INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE
CROWN POINT (9-0) AT PORTAGE (2-7)
LAKE CENTRAL (4-5) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (7-2)
CARROLL (9-0) AT PENN (7-2)
ELKHART (7-2) AT WARSAW (7-2)
FISHERS (6-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-8)
HOMESTEAD (5-4) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-0)
WESTFIELD (6-3) AT CARMEL (6-3)
ZIONSVILLE (4-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (3-6)
BROWNSBURG (8-1) VS. BEN DAVIS (6-3)
AVON (1-8) VS. PIKE (1-8)
LAWRENCE NORTH (4-5) VS. CATHEDRAL (7-1)
NORTH CENTRAL (0-9) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-5)
TECH (1-8) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (3-6)
WARREN CENTRAL (4-5) AT SOUTHPORT (0-9)
CENTER GROVE (7-2) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-6)
COLUMBUS NORTH (4-5) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (1-7)
MUNSTER (3-6) AT MERRILLVILLE (7-2)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (7-2) AT HAMMOND MORTON (1-8)
VALPARAISO (6-3) AT LAPORTE (2-7)
CHESTERTON (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)
CONCORD (4-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-7)
SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-8) AT MISHAWAKA (8-1)
ANDERSON (3-6) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (7-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (8-1) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-3)
MCCUTCHEON (3-6) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (3-6)
PLAINFIELD (4-5) AT HARRISON (8-1)
FRANKLIN (7-2) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (6-3)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-7) AT WHITELAND (8-1)
SEYMOUR (6-3) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (5-4)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (4-5)
FLOYD CENTRAL (4-5) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (5-4)
CASTLE (5-4) AT NEW ALBANY (2-7)
LOWELL (7-3) VS. NEW PRAIRIE (9-1)
HOBART (7-3) VS. HIGHLAND (4-6)
LOGANSPORT (8-2) VS. NORTHRIDGE (6-4)
NORTHWOOD (10-0) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-6)
EAST NOBLE (5-5) AT LEO (7-3)
DEKALB (4-6) VS. COLUMBIA CITY (9-1)
MISSISSINEWA (7-3) VS. HUNTINGTON NORTH (3-7)
KOKOMO (9-1) AT WESTERN (6-4)
BREBEUF JESUIT (6-3) VS. MOORESVILLE (8-2)
CRISPUS ATTUCKS (6-3) AT RONCALLI (9-1)
CONNERSVILLE (6-4) VS. NEW CASTLE (3-7)
NEW PALESTINE (10-0) VS. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (7-3)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (6-4) VS. MARTINSVILLE (7-3)
SILVER CREEK (5-5) VS. EAST CENTRAL (8-2)
JASPER (6-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (7-3)
BOONVILLE (7-3) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (10-0)
WEST LAFAYETTE (10-0) VS. CALUMET (9-1)
GRIFFITH (5-5) VS. HANOVER CENTRAL (10-0)
WEST NOBLE (8-2) VS. KNOX (7-3)
JIMTOWN (8-2) VS. JOHN GLENN (6-4)
NORWELL (9-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (4-6)
YORKTOWN (7-3) VS. GARRETT (3-7)
BISHOP CHATARD (6-4) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (8-2)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (6-4) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (9-1)
WESTERN BOONE (9-1) VS. DANVILLE (4-6)
MONROVIA (3-7) VS. SPEEDWAY (6-4)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) VS. OWEN VALLEY (10-0)
WEST VIGO (4-6) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (2-8)
LAWRENCEBURG (9-1) VS. GREENSBURG (4-6)
INDIAN CREEK (7-3) AT BATESVILLE (5-5)
CORYDON CENTRAL (4-6) AT SOUTHRIDGE (9-1)
HERITAGE HILLS (6-4) VS. CHARLESTOWN (9-1)
ANDREAN (6-3) VS. LAVILLE (10-0)
BREMEN (6-4) VS. LAKE STATION (3-6)
LEWIS CASS (6-3) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-3)
ROCHESTER (9-1) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (4-6)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-5) VS. CHURUBUSCO (8-2)
EASTSIDE (8-2) VS. MANCHESTER (2-8)
EASTBROOK (7-3) VS. ALEXANDRIA (6-4)
BLUFFTON (6-4) VS. TIPTON (5-5)
SOUTHMONT (7-3) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (10-0)
CASCADE (6-4) AT SULLIVAN (6-4)
SHENANDOAH (6-4) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-3)
LAPEL (5-5) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (5-5)
TRITON CENTRAL (8-2) VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (6-4)
SCECINA (9-1) VS. CLARKSVILLE (5-5)
NORTH POSEY (8-2) VS. PAOLI (7-3)
TELL CITY (3-7) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (7-3)
SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (3-7) VS. CULVER (6-4)
TRITON (7-3) VS. NORTH JUDSON (9-1)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (5-5) VS. NORTH VERMILLION (6-4)
PARK TUDOR (7-3) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-6)
TAYLOR (2-8) VS. WEST CENTRAL (8-2)
TRI-CENTRAL (4-6) VS. CARROLL-FLORA (9-1)
SOUTH ADAMS (8-2) VS. ADAMS CENTRAL (10-0)
MADISON-GRANT (8-2) AT NORTHFIELD (5-5)
MONROE CENTRAL (5-3) AT SHERIDAN (9-1)
TINDLEY (3-7) VS. HAGERSTOWN (6-4)
CAMBRIDGE CITY (0-9) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (2-7)
MILAN (5-5) VS. NORTH DECATUR (10-0)
CLOVERDALE (1-8) VS. LUTHERAN (10-0)
RIVERTON PARKE (8-2) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (7-3)
NORTH DAVIES (5-4) AT TECUMSEH (9-0)
PROVIDENCE (7-2) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (7-2)
INDIANA BOYS/GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE RESULTS
@ NEW PRAIRIE: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/21042.html
@ SHELBYVILLE: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/21044.html
@ BROWN COUNTY: https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/21045.html
INDIANA SOCCER BOYS SEMI-STATE RESULTS
COLUMBUS NORTH 2 CATHEDRAL 1
NOBLESVILLE 3 PENN 2
MISHAWAKA MARIAN 3 FT. WAYNE CANTERBURY 2
BREBEUF 2 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 1
PARK TUDOR 2 WESTVIEW 0
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 1 FOREST PARK 0
Friday, Oct. 28
Class 1A Boys | Greenwood Christian (11-7-3) vs. Park Tudor (18-2-1) | 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT
Class 2A Girls | Evansville Memorial (20-0-1) vs. Leo (18-4) | 8:15 pm ET / 7:15 pm CT
Saturday, Oct. 29
Class 2A Boys | Brebeuf Jesuit (16-4-1) vs. Mishawaka Marian (17-1-2) | 11 am ET / 10 am CT
Class 3A Boys | Columbus North (18-1-1) vs. Noblesville (14-3-3) | 1:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm CT
Class 3A Girls | Carmel (18-2-2) vs. Noblesville (19-1) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 1A Girls | Park Tudor (20-1-1) vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury (12-8-2) | 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT
INDIANA SOCCER GIRLS SEMI-STATE RESULTS
CARMEL 1 CENTER GROVE 0
NOBLESVILLE 7 CROWN POINT 0
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 2 BISHOP CHATARD 0
LEO 1 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 0
PARK TUDOR 1 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 1 ANDREAN 0
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES
AT GREENFIELD CENTRAL
YORKTOWN 3 BREBEUF 1
BROWNSBURG 3 CATHEDRAL 2
YORKTOWN 3 BROWNSBURG 0
AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH
FLOYD CENTRAL 3 CENTER GROVE 0
CASTLE 3 COLUMBUS EAST 0
FLOYD CENTRAL 3 CASTLE 1
LAKE CENTRAL 3 CROWN POINT 1
WARSAW 3 LAPORTE 0
LAKE CENTRAL 3 WARSAW 1
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3 FORT WAYNE CARROLL 0
MCCUTCHEON 3 HOMESTEAD 0
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3 MCCUTCHEON 1
WESTERN BOONE 3 NORTHFIELD 0
GUERIN CATHOLIC 3 SPEEDWAY 0
WESTERN BOONE 3 GUERIN CATHOLIC 0
AT CORYDON CENTRAL
GREENSBURG 3 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 1
PROVIDENCE 3 BARR REEVE 0
PROVIDENCE 3 GREENSBURG 0
NORTHWOOD 3 CULVER ACADEMIES 0
NEW PRAIRIE 3 HAMMOND NOLL 1
NORTHWOOD 3 NEW PRAIRIE 0
BENTON CENTRAL 3 ANGOLA 2
BELLMONT 3 DELTA 0
BELLMONT 3 BENTON CENTRAL 0
SCECINA 3 PARK TUDOR 2
NORTHEASTERN 3 SOUTHMONT 1
SCECINA 3 NORTHEASTERN 0
LINTON STOCKTON 3 HAUSER 0
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3 N. POSEY 1
LINTON STOCKTON 3 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 1
SOUTH-CENTRAL 3 WABASH 1
ANDREAN 3 CHRUBUSCO 0
ANDREAN 3 SOUTH-CENTRAL 0
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3 S. ADAMS 1
WAPAHANI 3 MADISON GRANT 0
WAPAHANI 3 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
EDINBURGH 3 INDIANA DEAF 1
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 3 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 1
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 3 EDINBURGH 0
TECUMSEH 3 TRINITY LUTHERAN 2
SPRINGS VALLEY 3 LANESVILLE 0
TECUMSEH 3 SPRINGS VALLEY 1
AT CULVER COMMUNITY
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 3 KOUTS 0
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 S. NEWTON 2
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 0
AT CLINTON CENTRAL
DALEVILLE 3 LINCOLN 0
SOUTHWOOD 3 FAITH CHRISTIAN 1
SOUTHWOOD 3 DALEVILLE 0
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES
DEFIANCE 32, ANDERSON 22
EASTERN MICHIGAN 20, BALL STATE 16
BUTLER 31, MARIST 10
DEPAUW 22, OHIO WESLEYAN 21
ROSE-HULMAN 49, FRANKLIN 0
MT. ST. JOSEPH 44, HANOVER 29
RUTGERS 24, INDIANA 17
ILLINOIS STATE 27, INDIANA STATE 21
BLUFFTON 46, MANCHESTER 44
MARIAN 24, CONCORDIA 7
NOTRE DAME 44, UNLV 21
WISCONSIN 35, PURDUE 24
INDIANA WESLEYAN 44, ST. FRANCIS 0
TAYLOR 52, MADONNA 23
ALBION 20, TRINE 19
UINDY 52, QUINCY 38
VALPARAISO 40, MOREHEAD STATE 35
WABASH 66, OBERLIN 20
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 54, IOWA 10
NO. 3 TENNESSEE 65, UT MARTIN 24
NO. 5 CLEMSON 27, NO. 14 SYRACUSE 21
NO. 21 CINCINNATI 29, SMU 27
BAYLOR 35, KANSAS 23
ARMY 48, UL MONROE 24
RUTGERS 24, INDIANA 17
HOUSTON 38, NAVY 20
KENT STATE 33, AKRON 27
BUCKNELL 19, LEHIGH 17
NORTH CAROLINA A&T 38, ROBERT MORRIS 14
COLGATE 34, GEORGETOWN 24
DUKE 45, MIAMI (FLA.) 21
CORNELL 24, BROWN 21
BUFFALO 34, TOLEDO 27
BOWLING GREEN 34, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 18
ILLINOIS STATE 27, INDIANA STATE 21
PENN 20, YALE 13
HOWARD 35, DELAWARE STATE 17
ST. THOMAS (MN) 46, PRESBYTERIAN 17
ST. FRANCIS (PA) 17, STONEHILL 13
DARTMOUTH 27, COLUMBIA 24
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 26, NC CENTRAL 24
CHATTANOOGA 41, MERCER 21
FURMAN 41, VMI 3
EASTERN MICHIGAN 20, BALL STATE 16
OHIO 24, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 17
SE LOUISIANA 31, JACKSONVILLE STATE 14
VALPARAISO 40, MOREHEAD STATE 35
THE CITADEL 34, WESTERN CAROLINA 21
DAVIDSON 48, DRAKE 14
LINDENWOOD 33, MURRAY STATE 18
NOTRE DAME 44, UNLV 21
TEXAS TECH 48, WEST VIRGINIA 10
RICE 42, LOUISIANA TECH 41 (OT)
IDAHO 56, PORTLAND STATE 21
NORTHERN ARIZONA 24, IDAHO STATE 10
MONTANA STATE 43, WEBER STATE 38
UC DAVIS 58, NORTHERN COLORADO 10
EASTERN KENTUCKY 56, NORTH ALABAMA 53
KENNESAW STATE 33, TENNESSEE TECH 30 (OT)
SOUTH DAKOTA 27, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 24
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 41, SOUTHERN UTAH 38
TEXAS SOUTHERN 34, ALCORN STATE 27
JACKSON STATE 22, CAMPBELL 14
TENNESSEE STATE 37, EASTERN ILLINOIS 17
TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 31, HOUSTON CHRISTIAN 3
UIW 70, FAULKNER 0
LSU 45, NO. 7 OLE MISS 20
NO. 10 OREGON 45, NO. 9 UCLA 30
NO. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE 41, NO. 20 TEXAS 34
NO. 13 WAKE FOREST 43, BOSTON COLLEGE 15
NO. 25 TULANE 38, MEMPHIS 28
MARSHALL 26, JAMES MADISON 12
LIBERTY 41, BYU 14
WISCONSIN 35, PURDUE 24
MARYLAND 31, NORTHWESTERN 24
WESTERN MICHIGAN 16, MIAMI (OHIO) 10
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 28, OLD DOMINION 23
FIU 34, CHARLOTTE 15
UTSA 31, NORTH TEXAS 27
SAMFORD 55, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 45
HOLY CROSS 24, LAFAYETTE 21
MISSOURI 17, VANDERBILT 14
STANFORD 15, ARIZONA STATE 14
COLORADO STATE 17, HAWAI’I 13
UTEP 24, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 21
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 49, NORTH DAKOTA 35
YOUNGSTOWN STATE 28, WESTERN ILLINOIS 27
NICHOLLS 40, MCNEESE 35
LOUISIANA 38, ARKANSAS STATE 18
SOUTHERN MISS 20, TEXAS STATE 14
UNI 41, MISSOURI STATE 20
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 54, LAMAR 21
GARDNER-WEBB 28, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 14
FRESNO STATE 41, NEW MEXICO 9
NO. 6 ALABAMA 30, NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 6
BOISE STATE 19, AIR FORCE 14
NO. 16 PENN STATE 45, MINNESOTA 17
SOUTH CAROLINA 30, TEXAS A&M 24
EAST CAROLINA 34, UCF 13
NO. 8 TCU 38, NO. 17 KANSAS STATE 28
OREGON STATE 42, COLORADO 9
LOUISVILLE 24, PITT 10
EASTERN WASHINGTON 17, CAL POLY 10
TARLETON 24, SOUTHWEST BAPTIST 10
SAM HOUSTON 18, UTAH TECH 13
WYOMING 28 UTAH STATE 14
SAN DIEGO STATE 23 NEVADA 7
WASHINGTON 28 CALIFORNIA 21
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9
THURSDAY, OCT. 27
VIRGINIA TECH AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
LOUISIANA AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UTAH AT WASHINGTON STATE | 10 P.M. | FS1
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
YALE AT COLUMBIA | 6:30 P.M. | ESPNU
EAST CAROLINA AT BYU | 8 P.M. | ESPN2
LOUISIANA TECH AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M.
OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M.
WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M.
NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M.
ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
MISSOURI AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
USC AT ARIZONA | 6 P.M.
KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
PITT AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M.
NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA
OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE
NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE
CINCINNATI AT UCF
SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON
SMU AT TULSA
NFL WEEK 7
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
DETROIT LIONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
HOUSTON 5 NY YANKEES 0
PHILADELPHIA 10 SAN DIEGO 6
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
NLCS GAME 5, SD @ PHI 2:30 P.M., FS1
ALCS GAME 4, HOU @ NYY 7 P.M., TBS
MONDAY, OCT. 24
ALCS GAME 5, HOU @ NYY 4 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 6, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
ALCS GAME 6, NYY @ HOU 6 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 7, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FOX OR FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
ALCS GAME 7, NYY @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
SAN ANTONIO 114 PHILADELPHIA 105
INDIANA 124 DETROIT 115
BOSTON 126 ORLANDO 120
CLEVELAND 128 CHICAGO 96
MIAMI 112 TORONTO 109
MILWAUKEE 125 HOUSTON 105
DALLAS 137 MEMPHIS 96
DENVER 122 OKLAHOMA CITY 117
LA CLIPPERS 111 SACRAMENTO 109
BOSTON 4 MINNESOTA 3
NEW JERSEY 2 SAN JOSE 1
OTTAWA 6 ARIZONA 2
ST. LOUIS 2 EDMONTON 0
DALLAS 5 MONTRÉAL 2
TAMPA BAY 5 NY ISLANDERS 3
WASHINGTON 4 LOS ANGELES 3
PITTSBURGH 6 COLUMBUS 3
TORONTO 4 WINNIPEG 1
PHILADELPHIA 3 NASHVILLE 1
CALGARY 3 CAROLINA 2
BUFFALO 5 VANCOUVER 1
COLORADO 3 VEGAS 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
QB KLUBNIK LEADS NO. 5 CLEMSON TO 27-21 WIN VS. NO. 14 ‘CUSE
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Freshman quarterback Cade Klubnik rallied No. 5 Clemson to two fourth-quarter touchdowns after replacing mistake-prone starter DJ Uiagalelei and the Tigers won their ACC-record setting 38th straight game at home, 27-21, over No. 14 Syracuse on Saturday.
Will Shipley ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 172 yards as the Tigers (8-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 14th straight overall – but not without a big-time scare from the Orange (6-1, 3-1).
Uiagalelei was picked off twice and had a fumble Ja’Had Carter returned 90 yards for a touchdown as Clemson trailed 21-10 at the half.
The Tigers caught fire with the five-star Klubnik behind center. He led a 15-play, 80-yard series that ended with Phil Mafah’s 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal to cut the deficit to 21-16.
After a Syracuse punt, the Tigers and Klubnik got going again. He started with an 11-yard run before Shipley burst through the line for the go-ahead, 50-yard touchdown run for a 22-21 lead. Clemson went for two and Klubnik escaped one tackler in the backfield before finding Joseph Ngata for the final points.
Klubnick pumped his fist and the once-subdued Death Valley crowd broke into hysterics.
Clemson held Syracuse to 119 yards with no points the final two quarters. Shrader took Syracuse to the Clemson 30 with 32 seconds left but was picked off by safety R.J. Mickens on his fnal throw.
Syracuse entered as the ACC’s biggest surprise with a dynamic offense led by Shrader and the league’s No. 1 defense. Both showed up in the first half.
After Shipley’s 1-yard touchdown on Clemson’s opening drive, Shrader answered by completing 4 of 5 passes for 62 yards, with the last a 12-yard swing route to tailback Sean Tucker for a TD.
The Syracuse defense held firm on three straight lengthy first-half drives, with Carter’s interception, his long fumble return score, and a fourth-and-short stop of Uiagalelei to get the ball back.
Shrader cashed in with his legs with runs of 21, eight and seven yards, the last for a touchdown that put the Orange up 21-7 right before the half.
Klubnik’s performance was eerily similar to Clemson’s last close call at home against Syracuse in 2018 when Chase Brice – he of the Appalachian State Hail Mary win this season – came in for injured starter Trevor Lawrence and led a 94-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive in the final minute for a 27-23 win.
Syracuse: It was certainly a tale of two halves for the Orange, who looked unstoppable and on a mission in the first 30 minutes before caving to the Tigers. Syracuse also made its share of mistakes with several costly penalties down the stretch contributing to Clemson’s win.
Clemson: Quarterback controversy? Don’t be so certain. Fans were hopeful Klubnik would take over for Uiagalelei when the season began after he struggled at times in 2021. While Klubnik was essential to beating Syracuse, Clemson is still Uiagalelei’s team going forward.
Clemson linebacker Barrett Carter, third on the team with 33 tackles, missed the game due to a concussion. He’s the latest starter to miss time this season, including defensive linemen Xavier Thomas, Bryan Bresee and Tyler Davis. For Syracuse, top cornerback Garrett Williams did not play after getting hurt against North Carolina State last week. Williams is third on Syracuse with 32 tackles.
Syracuse returns to the Dome to play Notre Dame on Saturday.
Clemson has the week off before heading to Notre Dame on Nov. 5.
NO. 2 BUCKEYES CATCH FIRE LATE, POUND BUMBLING IOWA 54-10
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) C.J. Stroud overcame a slow start to throw four second-half touchdown passes, Ohio State’s defense took advantage of six Iowa turnovers and the second-ranked Buckeyes pulled away for a 54-10 rout of the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
Tanner McCalister had two interceptions and Tommy Eichenberg had a pick-6 as Ohio State took advantage of an inept Iowa offense to consistently start drives with good field position.
Miyan Williams rushed for a first-half touchdown, and Stroud threw to Marvin Harrison, Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming and Mitch Rossi for second-half touchdowns.
Noah Ruggles contributed four field goals after kicking just two in the previous six games.
The game wasn’t pretty early for the Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten), who struggled to finish drives against Iowa’s top-10 defense before Stroud and Co. caught fire late.
“When you play a top-10 defense, it’s not going to be fireworks every series,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.
“I think the story is about the defense and how well they played,” he said.
On Iowa’s first play from scrimmage, Spencer Petras threw right into the arms of McCalister. Ohio State took over at the Iowa 32 but had to settle for a 46-yard field goal.
Later in the first, on Ohio State’s first play after an Iowa punt, defensive end Joe Evans came through the middle untouched and smashed into Stroud, who fumbled at his own 11. Evans scooped it and trotted in for what would be Iowa’s only touchdown.
Linebacker Eichenberg’s pick-6 gave Ohio State a 26-10 lead at halftime.
Backup quarterback Alex Padilla took over for Petras in the third quarter and on the second play was picked off by McCallister at the Iowa 15.
Four plays later, Stroud roped a 6-yard TD pass to Harrison and extended the lead late in the third with a 13-yard pass to Egbuka.
Stroud hit Fleming in stride tearing down the middle for a 79-yard TD, and then tossed a short scoring pass to Rossi.
“When we play against Ohio State, we know they’re going to have playmakers at every position, arguably the best quarterback in the nation and arguably the best receivers in the nation,” Iowa All-America linebacker Jack Campbell said.
Iowa: The six turnovers were the most for Iowa since committing that many against Indiana in 2009. It was the most points allowed by Iowa since a 56-35 loss to Ohio State in 1995.
Ohio State: Stroud took a while to get going but looked like his old self in the second half. He was 20 for 30 for 286 yards. He has 28 touchdown this season.
Buckeyes should stay put at No. 2.
Iowa: Hosts Northwestern next Saturday.
Ohio State: At Penn State next Saturday.
NIX SHINES AND NO. 10 OREGON DEFEATS NO. 9 UCLA 45-30
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Bo Nix made Oregon’s win over UCLA look nearly effortless. He said it felt that way, too.
Nix threw for 283 yards and five touchdowns and No. 10 Oregon handed No. 9 UCLA its first loss of the season with a 45-30 victory Saturday in a highly anticipated showdown for the top of the Pac-12 standings.
“To be honest, when I’m out there it feels like I’m not doing a whole lot because I don’t have to,” Nix said. “I just have to get the ball to the playmakers around me.”
The win extended Oregon’s winning streak at Autzen Stadium to 23 games, matching a school record. It is the third-best active home streak in the nation. The Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) have won six straight since a season-opening loss to Georgia and are the lone remaining undefeated team in Pac-12 conference play.
The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Bruins, who have not won in Eugene since 2004. UCLA (6-1, 3-1) hasn’t defeated the Ducks since 2017.
Nix, a transfer from Auburn, is a mobile threat who has thrown for 17 touchdowns and rushed for eight this season. He completed 21 of 28 passes against the Bruins. His favorite target on Saturday was Troy Franklin, who had eight catches for 132 yards and two scores.
“He’s making great decisions with the ball, he’s not putting the ball in jeopardy,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said about Nix. “He’s playing really smart football, unselfish football. That’s going to lead to opportunities for us to win. If he continues to do that, I think we’ll continue to see success.”
UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was completing nearly 75% of his passes going into the game, threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Zach Charbonnet rushed for 151 yards and a score.
Oregon slowed UCLA’s ground game, allowing 186 rushing yards. The Bruins were ranked second in the Pac-12 with an average of 211.5 yards. In contrast, the Ducks piled up 262 rushing yards.
“I came back with expectations being very high for myself as well as this team,” Thompson-Robinson said. “When you don’t meet those expectations, obviously it hurts. I think it will fuel us stronger than ever.”
The Ducks went up 10-3 early in the second quarter on Nix’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Ferguson. UCLA answered with Thompson-Robinson’s 36-yard scoring pass to Keegan Jones.
Franklin caught a 51-yard scoring pass from Nix to put the Ducks back in front. Oregon recovered an onside kick and went on to extend its lead with Jordan James’ 2-yard touchdown carry.
After Nicholas Barr-Mira kicked a 44 yard field goal for the Bruins, the Ducks’ final drive before halftime was pushed back by a pair of penalties but Franklin caught a 2-yard touchdown pass for a 31-13 lead at the break.
The Ducks padded their lead with Nix’s 17-yard scoring pass to tight end Cam McCormick. Charbonnet rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to open the final quarter but the Nix found Bucky Irving with a 37-yard touchdown catch. Irving finished with 19 carries for 108 yards.
Nix became the third Oregon quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple games of five or more touchdowns in a season. He joins Justin Herbert (2019) and Marcus Mariota (2014).
UCLA added a late touchdown on Thompson-Robinson’s 22-yard pass to Jake Bobo, who finished with eight catches for 101 yards.
“It was just a complete team win, as we’ve been doing,” Nix said. “I thought offensively we were just great on all cylinders, running, throwing. Everything was just kind of working for us today. When you can stay balanced like that, usually you put a lot of points up. “
IN THE TOP 10
The last time a UCLA team ranked in the top 10 played a top-10 opponent was on Oct. 13, 2001, when the No. 7 Bruins beat No. 10 Washington 35-13 in Pasadena, California.
It was the first meeting between two top-10 teams at Autzen since No. 3 Oregon beat No. 7 Michigan State in 2014. The last matchup between two Pac-12 teams in the top 10 was No. 4 Oregon’s victory over No. 9 Stanford in 2010.
UCLA, which rose in the polls to No. 13 last season, had not been ranked in the top 10 since 2015 before this past week. Oregon opened the season ranked No. 11, but the loss to Georgia dropped them out of the poll. The Ducks were ranked as high as No. 3 last season.
UCLA: Coach Chip Kelly returned to Eugene, where he coached from 2009-2012. During his tenure, the Ducks were known for their speedy “blur” spread offense, which took them to the national championship game following an undefeated 2010 season. Kelly is 0-4 against Oregon since taking over at UCLA in late 2017. … The Bruins’ six wins to start the season were the program’s most since 2005. … UCLA was coming off a bye.
Oregon: The Ducks were also coming off a bye week. … ESPN’s “College GameDay” was broadcast from Eugene for the first time since 2018. … Former Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu was at the game. … Oregon is 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 2019. … The game attracted 59,962, fourth-largest crowd ever at Autzen and biggest since 2011.
UCLA: The Bruins host Stanford next weekend.
Oregon: The Ducks visit California on Saturday.
NO. 8 TCU RALLIES AGAIN TO BEAT NO. 17 K-STATE FOR B12 LEAD
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Max Duggan, Kendre Miller and their TCU teammates certainly don’t get fazed by double-digit deficits in the second half. For the second week in a row, they just came back to win and stay undefeated.
Duggan threw for 280 yards with three touchdowns and Miller ran for 153 yards and two scores as eighth-ranked TCU beat No. 17 Kansas State 38-28, overcoming an 18-point deficit on Saturday night to take over sole possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference.
“Everybody’s calm and it’s a good feeling,” Miller said. “When we went down … I was just like we’re fixin’ to get it going.”
The Frogs, with new coach Sonny Dykes, have won four consecutive games over ranked opponents. Three in a row was already a first in school history, which they accomplished a week earlier at home by overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat then-No. 8 Oklahoma State in double overtime.
