INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SATURDAY
Fremont 68 Lake Station 16
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Noblesville 5 Fort Wayne Northrup 0
Chesterton 2 South Bend Adams 0
Castle 4 Bloomington South 0
Carmel 3 Cathedral 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Fort Wayne Canterbury 1
West Lafayette 4 W. Noble 1
Heritage Hills 1 Gibson Southern 0
Brebeuf 2 Speedway 0
Park Tudor 3 Carroll Flora 1
Westview 4 Illiana Christian 4 (Westview wins shootout)
Providence 5 Forest Park 2
Cascade 2 Southwestern 1
Semistate schedule next Saturday.
Class A (at Kokomo) — Park Tudor (15-3-1) vs. Westview (15-5), 1 p.m.
Class A (at Evansville North) — Providence (14-3-3) vs. Cascade (13-5-1), 6 p.m.
Class 2A (at Kokomo) — FW Bishop Dwenger (13-4-2) vs. West Lafayette (17-1-2), 3 p.m.
Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.
Class 3A (at Kokomo) — Noblesville (18-1-1) vs. Chesterton (18-1-1), 5 p.m.
Class 3A (at Seymour) — Castle (20-1) vs. Carmel (15-3-2), 3 p.m.
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Homestead 2 Harrison 0
South Bend St. Joseph 1 Valparaiso 0
Bloomington South 2 Castle 1
Carmel 1 E. Central 0
Leo 1 Hamilton Heights 0
Mishawaka Marian 3 W. Lafayette 1
Evansville Memorial 8 Jasper 0
Brebeuf 2 Cathedral 0
Tipton 1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0
Andrean 1 Westview 0
Providence 1 Forest Park 1 (Providence wins shootout)
Heritage Christian 7 Cascade 0
Semistate schedule next Saturday.
Class A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Andrean (14-3-3) vs. Tipton (10-4), 11 a.m.
Class A (at Providence) — Providence (13-5-1) vs. Heritage Christian (13-8), 1 p.m.
Class 2A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Leo (19-0-2) vs. Mishawaka Marian (19-3), 1 p.m.
Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.
Class 3A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Homestead (20-0) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (17-2-1), 3 p.m.
Class 3A (at Seymour) — Bloomington South (20-0-1) vs. Carmel (17-2-2), 5 p.m.
BOYS STATE TENNIS FINALS
Semifinals | Carmel HS
Match 5: Carmel 5, Columbus North 0 (Columbus North finishes 18-2)
1. Broc Fletcher (12) Carmel def. Nathan Lin (12) Columbus North 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Eli Mercer (12) Carmel def. Hank Lin (9) Columbus North 6-2, 6-2
3. Rocky Li (9) Carmel def. Anvay Atram (10) Columbus North 6-2, 6-1
1. Jack Jentz (11) | Srisanth Malpeddi (12) Carmel def. Amrit Kar (10) | Matthew Liu (12) Columbus North 6-2, 6-0
2. Braedon McIntyre (10) | Adrien Qi (12) Carmel def. Parth Shah (9) | Eric Stavnheim (12) Columbus North 6-1, 5-2 retired
Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET
Match 6: Zionsville 4, Jasper 1 (Jasper finishes 20-3)
1. Cole Chappell (12) Zionsville def. Max Sternberg (12) Jasper 6-4, 6-2
2. Justin Shultz (12) Jasper def. Steven Narva (11) Zionsville 6-0, 6-2
3. Peyton Guider (12) Zionsville def. Reece Lampert (11) Jasper 7-6 (2), 6-4
1. Ryan Betz (12) | William Cramer (10) Zionsville def. Trey Gutgsell (10) | Noah Hanneman (12) Jasper 6-2, 6-2
2. Jonah Everson (10) | Emerson Holifield (12) Zionsville def. Caleb Schnarr (9) | Noah Schue (11) Jasper 6-2, 6-1
State Championship | Carmel HS
Match 7: Carmel 5, Zionsville 0 (Carmel finishes 24-0; Zionsville finishes 19-4)
1. Broc Fletcher (12) Carmel def. Cole Chappell (12) Zionsville 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. Eli Mercer (12) Carmel def. Steven Narva (11) Zionsville 6-0, 6-2
3. Rocky Li (9) Carmel def. Peyton Guider (12) Zionsville 6-0 6-4
1. Jack Jentz (11) | Srisanth Malpeddi (12) Carmel def. Ryan Betz (12) | William Cramer (10) Zionsville 6-0, 6-3
2. Braedon McIntyre (10) | Adrien Qi (12) Carmel def. Jonah Everson (10) | Emerson Holifield (12) Zionsville 6-3, 6-3
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONALS
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL SCOREBOARD
Culver Academies 3 Knox 1
Cathedral 3 North Central 0
Roncalli 3 Indianapolis Tech 0
New Prairie 3 South Bend Washington 0
Central Christian 3 Providence Cristo Rey 0
Mount Vernon 3 Pendleton Heights 1
Barr Reeve 3 Sullivan 1
Gary West 3 Hammond Central 2
Hamilton Heights 3 Indianapolis Shortridge 0
Greensburg 3 Batesville 1
Triton 3 W. Central 0
Loogootee 3 Lighthouse Christian 0
North Judson 3 N. Newton 1
West Noble 3 Jimtown 1
Southwood 3 Caston 0
Faith Christian 3 N. White 0
Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Fort Wayne Dwenger 0
Lanesville 3 New Washington 0
Springs Valley 3 Northeast Dubois 0
Ritter 3 Herron 0
Evansville Memorial 3 Gibson Southern 0
Rossville 3 Fountain Central 0
Union County 3 Centerville 0
Fort Wayne Carroll 3 DeKalb 0
Greenwood 3 Franklin Central 1
Whiting 3, Lake Station 1
Plainfield 3 Decatur Central 0
Hanover Central 3 River Forest 0
Covenant Christian 3 Scecina 0
Northview 3 Owen Valley 0
Seton Catholic 3 Tri 0
International 3 Riverside 1
Martinsville 3 Bedford North Lawrence 0
Crawfordsville 3 Frankfort 0
Bellmont 3 Muncie Burris 1
Perry Central 3 Evansville Mater Dei 1
Columbia City 3 Huntington North 0
Rising Sun 3 W. Washington 0
Lebanon 3 Greencastle 1
North Decatur 3 S. Decatur 0
Silver Creek 3 Madison 0
Floyd Central 3 Jennings County 0
Marquette Catholic 3 HAST 0
Western Boone 3 Sheridan 0
South Putnam 3 Riverton Parke 0
Daleville 3 Wes-Del 2
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Hamilton 0
Fairfield 3 Westview 0
LaPorte 3 South Bend Adams 0
Jasper 3 Evansville Reitz 1
Valparaiso 3 Maryville 0
South Adams 3 Adams Central 0
Linton Stockton 3 S. Knox 0
South-Central 3 Rochester 0
Christian Academy 3 Clarksville 0
Lafayette Central Catholic 3 N. Vermillion 0
Blackford 3 Taylor 2
Carmel 3 Hamilton Southeastern 1
Waldron 3 Hauser 0
Penn 3 Concord 0
Northwestern 3 Western 0
Mishawaka Marian 3 South Bend Clay 0
Munster 3, Lake Central 1
Vincennes Rivet 3 Shoals 0
Brebeuf 3 Guerin Catholic 0
Rensselaer Central 3 Winamac 0
North Central 3 Clay City 2
New Palestine 3. Lawrence North 0
Kankakee Valley 3 Wheeler 0
Washington 3 Vincennes Lincoln 0
Perry Meridian 3 Ben Davis 0
Oregon Davis 3 Argos 0
Mitchell 3 Eastern 0
Yorktown 3 New Castle 0
Indianapolis Lutheran 3 Victory College Prep 0
Kouts 3 Morgan Twp. 1
Andrean 3 Illiana Christian 0
Hagerstown 3 Knightstown 0
Providence 3 New Albany 0
Lakewood Park 3 Elkhart Christian 0
Tri-Central 3 Southern Wells 0
Prairie Heights 3 Eastside 0
Indiana Deaf 3 Tindley 0
Angola 3 Woodlan 0
Traders Point 3 Attica 0
Center Grove 3 Franklin 0
Wapahani 3 Jay County 0
Warsaw 3 Northridge 0
Southridge 3 Eastern Greene 0
Fishers 3 Zionsville 0
South Ripley 3, Southwestern 0
NorthWood 3 Wawasee 0
Lawrenceburg 3 S. Dearborn 0
Frankton 3 Cowan 0
Columbus East 3 Bloomington North 0
Lincoln 3 Blue River Valley 2
Heritage Hills 3 Mount Vernon 0
Morristown 3 Greenwood Christian 0
Fort Wayne Snider 3. Fort Wayne North 0
Brownsburg 3 Avon 0
Pioneer 3 Northfield 1
Madison Grant 3 Tipton 1
North Posey 3 Tecumseh 2
Griffith 3 Calumet New Tech 0
Castle 3 Evansville Central 0
Crown Point 3 Chesterton 1
Homestead 3 New Haven 0
Whitko 3 Bluffton 2
North Putnam 3 Cascade 1
Clinton Prairie 3 Carroll Flora 0
Triton Central 3 Irvington Prep 0
Brownstown Central 3 Edgewood 1
Trinity Lutheran 3 Oldenburg Academy 0
Speedway 3 Beech Grove 0
Bloomfield 3 White River Valley 0
LaVille 3 Bremen 2
South Newton 3 Clinton Central 0
Park Tudor 3 University 0
Wood Memorial 3 Orleans 0
Maconaquah 3 Eastern 0
Scottsburg 3 Corydon Central 0
West Lafayette 3 Twin Lakes 0
Tri-West Hendricks 3 Monrovia 1
Culver Academies 3 Kankakee Valley 0
South Ripley 3 N. Decatur 0
Munster 3 Gary West 0
South Newton 3 Faith Christian 0
Barr Reeve 3 Washington 0
New Prairie 3 Mishawaka Marian 0
Fishers 3 Carmel 0
Bellmont 3 Wapahani 2
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 Lakewood Park 1
Springs Valley 3 Wood Memorial 0
Castle 3 Jasper 0
North Posey 3 Perry Central 0
Fort Wayne Carroll 3. Fort Wayne Snider 0
Homestead 3 Columbia City 1
Indianapolis Lutheran 3 Central Christian 0
Crown Point 3 Valparaiso 1
West Lafayette 3 Crawfordsville 0
Cathedral 3 New Palestine 0
Southwood 3 Pioneer 0
Brownstown Central 3 Northview 0
Indiana Deaf 3 International 0
Columbus East 3 Martinsville 0
Greensburg 3 Lawrenceburg 0
South Adams 3 Whitko 0
Penn 3 Warsaw 0
Brebeuf 3 Hamilton Heights 0
LaPorte 3 Mishawaka 0
Andrean 3 Whiting 0
Mitchell 3 Christian Academy 2
Yorktown 3 Mount Vernon 0
Ritter 3 Speedway 0
Bloomfield 3 North Central 0
Fairfield 3 Prairie Heights 0
Madison Grant 3 Blackford 0
Silver Creek 3, Scottsburg 0
Loogootee 3 Vincennes Rivet 0
Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Traders Point 0
South-Central 3 LaVille 0
Angola 3 Fort Wayne Concordia 1
Brownsburg 3 Plainfield 1
Roncalli 3 Perry Meridian 0
Triton 3 Oregon Davis 0
Center Grove 3 Greenwood 0
Floyd Central 3 Providence 2
NorthWood 3 W. Noble 0
Union County 3 Hagerstown 2
Seton Catholic 3 Lincoln 1
Evansville Memorial 3 Heritage Hills 1
Fishers 3 Carmel 0
Bellmont 3 Wapahani 2
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Boston 9 Houston 5
Atlanta 3 Los Angeles 2
Sunday, Oct. 17
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 2 (TBS, 7:30 ET)
Monday, Oct. 18
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 3 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 19
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 3 (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 4 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 5 (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)
Thursday, Oct. 21
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 5* (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)
Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6* (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6* (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX/FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Start time of NLCS Game 6 will move to 8 p.m. ET if the ALCS has concluded
Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day
Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)
Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)
Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*
Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 3 Cincinnati 56, UCF 21
No. 10 Michigan State 20, Indiana 15
No. 12 Oklahoma State 32, No. 25 Texas 24
Auburn 38, No. 17 Arkansas 23
LSU 49, No. 20 Florida 42
No. 21 Texas A&M 35, Missouri 14
Minnesota 30, Nebraska 23
Northwestern 21, Rutgers 7
Virginia 48, Duke 0
Tulsa 32, South Florida 31
Buffalo 27, Ohio 26
UConn 21, Yale 15
Incarnate Word 38, Nicholls 21
Merrimack 43, Long Island University 5
Princeton 56, Brown 42
Monmouth 34, Campbell 17
South Dakota State 41, Western Illinois 17
St. Thomas (Minnesota) 38, Stetson 7
Harvard 30, Lafayette 3
Fordham 66, Bucknell 21
Columbia 23, Penn 14
Holy Cross 48, Georgetown 14
Chattanooga 21, East Tennessee State 16
Samford 27, Wofford 24
Ball State 38, Eastern Michigan 31
Norfolk State 42, Virginia-Lynchburg 14
Florida A&M 35, Alabama A&M 31
Miami (Ohio) 34, Akron 21
Eastern Washington 71, Idaho 21
Troy 31, Texas State 28
Sacramento State 28, Montana 21
North Dakota State 20, Illinois State 0
Missouri State 37, Indiana State 7
Southern Illinois 31, North Dakota 28
UT Martin 28, Eastern Illinois 17
Murray State 32, SE Missouri State 31
Tennessee State 20, Tennessee Tech 13 (OT)
Morehead State 31, Butler 8
Jackson State 28, Alabama State 7
Southern 34, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7
Central Michigan 26, Toledo 23 (OT)
No. 1 Georgia 30, No. 11 Kentucky 13
Purdue 24, No. 2 Iowa 7
Western Kentucky 43, Old Dominion 20
UAB 34, Southern Miss 0
Colorado 34, Arizona 0
Western Michigan 64, Kent State 31
Fresno State 17, Wyoming 0
North Carolina 45, Miami 42
Pitt 28, Virginia Tech 7
Northern Illinois 34, Bowling Green 26
Baylor 38, No. 19 BYU 24
South Carolina State 38, Morgan State 14
South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 20
Texas Tech 41, Kansas 14
Abilene Christian 24, Lamar 17
Northern Arizona 59, Southern Utah 35
VMI 45, Mercer 7
McNeese 35, Northwestern State 17
Eastern Kentucky 38, Central Arkansas 35
Portland State 31, Idaho State 10
Kennesaw State 14, North Carolina A&T 0
South Dakota 34, UNI 21
SE Louisiana 61, Houston Baptist 24
UTSA 45, Rice 0
Charleston Southern 35, Hampton 5
Furman 24, The Citadel 14
No. 5 Alabama 49, Mississippi State 9
Colorado State 36, New Mexico 7
UL Monroe 31, Liberty 28
Utah State 28, UNLV 24
North Alabama 42, Robert Morris 31
Davidson 70, Presbyterian 35
No. 13 Ole Miss 31, Tennessee 26
Washington State 34, Stanford 31
Iowa State 33, Kansas State 20
No. 4 Oklahoma 52, TCU 31
No. 22 NC State 33, Boston College 7
Wisconsin 20, Army 14
UC Davis 32, Northern Colorado 3
UCLA 24, Washington 17
Air Force 24, Boise State 17
UTEP 19, Louisiana Tech 3
Tarleton State 41, Dixie State 20
Utah 35 No. 18 Arizona State 21
Nevada 34 Hawaii 17
INDIANA COLLEGE SCOREBOARD
Purdue 24 Iowa 7
Michigan State 20 Indiana 15
Ball State 38 Eastern Michigan 31
Morehead State 31 Butler 8
Missouri State 37 Indiana State 7
Lynwood 28 Indianapolis 20
Marian 56 St. Francis 10
Indiana Wesleyan 35 Lawrence Tech 0
Wooster 44 Wabash 41
Hanover 51 Defiance 0
Mount St. Joseph 28 Manchester 0
Concordia, Michigan 28 Taylor 21
Franklin 45 Bluffton 6
Rose Hulman 62 Anderson 7
Bethel 21 Concordia, Minnesota 16
DePauw 24 Ohio Wesleyan 7
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 2 Montréal 2
Los Angeles FC 3 San Jose 1
Columbus 4 Inter Miami 0
New England 2 Chicago 2
DC 0 Nashville 0
Atlanta 2 Toronto 0
Orlando City 1 Cincinnati 0
Houston 2 Seattle 1
Minnesota 1 Austin 0
Real Salt Lake 3 Colorado 1
Los Angeles 2 Portland 1
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 6
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 18, 2021
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Buffalo 2 Arizona 1
Florida 5 NY Islanders 1
Toronto 3 Ottawa 1
Boston 3 Dallas 1
New York Rangers 3 Montréal 1
Detroit 3 Vancouver 1
Tampa Bay 2 Washington 1
Pittsburgh 5 Chicago 2
Columbus 2 Seattle 1
Carolina 3 Nashville 2
Edmonton 5 Calgary 2
St. Louis 5 Colorado 3
San Jose 4 Winnipeg 3
Minnesota 3 Los Angeles 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Grand game: Boston’s 2 slams lead 9-5 ALCS win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers helped the Red Sox have a grand old time in Houston.
Boston became the first team to slug two grand slams in a postseason game, with Martinez and Devers connecting in the first two innings of a 9-5 win over the Astros on Saturday that tied their AL Championship Series at one game apiece.
Game 3 is Monday night in Boston. It’s the first of three consecutive home games for the Red Sox, back in the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2018 World Series after downing Houston in the ALCS.
Martinez made it 4-0 with his opposite-field shot off rookie Luis Garcia with two outs in the first. It was the first career playoff slam for the four-time All-Star, who began his career with the Astros.
“That situation, the pressure is on him, it’s not on me to come through there,” Martinez said. “It’s the first inning. He has bases loaded. I’m trying to tell myself that, trying to stay relaxed and just looking for a pitch so I can just put a barrel on it.”
Garcia exited with right knee discomfort after walking the first batter of the second inning. Jake Odorizzi took over, and shortly after a 13-minute delay while the right-hander warmed up on the field, Devers connected with one out for slam No. 2.
“J.D.’s swing was huge to get us on the board early, and then Raffy, same thing, another granny,” red-hot teammate Kike Hernandez said. “Has that ever happened before?”
It has now.
Hernandez, who Boston manager Alex Cora referred to Friday night as “en fuego” after a two-homer performance in Game 1, remained on fire Saturday. He had two hits, highlighted by a solo homer in the fourth inning.
Hernandez has been this postseason’s hottest hitter, leading all players with 16 hits, five homers and four doubles. His nine extra-base hits are also the most in these playoffs and tied a Red Sox postseason record with Mike Lowell (2007), Kevin Youkilis (2007) and David Ortiz (2004 & 2007). His five homers are also tied for most in team history with Ortiz (2004, 2013) and Todd Walker (2003).
“The importance of the game is allowing me to stay focused and stay locked in,” Hernandez said.
Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi permitted five hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
The Astros captured a 5-4 win in the series opener as they rallied behind homers from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa before falling into the huge hole early in this one.
“That’s a tough team,” Cora said. “It’s never comfortable with them because they’re a swing away from getting back in the game.”
The Red Sox were up 9-0 when Houston got on the board with an RBI double by Kyle Tucker with two outs in the fourth. The Astros cut the lead to 9-3 when Yuli Gurriel followed with single to right field that scored two more.
Gurriel and Jason Castro added solo homers in the ninth off Darwinzon Hernandez before Ryan Brasier got the final out.
“At the end, it was a little too close for comfort, but we got it done,” Hernandez said.
Manager Dusty Baker isn’t sure how long Garcia will be out, but he said that he’d been dealing with this issue “on and off” but didn’t tell anyone about it.
“It wasn’t bothering him enough not to pitch,'” Baker said. “We’ll make a determination in a couple of days.”
The injury to Garcia is another blow to a Houston team trying to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. The Astros are already reeling after an injury to staff ace Lance McCullers Jr. that kept him off the roster for this series.
They won the championship in 2017, a crown tainted by the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
When McCullers went out, Baker said the team would just have to “hit more” to absorb the loss. But now that the rotation is further depleted, it’ll be an even taller task for this powerful lineup outgunning a Boston team whose offense has outpaced everyone this postseason.
So what is he asking from his offense now?
“Do some more,” he said with a chuckle while shaking his head. “You don’t have much choice, so we just have to do some more. That’s all.”
Odorizzi was left off the Division Series roster after a disappointing first season in Houston before getting a spot in this round after the injury to McCullers. He allowed seven hits and four runs in four innings Saturday in a performance that certainly isn’t good news for a team that is running short on starters.
Riley plays G1 hero with HR, walk-off knock
ATLANTA — Six months after having to prove he deserved to be the Braves’ third baseman, Austin Riley is being serenaded by “MVP” chants and creating lasting postseason memories.
Riley extended this year’s power barrage with his latest home run and then delivered the game-ending single that gave the Braves a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night at Truist Park.
“You dream of that as a little kid,” Riley said of the walk-off single he lined to left field against right-handed reliever Blake Treinen.
At 24 years and 197 days old, Riley became the youngest player to produce any of the 10 postseason walk-off hits in Braves history. The young slugger had also hit the decisive go-ahead home run off Treinen in the ninth inning of the Braves’ Game 1 win over the Dodgers in the 2020 NLCS.
