INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
|Wed Oct 6||5:50p||City Alliance Semi-Finals||Volleyball|
|Wed Oct 6||5:20p||Winners from Round 1||Soccer Sectional|
|Wed Oct 6||7:20p||Ritter @ Guerin Catholic||Soccer Sectional|
|Thur Oct 7||7:20p||City Alliance Championship||Volleyball|
|Thur Oct 7||7:20p||Indian Creek @ Greencastle||Volleyball|
|Fri Oct 8||6:50p||Owen Valley @ Greencastle||Football|
|Fri Oct 8||6:50p||Covenant Christian @ Park Tudor||Football|
|Fri Oct 8||6:50p||Mt Vernon @ Shelbyville||Football|
|Fri Oct 8||6:50p||Traders Pt @ NC Farmersburg||Football|
|Fri Oct 8||6:50p||West Central @ Frontier||Football|
|Fri Oct 8||6:50p||Tindley @ Heritage Christian||Football|
|Sat Oct 9||1:15p||Defiance @ Manchester||College Football|
|Sat Oct 9||2p||Guerin Sectional Final||Soocer Sectional Championship|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 Georgia 37, No. 8 Arkansas 0
No. 14 Michigan 38, Wisconsin 17
North Carolina 38, Duke 7
Texas 32, TCU 27
Illinois 24, Charlotte 14
Western Michigan 24, Buffalo 17
Minnesota 20, Purdue 13
Temple 34, Memphis 31
Pitt 52, Georgia Tech 21
Toledo 45, UMass 7
Tennessee 62, Missouri 24
Northern Illinois 27, Eastern Michigan 20
St. Francis (PA) 27, Morgan State 14
Yale 34, Lehigh 0
No. 24 Wake Forest 37, Louisville 34
Monmouth 54, Gardner-Webb 17
North Carolina A&T 41, Robert Morris 14
Princeton 24, Columbia 7
Marist 27, Valparaiso 24 (OT)
SE Louisiana 38, McNeese 35
Howard 22, Sacred Heart 17
Davidson 35, Stetson 28
South Carolina State 42, Bethune-Cookman 35
Harvard 38, Holy Cross 13
Chattanooga 45, Western Carolina 17
Appalachian State 45, Georgia State 16
USC 37, Colorado 14
Norfolk State 47, Hampton 44 (OT)
Missouri State 41, Illinois State 20
Colgate 28, Georgetown 21
Morehead State 45, Dayton 38 (OT)
The Citadel 35, VMI 24
No. 16 Coastal Carolina 59, UL Monroe 6
No. 7 Cincinnati 24, No. 9 Notre Dame 13
Tennessee Tech 28, Southeast Missouri State 17
Eastern Kentucky 20, Tarleton 3
Kennesaw State 31, Jacksonville State 6
Montana State 40, Northern Colorado 7
South Dakota 38, Indiana State 10
North Dakota State 16, North Dakota 10
Grambling 37, Alabama A&M 28
No. 1 Alabama 42, No. 12 Ole Miss 21
No. 6 Oklahoma 37, Kansas State 31
No. 11 Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
South Carolina 23, Troy 14
Ohio 34, Akron 17
FAU 58, FIU 21
East Carolina 52, Tulane 29
Kent State 27, Bowling Green 20
Miami (Ohio) 28, Central Michigan 17
Navy 34, UCF 30
Texas Tech 23, West Virginia 20
Stanford 31, No. 3 Oregon 24 (OT)
Nevada 41, Boise State 31
Florida State 33, Syracuse 30
Bucknell 21, Cornell 10
East Tennessee State 27, Wofford 21
Fordham 42, Lafayette 41
SMU 41, South Florida 17
Georgia Southern 59, Arkansas State 33
Northern Arizona 48, Idaho State 17
Southern Illinois 31, Western Illinois 30
Nicholls 48, Houston Baptist 17
Ball State 28, Army 16
Sam Houston 21, Stephen F. Austin 20
UNI 34, Youngstown State 7
Murray State 22, Eastern Illinois 6
Washington State 21, Cal 6
Kentucky 20, No. 10 Florida 13
No. 23 NC State 34, Louisiana Tech 27
UTSA 24, UNLV 17
Mercer 45, Samford 42
Air Force 38, New Mexico 10
Rice 24, Southern Miss 19
Mississippi State 26, No. 15 Texas A&M 22
Iowa State 59, Kansas 7
No. 19 Oklahoma State 24, No. 21 Baylor 14
Middle Tennessee 34, Marshall 28
Liberty 36, UAB 12
Central Arkansas 42, Abilene Christian 21
South Dakota State 55, Dixie State 7
Campbell 48, North Alabama 31
Incarnate Word 38, Northwestern State 27
No. 4 Penn State 24, Indiana 0
No. 25 Clemson 19, Boston College 13
Vanderbilt 30, UConn 28
No. 17 Michigan State 48, Western Kentucky 31
Nebraska 56, Northwestern 7
No. 22 Auburn at LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Louisiana 20, South Alabama 18
Weber State 38, Cal Poly 7
Portland State 20, Southern Utah 13
Tennessee State 24, Austin Peay 22
Oregon State 27, Washington 24
UTEP 28, Old Dominion 21
San Jose State 37 New Mexico State 31
Hawaii 27 No. 18 Fresno State 24
Arizona State 42 No. 20 UCLA 23
Penn State 24 Indiana 0
Minnesota 20 Purdue 13
Illinois 24 Charlotte 14
Ohio State 52 Rutgers 13
Michigan 38 Wisconsin 17
Michigan State 48 Western Kentucky 31
Nebraska 56 Northwestern 7
Ball State 28 Army 16
Miami Ohio 28 Central Michigan 17
Kent State 27 Bowling Green 20
Northern Illinois 27 Eastern Michigan 20
Ohio 34 Akron 17
Toledo 45 Massachusetts 7
Western Michigan 24 Buffalo 17
Manchester 27 Franklin 24
Rose-Hulman 63 Defiance 14
Hanover 49 Anderson 0
Mount St. Joseph 45 Bluffton 27
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-WEEK6
Thursday, Oct. 7
Houston at Tulane | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Friday, Oct. 8
Temple at Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Charlotte at FIU | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 9
Maryland at Ohio State | 12 p.m.
Michigan State at Rutgers | 12 p.m.
Northern Illinois at Toledo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Marshall | 2 p.m. | CBSSN on Facebook
Miami (Ohio) at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m.
SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Central Michigan at Ohio | 3:30 p.m.
FAU at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
UTEP at Southern Miss | 7 p.m.
Wyoming at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
UTSA at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium
New Mexico State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Georgia at Auburn
Vanderbilt at Florida
LSU at Kentucky
Arkansas at Ole Miss
North Texas at Missouri
South Carolina at Tennessee
Alabama at Texas A&M
Middle Tennessee at Liberty
Georgia Tech at Duke
Virginia at Louisville
Florida State at North Carolina
Wake Forest at Syracuse
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech
Wisconsin at Illinois
Penn State at Iowa
Michigan at Nebraska
UConn at UMass
West Virginia at Baylor
Oklahoma vs. Texas (Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas)
TCU at Texas Tech
East Carolina at UCF
Memphis at Tulsa
Ball State at Western Michigan
Buffalo at Kent State
Akron at Bowling Green
Georgia Southern at Troy
Georgia State at UL Monroe
South Alabama at Texas State
Oregon State at Washington State
UCLA at Arizona
Utah at USC
Boise State at BYU
San Jose State at Colorado State
New Mexico at San Diego State
NFL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 10, 2021
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 11, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESP
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 8
Adams Central (6-1) at Bluffton (3-4)
Attica (0-4) at South Newton (3-4)
Avon (0-7) at Zionsville (3-4)
Ben Davis (2-5) at Lawrence Central (3-4)
Benton Central (0-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (4-3)
Bowman Academy (0-6) at South Bend Washington (2-3)
Bremen (4-3) at South Bend Riley (1-3)
Brown County (3-4) at North Putnam (1-5)
Brownsburg (5-2) at Noblesville (2-5)
Calumet (6-1) at River Forest (3-3)
Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Winchester (3-4)
Carroll (Flora) (6-1) at Clinton Prairie (3-3)
Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6-1) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-6)
Castle (5-2) at Evansville Central (2-5)
Caston (2-5) at Winamac (5-0)
Central Noble (6-1) at Eastside (7-0)
Columbia City (4-3) at Leo (7-0)
Columbus East (2-5) at Jeffersonville (2-4)
Columbus North (4-3) at Bloomington North (5-2)
Covenant Christian (5-2) at Park Tudor (5-2)
Crawford County (2-3) at West Washington (2-3)
Crawfordsville (0-7) at Tri-West (5-2)
Crown Point (4-3) at Chesterton (6-1)
DeKalb (1-6) at Bellmont (0-7)
Delphi (4-3) at Clinton Central (2-5)
Delta (4-3) at Greenfield-Central (4-3)
East Central (6-1) at Guerin Catholic (1-6)
Eastbrook (6-0) at Elwood (0-6)
Eastern Hancock (4-3) at Shenandoah (4-2)
Edgewood (1-5) at Northview (5-1)
Elkhart (3-3) at Mishawaka Marian (4-3)
Evansville Bosse (2-5) at Evansville Reitz (2-5)
Evansville Mater Dei (5-2) at Evansville Harrison (1-6)
Evansville North (4-3) at Jasper (7-0)
Fairfield (3-4) at Lakeland (3-4)
Fishers (5-2) at Westfield (6-1)
Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-3) at Fort Wayne Snider (5-1)
Fort Wayne Northrop (2-5) at Fort Wayne North (2-5)
Fort Wayne South (1-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (7-0)
Fort Wayne Wayne (2-5) at Homestead (4-3)
Franklin Central (4-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (6-1)
Franklin County (4-3) at Batesville (4-3)
Frankton (2-5) at Madison-Grant (3-4)
Fremont (2-5) at Prairie Heights (2-5)
Garrett (3-4) at Angola (2-5)
Gary West (4-2) at Hammond Central (1-6)
Gibson Southern (6-1) at Princeton (2-5)
Goshen (2-5) at Plymouth (0-7)
Greensburg (1-4) at Milan (2-5)
Greenwood (2-5) at Franklin (2-5)
Heritage (2-5) at Southern Wells (0-7)
Heritage Christian (7-0) at Indianapolis Tindley (3-3)
Hobart (4-3) at Highland (3-4)
Huntington North (2-5) at Norwell (6-1)
Indian Creek (2-5) at Sullivan (5-2)
Indianapolis Cathedral (7-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-1)
Indianapolis Chatard (3-4) at Terre Haute North (3-4)
Indianapolis Ritter (0-7) at Indianapolis Scecina (4-3)
Indianapolis Roncalli (7-0) at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio)
Indianapolis Shortridge (2-3) at South Putnam (6-1)
Indianapolis Washington (2-4) at Indianapolis Attucks (3-3)
Jay County (3-4) at Lapel (5-2)
Jennings County (1-6) at Floyd Central (2-5)
Kankakee Valley (3-4) at Andrean (5-2)
Kokomo (6-1) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (6-1)
Lake Station (2-3) at Boone Grove (0-5)
LaVille (5-1) at North Judson (5-2)
Lawrence North (5-1) at Center Grove (7-0)
Lawrenceburg (6-1) at Connersville (1-6)
Lewis Cass (2-4) at Hamilton Heights (4-3)
Linton-Stockton (7-0) at Eastern Greene (1-6)
Logansport (5-1) at Lafayette Jeff (4-3)
Lowell (4-3) at Munster (2-5)
Maconaquah (2-3) at Manchester (3-3)
Madison (3-4) at Bedford North Lawrence (3-4)
Marion (3-3) at Indianapolis Tech (4-3)
McCutcheon (0-6) at Muncie Central (1-6)
Merrillville (7-0) at Lake Central (3-4)
Michigan City (4-3) at LaPorte (2-5)
Mishawaka (5-2) at Wawasee (1-6)
Mississinewa (4-2) at Blackford (1-5)
Monrovia (5-2) at Cascade (2-5)
Mooresville (5-2) at Martinsville (5-2)
Mount Vernon (Fortville) (6-1) at Shelbyville (1-3)
New Albany (4-3) at Seymour (2-4)
New Castle (2-5) at New Palestine (4-3)
New Haven (3-4) at East Noble (4-2)
North Central (Indianapolis) (0-7) at Pike (0-7)
North Daviess (4-3) at North Knox (5-2)
North Montgomery (2-3) at Frankfort (2-4)
North Newton (4-3) at North White (3-2)
North Posey (6-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-1)
North Vermillion (3-4) at Fountain Central (3-4)
Northeastern (3-4) at Knightstown (1-5)
Northridge (5-2) at Concord (6-1)
NorthWood (4-3) at Warsaw (6-1)
Oak Hill (5-2) at Alexandria (3-3)
Oldenburg Academy (0-4) at South Decatur (0-5)
Paoli (4-1) at Mitchell (3-3)
Pendleton Heights (4-3) at Yorktown (4-3)
Penn (3-4) at New Prairie (6-1)
Perry Central (6-1) at Springs Valley (5-1)
Perry Meridian (2-5) at Decatur Central (6-1)
Peru (4-2) at Northfield (5-2)
Pike Central (1-4) at Forest Park (2-5)
Pioneer (5-2) at Culver (2-3)
Plainfield (3-4) at Whiteland (3-3)
Providence (3-4) at Corydon Central (0-6)
Purdue Polytechnic (1-6) at Monroe Central (7-0)
Rensselaer Central (4-3) at Northwestern (0-6)
Richmond (1-6) at Anderson (1-4)
Riverton Parke (2-4) at Parke Heritage (5-2)
Rochester (3-2) at North Miami (0-7)
Rock Creek Academy (1-5) at Edinburgh (4-3)
Rushville (0-7) at South Dearborn (5-2)
Salem (4-1) at Charlestown (5-2)
Scottsburg (5-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-4)
Sheridan (5-2) at Eastern (Greentown) (6-1)
Silver Creek (4-2) at Brownstown Central (7-0)
South Adams (5-2) at Woodlan (3-4)
South Bend Adams (3-3) at Jimtown (5-2)
South Bend Clay (0-7) at John Glenn (3-4)
South Bend St. Joseph (2-5) at Culver Academy (5-2)
South Spencer (3-4) at North Harrison (2-5)
South Vermillion (3-4) at Seeger (4-3)
Southmont (5-2) at Lebanon (4-3)
Southport (0-7) at Terre Haute South (0-7)
Southridge (4-3) at Heritage Hills (5-2)
Speedway (6-1) at Indianapolis Lutheran (7-0)
Switzerland County (2-4) at North Decatur (2-4)
Taylor (0-3) at Tri-Central (2-5)
Tell City (4-3) at Tecumseh (1-5)
Tippecanoe Valley (7-0) at Wabash (1-5)
Tipton (7-0) at Western (5-2)
Traders Point Christian (3-4) at North Central (Farmersburg) (2-4)
Tri (5-2) at Hagerstown (1-5)
Tri-County (0-6) at Covington (5-2)
Triton (3-4) at Knox (1-6)
Triton Central (4-3) at Beech Grove (3-4)
Twin Lakes (2-5) at West Lafayette (7-0)
Union City (4-2) at Centerville (6-0)
Union County (3-3) at Wes-Del (0-6)
Valparaiso (6-1) at Portage (1-6)
Vincennes Lincoln (1-6) at Evansville Memorial (6-1)
Warren Central (5-2) at Carmel (6-1)
Washington (0-6) at Boonville (1-5)
West Central (1-6) at Frontier (1-6)
West Noble (3-4) at Churubusco (5-2)
West Vigo (2-3) at Cloverdale (0-6)
Western Boone (5-2) at Danville (6-1)
Wheeler (5-1) at Hanover Central (6-1)
Whiting (2-5) at Griffith (3-4)
Whitko (1-6) at Southwood (3-4)
Owen Valley (6-1) at Greencastle (5-2)
INDIANA GIRLS STATE GOLF FINALS
- Evansville North 606
- Homestead 624
- Westfield 637
- Castle 639
- Carmel 652
- Hamilton Southeastern 656
- Culver Academies 657
- Center Grove 663
- Noblesville 684
- Floyd Central 703
- Penn 749
- Western 755
- NorthWood 758
- Batesville 768
- Crown Point 777
INDIANA BOYS SECTIONAL TENNIS
Avon 3 Brownsburg 2
Northview 5 Greencastle 0
Batesville 4 East Central 1
Austin 3 Seymour 2
Westview 3 East Noble 2
Columbia City 4 Wawasee 1
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER
Seymour 3 Silver Creek 1
Jay County 2 Oak Hill 1
Greenwood 7 Scecina 1
South Vermillion 4 Owen Valley 1
Danville 6 N. Montgomery 0
Gibson Southern 7 Southridge 0
Elkhart Christian 4 New Prairie 0
Merrillville 4 Hobart 0
Columbus East 5 Jeffersonville 1
Floyd Central 2 Bedford North Lawrence 0
Morgan Twp. 9 Westville 0
Rensselaer Central 4 Lafayette Central Catholic 1
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER
Goshen 2 LaVille 0
Norwell 4 Fort Wayne North 0
North Harrison 6 Bedford North Lawrence 1
Greensburg 2 Triton Central 1
Jeffersonville 7, Scottsburg 1
North Posey 8 Princeton 2
Tri-Central 4 N. Miami 0
Lawrenceburg 6 New Albany 1
Evansville Christian 4 Southridge 1
Castle 2 Sacred Heart 2
Concord 2 South-Central 0
New Palestine 2 Winchester 0
Southwood 2 Muncie Central 0
Castle 2 Evansville Central 0
Wood Memorial 2 Owen Valley 0
North Daviess 2 Lighthouse Christian 0
South-Central 2 Triton 0
Scottsburg 2 Salem 0
Fishers 3 Guerin Catholic 0
Jay County 3 Northeastern 0
Leo 3 Jay County 0
North Vermillion 2 Riverton Parke 0
Seymour 3 Jennings County 0
South-Central 2 Wawasee 0
Bellmont 2 Crestview 0
Lakewood Park 3 E. Noble 0
West Lafayette 2 Benton Central 0
Fairfield 3 Elkhart 1
Buchanan 2 Boone Grove 0
Shoals 2 N. Daviess 1
Brebeuf 3 Park Tudor 0
Loogootee 2 Boonville 0
New Palestine 2 Union County 0
Roncalli 3 N. Central 0
Richmond 2 Winchester 0
Scottsburg 2 S. Ripley 1
North White 2 LaVille 0
Hamilton Heights 2 Western 0
North Decatur 2 Switzerland County, 0
Shoals 2 Lighthouse Christian 0
Home School Resource 2 Legacy Christian 0
Yorktown 3 Daleville 0
Mount Vernon 3 Forest Park 0
Sullivan 3 Indian Creek 1
Castle 2 Evansville Reitz 0
Loogootee 2 Evansville Bosse 0
Winchester 2 Union County, 1
Southwood 2 Marion 0
Bellmont 2 St. Henry 0
Heritage Hills 2 S. Ripley 0
Tippecanoe Valley 2 N. White 1
Benton Central 2 Western 0
North Daviess 2 Wood Memorial 1
Kokomo 2 Marion 1
Muncie Central 2 Kokomo 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Fairfield 0
North Putnam 3 Brown County 0
Heritage Hills 2 Salem 0
Kokomo 2 Frankfort 0
Shelbyville 3 E. Central 1
Castle 2 Loogootee 0
Wheeler 2 Boone Grove 0
Hamilton Southeastern 3 Center Grove 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Plymouth Lady Crusaders 0
Oregon Davis 2 N. White 1
Owen Valley 2 Shoals 0
New Palestine 2 Franklin County 0
Evansville North 3 Princeton 0
Munster 3 McCutcheon 2
Southwood 2 Kokomo 0
Winchester 2 Franklin County 0
West Lafayette 2 Hamilton Heights 1
Salem 2 S. Ripley 1
Fishers 3 Greenfield Central 0
Scottsburg 2 Heritage Hills 0
Owen Valley 2 North Daviess 0
Benton Central 2 Tipton 1
Center Grove 3 Noblesville 0
Garrett 2 Boone Grove 0
Northwestern 2 Hamilton Heights 0
New Palestine 2 Richmond 0
Parke Heritage 2 Riverton Parke 1
West Lafayette 2 Lafayette Central Catholic 1
Buchanan 2 S. Central 0
Boone Grove 2 South Bend Career 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Tampa Bay 12 NY Yankees 2
Boston 5 Washington 3
Toronto 10 Baltimore 1
Texas 7 Cleveland 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Detroit 4
Minnesota 4 Kansas City 0
Houston 10 Oakland 4
Seattle 6 Los Angeles Angels 4
San Diego 3 San Francisco 2 (10)
Miami 3 Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 8 Cincinnati 6
Atlanta 6 New York Mets 5
Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 5
Arizona 11 Colorado 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 Milwaukee 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Austin 2 Real Salt Lake 1
Montréal 2 Atlanta 1
Orlando City 2 DC 1
New York 1 Cincinnati 0
Dallas 0 Minnesota 0
Vancouver 3 San Jose 0
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
White scores 3 TDs, No. 2 Georgia dominates No. 8 Hogs 37-0
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia’s determination to win its top-10 matchup against Arkansas on the ground had nothing to do with which quarterback started for the Bulldogs.
Instead, it was all about taking what the Arkansas defense gave Georgia – and the Bulldogs just kept taking and taking. And that made it even easier for the Georgia defense to dominate.
Zamir White rushed for two touchdowns and recovered a blocked punt for another score, and No. 2 Georgia pounded No. 8 Arkansas 37-0 on Saturday in the Bulldogs’ second consecutive shutout.
Georgia (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter despite playing without quarterback JT Daniels, who was held out with a right lat injury.
Stetson Bennett filled in for Daniels and passed for only 72 yards as the Bulldogs relied on their running game and top-rated defense to beat Arkansas (4-1, 1-1).
“They were basically challenging us, could we run the ball,” Bennett said. “They said we couldn’t but we said we could today.”
The Bulldogs rushed for 273 yards and wore down the Arkansas defense, holding the ball for 36 minutes.
The matchup of top-10 SEC teams turned into a statement game for Georgia.
“I think we know how good we are,” Bennett said. “I think we know what it takes to be that good every week.”
Georgia, leading the nation in total defense and scoring defense after last week’s 62-0 win at Vanderbilt, held Arkansas to 10 first downs and 156 yards. Linebacker Nakobe Dean and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt each had 1 1/2 sacks.
The last time Georgia recorded back-to-back shutouts in SEC games was in 1980, its last national championship season.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he understood the significance of the consecutive conference shutouts.
“It’s 1980 rare,” Smart said.
It was a sobering experience for Arkansas second-year coach Sam Pittman, the former Georgia offensive line coach.
“I don’t want to simplify this, but they just whipped us physically,” Pittman said. “We couldn’t block them and we couldn’t get off blocks for much of the day.”
Georgia stuck to the run as Arkansas aligned its defense with extra defensive backs.
Georgia stretched its lead to 21-0 when walk-on defensive back Dan Jackson blocked Reid Bauer’s punt and White fell on the ball in the end zone.
Arkansas also had quarterback questions after KJ Jefferson missed most of the second half of last week’s win over Texas A&M with a bruised left knee. Jefferson completed 8 of 13 passes for 65 yards. Malik Hornsby replaced Jefferson in the final quarter.
Arkansas linebacker Grant Morgan said the Razorbacks would recover from the lopsided loss.
“That’s what good football teams do, and we’re a good football team,” Morgan said.
Jack Podlesny kicked field goals of 46, 30 and 37 yards. Cam Little was wide right from 37 yards in the second quarter for the Razorbacks.
Robinson, defense push No. 1 Bama past No. 12 Ole Miss 42-21
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The defense kept giving Alabama back the ball, and the offense repeatedly delivered it into Brian Robinson Jr.’s hands.
It was a simple but oh so effective formula.
Robinson rushed for career highs of 171 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 1 Alabama mostly throttled the nation’s top offense in a 42-21 victory Saturday over No. 12 Mississippi.
Bryce Young passed for a couple of touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) but the ‘Bama defense and ground game stole some of the thunder from a matchup of the two leading Heisman Trophy contenders coming into the game.
“It was a great opportunity for us today to show how physical we can play for 60 minutes,” said Robinson, a fifth-year senior who carried 36 times in his first 100-yard game.
Alabama turned to Robinson to play keep away from Matt Corral and the offense of the Rebels (3-1, 0-1), who had breezed through three nonconference games before an open date but had some gambles that backfired.
Nick Saban improved to 24-0 against his former assistants, but ex-offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin didn’t help his own cause with three failed fourth-down calls in the first half. Saban turned the tables with two touchdowns on fourth-down plays.
“I’m sure I got killed by going for it on fourth down, but that’s analytics,” Kiffin said. “We believe in our players, and it doesn’t work all the time. When it doesn’t work and you follow the book, it doesn’t look good.”
Young completed 21 of 27 passes for 241 yards and was intercepted once for Alabama, which led 28-0 at halftime. Oddsmakers had him as the second-leading Heisman candidate coming into the game, behind only Corral.
The Rebels star ran for a touchdown but was mostly held in check by a team he torched last season. Corral also passed for a touchdown, completing 22 of 32 passes for 213 yards while losing a fumble. Corral extended his streak of games with a TD pass to 16 games with 2:23 left, matching Eli Manning for the second-longest such streak at Ole Miss.
“We got dominated up front,” Kiffin said. “That ain’t hard to see. Matt didn’t have much time. We had negative runs.”
Alabama’s defense, burned by Ole Miss for 48 points and 647 yards a year ago, made the big fourth-down stops and plenty of others.
The Tide limited Ole Miss to 291 total yards, despite giving up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Rebels came in leading the nation with 635 yards and 53 points per game but couldn’t get that tempo going consistently this time.
“We prepared all week for it,” Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis said. “We knew it was coming and we worked our tails off. I think that really got us ready for the fastball all week long.”
Ole Miss was without second-leading receiver Jonathan Mingo, who was wearing a boot on his left foot and didn’t dress out.
“We played the whole game in the same personnel group, so we didn’t get into all this substitution stuff that was a problem for us last year,” Saban said.
Alabama backup tailback Jase McClelland left with a knee injury and Saban said the early indication is “he’s probably going to be out for a while.”
Stanford rallies late to beat No. 3 Oregon 31-24 in OT
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford’s comeback victory that stunned Oregon was enough of a roller-coaster that coach David Shaw felt the need to apologize to his parents and any other fans older than 70 for the emotional toll.
The Cardinal overcame a blown lead and had their banged-up quarterback stage an improbable rally before finally prevailing over the third-ranked Ducks.
Tanner McKee threw a TD pass on an untimed down at the end of regulation to tie the game and another on the opening possession of overtime to lead Stanford to a 31-24 victory Saturday.
“The key word is resilience,” Shaw said. “It’s the mark of a successful team, it’s the mark of a successful person. How can you withstand the storms that life gives you? … Our guys took it on the chin quite a bit but we fought back and made some big plays.”
McKee came back after leaving for a play on the final drive of regulation with injured ribs to tie it on a 2-yard pass to Elijah Higgins after a holding penalty by Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) in the end zone extended the game one play.
McKee then gave the Cardinal (3-2, 2-1) the lead with a 14-yarder to John Humphreys in overtime. Stanford then forced Anthony Brown to throw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-8 to seal its fourth win against an Oregon team ranked in the top 10 since 2009 and set off a wild on-field celebration with the students and players.
“We were all on cloud nine. Just pure joy,” linebacker Gabe Reid said. “There were a lot of ups and downs. We tried to say consistent with our energy and our passion. We like to think we deal with adversity well.”
The Ducks appeared poised for their first 5-0 start in eight years when they rallied from 10 points down at halftime to take a 24-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on Brown’s second TD run of the game.
But then McKee delivered the big plays late and the Cardinal capitalized on three Oregon penalties on the game-tying 87-yard drive in the final 1:59 of regulation.
“We had some bright moments, but certainly not enough to overcome some of our own mistakes,” coach Mario Cristobal said. “We didn’t play with enough discipline today and we didn’t coach with enough discipline today. It ends up costing us the game.”
McKee left the game for one play on the drive after being hit in the ribs by Kayvon Thibodeaux on a play ruled targeting. Oregon was then called for another roughing the passer penalty and the holding penalty in the end zone on what appeared to be the final play.
The Cardinal got the untimed down and McKee delivered with the pass to Higgins. Shaw opted for the extra point and the game went to OT.
“He’s a gritty dude,” Higgins said about McKee. “That’s what we expect out of him and he expects out of himself.”
Kentucky rallies past No. 10 Florida 20-13 in SEC showdown
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) On the verge of falling further behind No. 10 Florida, Kentucky quickly swung momentum with several gut-check plays and held on for a memorable victory.
Not to mention, an important one for a Wildcats team with expectations of contending.
Trevin Wallace returned a blocked field goal 76 yards for the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter, Chris Rodriguez Jr. had a 9-yard scoring run early in the fourth and Kentucky made a final defensive stand to hold off Florida 20-13 on Saturday night.
The Southeastern Conference East Division showdown was more of a slog than a slugfest for much of the night, and the Gators (3-2, 1-2) were poised to add Jace Christmann’s 48-yard field goal attempt to their 10-7 lead.
Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal got a hand on the low kick that sent the ball fluttering behind the line to Wallace, who jetted past a tackler on the left sideline and cut back through a small seam to race for the game-changing TD with 6:36 remaining in the third.
“My job is to play like the safety back there in case anything goes wrong,” the freshman said. “The ball got tipped and it came right to me. … I knew what to do when I got the ball. I felt one lineman’s hand brush off me and I knew I was gone.”
Added Paschal: “They gave me some room for me to get inside and jump and make a big play, and Trevin made a bigger play.”
The Wildcats (5-0, 3-0) soon made another to build on their lead.
They turned it over on downs at the Florida 34 to start the fourth quarter but quickly created another opportunity when linebacker J.J. Weaver intercepted Emory Jones’ pass for a first down at the Gators 29. That set up Rodriguez’s 9-yard TD for a 20-10 cushion with 11:32 remaining.
Florida kept fighting and got within seven on Christmann’s 33-yard field goal with 6:23 left before getting the ball again a couple of minutes later and driving to the Kentucky 5. A 4-yard loss on a pass play and false start penalty moved the Gators back to the 14, but they still had a final chance from the 8 before Jacquez Jones swatted away Jones’ fourth-down pass with 18 seconds left to seal the win.
Fans stormed the field to celebrate as Kentucky beat Florida at home for the first time since 1986 and took another step toward potentially challenging No. 2 Georgia in the East. The Wildcats are 5-0 for the first time since going 10-3 in 2018 and just the fourth time in the past 70 years.
“Never been a part of a team that had fans storm the field,” said Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, a Penn State transfer. “The fans were awesome.”
The Wildcats won despite being outgained 382-211, but got a 41-yard TD pass from Levis to Wan’Dale Robinson in the first quarter and 99 yards rushing on 19 carries from Rodriguez.
Eight false starts comprised more than half of Florida’s 15 penalties for 115 yards. Jones completed 23 of 31 passes for 203 yards, but the Gators were held way below their average of nearly 541 yards that ranked ninth coming in.
“I mean, you’re not going make all the mistakes we made in the course of a game and expect to win,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said. “You’re not going to win in the SEC doing that.”
No. 14 Michigan routs Wisconsin 38-17; Badgers QB Mertz hurt
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Coach Jim Harbaugh and No. 14 Michigan found a formula to shut down the Wisconsin rushing attack that had embarrassed the Wolverines the last couple of years.
“Against a tough, physical team, I thought our team played really physical,” Harbaugh said. “We matched it every bit.”
And once Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz went down with a chest injury, the Badgers’ chances of continuing their recent run of home domination in this series pretty much disintegrated.
Cornelius Johnson caught both of Cade McNamara’s touchdown passes and Michigan remained unbeaten Saturday with a 38-17 victory over Wisconsin, marking the Wolverines’ first victory at Camp Randall Stadium since 2001.
Wisconsin (1-3, 0-2 Big Ten) trailed 13-10 when Mertz and tight end Jake Ferguson left with chest injuries early in the third quarter. Mertz got hurt when he was sacked by Daxton Hill.
After Mertz and Ferguson departed, Michigan (5-0, 1-0) scored 25 straight points to put the game out of reach.
“It didn’t make a difference who was on the other side of the ball,” said Michigan linebacker David Ojabo, who had 2 1/2 of the Wolverines’ six sacks. “It was just a relentless effort.”
Badgers coach Paul Chryst said Mertz went to the hospital for evaluation but otherwise had no immediate update on either injury.
Saturday’s game marked a dramatic reversal from the last two meetings between these teams.
Wisconsin beat Michigan 35-14 in 2019 and 49-11 in 2020 while rushing for over 340 yards in each of those games. This time, Michigan limited the Badgers to 43 yards on 32 carries.
Michigan was supremely confident despite having lost in each of its last five trips to Madison. During the traditional playing of “Jump Around” after the third quarter at Camp Randall Stadium, the Wolverines jumped right along with all the Wisconsin students.
Most of those students departed by the time Michigan built a 28-point lead in the fourth quarter.
“We wanted to be up the entire game and then steal their juice,” Hill said. “And that’s what we did.”
The Badgers have lost by over 20 points each of the last two weeks. They gave up the final 31 points in a 41-13 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame last week.
“You can’t get numb to this, this pain on the inside that we have,” Wisconsin safety Collin Wilder said. “We’ve got to hold on to that, the bad taste in our mouths. We can’t get used to losing like this.”
Chryst was asked after the game whether it’s fair to say the Badgers lack an identity on offense.
“Right now I think that’s fair – absolutely,” Chryst said. “What are we going to hang our hat on? There’s been times where it’s been good running the ball. There’s been times where we’ve thrown it efficiently. But absolutely there isn’t a strong identity right now. That’s something we’ve got to work toward getting.”
McNamara went 17 of 28 for 197 yards. Highly touted freshman quarterback J.J. McCarthy also played and had a 1-yard touchdown run plus a 56-yard touchdown pass to Daylen Baldwin.
Mertz was 8 of 15 for 115 yards with a touchdown pass to Chimere Dike before getting hurt. Chase Wolf replaced Mertz and went 3 of 8 for 52 yards with an interception, a fumble and a last-minute touchdown pass to Clay Cundiff.
Michigan led 10-0 and outgained Wisconsin 122 yards to minus-2 for the first 20-plus minutes of the game. An 18-yard touchdown pass from Mertz to Dike with seven seconds left in the half got Wisconsin within 13-10.
But once Mertz got hurt, the Badgers never threatened again.
“The difference in us this year is that when we’re in a fight, we’re confident we’re going to win that fight,” McNamara said. “This team didn’t panic at all when the fight came to us.”
Desmond Ridder, No. 7 Cincinnati beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for score late in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its big opportunity and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 Saturday in a game the Bearcats hope can be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume.
Cincinnati (4-0) wanted to use its first Top 10, regular-season matchup as a statement game, heading into its American Athletic Conference schedule. No team from outside the Power Five conferences has ever reached the playoff. Never even came close.
To break that barrier Bearcats almost certainly needs to go undefeated and this trip to Notre Dame (4-1) stood as the toughest test on the schedule. Not to mention the biggest stage they’ll appear on this season.
The Bearcats were not quite dominant, but they were plenty good enough in their first trip to South Bend since 1900 to snap Notre Dame’s 26-game home winning streak.
When told how loud the crowd can be at Notre Stadium this week, Ridder quipped that it wouldn’t be for long.
