to Grace College on November 23 before ending the week in Kingsport, Tenn. at the NAIA Classic taking on West Virginia Tech on November 27 and Midway on November 28.
The month of December will feature seven games for the Knights, with Marian playing four of the seven on their home court. The Knights host Bethel on December 1 and travel to Taylor on December 4 to finish their portion of the 2021 Crossroads League play, before hosting three consecutive games against the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Marian will welcome Michigan-Dearborn on December 8, followed by games against Concordia on December 18 and Rochester December 21. Ending the calendar year, Marian will travel to Saint Ambrose Decemebr 29-30 to play both the Fighting Bees and Talladega College.
Crossroads League play will consume Marian’s final 14 games of the regular season, opening 2021 with home games against Goshen and Huntington. On January 12 the Knights will travel to St. Francis (Ind.), and will close the first half of the league schedule on January 19 as they host Mount Vernon Nazarene. Marian will start the second half of the conference slate on January 22 traveling to Indiana Wesleyan, and will then host Grace and Taylor to complete January.
Marian will finish their regular season with six games in February, with trips to Bethel and Goshen taking place in the first week of the month. Marian will host St. Francis on February 9, and on Feburary 19 the regular season will close with Marian hosting Spring Arbor for their senior day game.
The Crossroads League Tournament will be held on February 22, 25, and 28 with the higher seeds hosting throughout the tournament. The NAIA Opening Rounds will be hosted at campus sites on March 11 and 12, and on March 17 the NAIA National Tournament will begin in Sioux City, Iowa. The NAIA National Championship game is scheduled for March 22.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Adams Climbs to 10th All-Time in Kills at Taylor
UPLAND, Ind. – RV Taylor shook off a rocky opening set on Friday night inside Odle Arena and rode a dominant showing from Amanda Adams to a comeback win, as the senior moved into 10th on Taylor’s all-time kills list with 18 in a four-set victory against visiting Spring Arbor.
Adams and the Trojans struggled to find their rhythm in a sloppy opening set that saw TU post 12 hitting errors and just six kills in a 25-15 defeat.
Spring Arbor (8-10, 1-5 CL) continued to battle the Purple and Gold midway through the second set, with a Ryan Czerniak kill giving Taylor a slight 13-10 edge. Nikki Parrett’s serve then turned the entire night around for TU, as the senior unleashed 10-straight serves during an extended Trojan rally that eventually opened a 22-10 gap. Grace Isaacs put the exclamation point on the set by hammering an uncontested swing that knocked over a SAU defender to clinch the 25-12 rout.
Taylor kept the pressure on, slamming seven of its first eight swings for kills in the third set and led comfortably throughout the remainder of the contest, taking 25-19 and 25-14 victories to secure the match win.
The turnaround from TU followed that of Adams, who posted 16 kills and a .517 attack percentage over the final three sets of the evening to finish with 18 kills and a .400 clip in the match. The 18 kills moved Adams to 1,453 for her career and into 10th on Taylor’s all-time kills list, just 13 shy of matching Emilie York (2004-2007) for ninth on that list and second in TU’s rally-scoring era.
Czerniak, Isaacs and Sarah Scott followed with 10, eight and seven kills each, as Kacy Bragg spread around the action with 39 assists. Bragg also added 12 digs for another double-double and Isaacs continued her strong play at the net with four blocks.
The Taylor back row was stout on Friday as well, with Stephaney Fifield posting 23 digs, Parrett adding 12 and Karli Ware collecting 10. That trio also gave Spring Arbor trouble with their service game, combining for four of Taylor’s five saves on the night.
RV Taylor (15-2, 5-1 CL) will return to action on Saturday, with a 3:00 pm tilt against No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan (8-1, 5-1 CL) inside Odle Arena.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 1 Taylor Men Grab Top-Three Places and Win Bullock Invite
UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 1-ranked Taylor men’s cross country team put together a valiant performance on their home course Friday evening, winning the Ray Bullock Invite by eight points.
The Trojans outran 12 other teams, including six who are ranked or receiving votes. Tallying a total of just 36 points, the Trojans beat No. 8 St. Francis (Ill.) with 44 points. TU also topped No. 9 Cornerstone in third (72 points), RV Grace in fourth (87) and RV Spring Arbor in fifth (169).
The heat played a factor in times, as the TU men posted a team time of 2:11:01. The Trojans grabbed the top-three places, four finished in the top-15 and all five scoring runners ended in the top-20 .