“He’s a good hitter and a clutch hitter,” Dodgers MVP candidate Trea Turner said. “Hats off to him. He’s gotten to the point where he’s a really good player. There’s a reason why the fans were chanting ‘MVP’ for him.”
One year after squandering a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven NLCS in Arlington, the Braves have once again gained an early series lead against the now-defending World Series champion Dodgers. This has proven beneficial in the past: In best-of-seven postseason series with the current 2-3-2 format, teams winning Game 1 at home have gone on to win the series 62 of 94 times (66%). This excludes 2020, when the LCS and World Series were played at neutral sites.
When the Braves got to within a game of the World Series last year, they leaned heavily on an offense that featured eventual NL MVP Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Marcell Ozuna at the top of the lineup. Riley was a contributor, but he was nothing like the imposing force he was when he hit .303 with 33 homers and a .898 OPS this season.
Bennett, Bowers, D lead No. 1 Georgia past Kentucky, 30-13
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) With Georgia playing its first game as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team since 2008, Stetson Bennett tossed three touchdown passes and the Bulldogs got another stifling defensive effort in a 30-13 victory over No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday.
Bennett, starting his third straight game in place of injured JT Daniels, hooked up with freshman tight end Brock Bowers on a pair of scores.
The senior quarterback was 14 of 20 for 250 yards in another solid performance with Daniels watching from the sideline for the Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference),
Bowers, who has emerged as one of Georgia’s most dynamic offensive weapons in his first college season, had five receptions for 101 yards.
Georgia’s defense allowed two touchdown in a game for the first time all season – the second with 4 seconds remaining after Kentucky (6-1, 4-1) called a timeout to take one last shot at punching it in from the 1.
Otherwise, Georgia’s top-ranked defense lived up to the billing, limiting Kentucky to 249 total yards and blocking a pair of kicks.
The Wildcats pulled out all stops, even running a hook and lateral. But one week after rushing for 330 yards in a win over LSU, they had little success on the ground against Georgia’s fearsome defense, managing just 51 yards.
Kentucky trailed only 14-7 at halftime, matching Georgia’s smallest lead of the season after two quarters.
But the Bulldogs took the second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards in six plays to effectively finish off the Wildcats and gain a stranglehold on the SEC East race. Every other team in the division has at least one conference loss.
An apparent 59-yard touchdown pass to Bowers was negated by a holding penalty, but Bennett connected again with the freshman right end in the right corner of the end zone for the 27-yard score that did stand, pushing the lead to 21-7.
Bowers had another TD on a 20-yard play with about 11 1/2 minutes remaining to make it 30-7.
After a scoreless opening quarter, Georgia scored on back-to-back possessions. James Cook took a short pass 19 yards to the end zone, and Zamir White followed with a 24-yard scoring burst right up the middle.
Late in the first half, Kentucky finally put together a lengthy drive against the Bulldogs.
Catching a break when a video review overturned a fumble call, the Wildcats covered 75 yards in 13 plays, converting three times on third down. Will Levis capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Justin Rigg.
Kentucky squandered another scoring chance when Devonte Wyatt powered right up the middle to block a 33-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the third quarter.
But Levis and the Wildcats would not be denied on their final drive, the quarterback going to Wan’Dale Robinson for another short scoring pass with the crowd that remained at Sanford Stadium booing loudly over Kentucky going to such efforts for a meaningless TD.
Clearly angry, the Bulldogs blocked the extra point.
Davis-Price, LSU stun turnover-prone No. 20 Florida, 49-42
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price and the Tiger’s offensive line apparently have figured something out.
That could improve LSU’s prospects for the balance of what has been a turbulent season.
Davis-Price rushed for an LSU-record 287 yards and three touchdowns, and the Tigers’ banged-up defense came up with four interceptions in a 49-42 victory over No. 20 Florida on Saturday.
First-year offensive coordinator Jake Peetz “challenged us the last few weeks to go in and create a running game,” Davis-Price said, alluding to earlier struggles that had LSU ranked 127th nationally in rushing entering this weekend. “The offensive line has been busting their tails with extra work and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I love doing work for them.
“There were big holes for me to run through; they deserve all the credit in the world,” he added.
The stirring performance produced thunderous roars from a less-than-capacity Death Valley crowd that came in with low expectations after unranked LSU (4-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) had dropped its previous two games against Auburn and Kentucky, fueling speculation that coach Ed Orgeron’s hold on his job was tenuous at best.
“I’m not going to blink until the day I die; but our team didn’t blink today,” Orgeron said. “Our backs are against the wall, but we took a big step.”
After Damone Clark’s interception of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, Davis-Price literally and fittingly ran out the final 1:59 on Florida (4-3, 2-3). He ran for two more first downs and broke the previous LSU single-game rushing record of 285 yards by Derrius Guice.
Max Johnson passed for 133 yards and three touchdowns – all to Jaray Jenkins. The last one came on fourth and goal with 3:30 left.
The highlight-filled game, replete with big plays, wild momentum swings and even a successful Hail Mary pass by Florida at the end of the first half, was the latest chapter in a rivalry that has produced high drama and unpredictable outcomes.
“The one stat to me stands out a lot is we’re minus-4 turnover ratio,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said. “We didn’t stop the run and make the stops we needed to in the second half when we started to gain momentum. Every time we’d get that kind of fix to get ourselves out of the hole we kind of couldn’t get the stop to get over the hump.”
Emory Jones threw two interceptions, including one returned by Dwight McGlothern 37 yards for a touchdown on the Gators’ first series of the second half. Earlier, Jones’ deflected pass was intercepted by linebacker Micah Baskerville and returned 54 yards to the Florida 28, setting up Johnson’s first scoring pass to Jenkins.
Richardson was intercepted by Ward on the first play of Florida’s next series, leading to Johnson’s 5-yard TD pass to Jenkins to make it 21-6.
“I told the defense we have to play together,” Clark said. “It’s now or never.”
Florida appeared to be regaining momentum on the final play of the first half, when Jones heaved a Hail Mary pass from 42 yards out that was caught by Justin Shorter between three Tigers defensive backs to cut LSU’s lead to 21-13.
But McGlothern provided a measure of redemption with his pick-six on the opening series of the third quarter. That was the first of four TDs scored in a span of 6:13, including Richardson’s 5-yard run, followed by his run for a 2-point conversion, Davis-Price’s 40-yard run and Richardson’s 5-yard pass to Shorter.
Florida tied it at 35 on Richardson’s 11-yard pass to Dameon Pierce with 3:45 left in the third.
After Davis-Price’s 25-yard scoring run and Richardson’s 33-yard scoring pass to Jacob Copeland, it was tied at 42.
Jerome Ford’s four TDs lead No. 3 Cincinnati over UCF 56-21
CINCINNATI (AP) Jerome Ford rushed for a career-high 189 yards and four touchdowns, helping No. 3 Cincinnati roll past UCF 56-21 on Saturday.
Desmond Ridder passed for 140 yards and a touchdown as the Bearcats (6-0, 2-0 AAC) extended the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 24 games.
It was first time in school history that Cincinnati scored 50 or more points in consecutive games.
“The offensive line was the highlight of the day,” Ford said. “It’s the physical runs that took the heart from the defense. Tempo was the big thing this week. We wanted to take the pressure off Des.”
The all-time series was tied 3-3 coming in, with the Bearcats winning the previous two meetings by a combined six points. Saturday’s game wasn’t that close. It was just four seasons ago that UCF beat the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium by a similar score, 51-23.
“This is a far cry from where we were five years ago,” said Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell. “The guys that are still here turned the culture around.”
Cincinnati’s special teams made the first big play when Josh Whyle partially blocked a punt to give the Bearcats the ball at the UCF 38. That led to a 1-yard TD run by Ford to put them ahead 7-0.
Ridder, who completed just six of his first 12 passes, hooked up with Alec Pierce in the back corner of the end zone for a 19-yard TD that put the Bearcats ahead 21-0 in the second quarter.
“If you put a ball within a six or seven-foot radius, that kid is going to go up and get it,” Ridder said of Pierce.
The Bearcats didn’t need to rely on Ridder and the passing game on Saturday, not with Ford gaining big chunks of yardage.
Ford, who ran for a then-career high 149 yards in last week’s win over Temple, sprinted 79 yards untouched for his third TD run to make it 28-0.
“He makes my job a whole lot easier,” Ridder said.
The 79-yard run matched his career-long against Georgia in last year’s Peach Bowl. Ford is the first Bearcats player with four rushing touchdowns since Isaiah Pead in 2010.
Ford needed just 20 carries to amass his 189 yards.
“He just keeps getting stronger and stronger,” Fickell said. “He hasn’t had to carry it 30 times. He’s going to be fresh the last half of the season.”
Cincinnati led 35-0 at halftime, outgaining UCF 314-99.
Freshman Mikey Keene, who became UCF’s starting quarterback after Dillon Gabriel was lost for the season with a broken clavicle, passed for 141 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions for the Knights (3-3, 1-2).
“We couldn’t run the football, we have a true freshman quarterback, we had to get him some help,” said UCF head coach Gus Malzhan. “Cincinnati is as advertised. They can play with any team in the country. They could win the whole thing.”
No 12 Oklahoma State rallies late to beat No. 25 Texas 32-24
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Facing a big early deficit on the road at Texas, Oklahoma State leaned on the two things that had kept the Cowboys undefeated so far: defense and a punishing run game that could grind out the final quarter.
Eventually the Longhorns folded. Again.
Tanner Brown’s fourth field goal of the game gave the No. 12 Cowboys their first lead in the fourth quarter, and quarterback Spencer Sanders’ scrambling 10-yard touchdown run with 2:18 to play sealed a 32-24 victory as No. 25 Texas collapsed for the second consecutive game.
“We talk a lot about no fear, no frustration, no fatigue,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.
Texas built leads of 17-3 and 24-13 behind three touchdowns from Bijan Robinson before the Cowboys’ defense started dominating the line of scrimmage and tailback Jaylen Warren began smashing the Longhorns for huge gains.
Brown’s kicking and Jason Taylor II’s 85-yard interception return for a touchdown kept Oklahoma State in the game early. Tanner McAlister’s interception with less than 2 minutes left ensured Oklahoma’s third consecutive win over a ranked opponent, the first time that’s happened in school history.
The Cowboys allowed Texas just 317 total yards. Warren finished with 193 yards rushing on 33 carries, pounding out 154 yards in the second half rally.
Sanders pulled Oklahoma State within 24-22 with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brennan Presley. Brown’s 29-yard field goal put the Cowboys ahead.
Texas still had time to possibly retake the lead, but the Cowboys defense stuffed the Longhorns on fourth down at the Texas 42. Sanders scored two plays later and Oklahoma State then sealed the victory with Tanner McAlister’s interception with 1:57 to play.
Robinson led Texas with 135 yards on 21 carries, his fifth consecutive 100-yard game and sixth this season.
“This is two weeks in a row where we’re just trying to hold as opposed to attacking,” first-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I think that we do that, just hoping the other team might make a mistake. Oklahoma State didn’t make a mistake. They just kept playing their game.”
Bo Nix leads Auburn to 38-23 upset of No. 17 Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Three plays were all it took for Auburn.
Strip-sack score. Fourth-down stop. Long touchdown pass.
The Tigers turned a three-point deficit into an 11-point lead in the span of 3:03 and staved off Arkansas’ attempted comeback to upset the No. 17 Razorbacks 38-23 on Saturday.
Auburn’s Derick Hall sacked and stripped KJ Jefferson in the Arkansas end zone and teammate Marcus Harris pounced on the fumble to give the Tigers a 21-17 lead early in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive, Jefferson marched the Razorbacks 45 yards, but on fourth-and-3 from the Auburn 30, he gained just a yard on a keeper.
One play later, Bo Nix found Demetris Robertson over the top for a 71-yard touchdown for Auburn.
“It was huge. Obviously the play of the game. Those back-to-back were important,” Nix said. “That just carried us on throughout the game into the fourth quarter when we got a chance to run the ball.”
Nix, less than a month after being benched in a 10-point win over Georgia State, had his best game of the season. He went 21 for 26 for 292 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for another 42 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown with 2:30 left that provided the game’s final score.
Jefferson did what he could to keep Arkansas around, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns and running for another 66 yards.
Arkansas outgained Auburn 460 yards to 427. The Razorbacks had more first downs, a better third-down conversion rate and fewer penalties. But Auburn’s big plays made the difference.
“You score on defense you should have a really good shot at the game,” Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said. “To be on the road and to win, going into a bye week, all these things are big for our program. There were things we’ve all been working on that fell into place today. I am excited. I enjoyed that game.”
The passing game had especially been a concern. Nix entered Saturday 12th in the SEC in quarterback rating among starters. He was averaging fewer than 200 yards a game and his receivers, including Robertson, had been plagued with drops.
With the confidence of the fourth-down stop, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo drew up the play for his oft-maligned quarterback and wide receiver and it paid dividends.
“Nobody’s trying to put the ball on the ground, we know that. It was good to see our wide receivers, our passing game, have some explosive plays today,” Harsin said. “That’s not always what we do. Felt like (the long touchdown pass) was something we had set up. We had seen it, but hadn’t gotten to it.”
Auburn took advantage of an Arkansas secondary lacking two starters. Reserve cornerback Hudson Clark was defending Robertson on the touchdown, in for starter LaDarrius Bishop (hamstring), and safety Myles Slusher was helping because preseason All-American Jalen Catalon (shoulder) was out.
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said after the game Catalon will miss the rest of the season.
“Mentally, you could see he wasn’t playing his type of ball,” Pittman said. “I think it’s time for him to get that shoulder fixed. I think that’s best for the kid.”
Nix finished off Arkansas on the Tigers’ last drive as he capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a knifing touchdown run through the middle of secondary.
Arkansas, which used a last-minute, length-of-the-field drive against Ole Miss last week to pull within a point before a potential winning 2-point conversion failed, didn’t have a chance for a repeat.
“It’s definitely the way that we’d like to finish the game,” Harsin said. “You want to convert, you want to stay on the field, you want to be able to run it at the end of the game. That was a drive I was very proud of.”
A-Smith 3 TDs, Baylor beats future B12 foe, No. 19 BYU 38-24
WACO, Texas (AP) Abram Smith and Dillon Doyle were quite a 1-2 running punch for Baylor, providing future Big 12 foe and 19th-ranked BYU a glimpse at what the Cougars could face in their new conference.
Smith ran for 188 yards with three touchdowns, while linebacker and part-time fullback Doyle scored on both of his offensive touches in a 38-24 win Saturday.
“Obviously not our best game,” BYU coach Kilani Sitake said. “We just were out-physicaled today, so that was a difficult game to accept. … Really got a good gut-check.”
Baylor (6-1) led by only three points midway through the third quarter before Doyle caught a 2-yard TD pass from Gerry Bohanon. Smith ran for a 7-yard score about 3 1/2 minutes later to make it 31-14, after TJ Franklin’s sack that forced a fumble by Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall.
“This was a standard game … I think is a big thing for us, having it come from the inside, intrinsically being able to push yourself,” second-year Bears coach Dave Aranda said. “That’s a big step in the right direction. “
BYU (5-2) last month accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference starting in the 2023 season. The Cougars have lost back-to-back games for the first time since the end of 2019, after a 5-0 start that included three wins over Pac-12 teams and peaking at No. 10 in the AP Top 25.
Former BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes is in his first season in that role at Baylor, which had 534 total yards. Grimes visited and greeted several former players during pregame warmups, then his current team had its fourth 500-yard game this season, including 303 yards rushing.
Smith, who had 27 carries, put Baylor ahead to stay midway through the second quarter with a 9-yard TD, when he was hit by a defender short of the end zone, and then another, before bulling his way in for the score.
“There’s just a difference from dudes that will look for openings and look for maybe doors, and there’s guys who will just run through walls,” Aranda said. “When you have someone who wants to run through a wall and has that ability to do it, that can transform your offense.”
Bohanon completed 18 of 28 passes for 231 yards with the TD to Doyle, who also ran 2 yards for a score late in the first half. Bohanon, the fourth-year junior and first-year starter, threw his first interception of the season – on his 153rd attempt, when the Bears went for it on fourth-and-4 from the 6 early when the game was still scoreless.
Hall had four completions of at least 45 yards while hitting 22 of 31 passes for 342 yards, and had a nifty 56-yard TD run on a fourth-and-1. Puka Nacua had five catches for 168 yards, with three of the long passes before a 16-yard TD in the closing minutes.
The Cougars were within 17-14 on Hall’s TD run, when he lined up under center before dropping back into shotgun formation. He faked a handoff right before going left side untouched and Sitake, the former BYU running back, did a celebratory sprint down the sideline when Hall broke free.
“Too much of a roller coaster ride for us today. A lot of a lot of ups and unfortunately, a lot of downs,” Hall said. “We made a lot of great, great plays, big plays throughout the game from beginning to end. But too many times we just follow up with another bad play.”
No. 21 Texas A&M runs over Missouri, 35-14
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher warned his team all week that it couldn’t afford a letdown after its upset of top-ranked Alabama. His message got through, as the 21st-ranked Aggies buried Missouri early in a 35-14 victory Saturday.
“We preached it, preached it, preached it, yelled it, preached it, yelled it, preached it,” Fisher said.
Missouri’s run defense, which ranks last in the nation, has been the cure for many hangovers this season. Texas A&M’s running back duo of Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane took full advantage of the porous defense. Spiller rushed 20 times for 168 yards and one touchdown, and Achane added 16 carries for 124 yards and two scores for the Aggies (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference).
“We didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder,” Spiller said.
Jaylon Jones and Antonio Johnson each intercepted Missouri’s Connor Bazelak in the first quarter, setting up two touchdowns as the Aggies built a 21-0 lead. Spiller ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run and Achane followed with a 20-yard scoring run on a third-and-15 play.
“We knew coming in we had to bring our own juice,” Johnson said. “It was an early game, and it’s not the same (atmosphere) as playing at Kyle Field, where you have 105,000 fans. We knew as a defense, we needed to make turnovers, get the game going and help the offense get going.”
The Tigers (3-4, 0-3 SEC) showed a little more life in the second half, cutting the deficit to 28-14 with a 97-yard drive, capped by Dominic Lovett’s 7-yard TD run on. But Texas A&M’s defense held Missouri in check the rest of the way, holding the Tigers to 328 total yards.
Texas A&M’s Zach Calzada completed 13 of 25 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring passes went to Ainias Smith.
Missouri’s Tyler Badie rushed 22 times for 68 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter in which he dragged defensive back Demani Richardson for the final 5 yards. Badie also had seven catches for 53 yards. Bazelak completed 29 of 43 passes for 230 yards.
The Tigers hurt themselves with 13 penalties for 106 yards.
“It starts with not turning the ball over in the first quarter and letting them get 14 points off turnovers,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “We’ve got to do a better job stopping the run, but if we’re not going to stop the run, we’ve got to be a lot better on third down.”
No. 13 Ole Miss beats Tennessee 31-26; fans pelt field
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 13 Mississippi held off Tennessee 31-26 on Saturday night after Rebels coach Lane Kiffin avoided being by hit by golf balls as Volunteers fans pelted the field with objects in the chaotic final minutes.
Ole Miss stopped Tennessee a yard shy of a first down on a fourth-and-24 pass with just over a minute left. After that play, and the review that confirmed the spot of the ball, Tennessee fans pelted the field with objects. Tennessee’s cheerleaders, dance team and band were ordered out of the stadium and police cleared the student section.
“I don’t know if I’m more excited that we found a way to win or that I didn’t get hit with the golf balls that they were throwing at me,” former Vols coach Kiffin told SEC Network, holding up a yellow golf ball.
“I still have my souvenir golf ball,” Kiffin said. “I also got hit with bottles with some brown stuff in them. I don’t think those fans would waste moonshine. You’ve got one of the most passionate fan bases in America. A call didn’t go their way.”
Play resumed after about a 20-minute delay.
Matt Corral threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 195 yards for Mississippi (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference). Hendon Hooker threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and for Tennessee (4-3, 2-2) and ran for 108 yards and a score.
“I’m disappointed in the way the game ended with things being thrown from the crowd,” Tennessee coach Josh Heupel said. “I know that’s very few of our crowd members. For the most part of the game, what an unbelievable atmosphere to see Vol Nation show out the way they did.”
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement, saying:
“The Conference has established expectations for behavior and sportsmanship, and the actions of fans at Saturday night’s game were unacceptable under any circumstances. We are accustomed to intense competition every week, but under no circumstances is it acceptable to endanger the contest participants and disrupt a game. We will review existing Conference policies and the Commissioner’s authority to impose penalties and communicate with the leadership at the University of Tennessee – and all of the SEC’s member universities – to make certain this situation is not repeated.”
Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman tweeted:
“I am astonished and sickened by the behavior of some Vol fans at the end of tonight’s game. Good sportsmanship must be part of who we are as Volunteers. Behavior that puts student-athletes, coaches, visitors and other fans at risk is not something we will tolerate.”
After play resumed, Tennessee’s Velus Jones returned a punt 40 yards to the Ole Miss 47. Hooker ran 14 yards, but was injured with 18 seconds to play. Joe Milton came off the bench to hit Walker Merrill for 12 yards to the 21. Milton spiked the ball, then misfired into the end zone, setting up the final play. Milton ran 13 yards on the final play and was pushed out of bounds at the 8 as time expired.
“I wish (Tennessee) had better class,” Ole Miss linebacker Mark Robinson said. “We just came here to win a game and we did.”