The senior delivered, going 19 for 32 for 297 yards. He hooked up with Alec Pierce six times for 144 yards, and was at his best after Notre Dame cut the lead to 17-13 with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter.
Ridder went 3 for 3, with a bullet down the middle for 36 yards to Leonard Taylor, on the ensuing drive. He capped it off with a 6-yard TD run around left end that made it 24-13.
Cincinnati took advantage of three turnovers by Notre Dame in the first half to jump out to 17-0 lead. The miscues by the Irish were killers.
Jack Coan’s pass was intercepted in the red zone by Ahmad Gardner on ill-advised throw under pressure that ended Notre Dame first and best drive of the half.
The Irish tried freshman Tyler Buchner at quarterback for a couple of series, hoping his mobility could spark the running game. But Buchner’s pass was picked off by DeShawn Pace while getting hit, and Pace set up Cincinnati in the red zone.
Ridder flipped a 1-yard pass to Taylor to make it 7-0 early in the second quarter.
Chris Tyree fumbled the ensuing kickoff back to Cincinnati and the Bearcats turned that into a 23-yard field goal by Cole Smith.
Ridder and the Bearcats put together their best late in the second quarter, going 80 yards for a touchdown. Ridder was 3 for 4 on the drive, each completion for more than 20 yards, including the 27-yard touchdown to Tre Tucker that beat Irish All-America safety Kyle Hamilton.
The Bearcats were up 17-0 with 40 seconds left in the first half and for the third time Cincinnati fans, decked in red in the upper reaches of the south end zone, were chanting “Let’s Go Bearcats!”
Rogers leads Mississippi State to 26-22 win over No. 15 A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Desperate for a boost after consecutive close losses, Mississippi State found a huge one by knocking off the 15th-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Will Rogers threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns and Nathan Pickering sacked Zach Calzada in the end zone late for a safety in Mississippi State’s 26-22 victory.
“It’s always good to win at Kyle field and I’ve done it more than most people have,” said coach Mike Leach, who improved to 4-2 in College Station.
Rogers hopes the win can propel the team to more success this season.
“I think we’re doing special things,” he said. “I think the program’s going in the right direction and tonight was a huge step toward that.”
Rogers was sacked twice, and the Bulldogs had two false start penalties that backed them up before Nolan Mccord’s 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with about eight minutes to go.
The Aggies cut the lead to two on a 44-yard field goal by Seth Small about two minutes later.
Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) forced a punt to get a chance to take the lead. But Calzada, a backup in his third start, was taken down by Pickering on third down for the safety to extend the lead to 26-22 with about two minutes to go, and the Bulldogs ran out the clock to secure the victory.
“We played together,” Leach said. “Hung in there. Didn’t struggle with the emotional ups and downs.”
Makai Polk had 13 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns to help Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1) snap its two-game skid.
Polk was asked about the key to the game.
“Just being confident in ourselves, being confident in one another and making routine plays,” he said.
It’s the second straight loss for the Aggies after they won their previous 11 games and is a huge blow to a team that entered the season with national championship hopes.
Texas A&M gave up a season-high in points as coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies struggled to contain Leach’s Air Raid offense. Things only get tougher for the Aggies next week with a visit from top-ranked Alabama coming next Saturday night.
“We’ve got to play better,” Fisher said. “In those games where every possession matters, every play matters, we’ve got to execute better.”
Calzada threw for 135 yards with a touchdown and an interception and Isaiah Spiller ran for 100 yards for Texas A&M.
“I thought Zach grew up and made some really good plays at times,” Fisher said. “A couple things he’s got to get cleaned up. But he’s growing.”
Polk’s second touchdown came on a 20-yard reception that extended the lead to 24-13 with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Jaylon Jones was covering him but tripped and fell just before the ball arrived to leave Polk open for the score.
Calzada scrambled 25 yards for a touchdown with just more than a minute left in the third quarter, but his 2-point conversion attempt was broken up to leave the Aggies down 24-19.
Things went wrong for the Aggies early in this one. Fred Peters grabbed an interception after Calzada’s first pass was deflected. But the Bulldogs couldn’t move the ball and settled for a 24-yard field goal.
The Aggies took a 7-3 lead when Calzada threw an 11-yard TD pass to Jalen Wydermyer with about 9 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Rogers found Jaden Walley for a 1-yard score later in the first to put Mississippi State on top 10-7.
The Aggies added one field goal early in the second quarter and a second one put them on top 13-7 with about three minutes left in the first half.
Polk made a nice grab in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 17-13 halftime lead.
Warren helps No. 19 Oklahoma St. beat No. 21 Baylor 24-14
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is trying to wrap his mind around these low-scoring games in what once was the wide-open Big 12.
The transition has been easier for him because his Cowboys are winning. No. 19 Oklahoma State held No. 21 Baylor to 280 total yards and beat the Bears 24-14 on Saturday in a matchup of Big 12 teams that entered the night unbeaten.
Such defensive performances are becoming the norm for the Cowboys – they haven’t allowed more than 23 points in a game this season.
“Obviously, the defense playing good,” Gundy said. “I just don’t want to jinx them. They just keep playing, good. I hope that they just continue on like that.”
The offense did just enough. Jaylen Warren ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns and Tay Martin caught seven passes for 108 yards for the Cowboys (5-0, 2-0).
Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders passed for 182 yards and a touchdown and ran for 76 yards, but he helped Baylor stay in the game by throwing three interceptions.
“We’ve got to play better at that position than he did tonight when it comes to turning the ball over,” Gundy said. “He’s a dangerous player. But no, we can’t miminize those mistakes.”
Abram Smith rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown for Baylor (4-1, 2-1). The Bears, who were coming off a win over Iowa State, missed a chance to beat ranked teams in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1974.
Warren closed out Oklahoma State’s opening drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. He gained 51 yards on seven carries during the possession.
Sanders shook off two early interceptions and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Rashod Owens with 36 seconds left in the first half to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead.
Oklahoma State outgained Baylor 256 yards to 99 in the first half.
Baylor punted on its first eight possessions. The Bears had 23 yards rushing as a team late in the third quarter before Smith ripped off a 55-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-2 to cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 14-7.
“You could see it on the sideline, everybody was fired up now,” Smith said. “The momentum – I felt like it changed right there, fired a lot of guys up on defense, kind of showed that we would hold our own on our side of the ball just as much as they were holding their own.”
Oklahoma State led 17-7 before Baylor’s offense, which had been bottled up most of the night, went on a seven-play, 84-yard drive. Gerry Bohanon scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to trim Oklahoma State’s lead to 17-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Warren put the game away with a 4-yard score on a fourth-and-1 with 2:10 remaining.
Baylor coach Dave Aranda said the team played with better energy in the second half to make the game competitive.
“I’m proud of how connected the team is, and I’m proud of the collective fight that we came out with at the start of the third quarters, the points that we were able to put on the board and the stops we were able to make,” he said.
Daniels leads Arizona State to 42-23 win over No. 20 UCLA
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Arizona State relied on its rushing attack in its first four games. Jayden Daniels and the passing game propelled the Sun Devils to an upset win over No. 20 UCLA on Saturday night.
Daniels passed for 286 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Ricky Pearsall, and Arizona State used big plays in a convincing 42-23 victory at the Rose Bowl.
“They’re going to try to press you and get you in those long downs. So really the game plan was to get the ball in my hands, max protect and take shots and we did that,” said Daniels, who completed 13 of 18 passes.
Coach Herm Edwards said Daniels’ performance was more inspiring after his grandfather passed away Friday.
“Coming into this, he was a little emotional. I hugged him in the locker room and told him his spirit is in the stadium. His spirit is here, looking at you, watching you. And I thought he went out and really played well,” Edwards said.
The Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) were forced to punt on their first drive before scoring on their next five to take control of the game and likely the Pac-12’s South Division.
Four of Daniels’ completions went for 47 or more yards. Two of them were touchdowns to Pearsall in the second quarter – a 65-yard yard screen that tied it at 14 followed by a 54-yard reception where the junior beat Elisha Guidry in coverage to give Arizona State a 24-20 lead. Pearsall finished with 132 yards on four catches.
“We have to be responsible on each level of the ball. When we pressure and send seven instead of eight, we have to get home,” UCLA linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath said. “We put our DB’s in compromised positions. As you know, it’s hard to cover especially good receivers like that when they get in the open field. We just have to do our jobs in all facets.”
Rachaad White rushed for two TDs, including a 49-yard score early in the third quarter to extend Arizona State’s lead to 32-23 after the 2-point conversion.
“I thought we kept them off balance a little bit with the run and the pass, and there were a few things that we thought we could attack them with. And, again, sometimes you don’t hit those and it changes the game,” Arizona State offensive coordinator Zak Hill said. “We were able to hit some of those, and I give credit to the guys.”
The Sun Devils’ defense also came up with a big play early in the fourth quarter when it stopped UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson on a run option for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the ASU 2.
Thompson-Robinson accounted for 328 yards. The junior was 21 of 32 for 235 yards passing along with 93 yards rushing on 18 carries. Kyle Philips had a TD catch for the fourth straight game and tight end Greg Dulcich had nine receptions for 136 yards for the Bruins (3-2, 1-1).
“We played really well on offense in the first half. Did not play well in the second half,” coach Chip Kelly said.
After the teams traded field goals in the first quarter, the Sun Devils and Bruins combined for 41 points in the second. Arizona State led 24-23 at halftime.
Thompson-Robinson connected with Philips for a 3-yard touchdown on the first play of the quarter to give the Bruins a 10-3 lead. The Sun Devils tied it on the ensuing possession when DeaMonte Trayanum went around left end to score from 6 yards out.
Brittain Brown’s 1-yard run five minutes into the quarter put UCLA back on top 17-10, but the Sun Devils evened it six plays later on Pearsall’s first touchdown.
Arizona State appeared as if it was going to go into halftime with a four-point lead, but D.J. Taylor fumbled a punt at the ASU 8, which was recovered by Kain Medrano. Barr-Mira split the uprights from 26 yards on the final play of the first half for his third field goal of the half and get the Bruins within 24-23.
Hawaii INT at 2 preserves 27-24 win over No. 18 Fresno State
HONOLULU (AP) Hugh Nelson II intercepted a pass at Hawaii’s 2-yard line with 9 seconds left after Matthew Shipley kicked a tiebreaking 33-yard field goal with 3:33 remaining, and the Rainbow Warriors rallied to beat No. 18 Fresno State 27-24 Saturday night.
Hawaii (3-3, 1-1 Mountain West) forced six turnovers to record their first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 19 Nevada 27-21 on Oct. 16, 2010.
Fresno State (4-2, 1-1) racked up 505 yards of total offense, including 388 passing from Jake Haener, who entered the game as the FBS leader in passing yards. He finished 28-of-50 passing but was intercepted four times – three times inside Hawaii’s 10-yard line.
The last stalled a 13-play drive on first and 10 from the 11-yard line. Haener’s pass bounced off receiver Ty Jones’ hands right to Nelson, who fell to the ground with the ball to preserve the win.
Hawaii ran out the clock with a trio of QB sneaks by running back Calvin Turner Jr. He fumbled the last one, but Hawaii recovered at its 2-yard line as the clock expired.
“I’m just really proud of our football team,” coach Todd Graham said. “I’m just so proud of our guys, so proud of our team.”
Hawaii won without its starting quarterback, Chevan Cordeiro, who was listed as the expected starter on the team’s pre-game depth chart but did not play. Instead, freshman Brayden Schager made his first career start and helped the Rainbow Warriors notch their first win at home over Fresno State since 2007.
Khoury Bethley recorded nine tackles, two interceptions, one sack and forced a fumble to lead Hawaii on defense.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-1) ended a three-game winning streak.
“We had a chance to put them away and we didn’t do that and they’re still a good football team, especially here at home and those little things that we missed on in the past couple games that we got past, bit us in the butt today,” Fresno State coach Kaleb DeBoer said.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL RE-CAPS
FRIDAY, OCT. 1
IOWA 51, MARYLAND 14: Spencer Petras threw for three touchdowns and ran for two and No. 5 Iowa took advantage of seven Maryland turnovers in a 51-14 victory Friday night. The Hawkeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) intercepted five of Taulia Tagovailoa’s passes, and they outscored the Terrapins 31-0 in the second quarter as Maryland completely unraveled.
SATURDAY, OCT. 2
ILLINOIS 24, Charlotte 14: A career day of 257 yards from sophomore RB Chase Brown led the Fighting Illini to a 24-14 victory against Charlotte Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Illini offense had its best outing since the UTSA game, while the defense shut out the 49ers in the second half to help Illinois (2-4) snap a four-game losing streak.
MINNESOTA 20, PURDUE 13: Trey Potts ran 4 yards for the go-ahead touchdown 70 seconds into the second half, and the Golden Gophers held on for a 20-13 victory Saturday at Purdue. Minnesota (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) won its fourth straight over the Boilermakers — this one giving P.J. Fleck his first second-half comeback in 50 career games at the school. He is now 1-17 with the Gophers when trailing at halftime.
MICHIGAN 38, WISCONSIN 17: Cornelius Johnson caught both of Cade McNamara’s touchdown passes and No. 14 Michigan remained unbeaten Saturday with a 38-17 victory over Wisconsin. The Wolverines (5-0, 2-0) won at Madison for the first time since 2001 by shutting down Wisconsin’s rushing attack, something Michigan had failed to do the last couple of seasons.
OHIO STATE 52, RUTGERS 13: The No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes returned to Big Ten play in explosive fashion, defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 52-13, Saturday afternoon on the banks of the Raritan River at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play. Redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud returned under center in stellar fashion with 330 passing yards on 17-of-23 attempts with a season-high five touchdown passes. Senior wide receiver Chris Olave led a talented receiving core with five receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
MICHIGAN STATE 48, Western Kentucky 31: Michigan State scored six touchdowns in the first half to open up a 26-point lead and put up more than 500 yards in total offense en route to a 48-31 win over Western Kentucky in front of 70,075 fans at Spartan Stadium Saturday night. Junior running back Kenneth Walker III had 24 carries for 126 yards and scored three touchdowns, while redshirt sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne completed 20-of-30 passes for 327 yards, threw one touchdown pass and had seven carries for 31 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown run.
NEBRASKA 56, NORTHWESTERN 7:
Nebraska improved its record to 3-3 overall and 3-0 at home this season by rolling up 657 yards of offense, including 427 yards on the ground and seven rushing touchdowns, while shutting down Northwestern’s running game (37 yards, 26 carries). After running one offensive play in the third quarter, the Huskers owned six rushing scores, including three by quarterback Adrian Martinez on its way to a 42-7 lead.
PENN STATE 24, INDIANA 0: No. 4/6 Penn State held Indiana’s offense scoreless in two trips to the red zone, culminating in a 24-0 shutout win Saturday evening at Beaver Stadium in the annual Penn State Stripe Out game. Quarterback Sean Clifford threw for three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Jahan Dotson for the duo’s 18th-career passing touchdown, the most in Penn State history. The Penn State defense produced its first shutout in two years, its last also coming in Big Ten play at Maryland in 2019. The defense held Indiana over 100 yards below its season average in total offense, and nearly 100 yards below its season average in rushing yards.
Colts put All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson on injured reserve
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts placed three-time All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson on injured reserve Saturday, a move that will keep him out at least three weeks.
Nelson had started all 54 games since Indy drafted him with the sixth-overall selection in 2018. He sprained his right ankle in last Sunday’s loss at Tennessee.
Coach Frank Reich said Friday that Nelson and right tackle Braden Smith would both miss Sunday’s game at Miami.
It will be Indy’s fourth straight game with at least one of its five projected starting offensive linemen out of action because of injuries. Chris Reed is expected to start in place of Nelson.
Indy also activated backup quarterback Brett Hundley and safety Ibraheim Campbell from the practice squad.
Bucs say Gronkowski out for Sunday’s game at New England
(AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss his return trip to New England because of a rib injury.
Gronkowski was downgraded to out by the team and did not travel with the Super Bowl champions for Sunday night’s anticipated matchup with the Patriots. Gronkowski was listed as doubtful on Friday.
It’s the first game Gronkowski will miss since he came out of retirement to play alongside Tom Brady with the Buccaneers.
Gronkowski had 45 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season with Tampa Bay, and then caught four more TD passes from Brady during the team’s 2-1 start this year.
Gronkowski, 32, was selected by New England in the second round of the 2010 draft and spent his first nine seasons with the Patriots, developing into one of the NFL’s best tight ends. Forming a lasting connection with Brady, Gronkowski had 521 catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns with New England.
Ravens activate Le’Veon Bell, put Wolfe on injured reserve
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens activated running back Le’Veon Bell from the practice squad and put defensive end Derek Wolfe on injured reserve Saturday.
The Ravens play at Denver on Sunday.
Bell was one of three prominent veterans Baltimore brought in to help the backfield after injuries to J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman have played already for the Ravens, and now Bell is active.
Baltimore also activated defensive back Kevon Seymour and tackle Andre Smith from the practice squad.
Wolfe has been dealing with back and hip injuries.
Reynolds’ four hits power Pirates to 8-6 win over Reds
PITTSBURGH (AP) Bryan Reynolds had four hits, raising his batting average above .300, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally from a five-run deficit and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 on Saturday night.
He had a double and triple and is hitting .302 on the season. The three-year veteran batted just .189 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after hitting .314 as a rookie.
“It didn’t look like it would happen this year for a while,” Reynolds said of hitting .300. “It was one of my goals this season and I had thought a lot about it and then I just thought it really doesn’t matter if I do it or not. I just kind of relaxed after that and good things happened.”
The Pirates went ahead for good 7-6 in the sixth inning when Reynolds tripled in a run. The Reds had tied it in the top of the inning on Tyler Stephenson’s RBI double.
“The swings he’s taking, he is locked in,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “He is right on pitches. We’re seeing a guy who is a premier hitter.”
Ben Gamel had three of the Pirates’ 16 hits and Michael Chavis, Jacob Stallings and Oneil Cruz added two each. Pittsburgh has won back-to-back game since reaching 100 losses.
The 6-foot-7 Cruz was making his major league debut and became the tallest shortstop in big league history after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game.
“When I got on the field and I began stretching I felt nothing by excitement,” Cruz said. “I just wanted to get to that shortstop position and get the game started.”
“He hits the ball hard. We saw him hit the ball hard in the minor leagues,” Shelton said. “It was an impressive debut for Oneil. Any time one of your prospects comes to the big leagues, it’s a big night.”
Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez homered for the Reds, who lost their fourth straight game.
Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Cessa in the seventh inning to give the Pirates a two-run cushion.
Nick Mears (1-0) got one out for his first major league win and Chris Stratton notched his eighth save with a perfect ninth inning. Tony Santillan (1-3) was the losing pitcher.
The Reds built a 5-0 lead by the middle of the fifth inning and starter Tyler Mahle had checked the Pirates on only one hit to that point. However, Pittsburgh responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning while knocking the 13-game winner from the game.
Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo’s two-run triple and Chavis’ two-run double were the big blows. Cruz and Cole Tucker added RBI singles.
“All I have to about it is one inning to me doesn’t mean anything to me in the big picture of the entire season,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Tyler had a great year and I want him to know that.”
A sacrifice fly in the first inning by Stephenson, Max Shrock’s RBI single in the third, Suarez’s two-run homer in the fourth and Castellanos’ solo shot in the fifth put Cincinnati ahead 5-0. Suarez hit his 31st homer of the season and Castellanos belted his 34th.
Mahle was charged with six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Pirates rookie starter Max Kranick surrendered four runs – three earned – in four innings.
Stephenson and Suarez each had two hits for the Reds.
Happ’s home run caps comeback as Cubs stun Cardinals 6-5
ST. LOUIS (AP) Ian Happ drove a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to sour what could be Jon Lester’s final career start, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Saturday night.
Lester, 37, hasn’t declared whether he intends to come back for a 17th season. The left-hander pitched for the Cubs for six seasons, including the 2016 World Series team.
“I’m not really worried about that,” Lester said. “Right now, I’m worried about, hopefully, having a deep run the postseason. So, I’ll answer that stuff when the time comes.”
Happ drove a 2-0 pitch from Luis Garcia (1-1) over the center-field wall for his career-best 25th home run of the season.
“What a fitting kind of exclamation point for him to hit a career high in home runs,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “You feel good when he’s at the plate for a while now, about something good happening, and I’m just so happy for him and us and that was a big one for us here tonight.”
The blast made a winner out of Jason Adam (1-0), who pitched a perfect eighth. Rowan Wick picked up his fifth save as the Cubs sent the Cardinals to just their second defeat in their last 21 games.
Lester allowed at least one baserunner in each of his five innings and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in fourth. He walked four, the last two to load the bases in front of Trayce Thompson, who burned Lester with his first career grand slam for a 4-1 lead in the fifth.
“I feel like everything is just kind of slow again and the moment, this is the moment, it’s exactly that,” Thompson said. “I’m not in the future, I’m not in the past, I’m just trying to, you know, enjoy the moment a little bit more.”
Lester liked his stuff, even if the results didn’t show it.
“I felt like I threw the ball a lot better than what the line score said,” Lester said. “My sinker had a lot of movement on it, but I just wasn’t able to command it in the zone … and, you know, they made me pay.”
Dylan Carlson’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh, putting the Cardinals ahead 5-4.
Harrison Bader hammered a 92 mph sinker from Adrian Sampson over the left-field wall for his first career leadoff home run. It was the fifth time the Cardinals first batter of a game went deep this season and came in Bader’s 10th career game hitting atop the order.
Tyler O’Neill’s RBI triple in the fifth cut the Cubs lead to 4-2.
Sampson gave up just Bader’s long ball in his four innings. He pitched around clogged basepaths his first two innings and was aided by seven strikeouts.
Urías wins 20th, LA beats Brewers 8-3 to stay alive in West
LOS ANGELES (AP) One last game, one last chance for the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers to grab a share of their ninth consecutive NL West title.
The playoff-bound Dodgers (105-56) must beat Milwaukee again on Sunday and hope the rival first-place Giants (106-55) lose again to San Diego to tie for the title. That would send them and the Giants to a deciding Game 163 in San Francisco on Monday.
“If we don’t win, it doesn’t matter what anyone else does,” third baseman Justin Turner said.
Julio Urias became the Dodgers’ first 20-game winner since Clayton Kershaw in 2014, pitching one-run ball into the seventh inning as Los Angeles beat the Brewers 8-3 on Saturday night to extend the NL West race to the final day of the regular season.
“The only focus for us is to win tomorrow,” manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s all we can control.”
The Giants lost to San Diego earlier Saturday, reducing their lead to one game. The Dodgers were watching before their game began.
“There was a good buzz going around the clubhouse heading into the game knowing the opportunity for us,” Turner said.
The Dodgers or the Giants are guaranteed to have the most wins of a team that fails to finish first, bettering the 1909 Chicago Cubs and 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, who had 104 wins each.
Los Angeles won its 14th consecutive home game, tying a 100-year-old franchise record.
Urias (20-3) gave up one hit, struck out seven and walked two over 6 1/3 innings in his 32nd start of the regular season, becoming the majors’ only 20-game winner this year. The 25-year-old left-hander retired 16 in a row after allowing a double to Eduardo Escobar in the first.
“The focus, adrenaline and energy level was all at peak position knowing what was at stake,” Urias said through a translator.
Urias left in the seventh as part of a double switch, handing the ball to Roberts, who grabbed his arm to chat before the pitcher walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd of 49,705.
“He just said, `Great job, great season,'” Urias said. “I was very pleased and very happy with the ovation of the crowd.”
He finished his first full season in the rotation with a 2.98 ERA and 195 strikeouts.
“It’s a dream season. Very blessed and very thankful,” Urias said. “I was very blessed all year to stay healthy.”
Kershaw won 21 games in 2014, when he earned the last of his three Cy Young Awards. He watched from the dugout. Urias became the fourth Mexican-born pitcher to win 20 games in the majors, joining former Dodger Fernando Valenzuela and Milwaukee’s Teddy Higuera (both 1986) and Esteban Loiaza of the Chicago White Sox (2003).
Urias hasn’t lost since June 21 at San Diego. He’s 11-0 with a 2.03 ERA since then.
“It’s a feather in his cap winning 20 games. Those are hard to come by these days,” Roberts said. “It’ll be something he’ll always remember and be proud of.”
The Dodgers got a three-run homer from Turner in the first, a two-run blast by AJ Pollock in the fourth, and a solo shot by Corey Seager in the fifth, giving them 17 homers in their last four games. Max Muncy’s RBI double in the eighth made it 8-1.
Trea Turner went 2 for 4 to extend his career-high 18-game hitting streak and all but lock up the NL batting title with a .328 average. His closest competition, former Washington teammate Juan Soto, went 0 for 3 against Boston, dropping his average to .315.
Trea Turner will become the first Dodger to win a batting crown since Tommy Davis claimed back-to-back titles in 1962 and ’63.
Christian Yelich’s fielder’s choice groundout scored Willy Adames, who walked, to give the NL Central-champion Brewers an early lead. Urias walked Adames again with two outs in the sixth before Escobar struck out swinging to end the inning.
Adames homered off David Price in the ninth for the Brewers’ first hit and first run since the first inning. Tyrone Taylor added an RBI single. Escobar doubled for his 1,000th career hit in the inning.
“That’s a number that’s nice to achieve,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He didn’t walk in as an everyday player. He worked into that and made himself a dangerous player.”
Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (11-5) made a brief start, pitching just two innings. The right-hander whose name has been in the Cy Young Award conversation gave up three runs and two hits, struck out four and walked one. He finished the regular season with an NL-best 2.43 ERA.
The Dodgers tied the franchise record for consecutive home wins set by the Brooklyn Robins. They won 14 in a row at Ebbets Field from April 21-May 12, 1921. LA has won six in a row overall.
Red Sox rally in 9th, on brink of clinching wild-card berth
WASHINGTON (AP) Christian Vazquez tripled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox moved to the brink of a postseason berth with a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Boston is tied with the Yankees for the top AL wild card entering the final day of the regular season. The Red Sox will send ace Chris Sale to the mound Sunday needing a victory to punch a playoff ticket. If they win, they’ll host Tuesday’s wild-card game regardless of New York’s outcome because Boston won the season series 10-9.
“We know what that means if we win,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.
If the Red Sox lose Sunday, they will still be assured entry into a tiebreaker game Monday. The Red Sox are a game ahead of Toronto and Seattle.
“Total team effort,” Cora said. “It wasn’t easy. … It hasn’t been easy all season.”
Tanner Houck pitched five perfect innings, striking out eight, but Washington tied it at 1 in the eighth inning on Juan Soto’s long, bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center off Austin Davis (1-2).
J.D. Martinez led off the ninth with a walk for Boston, and Vazquez drilled a ball to right off closer Tanner Rainey (1-3) that easily scored pinch-runner Jose Iglesias for a 2-1 lead with two outs. Travis Shaw singled to drive in Vazquez, then Kike Hernandez homered into the Boston bullpen against Mason Thompson to push the lead to 5-1.
Washington’s Andrew Stevenson hit a two-run homer in the ninth before Hansel Robles finished the game for his 14th save.
The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth after center fielder Hunter Renfroe lost a fly ball in the twilight, leading to a double, and Adam Ottavino walked two. Soto hit a soaring ball to deep center to tie it, but Josh Bell followed with a soft lineout to end the threat.
Soto said he thought Davis was “lucky” the ball was an out instead of a grand slam. Soto also said Davis was “talking trash” during the at-bat.
Rafael Devers’ 36th homer of the season put Boston in front 1-0 in the fourth. Devers struck out against Rainey with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth.
Houck zipped through the Nationals’ lineup, needing just 53 pitches to strike out eight among the 15 consecutive outs he recorded. Washington hit one ball out of the infield before Houck was lifted for pinch-hitter Christian Arroyo in the sixth.
Houck, a 25-year-old rookie, twice threw 90 pitches among his 13 starts this season. Both came in late August. He had not thrown more than 42 pitches in his last three appearances, all of which were in relief.
Before the game, Cora said there were no limitations on Houck, who pitched five innings three times earlier this season. He pitched into the sixth once, on Aug. 29.
“Didn’t struggle at all,” Cora said of the decision to remove Houck. “(Saturday) actually the plan was to see where Soto was and see where we went. He did an amazing job.”
“I’d much rather this team get a win and continue to go forward,” Houck said of the decision.
Gerardo Parra’s pinch-hit single in the sixth against Garrett Richards produced the Nationals’ first baserunner. Washington loaded the bases with two out in the seventh against Ryan Brasier, who was pitching for the fourth consecutive day, before Jordy Mercer struck out looking to end the threat. Mercer was ejected for arguing plate umpire Phil Cuzzi’s call.
Washington starter Josiah Gray pitched six innings, struck out seven and allowed a run.
Lowe hits 3 HRs, Rays roll 12-2 to prevent Yankees WC clinch
NEW YORK (AP) Brandon Lowe hit three home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to a 12-2 blowout of the Yankees on Saturday that prevented New York from clinching a playoff spot.
With a chance to pitch his team into the postseason, Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery instead was rocked for a career-worst seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He gave up a pair of three-run homers to Lowe, who also went deep in the seventh against Michael King.
Even with the embarrassing defeat before a booing home crowd of 41,648, the streaky Yankees can still punch their AL wild-card ticket Sunday with a victory in the scheduled regular-season finale against Tampa Bay.
“We’ve got to win. It’s as simple as that,” veteran outfielder Brett Gardner said. “Here we are going into Game 162 not knowing what the future is.
“It’s not ideal. But it’s nice knowing that we still have a chance,” he added. “The way the season has gone, it kind of makes sense that it would come down to the very last day. Seems about right.”
New York is assured at least a tiebreaker game Monday that could put the team in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. But after dropping the first two games of this series, the Yankees no longer control their own destiny to host the wild-card game. Now they need a Boston loss to do so.
New York began the day with a one-game lead over the Red Sox for the top AL wild card. Boston was playing at Washington.
“Just a bad day for us and we’ve got to get over it quickly,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Lowe batted in the eighth with an opportunity to match the major league record of four home runs in a game. He evaded a 93 mph fastball from Joely Rodriguez that was way inside, then grounded out to first base.
Lowe and Mike Zunino homered back-to-back off Montgomery (6-7) in the third to make it 7-1. Austin Meadows added a three-run shot in the seventh as the AL East champion Rays (100-61) reached 100 wins for the first time in team history.
Tampa Bay, which has already wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs, had never before been 39 games over .500.
Zunino, Randy Arozarena and Wander Franco had three hits apiece for the Rays, who outhit New York 19-4. Arozarena reached base five times.
Luis Patino (5-3) worked two hitless innings for the win.
Montgomery’s shortest outing this season marked an untimely end to a strong stretch.
The left-hander had permitted no more than one run in three straight starts and nine of his past 11, going 3-1 with a 2.26 ERA during that span. He was 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings in his past three outings and had allowed three earned runs or fewer in 15 of his last 16 starts since June 20.
“Nobody’s perfect. They’re going to happen,” he said. “Just got to be better next time.”
Lowe has gone deep in his past three games, and his career-high seven RBIs gave him 99 this season. He increased his career-best total to a team-leading 39 homers with his first three-homer game in the majors. It was his sixth career multihomer game and fourth this year.
Anthony Rizzo homered for the Yankees, and Gio Urshela had an RBI triple.
Jays stay close in wild-card race, hit 5 HRs, rout O’s 10-1
TORONTO (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 47th home run and the Toronto Blue Jays pushed their AL wild-card chase to the final day of the regular season by thumping the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 Saturday.
The Blue Jays launched five homers while Alek Manoah allowed one hit over seven innings to help Toronto close within one game of the wild card-leading New York Yankees.
Toronto began the day tied with Seattle, one game behind Boston for the second wild-card spot.
George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez, Bo Bichette and Danny Jansen all went deep for Toronto. The Blue Jays lead the majors with a franchise-record 258 home runs, topping the 257 they hit in 2010.
Baltimore has allowed a big league-leading 254 home runs.
Guerrero grimaced rounding first base on a double in the sixth inning and was checked by trainers but remained in the game. He flied out to end the eighth and was replaced at first base by Cavan Biggio in the ninth.
Trey Mancini doubled to begin the second and scored on Ryan McKenna’s RBI groundout but that was all for the Orioles against Manoah. Nick Ciuffo walked to begin the third and Manoah hit Austin Hays to open the fourth, but neither runner advanced.
Manoah (9-2) retired the final 12 batters he faced and struck out 10. The rookie has a 1.69 ERA in winning his past four starts – his streak includes two wins over Tampa Bay, the AL’s best team.
Springer had four hits and scored twice. Santiago Espinal had three hits and an RBI as Toronto collected 14 hits, the 71st time this season they’ve had 10 or more.
With his 450-foot drive off John Means (6-9) in the first, Guerrero closed within one of Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the major league lead.
Hernandez hit a solo shot off Means in the first, his 32nd, and Springer hit a three-run homer off Means in the second, his 20th. Springer is among seven Toronto players to hit 20 or more home runs this season, joining Guerrero, Hernandez, Marcus Semien, Bichette, Randal Grichuk and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Bichette hit a first-pitch homer off Konner Wade to begin the fifth, his 29th, and Jansen added a two-run drive later in the inning, his 11th.
Toronto became the fourth AL East team to reach 90 wins, making this the first division since three-division play started in 1994 with four 90-win teams. It’s only the second since division play began in 1969 that it’s happened – the 1978 AL East also had four 90-win teams with New York, Boston, Milwaukee and Baltimore.
Means allowed seven runs and seven hits in three innings.
Astros rout A’s 10-4, secure ALDS home-field advantage
HOUSTON (AP) Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit two of the Astros’ four homers as Houston locked up home-field advantage in the AL Division Series with a 10-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
With the win, the AL West champion Astros will have host the first two games in their best-of-five match-up against the AL Central champion White Sox next week. The Astros own the tiebreaker over the White Sox, winning five out of seven against Chicago this season.
“It feels great,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “It feels great for us. It feels great for our team. It feels great for the city. This is what you play for and what you wanted.”
Alvarez connected on a three-run homer to right in the first, and Tucker hit a two-run homer to left in the seventh.
Jason Castro hit a solo home run into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left in the second, and Yuli Gurriel hit a solo home run to left in the third that was initially ruled a double but overturned and ruled a home run on review.
Michael Brantley had a two-run triple in the sixth to increase Houston’s lead to 8-3.
Gurriel and Brantley had two hits each, leaving Gurriel leading the AL with a .318 average going into the final day and Brantley second at .313.
Alex Bregman added an RBI groundout in the second. Jose Altuve had four hits for Houston.
“I like the fact that the last couple games, we’re scoring,” Baker said. “We have some guys swinging the bat pretty good.”
Jake Odorizzi yielded three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Odorizzi did not pitch more than five innings in any of his last six outings.
“My fastball command was pretty good,” Odorizzi said. “I felt it had good metrics to it. It was one of my higher carry days of the season. That’s good to see. That’s one of my strong points. I think it’s the highest that it’s been this year. I felt like I located it pretty well.”
Phil Maton (6-0) loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth but induced a groundout by Seth Brown to earn the win.
Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI triple by Starling Marte and an RBI double by Chad Pinder.
Tony Kemp, who had a career-high four hits, hit RBI singles in the fifth and eighth innings.
“He’s had a great year let alone the last couple months,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of Kemp. “Whether we lead him off, whether we hit him down the lineup, whether he plays second, whether he plays left, he’s just had a good year. This is the best year he’s ever had.”