Duggan’s 55-yard strike to Quentin Johnston late in the third quarter put the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) ahead to stay. That was their third consecutive TD drive.
“We are playing with a lot of confidence … there’s no sense of panic,” Dykes said. “And that gives you a chance when you always believe that you can figure out a way to win. And more often than not, you’re going to.”
Kansas State (5-2, 3-1) jumped ahead 28-10 when Will Howard threw for two touchdowns and ran for another after taking over for banged-up quarterback Adrian Martinez on its second drive. Deuce Vaughn’s 47-yard run for his first touchdown in five games capped the fourth consecutive TD drive for the K-State.
“Proud of Will Howard. I thought he played a good football game,” K-State coach Chris Klieman said of the third-year quarterback who hadn’t played since Martinez transferred from Nebraska and didn’t take any first-team snaps this week in practice.
Howard, who started 10 games the past two seasons, ran for 14 yards on his first play and completed his first seven passes for 156 yards. He finished 13 of 20 for 225 yards, leaving the game briefly after hurting his shoulder on a running play late in the third quarter. Freshman Jake Rubley, the third K-State QB in the game, threw an interception on his first pass that came after TCU had gone ahead to stay.
Miller scored on a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 on the opening drive of the second half to get TCU within 28-24, after Jared Wiley’s 4-yard TD catch that ended a 91-yard drive just before halftime. Miller scored a 9-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
“Having two games that back to back where you kind of come back against really good opponents, against well-coached teams, and just keep keep clawing back and find a way to win … It shows a lot about this team,” said Duggan, who also had a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Derius Davis on TCU’s first drive.
Several Wildcats players that got dinged up in their last game two weeks ago at Iowa State. Martinez was good to start and had a 19-yard keeper on the first play, but was in the locker room for an undisclosed issue before they had the ball again.
“The frustrating part is I don’t know how bad those guys are hurt,” Klieman said.
Kansas State: The Wildcats had won three in a row since a 21-7 home loss Sept. 17 to Tulane, a team that this week got ranked for the first time since 1998. The open date apparently wasn’t enough to heal up the lingering issues for Martinez and the other players. Vaughn, who missed the end of the 10-9 win at Iowa State after getting leg-whipped, went to the locker room during the first half at TCU, but returned and had some nifty runs.
TCU: The Frogs had lost three in a row to Kansas State without scoring more than 17 points in any of those games. Duggan, who lost the starting role going into the season, finished 17-of-26 passing and has thrown a Big 12-best 19 touchdowns with only one interception since taking back over when Chandler Morris got hurt in the opener.
RUN TO SCORE Miller has a rushing touchdown in every game this season, and has run for more than 100 yards in four of the last five. He has run for TDs in eight consecutive games, the second-best streak in school history behind LaDainian Tomlinson’s 15 in a row that ended in 2000.
The Frogs could move up a spot since No. 7 Ole Miss and No. 9 UCLA, the teams they were between, suffered their first losses Saturday. Kansas State is sure to drop some, but should still be ranked when the new poll comes out Sunday.
Kansas State is home against No. 11 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1) next Saturday in a matchup of second-place teams.
TCU plays three of its next four game on the road, the first next Saturday at West Virginia (3-4, 1-3).
DYNAMIC DANIELS, LSU, ROAR BACK ON NO. 7 OLE MISS, 45-20
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels’ dynamism has bamboozled defenses in back-to-back games.
Daniels ran for three touchdowns and passed for two scores, and LSU roared back from an early two-touchdown deficit to hand No. 7 Mississippi its first loss this season, 45-20 on Saturday.
The performance gave Daniels the LSU record for touchdowns rushing in a season by a quarterback with nine. Daniels also has accounted for 11 TDs rushing or passing combined in the span of two games. He had three of each in a 45-35 victory at Florida last weekend.
“I expected that,” Daniels said of his newly established school record and his prolific two-game stretch. “I know what I’m capable of doing.”
Reveling in the resounding triumph over a historical and highly-ranked rival, LSU fans stormed the field as the game ended. Now LSU (6-2, 4-1 SEC) is back in the race to win the SEC West – if the Tigers can beat No. 6 Alabama.
“We’re executing at a high level. We’re exerting our will,” first-year LSU coach Brian Kelly said. “Our best players are now starting to play their best football.”
After being outgained 200-80 in the first quarter and falling behind 17-3 on Jonathan Cruz’s field goal to start the second quarter, LSU outscored Ole Miss (7-1, 3-1) 42-3 the remainder of the game.
“You can see the resilience in this team,” Daniels said. “Once we get going, we’re hard to stop.”
Ole Miss was trying to start 8-0 for the first time since 1962, but coach Lane Kiffin was left to lament his team’s collapse after a strong start.
‘”‘I said all week they had elite players and it will be difficult to win against these guys,” Kiffin said of the Tigers. “We got pushed around. … They did a really good job and we didn’t do a lot right defensively. It obviously wasn’t a good feeling at the end.”
The Tigers finished with 500 total yards to 404 for Kiffin’s vaunted Mississippi offense. LSU rushed for 252 yards and finished with 35 first downs.
Daniels passed for 258 yards and ran for 121. His scoring passes went for 34 yards to Jaray Jenkins and 1 yard to tight end Mason Taylor. He ran for touchdowns of 3, 11 and 17 yards, the longest all but salting the game away in the fourth quarter.
Josh Williams ran 1 yard for the Tigers’ final TD late in the fourth quarter.
Nearly everything went right for LSU in the second half. Even linebacker Harold Perkins’ unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a third-down stop at the Rebels’ 15-yard line early in the fourth quarter couldn’t turn the tide in the Rebels’ favor. Down 11 points at the time, Ole Miss wound up having to punt anyway minutes later.
Daniels then drove the Tigers 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-20.
“The offensive line was outstanding and put the game away at the end,” Kelly said.
LSU’s defense battered Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart in the second half. The Rebels QB finished 19 of 34 for 284 yards. With Ole Miss driving for a potential go-ahead TD in the third quarter, Dart was intercepted in the LSU end zone by Joe Foucha on a pass thrown under pressure from linebacker Micah Baskerville.
“Sometimes you don’t expect to get hit when you are throwing it,” Dart said. “I just wasn’t able to get enough on it.”
After first-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards by Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss was threatening to go ahead 21-3 when LSU’s stuffed Dart’s keeper on third-and-5 from the LSU 13, limiting the Rebels to a field goal.
The Tigers then rallied to tie it before Cruz’s 48-yard field goal gave Mississippi a 20-17 lead that stood until halftime.
Kiffin and Dart both noted how LSU’s Perkins, a true freshman who had a sack, two QB hurries and a pass break-up, affected the game.
“He isn’t like anyone else out there,” Kiffin said.
Added Dart, “Coming out of high school he was the best linebacker in the country so he is very talented. They kind of set him up as a spy and a rusher and he made some good plays.”
Mississippi: Oddsmakers apparently had been unimpressed with Ole Miss’ schedule through its first seven games. Mississippi was listed as a slight underdog at Tiger Stadium and LSU covered by more than three touchdowns.
LSU: Kelly has the Tigers playing their best football on the heels of what could have been a demoralizing 40-13 loss at home to No. 3 Tennessee. LSU also won for the third time this year after trailing by 13 or more.
Mississippi: Visits Texas A&M on Oct. 29.
LSU is off next weekend before hosting No. 6 Alabama on Nov. 5.
SANDERS, GREEN LEAD NO. 11 OKLAHOMA ST. PAST NO. 20 TEXAS
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Spencer Sanders fought through pain to deliver a key win for Oklahoma State.
The senior threw for 391 yards and hit Bryson Green with the game-winning touchdown pass with just over three minutes left, and the 11th-ranked Cowboys defeated No. 20 Texas 41-34 on Saturday.
Sanders passed for two touchdowns and ran for 43 yards on 11 carries.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Sanders is not at full strength while dealing with undisclosed injuries, making his performance all the more impressive.
“When your quarterback is a very competitive player, he’s willing to give his body up, play injured, never says a word, never complains, he just keeps playing, that makes my job easier,” Gundy said.
Green’s 41-yard touchdown came when he caught the ball on a slant, broke out of D’Shawn Jamison’s grasp just inside the 35 and made a move on Jerrin Thompson to break into the open field.
Oklahoma State’s Jason Taylor II intercepted two of Quinn Ewers’ passes for the Cowboys, and Kendal Daniels picked off Ewers in the final minute to end the Longhorns’ final threat.
Green had five catches for a career-high 133 yards and Dominic Richardson had three short touchdown runs for Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), which bounced back from a double-overtime loss to TCU the previous week.
Sanders struggled against TCU, completing just 16 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“Coming into this week, I focused on the mistakes that I made last week,” he said. “That’s out of the way. We just have to make sure every play is a new play; every game is a new game. Can’t think about last week. Fix your mistakes and move forward.”
Texas committed 14 penalties for 119 yards while Oklahoma State went without a penalty.
“It’s very frustrating because for somewhere in there, we lose focus or mental intensity.” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We just didn’t operate very good, and a lot of it was self-inflicted wounds.”
Bijan Robinson ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and caught a 41-yard touchdown pass for Texas (5-3, 3-2). Ewers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, but he went 6-for-18 with two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Texas led 31-24 at halftime as both teams gained more than 300 yards before the break.
The Longhorns gained just 172 yards and nine first downs in the second half.
“Our staff and our players found a way to slow them down a little bit, tackle a little bit better, made adjustments on the counter play and covered pretty good,” Gundy said.
Sanders’ 10-yard touchdown pass to Brennan Presley and the extra point tied the game at 34 with 9:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, setting up the final frantic minutes.
Now, Texas has to deal with having surrendered a 31-17 lead.
“It hurts to the core,” Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown said. “I’m hurting, everyone in the locker room is hurting. Losing a big game on the road going into a bye week – it’s going to sting.”
Texas: The Longhorns had been solid defensively throughout the season, but Oklahoma State made numerous spectacular plays to move the ball. The Cowboys finished with 535 yards against a team that had allowed 347.4 yards per game in its first seven contests.
Oklahoma State: As in the Texas Tech win, the Cowboys improved defensively in the second half and let Sanders, their veteran quarterback, bring it home. Sanders completed nine of his final 13 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Robinson moved up from 13th to 10th in career rushing at Texas. He entered the day with 2,610 career yards. He passed Eric Metcalf, Hodges Mitchell and Malcolm Brown. He’s within 32 yards of D’Onta Foreman for ninth.
FG STREAK ENDS
Oklahoma State’s Tanner Brown had made his first 13 field goals this season before missing his second attempt of the game, from 48 yards at the end of the first half. He came back and made a 40-yarder in the third quarter.
Sarkisian said defensive back Anthony Cook suffered a broken arm in the first half. Cook entered the game with 42 tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a fumble forced.
Texas visits Kansas State on Nov. 5.
Oklahoma State visits Kansas State on Oct. 29.
NO. 6 ALABAMA’S DEFENSE STYMIES NO. 24 MSU, 30-6
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama’s defense came one play from a shutout a week after losing in a shootout.
It wasn’t quite good enough for the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide’s defense.
Bryce Young passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns and Alabama’s defense continued its domination of No. 24 Mississippi State in a 30-6 victory Saturday night – despite the last-play touchdown.
Tide linebacker Henry To’oTo’o and his teammates weren’t happy about it.
“We’ve just got to finish,” To’oTo’o said. “We wanted to shut them out with a zero. We weren’t super mad, but kind of disappointed with ourselves.”
The Tide (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from their first loss of the season, a 52-49 defeat to No. 3 Tennessee. Alabama defenders got a measure of redemption after giving up more points than any Alabama team since 1907.
The Tide appears back on track after the loss, especially the defense.
“It wasn’t always perfect execution. But to me, that’s a start,” Tide coach Nick Saban. “It’s kind of time to answer the bell and now the challenge is we need to build on that.”
The normally prolific Will Rogers and the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3) still couldn’t reach the end zone against Alabama until the final play. It was the first touchdown Mississippi State had managed against the Tide in three meetings under coach Mike Leach, getting outscored (120-15).
Rogers completed 30 of 60 passes for 231 yards. Jo’quavious Marks scored on a 1-yard run to end the game. Young completed 21 of 35 passes with a couple of long ones on scrambles, including a 31-yard TD to JoJo Earle.
“I didn’t think we played well at all,” Leach said. “I’ll tell you one thing that they do that gives us trouble: We’ve got some guys that are afraid of the jersey that says Alabama on it. We spend a lot of time frightened of their jerseys.
“You want to scare some of the guys on our team, put an Alabama jersey on. It’ll scare the hell out of them.”
This one didn’t turn into a showdown of star quarterbacks, however, but a statement game for `Bama’s defense. The Tide, which started LSU transfer cornerback Eli Ricks for the first time, had 15 pass breakups and four sacks after getting victimized by the Volunteers.
Ricks, who didn’t play against Tennessee, and fellow cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry each broke up four passes.
“The defense played amazing, lights out,” Young said.
Alabama has won the last four meetings at Bryant-Denny Stadium by a combined 136-9.
Mississippi State has now dropped two straight games. The Bulldogs had failed fourth-down calls from the Tide’s 15 and its own 30 in the first half. They went for it on fourth down six times, converting three.
Alabama: The Tide cleaned up its act after getting flagged a school-record 17 times against Tennessee. Alabama committed three penalties for 20 yards. But the Tide only gained 29 yards on 27 rushes, counting sacks.
Mississippi State wore “SW 78” stickers on their helmets in honor of Sam Westmoreland, a freshman offensive lineman who died on Wednesday. There was a moment of silence before the game. The coroner said no foul play was suspected but didn’t release details.
Alabama defensive tackles DJ Dale and Jaheim Oatis watched the game in street clothes, with Dale wearing a boot on his left leg. Linebacker Deontae Lawson also didn’t play. However, wide receiver Jermaine Burton started after Alabama looked into a postgame incident where he appeared to strike a female Tennessee fan coming off the field in a wild scene.
Saban said they have him in a counseling program, stressing that it’s not about anger management but “about having the proper respect for other people. I didn’t think it was necessary to suspend the guy.”
Alabama visits LSU on Nov. 5.
Mississippi State hosts Auburn on Nov. 5
WEEK 7 NFL PREVIEWS
NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-4) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 34-12
STREAKS Ravens have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 12/12/21: Ravens 22 at Browns 24
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/21: Ravens 16, Browns 10
TIME 1:00 PM ET
TV CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green,
Melanie Collins (field reporter)
Cleveland SiriusXM 133 or 383 and the SXM App
Baltimore SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK L 38-15 vs. New England
COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 1-3
PTS. FOR 24.7
PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 124-206-1,326-6-5-78.7
RUSHING Nick Chubb: 110-649-5.9-7
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 31-348-11.2-4
PTS. AGAINST 27.2
SACKS Myles Garrett: 5
INTs Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward: 1
TAKE/GIVE -3 (5/8)
PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 47.1 (40.5)
KICKING Cade York (R): 46 (13/15 PAT; 11/13 FG)
QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for season-high 266 yards last week. Has 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Bal. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs with 94.4 rating in 7 career starts vs. AFC North. • RB NICK CHUBB leads NFL with 649 rush yards & 7 rush TDs this season. Can become 5th player ever with 8+ rush TDs in each of 1st 5 seasons. Has 110+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 games this season & has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 270 scrimmage yards (135 per game) in 2 road games this season. • RB KAREEM HUNT has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 games this season. • WR AMARI COOPER aims for 3rd in row with TD catch & has rec. TD in 4 of past 5. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Bal. (12/8/20 w/ Dal.). Has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 career games vs. Bal. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC North. Needs TD catch to become 6th player in SB era with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 8 seasons. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES led team with season-high 74 rec. yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. • TE DAVID NJOKU aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in last road meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Bal & 4 of his past 5 vs. division. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks & FF last week & became Cle. all-time sack leader (63.5). Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. • LB JACOB PHLILLIPS aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with PD & 3rd in row vs. division with sack. • S JOHN JOHNSON had 6 tackles, TFL & 1st-career FR in Week 6.
LAST WEEK L 24-20 at N.Y. Giants
COACH VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 23-5
PTS. FOR 26.3
PASSING Lamar Jackson: 112-181-1,277-13-6-93.2
RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 56-451-8.1-2
RECEIVING Mark Andrews (TE): 39-455-11.7-5
PTS. AGAINST 23.5
SACKS Justin Madubuike, Patrick Queen: 2.5
INTs Marlon Humphrey: 2
TAKE/GIVE +4 (12/8)
PUNTING (NET) Jordan Stout (R): 46.2 (39.2)
KICKING Justin Tucker: 50 (17/18 PAT; 11/12 FG)
QB LAMAR JACKSON had 287 yards (210 pass, 77 rush) last week. Aims for his 11th in row at home & 6th in row overall with 50+ rush yards. Has 0 INTs in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Cle. Leads QBs with 451 rush yards in 2022 & can join Cam Newton as only QBs in NFL history with 500+ rush yards in each of 1st 5 seasons. • RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for season-high 119 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Had 137 rush yards & career-high 4 rush TDs in his last game vs. Cle. (12/15/19 w/ Az.). • RB J.K. DOBBINS has rush TD in each of his 2 career games vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 6 at home. • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 7 catches for season-high 106 yards & TD in Week 6, his 9th-career game with 100+ rec. yards, 4th-most among TEs since 2018. Has 7+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 4 of his past. Had 11 catches for 115 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 7 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. Cle. Ties for lead among TEs with 455 rec. yards this season & ranks 2nd in catches (39) & rec. TDs (5). • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY aims for 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. • LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 7 tackles & had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 7th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Had 2 TFL & FR in last home meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Ranks 2nd among all active players with 163 career TFLs. • DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE had 5 tackles & sack in Week 6. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. • CB MARCUS PETERS has PD in each of his 5 games this season. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY has PD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Cle. with PD.
NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-3) @ CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-5)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 24-19
STREAKS Buccaneers have won past 4
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Panthers 17 at Buccaneers 41
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/26/21: Buccaneers 32, Panthers 6
TIME 1:00 PM ET
TV FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter)
Tampa Bay SiriusXM 134 or 384 and the SXM App
Carolina SiriusXM 83 or 226 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK L 20-18 at Pittsburgh
COACH VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-1
PTS. FOR 20.2
PASSING Tom Brady: 166-247-1,652-8-1-95.1
RUSHING Leonard Fournette: 95-343-3.6-1
RECEIVING Mike Evans: 24-358-14.9-3
PTS. AGAINST 17.2
SACKS Devin White, Antoine Winfield (S): 3
INTs Jamel Dean: 2
TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)
PUNTING (NET) Jake Camarda (R): 45.6 (41.1)
KICKING Ryan Succop: 53 (8/8 PAT; 15/16 FG)
QB TOM BRADY completed 29 of 37 atts. (78.4 pct.) for 326 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.4 rating in last meeting. Has 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.6 rating in his past 2 starts at Car. & aims for his 3rd in row at Car. with 95+ rating. Is 10-4 with 4,127 pass yards (294.8 per game) & 31 TD passes vs. NFC South since 2020. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 6 catches, 101 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 38 rec.) & career-high 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Can become 1st RB since 2016 (David Johnson) with 5+ catches & rec. TD in 4 straight games. Ranks 2nd among RBs in 2022 in catches (32) & rec. yards (232). Has 283 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Car. • WR MIKE EVANS has 60+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6. Had 89 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with TD catch & 5th in row vs. Car. with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. • WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 6 catches for 95 yards last week. Has 6+ catches in 6 of his past 7 & aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has 465 rec. yards (116.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Car. • LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 13 tackles & had TFL last week. Has 6+ tackles in 16 of his 18 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 16th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • LB DEVIN WHITE had 8 tackles & PD in Week 6 & aims for his 4th in row on road in 2022 with 8+ tackles & PD. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. Car. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with sack & 2 TFL. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2 TFL. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles.
LAST WEEK L 24-10 at L.A. Rams
COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-0
PTS. FOR 17.2
PASSING PJ Walker: 15-22-120-0-0-81.6
RUSHING Christian McCaffrey: 85-393-4.6-2
RECEIVING Christian McCaffrey (RB): 33-277-8.4-1
PTS. AGAINST 24.3
SACKS Brian Burns: 4
INTs Four tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE -2 (6/8)
PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 48.9 (44.9)
KICKING Eddy Pineiro: 43 (7/7 PAT; 12/13 FG)
QB BAKER MAYFIELD has TD pass in 3 of his 4 home starts in 2022. Passed for 215 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.4 rating in his only career start vs. TB (10/21/18 w/ Cle.). • QB P.J. WALKER completed 10 of 16 atts. in 1st start of season last week. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 7 receptions & 158 scrimmage yards (89 rec., 69 rush) in Week 6. Has 24 career games with both 50+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards, 2nd-most in NFL history (HOFer Marshall Faulk – 51). Has 390 career receptions, tied-3rd most by RB in 1st 6 seasons all-time. Leads all RBs in catches (33) & rec. yards (277) in 2022. Is 1 of 2 (Nick Chubb) with 5 games of 100+ scrimmage yards this season & aims for his 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 vs. TB & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TDs. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD had TD catch in last meeting. • WR DJ MOORE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had 7 catches & 100 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 13 rush) in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 vs. TB. • DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. • DT DERRICK BROWN had career-high 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Has 6 PD in his past 5 & aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. • LB CORY LITTLETON led team with 10 tackles & had 0.5 sacks in Week 6. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. TB with 7+ tackles & TFL. • CB DONTE JACKSON had INT-TD last week, his 13th-career INT & 1st-career TD. • DB MYLES HARTSFIELD had 12 tackles & sack in last meeting.
NFL PREVIEW: ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3) @ CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Bengals lead all-time series, 9-5
STREAKS Bengals have won past 2
LAST GAME 9/30/18: Bengals 37 at Falcons 36
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Bengals 24, Falcons 10
TIME 1:00 PM ET
TV FOX: Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith,
Jennifer Hale (field reporter)
Atlanta SiriusXM 158 or 386 and the SXM App
Cincinnati SiriusXM 113 or 228 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK W 28-14 vs. San Francisco
COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 0-0
PTS. FOR 24.3
PASSING Marcus Mariota: 84-137-1,055-6-4-87.7
RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 54-235-4.4-0
RECEIVING Drake London (R): 25-306-12.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 22.7
SACKS Grady Jarrett: 3.5
INTs Six tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)
PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 47.8 (42.1)
KICKING Younghoe Koo: 44 (14/14 PAT; 10/13 FG)
QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 13 of 14 atts. (92.2 pct.) & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in Week 6 & became 3rd player in NFL history (Ryan Fitzpatrick & Frank Ryan) with 90+ comp. pct (min. 10 atts.), 2+ TD passes & rush TD in single game. Had 315 yards (264 pass, 51 rush) & TD vs. INT in his only career start vs. Cin. (11/12/17 w/ Ten.). • RB CALEB HUNTLEY rushed for career-high 59 yards last week. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER rushed for 51 yards last week & is 1 of 4 rookie RBs (Breece Hall, Dameon Pierce & Kenneth Walker) with 250+ scrimmage yards (260) in 2022. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) had 40 rec. yards in Week 6. London (51) & Allgeier (52) are only pair of rookie teammates each with 50+ scrimmage yards per game in 2022. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS led team with 4 catches & 58 rec. yards last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • TE KYLE PITTS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 6, his 2nd-career TD catch. Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. • LB RASHAAN EVANS had 12 tackles & 2nd-career FF last week. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB TROY ANDERSEN (rookie) had career-high 12 tackles last week. • LB MYKAL WALKER aims for his 4th in row with 9+ tackles. • CB A.J. TERRELL had PD & 1st-career FR in Week 6. Has 11 PD in his past 7 on road. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had 3rd-career INT & 1st-career FR-TD in Week 6. • S RICHIE GRANT had 6 tackles & 4th PD of season last week. Is 1 of 4 NFC DBs (Budda Baker, Donovan Wilson & Antoine Winfield Jr.) with 5+ tackles in each of 1st 6 weeks.
LAST WEEK W 30-26 at New Orleans
COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 0-0
PTS. FOR 23.0
PASSING Joe Burrow: 152-228-1,616-12-5-95.6
RUSHING Joe Mixon: 104-347-3.3-1
RECEIVING Ja’Marr Chase: 39-475-12.2-4
PTS. AGAINST 19.2
SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 2.5
INTs Vonn Bell: 3
TAKE/GIVE 0 (8/8)
PUNTING (NET) Kevin Huber: 44.5 (40.0)
KICKING Evan McPherson: 44 (11/12 PAT; 11/12 FG)
QB JOE BURROW completed 28 of 37 atts. (season-high 75.7 pct.) for 300 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 126 rating last week, his 6th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 3 of past 4. Has 0 INTs in 4 of past 5. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 2,244 pass yards (374 per game) in his past 6 home starts. • RB JOE MIXON had 1st TD catch of season in Week 6. Has TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. • WR JA’MARR CHASE led team with 7 catches for season-high 132 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards, tied 4th-most in NFL since 2021. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 678 rec. yards (135.6 per game) & 6 TD catches in his past 5 at home. • WR TYLER BOYD had season-high 6 catches for 66 yards in Week 6. Had 11 catches for 100 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC South with 65+ rec. yards. • WR TEE HIGGINS has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5. • TE HAYDEN HURST has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 82 catches for 792 yards & 9 TDs in 2 seasons with Atl. (2020-21). • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with sack. • LB GERMAINE PRATT led team with season-high 14 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ tackles & 4th in row with 8+ tackles. • S VONN BELL has FR in 2 of his past 3 vs. Atl. Aims for his 6th in row at home with PD. • CB CHIBODE AWUZIE led team with 2 PD last week.
NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT LIONS (1-4) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (4-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 15-11
STREAKS Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME 11/17/19: Cowboys 35 at Lions 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/30/18: Cowboys 26, Lions 24
TIME 1:00 PM ET
TV CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)
Detroit SiriusXM 135 or 385 and the SXM App
Dallas SiriusXM 82 or 227 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK Bye (L 29-0 at New England in Week 5)
COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-1
PTS. FOR 28.0
PASSING Jared Goff: 111-186-1,355-11-4-92.9
RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 77-332-4.3-6
RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 27-271-10.0-3
PTS. AGAINST 34.0
SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 3
INTs DeShon Elliott, Will Harris: 1
TAKE/GIVE -2 (4/6)
PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.8 (43.5)
QB JARED GOFF is only NFC QB with 2 games of 4 TD passes in 2022. Passed for 284 yards & 2 TDs in his last start at Dal. (12/15/19 w/ LAR) & aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 250+ pass yards. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFL with 27 300-yard games. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 games this season & has TD in 3 of his past 4 overall. Has 604 scrimmage yards (100.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS has career-high 6 rush TDs in 2022 & is only player with 3 games of 2+ rush TDs this season. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 9 of his past 10. Is 1 of 4 WRs (Keenan Allen, Stefon Diggs & Cooper Kupp) with active streak of 10+ games (13) with 4+ receptions. • WR JOSH REYNOLDS led team with 6 catches for 92 yards in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3. • LB MALCOLM RODRIGUEZ leads all rookies with 4 games with TFL & is 1 of 2 NFC rookie LBs (Quay Walker) with 5+ games (5) with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB ALEX ANZALONE has PD in 3 of his past 4. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 6th in row overall with 6+ tackles. • DL ALIM MCNEIL aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • S DESHON ELLIOTT set career highs in tackles (12) & TFL (3) & had 2nd-career INT in Week 5. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles
LAST WEEK L 26-17 at Philadelphia
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 18-7
PTS. FOR 18.3
PASSING Cooper Rush: 90-156-1,020-5-3-80.1
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 94-386-4.1-2
RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 33-409-12.4-2
PTS. AGAINST 16.3
SACKS Micah Parsons: 6
INTs Trevon Diggs: 2
TAKE/GIVE +2 (7/5)
PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 46.9 (41.5)
KICKING Brett Maher: 50 (8/9 PAT; 14/16 FG)
QB DAK PRESCOTT has 24 TDs (23 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 109.6 rating in his past 9 home starts, incl. 2+ TD passes in 8 of 9. Has 911 pass yards (303.7 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in 3 career starts vs. Det. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115+ rating. • QB COOPER RUSH aims for his 3rd home start in row with 95+ rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 81 yards & 2nd TD of season last week. Had career high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with TD. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (10,048) & ranks 3rd in scrimmage TDs (70). • RB TONY POLLARD had TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB led team with 5 catches & 68 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 6th in row overall with 6+ catches. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 PD last week. Has 11 sacks in 11 career home games. Has TFL in 10 of his 11 career home games & aims for his 9th in row at home with TFL. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 3 sacks in last home meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 5+ tackles & TFL. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG tied his career high with his 5th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • CB TREVON DIGGS has 22 PD in 18 career home games & aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS (5-1) @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-4)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Jaguars lead all-time series, 4-3
STREAKS Jaguars have won past 2
LAST GAME 9/9/18: Jaguars 20 at Giants 15
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Jaguars 25, Giants 24
LEADER Jaguars lead all-time series, 4-3
STREAKS Jaguars have won past 2
LAST GAME 9/9/18: Jaguars 20 at Giants 15
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Jaguars 25, Giants 24
LAST WEEK W 24-20 vs. Baltimore
COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0
PTS. FOR 21.2
PASSING Daniel Jones: 107-159-1,021-5-2-90.2
RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 119-616-5.2-4
RECEIVING Richie James: 19-189-9.9-0
PTS. AGAINST 18.8
SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 4
INTs Julian Love: 1
TAKE/GIVE +2 (8/6)
PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 50.2 (41.8)
KICKING Graham Gano: 47 (11/11 PAT; 12/14 FG)
QB DANIEL JONES completed 19 of 27 atts. (70.4 pct.) for 173 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 112.1 rating in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with 70+ comp. pct. & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (Geno Smith & Matthew Stafford) with 3+ games (3) of 70+ comp. pct. in 2022. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 95 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 12 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week & is only player with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 6 weeks. Leads NFL with 771 scrimmage yards in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 4th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Made NFL debut vs. Jax. in last meeting & had 128 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 22 rec.) & rush TD. • TE DANIEL BELLINGER (rookie) led team with career-high 5 receptions & 38 rec. yards & had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON (rookie) had 1st-career TD catch in Week 6. • S JULIAN LOVE had 2 PD & 4th-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY led team with career-high 9 tackles in Week 6. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE tied career high with 4th sack of season & PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 3rd-career FR in Week 6. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX (rookie) had 1st-career sack & 1st-career FF in Week 6. • LB OSHANE XIMINES had TFL last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB JIHAD WARD had 2 TFL in Week 6. Has career-high 6 TFL in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had PD last week. Has 5 PD in his past 5 vs. Jax.
LAST WEEK L 34-27 at Indianapolis
COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 8-2
PTS. FOR 23.0
PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 133-203-1,397-9-4-91.9
RUSHING James Robinson: 81-340-4.2-3
RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 25-362-14.5-4
PTS. AGAINST 19.0
SACKS Josh Allen: 3
INTs Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE 0 (9/9)
PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.2 (44.6)
KICKING Riley Patterson: 40 (13/13 PAT; 9/10 FG)
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 20 of 22 atts. (career-high 90.9 pct.) for 165 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 113.1 rating & had career-high 2 rush TDs last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 0 INTs in 3 of his past 4 home starts. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE led team with 108 scrimmage yards (career-high 86 rush, 22 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home & has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • RB JAMYCAL HASTY had 57 rush yards & 1st rush TD of season in Week 6. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 4th TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 60+ rec. yards. • WR MARVIN JONES has 7 catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR ZAY JONES has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. • TE EVAN ENGRAM aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Selected in 1st round (No. 23 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft by NYG & had 262 catches for 2,828 yards & 16 TDs in 5 seasons with club (2017-21). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 14 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. NYG (9/26/21 w/ Atl.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with 10+ tackles. • LB JOSH ALLEN has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has 2 sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB TYSON CAMPBELL set season highs in tackles (7) & PD (3) in Week 6. • CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN set season highs in tackles (9), TFL (2) & PD (2) last week.
NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-2-1) @ TENNESSEE TITANS (3-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 35-20
STREAKS Titans have won past 4
LAST GAME 10/2/22: Titans 24 at Colts 17
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/21: Titans 25, Colts 16
TIME 1:00 PM ET
TV CBS: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton,
Don Bell (field reporter)
Indianapolis SiriusXM 109 or 388 and the SXM App
Tennessee SiriusXM 132 or 230 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK W 34-27 vs. Jacksonville
COACH VS. OPP. Frank Reich: 4-5
PTS. FOR 17.2
PASSING Matt Ryan: 170-253-1,765-8-7-86.2
RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 81-328-4.0-1
RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 38-417-11.0-1
PTS. AGAINST 20.2
SACKS DeForest Buckner, Kwity Paye: 3
INTs Stephon Gilmore, Rodney McLeod, Rodney Thomas (R): 1
TAKE/GIVE -5 (6/11)
PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 43.6 (41.4)
KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/10 FG)
QB MATT RYAN completed career-high 42 of 58 atts. (72.4 pct.) for season-high 389 yards & 3 TDs with 107.6 rating last week, his 30th-career game with 350+ pass yards, surpassing Philip Rivers (29 games) for 5th-most all-time. Is only player in NFL with 350+ pass yards in 3 games this season. Has 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 350+ pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR has 809 scrimmage yards (101.1 per game) in 8 career road division games. Has 95+ scrimmage in 8 of his past 9 overall on road. • RB DEON JACKSON had career-high 121 scrimmage yards (79 rec., 42 rush) & 10 catches last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN set career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (134) in Week 6. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at Ten. with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR ALEC PIERCE (rookie) had GW 32-yard TD catch with 17 seconds remaining last week, his 1st-career TD. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL had career-high 7 catches & 1st TD of season last week. • TE JELANI WOODS (rookie) had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 6. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & sack. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has sack & FF in 3 of his past 4 vs. Ten. • DE TYQUAN LEWIS had sack & 1st-career FF last week. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with season-high 13 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Aims for 7th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL.
LAST WEEK Bye (W 21-17 at Washington in Week 5)
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 5-4
PTS. FOR 19.2
PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 82-126-965-6-3-94.2
RUSHING Derrick Henry: 104-408-3.9-5
RECEIVING Robert Woods: 17-204-12.0-1
PTS. AGAINST 23.6
SACKS Denico Autry, Rashad Weaver: 4
INTs Four tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE +1 (7/6)
PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 54.9 (47.3)
KICKING Randy Bullock: 24 (12/12 PAT; 4/5 FG)
QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 4th in row with 95+ rating & 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 125.6 rating in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 2+ TD passes. Has 7 TDs (6 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 115.9 rating in his past 3 starts vs. division. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 95+ rating. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 132 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 30 rec.) & season-high 2 rush TDs in Week 5, his 18th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, most in NFL since 2016. Aims for 5th in row with rush TD & 4th in row with 125+ scrimmage yards. Had season-high 147 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 819 scrimmage yards (136.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 6 vs. Ind. • RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 5. • WR ROBERT WOODS had rec. TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had season-high 72 rec. yards in Week 5. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS led team with 1.5 sacks & had PD in Week 5. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. • DT TEAIR TART aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 2+ PD. Had 1st-career INT in Week 4 meeting. • DL DENICO AUTRY aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had season-high 2 sacks & FF in Week 4 meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • LB DAVID LONG led team with season-high 12 tackles & had 1st INT of season in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles & 3rd in row with PD.
NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-3) @ WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (2-4)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 20-15-1
STREAKS Packers have won past 2
LAST GAME 10/24/21: Washington 10 at Green Bay 24
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/23/18: Washington 31, Green Bay 17
TIME 1:00 PM ET
TV FOX: Adam Amin, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter)
Green Bay SiriusXM 98 or 389 and the SXM App
Washington SiriusXM 121 or 232 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK L 27-10 vs. N.Y. Jets
COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 2-0
PTS. FOR 17.8
PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 140-209-1,403-9-3-94.2
RUSHING Aaron Jones: 70-409-5.8-1
RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 20-285-14.3-4
PTS. AGAINST 20.5
SACKS Rashan Gary: 6
INTs Jaire Alexander: 1
TAKE/GIVE -4 (4/8)
PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 46.8 (40.1)
KICKING Mason Crosby: 33 (12/12 PAT; 7/8 FG)
QB AARON RODGERS has 1,858 pass yards (309.7 per game) & 14 TDs vs. INT for 109 rating in 6 career starts vs. Was. Passed for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.6 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 on road & 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 road games. • RB AARON JONES has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 278 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. Was. • RB A.J. DILLON had 52 scrimmage yards (41 rush, 11 rec.) in Week 6. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 76 rec. yards & 4th rec. TD of season last week. Has 8 rec. TDs in his past 8. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 3rd in row overall with TD catch. Had 60 rec. yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • TE ROBERT TONYAN had career-high 10 receptions for 90 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack & 2 TFL last week. Ranks tied-1st in NFC with 6 sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. • LB PRESTON SMITH had sack in his only career game vs. Was. (12/8/19). Had 29 TFL, 24.5 sacks & 13 PD in 64 games (2015-18) with Was. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles & TFL. Had 14 tackles & 2 FFs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 10+ tackles. • LB QUAY WALKER had 7 tackles in Week 6 & is 1 of 2 rookies (Devin Lloyd) with 5+ tackles in 6 games in 2022. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had season-high 3 PD last week, his 5th-career game with 3+ PD.
LAST WEEK W 12-7 at Chicago (Thu.)
COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 2-4
PTS. FOR 17.0
PASSING Taylor Heinicke (2021): 321-494-3,419-20-15-85.9
RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 61-214-3.5-2
RECEIVING Curtis Samuel: 34-287-8.4-2
PTS. AGAINST 22.5
SACKS Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne: 3.5
INTs Jonathan Allen, Darrick Forrest: 1
TAKE/GIVE -5 (3/8)
PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.9 (44.8)
KICKING Joey Slye: 18 (6/7 PAT; 4/5 FG)
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 3,419 yards & 20 TDs vs. 15 INTs for 85.9 rating & had 313 rush yards & rush TD in 16 games (15 starts) last season. Had 75+ comp. pct. in 3 of his final 4 home starts last season. Had 363 yards (268 pass, career-high 95 rush) in last meeting. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON (rookie) had 60 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 6. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 53 scrimmage yards (35 rush, 18 rec.) last week. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 8 of his past 9. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 122 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL aims for his 4th in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack, 1st-career FF & 1st-career INT in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 2 sacks & 2 TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. • DT DARON PAYNE had 18th-career sack last week. Has TFL in 5 of his 6 games this season. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • DE EFE OBADA had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. GB (12/19/20 w/ Car.). • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 12 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in 11 straight games. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles. • S KAMREN CURL had 1st sack of season last week, his 4th-career sack. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS (4-2) @ DENVER BRONCOS (2-4)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 21-16-1
STREAKS Broncos have won past 2
LAST GAME 9/26/21: Jets 0 at Broncos 26
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/21
TIME 4:05 PM ET
TV CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter)
N.Y. Jets SiriusXM 99 or 390 and the SXM App
Denver SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK W 27-10 at Green Bay
COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-1
PTS. FOR 23.8
PASSING Zach Wilson: 42-75-572-1-2-73.9
RUSHING Breece Hall (R): 76-391-5.1-3
RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 24-290-12.1-2
PTS. AGAINST 21.3
SACKS Quinnen Williams: 5
INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 2
TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)
PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 45.6 (42.4)
KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/12 FG)
QB ZACH WILSON has 0 INTs in 2 of 3 starts this season. Passed for 160 yards in last meeting. • RB BREECE HALL (rookie) rushed for season-high 116 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies with 609 scrimmage yards (391 rush, 218 rec.) & ties for lead with 4 TDs (3 rush, rec.). Hall & MICHAEL CARTER (2 rush TDs) are 1 of 3 pairs of AFC RB teammates each with 2+ rush TDs in 2022. • WR COREY DAVIS led team with 52 rec. yards in Week 6. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 3rd among rookies with 290 rec. yards. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOS aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had 5 tackles, season-high 2 sacks & 1st FF of season last week, his 3rd-career 2-sack game. Aims for 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks & 3rd in row on road with full sack. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. • DT SHELDON RANKINS had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 on road. • DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had sack last week. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with season-high 14 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 13th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 TFL & FF in last meeting. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (rookie) had 2 PD last week & is 1 of 2 in NFL (James Bradberry) with PD in each of 1st 6 weeks. Joined Desmond Trufant as only players since 2000 with PD in each of 1st 6 career games. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 8 PD.
LAST WEEK L 19-16 at L.A. Chargers (OT) (Mon.)
COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0
PTS. FOR 15.2
PASSING Russell Wilson: 116-198-1,442-5-3-83.4
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 55-201-3.7-1
RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 31-431-13.9-1
PTS. AGAINST 16.5
SACKS Bradley Chubb: 5.5
INTs Caden Sterns: 2
TAKE/GIVE 0 (7/7)
PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 46.0 (40.7)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 47 (5/6 PAT; 14/17 FG)
QB RUSSELL WILSON has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 103.2 rating in 3 road starts this season. Has 9 TDs vs. INT with 132.6 rating in 3 career starts vs. NYJ. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 3+ TD passes. Aims for his 8th in row vs. AFC East with 2+ TD passes. Has 35 TDs (30 pass, 5 rush) & 118.7 rating in 12 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY led team with 66 rush yards last week in Den. debut. Had 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. NYJ (10/21/18 w/ Min.). • RB MELVIN GORDON has 327 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & 4 rush TDs with in 3 career games vs. NYJ. Aims for his 10th in row vs. AFC East & 4th in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has 14 TDs (12 rush, 2 rec.) in 11 career games vs. AFC East. • WR JERRY JEUDY aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 61 rec. yards & TD catch in only career game vs. NYJ (10/1/20). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in each of 3 home games this season. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • TE GREG DULCICH (rookie) had 44 rec. yards & TD catch in 1st-career game last week. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 2.5 sacks in his last game vs. NYJ (10/1/20). Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. • LB BARON BROWNING had 2 TFL, sack, career-high 2 PD & 1st-career INT & FR in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 2 TFL, PD & career-high 21 tackles in Week 6, most tackles by player in single game since 2016 (Kwon Alexander – 21). • DE MATT HENNINGSEN (rookie) had 1st-career sack last week. • S KAREEM JACKSON had season-high 8 tackles, TFL & PD last week.
NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (1-3-1) @ LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-4)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS Texans have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 10/27/19: Raiders 24 at Texans 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/16: Raiders 27, Texans 20 (Oakland)
TIME 4:05 PM ET
TV CBS: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter)
Houston SiriusXM 134 or 384 and the SXM App
Las Vegas SiriusXM 83 or 226 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK: Bye (W 13-6 at Jacksonville in Week 5)
COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 1-1
PTS. FOR 17.2
PASSING Davis Mills: 104-166-1,048-5-4-80.6
RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 86-412-4.8-3
RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 24-235-9.8-1
PTS. AGAINST 19.8
SACKS Jerry Hughes: 4
INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE +3 (8/5)
PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 49.1 (43.0)
KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 38 (8/8 PAT; 10/11 FG)
QB DAVIS MILLS completed 16 of 24 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 140 yards with 0 INTs in Week 5. Has 0 INTs in 3 of 5 starts this season. Has 240+ pass yards & 2 TD passes in 2 of 3 career starts vs. AFC West. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) led team with 113 scrimmage yards (99 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Leads all rookies with 412 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 469 scrimmage yards. • RB REX BURKHEAD had 98 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 49 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. LV (9/27/20 w/ NE). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 17 catches for 379 yards (126.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 3 career games vs. Raiders. Has 50+ rec. yards in 8 of his past 9 vs. AFC West. • WR NICO COLLINS had team-high 65 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards. • CB DESMOND KING tied career high with 3 PD & had 1st INT of season in Week 5. Has PD in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 6+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. (rookie) had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 5. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of 5 games this season. • S JALEN PITRE (rookie) tied for team lead with 8 tackles in Week 8. Aims for 6th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had PD in Week 5. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles.
LAST WEEK: Bye (L 30-29 at Kansas City on Mon. in Week 5)
COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-0
PTS. FOR 25.0
PASSING Derek Carr: 113-184-1,279-8-4-87.7
RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 91-490-5.4-3
RECEIVING Davante Adams: 29-414-14.3-5
PTS. AGAINST 26.0
SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6
INTs Duron Harmon, Amik Robertson: 1
TAKE/GIVE -2 (3/5)
PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 52.1 (43.9)
KICKING Daniel Carlson: 53 (8/9 PAT; 15/15 FG)
QB DEREK CARR passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 110.6 rating in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 285 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Has 2 TD passes in each of 1st 3 road starts in 2022. • RB JOSH JACOBS had career-high 193 scrimmage yards (career-high 154 rush, 39 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 175+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 81 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. Has 524 scrimmage yards (131 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC South with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 124 rec. yards & season-high 2 rec. TDs in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 13 catches for 196 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Hou. (10/25/20 w/ GB). Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. • WR HUNTER RENFROW had 4 catches for 88 yards & TD in last meeting. • TE DARREN WALLER had TD catch in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for 5th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Has 9 TFL (3 per game) in his past 3. Had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & FF in last meeting. Aims for 7th in row at home with TFL & 5th in row at home with sack. Leads NFL with 11 TFL in 2022. • DE CHANDLER JONES has 14 TFL in his past 6 vs. AFC South. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had season-high 8 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Has 16 tackles (8 per game) in 2 career games vs. Hou.
NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-3) @ LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 26-25
STREAKS Chargers have won past 2
LAST GAME 11/4/18: Chargers 25 at Seahawks 17
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Chargers 30, Seahawks 21 (San Diego)
TIME 4:25 PM ET
TV FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter)
Seattle SiriusXM 158 or 386 and the SXM App
L.A. Chargers SiriusXM 113 or 228 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK: W 19-9 vs. Arizona
COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 2-3
PTS. FOR 24.3
PASSING Geno Smith: 138-188-1,502-9-2-108.0
RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 44-243-5.5-2
RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 34-423-12.4-2
PTS. AGAINST 27.2
SACKS Uchenna Nwosu: 3
INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 4
TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)
PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 48.9 (44.3)
KICKING Jason Myers: 50 (14/15 PAT; 12/13 FG)
QB GENO SMITH completed 20 of 31 atts. (64.5 pct.) & had 245 yards (197 pass, 48 rush) in Week 6. Leads NFL with 73.4 comp. pct. (138 of 188), 5th-highest comp. pct. ever by QB through 1st 6 games of season (min. 175 atts.). • RB KENNETH WALKER (rookie) had career-high 110 scrimmage yards (career-high 97 rush, 13 rec.) & 2nd-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 85+ rush yards & rush TD. Leads NFC rookies in rush yards (243). • WR DK METCALF has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 85+ rec. yards. Since 2019, is 1 of 6 WRs with 3,500+ rec. yards (3,576) & 30+ rec. TDs (31). • WR TYLER LOCKETT aims for his 6th in row on road with 5+ catches & 7th in row on road with 90+ rec. yards. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 11 tackles in Week 6. Is only NFC player with 5 games with 10+ tackles in 2022 & aims for his 10th in row on road with 10+ tackles. Has 9+ tackles in 15 straight games, longest such streak by any player since 2000. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU had 3rd sack of season last week. Had 15 sacks & 21 TFL in 4 seasons (2018-21) with Chargers. • LB DARRELL TAYLOR had 2nd sack & 2 FF of season last week. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN had INT & FR in Week 6 & became 1st rookie since 1970 with both INT & FR in consecutive games. Is 3rd rookie since 2000 (Jairus Byrd & Joe Haden) with INT in 4 straight games. • CB COBY BRYANT leads NFL with 4 FFs & can join Will Smith (2004) as only rookies since 2000 with FF in 4 straight games.
LAST WEEK: W 19-16 vs. Denver (OT) (Mon.)
COACH VS. OPP. Brandon Staley: 0-0
PTS. FOR 23.5
PASSING Justin Herbert: 170-257-1,716-10-3-93.1
RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 75-349-4.7-4
RECEIVING Mike Williams: 30-409-13.6-2
PTS. AGAINST 25.3
SACKS Khalil Mack: 6
INTs Bryce Callahan: 2
TAKE/GIVE +2 (6/4)
PUNTING (NET) JK Scott: 44.0 (42.4)
KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 39 (12/12 PAT; 9/10 FG)
QB JUSTIN HERBERT has 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 79 career TD passes & can surpass Derek Carr (81) & Andy Dalton (80) for 4th-most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Has 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 2 of past 3 starts vs. NFC. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 83 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 36 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. Joined HOFer Lenny Moore as only players ever with 25+ rush TD (25) & 25+ rec. TD (26) in 1st 6 seasons. • RB SONY MICHEL had 115 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 23 rec.) in his last game vs. Sea. (12/21/21 w/ LAR). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 6 catches for 124 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 7+ catches & 120+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. • WR JOSHUA PALMER led team with career-high 9 catches last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 55+ rec. yards. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with 10 tackles & had 2nd sack of season in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. Has 5 PD in 4 career games vs. NFC West. Leads all DBs with 55 tackles in 2022. • CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. aims for his 7th in row at home with PD. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. Sea. (9/17/18 w/ Chi.). Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 sacks. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL had 8 tackles & career-high 2 sacks in Week 6.
NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-2) @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 7-6
STREAKS Chiefs have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 9/23/18: 49ers 27 at Chiefs 38
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/14: 49ers 22, Chiefs 17
TIME 4:25 PM ET
TV FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters)
Kansas City SiriusXM 135 or 385 and the SXM App
San Francisco SiriusXM 82 or 227 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK L 24-20 vs. Buffalo
COACH VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 8-4
PTS. FOR 29.8
PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 151-229-1,736-17-4-106.1
RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 59-256-4.3-2
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 41-455-11.1-7
PTS. AGAINST 24.8
SACKS Chris Jones, L’Jarius Sneed (CB): 3
INTs Jaylen Watson (R): 1
TAKE/GIVE -1 (5/6)
PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend: 54.0 (49.8)
KICKING Harrison Butker: 15 (6/6 PAT; 3/4 FG)
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week, his 33rdcareer game with 300+ pass yards, surpassing HOFer Dan Marino (32 games) for most-ever by player in 1st 6 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for 314 yards 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.5 rating in last reg. season meeting. Has 19 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 122.4 rating in 5 career reg. season starts vs. NFC West. Has 90+ rating in 6 of his past 7 road starts. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC with 70+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row vs. NFC with TD. • RB JERICK MCKINNON appeared in 16 games for SF (2020) & had 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for 108 yards last week, his 31st-career game with 100+ rec. yards, tied with HOFer Tony Gonzalez for the 2nd-most such games ever by TE. Aims for his 7th in row on road with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. SF, incl. postseason. Had 8 catches for 114 yards in last reg. season meeting. Leads NFL with 7 rec. TDs this season. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 5 catches for season-high 113 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 6. Has 5 catches in 3 of past 4. Had 81 rec. yards & TD catch in only career game vs. SF (9/22/19 w/ Pit.). • WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • DT CHRIS JONES had sack & PD in Week 6. Had 3 PD in SB LIV vs. SF. Has 1.5+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 in reg. season vs. NFC West. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with season-high 13 tackles & had 2 TFL last week. Is 1 of 2 (Jordyn Brooks) with 9+ tackles in each of 1st 6 weeks this season.
LAST WEEK L 28-14 at Atlanta
COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 0-2
PTS. FOR 20.3
PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 94-148-1,153-7-3-94.8
RUSHING Jeff Wilson: 81-400-4.9-2
RECEIVING Deebo Samuel: 27-345-12.8-2
PTS. AGAINST 14.8
SACKS Nick Bosa: 6
INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 2
TAKE/GIVE -2 (7/9)
PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 45.5 (40.4)
KICKING Robbie Gould: 31 (13/13 PAT; 6/9 FG)
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 games at home. Passed for 251 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.7 rating in only career reg. season start vs. KC (9/23/18). • RB JEFF WILSON has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 7 catches for 79 yards last week. Has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 at home. Aims for 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 5 catches & 92 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 39 rec.) in SB LIV vs. KC (2/2/20). • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 8 catches for 83 yards & 1st career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (83) last week. Had 5 catches for 79 yards in last reg. season meeting. • DL NICK BOSA has 2 sacks & 2 TFL in each of 1st 2 home games in 2022 & has 7 sacks in his past 6 at home. Had sack & FF in SB LIV vs. KC (2/2/20). Ranks tied-1st in NFC with 6 sacks in 2022. • DL DRAKE JACKSON ranks tied-1st among rookies with 3 sacks in 2022 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • DL CHARLES OMENIHU aims for his 4th in row with sack. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 10 tackles last week. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 11 tackles, 2 TFL & PD in last reg. season meeting. Had TFL & INT in SB LIV vs. KC (2/2/20). • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had 38 PD & 4 INTs in 67 games, incl. playoffs, with KC (2018-21). • S TALANOA HUFANGA aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has 5 PD in 6 games in 2022.
NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-4) @ MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 13-11
STREAKS Dolphins have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME 10/28/19: Dolphins 14 at Steelers 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/16: Dolphins 30, Steelers 15
TIME 8:20 PM ET
TV NBC: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth,
Melissa Stark (field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Mayock
PIttsburgh SiriusXM 83 or 226 and the SXM App
Miami SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App
National SiriusXM 88 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK: W 20-18 vs. Tampa Bay
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 5-2
PTS. FOR 16.2
PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 55-83-514-1-4-67.0
RUSHING Najee Harris: 83-264-3.2-1
RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 33-295-8.9-0
PTS. AGAINST 24.3
SACKS Alex Highsmith: 6.5
INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3
TAKE/GIVE +1 (10/9)
PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.9 (41.0)
KICKING Chris Boswell: 41 (8/8 PAT; 11/15 FG)
LAST WEEK L 24-16 vs. Minnesota
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0
PTS. FOR 21.8
PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 80-115-1,035-8-3-109.9
RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 71-309-4.4-1
RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 50-701=14.0-2
PTS. AGAINST 25.8
SACKS Melvin Ingram, Brandon Jones: 2
INTs Jevon Holland: 1
TAKE/GIVE -5 (4/9)
PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 46.6 (41.0)
KICKING Jason Sanders: 35 (14/15 PAT; 7/10 FG)
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA aims for his 4th home start in row with 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Has 104.6 rating in 4 career games vs. AFC North. • QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER set season highs in pass yards (329), TD passes (2) & rating (93.9) last week. Passed for 288 yards & 2 TDs with 92.9 rating in only career start vs. Pit. (10/10/21 w/ Den.). • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Rushed for 79 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (9/22/19 w/ SF). Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games on SNF. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB CHASE EDMONDS aims for his 5th in row in primetime with TD. Had 145 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 58 rush) in only career game on SNF (10/25/20 vs. Sea. w/ Az.). • WR TYREEK HILL led team with season-high 12 catches for 177 yards last week, his 8th-career game with 10+ catches & 150+ rec. yards, most-ever by player in 1st 7 seasons. Is 5th player since 2000 with 150+ rec. yards in 3 of his team’s 1st 6 games of season. Leads NFL with 701 rec. yards & ranks 2nd with 50 catches in 2022. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 6 catches for 129 yards in Week 6, his 3rd 100-yard game this season. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards. • TE MIKE GESICKI had season-high 2 TD catches last week, his 3rd-career 2-TD game. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has PD in 4 of 5 games this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in last meeting. • S BRANDON JONES aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles & PD. • LB ELANDON ROBERTS led team with 7 tackles & had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & TFL.
NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS (2-4) @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-3)
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 10-3
STREAKS Patriots have won past 5
LAST GAME 10/21/18: Patriots 38 at Bears 31
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/26/14: Patriots 51, Bears 23
TIME 8:15 PM ET
TV ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters (field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner
Chicago SiriusXM 81 or 226 and the SXM App
New England SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App
National SiriusXM 88 and the SXM App
LAST WEEK: L 12-7 vs. Washington (Thu.)
COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0
PTS. FOR 15.5
PASSING Justin Fields: 63-115-869-4-5-72.7
RUSHING Khalil Herbert: 63-403-6.4-3
RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 17-241-14.2-0
PTS. AGAINST 19.7
SACKS Jaquan Brisker (R), Trevis Gipson, Jaylon Jones (R): 2
INTs Eddie Jackson: 3
TAKE/GIVE -2 (8/10)
PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 48.7 (42.6)
KICKING Cairo Santos: 27 (6/8 PAT; 7/7 FG)
QB JUSTIN FIELDS passed for 190 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 88 yards in Week 6. Ranks 4th among QBs with 702 rush yards since 2021 & aims for his 5th start in row with 40+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd start in row on MNF with 300+ yards (pass + rush) & TD pass. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 80 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 13 rec.) in Week 6. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 12 straight road games & aims for his 6th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games on MNF. • RB KHALIL HERBERT rushed for 75 yards last week. Has 75+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with season-high 7 receptions & had 68 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. • WR DANTE PETTIS led team with 84 rec. yards & had 11th-career TD catch last week. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had 1st sack of season in Week 6. Leads NFL with 66 tackles in 2022 & aims for his 7th in row with 8+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. • LB ROBERT QUINN aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack. Had sack & FF in his last game at NE (11/24/19 w/ Dal.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with sack. • DL AL-QUADIN MUHAMMAD had 1st sack of season last week. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had FF last week. Has 5+ tackles in 10 of his past 11. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 8+ tackles. Has 2 FFs & 2 FRs, incl. FR-TD, in his past 4 on MNF. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) had 2nd-career sack last week.
LAST WEEK: W 38-15 at Cleveland
COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 6-1
PTS. FOR 23.5
PASSING Bailey Zappe (R): 51-70-596-4-1-111.4
RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 87-448-5.1-3
RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 24-321-13.4-1
PTS. AGAINST 18.8
SACKS Matthew Judon: 6
INTs Jack Jones (R), Jalen Mills: 2
TAKE/GIVE +1 (12/11)
PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 43.8 (36.1)
KICKING Nick Folk: 45 (15/15 PAT; 10/12 FG)
HC BILL BELICHICK has 324 career wins, incl. postseason, & can surpass HOFer George Halas (324) for 2nd-most wins ever by HC. Only HOFer Don Shula (347) has more. • QB MAC JONES has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. NFC. Passed for 275 yards & 2 TDs in only career home start in primetime (10/3/21 SNF vs. TB). • QB BAILEY ZAPPE (rookie) completed 24 of 34 atts. (70.6 pct.) for 309 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 118.4 rating last week. Joined HOFer Dan Marino (1983) & Andy Dalton (2011) as only rookies in SB era with 100+ rating in each of 1st 2 career starts. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with 91 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 15 rec.) & had 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row overall with 85+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has rush TD in 6 of his past 7 at home. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 55+ rec. yards in each of his 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 4+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • WR TYQUAN THORNTON (rookie) had 1st 2 career TDs last week (1 rush, 1 rec.). • TE HUNTER HENRY had season-high 61 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • LB MATTHEW JUDON has sack in 5 of 6 games this season. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Had 12 tackles, 4 TFL & 2 sacks in only career game vs. Chi. (10/15/17 w/ Bal.). • DE DEATRICH WISE JR. had sack, FF & PD in Week 6. Had sack in last meeting. • DB KYLE DUGGER had season-high 8 tackles & 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. • CB JALEN MILLS had INT in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with PD.
JAVIER, ASTROS ROMP 5-0 OVER YANKS, COLE, TAKE 3-0 ALCS LEAD
NEW YORK (AP) Cristian Javier and the Houston Astros aren’t just beating the Yankees, they’re chomping them up. And now Dusty Baker’s team is on the verge of an astonishing four-game sweep.
Javier and Houston’s bullpen combined on a three-hitter, Chas McCormick followed a dropped flyball with an early two-run homer and the Astros beat Gerrit Cole and the Yankees 5-0 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 AL Championship Series lead.
“We’re not going to come out any slower than we did today,” McCormick said after setting off another round of the Chas Chomp celebration in Houston’s dugout. “We’re going to be ready to play tomorrow and go for the sweep.”
Trying for their second straight AL pennant, the 106-win Astros improved to 6-0 this postseason and need one win for their fourth World Series trip in six years. Houston aims to close out the series on Sunday night when Lance McCullers Jr. starts against Nestor Cortes.
Only one of 39 teams has recovered from a 3-0 postseason series deficit to win, Boston against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. Thirty teams completed sweeps.
McCormick, the No. 9 hitter, launched his second home run of the series for a 2-0 second-inning lead after Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Bader let Christian Vazquez’s flyball bounce out of his green glove for an error.
“It’s a loud atmosphere. … Calling it until the very end and we both got a little spooked,” Bader said. “He’s like 9 feet tall, so you don’t want to get anybody hurt.”
Aaron Judge had sprinted over from right and cut in front of him.
“At the last second I hear him. I’m trying to get out of the way,” Judge said. “I definitely messed him up on that play.”
McCormick drove a fastball 335 feet to the opposite field, and the ball hit the right-field short porch and bounced into the seats.
“It was a couple inches a little more over the plate than we wanted to and obviously the bounce went his way,” Cole said.
It would not have been a homer at any other major league ballpark, according to Statcast.
“That’s what the game’s about,” Baker said. “Even though it may not be, you have to kind of fool yourself that it is a break. And it’s amazing whatever you think can happen usually does happen. That was huge.”
Houston players responded to the homer with exaggerated clapping, arms spread wide. The gesture appeared to be initiated by Astros fan Scott Agruso, who attends games at Minute Maid Park wearing an alligator suit.
“It’s cool. I like how my teammates are into it now. Around the bases I see them always chomping,” McCormick said. “It fires me up, and I said before in case I hit a home run, I’m going to round third base, hit the chomp a couple of times to my teammates.”
Houston loaded the bases in the sixth and chased Cole. Trey Mancini followed with a sacrifice fly off Lou Trivino and Vazquez added a two-run single.
Javier pitched seven innings during the Astros’ combined no-hitter at Yankee Stadium on June 25. Making his first start since Oct. 1, the 25-year-old right-hander gave up one hit, struck out five and walked three in 5 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a ball out of the infield until Giancarlo Stanton’s one-out double in the fourth.
Hector Neris, Ryan Stanek, Hunter Brown and Rafael Montero followed with hitless relief, and Bryan Abreu gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth.
New York, which last reached the World Series when it won in 2009, is on the precipice of elimination against Houston for the fourth time in eight seasons. After sprinting to a 61-23 record in early July, the Yankees spiraled to a 38-40 mark the rest of the way and have sputtered in the playoffs.
Judge, who set an AL record with 62 home runs during the season, went 0 for 4 and dropped to .156 with 14 strikeouts and three RBIs in the playoffs, including 1 for 12 against the Astros.
“Obviously, he’s the biggest force and key in our lineup, so we need to get something from him,” manager Aaron Boone said.
New York is hitting .128 in the ALCS with 41 strikeouts and has lost eight of 10 to Houston this year, throwing just 13 pitches with a lead.
Bader was caught stealing second by Vazquez after a leadoff walk in the fifth.
“We shut down the momentum from them,” Vazquez said. “It was awesome.”
Cole, baseball’s highest paid pitcher with a $324 million, nine-year deal, allowed a home run for the 11th consecutive start. He walked off the mound stone faced when Boone removed him in the sixth.
“About as frustrated as you can get,” Cole said.
Some Yankees fans, already angry after two losses in Houston, booed Judge after a pair of strikeouts and jeered Boone during pregame introductions.
“I understand why there’s boos and why there’s yelling at times,” Judge said. “We’ve got to pick it up as a team.”
Jose Altuve hit an opposite-field double to right in the fifth for his first hit after an 0-for-25 postseason start, the longest in postseason history.
“It’s been obviously hard personally,” Altuve said. “but it’s been a lot easier too because we’ve been winning.”
Baker got his 46th postseason win as a manager, moving past Dave Roberts for fourth behind Joe Torre (84), Tony La Russa (71) and Bobby Cox (67).
Josh Donaldson was dropped as seventh in the batting order for first time since April 16, 2013. Stanton played the spacious left field at Yankee Stadium for the first time in three years.
Cortes starts after winning Game 5 of the AL Division Series on short rest and McCullers takes the mound for the Astros in his first appearance since Oct. 15 against Seattle in the Division Series. His elbow was bruised by a champagne bottle during the celebration after the 18-inning win.
PHILLIES HIT 4 HOMERS, RALLY PAST PADRES 10-6, LEAD NLCS 3-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper stood on second base after a go-ahead double and ran his hands across the script “Phillies” on his jersey as Citizens Bank Park shook in ecstasy over a World Series that suddenly seemed oh-so-close.
Harper punched his fists toward the ground and blurted a cuss-filled exclamation sure to be printed on T-shirts everywhere in Philly:
“This is my (expletive) house!”
With one more win, it will be a home for the World Series.
Rhys Hoskins homered twice, Kyle Schwarber hit a solo shot into shrubbery and Harper doubled to put Philadelphia ahead for good in a wild 10-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night for a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.
“I believe our team is built for October, I really do,” Harper said.
Harper – who signed a 13-year, $330 million free-agent deal in 2019 – had made Philly both his home and a championship contender with a postseason already among the greatest in franchise history. He’s hit in nine straight games, reached base in 10 straight games, is hitting .410 in the postseason and already told his team they weren’t losing in the postseason.
“It’s just a lot of fun to be able to be part of this group,” Harper said. “It’s a lot of fun to be able to come to the park every day knowing our fans are going to show out each night.”
J.T. Realmuto also homered for the big-hitting Phillies, who are trying to become the first third-place team to reach the Fall Classic.
The Phillies send ace Zack Wheeler to the mound in Game 5 Sunday at Citizens Bank Park to try and clinch their first National League pennant since 2009. They haven’t won the World Series since 2008.
“Yeah, you can’t write it better,” Hoskins said. “I can’t imagine what tomorrow is going to be like.”
Get the champagne ready, just in case.
No matter the outcome, Game 4 was one to remember for the Phillies and their fans.
The Phillies trailed 4-0 in the first and then chipped away, slugged away and finally put away the Padres. The clincher came in a four-run fifth inning against reliever Sean Manaea. Trailing 6-4, Schwarber walked to start the rally. Hoskins then ripped his second homer of the game — no bat spike, but just as dramatic — for the tying shot. Realmuto walked to set the stage for Harper.
The 2021 NL MVP lined the go-ahead double that rolled to the left-center wall for a 7-6 lead as the Philly crowd absolutely exploded. Harper then told the fans exactly where he lived – and his house is their home, too.
The Phillies fans refused to sit — and they had no reason to the rest of the game. Nick Castellanos singled in Harper to complete the scoring in the fifth.
Schwarber smashed the ball into the shrubs in dead center in the sixth for his third homer of this series and Realmuto punctuated the scoring with a solo shot in the seventh.
The Phillies 1-5 hitters went 9-for-18 with four homers, three doubles, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored.
“You get the one big hit, it gets louder, and that’s where you can really snowball things,” Hoskins said. “We’re not new to scoring runs in bunches, but in the playoffs when things are so much tighter and more intense, the crowd is one way to kind of let that snowball happen, and we saw it twice tonight.”
The Padres and Phillies had already nearly stuffed nine innings worth of commotion into 48 minutes of a frenzied first.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson picked Bailey Falter to start Game 4 after a 17-day layoff and hoped the lefty could at least go once through the order. He couldn’t do much beyond retire the first two batters. Manny Machado rocked a homer to left and answered the chants of “Manny Sucks!” by cupping his right hand to his ear as he rounded the bases.
Falter let the next two runners reach and Brandon Drury lined a two-RBI double off the right field wall for a 3-0 lead. That was it for Falter. Reliever Connor Brogdon allowed an RBI single to Ha-Seong Kim to make it 4-0.
Bad outing for Falter? Absolutely.
The worst for a starting pitcher? Nope.
Mike Clevinger allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and then Hoskins’ first homer of the game that cut the lead to 4-2. He walked Realmuto and Harper hit an RBI double to make it 4-3. Harper stood on second and ran his hands along the “Phillies” on his jersey as the crowd and Citizens Bank Park began to shake.
So much for Clevinger, out of the game without recording an out.
By the time No. 5 hitter Castellanos batted, there had been four total pitchers and three total outs. The combined first inning totals saw seven runs, seven hits, two homers, two doubles — oh, and the fun was just getting started.
Brogdon and Padres reliever Nick Martinez actually steadied the game, as they combined to retire 16 straight over 5 1/3 shutout innings.
“I wouldn’t bet against us. I have a lot of confidence in my guys,” Martinez said. “We’re not going to give in. We’re going to keep coming.”
That was the lone stretch of normalcy in this one. Not even the red rally towels frantically waved by another sellout crowd of 45,467 got as much of a workout as both bullpens.
Bryson Stott lined an opposite-field single to left in the fourth that tied the game 4-all and gave the Phillies new life.
Well, for a few pitches, at least.
Because the much-maligned Brad Hand, the fourth pitcher of the game, coughed up the lead in the fifth. He issued a one-out walk and then Juan Soto lined a two-run homer to right, his first of the postseason and first since Oct. 1 against the White Sox.
It was 6-4 Padres.
And it was the beginning of the end.
“We only need to win one to get home,” manager Bob Melvin said.
Wheeler faces Padres RHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.84 ERA in the postseason).
ANTETOKOUNMPO SCORES 44 POINTS, BUCKS ROUT ROCKETS 125-105
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 44 points and became Milwaukee’s career free throws leader as the Bucks rolled to a 125-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Antetokounmpo went 8 of 13 from the foul line to increase his total to 3,508 free throws out of 4,891 attempts (71.7%). Sidney Moncrief made 3,505 free throws with the Bucks from 1979-89.
“It’s a part of my game that I’ve always tried to get better, always tried to improve,” Antetokounmpo said. “Just being up there … it’s a great feeling.”
The two-time MVP played less than 28 minutes but still had 12 rebounds. Antetokounmpo shot 17 of 21 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
Antetokounmpo left for good with 8:08 remaining and the Bucks ahead 107-85.
“You run out of words to describe a player like that,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “I can’t imagine you guys actually have to write. I don’t know how you guys just don’t send the same article over and over with the same adjectives and everything like that because you need some new ways to just describe how his game grows. It’s tough.
“He’s obviously the head of the snake, the engine to everything we do. He just comes out with such great mentality and focus that it trickles down. It gives us all energy.”
This game began a six-game homestand for the Bucks, who won their season opener 90-88 at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
The Rockets were playing one night after a 129-122 home loss to Memphis. Eric Gordon, who scored 17 points against the Grizzlies, didn’t play Saturday due to what the team described as maintenance of an injured right groin.
Houston also was missing Bruno Fernando, who had left the Grizzlies game with a sore left knee.
Rockets coach Stephen Silas said they were simply resting Gordon rather than having the 33-year-old guard play on back-to-back nights. Silas said he wasn’t sure how long Fernando might be out.
Jalen Green led the Rockets with 22 points. Kevin Porter Jr. had 18, Kenyon Martin Jr. 14, Jabari Smith Jr. 13 and Tari Eason 11.
The Bucks scored the game’s first 13 points and never trailed. The Rockets never got the margin below 12 points in the second half.
“The start of the game was the game, the hammer that they hit us with right from the start,” Silas said.
Jrue Holiday, who shot 2 of 15 and had just six points in the Bucks’ victory over the 76ers, exceeded that scoring output in the first two minutes of Saturday’s game and finished with 19 points plus 10 assists.
“It was vintage Jrue to start the game on both ends of the court,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Bobby Portis had 13 and Grayson Allen added 11 as the Bucks shot 56.5% from the floor and 51.6% (16 of 31) from 3-point range.
Rockets: Silas said the Rockets might not have a set starting lineup for much of the season. “We’re going to be pretty fluid as far as who we’re playing against, who’s playing well for our group and who’s available,” Silas said before the game.
Bucks: Budenholzer didn’t have the walking boot that he was wearing in Philadelphia. Budenholzer has been recuperating after having replacement surgery on his right ankle during the offseason. … Rookie first-round pick MarJon Beauchamp made his NBA debut, entering the game with just over two minutes left. Beauchamp, the 24th overall pick in the draft, hadn’t played against the 76ers. … Lopez had five of the Bucks’ 10 blocks.
Rockets: Host Utah on Monday night.
Bucks: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
JAYSON TATUM, DERRICK WHITE LEAD CELTICS OVER MAGIC, 126-120
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jayson Tatum and Derrick White combined for 12 straight points late in the fourth quarter to help the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 126-120 on Saturday night.
Tatum had 40 points and eight rebounds. He launched a 10-2 run with two free throws with 4:08 remaining to put the Celtics up for good.
Tatum is off to such a good start, he was asked about the Most Valuable Player award.
“I mean, it’s early but (the MVP) has always been a goal of mine,” Tatum acknowledged. “When I was a kid, getting into the NBA wasn’t all I wanted to do. I wanted to be a champion, reach all those accolades and accomplishments, and MVP is obviously at the top of that list.”
White scored 27 points, two short of his career high, to help the Celtics win for the second straight night.
Terrence Ross led the Magic with 29 points, rookie Paolo Banchero had 23 and Franz Wagner added 18. The Magic dropped to 0-3 in losing for the Celtics for a 10th straight time.
“That is an elite Boston team. There’s a reason they went to the Finals last year,” Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley said. “They’re physical, they’re tough, they’re tied together.”
Playing without center Al Horford, the Celtics played most of the game with 6-foot-6 Grant Williams at center. He had 13 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes.
Celtics: Horford did not play because of what the Celtics reported was a stiff back. … Noah Vonleh got his first start for the Celtics at center. It was his first NBA start since Nov. 23, 2019, with Minnesota.
Magic: G Jalen Suggs did not play after spraining his right ankle in Atlanta on Friday night. … G Markelle Fultz (fractured toe) has missed all three games and coach Jamahl Mosley said there is no timetable for his return.
Celtics: At Chicago on Monday night.
Magic: At New York on Monday night.
MITCHELL SCORES 32 POINTS, CAVALIERS ROLL PAST BULLS 128-96
CHICAGO (AP) No Cavaliers player had opened a season with back-to-back 30-point games, not even LeBron James, until now.
That he became the first to do so was all well and good to Donovan Mitchell. More important to him was Cleveland getting its first win.
Mitchell scored 32 points, and the Cavaliers made it look easy, pounding the Bulls 128-96 Saturday night in Chicago’s home opener.
“It’s definitely an honor,” he said. “I’m blessed to be able to do that. Hopefully, I can continue to build and do more. I’m just doing what’s asked of me.”
Mitchell became the first player in franchise history to start a season with consecutive 30-point games, according to information supplied to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau, after scoring 31 in his Cleveland debut. The three-time All-Star whose arrival from Utah in a blockbuster trade sent expectations soaring just missed a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists. He also made four 3-pointers.
“He’s doing so many other things other than scoring the ball at a high clip,” Kevin Love said. “We know he’s capable of that. Let me tell you first hand, to come to another team and step in the way he has, it’s really impressive. He’s just a gamer.”
Evan Mobley scored 16. Love and Cedi Osman added 15 points apiece. Love also made five of his team’s 16 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping the Cavaliers roll to an easy win after a season-opening loss at Toronto, even though All-Star guard Darius Garland missed the game because of an eye injury.
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 23 points after missing the first two games with the team trying to manage his left knee after he had surgery in May.
“For him having time off, I thought he came in and played well,” coach Billy Donovan said.
Nikola Vucevic scored 16. DeMar DeRozan had a rough night after averaging 34.5 points in the first two games. He scored 13 before picking up two technical fouls and getting ejected with 4:30 left in the game. The Bulls fell to 1-2 with their second straight loss.
“It’s all about effort,” DeRozan said. “As close to 48 minutes as possible. We can’t have too many lapses like we did tonight and look up, make our job difficult when you realize you’re down 20.”
Cleveland led 80-61 early in the third before the Bulls reeled off 10 consecutive points. Vucevic hit back-to-back 3-pointers and DeRozan made two foul shots to make it a nine-point game.
But a wide open 3 by Love in transition and floater by Mitchell bumped the lead to 89-75 with 2:28 left in the quarter.
Cavaliers: Garland will probably miss Cleveland’s home opener against Washington on Sunday, though coach J.B. Bickerstaff said “miracles do happen.” Garland suffered a laceration inside his eyelid in the first quarter of Cleveland’s season-opening loss to Toronto when Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. inadvertently poked him in the eye going for a steal.
Bulls: Donovan said LaVine missing the first two games was not part of the original plan, while insisting the two-time All-Star’s left knee remains structurally sound following surgery in May. Donovan said he experienced discomfort during a stretch of tough practices following the preseason finale against Milwaukee on Oct. 11. And though LaVine is not on a minutes restriction, the Bulls will monitor his workload particularly during busy stretches. “We knew we were going to have to manage that going into the season,” Donovan said. “We just didn’t know when or what that would that would look like.”
Cavaliers: Host Washington on Sunday.
Bulls: Host Boston on Monday.
DONCIC, MAVS HAVE FAST START, RIP GRIZ 137-96 IN HOME OPENER
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic dribbled behind his back before an alley-oop pass to new pick-and-roll partner Christian Wood for a one-handed dunk.
Moments later the Dallas superstar delivered his final assist to Tim Hardaway Jr. for a punctuating 3-pointer in a home-opening party for Mavericks.
Never mind what Doncic did early.
The young Slovenian scored 21 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Mavericks rode a hot start to a 137-96 rout of the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
“It’s incredible. I don’t even know what to talk about,” Wood said of Doncic after getting 25 points and 12 rebounds in his home debut following an offseason trade that brought the 6-foot-10 center from Houston.
“The things that he does on the offensive end, the passes he makes, how he gets everybody set up, it’s amazing.”
Ja Morant scored the first six Memphis points, but the first bucket from someone else didn’t come until the 4:30 mark of the first quarter as the Grizzlies trailed 39-17 going to the second.
Morant finished with 20 points a night after a 49-point showing in a victory at Houston gave him 83 points through two games.
The Grizzlies were trying for their first 3-0 start in five years, but instead ended up on the wrong end of the biggest blowout in the season’s first five days at 41 points.
The Mavericks led by 25 points in the first, and the 22-point margin after the quarter matched the lead the 2022 Western Conference finalists blew in a 107-105 loss at Phoenix to open the season.
There was no risk of a repeat for Dallas in a meeting of two West playoff qualifiers from last season, with those last two of Doncic’s 10 assists late in the third quarter finishing off a showy night for Dallas.
Doncic shouted and flexed for emphasis in the lane after feeding Wood’s one-handed slam, then the three-time All-Star beat the third-quarter buzzer with the pass to Hardaway for a corner 3 and 99-71 lead.
“He’s playing the game at a different level right now,” coach Jason Kidd said, “kind of like where he picked up last season where he ended playing at an extremely high level.”
Dallas put its best defenders on Morant, but used plenty of help to make the young sensation’s paths to the rim difficult. Morant was limited to 12 shots (six makes) and four assists, going 8 of 8 on free throws.
“I think a great team played great, and we didn’t play great,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said, ending his postgame session with reporters after that one question.
Grizzlies: Desmond Bane scored 14 points, and Tyus Jones had 10. … Memphis has lost four in a row against Dallas since winning the first meeting last season.
Mavericks: Doncic had at least 20 points in the first quarter for the third time in the regular season. His personal record is 28 against the Los Angeles Clippers last season the same day Dallas traded his former European sidekick, Kristaps Porzingis. … Hardaway scored 16 points, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 15.
Doncic had little trouble getting his shots early, going 8 of 10 in the first, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range with some easy buckets, while adding three assists. He finished 12 of 23 and had seven rebounds.
“I thought Luka and those guys set the tone in the first quarter by the paint touches,” Kidd said. “We got good looks, make or miss.”
The blowout allowed the Mavericks to repeat what they did a year ago in the home opener when every active player on the roster got into the game. The only one who didn’t score was rookie Jaden Hardy, who was 0 of 3 from the field. Tyler Dorsey scored nine points in four minutes.
Grizzlies: Host Brooklyn on Monday night.
Mavericks: At New Orleans on Tuesday night.
SPURS HAND 76ERS THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS TO OPEN SEASON, 114-105
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Doug McDermott hit four 3-pointers and scored all 14 of his points in the second half and the San Antonio Spurs beat Philadelphia 114-105 on Sunday night to send the 76ers to their third straight loss to open the season.
“We are learning that we can play with anyone,” McDermott said. “We had a good win last night (against Indiana) and we didn’t get complacent. We came out and competed against a really good team.”
Devin Vassell scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half, and Keldon Johnson had 21. Coming off a 134-137 victory at Indiana on Friday night, the Spurs were 16 for 38 from 3-point range and had a 40-10 advantage in bench points.
“We worked real hard,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “The quick turnaround is not what any of us love, but we all have them. What it showed me was they are serious about getting better and knowing what the league is like. I thought that was pretty impressive.”
Joel Embiid had 40 points as Philadelphia fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2016-17. Tyrese Maxey added 25 points, Tobias Harris had 15 and James Harden 12.
“Defensively, we have to connect better,” Embiid said. “We’re not guarding the ball well. We need to work on that. It’s a fairly new team and it’s going to take time to get everyone on the same page. But we’ll be fine.”
San Antonio (2-1) was more efficient defensively than in either of its first two games, where it yielded 131.5 points on average. The Spurs forced the 76ers into 12 turnovers and limited the second-chance points to 14.
The Spurs were effective in limiting good looks for Harden, who had averaged 33 points and shot over 54% in each of the first two games. Harden was 4 for 17 from the field, going 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
“We didn’t execute our offense well in the final four minutes and down the stretch,” Popovich said. “But we played hard on defense, we executed and we played with a lot of grunt. I think that’s what got us through.”
McDermott’s shots off the bench came at crucial moments, including eight straight midway through the fourth quarter after Philadelphia had erased a 10-point deficit and grabbed a lead.
“My role is to come in and provide a spark and make those shots,” McDermott said. “Either I come in and do that or run around and allow guys to get free for shots. That’s what the coaches tell me to do. So, if I can do that, I’m going to. And we needed that tonight.”
Spurs: San Antonio’s three leading scorers on Saturday night- Vassell, Johnson and Tre Jones- all have less than three years experience in the league.
76ers: Embiid confirmed a report that he suffered from plantar fasciitis over the summer which has impacted his conditioning early on. “I’m still trying to work my way back,” Embiid said. “It slowed me down. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal.” Through three games, Embiid has a combined minus-17 (5.3 average). In 2021-22, he was a plus-5.4 per game.
ODDS AND ENDS
Saturday night marked the first return to Philadelphia for Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown, who coached the 76ers from 2014 to 2020d. The club honored him with a video tribute during a first quarter timeout, which received a mix of cheers and boos. Brown returned to the San Antonio coaching staff this year after taking two years off.
Spurs: At Minnesota on Monday and Wednesday nights.
76ers: Hosts Indiana on Monday night.
BINNINGTON AND BLUES TOP OILERS 2-0 TO REMAIN UNBEATEN
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Jordan Binnington made 23 saves for the shutout as the St. Louis Blues remained perfect on the season with a 2-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Torey Krug and Justin Faulk scored for the Blues (3-0-0), who have had plenty of practice time with a light schedule to start the season.
“Whenever we have No. 50 in the pipes there is always a chance at that (shutout), but we had a great game plan, attention to detail,” said Krug. “We got one early and we were able to shutout their time and space and our guys did a great job.”
The Oilers dropped to 2-3-0 on their season-starting six-game homestand.
“They are a good team, that’s a playoff team,” said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl of the opponents. “They have won before, they know how to play a tight-checking game. So did we, I thought, for the most part. But we were a little sloppy in some areas.
“We didn’t have much going offensively tonight.”
Oilers goalie Jack Campbell had 21 saves in the loss.
St. Louis started the scoring on the power play five minutes into the opening period as Krug beat Campbell with a long blast from the point.
“We have a good team and we did a great job tonight, a full 60 minutes,” Binnington said. “We were disciplined and it was good to find a way to win in those tight games, too.”
It could have been worse but Campbell made a big glove save to stop a breakaway by Jordan Kyrou. The goalie then in the second period stopped a point-blank shot from Brett Kulak.
Blues goalie Binnington was called on to make a huge stop of his own with three minutes left in the middle period, making a sprawling glove save on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during a scramble in front to keep it a one-goal game.