With Tennessee down 31-19 after three quarters, Hooker tightened it with a 5-yard scoring run less than 2 minutes into the fourth quarter.
Jones had a 29-yard reception on the first possession of the second half to set the table for Jabari Small to score from a yard out to cut the Rebel lead to 24-19. It went to 31-19 when Corral found Dontario Drummond for a 16-yard score to close out the third quarter.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS
SATURDAY, OCT. 16
MICHIGAN STATE 20, INDIANA 15: Matt Coghlin’s 51-yard field goal to open the second half Saturday gave No. 10 Michigan State the lead and Payton Thorne’s 12-yard touchdown pass provided the margin the Spartans needed to hold on for a 20-15 victory over Indiana. The Spartans will remain atop the conference’s East Division at least two more weeks after reclaiming the Old Brass Spittoon. Kenneth Walker III, the nation’s top rusher, carried 23 times for 84 yards and Michigan State punted its first six possessions — the Spartans still managed to hand the Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3) their third loss in four games. [FULL RECAP]
MINNESOTA 30, NEBRASKA 23: Tanner Morgan threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns and Bryce Williams rushed for 127 yards and another score on Saturday as Minnesota defeated Nebraska 30-23. The Gophers dominated the first half, taking a 21-9 lead behind near-perfect passing from Morgan. But Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, forcing two interceptions to get back into the game. However, a number of missed opportunities prevented the Huskers from taking the lead and allowed Minnesota to hang on. [FULL RECAP]
NORTHWESTERN 21, RUTGERS 7: Ryan Hilinski threw for 267 yards and two touchdown passes on Saturday afternoon to boost Northwestern to a 21-7 victory over Rutgers. Hilinski opened the scoring for the Wildcats by capping off a 98-yard drive in the first quarter by hitting Malik Washington for a 64-yard touchdown pass. The completion — Hilinski’s longest as a Wildcat — helped his team secure its first conference win of the season. [FULL RECAP]
PURDUE 24, IOWA 7: Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, David Bell had a career-best 240 yards receiving and Purdue continued its recent mastery over No. 2 Iowa with a 24-7 victory Saturday. The Boilermakers have won four of their last five games against the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1). The loss ended Iowa’s 12-game winning streak. Purdue beat its highest-ranked opponent on the road since 1974 at No. 2 Notre Dame. It was the second time in four seasons Purdue has knocked off a No. 2-ranked team. The Boilermakers won at home over a second-ranked Ohio State in 2018. [FULL RECAP]
WISCONSIN 20, Army 14: Leo Chenal recorded 17 tackles and set up a touchdown with a sack that forced a fumble, leading Wisconsin to a 20-14 victory over Army on Saturday night. Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries, including a 33-yard touchdown. This marked the second straight game in which Allen rushed for at least 100 yards. The 17-year-old freshman ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries last week in a 24-0 victory at Illinois. [FULL RECAP].
MAC FOOTBALL RE-CAPS
Saturday’s Football Results
Ball State 38, Eastern Michigan 31
Buffalo 27, Ohio 26
Miami 34, Akron 21
Northern Illinois 34, Bowling Green 26
Western Michigan 64, Kent State 31
Central Michigan 26, Toledo 23 (OT)
Stories courtesy of the Associated Press
Ball State 38, Eastern Michigan 31
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Drew Plitt passed for 207 yards and a touchdown, Justin Hall rushed for two scores and Ball State eked out a 38-31 win against Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
The Cardinals (4-3, 2-1 Mid-American Conference), jumped ahead 14-0 after a quarter with Hall capping the game-opening drive with a 1-yard TD and Will Jones scoring from the 1-yard line on the next possession.
Eastern Michigan (4-3, 1-2) scored twice in the second quarter to trail 17-14 at the break, but Plitt found Yo’Heinz Tyler with an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and Hall and Carson Steele added rushing TDs in the fourth. Steele gained 138 yards on 18 carries.
EMU’s Ben Bryant was 35-for-48 passing for 331 yards with a TD but was intercepted twice. Darius Boone scored two rushing touchdowns for the Eagles.
Hall, with 10 catches for 58 yards for Ball State, notched his 301st career reception to lead all active FBS receivers. He has caught a pass in an FBS-leading 50 straight games.
Buffalo 27, Ohio 26
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alex McNulty kicked a 27-yard field goal, his second attempt after time expired, and Buffalo rallied with 17 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Ohio 27-26 on Saturday.
McNulty missed a 32-yard field goal as time expired but an Ohio defender was offside. The kick capped a 16-play, 86-yard drive that started at Buffalo’s five-yard line with 6:19 to play.
Kyle Vantrease threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for the Bulls (3-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference). He had a 2-yarder to Tyler Stephens to cap an 80-yard drive and an 8-yarder to Trevor Borland to end a 35-yard drive with 8:39 to play.
Quarterback Armani Rogers kept the ball 22 times and gained 183 yards, including a 99-yard burst for the middle score in the first quarter for the Bobcats (1-6, 1-2).
The touchdown was the longest by a quarterback in NCAA history — beating by one yard that Arizona State’s Mark Malone had against Utah State in 1979.
Vantrease was 22 of 30 for 261 yards and Dylan McDuffie had 143 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown. The Bulls trailed 21-0 after the first quarter and 26-10 entering the fourth.
Miami 34, Akron 21
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — AJ Mayer threw two of his three touchdown passes in the first quarter as Miami of Ohio jumped out early and beat Akron 34-21 on Saturday.
Miami (3-4, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) has won its last 12 home games and five straight against Akron (2-5, 1-2).
Mayer was 19 of 27 for 229 yards passing that including a 57-yard TD throw to Jack Sorenson and 23-yarder to Andrew Homer. Mayer’s 7-yarder to Homer stretched Miami’s lead to 34-7 late in the third quarter.
Sorenson finished with five receptions for 113 yards. Keyon Mozee had a 46-yard touchdown run and Jaylon Bester ran for a 5-yard score for the Redhawks.
Zach Gibson was 24-of-38 passing and threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Zips. Konata Mumpfield caught 10 passes for 109 yards.
Northern Illinois 34, Bowling Green 26
DEKALB, Ill. — Jay Ducker carried it 33 times for 210 yards, freshman Trayvon Rudolph had a 100-yard kickoff return and a 20-yard touchdown reception and Northern Illinois beat Bowling Green 34-26 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory.
Ducker became the first NIU player to rush for 200 yards in a game since Jordan Lynch in 2013. Rudolph tied Tommylee Lewis (2011) for the longest kickoff return in program history, going untouched through the middle and down the left side.
Rocky Lombardi completed 4 of 8 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown for Northern Illinois (5-2, 3-0 Mid-American Conference). He also rushed for a 3-yard score to tie it at 7. Rudolph’s TD grab made it 31-16 with 3:16 left in the third quarter.
Matt McDonald passed for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he carried it six times for 75 yards for Bowling Green (2-5, 0-3).
Western Michigan 64, Kent State 31
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kaleb Eleby threw three touchdown passes, ran for a fourth and Western Michigan routed Kent State 64-31 Saturday.
The Broncos came in with the top rushing defense in the Mid-American Conference and held the Golden Flashes to just 124 yards on the ground while Sean Tyler piled up 169 yards, including a 64-yard dash for a touchdown, on 17 carries for Western Michigan.
Eleby opened the game with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Skyy Moore, then found Jaylen Hall with a 68-yard strike to make it 17-7 after one quarter. He hit Moore for a second time in the third quarter to make it 36-17, then ran 25 yards for a final touchdown with 3:33 left to complete the rout.
Nick Mihalic kicked three field goals and converted seven of eight PATs for the Broncos (5-2, 2-1).
Dustin Crum was 15 of 26 for 210 yards and two touchdowns for Kent State (3-4, 2-1).
Central Michigan 26, Toledo 23 (OT)
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Redshirt freshman quarterback Dequan Finn nearly rallied Toledo from a 17-point second-half deficit, but the Rockets came up just short in a 26-23 overtime setback at Central Michigan on Saturday. Toledo fell to 3-4, 1-2 MAC while CMU is now 4-3, 2-1 MAC.
Panthers place McCaffrey on IR; RB can’t return until Week 9
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have placed running back Christian McCaffrey on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least the next three games with a hamstring injury.
McCaffrey already has missed two games, both Carolina losses.
The earliest he will be able to return to game action is Nov. 7 against the New England Patriots. McCaffrey will have missed 18 of 24 games with injuries since becoming the league’s highest-paid running back following the 2019 season.
The Panthers (3-2) host the Minnesota Vikings (2-3) on Sunday. Chuba Hubbard will continue to start for McCaffrey.
McCaffrey practiced on Wednesday on a limited basis but was held out on Thursday and Friday.
Grizzlies exercise rookie options for Morant, Clarke, Bane
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies exercised the rookie contract options for 2022-23 for point guard Ja Morant, forward Brandon Clarke and guard Desmond Bane on Saturday.
The No. 2 pick overall in 2019, Morant was the NBA Rookie of the Year and has started all 130 games played through his first two seasons. He has averaged 18.4 points, 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds. Morant also led the Grizzlies to the playoffs last spring and averaged 30.2 points and 8.2 assists against top-seeded Utah.
Clarke, 25, was the 21st pick overall in 2019 out of Gonzaga. He was voted to the NBA All-Rookie first team after setting the single-season record among qualified rookies by shooting 61.8%. Clarke has started 20 of 117 games, averaging 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds over 23.2 minutes a game.
Bane started 17 of 68 games last season as a rookie. The 30th pick overall out of TCU averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 22.3 minutes per game as a rookie. He set a franchise rookie record shooting 43.2% from 3-point range, leading all NBA rookies as the best 3-point shooting percentage since 2009-10.
Penguins score 4 in 1st, beat Blackhawks 5-2 in home opener
PITTSBURGH (AP) Drew O’Connor scored his first NHL goal, Danton Heinen got his third in three games and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored four times in the first period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in their home opener Saturday night.
With the victory, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan surpassed Dan Bylsma for most regular-season wins in franchise history.
Brock McGinn scored his first goal with the Penguins and Teddy Blueger added his second of the season, both in the first period. Jason Zucker also scored for Pittsburgh, and Tristan Jarry made 18 saves.
Patrick Kane scored his first goal this season, on the power play, and Kirby Dach had his second, but the Blackhawks couldn’t recover from a slow start. Pittsburgh had four goals in the first period, while the Blackhawks managed just three shots.
Blackhawks goalie Marc-Andre Fleury started against his former team but lasted less than 12 minutes. Kevin Lankinen stopped 15 shots in relief.
Fleury allowed four goals on 10 shots in 11:25. It was the first time he gave up four first-period goals since March 29, 2017, as a member of the Penguins during a 5-1 loss against Chicago.
Fleury, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2003, spent his first 13 seasons in Pittsburgh and helped the Penguins win three Stanley Cup titles before Vegas selected him in the 2017 expansion draft.
Blueger scored 15 seconds into the game. Off a rush, Blueger tried a pass to Zach Aston-Reese, but the puck hit a Blackhawks defender and rolled between Fleury’s pads.
Fleury’s puck-handling gaffe behind the net led to Pittsburgh’s second goal. Dominik Simon’s forecheck in the corner forced Fleury to misplay the puck to the front of the net where O’Connor tapped it in for his first career goal.
Pittsburgh chased Fleury with two more goals in a 26-second span. McGinn scored his first with the Penguins, finishing a 2-on-1 from O’Connor to make it 3-0. Soon after, Heinen lifted a shot underneath the crossbar from the slot for the first three-game goal streak of his career.
Rickie Fowler returns to big stage and takes lead in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) Rickie Fowler couldn’t remember the last time he saw his name at the top of the leaderboard on the weekend of the PGA Tour. He didn’t forget what he was supposed to do from there.
Winless in 32 months, Fowler returned to the spotlight Saturday in the foothills above Las Vegas. He has a 9-under 63 – his lowest score in three years – and took a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the CJ Cup at Summit.
“I haven’t been in this position a whole lot in the last couple years,” said Fowler, whose last victory was the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. “So to feel the emotions again on the back nine, being around and then in the lead, it was great to see that I was still executing and hitting he shots that I wanted to.”
His best chance to end a slump won’t be an easy one.
The Summit Club has been yielding low scores all week and a wild change in scores is not unusual. Keith Mitchell started with a five-shot lead. All it took was two bad swings into the desert for double bogeys and he ended the round with a 73 and a four-shot deficit.
Rory McIlroy started the day nine shots behind. He ran off five straight birdies early, hit 7-iron to 20 feet for an eagle on the final hole and shot 62 to finish two behind.
Las Vegas is known for wild entertainment, and that might go beyond the Strip that can be seen on the horizon.
“Rickie and Rory being up there, it’s going to be an exciting day for sure for everyone in the golf world tomorrow to watch,” said Adam Scott, who had a 67 and was three behind. “There’s tons of great players who can shoot a low one, including those guys.”
Abraham Ancer had a 63. He also was three behind, along with Robert Streb (65).
Fowler, who has plunged to No. 128 in the world ranking, birdied three of his last five holes and was at 21-under 195.
“It’s been a long time coming. It’s been a long road, tough times,” Fowler said. “We’re not done.”
Nine players were within five shots of the lead, and anything goes at this tournament.
Keith Mitchell made a pair of early birdies, chipping in from behind the green on the par-3 second and hammering a 3-wood into a light breeze to set up a two-putt birdie on the par-5 third. And then he closed out the front nine with back-to-back double bogeys.
“It’s hard when you’re out there and you’re not playing well, but you look at the leaderboard and you’re still right there, to try to get yourself to get motivated and get back in it because you know you don’t have your best stuff right then,” Mitchell said.
“I’m glad the last two days were as good as they were so I can have a couple hiccups and still have a chance to win.”
He wasn’t alone in his struggles. Jordan Spieth figured being five back would allow him to keep his foot on the gas pedal. Spieth presumably forgot to put the car in gear. He didn’t make birdie until the 15th hole and had to settle for a 72, leaving him eight shots behind.
The average score for the week has been around 68.5.
McIlroy was thinking more about his game than how much ground he had to make up, but that changed when the putts started to fall.
“I think on a course like this you’re going to have stretches where you’re going to play good golf and hit good shots and maybe just not hole the putts,” he said. “I played an eight-hole stretch yesterday in even par – I made eight pars in a row. Then today, I played nine holes in 6 under and all of a sudden you feel a little better about yourself.”
It was easy to feel good playing alongside Ancer. When they finished, the caddies for McIlroy and Ancer looked at the scores on their phones and quickly worked out McIlroy and Ancer had a better-ball score of 59.
Fowler did most of his work from tee to green. He holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th to take the lead, and he had another birdie putt from that range on the eighth hole. Mostly, he kept giving himself chances.
Fowler got up-and-down for birdies on the par 5s on the front. He had three two-putt birdies on the back nine – the two par 5s and a drive to 35 feet on the reachable par-4 12th.
It was simple, stress-free golf, and there hasn’t been a lot of that for him lately. Fowler failed to qualifying for the FedEx Cup postseason for the first time in his career, and he needed a sponsor exemption for the second straight year to play in the CJ Cup.
“This is just three days and golf tournaments are typically 72 holes, so we’ve got 18 more of them,” Fowler said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge tomorrow.”
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INDY ELEVEN RE-CAP
|INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, October 16, 2021) – Indy Eleven used an 85th minute goal by forward Manuel Arteaga – the Venezuelan talisman’s tenth of the season – to post a 1-0 win over Louisville City FC Saturday evening at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Goalkeeper Jordan Farr’s five key saves combined with an energetic defensive effort all over the pitch gave the fourth-year goalkeeper his fifth clean sheet of the campaign and the squad its sixth shutout overall. The win temporarily kept Indy’s slim postseason chances alive; however, FC Tulsa’s 1-1 draw at San Antonio FC means the Oklahoma side must drop Wednesday’s result against Atlanta United 2 before heading to the Circle City on Saturday. The Boys in Blue still have two games remaining in regular season play, hosting FC Tulsa next Saturday evening before closing on the road at Memphis 901 FC on October 30. The victory did allow Indy Eleven to capture the season series over its archrival for the first time in four tries dating back to its inaugural USL Championship campaign in 2018 courtesy of a 2W-1L-1D record in LIPAFC action in 2021. LouCity were first to threaten goal in the sixth minute through a pair of chances, but Antoine Hoppenot’s 15-yard curler smacked off the right post, and Farr pounced on Cameron Lancaster’s headed rebound to follow. In the 15th minute, Louisville midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo looked to bend one in himself off a free kick just outside the area, but the visiting captain pushed his effort just wide of the right post. Indy followed with its own set piece opportunities, starting in the 18th minute when defender Tobi Adewole crashed the six to meet Emmanuel Ledesma’s outswinging corner, but his chance also fell just wide right. Another dead ball service by Ledesma in the 27th minute was nodded backwards towards goal by Arteaga, but a bang-bang offside call marked the chance dead. On the stroke of the half hour Indy midfielder Kevin Partida stripped the ball in midfield and quickly played Nick Moon towards goal, but the right winger’s near-angle chance was stopped by LouCity goalkeeper Chris Hubbard, despite a slight spill on the collection. Louisville was again aggressive in attack straight out of the locker room, but Farr was up to the task, thwarting a pair of close-range chances by Jorge Gonzalez within the opening three minutes of the stanza. The Oregon native came up big twice more, first saving Brian Ownby’s blast from distance in the 56th minute on a short hop and a minute later looking big on a corner kick nodded home on the doorstep. The match turned ragged for most of the next half hour, with fouls and offside infractions ruling over quality chances. However, things finally sprung to life – and turned in favor of the hosts – in the 85th minute when Nicky Law had ample time to pump in a cross from the left side of the penalty. LouCity’s Jonathan Gomez whiffed on the clearance, leaving it in the path of Arteaga to finish first-time with a low shot inside the right post that finally moved the scoreboard. Indy Eleven will end its home campaign at Carroll Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 23, with the club’s annual Fan Appreciation Night contest against FC Tulsa, presented by your Central Indiana Honda Dealers. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours, while fans who cannot make it to “The Mike” can follow the action live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM / exitos943.com (in Spanish), and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, also presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.|
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Indy Eleven 1 : 0 Louisville City FC
Saturday, October 16, 2021
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN Indy Eleven: 9W-14L-7D, 34 pts.; 7th place in Central Division Louisville City FC: 16W-7L-7D, 55 pts.; 2nd place in Central Division Scoring Summary
IND – Manuel Arteaga (unassisted) 85’ Discipline Summary
LOU – Paolo DelPiccolo (yellow card) 43’
LOU – Jonathan Gomez (yellow card) 78’
LOU – Niall McCabe (yellow card) 82’
IND – Rece Buckmaster (yellow card) 90+2’ Indy Eleven line-up (4-4-2): Jordan Farr; Patrick Seagrist, Jared Timmer, Tobi Adewole, Rece Buckmaster; Nick Moon (Peter-Lee Vassell 73’), Gershon Koffie, Kevin Partida (Jeremiah Gutjahr 79’), Nicky Law; Manuel Arteaga, Emmanuel Ledesma (Ayoze 72’) IND substitutions: Bobby Edwards (GK), Liam Doyle, Karl Ouimette, Aboubacar Sissoko Louisville City FC line-up (3-4-3): Chris Hubbard; Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon; Jorge Gonzalez (Niall McCabe 70’), Paolo DelPiccolo (Akil Watts 82’), Jonathan Gomez, Napo Matsoso (Oscar Jimenez 88’); Cameron Lancaster (Kyle Grieg 70’), Brian Ownby, Antoine Hoppenot (Jimmy McLaughlin 81’) LOU substitutions: Parker Siegfried, Joshua Wynder
Indiana Drops Contest with No. 10/9 Michigan State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Opportunity was there at sun-splashed Memorial Stadium.
That it was lost, that a marquee victory over a Top-10 team became a 20-15 heartbreaking defeat to No. 10/9 Michigan State Saturday afternoon, left a frustrated head coach Tom Allen demanding answers that refuse to come.
“It’s about making key plays at critical times,” he said.
“We have to execute at a high level at critical times. We have to coach them better. Do a better job of putting them in the right position, and they have to make plays.”
Running back Stephen Carr was more direct.
“We have to finish, period, point blank.”
IU’s 2-4 record, 0-3 in the Big Ten, is a big blow given all the preseason optimism.
“The buck stops with me,” Allen said. “I’m the head coach. The kids played hard. They’ve got to execute better.”
And then …
“We’ve got to find a way to win games.”
In so many ways, IU did against a 7-0 Michigan State squad positioned to win a Big Ten title.
The Hoosiers had advantages in first downs (24-14), rushing yards (134-100), passing yards (188-141), and time of possession (33:30 to 26:30). Their defense, even without injured All-America cornerback Taiwan Mullen, stripped the big play from one of the Big Ten’s most explosive offenses. It made the Spartans look offensively irrelevant.
It wasn’t enough.
“The defense did everything we wanted them to do except score,” Allen said.
And then …
“The kids played hard,” Allen added. “The defense played awesome. It’s disappointing without question.”
The Hoosiers had three turnovers to Michigan State’s two, and gave up a pick-6 that was a backbreaker for an offense that lacks big-play consistency. Three red zone trips resulted in 13 points when 21 was within reach.
“We have to keep evaluating why we can’t execute in critical situations,” Allen said. “We continue having the same issues. We can’t finish in the red zone. We’re moving the ball, but we’re not getting the touchdowns. We give up a pick-6, which can’t happen.
“Protecting the ball is a glaring thing. We’re not protecting it and we’re not scoring. That’s a double whammy. We’ve got to make plays.”