Paul Blackburn (1-4) was tagged for a season-high six runs on seven hits in two innings. Blackburn’s struggles against the Astros continued as the right-hander has allowed 21 runs over 13 1/3 innings in four career appearances against Houston.
“Today is definitely a tough thing to go into the offseason with,” Blackburn said. “I’m kind of frustrated and kind of embarrassed with the way it went today.”
Giants miss chance to clinch NL West, fall to Padres in 10th
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants missed a chance to clinch the NL West, falling to the San Diego Padres 3-2 when Jake Cronenworth hit an RBI double in the 10th inning Saturday.
A sellout crowd of 40,760 was ready to celebrate San Francisco’s first division crown since 2012, but the Padres spoiled the party, sending the raucous group to the exits in a state of disbelief.
“Obviously, we wanted to win the game and not have to rely on somebody else,” Giants third baseman Evan Longoria said. “I think right now, the focus turns to tomorrow and just doing what we’ve done the whole year, trying to erase the day before and go out there and win the next game.”
The Giants’ seven-game winning streak ended, and the NL West race was pushed to the final day when the Dodgers beat Milwaukee 8-3 later Saturday. The Giants’ magic number remained at one. If Los Angeles wins Sunday and San Francisco loses, the teams will play a Game 163 on Monday to determine a division champ.
“We’re expecting to play a meaningful game tomorrow,” manager Gabe Kapler said before LA played. “Obviously, we’ll pay attention to the Milwaukee-Los Angeles game, but we’re expecting that tomorrow’s game is going to be the one that we need to win.”
With runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the 10th, Cronenworth lined a double to right off Jarlin Garcia to give San Diego its first lead of the game.
Mark Melancon retired the Giants in order in the bottom half to earn his major league-leading 39th save of the season. Tim Hill (6-6) got the win.
Manny Machado drove in two runs for the Padres, who snapped a seven-game losing streak amid rumors that manager Jayce Tingler might be managing his final games with the franchise.
“Look, I hear the same things you hear, but at the same time, trying to be present, trying to manage,” Tingler said. “I feel bad for the noise for the guys but really proud of the way that they’ve been busting it. They deserved the win today. They went out and played well.
“(General manager) A.J. (Preller) and I have been talking, we’ll talk postgame, we’ll talk tomorrow morning. Look, I don’t have social media, I do have a phone and I get a lot of texts, so look, I get it. At the same time, I try to live what I practice, preach, with the guys, trying to eliminate noise,” he said.
Kris Bryant singled home Brandon Crawford in the second inning to give San Francisco an early 1-0 lead.
The Padres tied it at 1 in the sixth on an RBI single by Machado, but the Giants immediately regained the lead in the bottom half on Austin Slater’s 12th home run, a pinch-hit blast.
San Diego tied it at 2 in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Machado.
Kervin Castro (1-1) was charged with the loss for San Francisco.
Dodgers’ Kershaw goes back on injured list ahead of playoffs
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returned to the injured list Saturday, days before Los Angeles begins a postseason defense of its World Series championship.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has left forearm discomfort, the same injury that sidelined him for 57 games from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13.
He worked out in the weight room Saturday and was still experiencing soreness, manager Dave Roberts said. Kershaw will undergo tests on Monday.
Asked if Kershaw will pitch again this season, Roberts replied, “I don’t think so. There’s always a chance, but right now where we’re at, we’re going to proceed with that mindset.”
Kershaw left his start Friday night against Milwaukee after 1 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs with one strikeout. He is is 10-8 with a 3.38 ERA, his highest mark since a 4.26 ERA as a rookie in 2008.
Roberts said he knew the potential existed for Kershaw to get hurt again.
“He was determined to do everything he could in his power to see everything through this year,” the manager said. “Unfortunately, it gave way.”
A subdued Kershaw knew immediately that his chances of pitching again this season were slim.
“I just wanted to be a part of this team going through October,” he said. “This team is special.”
Kershaw’s injury moves left-hander Julio Urias into a starting role in the postseason, Roberts said.
The Dodgers went into Saturday two games behind San Francisco in the chase for the NL West title but assured of hosting the NL wild-card game if they don’t catch the Giants with two games left.
The team recalled right-hander Mitch White.
NFL WEEK 4 CAPSULES
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 14-10-1
STREAKS: Falcons have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Falcons 38 at Washington 14
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/15: Falcons 25, Washington 19 (OT)
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 212 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 104 scrimmage yards, incl. career-long 73-yard rec. TD, his 1st-career TD catch, last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career road games. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 5 receptions in his last game vs. Atl. (11/20/17 w/ Sea.). Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs with 87 catches. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 4 catches for 62 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 4 receptions for 42 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. Since 2020, ranks 4th among TEs with 84 receptions. • DE CHASE YOUNG has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Has 7 TFL & 4 sacks in 10 career road games. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. DT JONATHAN ALLEN has sack in 2 of his past 3. LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with career-high 14 tackles & had TFL in Week 3, his 6th career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 6+ tackles. LB JON BOSTIC aims for his 7th in row on road with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 10 tackles last week, his 2nd career game with 10+ tackles. Had PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. S KAMREN CURL had season-high 9 tackles in Week 3. Rookie CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
QB MATT RYAN passed for 243 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.2 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 starts. Passed for 350 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 121.6 rating in last meeting. Has 275+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC East. • RB MIKE DAVIS aims for his 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Was. (12/27/20 w/ Car.). RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 receptions for team-high 82 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY & D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 150+ rec. yards (153) in 2021. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team with 8 receptions & had 61 rec. yards in Week 3. Has 5+ catches in 10 consecutive games, 3rdlongest active streak. Aims for his 12th in row at home with 5+ receptions. Had 6 catches for 71 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 3rd-career rec. TD in Week 3. WR RUSSELL GAGE has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE KYLE PITTS leads all rookie TEs in receptions (11) & rec. yards (139). • LB DEION JONES had 13 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team & tied his career high with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 9th in row with 6+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TFL. LB DANTE FOWLER aims for his 3rd in row with sack & FF.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Was.), 83 (Atl.) | XM: 383 (Was.), 225 (Atl.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 801 (Atl.)
HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2) AT BUFFALO BILLS (2-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 5-4
STREAKS: Texans have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Bills 13 at Texans 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/15: Bills 30, Texans 21
QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 168 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.5 rating last week in 1st NFL start. • RB MARK INGRAM has 210 scrimmage yards (105 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Buf. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC East. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,471) & rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had 111 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Buf. (9/25/16 w/ Az.). Has 502 scrimmage yards (125.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. AFC East. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 9 catches for 112 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Leads AFC with 322 rec. yards this season. WR ANTHONY MILLER had TD catch in Hou. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 49 yards in only career game vs. Buf. (11/4/18 w/ Chi.). • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had season-high 14 tackles in Week 3. Had 13 tackles in last meeting. Leads NFL with 191 tackles since 2020. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 7+ tackles. DE WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had sack & FF in season debut last week. DT ROSS BLACKLOCK had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 3. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had 8 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. Buf. (10/22/17 w/ TB).
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 32 of 43 passes (74.4 pct.) for 358 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.8 rating & rushed for TD last week & became 4th player ever with 300+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes & rush TD in multiple career games. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 at home. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 91 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 31 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for 62 yards in Week 3. Aims for his 9th in row with 60+ rec. yards. Since 2020, leads NFL in catches (146) & rec. yards (1,726). WR COLE BEASLEY led team with 11 catches & 98 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 94 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3, all season highs. Had 6 catches in his last game vs. Hou. (11/4/18 w/ Den.). TE DAWSON KNOX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 1st FF of season last week. Had TFL in last meeting. S MICAH HYDE had 5 tackles, TFL & 1st INT of season in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. S JORDAN POYER had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. LB MATT MILANO had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TFL & 3rd in row with FR. Had 2 TFL & PD in last meeting. DT STAR LOTULELEI had sack in Week 3.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Beth Mowins, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 113 (Hou.), 81 (Buf.) | XM: 384 (Hou.), 226 (Buf.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 803 (Buf.)
DETROIT LIONS (0-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (1-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 102-75-5
STREAKS: Bears have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Lions 34 at Bears 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20
QB JARED GOFF had 93.3 rating in Week 3 & aims for his 4th start in row with 90+ rating. Passed for 220 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.1 rating in his last start vs. Chi. (10/26/20 w/ LAR). Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 7 receptions, 107 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 47 rush) & 1st rush TD of season last week. Ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (19) & 4th in scrimmage yards (289) this season. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 67 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 25 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season in Week 3. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Had 7 catches for 84 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 5+ receptions. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC North. Since 2020, ranks 3rd among TEs in receptions (85) & rec. yards (896). WR KALIF RAYMOND had career-high 6 receptions & 68 rec. yards last week. • DE ROMEO OKWARA had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. DE CHARLES HARRIS had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Chi. (9/27/20 w/ Atl.). LB ALEX ANZALONE had 5th-career sack in Week 3. LB AUSTIN BRYANT had 1st-career sack last week. CB BOBBY PRICE had career-high 3 PD in Week 3. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 4th-career INT last week.
QB ANDY DALTON has 610 pass yards (305 per game) & 4 TDs vs. INT for 104.9 rating in 2 career starts vs. Det. Rookie QB JUSTIN FIELDS has 138 pass yards & 46 rush yards with rush TD in 2021. QB NICK FOLES had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in only career start vs. Det. (12/8/13 w/ Phi.). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 825 scrimmage yards (103.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 111 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 39 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Had 622 scrimmage yards (124.4 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 games vs. NFC North in 2020. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 75 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 6+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home vs. NFC North. TE COLE KMET had 5 catches for 37 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had 2 sacks in Week 3. Is 1 of 5 with 15+ games (15) of 2+ sacks since 2014. Has 3 sacks, FF & FR in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles last week. Has 64 tackles (10.7 per game) & 4 sacks in 6 career games vs. Det. LB ROBERT QUINN had 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DL MARIO EDWARDS had 1st sack of season in Week 3. DB EDDIE JACKSON has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 6 vs. Det.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 133 (Chi.) | XM: 386 (Det.), 228 (Chi.) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 805 (Chi.)
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 9-3
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Cowboys 8 at Panthers 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/26/15: Panthers 33, Cowboys 14
QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 304 yards with 95.7 rating & had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 4th in row with 95+ rating. Passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 113.8 rating in only career start vs. Dal. (10/13/19 w/ NYJ). Has 861 pass yards (287 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 112.6 rating in 3 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 6 catches & 95 scrmimage yards (50 rush, 45 rec.) in last meeting. Rookie RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 79 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 27 rec.) last week. • WR DJ MOORE led team with 8 receptions & 126 rec. yards last week, his 10th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards & 7th in row with 5+ receptions. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 2,653 rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 receptions for 125 yards, incl. career-long 92-yard TD catch, in his only career game vs. Dal. (10/13/19 w/ NYJ). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st-career rush TD last week & became youngest TE with rush TD in NFL history. • LB HAASON REDDICK aims for his 4th in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had 2 sacks in his last game at Dal. (10/19/20 w/ Az.). DE BRIAN BURNS has 6 sacks in his past 5 & aims for his 6th in row with sack. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ tackles.
QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 26 atts. (80.8 pct.) for 238 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 143.3 rating in Week 3. In his past 6 starts at home, has 1,871 pass yards (311.8 per game) & 17 TDs (14 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 117.3 rating. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 116 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 21 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 3, his 11th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (8,593) & games with 100+ scrimmage yards (45). Had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB TONY POLLARD aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 100+ rec. yards. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 66 rec. yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 8 of 9 career home games. Aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team in catches (6), rec. yards (80) & rec. TDs (2) last week, his 1stcareer game with 2 rec. TDs. Has 6+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 3 PD & 59-yard INT-TD last week, his 6th-career INT & 1st-career TD. Is only player in NFL with INT in each of 1st 3 weeks & can become 1st player since 2019 (DEVIN MCCOURTY) with INT in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Rookie DT OSA ODIGHIZUWA had 1st-career sacks (1.5) last week. CB ANTHONY BROWN had 7th-career INT in Week 3.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 204 (Car.), 211 (Dal.) | XM: 387 (Car.), 229 (Dal.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 808 (Dal.)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 46-27
STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Dolphins 16 at Colts 12
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Colts 18, Dolphins 12
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 194 yards with 0 INTs last week. Has 0 INTs in 2 of 3 games this season. Passed for 310 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 93.6 rating in only career game vs. Mia. (12/1/19 w/ Phi.). Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 4 career games vs. AFC East. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for season-high 64 yards last week. Aims for his 10th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & 5 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 75 catches since 2020. RB MARLON MACK aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 6 catches for 68 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches. WR ZACH PASCAL has rec. TD in 2 of 3 games this season. TE JACK DOYLE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3. Aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack, FF & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. Since 2018, ties for lead among LBs with 8 INTs. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 8 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. CB KENNY MOORE had 7 tackles, TFL & 1st INT of season in Week 3. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & FR in last meeting. CB ROCK YA-SIN had FF & FR last week. Had PD in last meeting. S JULIAN BLACKMON led team with career-high 11 tackles last week.
QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 32 of 49 passes (65.3 pct.) for 215 yards with 0 INTs & rushed for 37 yards & TD last week in 1st start of season. Had 6,059 pass yards & 42 TDs (31 pass, 11 rush) vs. 13 INTs in 46 games (30 starts) with Ind. (2017-20). • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 65 yards last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. RB MALCOLM BROWN rushed for 1st TD of season in Week 3. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Ind. (9/10/17 w/ LAR). • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 5+ catches. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 58 rec. yards on team-high 12 catches last week, most catches by rookie WR in single game since 2014 (ODELL BECKHAM JR.). Leads all rookies with 22 catches this season. TE MIKE GESICKI had 10 catches for team-high 86 yards in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 4 PD in his past 2. Had 2 INTs in only career game vs. Ind. (11/25/18). Has INT in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with INT. S BRANDON JONES had 6 tackles & career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB ELANDON ROBERTS had FF & 85-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Had 6 tackles in only career game vs. Ind. (10/4/18 w/ NE). DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 3. DT ZACH SIELER had PD & led team with 9 tackles last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 77 (Ind.), 156 (Mia.) | XM: 388 (Ind.), 230 (Mia.) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 819 (Mia.)
CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 11-4
STREAKS: Vikings have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 10/29/17 (London): Vikings 33 vs. Browns 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Browns 31, Vikings 27
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3 pct.) for 246 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating & rushed for seasonhigh 31 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 95+ rating. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB NICK CHUBB led team with 84 rush yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ rush yards. Aims for his 6th in row on road with rush TD. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 262 rush yards in 2021. RB KAREEM HUNT led team with 155 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 74 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 6th-career game with 150+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for team-high 77 rec. yards last week in season debut. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. Had 9 catches for 77 yards in his last game vs. Min. (9/8/19 w/ Atl.). • DE MYLES GARRETT had franchise-record 4.5 sacks last week, his 11th-career game with 2+ sacks, tied 3rd-most in NFL since 2017. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Leads NFL with 5.5 sacks in 2021. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 1st 2 sacks of season in Week 3, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Has 6 TFL in 3 career games vs. Min. S RONNIE HARRISON had PD & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL.
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 323 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 QBs (MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating in each of 1st 3 games of season. Can join TOM BRADY (2010-11) as only QBs with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 6 straight games. Has 90+ rating in 17 straight games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Cle. with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 1,031 scrimmage yards (171.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 6 at home. Has 100+ rush yards & 150+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Since 2019, is 1 of 2 RBs (DERRICK HENRY) with 30+ rush TDs (30). RB ALEXANDER MATTISON had career-high 171 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 59 rec.) last week. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 6 catches for 50 yards & rec. TD in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (COOPER KUPP) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 games of season. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 8 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. Had 98 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD last week, his 8th-career 100- yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had FF in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 1st sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 11 tackles & 10th-career sack last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 10+ tackles.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 148 (Cle.), 106 (Min.) | XM: 389 (Cle.), 231 (Min.) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 820 (Min.)
NEW YORK GIANTS (0-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 16-14
STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Saints 33 at Giants 18
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Saints 52, Giants 49
QB DANIEL JONES passed for 266 yards & had 90.9 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 90+ rating. Has rush TD in 2 of his 3 games this season. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 6 catches, 94 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 43 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 3. Had 6 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 44 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 606 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 8 TDs (5 rush, 3 rec.) in 6 career games vs. NFC South. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 4 receptions for 64 yards last week. Had 62 rec. yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. NO (10/4/20 w/ Det.). Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC South. WR STERLING SHEPARDhas 6+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ receptions & 75+ rec. yards. Has 18 receptions for 194 yards (97 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 8+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR COLLIN JOHNSON had career-high 5 catches last week. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with 11 tackles last week, his 3rdcareer game with 10+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had INT in only career game vs. NO (12/17/17 w/ NYJ). Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Can become 3rd rookie since 1982 [SANTANA DOTSON (1992) & TERRELL SUGGS (2003)] with sack in each of 1st 4 career games.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.8 rating in Week 3. Has 1,158 pass yards (289.5 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 104.4 rating in 4 career starts vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. QB TAYSOM HILL had 1st rush TD of season in Week 3, his 12th-career rush TD. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 118 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 29 rec.) & TD catch last week. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 60 scrimmage TDs (43 rush, 17 rec.) & 6,403 scrimmage yards. Had 181 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 47 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 when NO is home team. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 41 rec. yards & 1st career rec. TD in Week 3. WR KENNY STILLS had TD catch in only career game vs. NYG (12/14/15 w/ Mia.). • S MALCOLM JENKINS had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 34-yard INT-TD in Week 3, his 8th-career defensive TD. Has 4 PD, 3 FF, 2 TFL & INT in his past 3 vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with FF. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had team-high 10 tackles & 11thcareer INT in Week 3, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles. Had FR in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row with PD. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD. Had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 TFL in his past 3 vs. NYG & aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with TFL.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 147 (NYG), 94 (NO) | XM: 390 (NYG), 232 (NO) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 822 (NO)
TENNESSEE TITANS (2-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (0-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 24-19-1
STREAKS: Jets have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Jets 22 at Titans 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/15: Jets 30, Titans 8
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7 pct.) for 197 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & tied career-high with 56 rush yards last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in his past 3 vs. NYJ. Has 3 TD passes in 3 of past 4 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 144 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 31 rec.) last week, his 22nd-career game with 100+ rush yards, 2ndmost in NFL since 2016. Has 140+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4 & aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 215+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in last meeting. Leads NFL with 353 rush yards & ties for lead with 3 rush TDs in 2021. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • WR JULIO JONES had 74 rec. yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/29/17 w/ Atl.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ rec. yards. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. Had 4 catches for 55 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ (10/14/18 w/ Ind.). WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had 4 catches for 53 yards & 1st-career TD last week. • S KEVIN BYARD had 5 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. CB JANORIS JENKINS aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 3 PD in his past 2 vs. AFC East. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 INTs. LB OLA ADENIYI had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB DAVID LONG tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had TFL last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4.
QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3 pct.) for 160 yards last week. Has 200+ pass yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • RB TY JOHNSON has 50+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB MICHAEL CARTER ranks 4th among rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (137) & rush yards (89) this season. • WR COREY DAVIS led team with 5 catches for 41 yards last week. Has 5 catches in 2 of 3 games this season. Had 207 catches for 2,851 rec. yards & 11 rec. TDs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Ten. WR JAMISON CROWDER had 5 catches for 78 yards in only career game vs. Ten. (12/22/18 w/ Was.). WR BRAXTON BERRIOS has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 games this season. WR KEELAN COLE had 7 catches for 67 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ten. (12/13/20 w/ Jax.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 6+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • S MARCUS MAYE had season-high 9 tackles last week. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 5 PD in his past 4 at home. CB BRANDIN ECHOLS had 5 tackles & PD in Week 3. Has 5 tackles in 2 of 3 games this season. LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has 17 tackles (5.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. Ten. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & 2nd-career FF last week. Had 6 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Ten. (11/24/19 w/ Jax.). DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS led team with 1.5 sacks last week, his 3rdcareer game with 1.5+ sacks. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Ten.), 99 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Ten.), 233 (NYJ) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 824 (NYJ)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-2) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Series tied, 4-4
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Eagles 20 at Chiefs 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/19/13: Chiefs 26, Eagles 16
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 260 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for season-high 45 yards last week. Is only QB in NFL with 3+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 weeks & can become 4th QB ever with 3+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 15,092 pass yards in 49 career games & became fastest player ever to reach 15,000 career pass yards. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE rushed for season-high 100 yards & had TD catch last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches for 104 yards in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 6 of his past 7. Had 8 catches for 103 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. Leads TEs with 289 rec. yards & ties for lead with 20 catches. WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 11 of his past 12. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Phi. S DANIEL SORENSEN tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had PD last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. LB NICK BOLTON tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week & leads all rookies with 23 tackles in 2021. DT CHRIS JONES has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season. Had career-high 3 sacks with 2 FFs in last meeting. DE MICHAEL DANNA had 1st sack of season in Week 3.
QB JALEN HURTS passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 86.1 rating & had 35 rush yards last week. Aims for his 8th start in row with 30+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd home start in row with rush TD. • RB MILES SANDERS had 55 scrimmage yards (28 rec., 27 rush) last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 7 at home. Since 2019, is 1 of 4 RBs (NICK CHUBB, DERRICK HENRY & AARON JONES) with 4.9+ yards per rush attempt (min. 300 atts.). • TE ZACH ERTZ had 4 catches for 53 yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. Had 5 receptions for 97 yards in last meeting. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among TEs in receptions (568) & rec. yards (6,171). TE DALLAS GOEDERT had team-high 66 rec. yards last week. WR JALEN REAGOR had 5 catches for 53 yards in Week 3. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. WR DEVONTA SMITH is 1 of 3 NFC rookie WRs (TERRACE MARSHALL & RONDALE MOORE) with 10+ catches (11) in 2021. • DT FLETCHER COX had FR-TD in Week 3, his 3rd-career FR-TD. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 2 sacks & FF last week. Is only player in 2021 with 2+ sacks in 2 of 1st 3 games. CB DARIUS SLAY had TFL last week. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. KC (11/1/15 w/ Det.). Ranks 4th among active players with 111 career PD. S ANTHONY HARRIS had team-high 14 tackles in Week 3 & aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (KC), 82 (Phi.) | XM: 385 (KC), 227 (Phi.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 825 (Phi.)
ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-0) LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 44-38-2
STREAKS: Rams have won past 8
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Cardinals 7 at Rams 18
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 316 yards & had rush TD last week. Has rush TD in each of 1st 3 weeks for 2nd-consecutive season & can become 1st QB ever with rush TD in each of his team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ comp. pct. • RB CHASE EDMONDS tied his career high with 7 receptions & had 75 scrimmage yards (49 rec., 26 rush) in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 games of season. RB JAMES CONNER had 1st 2 rush TDs of season last week, his 6th-career game with 2 rush TDs. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 vs. NFC West. WR A.J. GREEN had 5 receptions for team-high 112 yards last week. Has 34 games with 100+ rec. yards since 2011, tied-4th most in NFL. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Rams (11/29/15 w/ Cin.). WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 7 catches for 104 yards in Week 3, his 4th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 6 on road vs. NFC West. DE J.J. WATT has TFL in 2 of 3 games in 2021. LB MARKUS GOLDEN aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 12 tackles & had sack & 4th-career FF last week. Had INT in last meeting. S BUDDA BAKER has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAR. CB BYRON MURPHY had 2 INTs, incl. 1st-career INT-TD, in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ PD.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 343 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 134 rating in Week 3, his 51st-career game with 300+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 QBs (DEREK CARR) with 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 weeks. Ranks 2nd in rating (129.8) & tied-2nd in TD passes (9) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Az. with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 110+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (12/6/20). Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB SONY MICHEL had 79 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 12 rec.) in Week 3. • WR COOPER KUPP had team-high 9 receptions for 96 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL in rec. yards (367) & rec. TDs (5). & ties-1st in receptions (25). Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (ADAM THIELEN) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 weeks. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Az. & 8th in row overall with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches in 7 of 8 career games vs. Az. WR DESEAN JACKSON had 38th-career game with 100+ rec. yards (120) last week. Became 5th player in SB era with 10 career TDs of 75+ yards. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. • DL AARON DONALD aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & 10th in row overall with TFL. Has 12 sacks & 18 TFL in 14 career games vs. Az. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (87.5) & TFL (134). LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 8 tackles last week. Had 4 PD in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Az.), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (Az.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 818 (LAR)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 27-17
STREAKS: 49ers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Seahawks 26 at 49ers 23 (Arizona)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/19: Seahawks 27, 49ers 24 (OT)
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 298 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 111.2 rating in Week 3. Leads NFL with 133.6 rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 110+ rating. Has 33 TDs (32 pass, 1 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 99.4 rating in 18 career starts vs. SF. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 vs. SF. • RB CHRIS CARSON rushed for 80 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 540 scrimmage yards (108 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 6th in row vs. SF with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 4 catches last week. Had 12 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. division with 5+ catches. WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 107 yards & rec. TD in Week 3, his 7th-career 100- yard game. Has 27 receptions for 333 yards (83.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 4 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. TE GERALD EVERETT had season-high 5 catches for 54 yards in Week 3. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 11 tackles in Week 3. Leads NFL with 44 tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Has 153 tackles (8.5 per game), 12 PD & 6 sacks in 18 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 19th in row vs. SF with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS led team & tied his career high with 12 tackles last week. Has 6.5 sacks & 9 TFL in 8 road games with Sea. DE DARRELL TAYLOR had 2nd-career sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 257 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 87.2 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start at home vs. division with 2+ TD passes vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Rookie QB TREY LANCE had 1st-career rush TD last week. • FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had 4 catches, 51 scrimmage yards (37 rec., 14 rush) & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 when SF is home team. Rookie RB TREY SERMON had his 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. • TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 7 catches & 92 rec. yards last week. Had 7 receptions for 68 yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 NFC TEs (ROB GRONKOWSKI & T.J. HOCKENSON) with 15+ receptions (15) in 2021. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 receptions for 52 yards in Week 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 334 rec. yards. Has 5+ receptions in 7 of his past 8. Has 247 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Had 8 receptions for 91 yards & TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (11/1/20). • DL NICK BOSA is 1 of 2 in NFC (CHANDLER JONES) with 3+ sacks (3) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB FRED WARNER aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 vs. Sea. Aims for 3rd in row when SF is home team vs. Sea. with 10+ tackles & sack. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 1st sack of season last week. CB JOSH NORMAN had FF last week. Ranks 2nd among active DBs with 14 FFs.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Sea.), 133 (SF) | XM: 386 (Sea.), 228 (SF) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 827 (SF)
BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-0)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Series tied, 6-6
STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/23/18: Broncos 14 at Ravens 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/15: Broncos 19, Ravens 13
QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for season-high 287 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 58 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 80+ rush yards. Leads QBs with 251 rush yards this season. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has rush TD in 2 of 3 games in 2021. Rushed for 124 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Den. (11/29/20 w/ NO). Has 125+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. Den. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC West with TD. RB TY’SON WILLIAMS has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games this season. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 123 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 35 rec.) in only career game vs. Den. (10/9/16 w/ Atl.). • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 5 catches for 109 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 59 rec. yards in last meeting. WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with TD catch. WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • S CHUCK CLARK led team with season-high 12 tackles & had 1st sack of season last week. CB TAVON YOUNG had 1st sack of season in Week 3. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had season-high 2 TFL last week. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Den. LB PATRICK QUEEN aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 on road. • K JUSTIN TUCKER converted game-winning 66-yard FG as time expired last week, longest FG in NFL history.
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 25 passes (76 pct.) for 235 yards with 0 INTs for 104.6 rating last week. Is only QB in NFL with 75+ comp. pct. in each of 1st 3 weeks ofseason & can become 2nd QB ever (TOM BRADY in 2007) with 75+ comp. pct. in each of team’s 1st 4 games. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating & 0 INTs. Leads qualified passers with 76.8 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 82 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 21 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/22/18 w/ LAC). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had 62 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 29 rush) & 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. Ranks 2nd amoing rookie RBs with 177 scrimmage yards & 138 rush yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 50+ rec. yards. WR TIM PATRICK had 5 catches for team-high 98 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. TE NOAH FANT has 6 catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB VON MILLER is only player in AFC with sack in each of 1st 3 weeks of season. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB A.J. JOHNSON led team with career-high 2 sacks & had PD last week. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 1st INT of 2021 in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 1st-career INT last week. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II aims for 3rd in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Bal.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 384 (Bal.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 809 (Den.)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 18-16
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5
LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Packers 28 at Steelers 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Steelers 38, Packers 31
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for season-high 318 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 1,021 pass yards (340.3 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 3 career games vs. GB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 315+ pass yards. Has 399 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had season-high 142 scrimmage yards (102 rec., 40 rush) & 14 catches last week, tied for most catches ever by rookie RB in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & 5+ catches. Leads all rookies with 272 scrimmage yards & leads all RBs with 20 catches in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL led team with career-high 9 catches for 96 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • LB T.J. WATT aims for his 5th in row with sack & 4th in row with FF. Had sack & PD in last meeting. S TERRELL EDMUNDS had TFL & 1st INT of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB JOE SCHOBERT aims for his 15th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. GB. LB MELVIN INGRAM has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had PD in only career game vs. GB (11/11/18 w/ Mia.). Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC North.
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.3 rating last week. Ranks 7th all-time with 418 TD passes & can surpass PHILIP RIVERS (421) & HOFer DAN MARINO (420) for 5th-most TD passes ever. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 at home. Passed for 383 yards & had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating in only career start vs. Pit. (12/20/09). • RB AARON JONES had 96 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD last week. Ties for NFL lead with 5 TDs in 2021. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 27 career home games. Is 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & DERRICK HENRY) with 30+ TDs (35) since 2019. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 12 receptions for 132 yards & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Leads NFL with 59 rec. TDs since 2016. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 10 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 59 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. TE ROBERT TONYAN has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 11 tackles & had 2ndcareer FR in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 1st sack of season last week. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 3 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 3, his 5thcareer INT. Has 6 PD in his past 4 at home. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 INTs & 9 PD in his past 6 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Pit.), 82 (GB) | XM: 385 (Pit.), 227 (GB) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 811 (GB)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 7-2
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 4
LAST GAME: 10/5/17: Patriots 19 at Buccaneers 14
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3
QB TOM BRADY passed for 432 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 3. Has 80,291 pass yards & can surpass DREW BREES (80,358) for most in NFL history. Spent 20 seasons (2000-19) with NE & is franchise’s all-time leader in wins (219), pass yards (74,571), pass TDs (541) & completions (6,377), all the most by any QB with one team ever. Led NE to 6 Super Bowl titles & 17 division titles & was 3x NFL MVP & 4x Super Bowl MVP with Patriots. Totaled 1,025 completions, 11,388 pass yards, 73 TD passes & 30 wins in 41 postseason games with NE. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD tied his career-high with 9 catches & had 12th-career rec. TD in Week 3. • TE ROB GRONKOWSKI spent 9 seasons (2010-18) with NE & had 521 receptions for 7,861 yards & 79 TDs, the most rec. TDs in franchise history. Had 81 receptions for 1,163 rec. yards & 12 TDs in 16 postseason games with NE. Has 8,668 rec. yards & can surpass GREG OLSEN (8,683) for 5th-most rec. yards by TE in NFL history. WR MIKE EVANS had 8 catches for 106 yards in Week 3, his 29th-career 100-yard game. Since 2014, ranks tied2nd in rec. TDs (63) & 3rd in rec. yards (8,471). WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 receptions for 74 yards & 1st-career rush TD last week. Has TD in 6 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. • LB LAVONTE DAVID aims for his 17th in row with 5+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 14th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 6 on road. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 6 TFL in his past 6.
QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed season-high 30 of 51 passes (58.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. 3 INTs & rushed for season high 28 yards last week. Leads all qualified rookies in pass yard (737), completions (81) & comp. pct. (67.5). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Rushed for 121 yards in only career game on SNF (11/15/20 vs. Bal.). RB BRANDON BOLDEN had 100 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 49 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had season-high 9 catches for 94 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (team-high 96) & had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. WR NELSON AGHOLOR aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 5+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE HUNTER HENRY had season-high 5 catches last week. TE JONNU SMITH had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. TB (10/27/19 w/ Ten.). • DB J.C. JACKSON had season-high 5 tackles in Week 3. Has PD in 2 of 3 games this season. Has 11 INTs since 2020, tied-most in NFL. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 11 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with PD. LB MATT JUDON had season high 2.5 sacks last week, his 7th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 7 tackles & had PD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & PD. LB JOSH UCHE aims for his 3rd in row with sack.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (NE) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (NE) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 817 (NE)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-0) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-1)
MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 65-55-2
STREAKS: Raiders have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/17/20: Chargers 30 at Raiders 27 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/20: Raiders 31, Chargers 26
QB DEREK CARR completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 386 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.7 rating last week. Can become 1st player ever with 375+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAC with 0 INTs. Leads NFL with 1,203 pass yards, 4th most in NFL history through team’s 1st 3 games of season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 114 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 38 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with rush TD. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of 3 career games on MNF. RB PEYTON BARBER led team with 142 scrimmage yards (careerhigh 111 rush, 31 rec.) & had rush TD last week. RB KENYAN DRAKE aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for his 9th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 150 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with TD catch. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 5 catches for 77 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR BRYAN EDWARDS led team with 89 rec. yards in Week 3. • DE MAXX CROSBY has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Had sack in last road meeting. DT SOLOMON THOMAS had 0.5 sacks & 1st-career FF last week. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN is 1 of 3 in NFL (ERIC KENDRICKS & BOBBY WAGNER) with 10+ tackles in 3 games this season. LB CORY LITTLETON had 10 tackles & PD in Week 3. Has 9+ tackles in 4 of his past 5.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 pct.) for 281 yards & season-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 125 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 4+ TD passes. Is 5th player in SB era with 5 games with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs in 1st 2 seasons. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of past 4. Had 640 pass yards (320 per game) & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 112.4 rating in 2 games vs. LV last season. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 107 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 52 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 6+ catches. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had team-high 8 catches for 50 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 9 of his past 10 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with rec. TD. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 7 catches for season-high 122 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 75+ rec. yards. • DE JOEY BOSA had 0.5 sacks last week. Has 8 TFL & 6 sacks in 7 career games vs. Raiders. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games on MNF. LB KYZIR WHITE had season-high 8 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 3. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in last home meeting. Rookie CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. aims for 3rd in row with INT. Leads rookies with 2 INTs this season. CB TEVAUGHN CAMPBELL had 2 PD & 2 FFs in Week 3. S ALOHI GILMAN had 1st-career INT last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (LV), 83 (LAC) | XM: 226 (LV), 225 (LAC) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 817 (LAC)
Brown races to 1st win as darkness falls at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Brandon Brown became the second NASCAR driver to earn his first national series victory Saturday with a win in the Xfinity Series race shortened by darkness at Talladega Superspeedway.
Brown was the leader when a crash with 12 laps to go brought out the seventh caution of the race and slowed activity as daylight faded over the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Brown was among a handful of drivers claiming over the radio it was too dark to see and the race needed to be called, a decision NASCAR made with six laps remaining.
Brown sobbed over his team radio as he thanked his father, who owns tiny Brandonbilt Motorsports along with his son.
“We did it, Dad, we did it! We did it, we won!” he radioed.
He did several burnouts to celebrate his first win in 113 Xfinity Series races over six seasons. After collecting the checkered flag, Brown stood atop his car and screamed “Let’s Go!” then energetically saluted the crowd.