Edmonton pressed in the third but couldn’t score on Binnington.
“We’re not in the business of taking moral victories. We’re in the business of getting better each day,” said Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft. “That was a good team we played tonight. There was some good in our game, but there has to be more for us to get the result we want to get.
“The record isn’t where we want it to be. But we’re talking about the St. Louis Blues, and we held them to the low 20s in shots today. Five-on-five it was a 0-0 hockey game.”
The Blues were able to put the game away with a minute left as Faulk lifted a shot from the corner off the faceoff that went 200 feet to the center of the empty net.
Both teams finished with 49 wins last season and were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs. … Since the start of last season, the Blues and Oilers have the top two power plays in the NHL. … The Blues had nine 20-goal scorers on their roster last year, eight of whom are back with the team this year. The Blues were without Logan Brown (upper body), Marco Scandella (hip) and Scott Perunovich (shoulder), while the Oilers were missing the services of Dylan Holloway (upper body)… Former Oilers player and bench-boss Craig MacTavish coached his first game in Rogers Place, now serving as an assistant coach for the Blues. MacTavish was head coach of the Oilers from 2000 to 2009.
Blues: travel to Winnipeg on Monday to close out a three-game road trip.
Oilers: host Pittsburgh to finish off the six-game homestand.
PENGUINS RALLY IN 2ND AND 3RD PERIODS, BEAT BLUE JACKETS 6-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Sidney Crosby scored the 79th game-winner of his career and rallied Pittsburgh from a two-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 Saturday night for the Penguins’ first road win of the season.
Danton Heinen scored twice, Josh Archibald and Jan Rutta each had a goal and an assist, and Brock McGinn also scored a goal. Crosby and Kasperi Kapanen added two assists apiece.
“We weren’t prepared to play in the first period, and we got we got totally outplayed by Columbus,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I give our players a lot of credit. I thought we responded well after that.”
Tristan Jarry stopped 29 shots for Pittsburgh, which scored three times in each of the last two periods, and has won four of its first five games. The Penguins now lead the Metropolitan Division with nine points.
Boone Jenner had a goal, Jack Roslovic scored short-handed, and Kent Johnson got his first NHL goal for Columbus, which has lost four of its first six games. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 33 shots.
Pittsburgh had not even recorded a shot when Columbus went ahead 1-0 at 7:13 of the first. Kris Letang’s clearing pass went off Johnny Gaudreau’s skate and bounced to Jenner who buried it from right in front of the net.
Roslovic made it 2-0 when he jumped on a Penguins turnover and scored short-handed with 1:16 left in the first.
Archibald cut the Blue Jackets’ lead in half at 3:43 of the second but Columbus responded 14 seconds later with Johnson’s first NHL goal to make it 3-1.
“We didn’t execute well,” Crosby said. “(Jarry) made some big saves. It could have been a bigger deficit than it was.”
The second and third periods clearly belonged to Pittsburgh.
Rutta pulled the Penguins within one midway through the second with a laser from the blue line and Heinen tied it with 5:41 left as he buried Crosby’s rebound.
“We’re still 3-3 going into third,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “You’ve got to gather yourself. That’s part of pro hockey. We took the first they took the second. You’ve got to gather yourself for the third. We gave up two face-off goals in the third period. That’s just killer. That’s that should never happen.”
Crosby’s one-timer at 5:38 of the third from the lower right circle gave Pittsburgh its first lead of the game. Heinen and McGinn scored 44 seconds apart to complete the scoring with just over 5 minutes remaining.
“We had a good first and they didn’t,” Jenner said. “You know they’re going to push back, and we can’t let off the gas like that. I thought we just took a step back a little bit, and a team like that’s going to make you pay.”
The Penguins have won six straight over Columbus dating back to last season. Pittsburgh is 16-3-1 in its last 20 games against Columbus dating back to Feb. 3, 2017.
Sidney Crosby has posted three three-point efforts in his first five games (three goals, seven assists).
Johnny Gaudreau played in his 300th consecutive regular-season game, third-longest active iron man streak behind Phil Kessel (987) and Brent Burns (683). Gaudreau also kept up his point-per-game pace with seven points in six games.
The Penguins played without Jake Guentzel, who was out of the lineup after taking two shots to the head in Pittsburgh’s win over Los Angeles on Thursday. He has three goals and two assists through the first four games. … Blue Jackets forward Justin Danforth suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.
Pittsburgh did not record a shot on goal for the first 11:30 of the game. By the 4:00 mark of the third period they had surpassed Columbus in shots, 26-24.
The Blue Jackets are 0 for 12 on the power play this season, remaining the only NHL team without a man-advantage goal.
Penguins: At Edmonton on Monday night.
Blue Jackets: At the New York Rangers on Sunday.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
One Big Storyline
It may seem silly to play around with NFL Playoff simulators in October, but since the 3-2-1 Colts’ Week 7 game against the 3-2 Tennessee Titans is their final divisional matchup until Week 18, Sunday’s game carries enormous consequences in the AFC South.
Using the New York Times’ 2022 NFL Playoff simulator, if the Colts beat the Titans on Sunday, they’ll have a 62 percent chance of winning the AFC South. Lose, and the Colts’ chances of winning their division for the first time since 2014 drop to 30 percent.
“Obviously knowing Tennessee has run the AFC South the past few years, everything we want to achieve kind of goes through them,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “Losing two games to them last year obviously killed our hopes of ever competing for that crown – even the years before losing to them at home. Thankfully we have another opportunity against them on Sunday. I know it’s going to be a great battle and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Colts haven’t beat the Titans in their last four meetings, and it’s not a coincidence the Titans are the two-time defending AFC South champions. Each of those last four losses has been completely different, and there’s not necessarily one common thread for why the Titans have had the Colts’ number since Week 12 of the 2020 season.
In those losses, the Colts have won the turnover battle 3-0 (Week 3, 2021), got out to an early lead (Week 8, 2021) and nearly fought back from a 24-3 first-half deficit (Week 4, 2022). None of them have followed the same script, but they’ve all had the same ending.
“They’re physical upfront on both sides of the ball but probably the thing that Tennessee does as well as anybody, is they don’t beat themselves,” head coach Frank Reich said. “They’re really good at situational football, they don’t beat themselves, turnover ratio is normally pretty good and they are a very disciplined team. So, a very good football team. No. 1 seed last year in the AFC, obviously division champs. All roads go through Nashville.”
The Colts will, too, be looking for a similar turnaround in their second meeting with a division opponent to the one they had last week in beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, who shut out the Colts in Week 2. And that turnaround starts with not turning the ball over, as the Colts did three times in their 24-17 Week 4 loss to the Titans.
“We know this team is very disciplined,” Reich said. “They take care of the ball, they create turnovers, they’re good up front. I’m optimistic we can turn the tables. We did that against Jacksonville where we couldn’t have played any poorer than we played against Jacksonville in the first game. We were able to turn the tables in the second game. It’s not going to be easy. It’s a good football team. They’re really good and very well-coached. I think we are too. I think we are too. It’ll be interesting.”
Back to those percentages, though. This game is not a must-win in the sense that its result will not definitively decide the AFC South (there are very few true must-win games in the NFL, for what it’s worth). But because it’s the Colts’ fifth game against an AFC South opponent – and an opponent that very much looks like a contender in the division once again – it carries outsize importance for a Week 7 matchup.
Usually games of this magnitude come with snow on the ground, not when the leaves are changing colors.
“You have to match their intensity,” defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis said. “You can’t lay down and you can’t give up anything. They’re probably saying the same thing about us. They won the division the last couple of years which means we have to go out there and take it.”
5 Things To Watch
The return of Jonathan Taylor. Taylor said he wasn’t quite ready to play last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but felt more like himself in practice this week. Taylor was listed as a full participant in the Colts’ Thursday and Friday practices this week, and along with running back Nyheim Hines was not given a game status (questionable/doubtful/out) for Sunday.
“I would anticipate (Taylor’s) playing,” Reich said. “We’ll see if there are any limitations.
“… if JT is healthy and he’s in the mode, it’s going to be JT’s game. Then Nyheim and Deon (Jackson) would be complementary pieces.”
The Colts’ run game hasn’t taken off through six games this season, but that’s not unusual. Taylor averaged 5.7 yards per carry in Weeks 6-18 last season; he was at 4.5 yards/attempt in the first five weeks of 2021. Taylor will make his return averaging 4.1 yards per carry this season, and we’ll see if as he works his way back into the offense, the Colts find some solutions – just like they did a year ago.
What will the Colts’ offense lean into? The Colts threw the the ball 58 times – often quick passes from no-huddle – in Week 6 because that gameplan worked against a specific opponent in the Jaguars. But having Matt Ryan drop back at such a high rate may not be the plan in Week 7.
“You do anything too much, defenses are going to catch on and have a different plan,” offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said. “Obviously, we were able to do that this week, but I would think that nobody really saw that coming. So we’ve got to find different ways to, not disguise, but have different plans knowing the defenses are going to be on to it a little bit. Each week is going to be different. What do they do well? How can we attack them? How can we marry stuff off of what they’re seeing about us on film?”
With Taylor back, the Colts may strive for more balance on offense (which, Reich said, does not necessarily mean a 50/50 run/pass ratio). But like with the Jaguars, the Colts learned in Week 4 what does and doesn’t work against the Titans, and can try to lean into some of those things they did well while cutting back on the stuff that was less successful. It might be something, as Brady said, nobody saw coming. We’ll see on Sunday.
Limiting Derrick Henry’s efficiency. Since 2019, the Titans are 8-6 when Henry averages fewer than four yards per carry, and are 21-8 when Henry averages four or more yards per carry. It’s even more pronounced when Henry goes over five yards per carry – the Titans are 13-3 over the last four seasons when Henry hits that mark.
So, baseline, it doesn’t guarantee victory to mute Henry’s efficiency. But it’s a good start for a defensive gameplan against a run-oriented offense.
“Got a lot of respect for the run game,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “Their blocking scheme, they are who they are, but they do it extremely well. They do some different motions, jets and things like that to try to get you out of your gaps. They’re trying to get vertical seams. If they can get vertical seams with the runners that they have, they can be very effective. We got our work cut out for us with this team.”
Can the Colts get Tennessee to play from behind? On average, the Titans are starting first-half drives this season while up by 3.6 points, the second-highest point differential in the NFL. Meanwhile the Colts are, on average, down by 4.2 points when starting drives in the first half, third-lowest in the league.
With those leads, the Titans are the only offense in the NFL without a first-half turnover this season; their 56 percent scoring rate on first-half drives is fourth-highest and 10 of their 12 touchdowns have come in the first two quarters. As a result, the Titans have run 194 plays while leading (sixth-most in the NFL) and only 98 plays while losing (third-fewest).
No team, though, is averaging fewer yards per play while losing than the Titans’ 3.7; their turnover rate of 3.1 percent while losing is the fifth-highest in the NFL. The challenge, of course, is getting Tennessee to play from behind.
“It’s going to take really good effort from us,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We’re going to have to play good football, the kind of football that we envisioned as this team was coming together during the spring. We’re going to have to play clean, we’re going to have to play tough and find a way, but I have a lot of confidence in our group.”
And can the Colts keep Tennessee out of the red zone? No team has been better at turning red zone possessions into touchdowns than the Titans in 2022, and it’s not particularly close – Tennessee’s 92.3 percent red zone touchdown rate is No. 1 in the NFL, well ahead of No. 2 Kansas City (76 percent).
But the Titans are averaging only 2.4 red zone drives per game, fourth-fewest in the NFL; they also only have one touchdown of 21 or more yards, so it’s not like Tennessee’s offense is consistently gashing opponents and eliminating the need to even possess the ball in the red zone.
Meanwhile, the Colts have only allowed seven drives – about one per game – begin inside an opponent’s 25-yard line and end in the red zone, underscoring the ability of Bradley’s defense to prevent long scoring possessions. And the Colts’ defense is allowing explosive plays (15+ yards) at the ninth-lowest rate in the NFL (5.7 per game).
“Overall we’ve been a pretty good tackling team and we’ve been keeping things in front of us,” Bradley said. “That prevents explosive plays and it’s a big part.”
In Week 4, two of Tennessee’s three drives that ended with a touchdown started in Colts territory following turnovers. The Titans did have one touchdown drive that churned 75 yards, but entering Week 7, they have the league’s sixth-lowest scoring percentage (23.7 percent) when starting a drive inside their own 25-yard line.
This’ll be a big afternoon not only for Bradley’s defense to continue to limit explosive plays, but for Bubba Ventrone’s special teams units to cover kickoffs and punts well to force the Titans to drive the length of the field. And, of course, for the Colts’ offense to eliminate the kind of turnovers that allow Tennessee to operate on a short field.
The third game was the charm.
Concluding a three-game homestand, the Indiana Pacers (1-2) picked up their first win of the season on Saturday by topping the Detroit Pistons (1-2) 124-115 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Three Pacers players recorded double-doubles, the bench scored 60 points and the team gave up its fewest points in a game this season while recording 15 total blocks in the Central Division victory.
Bennedict Mathurin, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2022 draft, continued to build on his impressive start to the season by leading the team with a career-high 27 points. Through three games, with 72 points, no Pacers rookie has scored more points in franchise history.
Additionally, Tyrese Haliburton scored 24 points, dished out 10 assists and had five steals while Jalen Smith had 19 points, 15 rebounds and Goga Bitadze recorded 14 points and 15 rebounds to stuff the stat sheet.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Bitadze, off the bench, had registered just eight points and three rebounds through the first two games.
The third-year big man from Georgia said the team set the tone after the first quarter, but “most importantly, we got the win.”
After Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle hinted on Friday there might be some changes to the player rotation, the Pacers came out with a new starting lineup against the Pistons, with Aaron Nesmith making his first-ever career start in the Blue & Gold in place of Chris Duarte and Isaiah Jackson replacing Terry Taylor.
Another slow start put the Pacers behind early, but hot shooting from beyond the 3-point arc by the bench and solid defensive pressure in the second quarter closed the gap to 56-52 by halftime against the Pistons.
In the first quarter, the Pacers struggled defensively just like in the first two games. After giving up 36 points in both their games against the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs this week, the Pistons put up 35 in the opening stanza.
The Pistons shot well out the gate, building an early 24-10 lead halfway through the first quarter behind four 3-pointers from three different scorers, including two from 2021 No. 1 overall draft pick Cade Cunningham.
Haliburton was the bright spot offensively for the Pacers in the early going, scoring 10 of the team’s points as they trailed 35-25 after 12 minutes of play.
Through nine quarters, the Pacers hadn’t held a lead in the three games they’d played – the longest stretch without ever leading to start a season by any team since at least the 1996-97 season.
The Pacers dialed it in from long range in the second quarter, as back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers from Duarte, Bitadze and rookie Andrew Nembhard cut it to 40-36 with 8:27 left in the half.
Indiana finally got its first lead of the season after Nembhard and Mathurin drained 3-pointers to put the Pacers up 42-41 with 6:30 left before intermission.
In the waning minutes of the half the teams kept it close, but the Pistons maintained the lead at 56-52.
The Pistons’ 21 points in the second quarter are the fewest points the Pacers have given up in a frame so far this season.
Out of the locker room, the Pacers went on a 8-0 run behind a 3-pointer from Buddy Hield, free throws by Nesmith and an and-one conversion by Jackson to retake the lead.
“We were out there having fun,” Jackson said. “It was fun just being out there with the guys blocking shots and getting dunks. It was turnt. You could feel the energy tonight. The crowd was in it. Everyone was in it.”
Three minutes into the third quarter, Haliburton hit 2,000 career points by draining a 3-pointer. He entered the night with 1,987 points.
Three additional threes from Mathurin, a trey by Hield, a poster dunk by Duarte and a layup by T.J. McConnell with 3.8 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Pacers an 88-79 lead going into the fourth.
Carlisle said Duarte played with intensity off the bench, and his dunk was a pivotal moment in the game.
While the Pacers scored a quick five points to open the final frame, the Pistons answered with a trio of 3-pointers, with two by Cunningham, to cut the Pacers lead to 94-88 with nine minutes remaining.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Haliburton put the Pacers up 114-103 with two minutes left, helping clinch the win for the home team.
“Our intensity picked up,” Carlisle said. “The beginning of games, we’re going to keep looking at it and talking about it. Lineups are fluid. We’ve got to keep playing, and I think we found out tonight the level of commitment to hard play, and hard play for each other, it is going to take for us to win games.”
Indiana shot 43.7 percent overall and 38.1 percent from three, making 16 from deep, while the Pistons shot 38.9 percent overall but 42.9 percent from 3-point (18 3-pointers made).
Cunningham led the Pistons with 22 points and Saddiq Bey had 20. Indiana native and No. 5 overall draft pick Jaden Ivy, who played the last two years at Purdue University, finished with 17 points.
The Pacers start a five-game road trip with a game at the Philadelphia 76ers (0-3) on Monday.
Inside the Numbers
In good company:Mathurin has dropped back-to-back 20 point performances, coming off the bench in both. He joins Reggie Miller (four straight in 1987) as the only Pacers rookies to score 20+ pts in consecutive games off the bench.Lucky No. 15: Both Smith and Bitazde set career game-highs for rebounds, as they both pulled down 15 boards.
You Can Quote Me On That
“This game will hit you in the face if you’re not ready to play. (Smith) was ready to play tonight. He was brilliant. Nineteen and 15 ain’t going to happen every night, but he has the capabilities to step out there like he did today.” – Carlisle on Smith’s big night
“I know exactly who was drafted before me. It’s nothing personal, but I’m going to make sure every time I step on the court they’re going to know who I am.” – Mathurin on going head-to-head with Ivey
“I called him Boga Gatizde, it’s like his alter-ego. I liked it.” – Haliburton on Bitadze pumping up the crowd and dunking in the game
“I feel comfortable playing both. It was never an out of place type thing for it. … It was just effort and just continuing to keep that up and not have spurts here and there during the game.” Smith on playing at the five instead of the four
Stat of the Night
Mathurin has scored 72 total points this season, the most-ever for a Pacers rookie in their first three career games.
- Missing action: Myles Turner (left ankle sprain) and Daniel Theis (sore right knee) both have yet to make their season debuts due to injuries.
- Hoosier in the Motor City: Ivey, a South Bend native, played high school basketball at Marian High School in Mishawaka for three years and one year at La Lumiere School in Laporte before going to Purdue. Last year, in his sophomore season at Purdue, he was First Team All-Big Ten and made All-American Second Team. His mother, Niele Ivey, is the head women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame.
The Pacers tip off a five-game road trip in Philadelphia against Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 PM ET.
After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 PM ET.
KALAMAZOO – Following an electric season opening win at home the previous night, the Indy Fuel traveled to Kalamazoo for their second game in two days and first road trip of the 2022-23 season. The Fuel’s power play dominated the game, scoring four of their five goals in the night’s 5-3 victory against the Wings.
The first period kicked off with Kalamazoo having a 5-on-3 man advantage after penalties from Indy’s Cam Bakker and Seamus Malone, which resulted in the Wings taking an early 1-0 lead thanks to Matheson Iacopelli. It didn’t take long for the Fuel to bounce back however – Alex Wideman (assisted by Mitch Hoelscher and Chad Yetman) and Kale Howarth (assisted by Hoelscher and Wideman) each scored a power play goal less than a minute apart to give the Fuel a 2-1 lead. The first period ended with each team having four penalties and the Fuel having a one-goal lead.
Just a minute and a half into the middle frame, Howarth once again scored on the power play, bringing the Fuel’s lead to 3-1. 4:36 into the second period, current Kalamazoo Wing and former Indy Fuel forward Anthony Collins was called for high-sticking after knocking into Indy’s Lang, who quickly got revenge with a power play goal of his own at 4:55. Hoelscher and Wideman got credited with assists on Lang’s goal, giving them their third and fourth points of the night respectively. Despite having three power play chances of their own, Kalamazoo remained scoreless in the second.
Kalamazoo cut their deficit in half two minutes into the third period with a goal from Logan Lambdin. Indy’s Spencer Watson gave the Fuel some insurance with the help of Bakker and Jan Mandat, bringing their lead to 5-2. The Fuel had the only two penalties of the third, both occurring with less than three minutes left in the game and less than a minute apart, giving the Wings another brief 5-on-3 advantage. Iacopelli capitalized on the opportunity for his second goal of the game, but it wasn’t enough for the Wings who ultimately fell to the Fuel 5-3.
The Indy Fuel travel to Reading, PA next weekend for back-to-back games against the Royals before returning home to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday, November 4 for Military Appreciation Night vs the Iowa Heartlanders.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The bye couldn’t have come at a better time.
Indiana gets two weeks to regroup.
It’s much needed, head coach Tom Allen said, in the aftermath of Saturday’s 24-17 loss at Rutgers.
“We have a lot of work to be done in a lot of areas,” Allen told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer in his post-game radio show. “We have to get guys rested and healthy, and get their minds and bodies back together. Physically, we have to be able to have a strong last four games.”
Those games are against No. 16 Penn State, No. 2 Ohio State, Michigan State, and Purdue.
For a while on Saturday, IU (3-5) seemed on the verge of a big victory to restore its bowl hopes. Its quick 14-0 lead suggested a dominating day.
Instead, Rutgers (4-3) stormed back.
“I’m very disappointed,” Allen told Fischer. “We got off to a good start like we wanted to. We moved the ball down the field twice (in the first quarter). We should have gotten points the second time, but did not.
“Still, we wanted to start strong and we did that. But we could not sustain anything on offense. It put a lot of pressure on our defense. They played hard, but they were out there too much.”
That early lead became a 17-14 deficit by the end of the third quarter.
In two third-quarter possessions totaling 75 seconds, IU had minus-2 yards and zero points. In two third-quarter possessions in 13-plus minutes, Rutgers had 94 yards and 10 points.
Still, win the fourth quarter by at least four points and fuel momentum for a strong finish.
Instead, Rutgers won it 7-3.
“Offensively, it was not what you want to do,” Allen told Fischer. “Our guys battled on defense. (Rutgers) nickel and dimed us a little bit. That third quarter was tough.”
IU couldn’t have asked for a better start. True freshman Jaylin Lucas took the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. The offense dominated its first possession for a second TD, the final seven yards coming on a quarterback Connor Bazelak run. It was his first rushing Hoosier touchdown.
That drive reflected offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s warp-speed approach at its best. Bazelak completed all seven passes for 77 yards. Short passes on the perimeter. A screen and another short pass to get Shaun Shivers and Josh Henderson in space. A couple of runs to keep the defense off balance.
Then, Rutgers adjusted.
Five Indiana drives were three-and-out. Another ended after two plays with an interception. The Scarlet Knights had the ball almost twice as long as the Hoosiers.
“We were not able to get anything generated on offense,” Allen told Fischer. “It put pressure on our D.”
Losing receiver Cam Camper to injury hurt. He had five catches for 43 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter.
“He’s a special player,” Allen told Fischer. “We don’t know the extent of the injury. We lost him for the rest of this game.
“He makes us go. He comes up with a lot of good catches to give us first downs and keep up the momentum. There’s a noticeable difference when he’s not in there.”
Bazelak, who completed his first 10 passes for 97 yards, finished 23-for-41 for 210 yards.
“He did a lot of good things,” Allen told Fischer. “He threw the interception, but pressure created that one. We got beat off the edge.
“We were not able to score points. We have to go back and see what the reason is, but a tough day, for sure. He’s a tough kid. He keeps battling.”
Lucas rocked Rutgers with his touchdown kickoff return. The Hoosiers followed that by forcing a Scarlet Knights’ punt, and then unleashed their uptempo attack. In just over four minutes, they drove 91 yards for a TD.
In seven minutes, IU had that 14-0 lead and all the momentum.
Rutgers came back with an early second quarter touchdown. It added a field goal and then a touchdown in the third quarter for a 17-14 lead.
Hoosier kicker Charles Campbell missed a 51-yard field goal that would have tied the score midway through the fourth quarter.
Under pressure and on the verge of being sacked for a safety, Bazelak threw a pick-6 to make it 24-14 in the closing minutes.
The Hoosiers came back by getting Lucas the ball to set up a Campbell 39-yard field goal for a 24-17 score with 78 seconds left.
The Scarlet Knights recovered the onside kick to clinch the victory.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the first time in 17 home matches, and eight matches overall, Indiana men’s soccer (7-3-4, 3-1-3 B1G) suffered defeat on Saturday (Oct. 22), as the No. 2-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (9-0-5, 3-0-3 Sun Belt) continued their unbeaten season with a 3-0 result at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
• 3′ – Indiana had a decent opportunity three minutes in when a corner kick connected with the head of sophomore Samuel Sarver in the six-yard box. Sarver’s attempt, however, went high.
• 21′ – IU had another great chance from the corner when redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink curled it in and forced a save from UK senior goalkeeper Casper Mols.
• 28′ – Kentucky sophomore midfielder Casper Grening dribbled deep into his attacking third on a breakaway and sent a grounded pass across the six-yard box. At the back post, senior forward Eythor Bjorgolfsson awkwardly put it home.
• 64′ – The Wildcats extended their advantage to two goals when junior midfielder Enzo Mauriz found senior midfielder Nick Gutmann alone inside the box in transition. Gutmann blasted a volley off the left hand of IU redshirt senior goalkeeper Bryant Pratt and into the back of the net.
• 67′ – A great piece of combination play set up by Bjorgolfsson and junior forward Ben Damge led to Kentucky’s third score.
• All three of Indiana’s losses this season have come against ranked opponents. IU is 3-3-0 against Top 25 teams in 2022.
• Indiana’s all-time record against Kentucky moved to 26-3-4.
• The No. 2-ranked Wildcats are the only team to shutout IU through 14 matches this season.
Indiana will play three matches next week, starting with a road match at Evansville on Tuesday (Oct. 25). IU will return home to conclude the regular season against Trine on Thursday (Oct. 27) and Maryland on Sunday (Oct. 30).
MADISON, Wisc. – The Purdue football team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday with a 35-24 loss at Wisconsin.
Running back Devin Mockobee topped the century mark rushing for the third time this season and the second straight week. The redshirt freshman carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards and one score.
Wide receiver Charlie Jones grabbed 10 passes for 105 yards. It was his fourth 10-catch game of the season, making him the fifth Purdue receiver to have four or more 10-reception games in a season since 2000.
The Boilermakers (5-3, 3-2) outgained Wisconsin (4-4, 2-3) 431-381 and finished with 111 yards on the ground and 320 through the air. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell threw for 320 yards, his 13th career 300-yard game, on 31-of-46 with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Down 25-in the third quarter, the Boilermakers outscored Wisconsin 21-14 in the second half. Purdue’s punt team forced a fumble in the third that long snapper Nick Zecchino pounced on to set up an eight-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell to tight end Payne Durham.
Including Durham’s score with 4:12 to play in the third, Purdue found the end zone on three of its final four drives including a pair of one-yard runs by Mockobee and O’Connell.
Wisconsin built a 21-3 lead through the first half, scoring on its first two offensive possessions and returning an interception for a touchdown on Purdue’s first drive. Mitchell Fineran gave Purdue its lone points in the opening 30 minutes on a 36-yard field goal late in the second quarter.
• Wisconsin leads the all-time series 52-29-8.
• Payne Durham’s touchdown tied him for 2nd all-time by a tight end (17) alongside Jim Beirne (1965-67) and moves him into the top 10 all-time for receiving TDs alongside Jim Beirne (1965-67) and Calvin Williams (1986-89)
• Wisconsin flipped a trio of Purdue interceptions into 14 points, while Purdue scored a touchdown after its lone takeaway.
• Purdue has scored 51 points on 13 takeaways this season.
• The 13th 300-yard game by O’Connell broke a tie with Curtis Painter for third moved up to second in school history alongside David Blough. Drew Brees owns the record with 16 games of 300 or more passing yards.
• Semisi Fakasiieiki led the way defensively with seven tackles, six solos.
• The defense tallied a pair of sacks by Sanoussi Kane and Jack Sullivan.
• O’Connell connected with 10 different receivers on Saturday.
• Saturday also marked the 13th time a Purdue receiver notched five 100-yard receiving games in a season with Jones’ performance.