The defense certainly did, but more is needed.
“We are capable (of more),” linebacker Micah McFadden said. “We’ve got to win the turnover battle. We didn’t. We have to continue to do our jobs and continue flying to the ball.”
Added safety Devon Matthews: “We have to keep it up. Do our thing. Hope the offense gets it together. Get it all as one.”
Want to know why McFadden is an All-American? Consider the two-yard-for-loss tackle he had on Michigan State’s 5-10, 210-pound running back Kenneth Walker III, who had pounded out a nation’s best 913 rushing yards entering the game with a pair of 200-yard efforts.
That tackle forced a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession.
Then there was McFadden’s crucial fourth-quarter sack to force the Spartans’ seventh punt.
He finished with nine tackles, 2.5 for loss, with a pass breakup.
“Micah was everywhere,” Allen said. “He played hard. He always does.”
Quarterback Jack Tuttle, in his first start of the season in replacing injured Michael Penix Jr., was 28-for-52 for 188 yards and two interceptions.
“He did some good things,” Allen said. “The (second) pick he got hit on. The pick 6 was a bad read. You can’t get those back.”
Tuttle took “full responsibility” for the interceptions. Michigan State’s defensive pressure and poor technique were main factors.
“Some throws were inaccurate,” he said. “That’s on me. I have to set my feet. Just do it.
“I was comfortable for the most part. They threw some pressures we hadn’t seen, which is normal. I have to move around. Take care of it. Take a sack if I get pressure. Throw it away.”
Carr rushed for a team-high 53 yards and had a team-leading eight catches for 43 yards.
Last year, IU receivers thrived in making the tough catch, in winning the 50-50 balls.
This year, not so much, and Allen has seen enough.
“Guys have to step up and make a play. Come down with the ball. We work on that. We go Ones on Ones in practice for that purpose. I am frustrated by that. It needs to get fixed. Today. We have to dig deeper, work harder.”
The Hoosiers’ defense was instantly dominant.
In the first quarter, Michigan State totaled 25 yards on 12 plays. Walker had just 18 on seven carries.
The Hoosiers, by comparison, had 89 total yards on 21 first-quarter plays.
By halftime, the Spartans had six possessions, six punts, two first downs, and 57 total yards. Their only points came on linebacker Cal Haladay’s 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Michigan State picked up the second-half offensive pace just enough with a touchdown and two field goals. Walker finished with 84 rushing yards, but needed 23 carries to do it.
“Walker is a great player,” Allen said. “We wanted to keep him hemmed in and not give him a chance to get out in space and make guys miss. We had a lot of gang tackling.”
Offensively, IU’s first nine plays were passes in a no-huddle, up-tempo approach that staggered Michigan State.
After a couple of runs, including one by Carr on a direct snap, the Hoosiers settled for a Charles Campbell field goal and a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Tuttle was 7-for-9 in that drive for 75 yards. Receiver Ty Fryfogle had three catches for 37 yards. Tight end Hendershot had one for 22.
After the Hoosiers forced another punt, Tuttle threw a pick-6 for a 7-3 Michigan State lead.
Campbell added field goals of 44-yard and 25 yards to push IU ahead 9-7 midway through the second quarter. His 55-yard attempt at the end of the first half was wide left.
Michigan State got a 51-yard field goal on its first possession of the second half for a 10-9 lead.
IU safety Josh Sanguinetti’s third-quarter interception was negated when Tuttle threw his second under heavy Spartan pressure. That led to a Michigan State touchdown and a 17-9 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Hoosiers finally found a way into the end zone, but it wasn’t easy.
First, a Miles Marshall touchdown catch was overturned when a review determined his foot was out of bounds. Then Carr’s 9-yard touchdown run was also overturned by review. Carr got a second chance on the next play, and this TD run was good. The Hoosiers’ 2-point conversion try failed. They trailed 17-15 with 12:56 left.
Three minutes later, Michigan State added a field goal.
IU had a couple of possessions to win.
It couldn’t deliver.
“It hurts,” Matthews said. “We’ll keep coming back. We have to stay together as a team.”
Hoosier veterans will ensure IU does, McFadden added.
“When this happens, we have to stay together. That’s when leadership steps up and says what needs to be said.”
Stepping up is crucial given Top-10 Ohio State comes Saturday night to what will be a sold-out Memorial Stadium.
“They’re hurting,” Allen said of his Hoosiers. “There’s a lot of character in that locker room. They’ll stay together. They’ll keep fighting.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because no one else will.
“You find out who’s with you and who has your back. That’s what grit is all about. This program is built on grit, but you have to learn to have it at all times. It’s not fun developing it.”
Boilermakers Upset No. 2 Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Down goes No. 2.
The Purdue football team steamrolled its way to a 24-7 win over No. 2 Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. The Boilermakers never trailed and used a stout defensive effort to pull off the ranked win on the road.
As the Boilermakers handed the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season, they earned their sixth-ever win over an AP No. 2 team. Purdue has won two in a row over No. 2-ranked opponents, after an October 10, 2018 victory over Ohio State, and four of five against the Hawkeyes. The Boilermakers also picked up their 16th win over an AP top-five foe while unranked, the most in the country.
Saturday in Iowa City, Quarterback Aidan O’Connell was 30-for-40 for 378 yards with two touchdowns passes, a rushing score and no interceptions. He helped wide receiver David Bell have a career-day 11 catches for a career-best 240 yards, the second-best total in a single game in school history. Bell moved into the top 10 in school history for career receptions and receiving yards.
Meanwhile, the Purdue defense had four interceptions and held Iowa’s offense to 271 total yards, 76 on the ground and 195 through the air. The defense had 10 tackles-for-loss, including four sacks. Coming into the matchup, the Boilermakers had two total takeaways, a number that was tripled today. The Hawkeyes were limited to just one touchdown after they scored at least 23 points in every other game this season.
The Boilermaker defense set an early tone when Kieran Douglas came up with his first career interception on Iowa’s first drive of the game. On Purdue’s second drive, O’Connell, Jack Plummer and Austin Burton combined to guide the Boilermakers on a 10-pay, 67-yard touchdown drive, capped by an O’Connell 6-yard scamper, to take a 7-0 lead.
Both defenses stood tall, each forcing a missed field goal early in the second quarter. Iowa tied it up at 7-7 with 3:20 to play in the half on a 3-yard touchdown run by Ivory Kelly-Martin.
Purdue regained the lead just before halftime. Rolling down the field on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, the Boilermakers scored on a 3-yard touchdown catch by TJ Sheffield from O’Connell with 19 seconds to play and jump ahead 14-7 at the break.
Out of the break, Purdue extended the gap to 10 points on its first drive with a 31-yard field goal from Mitchell Fineran. Purdue nearly grew the lead by another score on their following drive, as TJ Sheffield extended the ball to the pylon on a pass from O’Connell, only for the ball to slip away for a touchback.
Following a forced 3-and-out by the defense, Bell tacked on the Boilermakers’ next score with a 21-yard catch in the endzone with 12:29 to play to make it 24-7 in favor of the visitors. Iowa then drove the ball down to the Purdue 10-yard line, but the defense held firm on fourth down.
The final three Iowa drives all ended in interceptions. Cam Allen had the first, with 3:42 left on the clock at the Boilermaker 13-yard-line. On Iowa’s very next drive, after a 41-yard punt return put the ball on the Purdue 12, Dedrick Mackey picked off the UI quarterback at the three-yard-line. On the final play of the game, Allen got the interception again in the end zone to seal the victory.
DOWN GOES NO. 2
Saturday marked the second straight time Purdue faced and defeated the No. 2-ranked team in the country, following the 49-20 win over No. 2 Ohio State on Oct. 20, 2018, at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers are now 6-10 all-time against No. 2 opponents and 5-11 when facing a ranked Iowa team.
The last time Purdue downed the nation’s No. 2 team on the road was a 1974 victory at Notre Dame.
BELL’S CAREER GAME
David Bell continued to cement his name in the Purdue record books with an impressive showing in Iowa City. Bell had 11 catches for 240 yards with a touchdown. His 240 receiving yards is second most in team history, behind Only Chris Daniels’ 301 against Michigan State in 1999.
As he eclipsed 200 yards for the first time in his career, Bell has reached the 100-yard mark in 14 of 23 games. He has 2,339 career receiving yards, fifth-most all-time, 19 career touchdowns, No. 8 in school history, and 177 career receptions, ninth in the record books.
• Head coach Jeff Brohm improved to 4-1 against Iowa.
• David Bell’s 60-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter was his longest of the season.
Purdue returns to Ross-Ade Stadium next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Wisconsin. The game is officially a sellout. Fans can bundle tickets to the remaining home games against Michigan State and Indiana.
Newman, Edey Lead Purdue in Fan Day Intrasquad Scrimmage
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Brandon Newman and Zach Edey each scored 21 points to lead Purdue in its Fan Day intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena.
The teams were divided into Gold and Black squads for three, 12-minute scrimmage sessions. Ethan Morton was the lone player to post a 3-0 record, while eight others went 2-1 on the afternoon.
The Boilermakers looked crisp on the offensive end, shooting 52-of-97 (.536) from the field and 18-of-40 (.450) from long distance. Purdue registered 38 assists against just 12 turnovers in the 36-minute scrimmage.
Newman and Edey were among seven players that scored in double figures, each with 21 points. Edey added a team-best 12 rebounds and three blocked shots while going 10-of-13 from the field, while Newman was 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range while adding three rebounds and two steals.
Freshman Trey Kaufman-Renn tallied 15 points and nine rebounds while classmate Caleb Furst added 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Jaden Ivey recorded an efficient 14 points with eight assists, two blocks and three rebounds, while Trevion Williams had 14 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Sasha Stefanovic tallied 14 points (4-of-8 from long distance) and four assists.
Purdue will next be in Mackey Arena for its lone exhibition game on Nov. 4, against the University of Indianapolis.
Morehead State Defeats Butler Football 31-8
MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Eagles scored 21 of their 31 points in the second half to claim a homecoming victory over Butler on Saturday afternoon. Joey Suchy found the end zone on a 2-yard rush for the Bulldogs. The touchdown was Suchy’s first score as a Bulldog.
How It Happened
The Bulldog defense was outstanding over the first 30 minutes of play. They recorded four interceptions, but still faced a 10-0 deficit heading into the half. Connor Reid was the leader of the secondary with two interceptions in the first quarter. Malachi Pike and Trey Mason would also come up with turnovers for the Bulldogs.
The game was tied up at 0-0 after the first 15 minutes, but Morehead State would score 10 points in the second quarter to take the lead. Issiah Aguero scored on a two-yard rush to open up the second frame and Andrew Foster would connect on a 32-yard field goal attempt to send the game into halftime.
BJ Byrd impacted the outcome with two receiving touchdowns in the third quarter. Mark Pappas made the game 17-0 with a 17-yard TD pass to Byrd midway through the third and that duo would strike again with 1:15 left to push the score to 24-0. Byrd ended the game with nine catches for 121 yards and two TD’s. Pappas tossed the ball 39 times for 224 yards.
Butler’s offense never got going at Morehead State. The ‘Dawgs were limited to just three pass completions in 20 attempts. AJ Deinhart led the rushing attack with 63 yards on 13 carries. Suchy had 58 yards against the Eagles, taking a handoff nine times.
Morehead State had a three-player rushing attack with Harris and Stoudemire joining Aguero in the backfield. Harris scored the final TD of the game and Stoudemire led all players with 148 rushing yards.
Stat of the Game
Butler’s defense had four interceptions in the first half at Jayne Stadium.
Inside the Box Score
– Connor Reid had a team-best 12 tackles and two interceptions vs. the Eagles
– Eloi Bigirimana was an impact player for BU with 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss
– Bret Bushka and Johnny O’Shea returned to action for Butler
– Bushka went 2-for-13 for 34 yards and one interception
– O’Shea led BU with two catches for 19 yards
– Yogi Flager was limited to one catch for 22 yards
– Nick Orlando rushed six times for 29 yards
Butler will return to the Sellick Bowl next Saturday with a 1 PM kick-off against Davidson.
Butler VB Sweeps Georgetown
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team swept Georgetown (25-8, 25-14, 25-20) in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs (10-11, 4-4 BIG EAST) used a season-high attack percentage of .392 to beat the Hoyas (5-14, 1-7). Graduate MB Melody Davidson recorded her 1,000th career point for Butler during the second set.
Set 1: Butler 25-8
The Bulldogs used kills by Brittany Robinson and Mariah Grunze to form a 3-0 run that put them ahead 7-3 early. After that, a 4-0 run by Butler consisting of a Robinson kill and back-to-back kills from Grunze increased the advantage to 11-4. The Bulldogs would later use 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0 streaks to put the set away. Grunze led the offense with four kills, while Marissa McKelvey served up two aces and Jaymeson Kinley contributed 10 digs in the opening frame.
Set 2: Butler 25-14
Megan Sheridan and Destiny Cherry had back-to-back kills early to give Butler an 8-3 lead. A later Sheridan kill plus one by Davidson and an ace from Grunze put the Bulldogs up 17-8, and they would cruise from there. Robinson led Butler with five kills in the second frame.
Set 3: Butler 25-20
After the Hoyas got out to an early 7-3 lead, Butler responded with a 4-0 run consisting of Robinson, Grunze and Amina Shackelford kills to tie it up. Georgetown regained the advantage at 15-14, but two kills each by Sheridan and Cherry formed another 4-0 streak to give the Bulldogs an 18-15 lead. The Hoyas would tie it back up at 19-all, but Shackelford put down three kills as part of the Bulldogs taking 5 of the final 6 points to clinch the set and match. Shackelford had six kills, while Kinley had 10 digs to lead Butler in the final frame.
Stat of the Match
Butler’s .392 hitting percentage was almost 100 points higher than the previous season-high of .298 against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 15.
Inside the Box Score
– Robinson put down 10 kills while adding four blocks and two digs.
– Kinley contributed 20 digs and two assists.
– Grunze stuffed the stat sheet with nine kills, five digs, two aces, two blocks and an assist.
– Davidson (eight), Sheridan (eight), Cherry (six) and Shackelford (six) had at least a half dozen kills each.
The Bulldogs take a full week off before traveling east for rematches with Seton Hall and St. John’s next weekend. Butler will face the Pirates on Saturday at 6 p.m. before matching up with the Red Storm on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Ball State Wins Third in a Row, Defeats Eastern Michigan
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Behind a nearly flawless offensive performance, Ball State went on the road and secured a 38-31 win against Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Cardinals have earned their third consecutive win.
Ball State (4-3, 2-1) netted 433 yards of total offense vs. the Eagles (4-3, 1-2) – 233 through the air and 200 on the ground – and went 9 of 13 on third downs.
“Kevin Lynch called a tremendous game today,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “I was very proud of him and it was a great game plan. Our guys really respond. To be able to do that on the ground today, having 40 carries over 200 yards on four scores, that says a lot.
“I’m just proud of the guys. We had good balance, we took our shots when we needed to take our shots, but our guys really stepped up and just executed at a high level.”
Carson Steele led the way on the ground with a career-high 138 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Will Jones added 47 yards on 12 carries and found pay dirt once. Justin Hall had a pair of rushing scores on jet sweeps and totaled 19 yards on five carries.
Drew Plitt led the aerial attack after completing 27 of 35 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. Jayshon Jackson also completed a 26-yard pass to Steele on the first play of the game.
In total, nine different players caught a pass, led by Hall’s 10 grabs for 58 yards. Jackson reeled in five passes for 57 yards, while Yo’Heinz Tyler had five catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Bryce Cosby once again led the way with 10 tackles, including 1.0 sack. Clayton Coll and Amechi Uzodinma II had eight stops each, while Brett Anderson II added seven tackles.
Malcolm Lee and J.T. Wahee each recorded an interception and combined for 11 tackles.
After beginning the year 1-3, the Cardinals have reeled off three wins in a row and now control their own destiny in the Mid-American Conference West Division.
“We always believed,” Neu said. “A lot of people have a lot to say about us early in the season. Our guys just kept battling. That says a lot about their mental toughness and just continuing to work hard and believe in each other, just tune out the noise and play hard, control what you can control – three in a row, and we’ve beaten some good football teams.”
Ball State returns to the gridiron Oct. 23 when it hosts Miami for its annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET inside Scheumann Stadium.
Volleyball Ups Winning Streak to Seven with Another Sweep of NIU
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to seven matches with another dominating 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-23) victory over Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon in Mid-American Conference play in Worthen Arena.
It was yet another solid day for the Cardinals’ (17-3; 7-1 MAC) offense which connected for a .302 (46-11-116) attack percentage in the win. It was BSU’s fifth match hitting above .300 this season, and the fourth time in MAC action.
“We are definitely continuing to build confidence,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “When you’re winning matches and playing well, confidence is earned. But at the same time, I think we understand that we need to continue to get better. Our focus in practice has to be great, because we know we still have a long way to go to reach the goals we have.”
Leading the Ball State attack for the second straight match versus the Huskies (9-10; 3-5 MAC) was outside Jaclyn Bulmahn with 11 kills and a .333 (11-2-27) attack percentage. Bulmahn smashed a match-best 12 kills in Friday’s sweep, giving her a total of 23 for a 3.83 kills-per-set average on the weekend.
Middle Lauren Gilliland also had a strong match, blasting eight kills and hitting .400 (9-1-20). The effort moved her back ahead of teammate and fellow middle Marie Plitt for the top attacking percentage in the league this season at .367.
Plitt finished Saturday’s contest with six kills and a .235 (6-2-17) hitting mark and is second in the MAC with a .361 attack percentage on the year. Plitt, who capped the match with her sixth kill, also led all players at the net with four total blocks.
Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers were opposite Natalie Mitchem with nine kills and outside Natalie Risi with eight. Much like last night, Risi came up with another pivotal solo block late in the third set of today’s win.
With NIU attempting to tie the score at 22, Risi recorded her fourth solo stuff of the weekend to keep the momentum on BSU’s side and force an NIU timeout. The Cardinals would go on to win the set 25-23 to complete the two-match sweep.
Libero Maggie Huber led the Ball State defense with 14 digs, while Risi was close behind with 10. In addition to running the offense at a .302 clip, setter Megan Wielonski added three kills, nine digs and three more service aces. She now has 34 total aces on the year to lead all MAC players.
Nikolette Nedic led the Northern Illinois attack for the second time in Muncie, blasting a match-high 14 kills. NIU libero Francesca Bertucci led all players with 18 digs.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Ball State women’s volleyball team which hosts Toledo for a 6:30 p.m. first serve Tuesday in Worthen Arena.
“We’ve got some big matches coming up, so we’re going to continue to prepare like we have been.” Plitt said about the upcoming week. “We’re going to continue to practice well, work on our defense, and keep doing good things.”
The Rockets enter the match with a 15-5 (6-2 MAC) record coming off a weekend spilt with Western Michigan, who the Cardinals will visit Friday and Saturday of next week.
“We have three really big divisional matchups this week,” Phillips added. “A big part of our success is going to be our recovery and how quickly we can prepare for three more tough league battles. In order for us to succeed, we have to play hard on our side of the net and take care of business.”
Sycamores unable to overcome turnovers in loss to No. 23/20 Missouri State
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A pair of costly fumbles just before the halftime break shifted the momentum and Indiana State was unable to rally back in the Missouri Valley Football Conference road game in falling to host #23/20 Missouri State, 37-7.
The Sycamores (3-4, 1-3 MVFC) welcomed back the return of All-Conference wide receiver Dante Hendrix to the field on Saturday afternoon and the redshirt junior delivered with a 10-catch,121-yard performance in his first action since the opening game of the season. Peterson Kerlegrand added 16 carries for 67 yards on the ground as Indiana State fell for the third time in conference play this season.
MSU quarterback Jason Shelley sparked the Bears (4-2, 3-1 MVFC) offense with 225 passing yards and three touchdowns in the game with Tyrone Scott (three catches, 106 yards, two touchdowns) and Xavier Lane (three catches, 71 yards, one touchdown) his two favorite targets in the contest. Shelley added 15 rushing yards and a score on the ground in the win.
The Sycamores kept the game close throughout the first half until a costly stretch in the final two minutes swung the game in favor of the Bears. A pair of kickoff return fumbles set up short Missouri State fields over the final 2:19 of the first half with Shelley scoring the first touchdown on a three-yard rush, before finding Scott on a 24-yard touchdown pass on the second possession to put the score at 24-0 at the break.
Anthony Thompson was 18-of-31 through the air for the Sycamores for 177 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Phazione McClurge added three catches catches for 20 yards, while seven receivers hauled in passes overall in the game.
Defensively, Inoke Moala continued his assault on opposing backfields. The MVFC sack leader entering the contest, Moala picked up QB takedowns on the first MSU possession in each half and finished the day with two sacks to run his season total to eight on the year. Kaelub Newman added his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter.
Tylar Wiltz paced the MSU defense with nine tackles and added a sack, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup. Kyriq McDonald added five tackles and two tackles for loss in the win.
How They Scored
- Missouri State was on the board first as Jose Pizano’s 38-yard field goal capped a 12-play, 59-yard drive with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter.
- The Bears added to their lead with 2:19 left in the second quarter as Jason Shelley found Xavier Lane for a 45-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to cap a six-play, 68-yard drive and put MSU ahead 10-0.
- Following an ISU fumble on the ensuing kickoff return, Shelley called his own number on a three-yard touchdown carry in front of the right pylon to put the Bears ahead 17-0 with 1:18 remaining in the first half.