“This is everything we hoped and dreamed for, this is everything,” Brown said. “Everything I’ve ever wanted to do is take the trophy home to mom and dad.”
It was the second upset winner of the day at Talladega, where Tate Fogelman smashed his way to his first career victory in the Truck Series race that opened the doubleheader. Neither winner is competing for the championship in their respective series, muddying both the Xfinity and Truck Series playoff grids.
Only reigning Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric has clinched a spot in the second round of the playoffs headed into next Saturday’s race at The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The field will be trimmed from 12 to eight at Charlotte.
Talladega is host of a busy two days for NASCAR and its playoffs with all three national series racing the middle event of their respective playoff rounds. The Cup Series is scheduled to race Sunday, weather permitting.
The atmosphere was festive Saturday in the Talladega infield, but a small convoy of vehicles paraded past the main entrance of the speedway waving Confederate flags at the start of the day. NASCAR last year banned the Confederate flag at its events and similar convoys have turned out for all four race weekends since the ban went into effect.
One of the vehicles displaying the Confederate flag on Saturday was also towing a war-era canon.
Inside the track, Brown was celebrating in victory lane. The 28-year-old graduate of Coastal Carolina University has been desperately trying to build a winning race program alongside his father, and earlier this season made a used car salesman type social media post soliciting sponsorship.
Brandon Jones finished second and was followed by Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric as Chevrolet and Toyota alternated the top four positions. Jordan Anderson was fifth to lead another trio of Chevrolets, and Cindric was the highest-finishing Ford driver in ninth – good enough to clinch him a spot in the next round.
“As far as I understand we’ve advanced onto the next round, so it’s kind of job accomplished for the day,” Cindric said.
The final caution of the night came with 12 laps remaining when Brett Moffitt in a pack of traffic got a big shove from behind and was ping-ponged off a pair of other cars. The crash collected playoff drivers Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton, but they were not the only title contenders to have problems at Talladega.
Herbst led four times for a race-high 26 laps and now goes to The Roval hoping to avoid playoff elimination.
“Somebody from behind me didn’t use their brake pedal and knocked the back of our race car off, so we had to come down pit road and fix that, and then that obviously put us in the hornet’s nest and the top three-wide. At that point, I knew we were gonna be wrecked,” Herbst said. “We led a lot of laps. We got a lot of points, but we just didn’t finish well. I think we’ve got to go win the Roval now.”
Noah Gragson led eight laps late but was wrecked while leading with 24 laps to go. Jeb Burton shoved Moffitt and Moffitt got loose then hooked left into Gragson, sending Gragson straight into the wall and bringing out the second red flag of the race.
The seven-car crashed also collected playoff driver Myatt Snider.
“The energy in the pack was a little chaotic. I thought it was a little early to be that aggressive,” Snyder said.
The first red flag was to fix damage to a retaining wall that occurred when AJ Allmendinger and Sam Mayer crashed 24 laps into the race. Allmendinger was the regular-season champion
“I just got hung up there, once you get back there, the people you are racing, it happens,” Allmendinger said. “We’re going to a pretty good racetrack for us.”
NASCAR charges into Talladega for unpredictable playoff race
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Denny Hamlin is already through to the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs with nothing to worry about at Talladega Superspeedway.
His championship rivals? Not so much.
NASCAR’s challenging second round of the playoffs – three wildly different circuits – moves Sunday to the behemoth 2.66-mile Alabama superspeedway where luck is as important as skill. The white-knuckled race falls between Las Vegas, a traditional 1.5-mile speedway where Hamlin won last week, and the twists and turns of the hybrid oval/road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway next week.
The unpredictability expected this week and next has the 11 drivers vying for seven remaining playoff slots slightly on edge.
“You can’t freak out and try any harder because I’m already trying as hard as I can,” said Alex Bowman, who narrowly raced his way through to the second round only for Las Vegas to drop him right back to 11th out of 12 in the standings.
“We’re not in a great spot and we’re going to a place that’s a huge wild card,” he said. “We’ve just got to wait and see how it shakes out. If it works out for us, it does. And if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
Hamlin, who automatically advanced to the third round with his Las Vegas victory, is the defending race winner, and Brad Keselowski scored his only win of the season at Talladega in April. Keselowski returns to the track only four points above the cutline, a mere two points separating him and teammate Joey Logano.
“It is stressful because your whole season can be decided this weekend and that may be somewhat out of your control,” said Logano, who has never been eliminated before the round of eight.
“This is the round that a true championship contender can be a surprise knockout.”
The four drivers below the cutline headed into Talladega are William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Bowman and Christopher Bell. Harvick is 1 for 41 at Talladega and his fourth-place finish in April was only his third top-10 in nine races, a span that included two race-ending crashes.
“It’s been a destruction derby over the last couple of years,” Harvick said. “It’s one of those places where you want to race up front and race hard all day. … I believe you have better odds at the front of the pack when it comes to staying out of a wreck if you can keep that track position all day.
“You’re going to race in a pack, three-wide at times, and you’re going to get pushed and have to push at times. You just never know what’s going to happen because Talladega is its own animal. It’s hard to finish a race there.”
Ryan Blaney, a two-time Talladega winner who is above the cutline alongside his Team Penske teammates Keselowski and Logano, said drivers need the same mindset for this playoff race as any other event.
“You have to be aware that you can get wiped out and it’s none of your doing. We’ve all been there. You’re just minding your own business and you get blindsided and you’re destroyed the next thing you know,” Blaney said. “But you can’t let that eat at you. You’ve just got to say, `Let’s focus and let’s do these things like we know how to do them, and go racing.'”
LARSON TRIPLE CROWN
Kyle Larson is probably the only driver as relaxed as Denny Hamlin, even though he’s winless in 28 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway.
The regular-season champion has a 57-point cushion above the cutline. He has opened the playoffs with four consecutive top-10 finishes, and another one Sunday could push him into the third round on points.
Larson understands he can only control so much at Talladega. Because the drivers are typically clumped into a pack for 500 miles, a wrong move can lead to disaster for any driver unable to dart their way through the wreckage.
“It’s just a totally different race and you’re just kind of stuck in a draft all the time,” Larson said. “You definitely study, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like there’s less stuff to study as far as drivers making an impact.”
Larson chased history even before he arrived in Talladega, making a brief return to sprint cars in his pursuit of the World of Outlaws triple crown.
Larson won a preliminary race Friday night at the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. A win Saturday night would make him the third driver in World of Outlaws history to sweep the Kings Royal at Eldora in Ohio, the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa and the National Open.
Only Doug Wolfgang in 1985 and Donny Schatz in 2007 have won all three races in the same season. The Saturday night event pays $75,000 to the winner, peanuts to what Larson has at stake the next six weeks as he races for his first Cup title.
“I didn’t think I would get the chance to come race here with the NASCAR playoffs but I’ve got a great team that allows me to chase an awesome goal,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver said.
Rookie Theegala goes after 1st PGA Tour win in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) In his first weekend contention on the PGA Tour, California rookie Sahith Theegala is handling the pressure and his golf just fine in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Theegala began the back nine Saturday at Country Club of Jackson with three straight birdies, had an eagle chip spin 360 degrees around the cup and finished with a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.
Cameron Tringale had a pair of eagles from long range with his putter and his wedge and matched his career best on the PGA Tour with a 62. He was one shot behind, along with Sam Burns and Denny McCarthy, who each shot 65.
Theegala was at 18-under 198.
“Definitely a little nerves in there for sure,” Theegala said. “But I think people have said before pressure is a privilege, and I’m trying to use those nerves to my advantage.”
Will Zalatoris, the rookie of the year last season while playing on unlimited sponsor exemptions, was tied for the lead with Theegala and Nick Watney. Zalatoris didn’t make a birdie over the final 12 holes. He shot 72 and fell five shots behind in a tie for 16th.
Watney took a late double bogey on the 16th hole and shot 71, leaving him four back.
Theegala was the consensus NCAA player of the year as a senior at Pepperdine, which was cut short by the pandemic. He had to bide his time between the Korn Ferry Tour and limited PGA Tour starts until making it to the big leagues with ease at the Korn Ferry Tour finals.
His brilliant back nine could have been even better. Theegala drove through the green on the reachable 15th and hit a beautiful pitch that somehow spun all around the cup without dropping, sending him to his knees in disbelief.
“I can’t wait to see the replay of that to see what happened because it literally looked like more than a 360,” Theegala said. “I didn’t have the greatest vantage point, but it was literally going right at the stick, and I’m like, `OK, that’s in, with good speed.’ I can’t believe that lip-out.”
Still, he has a chance to earn a two-year exemption and a spot in the Masters and PGA Championship next year if he can hold on.
The list of challengers includes Burns, who already won this year at the Valspar Championship and was in the final conversation to be a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup.
Tringale is still looking for his first win in his 311st start on the PGA Tour. The 62 matched his low from the RSM Classic at Sea Island last November.
He wasn’t about to read too much into this one. He kept the ball in position and the greens are pure. Plus, Tringale holed a 55-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth hole, and then holed a bunker shot from 100 feet away on the par-5 14th.
He had four birdie putts from the 12- to 15-foot range.
“This was a combination of hitting a lot of good shots and having good breaks just on the same day,” Tringale said. “I did give myself a lot of chances. I was never out of position. I was putting uphill most of the time. And a (55-footer) and a hole-out, you know, if I three-putt that one and don’t get up-and-down, that’s four shots difference right there.”
But he has a chance in what figures to be a shootout.
Fifteen players were separated by four shots, and nine of those players have yet to win on the PGA Tour.
“You definitely have to get the breaks,” Burns said. “But also it just goes to show you how many talented players there are out here. I think with how bunched up it is there’s probably at least 20-something maybe more guys that could win tomorrow. So really it’s just going out there and trying to put a solid round together.”
Willett shoots 66, leads by 3 at Alfred Dunhill Links
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Danny Willett began his third round in sunshine and ended it in torrential rain and high winds, playing some fine golf in between on the Old Course at St. Andrews in a 6-under 66 that left the Englishman with a three-stroke lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday.
Willett, who is 14 under par overall, will return to the home of golf on Sunday – the day he turns 34 – seeking an eighth win of his professional career and first in two years, since the BMW PGA Championship in September 2019.
The 2016 Masters champion has a good record on the Old Course, too. He is 73 under par for his career there and finished second at this event in 2010 as well as placing sixth at the British Open at St. Andrews in 2015.
Tyrrell Hatton, the second-round leader and two-time champion of the event, shot 71 and was one of four players tied for second place, along with Shane Lowry (67), Richard Bland (64) and John Murphy (67). All of them also played their third rounds at St. Andrews.
Each player in the field plays a round at St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie – three of the most storied courses in Scotland – from Thursday to Saturday. Those who make the cut return to St. Andrews for the final round.
Willett took advantage of favorable early conditions to make three birdies in the opening seven holes, rolling in from 4 feet at No. 2, from even closer in at No. 5, and then 10 feet at No. 7.
The weather turned grim but Willett still managed to complete a bogey-free round. After two-putting for birdie at No. 10 after driving the green, Willett moved into a tie for second place – at 12 under – with Daniel Gavins, who was playing at Kingsbarns.
Hatton was still leading at that point, on 14 under, having made four straight birdies from No. 2, but he didn’t pick up another shot and made three bogeys in a row from No. 13.
That, coupled with a bogey-double bogey-double bogey finish by Gavins, opened the door for Willett, who pitched to 3 feet at the last for a sixth birdie of the day.
Inbee Park, Jin Young Ko tied at the top in ShopRite LPGA
GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) Inbee Park birdied three of her last five holes to match Jin Young Ko with a 6-under 65 and the leave two top South Koreans in the world tied for the lead Saturday in the ShopRite LPGA.
Ko, the No. 2 player in the world, played in the morning on the windy Bay Course at Seaview and ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine. She had to settle for only one bogey on the back nine and was the first to post at 11-under 131.
Park is the No. 3 player in the world and putted well all day, her hallmark. She holed a 30-foot birdie on No. 6 and had a 6-foot par save on the next hole.
They were two shots ahead of ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit, who birdied the final hole to cap off a bogey-free 65.
Brittany Lincicome (67) and Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark (68) were three shots behind going into the final round.
Ko has a recent history of playing her best golf at the end of the year. She sat out most of the LPGA Tour season last year, staying home during the pandemic, and returned to capture the CME Group Tour Championship.
Now she sets her sights on a third victory in her last five starts on the LPGA Tour. That doesn’t include the Olympics, where Ko tied for ninth.
“I like it better than earlier in the year,” said Ko, who changed swing coaches late last year and feels all parts of her game are starting to come together.
Park won her first start of the year at the Kia Classic, but has been struggling of late by going six consecutive events outside the top 10.
“I remember putting good in Kia and then earlier in the season,” Park said. “And then middle of the season to the end of the season, not as good. I feel like this week is almost back to like where I was putting really good earlier in the season.”
Nelly Korda, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, has not played since the U.S. loss in the Solheim Cup a month ago. That leaves Ko and Park, both multiple major champions and former No. 1 players, to battle it out.
“Jin Young is really, really good player, too, so I think it’ll be really fun out there tomorrow playing with her,” Park said. “Obviously, you need some birdies out here to win tomorrow. Knowing that No. 2 player in the world is hunting for the same thing I am hunting for, definitely need to put some good performance. Good motivation to play for.”
Not to be overlooked is Tavatanakit, the first major champion of the year, who is well within range.
“I was thinking since I’m two back, I would say 4 or 5 under tomorrow would put myself in a really good position because I know how good they are,” Tavatanakit said. “No pressure, no expectations. I’m just going to go out there and play golf, and hopefully I get up to where I think I should be.”
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USL Championship Recap: Indy Eleven 1 : 1 Atlanta United 2
INDIANAPOLIS(Saturday, October 2, 2021) – Indy Eleven looked primed to gain the full three points in a pivotal match for playoff positioning against Atlanta United 2, but a last-minute goal by the visitors forced a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Forward Manuel Arteaga improved his scoring lead for the Boys in Blue with his ninth goal of the season early in the second half, but Aiden McFadden again played the villain for Atlanta, knocking home a loose ball on United 2’s final attacking thrust in stoppage time.
The result kept Indy and Atlanta even in the Central Division standings, with both now sitting on 31 points. While Atlanta holds the tiebreaker between the two sides courtesy of taking the head-to-head record, Indy Eleven holds a game in hand with four games remaining to the Georgians’ three. Both teams currently sit four points behind both OKC Energy FC (5 games remaining) and Memphis 901 FC (7 games remaining), with the former set to host San Antonio FC on Sunday in one of Week 24’s final contests.
The first half unfolded carefully at “The Mike”, both sides looking hesitant to make a crucial error under rainy conditions. It did eventually kick into gear, a header by United 2 defender Noah Cobb in the 26th minute forcing the game’s first save out of Eleven ‘keeper Bobby Edwards. Three minutes later it was Indy taking the attacking initiative, as Arteaga snapped off a low shot from the top of the arc that he tried to skip past Rocco Rios Novo, but the Atlanta netminder went low to smother and gather.
Atlanta striker Amadou Diop danced through multiple Indy defenders to get inside the area in the 37th minute, but late sliding pressure from defender Patrick Seagrist on a 15-yard effort allowed Edwards to gather easily in the end. Matias Benitez and Diop closed the half with dangerous looks that missed the frame, sending the visitors into the break with an 8-2 advantage in shots and 71%-29% lead in possession, but nothing to show for it in the still scoreless affair.
In the 53rd minute, Indy used the same combination to move the scoreboard first as it did on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. A pinpoint cross from the left flank by Indy captain Ayoze found Arteaga at the six, and the Venezuelan marksman rose to nod low and inside the left post to put the Boys in Blue in front 1-0.
Atlanta went sniping for the equalizer immediately, efforts by Connor Stanley, Matias Benitez and Amadou Diop all missing the target from around the top of the area with five minutes of the hour mark. As the game opened up Indy would get some looks at well, Seagrist’s near post effort off a break into the left side of the area that hit the side netting in the 73rd minute marking the most dangerous threat for the home side.
Diop kept his foot on the gas for Atlanta, rising to snap off a header that missed just wide in the 77th minute, and two minutes later stealing a ball at midfield and nearly forcing a 1-v-1 against Edwards if not for Indy defender Jared Timmer’s remarkable recovery run to thwart the chance. The 80th minute saw Stanley whistle a chance just over the crossbar, and four minutes later Diop slid into the six looking to redirect Darwin Matheus’s probing cross from the left, but interference from Edwards help knock the ball out for an Indy goal kick.
Indy seemed as if it had full points in hand as three minutes of stoppage turned into five, but Atlanta’s last gasp effort paid dividends. Edwards looked to have a header in traffic at the six by Diop corralled on his line, but the wet ball slipped from his grasp, allowing McFadden to sweep the loose ball into the roof of the net, breaking the hearts of the Eleven faithful.
Indy Eleven continues its playoff push next Sunday, October 10, with an away affair against current Central Division leader Birmingham Legion FC. Fans can watch the 5:00 p.m. ET contest at BBVA Field live via streaming video on ESPN + and follow online through the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Boys in Blue will then return home on Saturday, October 16, when archrival Louisville City FC crosses the Ohio River for the second and final time in 2021.
Purdue Racks Up Big Plays but Falls to Minnesota
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue football racked up plenty of yardage thanks in part to 10 plays of at least 15 yards, but the Boilermakers were kept off the scoreboard in the second half for the first time since October 2019 in a 20-13 loss to Minnesota on a rainy Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue (3-2, 1-1 B1G) led 13-10 at the half, but the Gophers (3-2, 1-1 B1G) opened the third quarter with a 54-yard play action pass from Tanner Morgan to Mike Brown-Stephens. They scored two plays later on a four-yard rush by Trey Potts, taking a 17-13 lead they would not relinquish.
In the fourth quarter, Minnesota ran off four minutes and 37 seconds on the clock and forced Purdue to burn all three of its timeouts by gaining 39 yards on nine consecutive rushes after the Boilermakers were unable to convert on a fourth-and-four play at midfield. A 14-yard scramble up the middle of the field by quarterback Cole Kramer on third and three from the Minnesota 47-yard line was the key play of the drive. The Boilermakers finally stopped the Gophers at the 21-yard line, but Matthew Trickett connected on a 38-yard field goal to account for the final margin.
Aidan O’Connell quickly marched Purdue into Minnesota territory with four consecutive completions for 48 yards, but Tyler Nubin came up with the game-ending interception on a third-and-10 play with 47 seconds remaining in the game.
David Bell went over 2,000 receiving yards for his career on his first catch of the game, a 32-yard completion on the game’s first drive. He’s done it in only 22 career games.
O’Connell completed 34 of 52 passes for 371 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He completed passes to 11 different Boilermakers. Bell led the way with 120 yards on six receptions. Milton Wright also caught six passes for 91 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Highlighted by a 19-yard run, King Doerue racked up 49 yards on his first eight carries and finished the day with a career-high 95 yards rushing. He also made five receptions for 25 yards. The early success on the ground led to Doerue’s number being called on a fourth-and-one at the Minnesota nine-yard-line to begin the second quarter. He converted by leaping over the line. O’Connell hit Wright for a the touchdown pass two plays later to a capping a 91-yard drive, Purdue’s longest of the season and second scoring drive of 90 yards this year.
Jaylan Alexander led the defense with five tackles and two pass breakups. George Karlaftis also had five tackles and now has 4.5 tackles for loss this season. Purdue did not record a sack Saturday as the Gophers only attempted 18 passes, completing nine.
• The Boilermakers’ 77 points against are the fewest they have conceded in the first five games since the 2004 team surrendered just 66 during a 5-0 start.
• Purdue’s 10 big plays of 15-plus yards included eight receptions and two rushes. David Bell (4), Milton Wright (3) and Broc Thompson contributed the catches; King Doerue had runs of 16 and 19 yards.
• Despite running 85 offensive plays to Minnesota’s 52, the Boilermakers were held off the scoreboard in the second half of a game for the first time since losing 35-7 at Penn State in October 2019.
• Purdue had a 28-13 advantage in first downs, converting 6 of 17 third downs and 2 of 3 fourth downs.
• The Boilermakers have scored 13 points in three consecutive games, a total that was good enough for a win last week vs. Illinois.
• Minnesota punter Mark Crawford averaged 51 yards per kick on his six punts, pinning Purdue inside the 20 four times. The Boilermakers’ best starting field position was the 25-yard line after four different kickoffs.
• Purdue lost 44 yards on Minnesota’s four sacks.
Trailing 17-13 with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Purdue had to begin a drive from the two-yard line, its poorest starting position of the day. But the Boilermakers quickly came to life with a pair of big plays – a 34-yard completion to Bell and a 16-yard run by Doerue. But after a pair of incompletions at midfield, Purdue faced a fourth-and-five decision. O’Connell completed a pass to Broc Thompson but the receiver had to extend to make the catch, going down to the turf a yard short of the line to gain with 6:23 remaining. Minnesota’s time-consuming drive followed and the Boilermakers did not get the ball back until the 1:46 mark.
Early in the fourth quarter, O’Connell connected a 25-yard pass to Wright on third and five at the Purdue 27-yard line. The next set of downs featured a 12-yard pass to Garrett Miller on a bit of a broken play on fourth and two. It was a tough throw for O’Connell from the far hash market to the east sideline, with Miller getting his knee down in bounds just in time to maintain possession for the Boilermakers.
But Purdue was unable to convert on a third and four three plays later, followed by Mitchell Fineran missing his first field goal (from 47 yards) of the season. Fineran converted from 36 and 24 yards out in the first half as part of his 9-for-9 start to the year. But both of those field goals put points on the board after the Boilermakers had drives stall out in the red zone.
Minnesota’s 51-yard pass from Morgan to Brown-Stephens led to a 42-yard field goal at the 4:49 mark of the second quarter. A Blind side block on wide receiver Daniel Jackson negated a 13-yard first down run, which would have given the Gophers the ball at the 13-yard line.
O’Connell marched the Boilermakers right back down the field to help his team regain the lead going to the locker room. O’Connell was 7-for-8 for 63 yards on the drive, connecting passes to six different receivers even though Bell was not one of them. Miller’s 14-yard catch and run up the east sideline brought the crowd to its feet as he hurdled a would-be tackler. O’Connell hit Broc Thompson on a 19-yard completion over the middle on the following play. Fineran made his 24-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining in the half.
After Purdue did not concede a touchdown in last week’s win vs. Illinois, Minnesota was able to connect on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Morgan to Chris Autman-Bell. It was just the fourth play of the drive after a strip sack by Boye Mafe and fumble recovery by Val Martin at the 44-yard line.
The Boilermakers are idle next weekend and return to action Saturday, Oct. 16 for a 3:30 p.m. ET road game at No. 5 Iowa.
Shondell’s 600th Match Ends in Sweep Over Rutgers
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 4 Purdue volleyball (11-2, 3-1 B1G) took down Rutgers (8-6, 0-3 B1G) in three quick sets, 25-6, 25-17, 25-15. The win not only marked the ninth time Purdue has swept an opponent, but the 600th match head coach Dave Shondell, Associate Head Coach John Shondell and Assistant Head Coach –Recruiting Coordinator Kathy Jewell, has coached in at Purdue.
Additionally, for the first time this century, fans witnessed a Boilermaker reach 145 career aces. With Jena Otec’s service ace in the third set, the graduate defensive specialist entered the program top-10, tying for No. 10 in program history. She is the first Boilermaker in 24 years to accomplish the feat (last: Brooke White, 1993-96).
The Boilermakers came out hot, opening the match with 10 straight points and ending the set with just six points by Rutgers. The 19-point margin tied the program record, set earlier this season vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (9/17/21), for the most decisive set victory in the modern 25-point era.
The Boilermakers came out hot, opening the match with 10 straight points with libero Marissa Hornung at the service line. Purdue’s 19-point win margin in the first set (25-6) tied the program record, set earlier this season vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (9/17/21), as the most decisive set victory in the modern 25-point era.
Purdue ended the night with a .405 attack %, the third-best efficiency this season. Meanwhile, for the fifth time this year, the defense held its opponent to under .100 %, with Rutgers closing the night at a .040 hitting %. Purdue totaled 47 digs and 10 blocks.
The effort was led by junior Maddie Koch and senior Grace Cleveland. Cleveland recorded the second-most efficient match of her career with .750 attack % following 13 kills and one error on 16 swings. The attack earned her place in the record books, tying for the fifth-most efficient match by a Boilermaker in three sets (15-19 attempts). Koch posted a career-best 10 kills, with just one error on 16 swings for a .562 hitting clip.
Megan Renner, who appeared in all three sets, also set a career-high with 10 assists and tied her career-best of two digs in the win. Her counterpart, redshirt senior Hayley Bush tallied 24 assists in the match.
Purdue’s first mid-week matchup is up next. The Boilermakers will travel to Illinois on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET for a Big Ten Network showdown. The Boilermakers will look to even the score after the Fighting Illini edged Purdue in five sets Friday night in Holloway.
Purdue in 2nd After 18 Holes at Rich Harvest Farms
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – The Purdue men’s golf team started strong and put themselves in position after 18 holes at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate, held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Purdue totaled a 6-under par 282 to sit in a second-place tie behind leader and host Northern Illinois. The Huskies tallied a 9-under par 279 to outdistance both Purdue and Marquette by three shots. Missouri is fourth at 4-under par 284, while Wisconsin and James Madison are tied for fifth at 2-under par 286.
The Boilermakers were led in round one by sophomore Herman Sekne, sitting in fifth place after an opening-round, 3-under par 69. Sekne was 3-under par through 16 holes when a double-bogey on 17 dropped him back to 1-under par. He would eagle the par-5 18th to move back into the 60s and into the top five.
It marked his second round in the 60s this season and sixth in his career.
Joe Weiler continued his outstanding start to the season with a 2-under par 70, good for 10th after round one. Weiler got to 3-under par through 11 holes, but suffered bogeys on 12 and 15 before finishing his round with a birdie on 18.
Nick Dentino had a strong opening round as well, sitting in 15th place at 1-under par 71. Dentino had three straight birdies on the front nine to get to 2-under par before falling to even par. He birdied 17 to get back under par for his round.
Playing in his first career tournament, Nels Surtani had a good opening round with an opening-round 72, good for 25th place. Surtani was 2-under par through 14 holes before suffering a double-bogey on 15 to fall back to even par.
Cole Bradley shot an opening-round 84, while Andrew Farraye, playing as an individual, shot an opening-round, 3-under par 69 to also sit in fifth place.
Purdue will be paired with Northern Illinois and Marquette in round two, with tee times starting at 10 a.m. ET.
Boilermakers Meet No. 18 Wisconsin Sunday
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team returns to the road to face a second consecutive top-20 opponent at No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday, October 3, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kickoff at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex is set for 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT.
The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at UWBadgers.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
The Boilermakers are 8-2-2 on the season and 3-1-0 in the Big Ten. Despite its six-match win streak being snapped on Thursday, Purdue remains off to its best start to a season since 2007 and is one of two teams with three wins and nine points to top the conference standings after four matches. The squad is coming off a 2-1 defeat at home to No. 17 Michigan.
Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 15 have at least one assist, both the most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for third-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 23-11 advantage in goal differential, including 15-5 in the second half.
Purdue is second in the Big Ten with 23 goals, 71 points, 5.00 saves per game and a .845 save percentage and third with 25 assists.
Individually, senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 15 nationally with eight goals and No. 22 in the country with 4.36 shots per game. She is second in the conference with 17 points and 2.09 shots on goal per game. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is No. 7 in the NCAA with 1127:43 minutes played, and she also leads the Big Ten with 59 saves and is No. 2 with 4.92 saves per game and a .843 save percentage.
Additionally, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews is sixth in the league with two game-winning goals, and she is second on the team with 11 points. Freshman forward Gracie Dunaway has a team-best four assists.
Bova’s 16 career shutouts is No. 3 in team history, her 22 wins and 4557 minutes played both are No. 4, and her 176 saves and 48 starts are fifth-most. In 2021, Bova has eight victories, tied for No. 10 on the single-season list. Griffith’s 18 career goals is ninth-most all-time, and her eight goals this season is one shy of cracking the top-10 for most goals in a season.
The Badgers are 7-2-3 and 2-1-1 in the Big Ten, and they are one of six teams tied for third in the conference standings with seven points. In the national rankings, UW is No. 18 in both the United Soccer Coaches poll and the Soccer America top-25.
LAST TIME OUT: WIN STREAK SNAPPED
Purdue’s six-match win streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Michigan on Thursday night at Folk Field. The defeat is just the second of the season for the Boilermakers and the first in Big Ten play as they played their second top-20 opponent of the season.
All three goals were scored in a 10-minute span in the first half. Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, but Griffith answered right back with a goal just 30 seconds later to even the score at 1-1. UM scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 32nd minute to regain a 2-1 advantage. Senior midfielder Grace Walsh assisted on Griffith’s score, her second of the season and third of her career.
Purdue was out-shot 20-6, and Michigan had a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. Bova made five saves, and UM’s keeper stopped two shots. Griffith and Mathews each had two shots, and Griffith had two of the Boilermakers’ shots on goal.
A complete recap from the match, including box score, postgame comments from coach Drew Roff and highlights, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SERIES HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN
Purdue is 10-12-3 all-time against Wisconsin and 5-4-1 in Madison. The two teams have met three times in the past two seasons, and the Boilermakers are 2-1-0, including a 1-0 upset victory over the top-seeded and No. 7-ranked Badgers in the opening game of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament. Both matchups in 2019 saw Purdue face a top-15 UW side.
Last season, the Boilermakers earned a 2-0 victory over the Badgers on March 9, 2021. Nicole Kevdzija scored both goals, in the 8th and 28th minutes, with assists to Sydney Duarte and Griffith. Kevdzija had three of Purdue’s five shots, while Wisconsin was limited to four shots, two on goal. The contest was a UW home game played indoors in Loves Park, Illinois.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Wisconsin is 7-2-3 on the season, 2-2-1 at home and 2-1-1 in Big Ten play. The Badgers are coming off a 2-1 loss to Penn State at home on Thursday, which snapped a nine-match unbeaten streak. UW opened conference action with three consecutive road matches, and earned wins at Minnesota and Michigan State before a scoreless draw at Michigan.
The Badgers are second in the Big Ten with a .583 shutout percentage, and they are third with a .843 save percentage and fourth with a .617 goals-against average. Goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer’s six shutouts is fifth-best nationally.
UP NEXT: SENIOR DAY AT FOLK FIELD
Following a Thursday off, Purdue returns home on Sunday, October 10, for a 1 p.m. ET matchup against Minnesota. It is Senior Day, and the Boilermakers’ senior class will be recognized prior to the contest at Folk Field. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021.
Indiana Suffers Setback at No. 4 Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A bye has arrived.
For this, the Indiana Hoosiers can give thanks.
Between mounting injuries and punishing opponents, a break has to help.
At least Saturday night’s 24-0 loss to No. 4 Penn State (5-0) leaves IU (2-3) with time to fix what’s wrong.
It won’t play again until No. 17 Michigan State (5-0) comes to Memorial Stadium on Oct. 16.
“A lot of guys will get a lot of work in,” receiver Ty Fryfogle. “We can be as good as we want to be. This will be the turning point of our season to figure out how good we want to be.”
Added linebacker Cam Jones: “The bye comes at a great time. We have to look in the mirror, get back to the drawing board, and figure this out.”
First, though, consider the Hoosiers’ three losses (also to unbeaten Cincinnati and Iowa) have come against perhaps the nation’s three best teams not named Alabama and Georgia.
Also, consider injuries are testing IU’s depth, but not its resolve.
“We’re going to fight, I promise you that,” head coach Tom Allen said.
“I believe in our guys. We’ve got to play better. We came here to win. That’s the bottom line. We didn’t get the job done. We’ll figure out what we have to do to get this right and get back to winning.”
As far as the tough schedule, Allen added, “They are all really good. They expose exactly what we need to work on. We have to stay together. Our guys will.”
A third-quarter sack ended quarterback Michael Penix Jr.’s night with a left shoulder injury. He was 10-for-22 for 118 yards and an interception.
“It’s his throwing shoulder,” Allen said. “We’ll do more tests to determine what the issue is. His health is No. 1.”
Jack Tuttle replaced him and finished 6-for-12 for 77 yards and an interception.
“Jack gave us a spark,” Allen said. “I don’t know about that last throw (the interception). I like what I saw. He’s good player.”
Added Fryfogle: “I hope Mike is OK. He’s a strong guy.
“Jack stepped right in. He’s always ready. I believe in Jack.”
IU was shut out for the first time since 2000. It has scored just six points in two Big Ten games.
“We can be way better than we are,” Fryfogle said about the offense. “We’re going to be better. That’s a must. We’ll get it figured out.”
Added Allen: “We have to do what we can to get this team better. I have to do a better job as the head coach. We have to do a better job as a staff.
“With the bye week, we’ll get guys healthy, get ourself in the right mindset to move the ball on offense and win games in this conference.”
Indiana took a shot before the game even started. All-America cornerback Tiawan Mullen was out with a lower leg injury suffered the previous week at Western Kentucky. It was announced just before kickoff.
“He rehabbed and rehabbed,” Allen said. “We thought we’d have him, but he wasn’t where he needed to be for our medical staff to feel good about playing him. It was a big blow. He’s a great player.”
The Hoosiers still had two quality cornerbacks in Jaylin Williams and Reese Taylor. Noah Pierre moved up to the third cornerback.
Then, Taylor suffered a lower leg injury near the end of the first half that sidelined him for the rest of the game. In came Pierre. Fryfogle replaced Taylor as the punt returner.
Then safety Raheem Layne was hurt just before the end of the third quarter.
All-America linebacker Micah McFadden was banged up in the fourth quarter.
“It’s something minor,” McFadden said. “I’ll be fine.”
Allen said he’s hopeful Taylor and Mullen will return for Michigan State.
As it turned out, it wasn’t Penn State passing that hurt IU as much as the previously struggling Nittany Lion rushing attack.
They rushed for 209 yards. IU had just 69, 50 from tailback Stephen Carr.
Still, the defense made a series of big plays, including a fourth-quarter goal line stand despite a depleted lineup.
“Our guys stayed locked in,” McFadden said. “There was no lack of fight. Just a lack of execution here or there.”
Early IU drops didn’t help Penix, who opened 1-for-8 with a 35-yard completion to tight end Peyton Hendershot.
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford wrapped up an 80-yard, 13-play drive by rolling for a touchdown pass for a 7-0, first-quarter lead.
Layne’s first-quarter interception gave IU the ball at the PSU 13-yard line. A Penix scramble left the Hoosiers with fourth and just over a yard. A Carr run came up short. No points.
“You don’t win road games kicking field goals,” Allen said. “I’ll go for that every time. I expect to get it.”
A 44-yard Penn State run — its longest of the season — got the ball into Hoosier territory. It was the highlight of a 96-yard TD drive for a 14-0 Nittany Lions lead.
Two Penix completions positioned IU for a score near the end of the first half, but an interception ended that hope. Halftime arrived with that 14-0 score.
Penix injured his left shoulder early in the third quarter. Tuttle’s first play was third and 16, and he got sacked.
A Clifford scramble set up a touchdown pass for a 21-0 lead late in the third quarter.
Tuttle passed the Hoosiers into field goal range, but Charles Campbell’s field goal attempt was blocked.
Penn State added a 50-yard field goal.
“We’re going to have two weeks of preparation,” Fryfogle said. “It’s to the point we have to decide how we want the season to end up. Look in the mirror and figure out what we’re going to do.”
Added McFadden: “We have to take a self-reflecting look at everything we’re doing.