The Boilermakers will head into their bye week before returning to Ross-Ade Stadium to face Iowa on Nov. 5.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Despite a Big Ten season-high 12 total blocks, the No. 12 Purdue Boilermakers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) were unable to upend No. 9 Minnesota (12-6, 7-3 Big Ten) in Maturi Pavilion. With the result, the teams split the series, 1-1.
Three Boilermakers reached double-digit kills for the first time this season. Eva Hudson led the team with 21 kills on a season-high 66 attempts. Madeline Koch and Emma Ellis followed with 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
Hannah Clayton led the blocking effort with a career-high-tying nine total blocks, including a career-best three solo stuffs.
The Boilermakers will be back next weekend with a Friday-Sunday matchup. Purdue will open the week on the road at Northwestern on Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. Then, Purdue will take on Indiana for the rights to the Monon Spike on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed on B1G+.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Zach Edey scored 21 points with seven rebounds and freshman Fletcher Loyer tallied 14 points and three assists to lead Purdue’s offensive attack in its annual Fan Day scrimmage at Mackey Arena on Saturday.
Edey scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 7-of-7 from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end. He was one-of-six players to post 2-1 records in the three, 10-minute sessions. Matt Frost was the lone player to post a 3-0 record.
Fletcher Loyer scored 14 points with three assists, two rebounds and two steals against no turnovers. He was 5-of-10 from the field, including a pair of trifectas.
Trey Kaufman-Renn was the other Boilermaker in double-figures with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. Caleb Furst and Brandon Newman each added nine points. Furst contributed seven rebounds, while Newman dished out six assists against no turnovers. Purdue had 29 assists against 20 turnovers as a unit. Ethan Morton led Purdue with seven assists.
The scrimmage was the lone public appearance for the Boilermakers. Purdue will host Truman State in an exhibition game on Nov. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, at Mackey Arena.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team celebrated ten student-athletes on Saturday who are playing their final season in a Bulldogs uniform and then celebrated a 2-1 victory over visiting St. John’s. In a chaotic opening five minutes, the Red Storm (4-7-4, 2-3-3 BIG EAST) converted a penalty in the third minute, but the Bulldogs (9-5-1, 4-3-1 BIG EAST) answered quickly with a tally of their own about 20 seconds later. Butler added another goal about seven minutes before halftime, and that proved to be the game-winner.
With two matches remaining, the Bulldogs are now tied with Xavier in the third spot in the BIG EAST standings, three points behind Seton Hall and six points behind league-leading Georgetown. UConn is in fifth, two points back, and Providence and Creighton are tied for sixth, just three points behind Butler and Xavier.
Remaining conference schedule
3′ | St. John’s draws a foul from Butler keeper Gabriel Gjergji and converts the penalty for an early, 1-0, lead.
4′ | Butler answers, immediately, when Rico Hollenkamp splits two defenders and advances toward the St. John’s goal. The Red Storm keeper comes out to challenge, and Hollenkamp sends the ball inside to Jack Streberger, who has separated from his defender. Streberger is able to redirect the ball into the open net to level the score at one.
37′ | Hemi Nasser intercepts a St. John’s pass in the offensive third and connects with Palmer Ault in the right side of the box. Ault touches once and then finds Streberger in front of the goal. Streberger slips a shot to the right of the Red Storm keeper and into the right side of the goal, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Jack Streberger (2)
ASSISTS: Rico Hollenkamp, Palmer Ault, Hemi Nasser
Jack Streberger’s goals were his fifth and sixth of the season, and he now has eight for his career. This is the second time in his career that he has tallied four points in one match (vs. Lipscomb – 9/21/21) but the first time he notched a pair of goals.
Rico Hollenkamp’s assist was his fifth of the season and the sixth of his career.
Palmer Ault’s assist was the fifth of his career.
Hemi Nasser’s assist was his first of the season and the fifth of his career.
Gabriel Gjergji (8-5-1) made five saves in the match. He has 49 this season and 291 for his career.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler football team improved to 5-2 overall with a convincing 31-10 victory over Marist on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have now won three-straight games for the first time since the 2017 campaign and have won five-straight on Homecoming weekend!
Joey Suchy led the BU rushing attack today with 84 yards on 16 carries. He scored a 12-yard touchdown late in the first half to give BU a 10-7 lead over the Red Foxes and his three-yard TD run in the third quarter broke a 10-10 tie.
Butler outscored Marist 21-0 in the second half to take complete control of the action. Bret Bushka dropped back to pass in the fourth quarter and found Suchy down the sideline for a 16-yard TD pass and Kwesi Kyei-Fordjour would take us to the final score of 31-10 with a one-yard TD run with under six to play in the game.
Kyei-Fordjour split carries with Suchy in the second half to get BU to the finish line. He ended the game with nine carries for 32 yards and the score. Bret Bushka took off 13 times to gain 69 rushing yards. Bushka also connected with eight different receivers to throw for 159 yards and the TD to Suchy.
The Bulldogs trailed Marist 7-0 after the first quarter, but they were able to grab three points midway through the second quarter with a Luka Zurak 35-yard field goal. Suchy’s first TD of the game gave BU a slim three-point advantage but the two teams would head into the half tied up at 10-10.
Suchy scored late in the third quarter to put BU back on top. That touchdown was set up by a trick play that resulted in 55 yards with Bushka finding Jared Suchevits for a big gain. The TD pass from Bushka to Suchy early in the fourth gave BU some wiggle room and any chance of a comeback was eliminated after the one-yard plunge from Kyei-Fordjour.
The Butler defense stopped Marist on downs twice in the second half and also added a fourth quarter interception. Connor Reid picked off Brock Baggozzi to keep the second half shutout alive and three-straight scoring drives from the Bulldogs would clinch the team’s third conference win of the season.
Nick Bafia was all over the field for the BU defense. He led the team with eight tackles, all of which were solo. Byron Hubbard II and Daniel Obwaya shared a sack while Jacob Cain was credited with two QB hurries.
Butler only allowed three rushing first downs all game and limited the Red Foxes to 283 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs stayed balanced on offense with 12 rushing first downs to go along with nine through the air. They posted 381 yards of offense and were 5-for-5 on red zone visits.
The next game for Butler will be right back here at the Sellick Bowl. The Bulldogs will host Morehead State on Saturday, Oct. 29 with a 12 PM kick-off.
Butler capped off a weekend BIG EAST road trip with a 25-16, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20 win Saturday afternoon at Providence.
With the result, Butler is now 11-11 and 5-5 in the BIG EAST; Providence falls to 2-8 in conference play and 10-12 overall.
STAT OF THE MATCH: Butler hit .260 for the match, including marks of better than .300 in each of the three sets they won.
SET 1: Butler 25-16
The Bulldogs found themselves ahead 14-8 midway through the opening set and held a similar advantage through the end of the set. Mariah Grunze and Amina Shackelford each had five kills in the frame as the Bulldogs hit a staggering .444.
SET 2: Butler 25-18
The set was tied 12-12 before a short Butler spurt provided the Bulldogs with a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Butler won the final five points of the set for the final margin. Grunze and Megan Sheridan each had four kills in the set, as the Bulldogs hit .308.
SET 3: Providence 25-22
The home team would not go down without a fight, taking a 16-10 lead midway through the third set. Butler would climb back within a single point on several occasions but never could take the lead. The Friars’ defense forced nine Butler attack errors in the set.
SET 4: Butler 25-20
The Bulldogs were able to close the door with a run that turned a 16-16 score into a 25-20 win. Butler returned to its strong offensive output with a .344 hitting percentage. Destiny Cherry had a team-best four kills in the set.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The two teams will meet again Nov. 18 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Shackelford led three Bulldogs in double-figures with 14 kills.
Grunze had 13 kills, while Sheridan added 11.
Libero Jaymeson Kinley had a match-high 21 digs on the afternoon; it was the 12th time this season that she has registered 20 or more digs.
Freshman setter Cora Taylor had 35 assists, seeing action in only three of the four sets.
Butler had a 5-3 advantage in blocks.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a pair of home weekend contests. Butler hosts Marquette Friday before DePaul visits on Sunday.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER
ROCHESTER, Mich. – IUPUI junior Logan Finnegan scored a pair of goals and added an assist and classmate Lukas Hackaa had three assists and a score as the IUPUI men’s soccer team collected a monumental 4-2 win at Oakland on Saturday (Oct. 22). The win was IUPUI’s third straight and was the Jaguars first road win at Oakland since 1999. Oakland, which had yielded just three goals in six Horizon League games, saw the Jaguars match that total in the opening 35 minutes of Saturday’s contest.
IUPUI (4-5-5, 3-1-3 HL) added some late insurance to help seal three key road points.
“This was a great team win. I’m grateful for my coaches for putting in tons of time and energy to make sure we are 100 percent prepared for this game tactically,” Finnegan said. “It was a great performance for all who got in. Everyone brought what we needed to win – special shoutout to Lukas with three assists. Now we’re onto the next.”
“It’s a massive result for us, obviously,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “It’s not necessarily a result that everybody else expects us to get. We’ve been good on the road the whole season, especially in conference, and today was no different.”
IUPUI wasted little time in building a lead as Finnegan headed home a Hackaa cross for the game’s first goal in the fifth minute. Freshman Dominic Breidenbach helped play Hackaa into space before the midfielder bent a cross to Finnegan at the back post.
Oakland (3-9-3, 3-2-2 HL) pulled even in the ninth minute when Owen Smith drove a free kick past the IUPUI wall and just inside the post for his second score of the year.
IUPUI regained the lead in the 24th minute when freshman Josemir Gomez headed a Hackaa corner kick past OU goalkeeper Michael Sly Jr. for a 2-1 lead. The offense continued firing as Finnegan scored the eventual game-winner in the 35th minute off assists from Hackaa and Kade Tepe. Finnegan capped the play by drilling a laser past Sly and inside the far post for his fifth score of the year.
Oakland cut the IUPUI lead in half in the 55th minute when Kieran Hayes scored on a penalty kick.
However, IUPUI kept Oakland at bay and added late insurance off the foot of Hackaa. Freshman Ethan Vermillion started the play by beating defenders and making his way deep inside the 18-yard box. He sent a ball to Finnegan on the opposite side, who redirected a pass in deep to Hackaa. Hackaa stayed composed and deked Sly before easily scoring for his fifth score of the year.
IUPUI finished with a 13-10 margin on shots and 8-5 edge in shots on goal. Hackaa’s three assists marked the first-time in IUPUI’s Division I era (1998-present) that a play has had three assists in game.
The win allowed IUPUI to leapfrog Oakland in the Horizon League standings, moving into a tie for third-place at game’s end. IUPUI will be back in action when it faces Bellarmine on Tuesday (Oct. 25) on ESPN+.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IUPUI volleyball team fell to conference foe Purdue Fort Wayne in four sets on Saturday night, 3-1. Allie Pogue totaled 15 kills while Briana Brown collected 10 kills with a hitting percentage of .269.
In the opening set the Jags fell 25-18. IUPUI held the lead at 14-13 before the Mastodons went on a five-point run, taking the lead 18-14. In the second set, the match was tied at 15 before PFW recorded three kills on a six-point run to take the late lead 21-15. The Jags fell in the second set 25-18.
In the third set IUPUI battled to the last point, keeping the match alive with a third set win, 29-27. Pogue and Brown each recorded kills to earn the last two points on the set. IUPUI fell in the fourth set, 25-23.
Pogue hit .130 with 15 kills while Brown recorded 10 kills along with Emily Alan with 10 kills hitting .217. Darragh Dixon and Sidney Veatch each recorded 19 assists while Brooke Phillips collected 14 digs.
The Jags return to the Jungle to face Robert Morris on Friday, October 28 with first serve at 6:00 PM.
IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The IUPUI women’s soccer team’s three-game winning streak came to a halt on Saturday (Oct. 22) as the Jaguars were defeated on the road at Youngstown State, 2-0. The game marked the close of the regular season for the Jaguars as they’ll now wait and see if they’ve done enough to earn a spot in the six-team Horizon League Tournament, slated to begin next Sunday (Oct. 30).
IUPUI (8-3-6, 4-3-3 HL) outshot and Penguins by a 16-10 margin and put nine attempts on frame, but ultimately, couldn’t solve YSU keeper Brooklynn Kirkpatrick.
YSU (6-7-3, 4-3-2 HL) took an early lead in the 13th minute when Regan LaVigna got a shot past Ashton Kudlo off assists from Abriana Rondin and Haley Curtis.
IUPUI tried to get even before intermission, getting late looks from Emma Frey, Sarah Henson and Abbey Renner, but was down 1-0 at the break. The Jaguars continued to push the pace to start the second half, getting early shot attempts from Sam Slimak and Emma Antoine, to no avail.
The Jaguars comeback bid would get infinitely more difficult in the 53rd minute when Taylor Berry knocked in a rebound for her second score of the year.
Despite finishing the game with a significant advantage in possession and shots on goal, the Jaguars were blanked for the seventh time this season.
Henson and Slimak led the Jags with three shots each as all three of Henson’s attempts were on frame. Kudlo closed with two saves while Kirkpatrick made nine stops for the Penguins.
The Horizon League regular season will conclude on Wednesday and the Horizon League Tournament will begin on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Jaguars will learn their postseason fate at the conclusion of Wednesday’s matches. All Horizon League Tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN+.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL
MUNCIE, Ind. – – Led by a season-high 18 kills from senior opposite Natalie Mitchem, the Ball State women’s volleyball team picked up its ninth straight win with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20) victory over Western Michigan Saturday evening at Worthen Arena.
With the win, the Cardinals move to 17-6 overall and more importantly to 9-2 in Mid-American Conference play. The mark ties for the top spot in the league standings with Bowling Green who the Cardinals will face Friday evening at 6 p.m. inside BGSU’s Stroh Center.
Led by Mitchem’s performance, it was another solid all-around match for the Ball State offense which finished with four players in double figures and a .290 (63-13-162) hitting mark. In addition to her match-high 18 kills, Mitchem hit .459 (18-1-37) and registered a dig and block assist.
Junior outside Cait Snyder continued her solid play, reaching double figures for the sixth time in the last seven matches with 12 kills. Senior middle Marie Plitt led all players with a .625 (10-0-16) hitting mark, while tying for team-high honors with a pair of blocks.
Senior outside Natalie Risi rounded out Ball State’s strong attacking night with 10 kills, while collecting a season-high 22 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.
Speaking of solid backcourt play, senior libero Maggie Huber led all players with 29 digs. She also handled the bulk of WMU’s serves with a .923 reception percentage as she successfully passed 36 of the 39 serves she faced, the most of any player in the match.
Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski also had a strong outing, guiding BSU to its .290 rate of success by handing out 45 assists. She also secured nine digs, four kills, two block assists and an ace.
Overall, the Cardinals limited the Broncos (13-10; 5-6 MAC) to a .231 (54-18-156) attacking mark, with Abi Wilcoxson and Maggie King tying for team-high honors with 14 kills. Andelyn Simkins added a team-high 24 digs.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State dropped a tough decision to Eastern Michigan on Homecoming, 20-16, Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in front of a season-high crowd of 15,698.
The Cardinals (4-4, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) were limited to 292 yards on offense and had three turnovers.
The Eagles (5-3, 2-2) maintained control of the game with a time of possession of 37:09 and ran 81 plays on offense compared to just 60 for Ball State.
“Disappointing loss,” head coach Mike Neu said. “Obviously, you can’t lose the turnover battle, have the number of self-inflicted wounds that we did, put 16 points on the board and expect to win. The defense fought, but when the time of possession is almost doubled, we didn’t do a good enough job offensively sustaining drives. It starts with that.
“It’s very disappointing to have that kind of performance here on Homecoming. We’ve got to regroup. We have a few extra days before we shift to midweek MACtion. We have to play better. Period.”
Carson Steele led the way offensively with his sixth 100-yard performance of the season, including each of the last three games. The sophomore racked up 101 yards on 24 carries and added 57 receiving yards on four catches with a touchdown.
Vaughn Pemberton also contributed to the run game with a career-high 39 yards on seven carries.
Jayshon Jackson had a team-high 66 receiving yards on four catches, extending his streak to 33 consecutive games with a reception.
Quarterback John Paddock connected with Brady Hunt three times for 28 yards and a touchdown for the fourth time in the last six games.
Defensively, Cole Pearce registered a career-high 15 tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack and one pass breakup. Jaquan Amos added a season-best 14 stops.
Brandon Berger and Clayton Coll each recorded a sack, while Joshua Tarango and Tavion Woodard tallied 0.5 sack. Coll added a forced fumble in addition to Malcolm Lee.
Eastern Michigan totaled 25 first downs and went 9-of-15 on third down. The Eagles were led by quarterback Austin Smith, who went 20-of-34 for 197 yards through the air and had 52 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Eastern Michigan took advantage of three Ball State turnovers and scored 10 points with three points coming on a 55-yard field goal as the first half expired and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals open the final month of the regular season with three of four on the road, beginning with a trip to Kent State Tuesday, Nov. 1.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame football team utilized a special effort from junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey and rode a strong performance from the offensive line and sophomore running back Logan Diggs to secure a 44-21 victory over the visiting UNLV Rebels. The Irish improve to 4-3 on the season, while the Rebels fall to 4-4.
The game was the Irish’s Cleats for a Cause game. The Irish wore special edition cleats with the logos of four non-profit organizations from the South Bend community. ‘Cleats for a Cause’ will support the South Bend Center for the Homeless, the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, the YMCA of Greater Michiana and Cultivate Food Rescue. The game-worn footwear will be auctioned off with all proceeds equally distributed among the four charities.
The Irish special teams proved to be just that Saturday afternoon. Foskey and the punt block unit blocked two punts. Jon Sot and the punt team averaged 43.5 yards per kick. Blake Grupe made three of four field goal attempts and hit all five point after kicks. The Irish’s average starting field position for the day was at its own 46, and Notre Dame started seven of 15 drives in UNLV territory.
Quarterback Drew Pyne led the Irish offense. The sophomore finished 14-for-28 for 205 yards and two scores. Diggs was the feature back on the ground, setting new career bests with 130 yards on 28 carries. Chris Tyree added 43 yards on 10 attempts and Pyne rushed three times for 30 yards.
Michael Mayer continued to show his dominance, catching six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Braden Lenzy added four catches for 38 yards and scored a touchdown. Jayden Thomas finished with a pair of catches for 40 yards.
Foskey finished with five tackles, three sacks, three tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and became the first player in Irish history to block two punts in the same game. Foskey brings his career sack total to 21.5, now tying for third-most in program history, three off the all-time record set by Justin Tuck (2002-04).
Linebacker JD Bertrand finished with a team-high seven tackles, five solo, 1.5 for loss, a half sack and a pass break up. Houston Griffith, Clarence Lewis and Marist Liufau each finished with five tackles, combining for three for loss. Lewis added a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
How It Happened
After receiving the opening kick, the Irish offense went right to work. Notre Dame took the opening drive 75 yards on six plays. Pyne hit two of three passes for 60 yards and Estime capped the series with a 12 yard scoring run.
The Irish defense forced a three-and-out, Notre Dame went back to it. Notre Dame connected on a Blake Grupe 43-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 4:56 into game action.
UNLV got on the board on its next possession, capitalizing on a 74-yard run by Courtney Reese to put the Rebels down at the Notre Dame one. The Rebels used the option to the left to score the touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7 after Daniel Gutierrez’s PAT was true with 9:10 left in the first quarter.
Notre Dame special teams came up big as Foskey blocked a UNLV. Jordan Botelho recovered as the Irish took over on the Rebel 20 yard line. Pyne found Mayer on a crossing route from 20 yards out for the score to extend the lead to 17-7.
Another blocked punt by Foskey put the Irish in business at the UNLV 14. After having a touchdown pass overturned on video review, the Irish settled for a 27-yard field goal by Grupe to go up 20-7 with 3:58 left in the first quarter.
Special teams again gave the Irish offense the ball in plus territory. Brandon Joseph returned the UNLV punt 20 yards to set up the Irish at the UNLV 32. Grupe came on and booted through a 46-yard field goal for his third of the quarter and put the Irish up 23-7.
The second quarter saw the Irish and Rebels trade blows before the Irish found the end zone. Another Joseph punt return started the Irish on the UNLV side of the 50 as three-straight runs moved the Irish up 11 yards. Pyne scrambled for a gain of 21 to put Notre Dame down at the one. Tight end Mitchell Evans carried for his second time of the drive, taking the snap and diving in for the score. Grupe was true on the point after and Notre Dame took the 30-7 lead with 4:10 remaining in the half.
UNLV opened the second half scoring on their second possession. The Rebels went 76 yards on nine plays, capped by a Harrison Bailey two-yard score to cut the lead to 30-14 with 8:06 in the third quarter.
The Irish offensive line and Diggs took over on Notre Dame’s next series, scoring in 13 plays, picking up 61 of 62 yards on the ground. The drive drained 7:10 off of the clock, as Tyree put the exclamation mark on the series with an eight-yard scoring run to extend the lead to 37-14. The seven-plus minute drive is the longest for the Notre Dame offense this season.
The Rebels showed fight as they drove 75 yards on 11 plays to score a touchdown on a Jordan Younge-Humphrey one-yard plunge.
The score set up an onside kick attempt that was recovered by the Irish’s Deion Colzie as Notre Dame took over inside UNLV territory for the seventh time of the game. The Irish went 46 yards, Diggs running for 33 of those yards before Pyne flipped to Lenzy in motion for a four-yard score to extend the lead to 44-21.
The Irish forced a UNLV punt and knelt the ball on its next possession to secure the win.
The Irish hit the road next weekend for a matchup in upstate New York against the Syracuse Orange.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 13 University of Notre Dame hockey team split their season series with No. 17 Western Michigan Saturday night, falling to the Broncos 4-0.
The Broncos struck first following a net-front scramble. Ryan Bischel made the initial saves but was unable to cover the puck and a WMU attacker eventually capitalized with their first of the night. Minutes later a shot beat Bischel high and the Broncos carried their lead to the intermission.
The Irish had a handful of chances partway through the period, including a breakaway for Jackson Pierson which was stifled on the doorstep by the WMU netminder to keep ND off the board through 20 minutes of play.
After one period, the Irish trailed the Broncos, 2-0, despite firing six shots on goal.
The Irish continued to find chances in the second period but a couple of whistles against the Blue and Gold slowed momentum.
Solag Bakich broke free from a Bronco defensemen late in the period to create the team’s best chance of the period but his shot bounced off the WMU netminder’s shoulder and play continued.
After two periods, the Irish continued to trail by a pair of goals, 2-0.
The Irish started the third period on the man-advantage for nearly a full two minutes. The Broncos were then whistled for a trip at 1:05 of the stanza but ND was unable to capitalize on the five-on-three opportunity early in the third.
Bakich looked to have sliced the Bronco lead in half but a late whistle waves the goal off and the Irish instead are sent to the box for boarding. The Broncos scored on the ensuing Irish kill and Notre Dame found themselves down, 3-0, with 11:47 to play in regulation.
An empty net goal sealed things Saturday night in Lawson Ice Arena as the Irish fell to the Broncos, 4-0.
The Irish open Big Ten play next weekend as they host Michigan State, Oct. 28-29. Puck drop for Friday night is set for 7:35 p.m.
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Melina Tedrow became the first player in Indiana State history to surpass 2,000 career digs Saturday evening, but it came in a three-set loss for the Sycamores (26-24, 25-14, 25-19) against Drake inside ISU Arena.
Tedrow achieved the mark in the first set and finished the match with 17 digs, giving her 2,013 (and counting) for her career. Kaitlyn Hamilton led the Sycamores with 10 kills, while Mallory Keller added seven kills and seven digs.
Similar to the start of Friday’s match, Indiana State jumped out to an early lead in the first set, as two Emma Kaelin service aces along with kills by both Kaelin and Jamie Brown gave the Sycamores 7-0 lead. The Trees continued to put pressure on Drake, as kills by Taylor Shelton, Gall and Hamilton further extended the lead to 16-9. ISU led by as many as seven late in the set following a kill by Storm Suhre to make it 18-11 but the Bulldogs rallied. Drake scored six of the last seven points to claim the opening set 26-24.
Drake continued its momentum into the second set, quickly racing out to a 7-2 lead. Indiana State got within two following a pair of blocks, the last coming from Hamilton and Suhre to make it 7-5, but that was the closest the Sycamores got for the remainder of the set. The visitors scored six straight to make it 13-5 and never looked back in the set. Indiana State attempted to make a late rally with a pair of kills by Hamilton and a service ace by Brown, but Drake won the second set 25-14 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
Unlike the first two sets, the third was closely played at the start. Drake got out to an early three-point lead, but Indiana State kept pace with the visitors with kills by Keller and Hamilton. The Bulldogs had a three-point run midway through to make it 15-9 at the media timeout and despite the efforts by the Sycamores, Indiana State never got closer than a four-point deficit for the remainder of the set. Keller had a pair of late kills to make it 22-18, but Drake scored three of the final four points to claim the set 25-19 and win the match.
Inside the Numbers
Melina Tedrow’s 17 digs marked her third straight three-set match with 15 or more digs. She sits one shy of reaching 300 for the season.
Kaitlyn Hamilton recorded double-digit kills for the 10th time this season, the most on the team.
Indiana State’s eight blocks were tied for the most by the Sycamores in a three-set match this season.
News and Notes
Melina Tedrow moved into 13th in MVC history in digs with 2,013. Tedrow has a chance of cracking the top 10 in MVC history, needing 63 digs to move into 10th.
Emma Kaelin has recorded three or more kills from her position as a setter in four of the last five matches.
As a team, Indiana State has notched at least seven blocks in 10 of its 11 MVC matches to date, including Saturday’s contest where the Sycamores finished with eight.
Indiana State begins a four-match road trip Friday at UIC, with first serve set for 7 p.m.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A late interception ended Indiana State’s fourth-quarter comeback as the Sycamores fell to visiting Illinois State, 27-21, on Homecoming Weekend at Memorial Stadium.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Illinois State’s Zack Annexstad finding the end zone for the second time on a 3-yard touchdown carry, while Indiana State’s Dante Hendrix broke two tackles in the right flat before breaking loose for a 67-yard score to put the game at 27-21 early in the fourth quarter.
The margin remained late in the contest as the Sycamores took over the ball at their own seven-yard line with 2:15 to play. ISU (1-6, 0-4 MVFC) took 13 plays on their final drive as the Sycamores moved the ball into Illinois State (5-2, 3-1 MVFC) territory. The big play on the drive came on 4th-and-20 near midfield as Cade Chambers connected on a 26-yard completion to Dante Hendrix to move the ball to the ILS 26-yard line.
After a quick spike to stop the clock with nine seconds remaining, Chambers targeted Hendrix down the left sideline near the end zone for the go-ahead score. However, Illinois State’s Keondre Jackson stepped in front of the pass for the game-clinching interception to end the Sycamores’ hopes.
Illinois State jumped out to the 20-0 lead early in the contest with a trio of touchdowns in the first quarter. Redbirds quarterback Zack Annexstad called his own number on the first score with a nine-yard touchdown keeper, while Jalen Carr (56 yards) and Brock Annexstad (18 yards) both hauled in touchdown receptions.
The Sycamores battled back with touchdowns following a pair of Illinois State turnovers with Chambers scoring on a 1-yard quarterback keeper, while Harry Van Dyne battled through a trio of Redbird defenders for a 16-yard touchdown reception prior to the fourth quarter.
Chambers went 14-of-33 through the air for 201 yards and two passing touchdowns in the loss. The redshirt freshman added his fourth rushing touchdown on the ground in leading the Sycamores offense. Hendrix added five catches for 107 yards and a score, while Van Dyne posted a career-high five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. Justin Dinka finished with 18 carries for 83 rushing yards in the loss.
Defensively, Geoffrey Brown (12) and Rylan Cole (12) posted double-digit tackles in the contest to lead Indiana State’s defense. Lucas Hunter added six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while Maddix Blackwell posted his first interception of the season. Jarin Johnson added a forced fumble recovered by Jake Hoper to highlight the defense.
Wenkers Wright was Illinois State’s leader in the clubhouse with 36 carries for 180 rushing yards. Zack Annexstad went 24-for-38 through the air for 274 yards and two touchdowns with Jalen Carr (six catches, 99 yards, 1 TD) his primary target on the day.