- Another ISU fumble on a kickoff return set up the Bears with a short field and MSU took advantage as Shelley found Tyrone Scott for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 0:40 left in the first half to go up 24-0 just before the break.
- The Bears put another touchdown on the board with 9:16 remaining in the third quarter as Shelley found Scott for the second time in the game, this one from 59 yards out, to put the score at 31-0 following the four-play, 80-yard drive.
- MSU added a Jose Pizano 33-yard field goal to their totals with 4:02 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 34-0.
- Pizano converted his third field goal of the game with 11:31 remaining in the contest as his 35-yard conversion put the score at 37-0.
Inside the Statistics
- Indiana State recorded 261 yards of total offense in the game with 177 yards coming through the air in the loss the Bears.
- The Sycamores posted 3.5 yards per carry with 84 yards on 24 carries paced by Peterson Kerlegrand’s 16-carry, 73-yard game.
- Missouri State held the 21-15 first down advantage and the 35:04-24:56 edge in time of possession.
- The Sycamores turned the ball over three times in the game, while forcing one turnover.
- Indiana State struggled on third down converting 1-of-11 attempts, while MSU went 6-of-15 on the key down.
- Travis Reiner averaged 41.6 yards per punt attempt and pinned two inside the 20.
News & Notes
- Dante Hendrix ran his catch streak to 23 consecutive games dating back to the 2018 season as the redshirt junior wide receiver hauled in an 11-yard reception on the Sycamores’ opening offensive play of the game.
- It was also Hendrix’s first 100-yard receiving game of the season and first since 2019 when he picked up 135 yards against Northern Iowa (Nov. 9, 2019). It was his fourth career 100-yard receiving game.
- Hendrix’s 10 catches marked his second career double-digit reception performance and his first since hauling in 11 catches against South Dakota back in the 2018 season.
- Moala’s pair of sacks extended his MVFC lead in the 2021 season and continued a career year for the Mishawaka, Ind. native. His 12.0 tackles for loss also pace the conference through ISU’s first seven games on the year.
- Rontrez Morgan ran his consecutive games with a catch streak to 12 contests prior to leaving the game due to injury in the second quarter. He leads the Sycamores with 33 receptions on the season.
- Zach Larkin ran his receiving streak to 14 consecutive games with a catch.
- Gunnar See made his 2021 debut in the third quarter as the redshirt sophomore became the third Sycamore quarterback to see the field this fall.
- The Sycamores welcomed back both Dante Hendrix and Michael Haupert to the lineup on Saturday afternoon. Hendrix was back in the lineup after missing the previous five games due to injury, while Haupert had been out the previous four after going down against Northwestern.
The Sycamores return home to Memorial Stadium for Homecoming as Indiana State welcomes Youngstown State to Terre Haute for the October 23 kickoff. Game time is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
JAGUARS COLLECT SOLID ROAD WIN AT GREEN BAY, 1-0
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team’s defense put up a dominating effort and sophomore Logan Finnegan provided the day’s only offense as the Jaguars went on the road and picked off Green Bay, 1-0. The Jaguars yielded just 10 shots and only three on frame while Finnegan netted his third score of the season in the 32nd minute for the winner.
IUPUI (3-8-1, 2-5 HL) was calm and collected in the defensive third, allowing four shots in the opening 14 minutes and just six the rest of the way. Green Bay’s looks came early in the second half, playing into the face of a stiff wind. Tim Stiller tested Morefield with a hard shot in the 49th minute and senior Tommy Patacca came up with a key redirect of a Michael McDougall attempt in the 54th minute, steering it off target. In the 61st minute, Green Bay’s Assibey Rhule had time and space, but rifled a shot high of target.
IUPUI’s offense came in the 32nd minute when Kirezi Freddy had possession on the right side and delivered a short cross to the near post. Finnegan climbed the ladder and redirected a header past Green Bay keeper Jamison Yoder.
“It was a great team. It was amazing for us to play our style and to end this losing streak,” Finnegan said. “Starting on a good note as we play our last few games is crucial and so good for us.
“(Freddy) is a dangerous man.”
IUPUI threatened to add insurance early in the second half as Tylin Broaders had a pair of scoring opportunities. On the first, he had a header go just over the bar in the game’s 57th minute. In the 58th minute, he got free on the right side, but had his shot fly well wide of target from 12 yards out.
Like Green Bay (1-9-3, 0-6-1 HL), IUPUI attempted just 10 shots and put two on frame. Playing much of the match with a one goal lead, the Jaguars were largely content to have their back line and defensive midfielders control possession and play keepaway from the Phoenix.
Morefield registered three stops in his third shutout of the season while Broaders and Mandela Cybahiro paced the attack with two shots each. McDougall led all players with three shot attempts.
“(The win) means a lot to the boys right now. This team is happy to snap the (losing) streak and earn three points,” Morefield said. “However, I can tell that everyone is hungry and already looking forward to the next opportunity to contend for a playoff spot.”
IUPUI will return home to kickoff a stretch of two straight road matches, beginning on Wednesday (Oct. 20) when the Jaguars host Eastern Illinois at 4:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium.
Volleyball wins 5th consecutive MVC match
DES MOINES, Iowa – Trailing by a score of 10-5 in the fifth set, the University of Evansville volleyball team scored 10 of the final 12 points to clinch its fifth Missouri Valley Conference win in a row, defeating Drake by a 3-2 final on Saturday at the Knapp Center.
It marks the first time since joining the MVC in 1994 that the program has won five league matches in a row. Evansville (15-4, 5-3 MVC) won the opening two sets over the Bulldogs (8-8, 3-5 MVC), but Drake did not give up, fighting back to take the third and fourth sets before holding a 5-point lead in the fifth. Making the difference was Cecilia Thon, who had two service aces in the final stretch to clinch the win.
“We knew that we were going to play a good Drake team tonight, even though we were up 2-0, we knew they were no going to quit,” Purple Aces head coach Fernando Morales exclaimed. “When I called the timeout in the fifth set down 10-5, I told the girls that we have three of our best servers coming up and if we sideout 10-6, we are going to win this match.”
“They did a great job of trusting each other. Cecilia and Laura (Ruiz) were huge all weekend long.”
Thon finished the night with three of the Aces nine service aces while Alondra Vazquez also finished with three. Blakeley Freeman recorded a pair along with 13 digs. Giulia Cardona and Vazquez each recorded 21 kills with Melanie Feliciano totaling 16. Taya Haffner had a career night, posting her highest assist and dig totals. Haffner’s 50 helpers bested her previous mark of 46 while her 21 digs was seven better than her career mark. Haley Bush and Mariana Rodrigues led the Bulldogs with 15 and 14 kills, respectively.
Set One – UE 25, Drake 19
Playing its second road match in two nights, the Aces came out swinging, jumping out to an early 11-6 advantage. Taya Haffner picked up a kill to help in building the advantage. UE continued to hold a 5-point edge as a Feliciano kill made it a 16-11 game. The Bulldogs made their first run, using a pair of Taylor Oberpriller kills to get within just one at 19-18. Following a timeout, the Aces countered. Vazquez pushed the lead back to a pair and after a Drake point, Evansville scored the final five points to take a 25-19 decision. Cardona had consecutive kills during the run.
Set Two – UE 25, Drake 22
A competitive second set featured 13 ties including seven leading to a 9-9 score. Drake took advantage of a Kylee Macke ace to score four in a row and grab their largest lead of the night to that point. Evansville wasted little time in countering, outscoring Drake by a 6-1 margin to go up 15-14. Kate Tsironis picked up the kill that put the Aces on top. The Bulldogs battled back to take a 16-15 lead and the teams continued to swap the advantage, but with the score knotted at 22-22, it was the Aces who would grab the win. Vazquez picked up back-to-back kills before a bad set by Drake finished off the 25-22 win to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.
Set Three – Drake 25, UE 21
Competition was fierce in the third set with 13 more tie scores. With the contest tied at 13-13, the Bulldogs scored three in a row to take the lead for good. Evansville got back within one at 18-17 on an attack error by the Bulldogs, but could not get the tying point, falling by a score of 25-21.
Set Four – Drake 25, UE 20
Looking to seal the victory, UE had the early momentum, jumping out to a 9-6 advantage. Blakeley Freeman had an ace before Cardona picked up a kill to cement the early lead. The Bulldogs stormed back, going on an 11-2 run to take a commanding 17-11 edge. The deficit for UE proved to be too much to overcome as the Bulldogs forced a decisive 5th set with a 25-20 win.
Set Five – UE 15, Drake 12
With the momentum on their side, the Bulldogs looked to be in control, taking a 10-5 lead. Coach Morales called a timeout to settle things down and the strategy paid dividends. Melanie Feliciano got it started with a kill before a Bulldog error made it a 10-7 game. Drake scored out of a timeout to go back up by four before Feliciano struck again with another kill. On the next point, Alondra Vazquez added another kill to her total to make it an 11-9 game before Cecilia Thon came through with an ace. Trialing by just one, it was Vazquez who picked up the tying score with a kill to make it 11-11.
A Drake error gave UE a 12-11 lead before another Thon kill pushed the lead to two. The Bulldogs got back within one before Vazquez moved over the 20-kill mark, posting UE’s final two points in a 15-12 win.
Just one match is on the docket next week with the Aces hosting Indiana State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Mastodon Men’s Soccer Topples UIC on the Road
CHICAGO – Thanks to a 34th minute goal from Alejandro Lopez, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team defeated UIC 2-0 at Flames Field on Saturday night (Oct. 16).
The Mastodons’ second Horizon League win of the season was as physical as they come, as UIC’s Nkusuwila Zulu was issued a red card in the 20th minute. This was one of 10 cards in the contest.
Purdue Fort Wayne took advantage of playing a man up for 70 minutes of the match, netting its first goal in minute 34. On his own, Lopez drove from the left side of the field into the 18, ripping a right-footed shot into the lower right corner of the net. This was his team-high third goal of the season.
After the break, Nathaniel Edwards gave the Mastodons a security goal by blasting a shot from outside the 18 that slammed into the crossbar and past the UIC keeper. Luke Benford was credited with the first assist of his career. The second half was all Mastodons, as they out-shot UIC 13-7 after halftime.
Edwards and Seth Mahlmeister had four shots and two shots on goal each. Danny Salazar picked up the solo shutout in his first-career start. He faced 12 shots with three on target. The ‘Dons owned an 18-12 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in corner kicks.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 4-8-1, 2-5-0 Horizon League with the win. UIC falls to 6-5-2, 4-3-0. The ‘Dons will step out of Horizon League play on Tuesday, October 19 when No. 17 Bowling Green comes to the Hefner Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. match.
Second-Half Surge Pushes Lions Past Hounds
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy football team (4-3, 2-1 GLVC) endured a 28-20 loss to visiting Lindenwood Saturday at Key Stadium. Trailing by 13 points at the break, the Lions (5-2, 3-0) held the Greyhounds scoreless in the second half while overcoming another 200-yard game by running back Toriano Clinton.
INS & OUTS
In a battle of the previous two GLVC champions, the Hounds used a handful of big plays to earn a 13-point cushion heading into halftime. Two consecutive sacks followed by an interception from Gavin Bane set up a career-long-tying 43-yard field goal by Paul Buisman to make it 13-7 Hounds.
The UIndy defense forced a three-and-out on the very next possession, giving the back right back to the offense. The Hounds cashed in again with a 72-yard drive, including 65 rushing yards from Clinton. The star back went on to finish with 229 yards and a TD, good for his third 200-yard game of the season.
But the Lions came out with new life in the second half. They managed 39 offensive snaps after the break, resulting in a near two-to-one time of possession advantage. The go-ahead touchdown came early in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard pass from Cade Brister to Alex Faddoul before later tacking on one final TD with a 17-yard catch by Payton Rose, this time from the arm of freshman QB Cole Dugger.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Clinton upped is career rushing total to 3,299, vaulting three spots into fourth on the Hounds’ all-time rushing list.
– Clinton also added 94 yards on five kickoff returns to finish with 321 all-purpose yards.
– The UIndy defense applied pressure throughout the evening, as the Hounds combined for six sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. Bane and Alec Patch were each credited with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 TFLs.
– Bane, meanwhile, led the team with nine total tackles, followed by Kiave’ Guerrier with eight.
– Safety Loren Strickland added five solo tackles and two pass break-ups.
Clinton’s rushing output Saturday pushed his career total past former UIndy greats Marquis Tolliver (1998-02), Andrew Walker (2014-17) and Craig Jenkins (2004-06, ’08).
In the first of three road games over the regular season’s final four weeks, the Greyhounds head to Quincy, Ill., and Quincy University on Saturday, October 23. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
MARIAN RUNS WILD IN 56-10 FRANCISCAN BOWL BLOW OUT VICTORY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team rebounded into the win column with a dominating home victory Saturday night, as the Knights defeated Saint Francis in the annual Franciscan Bowl to a tune of a 56-10 blow out. Marian’s win is their fourth straight over their in-state rival, as Marian moves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MSFA Mideast.
The Knights defense showed up early Saturday night denying the Cougars on their first two drives of the game, with a Clay Campbell interception halting the first series and a Tyler Majors sack ended the second. Marian failed to capitalize off the Campbell interception and 54-yard return, but after the sack Marian marched down the field, ending a 59-yard drive with a 24-yard Ben Stevens touchdown reception from Zach Bundalo.
Saint Francis answered the score with one of their own, capitalizing on a short field with a four-play drive to tie the game 7-7 with over four minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Cameron Peterson touchdown was followed by a quick Marian drive, as Bundalo connected with Stevens for the second time in the quarter, hitting the junior on a 49-yard bomb to put Marian back in front.
The Cougars settled for a field goal on their next series that dipped into the start of the second quarter, and after the score Marian’s ground game took center stage. Daylen Taylor added to the Knights’ lead at the 6:44 mark of the quarter scoring from seven yards out, and after the defense forced a three and out, Marian took over with 5:08 left in the half. Using a methodical approach on a drive that ate up nearly all of the remaining time in the half, the Knights marched 14 plays down the field capping a 74-yard drive with a Baron Huebler five yard touchdown, giving Marian a 28-10 lead entering halftime.
Both teams exchanged three and outs to start the second half, and on their second drive Marian began to put the game away, scoring in 1:13 as Taylor raced 45 yards untouched for his second score of the game. The defense continued to haunt Saint Francis forcing two more three and outs in the quarter, and on Marian’s final series of the third quarter the win grew closer, as Taylor hit pay dirt for the third time scoring on a 21-yard carry.
Marian carried a 42-10 lead into the fourth quarter, and on each of their first two drives in the quarter they found the end zone, with Huebler scoring twice on runs of 24 and one yard, icing the run away victory. Huebler’s third touchdown of the game completed scoring in the 56-10 Franciscan Bowl victory, as Marian enjoyed their largest margin of victory in the series in the 2021 chapter of the rivalry.
On the game Marian gained 558 yards and allowed 194 to Saint Francis, with Marian rushing for a season-high 335 yards as a team. Daylen Taylor set a career-high with 203 yards and three touchdowns, rushing for the fifth-most yards in a single game in school history. Baron Huebler also ran for a career-high with 130 rushing yards, notching his second-career three touchdown game. Bundalo completed 15 passes for 223 yards, finding Stevens seven times on the night for 127 yards and a pair of scores.
Sir’Zion Dance led the defense with six total tackles while getting 1.5 sacks, with Jacob Howell also adding 1.5 sacks. Tyler Bukur finished with three tackles and 0.5 sacks, and Diomoni Small made two tackles and had an interception in the fourth quarter. Clay Campbell finished the game with one tackle and 54 yards on his first quarter interception return, posting the sixth most INT return yards in a single game.
Marian will stay at home for an MSFA Mideast battle on October 23, as they host No. 5 Concordia at 1:05 PM for homecoming.
EFFICIENT OFFENSE LEADS MARIAN TO SWEEP OVER GRACE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team’s undefeated start to the 2021 season continued on Saturday afternoon, as the Knights racked up 49 kills as a team to sweep Grace College in three sets. The Knights are now 27-0 this season, and 15-0 in Crossroads League play with three games remaining in the regular season.
Marian and Grace battled through the opening 20 rallies in the first set as the game moved to a 10-10 tie, but a Skyler Van Noteputting Marian in front 11-10. Grace continued to battle Marian as the Lancers tied the set 13-13, but a kill from Sarah Spanglerhelped ignite a 5-1 run, with Jai-Lyn Norwoodforcing a Grace timeout. Leading 18-15 out of the break, Van Note and Spanglercontinued to find open spots in the floor, holding the lead. A Lexi Spenceservice ace forced the final Lancers timeout with Marian leading 22-18, and six rallies later Spangler closed the 25-21 win.
In the second set Marian jumped out to an early lead, with a run under Serena Dodson‘s serve helping the team build a 9-3 lead. A kill from Norwood gave the Knights a seven point advantage forcing a Lancer timeout, and after the break Marian continued to attack, with Madison Brooksand Van Note helping build the lead. A kill from Norwood started a 6-0 with the Knights leading 17-12, as Dodson again continued to help Marian with her strong serve. Michaela Hoffaand Van Note helped Marian close the 25-15 win with back to back kills.
Grace battled Marian again in the third set as the set moved to a 6-6 tie, but a run sparked by Norwood helped Marian gain a 12-6 lead with Maggie Meyerrecording two service aces in the run. Marian’s lead grew to as many as nine after Brooks and Norwood got a block, but the Lancers had late life pulling back within five. Marian stayed to their game and got back in system, jumping their lead to six. Marian stayed in control over the final 10 rallies, and a Lexi Spencedump put away the match with a 25-18 win.
Hoffa and Spangler led Marian’s offense with 11 kills each, while Norwood had 10 kills and three block assists. Meyer had 17 digs and three service aces to led the Knights, and Van Note had nine kills to pair with three block assists. Spence had a team-high 23 assists, and Dodson had 21 assists. Brooks had a strong game on the outside, recording five kills and three block assists.
The Knights will travel to Huntington on Wednesday night, needing a win to clinch a share of the Crossroads League title, while a Taylor loss at Indiana Wesleyan will give Marian the out-right championship.
MARIAN’S OFFENSE HAMMERS HOME 10 GOALS IN SENIOR DAY BLOWOUT
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard on Saturday morning at St. Vincent Field, blowing out Huntington 10-1 on senior day. The win was Marian’s first at home in conference play, as they climb to 12-2-1 overall this season and 4-1-1 in Crossroads League play.
The Knights’ headlined the game, dominating possession from the opening kickoff taking 11 shots in the first 20 minutes of play. Marian’s 12th shot of the morning started a scoring streak, with Marian tacking on three goals in a five minute window. The first goal of the day came from Erin Oleksak, who scored in the 22nd minute off a pass from Gretchen Mallin. Allie Schlomscored 121 seconds later with Maya Deckerearning the assist, and in the 27th minute Oleksak put away her second goal, with Mallin and Schlom assisting on the goal.
Marian kept their attacking going, and in the 37th minute Oleksak completed her third hat trick of the season scoring off a pass from Ryli John. Drew Masoncapped the first half scoring, heading in a goal in the 44th minute to give Marian a 5-0 lead at halftime. In the first half alone, Marian took 21 shots, allowing just one Huntington shot.
The scores kept coming for Marian in the second half, with the Knights adding five more goals to their total. John scored the first of the half bending in a goal in the 49th minute off a Jacelyn Smithassist, and eight minutes later Oleksak recorded her fourth goal as Smith assisted on the goal. Huntington would snap the shutout in the 62nd minute, but Marian answered less than 40 seconds later with Mason scoring on a Kinadee White pass.
John and Lexi Curryended the scoring for the afternoon, with John scoring the ninth goal on a Lindsey Stoughtonassist. Curry’s first career goal came in the 86th minute, with John adding an assist to the Curry goal.
Marian took 34 shots in the win, with Oleksak’s 10 shots leading Marian as the junior recorded her first career four-goal game. Schlom was credited with the game-winning goal adding an assist to her statline, Smith led Marian three assists. John and Mason each recorded a brace, and John had two assists. Marian ended the game with 11 assists on their 10 goals.
The Knights will go on the road next Saturday traveling to Goshen College.
WOMEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO NO. 4 SPRING ARBOR IN TOP-10 BATTLE
MARION, Ind. – No. 4 Spring Arbor University spoiled the Wildcats homecoming Saturday, topping No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer 1-0. SAU’s goal came in the 70th minute off a corner kick.
INSIDE THE BOX
- IWU attempted four more corners than SAU.
- The Cougars collected 17 fouls, most against the Wildcats in a match this season.
- Sarah Foluk put two shots on frame leading all Wildcats, while Jackie Norris fired off four shots, good for most by a Wildcat.
NEXT TIME OUT
- IWU takes Wednesday off before hosting Saint Francis on Saturday at 7 p.m.
FOOTBALL SHUTS OUT UNBEATEN LAWRENCE TECH ON HOMECOMING
MARION, Ind. – No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan football handed Lawrence Tech University just the programs second shutout loss, topping the Blue Devils 35-0 on Homecoming. LTU came into the contest unbeaten and averaging 26.7 points per game.
INSIDE THE GAME
- The Wildcats have allowed just 7 points in 60 minutes of football while racking up 76 points!
- IWU rushed for 121 yards while LTU posted negative 11 rushing yards.
- Xander Stokes set a new career high with three passing touchdowns. He now has 5 career games with at least 2 touchdowns. He threw for just 167 yards, a season-low.
- After setting a new program high last week with 6 sacks, IWU followed that up with 8 this week. Issac Abeo led all Wildcats with 2.5 while Ismael Avila, Robert Hunter, Massimo Pagnoni, and Caleb Williams posted at least one.