“Guys need to decide what comes of this. The Hoosiers are 2-3. How are we going to respond?”
IUVB and No. 14 Penn State Goes To Four Sets
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball forced No. 14 Penn State to a fourth set on Saturday night but eventually fell, 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 16-25, 22-25).
• The Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening set with a kill by Breana Edwards and Mady Saris followed by a Penn State setting error.
• Down by four at 16-12, Indiana mounted the comeback in part to kills Saris and Edwards. Camryn Haworth also tallied an ace.
• Knotted at 22, an attack and a service error by the Nittany Lions gave Indiana a set point opportunity. Trying to close the door, Penn State stormed back to take the first set, 26-24.
• The Hoosier took command of the second set that started out with a slam from Savannah Kjolhede.
• With Indiana challenging a Penn State touch before the ball went out of bounds, the challenge was successful, and the Hoosiers led, 7-4
• Kjolhede had her second kill of the set that gave Indiana the edge, 13-8.
• Carly Mills served up an ace followed by kills from Kaley Rammelsberg and Edwards forced Penn State to take a timeout with Indiana up 19-16.
• A kill from Kari Zumach set up Indiana for a set point as the Hoosiers went on to win the second set, 25-20.
• Down 15-3 in the third set, Saris and Edwards got the Indiana offense going with a kill apiece.
• Saris tallied another kill late, but Penn State rolled in the third frame and won the set, 25-16.
• In the fourth set, Carly Mills aided the Hoosiers with an ace as the Nittany Lions held the lead, 8-6.
• Edwards found the gap as the frame was tied 22-22. A service error by Indiana and a pair of kills gave the Nittany Lions the set victory, 25-22.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards raked in a team-leading 18 kills and two blocks.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris had 17 kills and two solo blocks.
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards raked in a team-leading 18 kills and two blocks.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame put up a squad-high 19 digs.
The Hoosiers will take a trip out east next weekend as they face Rutgers and Maryland. Indiana faces the Scarlet Knight on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. before taking on the Terrapins on Saturday, October 10 also at 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball Welcomes Fans Back with 2021 Hoosier Hysteria
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the first time since March 2020, the Indiana men’s basketball program welcomed Hoosier Nation back to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the annual Hoosier Hysteria presented by Smithville.
The Hoosier crowd heard from first-year head coach Mike Woodson.
“It feels good to be home,” Woodson said. “Let me start by thanking my coaching staff, my trainer Tim Garl, and our strength coach Clif Marshall. The most important person I need to thank is my wife, Terri. She has rode this roller coaster ride with me for 46 years and now we are back home. I want to thank my two daughters Alexis and Mariah, who are my biggest fans, and my family that came down from Indianapolis.”
“But this is not about Mike Woodson, it is about the 17 players wearing this Indiana uniform. I came back for you guys, nothing else,” Woodson added. “And yes, Hoosier Nation, we have a lot of work to do to get back on top. But with your help, the greatest fans in college basketball, we will get back on top. The reason I say that is because I have 17 players that are willing to work, willing to be coached.
“This team, when we step out on the court on Nov. 9, we want to give you something to be proud of,” Woodson concluded. “There is no pressure on the 17 players, because at the end of the day, it is my job push you to get better and push you in the right direction. I had a guy in Bob Knight that did that for me. I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out. We are going to need you to get this thing back on top.”
Indiana basketball Hall of Famer, NCAA Champion, two-time NBA Champion and Naismith Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas (1979-81) also addressed the crowd.
“Sometimes I get emotional and I have these flashbacks and moments, “Thomas said. “The last time I heard No. 42 on this floor … you have a coach here, you have a man here that talks about a journey and putting us back, back on top. I remember the last time Mike Woodson took off his jersey. I watched No. 42 and No. 41 take of their IU jerseys for the last time.
“I was so hurt that day because I felt that I had not given this man (Woodson) the championship he deserved,” Thomas continued. “It hurt me so deep that I vowed that I would never let my teammates, or the fans, down again at IU. We came back and won the national championship in 1981, but the best team I ever played on at Indiana was the 1980 team.
“Hoosier Nation, there is no better fan base in the history of college basketball,” Thomas said. “You have a responsibility to stand up, show up, show out, and be here every single game. Let it be known, Hoosier Nation is in the house.”
Following the on-court speeches, the men’s team joined the women’s program in a couple of special events, including a 3-point shootout, a skills competition and a dunk contest.
Parker Stewart teamed up with Grace Berger from the women’s team to win the 3-point shootout. The duo combined to make 55 triples through two rounds of shots.
Rob Phinisee and Mackenzie Holmes took the crown in the skills competition, an event that consisted of weaving through barriers off the dribble, throwing a chest pass through a small target, making a layup and knocking down a 3-pointer. Phinisee and Holmes were the quickest group through two rounds at a shade under 83 seconds.
Finally, Trayce Jackson-Davis earned the championship belt in the dunk contest after compiling a three-round score of 86 points as scored by three judges: Indiana University President Pamela Whitten, Wayne Mitchell Radford and Zeke.
The men’s basketball team will return to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall to open the 2021-22 season on Nov. 9 against Eastern Michigan.
IUWBB Makes Team Debut at 2021 Hoosier Hysteria
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Basketball debuted its 2021-22 roster on Saturday at Hoosier Hysteria inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Complete with player intros, the Hoosier crowd was welcomed by eighth year head coach Teri Moren who addressed the crowd. The duo of Parker Stewart and Grace Berger won the 3-pont competition and Rob Phinisee and Mackenzie Holmes won the skills challenge.
The Hoosiers return all five starters from last season’s NCAA Elite Eight campaign as they finished 21-6 overall and 16-2 in Big Ten play. All-Americans junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Grace Berger highlight IU’s veteran group along with seventh-year senior guard Ali Patberg and senior forward Aleksa Gulbe, who all earned All-Big Ten honors a season ago.
Indiana is ranked amongst the top teams in the country, coming in at No. 7 in ESPNW’s Way Too Early Top 25 and No. 8 in the NCAA.com preseason poll. The season will begin on Nov. 10 when IU travels to Butler followed by the home opener against Kentucky on Nov. 14.
Season tickets for the upcoming campaign are now on sale through the IU Ticket Office by visiting its website, calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or in person at the West lobby ticket office in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
#9/#7 IRISH COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST #7/#8 CINCINNATI
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 9/7 Notre Dame football team dropped its first game at home in four years as their comeback bid fell short in the 24-13 loss to No. 7/8 Cincinnati Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame’s offense took the ball and marched down the field on the opening drive but the Bearcats picked off a pass at the one-yard line to end the threat.
Both defenses controlled the remainder of the opening quarter, as the game was scoreless after the end of the first quarter.
Cincinnati managed to capitalize on two Notre Dame turnovers, scoring a touchdown and a field goal to take a 10-0 lead with over 10 minutes left in the half.
The Bearcats tacked on another touchdown just before the half on an 80-yard drive to take a 17-0 lead into the halftime intermission.
Midway through the third quarter Cincinnati drove into Notre Dame territory when Isaiah Foskey made a huge strip sack that Drew White scooped up and returned 22 yards to the Bearcat 38-yard line.
The Irish turned the turnover into points, scoring a touchdown four plays later off a three-yard run into the endzone from Kyren Williams to cut the deficit to 17-7 with 1:19 left in the third.
Notre Dame continued to chip away and pulled within a score after Drew Pyne hit Braden Lenzy for a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Irish trailed by just four, 17-13 with 8:20 remaining in the game.
The Bearcats put the game out of reach on the ensuing drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown rush from Ritter. It put Cincinnati back up by double-digits and the Irish were unable to overcome the deficit.
The Irish head to Blacksburg, Virginia, to take on Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 9. The game will air on ACCN.
IRISH RALLY TO WIN THRILLER AT #18 GEORGIA TECH
ATLANTA — Aubrey Hamilton matched her career-high with 20 kills as Notre Dame rallied from 0-2 down to win a thriller at #18 Georgia Tech (17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 16-14) on Friday night at O’Keefe Gymnasium.
Hamilton’s 20 kills came with a .375 mark while Caroline Meuth amassed 14 kills and Charley Niego earned 12 kills. Zoe Nunez collected 45 assists in the five sets. Niego and Nunez also tied with a game-high three aces each.
Defensively, Nunez racked up a team-high 15 digs to go with six blocks and Lindsey Miller led all players with eight total blocks. Meuth added five blocks and Hattie Monson totaled 14 digs.
As a team, the Irish finished the night with 14 total blocks to Georgia Tech’s five and eight service aces to the Yellow Jackets’ two. Notre Dame also hit .291 in the match with 62 total kills.
HOW IT HAPPENED
An Irish 4-1 run, capped by a kill from Hamilton, put Notre Dame up 7-4 to open play before the Yellow Jackets answered with the next three points to make it 7-all. Georgia Tech then used a 4-0 run to earn a 15-12 advantage at the media timeout and extended the run to 8-0 after the break to go up 19-12. The hosts stayed in control from there to take the first set, 25-17.
The sides traded 3-0 runs en route to an 11-11 tie to open the second stanza. After Georgia Tech went up 13-11, a pair of Nunez aces sparked an Irish 4-0 run that put the visitors ahead 15-13.
The Yellow Jackets retook the lead with a 4-1 run that gave them a 19-17 advantage and forced an Irish timeout. Back-to-back kills by Hamilton got the Irish back within one at 20-19, but the hosts held on to take the second set, 25-22.
The two sides were tied on nine occasions in the first half of the set before Hamilton delivered a kill to put Notre Dame up 15-14 at the media timeout. The teams traded points to 17-17 before a Georgia Tech service error and kill by Meuth gave the Irish a 19-17 lead and forced the hosts to take a timeout.
The Yellow Jackets tied it again at 19-19 after the break before a block and kill by Meuth helped Notre Dame regain a two-point advantage at 22-20. A kill and block by Miller clinched the third frame for Notre Dame, 25-22, and forced a fourth set.
The Irish broke a 6-6 tie with a 5-1 run that included a kill by three different players (Hamilton, Nunez, Niego) and an ace by Phyona Schrader to go up 11-7. A kill by Meuth extended Notre Dame’s lead to 13-8, but the hosts earned the next three points to make it 13-11 and force an Irish timeout.
Notre Dame stormed out of the break with a 6-0 run to earn a 19-11 lead and stayed on top to take the fourth set, 25-17. As a team, the Irish racked up 12 kills and hit .360 in the frame.
The Irish broke a 3-3 tie with a 6-1 run that included a trio of kills by Hamilton to go up 9-4 in the decisive fifth set. Niego delivered a kill to put Notre Dame up 12-8, but the Yellow Jackets answered with the next four points to even the set at 12-12 and force an Irish timeout.
The sides worked to a 14-14 tie before the Irish completed the comeback with a block by Meuth/Miller and Hamilton’s 20th kill sealed a 16-14 triumph in the fifth.
The Irish closes the weekend with a road contest at Clemson this Sunday (Oct. 3) at 1 p.m. ET
That matchup will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.
Butler Football Falls to Drake PFL Home Opener 6-3
INDIANAPOLIS – Cross Robinson scored the only touchdown of the afternoon for the Drake Bulldogs with 4:53 to play in the third quarter to give the visitors a 6-3 advantage. That score would hold for the remainder of the game moving Butler’s overall record to 2-3.
How It Happened
After a scoreless first quarter of play, Drake drove the ball deep into Butler territory early in the second quarter. The Butler defense held strong, as Jordan Casselberry made a stop on fourth and short at the Butler eight-yard line to take over on downs.
Late in the second quarter, Butler converted a fourth down with a five-yard pass from Bret Bushka to AJ Deinhart to put Butler into field-goal range. Kicker JJ Wadas converted a 40-yard field goal to score the game’s first points and Butler took a 3-0 lead into the half.
Drake took the lead with 4:53 left in the third-quarter after a 4-yard touchdown run by Cross Robinson, but missed the PAT. On the ensuing Butler drive, Bret Bushka connected with Yogi Flager for a 32-yard pass to put Butler into Drake territory. A pair of Bret Bushka runs helped to set the Bulldogs up at the Drake 2-yard line, but a fumble returned the ball back to Drake.
Butler was unable to put together a substantial drive in the fourth quarter and was forced to punt the ball back to Drake with 5:53 to go in the fourth. Drake converted on third down after a 12-yard pass from Blake Ellingson to Ryan Hayes with 1:59 to go in the fourth quarter, allowing Drake to take a knee for the remainder of the game.
Play of the Game
Butler lost a costly fumble on the Drake 1-yard line with 4:53 to play in the third quarter.
Inside the Box Score
– JJ Wadas hit a 40-yard field goal to give Butler a 3-0 advantage at the half
– It was Wadas’ first field goal attempt of the season
– Yogi Flager led the offense for Butler with six receptions, covering 82 yards
– Bret Bushka completed 12 passes for 109 yards
– Bushka added a team-best 78 rushing yards
– Bushka and Flager connected on a 32-yard pass play, the longest of the day for BU
– Tommy Carlsen led Butler’s defense with 12 tackles
– Thomas Rousseau had a sack, a tackle for loss and four stops for BU
– Jordan Caselberry and Jacob Cain also shared a sack
Butler will host San Diego next Saturday, Oct. 9. Kick-off is set for 12 PM at the Sellick Bowl.
Connecticut Visits Butler WSoccer for First Time
Matchday Information – Connecticut at Butler
DATE: Sunday, October 3 / 1 PM
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE STATS: butlersports.com
LIVE VIDEO: BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 1-0-0
LAST MEETING: April 16, 2021 (BIG EAST semifinal) – Providence, R.I. – Butler 2, Connecticut 1
The Butler women’s soccer team is preparing to host Connecticut as the Huskies travel to Indianapolis for the first time ever. The Bulldogs are coming off a, 1-1, double-overtime draw with St. John’s, while Connecticut most recently defeated Seton Hall, 2-1.
In the Bulldogs’ tie with St. John’s, Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her ninth of the season and 25th of her career. Alli Leonard now leads the Bulldogs in assists, as she notched her sixth of the season. Leonard led the Bulldogs in shots (3) and shots on goal (2). Freshman Emma Martin (9-0-1) made four saves in goal to preserve the draw.
(through games 9/30/2021)
Abigail Isger is fourth nationally with four game-winning goals and leads the BIG EAST.
Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 8th nationally with nine goals. Soderstrom is also second in the BIG EAST and 11th nationally with 22 points. Isger (with 15) is fifth in the BIG EAST.
Alli Leonard, with six assists, is second in the BIG EAST and 18th nationally. Isger (with five) is third in the BIG EAST and 43rd nationally.
Emma Martin’s four shutouts and .672 GAA both rank fifth in the BIG EAST. She is 37th nationally and shutouts and 43rd in GAA.
At 2-0-1, Butler now sits in a three-way tie with St. John’s and No. 23 Georgetown at the top of the BIG EAST standings.
Aliya Diagne and Emma Martin received recognition from the BIG EAST for their performances in wins over Marquette and Seton Hall last week. Diagne was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, and Martin was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
Diagne was also named to the Top Drawer Team of the Week as she scored the game-winner in the 90th minute against Marquette.
The Bulldogs have scored 25 goals in 11 matches this season (2.27 goals/match) while giving up 11 goals (1.00 goal allowed/match).
Nine different players have scored at least one goal in eleven matches this season, and eleven different players have produced an assist.
Butler and Connecticut have met only one time, in the spring 2020-21 season.
The Bulldogs won the April 16, 2021 match, a BIG EAST semifinal contest, by the score of 2-1.
Butler joined the BIG EAST in 2013, the same season UConn left to join the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies rejoined the BIG EAST in 2020.
Previous match: Seton Hall W, 2-1
Eight players have scored a goal for the Huskies, while nine have produced an assist.
Current offensive standouts for Connecticut include:
#13 Jaydah Bedoya (2g, 2a)
#99 Duda Santin (2g, 2a)
#7 Jada Konte (2g, 1a)
#4 Lucy Cappadona (1g, 1a)
#26 Cara Jordan (1g, 1a)
Kaitlyn Mahoney (4-4-0) has started all nine matches and been in goal for 69% of the total match minutes. She has 35 saves (.778) and has allowed ten goals (1.60 GAA). She has one shutout. Mahoney has been replaced six times by MaryKate Ward, who is credited with one win.
2021 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Relocates to Las Vegas
MAUI, Hawaii (Oct. 2, 2021) – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and COVID-19 protocols in the state of Hawaii, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will relocate to Hawaii’s “Ninth Island” of Las Vegas. The 2021 event will be hosted at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Nov. 22-24, with all programs from the original field participating. Las Vegas is full of Hawaiian food, culture and community, and has been a mainland home to Hawaiians for decades, hence earning its name as the “Ninth Island”.
“Maui is our Tournament home, which is why we are disappointed that the current state COVID-19 restrictions will not allow us to host the Maui Jim Maui Invitational there this year,” said Tom Valdiserri, Executive Vice President of KemperLesnik, the operator of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. “We determined that if we could not travel to Maui, the next best place to go was Las Vegas, Hawaii’s Ninth Island. While we anxiously await our return to the island in 2022, we know that we were able to relocate the event safely and successfully last year in Asheville while maintaining the spirit of Maui, and we expect the same result this year in Las Vegas.”
Monday’s matchups will feature Wisconsin squaring off against Texas A&M, with Houston taking on Butler in the top half of the bracket. In the bottom half of the bracket, Oregon will face Chaminade, and St. Mary’s will go head-to-head against Notre Dame. All 12 games of the Maui Invitational will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, and are also available on the ESPN App.
“We know how important these early season opportunities are for our teams, as they often set the tone for their seasons,” said Coach Dave Odom, Tournament Chairman. “We look forward to bringing that signature ‘Maui Magic’ to the city of Las Vegas until we return to the island next year.”
Health and safety guidelines for all attendees will be mandated by the Tournament and will include proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to games beginning as well as a mask mandate inside the arena.
All previously purchased tickets will be refunded, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase new tickets for the event at Michelob ULTRA Arena. Ticket information for the relocation will be available soon.
Villanova Beats Butler VB in Three Sets
Villanova, Pa. – The Butler volleyball team lost in three sets to Villanova (12-25, 23-25, 25-27) Saturday night. The Bulldogs (8-9, 2-2 BIG EAST) return home next weekend with matches against St. John’s and Seton Hall.
Set 1: Villanova 25-12
The Wildcats used a 12-0 run to build a 16-3 lead, and would cruise from there to win the opening frame. Brittany Robinson had three kills and Amina Shackelford had two kills in the first set for the Bulldogs.
Set 2: Villanova 25-23
Villanova got out to an early 5-0 lead, but a 3-0 Butler run later would cut the advantage to one at 7-6. The Wildcats steadily built their lead from there to as much as six points at 19-13. A late comeback effort with a 5-0 run on Caroline Cleveland’s serve got the Bulldogs within one at 24-23, but Kiera Booth clinched the set for Villanova with a kill. Melody Davidson (five kills) and Robinson (four) led the Butler scoring in the second frame.
Set 3: Georgetown 27-25
Megan Sheridan’s fourth kill in the early going tied the score at 6-6 for the Bulldogs. A later 3-0 run consisting of kills from Sheridan, Shackelford and Mariah Grunze gave Butler a 13-10 advantage. The Wildcats took an 18-17 advantage after a 4-0 run, but the Bulldogs responded with a 5-0 run to lead 23-20 and eventually get to match point after a Robinson kill made the score 24-21. However, Villanova staved off three consecutive set points and won 6 of 7 points to clinch the set. Sheridan put down nine kills in the set, while Davidson added four for the Bulldogs.
Stat of the Match
Villanova outhit Butler by about 100 points (.296 to .198).
Inside the Box Score
– Sheridan led the team with 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage.
– Robinson added nine kills, five digs and a block assist.
– Davidson had nine kills and a block assist.
– Shackelford notched six kills and five digs.
– Marissa McKelvey had a double-double with 29 assists and 14 digs.
The Bulldogs return home for their second weekend at home of the conference season, with a match on Friday against St. John’s followed by one on Saturday vs. Seton Hall.
Football Starts Strong; Tops Army 28-16
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The first two times the Ball State football team touched the ball in Saturday’s non-conference tilt versus Army it turned into touchdowns.
The strong start over the first 4:34 of the game helped the Cardinals (2-3) set the tone early and earn a hard-fought 28-16 victory over the previously undefeated Black Knights (4-1) in front of a crowd of 13,713 at Scheumann Stadium.
“What a great win; that was fun,” head coach Mike Neu said. “First and foremost, thank you to the fans. Thank you for being here, thank you for a great atmosphere, thank you for sticking with us and thank you for supporting our players.”
Even more impressive than the quick scores; the team’s effort on defense as BSU limited the nation’s second-best rushing offense to just 211 yards. Army entered the contest averaging 344.5 yards per game on the ground.
Ball State also forced a pair of Black Knights interceptions, Army’s first two picks thrown of the season, and made a pivotal stop on fourth-and-goal from the two yard line late in the fourth quarter to squash any comeback attempt.
It all started with the Cardinals’ biggest play of the season to date, a 99-yard game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown by fifth-year senior wide receiver Justin Hall. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown in Hall’s illustrious career and BSU’s first since Malik Dunner took one back for 100 yards at Western Michigan on Nov. 5, 2019.
“It starts with special teams,” Neu added. “For Justin Hall and the kickoff return unit to get it started with a touchdown like that right out of the gate established great momentum and excitement. After that, I can’t say enough about our defense and the way they played. When you’re playing against a team like Army it’s a totally different animal than what you ever prepare for. You know you’re going to play a lot of minutes; you’re going to be tired, you’re going to be tested mentally. My hat is off to our defense for a phenomenal, phenomenal game.”
Things looked even better for the Cardinals moments later as a huge fourth down defensive stop by redshirt junior inside linebacker Cole Pearce and junior defensive lineman Joshua Tarango on a 4th-and-2 gave BSU the back on the Black Knights 44-yard line.
Cue fifth-year senior quarterback Drew Plitt who found a streaking junior wide receiver Jayshon Jackson down the right sideline for a 44-yard touchdown on BSU’s first offensive play of the game.
After another solid defensive stand, the Cardinals extended its lead to 21-0 courtesy of a two-yard touchdown rush by true freshman running back Carson Steele. It was Steele’s fourth touchdown run in five games this season and capped a 10-play, 57-yard scoring drive that spanned 3:30.
Finding itself in an unfamiliar position, trailing for the first time this season and by the most points in a game since a 38-12 loss to Tulane on Nov. 14, 2020, Army started to regain its form on its next two possessions.
The Black Knights, who entered the game leading the nation in time of possession (40:29), would go on to strike for touchdown drives of 75 and 80 yards to pull within 21-14 at the half.
After 35 first-half points, it was defensive domination in the second 30 minutes, led by a pair of interceptions by the Ball State defense. The first pick came courtesy of graduate transfer safety Trenton Hatfield with 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The second, a fourth-quarter pick by fifth-year senior safety Bryce Cosby which gave Ball State the ball on the Army 45-yard line and set up the Cardinals’ fourth touchdown of the day.
The fourth touchdown, which gave the hosts a 28-14 edge, came courtesy of an 18-yard connection between Plitt and senior wideout Yo’Heinz Tyler. It was Tyler’s first touchdown of the season and helped Plitt complete the game 17-for-28 for 233 yards and two TDs.
The Cardinals defense would come up big one more time as Cosby stuffed a fourth-and-goal play from the two yard line with 3:15 left in the contest. Cosby finished the game with five tackles, one tackle for loss, and an interception.
While Army was able to add a safety on the ensuing Ball State possession, giving the game its final score of 28-16, the Cardinals forced another turnover on downs to give BSU the ball back and setup a couple Plitt kneel downs to end the game.
Overall, redshirt junior inside linebacker Cole Pearce led the defense with 14 tackles, while junior inside linebacker Clayton Coll was close behind with 12.
Next up for the Ball State football team, a trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday, Oct. 9 for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff versus Western Michigan.
Volleyball Sweeps Ohio; Improves to 3-1 in #MACtion
MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team hit the court running Friday night in Worthen Arena, earning a dominating 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15) victory over Ohio in Mid-American Conference action.
In fact, the Cardinals (13-3; 3-1 MAC) did not trail the entire night and were only tied with the Bobcats (1-14, 1-3 MAC) once in the match; at the 1-1 mark of the third set.
“We had a much different game plan coming in tonight after seeing how they defended us yesterday, and I thought we executed that really well,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “I was proud of our girls from the get-go, executing a different offensive plan.”
The main driver for Friday’s sweep, another dominating performance on offense by Ball State which connected for a .388 (45-7-98) attack percentage. Leading the charge for the second consecutive night was sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland with 11 kills and a .647 (11-0-17) hitting mark.
Combined with her team-high 13 kills and match-best .583 (13-0-22) rate of success in Thursday’s five-set thriller, Gilliland hit an astonishing .615 (24-0-39) for the series and averaged a team-leading 3.0 kills per set.
Gilliland was not the only Cardinals player to find offensive success, however, and another very balanced attack kept Ohio guessing on nearly every swing. That led to eight kills apiece from junior middle Marie Plitt, junior opposite Natalie Mitchem and graduate transfer outside Emily Hollowell. Graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn was not far behind with seven kills.
Freshman setter Megan Wielonski once again ran the Ball State offense to near perfection, and its second-best hitting mark of the season, handing out 34 assists to go along with three kills and seven digs.
“It all starts with our ball control, which allows us to move the ball around and get a lot of different people involved in the offense,” Phillips added. “Our hitters are doing a great job of demanding the ball and being in the right place. That is certainly our strategy, and we want to continue to be able to do that.”
Speaking of the passing game, which saw BSU’s defenders finish the night without being aced, junior libero Natalie Risi led the team with a 14 digs and successfully passed all nine serves she faced. Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson finished the match one dig shy of double figures with nine, while facing a team-high 14 serves.
In addition to her strong attacking numbers, Gilliland dominated at the net, registering six total blocks. As a team, the Cardinals out-blocked the Bobcats 6.0-to-2.0.
Caitlin O’Farrell led the Ohio attack with 10 kills, while libero Sam Steele paced all players with 15 digs. One night after hitting .308 (73-24-159) in a losing effort, the Ball State defense limited the Bobcats to a .162 (34-17-105) attack percentage Friday.
“So far, I’ve enjoyed being able to make adjustments after the first night and see how our team is able to respond on the fly without a practice,” Phillips said. “I think that’s a credit to the girls and their toughness to be able to make adjustments. We’re not going to be able to do that next weekend as we’re playing two different opponents. That will be a different challenge for us. We’ll have to be ready right away and not wait until the next night to figure it out”
The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action next Friday, with a 7 p.m. first serve at Akron. The Cardinals will then travel to Buffalo Saturday for a 4 p.m. first serve.
Indiana State Soccer to Host Evansville Sunday
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will welcome Evansville to Memorial Stadium on Sunday for 1 p.m. ET kick-off. The match will be streamed on ESPN3.
Last Time Out
The Sycamores played to a 1-1 on the road against Drake on Wednesday night. Indiana State got off to a quick start with a goal in the 10th minute when Sasha Thompson got open in the box and scored on a feed from Katie Yankey. It was Thompson’s second goal of the season as well as Yankey’s second assist.
Drake tied the match with a penalty kick goal from Emma Nagel in the 70th minute. Both teams would have scoring opportunities near the end of regulation and through overtime but would not convert as the match ended in a draw.
Indiana State finished with 15 shot attempts led by CeCe Wahlberg who had five and Mackenzie Kent who had four. Maddie Alexander made five saves on the night.
Sycamores Stats and Notes
Freshman forward Mackenzie Kent (two goals, two assists) and sophomore forward Sasha Thompson (two goals, two assists) are now tied for the team lead with six points on the season. Junior midfielder CeCe Wahlberg leads the team with 29 shot attempts and 19 of those being on goal which are both top three in the MVC.
Kent, Wahlberg and Thompson are all tied for the team lead with two goals each.
Kloe Pettigrew, Katie Yankey and Alexa Mackey have all logged over 1,000 minutes this season.
The Sycamores were recently awarded with the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 season. This is the third consecutive year Indiana State has received this award and the 16th overall. They achieved a 3.77 GPA as a team.
Evansville comes to Memorial Stadium with a 5-2-4 record after a 3-1 loss to Loyola on Wednesday night.
This will be the 25th matchup between the two schools. Evansville leads the series 14-8-2. Indiana State won the most recent matchup last spring with a 1-0 shutout at Evansville. The Sycamores have a 6-3-2 record in matches played at Memorial Stadium.
The Aces are led by senior Forward Emily Ormson who is tied for the MVC lead with five goals on the season. She ranks in the top five in both shots (25) and shots on goal (17). Senior midfielder Alex Eyler leads the team with four assists which is tied for second most in the conference. Fifth year goalkeeper Michaela Till has made 52 saves to go along with three shutouts.
Chris Pfau is in his second season of his second stint as the head coach of Evansville. Pfau also coached the team from 2005 to 2007. He has a record of 37-28-11 with the Aces and has had 24 players receive All-MVC honors during his tenure.
The Sycamores will be back on the road next Saturday as they head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on Northern Iowa. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. ET at UNI Soccer Field.
Marist Edges Valpo in Homecoming Thriller
The Valparaiso University football team made every effort to complete a late rally for the second consecutive week, but this time the fourth-quarter magic came up narrowly shy as visiting Marist edged the host Beacons 27-24 in overtime on Homecoming Saturday at Brown Field. Valpo outscored the Red Foxes 14-0 in the fourth quarter to send the game to OT. In the extra session, the Beacons settled for a field goal on their possession before Marist won the game on a 25-yard touchdown pass on their first offensive snap.
How It Happened
Marist (1-2, 1-0 PFL) received the opening kickoff and turned that drive into a seven-play, 75-yard scoring march that ended with Hunter Cobb’s 19-yard touchdown rush.
After the two teams exchanged punts, a 36-yard run by Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) helped set up his eventual 1-yard TD plunge to make it 7-7 with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Cobb struck again, this time with a 45-yard run to lift the Red Foxes back in front 13-7. The PAT hit the right upright.
With 1:14 left in the second quarter, Marist lined up for a 22-yard field goal on 4th-and-goal from the Valpo 4. Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) blocked the kick, helping keep the score 13-7 at halftime. Valpo drove to the Marist 32 in the closing seconds of the half, but the Red Foxes came up with an interception to extinguish the threat.
After a Valpo turnover on downs, Marist capitalized on a short field to produce the only points of the third quarter by either team. The drive was also aided by Valpo penalties. It finished with Brett Landis making a 36-yard TD catch that was followed by a successful two-point conversion pass to up Marist’s lead to 14 at 21-7.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Brett Bittner (Chicago, Ill. / St. Laurence) blocked a Marist punt, allowing the Beacons to take over on the Marist 5-yard line. The momentum-changing play set up 1-yard TD run by Washington to trim the lead to 21-14.
Following the touchdown, Valpo nearly scored again on a bizarre kickoff play where the ball was almost legally recovered at the 1 by a Valpo player and taken into the end zone for a touchdown. After an elongated discussion amongst the officials, the ball was ruled to have been touched by a Marist player and gone over the goal line for a touchback prior to the Valpo recovery.
After forcing a punt on a drive where Marist went backward, Valpo took over near midfield. A heavy dose of Nick Orekoya (Billerica, Mass. / Everett [Massachusetts]) in the running game helped the Beacons move 52 yards on a five-play strike that ended with Orekoya finding the end zone from a yard out. The ensuing point after tied the game at 21.
Psota, Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) and Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) were involved in key sacks on Marist’s final possession of regulation, forcing the Red Foxes to punt and allowing the Beacons an opportunity with the ball on their own 39 yard-line and 18 seconds to work with. After a 20-yard completion from quarterback Ben Nimz (Waukesha, Wis. / Catholic Memorial) to Jordan Bingham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central), head coach Landon Fox sent out Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) for a 58-yard field goal try. The lengthy attempt came up short with no time on the clock, and the game extended to the extra session.
Valpo produced one first down during its overtime possession, but was stopped for a two-yard gain on 3rd-and-7 from the Marist 10. That led to a 25-yard field goal from Bartholomew that sailed through the uprights, giving Valpo a 27-24 lead, needing a defensive stop to win the game.
On Marist’s first offensive snap of OT, Max Mazzella made an impressive catch for a 25-yard TD to win the game.
Inside the Game
This marked Valpo’s first overtime game since beating Campbell 49-42 on Sept. 28, 2013.
Valpo’s top tackler was Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson), who accrued nine stops including five solos and 1 ½ tackles for loss.
Valpo produced a season-high six sacks and also established a new season high in tackles for loss with 12 totaling 60 yards. Only 12 FCS teams nationally have had more than six sacks in a game this year.
The six sacks marked Valpo’s most in a game since Oct. 3, 2009 (7 at Drake).
Trejuan Purty (Maryville, Tenn. / Maryville [East Tennessee State]) and Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) were credited with 2 ½ TFL apiece to pace the team. Turner and Orlandini each had 1 ½ sacks.
Bittner became just the fourth player in the FCS nation with multiple blocked kicks this season. As a team, Valpo is tied for second nationally in FCS (pending stats from other games across the nation on Saturday) with four blocked kicks this fall.
Nimz went 15-of-25 for 193 yards with Reese making three catches for a team-high 94 receiving yards, the most in a single game by a Valpo player this year.
Washington enjoyed his third straight 100-yard rushing game with 27 carries for 149. As a team, Valpo produced a season-high 158 yards on the ground. Washington has seven 100-yard rushing efforts in his 11 career games at Valpo.
Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) averaged 40.8 yards per punt on eight kicks, seven of which were placed inside the 20.
Washington’s two-TD game lifted his season total to four, while his career total increased to nine rushing and 10 overall. Orekoya’s touchdown was his first in a Valpo uniform.
Postgame Press Conference
Click here for postgame comments from head coach Landon Fox, running back Robert Washington and linebacker Evan Annis.
Valpo (1-4, 1-1) will attempt to bounce back next week as it makes the trip to St. Paul, Minn. to clash with St. Thomas at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The game will be broadcast on TommieSports.com as well as 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn radio app.
Tennis Wraps Up Rocket Invite
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team closed out the Rocket Invite on Saturday.
How It Happened
- Valpo faced off with Youngstown State in doubles and the Penguins won both matches including a narrow 7-6(6) victory at No. 2. Valpo’s No. 3 tandem played against Toledo (instead of YSU) in an extra match and fell in a close one, 6-4.
- The Beacons also battled Toledo in doubles and incurred setbacks on all three courts.
- Toledo topped Valpo in all six singles matches, although several featured close sets.