Taylor’s dominant front pack performed well from start to finish, as Derek Van Prooyen, Daniel Gerber and Alex Helmuth raced stride for stride for most of the race and claimed the top-three places. Van Prooyen and Gerber crossed the line in sync. Van Prooyen clocked a time of 25:31.3 and Gerber logged 25:31.4. Helmuth secured third place with a time of 25:55.0
The Trojans’ fourth and fifth runners were essential, as Joshua Harden and Benjamin Eiffert raced smart and finished strong. Harden recorded a time of 26:56.2 and ended in 13th place. Eiffert added the final scoring spot for TU in 17th place with a time of 27:07.4.
Zach Hoekstra and Nathan Streitmatter rounded out TU’s top-seven. Hoekstra claimed 39th place overall in 28:04.7. Streitmatter posted a time of 28:25.2, crossing in 47th place.
The No. 1 Trojans (24-1) will return to the course for the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday morning, October 2.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Finish Third at Ray Bullock Invite
UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 2 Taylor women’s cross country team battled a competitive field in the brutal heat Friday evening, turning in a third-place finish at the Ray Bullock Invite. The Trojans lost to No. 1-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 14 Cornerstone.
TU finished third-of-15 teams on their home course at the TUXC Farm and tallied a total of 70 points. No. 1 St. Francis (Ill.) cruised to victory with only 33 points. No. 14 Cornerstone took second just five points ahead of the Trojans (65 points). No. 10 Huntington garnered fourth place (136), followed RV Grace in fifth (153).
The Purple and Gold piled three runners in the top-10 and produced a team time of 96:14
Sophomore Mollie Gamble ran strong and finished first the Trojans. The Sweetser, Indiana native cruised to eight-place overall, clocking a collegiate personal-best time of 18:57.2.
Abbey Brennan put together another impressive race for her standout senior campaign. The senior from Fort Wayne, Indiana broke into the 18:00s for the second time this season, crossing the line in 18:59.3 and claiming ninth place overall.
Ahna VanderWall finished seconds behind Brennan, logging a time of 19:05.9 and grabbing 10th place. Audrey Brinkruff finished fourth for the Purple and Gold. The freshman clocked a time of 19:26.1 and notched 19th place overall.
Brooke Studnicki and Giovanna Domene finished stride for stride, claiming 25th and 26th place respectively. Studnicki logged a time of 19:46.5 and Domene crossed in 19:46.8.
Madeline Purdom rounded out the Trojans’ top-seven. Purdom cruised to 29th place with a time of 19:56.2.
The No. 2 Trojans (27-2) will return to the course for the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday morning, October 2.
RHIT Women’s Golf in Top 5 at Prestigious National Event
NORMAL, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology stands in the top five in a tournament featuring multiple nationally ranked teams at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational after the opening round on Friday.
The Fightin’ Engineers are within a handful of shots behind Washington University, Carthage, Grinnell and Wisconsin-Whitewater in the tightly contested competition. A total of 20 teams are competing at the event.
Svarnika Bommakanti led the Rose-Hulman performance with a third-place day one finish and a round of 72.
Precious Saelee is tied for 14th after a round of 75, and Meg Fosnot stands 19th after an opening day 77.
Lauren Conley added an 84 to complete the team score. Lily Byrne contributed a round of 85, and Wynne Aldrich had an 86 for the Fightin’ Engineers.
Round two of the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational takes place Saturday.
RHIT Volleyball Falls at Wittenberg
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opened the Wittenberg Volleyball Invitational with a 3-set loss to the host Tigers on Friday night.
Rose-Hulman battled the perennial national power to a tight 30-28 opening set, before Wittenberg captured the last two sets 25-12 and 25-11.
Elizabeth Canon led Rose-Hulman with eight kills. Sophia Koop and Kate Wood had seven kills each.
Jillian Gregg and Sophia Harrison had 14 assists each, with Gregg adding the lone assist of the day.
Kylie Rathbun had a team-high 11 digs, with Koop contributing eight.
Rose-Hulman stands 4-5 on the year, while Wittenberg improved to 6-4. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action with two matches on Saturday, against Marietta (noon) and Heidelberg (2 pm).
VUVB picks up their first Region 24 win of the season with sweep of Shawnee
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers shook off the rust after not playing for nearly three weeks by picking up the three-set sweep over Region 24 opponent Shawnee Friday night, 25-10, 25-7, 25-11.
Vincennes got after the Saints early, after dropping the first point of the match, VU responded by scoring the next six points unanswered, ultimately going on a 9-1 scoring run.