- The defensive highlight of the season came in the third quarter when Donovan Shelton picked off LTU’s Tyler Kulka, and took it 100 yards to the house. Ismael Avila came up with the other IWU interception, the first in his career.
- Brayden Smith hauled in 3 touchdowns bringing his career total to 28. He also went for over 100 yards, receiving for the fourth time this season and his 12th in his career.
- We liked our defense going into the game and we knew we could produce a non-traditional touchdown and we did. I liked how we played and our resolve. We have a good defensive line who did an excellent job imposing our will and not taking too many steps back.
- Offensively it was a little slow going, but Lawrence Tech played good defense and did a nice job. I am sure when we go back and watch film we won’t be in absolute love with everything we see, but our guys did a nice job running the ball effectively and we didn’t dip. We just need to see how we get better from it.
- I was impressed by our ability to capitalize on a few explosive opportunities against a very good defense today. We need to improve on our ability to continue to win on normal downs and execute in critical situations like 3rd downs and in the redzone.
- I was pleased with our ability to make them one dimensional, and then generate a consistent pass rush. It was also good to see us win on third down and Ron the red area. We need to be better at limiting explosive plays and in our early down execution. We allowed too many efficient 1st downs and too many extended drives as a result.
NEXT TIME OUT
- IWU heads on the road Saturday, facing Saint Francis (Ind.) at 12 p.m.
Quaker offense strikes down Ravens
ANDERSON — The Earlham College volleyball team scored a straight-set win over Anderson University on Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers improved to 15-5 (4-1 HCAC) while the ravens fell to 9-11 (2-3 HCAC).
Maria Young led the Quakers offense with 13 kills and an astounding .440 hit percentage. Giselle Mora also hit double digits with 10 kills.
Erin Wagner funneled the attack at the front line with 30 setting assists.
Mallory Cox collected 14 digs and scored two serving aces. The Quaker defense held the Ravens to a .081 clip for the entire match.
Earlham controlled the first frame from the onset with a 5-0 run right out of the gates. Later in the set, a 7-0 run for the Quakers cemented their lead. Earlham attacked at a .448 clip in the first set with only two errors as a team.
The second set saw a resurgence from the Ravens as the set was much more closely matched. Earlham attacked at its lowest percentage in the second frame at just .133. A pair of 4-0 runs in the middle and late stages of the set helped the Quakers to win the set.
Leading 10-9 in set three, the Quakers rallied for a 10-2 run to carry massive momentum through the set. Undeterred however, the Ravens managed to regroup and mount a 9-point run to close the gap back to the lead. Tied at 21, the Quakers won the match off of a 4-point run in the third set.
Earlham will be back in action on Wednesday at Defiance College. The match is slated for 7 p.m. and will begin the final week of away games for the Quakers, who will end their season with consecutive home matches.
Lyon scores twice in 2-0 win
MANCHESTER — The Earlham College women’s soccer team scored its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win with a 2-0 showing against Manchester on Saturday.
The Quakers improved to 3-9 (2-4 HCAC) while the Spartans fell to 2-10 (1-5 HCAC).
Eva Lyon scored both of the goals for the Quakers in the win. She scored in both the 14th and the 89th minutes.
Lyon’s first goal came off of a long shot after a throw in. Lyon collected a high-bouncing ball off of a throw-in and brought it down to take the long-distance shot which sailed past the Spartan goalkeeper.
Her second goal came from a 70-yard breakaway where she beat the pushed-up defensive line on her own and dribbled down to a 1-vs-1 chance with the goalkeeper. Lyon slotted a shot with her left foot to the far side of the goal and put the Quakers up 2-0 with less than two minutes remaining.
The Quakers led in shots 11-6 but Earlham did not manage to tally a corner kick.
Becca Hancock had an uneventful day in goal with only two saves.
Earlham will return to Matlack-Messer stadium on Wednesday for a 3:30 contest with the Pioneers of Transylvania.
Kelsey nets game-winner over Wooster
RICHMOND — The Earlham College field hockey team is on the brink of having its best season in program history for the 2021 campaign. The Quakers are now one win away from tying the program record after a 2-1 victory over the College of Wooster on Saturday.
The Quakers improved to 12-1 (3-0 NCAC) while the Scots fell to 5-6 (1-3 NCAC).
Regan Seeman scored in just the fourth minute of play for the EC offense. A Molly McKellar penalty corner went to Denise Bergdolt who ripped a low shot into the Scots defense. A defender bounced the shot into the air where Seeman collected the ball with her stick and brought it down behind the Wooster goalkeeper for an open shot.
Shortly before halftime, the Scots scored an equalizing goal off of a similar penalty corner play.
The teams went into halftime locked at 1-1, though Earlham had taken five more shots than the visitors.
Shortly after subbing back into the game, Jalyn Kelsey scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 38th minute. Earlham carried up an attack down the right side of the field where Bergdolt found herself with possession. The senior from Mannheim, Germany found Kelsey on the back side of the goal and slotted her a pass that threw the Wooster goalkeeper off guard where Kelsey could then take the shot on goal.
The Quakers led 15-5 in shots and placed nine of their attempts on frame. McKellar was kept busy with six penalty corners in the game.
Meg Murphy collected three saves in goal.
The Quakers will be back at it again tomorrow as Kenyon College comes to Darrell Beane Stadium at 1 p.m.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 3, WVU TECH 1
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Kayla Amidon scored twice on her Senior Day as the Indiana University East women’s soccer team earned a 3-1 River States Conference victory Oct. 16 against WVU Tech.
“It was such a great feeling being able to get us back into the game after going down 1-0 and then putting us up 2-1,” Amidon said. “Everyone played so hard today and it was so nice to be able to take home a win, especially on Senior Day.”
It was the regular-season home finale for IU East (7-6, 5-2). WVU Tech, which is coached by former Red Wolves assistant Kate Franks-Carr, is 4-6-3 and 1-4-3.
Amidon scored her two goals a few moments apart midway through the first half to erase an early 1-0 lead for the Golden Bears.
“It was a wonderful fall day to play soccer and to celebrate these seniors that have been integral in helping us achieve so much in such a short period of time,” IU East coach Shane Meridith said.
IU East completes a stretch of three matches in five days with a trip to Oakland City University on Monday, Oct. 18. The match is the makeup date for the contest originally scheduled for Oct. 2.
MEN’S SOCCER: WVU TECH 1, IU EAST 0
RICHMOND, Ind. – For the second time in three years, WVU Tech played spoiler on Senior Day for the Indiana University East men’s soccer team.
The Golden Bears scored off of a scrum in front of the IU East goal in the 54th minute and made the goal hold up for a 1-0 decision in the River States Conference contest at Centerville High School.
IU East (1-11-1) dropped a 1-0 decision for the fourth time this season. WVU Tech, which has received votes in the national rankings throughout the fall, is 7-4-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the league.
“We appreciate all that these nine guys have put into the program over the past 3-5 years,” IU East coach Steve Moore said. “They’ve dealt with adversity and experienced success both on and off the field during their time here. We’re still hoping to extend our season a bit, but proud to call them RedWolf alums!”
WVU Tech also edged IU East by one goal on Senior Day in 2019.
IU East’s next match is Oct. 21 at Ohio Christian University. Match time is 1 p.m.
Wabash Loses Shootout To Wooster
Wabash ran for 391 yards and finished with 670 yards of total offense on Saturday but could not come away with the win in a 44-41 home loss to The College of Wooster Fighting Scots.
The loss was the first of the season as well as the first in conference play for the Little Giants (5-1, 4-1 NCAC). The result was the first home loss in the new Little Giant Stadium and the first home loss since a 21-14 defeat against Wittenberg in 2017.
The 670 yards is the second-most in Wabash football history, trailing only a 711-yard effort against Denison in 2000. Wabash ran a school-record 203 plays to average 6.6 yards per play. The Little Giants ran for a season-high 391 yards, the eighth-most in program history, on 55 attempts. Wabash finished with 279 passing yards with quarterback Liam Thompson completing 25 passes on 46 attempts with three touchdown throws to Cooper Sullivan. Sullivan led the Wabash receivers with 15 catches for 101 yards and the career-best three scores.
Donovan Snyder ran for a career-high 220 yards on 34 attempts. Cade Campbell added a 105-yard rushing effort along with one TD on nine attempts.
Despite the high level of offensive output, Wooster (4-2, 3-2 NCAC) matched the Little Giants with 474 yards of total offense. The Scots were limited to 66 rushing yards but threw for 408 yards and three TDs.
Special teams haunted the Little Giants once again. Trailing 27-20 at halftime, Wabash evened the score midway through the third period on a Cade Campbell 37-yard run to end an eight-play, 97-yard drive after Wabash forced a Wooster turnover near the goal line. The Scots responded with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Carter Warstler. The kickoff return for a score was the second this season by a Wabash opponent and gave Wooster the 34-27 lead.
Thompson completed an eight-play, 75-yard drive with his third TD pass of the game to Sullivan with six minutes left in the third period to tie the score at 34-34.
The Scots regained the lead with a 27-yard TD reception by Warstler from Mateo Renteria. Warstler accounted for 254 yards of total offense for Wooster. He caught five passes for 92 yards to go with 128 kickoff-return yards and 34 punt-return yards. Renteria completed 28-of-41 passes for 408 yards and three TDs. All-American tight end Cole Hissong caught six passes for 109 yards. Mitchell Heilman added six catches for 100 yards.
Thompson brought Wabash even with Wooster once again with an 11-yard run with 10:16 remaining in the game to tie the score at 41-41. Wabash held the Scots on the next offensive series, but could not capitalize on their own possession and punted back to Wooster.
The Scots got the football on the Wabash 29-yard line after an eight-yard punt and took advantage by kicking a 19-yard field goal six-play laters to take a three-point lead with 5:29 left in the game.
Wabash marched to Wooster’s 22-yard line on a 13-play drive on the next series, but came up empty after a field goal attempt just missed going over the left upright. Wooster ran off all but 24 seconds of the game clock before turning the football back over to the Little Giants. Wabash got the ball to midfield but a pass toward the goal line as the final horn sounded fell incomplete, ending the Little Giants’ undefeated season.
Sullivan caught touchdown passes of 17 and 6 yards in the first half of the game. Jacob Handley connected on a career-long 41-yard field goal in the first quarter and added a 39-yard field goal at the end of the first half to cut the Wooster lead to 27-20.
Wabash held a 10-7 first-quarter lead but was outscored 20-10 in the second period.
The Little Giants look to regroup beginning next week with the first of back-to-back road trips. The Little Giants head to Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday, October 23 for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Ohio Wesleyan.
Wabash Falls In Overtime To Nationally-Ranked Kenyon
The Little Giant soccer team played even with 22nd-ranked Kenyon College in the North Coast Athletic Conference match played at Wabash Saturday afternoon. Wabash scored the first goal of the contest but lost in double overtime by a score of 2-1.
Coledon Johnson gave Wabash (9-4-1, 2-2-1) the 1-0 lead on his team-leading 11th goal of the season, scoring in the 38th minute to provide a 1-0 halftime lead for the Little Giants. Kenyon (10-1-1, 5-0-0 NCAC) evened the score at 1-1 on a goal from Johan Johannsson in the 58th minute.
The two teams played scoreless soccer through the remainder of regulation and the first ten-minute overtime. Sebastian Gaese, who provided the assist on the visiting Lords’ goal, scored the game-winner in the second minute of the second overtime period off a corner kick by Gerardo Martinez.
Wabash was held to three shots for the match and only one shot on goal on the score by Johnson. Kenyon finished with five shots on goal. Little Giant goalkeeper Michael Bertram recorded three saves over the course of 101 minutes of action.
The Little Giants jump back into action on Tuesday when Wabash travels to Springfield, Ohio for a 7 p.m. match at Wittenberg University.
Anderson Advances Past Hanover to HCAC Tournament Championship
The second-seeded Anderson University women’s tennis team (10-4) competed at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Semifinals in Nicholasville, Ky. at the Top Seed Tennis Club against the third-seeded Hanover College Panthers (3-5) on Saturday. The Ravens pulled together a 5-4 victory against the Panthers.
Senior Anna Creech (Richmond, Ind. / Richmond) entered a third set with Hanover’s Maddie Shannon at No. 1 singles while the match was tied 4-4. Creech secured the third set with a 6-3 victory to clinch the match.
No. 1 – Anna Creech (Anderson) def. Maddie Shannon (Hanover) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 – Linde Meerpoel (Hanover) def. Megan Long (Anderson) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Isabelle Roberts (Hanover) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 – Morgan Nation (Anderson) def. Rachel Pinnick (Hanover) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 – Melaina Tippery (Hanover) def. Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 – Cassie Froedge (Hanover) def. Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 7-5, 6-2
The Ravens will now be competing in the Cham
Kalamazoo Defeats Trine 5-1
The loss drops the Thunder to 6-7-1 on the season, and 1-2-1 in league action. Kalamazoo remains unbeaten in the MIAA at 4-0-0 and are 9-2-2 overall.
The Hornets got on the board immediately with a goal in the sixth minute. Goalkeeper Troy Saylor [Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia] made saves on the next three shots taken by Kalamazoo.
Brian Morris [Metamora, Mich. / Lapeer] put the first shot on goal for Trine in the 33rd minute of action, but it was turned away.
The Hornets tacked on a second goal just before half in the 42nd minute.
Colin Nicoski [Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield East] got Trine on the board at the start of the second half with a goal off an assist from Alhasan Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] in the 56th minute.
Less than 30 seconds later, Kalamazoo would answer and take a 3-1 lead.
The Hornets added two more to carry a 5-1 lead to full time. Kalamazoo outshot Trine 16-4 in the match. Saylor made seven saves overall.
Up next for the Thunder is Adrian College on Tuesday, October 19 at 4 pm. It is a home match and senior day for the Trine men. It is also Community Day, which means free entry to the event.
Thunder Fall to Millikin and Loras in Final Day of 5 State Classic
DECATUR, Ill. – The Trine women’s volleyball team dropped the final two matches of the 5 State Classic on Saturday 3-1 to Millikin University and Loras College.
The Thunder fall back to .500 at 14-14 on the season, with Millikin and Loras both advancing to 15-7 records with wins.
TRINE vs MILLIKIN RECAP:
The first set of the day for Trine was an eventful one, as it needed extra points to complete. A pair of kills late in the first by Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] gave the Thunder a 23-19 edge, but four straight points brought the Big Blue back into it. Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] made it set point with a kill at 25-24, but two straight points by Millikin forced a Trine timeout. A kill and ace by the Big Blue allowed the host institution to take a 1-0 lead, 28-26.
Millikin dominated the Thunder in set number two and rode 20 kills to a 25-13 victory. Nicholls and Hannah Sands [Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville] led Trine in the set with three kills apiece.
Despite falling behind a few points early in the third, Trine showed a lot of grit to continue to fight and force a fourth set against Millikin. Rachel Campbell [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] recorded a pair of service aces during a six-point run to take a 12-8 lead and it was five straight points to end the set at 25-19.
A poor start in the fourth set would doom the Thunder for the match. Trine fell behind 10-2, but three kills by Catherine Dobies [Ortonville, Mich. / Oxford] from Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] highlighted the fourth. Another 7-0 scoring spurt by Millikin allowed them to run away 25-15 to wrap up the match.
Nicholls and Jolliffe led the Thunder with 12 and 10 kills each, and Baughman assisted on 34 of 36 total kills. Kacie VanKalker [Dyer, Ind. / Illiana Christian] was the team leader in digs with 14.
TRINE vs LORAS RECAP:
10 first set errors by Trine prevented them from gaining momentum over Loras as the Duhawks waltz to a 25-15 win. Dobies had four kills in the first set alone to set the pace for the Thunder offense.
The second set looked as if it might also go Loras’ way in lopsided fashion, but a big run by Trine cut into the deficit. Down 21-15, Chloe Behm [Albion, Ind. / Central Noble] notched a kill, then it was Campbell who served back-to-back aces and Francesca Queary [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] sent one to the floor to force the Duhawks into a timeout. Loras regrouped to take set number two 25-20.
A massive 13-0 run in the third set gave Trine a huge advantage. Baughman had a kill and four aces during the streak which made it 18-5 Thunder and the Duhawks without a timeout left to spark a comeback. Trine was able to use a timeout to stop a mild four-point run by Loras to make it 2-1 with a 25-17 victory.
The Duhawks pulled out a 25-18 set four win to win the match 3-1, but a 6-1 scoring run brought Trine within one at 17-16. Queary, Jolliffe and Mikaila Sullivan [Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South Vigo] all had kills in the run.
Queary led the way with a team-high 11 kills and two block assists, with Sullivan. Baughman contributed with 40 assists and four service aces, tying her personal high for most aces in a season at 46.
Trine returns to conference play on Tuesday, October 19 against Alma. That match will be a part of Community Day at Hershey Hall and begin at 6:30 pm.
Balanced Attack Leads No. 23 Bethel to Three-Set Victory at St. Kate’s
ST. PAUL, Minn. – With six players recording kills, the No. 23-ranked Bethel University volleyball team won its fourth straight match defeating St. Catherine in three sets, 25-12, 25-20, 25-23.
Coming off a career-high night against St. Olaf, Kirstin Cotter put down a match-high 14 kills. Danielle Friedges was not far behind with 11 while Allie Fauth contributed seven kills and 18 digs. Kelsie Sealock finished with a match-high 21 digs.
For the 11th time this season, Bethel held its opponent hitting under .100 forcing the Wildcats into 15 attacking errors and a .086 hitting percentage. Bethel themselves hit .162 while recording 10 service aces for the second match in a row.
The Royals were ready from the start leading 5-0 in the opening set. Friedges tallied five kills in the set where Bethel hit .333. The Royals closed out the opening set with an impressive run scoring eight of the last nine points.
Set two played a bit closer with 10 ties and five lead changes. A kill from Kirstin Cotter tied it up at 12-12 after BU trailed. The four-point run kept the lead with Bethel as Allie Fauth put down the set clinching kill.
St. Kate’s kept BU on its toes in the third erasing the Royals early five-point lead. The Royals erased SCU’s three-point lead not once, but twice late into the set. Down 23-22, Bethel went to its top hitters as Cotter got the Royals to match point before Friedges put down the match winner.
Now 17-4 on the year and 6-1 in MIAC play, the Royals continue a four-game road stand at Augsburg Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Mellema Gives Royals Three Points with Double Overtime Game Winner
WINONA, Minn. – After falling in double overtime on Thursday to Saint John’s, the Bethel University men’s soccer team rebounded in another double overtime match coming out on top 1-0 at Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon.
Bethel had to go the length of the pitch off a goal kick as Colin Hupert got it to midfield. The Royals won a 50/50 ball passing it ahead to Mellema whose touch pushed it past the Saint Mary’s back line. Winning the foot race against the Cardinals’ goalkeeper, Mellema took a left footed shot into the lower right corner for the game winner in the 107th minute.
An even first half in the shot column sent both teams scoreless into the break despite the Royals getting a pair of early looks on frame from Youssef Abdallah.
Another even half in the second saw neither team’s defense break forcing the Royals into their second overtime match in three days.
Saint Mary’s had three shots late in the first overtime all off target while Bethel had no looks. Bethel limited the Cardinals to one off target chance before going the other way earning three points in the MIAC standings.
Bethel is back on the gridiron tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. hosting Wisconsin-Platteville in a non-conference matchup.
Royals Best by MIAC-Leading Saint Mary’s, 3-1
WINONA, Minn. – Bethel University women’s soccer team could not comeback after a two-goal deficit in the first half at MIAC-leading Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon falling 3-1.
Saint Mary’s put an early goal on the Royals 14 minutes into the contest before expanding its lead with a goal in the 30th.
Bethel was held to one shot in the first half, which they connected on with 54 seconds remaining in the half. Tessah Anderson scored her first goal of the season of a free kick from Abby Swanda.
The Cardinals expanded their lead in the second half after a goal in the 74th minute.
Bethel was outshot 15-4 for the match and was limited to three shots in the final 45 minutes.
The Royals look to bounce back in another MIAC matchup at Gustavus Adolphus next Saturday in St. Peter.
DePauw Tops Battling Bishops 24-7 for Fifth Straight Win
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw’s defense limited visiting Ohio Wesleyan to minus-39 rushing yards and the offense scored the game’s first 17 points as the Tigers topped the Battling Bishops, 24-7, on Nick Mourouzis Field at Blackstock Stadium. The Tigers improved to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Ohio Wesleyan dropped to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
The teams exchanged punts into the second quarter before DePauw tried to convert a fourth down just across midfield, but the Battling Bishops shut down the run and took over on their own 47. Four plays later DePauw linebacker Daniel Rafeedie picked off Ohio Wesleyan quarterback Zane Ries at the Tigers’ 27.
The Tigers were unable to convert and the teams again exchanged punts before DePauw took over on its own 10 with 3:03 left in the first half. Gus Baumgartner carried for one yard on first down before quarterback Chase Andries connected with Trey Shaw for an 18-yard gain. Andries then went deep to Jaylon Smith who caught the pass on the left side near the OWU 40 and outran the defense for a 73-yard score. Joe Sullivan‘s point-after made it 7-0 with 1:48 left in the half.
DePauw’s defense forced a fifth punt of the half and the Tigers drove to the Bishops’ 15, but couldn’t reach paydirt and Sullivan missed a 33-yard field goal try as time expired.
Ohio Wesleyan drove to the DePauw 33 on its opening drive of the third, but the Tigers stopped the guests on downs.