Valpo will host the three-day MVC Individual Championships beginning on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
10am-Doubles Toledo Vs Bucknell
1. Alcala/Teske Bellini/King. TOL. 6-0
2. Panta/ Morera Miller/Utterback. TOL. 6-1
3. Carney/Fuller Sebulsky/Novak. TOL. 6-2
10am- Doubles. Valpo. Vs. YSU
1. C. Czerwonka/O.Czerwonka. Vs. Rosas/Minich. YSU. 6-2
2. Tabanera/Schoolcraft vs. Marko/Oliveira. YSU 7-6(6)
3. Jhaveri/McConnell Tallamraju/Kuszynski(TOL). TOL 6-4
11:15- Doubles Toledo. Vs. Valpo
1.Alcala/Teske Czerwonka/O.Czerwonka. TOL. 6-1
2. Tallamraju/Kuszynski Taberna/SChoolcraft. TOL. 6-3
3.Fuller/Carney Jhaveri/McConnell TOL 6-3
11:15. Doubles. Bucknell vs. YSU
1. Bellini/King Marco/Minich. BUCK6-0
2. Miller/Utterback Rosas/Oliveira YSU 6-0
3. Marcus/Novak Panta/Morera. TOL 6-1
12:30. BLUE Toledo. Vs. Valpo
1.Alcala. O. Czerwonka. TOL. 6-1, 7-6 (4)
2. Teske. C Czerwonka. TOL 6-0, 6-1
3. Kuszynski Tabanera. TOL 7-6(0), 6-2
12:30. BLUE Bucknell. Vs. YSU
1. Bellini Rosas. YSU 6-2, 4-6, 10-7
2. King Marko. , 2-1 retire
3. Miller Minich. YSU 6-2, 6-2
2:30. GOLD. Toledo. Vs Valpo
4. Tallamraju Jhaveri. TOL. 7-5, 6-3
5. Panta Schoolcraft TOL 6-4,6-0
6. Carney McConnell. TOL 7-5,6-0
230. GOLD Bucknell YSU
4. Utterback Oliveira Buck 6-4,6-2
5 Novak Fuller(tol). TOL 6-3,6-4
6 No match played.
Purdue Fort Wayne WVB Defeats Youngstown State 3-0 on the Road
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team picked up its second-straight Horizon League victory on Saturday (Oct. 1), as the Mastodons beat Youngstown State 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20) in the Beeghly Center.
The Mastodon defense got the job done in the opening set, holding YSU to an anemic .000. Midway through the set, Katie Crowe had back-to-back aces after a kill from Ramei Jackson to go up 10-6. Jackson got her third kill of the set on her third swing, forcing YSU to call timeout at 22-16.
The second set featured better offense from the Mastodons, as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to three kills from Maggie Castleman and an ace from Madison Gates. A 6-0 run closed the set as well, with kills coming from Crowe (1), Castleman (2) and Leigha Baldwin (1). The ‘Dons got a block from Nicole Jones and Baldwin to close the frame. Purdue Fort Wayne finished the set with 17 kills on 31 attacks for a .452 hitting percentage.
The third set was even more of the same, as the ‘Dons jumped out to a 6-1 lead thanks to two kills from Crowe and a pair of aces from Rachael Crucis. A 3-0 run later on saw an ace from Crowe and a kill from Castleman to force a YSU timeout at 13-5. The ‘Dons closed the match on a 5-2 stretch, including a pair of kills from Jackson and the match-winning kill from Castleman.
Crowe had a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs. Her 12 kills came on 24 attacks for a .417 hitting percentage. Crucis had 13 digs. Crucis and Crowe had three aces each.
Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 4-15, 2-4 in Horizon League play. Youngstown State falls to 3-11, 0-3 Horizon. The Mastodons will take the floor again on October 8 at Northern Kentucky.
Whitinger, Thompson Set Second And Third Fastest 8K Time In Program History
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Purdue Fort Wayne student-athletes Andrew Whitinger and Draven Thompson ran the second and third fastest 8K times in program history on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Live In Lou Classic.
Whitinger finished Saturday’s race with a 25:18.3 8K, and Thompson finished with a 25:29.9 8K, good for 18th and 32nd place. The two surpassed Hunter Paris’ time of 25:30 from 2007. The current program record was set by Logan Kitchen back in 2017 with a time of 25:16.
Following behind Thompson was JT Hodges in 34th with a time of 25:33.6, Husam Saleh in 53rd with a time of 25:53.4, Nathan Mills in 54th with a time of 25:53.7, Nicholas Mills in 70th with a time of 25:58.4, and Kehinde Oladapo in 120th with a time of 26:26.5. Heading into Saturday’s race, the men’s team did not have a runner with a sub 26-minute 8K. Five runners ran an 8K under 26 minutes on Saturday.
As a team, the Mastodons finished second overall out of 62 teams with 174 points in the blue race, behind Grand Valley State. They out-ran Horizon League opponent Wright State and Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green.
On Friday, Oct. 1, a group of runners competed in the Huntington Invitational in Huntington, Ind. Kobe Milledge led the ‘Dons in 12th place with a time of 27:40.0. Behind Milledge was Weston Miser in 19th with a time of 28:18.7, Noah Wright in 31st with a time of 29:14.5, and Bryce Taylor in 48th place with a time of 31:43.3.
The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 16 to compete in the Evansville Invitational hosted by Evansville University. This will be the final race before the Horizon League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Carmel, Ind.
King Third At Live At Lou Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Purdue Fort Wayne student-athlete Madison King finished in third place with a time of 17:59.8 at the Live In Lou Classic on Saturday, Oct. 2 for the Mastodon women’s cross country team.
The finish was King’s first top five finish of the season, and her fourth top 10 finish in four races as well. The race had 490 entrants. Her 5K time ranks sixth all time in program history. She surpassed Julie Jeszenszky time of 18:10 that was set in 2012.
Behind King was Brooke Neal in 15th with a time of 18:45.9, Kathy Potter in 81st with a time of 19:43.1, Paige Benecke in 140th with a time of 20:14.1, Makaila Groves in 173rd with a time of 20:35.0, and Mercedes Sarver in 244th with a time of 21:10.9.
As a team, the Mastodons finished in 15th place out of 55 teams in the Blue Race with 411 points. They out-ran Horizon League foe Wight State, they finished in 16th place. Grand Valley State won the blue race with 94 points.
On Friday, Oct. 1, a group of runners competed in the Huntington Invitational in Huntington, Ind. Aeryn Bradley led the Mastodons in 32nd place with a time of 22:44.1. Behind Bradley was Brayden Langdon in 46th with a time of 25:12.4 and Michaela Sheets in 47th with a time of 25:17.3. There was no team score.
The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 16 to compete in the Evansville Invitational hosted by Evansville University. This will be the final race before the Horizon League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Carmel, Ind.
Mastodons Go Toe-To-Toe With Milwaukee, But Fall 2-1 In 2 OT
MILWAUKEE – Despite a great effort, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team fell to Milwaukee by a score of 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Mastodons are just the second team this season to hold the Panthers scoreless in the first half. The only other team was Wisconsin back on Thursday, Sept. 9.
The ‘Dons got out to a quick start in the second half with a goal from Isabelle Wissel. It was her first goal in her career. Wissel kicked the ball from near midfield and was able to fit the ball near the top left corner of the net. Her goal was just the fourth goal given up by Milwaukee all season. In addition, the ‘Dons are just the third team, along with Wisconsin and Wright State to score a goal on Milwaukee.
The Panthers would quickly strike back with a goal from Kat Van Booven in the 51st minute. Taylor Hattori and Mackenzie Schill were credited with the assists. The game would eventually go into overtime, the second time this season the Panthers would go into overtime. Wisconsin is the only other team to force an overtime when playing Milwaukee. The Panthers would score the game winning goal in the 106th minute, which came off the foot of Rachel Phillpots. The assists were credited to Rafferty Kugler and Lesley Kiesling.
On the night, Milwaukee held a 10-2 shots on goal advantage. Zoe Greenhalge led the ‘Dons in shots with three, followed by Kelsey Gallagher who had two. In goal was Samantha Castaneda, she recorded eight saves on the day.
With the loss, the ‘Dons fall to 3-5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Horizon League. The Panthers’ record improves to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Horizon League.
The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 7 (7 p.m.) against Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky.
Mastodons Drop Overtime Match at League-Leading Cleveland State
CLEVELAND – Despite leading for nearly the entire second half, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team fell in overtime to Cleveland State 2-1 on the road.
In the first half, neither team was able to score, but the Mastodons had several dangerous chances. Ali Nasser had a shot to the bottom right corner that was saved in minute 26. Less than two minutes later, Moses Akimana had a header that hit off the crossbar after a Mastodon corner kick. Despite the ‘Dons having a 6-3 shots advantage, with a 3-0 edge in on-target shots, neither team had scored before the break.
Just 2:56 after halftime, Luke Benford ripped a shot from inside the 18 to the lower right corner. His shot came immediately after Nathaniel Edwards sent in a hard strike that could have been a shot on goal had Benford not controlled the ball to shoot it on his own. Edwards was credited with an assist. This was Benford’s first goal of the season and the fourth of his career.
Once the Mastodon goal came, Cleveland State’s offense clicked together, as the Vikings had an 9-2 edge in shots for the remainder of the period. The Vikings got a goal to go in minute 87 from Bojan Kolevski. He was assisted by Albert Portas.
In overtime, it only took Cleveland State one shot to score, when Jannis Schmidt found the back of the net off an assist from Kolevski.
After 95 minutes, the Mastodons led in shots on goal 5-3. Benford led the Mastodons with four shots, two on goal.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 3-5-1, 1-3-0 in Horizon League play, while Cleveland State leads the league at 6-3-0, 5-0-0 Horizon. The Mastodons will step out of league play on Tuesday, October 5, when they travel to in-state foe Notre Dame of the ACC.
Cleveland State Will Play Host to Mastodon Men’s Golf on Monday
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team will head to the Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio for Cleveland State’s Tom Tontimonia Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
Event: Tom Tontimonia Invitational
Host: Cleveland State
When: October 4-5 | Shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Monday and tee times beginning at 8:45 on Monday
Where: Lakewood Country Club | Westlake, Ohio
Format: Play 5, take 4, 54 holes
Live Results: Golfstat
Cleveland State, Oakland, Dayton, Purdue Fort Wayne, Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky, Green Bay, IUPUI, Robert Morris, Detroit Mercy, DePaul, Butler, St. Francis, Bowling Green
Lakewood Country Club
Lakewood Country Club was established in 1921 as a premiere private country club offering its members unparalleled amenities and services. The Club offers its distinguished members the environment, facilities and services that satisfy their sports, social and business needs and interests. Lakewood Country Club is a family-centered private club, offering superb swimming, fitness center and tennis facilities. Our 18-hole A.W. Tillinghast-designed golf course is the cornerstone of our existence. At Lakewood Country Club, it is more than a game … we take pride in a tradition of excellence.
Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green, Brett Seward, Burke Pitz and Reece Compton will compete for the Mastodons this week. There will be no individuals.
Horizon League Preview
The Tom Tontimonia Invitational will feature nine of the 10 Horizon League teams in the field. The only league member not in attendance will be Wright State.
No Record Is Safe
In three tournaments, Kasey Lilly has broken the 18, 36 and 54-hole records this season. He opened the year with a 54-hole record at the EKU Intercollegiate, then broke it again at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational with a 204. Lilly then shattered the 18-hole record with a 64 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational. On the first day of the Earl YestingmeierInvitational, Lilly broke the 36-hole record with a 135.
Down the Fairway
Tyler Green is just one round shy of the single-season minimum. His average of 71.67 this season would rank first in single-season scoring, but his teammate, Kasey Lilly, will also qualify after the first round this week. Lilly holds an average of 69.56 this season.
All Fore the Best
Kasey Lilly has finished in the top-10 six times in his career, including two already this season. In the first tournament of this season, Lilly finished sixth at the EKU Fall Intercollegiate, then took runner-up at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational.
He’s Pretty Tee-rific
After two-plus seasons with the ‘Dons, Kasey Lilly holds the Purdue Fort Wayne program record for career scoring average with a 72.65 mark. He is also the leader in win/loss percentage with a .805 winning percentage. Last season, Lilly shot a program best 72.6 average in 14 rounds with an .858 winning percentage. Through nine rounds in his junior season, Lilly has a 69.56 18-hole average.
Last Time Out
The last time the Mastodons took the course, Kasey Lilly took runner-up at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne took fourth in the 13-team field.
Next Time Up
The Mastodons will head to Kettering, Ohio on October 18-19 for the Dayton Flyer Invitational at the NCR Country Club.
JAGUARS COLLECT FOUR WINS ON FINAL DAY OF UD HIDDEN DUAL
DAYTON, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s tennis team capped play at this weekend’s UD Hidden Dual on Saturday (Oct. 2), collecting a pair of singles wins and two doubles wins at UD’s Graul Tennis Complex. Colton Morehart and Will Thurin were both winners in their singles matches and Morehart also teamed with Sean Bailey on a doubles win. The tandem of Canaan Sellers and Nathan Day also earned a doubles win earlier in the day.
WOMEN’S SOCCER UPENDED ON LATE GOAL AT OAKLAND, 2-1
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s soccer team put up a valiant effort but fell just short against a hot Oakland team on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 2), falling to the Golden Grizzles on a late score, 2-1. Oakland’s Sophie Wilsey redirected a Sami Lopez corner kick just past AP Woodall for the game-winner in the 85th minute, continuing the Jaguars sour stretch.
Junior Autumn Weeks had pulled IUPUI even just before halftime after the Jaguars conceded an early goal.
BROWN’S 14 KILLS NOT ENOUGH AS JAGS LOST TO RMU, 3-0
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The IUPUI volleyball team recorded more kills than its Robert Morris counterparts on Saturday (Oct. 2), but ultimately fell on the road in straight sets to the Colonials, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19. Freshman Briana Brown led the IUPUI offense with 14 kills and hit .290 and Emily Alan had nine kills as the Jaguars finished with a 36-35 advantage on kills. However, Robert Morris was the more efficient attack, hitting .255 for the match while holding IUPUI to just .172 with 20 attack errors.
Beyond Brown and Alan, offensive contributions were sparse as Alexis Clendenin and Corrissa Remter had four kills each. Annie Monaco led Robert Morris with 14 kills and hit .435 for the contest.
IUPUI (2-14, 0-5 HL) got out quick in the first set, surging to a 6-1 lead behind Alan and Brown. Robert Morris countered to tie the score at 6-6 before play settled down. After it was tied 8-8, RMU ripped off five straight before a Brown kill. However, that margin proved to be insurmountable as IUPUI got no closer than three for the remainder of the set. The Jaguars hit .241 in the first set with Brown collecting six kills, but saw RMU hit .276.
The second was tight from the opening serve until the hosts gained some valuable breathing room, breaking a 17 all tie with four straight points. After a timeout, IUPUI got a crucial side out with a service error and then saw Rhiannon Schuenemann dial up back-to-back points at the service line to pull within one. The Colonials responded with back-to-back points and made the lead stand on way to a 25-23 win.
Like the second set, the third was similarly tight in the beginning until the hosts gained some separation with a 16-11 lead. Schuenemann stopped the run with a kill off a Brooke Phillips assist and then Sidney Veatch put home a kill of her own. However, an Annie Monaco kill put momentum back on the side of the hosts and they carried that to a 25-19 victory.
Addie Evans collected a team-high 11 digs and Brown just missed a double-double with nine digs. Alan closed with four blocks and Phillips had 29 assists.
IUPUI will cap the two-game trip at Youngstown State on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN+.
JAGUARS FALL AT HOME TO MILWAUKEE, 4-1
INDIANAPOLIS – Milwaukee’s Logan Farrington scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others as the visiting Panthers roared past IUPUI at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 2), 4-1. IUPUI struck first on a Tommy Patacca score, but yielded two goals in each half in the defeat. Offensively, IUPUI had a season-high 16 shot attempts and 12 corner kick opportunities, but still struggled to find the finishing touches.
“Credit to Milwaukee today for equalizing the game and going ahead in the first half after conceding first,” head coach Brian Barnett. “Further to that point, they defended well in the second half and iced the game as we committed more numbers forward to equalize. When we break down our performance, the two things that we will address is the failure to establish possession in the first half out of our delayed press and our failure to be truly dangerous in the final third with our goal scoring opportunities.
“The final thing that must be acknowledged is that our team worked and competed all over the field, in the second half in particular, to rescue the result, but scoring an additional goal or two was not in our fate for the day.”
IUPUI (2-6-1, 1-4 HL) took an early lead when Patacca got on the receiving end of a Corey Goede long throw and nudged a shot just over the end line in the game’s ninth minute. Milwaukee disputed that the ball was thrown directly in goal, but to no avail as IUPUI took the early advantage.
However, some great individual efforts helped Milwaukee seize the lead before halftime. In the 28th minute, Paolo Gratton hit a gorgeous volley inside the far post for an equalizer. Gratton received a Logan Farrington corner kick at the far far edge of the 18-yard box and headed the ball down into the chest of an IUPUI defender. Gratton got the rebound on the laces and drove home a strike.
In the 40th minute, Milwaukee went ahead when Farrington weaved his way through the IUPUI defense, leaving carnage behind him. Once free, he drove a shot past Lucas Morefield for a go-ahead score.
Milwaukee was better in the run of play in the first half, outshooting IUPUI 13-6 and earning six corner kicks to IUPUI’s one.
IUPUI came out more aggressive at the start of the second half as Patacca was moved into the midfield and head coach Brian Barnett tinkered with the attacking group. Kirezi Freddy had two early attempts and Gianni Catenacci hit a volley wide of frame in the 59th minute. Once play settled down, Milwaukee took advantage and Hugo Espejo added insurance in the 77th minute. Farrington set his teammate free with a lead pass and the Milwaukee attacker snuck a shot past Morefield. Farrington capped his banner day with another score in the 80th minute, taking a pass from Gabe Anguil and eluding Morefield with a shot attempt.
IUPUI outshot Milwaukee 10-9 after intermission and earned 11 corner kicks, but put just five shots on target on the day. Freddy had a team-high four shot attempts and Patacca and Rayan Choukri had three each. Tylin Broaders had two attempts off the IUPUI bench, including a gorgeous bender in the 41st minute that Milwaukee goalkeeper Nick Chiappa did well to punch just over the bar for a corner kick.
Morefield finished with four saves in the loss.
IUPUI will return to action on Tuesday night (Oct. 5) when the Jaguars face Belmont at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+.
Hounds Blast Bearcats in GLVC Opener, 77-10
BOLIVAR, Mo. – The UIndy football team opened its conference slate with an eye-catching 77-10 victory at Southwest Baptist Saturday afternoon. In a game that featured nearly a 100-minute lightning delay in the early going, the Greyhounds (3-2, 1-0 GLVC) finished the afternoon with a stellar all-around performance on the way to the second-highest point total in program history.
INS & OUTS
Though the weather stoppage occurred after just two minutes of game time, the outcome already leaned heavily in UIndy’s favor. The Hounds somehow squeezed in a kickoff return touchdown, a defensive sack and a 44-yard TD pass, earning a lightning-fast 14-0 lead prior to the delay.
Things did not improve for the Bearcats after the teams returned to the field. The Hounds kept their foot on the gas, forcing multiple turnovers and tacking on a number of quick scores. The Greyhounds managed a school-record 42 points in the first quarter and when intermission finally came, the scoreboard read 56-3.
Jeremiah Lee and Toriano Clinton both had remarkable first halves. Lee – a true freshman – had a breakout performance, scoring not only his first collegiate touchdown, but his first four collegiate touchdowns. The Union, Ky., native found the end zone on each of his first four touches: a 95-yard kickoff return, followed by TD grabs of 44, 30 and 20 yards. Meanwhile, Clinton racked up a gaudy 197 rushing yards on just 10 carries, all in the first quarter.
Defensively, UIndy amassed 14 tackles for a loss – including five sacks – while forcing five fumbles and recovering three. Linebacker Gavin Bane accounted for the game’s lone interception, good for his second pick of the season. D-lineman Aaron Barnett had a team-high 2.5 TFLs, while Bryce Edwards led the way with 1.5 sacks. Benjamin Hunnius was credited with two fumble recoveries and Kasyus Kurns garnered two pass break-ups.
Five Greyhounds finished with at least one rushing touchdown, including Clinton (1), Kellen Porter (2), JaQuan Buchanan (1), Lenny Bennett (2) and Bryce Stancombe (1).
INSDIE THE BOX SCORE
– With the UIndy running game clicking, Stancombe finished with just nine pass attempts, going 6-fo-9 for 140 yards and three TDs.
– Kicker Paul Buisman’s 11 PATs on the day broke his own GLVC record and were good for the highest recorded total in program history*.
– Lee’s unofficial breakout game included 201 all-purpose yards to notch a team season high.
UIndy’s point total is second only to the ridiculous 97 points the Hounds hung on Oakland City way back in 1928 … UIndy now leads the all-time series versus SBU, 6-1 … Lee’s game-opening kickoff return marked the first KO return touchdown for UIndy since Clinton refunded a pair of McKendree kickoffs in October of 2018 … Today marked the 2021 Homecoming game for SBU.
UIndy’s own Homecoming date is on deck, as the Greyhounds welcome the GLVC’s other Bearcats to Key Stadium when McKendree University comes calling Saturday, Oct. 9 for a 6 p.m. ET kick.
Volleyball Rallies Past Hawks
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team picked up their second straight GLVC win on Saturday, taking down visiting Quincy University by a score of 3-1. The win puts the Hounds at 8-7 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawks jumped out to a one-set lead after taking the first set 25-17. UIndy fought back to steal the second set 25-22 and even the match at one.
Facing set point in the third set, UIndy fought out set point with a kill from Hannah Huppenbauer to force extras. A kill from Grace Hegwood put the Hounds ahead 26-25 before the Hawks recorded back-to-back kills to regain the one-point advantage. An attack error from Quincy evened the score at 27 before back-to-back kills from Kayla Guthrie and Elizabeth Eads sealed the 29-27 win.
UIndy trailed 16-14 in the fourth set but scored five of the next six points to take a 19-17 lead. Alex Equihua notched a kill to set up match point but the Hawks fought it off twice with back-to-back kills. Guthrie halted the Hawks’ rally with a kill of her own to take the fourth set 25-23 and complete the rally for the Hounds.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Huppenbauer, Hedwood and Eads each recorded 11 kills on the night.
– Huppenbauer paced the Hounds with five blocks followed by Eads and Hannah Sabotin with three apiece.
– Equihua dished out 46 assists.
– MaKenna Barnhart led the defense with 26 digs, eclipsing 1,000 career digs as a Greyhound.
UIndy closes out their four-match homestand early next week, hosting the University of Southern Indiana. First serve is slated for 7 ET inside the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.
OLEKSAK’S HAT TRICK, HILL’S BRACE GUIDE MARIAN IN HIGH-SCORING WIN OVER BETHEL
Mishawaka, Ind. – The Marian women’s soccer team earned their first Crossroads League win of the 2021 season Saturday afternoon, taking down Bethel 7-3 in a high-scoring contest. Marian had four different goal scorers in the win, as they improve to 9-2-1 overall this season. The Knights stand at 1-1-1 in league play after the opening week of the season.
Bethel wasted no time getting the scoring started, finding a goal from Esther Karhayu in the second minute of the match to catch Alexis Patenaude off guard. Marian responded right away by pressing the offensive zone to earn a pair of corner kicks after the restart, and minutes later their offense connected for a score. Allie Schlom tied the game as the clock ticked into the 10th minute, collecting a pass from Erin Oleksak to tie the score 1-1.
Possession raced up and down the field as both teams aimed to get a go-ahead goal, as both Patenaude and Corryn Berlin were called on to make saves for their teams. After a Gretchen Mallin shot was smothered, Bethel found an offensive rhythm with Karhayu breaking the tie in the 28th minute, as she scored off a Marah Franke pass to go on top 2-1. The Knights again attacked to answer the goal, and two minutes later tied the game with Madison Hill scoring off a pass from Schlom. Marian ended the half with the lead, as Oleksak scored with three minutes left in the half on an assist from Ryli John.
Oleksak’s goal gave Marian a 3-2 lead at halftime, with both team’s playing even throughout the period. Both the Knights and Pilots had five shots at break, with each keeper making a pair of saves.
Like they did in the first half, Bethel scored quickly off the opening kick tying the game 2:24 into the second half. Karhayu completed a hat trick in the process of tying the game, again scoring off a pass from Franke. With the game knotted 3-3, Marian found an answer in the 53rd minute from Jacelyn Smith as the striker buried her lone shot on goal of the game to push the Knights ahead 4-3. With a lead secured, Mairan aimed to stay in front as they began to dominate possession.
In the 60th minute the Knights found their insurance goal from Oleksak, as the junior scored off a feed from Smith to go on top 5-3. Four minutes later, Oleksak completed the hat trick with an unassisted goal, pushing Marian ahead 6-3. With a commanding lead at hand, the Knights were able to control possession for a strong portion of the final 27 mintues, allowing zero shots after Oleksak’s third goal. Hill completed the scoring in the game with an olimpico in the 85th minute, sealing Marian’s 7-3 win.
Oleksak led Marian in scoring and shots, seeing each of her three shots go to the back of the net to record her second hat trick of the season. Hill also scored on both of her shots on goal to record the brace. Smith scored the game-winning goal and had one asist, while Schlom also scored and assisted on a goal. In net, Patenaude made two saves to earn the win in net.
Marian will travel to St. Francis next Saturday night to play the Cougars at 7 PM.
BETHEL SNAPS MARIAN’S HOME-UNBEATEN STREAK WITH 2-0 RESULT
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team suffered their second loss of the Crossroads League season Saturday afternoon, with the Bethel Pilots handing the Knights a 2-0 loss. Marian’s loss snaps their unbeaten start at home in 2021, dropping Marian to 5-5-2 overall this season. Marian is 1-2 in Crossroads League play.
Bethel wasted no time finding a goal, ripping two shots in the game’s opening two minutes of play. After Brendan Weiger made a save on the first attempt, Bethel followed up with a long strike from Andres Maza, as he scored on a shot from 25 yards out, giving the Pilots an early 1-0 lead. Bethel looked to add to their lead following the early goal, firing multiple shots toward the net, but non were on target with the frame. Marian got their first shot attempt in the sixth minute from Valentin Neuhold as they looked to answer with a tying goal, but his attempt sailed wide.
Following Neuhold’s shot, Marian went cold on offense as they were unable to establish possession. Bethel would continue to press for the remainder of the first half, keeping Weiger busy as he made a pair of saves in a five-minute window to keep the Knights in the game. A David Green shot with 15 minutes left in the half would be the final offensive look for the Knights, as their defense played strong to keep Bethel off the board and preserve a 1-0 score.
Bethel out-shot Marian in the first half 11-2, and added to their totals as the second half began taking four shots in the opening nine minutes. Sebastian Gonzalez answered with a shot on goal in the 56th minute, but his look was easily caught by the Pilot keeper Franklin Joyce. James Jenkins tried to keep the pressure on the Bilots after taking a header from 20 yards out, but his shot was unable to come near the goal. Minutes following Jenkins’ header, the Knights were whistled for a hand ball in the goal box, and Andre Luis Sabino scored on the penalty kick, doubling Bethel’s lead with 22:27 remaining.
Marian would get off two more shots and nearly came away with a goal as Nate Van Keulen blasted a shot toward Joyce on a breakaway, but the keeper rejected the attempt to keep the Knights off the board. Green took Marian’s final shot attempt of the game in the 88th minute, but Joyce denied the Knights once again as the Pilots closed the 2-0 win.
Weiger suffered the loss in net, making six saves while allowing two goals. Green led Marian in shots with two of the team’s six, as he and Gonzalez each had one look on goal. Bethel ended the game with 22 shots, taking six corners to none for the Knights.
Marian will look to rebound at home on October 9 when they host St. Francis at 3 PM.
RHIT Women’s Golf Places 9 in Top 10 at RHIT Triad
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology compiled nine top-10 finishes at the Rose-Hulman Triad, featuring Anderson and Franklin, on Saturday at Rea Park Golf Course.
Due to projected poor weather, Sunday’s round has been canceled and the event is now complete.
Lily Byrne and Precious Saelee each tied for second place with 76, behind Maci French of Franklin with a tournament-best score of 74.
Rachel Zhang added a 77 and Meg Fosnot rounded out the top five with a score of 79.
Other Rose-Hulman top 10 finishers included Wynne Aldrich (83), Mikaela Ikeda (83), Olivia Sexcton (83), Svarnika Bommakanti (84) and Neha Vinesh (85).
Rose-Hulman will compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin starting Friday. The event will include 18 hole rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
RHIT Men’s Soccer – RHIT 2, Earlham 0
RICHMOND, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer improved to 2-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and 5-4-1 on the year in a 2-0 win against Earlham College.
The victory marked Rose-Hulman’s first shutout of the 2021 season, led by 2 saves from Evan Hofer.
The match was scoreless at the halftime break before Takezo Kelly scored the first goal in the 55th minute; Julius Salinas provided the assist. Tyler Eldridge found the back of the net for the second and final goal of the game in the 65th minute. Kelly now has seven goals on the season and Eldridge totals two.
The Fightin’ Engineers outshot the Quakers 33-6, led by Eldridge with 9 shots and Kelly with 5.
Rose-Hulman returns to action this Wednesday, October 6 at home against Franklin College at 7pm, followed by hosting Defiance College on Saturday, October 9 for Homecoming weekend.
RHIT Women’s Soccer – RHIT 1, Earlham 0
RICHMOND, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 5-2-1 on the women’s soccer season with a 1-0 road victory at Earlham College on Saturday afternoon.
Kyra Hicks scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute, courtesy of a pass from Meghan Garry.
The Fightin’ Engineers outshot Earlham 21-6 on the day, led by five shots from Lane Lawrence. Elle Vuotto and Alicia Rodriguez added three shots each for Rose-Hulman.
Defensively, Natalie Dillon recorded one save in the team’s fifth shutout of the season. Becca Hancock kept Earlham in contention with 12 saves.
Rose-Hulman stands 1-1 in league play, while Earlham dropped to 0-2 in conference matches. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Wednesday night at Franklin College.
RHIT Football – Rose-Hulman 63, Defiance 14
DEFIANCE, Ohio — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored 42 unanswered points in the first half before cruising to a 63-14 victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football opener on Saturday afternoon.
Andrew Dion finished 13-of-17 for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns while playing just the first half due to the early scoring margin. Daniel Huery had a team-high seven receptions for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Noah Thomas added 3 receptions for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Grant Ripperda led the ground attack with 74 yards on 15 carries with 1 touchdown. Shane Welshans added 47 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Defensively, Michael Stevens had a 32-yard defensive interception return for a touchdown to go along with 5 tackles and 1 sack. Kyzer Bowen had a team-high 6 tackles on the afternoon.
Overall, Rose-Hulman outgained Defiance 518 yards to 180 with strong performances on both sides of the ball.
Rose-Hulman started the scoring early, when Welshans scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 10:50 left in the first quarter to give the Fightin’ Engineers a 7-0 lead.
Dion threw touchdown passes to Thomas on back-to-back possessions to make the score 21-0 with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The first was a 30-yard touchdown strike and the second covered 58 yards.
Huery hauled in his first touchdown catch of the day on a 42-yard play to increase Rose-Hulman’s lead to 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Rose-Hulman scored twice in the second quarter to increase the advantage to 42-0 at the half. Ripperda scored from 9 yards out, and Dion connected with Huery on a 17-yard touchdown pass to round out the first half scoring.
The lead reached 56-0 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Johnson and Stevens returning an interception 32 yards for a score.
Welshans closed out the Rose-Hulman scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:41 left in the contest.
Rose-Hulman improved to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in HCAC play, while Defiance fell to 0-4 and 0-1 in league games. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action next Saturday with the annual Homecoming Game against Hanover College at 2 pm.
RHIT Volleyball – RHIT 3, Defiance 0
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology picked up a straight set win over Defiance College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball opener on Saturday afternoon.
The Fightin’ Engineers improved to 9-8 overall on the season with the 25-22, 25-18, 26-24 victory.
Elizabeth Canon led the offense with 15 kills. Jillian Gregg added 10 digs, 9 kills and 8 assists to the performance.
Sophia Harrison had a team-high 21 assists. Sophia Koop added six kills and team-highs of 13 digs and 3 service aces. Kylie Rathbun joined Koop with 13 digs and also provided 2 service aces.
Allie Fults recorded 1 solo and 5 total blocks, and Canon contributed 4 block assists to the victory.
Rose-Hulman stands 9-8 and 1-0 in HCAC play, while Defiance dropped to 2-9 and 0-1 in league play. The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday in the next HCAC match.
RHIT Women’s Cross Country Places Top 25 at NCAA Pre-Nationals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed 24th of 37 teams at the NCAA Division III Pre-National Meet, which doubled as the Live in Lou Classic, on Saturday afternoon in Louisville.
Claremont-Mudd Scripps won the meet with 43 points, followed by UW-LaCrosse, Calvin, Emory and MIT. This event marked the first time a truly national field has competed in NCAA Division III cross country competition for the first time since 2019.
Rose-Hulman’s top seven runners at the meet included:
Libby Smith (76th in 24:09)
Kaia Johnson (90th in 24:24)
Madison Lindfelt (144th in 25:21)
Abilgail Kurfman (193rd in 26:42)
Audrey Pangerc (204th in 26:56)
Whitney Shepherd (210th in 27:11)
Naomi Knudtson (220th in 27:32)
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 16.
RHIT Men’s Cross Country Finishes in Top 30 at NCAA Pre-Nationals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed 29th of 42 teams at the NCAA Division III Pre-National Meet, which doubled as the Live in Lou Classic, on Saturday afternoon in Louisville.
MIT won the meet with 46 points, followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Emory, UW-La Crosse and North Central. This event marked the first time a truly national field has competed in NCAA Division III cross country competition for the first time since 2019.
Rose-Hulman’s top seven runners at the meet included:
John Sluys (74th in 26:03)
Carter Lindfelt (191th in 27:51)
Hammond Law (192nd in 27:52)
Daniel Gaull (211th in 28:08)
Ethan Miller (243rd in 28:46)
Tyler Koopman (247th in 28:50)
Thomas Tullius (258th in 28:57)
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 16.
Wabash Captures 700th Program Win With OT Victory at Denison
Wabash scored a two-point conversion in overtime to win 39-38 at Denison Saturday to remain undefeated on the season and capture the football program’s 700th all-time victory.
The Little Giants are only the second college program in the state of Indiana to win 700 or more games overall. Notre Dame leads the way with 922 victories. Purdue is third on the list with 623 wins.
Wabash (4-0, 3-0 NCAC) trailed 38-31 after Denison (3-2, 3-1)scored on a six-play drive in overtime and kicked the extra point. Liam Thompson completed a pair of passes to Cooper Sullivan along with two running plays to get the Little Giants to the one-yard line on first down. Sophomore Donovan Snyder pounded the ball into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game to set up the extra-point attempt.
Wabash kept the offense on the field for the two-point try. Thompson rolled right after the Little Giants sent a pair of players in motion to the right side. With the entire Denison defense following him to the right, Thompson found a wide-open Jackson Clayborne in the end zone to convert the two-point play and give Wabash the 39-38 victory.
The Little Giants led 17-14 at halftime before Denison returned the opening kick of the second half 93 yards for a touchdown to take a 21-17 lead. The Big Red capped a quarter-killing, 17-play, 90-yard drive with a 24-yard field goal to move in front 24-17 heading into the final period of regulation.
Wabash responded with a nine-play drive to open the fourth quarter. The Little Giants completed the 75-yard march with a six-yard TD pass from Thompson to Sullivan to knot the score at 24-24.
The two teams traded the football on three consecutive drives before Wabash regained the lead on a one-yard TD run by Snyder to finish off a nine-play, 70-yard drive to give the Little Giants the 31-24 lead.
Denison responded with a final eight-play drive that covered 76 yards to tie the game at 31-31 on a 27-yard TD pass from Big Red quarterback Drew Dawkins to DJ Johnson just before the end of regulation.
Wabash outgained Denison 347 yards to 339. The Little Giants ran for 125 yards and threw for 222. Denison picked up 193 rushing yards and threw for 146 yards.