Sy Dabney was the Redbirds defensive leader with seven tackles and a sack, while Deandre Lamont and Lavoise-Deontae McCoy both posted six tackles apiece.
How They Scored
Illinois State opened the scoring on Zack Annexstad’s nine-yard touchdown carry to cap the opening nine-play, 88-yard drive. The PAT attempt was blocked by ISU’s Lucas Hunter to keep the score at 6-0 at the 11:22 mark.
The Redbirds added to their lead at the 7:54 mark in the first quarter as Jalen Carr took a 56-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to cap the two-play, 56-yard drive and put ILS ahead 13-0.
Zack Annexstad found Brock Annexstad for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 left in the first quarter to stretch the Redbirds lead to 20-0. The touchdown pass completed the 11-play, 79-yard drive.
The Sycamores took advantage of a Maddix Blackwell one-handed interception to march down the field for their first score of the game. Cade Chambers capped a 10-play, 56-yard drive with a one-yard QB keeper on 4th-and-Goal to cut the lead down to 20-7 with 5:50 on the clock.
Cade Chambers found Harry Van Dyne over the middle on a crossing route and the senior wide receiver battled through three tacklers for the 16-yard touchdown reception to cut the Redbirds lead down to 20-14 with 0:46 left in the third quarter. The touchdown reception was sparked by Jake Hoper’s fumble recovery at the 50-yard line.
Illinois State went up 27-14 with 13:45 left in the fourth quarter as Zack Annexstad took the QB keeper three yards up the middle to cap a seven-play, 64-yard drive. The drive was highlighted by Wenkers Wright’s 48-yard carry down to the ISU 4-yard line.
Chambers found Dante Hendrix in the short flat to the right and the redshirt senior wide receiver broke two tackles on his way to a 67-yard touchdown reception with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter. The one-play drive cut the Illinois State lead down to 27-21.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State finished the contest with 335 total offensive yards in the contest with 201 through the air and 134 coming on the the ground.
The Sycamores posted 17 total first downs on the day and averaged 4.7 yards per play.
The Sycamores posted two touchdown passes for the third consecutive game this season.
Illinois State held the 34:04-25:56 edge in time of possession in the game.
The Redbirds posted 473 total offensive yards in the contest with 327 yards coming in the first half.
Illinois State converted 7-of-15 third down attempts while limiting Indiana State to 2-of-15 in the game.
The Sycamores converted 3-of-5 fourth down attempts.
News & Notes
Dante Hendrix continued his reception streak as the redshirt senior hauled in five passes for 107 yards in the game. It marked his 33rd consecutive game with a reception.
Hendrix’s 107 yards also marked his third consecutive 100-yard game and seventh of his career.
Hendrix pulled within 55 yards of Sam Logan for the Indiana State career receiving yards list. Hendrix ended Saturday’s game with 2,330 career receiving yards trailing Logan’s 2,385 career yards set over the 2003-06 seasons.
Justin Dinka’s 100-yard rushing game streak came to an end as the redshirt sophomore was limited to 83 yards. It marked his fifth consecutive game with at least 70 rushing yards.
Geoffrey Brown posted his sixth double-digit tackle game of his career with 12 stops in the contest.
Brown has already surpassed his 2021 tackling efforts with 63 tackles in the 2022 campaign.
Rylan Cole posted his second double-digit tackling effort with 12 stops.
Harry Van Dyne hauled in his first touchdown reception of his Sycamore career. He became the sixth Indiana State player with a touchdown reception in the 2022 season.
Indiana State blocked two kicks in the first half including a 30-yard field goal attempt late in the second quarter. It marked the first ISU blocked field goal since Gavin Dineen blocked a South Dakota State attempt last season on Sept. 25, 2021.
Indiana State hits the road this upcoming weekend as the Sycamores travel to Brookings, S.D. to take on South Dakota State at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday, October 29. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Jackrabbits is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
PURDUE FT.WAYNE VOLLEYBALL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball beat IUPUI 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 27-29, 25-23) on Saturday (Oct. 22) in the Gates Sports Center behind the arm of Molly Mirabelli.
Mirabelli had a team-high 15 kills with a .407 hitting percentage. Madelyn Wurster played in three of the four sets and had 11 kills with a .563 clip. Iris Riegel and Sidney Schiller joined them in double-figures with 11 kills each.
The Mastodons ran through sets one and two thanks to late runs. They had a 12-2 stretch to finish set one and an 8-1 run late in set two.
IUPUI had a late run of their own in set three, holding off three set points in the midst of a 9-2 push. They went on to win the set 29-27.
The Jaguars went up 8-4 in set four and did not trail until the 20-19 mark. Purdue Fort Wayne used a 5-0 run to go up 21-19, then found Schiller for a pair of kills and Mirabelli and Ramei Jackson for the final two points.
Rachael Crucis had a match-high 27 digs.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 7-15, 3-8 in Horizon League action. IUPUI falls to 9-14, 3-8. The Mastodons are at home next weekend to play Youngstown State and Robert Morris on Friday (Oct. 28) and Saturday (Oct. 29).
PURDUE FT.WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER
DETROIT – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team earned its second-consecutive berth to the Horizon League Championship after a 1-0 win at Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Oct. 22).
The Mastodons will have a chance at a Horizon League regular season championship with the final game of the season next Wednesday (Oct. 26). With a win at Cleveland State and a Milwaukee loss, the Mastodons would be sole owners of their first-ever league championship. A Mastodon win and a Milwaukee tie would result in co-champions.
It was a Zoe Greenhalge goal in the ninth minute that was the difference in the contest. She and Morgan Reitano broke away for a two-on-one situation deep in the attacking third. Greenhalge sent the pass from Retiano into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead.
The Mastodons nursed this lead for the rest of the match, keeping the Titans off the board for the duration. Samantha Castaneda led the way between the sticks, leading the ‘Dons to their program-best eighth shutout of the season. It is their fifth in Horizon League play, which ties the most in the league. Castaneda had six saves against the Titans for her seventh clean sheet of the year.
Purdue Fort Wayne had a chance to extend the lead in the 83rd minute when Rylee Vruggink had a one-on-one with the keeper, but sent her shot wide right.
The Mastodons had five shots with four on-target.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 9-3-5, 5-1-3, while Detroit Mercy falls to 6-9-1, 4-5-0. The Mastodons will travel to Cleveland State for the last game of the Horizon League season on Wednesday (Oct. 26).
PURDUE FT.WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer fell 3-1 on Saturday (Oct. 22) in a Horizon League match at the Hefner Soccer Complex.
A mostly even first half changed in the 36th minute. Josh Johansen scored from the right side of the box. The tally was assisted by Tony Maniu.
The same two Phoenix players combined in the 71st minute to put Green Bay up 2-0. Luca Contestabile scored off a free kick in the 80th minute to give Green Bay a 3-0 advantage. The Mastodons put a goal on the board in the 87th minute when Christian Leon found the back of the net.
Both teams recorded nine shots in the contest. The ‘Dons held a 5-0 edge in corners.
The ‘Dons are back in action on Saturday (Oct. 29) against IUPUI. The game will be played at Grand Park.
Green Bay improves to 6-3-5 (2-2-3 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 1-9-3 (0-5-2 Horizon).
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Taking on the undefeated Missouri Valley Conference leaders, the University of Evansville volleyball team put up a fierce challenge but fell to Northern Iowa by a 3-1 final on Saturday evening inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
Pacing UE was Alondra Vazquez, who totaled a match-best 19 kills. Giulia Cardona finished with 11. Maddie Hawkins led the Purple Aces with 8 digs while Kora Ruff posted 32 assists.
Set 1 – UNI 25, UE 14
After the Panthers took a 4-2 lead out of the gate, UE came back with Alondra Vazquez picking up a pair of kills in a 3-0 stretch to give the Aces a 5-4 lead. UNI stormed back in a big way as they outscored UE by a 13-2 score to go up 17-7. From there, the Panthers finished with a 25-14 win.
Set 2 – UE 25, UNI 23
Evansville turned another 4-2 deficit into a lead with a Northern Iowa error giving the Aces a 5-4 edge. Both teams enjoyed leads in the middle portion of the frame. Madisyn Steele posted a kill to solidify an 11-9 UE advantage before the Panthers countered to go up 17-14.
Still down by three points at 21-18, Evansville made its move with Alondra Vazquez doing the damage. Five kills over the final stretch saw her rally the squad to a 25-23 win to tie the match.
Set 3 – UNI 25, UE 15
Looking to retake the lead in the contest, Northern Iowa stormed out to a 7-1 lead. Evansville got as close as four points (8-4), but the Panthers answered once again as they extended the lead to 18-10 before winning the set by 10 tallies.
Set 4 – UNI 25, UE 19
Working to force a decisive fifth set, the Purple Aces had a nice start as they took multiple early 1-point leads and would take the first multi-point advantage when Vazquez picked up a kill to put UE up 9-7. The Panthers fended off the challenge and took their first edge at 10-9 and would push their lead to 15-10. From there, they held off a late challenge to take the match on the strength of a 25-19 decision.
Road matches at Valparaiso and UIC are up next for the Aces.
SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) recorded a career-high 26 kills despite University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-21, 1-10 OVC) ending the road stint with a 3-2 (29-31, 17-25, 25-11, 25-18, 10-15) loss to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (7-18, 4-8 OVC) Saturday night at Jack Stephens Center. The Screaming Eagles were down 2-0 before forcing a fifth set with a late comeback.
Despite holding a late lead, USI watched Little Rock steal an opening set win, 31-29. The Eagles kicked off the frame with a 5-0 run that included four Trojan attacking errors and a kill from Anderson. Little Rock would later threaten USI’s lead after the Eagles had five straight attacking errors to tie the set at 12 apiece. However, USI turned things around after a monster kill from sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and a service ace from sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) to make it a two-point Eagles’ advantage. USI was able to push the lead even further and issued a set point at 24-19 before Little Rock stormed back and scored six straight points and forced extra play. The Eagles could not converge on a one-point lead and watched the Trojans throw down a kill and an ace to take the 1-0 match lead. USI outhit Little Rock in the first game with 14 kills compared to 12 kills.
An early Trojans lead ends with a 25-17 Eagles second-set loss. Little Rock went on an 8-3 stint that caught USI off guard before Weber’s kill put the Eagles back in the game. Before USI knew it, Little Rock doubled up the Eagles by taking a 16-8 advantage. USI was able to threaten by cutting the deficit to six before the Trojans tallied five of the last nine points to seal the Eagles’ fate and extend to a 2-0 match advantage. Anderson recorded her 10th double-double in the second frame, finishing the set with 13 kills and 10 digs.
The Eagles put on a clinic in the third game, rolling past the Trojans, 25-11. The set started with an 8-2 USI lead that saw six attacking errors from Little Rock. Despite the Trojans cutting the deficit to five, the Eagles went on a 7-0 stint that made it 15-3. Bednar highlighted the run with a pair of aces. With a 16-7 gap, USI went on another run that resulted in a 21-7 advantage. The Trojans were able to add four more points before the Eagles took care of business and earned their first win of the match. USI had 11 kills off 30 attempts which equals a .267 hitting percentage.
Another dominant performance from the Eagles lifts them to a 25-18 fourth-set win and ties the match at two apiece. USI jumped out to an 8-6 lead with the help of a pair of Weber kills and an Anderson ace. From there, the Eagles never gave up the lead again despite the Trojans’ efforts on offense. USI recorded a match-high 15 kills in the fourth game with just three errors to produce a match-high .316 attacking percentage. This was the first time this season that the Eagles came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set.
The final frame ended with a 15-10 loss for USI and ended their miraculous comeback. The set started with a 4-0 Little Rock run until Anderson’s one of four kills in the set to stop the bleeding. The Eagles were doubled up 8-4 before sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) added a kill that cut the deficit to two. A service ace from sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana) kept USI alive before Little Rock tacked on the final points to win the match.
Three Eagles nabbed double-doubles in the match. Anderson earned 26 kills and 18 digs while Weber tallied 11 kills and 14 digs with sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) producing 22 assists and 20 digs. Ballengee led the team with three aces while Bednar and Downing added five blocks each.
USI totaled 56 kills, 52 assists, and seven aces, which were all match highs. The Eagles’ defense put up 82 digs and nine blocks. Despite losing the match, USI produced 72 points compared to Little Rock’s 68 points.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles return to Screaming Eagles Arena next weekend to face Morehead State University for two matches. Match times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Once again playing shorthanded and completing a grueling stretch of four consecutive road matches over the last two weekends, the Valpo volleyball team dug deep on Saturday evening with a well-rounded team effort to overcome a one-set deficit and earn a 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22) victory at third-place Southern Illinois.
How It Happened
Valpo jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the opening set Saturday evening in Carbondale, but the Salukis were able to erase that deficit by 10-10. The Beacons scored three of the next four to go up 13-11 before SIU reeled off seven points in a row to take the lead for good en route to winning the opening set.
The second set eventually featured 12 ties and four lead changes as the two sides vied for control. Valpo led by three points early at 6-3, but the script quickly flipped with an 8-1 run giving SIU an 11-7 lead.
The Beacons battled back to tie the frame at 12-12, 13-13, and 14-14, and after the Salukis scored three in a row to go up 17-14, Valpo reeled off four straight points — including kills by seniors Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) — to regain the advantage at 18-17.
The Salukis countered with four of the next five points to pull back ahead, 21-19. Consecutive kills from Strongman were followed by another Ravotto kill turned the tables back in Valpo’s favor, however, and after SIU briefly tied the set once again at 22-22, the Salukis committed three consecutive errors as the Beacons were able to level the match at one set apiece.
The pin block of Strongman and Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) got the third set off to a rousing start for the Beacons, as the duo combined for three blocks on the first five points of the frame.
Valpo seemed poised to run away with the third set, leading by as many as seven points, but SIU put together a rally and eventually pulled into a tie at 18-18.
The Beacons made sure the Salukis would not gain the outright lead in the third set, though, as a kill by Kuckkan and yet another rejection by Strongman and Kuckkan were part of a four-point spurt to turn that 18-18 tie into a 22-18 lead. Valpo finished out the set on a 7-1 run, capped by a block from fifth-year Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais), to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Valpo’s attack was on point in the final set, as the Beacons hit at a .429 clip in the fourth frame. Another quick start proved key, with Valpo scoring six of the set’s first seven points — two of which came on back-to-back service aces from redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn).
Valpo never trailed in the fourth set, and had match point at 24-17. The Salukis put together a run to score five in a row to close to within 24-22, but a kill by Januski eventually closed the match in the Beacons’ favor and ended the road swing on a happy note.
Inside the Match
Valpo defeated Southern Illinois for the fourth straight matchup in the series, taking down a Saluki squad on Saturday which entered the evening in third place in the MVC standings.
The win was highlighted by great performances both offensively and defensively. On the defensive side, the Beacons out-blocked the Salukis 13-2, the first time Valpo has owned an advantage of 10 or more blocks over its opponent since a 14-2 advantage over Saint Francis on Aug. 24, 2018.
Valpo’s block has really enjoyed Davies Gym the last couple seasons, as the Beacons posted 14 blocks at SIU last season.
Offensively, Valpo hit at an efficient .288 clip, the team’s best effort in a Valley match since hitting .308 at Indiana State on March 21, 20221.
It’s not often a team will have four attackers hit at least .400 with 10 or more attacks, but that’s what the Beacons were able to do on Saturday. Leading the attack was Strongman, who paced Valpo with 12 kills on 17 swings, hitting .588 and also matching her season best as she tied for match-high honors with seven blocks.
It’s likely even rarer that a setter who spent an entire season setting in a 5-1 would set her career high for kills while setting exclusively back row in a 6-2, but that’s what junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) accomplished on Saturday night. Bulmahn picked up a career-best six kills on 10 attacks, hitting .500 while adding 21 assists and 15 digs for the 29th double-double of her career.
One night after leading the way on the attack for Valpo, Grant had another strong match on Saturday as she narrowly missed a double-double. Grant finished with nine kills on .400 hitting and picked up nine digs defensively as well.
Januski rounded out the quartet hitting .400 or better with a .400 hitting percentage, tallying five kills on 10 swings. The junior was in on six blocks as well, just one shy of her career best.
Ravotto and Kuckkan contributed eight kills apiece to the balanced Valpo attack. The latter also shattered her previous career best for blocks, as she was in on seven rejections to match Strongman for match-high honors after entering the match with a career high of four.
Kois dished out 17 assists to complement Bulmahn’s 21 helpers.
Freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led all players on Saturday with a match-high 21 digs. Hickey, who surpassed 500 digs on the season Saturday, has posted 20+ digs in 18 of Valpo’s 23 matches this year.
Valpo won Saturday evening, snapping a three-match losing streak, despite being without the services of outside hitter Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) and right side Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) due to illness.
Swistek was out for the second straight night, while Kois returned to action after missing Friday’s match, which allowed Valpo to run its preferred 6-2 offense.
Valpo (18-5, 6-5 MVC) will play at home for five of its final seven matches of the regular season, beginning next Friday as the Beacons host Evansville at 6 p.m., live on ESPN3.
The Valparaiso University football program faced adversity time and time again on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky., but each time the team had a response. In many cases, that response was Aaron Dawson (Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke / Milford Prep [Central Connecticut]), who ran for 241 yards as part of 574 yards of total offense in a stressful yet thrilling 40-35 road win at Morehead State. The victory kept Valpo in the Pioneer Football League title mix and snapped a seven-game road losing streak in the head-to-head series with the Eagles that dated back to 2006.
How It Happened
The game got off to an unfavorable start for the guests as Morehead State received the opening kickoff and jumped ahead 7-0 with an 11-play, 69-yard drive. The Eagles successfully recovered an onside kick following the touchdown, and had an opportunity to go up two scores before the Valpo offense ever touched the ball.
The Valpo defense came up with a key stop, as Colin Graves (Seattle, Wash. / Bishop Blanchet) made consecutive pass breakups, the second of which caused a turnover on downs at the Valpo 36.
The offense touched the ball for the first time in the game and wasted no time as Michael Appel Jr. (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro) hit Braden Contreras (Hillsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central) for a 16-yard strike on the first play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Appel connected with an open Contreras again, this time for a 37-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven with 6:40 left in the first.
The defense forced a quick three-and-out, then the offense went to work again. Contreras’ monster quarter continued with a 21-yard grab, then his biggest catch yet came on fourth-and-11 from the Morehead State 29 and resulted in a go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds left in the opening quarter to make it 14-7.
Fourth down remained the money down for the Brown & Gold on the ensuing Morehead State possession. The Eagles were stopped on fourth down for the second time in the game, this time throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-3 from the Valpo four-yard line.
After a Valpo three-and-out, Morehead State recorded its eighth blocked kick and sixth blocked punt of the season – both numbers that lead the FCS nation – and the blocked punt was recovered in the end zone for a game-tying touchdown to make it 14-14 with 9:58 left in the second quarter.
Fourth down yet again proved crucial on the next Valpo series. On fourth-and-3 from the Morehead State 20, Mason Kaplan (Peachtree Corners, Ga. / Norcross) ran for 10 yards to move the chains. Valpo went for it again on fourth-and-goal from the one, and Appel took the snap under center before the Beacons pushed the pile for a 1-yard TD run to make it 21-14 with 4:09 to go in the second quarter. That drive also featured a 43-yard Appel completion to Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton).
A 63-yard rush set up first-and-goal for Morehead State on the ensuing drive, and the Eagles eventually scored on a game-tying, nine-yard TD pass. That would create a 21-21 deadlock that stood going into the intermission.
Valpo started the second half with the ball and immediately found paydirt as Dawson broke off a 45-yard TD run to make it 28-21 Valpo with 12:06 left in the third.
Morehead State missed a 38-yard field goal to keep the Valpo lead at seven with 9:23 left in the third. However, the lead disappeared on the second play of Valpo’s next drive as the Eagles came up with a pick six to tie the game at 28 with 9:06 to go in the third.
With the top two quarterbacks on the Valpo depth chart both sidelined by injuries that occurred during the game, third-team signal caller Jeffrey Jackson (San Diego, Calif. / Bishop’s [San Diego]) stepped in on the next Valpo drive. The Beacons were stopped on fourth-and-one from the Morehead State 33, but then the defense got a quick stop and forced a punt by the hosts.
Jackson connected with Dom Grguric (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) for a 44-yard pass that helped set up an eventual 26-yard field goal by Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) to make it 31-28 with 14:14 left in the fourth.
Morehead State responded with a 73-yard touchdown pass to jump back ahead 35-31.
Bartholomew, a First Team All-PFL kicker each of the last two years, continued his redemption performance after a rare rough week last week. He hit a 48-yard field goal to slim the lead to one with 9:52 left in the fourth.
After Morehead State went three-and-out, a heavy dose of Dawson helped Valpo get back in front. His 28-yard run made it 40-35 Valpo with 5:29 to play.
Valpo forced a turnover on downs at near midfield with 1:54 to go as the defense came up with a huge stop. The Beacons got it back, but faced fourth-and-4 at the Morehead State 46 with one minute on the clock. The Valpo coaching staff dipped into its bag of tricks and called for a fake punt, but Evan Matthes (Reston, Va. / South Lakes [West Virginia]) was spotted a yard shy of the first down, opening the door for the Eagles with 53 seconds to go.
Morehead State drove the ball to the Valpo 20 in the closing seconds, but fifth-year senior captain Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) stepped up with back-to-back big plays, first delivering a pass breakup and then making an interception in the end zone with all zeros on the clock.
Inside the Game
Dawson ran for 241 yards including 226 in the second half. He delivered the highest rushing output by a Valpo player since Jake Hutson had 248 on Nov. 2, 2012 at Campbell. The program record for rushing yards in a game is 253 by Jeff Horton on Sept. 3, 2005 at Wisconsin Lutheran.
Dawson delivered the seventh-highest single-game rushing output in the FCS nation this season and highest by a PFL player.
This was Dawson’s third straight game with 150 or more rushing yards. He now owns three of the top four single-game rushing outputs by a PFL player this season.
For the season, Dawson is up to 824 rushing yards. He is on the verge of cracking the top five in program history with four games remaining as Brandon Hall is fifth with 855 in 2014. Jeff Horton rushed for 1,358 yards in 2005 to set the program record.
Dawson had 31 rushing attempts, the most by a Valpo player since Robert Washington had 33 in last year’s season finale, also against Morehead State.
Valpo outgained Morehead State 574-447 in terms of total offense. This was Valpo’s highest offensive output since Oct. 28, 2017, 597 yards, also against Morehead State. This was among the most productive offensive games in the history of Valpo football and not far behind the single-game record for total offense of 613 set against Alma in 1985.
Valpo held the upper hand in rushing yards 274-121, while the Eagles out-passed the Beacons 326-300. This was Valpo’s highest single-game team rushing output since 298 on Nov. 6, 2021 vs. Presbyterian.
This represented Valpo’s highest single-game passing output since 304 yards on Nov. 9, 2019, also against Morehead State. Saturday was the team’s second-highest single-game passing output of the Landon Fox Era.
Despite missing most of the second half with an injury, Appel passed for 245 yards on 13-of-19 through the air including two scores. This was the highest single-game passing output by a Valpo individual since Nov. 16, 2019, when Chris Duncan had 264 passing yards at Butler.
Valpo’s first two 100-yard receiving efforts of the season both came on Saturday. Contreras finished with five catches for 116 yards, while Davis had four for 109. Davis set a career high for receiving yards, while Contreras was two yards shy of his high set last season against Dayton.
Contreras had a pair of TD receptions, joining Barret Labus (Sept. 24 vs. San Diego) as Valpo players who have multiple in a single game this year.
Bartholomew averaged 59.3 yards per kick on his eight kickoffs including a pair of touchbacks. He went a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals including a 48 yarder that represented his second-longest make of the season.
Sherman’s interception was the third of his career and his first since the Spring 2021 season.
The team’s leading tacklers were Sam Hafner (Green Bay, Wis. / De Pere) and Graves with seven stops apiece.
Dawson ran for two touchdowns and is up to six rushing TDs this season. Appel’s rushing TD was the first of his career. The team has now rushed for 11 scores this season.
In addition to snapping the seven-game road losing streak to Morehead State by earning the program’s first win in Morehead, Ky. since 2006, Valpo garnered just its third ever road win over the Eagles. Valpo had dropped 14 of the 15 matchups between the two teams before Saturday’s triumph.
The victory helped Valpo improve to 3-1 in league play for the second time in the last three years. Prior to the Spring 2021 campaign, Valpo hadn’t started a league slate with a 3-1 mark since 2003.
Valpo has won the first two PFL road games of the season for the second time in the last three years after winning at Butler and at Drake during the Spring 2021 slate. Prior to that, Valpo had never started 2-0 in PFL road games and hadn’t won the first two league road games in any conference since Heartland Collegiate Conference wins at Franklin College and at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) back in 1986.
The Beacons hold the program’s best record through seven games since 2007.
Thoughts from Head Coach Landon Fox
On the Second-Half Rushing Attack: “Aaron Dawson is such a good player; he has the ability to hit the hole, and when he hits it, he hits it fast. Give credit to our offensive line for creating those holes, and when he gets downhill, he’s tough to tackle.”
On the First Win at Morehead State since 2006: “In the moment, you don’t really think about those things, because you’re just trying to win a football game, but obviously afterward it feels good to be able to come down here and win in a place that we haven’t won in a long time. It was stated, I’m not going to hide from the fact that that was something we mentioned to the team at the beginning of the week.”
On overcoming adversity: “We had to overcome a lot of adversity, some of which was self-created in terms of the blocked punt for a touchdown and interception for a touchdown. That’s on us, but I’m proud of our ability to overcome those things. We had two quarterbacks go down and our third quarterback came in and did the job. That was the talk in the locker room after the game. We’re building a program where one or two guys can go down, and we still have the ability to win the game. That next-man-up mentality makes me, our staff and our players excited.”
On Appel’s First Half: “Mikey can throw it, and he’s a big guy back there so he can see the field really well. I’d like to say that would have continued if he didn’t get hurt. He just had a misread on the interception, and we haven’t done that very much this year, and those things will happen every once in a while. It was unfortunate that he got injured, because we know he would have come back from that and finished off a good day.”
Valpo (4-3, 3-1 PFL) will attempt to garner a second straight road victory with next week’s visit to Dayton. The game will kick off at noon Central Time.
U OF I FOOTBALL
INDIANAPOLIS—The No. 20 UIndy football team earned a hard-fought 52-38 victory against Quincy University Saturday night. The Greyhounds got a career night from running back JaQuan Buchanan and a pair of late interceptions from the defense to hang on for the win.
INS & OUTS
UIndy jumped on the Hawks early and often, building a 42-10 lead by halftime. But Quincy would not go quietly, as a big fourth quarter had the Hawks threatening to tie the ballgame late. Trailing 45-38 with six minutes to go, QU found itself in 1st & Goal from the seven-yard line.
But it was then that UIndy safety Michael Brown made perhaps the biggest play of the night, stepping in front of a Quincy pass and taking it 97 yards to other way to the house. The play was called back to midfield due to a penalty, but the interception stood.
UIndy’s offense needed just four play to traverse 53 yards for a score, including a 50-yard gallop and a one-yard scoring tote, both by Buchanan.
The Hawks would not cross midfield again, with a pick by Kivonte Houston with two minutes to go good for the knockout blow.
More details to come.
UIndy remains home to host the Miners of Missouri S&T on Saturday, October 29.
U OF I VOLLEYBALL
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team travelled to Springfield, Mo. to take on the Panthers of Drury, losing the affair in straight sets. The loss moves the Greyhounds to 12-11 on the season and 5-4 in conference play.
INS AND OUTS
The first set was tight early, but a 7-1 run by Drury broke a 7-7 tie, putting the Greyhounds in a hole early. Kills by Hannah Sabotin and Sophia Parlanti attempted to fight off the Panthers, but the Hounds ended up dropping the set 25-20.
The Hounds kept the second set close throughout, digging out from an early 8-4 deficit. From that point the Hounds battled and battled, eventually evening the score at 14 apiece, with Elizabeth Eads and Parlanti combining for a block to tie it up. Both teams refused to give up an inch, with the score knotted at 27-27, that was when the Panthers went on a final two point run to secure the second set.