Later, DePauw took over on its own 30 with 6:50 remaining in the third and Andries teamed with Trey Shaw down the right sideline for what appeared to be a score, but a penalty at the OWU 3 brought it back to the 18. Baumgartner carried four straight times with the last one covering one yard for the score as the Tigers took a 14-0 advantage with 3:47 remaining in the quarter.
Sullivan tacked on a 21-yard field goal with 8:42 remaining in the contest to extend the lead to 17-0.
DePauw recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the OWU 26, but were eventually forced to punt. Ohio Wesleyan started on its 20 and was immediately driven back with a 10-yard sack by David Guhl. Ries converted a third-down pass to J.T. Dozier for 49 yards to the Tigers’ 41. Ries later tossed a 2-yard scoring pass to Kenny Streb to cut DePauw’s lead to 17-7 with 4:40 remaining.
The Battling Bishops attempted an onside kick, but the Tigers recovered at the OWU 44. Five plays later Baumgartner scored on a 13-yard run to push the lead to 24-7 with 2:57 left.
DePauw’s defense stopped Ohio Wesleyan on the next series and the offense ran out the clock for the win.
The Tigers outgained the Battling Bishops, 398-249 and outrushed them 138-(-39).
Andries completed 12 of 23 passes for 260 yards and one touchdown, while Baumgartner rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries. Smith hauled in four catches for 134 yards and a score.
Ries completed 28 of 51 passes for 288 yards with Dozier catching nine for 141 yards.
Cody Streit paced the Ohio Wesleyan defense with 12 tackles with Marquel Henry and Travis Sanders each totaling eight.
DePauw travels to Allegheny on Saturday, October 23, for a 1 p.m. contest against the Gators.
- The minus-39 yards of rushing defense was the Tigers’ best effort since holding Wooster to -50 on September 22, 2018.
- DePauw moved into sole possession of first place in the NCAC.
- The Tigers have now won five straight overall and nine consecutive against Division III schools. DePauw has won eight straight at Blackstock Stadium.
- Gus Baumgartner‘s 109 rushing yards marked the first time a DePauw player has topped the century mark since quarterback Jake Lasky totaled 134 at Denison (10/14/2017). The last DePauw running back to do so was Jason Kirchhoff with 171 yards at Allegheny (10/15/2016).
- In five NCAC games this year, the Tigers have allowed just 58 points (11.6/game).
- Chase Andries passed Andy Yoder and Tony de Nicola and moved into seventh on DePauw’s all-time passing yardage list.
Men’s Soccer remains perfect in HCAC action
DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers remain perfect in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action as they defeated Defiance on Saturday afternoon, 1-0.
With the win, Hanover improves to 10-3-1 overall and 6-0-0 HCAC.
The Panthers lone goal came early in the opening frame as senior Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.) played a ball to senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) who was able to beat the Yellow Jacket goalkeeper for the strike, 1-0.
Hanover got several looks on frame, tallying a game-high 14 shots with nine on goal. Leading the attack was senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) with a game-high five shot.
In frame, sophomore Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up his 8th win of the season as he charted two saves through 90 minutes of work.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20 when they welcome Rose-Hulman. Game time is set for 3:30 PM.
The Panthers run past Defiance in HCAC action
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers dominated Defiance on Saturday afternoon in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, defeating the Yellow Jackets 51-0.
With the win, Hanover moves to 3-3 overall and 2-1 HCAC and remain perfect at home.
The contest saw the Panthers score early and often as senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) took the offense 57-yards on 12 plays for the score. Facing a 4th and 10 Weimer found sophomore Eric Roudebusch (New Palestine, Ind.) for the touchdown with 6:11 remaining in the opening quarter.
Hanover added another score with 2:11 to play in the opening stanza as senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) found his first TD of the afternoon rushing ahead for 2-yards. The Panthers traveled 31-yards on six plays for the 14-0 advantage.
The Panthers continued to pour it on in the second stanza as the defense cranked up the intensity forcing a Yellow Jacket fumble inside their own 20-yard line. Freshman Jayan Kent (Cedartown, Ga.) took care of the rest as he completed the scoop and score, 21-0.
Senior Walt Balilinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) joined in on the excitment as he found the endzone with 12:24 to play in the second quarter rushing forward for a 3-yard pick-up that saw HC claim the convincing 28-0. The drive saw the Panthers go 78-yards on three plays.
Hanover tacked on one final score in the opening half as Weimer piloted the offense 64-yards for a 7-yard hook-up and score. Weimer found senior Jared Frank (Louisville, Ky.) in the back of the endzone pushing the difference to 34-0.
The second half opened with the Panther defense bringing the hammer as senior Kiefer Askew (Warner Robins, Ga.) collected his first interception of the contest setting Hanover up with good field position. The offense handled the rest with freshman Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) finding the endzone on a 12-yard rush and score, 42-0.
The Panthers tacked on another rushing touchdown as freshman Blake Huffman (Columbus, Ind.) propelled the Blue and Red to the impressive 45-0 lead.
The final score came following a pick six by freshman Chris Forehand (Louisville, Ky.) who took it 62-yards for the score, 51-0.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they hit the road for Bluffton. Game time is set for 1:30 PM.
Volleyball captures straight set victory at Bluffton
BLUFFTON, Ohio – Hanover swept Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Bluffton on Saturday afternoon in straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-22).
With the win, Hanover moves to 12-8 overall and 4-1 HCAC.
The opening set would see the Panthers tally 17 kills on 45 attempts for a .244 hitting percentage. Leading the attack was senior Maura Dankoski (Fishers, Ind.) who sparked a 5-0 run that saw the Blue and Red claim the 15-12 advantage. Hanover never looked back as another Panther run paced by freshman Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) propelled HC to the 25-18 win.
Set two saw Bluffton surge ahead when Schweitzer delivered from behind the service line to catapult HC in front 10-6. Hanover never looked back as senior Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) secured the set two victory, 25-12. The Panthers charted a set best 19 kills.
Hanover tallied 14 kills in the final set on 40 total attempts. Bluffton claimed the lead early but was unable to hold on as a Edwards kill pushed HC in front 16-15. The Panthers continued on the attack as a junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) kill and a Beaver miscue secured the straight set victory.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20 when. They travel to Transylvania. Game time is set for 7 PM.
Manchester Dominates Earlham on Saturday
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s soccer team put on a dominant performance against visiting Earlham College in Spartan Stadium on Saturday October 16.
The Spartans shutout the Quakers by a final score of 5-0.
Harley Kruschwitz(North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) opened the scoring for the Black & Gold in the 12th minute. Following a corner kick by Ruben Gonzalez(Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania), Kruschwitz slipped behind the Quaker defense and was able to touch the ball into the back of the net.
Julian Keough(Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) scored the second goal of the game in 20th minute. Keough would assist on the third goal of the opening period after his pass into the box was headed in by Cory Mitchell(Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) in the 32nd minute.
In the second period, Kruschwitz would score his league-leading 13th goal following a nice assist from Keough.
The Spartans rounded out the scoring in the 61st minute when Drew Gavit(Fishers, Ind./Fishers) scored for the first time this fall. Cory Mitchellearned the assist on the Gavit goal.
Manchester outshot Earlham 15-4 on Saturday.
he Spartans moved to 6-7-1, 3-3 HCAC on the year. MU will be on the road on Wednesday October 20 at rival Anderson. Game time is schedule for 3 p.m.
Volleyball Sweeps RHIT for HCAC Win on Saturday
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University volleyball team delivered a big performance in the opening match of its home tri-match on Saturday October 16.
The Spartans knocked off Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in straight sets to earn their second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win this week.
The set scores of Saturday’s opener were 25-14, 25-16, and 26-24. The Spartans hit .206 against the Fightin’ Engineers and concluded the opening set with an 11-point rally.
For the opener, Halle Planck(Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) tallied 6 kills and 5 solo blocks. She also had 9 digs. Sara Shultz(Churbusco, Ind./East Noble), Samantha Campbell(Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), and Erika Kramer(Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur) added 8, 7, and 7 kills, respectively in the win over Rose-Hulman.
Carly Ripberger(Tipton, Ind./Tipton) had 24 assists in the straight-set sweep over RHIT. She added 11 digs. Both Shultz and Rachel Ressler(Tipton, Ind./Tipton) also had 11 digs in the win.
The win over the Fightin’ Engineers was the first for Manchester since 2015.
The Spartans concluded Saturday’s home tri-match with a non-conference tilt against St. Mary’s (Ind.). The Belles got the better of the Spartans, winning in four sets by set scores of 25-11, 16-25, 25-22, and 25-21.
Joy Maze(Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood Community) led the Spartans with 14 kills and 23 digs against St. Mary’s. Halle Planckadded 11 kills on the strength of a .258 hitting percentage.
Helaina Walters(Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) chipped in 15 digs.
The Spartans (10-11, 2-3 HCAC) will take on Franklin College eon the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 20.
Spartans Shutout at Mt. St. Joseph on Saturday
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Manchester University football team suffered its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference defeat on Saturday after dropping a 28-0 road decision at Mount St. Joseph University.
The Lions’ defense was challenging to overcome as the Spartans were sacked 7 times, lost a pair of fumbles, and had a pair of passes intercepted. MSJ limited Manchester to just 7 first downs and 100 yards of total offense in Saturday’s game.
The Lions scored on the third play of the contest and never looked back en route to the shutout. Tyler Prather connected with Austin Brock on a 64-yard strike to open the scoring. In the 2nd quarter, Prather hit Jake Ayler from 11 yards out for his second touchdown pass of the game. MSJ pushed the score to 21-0 later in the 2nd quarter after 5-yard touchdown run by Mariano Mackenzie. The Lions would put their fourth TD on the board in the 4th quarter following a 10-yard fumble recovery by Devon Donawerth.
Manchester’s defense came away with a pair of interceptions of its own while holding the Lions to 276 yards of offense. Michael Cross(Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) picked off his first pass of the season on Saturday. Ty-Cigar Frasier (Douglasville, Ga./New Manchester) also was credited with an interception. Jalen Masden(Evansville, Ind./Harrison) led the Black & Gold with seven total tackles.
Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) punted 12 times for 474 yards. He had a pair of 50+-yard punts and placed four punts inside the 20-yard line. Kibler’s longest punt of the day wne tfor 53-yards.
Manchester (2-4, 2-1 HCAC) will return to Spartan Stadium on Saturday October 23 to host Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Game time is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Mt. St. Joseph (4-2, 3-0 HCAC) remained unbeaten in conference play following the win. The Lions will travel to Defiance College on Saturday October 23.
RHIT Volleyball Splits Two Matches at Manchester
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology split a pair of matches at Manchester University on Saturday, highlighted by a 5-set non-conference win over St. Mary’s College.
The Fightin’ Engineers defeated St. Mary’s College 25-21, 25-27, 25-13, 19-25, 16-14 after falling to HCAC foe Manchester 25-14, 25-16, 26-24.
Against St. Mary’s College, Sophia Koop ended with 15 kills and 21 digs. Kylie Rathbun finished with a career-high 41 digs.
Jillian Gregg recorded 20 assists and 15 digs, while Elizabeth Canon chipped in 12 kills, 15 digs and a team-high seven service aces. Sophia Harrison added 21 assists. Allie Fults added five total blocks.
Canon had 10 kills and two service aces to lead the offense against Manchester. Harrison had 14 assists, Rathbun added 18 digs and Fults had a team-high three blocks.
The Fightin’ Engineers return to Hulbert Arena on Wednesday, October 20 with a 10-13 overall record and a record 1-4 in the HCAC for a conference matchup with Anderson University. The match is scheduled to begin at 7pm.
RHIT Men’s Soccer – RHIT 3, Transylvania 1
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer wins at Transylvania University 3-1 on Saturday, securing the sixth straight victory. RHIT moves to 9-4-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
The Fightin’ Engineers controlled the contest early, scoring twice in the first half. Tatenda Mafa was credited with the first goal in the 21st minute, assisted by Caleb Urban, and Takezo Kelly scored the second goal in the 33rd minute from AJ Yilmaz. Matt Fix scored the third and final goal for Rose-Hulman, assisted by Urban.
Rose-Hulman outshot the Pioneers 15-10 in the contest, led by Kelly with four. Both Yilmaz and Urban recorded three shots.
Mafa has scored three goals in the last four games.
The Fightin’ Engineers head to Hanover College on Wednesday, October 20 for another HCAC contest against the Panthers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30pm.
RHIT Women’s Swim-Dive – 11th at Indiana Intercollegiates
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished 11th in the season opening Indiana Intercollegiate women’s swimming and diving meet against NCAA Division I, II and III competition at Purdue University on Saturday.
The team had five top-20 performances on the day.
The 200-medley relay team of Natalija Pumpurs, Lauren Meyer, Megan Howell and Therese Jaeger came home 18th in a time of 2:00.89. The 200-freestyle team of Pumpurs, Cate Stuaffer, Riya Bharamaraddi and Jaeger placed 19th in 1:51.67.
1-meter diving helped Rose-Hulman record its remaining three top-20 finishes. Audrey Hankins was 18th with 170.30 points; Chloe Koutsoumpas was 19th with 129.35; and Reilly Foote was 20th with 129.30.
Rose-Hulman returns to women’s swimming and diving action at the Indiana Division III Meet at the Wabash Valley Aquatic Center next Saturday.
RHIT Swim-Dive – Men 4th at Indiana Intercollegiates
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned a fourth-place team finish and was first among NCAA Division III teams at the Indiana Intercollegiate Meet on Saturday at Purdue University.
Rose-Hulman relied on seven top-10 performances to earn the fourth-place team finish.
The 200-freestyle relay team of Tyler Sommer, Logan McLaughlin, Ryan Nikolic and Jared Brown earned the day’s top-five finish with a time of 1:27.07 in the final event.
The 200-medley relay team of Justin Roberts, Derick Miller, Brown and Sommer added a sixth-place finish in 1:37.73. The second 200-freestyle relay team of Brendan King, Sam West, Miller and Vineet Ranade added a time of 1:29.04 for seventh place.
Individual top-10 finishers included Evan Sellers with a seventh in the 500-freestyle (4:54.67); Ryan Bowering with a ninth in the 500-freestyle (4:57.08); Ranade with a 9th in the 200-freestyle (1:47.30); and Brown with a 10th in the 50-freestyle (21.63).
The Rose-Hulman men’s squad returns to action at Wabash College on Friday night.
RHIT Football Uses 48-Point Quarter to Top Anderson 62-7
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology set a school record with 48 points in the first quarter to earn a 62-7 football victory over Anderson University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman scored seven touchdowns in a span of 11 minutes in the opening quarter. Shane Welshans scored the first two touchdowns on a 3-yard run and a 16-yard pass from Andrew Dion. Jailen Hobbs hauled in a 13-yard touchdown reception, and Alex Gresock had a 31-yard scoring catch from Dion to increase the score to 27-0. Grant Ripperda scored a 13-yard rushing touchdown to increase the score to 34-0 with 3:10 left in the opening quarter.
Defense and special teams rounded out the 48-point quarter. Diego Cruz blocked an Anderson punt that was recovered at the 1-yard line and run into the endzone for a touchdown by Rashard Brown. Tyce Miller capped the first quarter scoring with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of the opening quarter.
Rose-Hulman added two more first half touchdowns to take a 62-7 lead into the halftime locker room. Dion and Hobbs connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 4:17 left in the half, and Ryan Schmidt caught an 8-yard scoring strike from Miguel Robertson with 50 seconds left in the frame.
Rose-Hulman dominated the statistics for the game as well, outgaining Anderson 422 yards to 139. Dion finished 13-of-14 for 178 yards and four touchdowns to lead the offense, and Robertson was 4-of-5 for 32 yards and another score.
Hobbs had two receiving touchdowns and five catches for 43 yards. Gresock, Welshans and Schmidt added one receiving score each.
The balanced ground attack was led by Alonzo Johnson with 28 carries for 96 yards. Welshans rushed 11 times for 65 yards and one score, and Ripperda gained 56 yards on five carries with a touchdown.
Defensively, Miller had an interception return for a score and Winston Amankwah had an interception with a 26-yard return as the biggest plays of the game. Jonathan Anstett paced the team with five tackles and two tackles-fo-rloss. Riley Lopian and Deven Cobb added sacks in the strong and balanced team performance.
Tyson Harley led the Anderson offense with a 14-of-31 performance for 76 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Jose Olivo led the Ravens with a game-high 11 tackles.
Rose-Hulman improved to 4-2 and shares the HCAC lead with Mount St. Joseph and 3-0 in conference play. Anderson stands 0-6 and 0-3 in league play. The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Manchester next weekend for another in-state conference matchup.
RHIT Women’s Tennis Falls to Transy in HCAC Semifinal
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Transylvania University advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s tennis championship match with a 5-0 win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at Top Seed Tennis Club on Saturday morning.
Transylvania improved to 6-1 on the season, while Rose-Hulman completes the fall campaign with a 3-6 record. Wynne Aldrich held a second set at 3-2 at the time of match completion, and the No. 2 doubles team of Krista Manche and Ella Dorfmueller tallied three games to lead the Fightin’ Engineer performance.
Rose-Hulman will add matches to its spring schedule in the coming months.
RHIT Men’s Cross Country – 19th at Oberlin
OBERLIN, Ohio — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology came home 19th at the nationally competitive Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday morning.
John Sluys placed 67th of 305 runners with an 8-kilometer time of 27:14. Hammond Law came home second among Engineers and 115th overall in a time of 28:00.
Elliott Whiteside (28:28), Daniel Gaull (28:29) and Tyler Koopman (28:47) rounded out Rose-Hulman’s five scoring performances.
The top seven also included Evan Brill (28:54) and Ethan Miller (29:02).
Open race results will be posted on Saturday evening.
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Shelbyville, Indiana, on Oct. 30.
RHIT Women’s Cross Country Places 21st at Oberlin
OBERLIN, Ohio — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed 21st of 33 teams at the competitive Oberlin Women’s Cross Country Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday morning.
Libby Smith led the Rose-Hulman performance by finishing 75th out of 303 comeptitors with a 6-kilometer time of 24:11. Kaia Johnson came home second among Engineers and 91st overall in 24:30.
Madison Lindfelt placed third among Rose-Hulman competitors and 103rd overall in 24:45. Audrey Pangerc added a time of 25:45, and Haley Braker rounded out Fightin’ Engineer team score performances with a mark of 26:27.
Naomi Knudtson (26:51) and Whitney Shepherd (26:54) rounded out Rose-Hulman’s top seven.
Football: Fightin’ Engineers Take Down Ravens
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology took down the Anderson University football team with a 62-7 victory during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in Terre Haute.
The Fightin’ Engineers (4-2, 3-0) compiled 422 yards of total offense while the Ravens (0-6, 0-3) finished with 139 yards of total offense.
Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind. / Mount Vernon) completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dean Foundos (Highland, Ind. / Highland) in the second quarter. Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind. / Marion) completed the extra point.
Jose Olivo (Knightstown, Ind. / Knightstown) led the Ravens with 11 tackles. Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind. / Monroe Central) tallied eight tackles and Caden McClain (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) contributed six tackles. Cayden Sotelo (Charlottesville, Ind. / Eastern Hancock) and Austin Weiland (La Porte, Ind. / New Prairie) each produced five tackles. Brandon Goodman (Logansport, Ind. / Logansport) recorded 1.5 tackles for losses and 10 tackle for loss yards.
Anderson battles Franklin College (3-3, 1-2) in HCAC action on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.
RHIT Women’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 1, Transylvania 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer beat Transylvania University on Saturday afternoon 1-0, improving to 9-2-1 on the season and 5-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. This win marks the fifth straight victory and fifth straight shutout for the Fightin’ Engineers.
Lane Lawrence scored the eventual game-winning goal, which occurred in the 11th minute. Lawrence has now scored in three consecutive matches, bringing her season total to eight goals.
The Fightin’ Engineers outshot the Pioneers 22-9 in the contest, led by Lawrence with five total. Kiley McKee and Elle Vuotto each finished with four.
Natalie Dillon led the defensive effort with three saves. The Fightin’ Engineers have outscored the opposition 16-0 during the current 5-game winning streak.
Rose-Hulman returns to Terre Haute to take on the Panthers of Hanover College on Wednesday, October 20 at 7pm.
Cougars Drop 2021 Franciscan Bowl to No. 14 Marian Knights
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-3; 0-2 MSFA) traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2021 Franciscan Bowl against the No. 14 Marian University Knights (5-2; 3-1 MSFA) at St. Vincent Field but could not regain their winning ways falling 56-10.
Coming off a 68-0 performance last Saturday against Madonna, the Cougars came into the game looking to carry over their momentum, and started with the ball, but the opening drive ended with an interception.
A couple three and outs on both sides followed giving Marian the ball back. The Knights then capitalized on an eight-play drive to score first on a 24-yard touchdown pass.
But the Cougars responded. After a 29-yard kickoff return, junior quarterback Heath Simmons made consecutive passes to put the Cougars at the Knights’ 10-yard line. Then running back Cameron Peterson ran the ball in for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7-7.
However, just five plays later, Marian got the lead back with a 49-yard touchdown pass, and the first quarter ended with the Cougars down 14-7.
A 34-yard field goal by kicker Aidan Hosler put the Cougars back to within four points early in the second quarter, and both defenses followed suit with stops.
When Marian got the ball back though halfway through the frame, they took advantage of another long offensive drive which ended after nine plays with an eight-yard touchdown run.
The Knights added one more scoring drive before the half ended to put the Cougars in a 28-10 hole as the game went to halftime.
Throughout the second half, the Cougars offense was held in check while the Knights had no such problem producing successful drives.