Thompson finished the game 19-of-36 passing with three TDs. He also ran for a team-high 81 yards. Sullivan hauled in a team-best 11 passes for 130 yards and one score. Clayborne added a 23-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to his totals. Heisman Skeens caught a nine-yard TD pass in the first period to give the Little Giants a 14-0 lead. Denison scored two second-period TDs to match the Wabash offensive output. A 34-yard field goal by Jacob Handley provided the three-point halftime margin for Wabash.
The one-point victory keeps the Wabash record unblemished for the season. The Little Giants are tied atop the NCAC standings with a 3-0 conference mark with DePauw University, also 3-0 in conference play. The Tigers are 3-1 overall for the season.
Wabash returns to Little Giant Stadium next Saturday for a home game against Oberlin College. The kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Aleman Give Wabash The Win With Double OT Goal
A blast from Cristian Aleman with less than two minutes remaining in double overtime lifted Wabash to a 1-0 victory over Hiram in North Coast Athletic Conference soccer action Saturday at Fischer Field.
Wabash (8-2-1, 1-0-1 NCAC) and Hiram (2-6-2, 0-2-0 NCAC) played to a scoreless tie in regulation despite the host Little Giants firing 27 shot attempts with eight shots on goal. Wabash appeared to have the winning goal in regulation in the second half but an offside call waived off the shot attempt and kept the score tied at 0-0.
Wabash put two shots on goal in the first overtime period but was once again unable to score. Neither team put a shot on goal in the overtime period until Aleman collected the ball near midfield. The senior launched a shot toward the goal that ricocheted off the keeper’s hands and into the net for the game-winning goal.
The Little Giants finished the match with 11 shots on goal and 33 total shot attempts. Hiram was limited to four total shots. Wabash goalkeepers Andrew Dever and Michael Bertram combined to make three saves. Dever recorded one save in 45 minutes of play in the first half. Bertram started the second half and made two saves over the final 63 minutes.
Wabash will travel to Allegheny on Saturday, October 9 for a 1 p.m. conference match.
Cross Country Races At Louisville Classic
The Wabash cross country team competed at the annual Louisville Cross Country Classic Saturday. The Little Giants finished 24th out of 42 teams competing in the men’s silver 8K race.
Wabash scored a total of 652 points in the final team standings. MIT won the silver race with a score of 46 points.
Freshman Brayden Curnutt was the top finisher for Wabash. He crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 26:47.4 to place 120th out of 344 runners competing at the meet. Clarke Criddell placed 134th overall with his season-best effort of 26:56.7 on the course that will host the 2021 NCAA Division III National Championships.
Ian Dickey turned in his best career time in an 8,000-mete race, finishing in 27:01.9 to capture 138th place. Ethan Pine produced a season-best time of 27:04.1 and placed 142nd overall. Drake Hayes was the final Little Giant to score in the meet, finishing 166th with a collegiate-best time of 27:22.1.
Wabash returns to competition on Saturday, October 16, at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.
INDIANA WESLEYAN: WOMEN’S SWIM COMPETES IN HOME OPENER
MARION, Ind. – No.4 Indiana Wesleyan women’s swim team hosted NCAA Division 2 Hillsdale College Chargers this afternoon in their first home meet of the season. The Chargers came into the meet holding the past two G-MAC/MEC conference titles in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Chargers defeated Wildcats 125-78.
1st place – Hillsdale College – 125 points
2nd place – Indiana Wesleyan – 78 points
200-yard medley relay – 2nd place – Olivia Cummins, Sidney Campbell, Whitley Eicher, Abbe Hershberger – 1:55.39
1000-yard freestyle – 1st place – Erica Samuel – 10:57.66
200-yard freestyle – 3rd place – Ella Sackett – 2:04.56
50-yard freestyle – 2nd place – Sidney Campbell – 25.92
200-yard IM – 3rd place – Abbe Hershberger – 2:18.94
100-yard fly – 2nd place – Whitley Eicher – 1:01.95
100-yard freestyle – 3rd place – Khloe Price – 57.36
100-yard backstroke – 3rd place – Ella Sackett – 1:01.54
500-yard freestyle – 1st place – Erica Samuel – 5:21.04
100-yard breaststroke – Taylor Malin – 1:13.56
200-yard freestyle relay – 1st place – Erica Samuel, Khloe Price, Taylor Malin, Abbe Hershberger
“Hillsdale is a strong NCAA Division 2 team that we are thrilled to get to compete against each season. They push us to get better and today we took a positive step in that direction! We were grateful for the chance to compete at home and enjoy the support of our campus and fans.”
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats will have a weekend off before heading to Purdue University for the Indiana Intercollegiate Invitational on October 16.
IWU’S FOULK LIFTS NO. 10 WOMEN’S SOCCER OVER TROJANS IN OVERTIME
UPLAND, Ind. – It was a Grant County-themed night as No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan battled Grant County foe Taylor University. The Wildcats would score the first and last goal of the night but needed extra time to top the Trojans. Grant County native Sarah Foulk would net the game-winner coming with 16-seconds left in the first overtime period.
IWU moves to 8-2 on the season and 3-0 in League play. Indiana Wesleyan has won six straight matches and sits with Spring Arbor for a tie for first place in the League standings.
INSIDE THE BOX
Tonight’s win is the first for the Wildcats on the road since 2013 when they won 2-1.
Sydney Brown picked up her ninth assist of the season. She has collected one in all but two matches this season.
The red and gray have found the back of the net on 40 occasions this year, eight more than 2020 and good for Top-15 in the NAIA this season. Their 42 assists on 40 goals is good for third-most in the NAIA. Since 2007, IWU has only had eight seasons with 40 or more assists.
“Tonight was definitely one where the fans got their money’s worth. We didn’t quite play our best, but the girls found a way to grit out a great result on the road. We are really proud of the effort given tonight but there are for sure areas that we need to continue to develop and grow in. So we look forward to having a full week to practice and get better on the training grounds. But we will enjoy this one tonight.”
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU returns to the pitch on Saturday, when they head to Mount Vernon Nazarene.
Indiana Wesleyan FOOTBALL NEARLY TOPPLES NO. 5 CONCORDIA ON THE ROAD
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana Wesleyan football took their No. 11 ranking on the road Saturday, facing No. 5 Concordia in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, with the Wildcats finding the endzone in the second quarter twice squaring things up at 14 apiece headed into halftime.
Gavin Brooks gave the Cardinals back the lead at the end of the third, finding Keviontae Brown on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Brooks would finish the day with three touchdown passes.
Xander Stokes would match Brooks tick-for-tac, tying things back up with five minutes left in the game on a 6-yard pass to Jacquez Carter. Stokes finished the day with 261 yards in the air, with Brooks totaling just 188.
With 4:49 left in the ball game, CU would travel 69 yards in 10 plays, setting up a Brooks to Seeger DeGayne game-winning touchdown pass, leaving IWU just 1:15 left on the clock.
IWU moved to 3-1, 0-1 on the season, while CU moved to 3-0, 1-0.
INSIDE THE BOX
IWU totaled a season high 263 receiving yards led by Brayden Smith, who tallied 101 while finding the endzone twice.
It was as pretty on the ground for the Wildcats who collected 86 yards, their lowest in a game dating back to March 6th when they had just 56 against Siena Heights (Mich.).
Jamis Carson led all IWU tacklers with 10, a new career-high for the senior from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Indiana Wesleyan has seen three different Wildcats lead them in tackles through four games.
Indiana Wesleyan struggled to haul in an interception, snapping their four-game streak with at least one.
Justin Johnson collected the team’s longest kickoff return of the season in the third quarter going 42-yards.
Unfortunately, our preparation and hard work did not pay off today. I really like our football team and am excited to see it respond and choose to grow.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU hosts No. 7 Marian on Saturday at 1 p.m.
GOLDEN GOAL LIFTS WILDCATS OVER TROJANS
MARION, Ind. – RV Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer defeated Taylor University this evening 2-1 in overtime. This was the second overtime matchup of the week for both teams. Wildcats have not lost to the Trojans since October 18, 2011 and hold a 12-1 record against Taylor dating back to 2006.
Scoreless first half saw a lot of back-and-forth action and a total of four shots between the two teams.
53-minute mark, Malik Ibrahim headed a cross pass from Giuseppe Santacroce to push one pass the goalie which put the Wildcats up 1-0.
Taylor tied the game up with a goal in lower left corner of the net at 66-minute mark.
Game headed into overtime with Taylor leading the offense with eight shots to IWU’s four.
At 97-minute mark, Philipp Basara connected on a cross pass from Maclain Hastings for the golden goal. This marks Hastings’ first assist and Basara’s sixth goal on the season.
“I’m so proud of our guys, heart, and toughness to bounce back after a heartbreaking overtime loss on Wednesday. Our team turned into a gritty performance in a game where we didn’t play our best but got the job done. Give credit to a good Taylor team for making us earn it. Lastly, we’re thankful for the fans and the support they showed. Wildcat nation showed up tonight!”
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on October 9 at 6pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Opens MSFA Mideast League Play with No. 7 Knights
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor battled No. 7 Marian to a 7-7 draw over the first 30 minutes of Saturday’s soggy Mid-States Football Association Mideast League opener inside Turner Stadium, but the Knights dominated the second half to pull away in the 51-7 contest.
TU jumped on the board quickly, winning the opening toss and choosing to take the opening possession. The Trojans cut their way through the Knights (4-1, 2-0 MSFA) on the first drive, marching 81 yards over 10 plays on their way to an early 7-0 lead.
Brendan Lamb got the possession started with a 15-yard burst on the first play from scrimmage of the afternoon, before Zac Saltzgaber completed a nine-yard pass to Harrison Eckel and an eight-yard dump to Lamb to move the chains again.
Three more touches by Lamb delivered another first down and back-to-back carries by Dylan Scally for a total of 18 yards put the ball on the MU 18. Saltzgaber took it from there, ripping off a 17-yard scamper to the one and then calling his own number for a one-yard touchdown run.
Marian hit back with a touchdown on its first drive of the game as well, tying the score at 7-7 before the two defenses took over to prevent any additional scoring over the rest of the half.
The two sides combined for just 284 total yards of offense in the first two quarters, with Taylor accounting for 120 yards without a turnover. Those numbers changed in the second half, as MU outgained the Trojans by a 279-to-49 margin and TU lost a pair of fumbles.
Momentum changed quickly over to the visitors out of the break, with Marian taking the kickoff 66 yards and scoring two plays later. The Knights ended up finding the end zone on five of their first six possessions of the second half and quickly put the game out of reach.
Taylor could not find any success offensively after the first drive of the game, picking up only 88 yards on 60 plays after the scoring drive to start the day.
Lamb was the story on offense, ending with 96 yards on 24 carries and also joining Eckel with a team-leading two receptions.
Josh Saltzgaber led the defense with 10 tackles and one pass breakup, with Reid Wheeler and Aven Jones each chipping in eight tackles. Tyler Watson posted seven tackles and one sack, Trevor Garbo had seven tackles and two sacks and Sam Bartu had six tackles and one sack.
Taylor (1-3, 0-1 MSFA) will return to play on Saturday, October 9, when it hosts Lawrence Tech (5-0, 1-0 MSFA) at 1:00 pm as part of TU’s 2021 Homecoming.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Drop Heartbreaker at Home
UPLAND, Ind. – TU’s women’s soccer team played its second-consecutive overtime match, this time losing in heartbreaking fashion against rival #10 Indiana Wesleyan (8-2, 3-0 CL).
Each team scored a goal in the first half, while the Trojans outshot the Wildcats ten to six. IWU got on the board first, scoring a goal in the match’s eleventh minute. The lead would hold for a while, but the Trojans would not enter the half down thanks to Sophie Snyder’s first goal of the season.
Chloe Sena sent a long pass into the box from the left side, after which Erin Teevans let the ball slip under her foot en route to Snyder, who drilled the ball into the net’s right pocket. With Snyder earning her first goal of the year, Sena locked in her third assist.
The Trojans and Wildcats would close the half tied at one, an even score that would remain throughout the match’s next 45 minutes. Taylor took 14 shots throughout the second half, six of which landed on frame but none could alter the one-one tie.
IWU took two shots in the opening minute of overtime, before Claire Massey struck a shot off the crossbar, nearly repeating her overtime heroics from TU’s double-overtime win against Huntington last time out.
The Wildcats capitalized on the Trojans’ ‘almost,’ ending the game with less than twenty seconds remaining.
Taylor (8-2, 1-2 CL) will head out on the road next week, taking on another tough Crossroads League opponent, #4 Spring Arbor (8-0-1, 3-0 CL), on Saturday, October 9, at 3:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | OT Loss Sends Trojans Home Unhappy
MARIAN, Ind. – TU men’s soccer lost a heart-breaker in overtime against crosstown rival RV Indiana Wesleyan (8-3, 2-1 CL), sending the Trojans home with their first Crossroads League loss of the season.
Taylor outshot Indiana Wesleyan in the first half three to one, two of which landed on frame without finding the net. The match went into the half tied at zero, with the Trojan defense preventing the Wildcats from landing a single shot on goal.
That would prove to mean very little to IWU, however, as the Wildcats broke the scoreless tie with their first shot on goal just under nine minutes into the second half.
The Trojans were down 1-0 for nearly 15 minutes, before they tacked on a goal of their own. Senior, Josh Zeidan, locked in his second goal of the year, thanks to the service of Jhon Alzate and his second assist of the season.
Before the end of regulation, each team managed to take one more shot, both of which sailed over the goal, sending the Trojans into overtime for the second match in a row.
A mere twenty seconds into the 10-minute period, junior, Sawyer Watterson, struck a shot off target, but, after that, the Wildcats maintained control of the ball. Seven minutes later, IWU scored the game-winning goal.
Taylor (6-3-1, 1-1-1 CL) will look to bounce back on Saturday, October 9, when they take on Spring Arbor (5-5-1, 2-1 CL) inside Turner Stadium at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Volleyball Scores Non-League Win Over Georgetown
GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The 17th-ranked Trojans bounced back from their third loss of the season with their 12th three-set sweep of the year and 21st win overall. Following Friday’s four-set defeat at Thomas More, Taylor got right back in the win column via a 25-15, 25-23, 28-26 win at Georgetown (6-12) on Saturday afternoon.
TU turned in a much more efficient performance in the win, hitting .297 as a team for the match and blitzing the hosts in the opening set with 17 kills and just two miscues over 50 swings for a 25-15 decision.
Things got far more competitive following the lopsided opening set, with Taylor needing to overcome a 15-8 deficit to score a 25-23 lead in the second. Leads of 8-2 and 20-15 for Taylor in the third were nearly not enough, as the hosts battled all the way back before kills from Amanda Adams and Karli Ware sealed the 28-26 win.
Ryan Czerniak paced the offense throughout with 13 kills in 20 swings, while Adams ended with 11 terminations. Stephaney Fifield collected 20 digs and Kacy Bragg tossed up 39 assists.
No. 17 Taylor (21-3, 10-1 CL) will get back into Crossroads League play on Wednesday, October 6 with a NAIA Top-25 clash at No. 7 Marian (19-0, 11-0 CL) at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 4 Taylor Women Battle Against Top Teams at Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE – The No. 4 Taylor University women’s cross country squad went up against top teams in the nation at the Louisville Cross Country Classic Saturday morning. The Trojans competed in the Gold race, compiled of NCAA Division I, Division II and top-ranked NAIA teams.
The Purple and Gold tallied a total of 982 points and placed 38-of-44 teams. The Trojans were the third-fastest NAIA school in the field, finishing behind No. 1 Saint Francis (Ill.) in 14th place and No. 3 Cornerstone in 21st place. TU finished ahead No. 8 Montreat (39th) and No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (41st).
The Trojans used the cool morning weather and crowded course to its advantage, clocking the fastest team time of the season with a collective mark of 94:35. Five Taylor women set career personal-best times and the top-three TU runners broke into the 18:00s. The front pack raced together well, clocking a 24-second spread between the first and fifth scoring runner.
Ahna VanderWall paced the Purple and Gold, logging a personal-best time of 18:43.6. The sophomore placed 185th out of 399 runners.
Mollie Gamble finished in 202nd place with a career-best mark of 18:51.3. Brooke Studnicki crossed third for TU just steps behind Gamble, claiming 207th place and setting a personal-best mark of 18:52.6.
Senior Giovanna Domene recorded a season-best time of 19:00.2 in 231st place. Madeline Purdom grabbed 252nd place, setting a new PR of 19:07.3.
Abbey Brennan and Audrey Brinkruff rounded out TU’s top-seven. Brennan clocked a time of 19:11.4 and claimed 262nd place overall. Brinkruff finished with a season-best mark of 19:14.3 to secure 268th place.
The No. 4 Trojans (33-39) will return to action on October 23 for the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, MI.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 3 Taylor Men Race at Competitive Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE – The No. 3 Taylor men’s cross country team put together an impressive performance Saturday morning, as the Trojans put their talents to the test against top teams in the nation.
The Taylor team ran at the highly competitive Louisville Cross Country Classic, running in the Gold race against NCAA Division I, Division II and top-ranked NAIA schools. The Purple and Gold finished 21st-of-36 teams. Taylor tallied a total of 515 points. Against NAIA schools, No. 8 St. Francis (Il.) topped TU with 402 points in 11th place. The Trojans outran No. 12 Cornerstone (23rd place), No. 15 Olivet Nazarene (31st place) and No. 16 Montreat (32nd place).
The early morning cool weather and loaded competition led to a fast race for the Taylor men as they logged the third-fastest team time in TU history at 2:05:09 and had nine runners set career personal-best times.
Taylor’s experienced and dynamic trio of Daniel Gerber, Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen put together historic races as all three men set lifetime-best 8k times. The seniors worked together throughout the crowded race, as they let the rush of fast competition take them along. Gerber finished first for TU and clocked a blazing time of 24:04.7, finishing 30th of 353 runners. Gerber’s time is the second-fastest 8k time in the history of Taylor’s program, just eight-seconds shy of the long-standing school record.
Helmuth ended next with a time of 24:13.1, claiming a new PR and the third-best time in Taylor cross country history. Helmuth crossed the line in 37th place. Van Prooyen finished 67th overall with a career-best time of 24:36.8.
Nathan Streitmatter and Connor White finished stride for stride and rounded out the Trojans’ scoring five. Streitmatter posted a career-best time of 26:07.4 for 227th place. White ended 228th overall, clocking a time of 26:07.7.
Josh Harden and Zach Hoekstra finished sixth and seventh for the Purple and Gold, both setting lifetime-best times. Harden placed 244th in 26:23.7 and Hoekstra claimed 252nd place in 26:28.2.
The No. 3 Trojans (39-21) will return to the course for the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 23.
WSOC slips against Engineers
RICHMOND — The Earlham College women’s soccer team continued its 2021 campaign with a loss to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers fell to 1-7, 0-2 HCAC while the Fightin’ Engineers improved to 5-2-1, 1-1 HCAC.
The Engineers scored just before halftime, during the 44th minute when Kyra Hicks put a one-touch volley on a cross from Meghan Garry.
Earlham was outshot 21-6 and trailed in corner kicks 5-0.
Tess Cunningham took two shots for the Quakers and recorded their only shot on goal of the afternoon.
Becca Hancock tallied 12 saves in her goalkeeping effort.
Earlham will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon with a home match against Anderson. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Field hockey blanks Oberlin
RICHMOND — The Earlham College field hockey team continued its 2021 season with a 6-0 win over Oberlin College on Homecoming.
The Quakers improved to 10-1 while the Yeowomen fell to 0-9.
Denise Bergdolt was an offensive powerhouse with one goal and three assists.
The senior from Manhein, Germany scored the opening goal of the contest in the seventh minute of play. The Quakers had a penalty corner which was taken by Molly McKellar. McKellar’s pass to Bergolt was accurate and gave her time to set up for a shot on goal, which she placed well for the score.
Guin Schalck scored the next goal for the Quakers two minutes into the second quarter with an assist from Bergdolt.
Bergdolt tallied another assist in the 36th minute when she assisted Reiley Swislosky after a flurry of Earlham shots.
The Quakers managed to score three goals in the fourth quarter. The first of which came in the 51st minute of play after a penalty corner. McKellar’s pass ended up with a bouncing ball after some quick Earlham shots. Amidst the chaos, Rorey Murphy managed to find the back of the net for a score.
Meredith McGraw earned a penalty stroke for the Quakers just 30 seconds after Murphy’s score. McGraw beat the Oberlin goalkeeper to increase the Quaker lead.
Earlham scored a final goal in the last minute of play. Regan Seeman found space down the left sideline and sent a cross in to Bergdolt. Bergdolt then laid off a pass to Schalck for her second goal of the game.
The Earlham defense did not allow a single shot on Meg Murphy.
The Quakers will be back in action at Allegheny next Saturday, Earlham will have a repeat contest with Oberlin on Sunday.
VOLLEYBALL: IU SOUTHEAST 3, IU EAST 2
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team dropped a hard-fought five setter on Saturday Oct. 2 against IU Southeast in front of a packed house at Lingle Court. This was the first loss of the season in conference play and also in their last 19 matches.
Final score: 27-29, 25-18, 25-20, 19-15, and 15-11.
IU East (12-7, 6-1) even with the loss still maintains their RSC East division lead, while IU Southeast improves to (8-8, 4-2) and are now tied with Midway University in the top spot in the RSC West division.
The Red Wolves will get a week off before heading out on the road for a non-conference match on Friday Oct. 8 where they will visit No. 17 ranked Taylor University with a first serve at 6 p.m.
Thunder Win Homecoming Edition of Border Brawl
ANGOLA, Ind. — Trine University football won the 2021 Border Brawl game against rival Adrian College to cap off a soggy Homecoming. A last-minute score gave the Thunder a 36-20 victory, in an otherwise highly contested game.
Both teams were affected by the heavy rain that started early in the second quarter and would continue intermitted throughout the rest of the contest. The two teams combined for just 13 completions and 236 passing yards.
With the game devolving into a rushing contest the Thunder took a distinct advantage with a pair of two players ending the game with over 100 yards and a third just missing out on the mark. Junior quarterback Alex Price (Reading, Mich. / Reading) led the team with 138 yards on the ground with classmate Xaine Kirby (Sweetser, Ind. / Eastbrook) coming in with 101 yards. Sophomore Jordan Watson (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) finished the game with 81 yards to round out the trio of large gains.
All told the Thunder ended the game with 316 yards of rushing offense, outgaining the opposition’s total yards by more than 100.
The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff after losing the coin toss and on the first play of the game, the Trine defense began to impose their will on the contest. Senior Tyler Pollard (Homosassa, Fla. / Crystal River) lowered his shoulder forcing a fumble against the Adrian running back and classmate Marc Guerrero (Gary, Ind. / Merrillville) came up with the loose ball deep in Bulldog territory.
The ensuing drive for the Thunder ended quickly after the opposition forced a three-and-out, but senior Ryan Hibbetts (Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes) knocked the ball through for a 42-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead for the Thunder.
A few critical penalties aided the Bulldogs on their next drive as they moved the ball into Trine territory for the first time of the game. Then an Adrian receiver got open in the center of the field and suddenly the Thunder trailed 6-0 after a failed extra point.
The offense would respond for the team, as they manufactured a 63-yard drive mostly on the back of Kirby’s rushing and ending with a 31-yard strike from the running back.
After an Adrian punt on the next drive Price would complete one of his few passing attempts in the game to junior Brandon Kline (Callahan, Fla. / Yulee) for a 48-yard gain, the longest passing play of the day. Kirby would once again finish off the drive, this time with a six-yard run. After another successful extra point from Hibbetts the team would lead 17-6.
In the first drive of the second quarter Adrian’s Wurzer would complete another long pass to to cut the deficit to four.
Trine had a quick three-and-out on their next drive and the Bulldogs drove the ball down the field setting up a first-and-goal from the four yard line. But the rain had started and an errant snap pushed Adrian back to the Trine 23-yard line. On second down senior Jacob Yoder (Elkhart, Ind. / Concord) and sophomore Jacob Jackson (Toledo, Ohio / Central Catholic) combined for a sack. After a third down incompletion, sophomore Kendall Himes (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) came up with a sack of his own on fourth down to give the offense the ball on their own 32 yard line.
The Thunder found out that the rain had started themselves on the next play when Price mishandled the opening snap of the drive and Adrian’s Sam Madrid finished the play with a scoop and score giving the Bulldogs back the lead at 20-17.
Both team struggled to find footing on the next two drives, until another fumble by Adrian, this time forced and recovered by sophomore Zach Kornak (Hillsdale, Mich. / Hillsdale), set Trine up for another drive in Adrian territory. Price would finish off this drive himself giving the team the lead at 24-20 heading into halftime.
Trine started the second half with the ball and Price and Kirby traded rushes to move the ball deep into Adrian territory. Another rain related fumble pushed the team back after a first-and-goal from the eight and the team would settle for a field goal building their lead to 27-20.
Neither team found offensive success through most of the remaining third quarter. In their final drive of the period, the Thunder started to move the ball, and it carried over into the fourth quarter when Watson ripped off a 28-yard gain in on the first play. The Bulldogs came up with a goal line stand forcing a field goal attempt, which Hibbets put through the uprights to put the game at 30-20.
The Thunder defense continued to give Adrian’s offense fits recording a few more sacks and holding the opposition off the board. Watson would score his touchdown on the team’s final drive to pull ahead 36-20 with just over a minute remaining in the contest.
A strip-sack by sophomore Jamon Gibson (Toledo, Ohio / Central Catholic) iced the game for the Thunder and they bring on the victory formation to run out the clock.
All told the Thunder defense turned in a dominating performance, especially in the second half. They would finish the game with five sacks and allowed just 59 rushing yards. After the Bulldogs had some success in the first half moving the ball through the air, Trine responded by allowing just one completion in the second half.
The team improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. They will hit the road to face off with Olivet College in their next contest which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.
Acker and Myers Lead Trine Men at Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In Saturday’s Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer Park, the Trine University men’s cross country team was 20th out of the 42 participating squads in the Men’s 8K Silver race.
MIT were the team winners at the event, with Wilmington’s Simon Heys taking the individual win.
The top finisher for the Thunder was Noah Acker [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] with a time of 26:06.6. Just behind him was Jacob Myers [Kokomo, Ind. / Northwestern] at 26:20.7.
Joseph Packard [Kokomo, Ind. / Western] ran a 26:56.1 en route to becoming the third Trine scorer, with Noah Weslock [Howell, Mich. / Howell] and Harrison Korkos coming in fourth and fifth at 27:16.7 and 27:19.5.
The Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble is next on the schedule for the Trine men on October 16.
Shutout Victory for Trine Women’s Soccer Marks Ninth Straight Win
OLIVET, Mich. – The Trine University women’s soccer team defeated Olivet College 3-0 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to nine consecutive games, breaking the record for most wins in a row in program history.
The win also marks the second consecutive shutout for the Thunder, who now have seven on the season. Trine is still without a loss in 2021 at 11-0-1 and Olivet falters to 1-4-0. The Thunder are undefeated at 2-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play, whilst the Comets are still in search of their first conference win at 0-2.
Trine was forcing the Olivet goalkeeper to make plays on the ball early, as three shots went towards the net in the first nine minutes of action. A shot by Andrea Wright [Plainfield, Ind. / Plainfield] hit the crossbar in the third minute and Blair Wright [Bridgeport, Mich. / Birch Run] and Bella Mabry [Oregon, Ohio / Clay] each put shots on goal.
Taylor Noll [Anna, Ohio / Anna] was able to score the opening goal at the 20-minute mark, when she fielded a free kick from Rachel Hill [Guilford, Ind. / East Central] in the box.
The Thunder goalkeeper Sophie Aschemeier [Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton] was able to preserve the shutout with back-to-back saves in the 40th and 41st minutes.
After outshooting Olivet 8-4 in the first, Trine continued to pepper the net with an 11-2 difference in the second half. Veronica Ocampo [Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial] received a header inside but went just high of the net in the 61st minute.
The Comets played with a man down after a player received a red card, and that gave Trine the opportunity to add insurance. It was Andrea Wright [Plainfield, Ind. / Plainfield] scoring with an assist from Mia Augustino [Niagara Falls, N.Y. / Niagara Falls] in the 75th minute, and senior Julia Surratt [Madison Heights, Mich. / Marion] from Paige Skaff [Plymouth, Mich. / Salem] in the 79th to make it 3-0.
Aschemeier completed the clean sheet with four total saves on the six Olivet shots taken.
It’s a full week before the Thunder women take the pitch once again, that one will be a road match at Hope College on Saturday, October 9 at 12 pm.
Women’s Cross Country peggs strong showing at the Live in Lou Meet
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover women’s cross country team competed as part of the Live in Lou Meet hosted by the Louisville Cardinals.
In a very competitive field, the Panthers finished 30th overall in the 32 team field.
Pacing the way for the Panthers was senior Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) with a 150th place mark in a time of 25:29.3.
Following here across the finish line was teammate freshman Hanna Whitney (Huntington, Ind.) in 171st with a time of 25:53.7. Crossing the finish line right behind her was fellow Panther, sophomore Amberleigh Sorensen (Yorktown, Ind.) in a time of 26:02.7.
Freshman Allie Thomas (Edmonton, Ky.) rounded out the top 100 for the Blue and Red as she finished 195th with a time of 26:43.0.
Freshman Kaylie Magallanes (Memphis, Ind.) turned in a 243rd place mark, while freshman Charlotte Burnett (Assumption, Ind.) finished 258th overall.
Hanover returns to action Friday, Oct. 15 when they compete as part of the Jenna Strong Classic hosted by Wilmington.
Hanover routs Anderson as part of Homecoming celebration
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers routed Anderson on Saturday afternoon as the Blue and Red celebrated Homecoming with a convincing 49-0 victory. With the win, Hanover moved to 2-2 overall, 1-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
Senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) etched his name into the record books as he became the all-time rushing touchdown leader in Hanover College history. He finished the afternoon with 50-yards on six carriers and two touchdowns.
After a chess match for most of the first quarter the Panther offense found some life as senior Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) broke the scoreless contest. The senior running back took the hand off inside the 10-yard line and punched it in for seven.
The Panthers tacked on another score with 13:48 to play in the second quarter as they took the ball 55-yards on seven plays. Leading the record setting drive was the record holder himself, Coane. The senior rushed four three yards and another Hanover strike, 14-0.
The final first half touchdown came with just under six minutes to play as senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) piloted the offense 83-yards including a 13-yard hookup with sophomore Steven Livers (Radcliff, Ky.) for the score, 21-0.
Coane added an insurance touchdown in the third frame as he scampered for 17-yards capping off a 61-yard eight play drive for the 28-0 advantage.
The ground game remained strong as Ballinger made his second trip into the endzone. The senior pounded the ball right down the middle of the field for a 25-yard rushing score en route to the 35-0 lead.
Freshman Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) would find the endzone on an 11-yard rush and score. Freshman Blake Huffman (Columbus, Ind.) set up the play for the Panthers as he took the ball 30-yards into the Ravens redzone. Oppell handled the rest as HC cruised to the 42-0 advantage.
Huffman provided the final blow as he was able to get around the corner and turn up field for the five-yard score.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 9 when they take on Rose-Hulman. Game time is set for 2 PM.
Hanover captures HCAC victory over Manchester
ANOVER, Ind. – The Panthers opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with a straight set victory over Manchester 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-22) on Friday evening. With the win, HC moves to 9-7 overall and 1-0 in the HCAC.
The Panthers were led by junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a game-high 11 kills, while senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) added 32 assists.
The opening set saw the Blue and Red storm ahead as they used a set best 17 kills on 44 total attempts to claim the 25-14 win. Leading the charge was junior Meredith Deckard (Bedford, Ind.) from behind the service line as she paced a 7-0 rally.
Set two saw the momentum continue for the Blue and Red as back-to-back kills by senior Maura Dankoski (Fishers, Ind.) pushed HC out front 16-11. They never looked back charting 16 total kills to push the difference to 2-0.
The final set would see Hanover win 25-22 following a strong performance by Ketcham. The senior setter dished out the game’s final assist to claim the straight set win.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 6 when they take on Earlham.
Early Blitz Sinks Spartans on the Road
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University Lions used a trio of goals in the opening 17 minutes of Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer match to push past the visiting Spartans.
Manchester was unable to overcome the initial blitz as the Spartans’ saw their four-game win streak come to an end. MSJ took Saturday’s contest by a final score of 4-2.
The Lions netted goals in the 6th, 14th, and 17th minutes to begin the game.
Manchester would get on the scoreboard in the 25th minute following a goal from Julian Keough (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike). Keough has scored in back-to-back contests. Cory Mitchell (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) picked up an assist on the Keough goal.
The Black & Gold scored less than a minute into the second half as Chris Gerken (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll) drew Manchester to within a score at 3-2.
MSJ answered right back with a goal in the 52nd minute. Taidan Fox netted his second goal of the match to give the Lions some breathing room. The result would stand as the Spartans were kept off the scoreboard for the remainder of the match.
Manchester (4-5-1, 1-1 HCAC) will look to bounce back on Wednesday when it travels to Defiance College. Match time against the Yellow Jackets is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Spartans’ Efforts Fall Just Short at MSJ
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Manchester University women’s soccer team was edged by the Mount St. Joseph Lions in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday October 2.
Mount St. Joseph edged the Black & Gold by a 1-0 final. The host Lions scored the game’s only match in the 78th minute. Julia Herzog was credited with the goal for MSJ.
Abby McLaughlin (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) took a pair of shots in Saturday’s game and placed one shot on goal for Manchester. Goalkeeper Becca Colbert (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) made nine saves in the game.
The Spartans will return to action on Wednesday October 6. Manchester will host the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at Good Field beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Kibler’s Boot Lifts Manchester to Stunning OT Victory at Franklin
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Senior kicker Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla/Mariner) booted a career-long 49-yard field goal in overtime to send the Manchester University Spartans to a stunning 27-24 upset of the Franklin College Grizzlies at Faught Stadium on Saturday October 2.
The Black & Gold snapped a 10-game losing streak with the upset, while also winning for the second consecutive time at Franklin. Manchester defeated the Grizzlies on their own home turf back in October of 2019 – a win that ended a 21-game skid in the head-to-head series between the two Indiana Division III institutions.
After Franklin scored on its opening drive to begin Saturday’s contest, Manchester dictated play for the remainder of the first half. The Black & Gold capitalized on an errant snap that sailed over the Franklin punter’s head into the end zone and was later recovered by Manchester’s Quentin Willis (Athens, Ga./Oglethorpe) for a special teams touchdown.
On Franklin’s next possession, the Manchester defense came away with an interception. Devontay Moore (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) picked off Dane Andrew’s pass and returned it 15 yards to the Grizzlies’ 21-yard line. The Spartans were able to use the short field to put an additional three more points up on the scoreboard as Andrew Kibler’s 31-yard field goal put Manchester ahead 9-7.
Midway through the second quarter, the Spartans went ahead 16-7 following a 62-yard touchdown pass from Trevor O’Brien II (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) to Joseph Powell (Beach Park, Ill./Zion Benton). Rotating a host of quarterbacks this season, O’Brien’s pass was his first career completion – taken on his first collegiate snap. Powell led Manchester with 4 receptions and 119 yards receiving on Saturday.
The Spartans led 16-7 at halftime.
Following the intermission, Franklin would score 17 straight points to seize a 24-16 lead. Dane Andrews hit Jarret Gibson from 6-yards out at the 11:26 mark of the third quarter. Later in the third period, Derek Baldin converted a 38-yard field goal. Franklin added another touchdown late in the third quarter following a 2-yard run by Garrett Cora.