The final set was another uphill battle, with the Panthers jumping out 7-2. That was the culture of the match as from that point the Greyhounds struggled to find ground, eventually falling 25-19.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Panthers led in service ace’s 4-1
– Grace Hegwood once again led the Hounds in kills, with nine on the day.
– Four separate Greyhounds had eight digs in the match.
The Greyhounds make their long-awaited return to the University of Indianapolis campus as they host the Missouri S&T Miners on Friday, Oct. 28. They start the action at 6 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich. – For the first time in 2,198 days, the Concordia Cardinals were defeated at home, as the Marian football team snapped the Cardinals’ 27-game home winning streak with a 24-7 victory in Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon. Marian’s win gives them a 6-1 record on the year and 4-1 mark in MSFA Mideast League play.
The defenses for both teams shined early Saturday afternoon, as Marian was forced into punts on each of their first two possessions, while Concordia gave the ball away on downs and were forced into kicking after a Logan Blake short yardage stop.
The Marian offense finally got going on their third series, as a 17-yard rip from Baron Huebler ignited the team. Two Zach Bundalo passes to Ben Stevens and a healthy amount of Huebler runs moved the ball down to the nine, and on the ninth play of the series Drew Byerly took a direct snap out of the wildcat and plunged in for the game’s first score.
Concordia would move the ball down the field as they started the second quarter, but a Tyler Majors sack derailed the series and forced a punt. Pinned back at their own seven, the Knights converted a pair of third downs as Bundalo was surgical through the air, and capped the drive with a 46-yard touchdown pass to Stevens, giving Marian a 14-0 lead after the Marlon Pomili PAT.
Both teams would punt on their next series as the defensive pressure from each side was strong. Taylor Soper would pin the Cardinals at their 14 following a 76-yard punt, however Concordia found their stride on offense completing five passes on the series, ending their series with a 30-yard Seeger DeGayner touchdown reception. With just 56.7 seconds left in the half, Bundalo marched Marian into the red zone with completions to Jalen Jennings and Stevens, setting up Pomili with a 31-yard field goal. The kick gave the Knights a 17-7 lead going into halftime.
The Knights’ defense forced a quick three and out as the second half started with Trevor Adler getting his second career sack to drop the quarterback. The offense converted the momentum into big plays as Huebler and Jennings drove Marian deep into Cardinal territory, and Bundalo put the seven-play series to rest as he threw a strike to Stevens for a 21-yard score.
With a 24-7 lead at hand, Marian’s defense made plays for the rest of the game as they took the spotlight. The Knights forced a turnover on downs and punt on their final third quarter series, and a Jayshawn Underwood pass breakup halted the Cardinals on their first possession of the final stanza. Soper’s leg helped the Knights control field position in the fourth, and two final defensive stands completed the second half shutout, as Marian kneeled out the clock to cap the road victory.
Marian’s win ends the Cardinals’ 27-game home winning streak, as they hand them their first loss since October 15, 2016. The Knights collected 382 yards of offense in the win, racking up 131 on the ground and 251 in the air. Bundalo was an effective 17-24 for 251 yards and two scores, hitting Stevens for 10 catches and 153 yards. Huebler recorded his first 100-yard game of the season with 104 on the ground, and Christian Hunter accumulated 37 yards in the game.
On defense, Blake led the Knights with 10 total tackles, while Chauncey Mays made five stops which included a sack. Adler, Mays, Majors, and Tyler Bukur each recorded a sack, with Majors leading the team with three tackles for loss. Soper helped the Knights defense by forcing Concordia into multiple long fields, punting seven times with an average of 48.0, pinning five punts inside the 20.
Marian will enjoy their final bye week of the season, sitting idle next week before closing the home slate on November 5 against Siena Heights. The senior day kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
MARIAN MEN’ SOCCER
Goshen, Ind. – Scoring twice in both the first and second halves of Saturday’s contest, the Marian men’s soccer team was able to earn their second win of the Crossroads League season as they downed Goshen 4-1. Marian’s win gives them a 5-9-2 overall record on the year, as they improve to 2-4-1 in league play, snapping a two-game skid.
Marian was the aggressor early Saturday night, drawing two corner kicks in the first minute of the match. Dylann Merchand took the game’s first shot in the second minute off one of the corners, and kept the offense in rhythm as three different players took a shot over the next five minutes. The pace slowed but Marian stayed on the attack as Jack Reynolds and Sebastian Gonzalez each took shots on frame in the 14th minute, and Jalen Rice launched a boot on target in the 20th minute.
The Knights’ attack paid off in the 22nd minute, as Nate Van Keulen won a loose ball on the right side of the goal box, and found an open Alan Tenorio in front of the goal, who chipped in the game’s first score. Marian doubled their lead less than three minutes later, as Van Keulen was the beneficiary of a pass from Valentin Neuhold, as he put his team on top 2-0. Marian’s offense would go stale after the pair of kick goals, managing just one shot attempt in the final 20 minutes, while Goshen’s offense ignited. Henrique Eichenberger took a blast from the right side, and drove a ball past Alvaro Ruedo, cutting the score in half in the 34th minute.
Marian led 2-1 at the break while holding a significant advantage in possession, taking 10 shots to Goshen’s two.
Goshen’s offense picked up the tempo in the second half as they were able to get some good looks in the first 20 minutes, but were unable to get a clear attempt on goal. Marian countered the attack getting multiple shots as they looked for an insurance goal, but came up dry as a look from Reynolds and Merchand went left of the goal.
Continuing to get strong defense from the back line, Marian’s attack was able to produce an insurance goal in the 83rd minute, as Evan Dawdy put away a Gonzalez crossing pass from the right side, putting the Knights in the driver’s seat with a 3-1 advantage. Marian was able to play keep away as they drained the final seven minutes off the board, and in the final second of the match Dawdy secured the brace, putting away a breakaway shot to land the 4-1 victory.
Marian put up 19 shots on Saturday night that resulted in four goals, tying a season-high which was set in a win over Lourdes on August 27. Dawdy scored four points with his brace, putting two of his three shots away for goals. Van Keulen scored what stood as the game-winning goal and added an assist for a three-point match, while Tenorio scored the game’s first goal. Gonzalez added an assist to his team-leading four shots, with Neuhold recording Marian’s third helper.
Alvaro Ruedo earned his first win in goal as a Knight Saturday evening, playing all 90 minutes while seeing two shots on goal. Ruedo came away with one save in the win.
The Knights win improves the team into a tie for sixth at time of posting, with Marian and Spring Arbor each showing seven points on the table. Marian will kick off a big week at home on Wednesday night, as they host Taylor at 7 p.m.
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team left Fort Wayne with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-19) win over St. Francis to complete the series sweep of the Cougars, improving the Knights to 20-3 overall and 12-3 in Crossroads League play.
St. Francis came out in set one taking the early 5-1 lead over the Knights before Jai-Lyn Norwood pounded a kill to end the Cougar run. The hosts answered back with a kill, but a kill by Skyler Van Note propelled a 6-1 run to even things up at 7-7. The remainder of the set saw the two teams trade points that eventually saw the score tied at 20-20 before the duo of Madison Brooks and Grace Hunter each got a kill, while Ainsley Neighbors severed up an ace to give the Knights the 23-20 advantage. The Cougars responded with three more points in the set, before Marian would hold on and take the set 25-23 behind a Van Note kill.
Marian put together a dominant performance in set two, gaining the early 9-3 lead powered by two Jaymison Summers kills along with a Van Note and Norwood kill. The Cougars bounced back with three straight points until Van Note came back with a kill of her own to ignite a Brooks block. St. Francis managed to put together eight more points in the set while the Knights continued their offensive tear that was fueled by three Hunter kills to close out the set 25-14.
Cougars did not back away as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead before the Knights got back in rhythm with five consecutive points, consisting of four kills from Van Note, Summers, and Brooks. Both teams battled it out with the score going point for point to tie things up 17-17. With the score even, Marian answered first behind an Averi Lanman and Norwood kill to take the 19-17 lead. The Knights held off the Cougars with Van Note closing out the set with a kill on the assist from Gianna Feld to win the set 25-19.
Marian put together 44 kills in the win with Van Note paving the way with 15 kills and two digs. Hunter added seven kills on a .636 hitting percentage, while Norwood followed with six kills. Lanman, Summers, and Brooks all posted five kills, while Summers connected on five of six attacks (.866). Three different Knights found themselves in double-digits for digs with Katie Hardegree leading with 11 digs and 18 assists, as Emma Lyons and Feld pick up 10 digs each. Neighbors also added to the assist category, dishing out 17.
The Knights will return to action Wednesday, October 26, as they host Bethel at 7 PM.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER
INDIANAPOLIS – Goals came early and often for the Marian women’s soccer team in their 6-0 win over Goshen on Saturday at St. Vincent Field. With the win, the Knights improve to 13-0-2 overall and 6-0-1 in Crossroads League play.
Goshen played keep away in the opening minutes, but that did not stop Marian from finding their shots early as Naomi Walters put one past the Goshen goalie on the assist from Erin Oleksak in the fifth minute to get the Knights started.
It was only a little under four minutes later when the Knights found their second goal behind the efforts of Allie Schlom, who later would beat the Maple Leafs defenders five minutes later to give Marian the 3-0 lead and her second goal.
Marian continued to fire off shots, while Goshen could not come up with any sort of offense in the first half as they went shotless. Walters, Gretchen Mallin, and Delaney Taylor all took shot attempts, all being saved by the Goshen keeper. The aggressive offense continued to pay off for the hosts as Oleksak found the back of the net on the assist from Taylor to increase their lead to 4-0. However, Oleksak was not done for the half. With a little over 30 seconds left in the first half, the senior beat the Goshen defenders to boot one past the keeper to give Marian the 5-0 lead at the half.
After the break, the Knights continued their offensive tear, scoring early in the 47th minute behind Schlom’s goal on the assist from Maya Decker to give Marian their sixth goal and complete the hat trick for the senior.
The hosts fired off eight shots in the second half to Goshen’s two. After Schlom’s goal, Walters, Jacelyn Smith, Stephanie Ramos, and Oleksak all piled together chances at goal, but were unable to come up with anything as the Goshen keeper made impressive saves. The Knights managed to keep the Maple Leafs scoreless even with two late attempts at goal, as they would go on to win 6-0.
Marian put together a great team effort in the win with Schlom leading the charge with her hat trick, while Oleksak added two goals to go along with one assist. Walters had the first goal of the match for her lone goal of the day. Smith and Decker each took two shot attempts, while Taylor, Mallin, Lindsey Stoughton, and Ramos all took one.
Noelle Rolfsen and Mycheala Johnson put together a solid performance in goal for the Knights, with Johnson picking up the lone save in the game.
Marian will return to action Wednesday, October 26, as they make the trip to Taylor for a 7 PM start.
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|NEW YORK JETS||4||2||0||.667||1.0||143||128||1-2-0||3-0-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||3||3||0||.500||2.0||131||155||2-1-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||3||3||0||.500||2.0||141||113||1-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||4||2||0||.667||0.0||179||149||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||4||2||0||.667||0.0||141||152||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||3 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||2||4||0||.333||2.0||91||99||2-1-0||0-3-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||1||4||0||.200||2.5||125||130||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
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|BALTIMORE RAVENS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||158||141||1-2-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||138||115||1-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||2||4||0||.333||1.0||148||163||1-3-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||2||4||0||.333||1.0||97||146||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||3||2||0||.600||0.0||96||118||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||3||2||1||.583||0.0||103||121||2-1-0||1-1-1||3-2-1||1-2-1||2 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||4||0||.333||1.5||138||114||1-1-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||1||3||1||.300||1.5||86||99||0-1-1||1-2-0||1-2-1||1-0-1||1 W|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||161||105||3-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||5||1||0||.833||1.0||127||113||3-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||4||2||0||.667||2.0||110||98||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|WASHINGTON COMMANDERS||2||4||0||.333||4.0||102||135||1-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||122||89||2-0-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||104||126||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||146||163||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||3||4||0||.429||0.5||156||176||1-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||5||1||0||.833||0.0||139||118||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||3||3||0||.500||2.0||107||123||2-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||2||4||0||.333||3.0||93||118||2-1-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||1||4||0||.200||3.5||140||170||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||121||103||1-2-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||3||3||0||.500||0.0||146||136||2-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||2||5||0||.286||1.5||175||200||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||1||5||0||.167||2.0||103||146||1-3-0||0-2-0||1-4-0||1-0-0||3 L|
|NEW YORK||1||1||.500||1.5||1-0||0-1||–||1-0||1-1||1 W|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||0||2||.000||2.0||–||0-2||0-2||0-2||0-2||2 L|
|LA CLIPPERS||2||0||1.000||—||–||2-0||2-0||2-0||2-0||2 W|
|GOLDEN STATE||1||1||.500||1.0||1-1||–||1-0||1-1||1-1||1 L|
|LA LAKERS||0||2||.000||2.0||0-1||0-1||0-2||0-2||0-2||2 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||2||0||1.000||—||–||2-0||–||–||2-0||2 W|
|SAN ANTONIO||2||1||.667||0.5||0-1||2-0||–||–||2-1||2 W|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 BOSTON BRUINS||6||5||1||0||10||4||27||19||4-0-0||1-1-0||5-1-0|
|2 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||5||4||0||1||9||4||26||11||3-0-0||1-0-1||4-0-1|
|3 BUFFALO SABRES||5||4||1||0||8||4||22||11||1-1-0||3-0-0||4-1-0|
|4 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||5||4||1||0||8||4||17||11||2-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0|
|5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||6||4||2||0||8||4||18||15||3-1-0||1-1-0||4-2-0|
|6 CAROLINA HURRICANES||5||3||1||1||7||3||17||12||1-0-0||2-1-1||3-1-1|
|7 NEW YORK RANGERS||5||3||1||1||7||3||19||15||2-0-1||1-1-0||3-1-1|
|8 FLORIDA PANTHERS||5||3||1||1||7||3||16||15||1-0-1||2-1-0||3-1-1|
|9 DETROIT RED WINGS||4||2||0||2||6||2||15||11||1-0-1||1-0-1||2-0-2|
|10 OTTAWA SENATORS||5||3||2||0||6||3||21||16||3-0-0||0-2-0||3-2-0|
|11 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||5||3||2||0||6||3||14||14||2-1-0||1-1-0||3-2-0|
|12 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||6||3||3||0||6||3||19||21||3-1-0||0-2-0||3-3-0|
|13 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||6||3||3||0||6||3||18||19||1-1-0||2-2-0||3-3-0|
|14 MONTREAL CANADIENS||6||3||3||0||6||3||16||18||3-1-0||0-2-0||3-3-0|
|15 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||5||2||3||0||4||2||17||15||2-2-0||0-1-0||2-3-0|
|16 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||6||2||4||0||4||2||17||26||2-2-0||0-2-0||2-4-0|
|1 DALLAS STARS||5||4||0||1||9||4||20||8||2-0-0||2-0-1||4-0-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||5||4||1||0||8||4||18||16||3-1-0||1-0-0||4-1-0|
|3 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||6||4||2||0||8||4||19||13||2-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0|
|4 COLORADO AVALANCHE||6||3||2||1||7||3||22||19||1-1-1||2-1-0||3-2-1|
|5 ST. LOUIS BLUES||3||3||0||0||6||3||11||5||1-0-0||2-0-0||3-0-0|
|6 SEATTLE KRAKEN||6||2||2||2||6||2||17||22||0-2-1||2-0-1||2-2-2|
|7 LOS ANGELES KINGS||7||3||4||0||6||2||24||31||0-2-0||3-2-0||3-4-0|
|8 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||7||2||4||1||5||2||16||24||1-2-1||1-2-0||2-4-1|
|9 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||4||2||2||0||4||2||11||11||1-0-0||1-2-0||2-2-0|
|10 EDMONTON OILERS||5||2||3||0||4||2||16||17||2-3-0||—||2-3-0|
|11 WINNIPEG JETS||5||2||3||0||4||2||12||17||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-3-0|
|12 MINNESOTA WILD||5||1||3||1||3||1||19||27||1-3-0||0-0-1||1-3-1|
|13 ANAHEIM DUCKS||5||1||3||1||3||1||13||23||1-0-0||0-3-1||1-3-1|
|14 ARIZONA COYOTES||5||1||4||0||2||1||13||26||—||1-4-0||1-4-0|
|15 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||6||0||4||2||2||0||16||27||0-1-0||0-3-2||0-4-2|
|16 SAN JOSE SHARKS||7||1||6||0||2||1||12||23||0-3-0||1-3-0||1-6-0|
Iron Bowl VIII
October 23, 1903 – Montgomery, Alabama – The 8th installment of the famed Iron Bowl took place as the Alabama Crimson Tide knocked off the Auburn Tigers 18-6. The victory helped head Coach W.B. Blount’s Alabama team reach a 3-4 record for the season, while Auburn coached by Billy Bates on the other hand ended up 4-3 on the season according to sports-reference.com’s records.
Drama of Packers first NFL game
October 23, 1921 – Hagemeister Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin – Green Bay Packers played in their very first NFL game against the Minneapolis Marines. The website Packershistory.net enlightens us with just how dramatic of an ending that first Green Bay NFL game had. With time running out in the fourth quarter the Marines had the ball and a 6-0 lead over the Packers. Then in one of the moments that teams on the bottom side of the score dream of, defensive end Dave Hayes of the Pack recovered a fumble at the Minneapolis 35 yard-line! Halfback Buff Wagner made a spectacular catch of a Curly Lambeau pass to advance the ball to the 14 to keep the comeback alive. Then with little time remaining in the contest, running back Art Schmaehl eventually plunged over from the 1 and Lambeau’s extra point proved to be the game winner in the 7-6 come from behind victory. The story get’s more interesting as years later historian Jack Rudolph, a colleague of Packers co-founder George Whitney Calhoun, wrote that it was rumored and some believed the Packers were admitted to the loosely-organized league, formed in a Canton automobile showroom, on a conditional basis and if they hadn’t beaten the Minneapolis Marines they would have been dropped from what was then the American Professional Football Association. Remember that most teams in that era, including the Packers essentially scheduled their league games from week to week. Talk about your must win games! Of course Green Bay went on to win the most NFL titles including Championships and Super Bowls than any other team, earning them the right to be called “Title Town.”
Monday Night Miracle
October 23, 2000 – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey – The “Monday Night Miracle” took place on ABC’s Monday Night Football! The Miami Dolphins were not the most polite of guests of the New York Jets as they had outscored their hosts 30-7 at the end of the third quarter. The New York Jets would not lie down quietly in their house though as they pulled together an improbable comeback with 4 touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter, and tied the game twice in the final stanza. The Green and White kept on scrapping and eventually defeated the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime on a John Hall 40 yard field goal.
Holy War XVI
October 23, 2004 – South Bend, Indiana – 16th College Football Holy War between the only two Roman Catholic Universities in the U.S. playing Division 1 football, Boston College and Notre Dame. The Eagles and the Irish battled all game long in this one as the game came down to a play in the final minute. According to an ESPN.com account of the game With 54 ticks of the clock remaining, BC quarterback Paul Peterson dropped back and then fired a 30-yard touchdown strike to Tony Gonzalez to give Boston College a 24-23 come-from-behind victory over the Irish. Notre Dame had been undefeated and ranked in the top 25 teams in the nation prior to the loss to their unranked opponent. It was not the first time Boston College had the better of the Golden Domers, as a matter of fact it was the Eagle’s fourth consecutive victory over the Fighting Irish!
October 23, 2021 – The University of Illinois and the Penn State University teams gave football fans watching the Big Ten matchup more for their money as the game went to a record 9 overtime sessions. Sloppy play filled with dropped passes filled the session for both teams as the unranked Illini escaped with a 20-18 victory over the number 7 Nittany Lions.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for October 23
October 23, 1869 – Cleveland, Ohio – John Heisman, American football coach who was one of the top innovators for the game of football in history. Heisman along with Walter Camp, Alonzo Stagg and Pop Warner took football in their era and made it a much better and safer sport with innovations, rules revisions and great procedural items that evolved and translated to our modern game of American football at all levels. Heisman is credited per the NFF’s website with helping to legalize the forward pass, originated the center snap, innovated the “hike” cadence to initiate a snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named. John coached at various schools including Oberlin, Akron, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Penn, Washington and Jefferson, Auburn and RIce. He played every line position while he was a student athlete at Brown University. The National Football Foundation selected John Heisman to enter into their College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. Heisman passed suddenly at the age of 66 just as he was preparing to write a book on the history of football. It’s too bad we never got to see that masterpiece as I am sure it would have been.
Executive – Joe Carr
October 23, 1879 – Columbus, Ohio – Joseph Francis Carr was born. Who was Joe Carr you may ask? Joe was the NFL’s President from 1921 through 1939, taking the League from its infancy in an era before games were televised and transformed it from a small town localized event into the major cities across the country. Before the NFL had formed Joe helped revive the Columbus Panhandles in 1907 with Railroad workers and helped the team become one of the initial teams to join the AFPA, two seasons before it became known as the NFL. He was also one of the founders and president of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1925 to 1927 and had some dealings in making minor league baseball stronger. Joe Carr was one of the 17 inaugural inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
October 23, 1914 – Pelahatchie, Mississippi – Frank “Bruiser” Kinard a tackle from the University of Mississippi was born. Bruiser was voted in as an All-American in both 1936 & 1937, the first player from the state of Mississippi to be selected to the honor. The National Football Foundation’s bio tell how Frank seldom would leave a game, even when injured, proven by his 1936 season when he played 708 minutes of the total 720 his team was on the field. After college Kinard went into the professional ranks of football and was an All-Pro as he played 9 seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees football franchises. The National Football Foundation selected Bruiser Kinard to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
October 23, 1951 – Midland, Texas – Tom Brahaney from Oklahoma University arrived into the world. Tom played the position of center. During the 1971 season, the Sooners led the nation in rushing, total offense and scoring due in part to the great blocking by Brahaney. Footballfoundation.org tells us that as a senior, Tom was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, and repeated as a consensus All-America choice. The National Football Foundation selected Tom Brahaney to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. After graduation Tom entered the NFL playing nine seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
October 23 , 1962 – Manchester, Maryland – Doug Flutie a quarterback from Boston College had his father handing out cigars upon his arrival. After high school, Doug stood 5-foot-9-inches tall and was considered by some to be too short to play quarterback in the major division of college football. What he lacked in size, he had in heart, smarts and natural ability on the gridiron. Boston College gave Doug a scholarship late, coercing the youth to choose BC over the University of New Hampshire. According to the NFF Flutie would not give up on his dream of being the Eagle’s quarterback, even though he was fifth on the depth chart as a freshman. Through hard work and determination by week 6 of the season Doug Flutie was the starting QB of Boston College and ended up number 9 in the nation in passing. By the time he was a senior he had won the Heisman trophy and took Boston College to multiple Bowl games, when they had been absent from them for over four decades. Doug Flutie entered the College FOotball Hall of Fame in 2007. After college Flutie embarked on a long and hard fought road in a 21 year professional football career as he played in the USFL, NFL and CFL, he was a six-time CFL player of the Year. before returning to the NFL.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
42 – 9 – 26 – 8 – 40 – 19 – 11
October 23, 1923 – Legendary Yankees slugger Babe Ruth made a postseason exhibition appearance in a rival New York Giants uniform as the Big Apple squad dropped the Baltimore Orioles, 9-0 in a benefit game for former Giants owner John Day
October 23, 1945 – Trailblazing baseball player Jackie Robinson signs contract with Montreal Royals, minor league farm team of Brooklyn Dodgers. We know Mr Robinson wore Number 42 as a Dodger in the Majors but did you know that he wore Number 9 as a Montral Royal player? In fact the future Hall of Fame player would play 124 games for Montreal before the famous ground breaking signing with Brooklyn.
October 23, 1974 – Chicago Cubs trade 6-time MLB All Star outfielder Billy Williams, Number 26 to Oakland A’s for second baseman Number 8, Manny Trillo and 2 pitchers
October 23, 1984 – Chicago Cubs Number 40, Rick Sutcliffe, selected as a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young
October 23, 1993 – World Series: Defending champion Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6 at the SkyDome, Toronto to clinch series, 4-2; The Most Valuabl Player for the Series was Blue Jays infielder Paul Molitor, Number 19
October 23, 2008 – Joe Sakic, Number 19 scored his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers
October 23, 2019 – All Star point guard Number 11, Kyrie Irving lit up the scoreboard with 50 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, setting a new NBA record for points on a debut with a new team the Brooklyn Nets. Irving and the Nets fell by the score 127-126 at home to the Minnesota.
|DP World: Mallorca Golf Open||7:00am||GOLF|
|PGA: CJ Cup||3:00pm||GOLF|
|MLB PLAYOFFS||Time ET||TV|
|NLCS Game 5: San Diego at Philadelphia||2:30pm||FS1|
|ALCS Game 4: Houston at NY Yankees||7:00pm||TBS|
|NASCAR Cup: Dixie Vodka 400||2:30pm||NBC|
|Formula One: United States Grand Prix||4:30pm||ESPN|
|Portland at LA Lakers||3:30pm||Root Sports|
|Charlotte at Atlanta||5:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Utah at New Orleans||7:00pm||ATTSN-RM|
|Minnesota at Oklahoma City||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Sacramento at Golden State||8:30pm||NBCS-CA|
|Phoenix at LA Clippers||10:00pm||NBATV|
|Atlanta at Cincinnati||1:00pm||FOX|
|Detroit at Dallas||1:00pm||CBS|
|Indianapolis at Tennessee||1:00pm||CBS|
|Green Bay at Washington||1:00pm||FOX|
|Tampa Bay at Carolina||1:00pm||FOX|
|NY Giants at Jacksonville||1:00pm||FOX|
|Cleveland at Baltimore||1:00pm||CBS|
|NY Jets at Denver||4:05pm||CBS|
|Houston at Las Vegas||4:05pm||CBS|
|Seattle at LA Chargers||4:25pm||FOX|
|Kansas City at San Francisco||4:25pm||FOX|
|Pittsburgh at Miami||8:20pm||NBC|
|Seattle at Chicago||2:00pm||Root Sports|
|Anaheim at Detroit||5:00pm||ESPN|
|Columbus at NY Rangers||5:00pm||Bally Sports|
|NY Islanders at Florida||5:00pm||Bally Sports|
|San Jose at Philadelphia||7:00pm||NBCS-CA|
|Serie A: Udinese vs Torino||6:30am||Paramount+|
|Women’s Super League: Liverpool vs Arsenal||7:00am||CBSSN|
|Ligue 1: Angers SCO vs Rennes||7:00am||beIN Sports|
|La Liga: Espanyol vs Elche||8:00am||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Salernitana vs Spezia||9:00am||Paramount+|
|EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City||9:00am||USA|
|EPL: Southampton vs Arsenal||9:00am||Peacock|
|EPL: Leeds United vs Fulham||9:00am||Peacock|
|EPL: Aston Villa vs Brentford||9:00am||Peacock|
|Serie A: Bologna vs Lecce||9:00am||Paramount+|
|Ligue 1: Toulouse vs Strasbourg||9:00am||beIN Sports|
|Ligue 1: Reims vs Auxerre||9:00am||beIN Sports|
|Ligue 1: Clermont vs Brest||9:00am||beIN Sports|
|Bundesliga: Bochum vs Union Berlin||9:30am||ESPN+|
|La Liga: Real Betis vs Atlético Madrid||10:15am||ESPN+|
|Ligue 1: Nice vs Nantes||11:05am||beIN Sports|
|EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United||11:30am||NBC|
|Bundesliga: Hertha BSC vs Schalke 04||11:30am||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Atalanta vs Lazio||12:00pm||Paramount+|
|EPL: Chelsea vs Manchester United||12:30pm||USA|
|La Liga: Villarreal vs Almería||12:30pm||ESPN+|
|La Liga: Girona vs Osasuna||12:30pm||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Roma vs Napoli||2:45pm||CBSSN|
|Ligue 1: Lille vs Monaco||2:45pm||beIN Sports|
|La Liga: Barcelona vs Athletic Club||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Brasileirão: Juventude vs São Paulo||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Fluminense vs Botafogo||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Atlético Goianiense vs Ceará||5:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Coritiba vs Internacional||5:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Cuiabá vs Goiás||5:00pm||Paramount+|
|Liga MX: Monterrey vs Pachuca||9:00pm||TUDN|