In the third quarter, Marian scored two more touchdowns on 45 and 21-yard runs, and then added two more in the fourth quarter both on the ground as the Cougars suffered the tough loss.
Throughout the game, Simmons threw for 107 yards while Peterson scored the lone touchdown and totaled 41 yards on the ground.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday afternoon when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to play the No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (5-1; 1-1 MSFA) beginning at 12:00 pm.
Freshman Goalie Gonzalez Steps Up Despite the Cougars 1-0 Loss
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-9-2; 0-6 Crossroads) traveled to Mount Vernon, Ohio Saturday evening to resume Crossroads League play against the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (8-6; 3-3 Crossroads) but fell 1-0 despite having numerous scoring opportunities.
In the early minutes of the game, not much action was happening until the ninth minute. There Mount Vernon created the first scoring opportunity of the game and cashed in putting the ball in the net for a 1-0 lead over the Cougars.
Through the next several minutes, freshman goalkeeper Logan Gonzalez, stepping in for the injured Gabe Vessely, made some key saves to keep his team in the game.
After that the Cougars then started getting some offensive chances in themselves only to have each shot saved.
The game went to halftime with Saint Francis down 1-0.
Both teams exchanged scoring chances early in the second half with both goalkeepers making saves.
As the clock winded down, the Cougars continued battling and making stops on defense. Gonzalez made a couple more saves in the final minutes, but just one more scoring chance for the Cougars fell short as they suffered the loss.
Throughout the game, the Cougars managed five shots on goal and seven shots total while freshman goalkeeper Logan Gonzalez stepped up to make seven saves on eight shots on goal.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday evening when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to face the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (8-4-1; 2-2-1 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm.
RV Bethel Pilots Prove too Formidable for Cougars to Overcome
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday evening, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (5-21; 3-11 Crossroads) traveled to Mishawaka, Indiana to face the RV Bethel University Pilots (24-7; 9-6 Crossroads) in a road conference match but could not find their winning ways losing in three sets.
After a tough loss to No. 7 Marian last night, the Cougars fell behind early in the first set against the Pilots. They fell behind 6-1, but then got on a roll, rallying to tie the Pilots and take the lead on several occasions.
But with the Cougars now leading 11-10, Bethel regained control of the momentum and scored on nine of the next 10 rallies to build a 19-12 lead.
They never looked back as Bethel took the opener 25-16.
In the second set, both teams started in a back-and-forth battle before the Cougars found themselves ahead 11-10 once again.
Both teams exchanged blows through the next several rallies. But Bethel took control with the score tied at 16 and went on to win nine of the last 14 rallies to claim the frame 25-21 and put the Cougars on the ropes.
That was the closest that the Cougars came as they had no chance in the third set losing 25-13.
The Cougars resume play next Wednesday evening when they return home to Hutzell Athletic Center to play host to the Goshen College Maple Leafs (15-9; 7-5 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm.
Cougars Struggles Continue Against Mount Vernon Cougars
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-10-1; 0-6 Crossroads) played host to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (6-6-1; 3-2-1 Crossroads) Saturday evening at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium in a Crossroads League match but could not produce enough offense falling 2-0.
As the game got underway, Mount Vernon began applying the pressure consistently. Senior goalkeeper Melanie Xouris stepped up in the first several minutes to make a couple saves, but her third attempt at a save fell short as the Cougars fell behind 1-0 in the fifth minute.
Throughout the next several minutes the Cougars had to continue playing strong defense as Mount Vernon would not go away.
A couple more shots saved by Xouris and a defensive team save kept the Cougars down by just one, but then Mount Vernon doubled the lead on their fourth shot on goal in the 16th minute.
The game went to halftime with Saint Francis trailing Mount Vernon 2-0.
In the second half, a couple more offensive opportunities presented themselves to the Cougars, but they couldn’t get a clear shot on goal.
Defensively, the Cougars and Xouris made some stellar plays to keep the score at two goals, but no other scoring was done as the Cougars were dealt the tough loss.
Throughout the game, the Cougars managed just one shot while Xouris made six saves on nine shots on goal with another being a team save.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday afternoon when they travel to Marion, Indiana for a road conference match against the No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (10-2; 5-0 Crossroads) beginning at 4:00 pm.
GRENADIERS SWEEP OHIO VALLEY IN FINALE OF RSC HOMESTAND
NEW ALBANY, Ind – A well-balanced attack sparked IU Southeast to a 25-11, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Ohio Valley on Saturday.
IU Southeast (12-9, 8-3 RSC) never trailed in the first set. With a 10-7 lead, the Grenadiers used a 9-0 run to distance themselves from Ohio Valley (1-12, 1-11 RSC). The 9-0 run saw three aces from Malone and two kills from Organ. The Grenadiers would go on to win the first set 25-11 on a kill by Abigail Vogel.
IU Southeast saw kills by six different Grenadiers in the first set, led by Organ with three. Brandy Eisenback served up two aces to make it five total aces for the Grenadiers in the first.
The second set was tightly contested to start as the two teams were deadlocked at 6-6 after the first 12 points. IU Southeast then went on a 5-0 run to take a 11-6 lead, and they never trailed for the remainder of the set. Ohio Valley made it close, but the Grenadiers went on to win the second set 25-21, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set saw Ohio Valley jump out to a quick 10-7 advantage. IU Southeast responded with an 8-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. Yoder added four more aces to her total in the eight-point stretch. With a 17-13 lead, the Grenadiers went on another long run to extend their lead to 24-13. IU Southeast would win the third and final set 25-15 on a kill by Jessi Kramer.
Hannah Brown and Cate Murphy led the Grenadiers with 10 assists apiece. Lexie Fisher added 17 digs to lead the team. IU Southeast had 12 aces as a team with Yoder leading the way with six. Malone had three aces, Eisenback had two and Murphy had one to round out the well-balanced attack.
IU Southeast travels to Point Park University on Friday for a 7 PM matchup.
Cougar Soccer Knocks off Brescia 2-1
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer team got back into the win column Saturday afternoon, beating the Bearcats of Brescia, 2-1. The win moves the Cougars to 4-7-2 overall and 4-3-1 in River States Conference play.
IU Kokomo outshot Brescia 21-5 in the victory.
The Cougars struck early with a Kelsi Hoot goal in the ninth minute. Hoot’s first shot of the sequence was deflected by the Bearcat goalie; however, Hoot was able to gather the ball and finish the play to give IU Kokomo a 1-0 lead just ten minutes into the game.
IU Kokomo added to the lead in the 41st minute behind a goal from Mackenzie Gibbons, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead. The goal was Gibbons first of the season.
In the 68th minute, the Bearcats got on the board as Isabella McChessney beat IUK goalie Alicia Burns.
Kelsi Hoot, Mackenzie Gibbons, and Keely Hoopingarner led IU Kokomo with four shots each.
The Cougars will be back in action on Thursday, October 21, as they host the University of Rio Grande at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Titans’ record-long win streak snapped against #3 Spartans
LINCOLN, Ill. – IU South Bend set a new program record with their ninth straight victory on Saturday afternoon, but the streak would end just hours later, as the Titans knocked off hosts Lincoln in a tri-match 3-1 before falling to No. 3 Missouri Baptist 3-1.
The Titans (16-4, 12-0 CCAC) kept their perfect conference record intact with their win over the Lynx (3-13, 2-9 CCAC), and formally clinched their spot in the CCAC Tournament in three weeks. Hannah Marchand led the attack, scoring 18 kills with a .395 attack percentage in the win. Julie Brown collected 12 kills and finished one short of the team’s solo block record, with four. McKenzie Powell picked up 41 assists and 14 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
After winning the first two sets by margins of 25-23 and 25-21, IU South Bend was tripped up in game three. Trailing 22-17, the Titans score five straight to even the score, but Lincoln came back with three in a row to take the set, 25-22. The Titans wasted no time in game four, jumping out to an 11-3 lead and scoring six of the final eight points of the match to win, 25-16.
Following a slow start that led to a 25-17 loss to the third-ranked Spartans (17-2) in the first set, the Titans would hold a small lead throughout most of game two. Leading 22-19, IU South Bend would surrender the next five of the next six points to give Missouri Baptist a one-point advantage and set point, 24-23. Kills from Abby Seeger and Amber Jacobs put IUSB on top 25-24, and after both sides traded serving errors, an MBU attacking error would give the Titans the win, 27-25.
Games three and four were both close, but the Spartans would close out each. Tied 20-20 in game three, MBU went on a 5-1 run for the win. In game four, the Titans trailed 21-17 but would score four straight, highlighted by a pair of kills from Felisha Campanello, to even the set. The Spartans would go on to score three kills in a row to close out the match.
Marchand was again the top scorer in the second match of the day, with another 18 kills against Missouri Baptist. Powell registered 43 assists over four sets of work, and Suriya Van der Oord led the back line with 10 digs and a pair of aces.
The Titans return to the court on Tuesday night, when they travel to Whiting, Ind. to take on Calumet. First serve with the Crimson Wave is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Celebrate Senior Night With 3-0 Win
UPLAND, Ind. – As fans gathered inside Turner Stadium to celebrate Taylor’s seven seniors, the Trojan women’s soccer team celebrated a 3-0 win against Goshen (5-8, 1-5). Senior, Erin Teevans, scored two goals, while junior, Sophie Snyder, knocked in a third.
The Trojans boasted another lopsided comparison in the shot column, taking 27 to Goshen’s mere six. Even more, Taylor landed 10 shots on-goal, while the Maple Leafs only offered Taylor goalie, Hannah Brackenbury, one opportunity to secure a save.
Taylor’s first goal arrived in the match’s 25th minute, thanks to a beautiful dish from senior, Linli Tu, that was capitalized on by Teevans. The Barlett, Illinois, native received a dime up the middle of the field from Tu, before denting the net’s left pocket via her right foot.
Teevans was not done for the half, however, knocking in her second goal of the match with just under 90 seconds to play before intermission. This time, Teevans’ goal was unassisted while pouncing on a ball that was bounced around in the box by the Maple Leaf defense.
Thanks to Teevans and her seventh-career multi-goal match, the Trojans went into the half up 2-0. It would not be long before the Trojans tacked on another goal, though, as Sophie Snyder soon made it a 3-0 game.
Snyder benefited from an excellent ball from senior, Riley Massey, off of a foul kick. The Carmel, Indiana, native scored her second goal of the season, while Massey locked in her first assist on the year.
Taylor went on to win 3-0, beating the Maple Leafs for the 13th-consecutive time, nurturing a great night to celebrate Taylor’s seven seniors: AC Hardy, Kate Kortenhoeven, Riley Massey, Alanna Raikes, Erin Teevans, Linli Tu, and Ali Vander Kolk.
Taylor will look to keep the celebration going as the Trojans take on one final non-league opponent in Trinity Christian (12-2) on Wednesday, October 20, inside Turner Stadium at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Hold Off Goshen With 2-1 Win
GOSHEN, Ind. – The Taylor University men’s soccer team defeated Goshen (5-7-3, 1-5 CL) on the road by a score of 2-1, placing the Trojans back in the win column after a toss loss to RV Bethel (11-4, 5-1 CL) on Wednesday.
Shots were at a premium in the first half of the match, with the Trojans outshooting the Maple Leafs five to two. Even so, Taylor made them count by scratching two goals into the scorebook before intermission.
The first of which came from the foot of freshman, Pablo Gonzalez Cacho, in the match’s 29th minute. Cacho’s second-career goal was set up by junior, Jhon Alzate, giving the native of Colombia his third assist of the season.
Five minutes before half, the Trojans struck again, this time fueled by sophomore defenseman, Jackson Hoosier. Hoosier has become a scoring machine as of late, knocking in his third goal in as many matches. The Colorado native reaped the reward of Cacho’s first-career assist, giving the freshman three points on the night.
While Taylor went into intermission with a 2-0 lead, Goshen would not quit, quickly scoring a goal of its own just over five minutes into the second half. The Maple Leafs went on to fire another 11 shots throughout the second half, six of which were secured by goalie, Jacob Susud, and none of which met the net.
Taylor would hold on to win 2-1, even while Goshen took more than twice as many shots as the Trojans.
Taylor has now beaten Goshen in three-consecutive meetings, improving the Trojans’ overall record against the Maple Leafs to 10-7-1.
Hoosier, Cacho and the Trojans will return to action on Saturday, October 23, when they take on Grace College (7-8, 4-2 CL) in Winona Lake, Indiana, at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Pushes No. 5 Concordia in 28-21 Defeat
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Taylor turned in one of its best performances of the season on Saturday, setting season-highs with 280 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a 28-21 loss at No. 5 Concordia.
TU ripped off 5.0 yards per carry in the contest, wearing down the CU (5-0, 3-0 MSFA) defense with 56 rushes and holding an edge in time of possession by roughly five minutes of game action. The relentless ground attack helped Taylor post a 280 to 164 yard advantage in rushing yards and a 370 to 360 edge in total yardage.
Brendan Lamb led the way with 20 carries for 97 yards and one score, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt. Jacob Cleaver backed Lamb up with season-highs of 15 carries for 68 yards on 4.5 yards per touch and Grant Gerig scored twice and added 60 yards on a total of three carries.
Tyler Watson led the Taylor defense with 13 tackles, three passes defended, one interception and one hit for lost yardage. Josh Saltzgaber stayed busy with 10 tackles and one for lost yardage, while Sam Bartu and Aven Jones each posted seven stops.
The game was contested throughout, with Taylor going toe-to-toe with the fifth-ranked hosts despite being hindered by three more lost fumbles.
The day opened on a sour note, with TU going three-and-out on the first drive and punting to Concordia. The Cardinals struck for a 53-yard touchdown pass on their first play of the game and grabbed an early 7-0 lead.
Lamb speared Taylor’s counter attack, running for 15, eight and 38 yards on the next possession to push the Trojans into the red zone. Dakohta Sonnichsen’s eight yard rush took the ball inside the 10 and Gerig finished things off with a five-yard scoring sprint to tie the score.
The defenses held steady from there until a Taylor fumble on the CU 29-yard line turned what would have been a first down for the Trojans into a fresh opportunity for the stagnated Cardinal offense.
Concordia did not miss the chance, stringing together an 11-play drive that was fueled by two of TU’s three penalties on the day. The 73-yard march ended in the end zone and gave CU a 14-7 lead deep into the first half.
The margin moved to 21-7 on the opening drive of the third quarter and TU’s counter attempt ended in a third-straight lost fumble by the Trojan offense.
Concordia failed to convert on that miscue however, missing a field goal that would have pushed the lead out to three scores and Gerig put momentum back on Taylor’s sideline with a 50-yard rush to set up an eight-yard touchdown from Lamb.
Each team put together touchdown drives on their next possessions, with CU opening a 28-14 lead, only for Taylor to fight back with a nine-play scoring drive to draw to within 28-21 in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. Gerig capped the drive once again with his second touchdown run of five yards on the afternoon.
Taylor had one final opportunity to draw even, as it took over on the Concordia 45-yard line with 7:03 to play in the contest. The Trojans worked their way down to the 16-yard line but could not convert on a fourth-and-one.
CU took over on downs with 3:58 showing on the clock and powered to a pair of critical first downs that allowed the hosts to run out the clock on the 28-21 victory.
Taylor (1-5, 0-3 MSFA) will return to action on October 23 at Madonna (1-6, 0-4 MSFA). That game is slated to begin at 12:30 pm in Livonia, Michigan.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 18 Trojans Upended at Spring Arbor
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – A frustrating afternoon for No. 18 Taylor resulted in a five-set loss at Spring Arbor on Saturday, as the Trojans could not fight off the upset-minded Cougars in a 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 affair.
Taylor posted 11 more kills than Spring Arbor (12-16, 5-10 CL) in the match and had 13 more digs than the hosts but did not hit over .200 in any of the five games and ended the day with a season-worst 37 hitting errors.
Ryan Czerniak and Grace Isaacs turned in strong matches, with Czerniak posting 19 kills and a .300 percentage and Isaacs ending with 11 kills in 18 swings for a .500 clip. Isaacs also added six blocks to lead the Trojans. The rest of the squad struggled throughout however, combining for 33 kills, 28 errors and a .043 percentage.
Kacy Bragg posted 49 assists and 15 digs for a double-double and Stephaney Fifield ended at 26 digs, six assists and two service aces. Nikki Parrett and Karli Ware also bolstered the back row with a combined 25 digs.
No. 18 Taylor (24-5, 12-3 CL) will play its final road match of the regular season on Wednesday, October 20 against No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan (17-3, 12-3 CL) at 7:00 pm.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||4||1||0||.800||0.0||172||64||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|New England Patriots||2||3||0||.400||2.0||96||92||0-3-0||2-0-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||1||4||0||.200||3.0||79||154||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|New York Jets||1||4||0||.200||3.0||67||121||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||1||0||.800||0.0||142||116||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||2||0||.600||1.0||102||76||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||2||0||.600||1.0||113||120||2-1-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||3||0||.400||2.0||154||163||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||4||1||0||.800||0.0||136||117||2-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||0-0-0||4 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||2||0||.600||1.0||114||100||2-1-0||1-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||3||2||0||.600||1.0||142||114||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||3||0||.400||2.0||94||112||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||3||2||0||.600||0.0||132||130||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||4||0||.200||2.0||89||141||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||4 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||1||4||0||.200||2.0||108||128||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||5||0||.000||3.0||93||152||0-3-0||0-2-0||0-4-0||0-2-0||5 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||4||1||0||.800||0.0||170||117||3-0-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||3||0||.400||2.0||123||155||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||2||4||0||.333||2.5||137||152||0-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||1||4||0||.200||3.0||103||139||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||5||0||0||1.000||0.0||157||95||2-0-0||3-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||1||0||.800||1.0||141||116||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||2||3||0||.400||3.0||120||126||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||3||0||.400||3.0||117||119||0-2-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||4||1||0||.800||0.0||120||122||2-0-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||2||0||.600||1.0||84||100||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||2||3||0||.400||2.0||113||109||2-1-0||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||5||0||.000||4.0||98||138||0-2-0||0-3-0||0-4-0||0-3-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||195||144||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Carolina Panthers||3||2||0||.600||1.5||115||87||2-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|New Orleans Saints||3||2||0||.600||1.5||127||91||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||2||3||0||.400||2.5||105||148||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
|Orlando City SC||29||12||9||8||42||41||1||8-4-2||4-5-6||45|
|New York City FC||28||11||7||10||44||32||12||8-3-3||3-4-7||40|
|Inter Miami CF||29||9||5||15||25||47||-22||5-2-7||4-3-8||32|
|Real Salt Lake||29||12||6||11||48||45||3||9-4-2||3-2-9||42|
|Los Angeles FC||29||10||7||12||43||42||1||7-5-3||3-2-9||37|
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|1 Pittsburgh Penguins||3||2||0||1||5||2||15||9||1-0-0||1-0-1||2-0-1|
|2 Florida Panthers||2||2||0||0||4||2||10||5||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|3 Carolina Hurricanes||2||2||0||0||4||2||9||5||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0|
|4 Toronto Maple Leafs||3||2||1||0||4||2||7||5||2-0-0||0-1-0||2-1-0|
|5 Columbus Blue Jackets||2||2||0||0||4||2||10||3||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|6 Buffalo Sabres||2||2||0||0||4||1||7||2||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|7 Tampa Bay Lightning||3||2||1||0||4||2||11||13||0-1-0||2-0-0||2-1-0|
|8 Washington Capitals||2||1||0||1||3||1||6||3||1-0-1||—||1-0-1|
|9 Detroit Red Wings||2||1||0||1||3||1||9||8||1-0-1||—||1-0-1|
|10 New York Rangers||3||1||1||1||3||1||6||9||0-0-1||1-1-0||1-1-1|
|11 Boston Bruins||1||1||0||0||2||1||3||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|12 Ottawa Senators||2||1||1||0||2||1||4||5||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|13 New Jersey Devils||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||3||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|14 Philadelphia Flyers||1||0||0||1||1||0||4||5||0-0-1||—||0-0-1|
|15 New York Islanders||2||0||2||0||0||0||4||11||—||0-2-0||0-2-0|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||3||0||3||0||0||0||3||10||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-3-0|
|1 Minnesota Wild||2||2||0||0||4||2||5||3||—||2-0-0||2-0-0|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||2||2||0||0||4||1||8||4||2-0-0||—||2-0-0|
|3 Seattle Kraken||3||1||1||1||3||1||8||9||—||1-1-1||1-1-1|
|4 Vancouver Canucks||3||1||1||1||3||0||8||10||—||1-1-1||1-1-1|
|5 St. Louis Blues||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||3||—||1-0-0||1-0-0|
|6 Colorado Avalanche||2||1||1||0||2||1||7||7||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|7 San Jose Sharks||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||3||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|8 Los Angeles Kings||2||1||1||0||2||1||8||5||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|9 Anaheim Ducks||2||1||1||0||2||1||5||3||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|10 Vegas Golden Knights||2||1||1||0||2||1||6||9||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|11 Dallas Stars||2||1||1||0||2||1||4||5||—||1-1-0||1-1-0|
|12 Arizona Coyotes||2||0||1||1||1||0||3||10||—||0-1-1||0-1-1|
|13 Chicago Blackhawks||3||0||2||1||1||0||7||13||—||0-2-1||0-2-1|
|14 Calgary Flames||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||5||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|15 Nashville Predators||2||0||2||0||0||0||5||7||0-2-0||—||0-2-0|
|16 Winnipeg Jets||2||0||2||0||0||0||4||8||—||0-2-0||0-2-0|