The Spartans’ withstood Franklin’s third quarter flurry and were able to tie the game at the 7:36 mark of the fourth quarter. David Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) rushed from 1-yard out to draw the Spartans to within two points, 24-22. The Manchester offense stayed on the field and Trevor O’Brien II’s pass was caught by tight end Justin Abiagom (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) for the two-point conversion.
Following the game-tying score, Manchester’s defense held firm as the Grizzlies picked up just two more first downs the rest of quarter. Manchester’s defense stepped up big one more time to begin overtime as the Grizzlies were stopped on their opening possession in the extra frame.
While the Spartans were unable to move the sticks on their possession, Andrew Kibler was able to drive his career-long 49-yard field goal through the uprights for the victory.
Manchester’s defense limited Franklin to 298 yards of offense on Saturday afternoon. The Grizzlies were held to 72 yards rushing. Manchester came away with one interception and recovered three fumbles.
Senior Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind./Evansville) led Manchester with 14 total tackles – 11 of which were solo – on the day. Jabari Webb (Villa Rica, Ga./Villa Rica) added 8 tackles and 2.5 tackles-for-loss. Webb also recovered a fumble. Both Devontay Moore and Sam Huffman (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) added sacks for the Black & Gold. Manchester’s defense racked up 8.0 tackles-for-loss for 66 yards on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester starts Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play 1-0 following Saturday’s victory. MU will host Defiance College next weekend on Saturday October 9 in Spartan Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. It will be Homecoming Weekend at Manchester University.
The Grizzlies (2-2, 0-1 HCAC) will travel to Mount St. Joseph next weekend.
Women’s Cross Country Places 17th at Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Manchester University women’s cross country team competed against athletes representing more than 40 NCAA Division III institutions at Live in Lou Classic on Saturday. Saturday’s meet also served as the NCAA Division III Pre-National Meet.
The Manchester women placed 17th overall on the day. Claremont-Mudd Scripps won the meet with a top team score of 43 points, followed by Wisconsin-La Crosse, Calvin, Emory, and MIT.
Fifth-year Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) was the top Spartan to finish on Saturday. Lohman earned placed 30th out of a field of more than 275 competitors. Lohman clocked in a time of 23:07.5.
Lauren Smith (Anderson, Ind./Lapel) placed 72nd overall with a time of 24:06.1. Smith’s time was a new personal best and stands as the 26th best time in school history. Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind./NorthWood) placed 86th overall after posting a time of 24:18.3.
Saturday’s event marked the first time that a large, national field competed in NCAA Division III cross country since 2019.
The Spartans will race again in two weeks on Saturday October 16. The Black & Gold will compete in the Oberlin Inter Regional Rumble in Ohio.
Men’s Cross Country Places 33rd at Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Manchester University men’s cross country team competed against athletes representing more than 40 NCAA Division III institutions at Live in Lou Classic on Saturday. Saturday’s meet also served as the NCAA Division III Pre-National Meet.
The Manchester men placed 33rd overall on the day. MIT won the meet with 46 points, followed by Claremont-Mudd Scripps, Emory, Wisconsin-La Crosse, and North Central.
Thomas Richardson (Southmont, Ind./Ladoga) was the top Spartan finisher on the day. Richardson placed 47th out of more than 340 runners. Richardson clocked a time of 25:37.2.
Connor Havens (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) finished 125th overall with a time of 26:51.0, while Dylan Leininger (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) crossed the finish line in 262nd place following a time of 29:06.3.
Saturday’s event marked the first time that a large, national field competed in NCAA Division III cross country since 2019.
The Spartans will race again in two weeks on Saturday October 16. The Black & Gold will compete in the Oberlin Inter Regional Rumble in Ohio.
Cougars Fall 1-0 to Goshen Maple Leafs as Offense Goes Cold
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-7-1; 0-3 Crossroads) traveled to Goshen, Indiana Saturday afternoon for a road conference game against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (5-4; 1-1 Crossroads), but offense was nowhere to be found as they fell 1-0.
Not too long after the start of the game, the Cougars and Maple Leafs both got a shot with each going wide, and then Goshen put in the game’s only goal in the seventh minute of play.
Throughout the next 15 minutes, Goshen would dominate the ball, and the Cougars didn’t manage another shot until the 22nd minute.
Towards the end of the frame, the Cougars got several shots on goal only to have each of them saved as the game went to halftime 1-0 in favor of Goshen.
During the first half, the Cougars had five shots with three of them on net, and sophomore goalkeeper Amber Morgan made four saves on five shots.
Heading into the second half, both teams fought back and forth with neither side dominating the ball. Senior goalkeeper Melanie Xouris, who came in to start the frame, made seven saves and didn’t allow a goal, keeping her team in the game.
But the shots taken by the Cougars in the final minutes either went wide or high, and a team block prevented the game-tying goal in the 90th minute as the Cougars were dealt the loss.
Throughout the game, Cougars goalkeepers Morgan and Xouris combined for 11 saves despite the one goal, and Saint Francis had nine shots with four being on goal.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday evening when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium and play host to the No. 7 Marian University Knights (8-2-1; 0-1-1 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm. In addition, Saturday’s game will also be USF’s homecoming.
Strong Defensive Effort by Cougars Falls Short Against SHU Saints
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the No. 25 University of Saint Francis Cougars (1-2; 0-1 MSFA) kicked off their home opener against the Siena Heights University Saints (2-2; 1-0 MSFA) but didn’t have enough to get through as they fell 27-17 with the Saints capitalizing on a strong third quarter.
As the game got underway, the Saints produced a strong drive but it was to no avail as they missed a 41-yard field goal.
After a short series on offense from the Cougars, they got the ball right back on an interception by sophomore defensive back Bailey Parker. After four plays the Cougars took a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Aidan Hosler.
The first quarter ended with the Cougars holding their three-point lead, but the Saints had momentum and the ball in Cougar territory. The defense though did step up with a couple key tackles by River Walsh and Damon Hunter, forcing the Saints to settle for a 44-yard field goal, which split the uprights and tied the game at three.
For the next several drives, both defenses stepped up to make stops, and no more scoring was done until the final three minutes of the half. The Saints capped off their fourth drive of the frame with a 43-yard field goal to go up 6-3 for the first time.
But right after the kickoff, the Cougars answered right back.
Six consecutive completions by junior quarterback Heath Simmons brought the Cougars to the one-yard line, and what followed was a rushing touchdown by junior running back Cameron Peterson for the game’s first touchdown to cap off the first half.
Heading into halftime, the Cougars held a 10-6 lead over Siena Heights.
But in the third quarter, the tables turned against the Cougars. After Saint Francis failed to score on the opening drive of the frame, the Saints enjoyed a 10-play drive which resulted in a 14-yard touchdown pass with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
After the Cougars went three and out, the Saints carried their momentum over to the next drive taking just three plays to find the endzone again and double their lead over Saint Francis.
Siena Heights scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to lead 20-10 heading into the final frame.
However, halfway through the fourth quarter, the Cougars forced a stop, and what followed was a blocked punt by junior linebacker River Walsh who then ran it back for a defensive touchdown and all of a sudden, Saint Francis was right back in the game, now trailing just 20-17.
But the last laugh belonged to the Saints as they scored once more and let the clock wind down for a 10-point victory.
Throughout the game, River Walsh was the lead-tackler with 13 on the game and Emmanuel Davis followed suit with nine tackles of his own. Defensive end Alfred Moore made eight tackles, and four of them went for a loss for an accumulated 14 yards. Simmons threw for 211 yards completing 23 passes in 40 attempts.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday afternoon when they play host to the Madonna University Crusaders (1-4) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium beginning at 12:00 pm. In addition, Saturday will also be USF’s homecoming game.
VUVB sweeps Lake Land for second time in four days to remain unbeaten in Region 24
MATTOON, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers concluded their back end of their Region 24 road back-to-back Saturday afternoon at Lake Land College in Mattoon.
The Blazers came away with their second three-set sweep over the Lakers in just four days. Winning 26-24, 25-20, 25-19.
This match was much closer than the one played Wednesday night at the P.E. Complex, with the Lakers defending their home floor well.
Vincennes held a narrow 12-9 lead midway through the opening set and continued to grow an eventual six point advantage on the scoreboard.
Lake Land answered back, going on an impressive 15-5 scoring run to move ahead 24-20 and serve for set point.
The Trailblazers showed again, much like they have all season, that there is no quit in this team, as VU would rally back, scoring the final six points of the set to take set one 26-24, behind three kills from freshman hitter Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland).
Lake Land opened the second set by jumping out on top, scoring three of the first four points, before the Blazers would respond with a 6-0 run of their own.
The Lakers would cut the lead down to just two points before VU would go on a 4-0 scoring run to take a 15-9 lead.
Lake Land could not manage to cut into the deficit, only able to get within three points of the Trailblazers as VU won set two 25-20 to take a 2-0 match lead.
Set three was another back-and-forth battle, with the score even at 9-9 midway through the set.
The Lakers looked to avoid being swept on their home court, opening a 16-13 advantage on the scoreboard before the Blazers would answer back with a 10-2 scoring run and later close out the third set 25-19 to complete the sweep.
“Today was the last day of a tough two weeks for us as we have played 10 matches in that time,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “After the emotional win at Wabash Valley last night and not having the full roster today, we were wondering where our minds would be.”
“We wonder no more as the kids fought back in several stretches,” Sien added. “Winning the first set was important as we battled back from a large deficit and a slow start.”
The VUVB offense was led by freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) who finished with a team-high 13 kills on the day, while also adding four digs, a pair of aces and a solo block to her totals.
Sophomores Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.), Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) all finished with eight kills each for the Blazers.
Russell seemed to dominate the whole match from both sides of the net, leading the Trailblazers with six blocks on defense to go along with her kills.
Cornelson added a pair of digs and solo block and Ainscough finished with 15 digs and two blocks on the game.
Malgorzata Banasiak stepped into a bigger role Saturday afternoon and did not disappoint, finishing with seven kills and three blocks.
The VU offense was run by freshman Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) who racked up 37 set assists on her way to a double-double with 12 digs to go along with a pair of kills and an ace.
Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) and Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) patrolled the back row defensively, with Beedle ending the match with 11 digs and a kill and Earp finishing with nine digs and two set assists in front of her hometown crowd.
Freshman Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) also saw some expanded playing time, with the Blazers only using eight players against Lake Land, ending her day with three digs, a set assist and an ace.
“We had a little more balanced attack today as Jagoda, Addison, Jamie, Emilie and Gosia all had at least seven kills,” Sien said.
“Hannah ran a nice offense as our ball control, like last night, got better as the match went on. The team did themselves proud during these last two weeks.”
Vincennes will hit the road again Tuesday, Oct. 5 when the Blazers travel to Harrisburg, Ill. to take on Southeastern Illinois College at 7 p.m. eastern.
VU will then return home this weekend to host the Showdown on the Wabash Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 at the P.E. Complex.
Seven Trailblazer runners set new personal bests at Greater Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Vincennes University Cross Country team hit the course Saturday morning to take part in the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park.
While the VU men’s team placed 46th out of 62 teams competing, the Trailblazers were once again one of only a few two-year schools competing in this race. Including going up against many NCAA Division I programs.
Ian Boit was the pace setter for the Blazers Saturday morning, finishing the race with a time of 27:26.0.
Boit was followed closely by Ernest Momodu (27:36.6), Manamanya Opiew (27:51.5) and Walter Tanui (27:54.0).
The Vincennes five was rounded out by Reed Lawless, who finished with a time of 28:29.3.
Trey Browne and Austin Nigh also ran for VU, with Browne finishing with a time of 29:32.6 and Nigh just missing 30 minutes at 30:00.6.
“This was a great meet on the men’s side, with six out of our seven runners setting personal bests,” VU Assistant Cross Country Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “Ian led the way with his most consistent meet of the year, closing strong with a 5:15 last mile.”
“Walter had a great first meet of the year, after dealing with a foot injury the past few weeks,” Steigenga added. “He is rounding into shape fast and it will be exciting to see what he can do with a few more weeks of healthy training.”
“The guys have been putting in some great workouts and it was awesome to see them produce some fast times,” Steigenga said. “It was our best meet of the year, with our top five runners separated by just over a minute.”
The VU women’s team was not able to post a team score Saturday, as two Trailblazer runners, Daisie Kinnett and Kaitlyn Koenig, were unable to finish the race.
Kyra Young was the first across the line for the blue and gold, finishing with a time of 20:43.3.
Brittany Page and Hope Laughlin were not far behind, with Page crossing the finish line at 21:50.9 and Laughlin coming in at 23:03.3.
Kyra Davis finished the day for the Trailblazers, finishing with a time of 28:27.8.
“The highlight of the day was definitely Hope Laughlin,” Steigenga added. “She had a great run and set a new personal best by 30 seconds. The goal going forward is to get our women’s team healthy and back to full strength.”
The VU runners will have two weeks to recover and heal before their next meet Saturday, Oct. 16 at the University of Evansville Invitational at Angel Mounds in Newburgh, Ind. The first race of the day is set to begin a 11 a.m. eastern.
This Invitational will serve as VU’s final tune up before starting their postseason by competing in the NJCAA Cross Country Regionals Friday, Oct. 29 at Eastern Illinois University.
VINCENNES 46, 1279 points
Ian Boit – 215, 27:26.0
Ernest Momodu – 237, 27:36.6
Manamanya Opiew – 260, 27:51.5
Walter Tanui – 263, 27:54.0
Reed Lawless – 304, 28:29.3
Trey Browne – 347, 29:32.6
Austin Nigh – 362, 30:00.6
No team result
Kyra Young – 20:43.3
Brittany Page – 21:50.9
Hope Laughlin – 23:03.3
Kyra Davis – 28:27.8
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1909 Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first player in baseball history to win the Triple Crown, leading the Junior Circuit in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. The ‘Georgia Peach’ accomplishes the feat by batting .377, driving in 107 runs, and hitting nine homers, all of which are inside-the-park round-trippers for the American League champs.
1909 The Tigers end the season with 98 victories to extend their American League record for most wins in a season, after recently surpassing the mark of 95 established by the 1904 Red Sox. Detroit boasted a pair of 20-game-winners, George Mullin (29) and Ed Willett (22), with Sam Crawford (.314) and Ty Cobb (.377) providing the majority of the offense for the champions of the American League.
1919 Cuban native Adolfo Luque becomes the first player from Latin America to appear in a World Series. In Game 3 of the Fall Classic, ‘the Pride Of Havana’ pitches a scoreless eighth inning for the Reds in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
1924 At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League beat the Eastern Colored League’s Hilldale Giants (PA), 6-2, in the opening game of the first Colored World Series. The ten-game event, in which KC will capture the crown, winning five games to 4 with one tie, features games played in Chicago, Kansas City, and Baltimore.
1937 Johnny Allen’s bid for a perfect season is spoiled when Hank Greenberg drives in the only run of the game in the first inning, and Jake Wade throws a one-hitter against the Indians in the 1-0 loss to Detroit on the last day of the season at Navin Field. The 32 year-old right-hander from North Carolina will finish the season 15-1, with his .938 won-loss percentage the best in the major leagues.
1937 In the season finale, Hank Greenberg gets the lone ribbie when Detroit defeats the Indians, 1-0. The 26 year-old Tiger first baseman finishes the season with 183 RBIs, just one shy of Lou Gehrig’s 1931 American League record.
1947 In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Bill Bevens comes within one out from pitching the first no-hitter in World Series history. The Yankee hurler loses his claim to fame and loses the game when Cookie Lavagetto, pinch-hitting for Eddie Stanky, hits a two-out ninth-inning double giving the Dodgers a 3-2 improbable victory.
1948 After taking his position in center field in the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park, Joe DiMaggio, is removed from the game by Yankee manager Bucky Harris. As the superstar of their hated rivals limps off the field, the enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 35,000 gives Joltin’ Joe a lengthy and loud standing ovation, a gesture he will later refer to as one of the greatest thrills of his career.
1948 After going 0-for-4 on the last day of the campaign, Cardinal outfielder Stan Musial falls one home run shy of winning Triple Crown, with Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner, of the Giants and Pirates, respectively, sharing the home run title with 40. The National League MVP led the Senior Circuit with a .376 batting average and 132 RBIs for the second-place Redbirds.
1951 In Game 3 of the National League playoff series at the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson’s one-out three-run homer off Ralph Branca beats the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant. The round-tripper, better known as the ‘shot heard around the world,’ becomes one of the famous home runs in baseball history.
1962 At Dodger Stadium, the Giants beat Los Angeles, 6-4, to take the rubber game of the best-of-three National League playoffs, clinching the National League pennant. LA shortstop Maury Wills sets a major league record for the most games played in a season, appearing in all of his team’s 165 games.
1965 Cardinal right-hander Bob Gibson goes the distance, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 5-2, to become a 20-game winner for the first time. The future Hall of Famer will win twenty games four more times in the next five seasons.
1965 At Metropolitan Stadium, Angels’ first baseman Vic Power (Pellot) ends his 12-year major league career going 1-for-5 with an RBI single in a 5-2 loss to the Twins. The .284 career hitter will have the distinction of being the last active player to have worn a Philadelphia A’s uniform (1954).
1965 On the last day of the season, Giants’ outfielder Willie Mays hits his 52nd home run to break the franchise record he established in 1955. The ‘Say Reds hurler Billy McCool gives up hey Kid’s’ league-leading home run when San Francisco defeats Cincinnati at Candlestick Park, 6-3.
1966 Tigers GM James Campbell announces former Reds and Phillies skipper Mayo Smith will replace the late Chuck Dressen, the team’s manager who died in August following a heart attack. Bob Swift, a Detroit coach named to fill the position on an interim basis, could not complete the season after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
1968 In the third inning of Game 2 of his complete-game World Series victory over St. Louis, Tiger starting pitcher Mickey Lolich hits a solo homer off Nelson Briles. The Busch Stadium round-tripper will be the only home run the southpaw will hit during his 16-year big league career.
1970 Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar becomes the first pitcher to homer in a league championship game. The right-hander’s fourth-inning grand slam proves to be the difference in the Orioles’ 10-6 ALCS Game 1 victory over Minnesota.
1972 Surpassing Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente appears in his 2,433rd game for the most ever played in a Pirates uniform. Sadly, it will be the last regular-season game the Pittsburgh outfielder will play before dying in a plane crash during the off-season.
1974 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson becomes the first black skipper in major league history when he signs a $175,000 contract to manage and play for the Indians. During his 16 years at the helm for four franchises, the former superstar will compile a 1065-1176 (.475) record while piloting the Tribe, Giants, Orioles, and the Expos/Nationals.
1976 After being at the Dodger’s helm for 23 years, Walter Alston’s managerial career comes to an end when the team drops a 3-2 decision to the Padres, finishing the campaign ten games behind the Reds. During his tenure, which began in Brooklyn in 1954, the skipper known as Smokey to his players compiles a 2040-1613 (.523) record en route to capturing seven pennants and four World Series titles.
1976 On the last day of the season, Kansas City’s George Brett and Hal McRae and Minnesota’s Rod Carew are separated by .001 for the batting title. Brett, who goes 3-for-4, edges his Royals teammate (.333 vs. .332) for the American League crown with the deciding hit, an inside-the-park home run, being a misplayed line drive, leading McRae to believe the lack of effort was intentional.
1976 Appearing as the designated hitter, Brewer Hank Aaron gets an infield single off Tiger hurler Dave Roberts in his last major league at-bat. Except for Minnie Minoso’s appearance in three games with the White Sox as a 50 year-old in 1980, ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ becomes the last major leaguer to have played in the Negro Leagues
1982 On the last day of the season, the Brewers celebrate their American League East title-clinching victory on the field at Memorial Stadium after beating the Orioles, 10-2, to edge Baltimore by one game in the final standings. The 51,642 hometown fans, although disappointed by the results, stay after the game and give retiring manager Earl Weaver a heartfelt, tremendous 45-minute series of ovations for his 15-year tenure as the Birds’ skipper.
1987 Benito Santiago’s consecutive game hitting streak ends at 34 when the backstop is held hitless in three trips to the plate by Dodger hurler Orel Hershiser, who tosses a complete game in a 1-0 loss to the Padres. The stretch of straight games with a hit by the 23 year-old not only represents a new mark for rookies but also for catchers.
1990 George Brett pinch hits a fifth-inning RBI sac fly, and then singles in the seventh inning to end the season winning the batting title with a .329 batting average. The Royals superstar is the only player to win three batting crowns in three different decades (1976-.333; 1980-.390).
1993 The Rockies become the fourth National League team, the only one this century, not to record a shutout during the season. The other clubs to achieve this dubious distinction include the 1898 Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 1898 St. Louis Browns, 1898 Washington Senators, and the 1899 Cleveland Spiders.
1993 The Giants, despite winning 103 games, are eliminated from the Western Division race when the Dodgers derail their division dreams, 12-1. Catcher Mike Piazza, who will be named the league’s Rookie of the Year, hits two home runs in the game.
1993 Eighty-three year-old Mel Harder throws the ceremonial ‘last’ pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a member of the 1932 Indian squad, he also had thrown the first pitch as the team’s starting pitcher in the ballpark’s inaugural game, a 1-0 defeat to Lefty Grove and the A’s.
1995 The Yankees, 9-6 victors over the Mariners in the Bronx, and the Rockies, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Braves in Colorado, become the first clubs to participate in the postseason not having been a first-place team. The two wild-card clubs will not advance further in the playoffs, both losing their three-out-of-five divisional series.
1996 The Devil Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages of North America, located in nearby Bradenton, announce an agreement that renames the ThunderDome. The ballpark will become known as Tropicana Field with the city of St. Petersburg, receiving more than $13 million as part of the sweet deal.
1999 Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final homer of the season, passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career home run list with 522 round-trippers.
1999 In the final regular-season game played at the Astrodome, Mike Hampton (22-4) beats the Dodgers, 9-4. The victory clinches the division title as the Astros finish one game ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.
2000 Against the Braves, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern-day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of the NLDS. The left-hander joins Buffalo’s Bert Cunningham, who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.
2001 Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking Babe Ruth’s major league record established in 1923 of 170 bases on balls. Astros’ reliever Nelson Cruz gives up the historic walk in the sixth, and the Giants left fielder will finish the season with 177 walks.
2004 On the last day of the season, Blue Jays television announcer John Cerutti is found dead in his SkyDome hotel room. The death of the 44 year-old Albany (NY) native, a former big-league pitcher, is due to natural causes, with foul play not being suspected.
2004 At the site of the franchise’s first National League game in 1969, the Expos, scheduled to move to Washington, D.C. next season, play their last game in their 36-year history, losing to the Mets at Shea Stadium, 8-1. Their finale, which turns out to be the rubber match of the franchise series with New York, gives the Amazin’s a 299-298 advantage in the 597 contests played since 1969.
2005 The ax begins to fall when two managers lose their jobs the day after the season ends. Jim Tracy (5-years/427-383) and Alan Trammell (3-years/186-300) are fired by the Dodgers and Tigers, respectively.
2006 Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hires his fourth manager since buying the team four years ago. Florida hires Braves third-base coach Fred Gonzalez to replace first-year skipper Joe Girardi, who had a well-publicized feud with the owner during the season.
2007 After winning their tenth World Series championship last season, the Cardinals announce senior vice president and general manager Walt Jocketty (1,117-968, .536) will no longer have a role with the team. The former GM, who will be replaced on an interim basis by his assistant John Mozeliak, watched the Redbirds make seven postseason appearances, winning two National League pennants and the 2006 World Series, during his 13-year tenure with the club.
2007 The construction for the $250 million renovations of Kauffman Stadium, which includes reducing seating, adding an outfield concourse, a team hall of fame and conference center, and a new HD scoreboard, begins with a ceremonial groundbreaking inside the ballpark. The improvements, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day in 2009, will keep the Royals in Kansas City until 2030, a 15-year extension of their current deal.
2008 Jerry Manuel, who replaced Willie Randolph in June, signs a two-year deal to manage the Mets. The likable 54 year-old skipper, who compiled a 55-38 record in his interim role, built a three-and-a-half game division lead over Philadelphia in September, but like his predecessor, could not stop the team from collapsing at the end of the season.
2009 Needing only a win or a Colorado loss for the past week, the Dodgers finally clinch the National League West title with a 5-0 victory over the wild-card Rockies. Joe Torre, who will be managing in the postseason for the 14th consecutive season, has won thirteen divisional titles, including ten with the Yankees, one with the Braves, and now his second with LA.
2010 The Giants return to the playoffs for the first time in six years when they beat the Padres on the last day of the season. After losing the first two games of the weekend series to San Diego, San Francisco avoids ending the season tied with their West Division foe with a 3-0 victory at AT &T Park.
2010 The Rays, entering the final day of the season tied with the Yankees, win their second AL East crown when their rivals lose to Boston. Although the title is not in jeopardy, even with a loss because of their overall record against New York this season, Tampa Bay rallies for a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in 12 innings to take the division by a game.
2010 With an 8-7 victory over the Phillies and a San Diego loss to San Francisco later in the day, the Braves reach the postseason for the first time since 2005. Atlanta had won 14 straight division titles under skipper Bobby Cox, who has announced his retirement for the end of the season, but this is the first time in franchise history that the team has won the National League Wild Card.
2010 Josh Hamilton finished the regular season with a .359 average, the best in franchise history, to become the third Ranger player to win an American League batting crown. The Texas outfielder joins Julio Franco, who hit .341 in 1991, and Michael Young, who led the Junior Circuit in 2005 with a batting average of .331.
2010 According to Ken Macha, he will become the first managerial casualty in the offseason after hearing that the Brewers have decided not to pick up the option on his contract for 2011. The 60 year-old skipper, who reached the playoffs with Milwaukee two seasons ago as the NL Wild Card team, will be told formally tomorrow in a meeting with the team’s general manager, Doug Melvin.
2010 The Pirates, with their 5-2 loss in Miami, finish the season with a 17-64 record on the road. The Bucs’ dismal away-from-home performance equals the 1963 Mets’ infamous mark for a 162-game season.
2012 Adam Dunn, having struck out 222 times, doesn’t play in the team’s finale to avoid the dubious distinction of breaking the major league mark for strikeouts in a season. The White Sox All-Star finishes with one less whiff than Mark Reynolds’ record, established by the first baseman in 2009 when he played for the Diamondbacks.
2012 In the final game of the season with the AL West title on the line, Ranger’s center fielder Josh Hamilton’s fourth inning-error opens the floodgates that allow the A’s to erase a five-run deficit when they score six times en route to their 12-5 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The Texas loss puts the team into the new one-game AL Wild Card contest against Baltimore.
2012 After getting off to a slow start in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, Teddy Roosevelt finally beats George, Abe, and Tom to the finish line, winning the Presidents Race for the first time since the popular race made its debut at RFK Stadium in 2006. The victory, the mascot’s first in over 500 tries, is assured when a green furry creature, who bears a striking resemblance to a phony Phillie Phanatic, waylays the other three presidential contenders in right field.
2012 Miguel Cabrera clinches the AL Triple Crown, becoming the first player to do so since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat with Boston. The Tigers third baseman and eventual MVP led the circuit in average (.330), home runs (44), and RBIs (139), playing with the American League champs.
2012 Fernando Rodney extends his franchise-record to 48 saves when he is brought in to face Jim Thome and gets the DH to hit a fly ball for the final out in the Rays’ 4-1 victory over Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The right-handed closer, allowing only five earned runs over 74.2 innings, improves his single-season record for the lowest ERA (0.60) by a reliever in baseball history, bettering Dennis Eckersley’s 0.61 mark established in 1990.
2013 Alex Rodriguez announces he has filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, accusing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig of pursuing “vigilante justice” as part of a “witch hunt” to “destroy” his reputation and career. On August 5, the MLB gave Yankees star a 211-game suspension for alleged baseball’s drug agreement violations.
2015 In the nightcap of a Citi Field twin bill, Max Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of the season when the Nationals beat the first-place Mets, 2-0. The 31 year-old right-hander becomes the fifth pitcher to hurl with two no-hitters in the same regular season, joining Nolan Ryan (1973 Angel), Virgil Trucks (1952 Tigers), Allie Reynolds (1951 Yankees), and Johnny Vander Meer (1938 Reds).
2018 The Orioles decide not to renew the contracts of executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, who compiled a 669-684 record (.494) during his nearly nine-year tenure with the Birds that included three playoff appearances. The sixty-year-old Duquette, the Red Sox GM from 1994-2002, spent seven seasons in Baltimore’s front office after a nine-year absence from Major League Baseball.
2020 The Padres win a playoff series for the first time in 22 years when Craig Stammen and eight relievers combine to throw a four-hitter to blank the Cardinals, 4-0, in the deciding Game 3 of the National League Wild Card Series. San Diego’s last success in the postseason occurred in 1998 when the team beat the Braves to clinch the NL flag before facing the Yankees in the Fall Classic.
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|Boston||91||70||.565||9||49 – 32||42 – 38||41 – 35||20 – 13||15 – 18||5 – 5||W 2|
|NY Yankees||91||70||.565||9||45 – 35||46 – 35||35 – 40||22 – 10||22 – 12||7 – 3||L 2|
|Toronto||90||71||.559||10||46 – 33||44 – 38||41 – 34||19 – 15||16 – 16||5 – 5||W 2|
|Baltimore||52||109||.323||48||27 – 54||25 – 55||20 – 55||10 – 24||15 – 17||4 – 6||L 2|
|X-Chi White Sox||93||68||.578||–||53 – 27||40 – 41||19 – 14||44 – 31||16 – 17||8 – 2||W 6|
|Cleveland||79||82||.491||14||40 – 41||39 – 41||13 – 21||43 – 33||14 – 17||5 – 5||L 1|
|Detroit||76||85||.472||17||42 – 39||34 – 46||18 – 14||29 – 46||18 – 16||3 – 7||L 2|
|Kansas City||74||87||.460||19||39 – 41||35 – 46||12 – 21||36 – 39||14 – 19||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||72||89||.447||21||38 – 43||34 – 46||13 – 20||36 – 39||13 – 20||6 – 4||W 1|
|X-Houston||94||67||.584||–||50 – 30||44 – 37||18 – 13||19 – 16||48 – 27||4 – 6||W 1|
|Seattle||90||71||.559||4||46 – 34||44 – 37||19 – 15||15 – 17||47 – 28||8 – 2||W 1|
|Oakland||86||75||.534||8||43 – 38||43 – 37||15 – 18||23 – 10||37 – 38||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA Angels||76||85||.472||18||40 – 42||36 – 43||16 – 17||21 – 12||28 – 47||4 – 6||L 1|
|Texas||60||101||.373||34||36 – 44||24 – 57||14 – 20||11 – 20||28 – 48||5 – 5||W 1|
|X-Atlanta||87||73||.544||–||41 – 38||46 – 35||44 – 31||22 – 12||15 – 16||8 – 2||W 1|
|Philadelphia||82||79||.509||5.5||47 – 34||35 – 45||41 – 34||20 – 14||13 – 19||5 – 5||L 1|
|NY Mets||77||84||.478||10.5||47 – 34||30 – 50||39 – 36||13 – 20||16 – 17||4 – 6||L 1|
|Miami||66||95||.410||21.5||41 – 39||25 – 56||34 – 41||12 – 20||17 – 17||2 – 8||W 1|
|Washington||65||96||.404||22.5||35 – 45||30 – 51||30 – 46||14 – 18||11 – 23||3 – 7||L 4|
|X-Milwaukee||95||66||.590||–||45 – 36||50 – 30||17 – 14||47 – 29||23 – 11||4 – 6||L 3|
|Y-St. Louis||90||71||.559||5||45 – 35||45 – 36||17 – 16||42 – 33||20 – 13||8 – 2||L 1|
|Cincinnati||82||79||.509||13||44 – 37||38 – 42||20 – 13||42 – 33||11 – 22||4 – 6||L 4|
|Chi Cubs||70||91||.435||25||39 – 42||31 – 49||13 – 21||34 – 41||17 – 15||3 – 7||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||61||100||.379||34||37 – 43||24 – 57||17 – 17||23 – 52||11 – 21||4 – 6||W 2|
|Y-San Francisco||106||55||.658||–||53 – 27||53 – 28||21 – 11||20 – 14||52 – 23||8 – 2||L 1|
|Y-LA Dodgers||105||56||.652||1||57 – 23||48 – 33||24 – 9||19 – 13||50 – 26||8 – 2||W 6|
|San Diego||79||82||.491||27||45 – 36||34 – 46||15 – 18||16 – 17||34 – 41||2 – 8||W 1|
|Colorado||74||86||.463||31.5||48 – 33||26 – 53||19 – 13||14 – 19||31 – 44||4 – 6||L 1|
|Arizona||51||110||.317||55||31 – 49||20 – 61||13 – 21||13 – 19||21 – 54||3 – 7||W 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
AL WILD CARD
|NY Yankees||91||70||.565||–||45-35||46-35||7-3||L 2|
NL WILD CARD
|Y-LA Dodgers||105||56||.652||+15.0||57-23||48-33||8-2||W 6|
|Y-St. Louis||90||71||.559||–||45-35||45-36||8-2||L 1|
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||2||1||0||.667||0.0||94||44||1-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Miami Dolphins||1||2||0||.333||1.0||45||82||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|New England Patriots||1||2||0||.333||1.0||54||51||0-2-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|New York Jets||0||3||0||.000||2.0||20||70||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||0||0||1.000||0.0||90||72||2-0-0||1-0-0||3-0-0||0-0-0||3 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||0||0||1.000||0.0||76||26||1-0-0||2-0-0||2-0-0||0-0-0||3 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||2||1||0||.667||1.0||67||60||0-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||2||0||.333||2.0||92||95||1-1-0||0-1-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||1||0||.750||0.0||92||75||2-0-0||1-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||2||1||0||.667||0.5||82||85||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||2||1||0||.667||0.5||86||60||2-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||1||2||0||.333||1.5||50||66||0-2-0||1-0-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||2||1||0||.667||0.0||71||84||1-1-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Houston Texans||1||2||0||.333||1.0||67||76||1-1-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||0||3||0||.000||2.0||56||80||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||4||0||.000||2.5||74||115||0-2-0||0-2-0||0-3-0||0-1-0||4 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||2||1||0||.667||0.0||90||69||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Washington Football Team||1||2||0||.333||1.0||67||92||1-1-0||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||1||2||0||.333||1.0||64||64||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|New York Giants||0||3||0||.000||2.0||56||74||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0||1.000||0.0||95||62||2-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0||0-0-0||3 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||0||0||1.000||0.0||103||65||1-0-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||3 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||1||0||.667||1.0||86||74||0-1-0||2-0-0||2-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Seattle Seahawks||1||2||0||.333||2.0||75||79||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||2||1||0||.667||0.0||68||83||1-0-0||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Chicago Bears||1||2||0||.333||1.0||40||77||1-0-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Minnesota Vikings||1||2||0||.333||1.0||87||78||1-0-0||0-2-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||3||0||.000||2.0||67||95||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Carolina Panthers||3||0||0||1.000||0.0||69||30||2-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1||0||.667||1.0||103||88||2-0-0||0-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||2||1||0||.667||1.0||73||42||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||1||2||0||.333||2.0||48||94||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
|Orlando City SC||28||11||9||8||41||41||0||8-4-2||3-5-6||42|
|New York City FC||27||11||6||10||44||32||12||8-2-3||3-4-7||39|
|Inter Miami CF||26||9||5||12||25||41||-16||5-2-7||4-3-5||32|
|Real Salt Lake||28||11||6||11||45||44||1||8-4-2||3-2-9||39|
|Los Angeles FC||27||9||6||12||39||40||-1||6-5-3||3-1-9||33|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Conference