The early deficit was too much for Shawnee as the Blazers continued to keep their foot on the gas pedal, taking the opening set 25-10.
Shawnee looked to answer back in set two, evening the score at four-all early, before VU opened a 13-5 lead.
Sophomore Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) held serve for the Blazers with the score 13-6 and continued to hold strong as Vincennes scored the next 10 points unanswered.
VU would close out the second set with the 25-7 win, to hold a commanding 2-0 match lead.
Vincennes again got off to a slow start in the third set, with Shawnee battling early to keep the Blazers to 8-6.
VU responded well however and completely the three-set sweep, taking the third and final set by the score of 25-11, giving the Blazers a win in their home opener and a 1-0 start in Region 24 play.
“We really wanted to go out and play with some urgency,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We have to respect every opponent we face and we didn’t want to give up points and be out on the floor longer than we had to.”
“I’m just glad that we felt that urgency out there tonight. We really wanted to play this game fast, so we can more time to rest tonight because we have two matches tomorrow,” Sien added.
Vincennes was led offensively by Jamie Russell, who led the Blazers with 12 kills on the night, on an impressive .588 hitting percentage. Russell would also add three aces and one block assist.
“Jamie really has more experience playing as a middle and she is just a big target,” Sien said. “We’ve been coaching our hitters to get up faster so we can catch our opponent’s blockers being late. Jamie is just naturally fast and quick to get up for a kill and her game has really expanded. Jamie didn’t play any back row last year and now she has the opportunity to serve and play defense and she’s done a really nice job.”
Freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) added eight kills on the night and contributed with a pair of block assists.
Freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) led the Blazers from the service line, finishing with a team-high five aces on the night, to go along with four kills and three digs.
Sophomore Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) and freshman Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) also added some scoring for the Blazers, with Beedle finishing with five kills and Cornelson adding four kills and a team-high three block assists on the night.
The VU offense was set up by freshman tandem Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.). Graber finished with 18 set assists on the night, with Mulligan adding 12.
The Blazers will get a quick rest before returning to the P.E. Complex floor tomorrow afternoon when Vincennes hosts East Central College and Henry Ford College in Tri-Match action, Saturday, Sept. 18.
VU will start the day against East Central at 12 p.m. eastern, before taking on Henry Ford College at 4 p.m. eastern.
“The competition level tomorrow is really going to elevate, so we can’t afford to have many errors against a team that is going to be more competitive against us,” Sien said. “We want, as we move on to the rest of the season, play in a system where our first ball is going to be on point so our setters can run our offense. We were in our system, pretty much, the whole match tonight and when that happens that’s really hard to stop.”
“We just want to take a step in the right direction with our offense. I thought we passed okay tonight, but we’re going to have to serve receive a lot better as we move forward this season.”
Women’s Basketball: Langolf Joins Anderson Women’s Basketball Staff as Assistant Coach
The Anderson University women’s basketball program and head coach Jon Gin announced Emily Langolf as an assistant coach.
“I’m excited to have Emily with us this year,” Jon Gin said. “She will bring so much fun and positivity to our program with her energy and enthusiasm! Looking forward to having her on our staff.”
Langolf competed in basketball for Lawrence Technological University for four years. She played in 94 games and served as a captain in her senior year. Lawrence Tech qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament during the 2017-18 season and the 2019-20 season. The Blue Devils compiled a 77-39 record during Langolf’s tenure.
Langolf was named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) All-Academic Team as a junior and senior. She also earned the WHAC Champion of Character award as a junior and senior.
“I am very thankful and blessed to be included in the AU family,” Emily Langolf said. “Thank you to Marcie Taylor and Jon Gin for giving me the opportunity, and I’m excited to get started with our team! Go Ravens!”
Langolf graduated from Lawrence Tech with Cum Laude in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational/Industrial Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration at Anderson.
Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.
Little Giants Race To Ninth Place At Taylor
The Wabash College cross country team competed at the Ray Bullock Invitational Friday evening at Taylor University. The Little Giants finished ninth out of 13 teams competing at the event.
Freshman Will Neubauer, placing 40th out of a field of 171 runners by finishing in 28:05.3. Gabe Cowley completed the 8,000-meter race in 28:21.3 to finish in 45th place. Drake Hayes captured 57th place with a time of 28:56.8 ahead of teammate Ethan Pine in 58th place with a time of 29:00.8. Brayden Curnutt turned in a time of 29:05.2 to finish 62nd overall.
Wabash scored a total of 234 points to earn the ninth-place finish. Taylor won the team competition with a total of 36 points.
The Little Giants will compete on Saturday, October 2 at the Louisville Cross Country Classic.
Volleyball wins fourth straight match, Shut out Marietta
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Earlham College volleyball team swept Marietta College 25-15, 25-15, 25-21 on the opening day of the Wittenberg University Fall Invitational on Friday, Sept. 17.
Earlham trailed by a point in the first set before scoring 10 in a row to take control on its way to the win.
The Quakers jumped out to a 7-1 advantage in the second set as they were able to maintain their edge.
In what proved to be the final set, Earlham scored the last four points for the win as Giselle Mora had a pair of kills and Akiko Tajima had two aces.
Mora topped the Quakers with 16 kills and four aces as they won their fourth straight match. It was Earlham’s second consecutive sweep and third of the season.
Caroline Mulvihill added nine kills with Maria Young finishing with seven and Olivia Kyrk contributing six.
Erin Wagner had 37 assists to pace Earlham’s offense.
Defensively, Young had three blocks with Jennifer Shamel recording 24 digs. Tajima added 10 digs.
The Quakers (7-3) play twice on Saturday with the first contest against Alma College at 10 a.m., while they finish the event with the host Tigers at 4 p.m.
Soccer blanked by Marietta in 3-0 loss
MARIETTA, Ohio – The Earlham College men’s soccer team fell 3-0 at Marietta College on Friday, Sept. 17.
The Pioneers (2-3-1) scored twice in the opening period with Gavin Long getting both goals. Long added his third score late in the contest.
Earlham goalkeeper Henry Wildes made his first start of the season and logged three saves for the Quakers.
Braden Guinn had the only shot on goal in the contest for the Quakers.
The Quakers (0-5) return home to entertain Wittenberg University on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The non-conference affair in Matlack-Messer Stadium gets underway at 4 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, OHIO VALLEY 0
VIENNA, W.Va. – The Indiana University East volleyball team made its first visit to Ohio Valley University a victorious one.
IU East improved to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the River States Conference with a 25-11, 25-13, 25-14 win Sept. 17 in the Red Wolves’ first appearance in Ohio Valley’s Snyder Activity Center.
Ohio Valley, a newcomer to the RSC this year, is 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the league.
IU East has now won 13 consecutive regular-season RSC contests dating back to 2019.
IU East won the first nine points of the match and never looked back.
Reece Shirley returned to the Red Wolf lineup with 28 assists and a season-best 17 digs. Jenna Mitchell (14 digs) reached double digits in digs for the second time this season.
IU East matched its season-best with a .333 team hitting average.
The Red Wolves conclude their RSC weekend road trip with a visit to Ohio Christian University on Sept. 18. Match time is noon.
TENNIS: IU EAST AT RSC FALL INVITE – DAY 1 RECAP
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Indiana University East’s Kyle Hollingsworth and Alex Pinkston will face off in the title match of the No. 6 flight at the River States Conference Fall Invitational.
Hollingsworth and Pinkston each advanced through two rounds during the first day of play at the RSC tennis singles and doubles event held Sept. 17 at Indiana University Southeast and Community Park.
In the women’s draw, IU East’s Eva Cabellero and Amonette Theron reached the championship match of the No. 1 doubles flight. Regan Mellinger and Nora Ribeiro will play in the final match in the No. 2 doubles flight.
The conference’s fall singles and doubles event concludes Sept. 18. Matches resume at 9 a.m.
Miguel Yajure’s Gem Shuts Down St. Paul, 2-0
INDIANAPOLIS – Miguel Yajure and the bullpen held the St. Paul Saints scoreless to lead the Indianapolis Indians to a 2-0 victory on Friday night at Victory Field.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bligh Madris doubled to center field to score Michael Chavis and put the Indians (55-62) on the board, 1-0.
Indy added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI single to center field by Ethan Paul to score Diego Castillo and extend their lead to 2-0.
Yajure (W, 2-3) and the Indians bullpen shut down the Saints (61-57) offense to keep them off the scoreboard. Yajure earned the win with his third quality start this season throwing six scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Joe Jacques, Shea Spitzbarth and Tyler Bashlor (S, 6) combined to throw three scoreless innings. Edgar Garcia (L, 4-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in two innings of work.
The Indians will face St. Paul again on Saturday night at 7:05 PM ET. LHP Bryan Sammons (1-2, 5.49) will take the mound for the Saints. Indy’s starting pitcher has yet to be named.